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Friday Fun! (June: Vacation at the Races)

The motorcycle race track has many turns and elevation changes to be more interesting for the racers.

The motorcycle race track has many turns and elevation changes to be more interesting for the racers.

Hello my lovely readers!

After the busyness of May, I was incredibly grateful to have a whole week off in the month of June!  My bf only had half the week off, so at the start of the week I spring cleaned (umm….in June), made my favorite pie (strawberry-rhubarb), and got ready for our camping trip at the races.  My bf’s hobby is racing motorcycles, and when he goes to the track, he camps there.  Since I had the time off, I was able to go with him.  I’m not able to go every time, unfortunately.  I was so excited to get to be there! I love getting to see him race!  It’s so exciting, and I love that his hobby is so unique and requires such a complex skill set, from actually riding to maintaining the bike.  I also love camping and camping at the track is a wonderful different kind of camping.  The excitement of being at the track and hanging out with the racers and their families and pit crews around the campfire at night is so much fun.  My dad bought us a grill, so I was finally able to cook most of our foods at the track.  I took to pinterest and discovered lots of fun things you can grill.  I made us grilled tofu tacos, grilled quesadillas, breakfast of course, and, our favorite, zucchini parmesan.  I loved getting to spend so much time on one of my hobbies while supporting my boyfriend’s.

With my vacation in there, I’m pleased with how many book reviews I managed to write this month (eight).  I had dubbed June the month of reading ARCs, and I managed to get through four of them this month, taking my total number of TBR ARCs down to 16.  I finished designing a new cross-stitch pattern, but I have yet to post it since it is a present, and the recipient has yet to receive it!  This month I’ll be working on my first commission.  I’m excited to show it to you guys when I’m finished.

Happy reading!

Movie Review: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Evil clown face looking down on a couple.Summary:
It looks like a meteor has crashed near a small town, but it actually is a space ship.  A space ship that looks exactly like a giant circus tent.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s full of aliens that look like deformed clowns armed with guns that shoot cotton candy that wraps its victims up into cocoons?  Facing off against these creatures are a teenage gal, her current flame, and the cop who used to date her.  Will anyone in the town survive the night?

Review:
Confession.  I used to be deathly afraid of clowns.  We’re talking 5 year old me would instantaneously cry upon merely seeing one at a distance.  Although I’m mostly over that now, I was a bit nervous that watching a clown horror movie would stir things back up.  Well, I definitely wouldn’t call this a horror movie.

It is the perfect blend of ridiculousness and horror tropes that it takes to make a deliciously campy horror film.  I found myself laughing throughout and delighted at the various directions the writers took traditional circus elements to make them dangerous and evil.

There’s popcorn that turns into evil clown heads (but only after being in a dark space).  People are turned into pods of cotton candy that hang ominously inside the ship.  The balloon animals come to life and are evil.  To someone who always found the circus a bit….odd….it’s totally delightful.

The movie also has its own theme song that is still earworming me days later.  The song, clothes, and acting are all wonderfully 80s.  From the main girl’s hair to the grouchy cop to the teens running an ice cream truck in an attempt to get girls, it gets just the right combination of elements that screams–this is why the 80s was awesomely weird.

If you appreciate camp, the 80s, or light horror, you’ll enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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