Hiking: Parc National du Mont Saint Bruno – Seigneurial Trail
Triple V is moving along quite nicely. He likes to remind us in his own ways that he will always keep us on our toes when he gives us false belief that he is falling into a routine and then changes it up right when we think we got it down. As I’m typing up this post, his favorite activity at night is rolling over from his back to sleep on his tummy and doesn’t realize that he got it all backwards and apparently most babies learn how to roll from tummy to back first but he haven’t quite mastered this 100%, more like 10%. 1 out of 10 times during tummy time, he will do it once and then forget how he did it or maybe it was all a coincidence of the right motions. Who knows, right? I’d wager that he probably doesn’t even know.
4 months vaccinations also came around and while he reacted much more this time, he was a pretty decent champ about it and settled down fairly quickly. No side effects and was overall pretty good afterwards other than some sporadic fussiness.
Our 4 months checkup got postponed for some unknown reason the morning we were supposed to go after confirming the day before. Very bizarre. We have some questions for the doc this time as we’re starting to wonder whether he’s ready for solids soon among other things.
We did a fun little Halloween photoshoot at home with a little fluffy pumpkin outfit. I’m not going to share it here but it turned out pretty nice.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2022
Toronto After Dark Film Festival was an extremely last minute decision that I signed up to give it a go as my first film festival coverage after having the baby. Its only a few days long and it offers the remote coverage option which I do love. They had some great feature films and short films this year. All my coverage is already up other than one that was requested for the review to go up a little later so you should see it soon. You can head over to my Toronto After Dark Archives to find it if you missed it.
As we are typing this up, my husband finally got COVID positive. I’m negative so I can still take care of Triple V. However, we have him quarantined in his so-called man cave so at least among all the sickness, other than having a crappy sofa to sleep on, he has all the entertainment he needs. Its been kind of a one woman show at our house. Luckily, its at the tail end of it now and we’re almost out of the self-quarantine for him and self-isolation for us.
Halloween Marathon Wrap-Up
Finally, October ends with the Halloween Marathon wrap-up! The very very sad turnout of this year really came down to just lacking motivation to write up some of the reviews because of fatigue and dealing with an inconsistent baby. I figured it wouldn’t look too huge of a catalogue even if I started early. While the marathon has ended, I will be getting those last few horror films reviewed and finish up those TV shows I had planned to watch. You will see which ones in the What’s Up section below!
I’m not going to lie, the only books I’m reading are board books and children’s books right now. I’ve gone through this Little Critters Collection that my husband’s coworker gifted to Triple V. We’re reading some early readers board books from Dr. Seuss and also my Dr. Seuss Favorites: Baker’s Dozen. That’s the general name of the collection and we’ve gone through quite a few stories since we have a little reading slot in the afternoon usually. Also, The Monster At The End of the Book and this French one that I got from some Easter thing when I was young called L’ami de Pan-Pan, I think. Triple V understands none of it but he does like to look at the pictures, some more than others.
- Hocus Pocus 2 (2022, Review)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- Home Again (2017)
- The Night House (2020)
- Patti Cake$ (2017, Review)
- Mary Poppins (1964 rewatch)
- Nightmare Alley (2021)
- Mulan (2020)
- Prey (2022)
- The Good Dinosaur (2015)
- Big Ass Spider (2013)
- Sing (2016)
- The Lair (2022, Review)
- Day Zero (2022, Review)
- Canadian Shorts After Dark (Review)
- International Shorts After Dark (Review)
- Pre-Feature Shorts (Review)
- The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
- MexZombies (2022, Review)
- Evil Eye (2022, Review)
Man, it was a busy month in movies. I actually spent a lot of time catching up on Disney Plus. The mad dash until the monthly subscription ended. I managed to catch up on the Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe with only Spider-Man: Far From Home left which is miraculously still on Netflix so will get around to wrap that up ASAP. However, surprisingly enjoyed Avengers: Endgame. Nightmare Alley was a little unexpected in a not so good way while Night House was a fantastic horror film that I’m halfway through the review. Live-action Mulan was also better than I expected much The Good Dinosaur which is a pretty underrated Pixar film in my opinion. I already talked about the Toronto After Dark stuff in the Adventures section above.
- The Floor Is Lava (Season 3, 2022)
- Nailed It! Halloween (Season 7, 2022)
- Great Escape 密室大逃脫 (Season 4, 2022)
- Beautiful Youth (2019 rewatch)
- Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition (Season 1, 2022)
- Mr. Bad 我的反派男友
- Dahmer (Incomplete, 2022)
- Drink Masters (Season 1, 2022)
Currently binging: 101 Scariest Movie Moments of All Time, Singing With Legends我們的歌 S5, Heart Signal 心動的信號S4, Rock & Roast 脫口秀大會S5, Hello Summer Relationship 相遇的夏天S4, Love Between Fairy and Devil 蒼蘭決, Unsolved Mysteries Volume 3, The Watcher, Call Me By Fire 披荊斬棘的哥哥 S2
Suffice to say that it sure looks like I’m knee deep in TV but to be honest, a lot of these are heading into their final episode this or next week. The main highlights worth talking about is probably the new Netflix shows. I always love watching Nailed It and their latest season is kind of a cross platform promotion using Halloween as their basis for some more Halloween outfit worthy shows like The Witcher and Cobra Kai. Its a pretty short season but still very enjoyable. The Floor is Lava is always fun to watch. Its kind of the next best thing since they stopped doing Ultimate Beastmaster. Next is the latest competition show around mixology Drink Masters which was a super fun competition. I mean, the creativity and the technique was not just competitive but learned a lot about the mixology terms and spirits, etc. I’m a big fan of Antoni on Queer Eye so it was enough for me to love Easy-Bake Battle which I think was a pretty creative one since it focused around cooking hacks and was all about homecooking. Finally a cooking show which is useful in my everyday life!
After all that, I guess I should address two shows on the list. The first being Dahmer which I watched about 2 episodes and decided that I’m not going to finish it. Its a rare choice for myself but call me sensitive after having a baby but it disturbed me quite a bit plus I also find the whole concept of making a show based on these events rather distasteful. I can watch these things as documentaries but making a show about it just seems wrong. You can tell me I’m wrong but hey, my husband finished watching it and also found it unnecessary and wasn’t quite as spectacular as everyone that recommended us to watch it says it is.
On a happier note, I binge watched Mr. Bad on iQiYi. Its the perfect formula of what I love in TV dramas since the main leads are two of my favorite actors and actresses in the Chinese drama world plus the show has a nice premise and a decent twist. A pretty positive show and a positive look at relationships. I’m always about those and not the lack of communication and creating drama where there normally isn’t. This one is just sweet romance with their own hurdles because of their situation.
Currently playing: Life is Strange: True Colors, Madison
I’m not exactly gaming as much as I should but I’m slowly playing a little when I get the chance. My main thing right now is finishing Life is Strange: True Colors which I finished the first episode. So far, there’s some nice ideas to it but you can still see how the developer change comes into play. Its just one chapter so I’m waiting for the next few episodes to see how it goes before making any opinions on it.
As for Madison, I am currently streaming this with my friend BrandelSavage on his Twitch channel. I’m really there to just hangout and help out and give some moral support when he gets scared. We already did 2 streams and due to the above situations that happened in adventures, the Halloween weekend stream got postponed. It should be coming up soon. So far, its an interesting horror game, we’re at a plot point that is a bit of a headscratcher so hopefully the game justifies it by the end.
That’s it for this Adventures and What’s Up for October 2022!
What have you been up to?
5 thoughts on “Adventures & What’s Up – October 2022”
Welcome to the world of kids books! I am still not out of them with Missy still learning to read at grade 2! Not sure if you are ever sending him to French immersion, but Missy teachers send packs of English and French books home since Kindergarten so I can read or she practices her reading. Her French teacher just sent a 40 books reading challenge to Missy’s class where they must read out loud to caregivers and we sign off. If they finish the task by the end of the year, they get a ‘trophy’ and a treat. Missy is FINALLY very enthusiastic about reading. She is begging me to stay so that she can read to me… (I begged her so that I can read to her for the longest time to improve her vocab in English and French. She refused and I gave up). Nice change of pace.. 🤣
I can see what other board/baby books that I can loan you so you do not feel terribly bored. It can get very frustrating once kiddo wants just that ONE book day and night for months.. (but I occasionally let her riot by reading another book because I got REALLY fed up).
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The November update actually highlighted a portion of other books I’ve been reading to Triple V. We have a lot of books already since I kept all my kids books when I was younger so it has an arrangement of Eng, French and Chinese. We alternate between them.
You are lucky that he is happy with Chinese books. Missy didn’t enjoy them. There are quite a bit of new authors that I ended up liking after getting her books on Scholastics so let me know when you want to borrow new ones.
For sure. And let me know if you want to borrow any kids novels. I have some that Missy can borrow if she wants to read more. I can send you a list if you want.
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Sure thanks for offering the books. You should tell me which movies that I borrowed off you so I return them. They are getting all mixed up with my childhood collection..