Life Lately – August Edition

Life Captures

Mustache craziness Alexiel * Storm * Vincent Vincent and Pikachu * Alexiel is proud of herself * Vincent likes the Gameboy
Mustache craziness
Alexiel ▲ Storm ▲ Vincent
Vincent and Pikachu ▲ Alexiel is proud of herself ▲ Vincent likes the Gameboy


I picked up Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon this month since it just re-released as a Nintendo Select game and I wasn’t willing to pay for the price-spiked versions on Amazon. I’m not very far into the game, but I do not like how the Professor seems to call me every minute. JUST LET ME PLAY! He seems to reference the first Luigi’s Mansion for Gamecube a few times, but it doesn’t seem like you have to play it to understand what is going on. Besides the excessive babysitting the game only lets you save after each mission, so I have to remember to leave my 3DS plugged in if I have to put it in sleep mode due to parenting duties.




One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse.

The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

Right now I’m on episode 9 of 13 of this anime as it is still currently airing in Japan. I really enjoy it, but then again I’m a sucker for Shoujo anime. I’m curious to see if Naho’s attempts at changing the future through her letter to herself will work, and what will happen to her if it does. Right now it seems that they are setting up for a parallel universe theory.


Watching this anime breaks my heart though because there is a love triangle, and Suwa is such a good guy. *sigh* Maybe I should have read the manga first so I don’t have to be on edge every week.


– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 & 2 written by Jack Thorne
Originally I wanted to give this book a three out of five rating, but the more I thought on it, the more I felt like it was “just okay”. The big “plot twist” left me to eye roll because logistically it seems improbable to have happened in the Harry Potter universe. I felt like I had read a fanfiction rather than a continued journey.

The format of the book did not bother me, but rather the characters themselves and how they were portrayed. So much angst and “emo” teenagers. It felt like a lot of boo-hoo-ing. Get off my lawn. I did enjoy the “broship” of Albus and Scorpious. I felt like that was something that would have happened in the original story line.

– Uprooted by Naomi Novik
So, where’s the dragon?” my mind wondered as I read the book, then understood. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was neat all the same. I really enjoyed Uprooted, save for some sighs of “of course she’s SUPER” and feelings that she would become “super witch” and save everyone in the end like Bella from Twilight. As it turned out, the book didn’t end the way I anticipated and it was interesting. My heart went out to the heart-trees and I wanted to know more about them and the main characters ties with them. It couldn’t be as simple as she was just born of the valley could it?


I suppose the biggest event for August is that I was officially hired and started training for my first job in just over five years. The 20th of August had me feeling very anxious in both a positive and “oh my waffles I can’t do this” way as it was my first day of training. Before that I cried over my weight gain from my second pregnancy, texted my best friend Panda about how I had no work clothes, cried to Jeremy while body shaming myself, and then started panicking because this is my first job in over five years! I have been a stay at home Mom since I was pregnant with Vincent, and now that is all changing. I no longer would be here all the time for everyone.

Once I calmed down I realized that I “totally had this” and there was nothing to worry about. I would not get things right on the first try and THAT IS OKAY! They don’t expect me to. My family would be fine, and the reason I applied for a job in the first place was because I felt I needed that change. That this type of change could help me with my depression.

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve been training and while I’ve had some stressful days because I felt I wasn’t retaining information, I have been happier and excited. I look forward to going into work and getting out of the house. So yay! Now if only I could get my boss to say my name correctly…




To Be The Very Best! #ReadThemAllThon is hosting a Pokemon Go themed Read- A- Thon and it sounds like an excellent way to check off some of the books on my “To Be Read” shelf. If you want to participate check out the original post hereThere’s more to this challenge than just reading and taking over the gym. The other challenge involves choosing a Pokemon and using your reading to gain combat points for him. Whoever owns the Pokemon with the highest CP in the end, wins the title of Pokemon League Champion and will earn a prize (to be announced), as well as bragging rights.

In all honesty I probably will not take on that aspect of the challenge. I know I am going to have a hard enough time just trying to read the books to take over the gym. If it’s something you choose to do though I wish you a lot of luck! As I progress in this challenge I will update this page as well as my Goodreads #ReadThemAllThon shelf with what I’m reading. If I have thoughts about the book I will link them to Goodreads to save any spoilers.

  • What Is It? A 3 week long reading challenge based on becoming a Pokemon Master. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead! Your reading will power up the pokemon of your choice to have a final battle in the end, so choose wisely.
  • When Is It? August 14th until September 4th. You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.
  • The Challenge/Gyms: There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book! 


I Want To Be The Very Best

02/08 Complete


Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series
This Rock-type gym is the first gym Ash and the Pokemon player ever encounters. Finish this challenge to win a Boulder Badge.

Chosen Book: Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn

Status: Incomplete

Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You Cry
This Water-type gym has a badge that looks like a droplet of your tear, so read a book that will rip your heart out. Finish this challenge to win a Cascade Badge.

Chosen Book: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Status: Incomplete


Vermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype
Vermillion City is the home to Lt. Surge and his many Electric-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book that’s been hyped all over bestseller’s list and the internet.  Finish this challenge to win a Thunder Badge.

Chosen Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling

Status: Completed Thoughts Here.

Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity
Celadon Gym is one of my favourites, because of it’s colourful Grass-type aesthetics. Read a diverse book and you will earn yourself a Rainbow Badge.

Chosen Book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Status: Incomplete


Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance
I’ve always been confused by the fact that a Poison-type gym has a heart-shaped badge. Can someone explain please. Read a book that features romance prominently and earn a Soul Badge.

Chosen Book: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

Status: Incomplete

Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supernatural Elements
Saffron City is where all the Psychic-types hang out, so for this challenge, read a bool with fantasy, magical realism, or paranormal elements. Finish this challenge to win a Marsh Badge.

Chosen Book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Status: Completed. Thoughts here.

Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover
Cinnabar Island is famous for red earth and Fire-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book with a red cover. Complete this challenge to win a Flame Badge.

Chosen Book: Beautiful You by  Chuck Palahniuk

Status: Incomplete

ReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting
The final gym is home to a Team Rocket Leader (OK, if it’s been out 10+ years you can’t cry spoilers) and Ground-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book featuring a ruined, post-apocalyptic Earth. Finish this to win yourself an Earth Badge.

Chosen Book: Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan

Status: IncompletePokeball Divider

If you decide to set out on this quest let me know! I would love to see what books others are reading to beat the gyms. Be sure to follow my own progress by viewing my Goodreads or following me on Twitter! I will also be updating this blog entry as I complete books.


Life Lately – July Edition

Life Captures

Life Lately July Edition
Alexiel ▲ Vincent ▲ Alexiel and I
Stompy Poppers ▲ Alexiel and Vincent on Mud Day ▲ Vincent taking pictures of Pokemon
PIKACHU ▲ New Keychain ▲ Onix


Beyond Ghost in the Shell: First Assault I have been playing an old game called The Longest Journey on Steam.

The Longest Journey is an amazing graphical adventure, where the player controls the protagonist, April Ryan, on her journey between parallel universes. Embark on an exciting and original journey of discovery, where you will explore, solve puzzles, meet new people, face terrifying monsters, learn, grow, and live the adventure of a lifetime!

The Longest Journey was released in 2000, so it’s sixteen years old. The graphics remind me a lot of American McGee’s Alice so it has a nostalgic feel to it. The play style is Point and Click and not something I am used to, so it initially too me a while to get into the game. I’m only on Chapter Two, but the game itself seems interesting. I just get bored waiting for April to run to the location I need. I’ve never been very patient like that.



The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a man who somehow possesses an ability that sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, allowing him to prevent it from happening. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant, Satoru’s ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years to when he was still in elementary school, giving him the opportunity to prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his classmates.

I don’t recall where I first heard of Erased. I just know that at some point I had downloaded it and saved it to watch. I was unsure what to think of it when I started watching, but quickly became hooked. I had to know what was going to happen next. My heart broke as the the story of Kayo Hinazuki was revealed, in fact I found myself in tears. Being taken from Satoru Fujinuma’s present 29 year old self, to his child self with his adult mind, and then back again to see the results of actions in the past effecting the future was interesting. It really kept you wondering just how much is enough.

I watched the subtitled Japanese version, but there is an English dubbed version coming out in October. Here is the English trailer.


July 04, 2016 – Celebrated Independence Day with fireworks! My kids love “Stompy Poppers“.
July 10, 2016 – Played the Bloodstained demo and it was AMAZING.
July 11, 2016 – Got the pins out of my foot.
July 21, 2016 – Celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. <3
July 26, 2016 – Applied for a job and nailed the interview. WOOHOO!
July 27, 2016 – Had to hole up in the bathroom with Jeremy, the kiddos, and all the pets because we were under a tornado warning. Luckily there wasn’t a tornado but we did have huge hail that took out three windows, smashed mirrors on the cars, and dented the heck out of the cars.

The phrase I hate to hear the most is, “It could have been worse”. Yes it could have, I hate saying it myself, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not okay for me to feel angry. We just got back into our house in January after a flood destroyed the bottom half of it in June 2015. We are still working through those feelings and reassuring Vincent that his house is okay. Can you imagine the anxiety a tornado warning brought? Ugh.