5 Fandom Friday! 5 Fictional Pets I Wanna Adopt

My goodness, I miss 5 Fandom Fridays! What is wrong with me? Why do I think I’ll be fine skipping a week? It makes me so sad when I don’t get to hang out with everyone for 5FF!

This week’s prompt is hella cute: 5 Fictional Pets I Want to Adopt, and I’ve put a lot of thought into this. This list is, for once, in order of want.

5. Marcel (FRIENDS)

Sure, he’s kind of a little shit, but he’s so cute & smart & loyal. I’d snuggle him for sure.

4.  FalKor

Not TECHNICALLY a pet, but I want a Luckdragon!! Adventures abound!

3.  Abraxos

Loyalty and ferocity. Perfect for a badass pet.

2.  Lying Cat

Heh. The cake is a lie, you guys. Don’t even pretend you don’t want a Lying Cat.

1. Hedwig

Because duh.

 

So, yay for 5FF! Created by Kristin & Megan! Check out #5FF or #Fandom5 to see more!

 

Until Next Time ❤

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[7] Obsessive Wednesdays: Wearing My Nerd Pants

What? Don’t you own a pair of nerd pants? I suppose if you mean LITERALLY, then neither do I. But if I found some & had money, I would totally buy some. Whatever they may look like. My figurative nerd pants get worn a LOT, however. This week I’m pretty much nerding out 24/7 over something or another, so obviously I want to share with you, my lovely readers.

COMICS

I finally started reading some comics other than Saga (but I did re-read Saga vol. 1 for the AdultBooklr graphic novel read-along for July…). What I’m reading now:

Hawkeye, vol. 1 (Matt Fraction)

With the release of issue #22 (finally), it seemed like a good time to pick up this series. Did not hurt that Amazon ran a flash sale on the Kindle version of this volume for only $2.99 in their “pre-Prime-Day-madness”. Honestly, the deals leading up to Prime Day were so much better than the ACTUAL prime day deals. But we don’t need to talk about that. Anyway, this is freaking GREAT. And I’m only one issue into it.

Sex Criminals, vol. 1 (Matt Fraction, again)

I have been hearing about Sex Criminals since the first day I picked up a comic book. I’m only about halfway through this volume, but it’s amazing. And the art is gorgeous-o. It’s a totally different kind of storytelling than I have ever read before. It’s more conversational & I’m really enjoying it.

MOVIES

So, obviously, we saw Ant-Man. I really liked it. My review from yesterday breaks it down, but I had to plug it here anyway 🙂

Also, I’m still freaking out over the Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman, and Deadpool trailers from SDCC. Especially Deadpool. I really think Ryan Reynolds has nailed Wade Wilson (heehee that sounds dirty, how appropriate). Yay for allitteration!

SWATH

Oh dear. This needs work.

I’m PRETTY sure I’ve mentioned SWATH before, but we just had yet another tournament over the weekend, and I usually ride that high for a couple weeks afterwards. This month’s tournaments were: The Tournament of Aces (Pilots from all different fandoms battling it out in Gunstar crafts from StarFox), The Tournament of Sidekicks (self-explanatory), and an all-cartoon tournament we called The Big Papa Crowley Tournament. I live-tweeted the madness & have started compiling a highlight reel from the evening.

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In addition to the tournament, I have spent the last couple days working on getting our Tumblr page up and running, so y’all can follow us for nerdy goodness (shameless self-promotion…deal with it). If you’re super confused over what we do, check out the about page.

ORGANIZATION

I’m a nerd for organization & stationery. It’s certainly a different kind of nerdiness, but totes still counts. I bought myself a Passion Planner last week, which I talked about on last week’s list. Well, it arrived & I could not love it more. I’ll do a whole post about it once I’ve used it consistently for more than 2 days, but right now I’m 150% onboard with Passion Planner. Here’s my first two days-worth of planning notes. I’m using it to track what I have actually DONE rather than planning out my days in advance. This way I can go back & see where I’m wasting all my time & hopefully make myself more productive in the long haul.

In addition to the Passion Planner, I ordered these disposable fountain pens by Pilot and holy crap if they aren’t my favorite pens I’ve ever used. Shout out to singingktp for finding them in a stationery shop & gushing about them to me. They write so smoothly & don’t bleed through even cheap notebook paper (unless you really saturate it). If you’re into pens, get these. Seriously.

Annnd that’s about it for this week. I’d love to hear anything you guys have been up to lately! I know I’ve been super MIA, but I’m working on getting myself ahead of the ball with posts so there’s no more radio silence on my end!

Until Next Time ❤

The “Marvel Formula” Strikes Again with Ant-Man

It’s safe to say that Marvel’s got this blockbuster movie thing down to a science. They have figured out how to take source material that most people wouldn’t raise an eyebrow at – the stuff that has had a “geek” stigma associated with it for decades – and turn it into a film that has the masses scrambling to the theater on release night. It began with Iron Man in 2008 and, well, you know the rest.

Most notably, Marvel took a series that the general population hadn’t even HEARD of and that most comic fans didn’t give a rat’s ass about and turned it into a record-breaking box office smash. Guardians of the Galaxy was probably the biggest cinematic surprise of my entire lifetime, and when the Ant-Man trailers rolled out, I wondered if Marvel could REALLY do it again. The short answer? No. But almost.

It may seem unfair to compare Ant-Man with Guardians, but to me it’s the most logical comparison. Aside from the fact that one is an ensemble cast and the other is a “solo” superhero movie, they are both the kind of stories that came out of left field and made everybody go “What? Really? They’re making that a movie? Ok, Marvel…You do you.” And Marvel does. And we are grateful.

LOOOK AT THAT SCRUFF

As far as casting, Paul Rudd was about as obvious a choice for Scott Lang as Chris Pratt was for Peter Quill – I was equal parts excited and confused when the casting announcements popped up on the internet for this film. The more footage I saw, though, the more convinced I was that Paul Rudd has always been an action hero, he’s just never played one in a movie. Because he’s FUNNY, and people like comedies. So that’s what he does. The great thing about the “Marvel Formula”, though, is that they incorporate so much humor into their films and almost exclusively cast known comedians as their leads (or at least people who are known to have a pretty strong funny bone).

Paul Rudd knocks Scott Lang out of the park, in my opinion. Now, let’s just get out into the open that I have never read a single Ant-Man comic (I mean, we know my comic knowledge is extremely minimal, but growing every day). I do not pretend to know these character histories or previous story arcs (or even if Scott Lang EXISTS in the comics, because I only ever knew that Hank Pym was Ant-Man?). Ok. So we’ve got that? Good. I loved Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. He’s a hacker/ burglar who actually has a kind of Robin Hood complex & got busted for stealing money from his former employer & returning it to the people they had swindled it from in the first place. He wants to make something better of himself so he can be there for his daughter, as any good father would. That’s when he’s approached by Hank Pym, who has been forced out of his own company by his 2nd-in-command.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot line here, because part of the fun is not knowing what you’re in for. This 10-second clip from the trailer really says it all:

All-in-all, this movie was a near-perfect blend of humor and action, just like we like our Marvel movies. The one thing they did better this time than in other recent superhero flicks *cough* Age of Ultron *cough* is that the action sequences were NOT long & drawn out. They are entertaining & visually stunning, but not excessive. I was very pleased.

As for supporting characters, Evangeline Lilly is great as Pym’s daughter, Hope. Although I could have done without the supposed “sexual tension” between her & Lang. The chemistry between Rudd & Lilly was severely lacking, which is crazy weird. Both are attractive human specimens (seriously, Rudd got pretty jacked for this role…it’s very nice – see below) and both play romantic leads very well. It just fell flat with the two of them & I was rather disappointed in that aspect of the film.

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Michael Douglas as an aging Hank Pym was probably the only casting where I thought to myself “duh, of COURSE Michael Douglas is Hank Pym. Michael Douglas IS Hank Pym… you know, once he’s old…er”. He plays the role with a signature pinch of snark & dry humor that I would associate with Pym just based on my minimal knowledge of the character.

Of course, let’s not forget the trademark Marvel cameos. Fans of the franchise will love mini glimpses at some of their favorite characters to tide them over until the next big release. Oh, and of course there’s the mid- and post-credits scenes (yes, this one actually has two additional scenes). They are worth sticking around for. Especially the 2nd one.

Even with the PG-13 rating on this, I would call it a family-friendly film for those of us with children above the 7-year-ish mark. Heck, I’d probably let my 5-year-old watch it, were she to show any interest.

Final verdict:
Ant-Man does not disappoint, nor does it thrill. 7.5/10 IMDB stars.

And now we just sit back and wait for The Force Awakens (because Fantastic Four is not something I’m eager to count down to)…149 days to go!

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Until Next Time ❤

New Obsessions…Terminator? Believe It.

John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

How Did I EVEN Get Here?

I’ve never been a huge fan of Terminator movies. I mean, I watched the first two as a kid, and then again when T3 came out in 2003 I caught it on HBO or something, but I never really geeked out about them or anything. Robot movies just aren’t my thing. I’d rather watch superheroes or Arthurian legend or even aliens (except Bicentennial Man – freaking loved that movie when I was younger).

Anyway, so hopefully you get it – I’m not what you would consider a Terminator fan; nor was I thrilled when my group of friends decided they wanted to see Genisys last night. Of course, I could have turned down the invitation, but it’s been an emotionally exhausting couple of weeks and I figured, what the hell? I could use some badass action sequences and a healthy dose of Emilia Clarke now that the Game of Thrones season is over. So, off to the movies we went.

I had no idea what to expect from this movie. I knew they brought back Arnold & I knew he’s looking old as hell lately, so I kind of expected his sequences to be kind of cheesy and pathetic – didn’t you? If that’s the case, you may be surprised to find that Terminator Genisys has landed itself the spot of my favorite new movie since Guardians of the Galaxy. What? How did that happen? I’m as dumbfounded as you are.

Now, clearly, not being a Terminator fan, I’m completely ill-equipped to analyze this movie and the way it connects to the rest of the franchise – I mean, all I really remember from the first three is: John Connor good, Robots bad, Arnold is special & goes back in time to save the world, “Come with me if you want to live”, and “I’ll be back”. That’s a pretty extensive knowledge base, right?

The cool thing about this movie was that it semi- reset the timelines (kind of like with Star Trek or X-Men: Days of Future Past) but without feeling like a total ripoff. You don’t need to have much more knowledge than I did to follow the movie. Pretty much everything is explained & I had no trouble following what was going on. If you understand that time travel is a huge part of the franchise, it’s pretty easy to explain everything that way. So, if you’ve never seen a Terminator movie, don’t feel like you can’t see this without catching up. I’m sure there are some things I didn’t appreciate in their entirety, but I sure as hell still enjoyed this movie with what limited details I remember from my childhood.

Ok, so. What made this movie so great?

The biggest surprise for me is how they handled an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are two different versions of him in the film – a fully CGI monstrously beefed up version, and himself as he truly appears today. This is explained simply: the organic material used to build his skin ages just as any organic material would age – totally makes sense, I buy it.

Also, I kind of forgot that Arnold Schwarzenegger has IMPECCABLE comedic timing. Like, the combination of him & J.K. Simmons was pure gold. I laughed so hard in this movie I thought I was going to hyperventilate. Unfortunately, the treatment of J.K. Simmons character kind of felt like a throwaway – like he was ONLY written into the movie for comedic relief and I do wish his role had been just a little more fleshed-out. Because, as far as the actual plot goes, he wasn’t necessary at all, which makes me sad.

Emilia Clarke also completely surprised me as Sarah Connor. I mean, we know she can do the whole badass heroine thing (cue GOT theme), but I wasn’t sold on her as an “action movie star”. That opinion is now 100% reversed and I want her in all my action movies. Like – I kind of see her as Lara Croft if they ever felt like rebooting Tomb Raider. I’d be first in line to see that movie.

Here’s the thing that really sealed the experience for me: the action sequences. Terminator movies are just JAM-PACKED with action sequences and, usually, I get a little bored of them. I always seem to fall asleep during the huge action sequences in, say, superhero movies – or like in Transformers? They’re just too much for me, too repetitive. The thing that was done well with Genisys is that you get some SERIOUSLY kick-ass sequences, but they don’t feel like they drag on for eternity. Viewers are given time to appreciate the special effects & catch their breath before the next chase/fight begins. The movie is perfectly paced, leaving you on a high without feeling breathless and exhausted.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking for a summer blockbuster, look no further. Go see this movie.

Last thing: note to viewers – make sure you stick around for the extra scene that drops around the 2-minute mark in the closing credits!


So, has anybody else seen this yet? Do you want to? Have I talked you into it? You really ought to do it. JUST DO IT!

I’m done now.

Until Next Time ❤

[6] Obsessive Wednesdays: Recaps!

Once again, Tumblr interferes with my writing time. Lol. I’ve spent the entire morning making new friends, though, so – worth it! Sometimes socializing just needs to take precedence over isolated writing time.  Tumblr is definitely in my obsessions list for all-time. Y’all should add me there. Here are a few other things I’m adoring this week:

Beauty

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Wella 050 Toner

As recommended by the adorable Lauren Bradley Cox, I used this toner to color my hair silver right before Comic Con. For anyone interested in giving it a try (there are lots of other colors to try out, too), here are my tips!

1. Make sure your hair is lightened as far as you can get it, or this product will not work. It may take multiple bleachings (which should be spread out over a few months, with deep conditioning treatments in between) before your color is lifted enough. I highly recommend Olaplex to keep your hair healthy throughout the bleaching process.  Yes, it’s expensive, but the travel kit in that link will last you MULTIPLE bleachings. I’ve used it at least 6 times already.
2. Mix the toner with a 20 vol. developer at a 1:2 ratio of toner-to-developer. This is significantly stronger than what the instructions on the packaging suggest, because this product is intended to be an additive to a toner mixture, not used on its own. I made the mistake of following the box directions & ended up looking like this. YEESH! That’s blue on the length & yellow on the roots. It was NOT a good look, and I had to go out in public like that to pick up my daughter from my in-laws. *cries*

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3. Apply with a brush, not a bottle. You want even saturation since this is being used as a dye. A bottle will have a harder time distributing the product evenly.
4. Leave on for a full 45 minutes. It might look like the color has fully processed before this, but just leave it on. Since this is a toner & not a dye, it will fade with your initial wash & be much lighter than it appears as it’s processing.
5. If you’re using 050 & it comes out too blue for your liking, I recommend following up with Lee Stafford Beach Blondes purple toning shampoo. This shampoo is a much warmer purple than the majority of toning shampoos I’ve found. It combats the blue & brings it back to a nice lilac-y grey.
6. Love your new hair color 😀

Books

Colorworld

I found Colorworld Books at Wizard World Des Moines this past weekend. I was drawn in by their gorgeous aluminum prints/ bookmarks, and intrigued by the book the store is named after. When I got home on Sunday, I started stalking their social media & found their Etsy shop. I happened to have a $25 Etsy gift card on my account, so I pulled the trigger & ordered the first book. I’m so excited for it to arrive – it sounds amazing, and it looks simply beautiful.

Wendy, a 19-year old college student, can sense emotions when she touches people. As the sole caregiver for her younger brother Ezra, she is strapped for cash and decides to participate in an allergy study. But something goes wrong, and when Wendy wakes up, she learns that someone is dead and it was her skin that did it. Unable to touch people for fear of hurting them, Wendy is on the hunt for answers. Did they mean to make her a weapon, or something else entirely? That’s when she finds out she’s not the only one; superhuman abilities are real. Gabe, who works with the company responsible, feels badly about what happened and offers his help. Together they learn that Wendy was targeted for a specific reason, and it has nothing to do with her death touch.

PS I Still Love You

Yeah, yeah. It was on my list last week, but I just finished it & IT WAS SO GOOD. I’m working up a review with @loudlysilent for the Wind-Up Books Chronicle, so I’ll post a link once that’s ready. I just need to reiterate how obsessed I am with these characters.  I love, love, love them! And the ending. Oh man. *MELT*

SHOPPING

6pm.com

Just discovered 6pm.com, thanks to one of my forever-loves, miss Nicole. It’s essentially Zappos’ outlet site & it has SUCH GREAT DEALS. Go & enjoy, my lovelies. Enjoy the pretty, affordable shoes.

 

I’ve been very distracted lately, so that’s all I’ve got this week. Add yourself to this list. I’m obsessed with you for reading this. Let me know what you’re geeking out over so we can be in it together!

Until Next Time ❤

 

Nailed It. Highlights From Wizard World Des Moines 2015.

At least now the world knows. YES. Iowa – little old, in the middle of the country, surrounded by cornfields, home to James T. Kirk & Clint Barton, Iowa – can most definitely support a large-scale comic convention. The weekend was so successful that Wizard World has already announced their return in May of 2016.  3-Day Passes sold out weeks before the event (much to the detriment of one procrastinating blogger) and Saturday passes were sold out by Friday. People have wanted this for so long and we had something to prove to those Wizard World Execs. Pretty sure we nailed it.

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Based on my experience, the event was very well-organized & the venue was highly conducive to the flow of such a convention. Vendors and Artists set up booths in the main exhibition area, while celebrity meet-and-greets/photo-ops were housed in a smaller, adjacent area. Panels could be accessed either from an escalator within the photo-op area or via the main escalators in the lobby. The smaller breakout rooms were packed & made it easy to find whichever panel guests were interested in attending.

I’m thrilled by the success of this event and cannot wait to return year after year. It’s a single step towards getting all kinds of large-scale events to come to the Midwest AND for showing the world what kind of crazy fun us nerds can have when we all come together to celebrate our fandoms.

And now, the weekend in photographs:

Friday

We spent the majority of Friday just exploring the exhibition floor & getting in lots of selfies with our favorite cosplayers. I met the greatest Spock impersonator I’ve ever seen & obviously HAD to get a photo. I was honestly a little intimidated (dude was 6’7″!) and maybe acted a bit of a fool, but whatever. Happens, right? I was excited.

My girl KiT & I made one large sweep of the autograph area, where we ran into Miss Iowa 2014, Autumn Weaver, dressed as Wonder Woman! She is such an inspiration & a total doll. I spied her on Saturday dressed as Slave Leia (I think it was her) and then again as a member of Starfleet.

There were a number of Clark Kents floating around, but this was by far the best. I was really struggling with my camera here, thus the ridiculous faces.

When we headed back to the bar, we ran into this all-female Guardians of the Galaxy group & definitely had to get a picture. And then hubby snuck up on us & gave us the best photobomb of the weekend. Because of course hubby was at the bar. I should have known.

The best part of Friday, though, was ABSOLUTELY the 41st Chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs, Vhett Manda Clan, who were taking bounties & arresting members of parties for a small donation to their charity. We arrested KiT’s husband since we had lost them & didn’t feel like scouring the hall to find them. Instead we paid $5 & waited for them to come to us.

Hahaha. I giggled for a long time.

After the convention closed for the night, we all went out for a group dinner at Quinton’s (because Zombie Burger had a 1.5 hour wait…obviously). Look how cute we are!

Saturday

Saturday was the only day any of us Cosplayed, and we had 3 very different characters. One of these times, we’ll have to figure out a group thing, I think.

I have to say, for pulling hubby’s costume together so last-minute (we’re talking Wednesday night), I’m pretty damn proud of myself on this one. I give you: Matt Murdock (and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, just for good measure).

I had never done SFX makeup before, but I’d say this turned out pretty rad. I did  a couple trial runs on myself Thursday night, just to make sure I knew what I was doing. I still had a few difficulties with the prosthetic Saturday morning, but it all came together in the end 🙂

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Of course, then you’ve got my iteration of Days of Future Past Quicksilver! This was a costume hubby wore for Halloween last year, but since I wanted to color my hair silver anyway, I decided to just hijack the costume.  We even found my twinsie (although from a different universe) and I slowed down long enough to get a photo. The rest of the day I must have been moving too fast, because I don’t have any other pics of my cosplay. Oops.

Of course, then you have the most in-character cosplayer of the day: our Joker, aka RyanTheGr8. He was hamming it up for the camera all day. The kids loved him (except for the one that screamed bloody murder….oops) and the professional photographers loved him, so he’s in a bunch of official Wizard World photos from the weekend, too.

Here’s that time he found the rest of his villain buddies & Batman.

And that time he got his head chopped off by Revan.

That time he got REALLY excited about finding Carmen San Diego & Waldo.

That time he protested against vegetarianism with Poison Ivy.

And that other time I slowed down enough to be caught on camera.

Haul

Last, but not least, my comic con haul – not as big as I would have expected, but that’s probably for the best considering our current financial situation:

My first and only purchase on Friday was this Spike Funko! I mean, obviously.

We passed the Colorworld booth on Friday & I just KNEW I needed to buy something from them, so I rushed back over on Saturday. We found out they had a discount for people who have the ConTV app (which I do), meaning I got a free paper print with my purchase of 2 bookmarks (which only cost $5 total)! These bookmarks are AMAZING. They are printed on aluminum & appear holographic. They’re just gorgeous. I got a Boba Fett (which I don’t have a pic of) and this Hermione Patronus one. I’m super obsessed & will probably buy more from them in the future. Also, the Colorworld book sounds so interesting & is now on my TBR.

The paper print I chose from the Colorworld shop was this Super Smash Bros. print – it’s so epic & will look great in our guest room, but it did get a little bent before I had the chance to buy a protector for it. Womp womp. Hopefully it won’t be noticeable in its frame. If so, I’ll just have to go ahead & buy another. Because I lurrrrve it.

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Sorry for the absurdly long post today, but it was such a great weekend. I don’t even think I recapped 60% of it here, but these are the only photos I ended up with. Lol. SOOO that’s what you get. Because I’m a bad blogger. It’ll be better next time, I promise!

Until Next Time ❤

Con Time! Plans for WWDSM Weekend

Tomorrow is Day 1 of the inaugural Wizard World Comic Convention in Des Moines, IA (WWDSM). We’ve never had a large-scale con like this before, so it’s encouraging to know that the 3-day passes sold out sometime last week (except that means hubby & I didn’t get weekend passes because we’re procrastinators…oops). I have a feeling this is going to be a very successful convention – it may actually surprise the Wizard World execs. Hopefully they opt for repeat performances & make Des Moines a standing stop on their tour going forward.

We’ve got a great lineup for this weekend, even though I’m heartbroken that BOTH James Marsters & Emily Kinney cancelled their appearances. We’ve still got Brandon Routh, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Cudlitz, Jewel Staite, Jason-Freaking-Mewes, Ernie Hudson, David Della Rocco AND Sean Patrick Flannery, Lou Ferrigno, and more! Plus I’m suuuuuper excited to cruise through Artist Alley & talk to creators/ fan artists. I’m hoping to pick up a few indie issues & maybe find some new favorites! Plus, artwork, artwork, artwork. I could spend the entire day in Artist Alley & not even care about the celebrities. I mean, I CARE, but I might geek out more over the creators. That’s just me.

A small group of our friends made the trip up to Wizard World Minneapolis in May 2014, so we kind of know what to expect from this event. I actually only attended that convention on Sunday, when everyone was starting to pack up, so I’m REALLY excited to see what the place looks like on Saturday when EVERYBODY & their mother is there. The boys all went all weekend, but I happened to have a pre-planned girls’ weekend (coincidentally also in Minneapolis) with my mom, aunt, and cousin for my cousin’s graduation – so I was booked up with MOA & Ikea on Friday & Saturday. Not that I’m complaining. AT ALL. That was one of the greatest weekends ever. *reminisce*

Show Floor @ Minneapolis Comic Con 2014

Anywho. So since we’re TERRIBLE planners (I mean, really, really terrible), hubby & I: a) didn’t get weekend passes, as mentioned above; b) didn’t plan cosplay far enough in advance; c) didn’t book a hotel room in advance; or d) all of the above? I think you know the answer.

It was yesterday when we started feverishly making plans. He booked a hotel for Friday night – luckily right across the street from the convention center & still reasonably priced. I called every beauty supply store in a 100 mile radius to find the right toner to dye my hair silver; only one store out of 5 that I called had the product in-stock, so I drove 45 minutes to pick it up.  When I got home from that adventure, hubby was grouchy that I stole his cosplay, so we scrambled to figure out something we could pull together last-minute for him (let me tell you: the one we settled on is going to be GREAT, but you’ll have to wait & see). We have yet to purchase event tickets.

Tonight’s agenda consists of a shit-load of laundry, bleaching & dying my hair silver (hopefully my employer doesn’t mind the atypical hair color), ticket-buying, and pack-pack-packing for the weekend. We depart tomorrow at noon!

I’ll be instagramming & tweeting our weekend adventures with the hashtag #WWSWATH, so if you want to see some crazy antics, make sure to check out that tag or follow me on twitter & instagram!

Want a Sneak Peak of my DOFP Quicksilver? Of course you do.
(I may have stolen it from hubby, but I’m the one who assembled it in the first place, so I still have some claim on it, right??)

That ^ is a wig. I think it’ll be much better when my natural hair is just dyed silver 🙂

Until Next Time ❤

 

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Characters I Identify With

I think the best part about being a fiction lover is finding a character that resonates with you on a molecular level. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about all of these characters at one time or another, but my personality is a blend of all of them & it’s kind of like they’re a part of me. Without further ado:

5 Fictional Characters I Identify With

1. Zoe (Fanboys)

Equal parts nerdy and crass, Zoe is basically me. My nerd culture knowledge is probably a few lightyears behind hers, but I might be able to out-crass her, so I think it evens out in the end. She surrounds herself by nerdy boys all day long and acts as kind of a den mother to them. That is definitely an experience I can relate to.

2. Cisco Ramon (Flash)

Aside from the fact that I consider myself merely of  average intellect, everything else about Cisco’s personality resonates with me. He is quirky and loyal and unapologetically himself.  He isn’t afraid to show his excitement over anything and frequently geeks out in the most hardcore ways. He is just a joyful person, which is something I absolutely strive to be.

3. Bianca Piper (The DUFF)

I haven’t seen the movie, so I’m not sure this all applies to Mae Whitman’s portrayal of the character, but I see Book Bianca as snarky and intelligent, albeit slightly cynical. While I realize I’m being contradictory by identifying with the joyfulness of Cisco Ramon and the cynicism of Bianca Piper, isn’t that what humans are? Walking contradictions? There are days when I just FEEL like Bianca. Insecurities and general grump-itude. Nothing a little sex therapy can’t take care of though, #amiright?

4. Jess (New Girl)

I’m actually SUPER behind on New Girl, but this still holds true. Jess is quirky af. No denying it. She’s super passionate about a lot of things, but especially about her friends/family. Sometimes they look at her like she has two heads, but they love her back, and just as fiercely. THAT is something that hits me way down deep. Sometimes I’m talking to my husband or my mom or my best friend & I can see their eyes start to glaze over. It doesn’t mean they don’t love me, it just means they’re overwhelmed by my extreme passion for that particular subject matter. Which is basically all subject matter.

5. Charlie Bradbury (Supernatural)

A nerdy badass with a taste for adventure. I just ADORE Charlie, and have since her very first appearance on the show.  *NO SPOILERS, PLEASE* because I’m way far behind on Supernatural right now, too. But Charlie’s character development over the last few years has been one of my favorite things to watch. She’s constantly exploring and learning new things about herself to become the person she’s always dreamed of being. Even if it’s a risk & could potentially backfire. Plus, Felicia Day, so…

Honorable Mention: Nora (The New Guy)

This was one of my favorite movies when it first came out & there’s just something about Nora that has been so relatable. Maybe it’s just the fact that Zooey Deschanel is super relatable to me, but idk. She plays bass & is a hardcore feminist & not afraid to speak her mind. I love her.

Clearly I identify most with quirky-yet-social types, because that’s just me. If someone’s willing to put up with my weird, we’ll be just fine.

How about you? Check out the twitter tags for 5 Fandom Friday (#fandom5 & #5fandomfriday) to see what everyone else thinks!

Until Next Time ❤

[Book Review] Crown Of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

HOLY… Everything. Holy everything. This book. Well, this book destroyed me. Ripped out my heart & crumbled it a la Regina Mills.  Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and it really outdoes the first in terms of eliciting emotional responses.


 CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by SARAH J. MAAS

Celaena Sardothien is the king’s Champion—yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.


The instant I turned the last page of Throne of Glass, I hopped into the car with kiddo and drove to Half Price Books to pick up the rest of the series (not exaggerating). They didn’t have any in the store, so I just picked up a couple books for mini-me and we headed over to Barnes & Noble, pushing dinner back by a couple hours in the process (oops!). Anyway, I grabbed Crown of Midnight and had intentions to get the rest of the series, but Heir of Fire is only released in hardcover right now and they didn’t have any paperback copies of Assassin’s Blade. Gotta make sure the set matches, yo!

Crown of Midnight picks up basically where Throne of Glass left off, so there are going to be a few mini-spoilers for Throne of Glass in my review, because it’s basically unavoidable.

The general premise of this second installment is that Celaena is now the King’s Champion and, as such, is contracted to eliminate targets deemed to be a threat to the crown. She uses her position to continue the mission set forth by Queen Elena in the first book, investigating the secrets held within the castle while maintaining the appearance of a loyal servant to the King. All the secrets she is keeping begin to cause tensions between those closest to her, with everyone questioning each others’ intentions.

Crown of Midnight weaves a pretty intricate web, and reveals even more about Celaena’s past as the castle’s secrets begin to become her own.  We get to see the lethality of our favorite assassin on a number of occasions, as well as seeing her softer side as she  learns to trust her friends and puts their needs above her own time & time again. We experience incredible heartbreak as she is betrayed (more than once) and we finally have the opportunity to witness the power of magic in the world of Erilea.

I reiterate, this book is filled with SO much emotion. Celaena is learning about herself and what she wants for her life once she is free from the King’s command. She begins to heal old wounds, only to have them ripped wide open as her secrets begin to unravel. It’s a gut-wrenching ride from beginning to end, and I found myself in tears more than once (thank you, husband, for not laughing at me as I sobbed over the pages of this book!).

As in the first book, I found a few of the plot twists to be somewhat predictable but, unlike the first installment, it in no way affected my opinion of this book.  Watching all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place was incredibly satisfying, even if my suspicions were right on-point. And the ending….well, you really need to read this book.

Final Verdict:

5 star

No surprise here, I am OBSESSED with this book, and really looking forward to diving deeper into the story with Heir of Fire!

Did you read Crown of Midnight? Did it affect you the way it affected me? I’ve been chatting with some other fans of this series & we all agree – this book cuts through you like a knife (or maybe one of Celaena’s daggers)!

Until Next Time ❤

5 Fandom Friday: Most Binge-Worthy Shows

I’ve always been a binge-watcher. Even before instant streaming was a thing, I’d always wait until a season of a TV show came out on DVD or iTunes, rent/buy them, and spend an entire weekend curled up in the Lay-Z-Boy in my parents’ basement to power through the whole thing. Most notably, I did this with Grey’s Anatomy in high school.

Now that we have so much TV content available at our fingertips, this list could really go on forever.  Buckle up!

My Top 5 Most Binge-Worthy TV Shows:

5. Orange is the New Black

There’s really nothing that needs said about this series – it is FANTASTIC. Exciting, shocking, and completely different from anything else on TV. If you haven’t watched it, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Unless, of course, you have a problem with language & violence, in which case, steer clear.

4. Supernatural

Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. I’ve been watching since 2009, when a guy I was dating had it on at his house and I was like “OMG WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL TV SHOW?”. I will always remember the episode – Season 4, episode 16, “On the Head of A Pin”. If you’re a SPN fan, you know how amazing that episode was. I immediately went to the video store & rented seasons 1-3 and finished them in about a week with my roommate.

3. Daredevil

Just finished this a couple weeks ago & it DEFINITELY deserves this spot. Netflix did an amazing job with a character that had been essentially made into the laughing stock of the superhero world by Marvel & Ben Affleck in 2003.  I’ll admit I was skeptical when the series was announced, but Charlie Cox is phenomenal as Matt Murdock and the dark tone of the show is much more conducive to the tone of the comics. It’s a solid A+.

2. Breaking Bad

Yet another show that if you haven’t seen it I will ask you WHY, GOD, WHY?! Just watch it. It’s incredible. Intelligent and witty while being so unbelievably dark and twisted.  It’s not even one of my “favorite” shows, because something that dark just cannot be placed in my favorites, BUT it 100% deserves this spot on my list because I appreciate how groundbreaking it was.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Still my favorite show of all time. Just hearing the theme song makes me giddy on a thousand different levels. You can only understand if you’re in the club.

Honorable Mentions (because I can’t keep it at just 5):

Star Trek (any series)  //  Game of Thrones // How I Met Your Mother //  Flash //  Gilmore Girls  // Arrow //  The Vampire Diaries

honorable mentions

And, just for funsies, once I’m all caught up on the current episodes of my favorite shows  – seriously I’m really far behind on S.H.I.E.L.D, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and Grey’s Anatomy – these are the ones I plan to watch next!

Top 5 Upcoming Binges:

1. Orphan Black

2. Chuck

3. Sons of Anarchy

4. Friends

5. Gotham


How about you? Any suggestions based on what I’ve listed above? I’m a TV series junkie, so I’d love some more recommendations!

Until Next Time ❤

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