Sunday, February 1, 2015

Madoka Magica

Do you ever miss something, but not realize you miss it until you see something that reminds you of it and then it all hits you at once? That sounds very dramatic, but I assure you I'm only talking about anime here :D

I grew up watching Sailor Moon, so of course I've been intently watching Sailor Moon Crystal, and after catching up on Crystal the other day (there were TWO episodes I didn't even know had been released!) I got this intense craving for watching more magical girl anime! After all, it's the best kind.

It's just silly that I haven't watched Madoka Magica already at this point. It has been recommended to me by basically all of my anime-loving friends, and while I started watching it a few months ago, I got busy with work and forgot to finish it! Matt has been out of town at his parents' getting his car worked on so it's been just little me here at home (with Oswin, of course) so I decided this weekend was the weekend!

There are only 12 episodes, and while I'm not done yet, I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm especially taken with just how beautiful the anime is to look at: the colors, use of light, and level of detail are just stunning. And I dig that the witches look like collages... whoever created this show must have really hated collages!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend, whether or not you're enjoying the Superbowl or the Puppy Bowl or the Kitten Bowl or whatever other bowls there are, haha! If you're interested in watching Madoka Magica, all of it is on Netflix Instant (and I'm sure it's floating around somewhere on YouTube, as well).


Monday, January 26, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I love where we live. The city we live in, the apartment complex, the apartment itself... I think it's pretty darn near perfect, and it's not even nearly completed yet!

At Christmas, both of our families were incredibly generous with giving us homewares/money for furniture. My parents gave us some money with the intention that we purchase some more furniture (which we stretched as far as possible at Ikea!) and Matt's family gave us a beautiful set of turquoise dishes, a Magic Bullet (amazing) and a crockpot. Ever since, our home has been coming together more and more, and I have to say, I'm starting to feel a little more like an actual adult just because of that! Felt a lot like getting wedding gifts, if I'm honest... Ha!

Most of my resolutions this New Years were home-related, like keeping the place neater, furnishing it, figuring out how to decorate and really make it ours. I feel like we're truly off to a good start!

Plus, it's been a wonderful place to lie around having all our various colds (or, in my case, laryngitis and bronchitis since New Years... yeah.) the past few weeks. HA. So glamourous. (Look at Oswin's poor ripped up tent that she loves so much.) (Also you can sort of play Where's Waldo with Oswin in this picture, hehe.) But hey, that's real life, and that's something I never want to try and pretend doesn't exist here.

A few weeks ago I had a little rant about how frustrating the "blogger mentality" had been for me... I sort of took a break from even reading blogs because I was tired of seeing everyone's perfectly neat houses and their perfect (and very expensive, good gravy) furniture and color schemes and yadda yadda. I don't know why it irks me as much as it does... maybe because I felt like in order to be a blogger I needed to do all those things (because a lot of bloggers seem to perpetuate that idea). The internet can be a little dangerous that way: it's easy to look at people's highlight reel and think you're seeing the whole picture because that's what they want you to see. Taking a break sort of brought me back down to earth: of course I want our place to look nice, but it's also a place where human beings live (and a kitty cat), so it's not going to look like a magazine (or, God forbid, a hotel) all the time. And that's okay. That's real life! Although, kudos to you if your house is always super neat and perfect... lend me your powers.

I hope you're having a great day!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Disneyland Christmas

Okay, okay, so I know I'm like a month late on this, but Disneyland at Christmas was as incredible as usual, and even more incredible since I got to work there. I can even safely say that after working quite a lot during the holiday season, I am still not sick of the Christmas Fantasy Parade song (or that absolutely gorgeous gazebo the princesses go by in).

I got to go play in the parks at least a few times during the holidays, although next year I would like to go a lot more as a guest. These were just a few highlights from days I went! The best one was definitely the day Matt and I went with my parents, and they got to go to the Blue Bayou for the first time. And I had my first Monte Cristo, too! And they tried Dole Whip! It was just the best day.

Man, do I love my Disney food.

Anyhoo, that's all I wanted to share... I'd had those pictures sitting in my phone and only just now got around to uploading them to my computer... I was that busy at Christmas! I already miss the holiday season soooooooo much.