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J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate

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  • MACUSA desk supply set
  • Honeydukes eraser set
  • Harry Potter’s wand pen
  • Ravenclaw scarf
  • Slazar Slytherin’s locket pin

I honestly feel like these guys are listening to me when I always say to put stationary items in the crates. How awesome is it to put an office memo on Magical Congress stationary!? And have awesome pens and erasers? I love getting things I can actually USE rather than have figures and dolls all vying for space in my house. Collectables are nice but having them EVERYWHERE is clutter and there are only so many t-shirts I can wear.

Even though I probably shouldn’t spare the expense, I found this crate to be worth the money! I love what I’m getting.

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Recovery/Running Update

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Lately, I’ve been crushing my times but it took a LOT to get there. Lately, I’ve been able to hold a good speed for almost 10 minutes! Not bad for someone who hated running a year ago.

One of the big things I’ve learned is how to rest and how to push myself when I need to. It’s actually kinda cool to post my workouts on Instagram and see people tell me I’m doing great.

All my stitches are all gone and I’ve healed enough that I can resume ab workouts. I haven’t been good about cross-training so I am very relieved about that.

The only thing still lingering is even if I am in pain, I absolutely refuse painkillers. I won’t take Advil, I won’t take Tylenol, I don’t take anything. The thought of it freaks me out! So as I’m training for the Tunnel to Towers run this month, I just let my body tell me when to stop and when I can push for just one more minute.

I should have been doing that in the first place but, lesson learned.

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Lenni Reviews: “Tea Dragon Society” by Katie O’Neil

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks

When she finds an injured tea dragon in the marketplace, young Greta – who is a blacksmith’s apprentice – returns the magical creature to its owner and learns the nearly forgotten art of crafting tea from the delicate leaves growing from the tea dragon’s bodies.

I found this to be the most refreshing fantasy comic I have read in a long time. The story Greta through 4 seasons as she meets Minette; a seer who has lost her memory, Hesekiel; one of the last remaining tea masters, and his partner Erik; a former adventurer who is now a paraplegic.

There are no grand adventures, no epic battles; just a little girl who finds a dragon and makes some friends. A delightfully progressive slice of life story with simple and beautiful art, about the only thing I can legitimately complain about is there isn’t enough of this. If this was a webcomic or a series, I would be reading it all the time. It’s very rare for me to find something so lighthearted yet well done and I find it perfect. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Pathogen” by Jessica L. Webb

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

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

In this second entry into the Kate Morrison Mystery Series, Dr. Morrison is tapped to solve a mystery surrounding a deadly viral outbreak in a rich little town called Hidden Valley. Working with her girlfriend; Sargent Andy Wyles, Kate scrambles to simultaneously treat her patients, find out how to stop the virus, deal with demanding rich people, and navigate her new relationship with Andy.

This is not the type of book I usually pick up as medical thrillers just aren’t my thing but this time I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I found the collection of smart, capable people to be a relief. There are ill meaning characters and a pretty annoying bully but nobody working to solve this problem is grossly incompetent. Sometimes a stupid character will be used for plot purposes but not here.

Andy and Kate are a true power couple; quick thinking, intuitive, and well-developed but I do feel I would have needed to read the first book to get the full impact of what happens between them. This is especially evident in the ending (which I will not spoil) where the combined events and stresses of both books impact the ending. And as this is an LGBT novel, there is a little smut but the soul of this book is the medical mystery. It may not be my usual fare but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Devils’ Line” vol 7 by Ryo Hanada

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Anzai and his group collect Zero Eleven into their group and all of them seem to have suspicions about their Ishimaru’s real loyalties now that he’s the new leader. But, they keep going with their raids on the CCC. However, the CCC is one step ahead of them.

Watching this group in action despite how the CCC always ups them is amazing. Anzai and Ishimaru kick major ass when they need to. There needs to be more of that and less of the lingering glances between Tsukasa and Anzai. And Zero Eleven is annoying but I think her character is designed to be annoying. When the plot is moving, this series is good. 3 out of 5.

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August Loot Crate: “Kingdoms”

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  • Link classic shirt
  • Adventure Time Nice King and Gunter figure
  • Lord of the Rings color changing glass
  • shield pin
  • Ent and hobbits art print

It took me WAY too long to realize the shirt had the picture in the actual shape of Link in that shot of the level in the game. I am convinced I’m going senile at an early age.

My favorite items are from Lord of the Rings. I already picked a spot in my office for the print and I can see sipping some nice cold wine out of the glass. The Nice King is very cute, but I haven’t taken the plunge to watch Aventure Time yet so it’s not having as much of an impact on me as it should. I will get around to it though!

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Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Ghoul” vol 16

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Ken’s faceoff with Kisho Arima – the undefeated ghoul investigator – and the one eyed ghoul cuts a bloody swath through the other CCG fighters.

This was a strange ending which I will do my best not to spoil. The battle is bloody and exciting but I didn’t feel I got closure with a lot of the plot threads. Theyju st got left dangling as if more story is on the way but this is the final volume. I’m left with this feeling of needing more and an overall meh. This series was ok but the ending feels too rushed. I’m disappointed. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Lighter Than My Shadow” by Katie Green

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers

In this graphic memoir, Katie Green takes a look back on her relationship with food and body image from early childhood through college as she battles with anorexia and binge eating.

I LOVE graphic memoirs when they are done right. The combined ability of art and the written word can impact you on a much deeper level than either one on its own. Lighter Than My Shadow is now among my favorites.

This book is not an easy read. Green is shamelessly honest in her depiction of the disorder and the toll it takes not only on the afflicted but on their friends and family. It’s heartbreaking to see this young girl’s self-esteem take hit after hit until her own mind circles the drain of all those negative thoughts. As dealing with depression is similar, I can empathize with her.

At times the narrative can get repetitive but if you remind yourself this is a person relapsing and not a fictional character, it’s forgivable. There is always a forward momentum, though. I admire the author’s courage and if you can read such things without getting triggered (SPOILER: I will have to insert a trigger warning for rape as well as the eating disorder), I highly suggest giving this book a try. 4.5 out of 5.

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Kal Elle Monthly: “Sherlock”

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I’m not big into Sherlock but this stuff is pretty cool! This box contains:

  • Socks
  • “You’re my Watson” “You’re my Sherlock” key chains
  • Sherlock necklace
  • Sherlock earrings
  • Magnet
  • car decal
  • 4×6 art print
  • 221 B bracelet

I may not be a huge fan of the show but I am a big literature geek so I LOVE this collection of things. And it’s pretty clever how they have the Sherlock element in an actual element square. Nice pun. I’m a little shocked there wasn’t a decoder ring or something like that but I am betting those are a bitch and a half to make and would likely break pretty quick when worn too often. I like all this stuff, though!

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