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So before yesterday’s post, I have been gone for a hot minute.  (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase, you don’t know how accomplished I feel right now.)  Things got really busy around Thanksgiving, which overlaps with my grandpa’s birthday; he’s 81!  Thanksgiving was awesome.  My family and I had a huge dinner over an in-depth conversation on World War II.  We all like history in our house, but different time periods.  My dad and grandpa are obsessed with World War II and I’m all about Ancient Civilizations.  Oh well, I make do.

But with how busy and chaotic it got around here, guess what I still made time for?  THE WALKING DEAD MID-SEASON FINALE, of course!  Ok, let us all pause for a moment of silence.  It’s been more than a week and I’m still not over it…I didn’t think I’d be hit this hard, but yes, waterworks happened, screaming happened, followed by a prolonged feeling of numbness.  Alright, I’ll stop being dramatic but it was a big deal!  If you watched that episode, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, now that we have a long and unwanted break from new episodes, I thought it would be a great time to do a TWD Tag.  Dora @ notyourrolemodel (except she is) helped me with a few questions and now I present to you:

The Walking Dead Tag

1. Walkers, Lurkers, Biters, Lame-brains, Geeks, or Rotters, which is it?
2. You just woke up to a zombie apocalypse.  What is your weapon of choice?
3. Now that you have your weapon, choose your partner.  Who will it be?
4. Location is everything, where will your camp be?
5. Who is dead that you wish were still alive?
6. Who is alive that you wish were dead?
7. Which character is the most evil of all time?
8. If you had a baby during an apocalypse, which character would you put in charge to care for your child?
9. Hey leader, your call: the needs of your loved ones or the needs of many?
10. What’s the biggest lesson TWD taught you about surviving a zombie apocalypse?

I’M TAGGING: Very Bangled, NotYourRoleModel, and anyone out there who is a TWD fan.  Do it!  Tag yourself, tag your friends, tag someone.  Feel free to copy all the questions into a post of your own or just comment below with your answers.  And feel free to use as much TWD gifs as you want.  Spread the TWD love!

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Let’s talk TWD; let’s talk Crossed.  It was a complete visual buffet, wasn’t it?  We got to follow along with Rick’s group, Abraham’s group, and Beth’s “group.”  While we got teased a bit on what happened with each group, just like a buffet, we didn’t get a complete satisfactory resolution.  Rick’s group still has not rescued Beth’s group; Abraham’s group is still stuck on the middle of the highway; and Beth’s group is still at the hospital.  But guess what?  I still loved this episode mainly because I’m just so proud of all the characters and with how far they’ve come along.  Seriously, I feel like a momma bird watching her little birdies fly.  Watch out for spoilers!

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Here is a brief summary on who I’m proud of and why:

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I hope all of you are having a warm and toasty weekend.  I’m here in my snuggie, bopping to some Christmas songs …yes, it’s that time of the year already!  I have been watching quite a lot of television lately (thanks to à la Netflix), and one of the shows I’ve been watching is Chopped.  Does anyone else here watch Food Network shows?  Am I the only guilty one here?

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In each show, four different contestants are each given a mystery basket of ingredients to work with. Their task is to create a dish incorporating all of the ingredients given to them while using other ingredients from the fridge or pantry as they like.  The challenge in the first round is to create an appetizer within 20 minutes.  The challenge in the second round is to create an entree within 30 minutes.  And the challenge in the last round is to create a dessert item within 30 minutes.  So far, I am enjoying the first season and am sometimes envious of the judges for getting to try such great food.  There are some factors though, that make me thankful I’m not a judge on this show.

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I haven’t developed a crush in so long that I thought there was something wrong with me. But no, the reality was that there was something wrong with all men but one: they’re not this guy. I would give up a burger for him; now that’s serious.  I’ve been dreaming of a true love’s kiss…

Although I mainly watch anime shows, I have been so hyped up about The Walking Dead – and just in time for the premiere of Season 5, too!  I started watching this show last Friday and was so hooked that by Tuesday night (or this morning, to be technical about it), I was completely caught up.  Yes, I started from the first season, and yes, I suffered several headaches caused by eye strain due to my relentless, unyielding, and obsessive personality.  But guess what?  It was all worth it.  It’s dangerous when I find something I like, I’ll tell you that much.

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Image courtesy of comicbook.com.

If you don’t know what this show is about, two words will fill you in: zombie apocalypse (also, get out from under that rock).  I have been wanting to watch this show since forever.  I keep hearing about it, hearing about it, and hearing about it.  I’ve seen pictures, I’ve seen beauty gurus on YouTube creating zombie looks for Halloween.  I just wanted to be a part of it so bad, but was too scared. What can I say?  I’m a huge ‘fraidy cat.  I finally gave in and the fact that Seasons 1 through 4 were available on Netflix made it all too convenient.

The first episode was shot largely in a hospital, pre and post apocalypse.  I hate hospitals so much, especially ones that have mutated beings or creatures of the undead (think Parasite Eve and Silent Hill).  I literally sat through the entire first episode with subtitles on, hands over my ears, and my eyes closed part way.  I began developing immunity to the walkers by the third episode, but I still went vegetarian that night for dinner (we had drumsticks).  But like most of the characters in the show, I have come a long way since that very first season.  I went from only willing to watch the show during daylight, to huddling under my covers until 3 or 4 in the morning, watching it in pitch black darkness (I know, my eyes were destroyed this weekend).  The zombies no longer frighten me, the gore resulting from injuries inflicted upon them also no longer creeped me out.

I won’t talk about the AMAZINGNESS that is S5E1.  I won’t talk about how a certain someone redefined what it means to be a “good shot.”  Heck, I won’t even tell you who my favorite characters and my most despised characters are, since not all of them are introduced too early on in the series. This post is meant to be completely spoiler free – but I do hope to write more insightful, spoiler-full posts later on as the season progresses.

For those of you who choose not to watch the show because it’s too frightening for you (or you do watch but want some laughs), I bring you the more dialed-down version → The Walking Drunk.