What’s Up…Wednesday

I’m sure someone has thought about this title before for a Wednesday segment. However, its not going to be a fixed segment unless you all love it! I’m just really exhausted from work and can’t seem to find the energy to wrap up a TV Binge post that I’m working on so wanted to do something quick and fun. There will be a reblog later today for the Ultimate 90’s blogathon’s next review by a lovely lady blogger. You can head over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to read it sooner.

What’s up with everyone? What have you been watching, reading, binging, loving, listening and playing?

Watching & Binging

Cardinal

Cardinal (TV Series)

Chef's Table (Season 3)

Chef’s Table (Season 3)

Riverdale

Riverdale

I’m not exactly binging any of these mostly because Riverdale and Cardinal are both going on right now and only updated weekly. Cardinal is a six part mini series (or eight, I can’t remember) so its about to end soon and we’re one part behind. Like it a lot! Riverdale was something I didn’t know was going on. I had thought it was a Netflix Originals which it isn’t so I need to wait for it to be updated weekly and I know myself that eventually I’ll fall behind, no matter how much I like it. Riverdale’s first 1.5 episode was really not doing it for me but in the second half of the second episode, I do say that I like it a lot more now. The twist on these Archie comics characters is very awesome. And well, I love Chef’s Table so I didn’t want to wait to watch the new season.

Watching/Binging Next: Ultimate Beastmaster

Did you see this trailer? Its starting this Friday and I’m excited!

Reading

What Maisie Knew The Good Marriage

Not my original intention to read two books at the same time but I just happened to remember that I had bought A Good Marriage on a good deal and it was on my phone the day I forgot my Kindle so started it. So far, I’m enjoying it. It also breaks the order of how I originally wanted to experience Stephen King’s novels. We’ll get back on track and pretend we didn’t skip ahead. What Maisie Knew feels heavy and no, I haven’t watched the movie but will.

Reading next:
The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

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I’ve started this one over two years ago. Its time to finish it and put it away.

Playing

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Mobile game

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Early Access Steam

PS4

Playstation 4

In between games right now after a blitz run of Game Warp’s February featured game so just playing some puzzle games. I do have some unfinished games or game in progress but here’s what I’m playing in the background. The Early Access Steam one is a recent start this weekend and only a little over a week old in Early Access.

Playing next: Child of Light/Three-Fourth’s Home/World of Goo, etc
& March’s featured game for Game Warp: Batman – The Telltale Series

And finally, listening or more somehow stuck in my head…

That’s it for what I’ve been doing. Behind the scenes things like this seem a little silly to do to me. However, they are fun!
If you do like it, maybe I’ll make it into a segment.

Hope you enjoyed it!
What are you doing behind the scenes? TV, Music, Books, Movie franchises, Video games?

My Weekly Adventures #37

We’re a little behind schedule for this Weekly Adventures segments. I do want to make this an actual weekly segment but I feel like there’s just not enough material. I am working on how to work it out even if its just little goal updates. Anyways, enough about that. These last two weeks have been nothing short of crazy and yet, it doesn’t feel like there’s a whole lot to talk about. Valentine’s Marathon was a very tiny run of just five days with some pretty random choices. The only movie I wanted to watch but didn’t get to was Joe vs. The Volcano and I owe a double feature recommended in the last post when I announced the Valentine’s marathon. Things I need to get around to doing. Ultimate 90s Blogathon has also ended in receiving submissions and that will be starting on Monday (February 20th).

I’ll explain why things are falling a little behind, even the posts are being uploaded later than usual at random times.

Random Bug and Health Issues

I’m not going to go into too much detail and I’m just happy it didn’t knock me out for a long time. In short, there was one Saturday that a bug generally just hit me super hard, packed with chills and everything. I ended up spending most of that weekend lounging around the fireplace and sleeping. It was probably my body’s way to tell me to relax and sleep. I get hit by insomnia every once in a while and this is probably my body just forcing me to rest. Aside from that, there was something else with my ear which I’m scared might turn into an infection. Regardless, its still getting better. It does make talking or listening to anything super hard and its also been a cause of the sleep issues afterwards. Luckily, it is on the road to recovery, at least I hope so.

Enough of the bad stuff..let’s move on!

A New Class

Ridiculous as it all sounds when I’m talking about winding down and yet still being incredibly busy and not being able to do that, I accidentally signed up for an online course. Let me explain that I did buy this course as a Groupon deal a few months ago and was thinking about it and then I was just checking out to redeem it and I did it. So now, I’m doing a 4 week course with 8 live seminars stuck in the middle of the workday which I try to listen to and catch up in more detail on the weekend and finish up assignments. Either way, I’m hoping it’ll enlighten a few things on that I’ve been hoping to improve which can help Game Warp and Tranquil Dreams. It also brings up a whole lot of stuff that I’ve been planning to do but never actually finalizing.

 I’ve actually been in the learning mode this year and wanting to improve Photography, Video Editing and Spanish. Of course, its not going to happen all this year but hey, its nice to feel motivated to improve and upgrade my skill set.

Snowstorms

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Other events going on is snow. Lots of snow this past few days. Well, by today’s standards. I think Sunday to Monday had about 25cm and then Tuesday, we had a bit more and Wednesday was when I took this picture in the morning. It stopped pretty quickly but still, quite a bit of snow compared to usual. I think I read somewhere it broke some record. It is nice to see nice fluffy snow and not the wet slush that turns into freezing rain and then raining. Its a tad odd to see people and their umbrellas in winter. Maybe its just me.

Random Buys

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Perhaps random but lets just say timing got the hold of me and it was time to upgrade to have a controller for the PC especially when there’s a game that I need to review but is more controller compatible. Other than that, I ended up grabbing two movies to help fill up orders to get free shipping (stupid logic perhaps) and they were Charade and The Raid 2. I rented Backcountry lately. We started Cardinal, a Canadian mini series that is awesome, which is good because I actually bought the whole series on Play store. The price of not having cable or even bunny ears and relying solely on Netflix and not wanting to miss out (which is a rare occasion to be honest).

In terms of games (which I’m putting a stop on myself after yesterday’s purchase), I’ve been shopping on Steam a bit and grabbed some nice deals. Murdered: Soul Suspect, Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition and right before February, I picked up The Bug Butcher and Four Sided Fantasy. Nothing super new but games that have peaked my interest. If you are into gaming and Twitch streams, Game Warp streams are set now to run on weekends. Early Sunday mornings (5am GMT) with Blood Bowl 2 with my awesome co-host Elwood and I usually run mine on Friday nights or Saturday mornings/afternoons with whatever games I feel like playing or its the games we’re featuring that month.

Probably I’ll do this once in a while and share the random stuff I buy outside of like hauls on Black Friday or trips or whatnot.

Cute Kitty Pic 

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wp-1487357356453.jpgThis Weekly Adventures has been a little lackluster with truly everyday events that I couldn’t help but to give you two cute kitty pics. Winter, snowstorms and cold weather makes my darling cat sleep even more so these are her two spots of choice: in front of the fireplace where it fully warms up her belly and curled up in blankets behind me on my husband’s office chair. My support system everybody, she’s into moral support. Sleeping away the hours for me.

Upcoming:

banner Ultimate 90’s Blogathon is running from February 20th into about early-mid March.
Expect to see TV Binge, Book reviews and Recipes during this time. Any of my own movie reviews (unless new releases) will resume after the blogathon.

Simple everyday life for the last two weeks & lots of behind the scenes things that I can’t really share because its just boring.
What have you been up to?

My Weekly Adventures #36

Welcome back to My Weekly Adventures! Can you believe that January is already over? It has been a hectic month behind the scenes but somehow there isn’t a whole lot that did happen. The last week have somewhat been a blur. Work, Chinese New Year preparation and then a lot of little things here and there along with the gradual shift of my normal routine: the beginning of 2017 has been great, but hectic. Not a whole lot to talk about as an adventure but still, there are a few announcements and updates and that sort of thing.

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

If you have seen the post for the announcement, you can find it here.

Drew and I are cohosting another blogathon this year. Last year’s 80s blogathon went so well and we had so much fun that we decided on continuing on with the idea and moving to the 90’s where we spent a lot of our childhood. We’ve gotten a few participants and still looking. We are accepting participants and their reviews to our emails until February 13th and the blogathon will start on February 20th. Any other details you can find in the link above for where to reach us and all that fun stuff.

Valentine’s Day Marathon

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Valentine’s Marathon is coming really soon! I usually start in the beginning of February but I’m still wrapping up some TV series and movie reviews so I’ll get it buffered a few days. However, those three movies are only just the start of what I plan on watching. I’m planning on rummaging my unwatched movie collection for romance (comedies or dramas). I’m not all about the happy generic rom-coms, at least I might sneak a few romance dramas in there.

Some other titles I’m considering are:

  • Blue Valentine
  • English Patient
  • Somewhere in Time
  • That Awkward Moment
  • One Day

It’ll be fun! I promise! If you have any romantic comedies or romance dramas or any romance that you love and would like to recommend to me, go right ahead! 🙂

Chinese New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year is a lot of prep work from cleaning to decorations to welcome in the best spring omens possible. Maybe its superstitious but hey, I kind of like the whole decorating bit as hectic as the hunt for flowers went which I already talked about before. My mom loves making lots of food for Chinese New Year.  Five dishes for four people is totally her style and not to mention very delicious dishes as well. My husband however got a pretty intense cold on Friday (aka Chinese New Year Eve) and in consideration for everyone, he stayed home to sleep and rest up. However, it was still a great time.

 Workout Update

I’ve fallen off the workout thing for the last week but the week before I did get a arms and abs workout in. It felt fantastic to do an early workout session. Now that the crazy work phase is over. I’m back on track but here’s on of the workouts. You will notice that I did two weeks of Tone It Up workouts. I find them more suitable as a starting point or to restart.

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Valentine’s Marathon
  • TV Binge
  • Movie & Book reviews (maybe something with a twist)

A quick update on the last two weeks! Not a whole lot happened so we’re keeping it short!

What are you up to? Anything fun and exciting?

My Weekly Adventures #35

Its been a month since the last Weekly Adventures! Because of the haul posts and the What’s Up 2017 post, I just didn’t think doing a Weekly Adventures would make sense (or maybe I was just resting). Whichever it is, we’re back and right on track. I am thinking of making these weekly again but just working out a structure. However, this month has been pretty busy, especially with the holidays and then the getting back into work and blog and all that awesome winter fun!

Holidays Recap

Christmas eve with family, after Christmas party with friends and then New Year’s Eve with my mom and close friends all shown above. As with most of our recent gatherings, its about seeing everyone and eating lots of food, drinking a little and playing games. Fun times and lots of good catch up with everyone was great. It was a busy holiday and in between with the days off was really just resting at home and binge watching TV series. That’s pretty much where all my Gilmore Girls binge watching started. If you  missed it, I’ve recapped Season 1 & 2 and you can find it here and here respectively.

Officially caught up with 2016 stuff, let’s move on to 2017!

Trying Out Something New

I’ve been working for fun on Youtube doing whatever videos. While gaming is really a lot of the other content going on in between the random unboxing videos that I link up here, I’ve been checking out visual novels. I did review two of them in 2016 which was on mobile so I didn’t bother to record it but this one somehow made me want to try it out so I ended up doing an entire reading of it and making a really crappy attempt at doing different voices. Its really silly so if you do listen to it, just go to like a part where there’s cute laughs because my husband cracked up at that so I figured that’s one of the good parts. I might do a few more of these but hey, if you like it, subscribe to my channel (or don’t, its up to you). I will be moving my gaming stuff to another channel that I want to start up with my husband. Its something we’re working on as well. And this will go back to a new movie segment and unboxing videos and random vlogs.

Grade 10 Piano: Introduction

In the “What’s Up 2017”, I talked about sharing my piano journey and putting absolutely more emphasis on it this year in order to do the exam in Autumn. Since I never had talked about my piano much, I figured it’d be nice to start off with a little introduction to what I’m preparing for the exam. I’m still on the fence on whether to record and share the progress. For the record, ever since I announced it on the 1st, I’ve already scheduled in piano practicing and actually did it which is already much better than last year where some weeks, I didn’t even get one session in which resulted in lack of improvement. All my fault and lack of time management but NaNoWriMo month has helped me with that a lot along with something else that I just started using and will talk about later.

My pieces that I’m preparing for are these:

  • Prelude & Fugue in F-sharp major, BMV 858 
  • Sonata in E major, op.14, no.1, 2nd & 3rd movements
  • Nocturne in F-sharp major, op.15, no.2
  • Arabesque No.1
  • Rondo No.1, op.84
  • Etude in E major, op.299, no.29
  • Serenade, op.53, no.5
  • And A LOT of technical tests…

Here you go! Prepare for some updates on this, it’ll be a fixed segment in My Weekly Adventures now.

Workout Update #1

Another fixed segment will be workout (instead of the old Weekly Workout roundups).

Its been hard to get in workouts but its happening. I’ve managed to get at least one session in. So far, this has been the hit one as I focus on my arms which is always the weakest link. I also did some yoga and some zumba routines as cardio.

Its starting to fit into the schedule now, which is great! I see only better progress! On the way to that 5 km, maybe even a 10km. 🙂

Friend’s Birthday and Games

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This weekend was a lovely hangout for one of my friend’s birthday and like every year, we have some great food and played a ton of games. We started with Exploding Kitties the moved on to King of Tokyo, followed by Taboo. After a really good vocabulary workout, we went ahead with a very video game-y board game called Munchkins and ended the night with Dutch Blitz. It was a ton of fun. Have you played any of these games?

New App: Todoist

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I love lists and every weekend, I make a super long to do list of chores and tasks, errands, groceries, blog posts to catch up on, any games for Game Warp and what to do, etc. I found this one through WordNerds video and its been actually doing quite good. When I first started, the list wasn’t separated by dates and whatnot and it got a little overwhelming but with some time delegation and moving things into daily to-do lists, it actually has made more motivated and less easily sidetracked.

Cute Kitty Pic

Cat

Upcoming:

  • Recipes
  • Baking Through Disney
  • TV Binge & Movies

That’s it for the recap!
What’s up with you? What board games do you like? Any 2017 New Year Resolutions/Goals?

Boxing Day & Steam Winter Sale Haul!

It feels like forever since I last wrote an actual post (although that isn’t true). Mostly, its probably because the last few days were so busy and tiring that its just kind of a blur. Regardless, I opted for a calm and easy post today! I have to admit that this year’s Boxing Day sales weren’t really impressive. I didn’t really end up buying a whole lot and other than weather causing a lot of traffic to get from one place to the next, the actual shopping time wasn’t a whole lot.

Aside from what I bought on Boxing Day here, I ended up getting paper towels, Oreos and surge protector power bar. Weird enough, as I get older, it seems to be a lot of picking up these household and food items. At the same time, around December 23rd or 24th (I think), the Steam Winter Sale started. Seeing as gaming is being a huge part of my life now and I’m having tons of fun, I took the liberty to pick up a few games. I won’t go into too much detail but I’ll list it under so you all can tell me your thoughts and whether you’ve played it!

Let’s go!

Movies

Movies

  • Creed
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Jurassic World
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • The Age of Adaline

The wild card addition was The Age of Adaline that I’ve been wanting to watch but never remember to keep an eye out for it. Luckily, it was a good price so I added it to the pile. Compared to previous years, this is a very small movie haul. But then, I’ve been focusing on Netflix a lot and trying to minimize too many physical movies to be more space efficient.

Gloves

Adidas Gloves

I wasn’t intending to get these gloves. Actually, the line-up at Adidas outlet store was so long (almost the length of the store) that I had time to browse the center display blocked by the two lines to see these gloves, which are actually a good alternative on mild winter days instead of my cute mittens.

Books

Book

  • Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright
  • iT by Stephen King
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

Some of you might know (because I mentioned once or twice this year) that in the goal to save money, I promised myself to not by any books for the entire year as of last Boxing Day (which was my last book purchase). I did pretty well because I didn’t buy any physical books and only bought on super cheap one to wrap up a book that I had started but was recently condensed from a trilogy to just one book and in the heart of wrapping up the book (and the review will go up soon), I ended up buying it. Physical book shopping at a physical store is about the most amazing feeling ever especially after a year of not doing it and having to give up books that I wanted to get and only window shopping. Regardless, the next year might have a similar goal because I still have a lot of unread books, both physical and ebook. Still, The Fate of Ten was my award to myself which wasn’t on sale but I really want to continue the Lorien Legacy series. And who knew that iT was so freakin’ huge.

Steam Winter Sale

  • Contrast
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Duck Tales Remastered
  • Amnesia: Memories
  • The Room
  • World of Goo
  • Bundle: Deponia/Edna & Harvey:Harvey’s New Eyes/The Night of the Rabbit/Memoria/The Whispered World:Special Edition
  • Braid
  • Bundle: The Longest Journey/Dreamfall:The Longest Journey

This is a lot more games than I anticipated but to be fair, the bundles were significantly cheaper so while I wanted The Whispered World, the bundle did also have Edna & Harvey that I’ve had my eye on as well. Same goes for something that I was browsing for The Longest Journey so figured I’d pick up the sequel also. Duck Tales Remastered was more of an impulsive buy because I didn’t know it was remastered and that whole all-new cast singing the theme song really has me hyped up. The Room, Braid, Contrast, Stanley Parable and World of Goo was all intentional buys.

This wraps up the haul!
Did you go out to Boxing Day? Any good deals that you picked up?

Christmas Decorations!

Happy Wednesday, my lovelies! We’re only days away from Christmas and this year, its been much less holidays and Christmas focused than past years! However, it just doesn’t feel right to not share a little Christmas decor post!

Every year I try to change things around a little. We sometimes buy stuff on Boxing Day from the previous year to plan for this year. Most of the time, by the time its time to decorate, I already forgot the initial plan and just try to remember again, or just whip up something completely different. I think the most steady decorations are the wreaths. I haven’t wanted to change them yet or make a new one. Maybe next year. But I swapped them around. And as you see this post, I’ll only be missing the garland for the stairwell and finding that extension cord for the star.

A hint of Christmas in the office

A hint of Christmas in the office with Christmas Mickey

Christmas decorations

Our new LED trees that change colors

Added lights to another window

Added lights to another window

Homemade decorations by my mother in law

Homemade decorations by my mother in law

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Disney Winter plushies: Mickey, Minnie and Goofy

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Wreath moved to the den

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Added a little bit to the berries arrangement in the den along with the sign and candle holder and reindeer

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A new floral arrangement by the stairs

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Christmas seat covers and cushions

Christmas Tree (day and night)

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Do you decorate for Christmas?

 

My Weekly Adventures #34: Fun and Busy December!

Ladies and Gents! All of you lovely awesome readers! Its the last My Weekly Adventures of 2016! Can you believe it? In a little more than two weeks, we’ll be in 2017! OMG, panic time!  Just kidding 😉

It isn’t too far from the truth to be honest. The last two weeks of December means a lot but we’ll talk about that in the final portion of this one. Now, let’s take a look at what happened in the first half of December before looking at what is upcoming in the plans before we hit 2017! Its kind of a mad dash as you will see!

Let’s go!

Christmas Activities

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The only thing that has really happened in the last two weeks is really this little event for Christmas in downtown and checking out Luminotherapie. It was a ton of friends to go downtown with my friends and hang out. There was a ton of beautiful and adorable decorations, street food, local vendors and lots of lights everywhere. There were dancing in the street events and just lots of fun times. Here’s the little event recap!

The next day, we headed to the annual Montreal Crafts Show and I shared my haul HERE.

Kickstarter Rewards Received

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I back a lot of Kickstarter projects when I can afford it. Currently, there’s a good few in development so I’m taking a little break. Especially when some of them thats been sitting there since 2012 or so and the updates haven’t been incredibly encouraging, so I’m kind of rethinking my strategy. I never want too many to be sitting there because its kind of like the concept of investment and rate of return. That is the one semester finance student talking to me. Still, I do have changing opinions on Kickstarter but I do still love the indie scene too much to not support it when I see something that looks like it has great potential. Obviously, when these past weeks reaped two Kickstarter rewards being fulfilled, I was thrilled! I still have to sit down and watch them but stuck in a little rush of crazy that I’ll talk about soon. I had complete faith in these ones.

The Unkindness of Ravens is by Lawrie Brewster who I had backed his previous project, Lord of Tears which I reviewed HERE. Lord of Tears is an odd little movie but I like it a lot for the atmosphere it creates. I wish there were more people talking about it. Next one is Kiss Me Kill Me, and it is one that I had seen the screener when it premiered a little earlier this year. I didn’t review it as it wasn’t officially released and now we have the DVD version so that’s awesome! I’ll be reviewing it soon once I watch it again. I remember enjoying it quite a bit.

Hopefully, in the next year, more projects will be wrapping up and sending off their rewards. I have quite a bit of confidence for a good bit of them. Knock on wood that I didn’t jinx it.

Holiday Marathon & Christmas

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Its 10 days till Christmas!! And I’m so behind! Its rare that Christmas hasn’t been full-fledged over here. Deal is that I’m torn on what to review anymore. The selection is very minimal and its starting to be the feel-good Hallmark movies which aren’t exactly great to review because its fun but really nothing to overly talk about. Perhaps I’ll take the shorter review route. However, there has been scatters of things from Christmas events like the ones above to Christmas themed short stories and I’m starting to have a few Christmas movies as well. Crazy that Avenue of Daydreams is way ahead of the game and already having snapshots like the one above. Perhaps you’d like go head over and check out creative-but-currently-only-photography space. I actually a lot of Christmas photography coming up. If you like that sort of thing, check it out HERE and maybe give it a follow (I’m sorry for the shameless self-promotion).

With that said, I do have a few more movies to review for Christmas and maybe a list post if I can fit it in. I probably will have one or two recipes since I’m responsible for dessert at the Christmas party with family. Aside from that, well, the usual Christmas decor post is coming up once I finish up decorating the tree. Everything else but the tree and the stair railing is decorated.

Netflix A-Z

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I addressed the whole Netflix A-Z thing already in a previous review. It has taken a while to resume after October and NaNoWriMo. Its all my fault, of course. No excuses. However, the idea of Netflix A-Z dabbling into 2017 makes me feel some sort of uneasiness. Maybe it just feels so much like its dragging on and I like to keep these series self-contained as its not a longer project, like Baking Through Disney (which I’ll address again in the New Year). So, I did announce it on Twitter, kind of, but I’m going to make a solid effort with an already drafted tentative schedule to get it all wrapped up by the end of the year. Its a little crazy seeing as I just finished K selection and its 15 more movies to reach the end. I’ll make the best effort. Plus, I’m working on a side thing that I want to be able to review everything I watch within the same year so it tracks what I’ve seen better.

Point is, it might get busy if I can keep up with all the reviews along with extra stuff. Hope you will enjoy it!

On the other hand, the reason to wrap it up is also that I’m probably not going to keep this segment or do movies in that A-Z order but not make it into a segment, just a personal way to choose what to watch next.

Kitty Cute Pic

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*last minute post means pics are in another computer so limited edition pikachu for all you Pokemon Go players is all I got 😉

What have you been up to?