The Strangers: Prey at Night? Yes/No?

Side note: Hi there! I decided today that I wanted to get back into the swing of things writing wise. I started posting on Snips and Skyguy again and hope to continue sharing all my love for Star Wars over there and I wanted to continue updating this blog here, my child. Hope you enjoy the following rant of thoughts, whatever that may be.

The Strangers: Prey at Night released March 9th, 2018 aka just a few weeks ago. If you have followed this site for a while or have even checked my Twitter here and there, than you know that I’ve been waiting on this film. I’ve waited and waited and waited since 2008. It’s been a while.

This sequel has been on and off for years and so when they announced more plans to go through with it back in 2015… I had some thoughts. Incase you didn’t read that post, they were all negative. But to my surprise, they announced plans last year to follow through with the sequel and include the original script. I was cautiously optimistic. This film, The Strangers, meant so much to me that I couldn’t bear to think of a poorly done sequel. But enough of the long story to get to where we are. The Strangers: Prey at Night was announced, trailer released and not too far after that… the film was out.

I was there at the first showing I could go to Thursday night, readily awaiting to see if I’d be disappointed when I was 99% sure I wouldn’t be. The trailers they’d released so far were top notch. So in I went… and I left so giddy and excited. The Strangers: Prey at Night managed to live up to all the hype that surrounded it. It was perfect! But also different. And I appreciated it so much.


Johannes Roberts directed this film and his vision melded so well for this franchise. It’s similar to Bryan Bertino’s original film while having a different vibe/feeling to it all. Johannes took this film and made it his. His fingerprints are all over this and are very noticeable. It’s not a bad thing, the opposite actually. For one, his directing is so in your face in the best way. My favorite of these moments are how he zooms in on the faces of the actors during intense scenes. It gives these scenes such a flashback to old horror. Between the zooms and the soundtrack that accompanied this film (let alone the marketing), The Strangers has an 80s vibe to it all throughout while remaining current.

The slashing scenes were done super well. The Strangers hasn’t been about gore or violence. It has always been about making the viewer uncomfortable, about making the audience watch this unspeakable horror for what it is… horror. You feel for these characters. The first film had an ordinary couple who were targeted for no reason, while the same happens here but with a family in the middle of nowhere, trying to save some money by staying in a family owned trailer. I believe this is why The Strangers has become such a successful and well known franchise. It’s your typical home invasion story but more visceral and relatable.

Also the fact that these films are based on the Manson murders also adds a terrifying element.

I hope you found some type of enjoyment from this post? I wanted to keep it simple and short because I could literally write a thesis paper on these films and still have things to say. It feels random to be posting this but I’m doing my best to keep my old writing spirit alive and write everyday. Let me know if you checked out The Strangers: Prey at Night in the comments below!


Depression, Anxiety, and these Friends of Mine.

I’ve lived with anxiety for years. It’s been a long term friend of mine. One that you meet, get really bad vibes from, but continue to keep the relationship going due to a mutual trust that neither of you wish to be here but it’s better than nothing. Yes, that one.*

*really bad analogy that made a lot of sense in my head???

Looking back on it now, ever since I was about nine or ten, I’ve lived with panic attacks and the unending fear of what was to come next and what was to happen in the near future. I had so, so many signs for so long and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized I had an actual mental disorder and that I needed to seek professional help. This was also due to my anxiety transforming into a type of depression that was altering my every day life. Basically I was sad, drained, and it kept getting worse and worse as time went on.

I was so proud to see a doctor for the first time. I was proud that I was ‘adulting’ and actually getting treatment that was needed. So I did. And my doctor didn’t doubt me for one second. She knew what was wrong with me right away and decided to put me on Celexa aka Citalopram. It’s a very common, low side effect drug that works as an anti-depressant and helps with anxiety. I started on 5mg and went up to 10mg after about a week on it. (During this visit, I was also suggested to see a therapist for seek outside help. More on that in a bit.) This was my first time on any kind of drug like this and very nerve wracking. I’ve only ever been on asthmatic meds which are just to help my lungs be actual lungs but this was different. It wouldn’t only affect me physically, it’d affect me mentally. But I did it and I did it proudly.

I started them in March 2016 and within a few days (my body weirdly works wonders and meds seem to always take effect more faster than normal??) I was feeling better. I couldn’t notice it right away but my mom could. She said I was more calm, less angry, and our fights (which would be multiple times a day) were bare to none. So I kept them up and during this month, as a suggestion from my doctor, I went to a therapist. I had one session and basically by the end of session one, my therapist legit told me that I might have a slight case of a bipolar disorder and “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but I wanna try this *insert medical term* therapy next week, so research it and we’ll see if that works.”. A slap in the face is what it felt like. He offered me no hope other than to try some mental practice, which I would totally be up for but whatever kind he said we’d try… just didn’t sound right. So I stopped going and continued my meds. They continued to work for me up until around September/October 2016 when things took a turn for the worse. I think this was due to me getting in a relationship with the love of my life. This wonderful and beautiful thing somehow triggered some weird, horrible part of my brain. I went from this euphoric high to be depressed daily over the smallest things. My partner wouldn’t text me for a few hours and I’d think the worse was happening, I’d miss his lunch on the days I was able to make it (due to traffic, going to the wrong place, etc) and I’d have a breakdown. It wasn’t normal, at least for me. But it all hurt the same. Thankfully my partner has been nothing but supportive and tried his best to keep me grounded. I’d have a breakdown and he’d take care of me, call/text me throughout my shifts at work to keep me afloat. He’d surprise me with flowers, take me out to eat/shop, literally anything he thought I’d love, he’d do it. And it’s because of him that I am here. I’d gotten so worse that to keep myself from doing anything horrific, I promised him that I wouldn’t take my own life. It was my promise to him. Promises mean everything to me, so it was my way of making sure I survived this. Not only for me, but for him.

So I kept my meds up, stopped my meds, and decided to go back to my doctor. He put me on 20mg and I kept that up too. It still didn’t work. Throughout this time I also missed a lot of work. I’d have days where I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t do anything but lay there, texting friends, and trying to keep sane. But I did all of this for me. It wasn’t ideal but it worked and helped me live. But my meds not working horrified me. I wasn’t suffering from anxiety, I was suffering from depression. It just got worse and worse. So I went back to another doctor and got prescribed Prozac. I wanted to try out these meds due to what my therapist said months earlier and had one of the worst experiences at the doctors due to this. Suffice to say, the clinic and doctor offered no help and we had to file a complaint against the medical board. (Feel free to tweet me if you want to know more, but to keep this short: fuck that doctor.)

Fast forward a week or two and Prozac made me worse and made my mind race. I couldn’t focus and made everything horrible. It was after that that I stopped all my meds completely. Tried to focus on other things, like work, projects, friends, games, etc. And it helped quite a bit. My depression was still prevalent but it was quieter. I than started a new job. I lasted two days before quitting. I couldn’t handle the hours, the stress, the being away from friends and knowing nobody. And that was only a few weeks ago. So I’ve been taking this time, this free time I have, to rebuild myself. Rediscover my loves, my passions, figuring out what my limits are, what I can handle, what I can’t. And it’s been great. I’ve been doing really well, at least in my eyes. I’m loving life again, growing all of my friendships, planning for greater things with my partner and so many other amazing things. I also started taking my Celexa again, but only because I felt I was in a good place and could be even better. Since than, I feel like my meds have made at least a tiny improvement. But the side effects have also been worse for some reason. Over SWCO I stopped them. I couldn’t handle the sickness it brought me, loss of appetite, etc. I’d go the entire day without food and only realize that I needed substance until I was dizzy and almost passing out. It got bad. So I stopped them during SWCO because I didn’t pack enough and missing one day, I felt so much better. I was hungry and had a normal appetite. It sounds weird but it feels so, so good to eat throughout the day cause I feel like it and not having to force feed myself so I don’t pass out. HUZZAH!

But with that said, I have started them again, obviously. Since starting them back the side effects have been pretty low as of now. As I’m writing this, I did wake up nauseous. Wasn’t as harsh as usual so yay for small wins but with this being said, I still do struggle daily. I go through waves of emotions where I’m either ecstatic and lively or I’m just sad and feel no emotions at all. It sucks. I’ve realized when I’m doing something productive, going to a con, doing a day trip a few towns over, etc, I feel happy. It’s all I’m capable of. But in everyday life? It’s hard. I constantly feel sad, guilty and angry. I’ve been learning that in these situations, I prefer to have no emotions vs feeling everything at once. It’s a weird balance that I rarely have control over. I’m trying to pin point when I’m sad, guilty, or angry… and when I find myself in that headspace, just shut down my feelings. It’s sounds like a fucked up way of living when explaining this in detail, but it helps me get through and stops the guilt or anger I feel from feeling those feelings in the first place.

These thoughts have been on my mind lately. I wanted to share all of this for everyone to read, maybe get inspired by, to know that not everyone is alone in this. But I also wrote this as a personal therapy session for myself. It feels so good to write this all out, to put it out into the world, to see the feedback this post gets. As I write this, I’m feeling better. It’s 12:08pm, April 22nd. I woke up with a headache, struggled to get back to sleep because of stress, and than woke up again only to let little things get me down. About an hour ago I accepted it was one of those days and decided to lay down, play games, and aimlessly browse YouTube to get my mind off these things. This all brought me to Twitter, where quite a few of my friends are very open about their mental illnesses, which in turn brought me to add the few final pieces to this piece and actually post it. I wanted to share this as a way of showing that there is a silver lining. I still battle these feelings. I still have my days. But they grow fewer in size each and every day. I’ve shared that I suffer mental illnesses but I’ve never went into full detail. I hope this has offered some type of relief for you or some type of positive emotion or some beacon of hope. I’ve always been a strong advocate for mental health awareness even before my own struggles came to light, so it only felt right to share my own piece of this mental health pie we all seem to share a slice of.

Keep strong, keep loving, keep living, and I’m always here if you need to talk. ❤

Life Updates + SWCO Schedule!

Heyyoooooo! Hi. Hey. Yellow. It has been forever since I’ve updated this here blog. Literally more than half a year has went by and I’ve done nothing but touch up the site a bit and contemplate what to write. But this isn’t all my fault. Life happened. As it usually does. A lot has happened since last year. Like a hell of a lot. Between meeting the love of my life to moving out to finally getting my license (*high fives 16-year old Travis*) to everything in-between, it’s been a beautiful change of pace for me. My last con was SDCC last July, I’ve grown to appreciate so many other things, I’ve come to know more about myself in all the best and worst ways. It’s been CHANGE AFTER CHANGE AFTER CHANGE and that’s okay! I’m happier than I’ve ever been and have been slowly getting back into my little hobby/side project, TTG aka this here site and YouTube channel.

I’ve been uploading videos weekly over on YouTube with help and motivation from Isaac. It’s been great and I realize every time I edit a video as to why I started making videos in the first place. It’s fun! But I have been neglecting this here site/blog/passion of mine so I want to try to make a better effort at updating. I’d love to do more journal type blog posts like I’ve been doing for years and also more involved stuff like DIY’s, reviews, etc. The usual stuff. So in attempt to start blogging again and moving forward with all my tiny passion projects, I figured I’d update you all on everything. There’s so much more that’s happened. What I’ve listed above is just the surface but I’ll save that for my autobiography. (Lolololol!)

But for now, I’d like to share my Star Wars Celebration Orlando schedule! I’m planning on meeting every single friend of mine whose attending but figured I’d share my schedule for my sake and also for anyone who wants to try and catch me throughout the con. Some of these panels overlap, but I like to have options incase something falls through. You should’ve seen my first SDCC schedule. Yikes. In addition to everything below, I’ll probably be at Disney Springs most nights, eating, relaxing, shopping. Take a look and let me know what panel you’re most excited for!


– 40 Years of Star Wars

April 13, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– The Growing Galaxy of Women’s Star Wars Fashion

April 13, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Star Wars Collectors’ Stage – W307, 3rd Floor

– Dave Filoni: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates

April 13, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– Food and Fandom: Star Wars Recipes

April 13, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Star Wars University – W300, 3rd Floor

– LGBTQ+ in the Galaxy Far, Far Away (MY PANEL!! Me and a few friends will be doing this! Come see us discuss sexuality in Star Wars!)

April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Star Wars University – W300, 3rd Floor


– Star Wars: The Last Jedi

April 14, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– The Making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Maybe, Ashley Itty Bitty signing at 1:15pm)

April 14, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– The Heroines of Star Wars (with Ashley Eckstein and Amy Ratcliffe!!)

April 14, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– How to Start Podcasting Like a Jedi Master

April 14, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Celebration Podcast Stage – W310, 3rd Floor

– Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher

April 14, 2017, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Celebration Stage – Chapin Theater, 3rd Floor

– Special Celebration Screening: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: A New Hope

April 14, 2017, 7:30 PM – 11:55 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor


– The Force of Fan Fashion

April 15, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Star Wars Collectors’ Stage – W307, 3rd Floor

– Star Wars Rebels Season Four Sneak Peek

April 15, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– Del Rey Books

April 15, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Behind-The-Scenes Stage – W304, 3rd Floor

– Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making

April 15, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

– These Are Not The Writers You Are Looking For: Bloggers Discuss Writing About Star Wars

April 15, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Star Wars Fan Stage – W308, 3rd Floor

– Special Celebration Screening: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

April 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM, Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor


– Hamill Himself

April 16, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Celebration Stage – Chapin Theater, 3rd Floor

– Women in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

April 16, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Star Wars Fan Stage – W308, 3rd Floor


  • Friday: The Dorky Diva meet up! -7PM, Rosen Centre Hotel lobby
  • Friday: Ashley photo/autograph session, Topps Autograph Hall, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Friday: Ashley Itty Bitty signing! – Hallmark, #2928, 1:15-2:15pm
  • Friday: Ashley workout routine! – Force for Change booth #3650, 12:45
  • Saturday: Ashley meet and greet at Celebration store, 10-10:30am
  • Saturday: Ahsoka poster signing, Barnes and Noble Booth, 12-1pm
  • Saturday: Ahsoka Lives Day! 2-3pm, main lobby stairs (Lobby B)
  • Saturday: Champions of Cosplay, Celebration Stage, Chapin Theatre, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Sunday: Ashley meet and greet, Celebration store, 11:30-12:00
  • Sunday: Ashley workout routine! – Force for Change booth #3650, 12:30

I can’t wait for SWCO! Between Star Wars and friends, it’s going to be an AMAZING time. 🙂



PHOTO SET: Spider-Gwen in Wonderland

This is a super late post, but during HeroesCon, two of my best friends and roomies for that weekend, Court and James, let me photograph their cosplays! It was Spider-Gwen in Wonderland themed and they both looked so amazing. They honestly were troopers because holy moly was Charlotte blazing hot that weekend. As usual, I didn’t have the right lens to perfect this shoot but I still really loved the outcome, especially since I never do this type of thing. It was such a fun experience and I can’t wait to do this again with all my cosplay friends. ANYWAYS, PLEASE ENJOY THESE PICS!

I Survived A Marathon! No, Not That Kind… (Ultimate Captain America Marathon)

Yesterday I attended the Ultimate Captain America Marathon at a local Regal theatre! It was a 5 film marathon featuring Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, and than Civil War! This post will mainly be about the marathon itself and not Civil War thoughts. I honestly need to see it again to gather all my feels. But yeah, about the marathon! I’m so glad I was able to attend. Originally they weren’t bringing it near me since it was more than 3 films, so when they announced they a local Regal would be doing it, I snatched up tickets faster than Pietro runs. I was so excited to see some of my favorite films again on the big screen, especially Winter Soldier!

Team Cap
Selfie while waiting outside to get in. It was freezing.

We got to the theatre about an hour and a half early. Based on the Star Wars marathon, we knew the earlier the better. Turns out the theater wasn’t *as* prepared and we didn’t end up getting seated until 30 minutes before The First Avenger started. Once in, we got comfy and prepared our feels for an entire marathon of Captain America! I really loved seeing The First Avenger on screen again cause Bucky/Cap/Peggy feels. I always seem to notice something new, mainly character development. I will admit, I did fall asleep for like 10 minutes at one point due to only have 2 hours of sleep beforehand. Sorry, Cap!

Team Cap medal
Our medal for doing the marathon!

Next was The Avengers which is always a classic, than Winter Soldier (which I was most excited about), Age of Ultron (gets better with each viewing), and than CIVIL WAR! I think I enjoyed seeing Winter Soldier on screen the most out of them all mainly cause it’s my favorite MCU film and Bucky. But than Civil War happened. I’ll save all my Civil War thoughts for later cause I have so many, but I will say that the marathon went by really fast. Star Wars felt like it went on for forever (in a good way), but this time it felt as if we’d just arrived by time we’d left. Which I guess is a good thing, but I honestly didn’t want it to be over with. It was just so much fun! I really hope they do another marathon for the next Cap film cause I’ll so be there. Oh and did I mention that there was a merch stand at the end of the film? No? Cause they had exclusive merch! I may have got a few things. Oh and the theater even had some popcorn buckets and a cup!

Civil War popcorn bucket and cup
Got the one featuring them all!

All in all, it was a perfect day. I really enjoyed spending the day with all my MCU friends. I just really need to go see Civil War again. And again. And again. Also I need Infinity War and Black Panther ASAP. Now to figure out how to write up my Civil War thoughts… Hmmm…

Civil War display
Break time = picture time!

Her Universe x Kohl’s Marvel Inspired Activewear – Review (Testing, Details, Sizing, and More

So incase you missed the big announcement from a few months back (may have been shorter, actually), Her Universe has teamed up with Marvel and Kohl’s to bring a unique, one-of-a-kind line of activewear to stores nationwide. (All of which you can pick up online as well!) Yeah, you heard that right. A Her Universe activewear line that’s Marvel inspired and available for purchase nearby. Totally amazing, right?! I jumped at this news the second I saw the sneak preview of one of the Black Widow pieces in an Entertainment Weekly post, so I’ve been slowly but surely keeping my eye out as to when it’d actually hit stores. Turns out it wouldn’t be too much of a wait and just last week I saw my friends posting pics from Kohl’s showing off the new line. So me being me, I sprinted down my nearest Kohl’s and checked out the line myself… and bought almost everything. (You guys know I have a Her Universe problem.)

I bought all the leggings, minus the Iron Man ones only because they’re not in stores quite yet, and tanktops, minus the racerback ones just cause that style isn’t quite my jam. So I have quite the assortment of HU activewear to wear running/walking now and I couldn’t be happier! I wanted to make this post for everyone whose interested in the new line and wondering exactly what it entails, how it fits, feels, looks, etc, So I put together my own review, if you will. I split this into sections which split into all of the following: pics of all the pieces with info and closeups, fabric/design details, sizing (extremely helpful if you’re looking into buying your own line), a test run, how they look on an IRL person (aka me), and different ways you can style them. I hope you all enjoy this! Let me know if you have any questions about the pieces below or on Twitter and I’ll try my best to answer it. Now let’s make like Cap’s shield and roll…


The pieces and their fabric closeups! 


So with any activewear, you have to test it out! I’ve had many different work out shirts, only to get uncomfortable in them, etc, so I wanted to give the Her Universe line a run through. I love walking/running and have been training for the Star Wars 5k in WDW next month, so I’ve been “training” here and there. So the other day I planned to go for a jog around the neighborhood but this weather is ridiculous and decided to be freezing. So I opted for an elliptical. Luckily we have one in our house, so I went for a walk that turned into a run for about 20+ minutes. (Got sidetracked by other things. Hence why I always opt for outdoors.) And my after workout thoughts; SUPER COMFORTABLE. I really, really enjoy the material used, specifically in the pants. They’re light weight, super soft, and hug on to your legs without being super tight. I also really enjoyed the tank tops, especially the Black Widow and Cap one where the symbols are clear. It helps you cool down way more and become less sweaty as you work out which is a plus. It’s really, really nice.

My rating: ✮ 5/5 ✮

How the clothes fit aka photos of me wearing them. Cause why not?!


If you’re planning on buying some Her Universe workout clothes, I thought letting you know prices would be a good thing, especially for those of us who need to budget. Below I’ve listed the original price and sale prices for all the pieces.

  • Activewear pants: $36 but are typically always on sale for $24. 
  • Activewear tank tops: $24 but are typically always on sale for $15.99.
  • Activewear sports bras: $30 but are typically always on sale for $20.99.
  • Activewear shorts: $24 but are typically always on sale for $15.99.

Please note: the plus sizes are a $4 difference.

Sizing for Men and Women!

All the sizing is listed in junior’s so I would highly recommend checking them out in person to see what fits you best. I usually wear a large shirt in men’s and found the XL/XXL tank tops fit perfectly. As far as pants, I’m usually a large as well and found the XL fit perfectly, with a little bit of room so they aren’t skin tight. As far as women’s sizing goes, it’s definitely true to size, so I would definitely order what you would normally wear in junior’s sizes.

Now here’s the tricky part. For some reason, Kohl’s doesn’t believe in stocking plus sizes in store. So if you go in store hoping to see which size is right for you and see nothing, that is why. BUT Her Universe did make plus sizes. Her Universe is really good at offering all sizes for all types of bodies. Since Kohl’s doesn’t carry them in store, you will have to order online. I know this can be frustrating, but I would suggest finding the pieces you’d like, ordering 2-3 sizes in each, trying them on, and returning the others. I know, frustrating, but this will definitely be better than simply guessing and hoping for the right size. If I come across any friends who’ve bought the plus sizes and have a better understanding of how they fit, I’ll make sure to let you know!

Final thoughts!

I love this line. I love it so damn much. From the simple designs to the brighter ones, I can’t get enough. There’s literally something for everyone, men or women. The leggings fit like any other leggings would except they’re amazingly comfortable and feature our favorite Marvel characters. The tank tops fit like any other tank top except that they’re soft, cool you down fast, and feature some amazing designs. I can’t wait to grab the few remaining pieces I need from the collection aka the Iron Man designs. Her Universe knocked it out of the park with this collection and I can’t wait to see more! Hopefully this unlocks the door for Star Wars workout gear? One can dream!

Let me know your thoughts on the collection below!

Star Wars Rebels: “Twilight of the Apprentice” – A Reaction in Gifs

So the Star Wars Rebels season 2 (“Twilight of the Apprentice”) finale just aired on the East Coast on DisneyXD and I’m honestly a mess right now. I do plan on writing up the episode and my feelings about certain things, but that’ll be a few weeks, so until I do write an extensive, way too thought driven post about how beautiful and wonderful Twilight of the Apprentice was, I thought I’d share my thoughts… in gif form. From start to finish, I was a mess who eventually cried and felt pain like no other. So yeah, here’s my reaction in gifs. Throw me in the dumpster when you’re done reading this.











What did you think of the Rebels season 2 finale?! Let me know (spoiler-free) in the comments below!