Dec 7, 2014

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Sunday Podcasts : Serial

I feel like I’m ridiculously late to the podcast party, but that’s not necessarily true. I’ve been listening to Welcome to Night Vale for awhile, I was a relatively early adopter (thanks, Tumblr!) But more recently, since I’m at a job that doesn’t involve a lot of face to face interaction, if increased my podcast consumption greatly.
Anyway, on every other Sunday for a bit, I’m going to be writing about the podcasts that I’m listening to. I listen to podcasts on a pretty wide range of topic so maybe folks will find this interesting.
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Serial Podcast
Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.”
Apparently, Serial is the most popular podcast in history. I won’t lie, I first heard about this podcast shortly before episode 10 came out. And I devoured it rapidly. Like, two days rapidly. I’m seriously obsessed. If you clicked the link above, you’ll see that Adnan Syed is getting his case appealed. Which is pretty exciting. I’m honestly not entirely sure where I stand on the case, but the story is so fascinating. It raises so many questions, a lot pertaining to…well there seems to be a lot of reasonable doubt, that existed in 1999 too.
Sarah Koenig is engaging and her enthusiasm for the case is infectious. The mixing for the podcast is brilliant, there Koenig will read transcripts and notes, there are recordings from phone calls, interrogation, the court and phone calls with Syed. I’m thoroughly engrossed. But it also brings you back down to earth, someone is lying. Someone did kill Hae Min Lee. It’s a reality that’s always there, and it looms.
Serial is definitely a podcast you need to pay attention to. There are details, facts and just an overall breadth of information that you will be taking in. I wasn’t sure how a documentary podcast would work out, especially one broken into chapters as Serial is. But I’m already eagerly awaiting for what happens next.
And Serial is coming back for season 2 and while I’m not entirely ready for this story to end, I’m excited to see what comes next.

Dec 5, 2014

November Pulls & Picks

This month I kept my pulls & picks to a minimum. Good for me!
Penny Dora started up, I added Bat Girl. I finally cancelled Supreme: Blue Rose and then I added Dark Horse’s Lady Killer which starts up in January.
November Pulls
Pulls:

  • Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #1 
  • Wytches #2 
  • Bat Girl #36 
  • Lumberjanes #8 
  • Sleepy Hollow #2  
Picks:
  • Tooth and Claw #1
November Pulls
I’m really liking Wytches. It’s so creepy and dark. There’s been polarizing reviews about this Bat Girl art but as it’s the first Bat Girl I’ve read I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. The two page spreads? Amazing. Sleepy Hollow is great because it’s technically canon.
Tonight's diverse reading.
I’m still working my way through a few and some of the trade paperbacks from last month. My bad. I did however read Pix and Batman: Year One (my first ever Batman!) for the comic shop and I wrote a review and write up, respectively.

Dec 3, 2014

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Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag : Girl meets glitter

Hello, belated, old friend. Here’s my November Ipsy Bag.
Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag


  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in submissive - This reminds me of a potted version of UD’s Primer Potion in Sin. I like this a lot, as I tend to prefer my shadow primers in pots. That said, as usual, Be a Bombshell’s packaging is kind of subpar and I feel like I can keep twisting the lid on and it’s never going to be fully secure. 
  • Elizabeth Mott you’re so FINE Eyeliner in glitterati - This smells totally weird, and despite the fact that I don’t really do glittery things around my eyes, I kind of like have this eyeliner stashed. I won’t like though, I almost exclusively use felt tip liquid liner pens or pencil liner. I’m so out of practice that I have to re-learn how to use this. That said, this liner will be great for holiday parties. 
  • J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in red potion - Inspired by OCC Lip Tars? Possibly. I like this more than the two Lip Tars I’ve used. It’s easier to apply and lasts pretty well. I’ve also put this on top of other dark colors for an extra bit of pop. 
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray - I rarely use hairspray, generally just a fine mist on my bangs. I’m honestly not sure if this is any better than my Suave Professionals fine mist hairspray that I use. This will probably reside in my office for touchups if needed. 
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter in pink pearl - I love highlighter. Please, let me bathe in highlighter. I was wary of this since Temptu specializes in airbrush makeup. This lil’ guy is definitely getting stashed in a to go makeup bag for travelling since it’s such a convenient size. 
  • Ipsy the bag - I won’t lie, I totally wish this was holographic glitter.

Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag
Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag
Ipsy November 2014 Glam BagIpsy November 2014 Glam Bag

And for some housekeeping: I did my first ever (serious) blog redesign. It’s got one column! And tabs! You should totally check it out.
It should, at least hypothetically, work on mobile but I’ve only been able to check it on my iPhone.

Nov 3, 2014

October Pull List


I figured as I get more into comics I would share my pull list. Above is my massively massive haul from October.
  • Wytches #1 
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
  • Batgirl #35 
  • Gotham Academy #1
  • Lumberjanes #6 and 7 (6 was released in September, a late pickup)
  • Supreme: Blue Rose #4
  • Rachel Rising and Resident Evil (Halloween freebies!)
  • Sleepy Hollow #1
  • Edward Scissorhands #1
  • Grimm's Ghost Stories (50 cent bin!)
  • American Vampire #1
  • Locke & Key vol. 1 and 2
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 1
Honestly, I'm super behind in a fair few things. But I'm seriously, seriously digging Wytches as it appeals to the feral child who used to scare herself playing in the woods. And The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Yes please. I even dressed as Sabrina for Halloween!
Ms. Marvel is our November Ladies' Night read and I was planning on reading it anyway (I have the first few issues on Comixology) so I'm excited for that.
October Pull

So what's actually on my pull list? Just the above. While I LOVE the art of Supreme: Blue Rose, I may stop my subscription soon. Especially since Penny Dora and the Wishing Box starts up this month and I never even meant to have this big of a pull list (seriously, I went to the comic shop for Lumberjanes.)
I think I'm going to make this a monthly post. And I think over the course of the month I may post more in-depth reviews of issues/trades.

Oct 30, 2014

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Quilted : skull quilt

Skull Quilt

Way, way back in August I posted about the beginnings of my quilt.
Well, I set a goal to finish it and I finished it way ahead of schedule. I'm crazy proud of myself for that one.
Skull Quilt

I'm just sharing it now, because well, it's the season for it. The colors are showing a bit brighter than they are in real life but it's not too far off. It's definitely less highlighter-y (especially as compared to below.)
Skull Quilt

I used the Basket Case pattern from Boo Davis' Dare to Be Square Quilting. There were some issues with strip numbers, as in I was told to cut too few of some based on the pattern. But with the amount of fabric that was required for the project, it wasn't a huge deal.
Skull Quilt

I ordered all of my solid and backing fabric and supplies from fabric.com. They had crazy good deals and crazy fast shipping. And I'm sort of obsessed with the backing fabric, it's from Alexander Henry and a collection called The Ghastlies -- the fabric was called Ghastly Bramble. The mixed in patterned pink and blacks are from Joann Fabrics. I decided to go a bit weird with the brown and blue one, but the pattern has similar vibes to the backing fabric.
Skull Quilt

I think with this quilt, not being 12 and setting a schedule (and working on it compulsively, despite the August heat) was a massive help to getting it done on time. Plus I'm just better at cutting, sewing and patience now. That said, I'm still working on getting to the "this quilt is meant to be used" stage of quilt ownership. But letting it chill on the ground for photos probably helped with that.
Skull Quilt

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