I go over how—surprisingly—the Apple Watch has been of immense help in my exercising and self forgiveness journey. Part 2 of My Achievements To Unlock entries.
You know there are things I’ve learned from video games that apply to every day life. From teamwork in games like Overwatch and Destiny, to the importance of checking on friends in Animal Crossing and the importance of dialogue via...well any game with a minimum of a story line lol.
One of the things most gamers have in common from board to video is that we are achievement/trophy hunters. Maybe we’re not all completionists. But, when you review little mysteries or read about something you want like a little spray or armor or special plant or tool that you NEED, well; you try and go for it don’t you?
For example, I want all the pixel and chibi sprays on overwatch. While I’m not sure I’ll ever GET all of them, I can still try! I’ve surprised myself with some. For instance I got both for my boo Sombra, and the more unexpected pixel for Roadhog! In Animal Crossing ya girl wants ALL the Golden tools...and fishing and bugs have proven difficult, but it’s—STILL FUN TO TRY!
Right now, I’m trying to make sure I have fun trying in real life as well! In the Nike Run Club I want as many achievements as possible!!! So while im doing the Bodyshred workout by Jillian Michaels im changing up the cardio days with a focus on running.
Also Nike hosts contests which the only way to win is to run—including on a treadmill! And while I am an adidas girl through and through, but I love how Nike has always been at the forefront for social justice. Also their apps are AD-FREE! And, you don’t have to upgrade for anything!
What are some achievements you’re trying to unlock right now?
P.S. I’m still HELLA salty about Cayde-6 and I miss my Robot (Exo) boyfriend 😜
It’s been a while since I’ve written. Which stinks because I love to.
Rather than go over anything, my resolution for 2019 is also my word for the year (or something to that effect) which Is forgiveness—of myself. I started this “resolution” before the new year, in November. I’m working out. Yes! I do want to lose weight. But I also needed to face the fact that I go to such an unhealthy point, and forgive myself for it. I’ve been working out 7 weeks straight, and i love it. I also need to forgive myself of stress…but I’m letting myself take it one step at a time, you know? Maybe if I forgive myself I won’t feel so anxious? But I think 2019 will be ok. I’m stressing…but not as bad as I could be lol.
Anyway to recap: 2018 had the roughest start for me. The year wasn’t bad though! Just, a rough start!But some of the highlights made it a really great year!
We bought our first home!
We got to take the-bestest-boi, #ThorinThePup on a semi-cross-country road trip! We even got to visit one of my favorite places in the world: Yellowstone National Park! And The Tenor got to go to SDCC!!
I changed my hair a bunch of time! And we got a new kitten Marshal Lee Mallow (yes, those are references to Animal Crossing, Adventure Time and Veronica Mars):
And, we celebrated the end of the year with some of our favorite people! While a lot of friends have moved, and (sadly) more will move again this year, it’s been a good one, and I’m sure 2019 will be just as great with even more hair dye LOL!
I chose 7 tracks for Side A, and another seven for Side B. Side A is about getting to a realization point, and Side B is about embracing my weird!
While my original "
" post wasn't an ode to GotG, I kept meaning to revisit it. But it never
right. Now it's 2017, and a lot of stuff happened last year (admittedly, most of it was not good). And whether or not this earth is going to hell in a hand basket, I'm determined to make the best of it (hell, so far so good). And with Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 out next week it seemed like as good a time as any and a salute to one of the best nerdy movies to date with a bangin' soundtrack, by bringing back the post I'm most proud of in its own sequel!
If you'd like to join me again in a sweet melodic link up, send me your list, either here in the comments, or on twitter, or any social media!
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Lately, my geekiest endeavor has been in playing Dungeons and Dragons with The Tenor and some of his coworkers.
D&D is one of those games that has been around for decades, that I was always interested in, but growing up wasn't allowed to play for...er, reasons (thanks a lot Dobson...). But in 2009 when I first met my adopted big bros the VERY first night I met them, Jay had a game going. I didn't hear a lot of the narrative but the flint and metal in my brain struck. It took a while, and about three different games (one of those being an attempt at 3.5v) before this fourth campaign to kick off.
Our first game didn't even get to a campaign. Mind you, this was a 3.5 game and we spent SO MUCH time creating our characters. Which is not a bad thing. But if you're like me when it comes to avatars like even in Rock Band, you know you want to get your details out and on paper. This group was made up of some friends I went to church with back in CA (not all churchgoers are sour lemons). It was fun and we'd have beer and coffee while working on our stories together.
My 3.5v and 5.0v Player's Handbooks
But then we moved, and my next group was through one of my managers. He did the voices of the NPCs and had LotR scores playing as EPIC AF background music. Our first mission was based on the 5.0 kick off story which in my second game we later repeated. What was interesting about those two games was how different they were approached by the Dungeon Master (DM-person telling the story to those participating; aka The Game's God as what they say: goes!) and those of us who played. The Tenor and I had a different ways of handling the situation per game. Its also a behavioral scientists dream to watch and play this game I think as so many people will approach the same situation a different way! While one is the "preferred method" there isn't a right or wrong way...kind of like in life on many of it's situations.
Last/lately is our current campaign which had a slightly rocky start as all our characters were somewhat lone wolf archetypes in various forms. I'm going to go ahead and say: DON'T MAKE A LONE WOLF! Don't be that person. If your character is scared of people because they've been hurt (like my character) it can work as long as your stay mission oriented. Lone Wolfs/Lone Wolves (I think the former is technically most correct) are boring and make the missions hard to accomplish. But since then, we've fixed it. Each of us are Loners, brought together by "the cause" (see the mission). As I said this group was brought together via my husbands coworkers...though I'm hoping to get another lady in the game!
Finding your group can be easy. Some great places to start:
Starbucks flyers (post them, or you might some!)
roll20.net (where you can set up an online game with your blogging buddies)
Geek Girl Brunch
friends from game stores
anywhere honestly! Just get a group going.
As for places to play most/many comic and hobby shops have tables and rooms that you can check out to set up a game. Additionally reserving a room at a library or coffee shop works as well (as long as you mind your P's and Q's for those around you). Just be sure that if you're not playing in a home to be a good customer too.
Have you been looking to play Dungeons and Dragons? Have you played before? What was your favorite campaign like? If you haven't played, are you interested, and what help do you need in getting started?
Holy crap! Long time no post! But we moved again, and with he holidays (and holiday shopping season) over I'm choosing to be back!
Which brings me to the amazing trailer for
(or as I'm actively going to call it thanks to my friend Ryan: "Asgardians of the Galaxy")
I've not been excited for a Thor movie in a long time. I did enjoy the first one enough, but let's be honest, they've been pretty weak. This one looks like it will be more fun, and actually be a bit more about Thor than his (insanely handsome) brother Loki.
ALSO: I am here for Valkyrie and Hela! Hel is one of my favorite Norse mythology characters (mostly because I was introduced to her in K.A. Applegate's post
). And Valkyrie is SERIOUS cosplay goals right now! I love her armor and the shot of her dragging Thor around with the smirk?
GURRRRL! I'm here for it!
And the Hulk bit? Frakking PRICELESS!!! "He's a friend from work!" is a great line!!!
What are your thoughts on the trailer? Are you stoked for it?
While Howl of
Howl's Moving Castle
is on the "list" (if this is ever a fandom friday post I have this at the ready) as well as Spike Spiegel of
I gotta say Vash the Stampede is my anime crush.
For a character who is known in his universe for being a walking disaster, he's got a heart of gold, and a good sense of humor! Also the dude's a dork hahaha! Also Johnny Yong Bosch does his voice!!! <3 p="">
This dork, hamming it up.
Also, the dude kicks all sorts of ass! I also recommend this anime as the story is more than meets the eyes!
This is easily the toughest question...and I have two answers because:
I DO WHAT I WANT!
Answer number one is of course: Sailor Moon.
The magical girl of all magical girls. While not the first magical girl in existence from anime or manga, it was the one where many of us learned of this type of anime. For western audiences this anime was one of the first girl-oriented anime's available in the US (well, that I recall).
I'm not going to go over the premise but, one the things I loved about the show was the outfits. They were so cute! You can judge me, but my dream cosplay is STILL to be a Sailor Scout! Also, since there are 10 different scouts, there's nearly a character for anyone to relate to! The 90's animation is not as polished and shiny as the new Crystal season, but, back then it was golden...and adorable af!
The second show is Cowboy Bebop
In addition to being one of my all time favorite anime, its also one of the best shows ever! Not only is the animation beautiful, but it boasts one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) soundtracks in Television history. Yoko Kanno the composer helped carry the series into the phenomena it became. From jazz, to blues, to rock to country and of course: bebop! She covered the whole gambit! Additionally she's composed other beautiful piece for anime's like Escaflowne!
From ep. 1. (
From ep. 20 (
From Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (
Also: the animation is top notch! The fight scenes are some of my favorite (along side that hallway fight from Daredevil). And while each episode is practically a self contained story, it all flows into the finale of the series. The downside of this show? it's one season. But not like a "Firefly-one-season-that-NEEDED-more" it actually was supposed to end. In fact, one of the best parts of this is that you can recycle from episode 26 and go back to episode 1, and see more in the series.
Those are my favorite anime's so far.
See you later space cowboy...
You know what: I've missed writing...a LOT! These last few months have been trying...on us all if I'm not mistaken. But, to alleviate some of the gravity of the year so far, I'm doing the 30 day anime challenge this month.
My first introduction to anime was when my family was stationed in the Philippines. While I'm 90% sure it was voltron...I just don't remember. So I'll go with the first one I truly recall: Unico.
Unico is an adorable little cinnamon-bun eared unicorn, and being the magical-girl-in-training-child I was in love with Unico. He was created by the great Osamu Tezuka who also created Astro-Boy, Phoenix, and Kimba the White Lion (ALSO! He's a descendent of Hatori Hanzo the ninja and samurai)!
I don't remember much about Unico to be honest. I remember it was one of the movies, and, that we used to rent it on VHS tape. But, I believe it was The Fantastic Adventures of Unico based on the covers of the two movies (which I am going to now purchase on
While I don't remember anything plot-wise I remember being in love with the aesthetic style (I remember telling my parents that it reminded me of my favorite cartoons when we were stationed abroad) and well...I mean LOOK AT UNICO!
Cute af! (
I mean, that cuteness!
Magical af! (
Any who, stay tuned for more anime love! Tomorrow: Favorite Anime I've Watched so Far (god! How do I pick?!?!
Back on track!
I need to finish out my Star Wars theme, and give some love to Finnie-Finn-Finn! I really loved The Force Awakens, and Finn was that perfect blend of familiar, and yet fresh! And I REALLY wanted to do a Stormtrooper outfit, but needed it to be Finn too! Also: that
is so cool! It's available through
! I want a few more from there (especially the Rey one 😍).
Here is a Finn inspired playlist!
Is there a workout cosplay you'd like to see? Maybe just a character inspired playlist you'd like to sweat, or dance too? Let me know in the comments, or on twitter
It's been about four months since I've been on here. Which is not good, as I'm actually really proud of my little space here on the internet.
I've been dealing with a lot of stuff...moving, and mental mostly.
February and March were a bit jarring not just because we knew we would be moving, but, in that where we would move, we just didn't know.
Back in April my friend Gwen asked me if I would be comfy answering a few questions about my depression on her new site
. I was equal parts enthusiastic, and terrified. I've mostly tried to stray away from bringing that part of me here...which I don't think I should've been scared to do...but I was. You can read what I said
, and be sure to bookmark her site. It's AMAZING, and therapeutic, and helpful! And did I mention: AMAZING!!!
These last few months I've been trying to sift through some muck and mire.
I've found a regular exercise routine, with some friends. I'm seeing a therapist. and I'm trying to make sure I FaceTime friends and family more regularly.
At the end of April, I had a few REALLY low points. It took a lot to stop from doing something irreversible, and harmful. I've sort of DIVED into video games a little too hardcore I think. I'm trying to find my balance of "for fun" and "for escape." I set a timer, and two days a week now.
I'm gearing up for the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! Which is SDCC! And I'm so excited to go home and see my family and friends..and food (only God can judge me).
I feel like this is my most poorly written post ever...but I feel like I need to get this out and off my chest.
Here's a picture of Kirby because he's adorable AF and makes me happy!
Today is of course Rey...who's last name we "don't know." **
** (though by now you
seen the movie): She is also a bad mamma jamma and a brilliant pilot...which I assume "runs in the family." I apologize for the quotation marks, but I'm pretty sure she's a Skywalker. Anyway, Rey is a fierce fighter, and becomes even more fierce as a Jedi bad-ass! That's why this outfit is based around outdoor terrain running...but also so you can use a bo staff like Rey
And here's a hand-holding/bo-staff swinging playlist:
Is there a Workout Cosplay you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments, or, tweet me:
Today's Workout Cosplay is inspired by Kylo Ren!
I really LOVE that vest! I want one so bad! Kylo does dress in my favorite color (to wear): black! And since there's still a lot of cool weather, I tried to make this a warm for all (...ish?) outfit. I also really like the water bottle as these are a great way to bring some of your nerdy inspiration to the gym!
Here's a Kylo inspired playlist...it's a moody-movement inspired, 'cause Kylo ;P
Hope you liked today's Workout Cosplay!
Have a Workout Cosplay you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments, or, tweet me
Today's workout cosplay ties into last week's! Where BB-8 is a CSO, Poe is the pilot!
Oh, Oscar Isaac...why you be so dreamy. But seriously, Poe was such an awesome character in The Force Awakens (TFA), and I'm super stoked he was not killed off! Can't wait to see more of his and Finn's Bromance (/romance?).
As for the playlist...
Did you know: Oscar Isaac played in some florida ska bands in his youth? My Rude-Joie heart is fluttering! In fact,
article is 100% to blame for this week's workout playlist, dubbed "
"! Hope you enjoy this (mostly) 90's nostalgia trip!
Bonus points: for cardio,
-ing to the beat is not a bad cardio at all! In fact, it's really fun and makes you work your obliques if you swing your arms right.
Have a fun #WorkoutCosplay you'd like to see? Let me know in the comments, and/or, tweet me @Joie_Fatale!
This post reminds me that I need to revisit another one.
That aside, here is my Soundtrack RIGHT NOW (i.e.: Things I'm Jamming To)!
What are songs are you really feeling/jamming to right now?
Today's workout cosplay is inspired by the
I love the Star Wars droids, and just generally love robots! But BB-8 is the cutest thing since R2-D2 and G.I.R. (from
...told you I love robots)! I'm going to hold off on gushing about BB-8, but know: I have seriously thought about changing my pup Thorin's name to BB-8! Also: that gym bag! <3 p="">
Here's a BB-8 inspired playlist to help you
a-long your workout ;)
Be prepared...next week will be a strait up "Nostalgia Trip" in terms of the playlist, but it'll be FUN!
Have a #WorkoutCosplay you'd like to see, let me know in the comments, or, tweet me
Happiest Moments in my Life So Far...
Man, these lists get a little deep, don't they? I know off the bat a few (OK, I know two..two). But let's see where my mind rambled?
Getting Engaged- This is probably on most people's list, but I never dated anyone prior to my husband. A lot of that is due to sheer shyness, but, the other is I was either not interested in anyone, or, they weren't interested in me back. I did know right away I wanted to be with The Tenor the moment I met him though (not trying to be cheesy, it's just the way it was). At the time however, I was working on me so, I put those thoughts aside. But when we got engaged, I was so happy I couldn't speak. I didn't think I could've been so full of emotions, but I went silent and was a blubbering love fool!
Getting on Stage with Green Day/First Kiss- in 2009 I was still very Josie Geller (Never Been Kissed) and I wanted to make sure that I got one from #ForeverCrush Billie Joe Armstrong! The Tenor (who was then, "Just a Friend") and our BFF Koala-Bear and I went to see the band, and the goal was to get me on stage. We did, and, I insisted on making sure Billie Joe gave me a peck. Not going to lie, it wasn't "magic" or "fireworks" but for me, it was about making sh*t happen that year. And dammit: I slammed revolving doors!
New Life Change- This has been a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, I am missing my family and friends a lot. Like, a lot you guys! On the other, it's been nice to focus on us, relax a bit, learn about keeping house a bit more (something I thought I knew, but realize it's a lot harder than I thought). Also, we have cute fur-babies! It's nice to know we're in a new place in life, that while extremely trying, is also very rewarding not just for us, but for a lot of people. Also, the day I found out, I was so happy to quit my old job. Like, whenever I feel down about missing CA, I just think about how satisfying that was and it puts a smile on my face.
The Twins- When my sister gave birth to the twins, I was so happy (and not just because she took some pressure off the Tenor and I lol). They are my mum's first grand babies, and my first niece and nephew I got to be at the birth for! They're so precious, cute, and smart! I love them!
Getting Married- Obviously (save the best for last)! I wasn't sure I'd want a traditional wedding growing up, and surprising (most especially to me) I did! I was so excited and happy, and while there was one major mix up at our reception venue, IT DIDN'T MATTER! It was a lot of fun, and seeing all the planning, and such come to fruition was really satisfying. But most importantly, it made me so happy to know I was marrying someone who loved me for me! I stopped believing I'd ever be married at an early age, so it was a complete shock when I got engaged, and TBH I was nervous all they up until the day before the wedding. But that morning came, and I woke up with a smile that lasted all day (heck, thinking about it makes my cheeks ache lol!). Nothing was able to bug me that day.
Anyway, I know that list is random af, but, that's what I've got! LOL!
What are some of your happiest moments?
This week's post is based on goals we will not merely be pursuing, but, taking a risk on!
To some clothes that I like, especially more workout wear, and healthy food programs. Also, making sure I take time to relax, and read. It's been weird this last year, not getting to do much of either.
Roller Derby Storm by
Doing it! I don't care. I need to just go for it! Also, I finally found someone interested in it! So Hopefully we can go together!!!
I want to not only join a Masters swim team...but--more importantly--I want to look seriously for an (affordable? lol) place to work on my Masters degree. I wasn't looking this year, as I knew I'd be moving again. But where we're going next will be for a longer time, and that means: It's time!
Make a Team?
I want to get a team sport going (especially if the swim thing doesn't work) for Water Polo, or, Proper Football (aka Soccer), or Quidditch!!! Maybe even relay racing, or dodgeball, or (my personal favorite): Capture the Flag!
This year (though off to a
bad start) should be an exciting year. One thing I'm working on doing is staying active. consistently! From exercising hourly, to joining up in sports (seriously though, why is it so hard to find sports teams fro people out of college and high school? I don't get it!).
There's some chance I am going to take! As for my Goals (and Dreams) for 2016, check out
Today's Funko Friday prompt is: "Funko Friends-How many friends have you corrupted?" or, how many friends have you turned into Funko trash lol!
I don't know who i've convinced to become hardcore Funko Pop collectors. But I have noticed some friends are now starting to collect more and more, possibly due to The Tenor's (my husband) and my influence. Some of them we've met this last year a since we've been in military life. But, I know that one couple in particular from CA has started collecting them! I don't know if it's because of us, but my friend
(who both write for
, which you should totally check out!).
I know they have quite a few Pops, but I know one that they really wanted, I was able to help with! At SDCC they were selling Marvel Collector Corps boxes, including, the one with the Hulkbuster! I was out on the floor, and was able to get to the SEPARATE booth (from the rest of the Funko shenanigans) for Collector Corps. I was able to get one of the last two of the Hulkbuster for them! Woot!
On the other hand, my dad is the reason I'm into Funko Pops! He bought my first one which was Boo Berry from General Mills' Halloween cereals! It was an SDCC exclusive and it's one of my most treasured POP's!
Are you into Funko? Who, or, what particular Pop got you into them?
Let me know as I
to hear people's Pop stories!
Today's Workout Cosplay is based on David Bowie's iconic role of Jareth the Goblin King from
As you may have seen in my
, I was a late watcher of Labyrinth, but thanks to
, I got to see it! It was Muppets! It was magical! And, it was Bowie! The movie's brilliant. I based the outfit on his from
scene (Magic Dance), with the sparkly blue headband as an homage to the ballroom scene!
This workout playlist is very dance-dance oriented! I wanted it to be something with David's influence, but, also peppy to run or dance or what-have-you to!
If there are any Workout Cosplays and Playlists you'd like to see, let me know in the comments, or, tweet me