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my daily life as experienced over a 5 minute period

If much of my life could be summed up into a single incident, I suspect it would be the one that just happened while I was home alone with my cats* on a Friday night.

Some background: I’ve had an insect nemesis for the prior THREE DAYS in the form of a FLY. This fly is equipped with special STEALTH TECHNOLOGY. It has to be. How else could a giant fly vanish for hours (days?) at a time?? It buzzes past me and then vanishes into thin air, I’m certain by activating its cloaking device, and then is just GONE for hours. It’s been BOTHERING me that I couldn’t find this fly.

Prior to tonight’s Incident, the last time I saw the fly was several hours ago, probably around lunch time, buzzing around my office. Even though I immediately closed the door to said office, the fly was nowhere to be found. So I went about my business, waiting. At some point the fly will reappear, right?

Fast forward to tonight.

I was finishing up in the bathroom and downloading a game I used to play onto my phone. It’s a silly little puzzle game from Disney called tsum tsum. It’s been around for years, but I haven’t played in a long time, and wanted to give it another whirl. The thing you need to know about this game is that, after you’ve done the tutorial on how to play, it downloads game data BEFORE you can go into settings and turn off the music.

The music that sounds like this:

So. You’ve got the scene. I’m in the bathroom, washing my hands. Alone except for cats, so the door is cracked open. THIS music is playing on a loop in the background.

And in swoops The Fly.

I slammed the door closed and twirled the hand towel into a loop. I’m reasonably good at knocking flies with a towel. I wait for my chance, and BOOM. The fly is toast. Huzzah! I flush the dead insect and go to toss the towel into the dirty laundry, its mission complete.

The tsum tsum music is still playing in the background.

And then, in my moment of triumph…

…I stepped right into cat vomit, with a single round piece of cat poop lying beside it.

And that, my friends, is what a hopping Friday night at my house is like (because I definitely hopped all the way to the sink to clean my foot).

I suspect there’s more poop somewhere, but that’s future Jo’s problem. Current Jo is figuring out how to get that awful app noise to stop playing already. It’s enough of a circus without theme music.

Looks innocent but is actually culprit of SCARF’N’BARF.

*Being at home necessarily includes cats, so this is no special designation, but I wanted to SET THE SCENE, if you will. Carry on.

joanna irl, the geek life

As seen on… end of May 2014

Well, it’s June, and I’m still working on my Australia reports, though between various life happenings and short out-of-town outings, it’s slow going. In the meantime, here’s what I did in the second half of May!

Over at +5 Charisma on, I’ve got three new movie reviews you can check out! (Click the links for full reviews.)
Here are my thoughts on Godzilla (2014): it was all right, but the only really good parts were the brief times when Godzilla was actually on screen; the humans were dull at best.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was outstanding! One of the best X-Men movies yet, and moves leaps and bounds to correcting the issues with the earlier films (including negating the awful X3: Last Stand).
Disney’s Maleficent was an interesting and visually beautiful take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, and shows that Disney is continuing to break out of their usual formula.

Speaking of¬†things I write for, International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club AND Paper Droids are both up for Geekie Awards! The Awards are meant to honor and give recognition to up-and-coming content creators and the sites that host them, and both of these places have been nominated. The judging is happening this month, with winners selected in July and an awards show in August. I’m excited for both sites.

So there’s the news from my corner of the internet. Hope you’re doing well, and look for more travelogue to come later this week!

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Movie Review: Disney’s Frozen


I’m going to say it up front: Disney’s Frozen is the best animation picture they have put out in years. The animation itself is lovely, the snowy scenes they created are epic in scale and gorgeous, the characters are interesting (and there’s a whole cast of them to boot!), and the story is surprising in a way that Disney-Princess-Tales so often are not. This movie is fantastic.

From here on, there are SPOILERS, Sweetie.

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Just another day at Disneyland (Oh, and new Fantasy Faire stuff, too!)

Disneyland castle in spring

A couple of weeks ago, Disneyland opened a new section of Fantasyland called Fantasy Faire. It’s basically a small annex beside Aurora’s Castle, but it adds an outdoor stage where they do short live-action plays about five times a day, and a Royal Hall where you get to meet princesses.

Disneyland Figaro

We didn’t have a particular plan to go, just sort of decided last minute (and hey, it’s only about an hour and a half away, so why not?), so last Tuesday we drove up and spent the day.

Disneyland azaleas

The flowers are blooming everywhere because it’s spring (even in the desert there are flowers, but I’ll get photos of that later this week), and Disneyland looked colorful and happy. Plus it was still the week before spring break, so no lines!

Disneyland Fantasy Faire

Of course we had to check out the new section, and the princess line was surprisingly short, so we waited (because I wanted to see the inside of the new Royal Hall).

Disneyland Royal Hall

The thing about Disneyland is that they have found a way to so immerse you in the experience that it really is like being in another place. And there are things to do no matter what age you are. The Royal Hall was really cool, though, very well done, and had a little winding corridor with three princesses waiting to meet us.

Disneyland Cinderella


I don’t think I’ve met Cinderella before, or at least not in a while. So that was fun. ^_^

Disneyland egg hunt

Another thing they’ve been doing is “Limited Time Magic,” where they have a very short-term (two weeks or less, usually) feature in the park. We happened to be there for the Easter Egg Hunt, and of course I had to find them all. We found the eggs around California Adventure Park, and marked them with the corresponding sticker from a sticker sheet onto a map we got at the front. At the end I “won” a keychain. Little, but still fun, and gave us a reason to thoroughly lap the park and explore corners we usually wouldn’t.

Disneyland teacups

So yeah, it was a good day, and we stayed until the park closed. The nice thing about having been a few times recently was that we could pick and choose… though we always save time for Star Tours. ^_^

Disneyland Star Tour