Potter Month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NYC Premiere Ticket Buying Experience / STRESS

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Despite this happening last week, I am writing this post mere minutes after finally acquiring tickets to the New York City premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  My heart is still POUNDING.  I’ve never met J.K. Rowling and she is my literal hero so I basically sat at my computer hungrily waiting for that countdown clock on the Carnegie Hall website to hit zero because I would do anything to meet my Queen!

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I had the tab open in my computer since 9 AM so I thought I would be all set when 11AM rolled around. I was wrong because technology ARG.  As soon as the counter ended, a progress bar appeared with a little man walking toward the front of the line to buy tickets.  It only took him about 30 seconds to get to the front of line and then BOOM a screen saying there’s been an error detected and I could get back in the queue if I wanted. I WANTED. So I got back in line, only to have two client show up to my office. I have never gotten anyone coffee and situated them in a conference room so quickly in my life to date.  When I got back to my computer I was still waiting in line so all was good. Then the little man made his way to the end of the progress bar only to be met with another error.  WHY DOESN’T THE UNIVERSE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF THE YEAR TO ME?!?!  So I immediately started trying on my phone.  I got to the front of the line quickly there but it was near impossible to choose seats and get my phone to cooperate.  FREAK OUT COMMENCE.

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(I should also point out that I am a tea drinker who stopped drinking coffee as soon as college ended because it makes me jittery and a little bit nauseated – for some reason I grabbed a grande cold brew coffee from Starbucks today of all days).  Next, I switched my browser to Internet Explorer and began trying again. At this point there was no line but no matter which tickets I clicked on (I was aiming for the balcony $25-$50 range), the website would only show me $500 tickets to add to my cart.  I began losing my mind because only one section said sold out and I should’ve been able to add cheaper ones to my cart.  So I literally sat at my computer for 20 minutes repeatedly selecting new tickets until finally I was able to add $250 tickets to my cart.  I text Andrew to see his feelings on that because it was still more than I really wanted to spend. Then I noticed that I only had one minute to complete my purchase before the tickets would expire (apparently they just started counting down my 20 minutes from the first time I searched tickets instead of when I actually placed them in my cart) so I began checking out without waiting for Andrew’s response.  Since I haven’t attended anything at Carnegie Hall in the past I had to create a new user profile which meant that my tickets expired while I was in the process. TYPICAL.  BUT, as fate would have it, the next time I tried to add tickets I was able to score two in the dress circle for $106 each!  Still more than I *wanted* to spend, but much more reasonable than $250 or $500 per ticket.  Plus, I think I’ll be really happy to be seated where we are once November rolls around.  Plus, we’re right by Melissa! So many of my New York friends were able to acquire tickets and I cannot wait to make a huge day of this premiere!

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5 Fandom Friday: Fandom Habits + July Photo Challenge

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie!  For more information, here’s our introduction post about how 5FF came into being.

1) Matching Editions – I cannot even handle when the publisher changes the cover aesthetic of a book series (see The Winner’s Kiss rant which was thankfully rectified), or the height of a series that’s currently in the process of being published.  I ended up getting rid of my Selection series paperbacks because the final book is slightly shorter than the first two books. WHYYYYY. I have no idea why this is done or why anyone thinks this could ever be a good idea.  Just give me my matching series and change future editions if necessary! This is the only instance that I cannot handle change in.

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2) Preordering – One of my favorite things ever is being able to preorder books and films via Amazon.  They have a preorder price guarantee so if an item is ever priced lower between the date you placed your order and the date it ships, Amazon will refund you that money.  And you don’t even have to keep track of it.  Their handy algorithms do all the work.  They’re also really easy to cancel (which I will do if a bookstore near me is having an author event I want to attend so I can buy the book there to support the store).  I also love perusing my “Open Orders” tab to see all the things that I can expect to arrive in the future.  I seriously check several times per week (despite also having release dates written in my planner).  I can’t help it, it’s a habit and I find it to be enjoyable!

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3) Rearranging My Shelves – Whenever I get a new book or movie or collectible, the thing I look most forward to is incorporating it into my shelves.It’s kind of like having a life size puzzle to figure out (especially since I’m forever running out of space and I may need to start rotating some things seasonally).

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4) Reading Comics – One of the most difficult things about being a comic book reader is wanting to start everything from the beginning (especially when it comes to out of print comics since I refuse to buy comics digitally even though I probably should).  There are so many different continuity lines to follow and companies are constantly changing which stories are canon and which are separate.  It’s kind of a huge chore to follow but it’s one I take pride in knowing.  It’s definitely my most time consuming fandom habit and I haven’t been as on top of things lately because of general lack of interest in newer titles but alas, I could never just pick up an issue and start reading. I need background and I need a #1 and the storyline preceding it if it’s relevant.

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5) Collecting – This habit is the biggest issue when it comes to having physical space.  I am such a collector at heart and once I get into something, I go all out.  For instance, I cannot just get one Harry Potter Funko, I need them all. The same goes for Disney’s Tsum Tsum’s, Nintendo’s Amiibos, YA books in general but especially series and my most recent addiction is Marvel Vinylmations.  My husband always jokes about we managed to find a huge apartment that almost isn’t big enough because of all the stuff I have. I just can’t help it!

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July Photo Challenge

So yesterday Megan and I announced that 5 Fandom Friday is being overtaken by Potter Month in July! We’re both so excited to be returning to Hogwarts and showing our wizarding appreciation<3 (If you haven’t read the introduction post yet, you can do so here!)  One thing that many people have been asking us about is if we’re going to be hosting another Instagram challenge so we’re happy to announce that we’re doing another this July but we’re changing things up! Instead of a daily photo challenge, we’re switching over to a weekly format.  We feel it’ll be much easier to keep up with the challenge if you’re only aiming to post a minimum of one photo per week (although you’re totally welcome to post as many as you’d like to if you get creative and interpret the topic in multiple ways!)  So we hope you’ll also join in this fun and without further ado, here are our photo challenge topics!

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5FF: Potter Month Celebration & Link-Up!

Magic is in the air! Each day we’re drawing closer and closer to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child where we’ll get a closer look at what Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco have been up to for the past 19 years (even though the story will focus primarily on their offspring).  Megan and I wanted to host a blog event worthy of one of our favorite fandoms so we decided to declare July POTTER MONTH and make it a month long celebration.  Potter Month is going to replace 5 Fandom Friday for July!  We’re encouraging everyone to post as many NEW wizarding posts as they see fit to spread wizard love in the blogosphere<3  Unlike 5 Fandom Friday, we’re not going to give you a specific topics to follow because we want everyone to be creative! Here’s a list of post ideas to you get you started: sorting non-HP characters into Hogwarts houses, magical outfits of the day, Harry Potter ships, House pride, re-read or re-watch thoughts, thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child excited? not excited?, etc.  I can’t wait to see what everyone will come up with! We’re also going to have a link-up go live on July 1st when Potter month kicks off so you can link your posts for all to see! The link up will last through August 1st.  Below are some guidelines if you’d like to participate.

Potter Month

The link up will run from July 1st to August 1st for all NEW Harry Potter themed blog posts.  If you link to old posts, we will be deleting it (and we will be checking).  The link up can be found HERE and in Megan’s post beginning on July 1st.  And if you’re posting on social media, you can use the hashtag #PotterMonth!

Please use the below format when linking:

Blog Post Title – Your Name @ Your Blog Name

ie. For my kick-off post, I would type:

Potter Month Celebration & Link-Up – Kristin @ Super Space Chick

Don’t forget to check back here throughout the month to see what your fellow Potter fans are up to!

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5 Fandom Friday: Bookish & Geeky Podcasts You NEED to Listen to

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie!  For more information, here’s our introduction post about how 5FF came into being.

I am completely addicted to Podcasts.  Last year I went from being someone who would just walk around NYC to her destination (namely, work and back) looking at the world around her, to becoming a a girl who perpetually has headphones in her ears aka a full blown podcast junkie.  Since I walk 3 miles per day Monday – Friday, I tend to blow through them rather quickly so I’ve spent a lot of this year going back and listening to podcasts I love from episode 1 to current.  Below are my top 5 favorites!

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1) Talking Comics / Talking Shojo / The Missfits – Okay, so this might seem like three podcasts (and technically it totally is) but I’m cheating by placing them all together because they come from the same podcast family and the hosts tend to shift between each of the shows under their umbrella.  Each show follows a similar format and runs for 1-2 hours depending on the episode.  Each episode begins with recommendations from each person before they get into the topic they’re covering that episode.  Talking comics obviously focuses on comics but they also review comics films. Talking Shojo covers anime and the girls always give great manga recommendations and The Missfits is a group of females covering a plethora of geeky topics!

2) Welcome to Night Vale – This is the podcast I’ve been listening to the longest. I started it when I would drive to work and I fell about a year behind when I switched over to commuting by train because trains are made for reading on IMO.  When I started listening to podcasts while walking, I quickly caught up and super quick and now I’m always on top of new episodes.  Night Vale probably needs to explanation at this point but it’s a fictional news podcast about a strange town called Night Vale.

3) Sword and Laser – This is a nerdy news and book podcast that focuses on adult science fiction and fantasy novels.  It’s hosted by Veronica Belmont (who you might know from the Vaginal Fantasy book club) and Tom Meritt.  This is honestly one of my favorite podcasts.  I listen to it just as much for the witty banter between Tom and Veronica as I do for the book news.  I also like that I’m able to listen to it even if I haven’t read the book they’re reading for the month since the spoilery sections seem to be contained to the goodreads threads.

4) First Draft – This is a podcast that Alice introduced to me and I’m so happy she did!  It’s hosted by Sarah Enni who travels around the U.S. interviewing a ton of YA authors.  Each episode is dedicated to a different interview and they tend to run at about 59 minutes each. In addition to finding out more about the author’s background (where they grew up, how they got into writing etc.) Sarah ends each episode by asking for the author for writing advice.

5) Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy – This podcast was developed by WIRED and each episode features an interview with someone from geeky pop culture.  Sometimes the host David will interview authors (some favorite episodes include Patrick Rothfuss, Ernest Cline and Joe Hill) and other times he’ll interview people who specialize in different fields.  The last episode is about geek feminism and I’m planning on listening to that one tomorrow morning!

What are some of your favorite podcasts? I’m always looking for new recommendations! Especially any that are bookish or geeky!

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5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie!  For more information, here’s our introduction post about how 5FF came into being.

Before I get into my answers for this week’s topic I just want to remind everyone that we’re all entitled to our own opinions so no hard feelings<3!

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1) Recent DC Comics Films – The moment Man of Steel ended, I totally lost all faith in DC’s movie adaptations.  I have never hated a movie so much for destroying a character I love.  I was bored for most of that fight scene, questioning why it was taking place where it was and then once the ending spoiler happened, I was done.  I have yet to see Batman vs. Superman because while I do want to support Wonder Woman on screen, I’m just not sure that I’m ready to put myself through something like that again.  I don’t even want to give them my money for it so I may catch it if it ends up on Netflix or Hulu but that’ll be a pretty masochistic few hours to impose on myself.

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2) X-Men – This one might come as a surprise to most people since I’m pretty open about my love of comics.  It’s not that I don’t like X-Men (I’ve actually read several pretty great story arcs, especially Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men<3) but I just never cared about them the way other people seem to.  I also really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past but it still didn’t inspire me to jump into any more of their extensive comic history.  When it comes to teams of heroes, my heart has always belonged to Geoff John’s Teen Titans above all else.

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3) True Blood (The TV Show) – I tried really hard to get on board for this one.  I love Charlainne Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse book series (until it delves too deep into the fairy stuff which is when it goes downhill IMO) and I totally love Alexander Skarsgard to pieces but I couldn’t stand that Bill played such a big role in the show.  I’m all for adaptations but this one just veered too far from the source material and it didn’t vibe with me.

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4) Skyrim – I was so excited to buy this game when I got my PS3! I spent the majority of my childhood playing video games with my brother and my two best friends but I hadn’t invested my time in a new system since N64.  When PS3 debuted I was a working “adult” and I thought it was the perfect time to buy myself a new game system (instead of Santa getting it for me).  The first two games I bought were Skyrim and Arkham Asylum.  Once I set everything up and settled in for what I thought would be hours of Skyrim gameplay with my new pink controller, I proceeded to play for about an hour before getting really dizzy and slightly nauseas.  These were not the simple side scroller controls of my youth and my eyes / hands were not adjusting.  I have since been able to enjoy Ni No Kuni on that system though!

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5) Transformers – Again, this is one that I could just take or leave.  Much of my Transformers exposure is from the Shia LaBeouf / Megan Fox films that really weren’t anything to write home about IMO.  Sure Bumblebee is endearing but am I going to choose these for movie night any time in the near future? I think not.

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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Places To Read

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie!  For more information, here’s our introduction post about how 5FF came into being.

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is our favorite places to read.  As I’m sitting here in our Little Mermaid shell bed at Disney, the first place that came to my mind is vacation… until I realized that I’ve read a whopping 30 pages in the past two weeks so I had to amend my answers.  I usually read A LOT but things have been so crazy with the wedding and now the honeymoon that I’ve taken a bit of a break but once I get back to NY, I can’t wait to resume my reading in these places!

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.36.00 AM1) In front of my comic bookshelves on Andrew and I’s super comfy couch that we bought without ever sitting on.  We got really lucky but we could just tell from the photo that it had to be the most comfortable couch ever!

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2) In Andrew and I’s bed! Ever since I was little, reading in bed has been my favorite place of all to relax and get lost in a good story.

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3) My bed at my parent’s house.  Like I said, this has been my longtime favorite and I know I’ll still love to read there when I stay over (especially in the morning because I’m ALWAYS the first one awake)!Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.42.11 AM

4) Outside in the springtime.  I love admiring the Cherry Blossom trees and spending time outside before it gets unbearably hot. I’m so happy to have a backyard again so I can enjoy the outdoors in the private.

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5) And lastly, which is the place I read more than any other, is on the train when I’m commuting to and from work.  I love reading on trains (and planes!) because it’s such a great chunk of uninterrupted reading time.

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I hope you’ll be sharing your favorite places this week! And if you want to participate in future 5FF’s, you can find the rest of the June topics listed here :-)

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5 Fandom Friday: June Topics

Hi everyone! After a May hiatus, Megan and I are back and ready to tackle some new 5 Fandom Friday topics in June!  As many of you know, this weekend is my wedding and next week I’ll be celebrating in Disney (which really means riding Star Tours 20+ times per day) and Harry Potter World!  My bosses got Andrew and I a VIP Guided Tour of the park where we’ll get to go behind the scenes and we’ll be given front of line passes for everything we want to go on! Also, butterbeer ice cream here I come! I haven’t tried it yet since the last time I went was before the expansion so this is going to be the best trip ever! My HP World wish list includes a Ravenclaw cardigan and scarf and my Disney wish list is simply too long to type out because just like Ariel, I want EVERYTHING! I’ll be filming a Disney World haul video upon my return and I can’t wait to be able to relax and focus on blogging and not have the constant stress of planning a wedding looming over me.  I feel so happy to be almost back! I hope everyone else is doing well and I look forward to reading all of your posts!  Look for another photo challenge coming in July but we’ll be changing up the format a bit! And as always, we’re open to your suggestions for future topics! Just leave it in a comment here :-D

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June 3rd: Favorite Places to Read

June 10th: Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into

June 17th: Favorite Podcasts

June 24th: Fandom Habits

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Life Update+ 5 Fandom Friday February Topics!

Hi everyone! Here are the 5 Fandom Friday topics for February! I’ve had such a busy week that’s been both physically and mentally exhausting so I’m going to have to start writing all of my blog posts on the weekend and scheduling them throughout the week.  I started a new chapter of my life this week at a new company and I’m really happy but still adjusting.  It didn’t help that the blizzard from the previous weekend basically ruined any kind of schedule the trains normally run by.  I’ve also been exercising every night and trying to eat well but by the time I get home and do those things, I’m ready to pass out.  I was barely even on social media, like, AT ALL and I really miss instagram.  I hope everyone else is doing well and Megan and I hope you’ll participate in this month’s topics!

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February 5th: OTP’s

February 12th: Womances I Ship (in honor of Galentine’s Day)

February 19th: Favorite Cupcakes

February 26th: 5 Things in My Purse at All Times

 

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5 Fandom Friday: Christmas Wish List

For this week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic I decided to make a video Christmas Wish List of all the books I would love to find beneath my tree on Christmas morning!  I might have cheated a bit and listed 10 books instead of 5 but it was hard enough to narrow it down to 10 that I couldn’t possibly cut my list even shorter.  Plus, of the books I mentioned there is something for just about everyone so you can also use it as a gift guide.  I left links to all of the books I mentioned in the description box on YouTube.  What are you hoping to get for Christmas this year?

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5 Fandom Friday: Holiday Recommendations

For this week’s 5 Fandom Friday I decided to throw together a little hodgepodge of my favorite holiday recommendations in 5 different categories.  I’m going to be doing a book specific holiday recommendations post next week so I thought it would be nice to compile my top favorite favorites here today.

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1) Book – My True Love Gave To Me – This book is full of short stories set during the holidays.  It’s perfect to read during the season when you can’t devote as much time to reading a full blown novel.  I read it last year and really enjoyed it and I’m planning on re-reading it this year and writing a full review of each tale!

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2) Cookie – Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – My mom makes these every year and I have never been able to resist them when they’re just sitting there on our table basically begging to be eaten.  It’s essentially a shortbread cookie with a scoop of raspberry jam in the middle.  I’m a sucker for raspberry anything so these have always been my holiday favorite!

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3) Drink – Gluhwein – It’s been a tradition in my family since long before I was born for my grandfather to make a huge batch of gluhwein.  It’s a mulled wine (full of tons of liquor) and can be garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slices. It’s so delightful to warm up a cup on a freezing cold winter night and sip it while reading or watching tv.  Luckily, my grandfather has been teaching my dad and brother to brew his version for the past few years so the recipe will continue to be passed down throughout our family.

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 4) Song – Baby It’s Cold Outside – I just adore this song.  Paticularly, the She & Him version.  I play this on repeat without ever feeling the slightest bit sick of it and I love singing along and switching parts or singing both by myself if I’m alone.  Zooey’s vocals are so beautiful<3

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5) Movie – Elf – Elf is one holiday movie that I watch year round.  I love everything about it! The humor, the positive Christmas spirit message it sends and obviously Buddy’s enthusiasm and eating habits.  Andrew and I have been quoting Elf to each other since we met (a sure sign of true love if you ask me).

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BONUS

Decorations – Rolf’s – Andrew and I went to Rolf’s for the first time last year.  We spent at least 1.5 hours (it honestly could’ve been more) waiting outside in the freezing cold December weather just for the opportunity to get inside.  Rolf’s takes Christmas decorations to a whole other level.  It’s like Christmas exploded inside.  Plus, there’s gluhwein!  We’re definitely planning on going back this year because despite the wait, the experience was just perfect.

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