I Feel Like I Need A Change

Hi Internet People,

Okay, this past week I have been rethinking some of my life choices. Not like super extreme life choices, but some of my more recent choices. So if you don’t already know I currently work at a video store. What you might not know is that I’m kind of over qualified for the job. Like a lot of people I went to college with goals and plans for my future and those plans changed. I had thought for years, as far back as freshman year of high school, that I would be a professor. I wanted to work at a college and teach history. I went to college with that goal in mind and got a B.A. in History.

Now in order to teach at the college level you need to get higher degrees. I was able to get into a Master’s program right after my four year degree. Now I will admit that before I started this program I was already having second thoughts. I love acting and performing, but had always thought that I could never do it professionally. I was told at one point that I was too short to be a leading actress, I’m 5’4″ almost 5’5″, and was never able to make the cut for plays or musicals that weren’t connected to my school. I just assumed this meant that I wasn’t cut out for acting and focused on being something I thought I would be good at. I applied to history programs at various colleges, including one for theater history, and wound up getting a degree at a local college, that my dad actually teaches at. I loved the school and was able to be involved in choirs, plays, and even got to perform in New York City as a junior. When I graduated I still thought yes, I need to focus on history.

I went to grad school and started working on my Master’s and even though I met amazing people, I hated it. Many of the professors seemed to care very little about their students, they spoke down to women in the department, and it was a struggle for me to even find something to write my thesis about based on what the professors in the department focused on for research. I did have some great professors, but the overall poor level of support or care from the department and the university led me to want to leave academia forever. I did love my thesis though, it involved discussing Victorian detectives and crime in London in connection to modern television shows. I watched hours of shows and read tons of sources, many of which I was allergic to, and found ways to discuss my research with everyone. I was so excited to say that you could use television shows to teach people about history, but only my adviser, my department chair, and a few others even cared that I had done this work. After I got my Master’s I realized I had no job prospects and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life after realizing that I didn’t want to be involved academia anymore.

I moved home and lived off of my savings and when I found out the video store was hiring I thought it would be a nice way to earn money and figure out what to do with my life. I have been enjoying my job, but the last few weeks have been exhausting. I know everyone has bad days, but it just feels like no one cares. I have been doing what feels like twice the work of my fellow employees with no recognition for my efforts. I have gotten scheduled for terrible hours, forced to cover extremely long shifts because people have constantly been writing days off, have had my schedule changed at the last minute, and am just exhausted by all of it. I recently learned that the minor promotion I received gives me no real benefits, just an extra quarter an hour. I think I need to make a change. I was recently told to apply somewhere else and was even told by two employees there that they would put in a good word for me. That’s great, but I wonder if I should make a bigger change.

I’m half tempted to just say if you want to hire me just let me know, but that seems a little weird for a blog post. I just think that maybe it’s time for me to do something big. I want to do something I’m proud of, make something of myself, do something that will make me happy every day. I just want to do more with my life. I love writing for The Nerdy Girl Express and making YouTube videos for my channel and I won’t stop doing either of those things any time soon, but I would just love to do more. You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, and I run The Nerdy Girl Express Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

The All For One Live Event is Tomorrow!

Hi Internet People,

Are you excited, because I’m excited! The All For One live event is tomorrow at 5:30 pm est on the KindaTV YouTube channel and it is going to be amazing. To prepare for this event I am doing a live tweet of all 20 episodes today starting at 2 pm est. If you can’t join in the live tweeting you can check out my recap videos of the season, I have one video that recaps everything that has happened so far if you need a quick refresher. You can check all of them out on the My Kinda Recaps Playlist on my kleffnotes YouTube channel.

Now fingers crossed I can actually watch the live event live. I thought I would be totally fine, but it turns out that I’m possibly scheduled to work at exactly the same time that the live event starts. Everyone hope that the weather is too nice where I live for the video store I work at to be busy. If we are dead I won’t have to go in. I really want to be part of the live event, I’ve been super excited for weeks, but if I have to work I have to work. Fingers crossed everybody!

If you want to join in on the live tweeting today I’ll be on Twitter, @kleffnotes, starting at 2 pm with All For One episode one on KindaTV. Hope to see you then!

You can check out more of me on The Nerdy Girl Express and I run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

I Watched Cloverfield and Need to Talk About It

Hi Internet People,

Last night after I got home from work I watched the 2008 movie Cloverfield with my brother. The two of us had wanted to see 10 Cloverfield Lane, but our theater didn’t have it long enough for either of us to go. Now that we have to wait for it to come out on dvd we thought we should watch Cloverfield since neither of us had seen it.

My brother grabbed the movie from #magicalmysteryvideostore and we got to watching around 11 pm. I feel obligated to mention that I am not a huge fan of found footage films. I knew Cloverfield was found footage going in and I actually didn’t mind it too much in this movie. Though what threw me off were the flips between real time and images of the girlfriend, well ex-girlfriend. It was interesting and I liked how it worked with the ending, but I use SD cards a lot for YouTube stuff and kept thinking the guy’s equipment was corrupted. I’m not a professional YouTuber by any means, but I’ve never had that issue with an SD card. Can that happen? Could I make trippy movies full of random spliced in flashbacks with no additional work on my part? If so I totally need to get to work on my blockbuster. I’m kidding, I totally don’t have that level of skill in the video shooting department.

I liked the big monster and the creepy spider things that either came out of it or appeared from the same place it did. I’m not sure how that worked, but I just thought they looked really cool. The big monster was like a bat, spider, dinosaur hybrid and looked awesome, especially at the end. There were three actors in it that my brother and I both got excited about. We’ve been playing Gotham season two catch up this week and Jessica Lucas, who plays Tabitha Galavant, was a pretty big character. I also love Lizzy Caplan, my brother called her Janice the entire movie because he has been privy to a lot of Mean Girls watching, and she was in most of the movie. She even got an intense fight and hospital scene.

My favorite part of the movie though was T.J. Miller. He was hilarious throughout the entire thing and I don’t know if he was ad libbing or scripted, but either way he was my favorite part. When Deadpool was in theaters I saw it three times and my brother saw it twice and we both loved him in that. He was just really funny, which helped because I frequently laugh at things in horror movies. I love them, but I just make fun of things a lot, especially dark and creepy things. You should see my Damien live tweets on Monday nights, they get darkly goofy. I still really want to see 10 Cloverfield Lane, but Cloverfield itself was just okay.

You can find more of me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and post iZombie themed recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Live Tweet Plans for the Week

Hi Internet People,

This week I have two days off in a row and I’m working night shifts for the rest of the week. Today I don’t work until 5 and I’m planning on sleeping in and then doing some reading. I have so many things I want to read, but I just haven’t had the time. Seriously still working on The Three Musketeers, I have comics I just bought, and a stack of books from the library. Too many things to read and just not enough time. Tonight I would normally be live tweeting Stitchers at 10 pm, but I won’t get off work until 10:15 so I think I’ll live tweet with the West Coast , 1 am my time.

Wednesday I am going to be doing some fun live tweeting with Jon and Erica again. We haven’t been able to watch anything together recently, besides Erica and I doing our weekly #DevilsNight live tweeting, and with an entire day free we are going to be able to watch a ton of Daredevil season two. Thursday I have practice for that a cappella alumni thing I’m doing on the 1st and will be hanging out with my friend earlier in the day, but at 10 pm I’ll be live tweeting Orphan Black.

Friday before I go to work I have decided that I’m going to live tweet all of All For One on KindaTV. I think I’ll start about 1 pm, it should end around 3, which will work out perfectly time wise. With the live event on Saturday I think it will be the perfect way to prep for it. I’m also planning on watching the 1993 Three Musketeers movie just for fun. One perk of working at a video store is that you can sometimes find something at just the right time. I think I’m actually going to watch it tonight while I’m at the store.

Next week is randomly going to be awesome because I have a bunch of days off at work. I needed the 1st off for the alumni event and then Friday and Saturday I asked off because I’m helping my sister move out of her dorm and we have some family stuff planned. Somehow that morphed into me only having to work two days next week. I’m not going to complain I kind of need a vacation. I’ve just been super tired lately and getting a bit of a break will be nice. I’m definitely going to be doing more live tweeting that week so keep an eye out.

You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Lucifer Finale Night!

Hi Internet People,

Tonight is the Lucifer finale and I am super excited. The preview for this week looked amazing and we get to see Amenadiel and Lucifer working together after their big brawl last week. With Trixie kidnapped by the super creepy Malcolm I can’t even imagine how freaked out and enraged Chloe and Dan are. Malcolm is such a skeeze, seriously that guy is evil, went to Hell so certifiably all kinds of evil.

I think Lucifer is helping because of his connection to Chloe and Amenadiel is helping because Malcolm is totally his fault. He’s the one who yanked the evil jerk out of the abyss just to try and get Lucifer to go back to Hell. Seriously this one is kind of the angel’s fault, though the escaped Hell convict, I don’t know what official name you are supposed to give to the people being kept down there, is totally on him and Lucifer. Though I mean if Amenadiel had just dealt with the “Dad needs you to cover Hell thing” maybe this wouldn’t have happened. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amenadiel, but he has caused a whole lot of crazy for Chloe, Trixie, and Dan, as well as possibly all of Los Angeles.

Maze also just made friends with Trixie and I really don’t think she will handle this kidnapping well. Not only is her new friend in danger, but she and Amenadiel just got into a sort of fight. Okay, she tried to kill him, but she was trying to do what Lucifer wanted her to do. She also totally hesitated, which means she really didn’t want to kill him. Maze also finds out that someone escaped from Hell before the others, which might be eating up a lot of her time in the finale. I’m really excited to for the finale, but a little sad because this means that this is the last full #DevilsNight live tweet with both Lucifer and Damien airing back to back. It also means that this is the last new Lucifer for a long time.

Find more of me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I run The Nerdy Girl Express Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post iZombie recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Chilling Out Day, Well Mostly

Hi Internet People,

Today I have to work, but I get off at 5 and I have decided that I am going to enjoy myself and relax. My family has a bunch of stuff going on so for a portion of the evening I will have the place to myself, sort of myself. The dog will still be here and he will probably want me to pay attention to him and I totally will, but I’m also going to just lounge.

I have a bunch of graphic novels I’ve been meaning to read and I really need to read more of The Three Musketeers. I’m also going to watch Netflix while I’m reading. The plan is currently 30 Rock binging. I’ve watched it before and after finishing season two of Kimmy Schmidt I wanted to see more of Tina Fey. She always makes me laugh and I haven’t watched 30 Rock in a while.

Hopefully work is fine, we’ve been pretty dead during the day recently because the weather has been so nice. I have some tasks to do, but hopefully they are quickly done. My goal is to have an easy day at work and then enjoy myself by just hanging out for the rest of the night. I hope you have a nice and relaxing Sunday too.

If you want to see more of me find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post iZombie themed recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine