This Month’s Media: February 2022

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in February 2022!

February was also a stressful month as well, kind of like January, both for similar reasons & different reasons. I did my best to take care of myself though, & came back into a love of watching movies & shows as a coping mechanism & for self-care & relaxation…although I *did* do this in the most ADHD way possible, ending the month being halfway through literally EIGHT different movies but only having completed watching one movie all month haha. The same with TV shows — I don’t even know HOW many episodes I’m partway through, but it’s a LOT & I only completed watching a handful. I also read children’s books that gave me some nice nostalgia! And as always, I did indeed listen to a lot of history podcasts, because what kind of month would it be if I didn’t haha?

TV

  1. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: S1 E1
  2. Tasty 101: S1 Ep. 1, 2
  3. What We Do in the Shadows: S1 Ep. 5*, 6, 7, 8

Total: 7 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
  2. If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most*
  3. Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood*
  4. My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore*
  5. Bunnies’ ABC by Garth Williams*
  6. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell*
  7. Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney

Total: 7 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Despicable Me 2*

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 
  2. Finley & the Chaos Crew: Episodes 1 & 2
  3. Frog of the Week: African Clawed Frog, White’s Tree Frog, Desert Rain Frog, African Bullfrog, Dancing Frog, Indian Bullfrog
  4. Georgie Romaro is Done For: S2 E1
  5. Lore: Episodes 145, 146
  6. Macabre London: London’s Most Haunted House, Cholera & Courage, What Lies Beneath
  7. Noble Blood: Ever Dearest Cousin Nicky, Until We Meet Again, What Eye has Wept for George IV?
  8. Sawbones: Episodes: C-Sections, Vaccines
  9. The Soft-Boiled Detective: Birth Astride of a Grave
  10. Stuff You Missed in History Class by How Stuff Works: How Did Meriwether Lewis Die, Did Genghis Khan really kill 1,748,000 people in one hour?, The Elizabeth Bathory Episode: Was a Hungarian countess the world’s most prolific serial killer?, Fact or Fiction: Is D. B. Cooper still alive?, Ergot & the Salem Witch Trials, The Cursed Tomb of King Tut, What was in Peter the Great’s Cabinet of Curiosities?, How the First Olympics Worked, What was the Christmas Truce?, Why Was Davy Crockett king of the wild frontier?, Did Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned?, Why did England & Spain fight over an ear?, Why was tax evasion the only thing pinned on Al Capone?, What’s Mutual Assured Destruction?, How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Wall Work, How the Berlin Wall Worked
  11. Unobscured: S1 E3, E4, E5

Total: 62 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: January 2022

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in January 2022!

I finally got my phone storage situation figured out so I now have access to Spotify again! This meant I was able to not only listen to podcasts again, but also I was able to download Hulu so I could watch more shows & movies as well! I streamed again for the first time in nearly a year as well (which also meant playing a video game for the first time in MONTHS heh ^^; ) Also, I am once more extremely interested in history podcasts & shows haha. It was a weird month for me filled with a lot of stress at times, so I didn’t always take time to take care of myself & consume media.

TV

  1. Soul Eater: Episode 1

Total: 1 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Shannon Watters

Total: 1 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle*
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76
  2. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Episode 9, 10, 11
  3. Lore: Episodes 141, 142, 143, 144
  4. Noble Blood: The Desperate Young King Charles II, The Butcher Baronet
  5. Vulgar History: Caroline of Brunswick

Total: 28 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: December 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in December 2021!

December was a busy month for me, so I didn’t get to consume a lot of media. I also didn’t have the Spotify app on my phone for most of the month due to phone storage reasons, so I listened to FAR less podcasts than normal, but I read a few more books than average including some amazing graphic novels like Nimona, which I’ve never read before but ended up adoring! 🙂

TV

  1. Absolute History: The Poisonous Horrors of the Victorian Kitchen, Why Were Victorian Children Killed by Their Toys?
  2. Biographics: Nero: Rome’s Antichrist
  3. The People Profiles: Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh 
  4. Puppet History: Stealing the World’s Most Expensive Necklace
  5. What We Do in the Shadows: S1 Ep. 5*

Total: 6 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Boys Run the Riot: Book 1 by Keito Gaku
  2. Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh
  3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Total: 3 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Polar Express*
  2. In Search of History – Meriwether Lewis: S*icide or Murder? (History Channel)

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Episode 7, 8
  2. Lore: Episodes 139, 140
  3. Sawbones: Episodes: Teething, Corpse Theft & the Resurrection Men, Breastfeeding

Total: 7 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: September 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in September 2021!

This month, I listened to more podcasts than last month, including some new ones I’ve never listened to before!

TV

  1. Another Morning in Aelmere: Q&A, Session 7
  2. Clocked In: Session 1, 2, 3
  3. Yacht Rock: Episode 1

Total: 6 Episode

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. School of Rock
  2. John Wick

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
  2. Across the Veil – Demonic Possession, Tsukomogami, Tales of the Clurichan, Dangerous Games 1
  3. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Ep 3, 4, 5, Dust Ep. Setup
  4. Frog of the Week: Beelzebufo, Moor Frog, Malayan Horned Frog, Litoria Mira, Archey’s Frog
  5. Giants of History: Pablo Picasso: Su*cide in Paris – A Blue Story
  6. The History of Rome: 158 – An Imperial Su*cide
  7. Less is Morgue – S1 Ep. 1, 2
  8. Lore: Episodes 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126
  9. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 10
  10. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 6

Total: 55 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. I Want to Feel Chaotic – EP by Bears in Trees
  2. Tresspassing by Adam Lambert
  3. Montero by Lil Nas X

Total: 3 Albums

GAMES

  1. Little Nightmares

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: JUNE 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in June 2021!

Looking back on this month, I barely watched or read anything, but I did listen to a pretty lot of podcasts so that’s a win! I bought a lot of new games this month so hopefully I can add some new ones to the list!! 🙂

TV

  1. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 4

Total: 1 Episode

BOOKS

  1. Weslandia by Paul Fleischman*

Total: 1 Book

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Commitment 1, 2, 3, 4
  2. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 21
  3. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes S2 Ep. 1
  4. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
  5. Lore: Episodes 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92
  6. Purrcast: Ep. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
  7. Sawbones: Episodes: Fertility, Self-Surgery, Headaches, Mr. Reich’s Sexbox, Alcoholism, Hangovers, Royal Rife, Menstruation, Leprosy, The Father of Homeopathy
  8. Schmanners: The King of Dudes, Pregnancy (LIVE), Hand Gestures
  9. Serial Killers: Carl Panzram Part 2, The Confession Killer Parts 1 & 2, The Smotherer Parts 1 & 2, The Best Parts 1 & 2, The Sunset Strip Killer Parts 1 & 2, The Murder Factory Parts 1 & 2
  10. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 8
  11. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 154, 155, 156, 157, 158

Total: 67 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*
  3. Dig Dug*

Total: 3 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: DECEMBER 2020

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in December 2020!

Wow, I actually watched some movies this month haha. I watched way more TV than I did the previous month, didn’t read any books, but I FINALLY got Spotify for the first time (& I love it so far!) so I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts & music because it’s made that so much easier! Pretty sure this is the most podcasts I’ve ever listened to in a month~

TV

  1. Brian David Gilbert Unraveled: “I Wasted 3 Weeks of My Life Finding Castlevania’s Hottest Monster”, “Smash Bros Owes Millions of Dollars in OSHA Violations”, “Understanding Kingdom Hearts (& Every Other Story)”, “The Perfect PokeRap”, “We Made All 78 Breath of the Wild Recipes in One Day”, “Calculate Your Pet’s HP With My 100% Legitimate Formula”, “I Used the Sims to Perfect My Apartment”
  2. BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural: S1. EP 3, 4, 5, 6
  3. New Scooby Doo Mysteries: S1 EP. 1
  4. Ouran High School Host Club: S1 EP. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  5. Steven Universe: S3: EP. 3, 4
  6. Transformers: Prime S2: EP. 7
  7. The Try Guys: Without a Recipe: “Pie”, “Cake”, “Cheesecake”
  8. Worth It: “$5 Fried Chicken Sandwich Vs. $20 Fried Chicken Sandwich”, “Australia Marathon”

Total: 27 Episodes

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Minions Holiday Special
  2. Rosaline
  3. Love, Simon
  4. A Charlie Brown Christmas*
  5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas*
  6. How to Not Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File
  7. McElroys Candlenights 2020
  8. The Polar Express*
  9. Ice Age: The Meltdown

Total: 9 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil – The Fresno Nightcrawlers, The Grunch of New Orleans, The Bukit Timah Monkey Man, The Hauntings of General Wayne Inn, The Pontianak, The Baobhan Sith, The Last Witch of Scotland, The Bell Witch, Halloween Horrors & Samhain Spookies
  2. The Adventure Zone: Episodes 62, 63, 64
  3. A OK: 2
  4. BirdNote: Alexander Archipelago, Yogi Berra’s Wit & Wisdom, An Annual Trek to a Lek, Acorn Woodpecker, Tony Angell Reflects on Nature, White-Browned Coucal, Call of the Sage-Grouse, Here Come the Merlins
  5. Critical Role: Vox Machina Ep. (1)
  6. Cults: Sect of Nacozari Parts 1 & 2,
  7. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
  8. Georgie Romaro is Done For: (11)
  9. The Great American Scream: 41 – Slenderman
  10. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes 8, 9
  11. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 13
  12. Know it All: Is Love Blind, What’s on the Kids Menu, Can Humans Be Trained Like Animals, Tiger King (EDIT APRIL 2021: The day I listened to the last episode is the day I googled the host & it was the first I had heard about their racism/scandal. I listed this episodes here because I did listen to them, but I will not be listening to any other content from this host in the future.)
  13. Less is Morgue – Ep. 101, 102, 103, 104
  14. Light Hearts Podcast – EPs. Opening the Door With Tal, Evan, & Caroline
  15. Lore: Episodes 18, 19, 20
  16. MBMBAM: Episodes 5, 6
  17. Midnight Margaritas: 2: Hestia
  18. The Queer Thesperience: Jason Larock, Kevin R. Free
  19. Sawbones: Episodes: Trepanation, Mercury, 
  20. Schmanners: Office Etiquette
  21. Serial Killers: The Giggling Granny Parts 1 & 2, The Casanova Killer Parts 1 & 2, The Grim Sleeper Parts 1 & 2
  22. Serial Killing: A Podcast: (xxx)
  23. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 2
  24. The Spooky Sapphic Storyteller: 8, 9, 10, 11
  25. Strange Heartland: Ep. 2 – Blood Road
  26. Titular Characters: Issue #9 – Murder Mystery Theater & the Trans Experience, Queer Media with Casper Oliver
  27. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117

Total: 72 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. VELVET by Adam Lambert
  2. The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
  3. Flamboyant by Dorian Electra*
  4. Can’t Buy a Thrill by Steely Dan*
  5. Meet the Beatles by The Beatles* 
  6. Loner by Missio
  7. My Agenda by Dorian Electra
  8. This Christmas by 98 Degrees*
  9. War Babies by Hall & Oates*
  10. Can’t Buy a Thrill by Steely Dan*
  11. Love, Love, Love by Jess Penner

Total: 11 Albums

GAMES

  1. Dig Dug* (ongoing)
  2. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Total: 2 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: OCTOBER 2020

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in October 2020!

I finally read The Great Gatsby for the first time haha & I got to listen to A LOT of podcasts! 🙂

TV

  1. Transformers: Prime S2: EP. 3, 4, 5
  2. Steven Universe: S2 EP. 21, 22, S3: EP. 1
  3. Drunk History: S1: EP. 1
  4. BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural: S1. EP 1, 2
  5. Over the Garden Wall: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Total: 20 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter*

Total: 2 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. RED 2*
  2. Halloweentown*

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes 49, 50, 51
  2. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100
  3. Schmanners: Episodes 9, 10, 11, 12
  4. Serial Killing: A Podcast: Peter Kurten
  5. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  6. Sawbones: Episodes: Horseshoe Crabs 
  7. The Queer Thesperience: HappiTV
    (I design the promotional graphics for this podcast so….you should totally check this podcast out haha)
  8. Cults: Episodes 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
  9. Serial Killers: (3)
  10. Lore: Episodes 12. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  11. MBMBAM: Episodes 3, 4
  12. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes 4, 5
    (I ALSO design the promotional graphics for this podcast & read the end credits so….you should also check out this one lol)
  13. Critical Role: Vox Machina Ep. (1)
  14. Georgie Romaro is Done For: Ep. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  15. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  16. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 1
  17. Strange Heartland: Ep. “Home Sweet Home”, “Mary Bell: 10 Year Old Serial Killer”

Total: 69 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Dig Dug (ongoing)

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS BLOG IS GONNA BE FUN AGAIN

Padli Pradana  Hey! I know it’s been MONTHS (specifically, like four months LOL) since I’ve published a post here. But I have got a KEWL announcement to make about the direction I’m hopefully going to follow through with here!

So with this blog, long story short, I’m trying to make it more fun again! I got trapped for a while in an obsession with being a flashy entrepreneur & then I got trapped in another phase where I was obsessed with being a smooth-talking personal development guru tbh (now I’m like WTF about that, but at the time it was important to me!). I wanted to only publish polished articles filled with advice & shit that other folks could find useful so I could be a “success” & follow in the footsteps of people I happened to idolize at the time.

At least for now…not really into those things & the disillusion of them anymore! I feel like if I were to continue going down that path & trying to be all smooth & professional & monetizable & milquetoast & polished & calculated & (*cough* *cough* boring) would make me feel ridiculously fake & it’s totally not who I am anymore, so I am stopping that…

In exchange for trying to pretend to be something I’m not, I’m going to bring back “when blogging was fun”. I miss the ‘good old days’ when I was a teenager & blogged on Tumblr & other blogs & shared my art & shared things I liked & just had FUN with blogging, ya know??? Also like filling out questionnaires, & the type of thing I enjoy doing currently on Instagram & Facebook.

I just wanna be an artist & an actor & a writer (& anything else creative that sparks my fancy) & share weird & wonderful & queer stuff with the world.

So yeah. This blog is changing BIG TIME so get ready for it to be fun again. I wanna capture that feeling of being a teen & having a blog, just with my mental health being better than when I was actually a teen.

It’s gonna be a BLAST.

 

MAY 2019 IN REVIEW

OVERVIEW: Published 1 book, 2 new songs, 2 comedy videos, saw 1 concert, ate at 2 new restaurants, read 10 books, got a new pet Corydoras catfish, & went on a day road trip to St. Augustine with my family!

CREATIVITY & BUSINESS

CONCERTS

  • Saw David Crosby & Friends at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL!

FOODS

  • TOP 3 FOODS: Garlic aioli, pico de gallo, & sparkling water.
  • Went to Burger King for the first time since I was a kid! Got a Burger King Crown. Ate a cheeseburger, some fries, & a slice of Hershey’s pie that comes in a little pie-shaped box!
  • Went to Ford’s Garage for the first time & got the Ahi Tuna Poke Stack with Diced Avocados & Fried Won Ton Chips! I loved the Sinclair dinosaur sign they had in the bathroom.
  • Got really good ice cream at Sweet Frog!
  • THINGS I ATE FOR THE FIRST TIME:
    1. A sour orange!
    2. Got a Cosmic Coolata & a Cosmic Donut at Dunkin’!
    3. Got this good dragonfruit smoothie mix from the freezer section at Walmart & made really good smoothie bowls with it!
    4. A mini chocolate bundt cake from Walmart
    5. Juniors Caramels
    6. Wavy salted Pringles
    7. Got a McFlurry with M & M’s at McDonalds for the first time!
    8. Went to Twistee Treat for the first time! Got a medium fancy waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles & chocolate dip & pistachio ice cream. It was amazing!
    9. My/Mo Cookies ‘N Cream mochi ice cream
    10. A salted caramel cookie crunch Flurricane from Wawa
    11. A international brand of Papaya yogurt I can’t remember the name of the brand
    12. Kraft garlic aioli (I WAS OBSESSED WITH THIS)
    13. Talenti salted caramel truffle layered gelato
    14. Pico de gallo
    15. Pico de gallo over chicarrones
    16. Cherry Bubly water
    17. Orange Vanilla & Chocolate Lighthouse Fudge from the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
    18. Mango Bubly water
    19. Sweet tamarind candy
    20. Proyo Cookies N’ Cream frozen yogurt.
    21. Jimmy Dean egg, sausage, & cheese breakfast bowl.
    22. A gummy hotdog.
  • Helped my dad make beef jerky for the first time! It came out good.

MEDIA

  • STARTED READING: (* means a re-read; everything else is new to me) Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith, Mysterious Encounters: Unicorns by Elizabeth Silverthorne, Nature’s Children: Sloths by Josh Gregory, Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone*, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LLoyd, 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sara Thornton, The Ecotraveler’s Wildlife Guide: Costa Rica by Les Beletsky, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster*, Feel the Hidden Flowers by Ashlee Craft*, The Circus Age: Life Under the Big Top by Janet M. Davis. Total: 10
  • FINISHED READING: (* means a re-read; everything else is new to me) Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith, Mysterious Encounters: Unicorns by Elizabeth Silverthorne, Nature’s Children: Sloths by Josh Gregory, Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone*, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LLoyd, 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sara Thornton, The Ecotraveler’s Wildlife Guide: Costa Rica by Les Beletsky, Tips & Traps for Negotiating Real Estate by Robert Irwin. Total: 8
  • WATCHED: (episodes in parenthesis for shows; all others are films. * means re-watches; all others are things I’ve never seen). The Dirt, The Mighty Boosh (Call of the Yeti, The Priest & The Beast) Total: 3
  • ALBUMS I LISTENED TO: (*First time listening to this album!) Smooth Jazz Greatest Hits (Multiple Artists)*, Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits (Dave Brubeck)*, Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan), Abandoned Luncheonette (Daryl Hall & John Oates), Sheer Heart Attack (Queen), Can’t Buy a Thrill (Steely Dan), Some Girls (The Rolling Stones)*, Sheer Heart Attack (Queen), Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)*, Out of Step (Minor Threat), The Very Best of Todd Rundgren (Todd Rundgren)*, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (Bob Dylan)*, The Runaways (The Runaways)*, The Earth of Not a Cold Dead Place (Explosions in the Sky) Total: 14

PETS

  • Got a new pet Corydoras Catfish named Bean for my aquarium to be friends with my other corydoras!
  • My leopard gecko, Squiggles, let me pick him up for the first time ever!
  • My Pac-Man Frog, Frogecoin actually turned his head to look up at me while I was feeding him & it was adorable.

PERSONAL

  • Hung up my adorable “Kittens Screaming with Joy” card up on the wall of my room.
  • Built a banker box for the first time (I’m going to use them to organize magazines & papers).
  • Made this cool stained glass bee out of this kit I got at the store!
  • Downloaded the Freeosk app for the first time! It is cool. I got a mini pack of caramel M & M’s.
  • Changed the wiper blades on my Kia Soul for the first time!
  • Used an amazing Renuzit in my room for the first time! It was rose, fresh cut grass, & lavender scented!
  • Convinced my mom to give powdered laundry soap a try & she loves it now!

THINGS I PURCHASED

  • Bought some cool books at the library! Got a book about hidden animals, an iSpy book (!!!!!), & the Gail Gibbons bat book which I freaking LOVE & had just read a borrowed copy & was hoping to find one to buy someday!!!!! (Especially the illustration of the tube-nosed fruit bat had me almost sobbing).
  • Bought a toucan-shaped salt/pepper shaker!
  • Got 2 new Beanie Baby owls that I didn’t have!
  • Bought a pink alligator sculpture with plastic succulents on its back! It is really cool & cute.
  • Got a new iPhone – an iPhone 6 – because I broke the screen on my last one & was tired of looking at the broken screen & dealing with its crappy battery life because I’d had the previous one for several years.
  • Bought a colorful stegosaurus.
  • Bought a metal flamingo wall hanging at Walmart.
  • Bought 2 adorable magnets with photos of flamingos on them!

TRAVEL & EXPERIENCES

  • Went on a day vacation with my mom & sister in St. Augustine! I’d been there before as part of my Epic Florida Road trip, so it was fun to share some of the things I saw the first time around with my family so they could enjoy them too, as well as see some great new things I didn’t have a chance to see on my first visit!
  • We visited:
    • Fort Mantanzas park (& got to visit the island with the fort on it, which I didn’t get to do last time!)
    • The Castillo de San Marco
    • Catherdral Basilica of St. Augustine (which had really beautiful stained glass!)
    • The Old City Gates
    • The St. Augustine Lighthouse
    • St. Augustine Beach
    • Saw the famous water mill!
    • Saw the oldest schoolhouse in America!
    • Walked through a lot of Downtown St. Augustine
    • Saw a roadside dinosaur in Citra, FL
  • Finished booking all my tours & other tickets I need for Costa Rica!
  • Went to the Epperson Lagoon for the first time, which is a huge “lagoon” swimming pool!

APRIL: AN EPIC MONTH IN REVIEW

12019 / Pixabay

OVERVIEW: Published 3 books, released a new song, released another comedy video, had something I created published in one of my favorite magazines (which was also the first time something I created appeared in any magazine at all!), saw 4 different musicians in concert, finished reading 15 books, bought a really awesome shark kite, went blueberry picking for the first time, got my first passport, saw a meteor randomly for the first time in my adult life, & much more.

 

CREATIVITY & BUSINESS

  • BOOKS: Published 3 books (EPIC FLORIDA ROAD TRIP: THE PHOTO ALBUMS – DAY 1: Myakka River State Park, Sanibel Island, & Naples, Learning Colors with Cute Llamas, Alive & Thriving)
  • MUSIC: Released 1 new song (“I’m Goin’ Out to Be Free“, from my album “Down Past the Fountains”)
  • Something I created was published in a magazine for the first time ever! The magazine was Friday Magazine, one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES, & this super-fun tutorial of mine is what I created for it! You can find my tutorial in Issue 3 of Friday Magazine!
  • Filmed & released another comedy video – What Happens When Sandhill Cranes Cross the Road?
  • Wrote 19 poems.
  • Went on a mini road trip in my local area & took almost all the rest of my photos for the local film photography book I am working on! Really excited, as this is something I’ve been putting off for pretty close to a year now & I HAVE FINALLY DONE IT! Saw a bonus roadside dinosaur that I had never seen before too while driving through a neighborhood, so I was really excited because I LOVE roadside dinosaurs.
  • Began writing several new books.
  • Released KIDS CLOTHES on SHOP Ashlee Craft for the first time ever!
  • Created 100+ new subcategories on SHOP Ashlee Craft to hold some amazing upcoming products that’ll be released soon!
  • Applied for more acting jobs.
  • Listed my domain, “www.coffeeandsucculents.com” for sale on GoDaddy’s auction site, so if anyone is interested in buying it, go ahead & make an offer on it!
  • Contacted someone about vending at an awesome local art event!

CONCERTS

  • Saw Jackson Browne in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.
  • Saw KISS in concert at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL on their farewell tour & it was absolutely AMAZING.
  • Saw The Temptations in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.
  • Saw The Four Tops in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.

FOODS

  • Went to Culver’s for the first time! Got a chocolate concrete mixer with M&M’s & raspberries added to it as my toppings & also tried their fried cheese curds. One of the staff there taught me about the difference between custard & ice cream!
  • Ate in the Sam’s Club Food Court for the first time! Got a soft pretzel & it was really good.
  • Got something from the Wawa food counter for the first time! Got a veggie sub with garlic aioli & mayo chup plus roasted red peppers & it was SO GOOD. Also, garlic aioli is like my favorite thing ever.
  • Got a Wawa doughnut for the first time too! It had sprinkles on it.
  • Ate Salt & Vinegar pork rinds for the first time!
  • Ate a Peep Donut from Dunkin Donuts for the first time!!!
  • Finally bought the peanut butter & jelly that comes in the same container together for the first time in probably a decade & a half (aka, the first time in my adult life)
  • Tried Lays Electric Sea Salt Lime potato chips for the first time!
  • Tried Walmart brand regular jelly beans for the first time.
  • Ate Pillsbury bunny face Easter cookies for the first time.
  • Tried Cookie Crisp cereal for the first time.
  • My dad made a really great blueberry cheesecake cobbler with puff pastry & it was so amazing.
  • Ate a strawberry cheesecake Chobani yogurt flip for the first time.
  • Ate raspberry chocolate Milano cookies from Pepperidge Farm for the first time.
  • Ate cotton candy Peeps marshmallows for the first time.
  • Ate High Road Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for the first time!
  • Got Trix cereal for the first time in my adult life.
  • Ate neon gummy lifesavers for the first time!
  • Bought Walmart brand cheese whiz for the first time & really liked it!
  • Drank Tropicana Orange Mango juice for the first time!
  • Ate a pistachio tahini bar for the first time!
  • Ate blue raspberry Peep marshmallows for the first time!
  • Had a Saffron Road Green Curry Chicken microwave meal for the first time!
  • Drank Promised Land chocolate milk for the first time in a long time!
  • Ate Sam’s Club cinnamon rolls for the first time!
  • Got some good samples at Sam’s Club too – a chocolate strawberry & citrus salmon!
  • My sister gave me a chocolate egg with a DOUGHNUT SHOPKIN inside!!!
  • Ate cheese Sun Chip crisps for the first time!
  • Drank Great American blackberry sparkling water for the first time.
  • Ate birthday cake Cookie Crisp cereal for the first time.
  • Ate “chicken dipping sauce” for the first time & loved it!
  • Tried hazelnut spread M & M’s for the first time!
  • Drank Apple Bubly Water for the first time!
  • Ate Winn-Dixie pizza for the first time.
  • Ate a Saffron Road Mango Thai Chicken Bowl microwave meal for the first time!
  • Ate nacho flavored pea puffs for the first time!
  • Ate part of the Palmers rainbow sprinkle Easter white chocolate rabbit for the first time!

MEDIA

  • STARTED READING: (* means a re-read; everything else is new to me). The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocolypse Suite (Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba), 29 Gifts (Cami Walker), The Millionaire Mind (Thomas J. Stanley), May Cause Miracles (Gabrielle Bernstein), The Good Neighbor: The Life & Work of Fred Rogers (Maxwell King), National Geograhic Kids: Bees (Laura Marsh), National Geograhic Kids: Bees (Laura Marsh)*, Wicca (Scott Cunningham), Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice (Brene Brown), Gratitude Daily (Nataly Korgan), The Millionaire Mind (Thomas J. Stanley)*, Hello, Universe (Erin Entrada Kelly), Bats (Gail Gibbons), See it in Spanish, Say it in Spanish (Margarita Madrigal). TOTAL: 14
  • FINISHED READING: (* means a re-read; everything else is new to me) The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocolypse Suite (Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba), 29 Gifts (Cami Walker), The Millionaire Mind (Thomas J. Stanley), May Cause Miracles (Gabrielle Bernstein), The Good Neighbor: The Life & Work of Fred Rogers (Maxwell King), National Geograhic Kids: Bees (Laura Marsh), National Geograhic Kids: Bees (Laura Marsh)*, Wicca (Scott Cunningham), Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice (Brene Brown), Gratitude Daily (Nataly Korgan), The Millionaire Mind (Thomas J. Stanley)*, Hello, Universe (Erin Entrada Kelly), Bats (Gail Gibbons), Born Standing Up (Steve Martin), Your Best Year Ever (Michael Hyatt). Total: 15
  • WATCHED: (episodes in parenthesis for shows; all others are films. * means re-watches; all others are things I’ve never seen). Monty Python & the Holy Grail*, The Incredibles 2, It Takes Two, The Unicorn Store, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone*, Pretty in Pink, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (Mashed Potato Utopia), The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town*, Barbie: Life in the Dream House (Perf Pool Party & Trapped in the Dream House), August Rush* Total: 10
  • ALBUMS I LISTENED TO: (*First time listening to this album!). Emotions (Carly Rae Repsen)*, Tommy (The Who)*, Aqualung (Jethro Tull)*, War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates), War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates), War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates), War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates), Can’t Buy a Thrill (Steely Dan), War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates), War Babies (Daryl Hall & John Oates) Total: 10
  • Began my project of reading Newberry Medal books again!
  • My favorite song this month is “If it Feels Good, Do It” by Ian Lloyd & The Stories.
  • WATCHED THE TAYLOR SWIFT & BRENDAN URIE “ME” VIDEO FOR THE FIRST TIME & IT IS EVERYTHING. I seriously love the song & the uber-magical video SO MUCH.

PETS

  • Sparky thought my sister threw his sheep onto the roof because she threw it onto the porch at the exact moment that a bird flew over the roof, so he was very offended trying to find it until my sister showed him it was on the porch. It was absolutely adorable!
  • Sparky wants me to lie on trampoline with him in the mornings in the sunlight, & he will sit on the trampoline & stare at me & keep pretending he wants to come inside until I come out there to see him sometimes.It’s so cute.
  • Found a wooly worm on the sidewalk that was being attacked by ants. I got the ants off of it & put it in a jar with some leaves. The next day, it sadly had died from the ant bites, but at least it hadn’t gotten eaten alive by anything.
  • Found a barely-responsive brown anole lizard on the sidewalk with ants circling around it (yes, in Florida ants are out to kill anything on the sidewalk). I put the lizard in a bin on my back porch where it could get feeling better (& out of reach of homicidal ants) & so I could hopefully release it the next day. Surprisingly, the next day it was responsive & normal again, so I was able to release it into the wild!
  • Molly, my pet Texas Gold Millipede, sadly passed away.

PERSONAL

  • GOT A PASSPORT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!!!
  • Organized my pantry a bit more & threw away some expired food.
  • Cleaned up a lot more of my garage, & in the process found some items I’d been missing since I moved.
  • Sorted my inventory for my business into better-thought-out categories to make it easier to find stuff.
  • Started telling my hairdresser to cut my hair like Audrey Hepburn & I love how it looks!
  • Had some great revelations about taking mini vacations throughout the year, & what those places might be!
  • Taught my mom how to crochet!
  • Had a very nice visit with my grandmother & aunt!
  • Used the “Freeosk” at Sam’s Club, which is the first time I have used a Freeosk?
  • Wore Hard Candy’s dark green mascara for the first time!
  • Cleared more stuff off my computer hard drive!
  • Used the window washer fluid at a gas station for the first.
  • I couldn’t use my car’s AC for a while, so I had to adapt to the Florida heat with things like a necklace fan & having the windows open. It can be fun sometimes to have to come up with interesting solutions to interesting problems.
  • Used Maybelline SnapScara Blue Mascara for the first time & now I use it every day!
  • Made progress on increasing my net worth!

THINGS I PURCHASED

  • BOUGHT A SHARK KITE & IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS EVER.
  • My mom gave me an awesome, adorable lemon-print pouch!
  • BOUGHT A YELLOW PLUSH EASTER RABBIT that was still available after Easter (I had been waiting on the price to go down on this specific one) so I got it!
  • Got a PEEP EASTER BASKET at a garage sale, which is something I saw this Easter season while shopping but didn’t see any for a price I wanted to pay, but since I freaking love Peeps I was so happy to get this one for JUST $0.25!!!
  • Also got a Peep rabbit-shaped sun dancer on clearance!!!
  • Bought an iSpy book, a Small Miracles book, & an Enid Blyton book at the library book sale for a total of just $2!!! I sure do love library book sales.
  • Bought a piranha-shaped Hot Wheels car
  • Bought smiley face scrubbing pads for washing dishes & they are so cute!
  • Bought a cute book about breeds of kittens at the library!
  • Bought flamingo & pineapple shaped reusuable ice cubes.
  • Bought some awesome Gildan shirts at Hobby Lobby in blue, medium blue, teal, orange, & red, which are (a) some of my favorite t-shirts that I wear all the time, (b) SUPER COLORFUL, & (c) just $2 EACH.
  • Bought a lot more awesome colorful beads at the craft store.
  • Got some great new rubber stamps featuring foods & animals mainly!
  • My sister gave me the BEST Easter Eggs ever that had miniature dinosaurs, stickers, & kawaii erasers in them!!!
  • Bought a light-up sign that says “GOOD VIBES” from TJ Maxx.
  • Bought a new, shiny, holographic mermaid scale notebook for writing theme motto in each morning.
  • Bought a copy of the “Crayola Epic Book of Awesome” coloring book on clearance & it is so adorable!
  • Got some really great Easter rabbits on clearance! Got a lemon flavored one, a caramel one, & two white chocolate with sprinkles in the chocolate ones!

TRAVEL & EXPERIENCES

  • WENT BLUEBERRY PICKING FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!! Went with my Mom & sister to Bob’s Blueberry Farm in Hudson, FL & had such a great time!
  • SAW A METEOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE as I was walking out to my car after work one evening. The timing of the Universe was perfect, as if I would have been walking out even a few seconds sooner or later, I wouldn’t have seen it. It was SO BEAUTIFUL & one of the best natural phenomena that I have seen!  (pleased with myself too for spelling “phenomena” correctly on first try).
  • On Easter morning, went out with my mom & flew my new shark kite in the field & it was SO MUCH FUN & such a lovely experience.
  • Went to the Pasco County Earth Day event at Crew’s Lake Park. Got to see owls there & a cool alligator! Petted some cute rescue dogs including this super cute pit bull mix that snuggled her head against my leg & I just wanted to bring her home <3
  • Also went blueberry picking at the same farm a second
  • Saw “performance painter” David Garibaldi as the opening act for KISS at the Amalie Arena & he was amazing!
  • Saw a glorious dog, a big black & white Great Dane with its gigantic ears flapping around as it stuck its head out the car window on the highway. It looked so happy.
  • Excited to see a Twistee Treat ice-cream-shaped building with its roof lit up at night with small, beautiful, colorful lights.
  • Saw a GORGEOUS sunset from the Courtney Campbell Causeway as I drove on it in the afternoon. The sun glowed, burning neon orange, above the horizon & it was so radiant.