Category: Coffee and Confessions

Lore Olympus: A Review

Hello and Happy Friday Loves!

I’m feeling refreshed and I’m also feeling really excited to give you a review of the website I came across called Webtoons. If you are a comic nerd like myself you are really going to enjoy the review that I have for you today! I’ve been noticing a lot on Facebook and Instagram this comic Lore Olympus being advertised. Anyone who truly knows me knows that I’m totally obsessed with Greek culture, if past lives actually exist I’m pretty sure I was Greek in at least one of them. I particularly enjoyed the story of Persephone and Hades so of course when I saw this advertised it peaked my interest. Naturally, I had to check it out and boy am I glad I did!

Lore Olympus is a modern take on the story of Hades (Lord of the Underworld) and Persephone (Goddess of Spring) by Rachel Smythe. What I really love about this comic is it tells the story in a way that totally adapts it to today’s society and culture.

Having read Superman, Wonder Woman and yes, even the Labyrinth Coronation (the back story of Jareth from the Labyrinth) I will admit that when it comes to comics, I’m super judgmental and picky about the art. It is probably the only time you can get. However, the artist (and writer!) Rachel Smythe really captures her reader’s attention by using colors very deliberately in every panel. Color schemes actually become their own characters and reflect the tone of the story in a way that’s so simple somehow it conveys complexity. 

Keeping with the pattern of contradiction, the art is simultaneously unfinished while being refined. Loose lines bleed into line-less colors which is very unique & creative. What I love about the art is the way it fits the way the story ebbs and flows. It, too, bleeds from loose lines into line-less, whimsical memories of the past. 

The story is very creatively told and hits on many topics such as first love, jealous, sexual assault, and even insecurities about one’s appearance in relation to one’s peers. The author and illustrator, Rachel, is not afraid to shy away from tough topics without being too graphic. She tackles them in a very respectful manner that makes it both easy to relate to and not uncomfortable to read.

This webtoon comic updates every Sunday, with paid members getting fast access to it on Saturday’s. Honestly, the only downfall about this particular comic is you have to wait a whole week until you can find out what happens next. The story is both funny, tragic and engaging it leaves readers wanting more!

You can check it out here: https://m.webtoons.com/en/romance/lore-olympus/episode-56/viewer?title_no=1320&episode_no=60&webtoon-platform-redirect=true

A Million Sentimental Reasons: A Memorial Day Open Letter Tribute to an Old Friend.

Dear Nick,

This weekend can’t go by with honorable mention to, you, old friend. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 8 years since you’ve lost your life in Afghanistan….8 Years is a long enough time to settle into a different kind of normal since you left but I live in fear of one day forgetting the sound of your voice or laughter. I try to keep my memory sharp.

While I believe there are heroes among us everyday, I was blessed to have known a real one. Looking back on it, we wouldn’t have gotten to know each other if not for the church volunteer work we did through the years at St. John’s because we were in different grades and had different friends but I’m glad we did truly get to know one another. You had such a huge heart, you cared what everyone had to say, nobody’s worries or cares were too big or too small for you to offer your thoughts and opinions on the matter. Also, you had the most contagious smile and laugh, I find myself chuckling to myself even now as I write this cause I can picture you shaking your head with a grin at “sentimental Brittany”.

I can’t help it though, I miss so many things about you, from the sound of your voice, the mirth in your bright blue eyes when you told a joke, to the way your head would tilt back and laugh heartily if I managed to tell a joke worthwhile to you. You were giving, kind, funny, compassionate and handsome on the inside and out.

You were one of the few people in my life who made me feel like it didn’t matter what caste society lumped you into: nerd or jock, drama/choir gleek (that was me) or cheerleader, honor student or delinquent you were a friend to all. Nobody was better than anybody in your eyes, you saw beauty in everyone not a label. I never got to tell you how much I loved and valued your presence (though it was brief) in my life, I don’t have a picture of us together partying it up (because we came from different social circles), but I always thought that I’d see you again, that there would be time for that, a drink and catch up at a local bar for that, after all I had memories along with those who volunteered with us.

As I watched the sunset through the cracks in my vertical blinds on August 10th 2011, I sobbed-not just because I realized I would never get to have that catch up drink with you- but because I lost a friend, all of our small Jersey Shore town did the day we lost you. We lost a friend, your family lost a son and brother, and our town lost a shining star.

Thank you Nick Ott, for your service and your ultimate sacrifice. Keep watching over us in heaven, big guy, we all miss and love you so much.

Photography Fun

I am no photographer, but I enjoy the anesthetics of a good view and the modern conveniences of having a smart phone which allows me to capture the moment at large.

I’m not someone who goes out drinking, usually when I go to bars I find myself people watching. Interactions between friends, lovers, and small families are often more fun then a hangover the next morning.

You get to see the best and the worst of people. The selfish and selfless. Often I contemplate what a casual observer thinks when they look at me: do they thing I’m alone when I’m, in fact, happily married? Do they think I’m a secret millionaire who longs for things like a large group of loud friends (which I have but cannot always make it out with)? People never cease to amuse me.

Take for instance the guy who’s telling an over the top story for the young woman watching with rapt interest at what he has to say. He’s nervous, I can read him like a book, every two seconds his hands reach up and ruffle his own hair. Or the old man sitting alone in the corner watching the two with a wary secret smile of his own. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has habits and patterns which say more about the person then anything they could tell you about themselves. The woman who hurried past and looking down, is often self consciousness and feeling out of place. It’s amazing what we see when we stop and watch.

What is your favorite out and about activity? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Celebrity Marriages: The Real Reason They All Fall Apart

Anyone who remembers the infamous 72 day marriage between Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian remembers also probably the jokes which came after it. #ThingsThatLastLongerThanAKardashianWedding anyone?

But if you really dissect celebrity marriages and look past the reason given to all of us namely “irreconcilable differences” you find that many of these unions which are overly hyped, overly televised, and overly quick (before they are in divorce court of course) they all have very common denominators.

For starters both parties within the marriage are famous. Most celebrities are used to having things their way or no way. They are used to having personal assistance, plenty of fans and even social media at their beck and call. When you have two people with egos the size of Mount Rushmore you’re bound to run into issues.

Add this with the fact that most celebrities have obligations whether it be film, television, media, or charity events which require their attention. By month six, (if the marriage lasts so long) you’re looking at two people who’ve become virtual strangers and only get maybe a couple days free every 3-4 months to spend time together. Spending time with your spouse is a big factor in long-term success of a marriage when a celebrity’s time is divided that leaves room for growing away instead of together.

This brings me to my next and final point, celebrities are also surrounded by a lot of equally good-looking and equally famous co-stars. Who remembers what caused Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to split up? I seem to recall a very popular costar called Angelina Jolie being the culprit. when celebrities are in situations where for months at a time they are acting or working closely with another celebrity which they are expected to either perform with or have a romantic relationship in the film with it’s very easy for these actors and actresses to get swept up in their roles and also mistakingly believe they are actually in love with their coworker. The distance which was already mentioned in the above paragraph before this is amplified when someone else is there to fill in the gap.

Irreconcilable differences in my opinion is just a very nice way to say ‘well we didn’t think things through and we don’t have the time or the energy with our schedules to commit the way we should to each other’.

Who was your favorite celebrity power a couple that broke up and broke your heart? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to tune in next week.

The One In Which I Was Expecting A Surprise Party

But I still have no clue when it will be…

I know, I know I didn’t post on Friday but I turned 30 so may I be excused? For my 30th birthday I decided to take a different approach instead of planning something for myself I decided to leave it in the hands of my husband to plan a little birthday celebration for me, the problem with that is that I forgot just how much relinquishing control over something as simple as a plan for someone with anxiety is very tough.

My actual birthday (this past Wednesday) was a pretty good, pretty ordinary day. I went to work, had dinner with my parents and enjoyed the lovely sounds of my brand new record player which my husband surprised me with it that morning.

Now, the Friday leading up to my birthday weekend I spent at the allergist (yet again) the good news is I’m pretty sure I figured out what’s giving me these hives, I am now 99% sure the environment and a particularly bad allergy season is to blame. Apparently as we get older our bodies are subject to change in how they react to the environment and other allergy factors and apparently mine decided it’s a good idea just to break out every time it isn’t feeling too awesome. For my teens and early 20s I got chronic sinus headaches and infections it seems for my 30s it seems I will be breaking out in hives every time my body is uncomfortable with an allergen.

Now after being probed and prodded all day Friday afternoon I looked forward to the weekend because well I didn’t know what was supposed to go on I was totally thrilled with the idea my husband was probably planning something really freaking awesome for me on my birthday. On Saturday, we went out to eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant after church and we even got ice cream for dessert I’m not talking regular ice cream like I usually get on Saturdays, I’m talking a Carvel ice cream cake. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see my friends but I know what my husband has planned for me will be totally awesome.

I would describe turning 30 as being on the very tippy top of a roller coaster because while you hope as you age you could still keep your youth and peace of mind you know it’s probably all downhill from there. All joking aside, though I’m very happy to see 30 and I hope that I have many, many, more years of blessings and lessons in store.

The One Where I Found Out I’m Highly Allergic To Horses and Other Outdoor Things

One of my best friends, Davey, once said every year since he turned 25 years old he gained something wrong with him medically. Humor, is always the best medicine, and I’m inclined to agree. If the option is there to laugh at something versus cry I will always choose laughter. Initially, my severe eczema was the reason behind my trip to the allergist. I wanted to know what was causing my flare ups and after a stint in the hospital after eating at an all you can eat Chinese buffet I wanted answers and I wanted them NOW.

Unfortunately this journey has been one of complications. Not only did I test negative for major food allergies (I’m getting retested this coming Friday just to be certain ), I now have to log EVERYTHING I eat. Piece of gum? Log it! Cookie from the church gathering after mass? Log it! Not knowing WHY your body is telling you somethings wrong and not knowing WHAT it is causing it is extremely frustrating. I have now been to the allergist two weeks in a row with no clear cut answer, BUT despite this the silver lining is that much like my friend Davey, I’m finding humor in finding out more about my allergies at 30.

Here’s what I found out that I AM without a shadow of a doubt HIGHLY allergic to:

▪️Dust-GRANTED I think is a given for every human being, I mean why would we dust otherwise?!

▪️Grass-Yes I’m highly allergic to the stuff on all of our front lawns. What did I take from this finding? My next new home will have rocks instead of grass. Not only is this less maintenance but I’ll be less likely to suffer so horribly during allergy season.

▪️Trees-specifically oak, maple, and pine. The pollen found on them should be tried for attempted homicide cause they’re KILLING me this year which was confirmed by my allergist today. He put me on Flonase for the rest of the season no exceptions.

▪️Horses-yes, you read that right. Apparently I’m HIGHLY allergic to horses, to the point where my allergist actually asked me if I owned a horse because if I did he would suggest I sell it. What did I take from this information? There will be no pony rides for my 30th birthday or riding like majestic medieval Queen down a mountainside or scenic beach. I think letting go of this dream to channel Mary Queen of Scots was more disappointing then the actual allergy.

Since I refuse to end this post on a serious or sad note I’m going to end it with three joking statements I can now make due to my allergies:

▪️I’d love to go for a 5 mile jog with you but I’m allergic to outdoor exercise.

▪️Since donkeys and mules are in the same family as horses I can say I’m officially allergic to jackasses and be completely serious.

▪️I’d love to mow the lawn, truly, but I can’t. I’m allergic to grass, you see?

So there you have it, an update on my health. What are your allergies? Share a comment below to join the discussion!

Wishing Everyone A Blessed Easter & Passover

▪️Whichever you celebrate enjoy time spent with loved ones and friends▪️

Hello Readers!

Originally I was going to write about my visit to the allergist, however, we’re still trying to figure out exactly what I’m allergic to. The good news is, that I didn’t test positive for any serious food allergies on the skin test and the bad news is it’s going to take some serious detective work on my husband and I’s part to figure out what is causing my serious eczema flair ups. I go back Friday for more testing so please keep me in your prayers if you’re religious or ‘kind wishes’ if you’re not as I continue to figure this out.

I decided to take the weekend to spend time with my husband, and other family during this holiday weekend. I’d love to wish you and your family a wonderful Easter (or Passover) weekend. May you be filled with all the people, food and things which make you smile and your heart happy.

I’ll be discussing how to revamp your Instagram and use your highlights to your advantage as well as the two apps which helped me accomplish these goals that I recommend for anyone trying to grow their brand.