Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Serenity Day 2011!

Happy Serenity Day everyone! Yes, it was on this day in 2005 that Serenity premiered in theaters here in the US.

September 30th, 2005 was an exciting day for me and my group of friends, And of course, like a good Firefly fan, I was at my local theater with my friends and my boyfriend that day. We even dressed up like characters from the show just for the occasion. Sure, we were the only ones there in costume, haha, but that is what made it fun.

Just for the heck of it, here are a couple photos of us from that day in costume. (^_^)

My boyfriend Dan as Wash, myself as Zoe, and my sister Krystal and friend Amanda as Hands of Blue people.
My boyfriend as Wash, myself as Zoe, my sister as a Hands of Blue person, and my friend Heather as River.

 Are there any other Firefly/Serenity fans out there reading this? Do you remember what you were doing on the first Serenity Day? Let's hear it!

And remember, any questions or comments are always welcome!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shantelle's Top 4: The Best Shows on SyFy

4. Haven

This town's secrets just seem to get deeper and darker as the series goes on... love it! Great characters, great story. Always leaves me wanting the next episode to air sooner rather than later.

3. Eureka

This show's storylines always keep you on your toes. Happy that we are getting another season, but not so pleased that next season will be their last. :-(

2. Sanctuary

Absolutely LOVE the characters in this show. Season 3 has made Nikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) one of my new favorites. Also love how every season seems to end on a cliffhanger... I admit it, I can be a sucker for suspense. Especially when it is used correctly. I cannot wait for Season 4!

1. Warehouse 13

What's not to love about Warehouse 13? 

The relationships between the characters? Funny, touching, and sometimes quite intriguing. (H.G./Myka, anyone?)

The stories attached to the multitude of awesome artifacts? Brilliant!

And this season has left me asking "WTF?" more than once... but in a good way. I think that's what makes me love this show so much.

Like my list? Or think you have a better one? Then let me know! Questions and comments are always appreciated. Thanks for reading! :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nom On Some Homemade "Pizza Hut " Style Cheesesticks!

Are you craving those cheesesticks from Pizza Hut? This recipe should take care of that! They are very easy to make, but after they're finished it's difficult to keep from disappearing, haha.

Shantelle's Homemade "Pizza Hut" Style Cheesesticks


1 (10 ounce) can regular Pillsbury pizza dough (Not thin crust!)
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup olive oil (approximately)
Mozzarella cheese, shredded, as much of it as you like. :-)
Marinara sauce, for dipping

  1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ.
  2. Unroll dough onto cutting board. Cut into 16 even strips.
  3. Place each strip on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 6-8 minutes until slightly golden brown.
  5. While dough is baking, combine all DRY ingredients.
  6. Remove baked breadsticks from oven and brush with olive oil and quickly sprinkle evenly with half of dry topping.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of breadsticks, then sprinkle the rest of the dry seasoning over that..
  8. Set oven to broil then place cheesesticks back into oven. Broil until cheese is melted and a light golden brown.
  9. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
Makes 16 breadsticks.

Plan on trying it out? Let me know how it turns out! Questions and comments welcome and appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you! (^_^)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Facebook's New Feed : WTF... or not?

So I woke up this morning to find almost every status update on my Facebook feed saying something to the effect of, "WTF Facebook?! I hate this new feed setup!" Next came the barrage of "I Hate The New Facebook Feed" photos (like the one below) and all-caps rants about the new feed setup, all littering my feed.

In the time that I have been a user of their services, Facebook has changed their layout, added new features, and changed their customization and privacy options quite a few times. And these changes always seem to lead to the same kind of uproar from their users. Yet most of these same users, after their threats of deleting their accounts, or even starting a boycott of the website (these claims always make me laugh), almost always end up keeping their Facebook accounts anyway. And you never hear a peep from these users again about the "horrid updates" they were so outraged about. That is, until there's another update.

I admit, that photo viewer that they introduced a while ago bugged me a bit. But all of the other things offered by the service more than made up for it, at least in my opinion. In the end, the thing that always keeps me from griping about any of these changes too quickly (or at all) is the fact that Facebook is a free service. I would understand being upset if we were paying a monthly fee or something, but that's not the case. And it's not as if there aren't any other social networking sites.

So I am posing a question to anyone out there actually reading this blog:

If these updates are so horrible, why do you stay?

All comments are welcome. I'm looking forward to your input!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Exams... Funny? *confused*

I know, it's kind of strange to miss anything about school (unless we are talking friends or... well, fun stuff) when you finally escape its clutches. But then again, I never said I wasn't little strange, haha.

I was taking this online practice test for the A+ Certification exam, and when got to this question (see screenshot to the right) it made me start reminiscing about college; more specifically, college exams.

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of taking tests. The pressure, the eerie silence of the classroom, not to mention the fear of a horrible grade. Multiple choice, even being one of the easier test formats, still brought about these same stresses for me. However, some instructors seemed to find a way to relieve some of the the stress, at least in my case, by adding something to multiple choice questions that one usually doesn't expect in an exam; humor. And it was used much like it was in the online exam I screen-captured and posted here.

I noticed this in only a few exams the whole time I was matriculated, but looking back, those were the exams I did better on. So it makes me wonder, why can't this method be used in all multiple choice exams? I'm not saying on every question or anything... just one or two questions per test. Am I the only one who has wondered about this?