Friday, October 28, 2016

Bruce Campbell has the best lines.

I got to thinking about my friend, Rachel, a couple of days ago and can't seem to get her off of my mind. It's not a bad thing or anything like that, but I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with the fact that Halloween is a couple of days away.

(Do y'all have any plans for this Halloween weekend? Mine are to chill, watch scary movies, and probably drink a little bit too much.... because yolo). Halloween was always both of our favorites and we watch horror movies year round, so I think of her often when it's this time of year.

Our very favorite movie to watch was The Evil Dead (the original, of course!).... followed closely by Army of Darkness. It's hilarious to me that we didn't watch the Evil Dead 2.... but what can you do? And we watched these movies consistently (we spent the night at her moms every other weekend) for probably three years straight, because she's a fan of the gal Sheryl from the first one ("we're gonna get you") and can do a scarily impressive impression of her. I watched, because I've had a crush on Bruce Campbell for as long as I can remember.

With it being so close to Halloween, and me thinking about Rachel, I thought that I would share some of our favorite lines from Ash Williams from those movies with you guys.

The best of Ash Williams: "Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leadin' but two things, right now: Jack and shit... and Jack left town."   ///   "Gimme some sugar, baby."   ///   Arthur: "Are all men from the future loud-mouthed braggarts?" Ash: "Nope. Just me baby... Just me."   ///   "It's a trick. Get an axe."   ///   "First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow."   ///   "I don't want your book, I don't want your bullshit. Just send me back to my own time, pronto, today. Chop chop!"   ///   "Hail to the king, baby."

Happy Halloween weekend everyone!! (We watched The Purge: Election Year to celebrate this year, and let me just say.... it's all fun and games until you realize that you're secretly scared this years election is gonna turn out that way.).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I'll get around to watching all of these shows.... eventually.

It's not that I don't want to watch them (I do), but rather, haven't had the opportunity.

I keep meaning to watch certain shows, but then I'm prevented by not having the right channels, or being at a stand still, or just basically forgetting until I see something about one of them and I'm like- "oh yeah."

However, I am a list maker.... it's a kind of OCD tendency that runs with the women in my family. We're not exactly organized in any part of our lives (like, at all), but we ALL LOVE making and having lists. We don't even care what kinds of lists they are, and we usually have one for every aspect and area of life that you could imagine. And our lists aren't in any order, lord no, but instead sprawled out just like every other area of our lives. And some of mine include tv series to watch and books to read.

The Walking Dead

Synopsis: When Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma after being shot, he discovers that his world has been completely turned upside down by a zombie apocalypse. As the flesh-eating undead walk the streets looking for the living (human or animal) to feed on, Rick and his group must constantly be on guard in order to stay alive.

My thoughts: I've been a "hit watcher" when it's come to this show, meaning that I've seen certain episodes all the way through, and know the main plot points (i.e. major character deaths and villains), but have never been what you would call a "consistent watcher." Apparently it's a bad time to start though, because the seventh season premiered last Sunday and people are totally traumatized from the **spoiler alert** fact that Glen Rhee was killed. Am I the only one that's gonna miss Abraham Ford and still likes Daryl Dixon?! Tough crowd.

Breaking Bad

Synopsis: When chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given only two years to live, leaving behind his teenage son, who has cerebral palsy, and his wife, he is determined to ensure that his family will have a secure future. He embarks on a career of drugs and crime, proving to be remarkably proficient in this new world as he begins manufacturing and selling methamphetamine with one of his former students.

My thoughts: Look, if it wasn't for the pure love that I have for Aaron Paul, I might not have ever watched this show. Don't get me wrong, I've watched parts of it (and the entire first season), but just like the Walking Dead, have been a "switch hitter" with this one as well. It's easy to get into (and I only started watching it for Aaron Paul, but learned that there were many more amazing qualities), but ** spoiler alert** watching Jane OD and Jesse spiral? It's a lot for the little heart to take.

The Man in the High Castle

Synopsis: Based on a novel by Phillip Dick, the story reflects a dystopian world based on the idea that the Axis won World War II instead of the Allies with the former United States under Nazi and Japanese control.

My thoughts: Y'all can't honestly tell me that you don't have small obsessions.... or big obsessions. You know, whatever floats your boat and keeps the crap out of your cheerios. Mine happens to be documentaries about WWII/The Holocaust. And it's not because I like seeing/knowing what happened in those horrible times, but it's a major piece of history, and I feel like it's something that needs to be known. As with most things, there's always a "what if" factor and this show explores the "what if the opposite outcome would have been" aspect. As soon as I get Amazon Prime, man.


Synopsis: The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods: legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

My thoughts: As you can probably tell, I'm a sucker for history. Anyone who has ever read about Norse mythology or Viking legends has undoubtedly heard of Ragnar Lothbrok.... and most likely his first wife (t-total badass, Lagertha), and one of his many sons (Ivar, Bjorn, etc.). This show lets you explore that kind of thing (taking liberties, of course) while still being entertaining. I watched/own the first season (dvd) and plan on following up with the others. Why? Because it's awesome and I haven't even gotten to the seasons with Alexander Ludwig (hello!) yet, that's why.


Synopsis: The story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My thoughts: I don't have the Starz movie channel (movie channels are hella expensive, amirite?!), but I'm pretty sure that you can buy the dvds (it would be nice if they offered that with TMITHC.... just saying). The show is based off of the book series with the same name by Diana Gabaldon, and I actually own the entire series. My highschool English teacher brought them to my attention (she thought it was something that I would like) , and I've read the first book twice. Besides, Scotsmen, Highland countryside unphased by modern technology, and old world medicine tactics?! SOLD.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hummin.... uhhh.... what kind of cake?!

Have y'all ever heard of hummingbird cake?

If not, I'm going to go ahead and tell you that it's a whole lot less disgusting than it sounds (i.e. no hummingbirds were injured in the making of this cake).

I was actually pretty young the first time that I had heard of it (it's a widely popular southern dessert), but hadn't ever had the opportunity to try it (and probably wouldn't have depending on my age, because I would've been under the impression that it was bird cake.... no thanks).

Recently I had stumbled upon it (I don't even remember what I was reading that mentioned it), and once I learned what it actually was, I had to give it a try. Afterall, who doesn't want this kind of snack lying around for a chilly/tv watching treat on a weekend (i.e. it pairs great with alcohol)?

The recipe (I just googled "easy hummingbird cake recipes") calls for: yellow or white boxed cake mix (for us lazy folks that like our shit at least 1/2 made already), bananas, maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, cinnamon, pecans or walnuts, and I'm sure some other stuff that I can't remember at the moment.

(Side note: Some of the best advice that I have ever received came from my cousins husband regarding bananas. He told me, "always banana to mouth, Katie, never mouth to banana." Duly noted.).

And I say that, because the first time that I followed the recipe my cake fell apart, tasted weird, and in all honesty wasn't all that great. The second time that I made it (this past Saturday evening), it was much better. It's traditionally a two-three layer cake.... but I can't accomplish a layered cake to save my life (Duff Goldman, I am not), so I just made a one layer cake, because it's my cake and I could.

In almost all of the "easy cake recipes" that they offer on this, they always say not to get the box cake mix that has pudding in it.... I'm here to tell you that pudding is delicious and it can only help. Pudding haters. The recipe also wasn't very specific on whether or not you make the cake like its box says, or to just go by their recipe.... I followed box directions. Then to it I added, almost a whole jar of chopped maraschino cherries, one can of crushed pineapple, three mashed bananas, one teaspoon of cinnamon, and baked at 350° until the toothpick that I inserted in the center came out clean (around thirty-five to forty minutes.... I think).

And then once it cooled I put cream cheese frosting (that I had mixed chopped walnuts into) on the top of it and it was delicious. It's a really sweet kind of cake, so don't plan on being able to eat a bunch of it at once (if you're a glutton like me), but you should at the very least try it. I shared mine (because I'm just nice like that) and we still have leftovers.... I'm not sad about it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If y'all need me, I'll be hiding in my fort.

To say that the last couple of weeks have been hectic would be a vast understatement.

I've talked a bit here and there on the fact that my job is trying out this new trial thing with me, a "promotion" kind of, to see if we can streamline a few things and make life a bit easier for all involved. It's more work for me, but I like to stay busy and it's a bit more money, so I was completely on board.

Dani decided to start me off slow, working on a couple of projects, nothing too large scale, because there is in fact a learning curve. We all knew this going in and were fine with it. And things went pretty great.... for about three days.

And no, I haven't been fired and we haven't changed our minds about it, kind of the opposite actually.

What happened was three days into trying out this new position/experiment a co-worker of ours got taken to the hospital.... and while I'm not comfortable sharing his health stories (they're not mine to tell), I will just leave it at it's going to be quite some time before he gets to come back, if ever, and we are all hoping/praying for his health to improve. The most important thing is that, while I am kind of "venting" I would like it clearly stated that I am not holding this against him or his health in any way. Getting better is our tip-top hope for him.

With that being said, what was left behind in his unexpected absence was a cluster f*ck to say the least. Each one of our workers has a very specific job, with multiple projects that only they deal with.... so when someone has to take over all of those projects at various stages of bid and completion?

ANARCHY. (And not the Sons of, kind).

All at once we had no clue what was done, what needed done, what was/was not scheduled for work, where anything was, or who needed what for 1/3 of the company. The first day (last Thursday) we worked from 6:00 am (the time I always come to work) non-stop until 4:00 pm, including working through lunch while trying to shove pizza down our throats without choking to death/puking on all of our paperwork.

What's that old saying? "Toss your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap, and handle it." Thank you, Eminem. That's all I have to say, because nothing gets you to want to "handle shit" quite like Marshall Mathers does.... or is that just for me? Either way, that man and caffeine has been my saving grace for the past week.

There is so much stuff everywhere that our office looks like either a bomb went off, a twister went through, or we've decided to build a fort and wait out winter (something that I will in fact be doing at my own house, not here). There are papers everywhere, samples sprawled throughout, and the faintest scent of disdain in the air. Don't even get me started on the post-its (we have Romy and Michele quotes in abundance) that are stuck to every surface imaginable.

And now, it's still a cluster f*ck (and not depleting whatsoever in its cluster f*ckness), but we already know that and while it's a giant pain in the ass and we don't foresee it getting any better (or peoples moods improving at any point), we're trying.... and I've managed to catch onto quite a lot that we all thought would take weeks-months. Nothing says "take that learning curve" kind of like the only other option being to crash and burn.

And while that is still an option, we're kind of too pissed off to let it happen. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My new favorite social media thing.

(Facebook stalking is kind of my jam right now).

I'm not the only person out there that "stalks" people via social media.... right?! I can't be. In fact, I know that there are at least two of us, because Dani's "FB stalking" skills are so on point that I swear she could work for the NSA or something.... but, I digress.... mostly because I don't know if you're even allowed to talk about the NSA without being in it, or even when you are in it, but now I've said it twice and there's no going back.

A little bit ago I wrote a post about a girl that just needed to cut her losses and call it a day with the guy that she's seeing. A lot of people emailed and text to ask if this was actually a clever attempt at asking for help in getting out of my relationship. So, to those people I say, ARE Y'ALL CRAZY?! I clearly know that guy is a douche and therefore could have already made that decision. Also, I'm not in a relationship (unless you count tv, alcohol, and poor decisions).

Just wanted to clear that up. Why? Because I have another story about another girl/her cousin (I should stop, but let's be honest, it's a shit show that you just can't look away from). Seriously, y'all are gonna love this one. Keep in mind that they are NOT married and between them they have six kids.... but don't worry, none with each other.

Her profile: "I didn't want to get off the phone with him last night, he's so perfect!! I miss you so much, babe!! I can't wait to see you and have you hold me in your arms!! I love you!! I love my husband, he's my happy place. I swear, I'm gonna marry you one day!! I don't care what all of these people say, I know that we're going to be together the rest of our lives, and have babies together. My husband, my everything!! I love you, babe!!"

So naturally, I had to click on his name (she tags him in every post) to see what this guy was all about. I couldn't help myself and you know you would've done the exact same thing. What kind of guy inspires this kind of devotion? Surely, he would be the thing of dreams and the answer to prayers.... right?!

His profile: "Single. F*ck bitches, get money."

Yeah, you read that right. As soon as I read this, I busted out laughing. And once Dani asked what was so damn funny, I had to repeat it and she laughed to. And I'm not saying that having your feelings hurt or something like that is funny, because it's not. Having your heart "broken" is everything, but a laughing matter.

..... However, you guys have to give me the whole completely off guard hilarity. It was a real good laugh. (I'm still cracking up). And, don't worry about her too much, she's already moved on and found her next "true love" (lucky for her, it's her sixth one this year). He's a real lucky guy and clearly doesn't know what he's getting into. I would warn him, but he seems about as stable as her.... and you just can't cap that kind of crazy.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Currently- what's new with you?!

I've decided to try another link-up.... this time with Kristen and Gretch.... we'll see how this goes. Am I too late?.... Is this how this thing works?.... Am I doing this right?.... I guess we'll never know, but I'm going to keep rambling in any event.

(Totally unrelated: I had the strangest dream about a friend of mine last night.... a guy friend. And while he would just laugh if I told him about it, I don't find it as hilarious as he would.... that's not true, it's pretty hilarious. Moving on.).

What's New With You

Loving: The fact that Fall weather seems to be sticking around. Have I told y'all that I'm a Fall type of girl?! I totally am. It was cool for a few weeks, then it got back in the 80s (FIYAH!), and now it's back down to 60s-70s. While that's still a little warm for Fall, it's getting closer. Dude, I took out our window a/c's this past weekend.... please don't make me regret it.

Reading: Nothing fun right at the moment. I keep meaning to pick up "Samantha Irby's: Meaty" and read it through (I have the book, just haven't got to get going on it yet), but right now my eyesight isn't loving the idea of tiny words, so the majority of my "reading" is reserved for work. That reminds me.... I have to call the eye doctor.

Thinking about: Momma's eye surgery post op (it's today).... that weird ass dream.... my dog.... how hungry I seem to be at the moment.... candy.... how I should probably get Christmas cards to start sending out soon, but can't seem to let go of Halloween thoughts long enough.... the Gettysburg Address.... that reminds me, I want to watch National Treasure.

Looking forward to: Is Monday too early to look forward to the coming weekend? Look into that and get back to me, will ya?

Watching: Another great thing about Fall? Your favorite shows starting back up for the season. (Although my favorite show starts and runs in the Spring/Summer- I'm looking at you The Night Shift). I watch a few different shows that have started back up for their respective seasons (NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, The Big Bang Theory, Chicago P.D.), but we actually decided to try a couple of new shows out that premiered this season (Kevin Can Wait, Designated Survivor, etc.) and I landed on my new Fall favorite.... Lethal Weapon (Watch it, live it, love it). And of course, with it being October.... HORROR movies (and Halloween Wars).... Oh, and very recently (like, literally this past weekend) I've become somewhat obsessed with- Worst Bakers in America. It's just so damn entertaining.

Enjoying: The cooler weather.... the breezy evenings.... all the food that I've been continuously shoving into my face (I have insatiable hunger during cooler weather.... always have).... the fact that wearing moccasins and sweats all day/err day is acceptable again (please, like I ever stopped.... I didn't).

Working on: Learning all the new things that come along with this new "job trial.... thing" that we have going on. I pretty much know the majority of it, but there are a few new things that I don't even have a small clue about. Wish me luck, because if I screw this up.... well, I just really don't want to screw it up.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Confessions. (A link-up).

Linking up for some confessions (and in the interest of full disclosure, it's my first time.... with Nadine, that is).

-I am taking a half day at work Thursday and the whole day on Friday off, because Momma is having her second eye surgery. I'm a complete worry wart when it comes to her, so I like to be there (and she likes me to be there) for serious things like that.

-Speaking of work, I very recently got a promotion (my bosses words) and I have to admit, I'm pretty happy about it. While it's nothing crazy, I do feel like it has a bit more of a purpose at the company I'm employed at and knowing that we're stepping our game up is always a good thing.

-I cooked ribs for supper last night and realized after they were already going that we were out of bbq sauce. I tried to make some with a googled recipe and failed miserably. Like, crashed and burned.

-Have y'all heard about that movie The Shallows? I totally want to see it as shark movies are in my top three favorite kinds of movies, but.... I'm completely terrified of sharks. I know, it makes absolutely no sense and it's why I want to but also can't bring myself to learn how to deep sea dive.

-I prefer to stay at home and watch tv/eat/drink alcohol with Momma and our dog than to go out and deal with people. (And I'm not even a little bit sorry about it).

-This weather has been completely insane and I think Mother Nature is going through some emotional turmoil right now. It was in the low 60s for a few weeks and this week has been in the 80s. I'm a cold weather type of person.... bring it on. While I don't prefer freezing rain and/or snow, I do enjoy low temperatures. And this weekend is supposed to take us back down!

-I haven't done a link-up in a very long time, but I'm loving the randomness of it. Afterall, nothing says me quite like randomness.... and sarcasm. Definitely randomness and sarcasm.

-The month of Halloween is my absolute favorite. Cheers.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I'm not actually going to do it.

You guys ever have one of those moments that you think to yourself- "if I wasn't such a puss, I'd totally do that"? I am currently having one of those moments and even though I know I won't be giving into it anytime soon (if ever in my lifetime), it's still a random thought that crosses my mind.

It plagues every woman's mind at one point or another.... or continuously. And that thought?

......... maybe I should just cut my hair.

But, I don't just think "maybe I should cut my hair".... I always take it a step further by thinking "maybe I should cut my hair.... REALLY SHORT." What's the worse that could happen.... right?!

I'll tell you what the worse that could happen is, I could end up looking like some weird combo of Sméagol and Lloyd Christmas, that's what. And if we're totally honest with each other, we would just admit that the chance of that happening are pretty high.

Besides, every time I do cut my hair, I end up hating it. Like, on a whole new horizon of hate. We're talking Ursula the Sea Witch up in here. The last time my hair was long and I cut it shorter, I hated it. Legit hated it. I actually cried once; not because I hated it to the brink of tears, but once I realized I couldn't pull it up into a proper ponytail, the eye water just flowed.

And my hair is WAY longer now and I'm talking about cutting it FAR shorter than it has ever been.

I'm not actually going to do it (one, because I'm fairly certain that I'd hate it, my hair is afterall, down to the far middle of my back right now and two, because you know, Lloyd), but Momma and I were talking the other night and I told her that if I ever cut my hair "short" again, I was just gonna go all out and pixie that shit. She decided that would be the way to do it.

But for now, I'll keep my long hair (I'm still in my twenties and can relatively still "maintain" my mop.... contrary to popular belief and the fact that I regularly look like a hobo), and think about the haircut that could have been.

....And I'll leave this picture as a dare to do it.... and the other as a reminder of why I don't.