Spook-tober Week Three

October 12-18 Book: The Creepers by David Morrell A group of people who explore abandoned buildings get trapped in an old hotel by a mad man. Very gripping and fast paced!!

October 13 TV Show – The Haunting of Hill House: Episode 5

October 14 TV Show – The Haunting of Hill House: Episode 6

October 15 Movie: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – tomatoes start killing people. It’s a horror spoof, and it’s quite funny!!

October 16 TV Show – The Haunting of Hill House: Episode 7

October 17 TV Show – The Haunting of Hill House Episodes 8-10 This Show is based on the novel by Shirley Jackson and follows a family that moves in to the haunted house to flip it. It goes back and forth between their childhood and adult lives. It’s definitely worth the watch and full of jump scares!!

October 18 Movie – The Haunting: Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, a doctor doing a study on fear gets three people to stay in Hill House. The one woman sees ghosts of children and is intent in solving what happened to them. Watched the one from 1999 with Liam Neeson.

October 18 Book : started reading The Nightmare by Robin Parrish

October 19 TV Show – The Terror: Episodes 1 & 2

October 20 TV Show – The Terror: Episodes 3 & 4 Gave up on this show, I didn’t much like it. Explorers travelling by ship through the arctic in the mid 1800’s are terrorized by a bear.

October 20 Movie – Beetlejuice: An old classic about a couple who pass away and then try to get the new people out of their house, and a silly villain who tries to meddle with them.

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Spook-tober – Week Two

October 4 – 12: I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. A strange carnival arrives in the middle of an October night; Will and Jim find themselves caught up on a spooky situation. They enlist Will’s Dad for help. I thought it would be spookier, but it was well written!!

October 7 Movie – Night Train: A conductor and two passengers discover a dead passenger with a mysterious box and start plotting to keep what’s inside. More of a thriller than a horror.

October 7 Movie – The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Haunting, super scary demonic presence, and a creepy old man ghost. Good thing Ed and Lorraine save the day! Now to find out more about that Nun!

October 8 Movies – Ghostbusters Marathon: Watched the two Ghostbusters movies from the mid 80’s staring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver. Then watched the new one with Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Great movies!!

October 12 – New Netflix horror show The Haunting of Hill House: Watched episodes 1-3…very spooky!! Flashbacks from a family who lived in Hill House during their childhood.

October 12 – Started reading The Creepers by David Morrell

October 13 – Episode 4 of The Haunting of Hill House: there’s a spooky ghost in this one!!

Today I Feel Like Screaming

Today I feel like screaming. It’s like I’m full of frustration, but I don’t know why. Maybe because it feels like Monday on a Tuesday. Maybe because I have a lot of stuff to think of and do but I don’t feel like dealing with any of it. Maybe it’s hormonal. Maybe it’s because it snowed and I just want to curl up with my dog and a book.

I should do a huge journal entry and figure out how to fix these feelings. Figure out how to get rid of the one deep down that’s frustrating me the most, because right now I really don’t know what to do.

Spook-tober – Week One

During the month of October I like to enjoy spooky movies and books. This series of posts will tell you which ones I enjoyed this year!!

September 30 to October 4: I read Thirteen (13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror) which was edited by T Pines. It is just a bunch of spooky stories written by authors such as Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine in the young adult genre. Some spooky, some intense, some corny.

October 1 Movie – Deadline: An artist who is recovering from a breakdown heads to an old Victorian house to focus on her screenplay and spooky stuff starts happening. Brittany Murphy plays the lead roll. Kind of twisted and confusing, a couple jumps.

October 2 Movie – The Conjuring: A family is tormented by a demonic spirit in a house full of ghosts, super scary!!

October 3 Movie – My Boyfriend’s Back: This is a zombie comedy from the 90’s. super funny, but also a bit creepy!!

October 4 Movie – Howl: I wasn’t too into this one. The premise is good, it’s about a bunch of people on a train who get stranded and are hunted by a wolf like beast. I may have been to distracted by some side projects for this one. Werewolves aren’t one of my favourite Halloween creatures either though…

October 4 : I started reading Something Wicked This Way Comes…

October 5 Movie – Thirteen Ghosts: This one is an old classic (from my teen years) where a family gets trapped in a crazy house with 12 ghosts. The ghosts are horrid looking! It’s a good one though!

October 5 Movie – MaleVolent: A new Movie on Netflix where a brother and sister pretend to be ghost hunters who help ghosts move on, and end up with more than they bargained for. It was pretty intense and had a big twist that I didn’t see coming!

It was one spooky week!!

I’m Good

For a while I felt like I was in a rut. Then I had this dream about someone and it prompted a crush, maybe an impossible one. We started chatting, but it didn’t seem like it was going anywhere. Finally he said he just wants to be friends…but also made it seem like that’s just a “for now” thing. I suppose it could be a case of bad timing. Then I was a bit confused as to what to do from there.

I thought about it and I realized, I’m good. I don’t need a relationship, but I’d like to have one. There’s just something about having a human partner (for me, a gentleman) to spend time with. Eventually I’d like to have a family, be a wife and Mom, it’s something I’d like in my future.

For now, I’m good. I’m doing my own thing. I’ve joined a social club and I am meeting people. I have friends and family close by to hang out with. I have friends and family far away to keep in touch with. I do fun things with my dog, and he’s awesome!

Soon, I will be turning 36. I don’t “feel my age” or feel like I’m behind. I am enjoying where I am now! I love myself. I have some things I would like to work on, but nothing too drastic to change. I’m excited about the future and I’m not worried about anything right now. I’m good!!

Death at a Funeral

This weekend I did a very fun thing!! I watched both versions of Death at a Funeral! It was quite interesting to watch and compare the two movies!! They are both the same plot line. The family’s patriarch dies and everyone is gathering for the funeral. Hilarity ensues.

The first one is a British dark comedy.

I felt like this one was a bit more serious. Hilarious things were happening, but no one really showed any real emotion or drama. It was almost the same tone the whole time. First the wrong body is brought to the house, when the right one finally comes the elder son basically just says thank you. Then the niece of the patriarch is bringing her boyfriend who is super nervous at family functions, so when they stop to get her brother she gives her boyfriend a “Valium” to stop him from being so nervous. It wasn’t a Valium. I think boyfriend’s reaction to the drug is the funniest part of the movie.

In both movies, Peter Dinklage plays the same character. A lover who never got mentioned in the will who is out to get something for all his sacrifice. He does well in both movies.

The newer version focuses on an African-American family. The same things happen but the reactions and the side jokes are way funnier in the second version. I’ve seen this version twice and I still laughed. Chris Rock is always pretty funny, as is Tracy Morgan who plays a bumbling friend of the family who gets in some awkward situations with the great-Uncle.

I recommend doing a comparison for yourself, but if you do have to choose one, I would go with the newer version myself!

I’d give longer critiques but I don’t want to give too much away!!

Frustrated

It feels like we spend so much of our lives hoping something with turn out to be different than it is. We wish for things we never get. Then finally you learn that you can’t wait anymore and you have to make things happen if it’s something you can control, or you have to move on. Still sometimes deep down you hope for something, even though your grown up mind knows it’s not going to happen and you’re forcing yourself to move on. It’s exhausting. When will it change? When will the thing you want actually happen? How long do you have to focus on something else before that unexpected thing is supposed to come along?

Kindness

Today I was sitting at my desk in the office staring at my computer when a woman walked by. Then she came in and said “You look like you’re hard at work.”

“Yep,” I replied.

“I’ve been giving people who are working hard one of these,” she said as she set down a bag. She proceeded to pull out a Tupperware container filled with tiny cupcakes. “Chocolate zucchini cupcakes. I had the itch to do some baking last night. I brought some to my landlord and she gave me another zucchini so I had to bake more.”

She hands me a tiny cupcake. “Thank you!” I exclaim.

She then told me that when she moved in to the place where she was living there was a box of old cloth bags and she just happened to pull out one from the college. It worked because that was where she was going.

She was then on her way. I stared at the cupcake for a while wondering if I should eat it, but the delicious chocolate scent got me and I devoured it in two bites. It was very soft and moist. A delicious little snack to tide me over until lunch time.

What a nice gesture!

Forgiveness

I forgive myself for being emotional for a couple days. I’ve struggled a lot over the years with anxiety and depression, but I have learned how to cope with it and level myself out. The past year I haven’t done much crying. Sometimes emotions build up and you can try to take some time to get them out because you need to, but i hadn’t been able to actually cry for so long! Lately I’ve been feeling a lot of emotions and feelings I haven’t felt in a long time. They are mostly good feelings but they can be quite overwhelming too. Also, there are some hormones in there too. I’ve gone through a lot of things not so great in the past and I’m a bit scared too. So yes, I forgive myself for being emotional, a little negative, and crying. I’m feeling so much better for it!

Product Review

I went grocery shopping yesterday and I was in the aisle looking for face lotion (which I didn’t find.) I noticed that some of the Biore products were on sale and one said baking soda. I read a book a while ago where the woman used Bicarbonate of soda in everything. So, I know baking soda is good. I’d also seen lots of posts on Pinterest for face masks and cleanses that have baking soda in them. I have tried one once, and I found that baking soda is kind of uncomfortable on your face but I didn’t think of that when I was making my purchase. I do often put some baking soda in my bath with Epsom salt and essential oil because it is a cleanse type bath.

Anyways, I tried the product for the first time last night. It was interesting and I didn’t expect anything because I didn’t read the directions. I thought a face wash is a face wash. You pour it in the palm of your hand and lather up and scrub your face. Not rocket science.

So I opened the top and poured what I expected to be soap into my hand. It was a powder! So cool! Then it lathers right up. I put it on my face and it felt cool (and awesome too.) It was a cooling and clean sensation. I feel like my skin seemed a bit brighter today. I’ve only used it twice but I quite enjoyed it. We’ll see what happens after more consecutive uses. I’m happy with my purchase though!