Discovering Steampunk

Recently, I stole some sleeping time to read Etiquette and Espionage. The book was really quite interesting, with a young girl from an alternate, fantasy-like world being sent off to finishing school where they not only teach how to be a lady but also how to be a spy.

The plot reminded my of my favorite author, Ally Carter, and her books about the Gallagher Girls (“I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You”).

The difference between the two books comes with the sub-genre, Steampunk. I had no idea what Steampunk was until very recently. Boy, was I missing out! I deduced what it was when I was reading Gail Carriger’s blog and perusing her site.  (Check it out: I saw her apparent love for the sub-genre and did some more research.

Steampunk is also a style/fashion besides being a fictional alternate universe in novels. It is ever so cool! I plan to buy out the  Steampunk boot industry when I get a chance, and, you know, the money.

Steampunk is also something that I’ve encountered before, unwittingly. Listed are some common examples of steampunk books and movies (from various sites I came upon after a Google search)

The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (book and movie)

Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (book)

The Girl in the Steel Corset, Kady Cross (book)

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (book)

Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Claire (book)

The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (book)

A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket (movie)

Wild Wild West (movie)

Cool, huh?

I thought so, too.


Not Quite Over Them: Lunchables


Recently, someone I know here at college was talking about how she had eaten a Lunchable for dinner. I replied with something like, “That’s cool, those are so good!”

Inwardly, though, I was thinking, I am so over those. I mean, who has money for Lunchables these days? I certainly don’t spend my hard-earned money on them!

I forgot about that conversation until today, when I was making myself lunch. Then, I realized that I was slightly hypocritical. I mean, my lunch resembles a Lunchable a little too closely…

The picture to the left is my lunch. (Yeah, I like Spiderman. And cool napkins.)

I think the idea originally came from my Mom after my Dad mentioned the exorbitant price of Lunchables. My Mom then got creative and would not simply cut me up some meat and cheese but would use fun-shaped cookie cutters to cut them! I had butterfly ham and Christmas tree cheese for lunch. Way better than boring old squares. It was the best.

I guess the habit just may have stuck with me…excuse me while I go buy myself a flower-shaped cookie-cutter.