Currently Obsessed With: October 2016

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month (but sometimes more) feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month.

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Crochet:

I don’t know if I mentioned it last month, but I started another blanket.  It’s going pretty well, and it’s a good time for blankets.  I was going to take pictures but then I forgot, and then I remembered, but at that point, I was too lazy and slightly distracted.  Maybe next month I’ll have pictures of the new one I’m working on and the one I finished.

I made a white infinity scarf.  It was originally going to be part of my Halloween costume, because I was going to dress up as Sadness from Inside Out.  I ended up making a last minute change to my Halloween costume because the hat was a disaster.  The pattern for the hat in the original pattern was working, and my stitch count seemed to be off no matter what I did, so I tried a different hat pattern.  That one didn’t work at all because the sizing was completely messed up, and based on the comments, I wasn’t the only one having a problem.  It was supposed to fit a teenager/small woman, and even after going up a hook size, it barely covered the top of my head, so I found a third hat pattern that actually worked.

Until I went to assemble all of the pieces- the eyes, the glasses, the eyebrows, and the hair.  Because I went with a different pattern for the hat, all of the measurements were completely off because the hat was too big for the pieces. At around 10 pm on the day before Halloween, I gave up and decided I was going to dress up as Fleur from Harry Potter since I had everything I needed.  I may try the hat again at some point but not for a while.

Books:

There was not a lot of book buying- the only thing I got was Kiss Of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick from Audible.

T.V./Movies:

I didn’t see any movies but I’ve been watching Blacklist.  And for some bizarre reason, I starting shipping Ressler and Keen and I have no idea why.  (It may be time to find some fanfic for that).  I’m also glad Walking Dead is back, even though the season premiere was brutal and heartbreaking and I’m not kidding when I say that I was crying.  So many tears.

Around The Internet:

I can’t imagine having a stroke at the age of 26.

Cosmetology schools in prison is an interesting idea.

I LOVE bath bombs but I’ve never thought about making my own before.

I thought this post about diversity was interesting to read.

As someone who has read and written fanfiction, I completely love this list of why people should read it.

I also love this list of things you shouldn’t say to non-readers.

I need these bookish beauty products in my life.

November may be the perfect time to listen to Harry Potter Ambient Sounds.  I’m totally starting off with the Hufflepuff Common Room.

As someone who listens to both audio books and podcasts, I totally understand the dilemma of not having enough time for both.

Speaking of Harry Potter, here are 7 weird quizzes to take.

October Stuff:

  • I got ready for NaNoWriMo!  I already talked about it here, and I had the hardest time picking an idea.  I narrowed it down to two ideas, and I literally picked my idea an hour before November 1 by rolling dice. I’m not kidding.  It’s going well so far, and I have a little bit of a buffer.  Not as much as I was hoping for, considering I took November 1 off so I wouldn’t go to work exhausted (with either no sleep or very little sleep). But I did catch up on some old blog posts I needed to write, so it balances out.

Things Happening In November:

  • NaNoWriMo!  The one time I year I write 50,000 words of fiction.  It’ll be interesting, and that’s going to be my life for a month.
  • Fantastic Beasts is coming out!  For when I need a writing break.  Because I’ll definitely be needing some sort of break.
  • Also Thanksgiving.  Because pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes are really good!

Music:

I’m too lazy to actually put something together, but I’ll share my NaNo playlist next month.

Happy November!

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween-Related Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Ten Books/Authors To Get Me Into The Halloween Mood

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year, and I still like dressing up in costume!  There are some books and authors I associate with this time of year, and these are my top ten books/authors I associate with Halloween and fall.

  1. Harry Potter.  I swear, Harry Potter is my answer to everything.  But I always associate the series with Fall/Winter, and it’s the perfect series to get me into the Halloween mood.
  2. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.  I totally admit that I like the t.v. show a lot better than the books (the repetitiveness of the books is what made me stop the series halfway through) but the mystery and craziness of A is something I associate with fall and Halloween.
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  I recently read this one and it’s really creepy and a good Halloween read.
  4. Stephen King.  If he’s not Halloween, I don’t know who is.  Seriously.  The man screams Halloween.
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  This circus seems very much like a book that will get you in the Halloween mood.  I think it’s because it’s a very different circus, and the magic seems very Halloween to me.
  6. The Dreaming by Queenie Chan.  This manga is perfect for Halloween!  It’s weird and creepy and this school seems very isolated.
  7. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.  I’m not completely sure why I associate this series with Halloween, but I think it’s the magic and the Gothic vibe that the series has.
  8. The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson.  This series about ghosts and the people who can see them is perfect for this time year.
  9. Anne Rice.  I’ve read a few of her books, and yet she is someone I associate with Halloween.
  10. Beautiful Creatures/Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The secrets and curses and history make me think of Halloween.

Currently Obsessed With: October 2015

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature but sometimes more feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month.

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It is November, which means NaNoWriMo has started!  I look forward to it every year, and I really am hoping to do at least one post about it.  I’m also going to the Night Vale live show tomorrow, and I am so excited about it! I also went to a Halloween party, and a midnight kick-off party for NaNoWriMo, and they were awesome!  I had a lot of fun, especially in my Cecil costume.

Crochet:

I crocheted things…and finished them!

Crochet- October 2015 Unicorn Hat

I made a unicorn hat, and I did have to slightly adjust the pattern- I did one less row for the hat, and I did half double crochet for the earflaps instead of single crochet.  I did the single crochet for one earflap, and thought it seemed too short, so I opted for something slightly taller.  I know the mane added some weight, and pulled it down a little, so I wonder if that’s why it was in single crochet.  But the earflaps I made are the perfect length, so I’m happy with how it worked out!

Crochet- October 2015 Headphone Hat

I also made a headphone hat, which was part of my Halloween costume, and let me tell you, it was so much easier (and cheaper!) to do than actually buying the headphones.  I considered making a microphone, but I knew that would have stressed me out, so I’m glad I didn’t make one.  Anyway, I also altered the hat a little bit- I added a row to the hat because I finished it, and it seemed a little too short, so I took out the ribbed part, added another row, and re-did the ribbed part of the hat.  Adding another row of that would have made it a little too tight.

I did learn the magic circle technique, and I can’t believe it took me so long to learn it!  I skipped over so many projects that featured it, and now I want to do all the projects that feature it.  It will make crocheting in the round so much easier.  I also learned how to do post stitches, which was hard at first, but it got easier!  The first row or two was hard, because I could never remember if I was doing a back post or front post stitch, but after that it was easier because I could actually see what stitch I was on.  I have a couple of things I want to do next, but they might have to wait until October.

Books:

I got the Night Vale book!!!!  I got it on audible, because it’s narrated by Cecil, and I can’t imagine reading a Night Vale book any other way.  But I am curious about reading a Night Vale book, so I may end up getting a copy of it. I bought a few e-books: H2O by Virginia Bergin (so I can read the ARC I have of the 2nd book), Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, The Queen Of The Tearling and The Invasion Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen, and Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.

Books- October 2015

I also got More Happy Than Not by Adam Silva in hardcover- I totally meant to buy the e-book and did instant purchase not realizing that it was on hardcover, and spent a couple minutes trying to figure out why an e-book was $16 when I looked at my email and realized I bought the hardcover instead of the e-book.  But I kept the book because I’m going to read it anyway, and it made no sense to me to return it.

T.V./Movies:

I’ve watched a few episodes of Arrow, and I like it enough to at least watch the first season.  I’ve also been re-watching Doctor Who- I’ve watched the season with Capaldi, because it was just added to Netflix recently.  I still don’t like Clara, and I’m not sure how I feel about Capaldi yet.

And Walking Dead…until it’s confirmed, I don’t want to believe that IT has happened.  But I’m also trying to get ready for the fact that it may have happened, because it is possible.  It’s been a week, so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, but I also know that there may be people who haven’t seen it yet, so I’m being really vague instead of doing a spoiler alert.

Around The Internet:

You can find all of the cool stuff I find on the internet over on Pinterest.  There are way too many cool things out there!

I went down The Nostalgia Machine rabbit hole.

I can totally relate to this post about finding new favorite books.

What Should I Read Next? is an interesting book recommendation generator thing.

Booklist Online has one of the most balanced posts about Twilight I’ve ever seen.  And I really like this post over at Book Riot about Twilight.

Music:

I heard this song on the Air Raid Podcast, and I just love it!  I can’t wait until the album comes out, but in the meantime, I’ll have to check out his EP’s.

Happy November!

Currently Obsessed With: October’s Over, So Insanity Has Begun

Currently Obsessed with is a once-a-month (sometimes more) feature where I talk about my favorite things and what’s been going on over the last month.

October is over!  Which means NaNoWriMo has started (and I’ve already talked about it a bit here).  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just weeks away, and that Christmas will be soon after that!

Nails:

I’m really starting to love the customizable Julep Maven box!  I really do.  For October’s box, I didn’t like 2 of the 3 selected colors, so I switched them out for Logan, and the Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, plus I added Margarita,  I like the three colors, and I have a couple of holographic glittery top coats that I think might look really good on Ledi, the one color I kept.  I really liked Ledi, and Logan and Margarita were really pretty too.  I love the base coat I got, and I think it’s my favorite of the different ones I’ve used.  I can’t explain why but I feel like it makes my nails slightly more healthy.

I actually don’t have a picture because I could not get a good one if my life depended on, but I may add to next month’s nail polish update.

Crochet/Halloween:

I’m actually talking about my costume here, because I’ve done quite a bit of crocheting for my Halloween costume!  I decided to dress up as Anna from Frozen, for reasons I can’t remember (but probably because it was something I could throw together in a short amount of time).  There is something fun about a DIY-costume, and I was inspired by Disney Bound to do an inspired look, instead of a full-on costume.

Oct 2014 Crochet- Collage

I made a Princess Anna inspired hat that was part of my Halloween costume!  I found the pattern over on Etsy, and while I’m sure I could have found a free version somewhere, I really liked the look of this one.  Not going to lie, it did come out a bit crooked and the streak of white hair was on the wrong side, which, of course, I didn’t notice until I tried it on after finishing it and looked at it in a mirror, but I can actually see Anna wearing a crooked hat!  As for the stripe, I didn’t really care.  Plus…I finished it late Thursday, and there was no way I was going back to fix it.

I also made a capelet to go with my costume, but me being me, I didn’t give myself enough time to work on it. I used this pattern, which I wasn’t sure about at first, but I ended up really liking it once it I started crocheting it.  I got 11 rows done (of 16), and I’ll definitely be going back to finish the last few rows.  The nice thing about this pattern is that 8 rows in, and you have a nice little collarette.  It totally looked okay, though, and I borrowed a brooch from my grandma to pin it together.

I had a plain black top that I wore, and I found this really cute royal maxi skirt at Ross.  I have no idea why I don’t shop at Ross or TJ Maxx more.  I was torn between the maxi skirt and a dark blue knee-length skirt, but ended up getting both for less than each of the couple skirts at Kohl’s I was thinking about getting.  (Although I may end up getting at least one of them anyway because they’re super-cute).

I’m actually glad I went the Anna-inspired outfit, which I like for Halloween, because I’m only going to wear the costume one time.  And with an inspired costume, I end up with something I can wear throughout the year.

Books:

I didn’t get any print books, but I did get a few audio books.  My audible credit went to Crow by Barbara Wright and early in October I got Dark Days by Kate Ormand and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson.  I’m really excited to listen to Crow, because it sounds really good!  And I feel the same way about Dark Days and We Have Always Lived In The Castle.

TV:

I’m slowly making my way through Blue Bloods, and am currently on season 4.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be done with it over the next week or two, and then…I’ll figure out what I want to watch next!  I really like American Horror Story and Walking Dead so far, and I actually really like everything that I’ve been watching.  I’ve given up on Resurrection- while I liked the first season, I also wasn’t sure about continuing, and with everything else I’m watching, I’ve decided that I will not be continuing with it right now.  Maybe I’ll watch it over the summer or something.

Around The Internet:

Music:

There are a few songs I’ve been listening to over and over this month!

  • All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor- I wasn’t sure about this song at first, but it’s really grown on me!
  • Rather Be Clean Bandit- I don’t know why but this song makes me want to dance.
  • When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector- There’s something heartbreakingly beautiful about this song.
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift- I can’t stop singing along to this song!
  • Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo.  There’s something very chill about this song.
  • Summer by Calvin Harris- I don’t know why my favorite songs by him are the ones he sings on. And Summer is quite catchy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Want To Be For Halloween

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Top Ten Characters I Want To Be For Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  Random Thought: Why on earth is there Christmas stuff next to the Halloween stuff at Target.  I don’t understand this!  Anyway, I have the book-ish and the non-bookish, because, well, I couldn’t help but come up with so many ideas!  (Me being me, I managed to relate most of my choices to books).  Because I’m going off on so many tangents, I really need to watch Hocus Pocus and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which are my 2 favorite movies to watch this time of year.  (Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies, because I’m weird like that).

  1. Luna Lovegood.  It would be so fun to dress up as Luna!  She’s so quirky and odd and one year, I’m going to have dress up as her.  (Not next year, because I already have some costumes in mind, but maybe the year after that).
  2. Speaking of Halloween costumes for next year, I really want to dress up as someone from Night Vale.  Night Vale definitely inspires costumes for years- hooded figures, scientists, librarians, Night Vale Radio interns, Hiram McDaniels, the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, Cecil, Old Woman Josie (or one of her angels), the Apache Tracker (except that would be way too offensive, so scratch that) and the Glow Cloud…to name quite a few.
  3. This randomly popped into mind, but it would be really fun to dress up as a character from a historical romance novel. I have no particular character in mind, because I don’t read enough of it to have someone in mind.  It’s mostly an excuse to wear a ballgown or poofy dress.
  4. I’ve always wanted to dress up as a flapper.  I know I’ve read a book or two set during the 1920’s, and it seems like
  5. And a goddess.  Probably Greek, because I’m the most familiar with Greek mythology.  I’ve always liked Athena.
  6. The Queen Of Hearts!  There’s nothing wrong with Alice, but for some reason, I’d much rather be The Queen Of Hearts.
  7. Eve from Morganville Vampires.  It would be fun to dress up as Eve for a night.  Probably because there’s something intriguing and very out-of-my-comfort zone about the Goth look.
  8. Tinkerbell!  I love fairies, and am utterly confused as to why I have never dressed up as Tinkerbell.  On a semi-related note, it would also be fun to dress up as Tiger Lily, as with how she’s described in Jodi Lynn Anderson’s re-telling.
  9. A Disney Princess.  Preferably Snow White, Ariel, Belle or Merida.  Cinderella would be pretty awesome too.  Again, I just want an excuse to wear a big, poofy dress, but Disneybound has some awesome ideas for Disney inspired outfits.
  10. Speaking of Disney-inspired outfits, that’s where I got the inspiration for my Halloween costume this year!  I’m dressing up as Anna from Frozen, and I have most of my outfit put together.  I just need to crochet a shawl before Friday and finish the hat, and I’ll have something I can wear throughout the year.  I can totally pull this off in 3 days.