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KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD - A Review

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When my friend, Tessa, invited me to see this movie, I had heard absolutely nothing about it. I did know the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur, so deductive reasoning led me to the correct assumption that this would be a tale of King Arthur and how he came upon the Excalibur.

First things first, this movie is not what you expect. It has grit, dirt, and most assuredly a complete lack of the prim and properness one is normally used to seeing in these sort of stories.

The element that pulled me in initially was the soundtrack. It had this really dense, deep sound paired with strings and a toughness that I can't quite describe. Honestly, you'd do better just to listen to it yourself. Here. I'll get you started.
I'm used to Guy Ritchie films starting with a bang to grab the attention, but this movie's opening scene had me a little worried about the pacing of the movie. It consisted of an oddly timed slow burn with unexpected gigantic elephants that, after around 10 m…

2017 - Week 17: Zombie Apocalypse Live

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Around a month ago, I told you all that I enjoy first-person shooters a la Mass Effect. They're engrossing, set you up to experience a story firsthand, as if it's happening to you, and you can lose yourself in them quite easily, especially if the aforementioned story is a good one.
Imagine my excitement when an opportunity to actually live out a first-person shooter IRL without all of the dangerous caveats that come with that presented itself!

Zombie Apocalypse Live is what I like to call a haunted house on steroids. The idea is that you show up, tickets in hand, are given a tactical laser gun, and are let loose on a hoard of the undead as you make your way through a series of darkened rooms while zombies hurl themselves at you, screaming and generally attempting to scare the crap out of you.
Generally, haunted houses don't scare me. I am incredibly adept at separating myself from the atmosphere, and my brain is constantly sending me signals of "hey, just so you know,…

2017 - Week 16: MomLady and Popsicle - 35 Years

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My parents' anniversary is on April 17th, and this year - 2017 - marks their 35th year together.

As someone who is surrounded by divorce on literally all sides, MomLady and Popsicle have been the singular good example of true love throughout the years.

No, they're not perfect, and yes, they do disagree with one another on occasion. Hell, I'm sure they go through spells during which they're highly annoyed with one another. And yet they persist, loving each other despite all of these things. They are an excellent example of love, perhaps not in that ooey-gooey, diabetes-inducing sort of way that happens in a relationship's infancy, but in the way that guarantees support and stability, no matter what happens. My parents' relationship is an unwavering example of what marriage should be like, and, should I ever get married, I will strive for nothing less than the example than they have set.

Happy Anniversary, MomLady and Popsicle. Here's to at least 35 more.

Pea…

2017 - Week 15: Another Writing Exercise??

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We've come upon another week, and I'm not sure what to write about, so guess what? We're going to do another writing exercise! You get back to those roots, Stefers, and write like the wind!!!

Side note: did you know that Writer's Digest provides writing prompts? It makes sense, but I never thought of it before. That's where I got today's writing exercise!


Finish This Sentence #5 - You Never Expected a Call from Me

"Hello," said the voice on the phone. "My name is ______________.* I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I've been given your name as someone who can help me _________." (write a story that follows this line)

1,2,3, GO!

"Hello," said the voice on the phone. "My name is Charles Godwin. I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I've been given your name as someone who can help me."

To be honest, I didn't hear a word of what he said. The fog of being woken…

2017 - Week 14: 방탄소년단 (Bangtan Boys)

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My name is Stefers, and I am a whore for kpop and kdramas.

For those of you who are un-indoctrinated, kpop and kdramas are, respectively, music and tv shows (and sometimes movies) from Korea. They're amazing and highly enjoyable, and everyone needs a little of at least one of the two in their lives for a happier existence.

This past weekend, I flew to New York City to see one of my favorite groups - BTS - and I readily admit that I am still hoarse from screaming and generally fangirl-ing like a crazy person.

BTS - also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boy Scouts (I know... the name is ridiculous... but it's kpop and totally makes sense in that realm... just take my word for it, ok?) - debuted back in the summer of 2013, and the immediately stole the hearts of kpop fans across the world. Since then, they've exploded worldwide and even made their way over to mainstream music in the United States (they're attending the Billboard Music Awards this year!!!) which,…

2017 - Week 13: MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA

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A lot of people don't know this about me, but I love gaming. Granted, I'm not what I would deem to be a "gamer," but I do enjoy a good first-person shooter like Half Life, Halo, or - most recently - Mass Effect.

For those of you who are in tune with the world of gaming, I'm sure you most likely know about the release of Mass Effect's newest installment in their franchise: Andromeda.

I've been playing since back in 2007 and am a die-hard Mass Effect fan, even after the last 2 installments. Then again, I am relatively easy to please, so it's difficult to get me off the bandwagon unless you do something utterly and wholly terrible. I won't lie and say that Bioware didn't seem to try its damnedest to push me off from time to time (the ending of the 3rd installment was rough, y'all), but I held on, clinging to the storytelling and intriguing characters and open-world setup.

And so it remains. Was Andromeda awful? No.
Was it amazing? Also no.
W…

2017 - Week 12: Why I Hate Vaping

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I'm not a big complainer. If something is going wrong, in that moment I usually seek resolution rather than focus on the actual thing that's going wrong. Now, pending change is a different story and leaves me quivering in a puddle-like mess in some deep, dark corner, but that's another blog for another time.
This past weekend, Goose and I went with a few friends to a barn dance at a place called The Old School Northwest of Nashville. It was fun, albeit a bit muggy due to the rainy weather that evening. The Old School is a farm-to-table restaurant and, from what I was able to see, is a quality establishment. I've made a mental note to go back there so I can try out their full course listings and such.
The barn dance was located outside in a roofed recreation area that, with the use of some well-laced hay bales and other farm-like decor, had the feeling of a rustic barn. It was quaint, adorable, and all around fun.
As stated previously, the weather was pretty muggy due …

2017 - Week 11: Writing Exercise

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I have no idea what I should write about this week, so I'm going to go back to my roots here on 52 Weeks and do a writing exercise.
I actually miss doing them. Funny, right? After doing one every day for over a year, I was on major burnout, but it has been quite some time since I sat down and did a writing exercise just for the fun of it.

In all honesty, I haven't done a writing exercise in... years. It's really sad, but it's the truth. Perhaps I'll add an additional post here per week because I've been marginally successful in my weekly posts here thus far. I make no guarantees though. We all know what happens when I promise things on this blog.

Today's writing exercise is brought to you by WritingExercises.co.uk. I'll be using their Random First Line Generator for this post, which I actually quite enjoy. Just click the button and boom: you have a prompt! I cheated a bit and clicked until I got a sentence that spoke to me, but I feel like that's ac…

2017 - Week 10: Taken

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Wellp, Flowers done hooked me, it seems.

No, he hasn't kidnapped me, forcing Popsicle to scour the Earth for my captor with the fire of a Colon & Rectal Surgeon scorned (no one wants to see that, trust me). And yes, this is another relationship post. Deal with it. It's what's going on in my life right now, ok?

As someone who was "irrevocably single" as of 3 months ago, I, for one, am flummoxed as to how this has happened. Well, I guess I'm not completely flummoxed. You were all there when he was wooing me HARDCORE both on our first date and even before the date. I guess it's no surprise that he would end up convincing me to be one of those "in a relationship" girls who are all Facebook official and shit.

Honestly, I was in denial until a few days ago.

No, I'm not in a relationship. We're just getting to know each other as adults. We need to take this hella slow because both of our past relationships were batshit crazy. Nope. Not in a…

2017 - Week 9: I Don't Understand "Butt People"

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I have, for as long as I can remember, never understood the human fascination with butts.

"Oh, I'm a major butt man. I mean, look at those cheeks."
"She got dumps like a truck, truck, truck..."
"Oh, my god, Becky, look at her butt."

I assume my confusion is due in part to the fact that I grew up with a Colon & Rectal Surgeon as a father and saw many a diagram or x-ray of gastroenterology-related fun. Actually, perhaps that's where most of my confusion comes from. #ThanksDad
When you get down to it, though, why is the butt viewed as a sexual object? We defecate from there, and it is simply 2 slabs of fat designed to make sitting comfortable. Seriously. Imagine trying to sit without a butt. It would be awful.
And yet here we are, sexualizing that. WHY? It makes no sense to me.
Granted, I have my own preferred body parts (I love a good, strong pair of shoulders and a well-defined forearm... don't ask. I can't explain it.), so I can't …

2017 - Week 8: The Date

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For those of you just joining in, I had a date on February 18th, and I promised you all that I would be keeping you updated.

As of this writing, the date has finished, and I am happy to report that it went swimmingly. Flowers made some serious effort to sweep me off my feet, and sweep, sweep, sweep he did.

I won't go into severe detail about the night - because come on, even I need a certain modicum of privacy - but I will say that we started out with one of those wine and paint things where you go and have fun painting while imbibing tasty wine. Flowers is a very artistic person whereas I am most certainly not (not in the fine art way, at any rate) so, while he turned out with some really pretty dragonflies on a canvas, I ended up with a trio of misshapen salamanders with wings. We ended up swapping and taking each other's painting home because we're adorable AF.

We finished up with the painting class pretty quickly, so we had some time to kill - a couple of hours - befor…

2017 - Week 7: Why I Hate Fortune Cookies

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I have a major issue with today's fortune cookies. I'm not the only one.
Let me explain.
First, take a look at the photo below. This is a real life, actual fortune I received from a fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant recently (we won't even get into the fact that fortune cookies are completely foreign to Chinese culture).
I know what you're thinking, and you're correct. No, that is NOT a fortune. Cute, perhaps. But a fortune? Most assuredly not. And yet, it's called a fortune cookie.

I can't tell you the last time I have actually received an honest-to-God fortune from a fortune cookie, and in truth, I can't even guarantee that I've ever received one. What a travesty.

You hear stories of people opening their crispy wafers just after finishing their General Tsao's Chicken to find a tiny piece of paper that says something akin to, "You will inherit a large sum of money," or "Cheer up, tomorrow will be much better!" Those ar…

2017 - Week 6: Flowers, the Sneaky Bastard

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I have no idea what's happening right now. My life.
So I'm sitting at the front office desk one day at work this past week, and a dude walks in with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. As he enters, he asks, much to my confusion, "Is there a Stefanie here?"
Wait. What? Me? Yes. I'm here. But I think you're confused. There must be another Stefanie that you're looking for. Have you tried the salon next door? Apparently, I was not confused, because the address on the envelope that came with the flowers had my full name and my work's address.
The man handed me the flowers, and all I could sputter out was, "But... why?"
He shrugged his shoulders with the weight of a man who had perhaps delivered too many flowers that day already and simply said, "Ma'am, I just deliver the flowers." And then he left, leaving me with a vase filled with stargazer lilies, roses, and various other floral-type things and quite literally no answers.
But at le…

2017 - Week 5: In Which I Have a Date?

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I know. This comes as much a surprise to me as it does to you. But it's true.

I, Stefers the Great, have a date.

Hmm.




I guess you probably want some details...

I'm reticent to say very much just to protect the privacy of involved, but I'll try to give you as many details as is responsible.

Surprisingly enough (or perhaps not at all), this date absolutely does not stem from any of my #AdventuresInOnlineDating posts on Instagram. I've known this gentleman for nearly 20 years, and I'm kind of in love with that idea. I may choose to expound upon that later, but time will tell if this goes well or not. For now, we'll just call him The Gentleman (TG for short).

Anyways, TG asked me out a few days ago, and we have a date planned for February 18th. Yeah, it's a little odd that we're waiting nearly a whole month before actually going on a date, but you know what? I dig it.

First things first, I am a busy woman. I's gots stuff to do, so it's nice to have …

2017 - Week 4: Anatomy & Physiology

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I'm going to school for nursing. Well, I will be anyway. I'm currently enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology II at Nashville State (I took Anatomy & Physiology last semester) in the hopes of enrolling in a nursing program this fall after I take General Psychology this Summer.

I have to take these prerequisites because my oh-so-helpful degree in Operatic Performance from Ye Olde Belmont University didn't so much cater to a career in nursing (nobody's fault but my very own), but it's been a nice reintroduction to school, how it works, and just generally being held accountable for things related to my own learning. School is real weird, y'all.

My first foray into A&P was good. My teacher left a lot to be desired, but I caught onto it pretty well. I attribute most of my success to the fact that MomLady and Popsicle are in the medical field and, as such, I was raised with a great deal of medical jargon and general healthcare know-how.

My parents also forced …

2017 - Week 3: Space Piracy

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If you've known me for any length of time or have been reading this blog for a while, you most likely know that I am working on - and have been for quite some time... sigh... - a space opera that focuses on a ragtag group of space pirates roaming the far reaches of space and just generally behaving unethically.

General info is located in 'The Big, Bad WIP' section of my website, but be warned, all of the information is woefully out of date as the plot and characters have taken drastic turns since putting together those initial write-ups.

At any rate, one of the things that I want to focus on this year is actually getting all of the nonsense I've written under this idea into a cohesive unit. Lord knows I've been twiddling my thumbs on this idea for a long-ass time.

I've gotten myself a yearly subscription to Novlr as a means of keeping myself accountable and also providing a certain amount of organization to my writing (good Lord, do I need it) and have set a p…

2017 - Week 2: #AdventuresInOnlineDating

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Hello there, loyal lovelies.

It is Week 2 of 2017, and I have had a particularly active week with my #AdventuresInOnlineDating posts on Instagram (come follow me!).
I started the 'Adventures in Online Dating' series a little over a year ago to bring a bit of attention to how people - men specifically - behave in the online sphere.

It's because of my experiences with online dating that I have chosen to completely disregard dating as a whole and am firmly resolved in a life of single excursions to far-off places and untethered independence. Some people aren't meant to marry, and I may be one of them. And that's ok.
This isn't to say that I've given up entirely. If something extraordinary shows up, I'll hopefully have the ability to see it and grasp it with reckless abandon. But there's a very important word that I've used in that last sentence: extraordinary. I'm not settling, and I'm not going to shrug my shoulders at my relationships, pl…

New Year's Resolutions
2017 - Week 1

There is a school of thought that New Year's Resolutions do more harm than good, and I agree... with some caveats.