The review…

WARNING!!!!

Hotel and location: Econo Lodge, Durant, Oklahoma

The hotel is not the kind you take your family too. My mom and I only stayed here because we were exhausted and would be hitting the road early.

I booked through Expedia but when i went to check in the hotel charged me a $50 upfront deposit that would be returned once I checked out.

The room (106) was a good size however, the door to the room looked like it had been kicked in. Walls were patched up. On the wall by the trashcan was disgusting stuff. I coule tell it was from things being thrown into the trashcan. Wasnt even attempted to be cleaned or wiped down.

The towels were very dingy. One of the “washcloths” was beyond stained.

At the end of our visit, we piled together the dirty linen we used and made sure all trash was in trashcans. (My mom used to be a housekeeper so she’s instilled proper etiquette into me for leaving a hotel room.)

I checked out early and was told the $50 deposit would hit around 11am, when the other guests started checking out.

Around noon i checked my bank account and $50 was there. I was looking at my account today and saw a $25 charge from Econo Lodge.

I just got off the phone with a Kristy, who said she’s the manager. She said i was charged because the housekeeper said we ruined bath mat, towels, and washcloths. This has me floored.

I travel all over the country doing reviews on hotels, reataurants, attractiona, and more. Trashing others property is not in my nature nor will it ever be. So, now i get to dispute this charge with my bank.

CHECK YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS! They gave me my $50 back the day I checked out and two days later charged me $25! I almost didn’t catch it. I had seen the $50 refunded so I assumed I was good. No! Shady!

Review of The…

Half-ass spoiler alert!

I complained on Facebook, but for those who don’t follow me on my Social Media accounts, let’s recap the Green Knight.

The Green Knight (2021) - Filmaffinity

Synopsis from IMDB:

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, “The Green Knight” tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.


Recap/Tangent from Me:

The main character is an upper class man, Gawain, who is nephew to the king and has a prostitute as his lady. This guy’s mother dabbles in magic and conjures trouble while he’s at a party with/for the king. Groot’s big brother or uncle shows up to the party on a horse with a fancy ax. Groot’s uncle challenges the Knight’s of the round table to a fight. They aren’t having it. They don’t want to fight a demonic plant-looking dude. Gawain stands up and accepts the challenge.

Fast forward past the spoilers, a year later. We get to watch Gawain ride a damn horse for five minutes straight! I didn’t have my timer so it could be a minute or two more or less. The entire scene was pointless. Plus, Gawain was rude and didn’t talk to the children, who followed behind him shouting ‘the Green Knight’ or whatever it was they said. Gawain was a snob. It was around this scene that I decided it was time to go refill our popcorn and my mom’s drink because I was dozing off (several times!) My mom and I kept sharing glances and whispering “what the hell is this?”

This is when the even weirder stuff starts happening. I don’t want to give away too much but the kiss was a bit much! If you read the book, this part makes complete sense. However, we never read the book so after the kiss my mom and I stared at each other like deer in headlights. Oh, almost forgot the naked giants. One was breastfeeding, which is fine, but had NOTHING to do with the story line AT ALL! Okay, this is turning into a ramble. Sorry. There was just so much wrong with this film. Cheesy, boring, nothing to do with the story line, etc. etc.

I don’t promote drugs but I imagine if you watched The Green Knight, while intoxicated in some form, you might think this movie was amazing. However, mom and I were sober, but definitely needed a drink afterwards because we left not knowing what the hell we had just watched. The story line was all over the place (kind of like this blog! :-p ) and nothing added up to make sense. Especially the ending. I wish I was a blogger that spoiled movies, but I try not to be. All I can say is do NOT watch this movie! Unless you’re trying to torture yourself or someone you took to the movies with you!!!


Sea Turtle-Lion-Dragon? Magestic creature. Yes.

Yesterday Update: Sir Hubby Guru found me a picture on Pinterest. He challenged me to using the lightbox to trace and recreate the picture. Man. Oh. Man. I was so dizzy and nauseous by the time I was done. It was like staring down into the sun; however, I got it done. Well mostly. It still needs a touch-up or two but overall I’m happy.

**If you find the link to the original picture, please, post it in the comments or message me the link so I can post it. I have searched all over Pinterest for the picture so I can share the link & artist. However, I have been unsuccessful. :-/ Sir Hubby Guru had sent me only the picture but I want to give credit where credit is due. 🙂 **

I started in the living room on my lap with the light box under yellow lighting… Then ended up in the kitchen under soft-yellow lighting. The light box has intense white lighting so it is quite the illusion (nauseating) with yellow lighting shining down, but nonetheless, I overcame the obstacle… Somewhat. lol

WP is being a pain in my butt right now. It took my five minutes to get it to switch to a bolder & larger font, not to mention is wouldn’t let me type at all. I had to “save draft”, hit “refresh” and PRAY I didn’t lose my blog. I think that’s my sign to end this blog here.

XOXO,

S.E. Isaac

I’d like to report a robbery…

Hello, 911. I’d like to report a robbery.

Something caught my attention as I was getting up to move to the kitchen to write. I noticed this little guy on the fence and something orange fall. So me being Little Miss Nosey had to see what Rocky was up to.

He climbed back down the lattice to investigate his situation and fallen ‘orange item’.

By gosh, I think he’s got it!

And away we go!

Houston, we have a problem!

Hang in there, Rocky! Don’t let go like Rose did to Jack!

(Phew) We’re back in business! Orange object a.k.a Das To-Mat-O was saved!

Rocky managed to hold on to Das To-Mat-O this round! (cue Eye of the Tiger music!)

Practice! Practice! Practice!

So, if you’ve been following my journey (blogs), you’d know that I dabble in a bit of everything. Well, about a year ago, I decided to order a tattoo kit and start learning how to tattoo. A key part of tattooing is hand-eye coordination & smooth lines. To help me hone in on this skill, hubby bought me a light box/pad.

I found a picture on Pinterest and printed it out to practice with.You can find the original picture here: https://pin.it/33dgRxp

Looks like a blank piece of paper, but then I turn on the power button to the light box/pad…

The concentration and tracing begins…

AND… VOILA!

I tried to take a good picture of the final product, but when I upload it to the computer it looks wonky. Almost like it’s pixel-ated. (SMDH) Oh, well. You get the point! :-p

XoXo,

Little Ole’ Me

P.S. Checkout my TikTOk Video here: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRLqeFwe/

Let’s talk FOOOOOOD!

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I am SUPER picky when it comes to food. Okay, let’s be honest. I’m super picky when it comes to most things (LOL). But for now, let’s talk food…


Place: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Location: Copperas Cove, Texas

Visit their website: ( https://giovannisitalianrestaurant.com/ )

My mother, my youngest son (11), and I went here two weeks ago. I already posted my review on Google Maps and Yelp, but figured I’d post one for all of you here on my blog.

Pros: The building is really pretty on the outside and on the inside. Has a really nice, welcoming atmosphere. The hostess was nice as was our waitress. My son had the pizza and liked it. The portion sizes of my Trio and my mom’s Chicken Parmesan were nice sizes.

Cons:

**Note how I put the waitress friendliness as a “pro”; however, here comes the cons about our waitress. **

We ordered 1 sweet tea w/out lemon, 1 unsweet tea with lemon, and sierra mist. It took a good ten plus minutes to get our drinks. Waitress had lemon on the wrong tea, but not the end of the world.

Every time she talked, she put her hand on my shoulder. I understand she was being friendly but I suffer from PTSD and don’t like to be touched)

My soup and my mom’s salad arrive. Waitress sets my soup down and asks me to check it while she is standing there because “When it’s first part of the day, the soup isn’t always warm. Try it while I’m here so I know it’s hot enough for you. It might be cold.” (My mom and I were shocked) I try the soup. It is luke warm. Again, not the end of the world. Waitress leaves. When she comes back with the appetizers (calamari and mozarella sticks). She asks how everything is. I tell her how the “Spinach” isn’t cooked in the soup. She then explained how it’s “Kale” and it doesn’t get cooked, it just gets cut up and tossed in there. She told me more but I was just shocked she was telling me again what goes on in the kitchen.

Finally, she offers to refill our teas and disappears. Ten plus minutes later she comes back (after passing our table a few times doing other odds & ends), and refills our teas. Then comes back again with our food. She mentions the temperature of the food again. I don’t know if it is Giovanni’s usual to have their food/soups luke warm & that’s why she kept warning us about the temperature. When she came to check on us, I told her my food must have been made first and waited for the others because none of mine was hot. It was barely warm. I had the Trio (Alfredo, lasagna, and chicken parmesan.). She offered to take it back but at this point, I’m disappointed. I thank her but decline. Even if it was hot, I wouldn’t eat it because it tasted very bland & generic. (I lived in Italy and have eaten Italian food all over the world. This dish had the appearance of Italian but not the quality or taste.)

My mom spilled some sauce on her shirt and was trying to clean it off, when the waitress asked her for the empty dish towards the back of the table. I know the waitress meant well, but my mother was frustrated already about her shirt and then having to give the waitress the dish right then and there.

Later we had to wait on our to-go boxes and then again for the check & to get my card back once I paid. I timed the check wait because I was curious. (nearly ten minutes)

If you have back problems do NOT sit in the booths. Booths are super cute but you have to lean forward the entire time while sitting there; otherwise, you bump.


Outside of the friendly staff and pretty restaurant, I would not recommend this place to anyone. I know a lot of people around here only go to Giovanni’s for special occasions because of their prices; however, the quality of food really isn’t worth the price you pay.

**WordPress has been acting funny for me so if some of my sentences are choppy or in a random place, forgive me. I don’t know what’s going on with it.**

Fun Fact For The Day:

Did you know that “Train to Anguish” is one of my favorite books I have EVER written? I wrote this entire book in less than five days. I was going through some heavy-duty mental demons from Iraq & Afghanistan. I felt lost and hopeless; however, something told me to write so I sat down and “Train to Anguish” was born.

I am so thankful for this book. It was the therapy I needed. Truly. Not sure how I would have dug myself out of the darkness, if the light from “Train to Anguish” hadn’t shined down on me!

The trick part about “Train to Anguish” (Besides the fact, I cry EVERY time I read Part II & III, which are in this one book) is the genre to label it under. When readers read this book and tell me they enjoyed it, I usually follow up with the question: What genre would you say this book is? And the answer I usually get is “Um… well, it could be several genres. I don’t know really. I just know I liked the book.” (HA! I’ll take it!)

Happy Reading & XoXo,

ME


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Writer’s Retreat

Hobbit’s Nest, Texas

Hubby surprised me with a solo mental health break-getaway/retreat. This past year has been exhausting on my mind, body, and soul. Too much to get into but I haven’t been myself lately. My trip to Hobbit’s Nest was JUST what I needed. I’m back home and feel refreshed. It’s amazing how being surrounded by nature can heal a broken soul.

XoXo,

ME