In the Hospital and Craving Some Geekery

It is Wednesday, I am still in the hospital.  I have a whole stack of books to read while I am here and recovering at home, mostly Steampunk and Sci Fi.  I am super excited that by the time I go home, my Loot Crate box will have arrived, so expect a post about that next week.

I am super sad that I could not go see Ant Man prior to my surgery though.  This i the first Marvel movie in about two or three years that I have not seen on or before opening night and it is driving me crazy.  I am hearing all sorts of awesome reviews from everywhere, and though I am not overly excited by the character, I was not overly excited by most of the characters already, and have loved all the movies to date (yes, even Iron Man 3….to some extent…)  By the time I am mobile and have the funds to go to the movies, pretty much everyone I know will have gone to see it already.

Not sure what else to say for this week.  I plan on watching a lot of YouTube and Netflix once I get home, so if anyone has any suggestions of what to watch while on post-op house arrest, let me know (I already marathoned Wil Wheaton’s Table Top).

The State of Things

I have been absent of late, and I apologize for that.  For the past year, I have been working as a waitress.  Waiting tables, sucks.  Your schedule is all over the place, you are running around at the whim of your tables, and at the end of the day, your income is determined by what some random person thinks your service is worth.  It is hard work, it is impossible to budget your money, and it is impossible to really budget your time.  You never quite know when a double is going to come along and interrupt your plans.

On top of that, just over a month ago, I went to the doctor and discovered that I have a tumor the size of a cantaloupe in my stomach.  Said tumor has caused me a lot of pain and illness over the past few months, but I am finally having it removed on Tuesday!  I am excited to have this over with, but I am also terrified to have my first major surgery.  We do not know exactly what it is yet, but it will go to pathology once it is removed.  I will be in the hospital for three days after the surgery, and then stranded at home for two weeks after that (unable to drive).  It will be another six weeks before I am aloud any strenuous physical activity (I JUST WANT TO WORK OUT!).

Finally, the appearance of this tumor has really shaken up my life.  I found myself facing this without insurance, and without pay for the six weeks in which I could not do physical activity.  With that in mind, I went on a job hunt, and was recently offered a full time job; salaried, M-F, 8:30-5, benefits, 401K, the whole shebang.  I begin this job on August 3rd, just after my two week ban on driving is lifted.  I am super excited to go back to a regular schedule and pay, and even move excited to be able to budget my time and money again.  With this, I plan on setting up a regular schedule for all my blogs, so that I can get back to regularly posting.  Right now, the schedule I am thinking is this:

Monday – Deciphering Lolita (My blog about my journey through the Gothic Lolita lifestyle)
Tuesday – Il Circo dei Sogni  (My fitness and circus blog)
Wednesday – Quinn of Diamonds (Revamping this blog to me general geekiness, not sure about the name yet)
Thursday – Death by Chocolate (My chocolate blog…all chocolate, all the time)
Friday – Fiaba Fashionista (My fashion blog)

I am also considering starting a writing blog, because I am in the process of writing a novel, with three or four short stories rolling around in my head as well.  I have been reading a lot of writer blogs, and watching some writer vlogs, and I kind of want to start one.  If I do, that will probably be on Wednesdays, though I may juggle things around then.  I also would like to start a vlog, but right now, I do not have a good place to set up as a filming spot, so I am thinking that will wait until I move.  Anyhow, that is the state of things as they are, and I look forward to the new schedule!

Some Teasers from a Photo Shoot


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I had my very first, professional photo shoot this week. Here are a few teasers.


Harley Quinn Problems


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Harley Quinn Problems: Where am I going to store my mallet?

Harley Quinn Playlist: Part V


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American Pie by Don McLean
“Now for ten years we’ve been on our own

And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned”

Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
“But now it’s written in stone
The king has been overthrown
By jesterly fools”

Clown Dream by Danny Elfman (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
Danny Elfman does such a wonderful job at circus sounding music. :D

Bolero from Moulin Rouge
I fell in love with this song within the first ten seconds of it playing when I first saw Moulin Rouge in the theaters twelve years ago.  It has been one of my favorites ever since.

Say That We’re Sweethearts Again by Virginia O’Brien
The headliner for this post.  If the song itself does not scream of me and my puddin’, then maybe you need a little refresher course on that time I teamed up with The Bats.  (could not embed it :( )

Harley Quinn Playlist: Part IV


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The Court of Miracles by The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Anything Hunchback of Notre Dame is pretty self explanatory.  The whole movie is just jam packed with gypsies and fools, I love it!

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend by Moulin Rogue Soundtrack
Several of the songs from Moulin Rogue could probably make my list, but I like this one.  Why?  Because it is about diamonds (of course I am thinking of the shape rather than the stone, but those are nice, too).

Il Mio Pensiero by Ligabue
Such a pretty song, I heard it while I was traveling overseas when Mr. J. was locked away in Arkham one time (while the clowns away….).  I love the imagery of the video and the old circus theme with the tumblers and the girl on the horse.

23 Bears by Circus Contraption
This song just has a very circus feel, and the name of the band does not hurt this image.

Red and Black by Les Miserables Soundtrack

This one is probably the one that has the most people going “WHAT?!”  But think about it….Red….Black….it’s all about my colors!


House Quinn


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Harley Quinn Playlist: Part III


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This week, I will be performing at a circus (under an alias of course).  So, with that in mind, this weeks playlist contains songs all relating to the circus!


Enter the Circus by Christina Aguilera


Goodbye to the Circus by Aqua


Circus by Britney Spears


Big Top Pee-Wee Theme by Danny Elfman


The Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Happy Pie Day!


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Harley Quinn Playlist: Part II


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Jaded by Aerosmith
This song makes the list just for the video, I remember the very first time I saw it, I thought: “I can do that!  I want to be in this video!”

Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini
Because baby elephants are adorable, and this is a classic circus-type song.

Make ’em Laugh by Singing in the Rain Soundtrack
One of my favorite movies to watch when I am blue is Singing in the Rain, and Donald O’Connor did such a wonderful job with this song.  Of course, fools, jesters, clowns, harlequins alike, all want to make ’em laugh.

The Riddler by Method Man
This one is for our buddy The Riddler…at least I think he is currently our buddy…are we on the outs again?

Pink Elephants on Parade by Dumbo
MORE ELEPHANTS!  I amaze (or frighten) my friends when they realize I can sing this entire song….complete with voices.

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