Yes, I am back! Tell a friend! (sorry/not sorry for the cheesy riff on the Eminem song!)

I’ve been a bit AWOL because I lost my domain for a few days last week. Well, now that was just annoying. I intended to come back and get caught up as soon as it was up and running again, but then I got caught up in this:

(Cue “two trailer park girls go round the outside, round the outside, round the outside…”)
(okay, I promise I’m done this time! But see what I did here? Trailers?)

And? It. was. AMAZING. I have never read the book, but I had seen the original movie sometime as a child (I would stay up late on Friday nights to watch all the B&W horror films, creature features, and whatever other creepy shows I could watch after hours), but I didn’t remember anything about it. This wasn’t at all what I had expected, but the cinematography alone makes it worth the watch.

Then I got caught up in this:

And this was also simply amazing in a totally different way! I loved everything about this show, from the food to the crafts to the clothing and makeup to the dialogue to Dita Von Teese, but especially loved the set. That kitchen was Mid-Century perfection with all the vintage Pyrex, vintage pastel appliances, and the formica dinette set. But there were SPIDERWEB details on the kitchen cabinets, y’all! A Facebook friend described this as “Martha Stewart meets Morticia Addams”, and I think that’s right on the nose. If this sounds like something you’d like, then you should definitely be watching! My only complaint is that there were only six episodes.

Next, I binged this:

It’s your garden-variety paranormal show, except each episode is twenty-four minutes long. But since I haven’t been able to watch Paranormal Witness or The Dead Files in a really long time, this works really well for me.

And then this:

I’m really behind on this one, but am glad I watched it. I’m a huge fan of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and while the books were written by the same author, the two series are as different as can be. Both had themes of gut-wrenching female oppression, though, and both were phenomenal, in my opinion.

And lastly, I watched this:

This was a fantasy/horror film told from a child’s point of view that just kept popping up in my suggestions until I literally pushed play. And honestly, if I had known beforehand that it was told from a child’s point of view, I wouldn’t have even bothered. But I am so glad I did, though, because this is easily the best movie I’ve watched in quite some time. Low on gore, high on thought and intelligence, and even humor. Gorgeous cinematography. Riveting story (though it could also easily be considered an old trope, it’s told in a compelling way). Like The Haunting of Hill House, this isn’t going to be the film for you if you want to be scared. But it’s more like a creepy fairy tale and is certainly entertaining.

Aside from spending literally almost every minute of downtime I had in the past week bingeing on spooky tv (okay, I started Hill House and Curious Creations before my little outage, but still…), I’ve also been working hard to get my Etsy shop back up and running.

It’s still not back up and running, but I have spent hours going through photographs and moving them into conveniently accessible folders. That means I’ve discovered that some of the photos I need will have to be re-taken (ugh), and it looks like all my descriptions that I worked on for who knows how long will have to be re-written if they’re not on a jump drive somewhere from my old computer. I had a goal of re-opening the shop in November and I will meet that goal for sure. It just probably won’t be with as many listings as I had intended at first.

Anyway, I’ll be making the rounds and getting caught up on my reading, and this week I’ll be back with Music Monday, Rocktoberfest, and Writer’s Workshop, barring any unforeseen technical difficulties, illnesses, or other catastrophes that might interfere with regular posting and visiting.

Guess who’s back? Back again?
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