The Halfway Update, Including Ragnarok & Stranger Things

Posted November 13, 2017 by Amber in Checking In, Real World / 3 Comments


Hello my beautiful people!  Happy Monday!

November’s already halfway over, and for you Americans like me, we’re just a little over a week until Thanksgiving – ack!  I haven’t even gotten a turkey yet, and we’re still finalizing plans.  I’m a super organized person, but my extended family isn’t, so I’m losing my mind!  But that glorious turkey coma will be worth it in the end.  Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans is one of my top three dinners, so I’m looking forward to it.

Well, I’ve been a busy bumblebee these last two weeks.  Work continues to be crazy but at least with the promise that things will slow down in December, so there’s something to look forward to.  I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I would like, because I’ve been skipping lunch breaks and falling asleep pretty much as soon as I get home.  Not to mention, I haven’t really been home weekends!  But that’s alright, because weekends have been good (except when I’ve been working, which has been bleurgh, adulting.)

Here are the really exciting and important things that have happened in the world of Amber so far this month!

My niece turned six!

Well, actually, that’s not true.  Her birthday was October 21st, but they threw her party last weekend.  She shares the day with her cousin and it’s at my sister-in-law’s sister’s house.  For the record, I LOVE this house.  I love the quantity and size of the rooms, their big deck, swing-on-a-tree, and backyard.  And it’s in one of the “maze” neighborhoods.  It’s a charming home and I want one just like it.

This year it was a bit rainy, but I’m pretty sure my niece still had a good time.  It’s a little weird to be there – my husband and I are (as usual) the only childless/grandchildless attendees.  But we’re there to show Miss Baylee we love her and that’s all that matters.  Besides, I really like my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, my niece and nephew, and the hostess and her husband as well.  She has a sad story a little like mine and now has two amazing kids, and she gives me hope.  Which is important.

The one with the glasses is my niece.  She 100% did not want pictures this year, so I was sneaking with my cell as much as possible.  They grow up and get all dignified and “noooo don’t take pictures of meeee” so fast.  The adorable unicorn headbands are courtesy of my sister-in-law, who is the craft QUEEN and sells adorable things like that, screen-printed t-shirts, and handmade home goods as a side business.  She’s basically a goddess and #lifegoals.

We saw Thor: Ragnarok.

In the past, I’ve not been a big fan of the Thor movies.  They’re dramatic and a little exasperating and frankly I haven’t been very interested.  Ragnarok is MUCH DIFFERENT.

Okay so first of all, it’s delightful and amusing.  Thor is a great character, but his stand alone films have been very “lets get down to business”.  This one had an “oh crap, stuff’s going down” vibe which I loved.  We mix up the cast of characters, so it’s Thor and the Hulk.  Hulk gets some serious screen time doing things other than HULK SMASH!  Which, although we love it, is only one side to the Hulk.

Hulk does a lot of smashing, too, though.  But we learn about his FEELINGS and how often do you get to do that with a big, scary, green anger monster?

My favorite part of the film, however, was Loki.  I’ve never been a ridiculous superfan of Loki.  I have a friend who’s been 6000% on board with him since the moment Tom Hiddleson appeared on screen.  I’ve never DISLIKED him, but his charm never really impressed me.  UNTIL NOW.


Aside from all that goodness (if that wasn’t enough) we’ve got Cate Blanchette rocking the elegant evil that is Hella, references to Tony Stark, a brief cameo by Doctor Strange (still not a fan?) and a smudge of a Black Widow/Avengers 2 flashback moment that will break your heart a little.

Highly recommended, go see this one.  It’s on my top three of Avengers universe films.

Also crazy God of Thunder Thor is OMG YES.

I finished season two of Stranger Things.

I won’t say too much, because Stranger Things is SO RIPE for spoilers.  OMG so much.  But can I just say that I loved it?  These kids have my heart 100%.

I thought the plot was really well done and I like the choices they made with character directions, for the most part.  I thought that Sadie Sink and Sean Astin were great additions this season.


Every person in this show is incredible.  Every role is so well done.  Here are some of my favorite things this season that aren’t too spoilery:

The Steve and Dustin dynamic.

Nancy and Jonathan’s side-quest.


But seriously everything about Will this season was amazing.  THAT BOY’S ACTING.

Joyce going into Beast Mode (always).

Bob being a hero <3 .

Hopper dancing to “Don’t Mess Around With Jim.”


Wasn’t a HUGE fan last season, now I’m on #TeamSteve (as a character, not really shipping him and Nancy).

The final scene in the series was just AWWW.  Every aspect.

So basically I don’t know what I’m going to do until next October-ish when season 3 airs but I am still LOVING this show and I just couldn’t believe how much everyone STEPPED IT UP on season two.  Season one was gold; season two is platinum.

I also went to Rhode Island Comic Con.

I was going to include RICC in this post, but I’ve decided to make it a post of its own.  It’ll be scheduled this Saturday, but I have a lot of things that I want to say about the convention, especially as an introvert with some social anxiety… I just thought it would make a good full post.

I know I’ve skipped the last couple MYOBB posts on Saturdays guys, and I’m sorry.  It seems like a good day to post interesting stuff and I haven’t had much time to write posts.  This and the RICC post will be the first two I’ve written in weeks.  Work is crazy busy, plus family stuff is nuts in November, and I’ve been working weekends on top of everything else.  I’m looking forward to things simmering out a bit near the end of the year so I can really give you some better posts, but MORE IMPORTANTLY read all the amazing stuff y’all’ve been writing.

Much love to you all, and thanks for sticking around and reading!


What have you been up to so far this month?

Are you ALSO watching Stranger Things?

Did you see Thor: Ragnarok?

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