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 ❤

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 ❤

5 Fandom Friday is hosted by Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick


On the heels of yesterday’s post, my #AlwaysKeepFighting sweatshirt showed up today and it could not be more perfect.  This campaign means so much to me. My first experience losing someone to depression came at an absurdly young age – 11 – and ever since then, I have been an advocate for those living under the weight of depression and anxiety. Even as I have begun to struggle with the same ailments, I have only once ever considered giving up and I am proud to say I sought the help I needed in that time. Because now I can hopefully help others. I love the work Jared Padalecki is doing to raise awareness for TWLOHA and I cannot wait to wear the shit out of this shirt and tell people my story when they ask about it. ❤


[#ogf]’s Valentine’s Wishlist 2015

Hey there!

Just thought I’d drop by and share some of the things I’m drooling over, just in time for Valentine’s day!

[#ogf]'s valentine's wishlist

  1.  Funko Pop! Charlie Bradbury FigureCharlie Bradbury is one of my all-time favorite characters, and this pop vinyl is sooooo stinkin cute. I don’t have any yet, but she’d be a great start to my collection! $15.
  2. Alison’s Cookie PartyAlison Faulkner (of The Alison Show) is freakin’ HILARIOUS. She’s insightful and adorable and her blog just makes me happy all. the. time. Plus, lady makes royal icing sugar cookies LIKE A BOSS. She put together this e-course with all her secrets, and I’ve been dying to buy it since it was released. All that cookie magic for $30.
  3. POW! Cushion – H&M – I love what H&M is doing with their home collections. They’ve got a line of kids products right now that are comic-inspired, and this pillow would be perfect in our future Nerd-Rock Hotel themed guest room. It’s way too cute. And only $12!
  4. Fortuna Stone Pendant Necklace – Stella & DotI only just learned about Stella & Dot a couple months ago, and I’m beyond obsessed with their jewelry line. That’s saying something, because I’m not really a jewelry girl unless it costs $3 and comes from Forever21. Their pieces are equally modern and sophisticated, but still somewhat reasonably priced. One purchase & I might be a jewelry convert. This is a super-versatile necklace – you can wear it long with either pendant showing, or double it up as shown in the picture – but it’s pretty pricey for my jewelry habits at $79. I’m sure the quality is better than anything I’ve got in my pathetic collection, though, so probably worth the splurge.
  5. Walnut Hollow Creative Versa ToolI have a bad habit of taking up too many new hobbies & never having enough time to devote to any of them. One of my resolutions for 2015 was to find a single hobby that I can really fine tune  & make something out of. I think it’s going to be pyrography (wood burning). I have always loved wood burnings & I have a lot of ideas for pieces I can create that would put a really modern spin on traditional pyrography works. This little kit is super affordable & includes everything I need to get started! $30.
  6. Magical Unicorn WalletThis super quirky wallet just speaks to me. I love that it’s clean white faux leather with gold  detailing & the unicorn itself is just the cherry on top. The actual design of the wallet is exactly what I look for whenever I hunt for a new one – and I’m SUPER picky about my wallets for some reason. I have a feeling that if I got this one I’d keep him for a nice, long while. He’s so universally classy & quirky. Just perfect. $16.
  7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in VampI just hopped on board the liquid-to-matte lipstick train, and I’m all in. I have only tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams so far, but I’m obsessed with them. These Anastasia ones look so much more luxurious & like they wouldn’t dry out my lips as much. Plus the color selection is perfection. Vamp is my #1 want, but I think that Lovely, Heathers, and Persimmon are all going to come home with me at some point! $20.
  8. Linda Studs – Stella & DotAs much as I’m not a jewelry person in general, I’m even less of an earring person. I’m not sure why – I actually used to wear GIGANTIC earrings every single day, way back in high school.  I think there’s the combination of the poking and the weight and the fact that the backs fall off & then you lose one. It’s just a mess. But I want to be an earring person & these black hexagon studs are the perfect every day earrings. Reasonably priced at $24.

How about you? What are you hoping to receive for Valentine’s Day? I actually know that my gift is going to be the Versa Tool because my husband & I have been talking about it this week, and I’m super excited! It’s definitely the most useful item on this list. I’ll just sit here drooling over the rest, don’t mind me.


Until next time ❤


Casual Cosplay: Charlie Bradbury

So, I went to a small con called NewBo Con this past weekend, and it was awesome. This was the first convention in Cedar Rapids, and it was so successful it sounds like next year is going to need a bigger venue!


I totally slacked on pulling together a cosplay, so I went the Casual Cosplay route, and threw together an outfit inspired by one Charlie Bradbury. The best part? Every single piece (except the shoes) came from Old Navy! I was too dumbfounded by the con itself to remember to take pics of my outfit (stupid, I know. newb mistake), but here’s what I wore:

Charlie Bradbury Inspired

 As you can see, I sort of made a hybrid of a few different outfits she wears in the show. I wanted to emulate her style without looking like I tried to copy an outfit and completely failed (seeing as I threw this together in like one 30-minute shopping trip). In the end, only one person caught the reference – one person who is a diehard SPN fan – BUT I felt cute & badass at the same time and I was comfortable all day, so that’s good enough for me.

I’m hoping to get more into these character-inspired outfits as time goes on. I’ve never actually cosplayed, but I do tend to go over-the-top with halloween costumes. I’ll have to post about that sometime. I’m hoping I can pull something awesome together for Wizard World Des Moines this year & do my first true cosplay.

Anyway, I’ll have to post a bit more about NewBo Con later this week. It really was a great event with a great turnout. I can’t wait to visit again next year in the new venue!


Until Next Time ❤