October 28, 2015

5 Creepy Films to Watch This Halloween

Sharing posts about movies isn't something I do often, and I don't think I've ever shared a film post here on Lady Serpentine.  I'm in love with all things movie related though, and with Halloween creeping up quick, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a list!  Instead of sharing a list of my favorite Halloween time movies such as Beetlejuice, The Shining, and Nightmare Before Christmas....I thought it would be more fun to share an interesting selection of creepy films I haven't seen yet!  When I say creepy...I really do mean creepy....and not just creepy-obscure and maybe even freakish?  Coincidentally, two of the films on my list share the same name!  We'll start there:
The Boy (2015) "An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death"-IMDB.  See the trailer here.
The Boy (2016) "An American nanny i shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive."-IMDB  See the trailer here.
Borgman (2014) "A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process."-IMDB  See the trailer here.
Goodnight Mommy (2015) "Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize."-IMDB  See the trailer here.
Krampus (2015) "A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home."-IMDB  See the trailer here.
I love obscure creepy movies-let me know if you've got a recommendation!

October 27, 2015

At The Park // Black + White

Are you guys ready for Halloween?!  I know I am!  I hate that I've been absent here for almost the entirety of October, but I'm happy to say that my schedule should finally be going back to normal this week.  I'm looking forward to spending time with my camera again :)  I took these photos on my last trip to the park with the intention of trying to get spider web photos, and I'm happy that I was able to get a few different ones.  Editing them in black and white really helped them stand out against the background, which was a bit busy.

This last photo might be my favorite...I love all of the little bokeh from the sun shining through the tree leaves, and I think the heart shaped leaf in the center of the web is sweet too :)

I hope you're having a great Monday!

October 15, 2015

Derby Diary 1

A couple of months ago, I announced that I was going to be joining a Fresh Meat Roller Derby program.  I've been fairly quiet about it, but it's finally started and I'm SO excited about it!  One of the big reasons that I decided to do this, is because I'm incredibly introverted and very much a loner.  I wanted to do something that would push me out of my comfort zone and force me to socialize with people.

I was so nervous about going to orientation.  I didn't know anyone that was going to be there and didn't know what to expect.  That's typically more than enough to make me run the other way, but I just kept telling myself that it would only be a couple of hours and that it was a baby step in the right direction for me.  Orientation was great!  I introduced myself to a couple of girls, which is a big deal for me because I'm usually the girl in the corner waiting for someone else to talk to me first.  Everyone was so nice and I quickly became a lot more comfortable as the time passed.  One of the most interesting things about Orientation was the fact that the previous session girls were doing their Assessments.  Getting to see what we would be doing at the end of our 12 week session was really neat.  It was also an eye opener...this looks tough!!!  Another reason I decided to join the program is for fitness purposes.  I've never been part of a team sport (unless cheerleading in Jr. High counts).  I reached my most unhealthy weight early last year and have managed to slowly drop 20 pounds.  I don't want to let anyone down by not trying my hardest, so this is definitely going to force me to be more active outside of practice.  I'll share more about my cross-training activities in another post...but I'll just tell you that it's SO HARD!

Our first practice went a little differently than planned due to a scheduling conflict, but hanging out with the group and learning more about what to expect at practices was great.  I felt really nervous before forcing myself to get out of the truck to join the other girls, but once I did I felt a lot better.  I can tell this is going to be a life changer for me.  It might sound like I'm getting ahead of myself by saying that...but it really is.
My next practice is Monday night.  We were asked to get a shirt with our chosen derby names and numbers (if we've decided on them already), and I'm so excited to make mine.  I'll share my results when it's done :)

October 13, 2015

At The Park // Frogs + Critters

The past couple of weeks have been so rough at work.  I won't go into details, but I had zero time for life outside of work.  I actually ended up having a little bit of a meltdown when I got home one day because I was so upset that I wasn't getting any of my personal projects done.  Having the weekend off made me so excited to finally be able to get my camera out and head to the park.  I spent an hour and a half trekking through the woods, and it was really nice to just spend some time alone out there.  I feel better.

I'm really looking forward to cooler weather, but I'm going to miss photographing tiny living creatures.   I'm considering renting a wide-angle lens for landscape and night sky photography during the winter season.  Any recommendations?

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