I know, I know…it’s been a while. Every time I thought I was going to sit down and have a chance to write I always got sidetracked by something else. That’s just been life lately. 

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Take 3

In July I talked some friends into going to TALA. They’ve never been, I’ve been there twice already and I just love the place. Since the last time I went they’ve added a lot to the normal tour I’ve taken, so I was excited to see those new places. We also ended up going on another tour – which was totally new to me.

I highly suggest anyone take a tour of this place if they ever are in the area. As I said before, I completely love the building.

You can see more of the pictures I took during the tours, you can see them here.

Liz Weekend

I oddly had a Friday and Saturday off last month. I knew my brother had my niece for his “summer vacation” with her, so I asked if I could have her for a couple days. She came up Thursday night and stayed with us until Saturday afternoon. These days off were during the Hall Of Fame week – actually it was at the end of that week. So she was here for the grand parade that closes out the week of events. We did take her to that – which was a lot of fun. I’ve only lived in Canton for 1 year as of the end of July, and last year I worked during all the HOF events. It was nice to be able to attend them this year.

The Friday she was here I had a work meeting. So she thought she was super special since she had to sit in on a meeting and listen to a bunch of kitchen talk and specials. After the meeting was over we went to the mall. I finally broke down and told her that I was taking her to Build-A-Bear. I knew she had never been to one before. She did tell me an interesting and odd story that her mom wanted to go, but none of the kids were going to get anything just her mom because it was her birthday. Let’s just say, I don’t get along with her mom and that kind of proves why I don’t. Anyways, I knew it wasn’t going to be a cheap trip, but it was fun. She bought an outfit and I bought everything else. Which included another outfit, pajamas, slippers, a sleeping bag, a brush and shoes.

As I said before we ended the weekend with her by going to the grand parade.

Kentucky

Last weekend we were in Kentucky for a wedding. If you’ve been reading my blog very long, you know we went to Louisville a few years ago and had fun. Well the wedding was in Bowling Green, which is around 1 hour south of Louisville. The wedding was Saturday. So we left Ohio at around 1am Saturday morning. We got into Bowling Green at around 8am. We helped them set up a little and went to check in at our hotel. That was followed by a short nap. We met up with one of our friends to check out downtown Bowling Green before the wedding. So we stayed in Bowling Green Saturday night and we got up Sunday morning and drove to Louisville, where we had a hotel for Sunday night. Sunday we pretty much looked around downtown at closing stores, which was sad but I still enjoyed the time away. Monday we headed home, but we stopped at Jungle Jim’s on the way back. This is seriously one of the best places to ever visit. We were there for nearly 4 hours. It ended in a bill of $300. It was well worth it though. We stocked up on soy sauce and rice. We bought 25lbs of rice for $16.00.

As always…I have pictures of the trip.


My boyfriend was in the wedding, I was just kind of there.


Finally had a White Castle veggie. It was well worth it!


I finally bought my Lisa frank shoes. It takes me back to childhood.


Sunday night we got dressed up and went to on a nice dinner date. The food was amazing.


I took this during the drive home.

Work “Trip”

Many of you know I work as Lead Prep and dessert maker at Fat Head’s Brewpub. Well they have a new location opening today (8/20) in Middleburg Heights (Ohio). Well Saturday was the little soften open for the location, at this soft open it was visited by employees from the other locations to give them a taste of the new restaurant and beer hall. This location is also where they’ll be making all the beer for distribution. So this location is HUGE. The one thing you’ll notice is the menu is different at each location – to meet with what the locals would like to eat. A lot of fast food places do the same thing. I don’t think many of you are planning a vacation to Ohio – I personally wouldn’t, haha – but if you ever find yourself in northeast Ohio you should drop by the location to at least look through the windows at them making or bottling the beer.

Tuesday I start a new dessert at work. We’re going to have a Bubmbleberry peach crisp layered in a mug. What I’m super excited about is the milk and cookie special we’ll be running in 2 weeks. I think it’s fun and just in time with all the kids going back to school. Even adults need milk and cookies.

A Work In Progress

There are some things you just know you’ll never be finished with and they’ll forever be a work in progress. That’s how I’m feeling like now about my little craft/computer room. There’s still so much I want to do to it. The major thing is finding a loveseat of some kind so I can get rid of the bed that’s just sitting there. The idea of putting a loveseat (or coach) is for the kids when they come and stay. Plus I kind of hang out in the room when I’m by myself. So I finally have pictures of what it’s like so far – but none of the floor because there’s still stuff on the floor that needs homes.


This is my pin board. I’m ordering a new pin board. I started enjoying pins in the late teens and still have a lot of those. I also signed up for Brat Box – which I am LOVING.

Dinners

So with having to travel to the wedding, it has kind of thrown me out of the every night dinner thing we were doing. There are some basic things I have to go to the grocery store for and I just don’t want to really.


I’ve thought about writing a post all about how I plan for dinners and keep everything in order. I’ve thrown that idea around a while ago and just didn’t do it because I don’t know if anyone would really want to read my ramblings about what I do to plan dinner when I work a 40+ hour job. Since I have a new printer and can actually print calendars out and everything, that may finally be that push I needed to write that blog. My sister-in-law asked me about how I do it and I explained it to her and made her a binder like the one I use to plan.


Big Mac Tater Tots


Sweet Potato & Quinoa burrito bowl


“Chicken” Taco Alfrado


Asian “Duck” with veggies


(vegan) Ruben

Horror, Ice Cream & Nails


So if you know anything about it, you know my love for Jason Voorhees. Not just my love for him, but my love for the guy who has played him the most – Kane Hodder. I knew about this documentary last year and was so excited to find out more about him, as well as support him even more. I’ve loved the fact that he has been given speaking roles and roles beyond ones based on heavy stunts – I do totally understand that’s where he started and love that. Anyways my order of the documentary finally came and I watched it the night I bought it. Yes, I did end up crying while I watched it.

This documentary is something every horror fan should watch.

While I’m talking about horror, I subscribed to the Coffin Box. In each box you get a shirt and movie, along with some other items. Well I received the second box…

And I am beyond happy with the box this time. The shirt is perfect and I can’t wait to wear it to see the new Halloween film! I’m still trying to find the perfect place for my little blade.

And Saturday I adopted a new Jason.

So, a new weeks ago my sister-in-law came up to have a girls day. We all know I don’t really do girlie things. Don’t ask me anything about eye shadow or…*insert make-up term here*… because I don’t know any of that. As close to make-up as I get is the fact that I own some nail polish.

Since I work in a kitchen I can’t paint my nails at home because we all know how bad they chip and it would just be a waste of time. So when she came up I paid for us to go get our nails done. First time for both of us and it was fun. I have kitchen nails – short nails that are usually stained by some kind of juice.

I suggested my middle finger be fun because I use it a lot.


Yesterday my DNA kit came and I did it was soon as I got home so it could be in the mail today. I’ll be waiting 6-8 weeks for any kind of feedback from them. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. They’re around $59 on Amazon right now, so I just went ahead and bought it. I’m just wondering if there will be any surprises. Like, am I really as much German as everyone says? I’ve been told we’re German and Irish. Secretly, I am hoping for a surprise that no one else in my family knew about.


And I leave you with Ash and his pickle.

I know, I’m starting to get bad at blogging again. :/ I’m trying, really I am. I guess I feel like sometimes I don’t have anything worth writing about, or more like I don’t have anything people would like to read about. It all goes back to the major issue that’s even starting to effect my work – I get inside my own head and stop myself from doing a lot. I feel like it goes right along with depression. You feel like you’re worth nothing, so why are you even trying-  why are you even here. Just trying to work with it and figure out how to not listen to that voice.

Anyways…

Wednesday was my birthday. Last year I didn’t have a party, I just had a little dinner with a few people. So this year I had a party – I had my party Saturday (06/23). There were around 20 people who came, loads of food and everything. I had a lot of fun – even though I had to work the next day.

My party theme was Tiki! I encouraged everyone dress the part – as every theme party should! This is the cake my boyfriend ordered for me. I had no idea what it looked like until it was dropped off that morning. Oh yeah, and it was a strawberry cake with chocolate filling. 

This is one of the best gifts I received. A friend of mine from school – one of maybe 2 I still talk to – make these a lot. So she made me a Hello Kitty + Freddy Krueger mash up! 

I loved Power Rangers growing up, and I still do. So my boyfriend found these coins for me. I am super excited to have them. 

Now on my actual birthday, it rained all day. I worked until 4, but after I got off work I got a shower and changed. We went out for Chinese – which seems to be my usual birthday dinner. 

For my birthday movie this year we seen Tag. I only wanted to see it due to Jeremy Renner. What can I say, I’ve seen a fan since I was 10 and seen his first film. The movie is such a fun movie, plus we seen the trailer for The Nun – can’t wait!

I bought myself a little something for my birthday, too. I think everyone should put a little money back and buy something fun for your birthday. I do it every year. So, this year I bought a Fujifilm Instax Wide 300. I debated on a few other instant camera – I mean I own 5 original Polaroid cameras. So far, I’m having fun with this camera! 

This year it was a good birthday. And I already have a theme picked out for my party next year! I want to do a Vegas/Casino theme! 

Work has been…work. I haven’t suggested any specials as far as savory items goes. I’ve honestly been focused on desserts so I can make them as crazy as possible while still tasting good.

This was my first dessert offer – beer infused brownie with whiskey caramel sauce.

My second dessert offer- bumbleberry cheesecake bites

My third dessert offer- peach hand pies

My fourth dessert offer- peanut butter cake with bananas foster sauce, ice cream & house bacon bits

So far all the desserts have gotten great feedback. Next week I’m going to have the offer of doughnuts with a glaze that uses one of our beers. I’m kind of excited about it. 

I know this is a short blog entry, but it’s my day off and I’m in relax mode with Ash.

Work

I’ll get the gross work talk out of the way first. A lot has been happening at work. If you’re friends on facebook with me or even just follow my instagram you already know.

Christine asked a question on a blog post and I feel bad for not answering it, but I’m finally going to answer it.

As a vegan, do you mind cooking meat for others?

I haven’t had meat in YEARS. I mean, I don’t want to say how many years because that just makes me feel old. To me there’s a smell to meat, especially chicken. I know I get a lot of shit from vegans due to the fact that I work in a restaurant where I have to handle and deal with meat. I do not taste any of the dishes which contain products I do not eat at home. I’ve learned what the meat should feel like and smell like when it’s ready after whatever we’re doing to it. We smoke all of our meat in house – including bacon. It’s not an easy job for me to do, but I’m doing it to prove to myself I’m cut out to work my dream job. I would never go to a costumer and tell them how they shouldn’t be eating that chicken wing because of the horrid conditions that chicken died in. In the end I want to make food for people and for them to enjoy it. With my current happenings at work I’m hoping to be able to include some things I can eat – even if it’s just on the menu for a week.

Last week was crazy, I worked over 40 hours – yippie for that overtime!

First major thing was that we did our first catering order. It was kind of exciting to have to make all this food and have everything portioned and ready to leave for the location. I even came in for 4 hours on my day off to help and make sure everything looked good. I’m excited to see what our catering menu is going to be and help out more with that side of the business. At one point in time I thought about doing catering. While the head chef was gone with the catering set up I was left in charge and up on expo.

That leads me to the big news…

I’m currently doing training to become kitchen supervisor! My main duty will still be handling prep, but making sure those who are on prep are doing what they should me. I was included with the kitchen management meeting Tuesday. The meeting honestly made me feel like I am actually becoming part of a management TEAM. At my last job the management wasn’t a team, it was deeply fractured and causing the business to suffer. I have high hopes for my new job and for the team I’m part of.

Tuesday (05/08) we’re having another meeting. At this meeting I’ll have beer brownies with whiskey caramel for the other kitchen managers to try. I’m hoping they turn out great so they can be a dessert special next week. I’ve never made them before, and the last time I made caramel sauce it didn’t end so well. haha. Next week I’ll also be making a vegan soup. It’s a light springtime soup, and I’m excited to be given the chance to add something vegan to the menu – even if it’s only for a week.

This week is also veggie burger week at home. Okay, so our veggie burger at work is…not awesome. Also, it has eggs in it. I have a few ideas of how to make it so much better. Just by adding some carrots, corn and well removing the egg. I’m trying to work off of what we already order due to the fact that we don’t go through that many veggie burgers.

I’m not dreading this next step. I’m actually excited and can’t wait to see what we can do at this business.

Finally Spring

The weather has finally made the turn to spring! I’m happy for it, but my allergies on the other hand…yeah. I have a zipper pouch in my work bag that’s full of allergy pills and I have to take at least a couple just while I’m at work. I work by the back door, which is where everyone goes out for smoke breaks and where the trucks come in. This means that door is used all day long and there’s a small area of trees behind us…so I’m dead by noon if I’m not taking anything.

This is Ash’s first spring/summer since we moved up here and he has loads of windows to sit in. Plus there’s so many birds and squirrels. It’s driving him nuts that he can’t go outside to chase after them. We did find out the neighbor has a cat because Wednesday morning Ash refused to eat. I found him sitting in the window in my craft room watching the cat next door. He was also just sitting in the window. They have some kind of weird friendship now, I think.

And since it’s warm weather, finally, I got a hair cut. Really, my boyfriend shaved my head. Since we’re all still learning about each other at work I’ve gotten a few questions as to why I did it. Society still says that hair defines a woman’s appeal. That’s so false. Hair is a way to express yourself and make yourself happy. Well, I’m beyond happy.

Birthdays, Mother’s Day

It seems May is ‘spending money on other people month’. Honestly that doesn’t make it any different than any other month for me. I mean, I pay my bills and never really buy myself much of anything. I buy the kids (nieces & nephews) stuff.

My boyfriend’s birthday is this week. I did give him the brewers almanac book I ordered him. It has recipe ideas to use what’s in season. I thought it would be very helpful and he’ll be able to get a few ideas of beers he can make that will be very seasonal.

Mother’s day is also coming up, fast. The major thing my younger brother and I split the cost of I already have. I’ve been trying to think of something else to get her. I mean what we got her is going to be a huge surprise and she’s going to love it, but I just want to include something that hits that theme.

Last of all, my niece is turning 7! So I’m buying her a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9. I know, I know, it sounds crazy to get a 7 year old that camera. She’s going to love it though, and it’s not that hard to use at all. I’ve been reading a lot about it and I’ve talked to my mom about it as well and she’s on the same page as I am. I’m going to order it as a kit though. In the kit you get the camera, case, 2 packs of film, and a mini photo album too. I’m going to buy her a few packs of film that have printed boarders as well. My brother just moved so they’re still working on getting the kids rooms together, the girls are going to share a room (and the boys are going to share a room), so I found a string of lights that are photo holders. I bought them because I think they’re going to be perfect. I’m going to have her open those first though because I know she’s going to be upset – little kids are funny like that. I’m going to open the camera when I get it though and take a picture. I’m going to tape the picture to the package. Now what I’m going to take a picture of…I don’t know. I’m thinking of taking a picture of Ash maybe.

My birthday is at the end of June, but I kind of already bought myself something. I bought this bundle. When I get it I’ll have the same shirt in a long sleeve style and a short sleeve style. The only thing is the long sleeve shirt is around 15 years old or so.

FOOD

The last thing I wanted to talk about is really the first thing I talked about, food.

So I know I haven’t added any recipes to my blog at all, I am just wanting to add the best recipes first and add filler recipes later on. The first recipe I’m hoping to add will be the beer brownies I’m making. Well, that is as long as they turn out like they should. Fingers crossed!

I’m trying not to add recipes for the random stuff we’ve been eating lately. Which is a lot of salads. I haven’t been getting home before he gets home, so it’s kind of been finding things to throw together. I usually get a chance to eat around 10:30am before we open and I don’t eat again until I get home – which is between 4:30 – 5:30, it all depends on what time I clock out honestly.

I promise, I’m going to get better at blogging soon.

Another year, another trip to Chicago for C2E2! Thankfully the snow held off until Monday (04/09).

We go every year and are already making plans for next year. I’m already starting on my cosplay for next year – which will end up and be my Halloween costume for this year so I have time to fix any issues I have with it…I’m pretty sure I’m going to have issues with it. I’m excited for next year already, too! 

While in Chicago we did the usual thing, shopping. With the con and the random shopping, I’m surprised I didn’t come back with more than I did. 

For the con I brought my easy Alex (A Clockwork Orange) cosplay. It’s something easy and comfortable for a long day – plus it was my first time doing cosplay at a con. In the end it was fun, even though I forgot my cane at home.

There were so many great cosplays this year. There was also so much diversity too! Seeing the cosplay scene grow every year is so amazing. As I said before, I’m looking forward to next year already!

 

And I promise, I’m going to get better at blogging soon!

This isn’t going to be an exciting post, it’s just one of those “hey, I’m alive and this is what I’ve been doing” posts. Considering I’m doing this post, this also means pictures!

First off, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is my current go to. When I only had Netflix they had a few seasons, but they were all newer seasons. Well we signed up for Hulu and they have ALL the seasons, including the current season. I love that they add new episodes weekly, but I seriously need them to stop so I can at least make it to the half way point. The good thing is, I have around 290 episodes left. That means I’ve watched over 100 so far. It’s just going to take me so long to get caught up.

I’m not going to lie, when I’m getting a bubble bath I found a way to sit my tablet so I can even watch it in the bath. When I’m getting ready for dinner though, that’s when I’m not watching.

last week my boyfriend & I bought my mom a new phone. Her phone was the one I had before I bought the S8. That phone I had was…crap. You couldn’t do anything on it due to the OS taking up nearly 80% of the memory. We found the Moto X4 on Amazon for a good price, so we just figured it was a lot better and bought it for her. We dropped it off to her last Saturday, helped her set it up and everything. I ordered her a case for it this week and it came yesterday. She’s talking about coming up to see me sometime this week, so she’ll finally get the case. I didn’t really play on the phone once it was set up, but it looks like a nice phone. She really just uses it to text and take pictures of the kids. 

If you follow me in Instagram or have me as a friend on Facebook, you’ll know that I started my new job. 

The new job I started is a Prep Cook at the Fat Heads Brewery in my town. We were suppose to open on Monday (March 5th), but they pushed the opening back to the 12th. The reason for the push back is actually amazing reasons & I can tell they really care about the employees as well as the people who will be coming through the doors. When I started training this week (February 26th) we were limited on what we could do in the kitchen. We were waiting for products as well as more kitchen items to come in. I can’t say how training was up front, but I know we were waiting on some of the items they needed as well – which I totally understand because we’re starting from scratch in a new building. I just love that they were willing to push the opening back so that we can all be trained and not be as nervous – I’m sure we were all nervous with the opening coming so quickly. 

With the pressure of the opening off of all of us when it comes to not opening the 5th, I think we can all relax a little and really take our time when it comes to taking in all the training we’re going through. I’m all the way in the back of the building making everything the line needs. From sauces to smoking meats. Yes, I know, I’m a horrible vegan for handling meat. When you’ve been dying to get into a real kitchen, you’ll do almost anything. For the past two days that we had training they were going over doing a prep sheet, which is old news to me because that’s what I did everyday at my old job. I walked in, did the prep sheet, made the list of what we needed and got to work. As of right now I’m on the AM shift, which honestly I think I may request to be stuck to that shift because it seems to work out so much better for me. I can get a ride from my boyfriend in the morning and I just catch the bus when I’m done. 

As of right now, I think I’m going to really enjoy this new work environment. I’m also not going to lie, I’m scared as hell to open because I know it’s going to be lines out the door for the first few months of us being open. I also made a goal for myself, I’m going to be on the line by the end of this year. That’s my personal goal – to be the only female on that line. 

As I said I get a ride to work from my boyfriend in the morning. He drops me off at the shopping -plaza at around 8:10am and I don’t start until 9am. So I go to Earth Fare and grab a smoothie for my breakfast & read. I’m currently reading this amazing book! I’ve read both of his other books, so I was super excited when I found out he was going to be doing a new book. I pre-ordered it but with how I used to work, I didn’t want to do anything after work besides veg out. I’m only about a chapter in, but I’m loving it. 

Since I know I’ll be able to have time to read, I went ahead and ordered my next book to read. I’m not a stranger to Clive Barker and knowing he writes novels as well. I picked this one as my first read because I love Pinhead. 

One amazing thing about my current work schedule is the fact that I actually feel like cooking dinner and don’t have to go to bed as soon as I eat!

So now my weekly routine is to get my recipe binder and go through the list of recipes and pick for each day of the week. I made a list out of some of my books of recipes we want to try and we’re just working out way through that list. Some days I don’t cook, like today I was going to make a breakfast casserole but we’re just going to do leftovers – and since the casserole was made from frozen items it’s something I can make another time. 

Next week our little menu is:
Monday (3-5): Broccoli & Potato Soup
Tuesday (3-6): Mongolian “Beef” Ramen
Wednesday (3-7): Thai Pizza
Thursday (3-8): Portobello Cheesesteak 
Friday (3-9): Hashbrown Casserole

I even write the menu on the calendar we have hanging in the kitchen. I like having this set routine for dinner. 

Last week we had Taco fries – an awesome cheap dinner! 

Friday we had green beans, mashed potatoes and “duck” in orange sauce. 

Since I’m able to cook and enjoy the food, I’m sure I’ll finally get around to fixing my recipe section. I know it’s going to take a long time to get that done though. 

And the last thing I wanted to talk about – well more like show you guys – is Ash. I mean, who doesn’t like a black cat named after Bruce Campbell’s character in the amazing Evil Dead films?!

I am a movie junkie, it’s something I live with every day. It’s an addition. in the end though, we all love being able to escape our boring (or stressful) lives. Movies have always been my happy place, even as a child. I was bullied due to my size and my views on the world – movies didn’t judge me. 

I’ve been working on this list for a week+ (13 days). No joke. Listing all of my favorites would take me hours & hours to do. So I tried to make this list as short as possible – and I tried to list lesser known films in hopes it’s something you may want to find. I know how hard it is to find a great film through asking for suggestions though – most of the time it’s just people saying popular films & films I have no interest in. Sorry, I’m not a fan of Harry Potter. 

A lot of people know my love for all things horror, that’s the kind of film I grew up watching, but these films are from a few different genres. Also, these films are in no real order – just whatever order my computer put the pictures in. ^_^ I, on purpose, do not describe the films because I don’t want to ruin the films if you want to watch them. I hate when people ruin films for me.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) – IMDB
I love sci-fi films from this time period. They are…incredible. I honestly just got into these films over the past few years. I think as with everything else in life our tastes for things change as we get older – when I was younger I hated these films. And yes, there’s a cat in the film!

A Clockwork Orange (1971) – IMDB
It’s no secret that I LOVE this book, and well I have an odd obsession with Malcolm McDowell. The first cosplay I put a lot of work into over the past few years is of Alex. I love everything about this film – and well Stanley Kurbrick is a god. 

American Psycho (2000) – IMDB
Another film based on a book – which seems to be a fact not many people know. Before Christian Bale was Batman he was a bat shit crazy psychopath. To this date, this is my second favorite Christian Bale performance – my number 1 is on this list. 

Carrie (1976) – IMDB
One of my childhood favorites! Okay, so it wasn’t released in my childhood but I remember watching it while I was younger. It’s not the first horror film I remember watching, but damn close to it. This film, as well as the book, gave those of us who were bullied someone to connect to – in an odd way. How many of us who were bullied would like to do what Carrie could do – damn near all of us! 

Cat People (1942) – IMDB
One of the earliest films on my list. Also, a film that tells a story like this has to be on my list. 

The Crow (1994) – IMDB
I honestly didn’t see this movie until I was well into my 20’s. I know, I’m late to some great things. I loved this film from the first time I watched it. 

Eraserhead (1977) – IMDB
It took me so long to find a copy of this film, seriously I search out films. I was beyond excited when I finally found a copy to call my own. I’m in love with the filming style (hello, it’s David Lynch), costuming…just everything.

The Evil Dead (1981) – IMDB
Evil Dead II (1987) – IMDB
Army Of Darkness (1992) – IMDB
My cat is named Ash. Need I say more? Also, Bruce Campbell is AMAZING. I mean, I would put all of his films on this list…but that would just be silly. 

The Detective (1968) – IMDB
Sinatra made a lot of films (as well as a lot of great music), but this has to be my favorite. I’ll take Sinatra the detective any day!

Friday The 13th films – Wikipedia 
It’s no secret that Jason is my favorite killer. I know the films get so bad, but I can’t help it. I think it all goes back to Friday the 13th being the first horror film I remember seeing. 

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) – IMDB
I credit my grandma for this film being one of my favorites. Anytime it was on TV we had to watch it. It’s a film I actually remember watching with my brothers and no one fighting. haha. It’s not a horror film, it’s a straight up comedy. 

Goodfellas (1990) – IMDB
I can recite SO many lines from this film. There was a point in time when I watched it…A LOT. Even though I watched it to the point where some people would never want to see it again, I still watch it. I love a good mob story, and with a director & amazing actors – that just makes it even better. 

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) – IMDB
I love chainsaw movies! And cults are interesting! Add the two during the 1980’s in Hollywood and you have this films. Oh yeah, and ladies of the night. 

Heavy Metal (1981) – IMDB
I think it may surprise some people to know how much I really enjoy this film. 

Hellraiser Films – Wikipedia 
Pinhead, it’s all about him. Clive Barker knew what he was doing when he first created Pinhead. (You should check out his books!) 

Hook (1991) – IMDB
This is a childhood favorite I will never out grow..because I’ll never grow up.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) – IMDB
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) – IMDB
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) – IMDB
Yes, I am a fan of these films and I’m not afraid to admit it. I just wish I knew someone who would watch them with me. 

Insidious (2010) – IMDB
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) – IMDB
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – IMDB
Insidious: The Last Key (2018) – IMDB
Two people: Patrick Wilson & Lin Shaye. I’ve loved them both in their own films and them together = amazing. Once I got hooked with the first film, I had dive into it head first. I miss finding films like that in general – films that sucked you in. 

Antichrist (2009) – IMDB
Now I will say this, if you cannot handle scenes of gore – this film is not for you. It’s not horror gore though, and as I said before I don’t want to give a lot away. Well, if you can’t handle body mutilation, please do not watch this film. I have become a fan of Lars von Trier, he has such an eye for scenes you will never forget – for the good and bad. Again, this is a film with a lot of adult content.

The Money Pit (1986) – IMDB
This has to be my favorite Tom Hanks movies. As most of my films on this list, it has a tie to my childhood. I always watched this film with my mom. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – IMDB
I’m sure everyone has their favorite holiday film that they have to watch every year, this is mine. I grew up watching it and still watch it the week of Christmas.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) – IMDB
When Romero passed away, all of us who love zombie films felt like our favorite uncle died. I credit him and this film for my love of zombies – well for my love of the classic zombie. 

A Nightmare On Elm Street films – Wikipedia
There’s just something about Robert Englund that makes the character of Freddy really come to life. 

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) – IMDB
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) – IMDB
Another film by Lars von Trier – well two if you break it up. I didn’t break it up, I watched it all at once. This film has strong adult content, just a warning.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – IMDB
Who hasn’t seen this?! 

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) – IMDB
I came across this film when movie rental places were still a thing. It was one of those films I would pick up at random to get an awesome deal on the movies I would spend the weekend watching. This is a beautiful film – the costumes are just complete beauty. The story is another reason to watch this film.

The Perfect Host (2010) – IMDB
I’m sure most of you know David Hyde Pierce from the TV show Frasier. He places a character far from what you’re used to in that show – and it works so well. 

Popcorn (1991) – IMDB
Another film I had to search out before I was able to find my own copy. What can I say, I’m a sucker for these kind of films. 

Raising Arizona (1987) – IMDB
I remembered bits of pieces of this film from childhood when I watched it as a teenager. It’s no secret that I enjoy Nic Cage movies – even the bad ones. 

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – IMDB
I LOVE this film – as many films of the 50’s. James Dean was one of kind. 

Scanners (1981) – IMDB
David Cronenberg has made many amazing films, I have to say this one if my favorite. The explosion scene is one to remember for sure.

Silkwood (1983) – IMDB
This seems to be a film that’s lesser known. I didn’t know about it until I was talking about one film I loved and my aunt suggested I find this film. 

Somewhere in Time (1980) – IMDB
I love Christopher Reeve. This is one of maybe three “romance” films I like. 

Stigmata (1999) – IMDB
This film had my attention from the first scene.

Superman (1978) – IMDB
These Superman films with Christopher Reeve are the only Superman films I’ve ever seen.

Tank Girl (1995) – IMDB
Lori Petty perfectly brings Tank Girl alive. Tank Girl is the first cosplay I ever did and this film holds a special place in my heart. Also, Malcolm McDowell.

The Order (2003) – IMDB
This is my favorite Health Ledger film.

The Machinist (2004) – IMDB
Christian Bale is mesmerizing in this film.

The Three Faces of Eve (1957) – IMDB
I first remember watching this film in school, but it was only a couple clips. So I found the film on my own to watch the whole thing. Well worth it.

The Fog (1980) – IMDB
So, the remake of this I’ve never seen. I just enjoy the original version so much that I don’t want to ruin it.

The Stuff (1985) – IMDB
Larry Cohen has written so much great films. I know this one is just so far out there that it’s just funny to watch.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) – IMDB
Bette Davis & Joan Crawford two stars of golden Hollywood.

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) – IMDB
This is one of those sci-fi films I turned out loving when I was in the phase of finding more random movies.

When I was around 13, I came across a band called Anti-Flag. My introduction to punk rock. Fast forward and they’ve been playing for years, still touring and still putting out new music – and I’m still listening to them. Two of the band members recognize me due to them doing a side project years ago and me being one of the first ones to support them & go to shows – A friend (who I met through Anti-Flag’s fanbase – was also part of a project we were doing based on that band, general love within the community while supporting creativity. They’re all amazing guys and put on a hell of a show. I mean, I have the bruises to prove it. Sadly the drummer wasn’t at the show last night due to a death in his family, so their drum tech learned all the songs and did a great job. My thoughts are with Pat’s family.

Remember, I’m not even 5ft tall, so at any show I usually stand up front so I can at least see something. We got there early enough last night for me to get a place where I stood last time I seen Anti-Flag. Right in front of the bassist. He’s one of the two I mentioned before who remembers me. As any punk show, shit got crazy. The number one rule at a punk show – if someone falls down, pick them up. People were falling down, onto me. Which I’m used to at shows, I’m not a fragile flower. It didn’t help that there was this crazy, super drunk, lady beside us. She was like laying back on everyone and just killing this poor kid – who it looked like this was his first show. Not to mention she kept wanting to touch the bass – which was making me upset because she was just…ugh…super drunk. Anyways…After a few songs the bassist told me to sit on the front of the stage, which was fine with me. Sadly after one song I was moved more to the side of the stage. Either was, I was still able to enjoy the show and have fun. 

Today though the pain of going through the show is setting in. Sore throat, bruises and feet pain.

The sore throat is kind of obvious. Screaming lyrics from an hour will have that effect on you, seriously. But in the end, it’s well worth it. 

The stage at the Grog Shop is right at knee height for me. So anytime anyone behind me pushed me forward my knees were going right into the stage. There were also people who needed a tutorial on how to stage drive, one guy jumped too far back on the stage like right at us and ended up kicking me in the hip while he was trying to get to the crowd. My left knee was stuck against the stage at one point, as well as the last time people fell down toward me. My knee is bruising pretty bad for that, but the best thing is that I took today off – just for these reasons. But I have to walk to work tomorrow at 4:30am. Hopefully people have more snow moved and the snow that’s left is packed down enough that I don’t kill myself.

So as I sit here on my random day off, here’s some pictures and a few short clips from the show. I need to file my taxes now.

My first post on Cats And Cakes! Kind of scary, but excited at the same time. 

I started blogging at my old domain – stupid-eyed.net – when I was around 18 years old. I’m 30 now, and a lot has changed. I thought it was time for my domain to catch up with me and go through a change as well. That’s where CatsAndCakes.Net comes in. 

The name of my new site is simple – I’m a cat lady and I love baking. It’s totally me. I have to say I have a thank you to give to Christine for helping narrow down my choices. Once I had them narrowed down, I asked a few more people. Basically I took a poll to see which domain sounded more like me. Doing that works – but make sure all the ideas you’re using, you love. I had to stay away from using anything horror related in the name…I mean bloody cats…that sounds bad. 

I’ve quietly spent the past few days building the site, narrowing down what things I want to keep, and getting ready to add more things. I know it’s kind of bare right now, but that will change in the coming weeks.

I’m rebuilding my recipes from scratch – just starting over with all the recipes I have. This should make my boyfriend happy because it means I’ll be cooking dinner every night during the week. This also means trying new things – which sometimes isn’t that great. 

I’m still working on the travel main page, but I do have all the pictures uploaded. This also means I finally have all my Florida vacation pictures up! You can see my pictures from Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Universal Studios! I look forward to my next trip: Chicago E2E2 in April!

When it comes to posts on here, I’m going to have one day a month that’s a photo post. Meaning, I just blast you guys with pictures I’ve taken over the past month. It should be fun to do! I’ll also have one day that’s a movie day – pretty much the same idea as the photo post. This will leave me a lot of room to be able to post more personal things during the weeks. I have a list of ideas for posts I want to do and honestly I could sit down and write at least three posts today! That shows you how happy I am to start over with this new blog. 

If you have my link on your sites, please update it! Don’t worry, this will be the only update of my link you’ll have to do for the next 10 years. 


Now that I have all of the info about the new domain finished, I can talk a little about what’s been going on lately. 

As I said before I’ve been cooking at least 4 nights a week. This month I already have the dishes wrote on our kitchen calendar. Tonight we’re going to have a quinoa bowl with roasted chickpeas. What can I say, food makes me happy. And I’m going to make two little berry cobblers to celebrate something – which I’ll get in to soon. This week we’ll be eating a lot of Mexican spiced foods. This is very unusual for me, but not for my boyfriends. He loves Mexican food. I’m already trying to get some ideas together for next weeks menu – one of them being soup because of the weather. 

Do you have a suggestion for a recipe I should try?

The weather has been…annoying. Today from 4am to around 11am it snowed at least 3 inches – I’m sure it snowed more than that. I was at work – I got there at 4:30am. We were so dead I was watching people pull into the parking lot – the few people who came in. One car turned totally around because he was flying while he was trying to turn in. I was so worried he was going to hit the handicap parking sign. To my surprise, he didn’t hit anything. I left work a little after 11am and it took me nearly an hour to walk home – the walk usually takes me around a half hour. No was was out to shovel their sidewalks, so I was walking in snow that was up over my boots. When I got home and took my boots off there was snow stuck to my socks. We’re suppose to go to Cleveland tomorrow night for a concert and I’ve been watching to see if it gets canceled. 

I finally have my permit! Yeah, I know I’m weird. I’m 30 and haven’t drove – but I’m working on it. So far I’ve drove the car once and it was at night. The road we live on isn’t really busy, but there are a few people who park on the road. I think I did pretty well. I’m so scared to drive in an area where I’ll be around other moving cars. That’s what scares me the most. I guess the good thing about trying to get all of this done around this time of year is the fact of filing taxes and having that money back when I need to buy a car. That’s the idea for my tax return – but since my insurance was cut off I have to use some of it to get an eye exam and new glasses.

As I mentioned before we’re celebrating something tonight! We’re celebrating the fact that I’ll be putting in my 2 weeks notice at work tomorrow morning!! I’ve been working at the same place since 2014. I moved up to become a shirt supervisor and turned down the offer to become an assistant manager. I’m leaving all of that – but I’m also leaving a restaurant manager who doesn’t pull his weight. On February 14th I’ll be going through orientation to become a prep cook for Fat Heads Brewery! I don’t know anything about beer and well I don’t like beer, but hey I like to cook! A few of you may know I’ve been trying to leave my current job and get into an actual kitchen. Well, I finally made it! I’m so excited to make this huge move. There are a few coworks I’m going to miss so much too, but I need to do this for myself. The chef I’ll be working with was a lot of fun to interview with and he was just so easy to talk to – I look forward to working with him. 

I’m excited for this new chapter in my blogging life! So much is changing at the same time and it feels amazing!