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Over Christmas and New Year’s I got exposed to some new-to-me music, movies, games, and books. One game especially kinda pulled it all together. There’s a card
game named Slash in which you try to find the best mate for each character. All the character cards are from TV, movies, and books. This brought to my attention to how many cards I needed to discard since I was at a loss as to who or what the character was.

I would love to get recommendations for all types of media in the new year. It is so readily available but it’s like diving into the middle of the ocean. Where to begin?
It doesn’t have to be new media either. For example, I watched Die Hard just before Xmas for the first time. Alan Rickman makes a cool bad guy and I hope he’s enjoying some peace just now. Oh, and dear god, get that cop some shoes.

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So, can you recommend some media to me?

  • Movies–I like comedies, romances, thrillers, action films. Not keen on angst ridden, artsy films nor horror flicks. Although, classic horror is good.
  • Television–Similar to movies. I like crime shows and comedies. Such as NCIS, Castle, and Parks &  Recreation.
  • Anime or Cartoons–I love all things Studio Ghibli. I am not into mech.
  • Books/Graphic novels–Mostly fiction/fantasy/sci-fi and some biographical nonfiction.
  • Music–I really like singable and dance-able music and sometimes I need chill background music.
  • Podcasts–I like em short, informational (somewhat), and funny.
  • Games–Solitaire type games, two person/small crowd, cards, dice, paper–I’m easy.
  • Recipes–I love cooking! I am not the most experienced, but I love playing with recipes!

Here are a few things I’ve been taking in recently:

  • Movies–Watch Die Hard if you haven’t. If only to hear Alan Rickman say “Yippie Ki yay, mother fucker” one more time. (Spoiler: https://youtu.be/7tKr5XRPGmQ)
  • Television–iZombie has been getting recommended to heaps of folks by me. I want to get into Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series.
  • Anime or Cartoons–Last animated feature I watched was Animatrix (again)–some not so bad ones in there.
  • Books/Graphic novels–Reading Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.
  • Music–Uhm, I have been listening to same playlists for years…
  • Podcasts–Thrilling Adventure’s Sparks Nevada Marshall on Mars is great!
  • Games–I enjoyed King of Tokyo over the holidays among several others.
  • Recipes–I don’t know why but homemade chicken salad is so simple and worth every ounce of effort.

Please leave me some recommendations in the comments below. I would absolutely love all input! I can quickly do a search and read a quick blurb on the media you suggest, but I would much rather like to know why are you recommending this? I assume because it was good, but it is thinky, inspiring, funny, great for a party, perfect with a cup of tea?

 

12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates

I have been dying to share this!! Just dying! 12 months of pre-planned and pre-paid dates was my main Christmas gift to Kit in 2013. Our first date kinda flopped because there was some idiotic things I couldn’t control. However, we are back on schedule.

12datesimagepinI found this idea of 12 Pre-Planned Dates on Pinterest. There are tons of them all over the internet. The blogger I linked had some great tips but the blog was a touch sparse when it came to actual ideas. I believe that was on purpose. The original blogger didn’t want you to do an exact copy because she wanted her readers to get creative and make it their very own. I am will toats share all of mine, never fear. I do stand behind her in saying: Make this your own! Don’t just copy the dates, sit down and put some serious thought into things that the two of you would like to do together.

For example, some couples may hate to cook together, but that is a great togetherness time that my husband and I have. I also wanted to keep these 12 dates on a very serious low budget. I think all together I spent less than $50. Those are some legit dates if you ask me.

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What is this all about?

Come up with 12 date ideas. Write 12 letters, grab and label 12 envelopes and make sure to include anything needed to complete the date. Especially items like, printed off directions, brochures of destination, recipe cards, gift cards, or other specific things (like food coloring to go with a cookie recipe).

About a week before the new month open the envelope and pick a day to have your pre-planned date! So you would open the February date envelope sometime during the last week of January.

January

My plan for January was to get a $5 gift card for this local theatre that mostly does live performances. They promised to have several $2 movies they would show during January and the schedule of shows would be available–to include in my envelope–by mid December. Sadly, the show schedule didn’t come out until January and the shows are all scheduled for February.
To make matters worse the gift card to the theatre got lost in the mail somewhere. It might be in my PO box…silly mail. We hope to hold three dates in February, the Jan-date, Feb-date and something special for Valentine’s Date. March will feel uneventful after our crazy February ends.

February

I want each month to have its own blog post after we have the date, but since Kit has opened the February envelope I can summarize it here. 20140126_090222February’s envelope includes: A bandana, a small tub of Wilton’s rose pink coloring, a recipe for super pink chocolate chip cookies, and a letter with instructions. The instructions essentially say that our challenge is to make chocolate chip cookies will taking turns being blindfolded.
I suppose if you wanted to analyze what this does for the relationship it can be noted that this is a trust building exercise. The blindfolded person must depend on the unimpaired partner to help make measurements.
My mom has asked about 15 times already….So yes, if you’re wondering it will probably be a naked cooking date. We’re adults and we can be naked. Hahaha, it also may be more amusing this way.
One of the best parts, in addition to nudity, is that we will have awesome super bright pink cookies to nosh when we finish the date. Milk and cookies is what’s up!

March

This one is a surprise! You’ll have to wait a month!! But I promise to continually add to this list so you know what we’re up to throughout the year.

Happy Dating!

~Kat~

Caught Her Breath

I am deeply sorry that I haven’t been blogging. Work and life have become a whirlwind. My park and job reopened and I started a new part time job simultaneously. My part time job has full time hours right now because of training.

Shortly, Kit and I will go intermittent from the park. In the upcoming lean months we will be forced to get more creative with cooking and eating in more. I love that about winter. We go out to eat less and eat food that is wholly more delicious because it is seasoned exactly as we want it.

My newest work-family has been very welcoming. There is even a birthday potluck that I am looking forward to participating in.

In addition to working and starting a new job, I have joined the community choir. We had our second practice this past Tuesday. We have a fun selection of songs and have practiced six of the ten we will perform in early December.
Not much else to report. The days and nights are getting colder which makes me want to brew hot tea and curl up with a book. I just hope I have some time soon to do that reading and snuggling.

~Kat~

Day 286: My Pops

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This is my dad in his natural and entirely happy habitat.
I think my dad had a good Christmas. You know, how I know? He didn’t go back to bed. He loves naps buuuuuut…

We got him Non-alcoholic beer and a big book of sudoku puzzles. He is sporting his favorite causual wear–his bath robe.

You may think I’m joking but he was tickled with his Xmas presents. He sat and enjoyed his NA beer, sudoku and after a bit some decaf coffee.

He is a strange kid, but I love him anyway.

Day 280: Acorn Ornament

Part of my December Adventivities.
This was one of the ornament crafts that I found on Pinterest and altered. Many of the acorn cap balk ornaments were a little more fancy than mine. It took some time to complete, so I would only make this again if I wanted to do some crafty gifts.

I was picky, which means this craft took a lot more time than it should have. I finally found some foam balls that appeased my expectations. They were white, of course, so I first painted them with a deep brown and allowed them to completely dry.

Next, I prepped my tools. I heated the hot glue gun, made sure all my caps were clean, and cut an appropriate length ribbon.

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I can’t give you an exact length for ribbon everyone likes their ornaments to hang just right on their tree. I took deep brown ribbon. I think the ribbon was either a half inch or 3/4 inch width.

I recommend taking both ends, overlapping and gluing them to the bottom of the ball. Glue little by little up the side of the ball and mash the ribbon flat. This will enable you to glue the caps down flat on top of the ribbon. Once you glue the ribbon you should have a loop left over for hanging.

After your ribbon is glued down, you can begin gluing on the acorn caps. Start by putting one at the bottom so it hides your ribbon overlap. From there, just do what feels right. I packed my acorns pretty tightly but perhaps you want a little brown paint to show through.

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I also added little silver bells in periodic places. If you do this as well, be careful how much hot glue you stick it to. One of my bells doesn’t ring because I buried it in glue. They should have a nice tinkling sound not a dull sound.

Even though I burned my finger tips a bunch this was really fun to make! I might make some as gifts for next year if I get started early enough.