Nails: Easter – You stole my bunny

I’m a little late for looking at Easter nails, it’s been a busy few weeks and is doesn’t look like it is going to slow down for at least a few more.

As a treat I did some reduced price Easter Egg shopping, only to get an email stating that one item was out of stock – naturally it was the chocolate bunny.

Now I want a bunny, thankfully the internet delivered – in nail art form

rabbit bunny nail art

(Photo from fanningthefumes.blogspot)

It isn’t as good as chocolate but nearly…

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TV: Castle – “you kill my patience”

I tried ‘Castle’ on a whim, I’d liked ‘Bones’ when I’d randomly watched some and had accidentally blitzed through 8 seasons of back episodes and am now eagerly awaiting each Wednesday evening for my latest fix of season 9.

‘Castle’ just happened to be the next series with several seasons available on demand and the first couple of episodes were interesting enough to pay some attention to but not so riveting that I couldn’t multitask at the same time.

castle tv

I was vaguely aware that the male lead had a familiar voice but it was about 5 episodes in before I realised he sounded REALLY familiar, like Nathan Fillion from ‘Firefly’ familiar – in my defence I saw the series once through, the film once and it has been on my rewatch list but I hadn’t got around to it yet.

Castle’ is a drama, like very early ‘Law and Order’ but with intentional jokes. Richard Castle is a crime fiction novelist who has a chance encounter with the NYPD homicide investigation unit and much to the horror of Detective Kate Beckett.

Worryingly Castle adds real value to the team so he keeps coming along and so far that is the plot for season 1, even if it doesn’t develop any further it is still amusing and light enough to keep me tuning in. It isn’t a patch on ‘Bones’ though.

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Book: Chris Marie Green’s ‘Night Rising’ – Intangible shagging and mommy issues

As it has been just over 20 years since Kurt Cobain died and, in certain circles, conspiracy theories are still rife it was accidentally topical that I picked up a book where dead celebrities are perhaps not as dead as the masses think.

Dawn Madison is a film stuntwoman and doesn’t put up with cr*p from anyone – which makes her a fairly paint by numbers female lead except for her lack of any sense of humour and her seemingly endless sexual desire (which we see as early as page 16 and she repeatedly has sort-of-sex with what seems to be a ghost). Those two character traits rather put me off Dawn, which is a shame as ‘Night Rising’ is the first in a series of six books, plus a few novellas, all of which have her as the lead.
night rising

Anyway, Dawn has come to Hollywood to find her father Frank who has gone missing. She and her father haven’t been close since her famous movie star mother died but family ties are thicker than blood so she sticks around to look for him. The plot thickens when it transpires that Frank vanished whilst investigating how a long-dead child star was caught on film – *hint* he is a vampire like all sorts of other underdeveloped characters in the book.

Frank’s new PI buddies are a mixed bunch, there is a the mystery boss who remains unseen, a little man who happens to be psych, plus a techie woman who was bonking Frank. They are ok and are also paint by numbers but slightly off.

To be honest the whole book seems slightly off, I like the premise but it didn’t work for me. A cult of celebrities turning into vampires then faking their deaths so they can reinvent themselves in a few years’ time is interesting should be a fun main focus for the book, but instead of the book concentrates on Dawn’s rampant mummy issues.

Salt is rubbed in the gaping wound of a plot with the addition of random pop culture references and jarringly out of place sex bits. I was happy to finish the book and am mildly interested if Dawn’s mother is a blood sucking death-faking celebrity whore, but not enough to read any more of this drivel!

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Crafting: Putting the WRONG into crafting with a paper cutter

Recently my household purchased a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, in theory it was a carefully considered purchase with no impulsive tendencies, theory is a wonderful thing.

The cutting machine can in theory be used for loads of things, it can cut various materials and can be used to make cards, personalised tshirts, more cards, airbrush stencils, more darn cards, wall art, did I mention cards, erm… like something that needs cutting out, seriously you have a mountain of cards and no one to send them to.

paper cutter

(Photo from blog.ponoko.com)

Anyway, parking the issue what you use your cut outs for you can cut out a variety of bits. You can find random pictures on the internet, you can draw your own or you can purchase pre-existing design from the Silhouette store.

For an easy life, and because there is a $10 store card included in the box, I thought seeing what was in the store could be fun and then I found the “easter bear dressed as lamb” – who appears to  be simultaneously violating and eating a bunny.

easter bear - wrong wrong wrong

The above image is designed by Stinkin’ Cute Paper Piecings and I’m very sure that they deserve lots of support… although I am really not sure that I want to send a card with this design on to anyone I like.

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Easter Egg frenzy – So good that I didn’t wait for the sale

I prefer reduced price festive chocolate, I’m pretty sure that it tastes better… or I did… then I saw the Hotel Chocolat Extra Thick Easter egg filled with happy smiling chocolate. In a random burst of covetousness I wanted it… a lot.

Based on past experience Hotel Chocolat’s more funky pieces sell out long before the end-of-season sale, so despite the eye-watering price of the chocolate egg I paid full price. I felt masses of guilt about spending that much money on chocolate, until I bit the head off a smiling face.

egg 2014

The chocolate was divine and the smiling faces were wonderful for my cold-ridden and stressed out little brain.

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Nails: Unicorn nails – Rainbows and cat butts

Work is still being random, it has got so bad that one of my co-workers has changed his LinkedIn profile to list his current job as being the Advertising Manager for his dad’s taxi company – to be fair he did design the website.

As such I am in need of some rainbows to block out this pesky reality, but not Nyan cat as that is scary. It transpires than rainbows can be scary even if they aren’t coming out of a cat’s butt.

sparkle unicorn

(Photo from amberdidit.com)

But they did totally make me forget about work.

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Film: Robocop – “I am now authorized to use physical force!”

From an early age one of my parents ensured that I had access to age-inappropriate media – largely books but when my parents finally decided to buy a TV there were also films available to utterly ignore the age ratings on.

However one film that I wasn’t exposed to as a child was ‘Robocop’, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why this wasn’t on the table as the Terminator films were firm favourites and one that my younger sibling developed a fixation with that lasted several years.

robocop

The release of the remake prompted a strange series of events whereby I am now in possession of the family copy of all three original Robocop films, so now I finally got to watch the original!

I rather like this vision of a dystopian future, the idea of corporations manipulating people to that extent and with such disregard is concerningly likely, the intercut adverts were amusing and sinister all at once, I now really want an ED-209 enforcement droid for work and I can’t understand why someone would want to remake this film.

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