Sunday, 4 March 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 26th February 2018 - Sunday 4th March 2018 [Week 9].

The so-called "Beast from the East" storm this past week has severely limited the number of deliveries we've had. The snow got really bad on Tuesday night, and led to everyone in my work being sent home at 1pm on Wednesday - which is pretty much unheard of!

Here's what came this week!

Monday 26th February 2018

- Jigsaw Steelbook [Bluray].

Yep, that's it. I mean, some weeks can be completely quiet/not have anything due out, but it feels like there should have been more getting delivered this week.

Thursday and Friday were both snow days, and the snow is still lingering even now. Hoping it all clears up soon so that we can get back to our usual deliveries :)

What stuff have you got this week? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 19th February 2018 - Sunday 25th February 2018 [Week 8].

Getting back on top of things now, so here are the things I've received over the past week! Very happy to have a new controller, as we'd been using the wee man's old one since November (he got the Minecraft Creeper one for his birthday and our one was playing up, so we just "adopted" his old blue one). 

Monday 19th February 2018

- Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox One Controller [Accessories].

Wednesday 21st February 2018

- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Enhanced Edition [Guide].
- Scalpel [Bluray].
- Rad Rodgers: World One [Xbox One].
- Basket Case Limited Edition w/ Enamel Pin [Bluray].

Thursday 22nd February 2018

- Threads Limited Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 24th February 2018

- Blade Runner: 2049 Deckard Blaster Edition [Bluray].
- Lil Dicky Lil Brain [Plush].

Quite a few new things and all of which I'm happy to have! As said above, sooo glad to have a new controller, at last. Rad Rodgers looks pretty good so far. Basket Case and Threads are stunning slipcovers. The Deckard Blaster for Blade Runner, we've been super excited about, so glad it's finally here. Lil Brain... well, he was accidentally left in the Sorting Office for almost 3 weeks with customs charges as I forgot to actually pick him up. But have got him now, and he looks adorable next to his bigger brain counterpart <3

What new things have you gotten recently?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x


I've been feeling mighty overwhelmed lately. Between work, kids, the two qualifications I'm doing and trying to stay on top of new releases, keep this place updated, be active on the few forums I'm on, keeping in touch with friends, etc. I just don't feel like I have enough hours in the day to do everything I want/need to.

As most of you will know, I was a stay at home mum for a few years, and even back then I struggled to stay on top of everything, but now it just feels like a never-ending battle trying to manage everything. I get up in the morning and I get the wee man ready for school and get ready for work. I work all day, and when I get home I have to make dinner and then do baths. By the time everything is out of the way, we need to get the kids to bed. Then Allan and I only have a few hours together before I need to go to bed, to start the whole process over in the morning.

We don't get any proper time to just be "us". Obviously the wee man is at school during the week, and he stays at one gran's house (Lizzy - Allan's mum) on a Friday and the other's (Caroline, my mum) on a Saturday, but we only get a few hours without Eva on a Friday when she goes to Lizzy's. By the time I'm home from work, Eva is almost ready to come home again. If we go to the cinema when I finish work, then we don't really get any time outside of the length of the movie.

I was at my cousin Laura's baby shower today and everyone was discussing holidays they've booked and parties they're planning and it just made me feel so broken. We've been on one holiday together and that was only because we won it, so everything was paid for and we just needed spending money (and getting childcare for that, when it was just the wee man - Eva didn't yet exist - was hard enough). I've never had a party. Allan had an 18th but I didn't get one as I was pregnant at the time. Neither of us had a 21st, although I think we did do something on his 21st (as a friend shares the same birthday as him so think we all just had a night in for it). I didn't get a baby shower for either of my pregnancies - which I defended by always saying I didn't mind as "they're just an excuse to get presents" but really it was just because I don't have anyone to organise anything like that for me.

It's so pathetic to feel this way for something so pointless but I just feel like I'm missing out. Ugh. I'm so annoyed with myself for feeling like this, especially as there's so much worse stuff happening in the world, but I can't help it.

Everyone today talking about everything they've got planned, even the ones with kids just talking about going away on a child-free holiday for a week or two, and there I am just sitting there thinking "I wish I could even just have a child-free night" but that's a rare occasion and we feel like we've practically got to beg for that as nobody ever truly wants to take Eva (even for a few hours, never mind overnight) - they're fine with Allan but Eva is such a handful that nobody wants her and it's not fair on her, or us.

We love our kids, and we love that we've had them young enough to still run around and be daft with them, but it hurts to have missed out on all of the things that people in their late-teens and twenties get to enjoy. We can count on our hands the number of times we've been on a night-out in the time we've been together, as said before, we've only had one holiday and we're stuck renting a shitty house in an even shittier area instead of being able to save up for a deposit for a mortgage (which is especially harder as only one of us can work full time due to childcare reasons). We want to get married, but that's probably a million years in the future/never (when originally, I had wanted to be married at 25, and I'm now four months away from being 26). I still want to get married, but now that my dad is gone, the thought of walking down the aisle alone really hurts.

Allan is equally as stressed out as myself. He is going stir-crazy being stuck in the house as a stay at home dad. He still works at the weekend, but this means that since we don't really get proper time away from the kids, neither of us ever gets an actual "day off". We're either working, or looking after the kids. We rarely get to see friends, unless they come to us, as we've always got the kids. In the couple of hours a week that we don't have them, we always say we're gonna go to the cinema, or out for a meal, etc. but instead we end up just sitting on our arses watching YouTube, because it's the first time we've been able to just sit down and relax.

Talking to family member's today did make me feel a little better about some things (aside from the talk of holidays and parties) as my Auntie Margaret talked of how she had "Sunday Blues" every week when my cousin Nicole was a baby. She would just cry all day on a Sunday, because she couldn't keep on top of things. I nodded in agreement with her, because shit is hard. I look at friends and family who have loads of options in terms of people to babysit, and I feel so outrageously jealous that they have a wealth of people desperate to look after their kids, even for an afternoon. Friends with numerous siblings, all of whom will take a turn to take the kids and allow them to get their houses in order, have a nap, or just fucking eat their lunch without it going cold.

It's a frustrating situation to be in, and one that I hope gets better soon, especially as Eva is getting a bit bigger and will hopefully get a place at nursery soon. But until then I will just have to continue putting on my outward face of "everything's fine" even when my mind is frazzled and I'm within an inch of screaming.

Apologies for the huge, depressing rant, but I just needed to get how I'm feeling out. Annoyingly, writing it all down hasn't made me feel any better, but eh, what can you do.

- V x

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 12th February 2018 - Sunday 18th February 2018 [Week 7].

Quite a few Vinegar Syndrome pick ups this week - glad that our VS collection is growing!

Monday 12th February 2018

- 5 Films 5 Years Volume 1 Limited Edition [Bluray].
- 5 Films 5 Years Volume 2 Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Fugitive Girls Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Lucifer's Women Limited Edition w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Penitentiary Limited Edition w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Tuesday 13th February 2018

- Shadow of the Colossus Special Edition [PS4].

Wednesday 14th February 2018

- The Evil Within 2 [Xbox One].

Thursday 15th February 2018

- The Jungle Book MondoX Steelbook [Bluray].

Quite a few new things received this week. Glad to have nabbed the Shadow of the Colossus edition. Had been tempted to get the UK one too, but money is tight this month so decided to just go for one - and definitely picked the right one!

What new stuff have you gotten this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 5th February 2018 - Sunday 11th February 2018 [Week 6].

I've been completely swamped with work recently, as well as my assignments for my degree, so haven't had as much time to post on here. I'm getting back on top of things now after a stressful few weeks, so I'm now going to get the last three weeks worth of Entries posts uploaded - as well as catching up with messages within forums, etc. Due to everything going on, I've likely forgotten a couple of bits within this post and the next one (12/2-18/2) since I didn't keep them up to date each day and have instead had to backtrack - so my apologies guys!

Tuesday 6th February 2018

- Split MLife Fullslip [Bluray].
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story KimchiDVD Fullslip [Bluray].
- Get Out MLife Fullslip [Bluray].
- Blade Runner: 2049 Steelbook [Bluray].
- The Gruesome Twosome [Bluray].
- Blade Runner: 2049 Limited Edition [Bluray].

I can't believe that this is all I remember from this week. It's definitely a lot of things from one day, but I feel that there must be at least one other thing from during the week too, but just can't seem to pinpoint what it could be...

What new stuff have you bought/received recently?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 29th January 2018 - Sunday 4th February 2018 [Week 5].

An almost entirely bluray-filled week. Lots of steelbooks as well as a couple of other cool editions, and the amazing Ashy Slashy puppet, that Eva has completely fallen in love with, haha. Will add photos to this post soon, I promise!

Wednesday 31st January 2018

- Kingsman: The Golden Circle Steelbook [Bluray].

Thursday 1st February 2018

- Ash vs Evil Dead Ashy Slashy Puppet [Prop Replica].

Friday 2nd February 2018

- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Steelbook [Bluray].
- Monsters Steelbook [Bluray].
- Midnight Special Steelbook [Bluray].
- The Raid 1 & 2 Steelbook [Bluray].

Saturday 3rd February 2018

- Cat o' Nine Tails Limited Edition [Bluray].

Sunday 4th February 2018

- The Church Leatherbook Edition [Bluray].

Watched Kingsman: The Golden Circle a day or two after getting the steelbook since we missed it at the cinema. Loved it, had no doubt in our minds as we loved the first one, and are big fans of Mark Millar's stories and characters, so had been eagerly awaiting the release since we saw the first Kingsman. It was just bad luck (and an inability to arrange childcare) that caused us to miss the cinema release. Will try to get a review up soon for both entries in the series :)

What new stuff have you got this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Entries to the Asylum ; Monday 22nd January 2018 - Sunday 28th January 2018 [Week 4].

This week has been the busiest game-related week in a little while. Blurays are still dominating but first week in a while that we've had two new-release games (with expensive editions, too!).

Wednesday 24th January 2018

- Genital Jousting Plushie w/ Steam Code [Plush].

Thursday 25th January 2018

- Berserk Season 1 Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Matinee Collector's Edition [Bluray].

- Colossal Maquette Exclusive w/ Signed Bluray [Bluray].
* Still awaiting the signed bluray - it's on its way separately*

Friday 26th January 2018

- Monster Hunter World Collector's Edition [Xbox One].
- Dragon Ball FighterZ Collectorz Edition [Xbox One].

So this week hasn't been as busy as what some weeks are, but it's definitely been an expensive one in terms of how much the things cost, as both game CEs were £134.99 each, the Colossal Maquette was $155 (before shipping) etc.

I remember when game CEs rarely hit the £100 mark, and when they did it was because they were massive and full of content. Yeah, both of those editions are good-sized, well filled CEs, but just a few years ago they'd have probably hit somewhere around the £99.99 mark each. Glad there's not been a whole lot of expensive game CEs I've dropped money on recently, as they're usually either too big and expensive (getting a little bored of the generic huge statue in a video game CE), or they just don't seem worth the money at all. But that's a rant for another day, haha.

What new stuff did you get this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 26th February 2018 - Sunday 4th March 2018 [Week 9].

The so-called "Beast from the East" storm this past week has severely limited the number of deliveries we've had. The snow go...