TV Review | Game of Thrones – Season 7

~ SPOILER ALERT~


I can’t believe there’s only one season left. I feel like so much still needs to happen.

I was glad to see that Dorne and High Garden were supporting Daenerys but then pretty much all of them died so….maybe not.

I was really rooting for Theon but when he abandoned his sister, I lost hope. They’re uncle is a tyrant, I hope he dies at some point.

Kudos to Sam for helping what’s his name get rid of his grey scale. I know he’s smart and bookish but he’s kind of always felt a little insignificant this entire time. And he left before he could find out about his father and brother. I guess he could go home now at least?

I knew that Arya’s wolf was still alive and wish they had been reunited. Also, she is finally fucking home. The one thing that I have wanted the past 7 seasons is for Arya to be reunited with her family. Should have known Peter would try to turn her and Sansa against each other. Good for Sansa, turning on him like that. And Arya the Executioner is still a badass. How old is she now like 11?

Not surprised that Cersei is pregnant but she’s getting reckless. I don’t think she’s going to have the baby. I feel like she’ll die before she can. I feel like she has to die. I was surprised when she threatened to kill Jaime though. She’s gotten even more power hungry which didn’t really seem possible. I also think she’s stupid for lying to everyone saying she’ll fight in the North and then telling Jaime no. Idk what her deal is, but she’s gotta go.

When I saw the dead army pulling that fucking dragon out of the water…………ugh. And then it just obliterated part of the wall. I feel like the dead won’t win, but I don’t know how if the Lannisters aren’t going to fight.

Okay, someone correct me if I’m wrong here. John Snow is not a bastard. He’s actually Ned Stark’s nephew and he’s a Targaryen?? Rhergar’s son – which would make him Daenerys’ long lost nephew. Of course, we only find that out as they’re fucking. Ew.

Okay. I’m ready for the end.


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Weekly Update: Whole 30 and Self Care

Life:

Week 1 of Whole30 down, woo! I was pretty tired last week due to the abrupt stop of consuming carbs and sugar. Still a little tired today but I already did my home workout before work and have not had my coffee yet so maybe that’s why.

I had to skip the gym on Thursday because I pulled my hamstring. Ugh, will definitely take more time to stretch this week.

The end of this week is the beginning of Welcome Week, meaning that my team and I will be working for 12 days straight for freshman orientation! Yay. I love it (not really). So I have 2 scheduled non-Whole30 meals. The first is during Breakfast with the Provost next Monday and then the following Monday when we go out for margaritas!

Books:

I did not read before bed every night like I wanted however, I made up for it this weekend. I finished Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (for a second time) and In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero (so damn good).

Blog:

I will post the last two season reviews for GoT soon! I”ve also started watching season 3 of 13 Reasons Why so I might review that as well


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September Self Care

Hi everyone,

August was a crappy month for me and honestly I am tired and burned out.

This month, I am making it a goal to focus on keeping my stress down (even though I am a part of the team that leads a 10 day orientation for first year students).

This is my game plan:

  • #SeptemberWhole30
    • Hopping back on the Whole30 bandwagon! The first time that I did it I lost 14 pounds without exercise! My plan this time to prevent getting bored is to stick to my favorite meals. I do miss my coffee creamer but I am trying to get along with NutPods. I got some serious meal prep done on Monday and have a little more to do today!
  • FB Abs
    • If you’ve followed me for a little while then you have heard me rave about Fitness Blender! I am using their core intensive program this month which includes 3 core workouts a week for 4 weeks. I do these on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Hit the gym
    • I would just follow FB Abs as it does include cardio and strength workouts on days that aren’t focused on the core………but I already paid for my gym membership for the year so I’m going to use it. I plan to hit the gym every Tuesday and Thursday before work.
  • Get enough sleep!
    • Being sleep deprived really strains my body but I honestly don’t always have time to get a full 8 hours. My goal is to aim for 7 hours. Last night I got more than that so we’ll see how this goes.
  • Read before bed
    • I have been really slacking on my reading because there’s just been so much shit going on. Thank you Goodreads for reminding me that I am indeed 4 books behind. I think reading before bed will help me get back into the swing since I don’t have that much time to read during the day.

Also, I finally freaking moved!!! Still waiting on some furniture and appliances but it feels so good to just have my own space.

Any additional self care tips??? I need all the help I can get at this point!


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August Wrap Up! 2019

Not much happening. August really sucked for me. Update coming soon

Other Books Read:

  • Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson

Summer Spotlight Series:

TV Reviews:

Life:

 

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Summer Spotlight Series: Berry Her with Poems

Hi all,

Time to meet our final blogger for this summer and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce you to Laura @ Berry Her with Poems!

SSS Laura

 Let’s start with an introduction: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Well, I published my first poetry book, Bright Pink Ink, last year. It contains works that pertain to falling in love, rugby, and growing up. Right now, I am preparing to move from Texas to Twentynine Palms, California where I hope to spend the next six months focusing on my own poetry collection as well as reviewing poetry books.

That is amazing! Can you tell us where we can buy copies of Bright Pink Ink? Congrats on the move, that’s very exciting. I hope it all goes smoothly!

What made you want to start blogging and how long have you been doing it?

Thanks for asking! Bright Pink Ink can be ordered through any local bookstore, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

I’ve been blogging more seriously for the past eight months though I have played around with blogs since college.

I knuckled down on it once I started my project Berry’s Poetry Book Reviews. I provide modern poets with free book reviews and donate 10% of the earnings from my publishing site and donations to a different non-profit organization every year. This year Lambda Literary will be the beneficiary!

My blog could be described as a 50/50 split between documenting my own story as a writer and sharing my poetry book reviews!

That is really wonderful Laura! If a poet wanted a book review, what would they need to do?

I’m glad you think so! All I ask is that poets shoot me a quick introduction and are able to send me a hard copy of their book. Once I have reviewed it, the book is then donated to a local library.

My reviews are my honest opinion so I don’t ask for any payment from the poets, but donations and even just sharing the content itself helps power these book reviews and raise money for the non-profits.

I am genuinely blown away by how awesome that system is. I will definitely make sure that I let people know about that!

Outside of writing/blogging, what do you like to do in your free time?

Outside of writing, I play rugby and love attempting to knit. I’m learning some new patterns so my poor nephews and nieces will have to be my models.

Nice! My university didn’t have a football team so rugby was a big deal. It’s pretty fun to watch!

As a poet, where do you get inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from a lot of different sources for me. My poem “The Crab,” for example, was inspired by research I did for a writing prompt. I have also found that trying to work with newly discovered poetry forms helps me immensely as well.

In those instances I utilize subject matter I am familiar with so I can focus on working within the parameter of the form’s structure. I typically hate puzzles but I have to admit I love the challenge of a poetry puzzle.

Funny that you say you hate puzzles. I love puzzles but as a child hated poetry because they were always used for reading comprehension and we had to study them for symbolism and themes. As my introduction to poetry it was a real turn off, so how did you get into writing poetry?

Oh that’s funny! I’ve gotten a bit more patient with puzzles recently – that’s probably because I’ve had to force myself to slow down mentally while mulling over a poem.

I think I had my first poem ever published when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. It was a silly poem about my wanting to sleep in bed all day.

I always loved reading and writing but the pillar that poetry is in my life didn’t solidify until I was about thirteen. Hormones had a lot to do with it – hah! Once high school hit, I was primarily writing poems and some short stories. I used to design comics, but the realization that I could create something with so little resources – meaning I just needed a pen and a piece of paper – and still make an artistic impact was very appealing to me.

Haha, I can totally see that. 13 can be such an interesting time in life.

If you weren’t a poet, what would be your dream job?!

Six year old me would have said cowgirl but now I would love to open my own bookstore.

Owning a bookstore would be awesome!

Are there any poets/authors that you draw inspiration from and would like to meet?

I would love to meet W. R. Rodriquez and Lauren Scharhag. I was first introduced to their work (Concrete Pastures from the Beautiful Bronx and West Side Girl & Other Poems respectively) when they sent me their books  for review. Both are very different writers, but both are fascinating to read.

Inspiration comes from all the poets who submit their work for review actually. By allowing poets to send me their work, I am opening myself to so many different perspectives and narratives I would most likely have missed on my own!

With all of the reviews that you do, you obviously read a lot of poetry. Do you read any genres outside of poetry?

I used to read mainly fantasy until high school, but then I realized how bizarre reality can be so now I have found myself attracted to memoirs, biographies and more informative texts. There is so much I don’t know about the world I live in and, while I do still enjoy fantasies from time to time, I used to employ that genre as an escape method. Now, I want to partake more fully in reality.

I recently got into memoirs as well! Particularly on audiobooks, I love hearing the authors narrate their own stories!

Do you have any advice, words of wisdom, or insight for aspiring poets?

Oh audiobooks are great!

I would advise poets to do their research and to find themselves editors they trust and respect who will actually provide helpful critiques!

That is solid advice!

Thank you again, Laura for letting me interview you.

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I highly recommend that you check out Laura’s blog. I love her content, I love how she is helping others. If you know any poets make sure that you send them her way!

 

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Summer Spotlight Series: Meerkat Musings

Hi all,

Here’s our next Summer Spotlight blogger: Ben @ Meerkat Musings!!!

Ben

Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Ooh, where to start? I’m in my late 30s, happily married with a spritely 9 year old daughter! I live in Essex, just east of London, and have done so for twelve years

Awesome! Can you tell me a bit about your blog and why you started it?

My personal blog started as a desire to express myself and chart my course through life. Along the way, it evolved into a combination of political and social commentary, a website that delved into geeky stuff (like Star Trek versus Star Wars), and a place for me to express my creativity.

I think a lot of us tend to start dipping into politics eventually. With everything going on in the world it’s really hard not to.

Your blog is called Meerkat Musings right? How did you come up with that name?

Good question! I was looking for a name that was catchy, and it just so happened to fit the persona I guess – Darth Timon and all that.

Definitely catchy! I also love meerkats, they are fun to watch and super cute. Is it true that you also have a podcast?!

Meerkats are awesome! Especially Timon! And yes, I have a podcast 🙂 https://anchor.fm/meerkat-musings – it’s early days, and it’s a work in progress, but it’ll end up being a way to be more… Eloquent, hopefully.

Nice!! I constantly forget that blogging has introduced me to people from different parts of the world so when I heard your voice I thought “oh yeah Ben has an accent” Ha

When you’re not blogging and podcasting, what do you do in your spare time?

I have what some people say is a posh accent – which is bull but there ya go! In my spare time, I like to read, mostly scifi but occasionally I’ll branch out! I also follow F1 motor racing, and I’m an armchair soccer fan. My main weakness is Nintendo, and in particular the Zelda games! My little girl is starting to get into them too, as well as Pokemon, so it’s a nice way to do a bit of daddy/daughter bonding.

If someone who does not read scifi often wanted to give it a try, what book(s) would you recommend to them?

If I were to recommend scifi, there are two series I would suggest – the Honor Harrington series, and the Lost Fleet saga. Both have quite a few books in their respective sagas, with the Honorverse being ‘realistic’ in terms of human beings and how we act, whilst the Lost Fleet has the best depictions of aliens I’ve ever read of.

Ooh nice! Two very interesting concepts there! Since you mentioned this earlier, I feel like I have to ask…….Star Trek or Star Wars?

Oooh… The ultimate question! I am gonna say… Star Trek. I love Star Wars too, but Star Trek has been so inspiring to me on so many levels, that it has to be the winner!

Nice! In your opinion, does the reboot hold up to the originals?

It’s Star Trek with a unique new… flavour I guess? It carries on the tradition of portraying people of different backgrounds as equals, yet for some reason there are plenty of ‘fans’ who are bitter about this (or bitter about style changes). It’s a shame, as they’re trying to divide the fan base.

Drama among fans. Interesting, although I can’t say I’m surprised. Is that a similar occurrence with the new Star Wars movies as well?

Very much so! There’s a lot of animosity toward Rey and Finn in particular, purely because of their sex and race respectively. That and faux outrage over the handling of Luke.

Speaking of reboots, what did you think of Timon in the new Lion King?

So, Timon, I would say he’s a, bit neurotic, like the original, in fact of all the characters, he’s possibly closest (apart from Mufasa!) to nailing the manner and nature of the original character. I dare say Nathan Lane will always be THE Timon, but Billy did a good job too!

I agree. Very well done but the original is still better. Has your daughter seen both versions?

She has – I think she prefers the original too, though she doesn’t tend to reveal her opinions beyond ‘I enjoyed that!’

Hahaha cute! Thank you again for doing this!!

If you would like know more about/get in touch with Ben, be sure to check out both his blog and podcast!


Huge shout out to Ben for letting me pick his brain 🙂

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Unexpected Hiatus and Summer Spotlight

Hi

So Summer Spotlight had to get put on hold because of a family emergency. Long story short, my cousin lost 3 children in a house fire and as you can imagine, it was a really rough time.

With that said, I won’t be posting much for the rest of month due to that, work and moving.

I have finished my Summer Spotlight interviews so I will try to post them before the month is over.

~Rae

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