5 Freaky Faves: Scary Shows

5 Freaky Faves: Scary Shows

For the month of October, I am pulling away from my regular 5 Fandom Friday and Saturday Suggestion posts. Every Friday for the month of October I will be presenting my 5 Freaky Faves in honor of Halloween! This week’s 5 Freaky Faves are my favorite binge-worthy scary TV shows!

The Haunting of Hill House

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By far my favorite show on Netflix this month has been The Haunting of Hill House. It’s moody, full of horror aesthetic, and beautiful cinematography that takes you between the past and present. It’s been years since I have been this frightened of a TV show. My husband and I just love it. We binged the first five episodes on our one year anniversary on a whim, and we don’t regret a single minute of it. Even when we had to turn every light on in the house just to get into bed after an episode…

Bates Motel

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Bates Motel takes it’s creepy cues from the movie it was based on and spins a modern prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho tale. Freddie Highmore is in one of his best roles as Norman Bates with Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma. The two have mad chemistry in this chilling psychological horror Netflix drama.

American Horror Story

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You knew American Horror Story would make this list. If you haven’t watching any of the seasons already, this is the time to do it! The first season, affectionately called Murder House by fans, would be a great start to your Halloween week. Try it; you may find yourself binging up to the latest season Netflix has to offer.

Scream: The TV Series

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As a fan of campy horror, I was excited to give this Scream TV series a shot and I have zero regrets. It’s full of that campy horror nostalgia while still being set in present day. While still very much a slasher horror series, the stories are great for those that miss those good old slasher flick days. With two seasons up on Netflix, Scream is perfect to binge this spooky holiday season.

Black Mirror

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Another favorite scary show of mine is Black Mirror. Unfortunately, I find it hard to binge because it leaves me so emotionally drained at the end of most episodes. Haunting and scary may not be what some people would use to describe Black Mirror, but that’s exactly what it is. Incredible stories that last for a single episode will enthrall you, make your heart race, fill your eyes with tears, and leave your knuckles white as you hang on for the wild ride called Black Mirror on Netflix.

What binge-worthy scary TV shows do you like to watch during the month of October? Tell me in the comments!

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Stay-cation Essentials for Introverts

Stay-cation Essentials for Introverts

I will be the first to admit that I forget to take care of my mental health. I go, go, go until I’m all out of energy and have none left to give which is a big no-no for introverts like me. Self love and self care need to become a part of my routine. It’s all about taking time to rest, relax, and recharge. Sometimes that means saying goodbye to friends and family as you shut the door to your home and become unavailable for a weekend.

Say hello to my introverted, geeky stay-cation. Once a month, I will be going on my mini vacation at home for my mental health. It’s a little something for my husband and me to spend time together, but it’s also for me to recharge. Here’s a sample of all the things we have planned and how you can do it too!

Spa Time

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I’m a lucky girl thanks to my husband in so many ways. For my birthday he got me several handmade bath bombs. I’ve only been able to use one since January. I’m looking forward to trying them all out now! This is a great time to decompress and just be by yourself. Light some candles and shut the door. This is for you.

bath bombs // bath pillow or rolled yoga mat // relaxing playlist // favorite book or comic

Movie Night

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Whether it’s an episode of Black Mirror, several episodes of Law & Order: SVU or the latest Marvel/Disney movie, Alec and I always wind up on the couch watching something right after work. It’s one of the ways we decompress after a long work day. What better way to relax on a stay-cation than to plan a movie night complete with all the fixings and the environment of home where you can take off your shoes and pants!

movie // blankets // popcorn // candy // soda // pizza // pajamas

Plan Meals and Cook

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We don’t eat out that often, and it’s a great way for us to save a little money. Plus I usually enjoy cooking. I say usually because I’m a lazy cook. As I’m on a weight loss journey, I try to find recipe blogs that are healthy, low calorie, and easy. These all fit the bill. But when you’re on a stay-cation, you can take the time to cook with your SO and make it fun! Why not try making your own pizzas from scratch or yummy Chinese “take-out?” Grab your grill and make some kebabs or hobo dinners on the grill. Make it match your movie night or create a theme night! Whatever you’ve been craving, find a recipe and make it!

slow cooker // griddle // cookbook

Take Photos

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We take pictures on vacation so why not on a stay-cation? Your home can be just as insta worthy as the beach or a hotel. Some cool photo opportunities might be:

  • bath bomb video
  • bath tub filled with bubbles and surrounded with candles
  • flat lay of your book, bath bombs, and candles
  • screenshot your relaxing playlist
  • flat lay of your pajamas, the movie, and some treats
  • selfie in your pajamas under the blankets with a tub of popcorn between you and your SO
  • the title of the movie as it comes on the screen
  • long table shot of all the goodies you’re partaking in
  • photos of each other cooking in the kitchen
  • shots of the meal being prepared
  • flat lay of the meal
  • selfies of your silly faces before digging in
  • and whatever else you can think of!

hands free shutter control // HD camera lens kit // phone tripod

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Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Ouran High School Host Club

Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Ouran High School Host Club

Looking for a good time with cute boys and laughter? Look no further than Ouran High School Host Club!

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Brief intro: Meet Haruhi Fujioka, a middle-class scholarship student in Ouran High School, an elite school for rich and high ranking students. While looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi unexpectedly stumbles upon the Host Club. Led by Tamaki, the club—whose other members include Kyouya, the Hitachiin twins, Haninozuka “Honey,” and Mori—is where good-looking boys with too much time on their hands entertain the girls of Ouran High School.

In a frantic attempt to get out of the club before being noticed, Haruhi ends up breaking a vase worth eight million yen. Of course this causes quite a bit of noise, and she is noticed by the hosts. Due to her having a deeper voice than other female students, short hair, and androgynous clothing, Haruhi is mistaken as male. Haruhi is then forced into becoming the host’s errand boy to repay her enormous debt. Soon after, she proves to be a natural host and is promoted to full status as a host of the Ouran Host Club. It then becomes clear to the other hosts that something isn’t quite right…

Review: OHSHC will have you laughing, tearing up, and head over heels in love.

In the words of Tamaki, the leader: Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school, Ouran Academy. The Ouran Host Club is where the school’s handsomest boys, with too much time on their hands, entertain young ladies who also have way too much time on their hands. Just think of it as Ouran Academy’s elegant playground for the super rich and beautiful. Thanks for the intro Tamaki (who is also voiced by the same VA that did Fullmetal Alchemist’s Edward Elric).

Let’s meet our hosts! Tamaki: the princely president of the Host Club. Kyouya: the cool vice president of the Host Club. “Honey” Haninozuka:the child-like and cute martial arts champion. Morinozuka: the strong and silent protector of Honey and the Hitachiin twins, Hikaru and Kaoru who are mischievous troublemakers.

Upon meeting Haruhi and pushing her into becoming the club’s errand boy (that is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a host) to pay for the vase she broke, the members of the Host Club have no idea that Haruhi is actually a girl. Haruhi’s mistaken gender doesn’t last long though. The club members quickly come to her aid once the secret is out. They must keep their female clientele fooled as Haruhi fills a gap in the club’s collection of anime male character tropes. Plus she still has to pay them back for that vase.

What we get is a ridiculously huge amount of hilarious circumstances and lots of romance. Bizarre events, characters with gobs of money, and intricate costumes; OHSHC doesn’t hold back. The Host Club is Tamaki’s invention and his week-to-week themes keeps you on your toes. But in the best way. You’ll just have to go with with flow on this one.

The Japanese shoujo tropes are all a part of the fun, too. Don’t feel guilty when picking a favorite. It’s hard not to! The guys are all so easy to like and are even more likable as the anime digs into their past and lets you see who they are behind the tropes they represent during club time. On the surface, the club is superficial and lacks depth. Underneath is a gang of friends who love and care for each other like no one else.

One thing that this anime does well is the play on gender roles and being non-gendered. Obviously Haruhi doesn’t look or dress like a girl and it lets her choose her own identity. Then we meet her dad who has formed himself into a mother AND father figure to help Haruhi. If you’re curious to read more about this, check out Lyn’s post: Disrupting Gender in Ouran High School Host Club.

An anime that promotes identity versus gender and gives us a peek behind the curtain of typical anime tropes is sure to become one of your favorites of all time.

Bottom Line: Don’t let the stereotypical tropes fool you into thinking Ouran High School Host Club is a flop; it deserves to be on your watch list!

Official Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Romance, Comedy, Reverse Harem, Shoujo

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

5FF: Fandoms I’m Thankful For

5FF: Fandoms I’m Thankful For

If you’re participating in The Nerdy Girlie’s 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list courtesy of The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack)!

Thanksgiving is next week, and this prompt couldn’t be more relevant. Going back almost a year ago is one of my first 5FF posts: Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am. This post will hit on this a little bit, but much has changed in a year so get ready for some new fandoms I’m thankful for!

Harry Potter

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The series is over and I’m still obsessed. Halloween? HP marathon. Christmas? HP marathon. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the books anymore as I’m reading them again!

Doctor Who

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I’m not totally caught up yet but I am so excited to see the new Doctor and all of her glory. The Doctor got me through a bad break up and became my favorite hero.

Stranger Things

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The newest fandom to join my list but also a goodie. Anyone else fall hard for these characters and the 80’s aesthetic?

Disney

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One of the things that brought my hubby and I together: the mouse. We are so excited to see Disney World on our honeymoon next year.

Star Wars

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Star Wars was a late fandom favorite for me but for the past three birthdays of mine, I’ve made my way to the theater for Star Wars.

What fandoms are you thankful for?

 

5 Fandom Friday: Things I Love About Fall

5 Fandom Friday: Things I Love About Fall

If you’re participating in The Nerdy Girlie’s 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list courtesy of The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack)!

Pumpkin Cookies, Muffins, and Pie! Oh My!

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Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice lattex, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice smoothies, pumpkin cakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cobbler, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin scones… I can keep going.

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MCFT: Favorite Scary Movies

MCFT: Favorite Scary Movies

The Babadook

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I always highly recommend this thriller to anyone who tells me they love scary movies. It’s intense and scary enough that you’ll have a hard time going down to the basement to do laundry the next day (not that I would know anything about that). It’s currently still on Netflix.

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Spoilers! Yearly Bucket List for Couples

Spoilers! Yearly Bucket List for Couples

If you follow me on FacYearly Bucket List for Couplesebook or Instagram, you already know our fiance visa was approved, and Alec is going to be in the US on October 13, 2017! That’s THREE days away! To say I’m ready is an understatement. I can barely concentrate at work, barely sleep, and barely contain my excitement. We’ve been in a long distance relationship for several years, visiting when we can scrape up the money and get the time off from work, and hoping for the day we can close the distance. And that day is finally here!

We close the distance permanently this Friday! In celebration, we wanted to plan a list of things to do together (but let’s be honest, I’ve had these lists for ages, hoping to do them some day with him). I made this cute yearly list for 4 things to do per month as a couple. Some items are geared towards STL but feel free to insert your city’s zoo or museum! What do you guys think? Would you add anything else to our couples’ bucket list??

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