Golden Globes 2016 – The Winners and My 2 Cents

Golden Globes 2016

The Golden Globes, one of the first major awards shows of 2016, broadcast last night and there were some definite hits and misses.

Host Ricky Gervais returned to the role after saying the last time he hosted in 2010 he wasn’t coming back. Money must talk. I get that his schtick is sarcasm, snark, and being offensive, but last night, it seemed the more he drank, the more he was unable to tell the difference between being funny and being cruel. Also, the more he drank, the more U.S. television censors bleeped him.


Ground Control to Major Tom…I’ll Miss You David Bowie

It’s early morning, Monday, January 11, 2016. I’m up late writing when the news comes over my Facebook feed: David Bowie had passed. Apparently he had been battling cancer for over a year, and nobody but those close to him really knew.

David Bowie

Hit me in the heart with a hammer. I didn’t want to believe it, but his official Facebook and Twitter confirmed the news, as did his son Duncan’s Twitter:


2015 in Review Part 2 (Includes GKTW, IAAPA 2015, Whitesnake, KISS, and Disney) 2015 in Review Part 1 - July to December

In my last post, I recapped all I did and covered as a blogger, both for Zengrrl and CitySurfing Orlando, as well as for other writing outlets, during the first six months of 2015.

Here is the second installment of my year in review, covering July through December, 2015. And I think the second half was even busier than the first.


2015 in Review Part 1 (Includes KISS, Internet Friends, Monster Trucks, and IPW 2015) 2015 in Review Part 1 - Jan to June

2015 was a crazy year for me with lots of fun and firsts. So I thought I’d recap some of my adventures.

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January 2015 was a slow month, mainly my first of the year medical check-ups with my round of doctors, and I saw the Ringling Bros. circus and Monster Jam for CitySurfing Orlando.


Movie Review: Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino

Hateful Eight cast

I will preface this by saying I am a moderate fan of Quentin Tarantino. I will see his movies when they come out, but I don’t love every one that I see.

So I started out 2016 by seeing the 70mm version of his latest, Hateful Eight. January 1, my roommate and I bought tickets, and settled in for the experience of The Roadshow, as the 70mm tour is being called..

And it was an experience.


My Top 9 Liked Instagram Photos in 2015 #2015bestnine

My Top 9 Liked Instagram Photos in 2015

It’s the end of the year, and everybody is compiling their most liked photos on Instagram for 2015, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I knew there would be some food in there, but I was surprised there wasn’t any Disney.


The Zengrrl Guide to Board Games for Gift Giving

Nowadays, entertainment is often provided by toys and games that have to be plugged in or run on batteries. Those can be fun, but sometimes it’s good to unplug and have some fun.

The Zengrrl Guide to Board Games for Gift Giving

With that in mind, I have suggestions for board games that are great to give as gifts for birthdays and Christmas (or keep for yourself), that don’t need electricity of any kind. They just need imagination and a few players.

As a fan of board games, here are a few I’ve loved for years, as well as a few more that I’ve had the chance to review recently and really liked. Any one of these are perfect to give as gifts, or to buy for yourself to play with family and friends.


I’m Back and Ready to Rock is back from hiatus.

Thanks to everyone who has been patient while I took my brief hiatus with this blog. After writing for 14 years, I occasionally need to take a step back and re-evaluate what I’m doing here and what stories I want to tell.


This is Just a Short Hiatus…I’ll be Back in December

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a few months since I posted here. This site is still live, but it’s on hiatus for a few weeks while I revamp its focus.

On Hiatus - tv standby

I realized that with being so sick with the cancer last year, this blog lost “me” as I didn’t want to talk a lot about being sick. I was still posting, but nothing really personal. And time went by and I wasn’t happy with the focus not including me. Not because I’m narcissistic, but I think personal blog should include the person behind it.


Book Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs has earned considerable geek cred as an Associate Editor for The Mary Sue, so she knows first hand what it’s like to be a feminist fangirl in today’s world.

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
Her new book, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, reflects her knowledge and experience, and delves into a variety of topics, including the lingo and terms of fandoms, how to meet fellow nerdy friends, reading and writing fanfic, and even interviews with other prominent fangirls.


Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Debuts New Signature Restaurant and Adult Pool

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California, has made a number of recent updates to the property that are worth noting.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa - Indigo Pool

Earlier this summer, the resort unveiled a new blue-hued outdoor oasis called Indigo Pool & Bar, which features 10 regular cabanas, along with a larger VIP cabana.


Enter to Win a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer Strike Game #ForceFriday

It’s #ForceFriday, and thanks to the awesome folks at Wonder Forge, we have one copy of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer Strike Game to giveaway.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer Strike Game

In this game, strategy is needed to win. Advance your Resistance heroes toward safety, but move fast—the Star Destroyer Finalizer is on your tail. The spinning starship of the dreaded First Order can aim in any direction, and you may be in the line of fire! Bounce the beam off the mirrored deflector shield toward your enemies, and evade the surprise laser blasts. It’s fast-moving, family fun in a galaxy far, far away.


I’m Going to Mars! Or at Least My Name Is… #JourneytoMars

If you’re a fan of NASA and its journeys into the cosmos, then you’ll understand why the geek me is excited to be going to Mars.

NASA InSight Journey to Mars

Or at least my name will.


Got a 4th Grader? Get a Free National Park Pass for the Family

In advance of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the organization is giving all 4th graders and their families free admission for a year to all national parks.

National Park Service's 100th anniversary

Announced by President Obama earlier this year, the Every Kid in a Park initiative was formed to help get children to experience the great outdoors and our national parks.


The Force Awakens Worldwide as Star Wars Launches Global Toy Unboxing Event Today!

If you can’t wait to see what Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys will be released, then you’ll want to clear some time out of your schedule today for the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens global live toy unboxing event

Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.