Monday, 20 February 2017

I've been watching #1 - Stranger Things Season One

So this week I got an email from Netflix offering me another free trial, an offer which I took up and I knew before I had even finishing re-registering what I was going to watch......

I was born in 1978 so my formative years were definitely during the Eighties, so when I heard about a supernatural new tv show that was wonderfully retro with a cool soundtrack, cute kid actors who give some adults a run for their money and the triumphant return of Winona Ryder plus a shed load of on edge moments well I was sold.  

Well apart from the fact I didn't have Netflix but the TV on demand gods heard me and you know what I might keep it on past it's month.  Anyway I digress!

I have only watched the first three episodes of this but I am already hooked, the sort of hooked which has me racing to wikipedia to find out about the cast, looking on Amazon for merch and the considering of creating a Pinterest board devoted to it.

In short I love it, it scared the crap out of me after five minutes, it scared the crap out of me about twelve minutes in but my god it is good.

The basis is a group of four best friends, one of them goes missing and the story follows the hunt for the missing boy whose mother is played by Winona, who is perfectly cast as the chain-smoking, slowly unhinging Mom.

I don't want to say too much about it in case you haven't watched it but it is the perfect fusion of retro supernatural horror with a lot of tween/teen angst and 80's theming.  I mean they closed with The Bangles one episode, whats not to love.

So if you are looking for something to watch that is a little bit special, try this.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

PODCASTASTIC #3 - Pop Everything

The day that I walked in to Night Vale was the day I fell in love with podcasts.  

My phone how ever got pissed off quickly as it liked Angry Birds and that went to the great recycle bin in the cloud to make way for episodes of quirky shows that me, the owner of said phone likes!

Anyway this week I am listening to......

I am a huge fan of the Complete Guide to Everything, in fact at the moment it is the only podcast I listen too, well this one is the exception as it is TCGTE's pop culture spin-off.

Pop Everything is full of the humour that I have come to expect from Tim and Tom plus it has regular guests appearing to lend a hand.  

I've only listened to a couple including the one of the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton and a very funny one where Tim and Tom's friend from England gives them some British comedy classics to watch.

The only downside about Pop Everything is that they don't seem to update it very often which is no biggie as I still have TCGTE to listen to but whilst this is still kicking I'd recommend a listen.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

I'm Excited For....#1 - New Funko Range!!

Today I am excited for........

Unveiled at the London Toy Fair and soon to be an addition to my bookshelf as soon as I can order them!!

I mean whats not to love and I love Parks & Rec!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Hey! I bought this! #1 - Punky Pins

I am a woman and I like shopping, it was my friends birthday the other week so I used this reason as a thinly vieled excuse to accidentally buy myself something whilst looking for her present.

She loves many things including Tom Hardy and Parks & Rec, this led to me finding some pretty cool sites including Punky Pins where I was sucked in straight away by their cute wares, I made a purchase!

So for this my first post of Hey! I bought this, I bought this!!!!!

I think it is adorable, I am a coffee addict so it really suits me to a tee!  Anyway check them out! I'm eyeing up their Stranger Things pins for my next purchase!

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My 3rd Blogging Anniversary

So this time about three years ago I decided to start a food blog, you see several months beforehand I had discovered Pinterest and quickly become obsessed with all the pretty pins especially those food ones.  

I started reading the blogs that were attached to the pins and discovered some fantastic sites, at the time I had just been made redundant, job hunting was going badly so I found myself with a lot of time on my hands.  

Maybe I could blog too! 

I could become a food blogger because how difficult really is it to take a nice picture of a cupcake or a tasty pie.

Holy crap it is hard to take a decent picture, I quickly decided that I was out of my mind if I could be the next Pioneer Woman so decided that the one thing I did know inside and out was books, I like them, I read them, I own them, a lot of them.  Maybe I could talk about them,

So I did.

My first review was Article 5 by Kristen Simmons and as I type this I revisited it for the first time in three years and to me it looks awful but hey it got 44 views! I was happy!

I didn't understand anything about commenting on other blogs, sharing stuff on social media, I really just learnt as I went along, I'm still learning now, blogging is like learning another language.

To begin with I loved blogging, even if nobody was reading it felt good to sit down a just blah out my thoughts, gradually I gained the courage to start popping by other blogs and people started commenting on mine, I felt part of a community.

However a job came my way and my kids got older and my blog started to feel more like a chore than I joy.  Books that I had looked forward to reading I was dreading, I was tired and reading was far down my list never mind blogging.  However I prevailed and managed to muddle through.

Anyway that last bit sounded gloomy. so I will say this blogging is hard and I have huge respect for all bloggers that consistently manage to get post after post out but I really can't compare myself to them, blogging has taught me that we are all different aren't we? It is easy to compare yourself to other bloggers, but don't that is the worst thing you can do, be yourself and be original.

So to save myself from blogging burnout I am embracing scheduling, it will kill me but hell I am an adult I can plan.  It seems to be the way forward and it will help a lot, heck I could be a smart arse and do my 4th anniversary post after this one!

I have also embraced a couple of wonderful sites that are proving great for graphics which I will talk about in posts to come but they have made life easier and prettier looking.

So happy anniversary to this random redhead and if you are thinking of giving up your blog, I'd advise take a break, take a long hard look and take a chance.

Thank you all for supporting me!!

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