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July’s J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Loot Crate: Defence Against the Dark Arts

  • Piertotum Locomotor Bookends
  • Severus Snap wand pen
  • Dumbledore’s Army journal
  • Counter Curse shirt
  • Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring Pin

They must be listening to my suggestions in the surveys because YAY! They sent a journal and a cool pen. Those seem like must have items for a box themed around Harry Potter.

It is also fortuitous that I got some bookends. I’ve been needing some but could never quite find ones that suited me. And they have some weight to them; they are not cheap plastic ones (which I will break…) so they will likely be able to stand up to those huge (pretentious) classic literature books I keep around because I’m an English geek.

The design of the t-shirt reminds me of Bioshock in art style. Fine be me, those games are amazing. I have noticed the fabric of the shirts; they are very soft and comfortable. A lot of shirts can be stiff but these are comfortable enough to sleep in.

As for the pin, I think it will go amazingly well with the scarves I’ve gotten from previous crates. I love how the stuff I’m getting is slowly building a nerdy wardrobe. Those scarves, the dress and purse, all the jewelry I’m getting from Kal-Elle, and all of it even fit for me to wear to work! I absolutely love it.

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July Loot Crate: Animation

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  • Rick figure flipping the bird
  • Bob’s Burger’s pin
  • Slurm can cozies from Futurama
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt
  • Bob’s Burgers Burgher of the day recipes

I don’t have a photo of it (mostly because I usually don’t care about the box) but this month came with a nifty display side for the burger recipes.

On that note; THIS BOX CAME WITH RECIPES! 😀 I only recently got into Bob’s Burgers (I was watching it while I was in the hospital) so I think that’s a super cool item. Not as cool as that shirt because I’m a shameless nostalgic fangirl for the original TMNT cartoon.

As for the Rick figure… Is it bad that I expected WORSE than just a middle finger behind that huge red bar? I thought he’d be dual wielding dildos or something. From what little I’ve seen of the show; flipping someone off is the LEAST Rick has done. It’s a nice figure and reminded me that I do need to give that series another try but only after I’m done with Bob’s Burgers and Black Mirror.

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Lenni Reviews: “Don’t Be Cruel” vol 5 by Yonezou Nekota

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

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

Maya and Nemugasa have grown since the first volume and now are at the point in their relationship where they even wear couples rings. But Maya is getting some interesting networking contacts and Nemugasa finds himself getting jealous. At the same time, Shimakawa, who knew Maya as a child, sees an opportunity to make a move on Nemugasa behind Maya’s back.

Our main pair is a cute couple trying to figure out how their relationship is going now that they’re in college and if you forget how they started out, they are a couple you root for and want to see happy. The art is soft and flowy and I have to admit they toned down the sex scenes as compared to the first volume. It’s still explicit but more time is spent about their thoughts and search for jobs than boning. It’s still an ok series, though! 3.7 out of 5.

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Finally Watched It: Handmaid’s Tale Season One

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In a dystopian future, any fertile woman is trained to be a handmaid and bear children for the upper classes of America.

Before anyone asks, yes I have read the book. And like the book, this pissed me off more than I thought it would.

The show is good. I like the way the story is told by showing you the present and then how our characters came to be where they are. The acting is top notch; basically all the stuff the critics have been saying is spot on so it’s hard to find new things to talk about.

For me, I had a special connection to the music. I think the songs chosen are a great mix of genres and fit with the show. I can see myself buying the soundtrack.

I do have to say though, this is not something I think I can re-watch. What you’re seeing is so rage inducing or heart breaking; I don’t want to watch it more than once despite binging the season like an addict and immediately running to the internet after to find information about the next season. I love it but I hate it.

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Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Ghoul” vol 12 by Sui Ishida

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With cafe Anteiku in the Investigator’s cross-hairs, it’s all out war as Ken and his friends fight for their lives. Added in is some backstory on Investigator Juzo; a kid treated like a toy and a lab rat before being picked up by the Investigator organization.

A good chunk of this volume is the calm before the storm set up to show how much the players have to lose and tug at your heartstrings since a lot of them will likely die. With that kind of set up, I expected a lot more casualties in this installment. But the battle is left on a cliffhanger. Of course it’s no shock Ken is down to protect Anteiku and his friends.

Somehow, I bet Rize will get involved in this before the dust settles. A lot of time has been spent establishing her existence so it would be foolish to have that plot thread dangle with nothing to show for it. What we see here is awesome and what’s next is sure to be great. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ajin: Demi Human” vol 9 by Gamon Sakurai

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Sato’s killing spree continues as the assault on this supposedly high security building and Kei’s plan falter. It seems Sato will follow through with eliminating everyone on his kill list despite all opposition.

I gotta hand it to this series. All the powers these demi-humans possess are explored to every potential use, in a lot of ways I never would have thought of. This makes Sato really terrifying. He just has no fucks to give but his endgame seems a little sloppy. I mean, starting a war where it would just end up giving more demi-humans a chance to use their powers against him and for humans to eventually neutralize them? I think he’s just out to cause chaos at this point and I say this because (spoilers a bit here) when his ally, Tanaka, saves a woman on Sato’s kill list and tells him “It’s wrong to kill her. Don’t do it.” Sato just goes “Okay!” and moves on. Why would he do that? Why all of a sudden just capitulate to some random change of heart from a person who he could – and would –  turn on at any moment?

At any rate, epic battle with a good conclusion. I’m looking forward to the next one. 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Angel Fever” by May Ridge

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

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

Malachi is the most talented male angel healer in a generation but despite his inflated ego about his talents, one thing still bothers him. Mal is an orphan and he’s on the search for his mother. He returns to his childhood orphanage and the current priest working there, Tobias, tells him that despite it not being exactly within the rules, he will let Mal look at his records. However, it seems this mother’s name is missing. As they dig deeper, Mal and Tobias discover a dark secret hidden among the priests which will put both their lives in danger.

The whole thing could have been an interesting longer book but as a short story; it feels rushed. If given more time, the world could have had more time to build and thusly would have been better understood. The relationship between Mal and Tobias would have had more time to develop so they have real chemistry instead of just a line drop about how they’ve been working together for two months. A concept with potential but not enough room to grow, I give this a 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Happiness” vol 4 by Shuzo Oshimi

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Makoto and Yuuki meet up with Nora but Nora is only interested in helping Makoto. Newly turned and unstable, Yuuki hides with his girlfriend, Nao. Yukiko is determined to find and help them but Makoto remains with Nora to try and help her regain her humanity.

Nora and Yukiko are my favorites so far. Nora isn’t totally brooding as there is this innocence about her that’s really genuine. At the same time, she’s tough and brutally decisive. Yukiko just wants to do the right thing and cure Makoto so she can get her friend back. I’m concerned about her fate as Yuuki is destroying everything around him so it’s only a matter of time before he gets to her.

I am glad I picked up this series. Oshimi is the main reason I bought this because I loved the Flowers of Evil series and this series keeps to that trippy, otherworldliness from its predecessor. I am really enjoying this. 4 out of 5.

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Finally Watched It: “Class”

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I’m a fan of Dr. Who so obviously, this spinoff piqued my interest. Centering around a group of high school students dealing with some very Whovian misadventures, this series is fun to watch, well written, and decently acted. I like the characters and the stories are fun but there’s something about it that makes it cool but not as cool as Dr. Who.

Speaking as a fan, I say give this show a shot since I am glad I watched it. For me, I felt it was a better use of my time to wait till a few episodes had passed and watch a few all at once while I was working out or something. I didn’t feel that driving NEED to plunk down for the premiere of each one as it airs. Would I be down for a second season? Absolutely. I can see real potential in this show.

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Running Update: Wierd Body… Things…

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If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I did my first run since my surgery. Interestingly enough, this hasn’t been happening (as far as I know) until after the lovely drama I was stupid enough to put myself through so I felt the need to throw up a post about it.

Also, I cannot stress this enough… I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IN ANY WAY AND THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THE GODS; GO TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE REAL CONCERNS!!!!!

This used to happen a lot back when I was a teenager and LOVED gym and I was taking karate. I would get these little… Bubble… THINGS. They would pop up in my cleavage and under my breasts; basically between whatever skin was smashed together with the most powerful sports bra I could find. Come to find out through some searching that they are called water blisters.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m bothering to post about this if I found the answer, right? Well, the articles and forum discussions I kept finding mentioned tanning as part of what could be causing the damage and from the areas where this is happening, this is NOT the case. I don’t tan. I don’t have time to tan and certainly don’t have the time or the flexibility to tan where I’m getting these things.

…Ok MAYBE the flexibility but that’s none of your business… 😉

Obviously, if I’m on the treadmill INSIDE with a t-shirt, sun is not a factor. I get these from pure heat and friction and no, they don’t hurt me in the slightest. The articles say they hurt or burn and I haven’t noticed either. All I have is that creepy feeling of “WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS ON MY SKIN?!!” I feel the need to fill in these sort of knowledge gaps with my own experience so in case someone out there is having the same problem and happens upon this blog; perhaps it will help them, too.

As for how I deal with them? Well… I kinda just leave them alone. I don’t go out of my way to pop them or baby them with blister pads or anything like that. I go about my normal day and they go away on their own. Mine tend to be very tiny; if I didn’t happen upon them post workout; I wouldn’t even know they were there. Unlike the mondo blood blisters I got on my feet when I did my first virtual race, if I don’t see them, I have no clue they exist. I haven’t the slightest clue how to prevent these; since the advice on the links I found kept referencing the sun; which is not a factor. So far, leaving them be is the way to go for now.

If I learn anything else, I will ABSOLUTELY post it. I am NOT a doctor; I am just speaking to my own experience in the blind hope it may help someone one day. And although the all caps warning is up there, seriously go to the doctor if this is something that’s really bothering you. If you read this blog regularly or click on the link about my surgery, I can tell you from personal experience that it does not pay to tough it out and deal on your own. You wanna have a dermatologist check you out? Just DO it and don’t you dare feel silly or weak for doing so.

Now that the rant is over with, I’m gonna count all my blessings that I am still alive and I’m here to blab about silly things like boobie blisters. People talk about being grateful to be alive and… Every minute I am so glad to be here and posting about running, and books, and librarian nonsense… And gay and lesbian porn. That’s obviously the most important.

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