April Marvel Box: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

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  • Star-Lord Patch
  • Gamora Pin
  • Secret Empire #0 Variant Edition
  • GOTG vol 2 Pop Shirt
  • Rocket Raccoon with a Baby Groot Pop Figure
  • Dorbz Ridez Star-Lord with the Milano

I’ve been getting some awesome shirts in these boxes. The pins and patches are cool and the figures are really nice but I’m a sucker for these shirts (even though they’re in the stylized Pop art). I have the feeling my kid is gonna end up stealing those figures…

This crate was certainly worth the price in terms of content. Those Pop figures ain’t cheap. I do like how I’m always pleasantly surprised by what Marvel sends me.

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April Loot Crate: Investigate

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  • Stranger Things t-shirt
  • Tape Recorder pin
  • X-Files pencils (with sharpener)
  • Jessica Jones Q-Fig
  • Batman Color Changing Mug

Is it bad that I stopped caring at the shirt? Because I stopped caring at the shirt. šŸ˜„ They could have sent JUST THAT, and the crate would have been a win.

As a total geek, I am down for old school pencils. And they are printed with sayings from the show; such as ‘I want to believe’ and ‘The Truth is Out There.’ And MAJOR props for not assuming customers had a pencil sharpener. I do, since in the rare instances I do draw, I use sketch pencils and colored pencils. These are a tiny but appreciated detail since I’m a fan of the show.

The mug changes to have Joker graffitiĀ in the sky and the Batman signal light. Very awesome.

As for the Q-Fig, I like the fact Jessica isn’t just posed. She’s kicking a brick wall down. Much more dynamic to look at.

Oh, and the box turns into a suitcase… I never manage to do anything with the changing boxes. I give them to my kid to do.

Final thoughts? STRANGER THINGS SHIRT!!! šŸ˜€

Ok, fangirling over.

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April 2017 Birchbox

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This box reminded me that I need to start wearing makeup regularly again. I don’t wake up early enough half the time. I have all this great stuff and it’s just sitting around. I do like the idea of makeup removal wipes as a faster solution for cleaning off my face after work but before my workouts. Since I’m getting more and more interested in running, I do have concerns about the makeup getting into my pores once I start sweating.

As for the blowout spray, I’ll bever use it since I use a flat iron instead. Same goes for the texturizing spray. Due to my hair type, using products to make my hair bigger is the exact opposite of what I need to happen. šŸ˜„ I prefer smoothing and frizz control.

This was a 50/50 sort of box where I wasn’t as impressed as I feel I could have been. But they can’t all be diamonds so I’m not gonna complain too much.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yona of the Dawn” vol 4 by Mizuho Kusanagi

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Now joined by the White Dragon, Gija,Ā Yona and her friends go in search of the next Legendary Dragon Warrior; The Blue Dragon.

The story of the Blue Dragon and how he’s so feared does tug at your heart but Yona continues to be just a joy to read. I’m glad she remains determined, positive, and kind. Where once she was a spoilt brat, she how gets up in the middle of the night to practiceĀ her archery so she’s not a burden or a liability. Yona is written to be the type of person to attract powerful people so I do wonder how long that positivity will last when it’s time for her and her friends to retake her kingdom. Her quest isn’t likely to end up with a flurryĀ of diplomatic missions; she’s gonna have to fight and possibly kill. I’d like her to stay sweet and kind but it’s not in the cards unless some really contrived circumstances take place.

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Post Run Blues…

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I’m off this week for Spring Break and since the Zombies Run Virtual 5k on Saturday, I’ve been pumped to train for the next one!

Except I can’t.

It’s strange that I’ve not only embraced running as a part of my life but miss the hell out of it. I may be overweight but I really enjoy being active. I took my training very seriously and now I find myself in the place where the blood blister I managed to get is healing, but still uncomfortably squishy… Just doing chores around the house isn’t fun. I tried to take a regular walk on the treadmill and it was uncomfortable.

It’s taking all my will not to just pop the thing and go running again. I love being active! I love the movement, the speed, challenging myself… Being laid up for something so tiny is the absolute WORST. There are people with REAL injuries who can’t train like they want and I’m held back by a fucking squishy bubble? It’s not right…

I may not be running but, I have kept up with my ab challenges, doing weights, and moving around as much as I comfortably can. Of all the things to lay me up, I thought it’d be my shitty knees.

Alright, I’ll stop grumbling now. It’s annoying but not the WORST. I just hope I don’t end up having to play catch up with I run the next 5k I signed up for

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Well, cross that off my bucket list!

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I actually did it!! This past Saturday, I completed the Zombies Run Virtual 5k! It felt AMAZING to finish that race but, I have to say, the one thing I didn’t prepare for was a terrible blister. On race day, I wore different socks than usual and in the end, my time was slower than in all my practice runs.

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I am, however, very happy to say I completed the race and I didn’t get heckled once during the whole thing.

Where do I go from here? Well, I keep training! I signed up for two more virtual races in May and I am actually really excited for these. Maybe once I get 5k to be easier for me, I’ll aim for the 10k races. But for that, I will have to be able to run faster. With all the stuff I have to do in a day, taking two hours out to run daily is just not feasible. I follow runners on Instagram who run twice as fast as I do. I try to take that as motivation and not feel inferior to them (they have been training longer and are half my size). Since I’m on a mission to also finish all my unfinished writing projects that I started, speed is going to be my next goal.

I hope someone reads this and gets motivated, too!

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Lenni Reviews: “Tartarus” by Eric Andrews-Katz

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

The Titan,Ā Echidna, has escaped from her underworld prison and vows vengeance on the Olympians who put her there. But the power of the old gods now resides in their descendants. TwinsĀ Adrian and Annelise have been unaware of their godly lineage untilĀ Echidna attacks them and an artist named Zack reveals himself to be another descendant of the gods. They must defeatĀ Echidna before she destroys them and takes back the world under her rule.

While an interesting concept, the beginning felt so slow, I had trouble getting into it. I also had issues believing these characters were in their late 40’s. The way they speak, you would think they were in their late 20’s or early 30’s. And this applies to all three of our main characters. If you want a believable set of older characters, Deadlight Jack is a perfect example. When I am reminded of their age in this book, they all seem terribly immature.

The best parts of this book for me were how the mythology is intertwined with real life. I have always been a huge fan of Greek Mythology so seeing the legends brought to life was cool. As for the romance elements, they are an afterthought. Zack and Adrian have this love/hate relationship with these random moments of intimacy as if to say “B.T. Dubz, they’re in love now.”

All in all, it was cool to see the mythic creatures and characters again but the rest is oddly framed. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Better with Bacon” by Matthew Lang

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+

*This review is cross-posted at Otakus and Geeks.

David, Patrick, and Li Ling have been a trio for years; with Patrick and Li Ling dating since high school. Two weeks before Valentine’s Day, Li Ling dumps Patrick and ends up in David’s bed. But Li Ling calls the next morning and she’s pregnant. Assuming Patrick will go back to her, David takes a job assignment out of town to drown his sorrows in work and random hookups. Will these friends turned lovers come together or is all hope lost?

What’s great about this book is having a collection of decent people. It is such a trope to have randomly bitchy or manipulative people in order to make the main characters look even better but here, the characters act SO rational, I almost didn’t believe it at times. I think I have gotten too used to massive irrationality in my love stories…

It’s also great to see a more multicultural cast. More stories need more non-white characters.

Now, I will freely admit I requested this title to review because, bacon. Bacon is amazing. So, my biggest gripe is that bacon wasn’t shamelessly crammed into the plot as much as possible. But that’s just because I’m silly. Other than that, my only other gripe is how some characters are too rational in some areas and not rational enough in others. David runs off without talking to Patrick AT ALL. He could have waited 10-20 minutes but then again, the rest of the book wouldn’t have happened.

All in all, this was a cute read! I enjoyed it and give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly Box: Mario!

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  • Super Mario necklace
  • Yoshi earrings
  • Star ear cuff
  • Two coasters
  • Super Mario notepad
  • Super Mario magnet
  • 4 x 6 art print
  • Super Mario lip balm
  • Ghost ring

All of this stuff is super cute. It makes me wish I was MORE into Mario but it’s more of a passing interest for me. That doesn’t mean I won’t be wearing or using this stuff (except for the lip balm and that’s only because I personally don’t enjoy lip balm that’s food flavored). I love that I finally got some stationary! I’m honestly surprised I don’t get more of that in any of the boxes I subscribe to.

I should see if my old Nintendo works…

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Lenni Reviews: “Devils’ Line” vol 5 by Ryo Hanada

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Anzai is able to get Tsukasa safely back to Bar Sakaki. But with all the devil activity lately, the R2PC (Redeyeā€™s Rights Protection Committee) has decided to meet up; including people from the Obihiro National Laboratory Orphanage. The conference meets to discuss the intricaciesĀ of human/devil relationships. We also get to know more about Johannes’ life in captivity as a child.

The crux of this volume seems to be getting Tsukasa and Anzai to bone without Anzai losing control of his bloodlust. That’s it. Yeah, we meet Anzai’s mother, we see Anzai’s father, and we get some plot moving forward. But you can tell that the biggest deal is our main couple having sex.

Yay for them?

And the training they have to do is to make out while being monitored. Oookay…

Anzai does end up on suspension because he went after Tsukasa without clearance from his team. We’ll see how well that works out in the next volume.

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