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The Boyfriend’s Been Tweeting!

So, The Boyfriend joined Twitter about 3 years ago now.

I’m not sure what spurred him joining Twitter. Pretty sure it was the release of some game, probably something to do with beta-testing, and it sent him on a journey of recording gameclips and considering starting his own gaming site – which is something we both consider doing from time to time, especially being that the whole family desperately wants to be YouTube gamers (except for the girls, who still want to be on YouTube, just not for games…).

2015 was a busy year for him on Twitter and in the gaming world in general. Lots of really great new games including Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5 Guardians, Fallout 4, plus the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

2016, he barely tweeted at all. Probably because we lost the cellphone that had the app that he used and he’s not a computer guy and only recently re-added the app on his tablet…

So now, it’s 2017, and he’s slowly making his comeback.

My favorite part so far has been all the old pictures he’s been posting as he’s been spending the last two days staying up late just so he can walk down memory lane. More than once every day for the last two, we’ve both stated, “Can’t believe it’s been 9 years…!“. And while we still technically have a few months to go until we’re officially at 9 years, we’re over the halfway mark, so we just call it 9 ūüėČ

So now, I totally invite you to go follow @Bukshot7, because he totally needs more than just cam girls following him! Personally, my favorite tweet is the “There are many reasons why @ValerieRayne13 (that’s me!) is the love of my life…” one, but I’m biased. What’s yours?

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Still Snowing

It has felt like a very long couple of weeks. Very long. And I expect that it’s going to take awhile for everyone to recover.

In my last post, I was freaking out a little bit about our annual inspection. The Boyfriend worked incredibly hard and we ended up having no problems passing. We were a bit surprised, because we both felt incredibly unprepared, even though we pulled multiple overnighters. But, we’re all good for another year!

My sister also moved to town and then her kids came to visit her and because Mom’s boyfriend was in town, everyone ended up at my house. So I had three days of extra people here – which was amazing and awesome and probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do all year. It felt like a lot of work, probably because I’m not used to dealing with that many people.

By The Boyfriend’s second day off, we were itching for alone time. Quiet time. We finally got it last night and we both soaked it up like crazy. Even ended up getting rid of Cazzwell in the morning and slept the entire day away – which was so desperately needed after a series of very late nights and ridiculously early mornings. Hopefully, now that the big stressful stuff is done, The Boyfriend and I will finally be able to get on some sort of more-regular sleep routine.

The kids are all doing pretty good. Kaeidyn has been pushing her luck a lot lately and her attitude has been wildly out of control. I ended up taking her phone away from her for a few days because I just couldn’t get over how she was treating everyone. The way she talks sometimes just absolutely astounds me. She can be so angry for absolutely no reason and has the ability to just break your heart with her words. I see a lot of “consequences” in her future.

Kenzie, Keirnan and Carter have all been pretty darn amazing. They’ve been helping keep up on the cleaning ever since the inspection and have all been having fun taking turns “babysitting” Cazzwell – really, the adults are just in another room (like when I make dinner) – but they don’t care about that. They’ve even been getting along better, although Carter has been having a great time playfighting lately.

Cazzwell is growing up way way way too fast. Pulling himself up on everything now and he is just so ready to be on the move. He crawls so fast! He’s gotten into yelling as loud as he can for absolutely no reason and for such a small kid, he’s the loudest of the bunch. We’ve been attempting to get him on more solid foods and sometimes it seems to go great and other times, it’s a bit of a pain. There isn’t too much that he really enjoys eating lately and for the most part, he just makes a big mess.

I ended up spending the three days that my sister was here completely off my computer. I haven’t done that in awhile and definitely not while we still had internet. It was surprising to me how easy it was. Normally, I’m itching after a few hours. This time, day three I started to notice. I’m working on a few different projects right now, so I’m super glad to finally be able to concentrate on that stuff. Hopefully, I’ll get one of the projects done very soon.

It’s snowing a lot lately. We had a week of really warm weather – like, wear your t-shirt outside weather. Then, big globs of snow. And while the snow only lasts half the day and mostly melts before nightfall, waking up in the mornings to nothing but white in the middle of spring is just so utterly depressing! I am desperate for warmth and sun and blue skies – and based on the weather right now, it’s going to be a very short burst of that before we go back to winter. It’s very sad.

Who else is still getting snow? Rant about it with me in the comments below!

Some of My Favorite Netflix TV Shows

I’ve been watching quite a bit of Netflix lately, especially since they’ve been adding a whole lot of really amazing stuff. Not only have I been watching a lot, I’ve been adding tons to my list because it seems like everyday they add something that I swear I just said I wanted to see.¬†Today, I figured I’d share some of my favorite TV shows from the past few months, because there are quite a few of them and I don’t want to forget.

Honorable Mentions

I don’t have much to say about these shows, save for the fact that I absolutely loved them!

  • Call the Midwife
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Raising Hope
  • Weeds
  • Frisky Business
  • Huff

Prison Shows

There seem to be a lot of these lately, and I can’t say that I mind. I didn’t think that I would like prison shows, but it turns out that I’m super obsessed with them, to the point where I will stay up late just to watch “one more episode” (which is usually a lot more than one…). I think the thing I like the most is that they force you to question your own beliefs about punishment and rehabilitation.


I finished all the seasons of this show in a matter of days, because I just could not stop watching it. If you saw Orange is the New Black and really liked it but was left wanting a little more, Wentworth will surely fill the gap. I found the storyline to be insanely intriguing, the characters to be so relatable and the whole experience was so visceral. When they cried, I cried and when they cheered, I cheered. I don’t think I’ve ever yelled so loud at a TV.

Unitè 9

If subtitles don’t bother you or you speak french, this show is almost the Canadian version of Wentworth. I’m still devouring episodes of this masterpiece like they’re going out of style, One thing that I do appreciate about this show, more than most others, is that it is stereotypically Canadian – everything in it is so nice and civilized, and yet, somehow that does not diminish the drama.

Orange is the New Black

I mentioned it earlier and I should probably add it. The Boyfriend and I powered through the first two seasons and were absolutely in love. I follow the show just about everywhere online and I spent a long time excited for the third season, but it took us forever to get around to watching it. I think the thing that I probably love about this show the most is the actresses in it, because I feel like I can relate to each and every one of them. Their problems could be my problems and that makes their experiences that much more real to me.

Crime Dramas

I generally tend to avoid crime dramas because they have a tendency to make me pretty sketchy. However, there have been a couple that I was really looking forward to seeing and was really glad that I’ve taken the time to watch them – although definitely need to stop watching them before sleep because they affect my dreams.

How to Get Away With Murder

I just started this show tonight. I’m already most of the way through season one and so far, I’m really enjoying it. I’m having a lot of fun watching the way the characters are developing and it’s definitely a show that piques your curiosity. I’m getting a huge kick out of seeing so many OITNB actors in it and I have never seen gay sex look as amazing as Connor Welsh makes it look!

The Fall

First of all, I’ve never had a bigger crush on a fictional serial killer than I have on Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector. There were honestly so many things to love about this series and I cannot wait to see next season. I’ve actually watched this show twice, because I insisted on The Boyfriend watching it after I had finished it all, it was that good. And I plan on re-watching the whole thing when they bring the next season out!

Other Dramas

Grey’s Anatomy

Kaeidyn and I started watching Grey’s Anatomy forever ago. We haven’t gotten many opportunities to watch it, especially being that she insists that I watch it with her. I’m actually kinda shocked that I’m even putting this on my list, because for years, the entire time we had cable and it was on TV, I despised this show. Every time it came on, I’d whine and moan. Watching it from the very beginning, in a way that I can control, definitely makes this show great. I can watch it when I’m in the mood for it and then it really gets to me.

Grace & Frankie

I was expecting this show to be a stupid-funny comedy. I was pleasantly surprised when it was more than just funny comedy. There were many episodes that had me holding back tears and the whole family was swept up in the story. There were so many deep discussions had about why Grace & Frankie weren’t just happy for their husbands and a lot of explaining the complexities of relationships and sexualities. I absolutely loved this show and I’m desperately waiting for the next season to come out!

Downton Abbey

I’m a sucker for period pieces. I have such insanely romantic views of the 18th – 20th centuries. A few months back, I went through a serious obsession. It started with Mr. Selfridge and The Paradise, two very similar shows, and then Downton Abbey – I’ve still prolonged finishing the currently available season because I’m not ready to wait for more episodes. I’ll probably just end up watching the whole thing again before the next season comes out on Netflix.



On My List…

I still have a ton of shows that I’m waiting to watch or that I’ve got seasons left to watch. I want to get through all the ones I’ve started before I start more. Below is a list of all the shows that I still have left to watch or that I’ve started and not finished (assuming they don’t get removed before I get to them). A single asterisk (*) means that I have to watch it with The Boyfriend and double (**) means with the whole family. What do you suggest I finish first or start with next?

  • Scandal
  • Mad Men (Started) *
  • Suits **
  • Nashville (Started)
  • House of Cards
  • The Good Wife (Started)
  • Land Girls
  • Once Upon a Time (Started) **
  • Bones *
  • Dexter (Started) **
  • The Walking Dead *
  • Glee (Started) **
  • Spartacus *
  • House (Started) **

I’m planning on doing another post like this, next time for some of my favorite movies on Netflix – and there are a lot of those! Especially documentaries. And if you have any suggestions for movies, let me know and I’ll add them to my list. Any of these shows interest you?