Happy 21st Birthday, Harry Potter!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers StoneHappy 21st birthday, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

I went back and reread the first book on my flight to work training yesterday with the hopes of completing the series before Halloween. Guess there’s a lot of time to devour the book when you’re doing 5 hours of flying in a small airplane. πŸ™‚

One thing I was concerned about was not being as into it as I used to be back in grade school… it was a book my parents kept trying to get me to read when we got back to the USA, fresh from the Middle East as expats. Couldn’t just watch cartoons and play games all day long I guess. Not that I was complaining once I actually started to read the series!

Re-reading this for the first time in about 20 years was amazing. The book is much shorter than I thought it would be, but it was so easy to get caught up in the story that I just kept reading and reading and reading… even though I should’ve taken a good, long nap at some point. (I’m still tired!) I appreciate how easy it was to get back into, and how it eased you into the story, lore and characters. By the time I finished my trek I was done with the book, and I’m more excited than ever to get started on the second one.

Thankfully the first one was available for free through Prime. I’ve borrowed the second one and hopefully will be able to borrow the third. Whoop!

Happy birthday! πŸ˜‰

Michigan: On the Trail of a War Bride

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michigan on the trail of a war bride Michigan: On the Trail of a War Bride
by Julien Frey & Lucas Varela

I read this comic thanks to NetGalley. Greatly appreciated!

This is a quick review of this historical fiction graphic novel. It was published on May 16, 2018 (last month!) and it definitely deserves a look.

This comic starts off with a French couple who are visiting the wife’s family in the United States. As they get ready to leave, Odette’s story comes into play as a war bride: women who marry men during active service. The trip to the United States intertwines with Odette’s story in a beautiful way.

I found the art to be rather enjoyable. As a reader, I had an easy time discerning the characters and the background, and they were well drawn. Sometimes with comics, the style can be very messy and they meld together.

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Beautiful, yet simple background work

The characters were also well animated. They did a great job on showing the relationships with minimum amount of space:

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Just from the first page, you can tell their personalities πŸ™‚

I think I saw some complaints about the characters, but I felt like this comic was more focused on the experience of Odette’s journey rather than totally on the growth of any one person.

TLDR: If you enjoy a good historical fiction with good art, I would definitely suggest adding this to your collection.

Review: Komi-san can’t communicate (ε€θ¦‹γ•γ‚“γ―γ€γ‚³γƒŸγƒ₯症です)

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ε€θ¦‹γ•γ‚“γ―γ€γ‚³γƒŸγƒ₯症です (Komi-san can’t communicate) is a cute, fluffy comedy manga about a pretty school girl who has a communication disorder and her adventures with super-normal school boy named Tadano who tries to help her out.

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How To: Gluten Free Pain au Chocolat

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My petit pain au chocolate (too thick!)

Puff pastry. I never had the opportunity to play with it before I was diagnosed, but thankfully they’re starting to come out with GF puff pastry sheets so you don’t have to suffer through attempting to make it. French Picnic sells a 2-sheet pack of GF puff pastry for $13. I bought mine from a local Whole Foods.

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Leadbetter’s French Picnic GF Puff Pastry (from Good Eggs)

It was easy to work with:Β let it defrost, roll it out (which I didn’t do and regret), cut some rectangles, fill the center and fold upon itself. Brush egg mixture on while you’re doing this.You treat it the same as regular puff pastry and can just follow a regular puff pastry recipe to get the same results.

I didn’t roll my puff pastry out and found that it was way too thick to really eat. It was very buttery and flaky, which I didn’t expect, and found that it was also made from Cup4Cup.

The GF Puff Pastry is pretty expensive but it’s definitely worth it for a homemade gluten free breakfast or treat.

Review: Sims 4 – City Living

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So, if you keep up with The Sims at all, you’ll likely know that a new expansion pack just came outΒ November 1st. If not, surprise! Time to get your wallet out!

City Living has added a lot of new content to The Sims 4, making it a much more interesting game and reminds me of Sims 3 with how open some of the world is. You also get some new skills, jobs, andΒ apartments.

Yes, apartments. Like from 3.


Which can be very, very pricey. You think you could afford the rent and the deposit, but then theΒ furnishings really get you, like below. (Note: you can get the place empty, however I’m lazy.)

Home/apartment traits are also a new thing, which is great depending on what you’re going for. The apartment my current sim lives in has great schools, but unfortunately … much higher chance of multiple children. Which is how she had triplets (seen in 1st screen) in a 2 bed 1 bath apartment. Hrrm.


In addition, you get an open-world neighborhood with the districts. Each one has apartments, a common area where events happen with food stalls, and some kind of a museum or bar or other activity building.

I’ve found the quest to eat as many different foods from the different stalls to be fun. The opportunity for Sims to also learn how to use chopsticks and eat hotter foods is also amusing, especially when you make an Asian Sim. Wouldn’t you know how to use chopsticks? πŸ˜‰

Just be careful of how much your Sims eat. Apparently they don’t have much self-control for whatever reason.

I would rate this aΒ must buy for the Sims fan. This adds enough content to the base game that it’s worth buying and playing for however many days your stints go. πŸ™‚