Although 2016 has been a rocky year, I cannot say it has been a bad year overall. Despite all the crying, I must say that it’s been good for cleansing. I see 2016 as a rocky roller coaster that allowed me to cleanse slowly and noisily. Cleansing can be cathartic and even look like a mess. But the results are positive. So, despite 2016 being a year of goodbyes, including family ones, it’s also been a great year to start something new. Before you can start anew, you need to be ashes. I know, the metaphor is spooky, but that’s what’s happened to me during 2016: I finally burned out, and now I’m ready to come back in all my glory during 2017!
In blogging terms, 2016 has been a Loki year with ups and downs. Because of my several burnouts at work, I spent some months with less writing and more crying. Despite this, 2016 has been good for this blog. Not only that, it has been naughty and quite interesting.
I went to see X-Men Apocalypse this Monday, and since I got two small posters, I thought that I would do a review and also a giveaway with them. I usually go to Marvel movies rocking some Marvel fashion. Since this was an X-Men movie, I decided to go with my X-Men cardigan! [I also have a Storm super cool tee, but it was chilly, and since I love many of the characters, I decided to rock the cardigan.] I loved the movie despite having a very mono-dimensional villain. Apocalypse was too plain, but the whole movie was fantastic. [You know I am super picky with how villains are crafted. Depending on how good Villains are, so Superheroes will shine more.] However, we do find someone excelling his part: Magneto! Professor X and Magneto have a very special relationship, and so does Mystique. Thanks to these three characters, I’d say that the movie overcomes the mono-dimensional Apocalypse.
[SPOILER ALERT: if you haven’t seen the movie yet, please refrain from reading more about the review. At the end of the post you’ll find the widget to take part in the posters giveaway.]
I’m so happy I took part in Geek Girls x Bloggers Spring Fling Gift Exchange! Although there were some issues along the way, I had so much fun. First, because we did it through our favorite group on Facebook. All lady bloggers in the group are amazing, they write super interesting posts, and it’s wonderful to be friends with many of them. Second, because this Spring Fling Gift Exchange was hosted by From Girly to Nerdy. And third, because my surprise mate was Ashlee (Her Geekery)! If the combination of stars that made this happens isn’t magical, I don’t know what it is. But, I loved every single bit of it!
I’ll start with the little accident. I got a pair of super cute Loki earrings to die for. Unfortunately, Express your Fandom (a shop on Etsy), didn’t pack them well, and they came broken and bent. One of the horns on one of the Loki’s helmet was broken, and the hooks were super bent. Fortunately, the shop owners are super friendly, and they refunded the money to Ashlee. And, what do you think she did? (You gotta love the girl!)
And so, this weekend I had a total mayhem at the Free Comic Book Day in Brighton. I was supposed to wake up at 8am in the morning, but I did it one hour later. No worries: I found all the treasures! Not only I got the free comics I wanted, I also got deals on old issues for 1 pound: five issues for only one pound! I repeat: five issues! So, I decided to try out some titles I haven’t read yet, and give them a shot and see if I want to continue reading them. I also got two comic books, including the second trade of the Lumberjanes! And, because I had to have another Loki, and because there were tons of Funko Lokis at Dave’s (yeah, that’s the name of the super cool local comic book store), I got a Loki with helmet! I had a Funko Loki without Helmet, along with a tiny Loki with Helmet. All Funko, all super cute. Thus, my Norse Gods panthon has grown with yet another Funko Loki. Let me show you:
My Birthday was a blast! Thank you, everyone! After my nervous breakdown, being spoiled during my Birthday has been the best. Seriously. Not because of the presents, but because people took their time to send me their wishes, and do crazy stuff for me! My Japanese friends took their time to send me lots of Japanese super cute chocolates and Sherlock mangas! Two of the volumes are bilingual (English and Japanese), so they are perfect for learning. One volume is just in Japanese. I adore them all! They’re super fun because Cumberbatch just looks so Cumberbatch in the manga. They did an excellent job in illustrating Johnlock and making the volumes just look like the episodes! Amazing!
Want to know more about how friends and family spoiled me? Keep reading!
So, I had a nervous breakdown due to… overwork! After several months of non-stop, my body decided to stop. On Saturday. It might seem ironic, but happening on a weekend is good because I can snore it and come back to work on Monday as if “almost” nothing has happened. The reality is that I am still super sleepy, but I’m now working in a relaxed way. So, what lead me to this? Anxiety and sheer amounts of stress. I work online, and it has its perks: you choose your working schedule. However, if you are like me, the downfalls of working in your way are that you decide your own working schedule. It means that you might work longer hours than you should, and you do it in a happy way not realizing that you need to stop at some point. The whole thing gets worse when you do what you love: it’s hard to get tired of doing what you like to do!
Thus, I snored my Saturday, zombied around during Sunday, and was forced to have a regular schedule from Monday. And this means that my evil plans for writing on the blog have been postponed. Don’t worry! I’m writing again, with a delay, but I’m on it again: in a relaxing way.
Brighton Geeks & Bloggers had a lovely and super nerdy Geek Girls Versus Brunch! Scruffy Little Nerd Herder, Debbie Bridge and I had a wonderful time together. Not only we chose our sides, but we also talked a lot about blogging, discovered more about each other’s passions and got to exchange comics! Okay, more about that in a minute. But before, let’s fangirl about the fact that we had loads of fun, shall we?
Emma came from Portsmouth. It took her about an hour to get to Brighton by car. [Saturday is a busy day, so expect roads to be packed!] Debbie came from Hove, which is just glued to Brighton, and as you know, I walked till I arrived at the meeting point. I happen to live at the top of a killing hill. When you walk downhill, it’s all peaches and cream. When you come back home, you have to climb it! Most of the time I refuse to take the bus. The target: get gorgeous legs, just by walking down and up the killing hill from hell.
So, I’ve been tagged in the epic’s 3 random questions tag by Epicfied. I found it quite interesting, so I decided to play along and answer the three questions that she has asked. Let’s begin!
1. How did you think of/get your username/website name?
It’s quite simple. The name “dePepi” is two words “de” and “Pepi,” and it just means “from Pepi.” I used to sign all my stuff like that when I was a kid. So, it made sense for me just to use it. It’s cute, and since I’ve been doing that forever, it just seemed the logical thing to do. [It’s in Spanish, Catalan, and Italian; which made it cool by the time I decided to use my signature from childhood.] I also like it because it feels more personal. Everything you read on this blog it’s like having a conversation with me. I always picture you and me taking a coffee in a cozy place and enjoying a good conversation. So, that’s it.
Brighton Geeks & Bloggers is getting playful. We have a Geek Girls Versus Brunch! (Sorry guys! We’ll make something similar next time, for everyone. But this time, Scruffy Little Nerd Herder and me are organizing this. It means that Portsmouth & Brighton (& Hove, okay I won’t forget you guys!) are joining forces and meeting for a Versus Brunch! So, what’s all this about?
We’re going to meet with fellow geek girls bloggers from Portsmouth & Brighton for a themed brunch: versus. Why Versus? Because of the upcoming movies Batman versus Superman and Captain America Civil War! We’ll need to pick up a side, and geek out heavily this March 19, from 1 pm. We’re going to eat, talk, and end up at the local comic book store to treat ourselves with some geek goodness! (So, you thought we wouldn’t end up there, do you!?)
Yesterday I went to Brighton VegFest with a friend, and I enjoyed the green smoothies and chakras in there. As you might suppose, I am still an omnivore. I stopped eating sugar, but I did not stop eating meat. So, I felt a little bit like Loki undercover creating some mischief around. The venue was nice, and there were tons of cool shops. However, most of the stands offered “healthy food” with tons of sugar in it! A smoothy post saved me because they offered smoothies made of fruits and veggies (and they were super yummy!) I also loved some places with great spiritual merchandise. Even if most of the stands were dedicated to veganism, there were some that had interesting designs and offered free massages. Overall, it was nice. But, as I discovered, it’s still challenging for you to find something to eat that has no processed sugar in it. And this was shocking to me since I expected to find other alternatives to sugar in the menu.
The venue had two floors plenty of stands of all kinds of food and vegan and spiritual merchandise. You could also find natural products like organic soaps and even ethical deodorant! Some of the stands had really nice staff that were eager to talk and engage in conversation (I love those better, obviously!)