Geeking By in March

Just Geeking by in March

Umm…. where the hell did March go?! It feels like I just finished February’s geeking by post, and I almost didn’t realise this one was due out. Woops! It really doesn’t feel like I did much at all for most of this month and then bam, The Sci Fi Weekender convention (22nd – 25th) was suddenly upon us. Since I’m dedicating a whole post to that experience that might mean this monthly update is a bit on the wee side of things. ((Image from Public Domain Images.))

 

All Clear

Let’s start with what has been the elephant in the room for me for a while now; my chest x-ray came back perfectly clear. Yep, nothing at all. I literally blurted out ‘really?!’ at my doctor because I was so sure I’d seen something in the x-ray and because I had been feeling that rotten. Fast forward a few weeks and I’m weaning myself off my migraine medication and lo and behold, I start to feel better. Apparently the one I was on did wonders for my migraines and then I had the massive infection at the start of year and it triggered a nasty side effect. I’ve now stopped it completely and about to start the 2 weeks of 0 medication before starting a new one. My doctor has also referred me to a headache specialist, which considering I’ve had migraines since I was 17 and have never seen one, sounds like a good plan.

I’m also stopping one of my main medications to swap to a new one. I’m on a high dose, it’s not working as well as it used to and it’s an old medication so my doctor recommended changing it. It’s a scary process, however, I’m at that stage of my health conditions where it is just about fine tuning my medications. Now’s the best time to do it as I have plans later on in the year.

 

Blogging

With each month that goes past I feel like I’m getting more organised and in control again with my blog. There’s a slow and gentle increase in activity from my end of things and I’m happy with the progress I’m making. I’d hoped to start a new blog series this month, and eventually I realised I was not going to get to it this month. That wasn’t a big deal, it’s something I could easily shift to the next month. Next month I’m hoping to just continue as I am and not over do it.

 

To Azeroth!

The last few months I’ve been talking about how Chris and I have been playing Divinity 2, this month it took a back seat as Chris got back into World of Warcraft and has been playing catch up. He now has all 110 characters, and I’ve been helping him complete the Broken Shore and Argus campaigns one by one. It’s so much fun and also so hard watching him play through all the class hall campaigns and mount quests because I am sooo bad at keeping my mouth shut about spoilers. I don’t do it maliciously! I just get overly excited or forget and let something slip /facepalm. We are big WoW nerds so we talk about the lore a lot, and there’s just so much lore and stuff to discuss from the class quests.

We also got a fantastic surprise this week – Battle for Azeroth ALPHA invites! We’ve had beta invites before, however, these are our first alpha ones and I’m sooo excited! Realistically I know I don’t have the energy to stream or video, so I’ll be posting stuff on my blog instead. So if you’re interested keep an eye out! We’ll be playing through the horde storylines as we play Alliance main and want to keep that side of things a surprise for when the game goes live. We’ll be taking a small peek at Alliance side, such as exploring zones but we’ll be avoiding quests and storylines. There will, of course, be loads of screenshots.

 

Diving back into comics

I finally broke my reading hiatus! Last year I read through (most of) the DC New 52 comics. If you don’t know much about comics, especially the big guns like DC and Marvel, there tends to be different lines that usually act as a relaunch of the universe and character storylines. So the New 52 was a useful place for a newbie like me to start, and I read most of the big story arcs. I tried to read some of the smaller ones, and succeeded for a bit until my enthusiasm tailed off and I got distracted by something else. I’d been putting off starting the new line, Rebirth, which would take me up to date rather than playing catch up because I felt completionist guilt. That lasted until this month 😛

I finished off (aka caught up to current issues) Wonder Woman first; when I first started reading DC I’d accidentally read her Rebirth arc first, got thoroughly confused and popped back to the New 52 line. That meant I didn’t have much of her left to read, so I quickly headed into the Bat family starting with the man himself, moving onto Detective Comics, Nightwing, Batwoman and Batgirl. I’m now onto Red Hood and the Outlaws.

I also popped my head out of DC to read the new World of Warcraft chronicle which was really interesting, exciting and actually personal for me because the lore has finally caught up to in game events. It was great fun and really made everything come together and feel epic. It’s hard to put into words, I guess the best way to describe it would be to say that it made it feel like we’d been a part of something bigger and not just playing a game. That sounds silly, however, WoW has become as much about the community spirit as it has the game and for me the Chronicle solidified that.

 

Time to Weigh In

Ironic subtitle since I haven’t actually weighed myself yet. I needed to pick up some new clothes before we went to the convention and had a big shock when I saw myself in a full length mirror for the first time. Holy crap I’ve put on so much weight. I mean, I knew I had put some on. I just didn’t realise how much. I wasn’t happy, and thankfully I was buying clothes in Yours Clothing which is a plus sized clothing chain in the UK which helps women feel comfortable with their size. I was at least able to buy clothes that made me feel better about it. Now that my chest problems are sorted out I need to get my health and weight sorted out. I loved the keto diet I went on; it worked amazingly well and I know that works best for my body now, which is great. Problem is I have zero energy to prepare and cook all those fabulously tasty and healthy meals. So I’m heading for the protein milkshakes to replace my breakfast and lunch, and starting gentle exercise. Doing so will help my energy levels and help combat the fatigue so I can get back onto the keto diet.

 

Telly Catch Up Time

I did spend most of the month on my Silent Witness binge, and then I went to a sci fi convention and came back wanting to watch alllll the shows. I’ve only caught up with Hawaii 5-0 so far. I watch a whole bunch of crime tv shows, so there’s all those to catch up on, as well as some sci fi/fantasy ones (including comic based). You can see what I’m currently watching by checking out (or following me!) on Trakt.tv, a site that lets you ‘check in’ and track tv shows and movies.

Hawaii 5-0 was an interesting one to start with because there were some major cast changes. Two of the main cast left at the end of last season due to a contract dispute (which to be honest, I agree with them and their reasons, but of course I’m sad to see them go). Both of their characters have been written out as off doing their own thing, which means there’s some new recruits Tani and Juni and Eddie the dog. Yes, I am completely and utterly in love with that dog. I am so glad he stuck around rather than being a one episode wonder as happens in so many crime tv shows. I’m missing the old guys, yet I do love the new ones especially Tani. Danny refers to her as a “female you” to Steve in the first episode and yep, she is! She’s totally holding her own against the guys and the older team members, while still showing vulnerability and youth. Lou has taken her under his wing, and it’s great to see them bonding. I’m also super happy to see Adam is now a cast regular. I always liked him as a character and an actor, but honestly, it really did just feel like he was always in Kono’s shadow. Now he’s finally not just Kono’s love interest and has a chance to shine.

I’m only up to the mid-season finale (as I probably will be with all my shows as I catch up), so I’m really curious to see what happens next. They really did leave that on a big question.

 

Over to You

Apparently I had more to say than I realised! How was your March? Personally April for me usually sucks, so I’m not looking forward to this month at all. Anything excited planned this month? Let me know in the comments!

My 5 Favourite Fictional Mothers [5 Fandom Friday]

This week’s prompt was for retro video games, but sadly, I didn’t really play video games back when they could be considered retro. So I’ve gone back a few years and picked one I could answer; mothers! This one still took a while for me to get into, and I really need to read/watch more stuff that has actual mothers in it. I went through a mental list of most recent books read and every time it was ‘mother dead/MIA’. I also didn’t want to fall back on old favourites that I’ve mentioned before in other ways (Leia, Padme from Star Wars for example).

 

Favourite Mother - Keladry's Mother

Ilane of Mindelan

Kel’s Mother

What I love about Kel’s mother Ilane is that she’s a fighter and a noble lady. In the world of Tamora Pierce’s Tortal series Kel is the first lady knight to come along after the infamous Lioness, Alanna. It was a big step for Tortal, let alone Kel and her family, and while Ilane wasn’t originally sold on the idea of her daughter becoming a Knight – not because it wasn’t something girls did, but because she wasn’t certain her daughter was choosing what was best for her. Once she knew Kel had truly chosen what she wanted to do, Ilane supported her daughter whole heartedly. She’s forthright, and a fighter in her own right, instilling respect and love in her children. When she heard that her daughter in law had insulted Kel, Ilane made sure that she learned her lesson. She is respected by a foreign nation not because her husband is the diplomat, but because she fought to save something sacred to them. ((Image Source – Tamora Pierce Wiki))

 

 

Favourite Mothers - McGarrett

Doris McGarett

Steve’s Mum

I’m going to have to put this one under a spoiler tag because it’s near impossible to talk about this character, let alone do her justice, without giving away spoilers of Hawaii 5-0. ((Image Source – Springfield TV Screencaps))

[spoiler title=’Read more…’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]Doris isn’t really what anyone would call a good mother. She faked her own death when Steve and his sister were just kids, and Steve only found out she was alive by basically being nosey and figuring stuff out on his own. Would she have ever popped back up if he hadn’t? Probably not. Yet Doris is one of my favourite mothers. In short; she’s a total badass. She may suck at being a mother, and doing motherly things, but she loves her kids and would do anything for them. She did. She made the ultimate sacrifice and removed herself from their lives when she realised she couldn’t do the good mummy routine. She’s the type of person that has to make the hard choices, and she does. Add to her sarcastic and witty attitude, and banter with her son, and you can guarantee that an episode with her will be great fun.[/spoiler]

 

 

Favourite Mothers - Catherine

Catherine Bordey

Camille’s Mother

This is probably one of the few examples where a main character has left the show (Death in Paradise) and their mother has remained a regular cast member. From the first time we met Catherine I was blown away by how savy, down to earth and caring she was to everyone she meets. If you get on her bad side you’ll regret it, but if she likes you and you respect her than she’s always there for you. I love the newest development to her character in the last season and think that she will do a fantastic job in her new role. ((Image Source – Red Planet Productions))

 

Favourite Mother - Molly Weasley

Molly Weasley

The Weasleys’ Mother

I’ve talked about my love for Molly and the Weasleys before, so it’s not really a surprise to find her on this list. Despite having such a large family, Molly has so much love that it spreads to both Harry and Hermione. Hermione will later become her legal daughter in law, but while the Trio are kids, Molly makes them all feel like they’re part of one big family. Molly isn’t a push over though, as we see when she sends Ron a Howler and, of course, at the Battle of Hogwarts when she protects her daughter. She’s a fighter and a lover, because some things – like family – you fight for with everything you got and this is something that she teaches to all her children. ((Image Source – Pottermore))

 

 

Favourite Mother - MiraxMirax Terrik Horn

Valin and Jysella’s Mother

It was hard for me to pick a mother from the Star Wars universe, not because they’re so few but because they are so many. I wanted to choose one of the lesser known mothers from Legends, and in the end Mirax won. Mirax essentially had three children; her two kids and her Jedi/Rogue Squadron pilot husband, Corran. She was also the only one with no Force powers, and marrying into the Corellian Jedi traditions. Thankfully as the daughter of the infamous smuggler Booster Terrik, Mirax is more than capable of looking after herself and giving it as good as she gets. When her children end up in deep trouble, with the entire Galaxy pretty much gunning for them, Mirax will do whatever she has to to protect them.  ((Image Source – Star Wars Wiki))

Are you familar with any of these mothers? Who are your favourites?

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