Cross Stitch Pattern Review: Mob — Mob Psycho by GeekyNeedlesbyOpy

Hi! So I have wanted to do more content on my blog. The problem is I’ve changed dramatically as a person. While I still like anime and books, they don’t take up my life the way crafting and cross stitch does. I’m trying to write what I’m passionate about, so I’m going to try to add some content related to my needlework projects. Happy reading!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I received this pattern for free in exchange for doing a test cross stitch of the pattern. I was not asked to do a review.


The Intern Blues Impressions

I recently decided to read The Intern Blues. For those who don’t know–and there’s no way you’d know unless you were a medical junkie– this book was a project conceived by medical doctor Robert Marion (known as Bob) back in the 1980’s. At orientation he met three interns, Andy, Amy, and Mark, and came up with the idea for each of them to chronicle each month of their internship into an audio cassette. Through it, they detailed the experience of working at the different pediatric hospitals throughout New York. What results is probably one of the truest experiences of working in a hospital I have ever read in a book.

Disclaimer: I am a certified pharmacy technician who works in the ER. I am not a doctor, and definitely not an intern.


You Asked For Perfect Review

Synopsis: Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit. — per goodreads

-this review will contain spoilers-

This book. I love it.


Weekly Update 08/30/2020

Well, it has been about four months since I posted a real update on my blog. I could go into the long story, but the short story is — I came down with some mysterious viral crud, that may have been Coviid, and never got better. I ended up getting a Coviid test back in March, and the results were negative. At the beginning of July, I got an antibody test, and it was negative, which should prove that I didn’t have coviid. However, it’s common knowledge in the medical community that coviid tests have a false negative rate of about 30% and not everybody develops antibodies. So maybe I did, maybe I didn’t???

Btw if anyone knows who this artist is, please let me know so I can link/credit them


Black Lives Matter–a Statement

I am finally getting around to writing my thoughts down about the current Black Lives Matter movement. To skip the tl;dr, I and this blog support Black Lives Matter. I have no interested in debating what is essentially basic human rights, if you disagree please kindly show yourself the door.

George Floyd was murdered by the police. He is one of many people who have been murdered by the police. Police officers who have murdered black people simply do not face consequences, and go on to terrorize and hurt more people. This needs to stop. We need to stop militarizing the police, we need to demand better training for police officers, and we to hold our officers accountable. (I have thought on this long and hard and I don’t think this goes far enough. Abolishing the police is really the only answer.) In my profession in the hospital there are consequences for us inflicting harm on a patient. The fact that police have weapons and less accountability then the people I work with is wrong.

Police Departments are disproportionately targeting black people. This is a national crisis. The lack of response by the people in Washington is unacceptable, and I will call my representatives and demand change.

I support the protesters. I think they’re right. Unfortunately due to my health conditions, I cannot go out and protest, but I am doing whatever I can to send money and supplies to those who need it. I will support those on the front lines in any way I can. And while a majority of the protesters are peaceful, I also think black lives are more important then property, so if destruction of property happens, so be it.

Now here’s the honest truth. I am white as fuck. I do not have black friends. I do not know what it truly means to be black in America, or what it means to be a good ally. But I am committed to learning. I am going to read articles and literature. I am going to strive to be better. I am self-centered, but I will learn to understand when I need to shut the fuck up and let black voices speak instead.

While I’m not the best at updating my blog, I am also going to focus on highlighting projects from black people that I think look cool whenever I can.

This is my statement. The time to complacent is over. Change needs to happen.

To finish this off, here’s a link of petitions, fundraisers etc to consider supporting. I’m particularly fond of the Columbus Freedom Fund which pays the bail for those arrested protesting in Columbus.

This Blog Supports Black Lives Matter


I would like to get an actual post out about this, but two things. One I am very sick (fighting a kidney infection). Two, I don’t want to write a lengthy post and talk over black voices, especially when they’re saying what needs to be said and doing it much better. I’m still trying to find a balance between speaking out and not overshadowing.

In the meantime please take a moment to enjoy my new favorite black owned blog, Blerdy Otome , which features visual novel reviews. Check out this post for more awesome black creators you should be following.

In the meanwhile, I am posting on my twitter highlighting black projects among other things. Follow me @Pumpkaboocoffee.

All in all, fuck the police, and black lives matters.

Week in Review: March 15 – 21


So, I wrote a rough draft for my week in review around Monday, and then had to scrap it because so much had changed. As everyone knows, there’s a pandemic. I live in Ohio, where Governor DeWine has been handling our response. He’s been cited by various media outlets as being proactive and showing the rest of the nation what needs to be done to keep people safe. Unfortunately, to help Ohioans practice social distancing, he closed different businesses daily. First it was schools, then restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, and other places soon followed.


Life In Review 03/04/2020–03/11/2020


So, for the first half of the week, not too much to report here on my end. After having 4 days off last week (woohoo), I went back and worked the next five days, the last two being the second shift. I had one day off, which I mostly spent sleeping, and then it was back to work. Work is the same old same old, and I even signed up to pick up a few extra shifts in April and May. Most of them will hopefully not be overtime, but if they are, hey, more money isn’t a bad thing? Pour one out for me if that ends up being the case though!


WIP Wednesday 03/04/2020

Hello everyone! Welcome to what I hope will be a weekly post about my craft projects. These days craft things are some of my favorite things. I can sew, crochet, and cross stitch. Below are the projects I’m currently working on.


Teaching myself to crochet via youtube was very easy. While I still have some problems with increased stitches on things such as scarves, I’ve gotten pretty handy with the magic loop. My local Joann’s had a sale on their books a few weeks ago, so I picked up one called Zoomigurumi 8.

I’m currently trying to stitch the adorable seal that’s on the cover! I choose a grey speckled yarn, hoping it’d make it look like a speckled pattern you see on some seals. I think the base color is too light for that, but we will see.

Currently it’s not much to look at right now, it’s pretty much just a big circle. But soon…hopefully…a cute seal!


Cross Stitch

I’ve had a couple cross stitch project that I’ve been working on for awhile now. The first one is the Dinosaur Pattern by PyroDogPins. My husband loves dinosaurs and Jurassic Park, so I started this as a present to him. The bad thing is I’m very unmotivated to finish it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me! All I have left is to finish the text and border, but I’m only working on it a few times a week. MI just really really like my other project so much more.

I should just buckle down and finish it.


My other cross stitch project is a massive one from Heaven and Earth Designs called Shimmer. Right now I’m still working on the background, and that’s all I’ll be doing for the foreseeable future. To give you an idea, I’m a little over 5% complete. But the bigger a project is, the longer is takes, and the less framing I have to do. So it’s all good!


Upcoming Projects

What do I have coming down the pipeline? Well I have some fabric being shipped to me so I can make a personal dice bag. I also have the materials for a granny square blanket, but I won’t pick that up until I finish my current crochet project.

My Favorite Books of 2019

This Year In Review: An Introduction

2019 has come to an end, and it was honestly one of the most stable years of my life. I had the same job and lived in the same place for all of 2019, which is not something I could say of the previous few years. I did have some struggles with my health, mainly in the form of relentless fatigue.  In July, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and started sleeping with a CPAP machine . This has helped me greatly. I also have a thyroid disorder that I was diagnosed with in 2013. I had a lot of struggles related to that. On the plus side, I’m finally starting to get settled into my home for two years, Columbus, Ohio, and am finally making friends here, as well as going out more when my health permits. I also.rediscovered my love of reading. I wouldn’t say I read a lot, but I read a fair number of books, and decided I wanted to do a list of the books that really stood out to me this year. Please note these are books I read in 2019, and not necessarily books that came out in 2019.