Who Thought These Were Good Ideas?

The first two are on a company vehicle parked in my neighborhood. I skipped a photo of the man dressed like a doctor holding a stethoscope up to an outside AC unit…

The other two are questionably designed dog toys. Oh yeah…

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Amazon Prime Currently Owns My Soul

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A few weeks ago I gave in to the suggestion to try Amazon Prime 30 days for free when I had some items that I wanted quickly. Unfortunately, the item I needed most was sold by an outside store, but I did enjoy getting my new headphones with free two day shipping. I can’t see myself ever paying for Amazon Prime membership regularly, but I’m making sure I’m taking advantage of it while I’m on the free trial.

No, I’m not ordering stuff hand over fist; I’m streaming as many things I’ve wanted to watch but didn’t want to pay for as I can.  I’m currently working my way through Season 3 of the amazing Orphan Black and intend to check out some of the movies and Amazon exclusive series that are available.  I’ll use every second of my 30 days to enjoy BBC stuff that’s now only via Amazon and just appreciate having a plethora of options.  Admittedly I haven’t watched other stuff that I pay for like the Netflix DVD of Omega Man that showed up the first day of my trial, but it’s not a  huge loss. I’m enjoying some really great stuff right now, which is what matters most.

Now my feelings about Captain America: Civil War:  a lot of people really enjoyed this film, but I didn’t for a variety of reasons.  I don’t think it’s a bad film, but the pacing for the first half was painfully slow, even though I can’t think of a good place to cut material or change the focus. The other factors have little to do with the film: I have to get up at 4:30 for work, and I tried joining the wonderful Austin Geeks and Gamers group for a 7:30 showing of the film on a Friday night after a long work week.  My body crashed in the theater due to exhaustion and due to trying to wait until after the movie to go to dinner with the group.  Between the calorie crash and desperately needing to go to sleep long before the movie ended it wasn’t the best experience…and then I realized the theater seats weren’t very comfortable. I’ll try watching the movie again to see if that changes my feelings about it, but I don’t think my thoughts about the pacing will alter.  It still has some excellent moments, and the humour with Sam and Bucky was fabulous.  Go see it if you haven’t; it’s a solid Marvel film and will keep you reasonably entertained for the price of admission.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day isn’t an easy holiday for many due to difficult familial relationships, infertility, mental illness, or numerous other issues, but I am blessed to have a mother who has supported and stood by me throughout the years. I also have friends and family members who love being moms and go out of their ways to be their for their children by setting boundaries and expectations while also holding their babies up emotionally when the world gets tough.  Then there are the pet moms, foster moms, and women who provide love and support to people who are family by choice (I don’t mean adoptive parents here because in my mind adopting a child versus giving birth to a biological child are two different ways of choosing to become a parent; this is more friends you care for, etc:) ).

Love and thanks to all of you!

I have thoughts to share on Captain America: Civil War and Free Comic Book Day 2016, but  ran out of time today to write them all up (my mom’s birthday was the day before Mother’s Day this year, so today was her day times a million!).

Moms, enjoy today, and if you have a female caretaker in your life you feel affection for, let her know.  Yes, it’s a Hallmark holiday, but it’s never a bad time to tell someone you appreciate her.

 

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It’s Here!

Fanboy Comics has now rebranded and transition to Fanbase Press! Check out all the reviews, podcast, and great material at the new site: www.fanbasepress.com!

We’ll still have all the stuff you love from FBC, but it’s a shiny, new brand.  Come join us!

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Are You A Geeky Cross-stitcher? You NEED these!

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Friend and fellow Fanboy Comics (becoming Fanbase Press on May 2!) contributor, Claire Thorne, is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a reviewer, mother, and supportive wife of an artist, she’s a geeky entrepreneur!  An Unexpected Hobby is Claire’s selection of geek theme cross-stitch kits and digital patterns that caters to people at all levels of skill.

The Etsy store features kits and patterns for popular geek properties such as Saga, Sherlock, Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Wars, but Claire’s main page shows her development of even more wide spread works. There’s an adorable Ms. Marvel cross-stitch on her blog roll that will be coming to the store soon.

If you enjoy cross-stitch but have wanted more than cute animal patterns or inspirational quotes, Claire’s store may have just what you’re looking for.  Lying Cat is a great counterpoint to that adorable kitten with a butterfly that’s hanging over the sofa, right?

 

 

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Squidbrains.net Unicorgi Kickstarter!

 

Jillian over at Squidbrains doesn’t seem to need my help with their Unicorgi Kickstarter since it’s over triple their goal, but I did promise them that I would happily talk about their adorable little plushies. I’m also a little late to the game since the Kickstarter opened on April 9 (runs through May 9 if you’d like to get in on the plush corgi goodness; I will definitely be backing when I have some extra cash).

Jillian is a freelance children’s book illustrator who likes to use her skills to create adorable critters and promote awareness and happiness through her art.  Just look at the little corgi face or the other adorable sketches on her website, and tell me you don’t feel better!

Aside from her portfolio and the current Kickstarter Jillian has an Etsy Shop with adorable items of all price ranges.  If you’re a lover of cute animals you need several items in her store (I have serious grabby hands right now)!

So support an indie artist and check out all of Jillian’s sites. The cute is great for children and adults alike!

 

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Cap 10K 2016

  
Despite just getting over some nasty upper respiratory crud I made it out for the Cap 10K this morning. The weather was overcast and cool plus I had a new Garmin to test. 

Amazingly the run felt pretty good, and I finished in 1:07:30, which is .12 seconds better than last year! The finisher festival was too packed and overwhelming though, and I got turned around leaving. I spent more time getting back to the parking garage and finding my car than I did at the festival!

Also I didn’t realize that the City Hall parking garage charges on weekends now, so I ended up being out $17 for parking. My driver side window also no longer opens; ah, the joys of a very old car. I am now home and will soak in the tub and relax until dance class tonight. I’ve been plenty active for a little while!

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