Friday, 28 December 2012

Project Bum for 2013

I have tons that I want to work on in the next year, banging shoulders, bigger arms, back that's spread and defined, killer quads, and the list goes on.
However, I really, really want a round, rock hard bum.
You know, booty!
I mean, I'm genetically inclined with a large rear.
Even all leaned out, that baby refuses to be ignored.
So, I guess you can guess where most of my weight goes to all the time, well there and my thighs.
Here's me in my normal pose.

You can see that bulbous bulging there.
Now, check out my side view.
And that's trying to stretch it up and out.
Yeah, the plan in 2013 is to work that baby out.
I want a rear to fear.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas in Pictures

 My reproduction vintage camera that uses real film!
(Sorry taken on my messy "office cart")
 Our blue crab glass ornament we got on our trip back home last year.
 Our teeny tinsel tree that we decorate Louisiana-themed.
 Got the newest novel.
 Wonder Woman Underroos for ladies!
S also got me a kindle and a cover for it.  Rad!
A friend gave me this zombie tee that I remade and rocked to the gym today.
Definitely needing a new haircut too!
Kind of pondering what goals that I'd like to set for 2013.
I know one will be to rock the short shorts to the gym next year with no fear because I want that round rock hard rear! 
What are you thinking about achieving next year?

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Goals and achieving them (It's a long one!)

Why do we not achieve our goals?

First, I would like to preface with a little information about me.
You see, this is cheesy, but I have this dream.  It involves Rose from Titanic.  You know, at the end of the movie, when they pan the dresser and there are all of these pictures of her doing all of these amazing things during her life?  I want that to me.  When I'm old, and possibly in the old folks home, I can pull out all of these pictures and tell incredible, almost unbelievable stories about how I spent my life.
I pondered this for a long while, until I finally decided to shed the boring, dull life and begin taking on those adventures that I so desired.
I began walking/jogging and eventually moved on to do 5k and 10k races every weekend when I lived home in New Orleans.  I took kickboxing and loved the feeling of breaking those boards with my feet.  I'm pretty sure that they used the softest wood possible ~laugh~.
I went to college for the first time when I was 29 and changed my major 5 times.  I still haven't graduated because I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up.  However, during that time, I decided to throw caution to the wind and do a summer abroad in Madrid, Spain.  One of the best decisions of my life even though I went there not knowing a soul.
I did alt/goth modeling in New Orleans and wrote band reviews for
When we moved here to Denver, my interests were piqued even more than they had been by roller derby and burlesque.  There were not very many options for that at the time in New Orleans.
First, I tried out and got accepted as a new recruit for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.  At about the same time, I took Vivienne VaVoom's burlesque classes and began performing around town. 
Now, I won't lie.  I was a wuss and did not go on to make a team in roller derby.  I decided to become a referee instead.  Besides, showing up at my burlesque gigs with arms and legs black and blue wasn't working out too well.  I remember one night Orchid Mei trying to help me out by spraying my arms down with "spray on panty hose" and girls trying to cover the bruises up with all sorts of makeup and glitter.  I decided that I enjoyed burlesque (and the extra money from it) more than the beat downs on the tract.

And many of you are familiar with my latest endeavor, Fitness Competitions.  I think, by far, this was the hardest goal to achieve.  I had wanted to be up on that stage posing in a teeny bikini since I first saw Corey Everson on ESPN back in the mid-80's.  I don't remember there being a "fitness" category back then, only female bodybuilding.  Hmmmm, may have to look into when all the divisions occurred.

So, anyway, why don't we achieve our goals?

Man is a goal seeking animal.  His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle

We've all daydreamed at one time or another about doing something different.  Perhaps it's something that isn't that hard to visualize yourself doing.  Then again, it may be something that you see glimpses of yourself doing, but it may seem just that, a daydream.  Why don't you make it happen?
Many of us put off that goal until "someday."  We may even give up completely.  It's always easier to blame some outside force so that we can say that our situation is out of our hands.  In other words, It's easier to blame it on circumstance or "other" people or timing, when really it's our own actions that bring us to where we are in most instances. It's hard to take that responsibility, but it's only then that we can make things change. 
 You avoid taking action because some of the things you have to do in order to reach a goal intimidate you.  So, why not delay the process as much as possible?
I mean, we all like to be in our comfort zone.  We dream of doing things outside of that circle.  It's exciting, but we're a little afraid to take the plunge.  In the end, we take more time daydreaming and fantasizing about the goal than taking any measures to make it happen.  Here is where the dream ends because you've failed to even try to begin because of cold feet.
Try not to over analyze.  If you've had a goal or dream that you return to over and over, go for it, one step at a time.

As I mentioned, the latest and greatest was a bodybuilding competition in the fitness division.  For years, I've hoarded those fitness magazines dreaming of being like those gals. Since I was young, I have always been entranced by bodybuilding and then the fitness competitors' routines.  Watching them, I always thought that I could never do anything like that, but I wanted to.  I began trolling the internet just browsing for competitors here in the Denver area.  I narrowed it down to less than a handful of people who actually competed in the Fitness Category.  I bookmarked those sites for well over a year.  Then, one day I literally said, "What the Hell," and sent off a contact form to a trainer.  I figured, if nothing else, I would take them up on their free body fat and physical assessment.  That I did.  This woman that I met, well, she was very positive and made me believe that there was no reason that I could not compete.  Almost everything can be learned, just like walking, one step after another, and practice.  That seemed so simple.  

Surround yourself with positive people that support your goals and believe in you.  Having people like this in your life is instrumental in helping conquer all of that negative self-talk that swims around in your head.  Your current friends, and even your family, may not quite understand why you want to pursue the things that you do.  Though they may not intend to have negative influence, it can happen.  It's great to have folks around who can counteract the negative feedback.  I found great amounts of support from people who were chasing similar goals.  I joined groups and blogs online of ladies who were prepping for bikini, figure, fitness, physique, and bodybuilding competitions.  Just reading their stories was immensely helpful as many of them were dealing with many of the same mental and physical obstructions.  It was nice to know that I wasn't crazy nor the only person going through crazy thoughts - you know, seeing a smooshed oreo on the ground and having fleeting thoughts of dropping to my knees and licking it up.  Yes that did actually happen even though I was eating copious amounts of food all day.
When the going gets tough, the negative thinking can creep in.  You may start procrastinating getting things done.  You may just give up or sabotage you goal. 
Absorb yourself in the the project.
Redirect your focus.
Set a deadline.
Get it done.

So, I like this quote though I can't remember where I found it, "You're not setting goals, you're making wishes."  It makes it more magical for me.
However, magic doesn't give you an end result.  Goals only work when you work on them, persistently.  You have to create a framework for what you want. 

A goal properly set is halfway reached ~ Zig Ziglar

Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.  ~Diana Ross 

Writing, Brainstorm!: visions, goals, ideas, steps to get you there.  Keep a journal or blog to keep track of your feelings, inspiration, plans, steps along the way or anything that pops into your head.  Then, you'll also have a record of your journey to look back upon after you've achieved your goal.  Plus, writing something down tends to have more impact on whether your goal will come to fruition than just thinking about it.  I even write thoughts that pop into my head on napkins, post-its, any available paper all through the day and then tape them into my journal.
Create a vision board: You can do this the old-fashioned way on a posterboard, loose leaf, construction paper, whatever!  It's fun and a creative outlet to visually focus on your goals.  Cut out pictures, words, phrases and glue them on.  Write on it, doodle, or draw.  Now, you will have a constant remember staring at you daily to motivate you on your way.  You can even create one on Pinterest or Tumblr!  As hokey as it may sound, books like Creative Visualization and The Secret are big proponents of creating your dreams and vision boards are an awesome way to do that. 
Share your goals with others: It makes you feel more accountable.  If you are passionate about it when you share, inevitably folks will wind up asking you how it's going when they see you.  Likewise, if people inquire about your goals, you will feel more inclined to continue on your path and take steps to keep striving toward that dream.
Break it down into small steps:  Let's say mini-goals.  Think about what it will take.  Do you need to take any classes?  Do you need a coach?  Will you need to travel?  Will you need to make new contacts?  What do you need to do differently from now in order to get closer to your end target? 
Remember you really have to want this.  If it's something that you are really not passionate about, it's more than likely that you are not willing to put in the work that is required to get it.  If you have a lofty goal, it may take a longer time to reach it.  Are you willing to wait and put in a ton of effort into that you may not see immediate and grand results from.  For example, I saved money from my burlesque performances for probably a little more than a year before I even approached a coach.  In the meantime though, I tried to study about diet, nutrition, exercise, performance, to name a few.

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal, my strength lies solely in my tenacity. (persistence) ~ Louis Pasteur

Do you have the tenacity to trudge on even when it seems tough or impossible? 
 If you do, each time that you reach a mini-goal, celebrate!  Celebrate the little things.  You contacted someone in the field you want to get into and spoke to them.
You completed a class.
You got into a split.
You are now including leafy greens into your diet daily. 
For me, whenever I reached a strength/weight/flexibility goal, I did a little something special for myself ~ new tinted chapstick, funky socks, magazine.  It doesn't have to be outlandish.  Even if you just brag about it on your social media site or blog, it's an accomplishment!  This is a success bringing you one step closer to the end objective so why not celebrate it?

Finally, take time to visualize yourself on the journey, not the end result.
This is the fun part.  Yes, daydream a little.
Picture yourself all through the process.
Make little vignettes in your mind about each stage. Imagine conquering all of those mini-goals, and see yourself in all your glory at the completion!

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back.  That is the point that must be reached ~ Franz Kafka

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.  That is dedication. ~Cecil B. DeMille 


Monday, 3 December 2012

Squats of Christmas and Calling Folks on their B.S.

I'm a stalker.
Oh yes, FaceBook has made me a stalker of all of those ladies who inspire me.
She just always posts great pics, quotes, questions, thought, you know.
I know this is going around in different variations, but I decided to partake in the 
Squats of Christmas.
Today is Day 3; so I threw them in at the beginning of my workout with part of my warm-up.  That's what I plan on doing with them since I will be doing the Squats of Christmas sans weights.

Also, I ruffled a few feathers.
I get asked advice a ton on how to change.  I get so excited to help people.
But, I've also learned that most people won't take my advice because they are looking for something quick and easy, a miracle.
Now, when asked, I always give folks a shorter breakdown.
Change your diet - you know, don't eat fast food for every meal.
I even give them a sample of meals with changes that can be made from what they are currently eating.  Instead of that bacon, egg and cheese biscuit with hashbrowns, why don't you try 1 egg, 2 or 3 egg whites, a slice of true whole grain bread and a slice of turkey bacon or something of that nature depending on who I'm talking to.  Now granted, I wouldn't eat this in the morning, but it's just trying to get them to make a healthier choice before throwing them full on into egg, egg whites, oats, etc.
I even give them simple at home workouts, without equipment so that they cannot say, "I can't afford a gym," "I don't have time," etc.  I tell them, do the jumping jacks during one commercial break, and so on because I know they are watching their programs in the evening.
This is how I determine if they are serious about change or are just going to blow me off and continue to do what they do.  If they take me up and follow some changes, I then help them further along.
I posted a few posters on FB about "no excuses."  I got a few messages, really upset.
Here's the thing.  I check my FB in the morning and evening and scroll through my newsfeed.  If you have time to post over 50 things and comment on everything I see, then obviously you have "time."  This is how you choose to spend your time rather than taking 15 minutes to begin change.  I'm not sorry that I said it.  Therefore, until you realize that YOU have to start and make the changes that I just happened to recommend, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.  Your excuses are just that and will continue to be.
Yes, I did say that I'm tired of reading about "nothing works ... I can't lose weight... It's my genes because nothing I have tried has changed me."  Quit whining and actually TRY.

Needless to say, all they did was message me with anger and what's that? 
More excuses.   
As I also mentioned, I know people with much more on their plate than myself and many of them who make the time and don't make excuses because they actually want it. 

 Now, I sound like a mean, harsh person, but it is the truth.
I have stopped placating people and babying people who refuse to help themselves.
I think that I'm reading too much Scott Abel, hahaha.
He's to the point and truthful.
Maybe, I should cushion my delivery.... 

To end on a more positive note, Tenecia (over at Boobs, Barbells and Broccoli) made a list for December of things she's going to do.
She's inspired me.  This isn't a true list, but it's my start!


Friday, 30 November 2012


We've been busy little beavers as of late.
I have been wanting to blog, but can't seem to get my thoughts to come together.
I guess that isn't unusual though as I ramble on and on all the time.
Workout-wise, I've been pretty consistent, and I'm happy to report that my lifting stats are growing!
Now, they are nothing compared to most of you that I stalk, but none the less, I'm super happy about it because it's the most that I have ever lifted in my life.
I'm really excited because this means I can only get better from here.
Being as I haven't competed since April, I am also pretty pleased with how I have been doing with my physique.  I'm trying to grow muscle, but am keeping the "bulk" from going too haywire.
I have been trying to mix things up lately too.
One day this week, when meeting with my gym buddy T, we decided to fore go the usual weights then cardio and try a workout in the October Fitness RX for Women.
We thought it would be an "easy" day for us.
Pleasantly, we were surprised, and it kicked our tushies!
That's the one we did and even added a little ab work in.
This was me looking all hot afterwards.
I hope you realize that this was said with complete sarcasm.
I'll let you in on a secret too.
My pants ripped up the side seam when I got to the gym.
Luckily, I was sporting my longer, looser yoga top - feeling the PMS bloat.
They can easily be fixed, but what did I expect from pants that are over 10 years old?!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


We were lucky and had a 4 day weekend!
We spent a lot of time down in the country working on the Peanut.
We did have a day of doing errands.
But on to the fun stuff ~ I got goodies!
I am trying to make a concerted effort to wear shorts.
My legs and booty are my trouble area.
However, I've worked hard on them, and they look pretty darn okay.
S got me this outfit this weekend.
Lime green short shorts (with built in under-roos) and a top with matching trim.
Now, I just have to get my pasty self to wear them!

Also, my first Muscle & Fitness Supplement box came in!
I'll let you know what I think of the products as I use them!

Friday, 9 November 2012


The days have been really warm, but really nice.
One of the beasties and I have taken to go for some daily walks.
Usually, we play fetch and other games in the back yard.
Today, I decided to wear a pedometer.
We were out for 42 minutes and walked 2.03 miles.
Yep, a little slow, but you don't understand!
He must stop and pee on everything and anything!
"Wait, did I get this one yet?"
"I'm pooped mom."
I have been also scheming for my indoor winter gardening.
It won't make my house pretty or stylish by any means, but I'll have stuff right at my fingertips all winter!
Just to point out, this is a 6" diameter pot.
I have it on my kitchen table.
Here are the carrots that I pulled up from it today.
You can grow anything in a pot, it just comes out a little smaller.
Honestly, though, these were not too terribly smaller than the carrots that I grew outside in the ground.
I plan on putting pots all over where ever I have sun in the house!
This is in my kitchen, and all of the pots are not even visible.
I had to bring in a tiny table from our deck to raise them high enough so that the pups don't eat everything when it begins to grow.
They love chard, spinach, herbs and lettuces!
Oh in the green pot to the right:
I tried what I had been seeing on Pinterest.
I shoved the bottom of my celery stalk into a pot last week and just water occasionally.
Sure enough, that sucker is growing!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

11062012 ~ I flexed my rights

Yep, I voted.
If you really want to have fun with people, tell them that you voted for Roseanne.
I couldn't believe how many people took me seriously and got angry!
Want to talk about make myself laugh?
Hey, I did no research on her, but for some reason I could not take that one seriously?!
I can only envision her as "Roseanne."

Anyway, I also flexed my muscles and had a nice leg workout this morning topped off with a little step-monster.
I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised at how my arms are looking lately.
I can finally see them pretty much all of the time, and I like it!

I can't wait to see what happens over time.

Oh, funny not so funny thing happened this morning.
I was on the step-monster, and I kept smelling this weird smell.
I kept sniffing under my arms and cupping to smell my breath.
I just couldn't figure out what or where it was coming from.
Later, I figured it out.
It turns out that I had stepped in dog poop.
It was such a teeny piece and sooooooo smelly!
I was the stinky gal today.
Thankfully, no one was really in there this morning!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Never too Old to Trick Or Treat

Magic Leg Warmers & Happy Halloween!

I know it's not much weight for many, but today, I FINALLY was able to hack-squat more than I weigh for 10 reps for 2 sets.
This was a huge milestone for me, and dang it, I'm going to do a happy dance in my magic pants.
Well, really, they are biking leg warmers.
Those awesome tights by Black Milk were $50 more than these.
These look just as awesome to me though.
Happy Halloween!


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Muscle & Fitness Supplement Sampling Program

I did it.
I joined the monthly program.

(who's blog I super adore) reviews and photos of what she received, I got lured in.
I joined today and am super excited to start receiving my boxes!

Here's the info:

Sample box with 5-7 supplement samples delivered to your house every month  
  • FREE SHIPPING on any order at the Muscle & Fitness Store
  • $15 off any $75+ order at the Muscle & Fitness Store when you join
  • 3 FREE ISSUES of Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Fitness, or Muscle & Fitness Hers
  • Post product reviews and read what other M&Fers are saying
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Has anyone else tried it out?  

Friday, 26 October 2012

Don't be a sourpuss

Hubby was home this morning due to a change in schedule.
So, I changed my schedule and went to the gym at a different time this morning.
Now understand, I'm a weirdo.
I admit that.
I walk into the gym, do my thang, but smile.
As I pass people, I just automatically smile and usually mutter a "hey" with a little head jerk.
You know, the old crazy lady doing the "what's up" motion.
I also spontaneously break out in a quick dance move between sets if an awesome song comes on, for the record.  Feel free to giggle at me.
I do this to the regulars that I see everyday, and the people I've never seen before, men, women, old, young, whatever.
I'm not looking for conversation.
It's just a pleasantry.
I lived in the south until 6 years ago.
To me, it's just natural.

Well, today must have been "ladies pissed at the gym day."
I got scowls, frowns, and even a turn, frown, hands on hips, lip smack when I said "Excuse me," with a smile, to grab a paper towel from the restroom while one chick was messing with her hair.  By the way, there's only one paper towel dispenser in there.
And she continued to stand and stare with her arms crossed as I went to the side, dried my hands, and put my stuff away to leave.
What's up with that?
I didn't realize things got territorial in the can now.
Is there a full moon or some other weird planetary movement that I'm unaware of that made today sourpuss day?
Hey, it's Friday; put a little grin on and get happy - or next time, I will drop pants and moon your grumpy butt.  Believe me I am not above juvenile actions to get a smile.

So, here's a few logs and pics from the week.  




Sorry, that I didn't get everything, but sometimes, it just happens that I forget. Have a great one!
And remember to smile!
I promise, it won't kill you, and you may just brighten someone else's day!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

You smell of old people sex...

"What?" you ask?
Well, this is what one of my girlfriends told me.
You see in my quest to lift heavier and try to get bigger muscles, I overcompensated for my weaker left side with my right side and hurt my shoulder.  Nothing serious, mind you, but enough to warrant pulling out the BenGay.
Hence, the comment to which I added, "I also rolled around in moth balls just to enhance it."
We're so couth, aren't we?
In the meantime, I will  be doing a little lighter work and unilateral work to try and even out my strength differences.
This is why you'll notice the lighter workout log this week too.
 Getting silly
One day, you will see something there when I do that.


Friday, 19 October 2012

Let's chat

I read a ton and chat with folks on facebook in different groups of women who compete or are preparing to compete for the first time.
Sometimes, I am a little taken aback.
There are so many ladies eating 1000 calories or less a day while doing two hours or more a day of cardio and then lifting weights.
Many have spent months with nothing but protein and only certain greens.
And nothing else, no berries, no complex carb, no dairy, no nuts, nothing.
To me, even with my limited studies in nutrition (on my own and during my pre-med/respiratory classes), this is just not right.
Competitors are wondering more and more why metabolic damage is becoming more prevalent?
I could not believe living this way for so long.
I have also found more threads and more videos about the subject.
Check out this video from Scott Abel, who is a noted expert in the subject.

Anyway, it just concerns me that so many think having stricter and stricter diets each time and increasing cardio every time is just "hardcore." Common science tells us that the body and muscles need fuel to continue on.
This is why I continue to educate myself and work in the off season.
Yeah, I'm still tiny, but it's only been a little under a year.
I think that I'll continue to progress, and I'll be healthy about it.
I am so lucky that I found the coach that I did too.
We discuss all of these things, plus, she takes the time to educate me more in what is happening biologically with each food and the processes in the body.
And this is not saying that I know "everything" or even a lot, but it just amazes me that some people prep to compete on basically an anorexic diet and find nothing wrong with it.
But enough serious stuff.

On to the fun stuff!

This was so awesome today. I was at the red light by University and 1st/Speer. There were about 5 folks with homemade posterboards saying "YOU ARE AWESOME", a hand drawn thumbs up, and other positive sayings. I tried to snap a pick but they kept moving around. It was such a great idea and totally made me smile on my way to my coach.

 I'm maintaining still.
Yep, I was up one pound, but my muscle and fat are pretty much the same as they have been.
I'm at 93 pounds of muscle with the rest being, well, fat.
Still I'm in the 19% range.
 Here's a shot that I snapped there today.
Today was hectic afterwards.
I had to return books to the library.
Picked up a few more.
Left there and met the hubby and friends for lunch.
Raw Ahi Tuna sushi bowl with brown rice!!
Oh yeah!
Then, I ran errands.
Picked hubby up from work and headed south to pick up his truck.
I got home as he went north to pick up parts for the Peanut.
I got home, let the doggies and ferret out.
Unloaded the dishes, washed dishes, did the floors, took out compost and stirred it up, watered what's left of the veggie garden, prepped for dinner, and took care of a few other odds and ends.
Now, I'm waiting for hubby to get home.
We'll chow, and I'll be ready to shower and hit the sack.
I'm such a wild woman on a Friday night!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Gym Logs & Locker Room Pics

A friend and I had made a deal to text each other when we finish our workouts to keep ourselves accountable.  Plus, it's just a little fun.
I used to do it a ton.
Looking back through my album, well, there is a big change.
So, I'm doing it again.
Who knows how I'll look next year?!



Sunday, 14 October 2012

Love weeks like this

I've just been doing my thing this week.
I love that when I went for a check in this week my body fat went down again, my muscle went up, all my measurements changed, and my weight has stayed the same for three weeks now.
It just shows how your body can continue to change even if you do not see loss on that stupid scale.

I have read many books on the subject, but I grabbed a few more at the library and have been reading.
Probably, oh four or so years ago, I was back to vegetarian, then vegan, then I did Raw vegan for about three or four months.
The information and studies really do interest me.
Now, do I plan on going full on Raw again, or even vegetarian or vegan?
The answer is probably not, but I would like to incorporate a good bit more raw into my diet.
I really do try not to cook my veggies to death, but I'm sure that I'm sucking out most of the nutrients by the time that I'm done.
Plus, I've discovered that there are quite a few veggies that I actually prefer the taste of raw to cooked, so what's the harm?
Besides, I could use a little more energy and nutrients in my life.
Too, I'm not in prep for any competition at the moment so I have leeway to play!

The book by Carol Alt doesn't promote any one type of Raw Diet.  It includes how to incorporate meat, dairy, seafood into a Raw lifestyle.  This I found extremely interesting, probably due to my love of sashimi!

I did make this recipe from RawMazing this week.
I used my own variation on the guacamole recipe, but those corn chips?!
Mine were nowhere as pretty, but they were tasty as all get out!
Source: via Jen on Pinterest

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Truckin' Along & my 666th Post?!

 ^ Yesterday ~ 10102012
 Lunch Yesterday
I have been craving the steamed shrimp plate at a local Chinese restaurant.
So, I recreated it with some shrimp that I boiled, steamed veg, 1/2 cup brown rice, and topped with fresh grated ginger, rice vinegar and low sodium soy sauce.  It wasn't actually half bad!

 ^ This morning
Look what I got on super duper clearance at Tarjay this morning.
Treat for me!

On a side note, I just noticed that it's my 666th post?!
Guess that fits for October and the month of spooky-ooky-ness for this horror loving gal!