I’ve been toiling away in the background sewing my face off and making a zillion little preparations for Maker Faire North Carolina. It looks like Bowser will make his big debut and another brand new quilt you haven’t seen yet! The crowd sourcing project is coming along too – What’s that you ask? Worry not, I’ll spill all of the beans just before Maker Faire. I’m over the moon excited about this event and so thrilled with the support from the community. What support you ask? Worry not, I’ll have lots of love coming for some amazing people just before Maker Faire too.
Between actual work (Why do they keep making me do stuff for a paycheck??), Mommy work, Maker Faire prep, and getting myself organized for an upcoming retreat and quilt show, I’ve had to take a few hours of downtime here and there, lest I go insane. So, what have I managed to find time for? It is actually a pretty big list!
Now you know how I love a monster movie! There’s no way I wasn’t going to find time to watch Godzilla when it was still in theaters. How I managed to pick the movie time with a gaggle of 12 year old talking and popcorn throwing boys, I’ll never know. The movie was fun. Yep, I can poke about a million holes in it, the build up is slow, and it has an unnecessary human interest plot line. I forgive it for all of those things because it also has BIG FREAKING MONSTERS EATING THE CITY. Win! There’s some pretty fantastic art too. A few of the matte painting scenes were something to behold.
Here’s a show I’ve never watched. It’s always one I thought would be in my wheelhouse, but you know, time, desire, etc gets in the way. The series on Netflix now, which means I can consume it in my favorite way – binge watching! I’ve made through about two seasons while I’m quilting away and I do really enjoy the show. If you’ve missed it up until now, I highly recommend picking it up. Speaking of new to you shows – Amazon Prime has picked up lots of HBO shows. Six Feet Under is well worth your time.
The Lunar Chronicles
Yes, it’s true. I read young adult novels like I was a thirteen year old girl. There’s something charming about these stories. They have a little drama and intrigue, but aren’t so damn heavy you need a family tree and a therapist to work though some of the emotional issues. I’m looking at you George RR Martin. Marissa Meyer has a fun series here. Each of the sci-fi books introduces a new heroine based on famous fairy tales. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel are recognizable, but not in your face. I liked these books, such a nice diversion. How will I ever last until next year when the final of the four comes along?!
Some Ghost Stories
The only thing I love better than a monster movie is a ghost story! I’ve watched three fun ones over the last few weeks. I recommend them all! Sinister is disturbing ghost story with Ethan Hawke. This is a Point of view tale that takes you on his journey without lots of distractions. I’ll warn you – no happy ending here. As a matter of fact, it somewhat dumps “how to avoid a haunting” right on its head. Dead Silence is a doll movie. Which makes it creepy as all get out just by existing. It is a little slow going, but worth it for the creepiness factor. Stalled is just flat out silly. This British low budget zombie film tells the story of a janitor that finds himself stuck in a bathroom stall during a zombie outbreak. Stalled isn’t groundbreaking or amazing, but a fun way to burn a few hours for sure.
So what have you been reading and watching? Are you ready for Orange is the New Black S2? You have bought your tickets for RiffTrax Sharknado, right?