REVIEW | Lair

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Howdy!

It’s been a while since I’ve actually reviewed anything besides albums or EPs, but today is different. As the rest of the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving!) I thought I should probably have an easy going post for today. I actually had this figured out but I just needed a day to get it up and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do it!

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Beware!

Liar is a series that premiered in the United Kingdom first, as it is set there in the first place. Here in the United States, we ended up getting the first episode two or three weeks after they did, because it came on before the start of October. I actually never saw the promos for it, all I kept seeing was everybody on Twitter talking about it and I just figured that I’d never be able to watch it, because I follow a lot more UKers than Americans on my social media accounts. And then one day I was searching on my guide and found it on the Sundance Channel and I became a happy camper after that!

The story is about a woman, by the name of Laura Nielsen, played by Joanne Froggatt, she is newly single and a teacher at a school somewhere in England. Laura meets one of her students’ dad, Andrew Earlham, played by Ioan Gruffold. He is a doctor that works at the same hospital as her sister Katy. Laura and Andrew go out on a date and when they get back to her flat or apartment things apparently go array.  She wakes up, feeling strange, after she thinks that Andrew has raped her. The show is about what Laura and Andrew do in their lives while the allegations linger over them.

There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this show.

I loved not really knowing if Laura is telling the truth in the beginning, they don’t really show you how that night really unfolds until episode four, they mostly show you flashbacks of how the date went and then they show you how he was able to do it and get away with it. Andrew drugged her with GHB, which is a clear liquid that can be poured into someone’s drink undetected and they can feel really drowsy as it takes effect on the body.

Laura is such a strong character in the show. She tries her best to do everything in her power to make sure he does not do this to another woman. However, a man of her past reappears and wants to make sure that her case doesn’t go through. When lawyers hear of this man’s testimony, the case against Andrew doesn’t go to trail. And then the female detective Harmon, goes to Andrew’s house to personally tell him that piece of news and Andrew boldly tries to ask her out, but that’s when red lights flash in her mind (they did in mine too!) and she declines his offer but not without giving him a warning. The next day, she goes home and she’s in the early stages of pregnancy and apparently a lesbian, she has a different juice drink for everyday of the week and she falls asleep. She goes to the bathroom after getting up and she goes to stand up and she notices there’s quite a bit of blood below. So she suspects something happened right away.

This isn’t the only thing that is going on with story line. Laura’s sister Katy is having or had an affair with Laura’s now ex-boyfriend Tom. They both are interested in helping Laura capture Andrew doing something wrong, but then this secret comes out and it’s really sad for both Laura and Katy, as they seemed to be there for each other and after that, the trust isn’t there and to top it all off, Katy’s husband Liam basically kicks her out of their family home with him and their children. So it’s sad all around.

I think the first, fourth and sixth episodes were my favorites. We start to see the things coming together after the fourth episode, things make more sense and then Laura gets Andrew’s phone. She goes over to the old lady’s house and is inside that shed looking inside that gym bag, that whole scene was so uneasy for me because Mia was on the phone trying to call Andrew and I kept imagining him driving over there to come get her, but he never shows up. Laura turns in the case of SD cards of the recordings of the rapes, and the baggy of GHB bottles to the police.

And then the biggest bomb drops, as the end of the last episode shows Andrew Earlham in the middle of the marshes with what looks like a slash around his throat. So the question is who the hell killed him?!?! My money is on his kid honestly! I think the pressure was too much for him. I feel a child can deny an allegation one time, so when the detective pressed charges, I think that was his breaking point. The last scene we have of Luke’s life three months later and you see the screen of what kids that he went to school with were saying about the two of them kind of gives you an insight into the pain that Luke has been feeling lately; plus he looked like pure shit too.

I honestly can’t wait for season two now!

What did you think of Liar? And who do you think honestly killed Andrew at the end?

snowflake

This Thanksgiving

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Howdy!

It’s weird to believe that Thanksgiving was just last week and now everybody is decorating for Christmas, which depending on where you live, some people put up their Christmas trees the day after Halloween! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the amount of food you get to eat in one day!

Since Blondie’s fiance Brandon worked in retail on Black Friday, we had to reschedule the whole day. We decided to eat way earlier than we normally do, which is like 2pm. I ate before 11am and had turkey, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, and two and half giant cookies that my sister made! My “normal” lunch time is like around 2pm because people in my house like to sleep in so whenever I found out what time we were going to eat I was like, okay I need to eat supper late enough but not a lot so whenever the food is done, I will be able to eat a lot of it. Now that’s some strategic planning!

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Brandon and I sat on the love seat and even shared my little table so he didn’t have to put his plate on his lap like everybody else. One thing that we never do is watch the parade, like I was just happy it wasn’t the news! My favorite part of the parade are the musical numbers, but after I found out at the tender age of 19 that they were all lip-singing and not playing the instruments, I was very bummed! I still love the dancing though! After we were finished eating, I want to say like 10 minutes my dad just says “well, I think I will go back to bed now!” and he wasn’t kidding, he actually did go to bed and this prompt my mom and sister and very sleepy Brandon that we should go over to nana’s where the rest of my family was getting ready for their own feast.

Notice the ball on the right side!
Notice the ball on the right side!

We weren’t there for like an hour yet and we somehow had to go outside for family pictures, because my aunt and uncle brought down a fairly size table and extra chairs into the living room, so we didn’t have any more room to take pictures in there. My cousins brought down their camera and had trouble getting it set up on the tripod and timer. At one point, we had to use nana’s trash can to prop the camera on because it would not focus. As all of this was going on, majority of us that didn’t bring jackets (like moi) were freezing their asses off! Once we were done, we went back inside and then somebody suggested we do the manniquin challenge. I cannot tell you how many tries we did, our family is not one to shut up and hold for a minute or two so this was its own challenge, but we made it though!

Everybody mostly ate ham as the turkey took its time cooking in the oven. We also stuffed out faces of fruit and vegetables! I was honestly still full from my breakfast-lunch feat back at the house because the only things I ate over at my nana’s were grapes and vanilla ice cream later that evening!

We had some special guests come down this year, my cousin Amy who usually goes to her dad’s for the holiday came down that morning and only stayed until about 4pm after the mini food fight she and my mom had in the kitchen made her sort of late because they both had to get the hair washed by the end of it! Our second guest was a very close family friend Brittany, she was the one to film our winning manniquin challenge for us! We also had a late arrival with my cousin Kristi and her boyfriend Joe got there just in time for the turkey. Once we had our last vistors, we went back into the living room where we did one last family photo where again, we had trouble with the timer but at that point we were delirious and could not stop laughing if our lives depended on it! Trust me, I have an embarrassing picture of me with my mouth wide open to prove it!

To end the day, the kids, who are my oldest cousin’s kids, Dalas and Lynn helped me put up the tree as my mom took Blondie home. When I was working with the little ones, I started to realize how tired I was, so I didn’t fight when my mom came back to pick me up. I was actually a little bit happy to go home and lie down in my bed.

All in all, this Thanksgiving was pretty good! Lots and lots of laughter was involved and that made everything better. We all still wish that papaw could have been there, but knowing him he was probably glad he wasn’t considering how loud we were getting as the hours went on and I can’t blame him for that either! However, I still think he would have enjoyed our crazyness especially the dogs chasing after each other while everybody was standing in doorways and kitchen!

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How was your Thanksgiving if you celebrated it? What is one thing you are thankful for this year?

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A Day Of Thanks

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Howdy!

I love Thanksgiving! To me it’s the perfect holiday of absolute fun and chaos all built into one day! You have family members working on the meal itself while the kids watch TV or if it was nice outside, they played out in the yard. If you needed alcohol to get through the day, that was your business and nobody was going to try to talk you out of it because that other person might need a sip later!

My family was quite different, there was always chaos but it was mostly from the fact that it was such a small kitchen and everybody would be crammed in the amount of space left in the room. We would have tons of conversations going at once, sometimes it was just stories in general or people directing what to do next if they were in charge of a dish. Alcohol wasn’t necessarily a big thing in our times together either, which considering by the time food was in the oven, there were already enough headaches going around that I don’t think they wanted to wake up in a hangover that next morning!

This year will be our first major holiday without my papaw.

It’s still fresh in our minds that he’s not here. I am not big at talking about it out loud but while I was very excited to celebrate my birthday at the start of the month I woke up that morning, feeling very emotional because I knew my papaw wasn’t going to be there to help celebrate it. So I understand the feeling of everybody getting together for Thanksgiving and feeling sort of weird and possibly ashamed to have fun without him.

In order to make this post a happy one, I wanted to talk about the good times that we got to have with my papaw during Thanksgiving.

My papaw was very infamous at falling asleep in the middle of anything! A conversation, a game, or just simply having the family all in one room! My sister actually took video one time where she went over the entire room and everybody’s talking or making faces on camera and there’s papaw sitting in the doorway with his eyes shut and head down into his chest. It was so normal that we all thought it was hilarious mixed in with a little cute!

He and my nana were always getting their plates first, he always claimed a leg and would put it on display with a big ole smile on his face! Turkey was the main event and he loved it that my dad, his son-in-law would make for the day.

When it came down to desserts, there were basically only two pies that made their appearance at the table: pumpkin and apple. The only pie that my papaw would eat was the apple but of course a simple dollop of whipped cream wouldn’t suffice, he was very specific that you should only eat apple pie with chocolate ice cream on the side. Apparently, it was a genetic thing on his side of the family but as far as I know nobody else likes it that way! All of the grandkids would have to ask to borrow an ice cream bar because we honestly weren’t into the pies. Of course, later on nana would make a sheet cake for anybody who didn’t want pie and the icing and rest of the whipped cream would be left for the big food fight at the end of the day!

This year, it’s going to be hard to not have our head of the table sitting in silence, enjoying every bite whether it was savory or sweet. It’s going to be difficult to not see him trying to watch something on TV with everybody talking or in some cases yelling back and forth because he’d just turn up the volume. We swear he would do this to piss off nana! By that time, sometimes he’d just give up and go upstairs or go back to bed, which confused us because we were a loud bunch of goofballs when we’re together! No wonder the night of one Thanksgiving, he swore we were making so much noise that the neighbors would call the cops on us!

I don’t know what’s in store for today with my family. I just hope everybody’s positive and thankful that we can remember these memories of spending Thanksgiving as a family and laugh at all of the stupid crap we’ve all done and possibly going to do down the road. I don’t want to ever forget about those times, no matter how old I get, they’ll always live on in my mind.

Hope you are enjoying your day! 🙂

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DIY: Little Turkeys!

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Hi 🙂

I think I should come out and say my nana has really surprised me on the fact that she’s been so creative throughout this season! After introducing her to all of the popsicle crafts on Pinterest, she’s really put in the effort in creating new things! I actually figured we’d stop for a month and wait until the last week of November to start on our Christmas crafts because you know those are coming soon!

So when she sent me a batch of different crafts for Thanksgiving, (a variation of turkeys popped into my inbox on Facebook one day! It was scary!) but I didn’t make fun because I was a bit worried on what we were going to do in the three to five hours I tend to stay with her on a weekly basis! She took care of that, but that does mean we are quickly running out of our brand new paints and bottles of glitter!

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What you will need for this:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Construction paper or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Duct Tape (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

My nana has these old coasters as we’re calling them, they are circular and have two different sides: one is shiny where the other has a grainy texture to it. The last time I tried painting on them, I used the shiny side and it took it forever to dry probably because of how many coats of paint I had to put on it, the one downfall of that side is that shiny texture makes the surface almost slippery, the paint didn’t want to stay where I had put it originally, so it was a pain in the butt! So when we were doing these, I decided to try out the other side and despite the fact I had to put two coats of brown on it, it actually worked a lot better for me!

Before I started painting though, I decided to make my job a lot easier and draw out a half an oval on the bottom of the circle going horizontal for the face of the turkey. After that, I painted big circles for the eyes with white in the upper part of the plain space and once that dried, I painted the surrounding around the eyes and in between with a lighter orange, as it mimicked the flap around its beak. I left that to dry for a bit before I took out the brown again and painted the rest of the area I had made for its face as I didn’t need it anymore. In case you don’t have a brush with tiny bristles, you can use a black Sharpie for the eyes! That’s what we had to use for them!

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As far as the back-end of the turkey, where its feathers are located at, we used our popsicle sticks and I tried to remember what a traditional turkey’s feathers would look like, so I chose both gray and orange, but again to make things easier on me, copying what I did with its body, I drew lines in different sections of the sticks of where to stop painting! This helped a lot for the gray! I added another coat of orange just before we glued them onto the turkey itself because I didn’t think the color went down enough, and I’m glad I did that because two didn’t have enough!

Anyways, after they were done drying completely, my nana took out her hot glue gun and put quite a bit of glue on the tops of the sticks and laid the body of the turkey on top of it. We had to weight it down with something heavu so they would all stick, but it looked really cute in the end!

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My nana actually didn’t use the coasters for hers, she cut up small circles of left over cardboard and used that as the body for the turkeys instead! Our methods were the basically the same past this point. We both started using popsicle sticks and the first one she created as painted in different colors that matched (or slightly) the glitter that we had left… Afterwards, she cut up a spoon-like shaped face for it with construction paper and used tiny parts of the paper for the mouth, she used white paint and the Sharpie for the eyes! She originally wanted the rest of the body to be covered in glitter, but when went cleaning in her office again, we found bend-y paper shavings and she glued those on it instead!

Her second turkey is mostly the same method as the other one, but the only difference was the body and “feathers” are covered in duct tape! And with using the duct tape too, she only had room for four sticks as to the original six we used for the other two! She had rainbow tape left over and used it instead of painting the areas. She did have to cut out another spoon shape for its face again, and everything about that is the same as the one above!

So what do you think? Would you want to re-create your own turkeys for Thanksgiving or fall in general? 

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A Late Thanksgiving Feast!

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Hey guys!

I know I’m a bit late getting this post up, but like last year my family had our Thanksgiving dinner on Black Friday instead of Thursday, because my mom would rather work on that holiday then both Christmas and NYE. For us, since some of my family live up north from us, it kind of works out well because then they get to celebrate with them first and come down the next day and eat with us crazy people! In all of the days I posted my OOTDs last week, I took over my camera. The one time I didn’t take mine–I thought with everybody around I wouldn’t need it–we had less 10 pictures. I didn’t have much to work with because in the pictures we did get included my dad and he doesn’t like his pictures on Facebook, much less my blog! So I’m only including two pictures out of the whole day.

1471771_3621088783949_1795380296_nI woke up Friday morning around 7:30am, a half hour before I was expected to wake up. My mom wanted to be over and start cooking at 9am. We were a little late. I wore a new outfit I got while we went out the week before. I’d be waiting to show it off since I came home that day. I wore a maroon, black, and white button-up plaid shirt and maroon leggings all from Charlotte Russe! I was very warm in that kitchen, but I didn’t notice it much because somebody was smart and opened the window in the screen door beforehand! My Aunt Laurie and nana made assortment of rolls: cinnamon and orange. I devoured an orange roll when I got there! Basically all of the women spent most of the day in the kitchen, including papaw, Uncle David, and cousin Taylor.

Probably an hour before we ate, my Aunt Laurie, nana and I decorated the cupcakes that she made the night before. I started out doing the icing but that was a little too difficult for me to do, so I decided to stick to sprinkle duty! We usually eat around 1pm or if we’re late (or turkey’s not done) it’ll be 2pm instead. I think everything was done by 12:30pm, which is literally unheard of! It was kind of hilarious that the ones who used to yell at the youngsters to sit at the kiddie table aka card table, were the ones sitting at that table! My sister and I had the “special” seats. We sat next to our papaw who always has a turkey leg for Thanksgiving! We have annual picture tradition now that before he takes a bite of it that we need a picture of him holding it! Poor guy! He always thinks he breaks a camera afterwards too!

After we were stuffed, just before my dad went home everybody wanted to take pictures with one along. Somehow I missed out on getting a one-on-one picture with my dad.  Suddenly everybody left to go take a nap except Taylor (he tried to!), my Aunt Katt, and I. We all sat out in the kitchen and talked. She had some berry slushie alcoholic drink. She let me have some of it, which was nice. I didn’t have a lot of it which I felt was smart. I am going to need to the right name of it for NYE. The three of us actually played the new game. It was actually pretty interesting and as since it was just us, we did it the right way such as using the board, dice, etc. On occasions we didn’t use the timer but it was really fun! As we kept going on, my nana, papaw, and my mom all kind of joined in and were yelling out answers. Nobody actually won, we were kind of stuck and nobody would land on a one. We’ll have to play at Christmas whenever we have people come down again.

I’m sorry this seemed so short, but this was basically all that happened that was on the positive side.

OOTD: Aztec

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Hi 🙂

So first off, if you came from Facebook or Twitter, you might realize the pictures are different from the others. I like to tease you a bit. I thought it would be cuter if I added the one with Oscar on my lap instead of the other, boring picture.

I went over to my nana’s Tuesday morning and this was what I wore over there. I actually got these leggings from a trip to the Dollar General last winter or maybe two years ago. They are my mom’s favorite, she likes to put them on me a lot. I’ve found a similar pair on Amazon, click here. They were a random purchase, we saw them on top of the racks and I knew I couldn’t leave without them. I had to wait until Christmas to wear them, but it was worth the wait! The shirt is a cotton, ivory top. I got it from Walmart along with the second top which is solid turquoise. Surprisingly both of them work well with the pants! So I actually have two ways to do this outfit and with me, that is really rare!

Have you been liking my OOTD posts? What do you like about them?

Special Meanings On The Christmas Trees

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I really regret not doing “blogmas” this year. Who knew I’d have a lot to use this whole time.

I’m ashamed to say this, this is last year’s picture of the Christmas tree. I keep forgetting to tell somebody to retake it of the tree this year, but I’m pretty sure everything looks exactly the same. So it doesn’t matter as much. I think Christmas trees are one of my favorite things about Christmas. Decorating the tree with my sister and our parents, makes me feel like a kid again. Because we still get stuck with separating out the branches in the colors and my dad gets the big topper since nobody but him could lift it. I’m pretty sure Blondie could lift it up now, but he still has to do. Even though he’s the one who moves it back over in the corner when we get ready to do the lights and garland. For some odd reason, we never put those two things on when the tree is out in the middle of the living room, until this year. While my mom and sister were out trying to find more lights, my dad just decided to pull it out of the corner because like I’ve been thinking for years. It would easier to put both on with enough room for two people to move around it.

I wanted to do something similar to Bloo ‘n’ Stuff’s post about her trees. Where she talked about the special meanings over her ornaments and such. Like I had mentioned in the last Christmas-y blog post, our tree is 23 years old! I thought it was 24, so you should have seen my face when I realized I needed to fix that mistake. Thankfully, I had it scheduled to go up the next morning, but as soon as we finished with the tree, I fixed it! According to my mom and dad, they got it a few weeks after I was born. My nana bought it for them for their little apartment. It was only $25! My mom and dad have their own special ornaments. No motorcycle ornaments, I know it surprises me every year!  They have two bulbs with their names on it. We also have a basketball and football bulbs, but no baseball. I pointed this out while we were putting it up and my sister seemed kind of offended because she and dad LOVE baseball. It would NOT surprise me if I go to the mall again soon that we find a baseball ornament or anything with Blondie and I’s names on them. I’m how old again?

snowflakeI’ve been reading everybody’s posts about them going to different Christmas markets. I’ve been a little envious of them, but I’ve been loving all of the pictures though! Some of them are just so beautiful! Anyways, I remembered while my sister and I were in Elementary, our school did have like a small market/fair that all of the kids would go to in early December and buy certain gifts for their families. I remembered loving these things with a passion, because when I was in fifth grade. I knew that i was going to miss it that year because I wasn’t in school yet, even though I was still recovering from school. My teacher would come over to my nana’s house and help me with my schoolwork. My sister had to get gifts from the both of us that year.  The only one I remember from the picture above that was from the past Christmas market was the crochet Rudolph. I thought he was cute and smelled amazing like a Gingerbread cookie! Of course, it’s now a faint smell but I still think it’s cute!

The little girl down on her knees, praying has got to be a gift from the student’s teachers, because both Blondie and I have one and they have our names scratched on the bottom of them. I think they even have different dates on them too, but I could be wrong! The one in the middle with the crochet Rudolph, is from a time were my feet were a LOT smaller! As kids got to use their hands as their artwork and decorate them to different characters of each holiday we had, I’d of course use my feet. This looks like to be my left foot because of the shape that my right foot gives out when it’s been traced. I can’t exactly put my feet down on the floor and they’d be flat on the paper. I have WAYYY too many arches in both of my feet to do that. So teachers and my aide would basically have to go around my foot and I became very ticklish during these times. I would literally pull away as the years went by! I think I decorated the rest of him too. I’m not for sure at the moment. This little ornament always goes up! The last one is another one we got in class! I’m thinking this was made while I was in second grade. I really had to think about that one! That was my yearbook picture of that year too! Look how long my hair was back then!!

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I had to steal my cousin’s picture. This is my nana and papaw’s Christmas tree! Every year, it’s in the same damn spot that sometimes becomes a hazards problem for when people lay down the presents right in front and there are at least three wheelchairs that will be coming and going from that side of the room. I say this because my nana’s bed is another part of the problem too. That little space is not enough to get through at fast speed. Not like I do that or anything, but my papaw has! Anyways, it’s placed here because this is the only spot with a plug-in socket. I kind of like it up against the window, the light directed at it. It looks very pretty that way! Now that it’s up though, my grandparents have an excuse to leave the lights off in the living room now.

I had mentioned that while my family was over at my nana’s for Thanksgiving, she usually likes Blondie or Uncle Dave to put up the tree the night of or day after. Well, this year apparently she got Katt and Kristi to put it up for her. When I got there on that Saturday, because we celebrated ours on Black Friday. It was already up and looking pretty! They couldn’t find any of the garland so they used some kind of beads to wrap around it instead. I think it makes look even more unique. Kristi really wanted to put ice icicles on it instead though. Another one of the things that my nana put on her tree was the dreamcatchers. I’ve never thought of putting little dreamcatchers throughout the Christmas tree, but you’d be surprised on how beautiful it actually makes the tree look. I think she put like three or four of them on it. They’ve all came from the mail of the charities she’s supported. She doesn’t have anymore room on her walls to hang them up, so putting them on the tree just sounded better I guess!