This Week in Review #1

I hope everyone’s had a good weekend. I thought I would take this time to write down what I’ve done, what I’ve read, and what I’ve watched this week. Hopefully you’ll be inspired!



What I’ve read:


  1. Fairy Tales: Hans Christian Andersen

This is actually one of my favorite editions of the fairy tales. Whenever I feel the need to be inspired, I read these fairy tales. All the classics are there (The Emperor & the Nightingale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and of course, my personal favorite The Little Mermaid), as well as some I’ve never read before (The Gardener & the Gentry, The Tinder Box, and the Darning Needle). I find these to be relaxing.


  1. It’s Not Always Easy Being Iceland’s Best Witchcraft Museum

Now this is a fascinating article. Found in a small town in Iceland’s Westfjords, this details a tiny museum dedicated to the dark art of witchcraft; this is also one of the town’s only ways to draw in tourist dollars. And you learn about a “witch craze” that happened in Iceland during the 1700s, not unlike the Salem witch hunts. I think I’ll put this place on my bucket list of places to visit.


  1. The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers: Through History In Over 1500 Photographs

When I need a quick reference for a weapon, this is the book I pull out. It also has a great suggestion for collecting, if you’re so inclined.


What I’ve watched:


  1. Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution

I know, I know; why would I recommend something like this? Well, for one reason: it’s possibly one of the best I’ve seen about World War II. Done by the BBC, this has reenactors portraying the events of the camp combined with interviews from the prisoners and the guards themselves. There were some moments, though, where I had to pause and collect my thoughts because of what they were talking about. So watch at your own risk.


  1. Stranger Things

I don’t why it’s taken me so long to watch this series, but well, I’m watching it now, and man is it awesome! If you like 80s nostalgia, quirky characters, and creepy monsters, then this is your show. Season 2 is set to premiere on Halloween this year, so binge watch season 1 now!


  1. The Little Prince

I found this one by accident while searching through Netflix one night. The Little Prince is one of my favorite books, and to finally see it in animated form is pretty great. They go back and forth to the original story, and then to the guiding story. I would definitely recommend watching this. And have some tissues ready.


What I’ve done:

I really only did one thing this week, but it was fun, I got to do exhibit patrol for the Farm and Ranch museum during the annual Gem and Mineral show (affectionately known as The Museum ROCKS!). I would make sure people hadn’t gone into a certain gallery with open food and drink containers, and I would also check in with the front desk and let them know how many people were in the gallery. Then I walked around the vendors and bought some amethyst crystals for my little sister.


There we go, what I did this past week. Now time to relax for the rest of Sunday. Peace out.


Today is (was) National Pizza Day, and I don’t know about you guys, but I love pizza.

Pizza, to me, is one of those comfort foods. You eat a piping hot (well, not scorching hot) slice, and already you feel better, even though you’ve probably consumed more calories that you shouldn’t be eating. But you feel great, and relaxed.

My favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. And then it’s extra cheese, and then anchovies, and then green olives. Yum.

Dang it, now I want pizza.

How Did Day 2 Go?

​It actually went really well. The thing I wrote looked and sounded great. And then I met some of the other people that work at the center.

I find that I’m really starting to get the hang of this. As I said in the previous post, it isn’t as crazy as Farm and Ranch, but I kind of like that. And I have to admit that I have some great ideas for F and R as a result of my work at Branigan. 
But then I’m worried that they may not work as well.

Well, I won’t know unless I try, right? Right.

In the meantime, I’m watching Cake Wars with my family. Most of these cakes they do make no sense to me sometimes. They definitely take the saying “go big or go home” quite literally on this show. But is size really that important when it comes to cake? I mean, it’s going to get eaten either way.

Also, what do they do with the cakes that don’t win? Does the crew that shoots the show eat them? Do they let them sit there and get stale? Or do they toss them into the garbage?

…Jesus, it’s amazing what goes through my brain sometimes. 

Volunteering Day 1

​Today, I started my second volunteer job at the Branigan Cultural Center, which is a museum located in downtown Las Cruces. 

It’s in a white Pueblo Revival-style building; at one point in time it was the public library. It still has that sort of library smell to it.

I found myself just working on an upcoming exhibit. And it was nice and quiet, compared to the hustle and bustle of Farm and Ranch. And since it was a nice day, I walked to a nearby burger place and got a quick lunch.

Thursday is my next day, and we shall see what happens. But tomorrow I go work out at the Aquatic Center and continue on the green chile paper.