Dungeons (Prologue)

So I joined the D&D club at my school. For those who don’t know, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a pen and paper role-playing game. It’s mostly (only?) played by nerds. Largely male nerds. And me, I guess.

I was outside my Saturday 9 am math class (gag) when I spotted the flyer. I have never played D&D before but I was always interested. Two years ago I did a campaign in Pathfinder, but it was abandoned after a few games due to scheduling issues. So, I was really excited to learn that my school had a club. I emailed the DM (Dungeon Master – the person who runs the game and directs the adventure) and let him know I planned to come to the next meeting. He emailed me back in character and I knew then that I was in for some very nerdy times.

I sort of feel like I was initiated into this club via the completion of a quest. The flyer I had seen was apparently from the previous semester and when I entered the location it specified I was greeted by a room that was empty except for one very confused looking professor. She looked even more confused when I started asking about dragons.

I tried to email the DM again to no avail, so I headed to Student Activities to find an answer. Of course, no one was attending the post! I stood around like an asshole for a while until I noticed the board with a bunch of flyers for different clubs and things. I found an updated D&D club flyer with what I hoped was the correct location and then climbed up a treacherous mountain (medium large hill) to the door.

After catching my breath, I walked into a room full of male nerds who looked very surprised to see me. Finally, I was in the right place (quest complete), although not everyone was so sure. One gave me a perplexed, “Can I help you?” as I walked past muttering greetings and took a seat. The DM even looked surprised that I had showed up (probably because I was 30 minutes late at that point) and took about 15 minutes to muster the courage to introduce himself.

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They were in the middle of killing a dragon (or being killed by one) and there was a pink Tyrannosaurus carrying a sleeping paladin in his baby arm huddling in the corner. Good times. The DM introduced me to the group and they went on playing. I didn’t join because I hadn’t finished my character yet and I wanted to just observe them and get a sense of how they played and who they were. I’m a natural introvert and I blend in seamlessly when I’m observing so they quickly got comfortable again.

These guys truly love the game. They really seemed to enjoy every aspect of it and they knew the rules backwards and forwards (intimidating). There were a few jokers in the group and I heard references to Dragon ball, Harry Potter, Geek and Sundry, and plenty more that I can’t recall or just went over my head. So I think that I’m in for a good time. I’ll try to learn names or assign nicknames or numbers or something.  I can’t wait until the next meeting when I will be able to join in!

Review: Farm Fresh To You

More and more people are becoming very conscious about what they put on and into their bodies. As a result, organic food and products are everywhere. They are usually pretty easy to get – most grocery stores have at least a small section dedicated to organic food. But sometimes the selection can be too small, too expensive, or too…ripe.

A growing trend these days is farm to table services. Their mission is to make it very easy for families and businesses to get fresh produce. I have a small family of four and we definitely eat our fair share of fruits and vegetables. A friend of mine gets a weekly delivery and loves it, so I decided to try it for myself. I found a company that delivered to my area called Farm Fresh To You.

WHAT IS IT? A service that grows farm fresh organic produce and delivers to your door. Simple. You can choose the frequency of your deliveries – once a week up to once every four weeks. You decide the size and variety of your box. You also are able to easily cancel or suspend your service (in case of a vacation etc).

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The website was clear and easy to navigate. I set up my delivery for the next week and waited. One thing to note is that the deliveries are always overnight and they don’t knock at the door. The box will just be placed on your doorstep between 8 pm and 8 am.

WHAT WAS IN THE BOX? (1) bunch of chard, (1) bunch of lettuce, (2) bunches of beets, (2) kiwis, (6) pears, (1lb) purple fingerling potatoes, and a newsletter with coupon.

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View from the top.

The box was a little bit on the expensive side. The one I chose was the least pricey and the options go up to $110 with the far end being large boxes for offices or businesses. I selected the “Mixed Fruit and Veggie Small” box for $26, however I used a referral code from a friend and received a $10 discount. In the end I suppose I wound up with a little more than I would have if I had purchased these organic fruits and veggies in a store or farmer’s market.

One of the great features this company offers is the ability to customize your order. While you can’t choose exactly what you will receive, you can specify items you would not like. I chose to exclude apples, grapes, grapefruit, and oranges; Not because of allergies or taste preferences, but just to see what else they had to offer.

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They’re nature’s candy ya know.

Since I had excluded many of the fruit options I received mostly vegetables (which was fine with me). They seemed to come almost directly from the ground so they were still dirty. You will need to make sure to give them a thorough washing.

Everything I received was very fresh – no overly ripe or rotting spots. The taste of organic produce is amazing! The pears are somehow peary-er and the kiwis are sweeter than I’ve experienced before. I confess I have never eaten a beet, nor have my children, so it will be fun to try them. We received two bunches of them so we can try them different ways and find out what’s best.

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Gorgeous chard

PROS

  • Delivery service
  • Customization
  • Truly fresh

CONS

  • Random
  • A little bit pricey

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WHAT’S THE VERDICT? It was a very convenient way to get fresh, organic, produce into my home. I will definitely purchase another but this time I will not exclude any options. I recommend this service to anyone who wants to try organic vegetables and fruit. Because of the random selections it’s a great way to discover new things and maybe learn to cook a few things you hadn’t before. It’s worth giving a try! If you’d like to get your own box from Farm Fresh TO You use the code JENN8875 for $10 off. Check to see if they deliver to your area.

(Disclaimer: I was in no way paid or compensated for this review. I purchased this product of my own free will and I did not receive it for free.)

Review: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

I have recently been getting really into Asian beauty products. It seems like they just have gorgeous flawless skin most of the time. I know that has a lot to do with genetics and diet, but I think it also is due to the products they use and the routines that are practiced is Asian countries. I had been taught the cleanse, tone, and moisturize method which is only those three steps. In many countries like Japan and Korea, girls are taught beauty routines that may contain up to 10 or even more steps! They have a serum, cream, lotion, or potion for just about everything you can imagine.

One of the things I have heard a lot about is the Wonder Pore Freshner from Etude House. It is a toner that can be used to tone (duh), gently cleanse in the morning, or spray on to refresh during the day. It is supposed to balance the pH of your skin and control excess sebum (gross oil).

WHAT IS IT? According to Etude House The freshner is a “10-in-1 total pore solution freshener for intensive pore care. This Freshner balances pH levels, makes skin pure like baby skin, and prevents skin troubles caused by pH imbalance.” Sounds good to me! I decided to try it.

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Adorable packaging

The 16oz bottle was about $17 and I ordered it from Amazon, but you can find it many places online including the Etude House website. The shipping took a month which was a long wait. I’m not sure if it would have been faster to order elsewhere but it comes from overseas (Korea), so that didn’t bother me too much.  It arrived about a month ago in this super cute powder blue packaging. The box has descriptions and instructions in both Korean and English.

WHAT WAS IN THE BOX? A 500 ml (16.90 fl.oz) bottle of freshener, a container of rectangle cotton pads, and three small samples of other products.

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Free cotton pads. Sweet.

There really is no scent to this product, which for me is a great thing!  I have irritable skin so I need to be careful of which products I use to avoid breakouts. No fragrance means that it is suitable to a wider variety of skin and sensitivities.

My skin is oily/combination – oily through the T-zone and normal to dry around the rest. I use this twice a day; over my whole face in the morning and through my T-zone at night. I found that if I use it twice on the drier areas of my face they can become a little too dry – but not tight. However, it works well to control my oily areas.

The package says it all, it is definitely cool and refreshing! There is no stinging, astringent feeling to it and it dries lightly with no tightness at all. My skin looks brighter and feels smoother. An added bonus is that it does seem to remove any stubborn dirt or makeup that my cleanser didn’t.

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Little samples

Far and away the thing I like most about this product is the pump. It makes it really easy to get just the right amount without getting it everywhere! You just place your cotton pad on the spout and press down to dispense. Since the cotton pad is there to absorb there is less chance of spill. The bottle is large and with such a precise dispenser I doubt I’ll be running out any time soon.

There was one thing that wasn’t so great about it. It had absolutely no effect on the size or visibility of my pores. Minimizing the appearance of the pores is something it claims to do and one of the reasons I wanted to try this toner.

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Pump action!

PROS

  • Pleasant cooling sensation
  • Cleans skin well
  • Controls excess oil
  • Awesome pump!

CONS

  • May be too much for dry skin
  • No pore minimizing effect
  • Long wait for shipping

WHAT’S THE VERDICT? Overall, I like this toner and I will probably purchase it again when I run out. I can’t say if it’s a holy grail product just yet – I’ll continue using it for a few more weeks first – but it is definitely looking good so far.

The Lovely Deep

Welcome to The Lovely Deep.

I am the resident progenitrix. I go by many names and I wear many hats but for the sake of simplicity – most people call me Jenna.

The Lovely Deep is a place where I can share my thoughts and opinions with the world. But it isn’t exactly personal blog. I will be doing some blogging about myself and my life, but mostly I’ll be providing information on topics of interest to me and hopefully others, as well as reviews of books, movies, television, and products. That being said, it’s time for a brief introduction!

I am a twenty-something living in southern California with my boyfriend and mother of two boys ages five, and 9 months. Sometimes life makes it hard for me to be the mother I imagined I’d be, but I try. I practice peaceful attachment parenting. Yes – I’m one of those crunchy moms who breastfeeds, co-sleeps, cloth diapers, and wears her babies.

(Disclaimer) I do these things to the best of my ability because it is what works for me and feels right – I must point out that everyone is different and I don’t judge other people for how they choose to raise their children! So don’t worry about getting preached to. ~_^

Aside from being a mom I am a student in college. I’m studying Communications and Film/Tv/Radio. I’m an aspiring writer and one day I’d love to write and direct TV or movies. I am big into SciFi/Fantasy (think Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Trek and anything with Witches). So basically, a nerd.

Yes, I am a HUGE nerd. Stick around for five minutes and you will be sure of it. I love reading and books (I’ll be sure to keep you updated on what I read). Game nights are a thing I enjoy! Tabletop games, card games, video games and the like. Be prepared to learn all about the awesome games that I play.

A few other things you will hear about from me are my Natural Hair and weight loss journeys. Both are still in progress so I will blog about them as they continue. I LOVE food and eating… and posting pictures of my meals. Because I just KNOW everyone wants to see what I’m having for lunch. Naturally.  I may also mention plenty of other (probably geeky) things not listed in this short intro.

Well, enough about me (for now). Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy The Lovely Deep.

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