I think the coming Fall Box is going to be my last Pusheen Box , I was really unimpressed with this one. The theme was ice cream and I'm...

Summer 2021 Pusheen Box

I think the coming Fall Box is going to be my last Pusheen Box, I was really unimpressed with this one. The theme was ice cream and I'm lactose intolerant, so there's that. Yes, I know I can eat fake ice cream, but it's never been my go-to for dessert. Give me a fancy pasty heart or shortbread. So I kind of just shrugged as I opened this box and thought whatever. The good news is nothing was defective this time like my past couple boxes. So let us begin...




An ice cream Fan Club T shirt. I think I'd like it more if it just had the picture. The color is great, but I'll probably be reselling this.


Stickers, which seem like a cheap-out similar to the book marks last box, BUT I will be using them.


Vinyl figure. Meh.



Metal Cookie Jar that's really cute, but very small. I'm going to use it at work to put candy in.



Very small ice cream glass, that although is cute I'll probably use it for wine. Lol.




An Apron. Normally I'd be a fan of a full apron, but this one is very thin so I don't feel like it would protect you from much and it smells. Like chemicals.


A nice round cooler bag with a long strap. I'll be using this for bringing my lunch to work.



Finally a really odd thing...a mini chalkboard...with no chalk. 
I'm not about to go out an buy chalk for this.



So of the 8 things, I liked 4. That's not good odds. Hopefully the Fall box will have a good theme. I feel like the quality of the products has really gone down. So I'm not too happy about that. Are there any boxes that you truly love getting? I'd like to hear about them.

You can read my past unboxings here


Until next time!

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When Andrew and I got married we decided that cable TV was a waste of money and subscribed to Netflix . That was almost 20 years ago! We sti...

Movie: A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

When Andrew and I got married we decided that cable TV was a waste of money and subscribed to Netflix. That was almost 20 years ago! We still get the DVDs in the mail with our plan. I'm not joking, they still mail out DVDs, and it's great because a lot of the DVD movies aren't available for streaming. I should also mention ~ in case you didn't know ~ they limit your queue to 500 titles. So when you tell me about a great movie and I say, "I'll add it to the list.", I really do...most of the time. 

The day Ginger died I got a movie in the mail, it was A Street Cat Named Bob. I knew about the movie because Bob was one of my many Facebook famous cat friends and I knew that he died last summer. Needless to say, this DVD sat around my house for six months because it was triggering for me to even look at it, let alone watch it. I knew it was a feel-good movie and based on a best selling book of the same name from 2012. Yesterday I finally was in the right mind set to watch it.

*SPOILER ALERT*

A Street Cat Named Bob is exactly what it's about, but there's more to it than that. It's based on a true story about a young musician named James that is homeless and a recovering drug addict. A social worker sees potential in James and finds him a place to live. One night Bob, the ginger tabby, appears in his apartment after the window was left open. He feeds Bob cereal and milk because it's all he has. (Side note: Cats are lactose intolerant, don't give them milk if you can avoid it.) He asks around and no one claims Bob.

Bob picks James as his person, even though James is in denial throughout the movie and says more than once, "Bob is not my cat". James takes care of Bob and spends the last of his money at the vet (haven't we ALL be there before?) and finally acknowledges that Bob is his cat and best friend. James detoxes from methadone with the help of Bob just being a comfort and emotional support animal. They help each other on their journeys. 

James is a busker and a great musician but is invisible to the general public, BUT once he starts bringing Bob out with him, everyone wants a picture with him and his cat. Bob is the center of attention, his gimmick, a fan knits Bob little scarves, and brings him cat food, and he relieves James' loneliness. They become a team, and even have an article in the local paper written about them. It grabs the attention of a book publisher and they ask him to write his story. It becomes a best seller and in real life James is now a millionaire.

Here's the real owner of Bob.

I will say I cried through the whole second half of the movie. The relationship that they had was charming and heartfelt. It made me miss Ginger. There's lot of close ups of Bob, and camera angles from Bob's perspective...or should I say PURRspective? There's lots of purring in the movie. James' dad is played by Anthony Head (aka Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Bob is played by himself, and his owner that wrote the story is his handler for the movie! (Although I didn't see Bob on the Cinema Cats website.)

I looked up how Bob died, and he got hit by a car. I will repeat this until I'm blue. If you have the capability to keep your cat indoors please do. Cats are killed by cars more often than you think. It's a shame that Bob died like that. Thinking about it upsets me, so I will digress.

I give the movie four and a half cans of tuna out of five.

Here's the trailer



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The first half of this year has been a little rough, one of the great loves of my life, my cat Ginger died , and now my other love has been ...

New Car, New Year, & New Movie: Werewolves Within (2021)

The first half of this year has been a little rough, one of the great loves of my life, my cat Ginger died, and now my other love has been replaced. My 14 year old PT Cruiser with only 63,000mi had to go. You either loved the PTs or hated them, and I was the former. Living in Buffalo, NY rust eats away at cars like a insatiable zombie eating brains. It was just a matter of time before my feet went through the bottom and I was Flinstone-ing it around town. I replaced it with a Honda HRV. One of the last Hondas to have a CD player! (I was so excited about this.) I'm still getting used to it, but so far I like it and there's a ton of room in back because the seats completely fold down and flat. They call them "magic seats" and anyone that's willing to listen, I will show you how fabulous they are.


Bye bye Zippy PT. (His name was Zippy.)

                                                                   
 Hello Honda! His name is Happy Honda.

I just celebrated my birthday too. I'm hoping this new-to-me year will be looking brighter. I worked on my bday (good thing I like my job!) then went out to the movies to see Werewolves Within (2021). It was billed as a horror comedy and I'm all about it! Unfortunately it was more of a who dunnit than horror, but just what I needed after a long day at work.

***Spoiler Alert...sort of***

Werewolves Within is goofy and begins with a animalistic murder of a man outside. All of the attack scenes are a little low budget looking, much of them happen off screen so it's not very gruesome. Cut to 29.5 days later and a new forest ranger, Finn Wheeler, is coming to town in his PT CRUISER! (Yes, I laughed at this and thought about my Zippy. I knew I was at the right movie for my bday.) He's working hard to be more assertive and aggressive listening to self-help recordings on his way into the town of Beaverfield. 

Once he checks in at the Beaverfield Inn you are introduced to half of the cast of characters. One of them is a mail person named Cecily. She takes Wheeler to town and introduces him to the rest of the ensemble cast. All of them have their own idiosyncrasies that are very different from each other. 

The underlying story is that a man wants to build a pipeline in town and he needs a unanimous vote. Some of the residents are for it and some are against it. A perfect set up to pit people against each other. 

A dog does get eaten, you don't see any of it at all, but it's reported to the ranger and everyone else staying at the inn. Then there's a blizzard and the power in the whole town goes out. The generators are purposely mangled and ripped apart. Everyone converges at the inn, not before a dead body is found hidden underneath it.

Tensions are high and everyone accuses the other of killing. Wheeler tries to make an inspiring speech about community and working together Mr. Rogers is referenced throughout this movie, but his speech brings out the worst in everyone and makes them leave the inn, and take out their aggressions by killing. That said, there's only one werewolf in the group and I'm not going to tell you who it is.

Overall it was a fun and "light" movie. Not too gory, not too intense. I was hoping for more comedy, but it had it's moments. I found myself laughing in the theater when no one else was. Some of the side characters acting was over the top and great for their roles. There was a lot of dialog where actors were arguing and talking over each other so I found it hard to catch everything. I give it three missing mail packages out of five.

AND I'm not a gamer so I didn't know it was based on a video game. I found out by watching the credits. Not bad for being based on a game.

Here's the trailer...



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30 years ago I saw The  Pe ople Under the Stairs at the movies . (Yeah, I know, I just dated myself.) I probably only saw it because it had...

Movie: The People Under the Stairs (1991)

30 years ago I saw The People Under the Stairs at the movies. (Yeah, I know, I just dated myself.) I probably only saw it because it had Wes Craven's name attached and I'm a Nightmare on Elm Street fan. After talking with a friend about rewatching it he said, "all I remember is powdery white kids living in walls". He's not wrong. All I remembered was a man in a leather gimp suit, but I knew there had to be more to the story. I was so young I didn't understand the subtext, and I recently decided to watch it again. Oh boy is it timely!


*WARNING SPOILERS*

Written like an urban fairy tale it follows the story of Poindexter aka Fool. He's a young poor black kid living in the Los Angeles ghetto with his sister Ruby, her kids, and their mom that has cancer. (Side note Ruby is played by Kelly Jo Minter, who I recognized from one of my favorite movies growing up, Summer School (1987). Summer School had the first representation of horror fans I ever remember seeing in a movie. Chainsaw and Dave were like me! I digress...) 

Their wealthy racist landlord wants to evict them for not paying rent and bulldoze their building over to make condos for "clean people". Ruby's friend Leroy finds out where the landlord lives and that they are hoarding money and rare gold coins. Leroy and his friend recruit Fool to help them break into the property owners house and steal the goods, but little do they know about the crazies that live there! 

You are meant to believe it's a husband and wife, played by Everett McGill and Wendy Robie both of whom played a married couple on Twin Peaks too. (I completely forgot they were in this movie.) As a couple they are paranoid gun-toting 1940s styled weirdos and drive home the comedic aspects of the movie with overacting and oddball delivery. They have a captive "daughter" named Alice, not to mention the many throwaway and mutilated boys that are in a pen in the basement. Don't worry the story has a happy ending.


Twin Peaks.

The People Under the Stairs.

I'm not going to give the whole movie away, but what I took from watching it as an adult was how relevant the theme is to today's society. It covers gentrification and the wealthy becoming obscenely rich and greedy, which leads them to doing insane things. (Can I just mention Elon Musk's son has the name of a robot?) It also covers what it means to be masculine and class divisions. It's no wonder Jordan Peele has jumped on doing a remake

Overall, this movie seems a little confused and covers a lot of territory. It's horror, black comedy, and political satire all rolled into one. Does it work? Honestly, I'm not sure. I guess it depends what your background is and what you bring to it. I thought it was less comedy and the story needs a little smoothing out? This is one movie I'm actually looking forward to as a remake. Sorry Craven, I give it a three out of five skull rings.

Here's the trailer...


A couple of trigger warnings. 1. They say the "n" word. It's said once in the beginning and I cringed and it's awful. 2. A dog dies. It happens quick and you don't see too much, but you do see his little dead face. 3. Alice is physically abused. 



 

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Well I have to say I like the product variety but the quality needs a little help in the Pusheen Box ...actually the Winter Pusheen Box nee...

Spring 2021 Pusheen Box

Well I have to say I like the product variety but the quality needs a little help in the Pusheen Box...actually the Winter Pusheen Box needed some help too. If I get another defect in the next box, I'll probably cancel my subscription! (Said while shaking fist in the air!)

Without further ado, here's the Spring 2021 Box...


As always there's the vinyl figure. This one has an umbrella. I miss the plush dolls.

Baseball cap that says "Breathe". I'm not a baseball cap wearer, but this one is cute. I can use it on my really bad hair days and when I'm working outside. 


Two Pusheen bookmarks. These seem kind of lame/ cheap. I just use random receipts and pieces of paper for bookmarks, but now I can be fancy. 


Compact mirror ~ this mirror is huge and doesn't fit in the side pockets inside my purse. It's a little weird. Definitely NOT "compact"!



Cute metal candle holder. I will def use this, and the Pusheen depicted on the front is adorable.


Floor Mat that has a picture of Pusheen and says "takin it easy". The background ~ I think ~ is supposed to be clouds? but it just looks dirty. I'm going to use this at work in front of the bathroom sink.




Pusheen Tissue Box holder. Now this is a super weird item. I'll have to get a square tissue box to fit it.



A wonderfully practical Pusheen umbrella! Vicktor started chewing on it the minute I set it down! He must smell the fish



Lastly a Pusheen Raincoat. (If you'll notice I'm wearing my Hello Kitty jumper.) Ok this is super cute. The plastic is pretty thin, but I can look past that. The problem is it has snaps at the wrist to make it tighter and the one wrist is missing a snap. Um quality control fail. If you recall in the last box my salt & pepper shakers had two Ps. Not good Pusheen, not good at all. I'm getting disenchanted by this box. Anyway thanks for reading!






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When I was waiting in line at Rite Aid I came across this Witches Magazine. Honestly when I bought it, I wasn't expecting much and pla...

Witches: The Truth Behind the Legends & Lore

When I was waiting in line at Rite Aid I came across this Witches Magazine. Honestly when I bought it, I wasn't expecting much and planned for it to be a fluff magazine. I was pleasantly surprised.




Sure it covers a lot of the basics, but it also delves into the history of witches and their political impact, witch fairy tales, pop culture witches, and even what it means to be a modern witch. It covers the book I reviewed last year Waking the Witch and tackles the "fact or fiction" surrounding witches. I learned more about the fairy tale witch myths and I guess I never realized how ingrained they are in the world around us. It was a fun and informative read, and I recommend it even if you think you are well versed in the subject. The cover states that it should be displayed until July 12, so don't miss out!


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Ok, so maybe you've been following along, if not let me get you up to speed. My best friend Ginger Rogers Kitty died in February . It...

Ginger's Shrine & Her Stuff

Ok, so maybe you've been following along, if not let me get you up to speed. My best friend Ginger Rogers Kitty died in February. It's difficult to mourn her loss because I can't find comfort in friends since I'm quarantining with COVID out in the world. All I do is go to work, go food shopping, and go home. The evenings are the worst because that's when she would hang out with me and sit on my lap non-stop. She'd even sit on my lap while I ate dinner. Not because she wanted food, just because she liked it there. I miss her daily. I've read you can find comfort in making a tribute to anyone that has passed. So get ready to see my Ginger Shrine!

It started with four shelves in my front room dedicated to The Teenie Weens aka Ginger. The bottom shelf has a wood box with her ashes inside (they came in a black baggie), and a whisker catcher. We didn't know whisker catchers existed until she passed, otherwise we would have collected them all along. After she was gone we frantically scoured our house for any sign of a Ginger whisker. We even moved around furniture, rugs, and dug a little through the vacuum bag just to keep a tiny piece of her.




The next shelf has my favorite picture of her with an envelope of all the cards we received when she passed. The picture is close to life-size but still a little too big to be her.

The second from the top shelf has her paw print that was given to us by the vet and a picture of her curled up.


The top shelf has a picture of her holding my finger and one of the last pictures of us together.


But it doesn't end there. My mother in law commissioned a local artist to paint Ginger on a rock. We have the rock in her cat bed on the floor near where she used to sit on the couch. I've cried over this rock more than once. Even the rock is bigger than how big Ginger was in real life.


Then unexpectedly Andrew's (the hubs) job sent us another memorial rock. We put it in her other bed by the back sliding door window where she liked to sleep. 



Now on to jewelry. I had a necklace of her made by Lumpy Buttons when she was sick a few years back. It hangs close to my heart. Lumpy Buttons even got her one brown cheek and one orange cheek right!


Then Andrew surprised me with a "WWGD" (What Would Ginger Do?) bracelet with beads in her fur colors. Ginger would be cute and kind, that's what she would do! 


But both of us wanted something that we could carry a piece of her in. Andrew ordered a simple gold necklace that had engravings on all four sides that you could put ashes in through the bottom, but after a couple weeks he decided it was too hard to read and gave it to me. I added a gold chain and he got the same necklace with a different font. Below is the one that's now mine.


In the meantime, before he gave me his necklace, I ordered one for myself with a "G" charm you can put ashes in along with a heart ring where they take some of your ashes and make a stone out of it and I had mine set in sterling silver. It's from Jessica Dennis Designs. I had planned to do this when I thought she was going to pass a few years ago. I'm not going to lie, these things are nice quality but took what seemed like forever to get back. I think it was about eight weeks when I received them in the mail.


At this point ordering these things seems to bring me more comfort than actually getting them in the mail. One thing that sometimes makes me feel crazy is this Ginger pillow we ordered on etsy from aurespaces. Again the pillow is too big to be little Ginger but it feels like her. I move it around throughout the day to where in the house she would be sitting at that time. I talk to it too. It helps me feel her presence even though it's just a pillow. Here she is sitting in her favorite spot on the couch.


Even Vicktor likes Ginger's new size.


Most recently a friend gave me an ornament of Ginger and I. I can't tell you how much it means that a friend knows how much Ginger meant to me.


It's been almost three months since her passing and some days are better than others. She will always be my baby and if buying Ginger "stuff" makes me feel better. I'm going to do it.



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