Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Haunting of Jill's House

Can someone please explain to me why in the hell when October rolls around I decide I like scary stuff?? 


And yet, it happens, every year.  The Halloween season hits and I get this strong urge to immerse myself in the scary.  I honestly have no idea why, because I always end up regretting it.

This past year, I thought maybe I was getting better at it.  Last fall, I saw the new It in theatres with friends, and I survived.  I saw A Quiet Place in theatres with my friend Sara last spring, and I actually really enjoyed it.  I watched The Babadook last weekend, a movie that seems to be suggested as one of the scariest ever, and it barely even fizzed me. 

Then, as I mentioned last week, I watched The Visit on Thanksgiving Monday, and for some reason, THAT was the movie that got under my skin.  THAT was the movie that bothered me and kept me up at night.  THAT was the movie I couldn't seem to shake, long after the credits rolled.

I took a break from the scary last week after that.  I watched lots of episodes of New Girl, and steered clear of any more movies from my Halloween Movie Bucket List.  And I sort of started dreading Friday evening, when I had plans to visit The Haunted House on the Hill at the Billings Estate historical site in Ottawa with a group of friends. 

As it turned out?  Friday night was OK.  I mean, we had tons of laughs and fun at dinner, and then we did the Haunted House and it wasn't as bad as I expected.  It helped that the "actors" were not allowed to touch us.  I learned that if I just shrunk myself up in a ball and shouted, "NO! STOP! LEAVE ME ALONE!" they would back off.  It also helped that a few times we got lost and had to ask the "scary people" for directions.  It sure had it's fair share of jumps and screams, but it didn't bother me once I got home.  I was able to sleep without issue.

So there I was, thinking I was OK with the scary again.

And that brings us to last night.  Home from work after suffering with a sinus headache all day, I decided I was going to do nothing last night, aside from my usual Monday night laundry.  I got the laundry going, made supper, and then settled in on the couch with a hot bag on my neck and a dose of Advil to start a series on Netflix that had caught my eye:  The Haunting of Hill House.  

I only planned on watching one episode.  I ended up watching three.  It hooked me.  It really did.  The story had me gripped.  And while it was scary, with lots of moments that made me jump and squeal, I was intrigued by these characters, and wanted to see what would happen to them.

After the third episode, I went upstairs to switch laundry loads, and that's when I seriously began regretting my evening spent in Hill House.  Did I mention it was also a very windy night?  It was a very windy night. And OF COURSE, as I'm up there with no phone or flash light or anything, hanging my clothes on my drying rack in the spare room, the power went off.

"Oh, f*ck.  F*ck f*ck f*ck."

I held my breath and waited for it to come back on.  It did not immediately come back, like it usually does.  I continued to curse as I began bumping frantically out of the room, down the hall, to my own room, hands out touching the walls as I went.  Panic was rising.  All I kept thinking was "get to your bed, get to your bed."  Why do I believe my bed has protective super powers?  I do not know.  But when something goes bump in the night, I burrow deeper beneath my covers and wait it out.  I needed to get to the safe haven of my bed.

But my bed was piled with clean laundry that I had yet to fold and put away.  I hit that mountain as I tried to climb on, and so I then began pushing it wildly off the bed.  In my rush to shove the clothes off the bed, I somehow pitched myself right over the edge too, hitting my headachey head on the floor, and causing another eruption of "F*CK F*CK F*CK"'s.

That's when the lights came back on.

Oh, but it doesn't end there.

I quickly made my way back downstairs, lit candles and grabbed my phone in case the power went off again, took some deep breaths, slowed my heart rate, and spent an hour or so watching New Girl to try and erase the scary Hill House memories.  I thought I had done an effective job of pushing it aside, until my mom called just as I was going to bed to tell me her power was off.  I thought about going up to her place to spend the night and help her if she needed it with her generator (she needs it to keep her sump-pump going), but she insisted she was fine, and I really do prefer my own bed.  But about an hour later, I was wakened to the sound of silence in my room - because now MY power was off.  And it didn't come back on.

And the wind was relentless.  The whole house seemed to creak and groan.  It was SO dark.  I kept hearing bumps and weird noises.  I felt like I spent more time awake than asleep, staring into the darkness, listening to creepy noises, and checking the Hydro app on my phone for updates as to when the power might be back on. (It was useless.  It didn't come back on until well on this morning, long after I'd left for work.)

So.  Needless to say, it was DEFINITELY the wrong night to start watching The Haunting of Hill House.  And now, I might have to be done with that, too.

*sigh*  Bring on Christmas.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend: A Re-Cap

Thanksgiving weekend was a blast - a perfect mix of lots of fun with family & friends, and also plenty of downtime and relaxation.  I'm so sad that it's already over!  Here's how it all went down:

Friday afternoon, they let me off early around 3 PM, so I scooted my butt home and got to work right away!  I had cookies to bake!  I offered up homemade cookies in the Canada Day Committee's fundraising auction last spring, and one of the winners had called in their cookies for the weekend.  One of the other winners had told me they'd take their cookies anytime, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone, and baked 'em all at once.  Once the cookies were done, I had a little downtime before book club, so I settled in and watched the first movie off my Halloween Movie Bucket List:  Pet Sematary!  One of my all-time Stephen King faves!

Just before 7 PM, I headed to my friend Lolly's, as she was hosting our book club group that night.  We enjoyed delicious snacks, lots of great girl talk, and I got some twin snuggles in.  Oh, and yes, we did talk a bit about the book we read. LOL!  It was The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, which I read months ago, and while the book was OK and a quick read, it wasn't my favourite one ever.  I think my expectations were too high, because they promoted it as even better than Gone Girl, and I completely disagree with that assessment.  I think books should stop being compared to Gone Girl, it seems to happen way too often and I have yet to hit upon one that causes my jaw to drop like Gone Girl did.  Regardless, it was great to sit and visit with the ladies, I felt like I was long over-due for a girls night.

Saturday morning, I was up fairly early and after sipping a coffee and getting ready for the day, I set to editing the family photos I had taken for my friend Caryl and her family the weekend before.  I wanted to get that session edited before the next one came up.  While I edited, I put on some more scary movies - first, The Conjuring, and then The Amityville Horror (Ryan Reynolds edition).  Before I knew it, the pictures were all done, the cookies had been picked up, and I was packed up and ready to head to my mom's for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Our Thanksgiving started by going up to Shawville to watch my nephew Caden play in his first hockey game of the season.  After they had chalked up their first W of the year, we returned to Mom's for a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and some great family time.  After dinner, we retreated to the living room to watch the Sens game, and enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving Miracle, watching them beat the Leafs. ;)  It was a fabulous day all around!

Sunday morning I slept in a little before getting up and getting ready for church.  The church was decorated beautifully, and it was an uplifting Communion service with lots of people out.  After church we went to Mom's for brunch, and I was suddenly hit by a headache.  It came out of nowhere, and it wasn't pleasant.  Kara put some of her Peppermint Halo stuff on the back of my neck, I took some Advil, and hit the couch.  Danica stayed with me to watch TV, while the rest of them went on a back road fall drive.  My headache had eased up by suppertime, and we had Thanksgiving Dinner Round 2.  Just enough leftovers to have a complete repeat of Saturday night's dinner.  Yum!!  And Mom was happy to get rid of most of the leftovers, so it was a win-win.

Monday started out kind of wonky.  I was up fairly early again and the headache was completely gone, thank gosh, so I lounged around crocheting while I watched the movie The Babadook on Netlfix, sipped coffee, in no rush... I was heading to my friend Sara's to take their family photos at 11 AM, and had nothing to do until then.  UNTIL...I checked my email and had a reminder from my editor at the Equity to send my notes in as usual despite the holiday.  Whoops!!  I had totally forgotten about that!!  So then the scramble was on.  I rushed to write my notes and get them submitted, get myself ready, and get on the road to Sara's on time.  It made for a sweaty, scrambly hour! haha!   I took photos (and it went SO well!) and had a little visit with the Dowes, then headed home for lunch.

I had been thinking wistfully of those cookies I baked on Friday and shipped out for others to enjoy, and decided to make some of my own.  I had the Sens game on and spent the afternoon baking, decorating for Halloween, and just enjoying some downtime. 

Then I made a REALLY big mistake.  I decided to watch another scary movie from my Halloween Movie Bucket List, one I had never seen before : M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit.  BAD IDEA.  I don't know why, but this movie really got under my skin and creeped me right the f*ck out.  Worse than probably any scary movie I've watched in recent memory. It totally gave me the heebie-jeebies, and as dark fell, all I could picture was this grey long-haired old lady running around my house and hiding under my bed.  Ugh.  Needless to say... nightlight on, and not a lot of good quality sleep that night, despite the multiple episodes of New Girl that I filled the evening with in an attempt to squash the memories of The Visit.  *sigh*

So I might be done with the scary movie list for a while.  I mean, I still want to do my Disney Ichabod movie, and of course I'm still excited for Scary Movie Marathon, but I might not bother with the rest.  The Visit might have been enough for me for a while.  *shudder*

Overall - despite regretting that one movie - it was an awesome weekend, and I wish we could just have a do-over because it all went by too fast.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend too! :)

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Jill's October To-Do's

October is here, and I couldn't be happier!  My favourite time of year has officially BEGUN! :)

A bunch of my blog pals shared their October To Do Lists yesterday, and I'm a day late but I'm going to play along.  October is a jam-packed month, I'm so looking forward to all of the fun!
  • Book Club - It is this Friday, and it's an appropriately murdery/creepy book we'll be discussing!  (Although I read it months ago, lol!)  The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.  Looking forward to chatting with the girls!
  • Baking cookies - I donated homemade cookies to an online auction this past spring, and one of the winners is cashing in this weekend.  Gotta get my bake on!
  • Celebrating Thanksgiving - This Saturday, our family is gathering at my mom's for our dinner, and I can't wait!  I'm craving turkey dinner! Yum!!  
  • Haunted Houses - I have not one but TWO trips planned to Haunted Houses!  A friend of mine just recently discovered we have one not far from home, just up in Bryson, so we're going to check it out.  Then I have plans to visit the Billings Estate House on Haunted Hill event next Friday.  Ready to get my spook on!
  • Hair Appointment - I've been trying to grow my hair out longer, and it is a slooooow process.  Next Tuesday, I'll be getting low-lights put in for the fall/winter, but hopefully no cut (unless my hair dresser deems my ends need to be cut).
  • Celebrating birthdays!  I have a couple of friends with birthdays this month, and my nephew Caden is turning 13 (WHAT?!?) - so there will be some celebrating going on this month for sure.
  • Taking photos - I have a few friends who have asked me to take fall family photos for them.  I have one of them done already, and a couple more to go over the next month or so.  I'm trying to space them out a bit so I can have them all edited in a timely fashion. 
  • Watching scary movies - Yup, it's that time of year!  I have that strong desire to immerse myself in all things creepy and spooktacular!  I saw a fellow blogger posted a challenge to watch a horror movie for every day of the month.  I don't think I can accomplish that, but I am going to make a scary movie bucket list and try to watch as many of them as I can.
  • CAR RALLY!! It's one of my favourite days of the year, and I'm already so looking forward to it.  I love touring the back roads with my friends, answering the questions, searching for clues, and just having a lot of laughs with Stacy, Ricky, Sara & Graham.  It's always SUCH a good day!
  • Organizing the Christmas House Tour - Well, hopefully, anyway.  I'm struggling to find willing participants this year.  Going to keep trying, though, and hopefully by the end of the month I'll be able to say it's a go!
  • Scary Movie Marathon - I know, I already put "watching scary movies" up there.  But this event is a special one, separate from that.  It's become a tradition for me to force my friend Lindsay to watch scary movies with me the Saturday before Halloween.  We eat pizza and chips and candy, sometimes Ryan joins us, and we've incorporated Sam into the marathon too by watching a kid's Halloween movie around supper time.  I believe this year's choices are It (2017 version) and A Quiet Place, with Hotel Transylvania for Sam.  I love Scary Movie Marathon Day!!
  • Enjoying all the pumpkin things - I made a pumpkin loaf a few weeks ago that was to die for, and I'm sure I'll be making more!  Also enjoying Pumpkin Spice Bailey's in my coffee whenever I can.  And buying a pumpkin to carve, and to roast the seeds!  Mmmm... pumpkin... 
  • Preparing Halloween treat bags - I'll be stocking up on mini chocolate bars and candy soon, then assembling my treat bags towards the end of the month.  It's such a fun task.  
  • Celebrating Halloween! Christmas is my favourite, but Halloween isn't far behind.  I so adore this time of year.  Since Halloween lands on work day, we'll likely have our little office party as usual.  We usually have some snacks (I like to bring my pumpkin cheese ball), and I already have my costume.  Then I'll join my mom after work for a special supper (something fun, like bacon bunnies or pizza or macaroni casserole) and greet all of the trick-or-treaters at the door.  YAY FOR HALLOWEEN! :)
What's on YOUR October to-do list?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Five: Happy Fall!

Five things I've got on my mind as we roll into the last quiet weekend for a while:

  1. I really want to soak up this weekend.  Don't get me wrong - everything that is coming up is FUN and I am super pumped about all of it - but literally every weekend in October has filled up.  To the point where I'm worrying about finding the time to do the fall things I love, like baking pumpkin stuff and watching sorta-scary things.  But I seriously cannot complain - Thanksgiving?  A Haunted House? Car Rally? Scary Movie Marathon?  I love EVERYTHING about these events.  I will find the time to do the other stuff.  And I will enjoy this last weekend of lounging, relaxing, and enjoying the beginning of my very favourite time of year.
  2. So what is on tap for this quiet weekend?  I'm crashing Sam's Movie Night in Beechgrove tonight to watch The Mighty Ducks with him, which I'm very much looking forward to.  Tomorrow morning, I'm taking some family photos for my friend Caryl, and then returning to my home to cozy up for the rest of the day.  I'm hoping to make it my Fall Movie Marathon Weekend!  Remember a while back, when I said I'd picked up a few movies from another blogger's fall movie list?  So I have Sleepless in Seattle on Netflix, and You've Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally on DVD.  Also, I may possibly watch Dead Poet's Society too.  These movies will be spread out between Saturday and Sunday.  In between movies, I may bake some cookies if the spirit moves me. And there will be crocheting and coffee with Pumpkin Spice Baileys and reading and a Scentsy warmer glowing with Pumpkin Roll scent in it.  Mmmm.  These are the kind of days that make my heart so happy.
  3. I'm contemplating making October a "No Spend" month.  Credit cards are paid off (finally) and it would be nice if I could save up some coin for Christmas shopping ahead of time instead of the usual credit card bill pile-up that occurs in November and December.  I'll have to give it some more thought, though.  October has a lot of stuff happening that will cost money, that I cannot (and don't want to) avoid - all of the above-mentioned events, Halloween candy, etc.  I'm just thinking of  my glaring areas of over-spending in the past year:  frivolous Amazon purchases, clothing (I'm lookin' at you Rickis), Tupperware, and yarn.  Could I actually go a month without buying any of them?  I honestly don't know.
  4. To order Crave TV or not to order Crave TV?  That is the question.  Well, it's not really a question.  It's just a matter of when to order Crave TV.  I'm almost done Parks & Rec, and I'm not sure what to move on to next.  Netflix has some intriguing stuff coming up in the next month: Season 2 of Making a Murderer and The Haunting of Hill House intrigue me.  Plus, all the scary movies I like watching this time of year.  Once Halloween is over, I'll be pre-occupied with all of my traditional Christmas movies and specials, that is a guarantee.  So I think it's most wise for me to save Crave for the new year.  I'm super-excited about it, though, which makes it difficult to wait.  The Handmaids Tale, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Letterkenny, True Detective, and now they have Castle Rock too - ALL shows I'm dying to watch!!  But like I said, the next few months will provide little time to absorb myself with them.  I may just go with something light in the meantime, like New Girl on Netflix.  
  5. Big Brother 20 wrapped up on Wednesday night, and I actually stayed awake to watch it in real time so that I wouldn't find out who won on social media.  *SPOILERS AHEAD*  I have to say, I was really OK with how it all went down.  I was glad that JC won the second-last HoH and took Angela out, as she was annoying me.  Was JC as deserving to sit in the Final 3? Probably not.  But he won when it counted most, and he took his shot.  I really felt Level 6 had gotten too cocky, and I was pleased their perfect plans ended up foiled, at least a little bit.  With the Final 3 set of Kaycee, Tyler, and JC, I suppose I was rooting most for Tyler.  I felt he played the hardest.  That said, I feel like Tyler really failed in his final speeches and answering the jury's questions.  He rattled on a lot, often not even answering their questions, and almost always had to be cut off by Julie for time restraints.  Kaycee was concise, played up her social game, and the fact that she was genuine.  At the end of the day, the 5-4 vote landed in her favour, and I couldn't blame them for it.  She played hard, was a beast in competitions, and stayed friendly with pretty much everyone.  It was a satisfying conclusion to what I thought was a truly wonderful season.  The only flaw in the finale episode?  That cheesy, ridiculous proposal with Swaggy C and Bayleigh.  They only spent a few weeks together, he was voted out second, and she's been in the jury house since the first week it opened.  Seriously? It had me rolling my eyes, and also cemented them as two of my least favourite people who played this summer.  Blech.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On Tornadoes and other things...

  • So... Tornadoes.  Yeah.  We don't get tornadoes here.  We sometimes get warnings, but nothing really ever develops.  Just doesn't happen.  Until last Friday.  I had weather warnings and watches, several mentioning potential for tornadoes, coming through on my phone all day long.  There was a little chatter about it around the office, but not much.  Nobody was overly concerned.  I got off work early and headed to my mom's, because Caden and Danica were there for their PD Day.  My sister was coming up after work for supper and to pick them up.  We ended up getting a thunderstorm during supper time, and all of a sudden, our Facebook feeds were filled with reports and videos of tornadoes all around us.  Across the river in Dunrobin, down the highway in Luskville and Breckenridge, in the Mont-Bleu area of Hull, in the Craig Henry area of Ottawa...Environment Canada has now reported that there were 6 different tornadoes that touched down in our area that afternoon/evening.  SIX.  Kara and the kids and I all slept at my mom's that night.  Though I had no damage - and never even lost power for any length of time - it was one of those nights where you just needed to feel close to loved ones.

  • I am so grateful that our little town was largely untouched.  We had storms and torrential rain and high winds, but nothing of the magnitude that many in our area dealt with - and are still dealing with.  The aftermath is devastating. It's like something out of a movie.  That said, it has been heart-warming to see communities pulling together, neighbours helping neighbours, strangers offering help, food, shelter, anything they can to others in need.  It helps to restore our faith in humanity to see how people come together after a tragic event such as this.  
  • The tornadoes on Friday seemed to knock my whole weekend off-kilter.  I felt very unsettled and antsy all weekend, even though I was not directly affected.  I went home early Saturday morning after my restless night on the couch at Mom's, got cleaned up and dressed, and then immediately crawled into bed and slept for another 2 hours.  I felt like I had been hit by a truck.  I was exhausted.  I guess it was emotional stress that I had largely been suppressing.  Tying to be calm and cool during a time like that can take a toll, I guess.  I spent the rest of the day trying to be normal - I baked pumpkin bread, I crocheted, I watched TV (regular TV because the Internet was down, no Netflix, ugh #firstworldproblems) - before Mom called me to come back up for supper, Kara and Chris and the kids were on their way back because they still had no power.  So we hung out again at Mom's, but this time I went home to my own bed.  One night on the couch this weekend was enough for me!
  • Oh, also on Saturday - while I was sitting watching TV and crocheting in the afternoon, there was a knock at my door.  I was so surprised and happy to discover our former minister Rev. Nancy and her husband Reg had stopped by to bring me a bottle of Pumpkin Spice Baileys!  I had put out a Facebook request last week that if anyone saw it to please pick me up a bottle, but I hadn't actually expected it to happen, especially not from a couple that live in Orleans, well over an hour away from me!  It was such a nice surprise, and I have been enjoying it ever since.  Yum!!  Thank you Nancy & Reg!!
  • Sunday we had church, and then I had a short meeting after church, before heading off to a "Meet & Greet" to meet my newest little cousin, Raymie Mack!  My cousin Kayla and her hubby Ben had welcomed their first baby two weeks ago, and I was drying to snuggle with him.  He is adorable, and having him in my arms was definitely my best moment of that crazy weekend.
  • Yesterday was a rainy, crappy day.  I had plans to go to the city with Lindsay after work to get pedicures and catch a movie, but we decided to put it off for another day.  It was just the kind of day you want to curl up and be cozy.  I daydreamed all day of what I would do if I were at home: change into comfy clothes, curl up and read, watch a movie, crochet, and make comfort food.  I couldn't make most of that a reality because, well, work doesn't stop for a rainy day, but I did go home and fulfill my rainy day comfort food daydreams.  I made homemade mac & cheese and a pumpkin cake for supper, then spent the evening crocheting while watching old episodes of Unsolved Mysteries.   A perfect dark & dreary evening!
  • I have a whole bunch of scary movies saved to my lists on both Netflix and Amazon Prime, and yet I still keep feeling like it's too early to dive into them.  Rosemary's Baby, The Conjuring 2, Canada's Most Haunted... and yet when I have the need to watch something creepy, I keep going back to old Unsolved Mysteries. LOL!  I guess with October arriving on Monday I'll finally feel like it's not "too early" anymore.  Bring on the scary season!
  • Have I mentioned lately how much I love fall?  October holds so much fall fun in store, I can't wait to get it rolling.  Thanksgiving is next weekend (?!? already!!!), I'm going to a Haunted House on the Hill event at Billings Estate, a historic site in Ottawa the following weekend, Car Rally is October 20th, and Scary Movie Marathon is the 27th.  I already have my Halloween costume.  I can't wait to carve pumpkins and make treat bags.  I really, truly adore this time of year!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday Loves

Here's what I'm loving this Wednesday!

  • Cooler temperatures! Finally! We still have one hot day to go - Friday is to go to 29 - but it felt so good to step out into a brisk, cool morning air today.  Once Friday is over, I'm eager to do some baking and to make spaghetti sauce.  Come on Fall!!!
  • One of my fall "cravings" has suddenly sprung up and I'm dying for a good ol' grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.  Who doesn't love a grilled cheese & tomato soup on a chilly day?  Supper tonight perhaps!
  • Oh my gosh, you guys, I WENT FOR A WALK.  Miracle.  It wasn't long, and it was depressing because I felt like I was plodding along like an old cow, but at least I went.  And while I don't enjoy feeling like a plodding old cow, I know I need to feel like that for a while before I get my mojo back. No pain, no gain.
  • I'm planning to go shopping tomorrow night and I'm planning to buy a couple of cans of pumpkin.  Let the season of pumpkin spice everything commence!!!
  • I so love Parks & Rec.  I'm reaching that part of a TV series I love where I want to watch 10 episodes every night, but I'm trying to space them out more because I don't want it to end.  I don't want to live a life without Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson and Andy and April and Ben and Tom and Donna and Jerry/Garry/Larry.  They have brought so much joy to my life.  And now I'm down to just one season left... sigh.
  • By extension, as you all know, I truly, madly, deeply LOVE Chris Pratt.  I haven't had a celeb crush like this in a long time.  When I'm done Parks & Rec, I don't know what I will do without my daily dose of Pratt... double sigh.
  • I'm totally loving the blanket I'm working on right now.  The pattern is simple and working up quickly, and I'm so pleased with the colours.  I'm hopeful it will make a little girl happy on Christmas morning! :)
  • I'm loving that it's soon time to return to "Hygge" season!!  Thoroughly enjoying cozying up by lamplight, with my Scentsy warmer going and my rock salt lamp on beside me, working on my crocheting while watching TV in the evenings.  Once these temps finally dip, I can put on my cozy leggings and sweaters, my new moccasin slippers, and really soak up the Hygge.  Can't wait for the full experience!
What are YOU loving this Wednesday? :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Random things in my brain today.

  • Last Thursday, the Ottawa Senators traded Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.  Even though I knew a trade was coming - it was inevitable, nobody was even trying to deny it - I still can't believe they let the best player to ever wear the Sens uniform go.  Especially while he's just entering his prime.  Especially for a bunch of no-names I'd never even heard of. I love my Sens, I always will, but all I can do now is pray, the same as all the other fans, that this current ownership and management be dissolved.  How can they recover from this?  How can they expect anyone to respect or get over this decision?  It's incredible.  It's frustrating.  Above all, it's heart-breaking.  I have never felt so discouraged with this team as I do now.  I look towards the upcoming season bleakly.
  • Yesterday, I grabbed some bulbs of a plant that were here in the office in a box, because my mom wanted some.  They were prickly seed pods for the brugmansia plant (angel's trumpet).  One of the prickly pods "bit" me, and my finger is so sore.  I can see the little thistle or spine or whatever you call it in my finger, but I can't seem to get it even close to the surface to pull it out.  One of those things that is so teeny-tiny, and yet all-consuming.
  • Remember last week, when I said I failed at my goal of immersing myself in Jurassic Park last weekend?  Well, I was fully successful this weekend.  I watched the original on Saturday night, and Jurassic World on Sunday night.  If my Chris Pratt obsession was bad before, it's extremely serious now.  Holy sweet baby Jesus, he was a chiseled, buff, beautiful specimen of a man in that movie.  A far cry from the goofy but lovable chubby Andy Dwyer I've come to adore in Parks & Rec.  
  • Being in love with Chris Pratt has done something to me.  Triggered the loneliness factor or something? I'm not sure.  Because suddenly, I'm desperate for a boyfriend.  Or a dog.  (Yesterday, it was a boyfriend. Today, it's a dog.)  I know that this too shall pass, but for the time being, I'm just going to keep watching him in everything I can and pray this needy feeling goes away.
  • So I'm about half-way through Season 6 of Parks and Rec.  There's only 7 seasons, so I'm on the down-swing.  What to watch next?  I'm thinking Ozark, I keep hearing good things about it.  I'm also strongly considering ordering Crave TV this winter, to watch some of the shows on there that aren't available on Netflix, like The Handmaid's Tale, Letterkenney, Big Little Lies, and I think they have Game of Thrones, too.  That might be a post-Christmas investment for me.
  • Yesterday, I felt like absolute trash all afternoon.  I couldn't stop yawning, felt totally lethargic, and wished I could just put my head down on my desk and sleep.  I have no idea why.  I got lots of rest throughout a quiet weekend, no late nights, lots of zzz's.  It was baffling to me.  When I got home, I got laundry going before crawling on to my bed, put Parks & Rec on the tablet to watch, and instantly fell asleep.  I hate doing that, but it felt absolutely necessary.  I felt miserable.  I woke up feeling groggy but a bit better and proceeded with my evening..  Today, I feel back to normal.  Whatever it was, I hope it doesn't come back again this afternoon.
  • Have I complained about my pigeons on the blog?  I can't remember.  There are a million pigeons hanging out on my roof this summer.  I have a feeling they're living in the old chimney behind the church, but then come over to my roof to party every day.  There is bird shit literally everywhere.  My back deck is covered in it.  And I have googled how to get rid of pigeons, but none of the methods sound like something I can do, because I'm not going up on that roof.  On Saturday, I tried sitting out on the deck and between the pigeons and the wasps and the ungodly heat, I did not enjoy it at all.  I'm so done with summer.
  • Oh, and a quick little BB update: Remember that post I wrote about this season, and how loyal I am to the Level 6 alliance?  Well, they pissed me off last week by voting out Brett.  Tyler and Angela are starting to annoy the hell out of me.  I guess I'm still rooting for Tyler or Kaycee to win, but there is a big part of me that's starting to hope that JC or Sam can upset the apple cart.  That bunch have gotten too big for their britches.
That's all the random from me today.  Happy Tuesday friends!