Month: April 2016

April, Over & Out!

I’m going to do something a little different with my monthly insta-recaps.  Instead of speaking to each photo, as I typically do, I’m instead just going to note my highlights of the month!  Yes, they usually correspond with the photos, but not all the time!

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April was a busy month socially– every weekend seemed to be booked!  I’ve been to so many dinners and brunches with friends & family.  Tonight I’ve got dinner plans and tomorrow, brunch!

This month held another Les Mills Launch!  I did Body Pump followed by Body Attack, and promptly fell asleep!  I’ve also integrated a lot more climbing into my life.  I’m making such progress, and I really love it.

I attended PAX East for the first time ever!  Coupled with a special restaurant event (a local place hosting a Japanese ramen place!) and the Japan Festival in the scorching sun, it was a fun, but tiring weekend!  …and a LOT of waiting in lines.

We cooked a lot and we ate a lot.  This weekend, we’re off to pasta making class!

May is already shaping up to be busy too… but hopefully, just as fun!  I’m looking forward to some warmer weather.  How was everyone’s April?  Any great plans for next month?

What I Read: February, March & April

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It looks like I’ve settled into a pattern of reading about 4 books per month, which is on par with my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge goal.  I got a nice head start in January, but haven’t shared with you what I’ve read since then.  So, here goes!

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Infinity 3

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In yesterday’s Sailor Moon, we finally got to officially meet Sailor Neptune & Sailor Uranus!  Their entrance was sufficiently lovely and conveniently right at the end of the episode, so we’ve yet to see how the senshi will react.

We explored talismans with (most of) the outer senshi.  Hotaru tells Chibiusa about her father and his spooky experiments and about her amulet, the brilliance of which is out-shined by Chibiusa’s Legendary Silver Crystal.  Chibiusa’s crystal takes away Hotaru’s pain, as the amulet did, but something tells me in a better way… aka not evil.  Chibiusa then catches a ride in a helicopter with strangers who say they know Usagi very well… seems safe.  Anyway, she enjoys her ride with Michiru and Haruka.  I’ve never seen Haruka in clothes like this before!  The amulet talk shifts to talismans and Michiru shows Chibiusa her mirror.

Speaking of Haruka and Michiru, Crystal’s Usagi already knows that these two are sailor senshi.  What a smart Sailor Moon we have here!

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We finish with a very pleasingly color-coded group going to Michiru’s violin recital.  Sure, Mimete of the Witches 5 is there to shake things up.  One Moon Spiral Heart Attack is all it takes to get rid of three daimons, but Deep Submerge + World Shaking finish Mimete off.

Can’t wait to see more of the Outers in action!  Thoughts?!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Secrets

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Last week on Orphan Black, we got to see Sadler torch a house, Kira get sassy, and best of all– the whole Clone Club.

The whole Clone Club includes Fe, who’s holding a secret that only Alison knows– he’s looking for his birth family.  When he tells Sarah, she is as unsupportive as he figured she’d be.  Poor Fe.  He’s right: Sarah is related to her foster mother and, let’s face it, everyone else on the show.  It’s no wonder he’s feeling a lack of familiar bonds.

Alison is just being Alison– being the most kickass housewife the suburbs have ever seen.  She is not happy about Helena‘s prescence.  Helena learns that she is carrying twins!

Cosima is continuing her science with Scott from the basement of a comic book shop… awesome!

Art watches Beth‘s surveillance footage.  We now have a full picture of her final days.

Sarah is back to investigating.  She stops by the Neolution club, is mistaken for Beth, and finds out about the organic implant which destroys its host.  She then meets MK in a Laundromat, but MK continues to hide as Beth told her to.  While Sarah is left alone and Suds & Tumble, the paramedic couple comes in, checks her cheek, and Sarah realizes that she has something in her cheek that Dyad put there.

Crazy!  I’m much more oriented in this season how.  How’s everyone else feeling about Orphan Black?!

Unbreakable Season 2

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Tina Fey gets me, and I just finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 and loved it so much.  I think season 2 started a little slowly, but each and every member of this cast makes this show worth watching.  Every character was so engaging, so here are your reasons to watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s second season:

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Clone Club Catch-Up: Beth

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I watched the season four premiere of Orphan Black with someone who has never seen the show before.  With so many alliances, stretch-science, and all of the main characters being played by the same actress, I was naturally a little concerned that my companion would be confused– aren’t we all sometimes?

Imagine my confusion, then, when we start with Beth.  Beth died in the very first episode.  Sarah wasn’t in this episode until the very end.  Alison and Cosima only had small cameos.  I was concerned that my companions first impression of this show would be this odd-ball episode… but man, did I love it.

Beth is an important character in Orphan Black.  She brought the Clone Club together.  Alison, Cosima, and Sarah would never have met if not for Beth.  We only know Beth as Sarah did– we only see Beth ending her life.  We see her through video.  We see her as played by Sarah.  We thought we knew Beth, but we had no idea how much Beth knew.  Sarah may have done a lot of work connecting the pieces of this puzzle, but Beth knew so much more.  What’s taken us three seasons to learn, Beth knew.

The season 4 opener was a weird one, but SUCH a good one.  I’m more interested in the story than ever.  I’m SO excited for MK, another character for Maslany to slay.  I’m SO excited to see the Clone Club back together tonight.

Who’s watching Orphan Black?  What did you think of the new episode of the fourth season?

Sailor Moon Crystal: Infinity 2

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Another episode called Infinity something?  Okay, Crystal.  Anyway, I felt like there were not big reveals in this episode, but then I remembered it’s because I know the arc.  If you don’t, then you may have learned the following:

  • The weird healing girl is called Hotaru
  • Her father is a mad scientist, of sorts
  • Pharaoh 90 is this arc’s big bad
  • The new sailor senshi look mysteriously like Michiru & Haruka, but only to Usagi

It honestly cracks me up that Luna, arguably the brains of the operation, can’t place Michiru and Haruka after looking at photos of both Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus.  At least Usagi is thinking!

I’m still confused about Haruka’s gender, but maybe that’s coming?  I’m a little confused about why she kisses Usagi… I don’t think this happens in the original anime, if I’m remembering correctly.  I remember Haruka being super flirty, but I think I’d remember a kiss.  I should probably read more of the manga, eh?

I thoroughly enjoyed how Rei rings in her fifteenth birthday, and how the senshi look in hiking gear.

We’ve got a lot more to uncover; the creepy amulet given to Hotaru is just the beginning…

Anyone else in my boat and not quite current with the manga?  It’s fun, at least, to watch the story evolve a little differently!  Thoughts?

Girls: Season 5 Finale

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Okay, I just finished “Love Stories” and “I Love You Baby,” and I’m just going to make some final comments on the girls here after another season.

Shoshanna‘s reunion with Ray with pure joy to watch!  What she did to Ray’s coffee shop was inspired– the anti-hipster establishment was decked out with the most hilarious signs– everything from Romney election memorabilia to “we don’t recycle.”  It’s nice to see her talents at work, and it’s nice for Shosh to get her groove back.

Marnie has been so unobtrusive this season, by comparison.  Yes, we all knew it was a mistake that she married Desi.  We definitely knew Charlie wasn’t going to work out.  Are we suspicious of things with Ray?  I’m not, but Marn is never without drama.  I’d like to see Desi even more out of the picture, but with Ray on tour with her, things seem to be looking up for Ms. Michaels.

Hannah‘s self-awareness was wonderful in these last two episodes.  Fran was actually a nightmare, and poor Hannah tried to do everything to make him leave.  He’s finally gone, though!  Her day with Tally was fun to watch, and Adam and Jessa deserved the ridiculous laughter they gave them.  In the last episode, she hears them in a shouting match about her.  The question: does Hannah actually want Adam back?  I don’t think she does.  Hannah’s Moth performance was pretty great, and maybe writing again will bring new opportunities to her.

Jessa almost had me in the last episode.  When she said she cares more about Hannah than Adam, she should’ve left.  She didn’t.  They destroyed the apartment and ended up together again.  They are officially the worst.  I don’t know how she plans to restore her friendship with Hannah.

We didn’t see the girls interact with each other much this season, really.  That’s just as much a part of this show, I think.

Thoughts on season 5?!