Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday Wish Lists #36

Happy Hump Day, folks!

.... yeah, I don't care how old the expression is, that felt weird to type πŸ˜–

Hope everyone's enjoying their week so far. I'm working on keeping my word about maintaining a regular blogging schedule, and I thought I'd make up a new Wednesday Wish List given how long its been since the last one. Been doing my best to pinch pennies lately, so finding anything that I want really badly is almost dangerous for my wallet 😝 But my willpower remains strong, and I've come up with a list of a few things that I wish I currently had in my life.
#1: Our Super Adventure & Other Graphic Novels by Sarah Graley! I can't remember when exactly I first came across one of Sarah Graley's comics about her life at home with her boyfriend and her clowder of cats, but from the get-go I related to the comics because the characters reminded me so much of my boyfriend and myself, and I'm sure that's the reason her comics are so popular on the internet. She's published a few different collections of this series that she calls Our Super Adventure and I would love to own at least one of these collections as a physical book.

Last year I planned on checking out Toronto Comic Arts Festival for the first time, but at the last minute decided not to go - which was a huge mistake, because Sarah Graley was there last year and I could've both met her and gotten my own copy of each of her graphic novels AND gotten them all signed!!!! 😭 She hails from the UK, so her being in Toronto was an unexpected and rare occurrence, and unfortunately she and Stef (who is now her fiance - congrats you guys!) are too busy to come to Canada for TCAF this year, since it's very close to the pub date of her newest graphic novel. Hopefully I'll get to meet her & maybe even Stef & get autographs & pictures next year. But I'm still gonna try and make it to TCAF this year tho! I've never been and I'm excited to check it out!

#2: Young Sheldon Season 1 on DVD or Blu-Ray! My mother and I have been fans of The Big Bang Theory for years now - not since the very beginning, mind you, but it's still been quite some time since we fell in love with the show and its characters. We were both excited as well as nervous when we learned that there would be a spin-off show featuring a younger Sheldon Cooper during his early years of high school at 8 years-old, but we both quickly fell in love with Young Sheldon when it started airing in 2017.

We own - and regularly binge watch - all 11 released seasons of BBT on DVD, and I'm impatient to add the first season of Young Sheldon to our collection. I absolutely love the actors and the writing for this new show, although it also makes me nervous. I'll elaborate; I've been hoping for quite a while now, despite how much I love this show, that it would not continue beyond these two seasons, and the reason for that is because canonically, Sheldon's childhood wasn't all peaches and cream - things get sad and dark and tragic, and with how upbeat and optimistically the show is currently being presented, I feel like it would break my heart to witness a lot of the things that Sheldon went through as a child first-hand rather than just being told about his childhood when he reflects on it as an adult. Right now the show depicts a happy - slightly dysfunctional - family dynamic, and I'd like to keep it that way, rather than watch the family fall apart as the years go by πŸ˜₯

Monday, April 15, 2019

My Insta Love #10

What's up, awesome people?!

Been a while since I've done one of these, and I like the idea of decorating my blog on a Monday with a bunch of pretty pictures; It seems like a great way to start off the week! I haven't been as active on Instagram since moving to the new apartment, but I'm working on fixing that. Mostly it's been because I've been cooped up at home and haven't been anywhere too exciting, which makes for zero opportunities for taking pictures, except maybe when my dog is doing something adorable.

With all the new ways Instagram has changed since I last did one of these posts - like including the ability to post more than 1 photo in a single post - these posts are going to look a little different than they used to. Instead of featuring 6 single photos, I'll be doing my best to feature 5 single photos AND 1 collection of photos, with each photo featured & the caption typed out so it's easier to read. So not only will you be getting some nice pictures to start your week, but you'll be getting a lil' big of real-life story time as well!πŸ“œπŸ˜

Don't forget to click on the pictures to be re-directed to that user's Instagram account, please feel free to add these awesome people to your Insta feeds 😊

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Currently - March & April 2019

Helloooooo my favourite friends!

Given that I took an unscheduled hiatus to move into a new apartment, I figured it would be a good idea to catch you all up on what I've been up to since you last heard from me (not counting my recent post reflecting on the 6 year anniversary of the VlogIggles, which you should go check out btw!). Let's get started with my favourite category - GAMES!

 I'm not gonna lie, the game (and overall thing) that has taken up a large percentage of my life over the past while has been playing World of Warcraft. And no, I'm pretty sure I'm not addicted XD But since the new expansion came out last August, I've been logging into WoW as often as possible, and it's been especially fun because my boyfriend recently re-joined WoW, and he became a member of the same guild as me!
My WoW character AllaΓ©da and my boyfriend's WoW character Grunn during Love Is In The Air 2019
Mostly when the two of us play together it's during a guild activity like raid nights or other things like dungeon runs. But Kurt has been really awesome in helping me improve as a player, because I want to become a better raider and make my guild proud! I'll tell you guys a secret - just don't tell anyone in my guild XD - but for years I played WoW as what you would call a "clicker" - aka using the mouse more often than the keyboard for attacks and spells. I've been working really hard to overcome this habit and re-train myself to play with the keyboard. Kurt has been patient with me as he's helped me create key binds and macros to make raiding a whole lot easier.
Group shots of the raiders in my guild, Safe Word, on the Kilrogg US server. The left picture was taken on the boat that took us to the fight with Jaina (each of us seated on the rarest mount we own), and the second picture was taken after we finally defeated Jaina on Heroic difficulty.
Originally I was part of a guild called Storm, but a big chunk of the members of that guild decided to start a whole new guild, which is called Safe Word (I didn't get a vote in the name, I swear 😝). Since Battle for Azeroth has released, we've been enjoying playing together through Mythic+ dungeons as well as progressing through Normal & Heroic raiding. We've been dipping our toes into Mythic raiding a little bit but our guild doesn't currently have enough members playing at a Mythic level in order to progress past the 2nd boss in Battle for Dazar'alor. That being said, raiding with these guys has been a lot of fun! I used to main a Blood Elf Rogue but was asked to change my spec for BfD, so now I play as a Nightborne Warlock.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Always Be Thankful - Remembering the VlogIggles

Yes, I'm back from another blogging hiatus! 😝

In my defence this time, I actually have a fairly good reason for why I've been so busy and away from my blog lately, and that is because I moved into a new place! I'm in a new apartment now - still living out of boxes tbh - but it's a work in progress and I finally got my desktop set up last week, so now I'm back! Here's hoping I can make a more regular habit of sharing posts with you guys, because I've missed this place & all of you while I've been away.

Those of you who have been with me since TWW(s) first began, you may remember that I've been a member of an amazing online community, the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club (IGGPPC) since Spring 2013. Shortly after discovering the site and becoming an iggle, a handful of us decided to create a YouTube channel made up entirely of fellow iggles where we could make vlogs and chat about our fandoms, our geek loves, and all of the amazing things that brought us together as members of the IGGPPC. There was 1 of us to post a video each day of the week, as well as a handful of alternative collaborators for the channel. We called ourselves the VlogIggles!

Recently I discovered that this month (specifically April 20th) will be the 6 year anniversary of the very first video we ever posted to the VlogIggles channel! Being a part of that collaborate channel was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I knew I couldn't let this occasion go by without doing something special πŸ’– So sit back & relax as we take a stroll down memory lane while I tell you some of my favourite parts of being a Vlogging Iggle πŸ’»πŸ“Ή
The Ladies!
Obviously one of the best parts of being a Vlogging Iggle were my fellow Vlogging Iggles! This group of awesome ladies were among the first online friends I made after joining the IGGPPC, and getting to chat with them as we talked about our videos and the channel was always something I looked forward to. The lot of us enjoyed chatting about things outside of the channel as well, and we even enjoyed a few Google Hangouts together (where we spent most of the time adding animated hats and moustaches to our faces and laughing at how they made us look 😜).

Given our mutual love for snail mail, we sent each other a lot of things in the mail too! My main inspiration for writing this post came from when I was going through my boxes and sorting all of the letters and cards I've received over the years (I've kept basically every greeting card and letter I've ever received since I was 11 y/o!), and I found so many things that came from the vlogging iggles! Note cards and letters and little gifts as well - everything from SillyBandz to fuzzy Tribble key-chains to mini plushies of anime characters! We did our best to keep track of everybody's birthdays so that we could both send them something in the mail and give them a birthday shout-out in one of our videos.

I distinctly remember the lot of us secretly conspiring to send gifts to Beth after she told us she was expecting her second baby. I had a lot of fun hunting down a baby gift for her, and given how weird I am I of course chose a gift that matched my weird tastes XD For the baby-to-be I send Beth a moustache pacifier πŸ˜‚ Even after learning that she was expecting a girl, I had zero regrets with this choice of gift 😝 I remember also sending her a children's book - an illustrated hardcover edition of The Wind in the Willows - which was meant for her older daughter so that she wouldn't feel left out with her future sibling getting so many gifts. After the baby was born, Beth made sure to send me a picture of her new daughter with the moustache pacifier; It was priceless 😁