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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Places I want to go - Star Trek Museum

I've been making plans to visit my mom before summer ends, so I can enjoy the Adirondacks in a nonwinter setting. Every time I go to visit her, it always happens to be in the winter. I've wanted to go apple picking - or hiking up a mountain. 

But one place I've been dreaming of has been to go to the Star Trek Original Set Tours in Ticonderoga or what I like to call the Star Trek Museum. As someone who visited Las Vegas to go to a Star Trek exhibit they had at the Hilton, this Star Trek nerd will go anywhere to see some cool stuff. I just never expected sandwiched in the Adirondacks would be this set tour in between a brick building as you drive these tiny roads.

I took these pictures outside the building unfortunately, it wasn't open when we passed it because of the limited hours during the winter. 



I love how they decorated some of the figures with Christmas hats. 

I really can't wait to go traveling again and this is one of the places I'd like to visit. I'd also really like to get my passport to visit Canada the next time I'm up in the Adirondacks to visit my mom - so we can go and enjoy some Canadian Nicaraguan food. :) 

If you'd like to visit the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour for yourself, below you'll find the information.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

112 Montcalm Street

Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Phone: (518) 503-5497

After Hours: (518) 369-9967

https://www.startrektour.com/


And let me know where is somewhere you've been dreaming of traveling to lately? 

Hope you're doing awesome, 

Alethea


Friday, March 12, 2021

How to find Social Alerts to Update on Restream.io Before Going Live


From time to time, websites love to make changes and sometimes you get frustrated so you decide to make a blog post, so you have a friendly reminder hidden in your archives so you can always find it...

Or is that just me? Haha. 

I really love the live streaming service Restream.io offers. It's really straightforward to use, and I love how I just have to hit one button to start streaming in OBS while connected to three platforms at once. 

My only frustration is their updates from time to time, where they remove features you're used to seeing and doing in your workflow before a stream. For me, it just happens to be the social-alerts button that used to be featured under their title update section. 

A few weekends back as I was getting back into the flow of things and about to Livestream,  I realized the Social Alerts link was gone again. 

And as I went to click the chat/contact messenger button on their website to inquire, I found a pleasant surprise. There's a chat history that allowed me to locate the chat I had previously and get the link right away.  

And I managed to update my social alerts with no issue.


As someone who only uses the service's free features, I am thoroughly impressed with the level of service and how their system is now automated to help you right away, giving you the link instead of having to ask someone. 


But I will say they also have some really awesome customer service should you need to talk to a human. 

So in case you've been frustrated lately like me unable to find your social alerts section to update your social media post within Restream.io here's the link. 

NOTE - Make sure you have an account and are logged in - in order to use the link. 

https://restream.io/social-alerts

And feel free to let me know, what's one of your favorite tools to use while live streaming?

Stay Awesome, 

Alethea



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Winter Wonderland - Adirondack Living



This time of year I'm usually on a plane to visit the frozen tundra, except this year it just didn't happen. I was reminiscing last year and -7 temperatures. It's a nice place to visit, but I could never deal with the cold. 











Saturday, December 26, 2020

Books I read in November - 2020



Thought I'd share books I read in November - 2020. 

This year has given me the opportunity to read a lot more than I would usually and thought I'd share a few of my favorites reads each month! Also - I'm always one for sharing. If you've been looking for some good reads with plot twists and unexpected surprises, check out the list below!
  The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful vampire story with a giant twist LOVED IT! Gave me vibes of Candyman at certain points - & love how this ended. 

 


Lovecraft CountryLovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars








The Invention of SoundThe Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

horror wrapped around music - loved it - Could have used less back story at the end - but enjoyable nonetheless. 


 


Trejo's Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A CookbookTrejo's Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A Cookbook by Danny Trejo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Curious about what I've read this year? Check out my reviews on GoodReads. I don't normally share my thoughts on the books, I need to get better about that. But I do rate them. 
View all my reviews

Maybe we can become book buddies? Feel free to share any of your favorites in horror, sci-fi and beyond. 

Stay Awesome, 

Alethea 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Figment of my Imagination



You're nothing more than a figment of my imagination that comes to haunt me — 
Always pinching myself in disbelief 
Only to disappear into the recesses of my mind
Oh, here we go again. 
Where did you go?



Sunday, November 8, 2020

Releasing my first book! - How to turn your Doodles into Outlines!



I am so excited to share that later on today, November 9th at 11PM EST we're releasing our first guide/book on how to turn your doodles into outlines.

Learn how to take your drawings to the next level!

Have you ever wondered how to convert your drawings into outlines? Now you can!

In this guide, learn how to take your drawing in Photoshop or GIMP regardless of what software you choose and turn them into outlines that can be then used as digital assets to use in your thumbnails and other creations!



In this guide, How to turn your Doodles into Outlines!


You will receive:
  • Step by Step Photoshop guide
  • Step by Step GIMP guide
  • 21 Digital Assets Ready to Use
  • Guide Materials (Scans & PSD File)


You can pre-order your book at the link below!

https://gumroad.com/l/digital-doodles 


Friday, November 6, 2020

Traveling to an Imaginary Flea Market in the Redlands - Adventures with Abuela


 

My Abuelita has always been my favorite traveling companion whether going to the store to window shop or traveling to an entirely new country. She was always down for the adventure and gave me my love traveling and saying fuck it let's do it, hey what's that! let's try it. And I'll never forget one weekend, she said let's go to Redlands there's a flea market on the way. 


And so we made our way towards US-1 with the intention of finding this flea market she claimed existed and that she and Abuelito used to go to back in the day. And as we drove, we saw nothing. 


And at one point I'll never forget turning over to my co-pilot for life and asking "...When was the last time you and Abuelito came here?..." And she said, "oh, in the late-80s..." and I remember glancing over after we had traveled almost all the way to homestead with no flea market insight..."Wait a second, so you're telling me you don't know where it is exactly?"


And she responded, "...Oh, no I remember it's between here and Homestead somewhere along the road on the right side...."


And for a split second, I questioned her sanity, and my dad maybe being right, maybe Abuelita is getting a little senile. 


I busted out laughing.


"...So we're off to find an imaginary flea market that may or may not exist on the right side of the road somewhere between here in Kendall and Homestead?...that you haven't seen since the late 80s and you don't' remember exactly how to get there?...."


And my grandmother responded with, "...Oh, you're just like your dad! What are you going to call me crazy and forgetful too?..."  


And I glanced over at her again, and I lost it laughing and I said "No..." I laughed shaking my head "...worst case we get tacos in Homestead."


And we drove, and let me tell you we drove and on the right side of the road changed into business, and empty parking lots, to thrift stores into fields and fields of just tall grass.


When all of a sudden on the right side, we started to see tons of parked cars and approached an entrance with banners and signs that Redlands Flea Market and it was like we entered an alternate universe and my PT cruiser was the time machine. 


And I remember her smacking my hand and saying " I told you!"


And I laughed saying " You did...I am sorry for ever doubting you..." as we got out of the car and bought the most delicious Flor de Jamaica to make Hisbiscus Tea and purchased a peppermint plant and explored what everyone had to offer.


I took a lot of pictures that day, including video but my favorite photo is when we sat down at a food truck and we were perusing the menu and I got to eat delicious Pupusas with my best friend. 


Later that day we came home and we recorded a video that I swear I'll find one day on how to make Nacatamales. 



(Hung out and talked all day with this beautiful lady, we also made Nacatamales. March 12, 2015)

Flea Market in the Redlands

If you enjoyed this story and are looking for an adventure whether you're a Florida native or from out of town, the Redlands Market Village is definitely a wonderful place to explore and experience so many different foods. You SHOULD totally visit the Redlands Flea Market.


I cannot rant enough about the fresh Flor de Jamaica/Hisbiscus leaves they sell in the farmers market.


Redlands Market Village

24420 S Dixie Hwy.

Redland, FL 33032

[visit their website]



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Top 5 Books I've read so far for Mental Health - 2020 Mid-Year Check-in



Every year, I participate in Good Reads Yearly Reading Challenge, every year with intentions to outdo myself. It reminds me of growing up and participating in the summer reading challenge in school or my local library and submitting my list of books I read to obtain a coveted wheel of free prizes you could redeem from local shops around town. 

While there may not be a prize at the end of the challenge on Good Reads, the reward nowadays is knowledge. I've learned more than ever these past few years, especially these past two years as I've delved heavily into self-help and improving myself as a creator and artist. We don't have it all and sometimes we need a refresher. 

Below you will find my list of books I've read so far that have had a profound impact on my year, if you guys are curious as to why let me know in the comments below and I'll create a post dishing it out.

But for now here are some books that I've read that are worth a read regardless of where you are in life as a creative or entrepreneur.

Books I've read so far - 2020 Mid-Year Check-in

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight

2. Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight

3. You Do You by Sarah Knight

4. Things No One Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet


I'm a firm believer in we don't know everything and we always have something to learn in this life. And we could all always use a refresher, that is probably my one takeaway when it comes to webinars, there's always something to be learned.

For me, I've found a huge appreciation in straightforward, no-nonsense advice and would have to say the 5 books listed above while they may be by the same author, are worth the read. 

Granted, I've been relishing in audiobooks, it's honestly the only way I can read any books nowadays especially when you're an avid creator like myself. 

My absolute favorite I will have to say is Gary John Bishop and I totally recommend the audiobook in his case, because there's nothing like a Scottish man yelling life advice at you to get your blood pumping and focused into go mode.

I finally got around to reading American Gods by Neil Gaimon which I absolutely loved and appreciate my friend Hank for telling me to read it. It was wonderful and really opened my eyes to Neil Gaiman. 

Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite books recently, whether they're fiction or not I'd really love to know. 

Stay Awesome, 

Alethea






Friday, October 9, 2020

Iguanas and Squirrels - Friday Photo Bomb!



I miss taking photos with my DSLR - to be honest, I stopped taking photos when I literally broke my 50mm lens. Well - today I decided to bust it out this Friday with intentions of photographing pictures for a contest I wanted to enter, also I figured it'd be the perfect way to capture creatures from far away. 

But as I took pictures, I found myself asking, why the heck did I ever stop taking pictures? So I thought I'd share some of my results. 





I have a family of squirrels and Iguanas that share a palm tree, it sounds weird. But I guess it works for them because in the 4 years I've lived here they've co-existed, but I've never been able to capture their native habitat!

While I love the pictures with the Squirrel and Iguanas, my favorite hands down has to be this one featuring the three Iguanas, it was funny how he popped his head around the corner, as if he felt like he was missing out on the photoshoot going down, it's almost as if they knew I was taking pictures of them.

 

Anyway, what is something that you've been wanting to do recently that you've been putting off? For me, it's using a lot of the tools I have at my disposal such as my DSLR camera! I was so impressed with these photos that I might look into replacing that 50mm lens for more photo options, for now, I'll indulge in faraway shots. So I guess expect more pictures of nature from me!

& Happy Friday everyone!

Alethea  


Saturday, September 12, 2020

How to track your packages in Etsy When You Use Global Postal Shipping - Nerdy Etsy Tips


 

Recently, I almost had the freak out of a lifetime regarding my Etsy shop. 

Any Etsy owner's nightmare, a package hasn't arrive or it's gone missing. For me it happened to be that I had mailed off a limited edition zippered pouch I had created to Austria and then about 2-3 weeks later getting a message from my customer asking politely where the bag was as Etsy told her it was still in limbo in Miami, FL. 

Well, after many Etsy forums complaining later, I found the answer and I thought I'd share the wealth and spare you the full-on panic if you've mailed off one of your one of a kind creations using Etsy's Global Postal Shipping.

For help finding where your package has ended up, you must have used Etsy's Global Postal Shipping Option.



How to track your packages in Etsy that Use Global Postal Shipping 

1. First things first, go to your order you want to look into - head over to your Etsy Dashboard and locate the purchase you want to inquire on.

2. Under the shipping section, you will want to click for more information.

3. Once here - Scroll down until you find the Customs ID.

4. Then copy whatever code you are given in this section.

5. Now to visit a Global Postal Shipping website to track your order.

    Visit the link - https://globegisticsinc.com/

6. Click Track your Parcel.

    And paste the code into the site and this will help you figure out where your package is.

This website is extremely useful, especially if you've had a customer recently reaching out to you during Covid19 in regard to packages sent outside the united states or vice versa. I recently found out that Etsy's tracking outside the United States isn't as what you see as what you get as they make it seem. 

While it tracks the package up until the Global Postal Facility it does not provide information in regards to where it is once it arrives at their facility. This is where the Globegisticsinc website comes into play. 

Opinion of Etsy's Global Shipping

Etsy should really consider when implementing features to help business owners they should really consider the front end interface and what shop owners may need in order to provide contact support to their customers. 

And while implementing new features they should really evaluate how these items may be used in the front-end user experience before just implementing features just expecting them to work.

This could just be the implementation of a link where tracking information is provided to the owner and purchaser by providing a simple link to their Global Postal Shipping provider where one can check on their order, if embedding their global shipping system into their platform is beyond their structural interface.

Anyways, that was a nerdy rant. lol 

I hope this information helped you in tracking your package. If it did, feel free to share the wealth with other Etsy shop owners if you found this information useful! 


Monday, August 31, 2020

Dreaming of a Chicago Hot Dog & The Bean - Places I want to go to Again When Covid19 is Over



I am dreaming of a Chicago Hot Dog & The Bean in Chicago, IL, and that time, my job flew me out there to pick up a record collection. 

Recently with my grandma leaving to outer space, I've realized that in life the best memories are the small things.

I'm on a hunt for a video I never posted of me and my Abuela making nacatamales and her talking through the process. And I stumbled across pictures I took in the downtown Chicago park that sits right in front of the Contemporary Art Museum. 

I remember, I didn't have much to explore the city - just the day or really just a couple of hours before we had to head back to the airport, so we snuck in the important things. Hot dogs in the park and an art museum.

My co-worker thought I was silly when I said, let's go to the park to eat a Chicago hot dog, as we got hot dogs, it felt like the perfect tourist experience. So we sat down in the park downtown to enjoy these dogs before we went for REAL dinner. 

Despite not being able to go to The Bean due to fog, I am so happy I got this giant panorama in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago.  

 As an art history nerd, I'm always down to explore a museum.

I really loved the parking garage, it featured tons of quotes and one from one of my favorites, Jim Henson. 


If you asked me right now, where would you like to visit once Covid19 is over? For me, I am dreaming of another trip to Chicago with a hotdog in the park, but also a trip to see The Bean to see what all the rating and raving is about. 

Where you'd like to explore once Covid is over, let us know in the comments below.


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