Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Express Yourself: Childhood Halloween Costume

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: What is a costume you wore for Halloween as a child?

Being born in 1981 I wore many awesome Halloween costumes as a kid, I vaguely remember the year of the carebear costume with the mask I could barely breathe out of.  Or the year we were in Montreal for Halloween to visit my Grandfather and my mom dress me up as a Hobo.

I think my favourite childhood Halloween costume though was the year I was a bunny, because bunnies are awesome.  Plus I really love face paint.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Saga Volume One

I had been on the hunt for the first volume of Saga for quite a bit of time but I was having a little bit of trouble locating it.  Everyone had Two and Three but One was nowhere to be found.  Mike added it to his handy dandy list of books that I was looking for and he managed to locate it in no time flat.  (I don't understand how that works but he does live in an area better populated by book and comic sellers than I do)

Saga had been briefly described to me by a friend which piqued my interest and I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself in for but I really didn't.  I am not sure I even know where to begin on a review of this.

The art is simply stunning, it just blows my mind how it goes from eerie to downright creepy to breathtakingly beautiful.  There are a few panels I would love to see as prints to hang up on my walls.

Vaughan and Staples depict the world of Marko and Alana so vividly that I couldn't help but fall in love with it and get emotionally invested in their story.  Which of course made me want to kick myself when I got to the end of Volume One as I didn't have the next ones lined up and ready to read. I did however pick them up in Hamilton so I am excited to read them when I get a chance.

Have you read Saga?  Did you enjoy it?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Songs That Get Stuck In My Head

I have a song stuck in my head today so I thought I would share it with all of you in an attempt to get it out.

Do you remember the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio? I think that was the first time I heard this song.  I also think it was the only DiCaprio movie from that era I really liked and I have a very strong desire to watch it after listening to this song.

I wonder if it holds up after all this time?

Celebrate The Small Things: October 17, 2014

It's time again for the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.  It's a chance to look back over the week and remember the things big and small that made it a little brighter.

This year my sister took over the hosting of Thanksgiving dinner (and did a fantastic job) so instead of making a huge meal I got to bake and I made my first ever pumpkin pie.  It turned out quite well if I do say so myself.

On Saturday night we took a tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres in Toronto and learned all of the ghost stories.  It was pretty fantastic and the theatres are gorgeous.

Over the weekend to come the monkeys and I are planning on going to some sort of natural education thing that Cat brought home from school.  They teach the kids how to use a compass, recognize dangerous plants and churn butter.  The kind of things we learned in 4H back in the day.  They are pretty excited.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thrusday: Hammer Town Comic Con 2013

This picture is from last year's Hammer Town Comic Con which is now called Hamilton Comic Con. It was a fantastic time being their first year running the convention and this was one of my favourite pictures of the day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Express Yourself: Halloween Plans

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: Do you have any Halloween plans?

As I am sure you can probably imagine Halloween is usually a huge deal around our house, there is usually trick or treating and then the adults go out on the weekend.  This year though it falls on a Friday which throws everything out of whack.

There is still the planned trick or treating with the kiddos (princess and Ender-man respectively) but the usual going out with my sister and friends has been put off due to also having a family party to go to on Saturday.  I will still be dressing up though.  (I shall be a kitty for work and a TARDIS for trick or treating)

I do however have all sorts of fun activities to participate in with the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club for their Halloween Party.  Which should be super fun!

What are you doing for Halloween?

Book Review: A Father For Christmas

I am not a big romance reader, I tend to find them to be very cookie cutter reads.  I found Rachelle Ayala's 'A Father for Christmas' to be anything but cookie cutter.  It was a quick, heartwarming read that broke up the heavier stuff that I usually read.

Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. 

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's criminal past threatens her chance for happiness.

Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

I found Kelly and Tyler to be very real people which was refreshing for a romance novel and made for a much better read then most I have come across.  I really enjoyed their story and how it unfolded.

If you like romance novels that aren't too fluffy and trite then this is a good one to read.

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