Look Around List!

“Look around! Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!”

The semester is done! I have survived both being a student and being an instructor. I’m ready for the break that is summer to get recharged for fall!

Doctor Who paper. For my International Popular Culture class, I wrote my final paper on “The Day of the Doctor”. Well, that was my intention. I allowed too much background in and it kind of took over the paper. Now I can look at it and see where to separate it into two and develop both!

Amazon Video. Hubby and I have been discussing cutting cable for a while now. Thanks to Hulu and CBS All Access, most of my shows are covered. But there have been a few hold outs. Until now. Amazon Prime has been charging for the new episodes of Doctor Who for a few seasons now, and the past seasons are available for free for Prime members (aka me!). This means I have season 9 for free, and I decided today to go ahead and pay for season 10. I’ve got the episodes aired so far, and I’ll get the new episodes as they come out. Commercial free!!! Which is the best way to watch Doctor Who, especially since it’s not designed for American television and it’s numerous commercials. They do the same thing for Orphan Black, which I’ll be paying for as soon as the season is available. The only big thing I was holding out on was RuPaul’s Drag Race. I love my Drag Race. I was so happy to see it on VH1, since we no longer get Logo. But Amazon Video has it!!! So I paid for this season today, and it is so nice to have it legally without commercials. While it is about $30 per season up front, it’s much more than that per month for cable. Totally worth it.

I’m Home! Now that I’m (mostly) done with my master’s degree, I am home with my hubby for good. Wherever we end up for my Ph.D., it will be together. It feels so good to be home. Seriously, this has been running through my head the last week or so:

I’m Mandy/Nina and my hubby’s Chris/Benny

Marcon! Marcon 52 was so much fun! I got to hang out with friends, fellow geeks, and be on panels (sometimes in charge of them) to talk about the things I enjoy! Seriously, I know for now it’s over Mother’s Day weekend, but I highly recommend Marcon to anyone who enjoys being able to hang out with fellow fans in a more relaxed setting than what I’ve heard anime cons can be like. Nothing wrong with them, if that’s what you like! Marcon 53 is May 11-13, 2018. Registration will hopefully be up soon.

More playlists from Lin!! Seriously. If you haven’t already, go to Lin’s Spotify and be ready to have fun! He is just pouring creativity into each one.

Remember, despite the chaos that is going on in the world, remember to “look around” and realize “how lucky we are to be alive right now!”


Time flies when you’re not busy

I’m home. I’m home for winter break. Three weeks of having nothing that I have to do. Just things that I want to do. Yesterday I spent most of the day figuring out knitting patterns, one stitch at a time. Today I put my stuff away so I wouldn’t be living out of luggage at home for the next three weeks. It feels so good to be home!

Granted I still have four bags of various sizes with books and notebooks and binders sitting in the living room with nowhere else to put them. That’s why part of my list for break is to get things organized and cleaned up in my room so I can actually get work done in there again!

But that has to wait. We need to get our Christmas tree up so we have somewhere to put the presents. A topic that I’m going to have a post about soon.

It’s so good to be home!

Happy holidays to everyone!


Everyone has their own way of dealing with overwhelming emotions. Some people can’t stand to be alone at all. If you’re one of those people, go out. Find friends to be with. Don’t be alone! Some people get anxiety over the thought of being social right now. Don’t force yourself to go out. Be alone if you need to. But don’t shut out everyone.

I’m the latter. When the Sit In for Love was announced, my anxiety went through the roof at the thought of going to it. Don’t get me wrong, I am so relieved that it was such a success and that it was there for the people who needed it. I knew it was not for me. I was still processing everything. It was outside. Bowling Green is also affectionately known as “Blowing Green”. The place is flat and open; it’s quite windy. I know the situations I can clearly hear things in, outside in the wind is not one of them. Also, aside from my social anxiety issues, I can be empathetic at some of the worst times. If emotions are running high, they overwhelm me. I knew I could not handle all the anxiety and worry that would be present.

So I headed home. I blasted music the whole way and felt better. I got home and spent the evening with my hubby. I am so glad I can be just with him right now. He’s the right amount of people for me right now. By the time Sunday comes around, I’ll be good to go to church and be more social. But right now, with a few exceptions for errands, I’m going to stick with staying at home.

Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. That’s the most important thing right now. Take care of yourself!