Kirkkitsch’s Blog

October 30, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Spooky Stuff

According to a recent study done by the University of Westminster, watching horror movies can actually burn a significant amount of calories.

Bloody Disgusting published the eye-popping (and waist-shrinking) story that sites the increased pumping of adrenaline during tense scenes in horror films to burn lots of those unwanted calories. To quote the study, “viewers who put themselves through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror can use up as much as 113 calories, close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk and the equivalent to a chocolate bar”. So basically, you can sit down and watch your favorite scary movie while eating your favorite candy bar, and not even have to feel guilty! Continue reading

Dark Shadows: A Shadow of Its Former Self
October 29, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I recently rented Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie at RedBox. Having tanked at the box office, it was only a matter of time before it was released on DVD. I remember hearing that there was to be a Dark Shadows movie and was temporarily excited…until I heard that it was yet another Burton/Depp project. *sigh* Odd how those two things would have been a draw for me 15 years ago.

I was never an AVID watcher of the original Dark Shadows, but I own a few of the DVDs and briefly enjoyed the 90’s reincarnation of it, starring Ben Cross, and ironically a young Joseph Gordon Levitt…whose appeal still continues to mystify me. Put a guy in a suit and the chicks go wild, I guess that’s the *magic* of Levitt? You can have my slice. I’ll also throw in, at no extra cost: Russell Brand, Reese Witherspoon and Shia LaBeouf. Knock yourself out. Continue reading

Tanks For The Memories
October 27, 2012, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Life

So Saturday night I’m running errands and I stop and get gas in the south part of town because for some crazy reason the gas there is like 25-30 cents cheaper! Anyway, after filling up, I go inside to use the bathroom, so I can get on with my errands without being uncomfortable. So, I use the bathroom, flush and go to the sink and pump plenty of liquid soap into my hands…only to find out that there are no handles to turn on the faucet. None. No hot. No cold…and I have a handful of liquid soap. I tried wiping it off with paper towels, but it was so sticky that I didn’t even want to contemplate what it would be like putting my hands on the steering wheel, etc. So…I took the lid off the toilet tank and rinsed my hands in there. *sigh* Mission accomplished. But it begs to wonder: I assume employees aren’t washing their hands after using the bathroom? Yuck.

October 26, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books

Well, it’s finally that time of year again: Book Fair Month! I recently went to the 30th Annual American Association of University Women Book Sale and here’s what I came home with this year:

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The Witch Has An Itch
October 25, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Holidays, Spooky Stuff

One of our local TV news stations recently did a report on ‘The Toxic Truth Behind Halloween Monsters‘. And though I watched it on television, the piece concluded with a news anchor saying that there was more to the witch’s broomstick lore that was not suitable for children and if you would like to read more about it, log onto their site.

So, naturally I HAD to check it out… Continue reading

3 Things: Fall Edition
October 19, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: 3 Things..., Food

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
Comments: On my most recent trip to the grocery store, I spied this new ‘Limited Edition’ flavor (along with a Limited Edition Halloween flavor: Spookylicious {Chocolate Fudge}) in a display at the end of the aisle. My first thought was “what a brilliant idea for a flavor!” I imagined the pumpkin empanada I had once, and how good it was. Well, they did not disappoint! They are goood. Will definitely have to grab some more while they’re still around. Continue reading

October 16, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home, Pop Culture

A while back, Chumley had a (thankfully, brief) urinary tract infection. Since she’s not actually producing the crystals that cause the urinary tract to bleed, I came to the conclusion that the culprit was the cheap ($1) cat food I’d bought her at the nearby dollar store. It was something I would buy in a pinch (i.e. it was what I could afford at the time her regular cat food ran out).

SO, now I make a concerted effort to stick to my regular brand. Surprisingly, PetSmart has some incredibly good sales on the varieties that I buy (Purina; yes, I’m one of those old ladies that remembers when the package used to look like this). I tried an organic brand from Whole Foods, thinking I was doing something good; it gave her soft serve poops. Not pretty. I refuse to shell out the kind of money brands like Science Diet and Iams are asking. And yes, I realize that a lot of animal enthusiasts will argue that “If you really loved your cat…” Sorry, no dice. I’m not shelling out $15 for a bag of cat food. Not in my world.

With that said, from time to time I visit a local friend who lives on the other side of town. On the way to his house there is a chain grocery store called Albertson’s; I don’t have an Albertson’s on my side of town. While I was there recently, I discovered a variety of Purina cat food named Be Happy. It was the same price as what I pay for other Purina varieties at the stores in my part of town.

I love packaging. How incredibly adorable is the packaging on this? I absolutely love every aspect of it, from the color choices to the illustration style, down to the font. I had to share it with ya.

Zombies & Pouty Pecs
October 15, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Pop Culture

I have a lot of stuff I want to get to this week, so some of these posts may be briefer than I’d normally like…but then with my tendency to ramble and/or go off on a rant, maybe not. At the very least, I’ll get to show you some stuff I’ve been thinking about lately.

Whilst in the grocery store, enjoying some down town (at 3am), my eye was caught by this title, amongst the other ‘Featured’ books. You gotta hand it to marketing/packaging: it’s a two-way street. It can be used for good & evil…and even used to the advantage of the otherwise aesthetically clueless; in other words, you know the doorknobs who allegedly pen (or more likely, ‘ghost write’) this propaganda, don’t have the imagination skills to cash in on both the zombie fad du jour and/or the Obama campaign posters of yesteryear. Kudos, graphic designer! Seriously. Continue reading

Hail To The Beef
October 4, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life, Television

Dammit! I would rekindle my relationship with TV during an election year. *sigh* I must admit, I’ve gotten burned out on the whole politics game. I’m just tired of it all. I have zero interest in “discussing” any of it with anyone (especially those people whose knowledge is strictly limited to sound bites and mediaspeak). I don’t have the patience/insight to play mentor, nor do I feel confident enough that I know enough about ALL aspects of “the issues” (which, let’s face it, never really change). Continue reading

Turning Over a New Leaf
October 2, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Technology, Television

One of the gifts a friend gave me was The Leaf HDTV Indoor Antenna. As you know, until recently, I haven’t had TV reception of any kind (local or cable) for the last 8 years or so. I used to have cable, but I was paying $100 a month for something that I rarely watched and/or was not that dependable (as far as reception et al). Couple that with the fact that I did not want to pay for a converter box (and yes, I’m aware of the the govt.-issued $40 coupon program). My solution: AppleTV + streaming NetFlix. It works for me. Continue reading