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Witchy Wednesday delay

I took all the pictures for the sachet tutorial this past Sunday. I was was going to have it ready to post today. Well I took the pictures on my phone and somehow deleted them. Not to worry, they are backed up on Google photos. I hope. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow when I have internet connection again to post it.

Movie Review: Deadpool

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I finally got around to seeing Deadpool last weekend. I wanted to wait until the theaters weren’t packed.

I only have positive things to say about this movie. It was freakin awesome! From the opening credits until the very end. I gotta say, Ryan Reynolds gave maximum effort in his performance. I think this has been his best movie.

There was lots of humor and sass. They broke the fourth wall so many times and even talked about breaking the fourth wall (I think he said 16 walls?) . There were X-Men, well two of two of them because that’s all they could afford. References to Ryan Reynolds and his Deadpool/Wolverine role were made. Even a few tear jerker moments made it in.

If you haven’t already seen Captain Deadpool you need to go see it right meow! Before you go, you may have a couple of questions. Let me see if I can help you.

Why is it rated R?

Good question. The answer is because of the killing, swearing, naughty jokes, boobs, and butts.

Why are there swearing, naughty jokes, boobs, and butts in a Marvel movie?

Another good question. Now I didn’t read the comics (too poor), but have a few friends who did. They told me to tell you that Deadpool comics had the swearing and naughty jokes (not sure about the boobs and butts), so why wouldn’t his movies have all that? People always complain when movies don’t stick to the comics. So there you go. It’s sticking it good.

But he’s a super hero! Why does he have such a potty mouth?

Actually, he’s not a super hero, he’s an anti-hero. It says as much in the movie. Super heroes are good guys that thwart/kill bad guys for the greater good and to protect the innocent. Villians kill the innocent because they get off on it. Now to me, anti-heroes fall into that grey area in between. They’re kind of bad guys, who kill super bad guys for their own vengeance. That’s what Deadpool is, an anti-hero.

Now that I’ve answered your questions, it’s time to go see Deadpool right meow before it leaves theaters. Be sure to stay until after the credits, like all Marvel movies, there’s a snippet at the end. Enjoy!
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Book Review: The Seven Rays

The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger

You are more than you think you are.

THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven’t had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend’s face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people’s pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can’t stop it. Everyone thinks she’s crazy and she’s pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn’t explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here’s the thing: What if she is?

The creator of Bring it On, Jessica Bendiner, brings her teen savvy writing to this paranormal romance, The Seven Rays. 

*May contain some spoilers*

This book was a random find at the library. When I read the summary, I thought this book was gonna be great. Boy was I wrong. When I got home from the library, I did what I normally do with a new book and I looked it up on Goodreads. It had gotten a lot of bad reviews. That should have been my first clue. But I decided to give it a go because a lot of times I don’t trust other people’s reviews. Plus, I found out that the author also wrote the movie Bring it On. That was a hilarious movie, so I thought ” How bad could it be?”

It actually started out really good. If I don’t think a book is interesting, I have no shame with abandoning it and moving on. I really liked the main character though so I kept pressing on. She was hilarious and didn’t put up with anyone’s crap.

The first thing I didn’t like was the romance. It was a Disney-love-at-first-sight romance. She fell in love with this guy on the first day of meeting him. That’s also when they shared their first kiss. I hate when books portray these unrealistic relationships.

Another thing I didn’t like were the supporting characters. Beth’s “best friend” was a douche. Her love interest was very non-descript, and her mother was very secretive. I thought they would eventually explain the mother’s actions, but they never did.

This book was very weird. I didn’t mind it because I thought they’d eventually explain everything in the end, but again, they didn’t. This is what upset me the most. The ending. With all the build up, it was very anti-climatic. There were a lot of things left unexplained. There were a lot of loose ends. I thought that maybe the writer maybe left it this way to make room for a second book. I looked on Goodreads, but there was no mention of a second book. I tried to go to the book’s website but it was out of order. This book was published in 2009 and if there hasn’t been mention of a sequel by now, I highly doubt there is one.

Another thing I’d like to point out is the lewd humor. I didn’t have a problem with it, but others might. With all the sex talk in this book I don’t think that it should have been in the YA fiction section. Definitely should have been in adult fiction. There was minimal swearing though.

In summation, I give this book 2 stars. The only reason it gets 2 stars and not one is because I really liked it until the end. The ending best ruined the whole thing. I was very disappointed in this book. It could have been executed a lot better. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone. Unless of course you like disappointment, then by all means, go ahead and read it.

Witchy Wednesday: New Moon

Lately I haven’t been feeling very spiritual. My altar was a mess, I hadn’t felt like performing any rituals or spells, and I haven’t been working on my year and a day. I’ve just feeling kind of bleh.

Last night I thought I would try to get my groove back. It was the perfect night for it with the new moon and lunar eclipse. Even though I wouldn’t be able to see the eclipse here in Florida, I could still fell the energy. I set up my new altar design and made a sachet. I even made some seashell tea light candles to go with my new altar set up.

My sachet was to attract self love and the attributes I want to work in order to attract true love out my soul mate.
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I sewed the sachet myself. [I will be making a sachet sewing tutorial soon.]

Sticking with the theme of self love/true love, I decided to set up my altar to honor Aphrodite. She was the goddess I called upon when I made my sachet. I don’t have a statue or picture of her (as she is not my patron goddesses), so I just added a bunch of seashells. I don’t usually add Sabbat decorations to my altars. I will usually do an item or two for symbolism, but I didn’t do anything for Ostara. Easter was always my least favorite holiday and that has carried over to Ostara now that I’m practicing Paganism.

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What did you do for the eclipse/new moon

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What did you do for the eclipse/new moon?

Book Review: Would-Be Witch

[May contain a spoiler, depending on what you count as a spoiler. Well be labeled as such. Look for the asterisk.]

Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost

“In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that cause more trouble than gossip—is magic. The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost, Edie. But when her locket–an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul–is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch. After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers–and a double-oh-seven savior faire to boot–but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She’s also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons…”

I was debating whether to give this book three stars or four. I’ve settled for three and a half instead.

The first star comes from the book immediately pulling me in. It was able to hold my interest long enough to get hooked, which is kind of hard for me these days. It’s becoming harder and harder to find a book that can captivate me all the way to the end. This book was able to do that. Each chapter had a great cliff at the end that had me constantly saying “just one more chapter”. Before I knew it, it was 3am.

The second star comes from how close the magic in the book came to real magic. This wasn’t “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” kind of magic. I really appreciated that. Of course some things were different to make the witches unique to the story.

The third star is because of the low levels romance in the book. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a hopeless romantic so I love me some romance. But I hate when it gets in the way of the plot. I found Would-Be Witch in the adult fiction section so I thought it’d be basically pornographic, but it wasn’t. The author kept the sexiness to a PG-13 rating.

The half star is because of the characters of the book. The lead character, obviously a woman, wasn’t the typical annoying, damsel in distress lead female. She actually got things done. The only thing I didn’t like about her was she was a little…stupid is such a strong word. We’ll go with dense. She was a little dense. Only slightly. She didn’t know what Garlic was or the Red Light District. Some of her decisions and reasoning was pretty daft as well. She did have her clever and funny moments too. We’ll just say she was quirky.

The other characters were okay. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them. That’s why they only get half a star.

Now on to the reasons why the book didn’t get five stars.

Like I mentioned earlier, there was minimal romance, but the romance that there was was a messy love triangle. I have love triangles, unless they’re done right. The only love triangle that was done right was in Cassandra Clare’s “The Infernal Devices”. This live triangle was just rather annoying.

Even tho the story as a whole was entertaining, I felt like the writing was a little all over the place. I kind of felt like some pieces of the story didn’t really fit and were kind of pointless.

***Possible spoiler*** the mission of the main character was to find her locket that had been stolen. I felt like she kept getting distracted and even forgot about the locket for about half the book. Thus, making the ending rather anti-climatic. That kind of ruined the book a little for me.

All in all, I would recommend this book to a friend, but I’d tell them to add it to the bottom of their “To Read” list.

*Warnings* This book is an adult fiction novel. There was some swearing and sex talk. It didn’t offend me, but it might offend some. This book also contains vampires and werewolves, but nothing like Twilight.

Thyroid & Chronic Pain Update

It’s exactly a month since I last posted. For that, I am only a little sorry. It’s because I’ve been so busy at work making it rain money!

It’s also been a while since I’ve done a thyroid update.

When I last saw my Rheumatologist, it was because my General doctor noticed my rheumatoid levels were high. The rheumatologist quickly dismissed that because “my levels were high, but not high enough to be rheumatoid arthritis”. What is the cause of my chronic pain then? He did some tests were he poked me in certain spots and asked me “does that hurt?”. After several “yes” and “no” answers, he finally said he wanted to do some “blood work”. He gave me an order to get some blood labs done at Quest. Then and left and I was charged $45. This I what I had waited an hour past my appointment time for.

I got my blood work done at Quest like I was supposed to. The rheumatologist office said I should hear from them in a few days for the results. Two weeks passed and I still hadn’t heard from them. I gave them a call and the nurse said that my results came back normal. I asked her what the doctor wanted me to do and she said he didn’t say. Thanks for the help. Not. So I didn’t have RA and I didn’t have Firbro. What now?

I decided to go back to my regular doctor. This was during December, the busy season at work, so I kind of forgot to call him for a while. When the pain got worse is when I remembered. When I did finally call, the nurse said that my doctor was going to be about for a while for neck surgery. The soonest I could get in was March 1st.

During my appointment with my doctor, I told him about what happened with the Rheumatologist. He said “there isn’t a blood test for fibromyalgia”. That’s comforting. He told me I need to go back to Dr. Stark (not Ironman unfortunately) and tell I’m still having pain and make him do something about. You mean you want me to pay $45 to tell a doctor to do the job he’s supposed to be doing? No thanks. I’ve found another rheumatologist through a client that also has Hashimotos. I’ll just get a referral to go to him. This client with Hashis was telling me about a disorder she got from a vitamin D deficiency (which I have). She said it’s called Osteomalacia. It causes pain in the bones (especially the lower back, hips, legs, and feet), the pain is worse at night, exhaustion, and weak muscles. These are all my symptoms! The doctor she is going to is Dr. Gonzales. He’s the one treating her for Osteomalacia. He has her on 50,000 iu of vitamin D and calcium. I’m going to call my doctor on Monday and get a referral for Dr. Gonzales. Hopefully he can help me too.

Thyroid Update
During my last thyroid update I told you I no longer had Graves Disease. I had an appointment with my Endo this post Monday (2/29/15). She was weaning me off my Methimozole. This visit I was supposed to get lab results back on my TSH and other T levels. The nurse said she’d send over the lab request to the Quest near me so I didn’t have to drive an hour just for blood work. I went and got my bloodwork done before my appointment like I was supposed to. When my appointment day came, I drove an hour to the office, waited 45 minutes part my appointment time, and paid $20. When I finally saw the doctor she said the wrong labs were sunny to Quest and that they didn’t have my results for my levels. That was the whole point of this visit! They took my blood for this visit and did they’d have results in a couple of days. The only reason why I’m pissed (besides the obvious) is because I’ve been off my Methimozole since February 5th and I can still feel my tremors. They’re not as bad as before I was diagnosed. But it still worries me. What if I went back to hyper and need to be on my meds again? Well idk bc I got the wrong results. I told my doctor about my tremors and she just said well I can’t know until I see the results. What if I have a thyroid storm the mean time? She also didn’t tell what to do if I’m not hyper. Am I supposed to go on Synthroid? I tried to ask but she cut me off then walked out the room. I’m thinking I need to go to another Endo again. We’ll see after they call with the results. My appointment was Monday and here it is Saturday and they haven’t called. I’ll be calling them on this Monday.

Well those are all the updates I have for now. I will post when I have more.