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text 2019-01-05 23:47
Mini Book Haul, Pet Death, Distractions, & Anxiety

Trigger Warning: Animal death, though no photos of a dead animal, just my last photo of her alive. Long blog, but I promise there is book related content as well.

 

My hamster Mogget was put on death watch a few days ago. We had to move her to a smaller enclousure, because old age was making it hard for her to get around. Well on the 4th, in the morning, she became unable to move and fell into a deep sleep, her breaths slowed down and right before the end, she opened her eyes one last time and I feel like she looked at me to say goodbye. I'm not sure if she was aware of anything, but it is comforting to believe she realized she wasn't alone and was able to go without being scared.

 

[In a deep sleep and I hope she felt comfortable]

 

Patrick (my husband) helped me bury her in a spot I like outside. She is in a place where I can imagine fairies or something else magical lives. Whether you believe that, it is a nice thought, regardless. We buried her between the tree with the vine and the rock covered in moss.

 

After that, to get my mind off things, Patrick helped me get rid of a bunch of stuff we've been procrastinating donating/tossing. (By help, I mean he did it all and I supervised hehe)

 

[Photo was taken a while ago. Might be hard to tell, but the tree in the middle that has vines. She is now in front of that, behind the rock.]

 

As you can imagine, I was really upset all day (still am) and just wanted to distract myself, play with our other furry butts, clean...etc. In the photo, we're trying to go through DVDs and our cat Apollo just wants to play in the tote.

 

[I think she wants to have a Buffy or Farscape marathon!]

 

My husband is really sweet; he took me to Barnes & Noble as more disctraction so I could get 2 books I really wanted. They were having another buy 2 get 1 free sale, but that man was there again and I had a panic/anxiety episode and refused to check out with him. (See previous blog about the man who was rude to me there last time.)

 

Patrick offered to do it alone, but I did not want to deal with the buy 2 get 1 fiasco all over again with the same rude cashier. (They didn’t have signs up again!) Right in the store, I went online and bought 3 books for my Kindle, through Amazon (of course) and paid less than what I would have with the buy 2 get 1 sale. (Actually spent only 3$ more what 1 book would have cost.)

 

Ugh! I love those books I wanted so much (despite not reading them yet lol) and I love Kindle books, but I really wanted the physical books to add to my physical collection of the books I already had by the same author. All is well. I will look out for the physical copies one day online (used & lower priced than what B&N was charging.)

B&N pretty much lost a customer while that guy is working the register.

 

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The books I got is from the Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) series by Makoto Shinkai. 2 light novels, 1 manga. Japan calls books based on anime or manga “Light novels.”

There is a full length animated movie, 3 manga based on the movie, 1 light novel based on the anime/movie, 1 light novel that is side stories, 1 manga that is based on the side stories. Phew. It sounds confusing.

 

The movie is so beautiful and I loved it so much. The manga based on the movie wasn't as impactful as the movie was, but I really enjoyed it, too. It really was a touching story for me. The artwork is stunning. The movie made me cry at the end. I just had to have the novels, and the manga based on the side story.

 

It is the 2nd largest grossing domestic film in Japan (That is all movies, not just anime!) and the fourth-largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. 11th grossing non-English film in the USA. (At the time of writing this.) Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% & 4.6/5 rating. IMDB.com is at 8.4/10.

 

That should tell you how much this movie & books impacted people. Listen up, folks! Anime, cartoons, and animated films, comics, graphic novels, manga and all that are not just for children! I’m playing this up because I want you to watch the movie and then read the manga, then the novels! Go do it!

 

My collection so far:
Physical:
Vol 1-3 Your Name manga. (Follows the anime pretty closely!)

 

Digital:
The Your Name Movie (On Vudu.com. But I want the Limited Edition Bluray that comes packaged in a holographic art box, comes with a hardcover art book, 2 soundtracks (English & Japanese ver.) and is just stunning, but it is so pricey!!)

 

[This is what you get in the limited edition! I know I can buy the soundtracks alone probably, but I really want that art book!]

 

 

Your Name light novel on Kindle (It is supposed to follow the anime/manga pretty closely, but with added background info...etc.

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound light novel on Kindle (Based on characters from the anime/manga and some of their side stories...etc.)

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound manga on Kindle (The manga of the above.)

 

 

Yes, I'm a nerd.

 

(Do me a favor, give your animals (if you have any) a great big cuddle if they will let you.)

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text 2018-10-30 00:36
Phobia
I have a phobia, but I won't say what, because I am afraid someone will subconsciously post about it. I'm sure I'm safe in this space from anyone doing it on purpose, though!
 
Of course, the Internet is always listening and might post an ad related to it. Anyways, so I was laying down with my husband and we were chatting (we take forever saying saying goodnight) and out of nowhere my phone says really loudly,
 
"Okay, I will put that URL in."
 
That alone is a spooky thing to hear.
 
 
So I go to pick my phone up. It is unlocked (It should be locked) and the Wikipedia page for my phobia is pulled up, with a large picture of the thing that gives me anxiety/makes me sick/scares me. Needless to say, I tossed my phone at my husband, cried and told him to get rid of it. He did, but the next time I went on the Internet, it was still there! UGH! I was not having it and told him I meant for him to delete it, not just minimize the app.
 
It made me cry like a baby! I don't know how to explan why. That's a phobia for you.
 
 
My husband thought it was so funny that my phone just up and did something so weird and random. I told him I thought it was supernatural and a spirit was messing with me because there is no way that your phone will pull up a page, unlock your phone and the page be something that you can't stand/are afraid of. I mean what is the chance? He apologized; I guess it is a phobia he can't understand. He learned his lesson for laughing at me...;)
 
 
Truthfully, the lesson he learned is how serious a phobia can be. He felt so bad because he hadn't realized at first how upset the situation made me.
 
I was seriously spooked. I even asked the "spirit" to please not do that again.
 
 
 Do you think they will listen?
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text 2018-09-28 11:08
Managing Your Anxiety or Depression

Are you feeling extremely sad but don’t know what the real reason is? Never prolong the distress by searching for the right treatment for depression and anxiety. You need to straighten up your emotions before they consume you. There is one way to help you solve such abhorrent feeling, and it’s best done with consultations from a psychoanalyst named Patrick Mahony.

 

So, what is depression? It’s actually a feeling of being sad or in a low mood. Many people often feel such emotions, and it can turn more potent with sadness that it becomes unbearable. This is when it is classified as clinical depression where someone experiencing it will need professional help.

 

When you suffer from such illness, your cognitive, emotional somatic and behavioral components are combined to create a feeling of fear, nervousness and too much worry. This will affect the body by creating headaches, chest paint, nausea and heart palpitations.

 

Although they are different, Patrick Mahony recommends that depression and anxiety be treated in the same manner. It is believed that those experiencing depression are sometimes anxious. The treatment from a psychoanalyst will make the patient relax sometime and develop trust with the expert. After which, he may need to visit his clinic a number of days a week or months or even years, until he’s fully recovered.

 

As a medical practitioner, Patrick Mahony is the best person to tell you what type of treatment is most suited for depression and anxiety. Some may be given antidepressant drugs for those suffering the two illnesses. His therapy sessions will guide the patient to help himself or herself cope with his or her condition. The patient is aided to overcome his or her lowest points where he is asked to calm down physically until everything turns normal.

 

If you start feeling the depression or anxiety, or is in the healing stage, you need Patrick Mahony to advise you with some suggested relaxation techniques and exercises to keep you focused and balanced. You should also watch out what you eat especially those chemicals that trigger such emotions. Be careful in what you choose to consume for your body. The best ways are to eat right with vegetables, fruits and lots of water.

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review 2018-09-11 21:17
Book Review - The True Nature of Energy - Transforming Anxiety into Tranquility by Diane Wing
The True Nature of Energy: Transforming Anxiety Into Tranquility - Diane Wing

How can we embrace nature to enhance our own spiritual well being?  This is a book that gives you very useful tips on how to achieve just that goal. Setting out specific exercises and thoughts to change your life, for example - How many negative influences are in your life? - This could be as simple as removing someone who only calls to pass on bad news or is always complaining to you.

There are exercises that will also help you to feel better about yourself and how to attract positive influences in your life.  It explains why certain places and events affect your mood and character. Why do you go to a certain place to feel better? For me it was a visit to the watch the tidal movements that has this effect.

This is a book that I would like to revisit time after time to gain the maximum results.  An enjoyable, informative read from the author.

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/book-review-true-nature-of-energy.html 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/book-review-true-nature-of-energy.html
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text 2018-09-09 16:38
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine - Julia Cook,Anita DuFalla

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine, written by Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla, is an awesome book to read to students. Wilma Jean worries about everything concerning school, whether it’s getting called to work a math problem on the board to not having anyone to play with during recess. The teacher does an activity which allows the children to write worries they can and cannot control. By doing this activity, this helps Wilma Jean control her worries. It gives parents and teachers insight on what students worry about on a daily basis. Reading this book to the class will help them accept things that they can’t change! I can do an activity similar to what the teacher in the story did, have the students write out the worries that the can and cannot control.

 

5 stars

 

Lexile AD630L

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