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Relaxation, I Remember The Word

It’s been a busy week, at least it feels like it has been.  I don’t know that I have much to show for it though.

Friday night is here and the weekend has begun.  Relaxing on a Friday night usually means catching up on the DVR.  Tonight, we watched last week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy (the season finale), The Walking Dead (mid-season finale), and the Vampire Diaries.

Yes you read that right, we, yes the Husband watches too, watch the Vampire Diaries.  It’s cheesy.  There’s way too much drinking, sex, and skipping school for it to be even remotely realistic. Oh wait, the vampires probably take care of the suspension of  reality aspect don’t they? Oh well.  We’ll just chalk it up to a guilty pleasure.

All joking aside, it’s quite a way to unwind with the Husband after a long week.  We started the night off watching the Club take out one of its biggest threats, the fate of one of its own now hangs in the balance, and Gemma is being Gemma.  This season felt too short which just shows how good a season it was.  A recent article with the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, talked about how it really takes Hamlet and brings it to a different theater, with more players and a few more sub-plots.  It’s one reason I enjoy it, seeing the Shakespearean theme played out on Harleys with hardened criminals, the women that stand behind them, the lives they destroy in their quest to find peace for themselves at any cost is so captivating.  Now we have to wait months to find out the fate of the Club and everyone else under the Club’s umbrella.  (There is so much more I want to say but I don’t want to post spoilers since I hate it when people do that to me!)

We then go from one type of monster to another.  The zombies in the Walking Dead are my kind of zombies, they move slowly.  I feel like if I had to face those kind of Zombies in a zombie-pocalypse, I might actually stand a chance.  Though, if I end up in a camp with someone like the Governor, I might reconsider my chances in the woods surrounded by walkers.  That man really creeps me out.  Everything about his little Stepford town is just creepy, not to mention the fact that Merle is close to being in charge is more than enough to make me turn the other direction.  I also am still wondering about Michonne and her background.  What made her so hard and what is with her attachment to that katana?  I haven’t read the comics though, I must admit that I am very close to picking them up. I am interested to see how things will develop and play out after the mid-season finale.

I also have to confess that I’m kind of annoyed with all these mid-season breaks.  I suppose if the trade-off is more amazing television then it’s ok but it’s still a little annoying.

So watching all this violence and monsters, we spent a relaxing night in, suspending our reality for a little while and feeling completely entertained.

This post is part of a month-long series of posts with NaBloPoMo.  Check it out! Today’s prompt was “What’s the best way to relax after a hard day?”  Be sure to read the other blogs that are participating!

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Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

One of my brothers gave me this book as  Christmas gift.  I was little surprised to be honest because it wasn’t a book I really thought I would ever read.  But in my effort to read 100 books this year, which I am sadly not even close to but am optimistic in the next three and a half months to make up some ground, I put this one dutifully in the “to-read” pile.  It recently came up to the top so it meant it was time to learn what I could for the impending Zombie-pocalypse.

The Daughter picked up my book and read it me. Her version began “Once upon a time there was a princess…”

Brooks treats this as a very serious and real threat and the book reads as a serious survival manual.  From weapon analysis and recommendations (I will be buying a crowbar in the near future and maybe will consider learning how to shoot a rifle) to how to live in the undead world, this book covers every base.

When On the Run:

“Traveling light is essential to your journey.  Before packing anything, ask yourself, ‘Do I really need this?’  Once you’ve compiled your gear, go down the list and ask that question again.  Once you’ve done that, do it again.  Of course, traveling light does not mean just holstering a .45, grabbing some beef jerky and a water bottle, and heading down the road.  Equipment will be vital, more so than in any other scenario where you are holed up in a place – a prison, a school, your own home – where supplies are in abundance.  The equipment you take with you may be all you have.  You will carry your hospital, storeroom, and armory on your back.  The following is a list of standard equipment you will need for a successful journey. Specific gear such as alpine skis, sunblock, or mosquito netting should be added according to your environment.”  – The Zombie Survival Guide, p 101

Brooks takes this all very seriously [and quite tongue-in-cheek] and provides the reader with every list imaginable.  The tips are invaluable and at times, I found myself surveying my house for the items listed.  How does one go about making a bicycle powered generator?  What canned goods do I want to stockpile?  Do we have a rope ladder for after we destroy the staircase?

 

Now this house would be a pretty awesome place to stay during a siege. Click on the picture to see more photos of this cool place.

 

The real fun of this book though, comes at the end when Brooks “compiles” a list of recorded attacks.  The list goes back to 60,000 B.C. and up through 2002 in St. Thomas in the USVI.  Since this book has a copyright of 2003 , I’m sure that a re-release of the book will be sure to include any other additional attacks in the last ten years.

With the Halloween season soon upon us, this book definitely would help get you in the mood for the ghouls and scary things that keep you up at night.  Or, if you think that we may be facing the zombie-pocalypse in the near future, you should definitely buy this book and try to prepare yourself as much as possible.

 

 

The next book in the pile is Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Earthsea Quartet.  I am kind of excited because I’ve been told that she is a master at the fantasy/sci-fi genre.  What little I have read by her was excellent (The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas) and from what I have read so far, this too will be excellent!

 

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