REVIEW: “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina”

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Howdy!

So, I took a big risk in the middle of December, I watched my second horror show on Netflix. Yes, second. The first was The Haunting Of Hill House back in September. I haven’t finished that yet and I have to say, that is a lot scarier compared the Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina but I’m willing to take the chance again!

I don’t know what really possessed me (no pun intended) to watch this, because I never watched the promos on YouTube beforehand because I figured it would be too much for me to take, but I was in the mood for something different and I just decided to check it out and by the end of the first episode, I knew I was hooked!

Backstory

We follow the half-human, half-witch Sabrina Spellman who splits her time between wanting to keep her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and her best friends Roz and Susie at Baxter High, and her family legacy of signing her name and life away becoming a full time witch and at the hands of the Dark Lord and no, we’re not talking about Voldemort, this is worse: the devil himself.  She’s divided between wanting to be there for her friends and living her life as a human but she’s been guided by her aunts: Zelda and Hilda, plus her cousin, whose on house arrest for trying to blow up the Vatican, Ambrose to fulfill her destiny of being a Spellman witch.

If you were a teen or young kid of the 90’s, the name Sabrina Spellman might be familiar to you. Melissa Joan Hart played the character on the show Sabrina The Teenage Witch – a lot of people have been very upset with the changes of this show to the remake. The biggest topic is the weirdest, the cat Salem. In this reboot, the black cat does not talk or we don’t hear him speak out loud to Sabrina like we did with the previous version. Honestly, I like Salem for what he is, he is Sabrina’s familiar or protector, so if he’s in animal form, he should be mute.

The other complaint I’ve seen a lot, especially after it was renewed for two more seasons, that a lot of people do not like the fact that it’s a lot darker than we remembered on the teen program. What really gets me is that, it’s a television show so it’s fictional but yet people are literally taking it so seriously, and that is just stupid! However, I feel like we rarely see the witches going bad. This is in a totally different direction, where they have Satan as the main “god” for these witches to worship. So, with that being said, it is going to be a little more out there because you’re talking about somebody that Christians are told to fear, and that is going to be a tad harder to overcome.

Overall

I just loved the show! I was thoroughly addicted to it for about a week. I would only watch during the day because I didn’t necessarily know what I would see on my screen in the dead of night. I’m pretty happy with that decision, especially seeing the sleep demon: Batibat. I was not ready for her, but then I actually kind of enjoyed her. My god, I’ve turned into my sister! Anyways, I think you should try it, you might like it too. Now all I have to do is wait until April for the next batch of 10 episodes to watch and I think I’m looking more forward to that than the final season of Game of Thrones! 

Have you watched Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina yet? What were thoughts about the differences between the older version to this reboot? 

Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

968Everybody loves a good conspiracy. 

The first full day I spent at the nursing home back in October, a CNA was pushing me down to my nana’s room for breakfast and we passed the smaller activity room on our way there and I saw this book staring at me and it was semi dark in the room so I was still shocked that I even saw it at all. A little later, my nana and I went exploring and we went in here to check out the rest of the books and I ended up grabbing it on our way out the door. I stayed there eight days and read over 200+ pages!

Now I have watched the movie but I had only seen it once and it’s been a few years since I’ve watched the whole thing. I’ve finally caught up on the other two films, but I didn’t know they were based off of books! One thing that is definitely different from the two is that the movies are out of order of the books. I found that out the hard way! There’s a character in Angels & Demons that comes up in this book too but it’s only a few times, but it can still get kind of confusing at times!

If you don’t know what the book is about, it follows a Harvard symbolist professor Robert Langdon, he is in Paris, France doing a lecture for his newest book and he gets called up in the early morning that he is needed by the French police to help, the curator of the Lourve, Jacques Saunière is dead. When Robert tries to crack the code on Jacques’ body, they are interrupted by a cryptologist Sophie Neveu and she tries to help Robert and French police captain Bezu Fache figure out not only who killed Jacques but why he would basically mutilate his body in such a way.

The second batch of people in the book starts with the story of Silas. A character that I remember wasn’t explained very much in the film. The name “Silas” isn’t his real name, he was given the name by fellow Bishop Aringarosa after he rescues him. Silas is an albino with a troubled past and he wants to help Aringarosa’s cause of the Opus Dei and find the Holy Grail, even if he has to kill the leaders of another secret society the Priory of Sion.

The story itself has a lot of information. And I mean, a LOT of stuff that you need to digest at one time. It does make you question everything that you’ve been taught like if you went to church a lot as a child. It does make you wonder about if there is some truth in the bible, if it’s just made up by people. I’ve always questioned the belief in that, although I do believe in a higher power and I think they do watch over me, but I don’t know if it’s a God. And the possibility of Jesus having a child with Mary Magdelene has fascinated me for years too! It is just interesting to read about the other things that could be true.

If you like conspiracies like me, you will love this book as a whole, but unfortunately I had a lot of cons about it too. I absolutely hated the writing style. The chapters were incredibly small. You’d go back and forth on the different point of views of the many characters, when you’re only given a page and a half on each person and the events that followed. Another thing that gets on your nerves is that the author will include both French and Latin, which is fine, but it’s only later in the chapters that he actually adds some of the translated words at the end. So you literally have no idea what went on with those characters unless you have a dictionary for both languages!

I grabbed the last book of series Inferno, on the last day I was there. I have been thinking about whether or not to go ahead and read it, because there is also another book before it. Yeah, not only did I read book two, I also found out that there’s a third book that I never knew about at all because they haven’t done a movie about it. They were supposed to though. I’m hoping there won’t be much included in The Lost Symbol so I can go ahead and check that out, but I think it’s just best to wait until I can purchase that book and attempt to stay in order here.

Have you read The Da Vinci Code yet? Or possibly watched the movie? What were your thoughts about either one? And let’s not get on the discussion of religion, okay? Let’s be respectful here.

snowflake

Mary Vs. Jane: The Real Usurper

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I’m really enjoying these different history posts I’ve been doing lately. I’m not trying to do one every month but it kind of just happens. The last one about King Richard III and King Henry VII was completely accidental, I actually wanted to do this first but I needed to think about how the other post would do with my audience and so I decided to wait a bit.

Queen Mary I is the oldest daughter of King Henry VIII and Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. After Katherine declined to annual her marriage to Henry so he could marry his mistress and one of her ladies-in-waiting Anne Boleyn. She was set away from court and was forced to stay away from their daughter. They were technically still married to as he secretly wed Anne and after Katherine passed Princess Mary was then considered a bastard and lost her way to inherit the throne.

Henry had a total of six siblings, but only two of his sisters survived to adulthood. The youngest, Princess Mary was married to Louis XI of France but they didn’t last very long when he died shortly after. When she came back to England, she secretly married Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk who was one of her brother’s best friends. Since they also married in secret, they had to pay a hefty fine to the King for not asking him for permission to marry. Mary and Charles had a total of four children. The only male heirs who were both named Henry died young, but daughters Lady Eleanor and Lady Frances survived to adulthood.

Lady Frances Brandon married Henry Grey, the Marquess of Dorset (who was the great-great-grandson of Elizabeth Woodville and her first first husband Thomas Grey) they had a total of three daughters themselves: Lady Jane, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary. The girls were King Henry VIII’s great-nieces and they were born into a Protestant family. Now I don’t know that much about Lady Jane Grey, only that she was put into succession in King Edward VI’s will and she was married to Lord Robert Dudley. This is all I really know of this part of her personal life.

Lady Jane Grey was the granddaughter of the sister of the former King of England and born into a Protestant family, so she had the means to keep the religion afloat until Queen Mary sent her troops into England and she arrested Jane and her husband and father for their crimes for going against the Act of Succession that clearly states that once Edward died, she would rule after him. Edward had tried to bypass this law and basically threw her into the woods. Jane is known as the “nine day queen” because she only had nine days on the throne of England. To historians, she’s the usurper because she went around the law, but I don’t see it that way.

When Henry finally had his son and kept marrying these other women to make sure he had another “male” heir in case Edward did not survive, which he didn’t and Edward died at the same age as Henry’s older brother Prince Arthur. The kingdom roughly should have went to the Lady Mary, since as Henry got older he did put both Mary and Elizabeth back in line of succession. However, something has always made me wonder, when King Henry renounced the Catholic faith, why did he put Mary back in line to the throne when he knew she still practiced the religion? Did he grow to regret his decision to create the Church of England or did he only do it, so she wouldn’t leave for Spain or France and start a war with her half brother and her homeland?

England was practicing both religions, let’s be honest about here. Lady Jane could have kept the faith but when Queen Mary came and had her killed for trying to go around the law, she brought Catholicism back. In her reign, Mary set ablaze to the Protestant martyrs and with that, she gained the nickname “Bloody Mary” because she killed over hundreds of people for not accepting the true faith. After failing to give an heir with her Spanish husband King Phillip, England went back to being a Protestant kingdom with Queen Elizabeth I as she was the daughter of the reason why King Henry VIII had renounced the religion in the first place.

So I do get the fact that Jane was put on the throne after Edward went around the Act but I doubt she wanted that role or knew what would happen to her after those nine days, but I wouldn’t call her a usurper. Mary was a devout Catholic and was going to change the religion back after her father spent so much time and effort into it. I often think even if Mary wasn’t put back in line anyways, she obviously had the resources to create an army anyways, she would have fought for that crown.

So what do you think, who is the real usurper? Lady Jane Grey or Queen Mary I? 

snowflake

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Leap Of Faith

This weekend has been a calming, dull, and boring all piled up into two days. Honestly, Saturday wasn’t so bad but Sunday was so boring that I could have just skipped the entire day. This weekend was supposed to be nice and interesting a few weeks ago. I was supposed to go to a wedding on Saturday with my mom for my work friend. I had this planned out for almost a year. I knew I was going to be invited and I was even invited to her bachelorette party back in June, but I couldn’t do anything about that because of the weather. Because of past experience, I don’t like doing things at last minute and rushing to get everything done. Somebody’s usually in a bad mood and it’s usually me. So in the beginning of the week, I asked God to help guide me in the right direction and help me be positive in looking at things in a brighter way. This worked on the weekend of the party too. Thankfully, since Blondie was already going to come down for the weekend, it wasn’t too bad. Sunday was a totally different story. You can tell I was only praying for Saturday and not both days because I felt like I was a diva the WHOLE day and I hate feeling like that. It all started when my sister said that night before that we’d go on a walk. I had mom charge up my wheelchair and I was all excited that morning and even thought Blondie got probably nine hours of sleep, she didn’t want to go on the walk anymore. It wasn’t a total blow out though because I did go outside and spent my day with the cats, but I was really looking forward to that walk and all the pictures I could have taken too. Today starts a new week though and I honestly don’t know how it will go, but I’ll be praying my way through it. I’ll leave you with some pictures I did get this past weekend! I hope you’ve been enjoying your day/night/morning.

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My grandparent's burning bush
My grandparent’s burning bush
Kitty selfite with Stormy
Kitty selfite with Stormy. This was extremely difficult to get, it took about three or four times to get it. Please excuse the side of my foot on the right side.
Stormy doesn't like my bed. I have to get on the floor whenever he's in my room, well apparently didn't think my floor or lap was very comfortable.
Stormy doesn’t like my bed. I have to get on the floor whenever he’s in my room, well apparently didn’t think my floor or lap was very comfortable.
So he ended up falling asleep on my bed while I was stuck on the floor.
So he ended up falling asleep on my bed while I was stuck on the floor.
Our neighbor's dog Lexi.
Our neighbor’s dog Lexi.

I’ll Help You Out, Even Before I Help Myself.

I’ve been a type of person that tries to make everybody happy. I will do anything in my power to get something to smile or laugh when they have a bad day. I’d rather do an all-nighter to save someone’s life or make it better than their day was. That’s just who I am. I’m a very understanding person. I care for everybody and try to help in anyway I can.

I’m also the type of person who forgives people. I’ve been pretty good about not holding guarges for too long. Some I just can’t seem to get over and then they’re some that are not worthy to keep anymore. I’ve been told to forgive people, by adults who haven’t even forgiven people who changed a part in their life. If you did something or they did to change your views on something, then that can teach you something. You learn from it, and then you move on. Simple as that.

I tend to give out more chances than two. Sometimes I give out three and I play it out like Baseball. There a lot of people in my life that I have given out more chances than anybody else. If you don’t give yourself or other people more chances than you lose a lot more than you gain. You lose a part of you whenever you give up on somerthing or someone. It could be good or bad. If it’s something you know or anybody else knows that’s not right than give them a chance to prove you wrong.

I give out advice a lot. Sometimes I don’t pay attention. believe, or do anything that I tell other people because of one known common fact. I’m stubborn. To one of my Twitter friends made me realize that what I did in high school to like me or notice me, was dumb. However now I can tell somebody who is going through that stage of wanting a guy to notice her to just relax and not over-think and make sure they don’t do what I did. It’s like their my kids. This is what I’d probably tell my kids. Just be yourself, stay confident, and DO NOT let anybody tell you different.

All you need in life is faith, some courage, and a way to get you out of misery when you’ve messed up something. Music was always my form of treatment. Nowadays, I use anything funny. Mostly Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Jeff Dunham. They work, trust me. If you’re in a jam and want to find ways to relieve it. I’m sure your family and friends will help you. If you don’t have anybody, click on my little “t” or “f”  for my Twitter and Facebook. Tell me what’s going on, and I’ll go from there. Three things before I go and leave this post. Relax. Breathe. Go For It.