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Toys for Tots 2022!

Just got done dropping off a box of toys for Toys for Tots this year!

Big shout out and thank you to Brentwood Library in TN for being a donation drop off site!

As usual, I tend to look for toys on sale so I can make my money go further and this year I got really cool Playmobil and Barbie along with some games.

I usually try and show y’all the actual toys and take pics of them in the box, but I forgot this time. Brentwood is a 3ish hour drive away so my sister and mother decided to come along and we traded some books at McKays too.

I will neither confirm nor deny that I found an absolutely fabulous book series while there (I’m hoping to get them for Christmas!).

Back to Toys for Tots!

The cost of the toys this year would have been around $365.75 (give or take a few cents), but I ended up paying only $141.96!!!

Part of this is because my sister shops at Kohls and gives me the kohls cash (because it has to be used before she has a need to shop again), I have a B&N membership now that got me an extra 10% off toys already half off, and I intentionally look for the clearance aisle and shop throughout the year.

This gives me a chance to spend a little at a time so that it doesn’t take away from paying bills or buying gas, etc…

I did a good job this year and since I know that Brentwood’s library is a drop off site I’ll be checking them out next year and planning a little more in advance!

That’s all for this week, but don’t forget that Christmas is coming and my family is really trying this year to have Christmas in December. This means that either two small posts or a REALLY long one will be coming soon because it’s tradition at this point.

Honestly I’m hoping my mama got me more jeans this year. I was going to buy some, but it was already November and she asked for me to wait since that’s an easy present to get.

Praying y’all have a fabulous week and I’ll see you next time!!

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Throwback to the good old days!

I must confess something…

I started watching Atlantis again.

And I regret nothing. Nothing I tell you!

I’m on episode two and you’d think after watching it so many times parts would become mundane or something, but I still laughed my butt off when Shepherd pushed McKay off the balcony.

The looks on peoples faces!

The look on Weir’s face! So dang hilarious, and then for Rodney to just jump up and be like ‘sup’?

Talking of looks – episode ones moment where Shepherd and O’Neill are in the helicopter getting ready to leave and O’Neill says he’s gonna be succinct and then just looks at Shepherd?!

And Shepherd says “that’s pretty succinct”? Great acting everybody!

I love it!

I’m not necessarily doing a new run through of the show, I’m still working two jobs, but every now and then when I’m eating supper and no one else is watching TV in the living room I turn it on for a bit.

As a heads up, next week won’t be an Atlantis post because I’ll be going up to Nashville to donate toys to Toys for Tots. Per my usual, I’ll have a post ready that’s about Toys for Tots and hopefully (if I remember to take them) some pics of the toys and drop off site.

Until then, stay healthy! Eat an apple (or grapes) and do some walking. Or biking. I like biking.

Ciao!

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Stargate in General

I was watching clips of Stargate episodes on YouTube and kept laughing over how they handle situations.

When the Prometheus is taken over and Sam is stuck inside, Jack arrives at the scene and just goes off.

Understandably so.

However! (And I can’t remember the guys name sorry!) the officer who responds and gives him what info they have is surprisingly put together considering who’s yelling at him.

It’s really funny to me cause some poor female officer has to interrupt to let them know they’re being called from the ship and she handles it quite well, but you can see on her face she does NOT want to be there even though the news isn’t necessarily bad.

It shouldn’t be so funny except that O’Neill had already said it was a bad idea and is, of course, proven right.

There’s something to be said about gut feelings.

Anyways, I could go on for quite some time because I really just kept hitting random episode scenes, but it’s time for my bed.

Y’all have a fantastic week!

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StALeR 67 – Legacy: Unascended (Part 6)

Alright, this is gonna be about Newton.

Rodney’s cat, if you forgot. The one he’s not supposed to have?

Yeah.

So Sheppard goes to ask Carson something and finds him prepping syringes. They aren’t for people though, they’re for Newton. Carina isn’t going to be giving the shots since he’s allergic to cats, but he was willing to get everything set up for his friend.

It’s cute that everyone knows about Newton and obviously isn’t going to say anything. You know that kitten is wandering around the whole city getting treats and attention at every turn.

We also know that eventually a dog is probably going to find its way to Atlantis too, and other pets at this point.

If a higher up comes around, I totally see everyone having a plan in place to hide the pets.

Anyways, Carson warns Sheppard that Rodney is most likely going to rope someone into helping him give Newton his shots. He goes on about if Rodney didn’t want to do it he shouldn’t have gotten a pet.

I don’t think Rodney will have a problem finding help and he definitely won’t shirk his responsibilities when it comes to Newton. I’m not sure about Keller though.

On the one hand she’s definitely trained to give shots and isn’t allergic, but on the other hand she also walked away. Not just from Rodney but from Newton too, so….

Until next time! Enjoy the thought of various Earth and other creatures becoming pets on Atlantis!

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StALeR 66 – Legacy: Unascended (Part 5)

Have we talked about the whole ‘tribute’ thing yet?

Some planets actually made deals with various Wraith so they wouldn’t be destroyed or attacked.

Essentially, they give the Wraith so many of their people and the Wraith leave them alone for however long.

Now, in some cases this deal only went for so long before things happened and the Wraith demanded more tributes. This happened as an early episode where ‘criminals’ were left for the Wraith, but then people actually stopped committing crimes and so the government randomly targeted people they wanted gone.

All the Wraith had woken up and so they needed more food and when the planet couldn’t hand over the amount demanded, they just culled the planet.

I feel like it was the truth but also that the planet had been allowed to progress to a certain technological point that other planets hadn’t been allowed. It was probably about the time the Wraith needed to drop them down a few pegs.

Having put that forward- In Unascended we find out that a planet did random lotteries and gave the Wraith so many people and were left alone for six years. This had been going on for some time I’m guessing and everyone who stayed agreed to it.

Fast forward to now and the planet took some people in and when the Wraith came these travelers killed them.

Obviously the Wraith weren’t happy about that and demanded a much higher number of tributes to make up for their dead.

The interesting thing is the planet was mad at the travelers and not the Wraith.

Some agreements worked and some didn’t. It was dependent on the people involved, but in this new galaxy they’ve created with a retrovirus that makes it possible for a Wraith to feed more than once on a human, it makes things a little muddier for Atlantis.

There are obviously people who are willing to make such deals with the Wraith but they could also be taken on board a Hive ship and fed on for a very long time so….

Just putting it out there.

I love the world that was created for Stargate! It’s never easy and brings up some very interesting situations and those involved actually have to make decisions based on what they know at the time!

Next time!

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A book by any other name?

Obviously from the title you’ve guessed I didn’t read more of ‘Unascended’. I did, however, read three other books this week!

Technically I finished two and read an entire one this weekend while I had 2 days off completely, but still.

‘One Dark Window’ by Rachel Gillig. I give a 10/10! This book was fabulous and everything I love in the fantasy genre! Book 2 hasn’t been announced yet which is disappointing, but I am definitely going to buy it as soon as it’s available!

‘The Assassin’s Blade’ by Sarah J. Maas. I give a 3/5. I admit that it might have been better to start with book 1 like my sister suggested, but by the time I talked to her about it I was already over halfway through. It’s not bad, I enjoyed all of the novellas in this book, but I definitely would have been more emotionally invested in the character ms had I read book 1. Keep in mind that this is a compilation of prequel novellas so technically I should have been fine reading them first. Book 1 is third on my list to read now.

‘Archangel’s Resurrection’ by Nalini Singh. This, this I give 100/10. There is no other choice. I LOVE her books and have never been disappointed in a single one. Do I have favorite characters? Of course, but her books are so rich that favorite characters or not you fall fast and hard and can’t put it down until the end. Then you wait not so patiently for the next one!

I have three weeks vacation/off time from my part time job starting next week and I’m hoping I’ll get more books read and definitely more posts ready to go!

Until then, find a bad pun to laugh at. Or better yet, make a bad pun to laugh at! And let me know cause I love a bad pun!!

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Exhausted

I feel like half of my posts this year are me apologizing because there are no Atlantis posts.

I’m so tired y’all, but I’m almost done. I’m so close to paying off my credit card debt and then I can quit my part time job and get back to a regular sleep cycle and write and read and actually relax!

Soon, quite soon.

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StALeR 65 – Legacy: Unascended (Part 4)

I’m back!

Short again, but at least Atlantis!!

Or is it?!

So, the Genii. They’ve wanted to be the dominate human force in the galaxy since pretty much the first episode we saw them in.

Problem was that they didn’t have space travel other than the Stargate’s so they were limited.

When that changed, and Sheppard gave them the Alteran ship, they still weren’t the dominate force because they only had the one ship and they also had to contend with both Atlantis and the Travelers.

What do they do? They lie. Nothing we didn’t already know about them. The worse thing about it would be that people wouldn’t know otherwise since most civilizations aren’t advanced enough yet to have wide spread communication.

You’d think all would be lost and people would flock to be under the Genii’s protection, but thankfully that isn’t true.

One of the reasons is that the Genii are flipping egotistical like you wouldn’t believe. They think they’re better than everyone else and that everyone else should bow down.

Since the Pegasus galaxy has been dealing with the Wraith forever, you can imagine how much they don’t want to be in that position again.

It’s really gratifying to hear people talk about the Genii’s supposed ‘victory’ over Queen Death with a healthy dose of skepticism. Especially since Atlantis has been doing all the heavy work since they’re arrival and have only asked for food and safe places if needed.

The Genii want a monopoly on every planet. They can’t get it on Wraith held planets or places like Sateda and Athos. Places where people know what hides behind the Genii mask.

They’ll keep lying left and right so long as it benefits them, and then a little after just to be sure.

Sadly, we must continue dealing with them.

*le sigh*

Until next time!!