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.

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.