Sunday Snippet – The Walrus Writers

I’m heading home from RT, and while I’m over the Gulf my awesome CP group will be on Skype talking about Diana’s epic writing skills. I write all my blog posts ahead of time, even this one, but I can safely predict the future here.

I miss my girls.

We have a routine! A rotation! A weekly meeting! To miss that, well it somewhat sucks. Cause they’re awesome, and we talk about more than just writing–okay sometimes we talk about writing less than we should.

Ladies, we should probably work on that.

But, I want to let Kathy, EL, and Diana know that I appreciate everything they do to help me, and I hope that I do enough to help and support them. They are the most amazing bunch of authors you will ever meet.

I’m sure everyone thinks that about their Critique Partners, but I’m gonna pull that old line that mom’s usually reserve for kids.

My Critique Partners are more amazing than yours. So NEEEEEENER.

Okay, I just made myself laugh. But seriously, ladies, you’re amazing, I love you, and I can’t wait for next Sunday’s meeting!

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Natasha Raulerson

Friday Fact – Dumb Laws

I’m not trying to be mean with the title. There are actually tons of dumb laws out there, that vary from state to state. Some even cross the border and go national. It’s a little funny. I found http://www.dumblaws.com/ a while ago, and yes, these are actual, legitimate laws. It will state if they’ve been rescinded, but most of these classic laws that made sense once upon a time (though some of them made sense never) still exist.

So for instance in my state of Florida, some of the more interesting laws are as follows:

  • The state constitution allows for freedom of speech, a trial by jury, and pregnant pigs to not be confined in cages.
  • Unmarried couples may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.
  • It is considered an offense to shower naked.
  • You are not allowed to break more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers.
  • Oral sex is illegal.
  • A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
  • If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
  • Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

WHAT THE HELL?! Okay, let’s start with the last one. Who tries to have sex with a porcupine? I mean, someone had to try this for it to become a law at some point. Wouldn’t that hurt?

And let’s talk about showering naked. How else are you supposed to shower? Isn’t the whole point of showering to clean your body? You can’t get all the crevices through clothes people!

I challenge you to go to your state and ind the dumbest laws. They are going to have you laughing your asses off.

Natasha Raulerson

TBT – Treasure Trolls


Children of the 80’s and the 90’s will remember Treasure Trolls. These weren’t the only ones of course. Some of them were just dressed in fun outfits or whatever, but the Treasure Trolls, with their little gems in the belly were always my favorite. I had tons of them! I still even have one of my own.

wpid-20150511_133421.jpgMan I used to love making wishes on their gems and playing with their hair. I’d have them lined up next to my bed at night like they could protect me from the evil trolls that lurked out there. (Yes, as in the mean ones from Ernest Scared Stupid)

Don’t laugh, we were all kids once with our crazy imaginations! (I kinda hope my imagination is still crazy actually!)

 

Does anyone else still have a Troll or two from their childhood? I had more than just the plastic ones. I had the actual baby doll ones too. I have no idea what happened to all of them, but for a long time my mom kept them in a toy chest. Seriously, love her to death, but she’s a memory pack rat.

Even if it wasn’t a troll doll, what was your favorite toy growing up?

Natasha Raulerson

Wednesday Watchings – iZombie

It’s a good question, and Liv Moore, newly turned Zombie has the answer. I’m not going to tell you what it is. If you want to know, you’re going to have to watch, because iZombie is a fantastic new show!

I’m glad that the CW finally has a show that portrays a strong female protagonist. Liv is smart, strong, and selfless. She’s done everything since she’s become a Zombie to keep her friends and family safe from her new affliction.

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It is based off a comic, one that I haven’t read, so I can’t state the comparisons and contrasts. I’ve been told it differs, but I can’t say how much, or if a fan is pissed about the differences. I love the way they have the comic book intros and the first person narration through out the show. It’s Urban Fantasy with a comedic flair and enough originality to keep the viewer wanting more.
After her transformation, Liv only has one person who knows who she is and that’s her boss and ally Dr. Ravi! Sexy, smart, and currently trying to find out what caused Liv’s transformation so he can find a cure and she can go back to a little bit of normalcy.

Liv literally becomes who she eats. Nomming down on the cerebral cortex gives her the memories and traits of the recently deceased. Working in a morgue, she often gets meals based off people who have been murdered. It’s almost like she’s having psychic visions. DUN DUN DUN!

This works to her advantage with her new police detective partner Clive. The edgy cop who’s got a bit of a bad boy side to himself, but always wants to do the right thing. Most of his superiors don’t take him seriously, at least not until Liv starts giving him the upper hand her with little bit of visions that often help save the day–or get misconstrued in a hilarious way.

Sometimes, she doesn’t get what she bargained for when she eats the brain of a person. What she things might be fun ends up getting her into more trouble.

Of course, there is the uber fun, great Zombie villain who is killing street kids and vagrants to sell to other Zombie’s in need–for a very high price of course.

I love when shows have a fantastic villain, and Blaine is one of those. He’s got personality, flair, and the writers did a great job of creating an all around, three dimensional bad guy.

So, if you haven’t started watching, it’s time to start tuning in on Tuesday nights on the CW–after you catch up on the first part of the season of course.

 

 

Natasha Raulerson

Tuesday Tastings – Airplane Food

This morning, before this blog is even posted, I’ll be boarding a plane and heading for Texas. I’m not the greatest of fliers. I don’t throw up or anything, but I tend to grip the arm rests, mutter under my breath at every bit of turbulence, and count the seconds until we land. I have control issues. I never claimed to have any sort of sanity, so don’t look so shocked.

 

This will be first time flying First Class. Now, I’ve never traveled on a plane for more than two hours. No extensive trips outside the US or to the other side of the country. The truth is I’d rather take a cruise or drive. Seriously, I’m like Dean Winchester. There’s a reason I drive everywhere. If I had a spare car, and tons of money for gas, and I wasn’t using miles for the flight, thus making it free, I probably would have driven. I’d make it a road trip, stop and see the sights, talk with the locals, and hopefully not get lost on Route 66 and eaten by some hybrid cryptozoological animal.

I’m getting off track.

The point IS, I’ve never actually had airplane food, other than packages of peanuts, which I’m under the impression they don’t serve anymore. I know they serve alcohol, however every time I ever WANTED alcohol to settle my nerves, they were out of everything I drank.

So inconsiderate!

But, since I’m going to be in first class, I have to wonder–will I get food? What kind of food? Will it taste good? Will it just be snacks? Do I only get a soda? Do I have to pay for any liquor I get–HEY IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE and I hate planes.

Regardless, the above questions had me wondering about people who HAVE actually been on a plane and eaten their cuisine. Is it good, bad, indifferent?

If they serve food, I’m going to eat it–and hopefully not throw up.

An odd Tuesday Tasting, but hey, they can’t all be winners!

 

Natasha Raulerson

Man-Candy Monday – 90’s Heart Throbs All Grown Up

I’m a baby of the 80’s, and a child of the 90’s. My hormones peaked somewhere in the middle of the latter decade. Suddenly I was at the local corner store buying Tiger Beats, Teen Beats, and whatever other magazine Beats were out there. At sixteen and seventeen I had posters all over my wall. (No judging allowed here people!) My first actor crush was Jonathan Brandis. He was the star of several 90’s movies including Neverending Story 2, Ladybugs, Sidekicks (my personal fav), and he was one of the stars of Seaquest DSV. Unfortunately, Jonathan committed suicide in 2003, so I don’t have any current pics to show of him, but here he was when I crushed on him hard.

Now, with that homage paid to my favorite 90’s heartthrob, onto the ones who have grown up into sexy beasts!

Devon Sawa. If you’ve ever seen the original Final Destination, you’ll remember Devon as the lead teen trying to avoid death. True facts, this movie is one of the few horror franchises that actually scare the shit out of me. He also starred in Little Giants with Rick Moranis, and was Casper at the end of the movie when he got to become a real boy for a night.

Devon in the 90’s

Most recently he can be seen tatted up and shirtless as a bad boy in Nikita. Rawr!

Does anyone remember a little 90’s flick called Angel’s in The Outfield? That is where I was first introduced to Joseph Gordon Levitt as a little kid just wanting his dad to take him out of foster care. But twenty years later he’s all grown up and making the ladies swoon with his slender figure, subtle smirk, and fine ass suit.

Angels In The Outfield, 1994

JGL has become a writer, director, and actor. He can be seen in movies such as Sin City, Inception, and Looper–among many others.

What 80’s and 90’s child doesn’t remember  Mark Paul Gosselaar playing Zack Morris, the most popular kid at Bayside High in Saved By The Bell? I loved that show growing up. Not including when they went to college, tried to have a new class and Zack and Kelly got married. Those things never happened. Well, Zack and Kelly probably would have married, but the movie was just terrible.

Saved By The Bell ran from 1989 to 1993, though if you count the earlier years with Hayley Mills, when it was called Good Morning, Miss Bliss, it technically ran from 87-93.

Though he now plays a lawyer on Franklin and Bash, it seems that Mark hasn’t lost his taste for the sunny ocean-side view..but man he grew into those pecks!

Who remembers scrawny little Charlie Conway from The Mighty Ducks?  (That movie is what got me into playing street hockey. I wanted to be a Duck more than anything!) I watched this movie over and over again, and I was so mad when Gordon didn’t get with Charlie’s mom!

The Mighty Ducks came out in 1992, with sequels in 1994, and 1996, with Joshua portraying Charlie in all of them.

His most notable adult role is probably Fringe, which is a weird and insane science thriller that’s since been cancelled, but the man filled out in all the right places with the kind of ruggedness I adore.

It’s seriously hard to believe how sexy some of these guys have grown up to be.  I was going to put Jared Leto up here, but he’s too obvious, especially since he’s about to play the Joker on the Suicide Squad. I opted for some of the less known (okay well JGL is pretty well known but how can I leave him out!) actors.

And that concludes this Man-Candy-Monday. Join me again next week, same time, same place!

Natasha Raulerson

Something Happened Saturday – The Men Made Bacon Explosion

If you follow me on twitter (@RaulersonWrites) you may or may not have seen all the pictures of the Bacon Explosion AKA Heart Attack On A Plate my husband and his friends made Sunday night.

Yeah, they think they’ve got it going on.  When I heard about this I was just like. Nope, walking away. Gonna get myself a sub and wake up tomorrow morning not feeling like crap or with three of my arteries in my heart clogged.

However, this was the scene!

wpid-20150503_183032.jpgAt least the beginning of it. What you think that’s ALL they put on it? No my friends, that’s just the bacon weave, 3 types of mixed breakfast sausage, siracha sauce and cheese.

There is MORE!

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Don’t forget the spicy italian sausage chopped up and laid across the top. What you see on the righ ton the cutting board is candy bacon. I should probably mention by the time this thing was all said and done there was about three pounds of bacon through out the entire thing. That’s quite a friggin’ lot. I know people love bacon, but I looked at it and didn’t know what to do with myself.

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I actually have a video of them rolling this all together once it was complete, but for whatever reason it will not upload to WordPress. And Instagram only allows 5 second videos. WORK WITH ME HERE PEOPLE! If I ever get it to work, I’ll add it in, but for now it’s just being mean.

Moving on! After quite a bit of cooking time in the oven it came out to look like:

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Yes, they are putting a siracha glaze on time before shoving it back in the oven to carmalize.

While that happened, they also made a Mac and Cheese mixed with the bacon grease and left over bacon.

 

Not gonna lie. That was pretty scrumptious, even if I only had one bite.

Anyways, while the guys chowed down on that, I ate the aforementioned sub.

See, I do make good choices sometimes!