What Happened?

It’s a question I ask myself every day.

But in this context, what happened so I didn’t write in two weeks? It’s something I like to call ‘Mere Functional Depression’.

I’ve only been doing the mere stuff to get me by. Work, rehearsal/performance, food, and bathing. Anything creative or hobby-ish practically didn’t exist. Of course, I tried. There are a certain three people who are making sure I do those things, and I’ve at least tried. I worked on some cross stitch, I drew. But none of it was joyful as it usually is. I just did it to do it. Writing was put on the wayside, unfortunately. I didn’t have anything interesting to say.

I can’t say if I’m fully back since I’m still in that uncreative yet functional funk. But at least I have an update for you.

Wednesday, I’ll talk about the play I was just in, and Friday…I don’t know. Guess we’ll see.

Good to be back, though.

Hugs

Alexandra

Moro Intro part 2 (aka Adopt, Don’t Shop)

Not too long ago I introduced a pup in a blog post. (here, I hope)

I wanted to give an update: she has been adopted to a very good home who will train her well.

She’s not living with us anymore; we decided to foster her and give her to someone more worthy.

Anyway, with this update I wanted to send a message to anyone thinking of getting a new pet.

Adopt.

There are so many great animals waiting for good homes. They need love and are willing to give it to someone who’ll care for them.

My entire life, our animals have been rescues. Every single one of our cats are rescues or babies of rescues. Two of our three dogs were rescues.

I’m not trying to guilt you into anything; if you want to shop for a pure bread, then go for it. But try to give to those who were born in unfortunate circumstances.

Adoption is happy, when done correctly.

And lastly, be aware of your local shelter and/or animal rescues in your town. They may need volunteers, donations, foster homes, or even just more notice that they exist.

Hugs

Alexandra

And We’re Back!

Did everyone have a good break?

Apologies again for disappearing; the production had me a mess for a bit, but now that it’s over, I’m back! Writing posts, reading (I haven’t read during the messy weeks), and watching videos when they actually come out. Oh! And preparing for the grand return to YouTube.

An actual post about the production will pop up on Wednesday.

With all that said, let me know if there’s any sort of post you’re wanting to see, and I’ll look into making it happen, potentially. Can’t promise, unfortunately.

Welcome back, beautiful people!

Hugs for all!

Alexandra

Hiatus Part 2

It hasn’t even been a month…

The production is eating me alive on top of work and other personal things going on. It’s rough when you only have two hours a day, soon to be less, to do anything self care worthy, including showering and making a decent dinner.

And now I’m just…so exhausted.

Posts will be back after production, so starting 18 March, we are back.

I apologize deeply. It hurts when I don’t even have time to write, one of my favorite things to do in the world.

Anyway, have a good break. Love you all. And I’ll see you in two weeks.

24 Hour Theatre Project

I had a part in creating a 30 minute one acting play, conception to performance in 24 hours. What a roller coaster.

Because of it, and rehearsals for the actual production I’m in, I don’t have a blog post today. So, as an apology, here’s me, 10 hours in and delirious, with a Val Kilmer face mould.

Book Club! (and apology)

So, this month was a roller coaster, huh?

Though I didn’t properly announce it, this month was what I call Down Series month. All my posts were super down in the dumps.

Reason being, January is a harsh month to go through. Divorce rates get a little higher. Bankruptcy rates shake. Seasonal depression hits. There’s no sun. There’s no money. And so many people get sick. It’s known to be the most depressing month of the year.

Not to downplay the severity January can bring, I figured if I got a bunch of sad out all at once, the rest of the year can be brighter. It’s an experiment I’m willing to try.

And if January is getting you down, know that the next month is right around the corner. You can get through it, and seek help if you need it.

I’m sorry for bringing you down with me. Hopefully we can still be friends?

Moving on. Until the videos get up and going again, I’m gonna do monthly bookclub here (doki doki).

The first book I read was Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie. If you didn’t know, Christie is a favorite. Right up there with my Poe man. The last couple of books I read of hers were meh, but this one reminded me why I love Agatha Christie’s writing! Cleverly put together with great relatable characters (and one over dramatic one). And, as usual, I couldn’t figure out the ending. 4.5/5 stars.

The second book I read was You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I actually don’t usually subscribe to self-help books, but everyone kept talking about this one so I gave it a shot. And I can understand why everyone was talking about it: it’s great! If you’re sceptical, like me, about self-help books but desperately need, like me, to help yourself, this is the book to check out. 4.5/5 stars.

The third book I read was a library book store pickup from the 80s called Why Did She Have to Die? The title pulled me in, even if the cover was a vomit of 80s. What I really loved about this book is it accurately depicts the stages of grief. I read this in one sitting because I was invested in the protagonist’s grief. 4/5 stars.

The fourth book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I was told about this book from a friend of mine who loved it in her youth, so I read it. And loved it. If I could fault one thing, it’s the cliffhangers he always puts in. ‘It would never be the same after tomorrow.’ Too much. However, it has great messages and reminds me of how cruel high school was (and how much I wish I had a friend like Stargirl). Young or old, read this. 4/5 stars.

The fifth and final book I read was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I’ve always been fascinated by TV and movie versions, but I never read the book until now. Quite different than I expected. I still debate whether it was a good or bad difference. I do prefer ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ version. 3/5 stars.

And voila, a good start. I read five books when I only needed to read three. I’ve got a head start on my year-long challenge.

Let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read them, and leave me suggestions for books! I’m always looking for more.

Remember, starting Friday we’re back to uplifting stories and confident messages.

Hugs!

Alexandra

When I Didn’t Have Time to Write a Proper Post

I had an original plan to write another down post for the Down Series, but I ran out of time. So, in order to get this out on time, I’m gonna share some pics of what sucked up a lot of time this weekend: a concert.

I went out of state (aka down to Utah) to see Disturbed opened by Three Days Grace. One of my favorite bands opening one of Vladimir’s favorite bands. Arguably, our actual favorites. It was so much fun, we had a blast, and here are some pics:

See you with a proper post on Wednesday.

In the Month of October

In Writing

I edited a play that was read by a Reader’s Theatre this month! The play is called Passion Bearer, and is about my lady, the last Tsarina of Russia. I got good feedback and hope to do more with this play. Next month will definitely be more of a frenzy with writing, since I’m taking part in NANOWRIMO. And now that I said that, I actually have to go through with it.

In Art and Crafting

Though I didn’t post it, I did make a craft this month, so I’m still good on my one craft a month goal. For Halloween, I made a jewelry set! It’s mostly for work since we can’t dress up for work (check that post here). img_6543

In Videos

I had a couple of hiccups when my damn computer would stop working! But, I still got videos out on time. Notables this month are a continuation of Rusty Lake Roots (to be finished next month, thank God), a cosplay video in which I transform into Mask of the Red Death (yay, puns), and an interview with a robotic clone (fun to editfun to edit). Click on the comments in parenthesis to go to the vids.

In Reading

I read NINE books this month. NINE!!! I think I’ve gone crazy…but here they are:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I, Monster by Tom Philbin

Insight Guide Japan

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Death, etc. by Harold Pinter

Songs for the Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

…so many books…

Next month will be four books.

Personally

It started out great and kind of went downhill, this month. I got to see Fall Out Boy, and thus crossed off another thing on my bucket list. But I also had to cancel travelling plans and Halloween overall has been a poop. It certainly doesn’t help that yesterday turned into such a bad day at work. So bad, I actually had to bust out some angry songs at max volume and scream into a pillow.

Things could be better.

Anyway, I hope my depressing attitude toward Halloween (my favorite holiday, usually, by the way) hasn’t steered you away from it. Go celebrate; trick-or-treat, watch all the movies, go to costume parties. Have fun.

And Happy Halloween from someone who truly wishes you a good time.

So, that was October.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs and Spooks

Alexandra

In the Month of September…

It was my birthday month! And other stuff has happened. Honestly, I don’t know why I start these monthly updates with a little paragraph when I’m gonna give you all the deets in the personal section…

In Writing

I needed to edit one of my full length plays for reasons. Once those reasons are passed. I’ll put the opening for it under my writing tab. Chapter 2 of ‘The Second Chance Curse’ is up! A new story I have is called ‘Staying in the Heat, Moving in the Cold’, and I have the opening of that one up as well.

Also, I am editing some of my older stories I found that had good ideas but need to be better written, y’know.

In Art and Crafting

Full disclosure, guys, I’ve stopped drawing. I know I shouldn’t, but I had to trade that hobby for some extra time I needed to get important stuff done. I did, though, craft something. I have a goal of crafting one thing a month until I can get my time management under control. This month was the waterfall I made for my teacher friend, which you can find here.

In Videos

This month was a bit weird with videos since I was moving and whatever. So I have some dinky vlogs. So much so, I made a playlist specifically for my dink vlogs which you can find here.

Notables this month was the continuation of Rusty Lake Roots, a call out video, and a birthday video! (click on fake video titles to be taken to the video)

In Reading

I’m keeping myself to the goals this time guys! I read five books, which are:

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

A Perfect Wife and Mother by Alexandra Frye

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

And Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Next month is another five books to stay on track.

Personally

Happy Birthday to me, but RIP my doggy. Damn, man.

In other news, I have a new job. So this means making a new time schedule. I’m just trying to figure out where I can put time for my hobbies (making videos, writing blog posts, reading, arting, crafting, watching movies) with the new responsibilities on top of what I have already.

But that’s for me to figure out.

And that was September.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs

Alexandra