Another Black Friday Come & Gone

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But first, a comical story πŸ˜› ULTA has recently brought in a lot of amazing brands, Hourglass?! Are you kidding me?! I work a lot in display setting & it’s so much fun being able to set a fresh, new display packed with goodies. There’s something really satisfying about making testers, I love cleaning them too – it’s just one of those mindless, repetitive tasks that is very calming for some reason. This past weekend, we’re unloading truck & we received a ton of fur products which sounded vaguely familiar. We’re looking at the products trying to figure out what they are when one of the gals blurts out, Oh, it’s bush oil. Dead. Then for some reason, of all the things, that made me recall Emma Watson raving about Fur Oil in an article that I had read some time ago. We’re all losing it at this point & it was just hysterically absurd that any of us would care about Emma Watson’s product recommendations for anything let alone bush oil. We didn’t receive a full display so thank goodness we couldn’t get anything onto the floor because I would not have been able to hold it together if someone had purchased said oil. Also, I think you can use the oil anywhere if you’re curious πŸ˜›

I had last week off as I mentioned but ended up working almost the entire week at ULTA because we had (have) so many out with COVID. Many of them were able to come back just in time for Black Friday so – yay but also, I am wondering how many of us picked it up over the weekend. In all honesty, I was shocked at how many people were out shopping at the stores around us & at our store. For some reason I thought that retailers running the same deal a week ahead of time paired with loads of online only deals would equal smaller crowds on Friday/Saturday. Clearly, my math skills were no match for some people’s complete lack of common sense. It was a hot, sweaty, busy day & now thankfully, it’s done so everyone can actually stay home like they were told to. I have to say that most people were actually quite pleasant & it was just more so overwhelming to see crowds that we haven’t been seeing for almost a year now. Working the holidays in retail is so much fun (usually) & it felt a little bit like a normal day.

It’s funny, I never recall my parents mentioning anything about Black Friday growing up, maybe I just wasn’t paying attention but I never knew when they went gift shopping. My siblings would have been old enough for Cabbage Patch kids during that whole mania but I don’t know what hot gifts there are this year. Let me know what you were jonesing for.

I did some Black Friday shopping, all online and I plan to share some of the items for a Blogmas post. Unfortunately, my cellphone decided to shit out & I had to splurge on a new one which I was not planning for at all as my current phone was in perfect working order only a week ago. Honestly, if I didn’t need a smartphone for work then I would be perfectly content with an old flip phone. Aside from something that I wasn’t excited to purchase in the least, I did get myself some beauty bits πŸ™‚ Stay tuned if that’s your thing.

That being said, tomorrow kicks off the first day of Blogmas & I am tremendously excited to share some festive content. If you are also participating in Blogmas, please let me know so that I can be sure to check out your posts!! Did you go any Black Friday shopping? I’m curious to know what others experienced on this grandest of all shopping days πŸ˜› Thanks for stopping by, stay healthy out there!

Monday Already

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In all honesty, I completely forgot that today was Monday as I have the week off. No, I am not doing anything or traveling anywhere – just using up vacation time before I lose it. We had a COVID outbreak at my part-time job & I went in for a little bit to help out there. Thankfully, I work there so infrequently that I was not exposed but we currently have 6 associates out 😬 I suspected that this would be the week that retail workers would be hit hard. The Starbucks near my work is closed until further notice because they also had a major outbreak.

I got all of my Christmas shopping done this weekend, mostly because I think retail will be shut down post Black Friday. I could be wrong but didn’t want to find out either. Probably the highlight of my annual shopping trip is meeting up with my best friend & spending the day gift hunting. Obviously we could not do that this year but we did Skype while we wrapped gifts. Each year we do a Toys for Tots haul & just go nuts, it’s literally the most fun thing ever. We scour all of the toy gift guides & plan our attack. This year, I was fascinated by the LOL Surprise Dolls & knew I was snagging some of those. I think they’re pretty mature but they’re so popular that parents must be purchasing them? Anyway, I was super excited about Pop BB – listen, their names are completely asinine but she’s so cute. I had told my friend that I loved her because she looked like Madonna πŸ˜‚ So, we’re showing each other our Tots haul & he also got Pop BB. I was like, but I got Pop BB then he said he got one so I could keep mine πŸ˜‚ It was the nicest yet silliest thing anyone has done for me. I felt like a kid on Christmas opening that box.

Tell me she’s not the cutest.

I’m glad that my shopping is done, being out this weekend was one of the few times that I have felt truly anxious about getting sick. I generally feel confident in the restrictions & guidelines that are in place but there were so many people out that it made me nervous. I still have a small grocery run to do but plan on heading out very early to avoid the crowds.

It was a great weekend then I left this morning to discover that someone had stolen my holiday doormat which seems pretty fitting for a Monday πŸ˜‚ I don’t understand people sometimes. What did you do this weekend? I hope that you are happy, healthy & just doing the best you can 🀍

Best Of: Current Lifestyle Favorites

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As I am typing this, I realized that I pretty recently posted a lifestyle post but I figure that since I have some new cold weather things, that it will be OK. Who knows – since I’m not leaving the house again this winter, I might just be posting lifestyle favorites for the foreseeable future. I find it appalling that restaurants are being forced to close again while Target announced $22-billion in quarter three earnings. Nobody’s catching COVID at Target?! Really, nobody? That’s absolutely the place where I always think I’m going to catch it because that is one of the few places that I go & it’s always busy. I don’t know what kind of bullshit these statistics are on but they cannot be accurate. I’m truly bummed for all of my friends in the service industry, I personally think that they are being disproportionately regulated. Like most everyone else, I have been at home a lot more & here are a few items that I have been especially enjoying recently.

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I found a new robe after years of trying different robes & not liking them, I stumbled upon this Stars & Above robe a couple of weeks ago. I was actually on the hunt for more of their lounge cardigans but I’m not sure they will be releasing those again this year. This was a fantastic consolation find since I can wear it around the house & it’s not too thick or too thin. It’s the perfect length to be worn with pants or nightgowns, it belts completely closed & it’s so soft. Having never worn robes until I was gifted one from Old Navy in college, I am surprisingly particular when it comes to what robes I like. I think it’s because the Old Navy robe was my first introduction to robes & has become the standard to which I hold all robes to. This robe is the closest that I have ever found & I love it.

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I’m not one to get hyped about limited edition anything, I think it’s an easy way to sell a lot of stock before consumers come to their senses & realize that they may not need said item. I really had no idea that there was so much hype around the Starbucks seasonal mugs until purchasing one as a gift for a friend & went to three different locations to find the one that she wanted. After becoming very well acquainted with their holiday collection, I decided that I wanted one…or two for myself. They are very cute but I cannot imagine that I would need more than the two that I purchased, I mean, one can only use one cup at a item. Their holiday stuff is very cute though, very pastel, very to my taste.

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In all honesty I am unsure if these are a favorite or something that I have been using non-stop but these melamine mixing bowls were worth every penny that I spent on them. Not only are they just pretty to look at, they are perfect for all of my mixing needs. The base of these bowls has a rubber grippy strip which is awesome when I am mixing & measuring & trying not to make a mess. I found these on Amazon, come in a couple of different colors but the pink are just adorable. I do have the biggest bowl with the spout but I use it for decoration, batter pours out of the regular lipped bowls just fine.

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I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I have been surviving on mostly coffee, Cameron’s Breakfast Blend has been my go to recently. It’s a little milder, a little less caffeine that what I usually drink but it was a necessary change since I have been drinking so much coffee more recently. These pods are commercially compostable & I think the coffee tastes a bit richer from the EcoPod – could be just my imagination but I enjoy them.

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When I am not drinking coffee, I am drinking delicious cups of David’s Tea & my most recent favorite is the Sweet Potato Pie blend. Pumpkin Chai had been my front runner but when I got a taste of this sweet, nutty goodness it was over. I mean, the chai is still very good but this literally tastes like I am drinking a pie – much more enjoyable than it sounds.

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Yet another Target find, they get ya’ with those damn endcaps – these Off the Eaten Path crisps are delicious. I am not a snack person most of the time, my snack of choice is typically popcorn but with my new fillings I am being very cautious so that I never have to go back πŸ˜‰ These are very low calorie & provide just enough salty, crunchiness to satisfy my savory snack cravings. I have not dipped them in anything yet but I think they would probably be delicious with most anything.

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Those are a few of the things that have been keeping my happy at home – I will save all of my Christmas goodies for Blogmas but they have definitely been brightening my day too. What have you been enjoying lately, let me know in the comments!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow✨

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Until tomorrow when I have to drive into work then it can stop snowing. I honestly think that we only have about 2 inches of actual snow & 1/4 inch of ice. I don’t love this in between weather where it’s warm enough to rain then the temperature drops & we get a nice layer of ice. Thank you, climate change.

In all seriousness, I had a lovely day off & appreciate all of the veterans who’ve sacrificed so much for my freedom. Veterans in America tend to be a forgotten population. Homelessness, lack of access to quality healthcare & mental health resources are just a few of the obstacles service men & women face. It’s unfortunate that they are forgotten by society too often. They deserve our respect & gratitude today & everyday β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

I went to the dentist yesterday, it was terrible. I don’t generally have issues with the dentist but this time was rough. I went in for a cleaning but an old filling was leaking so he wanted to drill it out & replace it, sounded great. It was one of those old silver fillings & I’ve been wanting to have it replaced anyway. I’ve not had a filling in awhile & forgot about the numbing process, why are those needles so big?! Vaccination needles go into much larger body parts & are half the size. I don’t even have a problem with needles but those giant, stainless steel dentist needles creep me out. So, she’s going in with that needle & I swear I could feel it going directly into the nerve & then I couldn’t blink my eye which made me freak out a little. I was all hopped up on nitrous at this point & had a moment where I felt like saying something but couldn’t tell if the needle was still in my mouth or not & didn’t want to move then cause a real problem. So I just laid there internally screaming. Unfortunately, my childhood dentist removed much more tooth than my dentist could tell on the surface & it took forever for him to fill it completely. Good thing my entire face stayed numb for at least the next 6 hours. I actually started to worry, I’ve never experienced such intense numbness before. The filling looks beautiful though, couldn’t be happier. I’m never going back πŸ˜› At one point while I was internally screaming, I started to wonder if I was actually trying to scream but couldn’t or was I screaming & they just weren’t saying anything? I watch too many horror movies.

Today, I treated myself to about a pound of mashed potatoes & ran some errands. Let me know what you’re up to, any snow in your neck of the woods? Don’t forget to thank a vet, have a beautiful night πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Monday Musings

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What a gloomy day, it has rained all day & the temperatures are steadily dipping so we are supposed to get some snow tonight! I’ve had the Christmas lights on all day, yes, I caved & went almost full Christmas on Saturday into Sunday. It was a process, once I started pulling out decorations I then had the urge to organize everything so my apartment was a disaster for almost a 24-hour period but it looks amazing now & all of my dΓ©cor will now fit tidily into one closet. There is still glitter everywhere even after vacuuming numerous times, that stuff just gets imbedded in the carpet & will probably be here well after the holiday. I will share photos when it is more socially acceptable but here is a little sneak peek:

I ruined my lunch after mistaking chili powder for cumin & almost poisoning myself. It still tasted fine but I was breathing fire. When I am working from home, I generally work straight through prepping & eating because I don’t want to miss something & then have someone assume that I am not on task at home. Which is weird because if I was at work & away from my desk eating then my coworkers would just recognize that they would need to come back. Working from home is more stressful than being in the office for little reasons like that. But yes, I am very thankful & tremendously luck to still have a job.

Walz has extended his peace time emergency powers but it does not sound like we are going back to a full lockdown. There will be a press conference tomorrow outlining more targeted restrictions around activities where young people are spreading COVID. I am assuming bars, schools, etc. but I am a little miffed about his language targeting ‘young people’ because it’s certainly not the baby boomers or older people in my life who are toeing the line – it’s my generation & younger. I’ve never seen so many grown ass adults incapable of following instructions so like I have said before, let’s just quarantine those people. Anyway, I’m feeling a little less anxious with this most recent news but still worried. I have an appointment at the dentist tomorrow because I literally chewed through my mouth guard & need to be fitted for a new one. I’ve always been a teeth grinder but it’s obviously gotten worse πŸ˜‚

I have become addicted to dermaplaning at home, obviously I had to quit going to the salon to have this done every 3-4 weeks. I purchased this nifty device back in April & love it, I am only thinking about it now because I feel like I will be dermaplane tonight πŸ˜› It’s awesome, I should post a full review because honestly it is saving me loads of cash. If that’s something you’d like to read, let me know!! I’ve been pretty much just doing skincare recently & become interested in all of the gadgets that are on the market.

I hope you’re happy, healthy & just doing the best you can ✨

Friday…Finally✨

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What a long week…& month…what a long life it’s been in general. Daylight savings always hits me hard, it doesn’t matter if we are losing or gaining an hour. What does that even mean?! We really aren’t losing or gaining anything because it’s all made up anyway. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if we all just stopped subscribing to these constructs. Most everyone complains about daylight savings, lets collectively stop participating & see what happens. I have to work tonight but I have tomorrow off which will be such bliss. I’m not doing anything, aside from cleaning & assessing my Christmas dΓ©cor. I think everyone in Minnesota is holding their breath wondering what Timmy Walz is going to say about the recent spike in COVID cases. In my opinion, the government – state or federal cannot mandate any further shutdowns until there is an economic relief bill passed. Not this time, we all went inside like sheep the last time but I think a lot of people are feeling very desperate. My apartment building is already half empty, I don’t know what will happen if more people are put out of work. Some of my friends only just got back to work, I have to wonder what proponents of the shutdown do for a living that they aren’t worried about being homeless or not being able to feed their kids. Must be nice. I think that everything in life is at your own risk, nobody is guaranteed tomorrow & the government has overstepped its bounds this last year. I’m not sorry about it either, I am immunocompromised, I accept that I might get sick on any given day even without a pandemic. I don’t expect others to suffer for my safety, nobody should expect that. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I understand that the virus is dangerous, I will continue to heed public safety guidelines. The far reaching ramifications of these shutdowns though that nobody can prove are doing anything will last decades. Anyway, keep using your brain, washing your hands, avoiding large gatherings & wearing your mask, correctly. Honestly, sometimes I wonder how people manage to tie their shoes after seeing all of the shoddy mask wearing.

I’m still feeling down about this election, there is no good reason that it should have been this close. Also, I don’t know what Americans think will happen come January 1 if Biden takes it. Unicorns are going to rain down from the sky, everyone will be showered with abundance & humanity, racism will cease to exist, world peace? He’s been a career politician & arguably part of the problem for a long time, I’m actually more interested in what Harris will bring to the table – it’s too bad that the dems didn’t give her the nomination. I often times forget that Pence even exists πŸ˜€ BoJo is still prime minister so at least we’ll be the lesser joke of the first world nations. Sometimes I miss Bush, I thought he was a complete doofus but at least he was good for a laugh, now it’s just sad. You know who should run for president? Ben Nighthorse Campbell, his political career is fascinating. I think it would take a moderate candidate who could run on either ticket & win to bring Americans back together. It’s exciting sometimes to see these outsiders come in with new, wild ideas but they fail to work across party lines and are mostly ineffective. I’m unsure of what the freshman class of representatives has accomplished these last 4 years aside from spending a lot of time on social media…

On a brighter note, I am glad to see that retailers are getting creative with Black Friday & offering deals early to prevent crowds. I really never understood why they would bank on one shopping day at the end of Q4 to make their profit margins. I’ve been doing a little toy shopping for the kids in my life, it’s my favorite part of the year. Have you seen these LOL dolls? My mother would not approve but I find them adorable, I’m also in my 30’s so perhaps they are not kid appropriate? Let me know your thoughts on that, I kind of want one for myself.

Veterans Day is next Wednesday, we are randomly closed. I’ve never understood why non-veterans get the day off. Just let veterans have the day off, I think that would be more appropriate.

I hope that you have a wonderful day & lovely weekend, thanks for reading πŸ€πŸ’™β€οΈ

The Morning After…

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Well, Oregon voted to legalize meth & I think that pretty much sums up the election. Actually, slow clap for Oregon – I don’t know if I have talked about it before but I have a very liberal attitude towards drugs. They should be legalized, regulated & taxed. I think this would reduce overdoses & it would take a lot of money & power away from gangs & cartels. In my opinion, it would also to help destigmatize conversations around addiction to these substances.

Anyway, enough election talk – I am so over this election & it sounds like we have a long slog ahead of us. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs had to engage in physical tests of strength to prove that they were strong, worthy leaders. Pestilence, famine & overall poor quality of life would be attributed to a weakling pharaoh. So, let’s do it – let’s end this shit today. Get both of these demented old fools out to Lambeau Stadium & put them to the test. In fact, everyone currently holding a political position – let’s see your fastest mile. That would certainly cull some of the detritus. Society is already regressing, it’s not like it’s that crazy of an idea.

Christmas – let’s talk about it, I think I’m going Scandinavian this year. I didn’t actually know that until I posted some photos on Instagram of these trees I found & a lovely gal pointed this out. Now though, I am seeing lots of this minimalist trend and I’m into it. Here are a few items that I recently spotted at IKEA. I am finding the clean lines & simplistic designs very appealing – it’s just Christmas-y enough.

I’m torn though because I have loads of Christmas ‘nostalgia’ pieces with pinks & blues, I love a 50’s inspired Christmas. I’m sure what will happen is that I will go jewel tones & gold in my living room, Scandinavian in the spare bedroom & nostalgia in my bedroom. I love Christmas decorations, the actual holiday is kind of a throw away for me since I’ve never been able to figure out why so many non-Christians celebrate a holiday with very religious overtones. Given the pandemic that I am sure will still be raging come Christmas, I’m not sure how merry of a holiday it will be. There won’t be any hustle or bustle this year, holiday parties – things that I didn’t even know I would miss, I am already missing. One of my favorite things to do is bake a disgusting amount of cookies for the office, for my neighbors, for pretty much anyone & I wonder if that will be permissible this year? Is Thanksgiving cancelled? I just assumed it was, I’ve never celebrated the holiday anyway but let me know.

I hope that you are happy, healthy & just doing the best you can. If you are an American, I hope that you aren’t too anxious about the current election status – hang in there!

Vote, Bitch

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Ah, the last day of early voting – can you smell it?! I have a bit of a rant about how the absentee process went this year. First of all, I don’t want to hear a peep from dems about voter accessibility, granted Minnesota is probably one of the most generous states with 46 days of early voting. However, most states offer early voting options, it’s frustrating to hear politicians repeat the same baseless rhetoric about lack of voting options when it’s simply untrue. While I certainly support the extended voting period, I think it was a bit abused this year – if you can vote on election day, please plan to do so.

If you requested a mail-in ballot, use it. Do not show up to a polling place saying that you requested a mail-in ballot just in case but would like to now vote in person. In case of what?! The time & money that was spent on issuing a record setting number of mail-in ballots just for them to go unused is inexcusable. Also, if someone tells me that they lost their ballot I immediately question their suitability to vote. Mail-in ballots can still be dropped off at a number of sites through election day, they will be counted. What do people think happens to these ballots? They are counted. Thank you Trump for spreading baseless rhetoric about the absentee ballot process. Don’t even get me started on the courts making a 4th quarter decision on the deadline to drop ballots off.

Do not enter a polling place with COVID – yeah, apparently this needs to be said. There will be curbside options at most precincts in Minnesota. It just really surprised me how many people asked if they could enter the building with COVID. Can you go anywhere else with COVID?! Have you been?! Aside from these idiots, polling places are pretty safe, we are following all of the recommended guidelines, sanitizing as much as possible – don’t be afraid to come vote. There are options for high risk voters, just contact your local city hall & ask! If you are not registered to vote, in Minnesota & many other states, you can register in person and vote that day! Come get registered & exercise your right to vote. We love to see it.

Don’t vote for who your favorite celebrity tells you to vote for. With the far reaching influence of social media, political celebrities are in my opinion, very dangerous. They are simply not impacted by the day to day systems that regular people are. When the going gets tough, the rich get going. Miley Cyrus’s house burns down in wildfires arguably caused by climate change, she packs up & moves. Vote for your values, vote for your needs, vote for your candidate. Taylor Swift doesn’t give a shit about you, I’m sorry if that is hard to hear. If I find out that anyone voted for Kanye, we’re going to have a conversation.

Don’t forget to vote for your local candidates! I’m always surprised by how many voters only vote for president. Your state & local government has a much greater impact on your daily life than the federal government. Some of the lines were perhaps blurred during the COVID response but check out who your local candidates are & what they are running on!

Lastly, I’ve talked to a lot of moms who are concerned about finding time to vote because their husbands will have to come home from work. Husbands – get your asses home, your wives have the right to vote just as much as anyone else.

That’s it, voting is a right that far too many Americans fail to exercise – are the candidates terrible? Yes, but the system won’t change unless the people speak up β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

Blogtober Day 30: Halloween Tag!

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Happy Halloween Eve! I cannot believe that it will soon be here & gone, hopefully a better time for everyone this time next year. The moon is absolutely stunning this evening, I cannot wait for tomorrow night. In celebration or perhaps lament, here is a list of Halloween-y questions, enjoy.

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The theme song from Halloween, it’s my year-round ringtone. John Carpenter actually wrote the music for many of his films which I think is incredible, not only did he create some of the most notable horror flicks, he wrote some pretty creepy music.

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A person, no matter what monsters I can conjure up in my mind, mankind remains the only real monster. Or fire, I’m pretty afraid of fire but then it wouldn’t be dark would it?

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Of course, nothing remotely cool even happened but it was released by Parker Brothers so as a discerning 12 year old, I figured that would be the case. In general, I am not very superstitious when it comes to the Ouija Board, I have various pieces that are Ouija themed & they don’t creep me out.

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Dracula or most any vampire character remains my favorite monster. Favorite horror villain would be Pinhead from Hellraiser. I had a huge crush on Pinhead when I was an adolescent, the actor out of costume is kind of nerdy looking though πŸ˜› My favorite slasher villain is Michael Myers.

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I think it has to be the statues constantly falling off of the shelf in my hallway. I still don’t know why nothing seems to stay on there. It’s weird to be sitting all alone & hearing something drop to the ground without any indication as to why.

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I mean, ever since my elderly neighbor passed away & was left alone in her apartment for a few days, I think my building is haunted. I think I would be fine spending the night in a haunted house as long as it wasn’t old & dirty. Like those old asylums that just look filthy…gross me out.

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It depends, like the Ouija board thing, not at all. If I’m driving to work & there isn’t any traffic do I sometimes think the rapture happened? Occasionally. Flickering street lights weird me out, I think they are supposed to be bad luck. Crows, I don’t love seeing a pack of crows in the yard. Walking over graves, you know, just your regular superstitions πŸ˜€

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Funny story, depending on your humor; when I get especially tired I get a dark spot in one of my eyes due to my MS. It used to scare me a lot because it does look like something was standing right in the corner of my eye. Thankfully, it’s not a homicidal maniac but a chronic illness instead πŸ˜› Usually though, I don’t see things that aren’t there.

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Skinwalkers because that shit is real. I’m not talking that skinwalker ranch bullshit, I’m talking real witch doctors inhabiting the living. There’s too much old magic in the desert & on reservations to not believe in them. Have you ever driven across the Navajo Nation in the middle of the night? It’s unpleasant.

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I do not enjoy needlessly grotesque body horror like the Saw movies but I love a cheesecake slasher because they are so obviously fake. If it’s a choice between a thriller or horror both of which I have not seen, I would go thriller because horror movies are just getting too realistic these days.

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Yes…? Do I believe in Hell? Not really but I believe that there are perhaps different dimensions where spirits could exist. I’m also a pretty firm believer in reincarnation, unfortunately (that shit sounds exhausting) so am unsure of what kind of spirits would inhabit said spirit world.

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No, I’m not super into all of that. I mean, I think science has kind of ruined witch craft at this point. Which makes very little sense seeing as how religion has survived all the advancements in technology & general knowledge but who am I to judge?

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I don’t think so but also, I don’t know how many times in my life I have been truly scared. I’ve lived a pretty quiet life thus far. I have to admit though, I will never live alone in a house. My fear of a home invasion is probably mostly irrational but it’s why I keep renting a top floor apartment. Who is going to get me – Spider Man?!

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Probably? Clearly it did not leave very much of an impression so I can imagine that nothing crazy happened.

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Not so much anymore but there was a period of time that I thought demons & possession would be a much greater issue in my life. But alas, watch me get possessed now.

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Probably just leave πŸ˜› I mean, why wait around to find out if someone is in your house or not?! Also though, I wouldn’t want to leave my cats behind so maybe I would just hide…

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Halloween, I would survive – the guy can’t even run, he just walks at you. Not even speed walking, like strolling – how did he manage to kill like two dozen people?

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Cat – you have such a variety of options that can be modified for any stage of your life.

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Been there, done that and it wasn’t actually that scary. I grew up in a small town, the cemetery was right on the way to school but it wasn’t a creepy place. I think that it depends on the cemetery, some are so new and organized – would I go to a graveyard in Southern Louisiana at night? Absolutely not.

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Science. I can’t get into the zombie thing – it just isn’t going to happen, we will see an Ebola or smallpox apocalypse before zombies.

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I love a good Halloween party, I was a shy kid & always got a little stressed out during trick or treating. I loved the big party we would have at school with apple bobbing, crafts & homemade treats.

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The final girl but only because I was also the killer – plot twist. But in all honesty, we all saw it coming. Ree, ree, ree, ree!

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I don’t think so? If I watch a horror movie & can’t fall asleep then it’s not like watching a cartoon will make me forget what I watched. I can fixate on something to the point that everything else gets blocked out. I’m not someone who finds a lot of satisfaction in temporary distraction. Although, on any given night I do enjoy some cartoons just in general.

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I could be yelling or I could be sleeping. I get so irritated when a character (usually a girl) will be running from the villain and then biffs it over seemingly nothing. All you had to do was run and not fall, moron. That really incenses me and I feel like every director everywhere just assumes that females are prone to tripping over nothing. Is that a trope? It’s grossly overused.

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I don’t like scaring people. I am that person who would do it one time and cause someone to have a heart issue. We do little office pranks but they are genuinely funny, nobody is actually scared. That being said, I don’t mind a good scare – a couple of days ago I saw a sign on my drive home that said Horror with an arrow & decided to check it out. There was nothing there! I severely was disappointed, maybe they weren’t set up yet.

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The Shining, if you think that the movie is scary – the book is ten times more terrifying. There are so many details about the hotel and the labyrinth that weren’t included in the movie that add so much to the atmosphere.

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I was 11 when I watched Salem’s Lot, that was the benefit of having older brothers and sisters who could do things like drive to get contraband books and movies.

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An elephant, is the first one that I can recall…? You know, my parents never did the pumpkin baby thing & I think I am a little bitter about it.

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Crippling depression. But seriously, I am disappointed that Halloween is almost cancelled this year, I know that lots are still celebrating & I hope it’s still a good time.

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I have two torties, they have black and orange markings – they are the perfect Halloween-esque cats. Also, total party poopers because they refuse to wear the witch hats that I purchased for them.

I hope you are having a spooky Halloween Eve, let me know what your plans are for Halloween this year 🧑

Blogtober Day 28: That One Time I Dabbled in the Dark Arts

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Or…just purchased some pagan statues because I thought they were cool πŸ˜› I’ve always had a healthy fascination in the occult, witches, familiars, tarot – I studied a lot of this as part of my Theology curriculum & loved it. I don’t think I have any abilities, personally. I have a tarot deck that I occasionally bust out but I don’t think I’m any good at it. A psychic told me that I’m an empath which total eye roll & I think my ability to read someone else’s energy has more to do with being a teacher than any special abilities. People do exhaust me but that’s a whole other issue. Anyway, my vibe is very open to anything – maybe we’ll have a sΓ©ance later.

Late last year I decided that I wanted to add some pagan pieces to my collection of religious relics. I collect a lot of religious pieces not because I am particularly religious but because they’re just beautiful to look at. Also, they’re kinda creepy which also fits in with my vibe. I found this fascinating etsy shop Master Dubrovich that primarily sells stunning hand carved figurines. Most of which are Celtic, pagan, Norse & the like. I loved how eerily beautiful they were & ordered two that most closely resembled these that he currently has for sale.

They were just as beautifully crafted as these but I’m pretty sure they were haunted & it just serves me right for poking around pagan idols πŸ˜› Here’s what happened, I received these lovely pieces in the mail & had the perfect spot for them on a floating shelf in my hallway. I don’t know if it was just me being superstitious but I definitely felt something from the figurines – not bad but something. For pieces that didn’t have traditional faces, they had so much personality & expression. They were perfect additions to my curio collection until one morning at 3 AM’ish (the witching hour) I heard one of them drop on the floor. I was actually more worried that it had been damaged at that point rather than thinking it jumped to floor of its own accord. Now, the bottoms weren’t totally flat so I just assumed it toppled over & placed it back on the shelf. Until the next morning when I walked into the hall to see it on the floor yet again. It didn’t happen every night but often enough nights that it started to spook me & depending on what mood I was in, could keep me up at night. I mean, I wasn’t losing my mind but it was odd. At this point, I called a friend who is actually into the whole wiccan thing who came over immediately to check out my statues except she kept calling them dolls which I am sure they found very insulting. She agreed that they definitely had a feeling to them but that they were inhabited not haunted to which I say – same difference. Her recommendation was to smudge them & I would love to say that we stayed up all night driving away potentially malicious spirits but we didn’t. I just gave them to her because I’m such a good friend πŸ˜› No, I figured that I had dipped my toe too far into the waters of paganism & was more suited for my rosaries & gothic idols. She loves them & has never experienced any issues, I do get a little weirded out though when I’m her place & they’re just sitting there.

Since I relinquished these mysterious figurines, I found a crystal gargoyle that now sits on the same shelf…and constantly falls off. I’ve since chalked it up to some movement in the building that must be strong enough to rattle the wall but not make an audible noise. Like, someone on the first floor slamming a door & it travels up the walls. Is that possible?! Is the shelf haunted?! I mean, I got it from IKEA so it seems unlikely πŸ˜› I own some weird, old stuff that I’ve never felt anything from & do really think there was something special about those particular pieces. I was a little sad to part with them but definitely think they found a good home. What are your thoughts on idols or figurines like this? Do they inherently have a vibe because of the subject matter or could they be inhabited? 🧑