5 Simple Mid-Year Resolutions

A few months ago I began wondering if people would be more likely to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions if New Years took place during a month with warmer weather.  While I haven’t completely fallen off track (I’ve really been doing fantastically when it comes to my 2015 reading goals!), I have let some of the big ones fall by the wayside.  For instance, while I am creating more in a sense (you may have seen some of my recent BookTube videos), I do feel like I have periods where I’m slacking on blogging and since writing has always been my passion I want to make more of an effort to create and share more original content.  As much as I LOVE doing 5 Fandom Friday and Waiting on Wednesday, I hate feeling obligated to do them or that my blog is just an outlet to produce content for the sake of producing content.  I’ve written some recent posts that I’m really proud of – particularly on relationships, and I want to write more posts along those lines.  It can be scary to get really personal on the internet, but I always find that my most heartfelt posts, whether positive or negative, garner the best responses and remind me of the reason I started doing all this in the first place.  So here are some of Spring resolutions!

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1) Blogging: Write an in-depth post at least once every 1-2 weeks.  I’ve seen so many book bloggers and vloggers create TBR jars and while I love the look of them, I never made one for myself because I’m usually very specific about what I want to read next.  That’s why I decided to create a TBB (To Be Blogged) jar!  My jar is full of post ideas, topics, and memories that will take more thought and help me get back into the swing of things.  I also created a TBA (To Be Art) jar for Andrew so we can plan to have some creative nights together<3

Resolution: Be more thoughtful about posting what I want to, get more personal when writing posts and utilize my TBB jar!

2) Healthy Living: I’m going back to the days where I would start every morning with a glass of lemon water.  I’ve done it sporadically this year, but I want to incorporate it into my routine once again.  I’ve been hydrating better these days but now I always end up feeling dizzy if I don’t drink enough water by the evening.  I think if I start my day with a tall glass of water I’ll be more likely to remember throughout the day.  I also have to give myself credit because I have a standing desk at work and I have been utilizing it to no end.  I stand for the majority of my day every day and I walk in place and even do knee raises since no one can see me!  I think I might look like the crazy exercising woman from The IT Crowd but I’m totally okay with that!  I also walk roughly 2 miles after work every single day which has made me feel so much better about myself.  I feel like I was becoming a blob during the winter and I just generally feel more energized and good about myself since I’ve been able to start walking again.  Anyone who loves dessert as passionately as I do, really needs to get as much exercise as possible.

Resolution: Drink more water and incorporate more physical activity into my daily routine.

3) Planning for the ~Future~:  I’ve had lots of life things happening lately and after living with the worst roommate of all time, I somehow ended up with yet another one.  When your living situation is more stressful than your 9-5 job, you know there’s an issue.  I’m just not happy at my apartment and that’s why I need to make a change.  It was a really tough decision, but I’m going to be moving back home where I’ll be able to save the max amount of money until Andrew and I get married and we find a house together<3

Resolution: Save as much money as possible and be happy with my living situation.
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4) Reading:  I’ve been doing so well with my reading goals for this year and I’m also happy with the number of book reviews I’ve been writing!  It’s always been really therapeutic for me to write about my book feelings so I can reference them in the future and I love seeing everyone’s responses and comments!  I’m also LOVING BookTube.  I don’t even care how many people actually watch my videos because I have SO MUCH FUN filming them.  It’s so wonderful to be able to love something so much.  It might be because it’s still “new” in a sense and I don’t feel any obligations.  I just post what I want, when I want and it’s totally freeing and awesome!  So my reading goal is basically just to keep on truckin’.

Resolution: Keep up the great work Kristin! *pats self on back*

5) Staying in Touch:  In the past year or so I’ve gotten bad at staying in touch with people whether it’s online or via text or even in person.  I constantly find myself being busy and even when I see something small that reminds me of a friend I’m likely to think “oh I’ll text them later because I’m busy right now!” and then, I don’t.  I’ve also been tweeting WAY less frequently.  My family would always make fun of me for never being seen without my phone in hand but now, it’s not uncommon for me to go a few days at a time without checking twitter or instagram.  It’s weird.  And then when I do check, sometimes I don’t even feel like I have anything worthwhile to contribute because I’ve been away for so long.  I almost feel like an old person that’s like “what do I do on here?!”  On the one hand I do really love that I’m more present in real life and I’ve been enjoying that more but every time I sign online I do get that ping of sadness and I feel like “omg I’ve been missing out.”

Resolution: Make more of an effort to reach out to people in the moment and get better about checking Twitter!

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Life Lately: NYC Adventures with Sincerely Sara

Last weekend Sara of Sincerely Sara and I met up for a full day of fun on the first day of the season that was actually worthy of spring.  We grabbed crepes from Viva La Crepe (both of us opted for nutella & strawberry) and then walked over to The Strand where I put a slight lift on my No Spend April but I limited myself to just 3 books (which was especially difficult since we kept trading recommendations).  Then we met up with Andrew who took this lovely photo of us in front of a cherry blossom tree<3  We also got to see the newly unveiled street art of the giant baby Hulk in front of an American flag made up of distorted logos and ads which hit the corner of Bowery and Houston just one day prior.

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We walked to Morgenstern’s for ice cream cones (I had pistachio green tea, Andrew had salted caramel pretzel and Sara had mango), and then backtracked down 2nd Avenue where we made a quick stop at Toy Tokyo.  Sara picked up so Funko Pop figures for her brothers and herself, and I grabbed some Sailor Moon charms and a Funko vinyl of Trixie Lulamoon (the wizard pony on MLP).  We ended our day at Phyiscal Graffitea where Andrew and I had the most refreshing iced Moroccan Mint tea, and Sara had chocolate iced tea which we sipped while chatting about photography and past art exhibits in the New York area.  We also saw this beautiful Converse sneaker along our travels.  Overall, we had such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to plan another trip together!  Sara is absolutely lovely in person and if you haven’t read her blog you can check it out here.  I personally love her outfits inspired by Once Upon a Time and classic literature, as well as her own outfit of the day posts and book reviews!

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Life Lately: The Final Days Of Winter

A couple of weekends ago Andrew, Carolyn and I met in Union Square to watch Melissa’s Kung Fu demonstration and belatedly celebrate Chinese New Year.  It was so much fun watching Melissa and her classmates perform (especially when they used weapons)!  It almost made me want to start practicing again.  I was enrolled in Kung Fu from kindergarten (because of my love of the Power Rangers) until 10th grade and I was one stripe away from earning my black belt before I quit in favor of wanting to spend more time with my friends.  Before the performance we watched people dressed as the three dragons dance around and accept donations for the hope of good fortune in 2015.  I particularly love the candid photo Andrew captured of us girls laughing together.

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After the demonstration we headed to one of my favorite eateries called Grey Dog.  It’s mostly frequented by NYU students but the food is delicious!  I ordered my favorite meal from there which is a Breakfast Quesadilla and Andrew and I sprung for a cocktail each.  I got the Vanilla Almond Chai Toddy and he ordered (but oh-so-graciously traded with me) a Hot Buttered Cider which was similar to Butterbeer.

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I never thought I would said this but winter is FINALLY winding down.  This past February was one of the coldest on record in NYC in YEARS and we were bombarded with snow more often than anyone who lives here was hoping for.  Granted, I guess it can be pretty or whatever, but enough is enough.  Also, Andrew looks dashing in his Sherlock-esque coat and scarf.  He ventured outside with me during one of the aforementioned storms so I could take a good photo of my book in the snow.

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Lately I’ve been collaborating with my good friend Melissa Grey (who also happens to be the author of The Girl at Midnight) and Andrew to create nail art tutorials based on book covers for YouTube.  Melissa is very talented and patient in her planning and application and watching her process has actually made me feel capable of recreating her designs on my own.  I even ordered my own nail art kit!  You can watch our first video for A Darker Shade of Magic here.  There are plenty more to come and I’m so excited to share them!

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Because of the cold weather and snow, I’ve spent the majority of my free time indoors reading, watching movies and playing video games.  Andrew and I went to GameStop together on Valentine’s Day and he bought me Majora’s Mask for 3DS and I bought him the new Ducktales game for Wii U.  He’s beaten his but I have yet to have the time to begin mine!  We have been playing Super Smash Bros. together on Wii U and that’s been a blast.  My favorite character to play as is Rosalina.  Also, our Amiibo addiction is still in full force.

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Since I’ve been inside so much, I haven’t been eating as healthy as I should.  Now that spring is on its way I’m ready to ditch some of the junk food (minus Ben & Jerry’s, Cadbury mini eggs, cupcakes and the occasional macaron because obviously) and start eating more fruits and veggies.

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I’ve also decided to start taking advantage of more of the events that NYC has to offer!  It’s so easy to let work and extracurricular work (blog, YouTube, etc) get in the way of going out and experiencing things and I’m determined to participate more, especially since the weather is becoming more bearable.  Last week I attended The Winner’s Crime event at McNally Jackson where author Marie Rutkoski met with Sara Rees Brennan for a discussion about Kestrel and Arin’s next installment.  The Winner’s Crime book is gorgeous and there’s a map(!) inside.  I am so excited to have my copy personalized by Marie herself.  If you haven’t heard of The Winner’s Trilogy, you an read my review of the first book in the series, The Winner’s Curse.  I also attended The Orphan Queen launch party at Books of Wonder with Andrew and Melissa.  The authors at this event included Jodi Meadows, C.J. Redwine, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Joy N. Hensley.  Unfortunately I forgot to bring my copy of Cynthia’s latest book but I believe she’ll be back for the mega signing during the New York City Teen Author Festival.  I also got to meet Alexa and Rachel for the first time IRL and they were so sweet!  I can’t wait to see them both at future events.

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Swoonworthy Home Decor + Baked By The Other Melissa

I am in love with Melissa’s apartment.  When I see how crafty she was and what she was able to make work on a reasonable budget, it makes me want to get my own place immediately.  On New Years Eve, Mel invited Andrew and I over and I got to take photos of some of my favorite areas of her decor since it was less crowded than her birthday party.  We were also in for a huge treat because we got to be taste testers in her new obsession with French pastries.  You can read about some of the fancy foods she’s prepared in her Baked by the Other Melissa column.  Everything was so delicious but my favorite were the baked rose petals.  She also has a darling little bunny named Teela who hopped around us when she wasn’t being shy.

Some other New Years festivities included 1) champagne (obviously!) 2) Melissa forcing us into watching Magic Mike, not once, but twice, because she’s in love with Alcide from True Blood, 3) making Andrew watch RoboCop in full for the his first time, and 4) after the ball dropped, slaying some zombies in Left 4 Dead.

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On Living With the Worst Roommate / Human Of All Time

Yesterday was supposed to be the day that I would be released from the stresses of living with the worst roommate ever. After months of not being able to sleep due to various issues involving her, avoiding my apartment because of the awful messes this girl constantly leaves in her wake, and countless phone calls with ConEd who came very close to turning off our electric after my other roommate and I found out she had been taking money from us every month and not paying our bill, I kept telling myself that it would only be a few more days. A few more days. A few more days.

My other roommate who is technically our landlord and the leaseholder informed her in November that she had to be out of our apartment by January 1st. He even extended her move out date to January 25th because of the holidays and yet she just decided that she would stay until February 1st. She swore that she had movers coming and would be out of our lives forever at 8AM Sunday morning. I woke up at 8AM on the dot on because I was seriously considering drinking champagne to toast the fact that I would never have to see or communicate with her again for the rest of her life. Alas, today is February 2nd and she is still not completely moved out.

If you’re wondering what led us to this point, I’m going to start listing some of the unbelievable things out here. Brace yourself.

It all started with her cat. Our apartment is on the second floor of a building and unfortunately our common area doesn’t have any windows so in the summer it gets pretty hot. She would lock her cat out of her room when she would leave for work in the morning so he was forced to stay and almost suffocate in the living room for hours on end. It was supremely inhumane. I believe this is why her cat would constantly bite me and try to get into my room when I arrived home. There were a few nights where I couldn’t even bring myself to eat dinner because I knew that if I opened my door I would get bitten and it would be a whole production to attempt to get back inside without him sneaking it and running under my bed where I couldn’t reach him (consequently, there were also plenty of nights where the cat didn’t have food and Andrew would feed him because she would have gone on vacation and just expected the cat to be fine). I wouldn’t necessarily have minded if the cat came in my room if she had taken care of him at all. She never brushed him so the moment he came within a foot of anything it would be covered in cat hair. After several hour long roommate meetings we finally convinced her to leave her door open so the cat could breathe during the day. I would also try to talk to her about the cat biting me and any guests I would have over and her response would be “oh that’s so weird” and “oh that’s probably my fault because I thought it was cute when he bit people as a kitten.”

Our second cat issue is that she tried to keep the cat litter in the bathroom and again, with no windows and an owner who clearly has no idea how to take care of a pet, it would smell disgusting. Our landlord had our kitchen redone and the workers constantly complained to her about the smell. We were also supposed to have our bathroom redone but our landlord said she wouldn’t do it while our other roommate was there because of what a mess she is. We battled and battled about her moving the cat litter into her room and she would agree but then as soon as the meeting ended she would go in her room and when we would confront her about it via text she would say things like “oh I decided not to move it because I don’t have enough space.” Finally, my other roommates girlfriend took matters into her own hands and moved it for us because we were all just so fed up.

The next ongoing issue we tried to tackle was the case of the missing silverware and our attempts to clean our dishes when the sink was perpetually full of hers. In addition to leaving the cat alone while she was at work, there would be many nights where she wouldn’t come home until after midnight, if at all. The next nights she would claim that she couldn’t do her dishes because she has narcolepsy and she gets really tired after being out until 3AM and then working until 6PM the next day. I’ve never heard of a form of narcolepsy that allows a person to go out drinking all night, function the next day at work, and only hit when you get home the next night. Also, this girl’s room is a black hole for anything and everything. I’ve seen clutter before but I’m honestly not even sure how she would navigate to her bed across the room when she would arrive home. There were several nights where we had to eat salad with spoons because she would hoard all the silverware in her room and it would be impossible to find. There’s also a difference been messy and dirty. She falls into the latter category. Upon her “moving out” we found a plate of fries, a hummus container, open bottles of alcohol and coffee grinds all over her floor. I’ve never seen anything so gross in my life. I would post a photo of it but I’m honestly just so embarrassed that this is what was going on in the room right next to mine.

But the icing on the cake was when we found a final notice from ConEd threatening to turn off our electric the day after New Year’s because she hadn’t been paying our bill. Not only had we been giving her money every month, but she had also been charging us for the late charges and interest accrued while she wasn’t making any payments. This was right before Christmas (which as everyone knows is my favorite time of the year), and I had just signed a contract to take over as a host of a YouTube channel. A thing that electric is necessary for. Talk about stressful. We weren’t even able to switch the account over after telling ConEd that she was in the process of being evicted because we had to be able to prove that we didn’t live there while she did. I had to knock on her door every day begging her to call them and try to sort it out and let me know what happens immediately. Her responses would constantly be “I was on hold forever so I just hung up,” or “I’ll try to email them tomorrow or something.” When my other roommate and I took it upon ourselves to call, we were given a full payment history of the account. She opened her account when she moved in in March, and didn’t make any payment until June. On top of that, she also had $400 of debt from a previous address in 2012 that she never paid for which was tacked on to our bill. When she FINALLY sent ConEd an email it began with her complaining about their security because we had been able to obtain a copy of the statement. She also “didn’t appreciate us going behind her back” and calling. I have no idea how her mind works. It took about 3 weeks to finally sort out and I don’t think I’ve ever had less sleep in my life.

Then in January, we found out via LinkedIn that she was no longer employed. She posted a long winded status update about hating a toilet paper bandit in her old office. On LinkedIn. That professional website. One would think that having a full month of time to clean your dishes, get organized and pack to move would be enough but apparently not. She decided to wait until January 31st at 9pm to start packing (and she tried to blame her friend for showing up late). From inside my room I heard her friend ask if she was only bringing some stuff the next morning. My roommate said “no, there are movers coming at 8AM,” and her friend replied “Yeah, MOVERS. Not packers.”

Anyway, February 1st rolls around and she leaves the apartment with the movers around 10AM after promising to be out by 8AM. I’m supposed to have been spending the day cleaning and getting ready to move my stuff into her old room so our new roommate could move in, but our living room is still full of her stuff, her room is the dirtiest mess I’ve ever seen and her cat is still roaming around the apartment. She comes back around noon to finish cleaning. At 2:45 I texted her asking for an update on when she would be gone since I have to work the next day and I’ve already wasted about 7 hours sitting around waiting to clean and move. No answer, as always. Then at 4 she knocks on my door, hysterical crying because she can’t find her cat. Andrew and I searched the entire apartment and he went outside and walked around the neighborhood to try to find him while I consoled her. In retrospect, I am very upset with myself for still trying to be the bigger person and offering her help.

Next, she finds the cat and schedules her car to come and get her and the rest of her junk. When we go back into the common area after she’s left there are 4 garbage bags and a ton of her stuff. Our sink is still full of her dishes and her cabinet is still full of food and everything that belongs to the cat is still out. I text her at 7 and tell her that the garbage goes out tonight and if I don’t hear from her by 9PM it’s all being placed outside. By 8:40 there’s still no answer so I send a reminder text. Then it comes “Hey, I meant to text you guys earlier, I need to make another trip for my stuff on the one side of the living room. The black bags by the door are trash.” So now I’m basically fuming. She’s lived with us for months and she’s had entire 31 days to clean and take care of her garbage but she’s leaving it up to us to handle. I shouldn’t have been surprised since she never once took out the garbage or the recycling while she lived in the apartment so why should her departure be any different?

Thanks to her total lack of motivation to do anything ever, I now have to schedule cleaning and attempting to move all my stuff on the few nights I have after working full time when I’m not required to film videos for my second full time job. Our new roommate cannot move in until I’m moved and once again it’s just exceptionally inconvenient for everyone except the one person who has tons of time on her hands. It angers me beyond belief that she probably enjoyed laying in bed and marathoning television shows (and deleting things no one else had watched yet) while making everyone’s lives difficult. It’s one of those situations where she thinks she’s right all the time and everyone else is wrong. I would hear her complain about the HR person at her job all the time because she thought it was ridiculous she would get in trouble for being late. It’s like she lives in a dream world of some sort.

After receiving her text that I would have to possibly see her for yet another day, I completely lost it. I said all of the things to her via text that I’ve wanted to say for months. Now that I’ve semi come down from the rage I was experiencing yesterday, I am still glad that I got everything out. If she had ever accepted fault or acted like she cared the slightest bit about even stealing our money, I wouldn’t have done it. But as I stated, she lives in a dream world and I feel that although she’ll continue to do so, I feel more at peace knowing that I pointed out her flaws because hopefully something will resonate and the poor souls she lives with next may be spared. I have never in my life been so mean to another human being and I hope no one ever drives me to that point again but I wouldn’t change a single word of what I said if I had the chance to do it over. I’m writing this post in the hopes that once this is all out there I can let go. If I get home tonight and her belongings are still crowding my common room I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. But until then, I’ll keep trying to breathe evenly and stay calm knowing that once she’s gone she will be gone for good and I will never have to see her face again as long as I live

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How I’ve Been Upgrading to Kristin 2.0 Through General Life Overhauls

I haven’t written one of these in a while because I’ve been SO busy but I’m really quite happy right now and I feel like sharing some of the reasons why.  I’ve been doing some major life overhauls and it’s really been helping me.

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Fashion

In 2014 I started a complete revamp of my wardrobe and I couldn’t be more excited about my recent apparel acquisitions.  My wardrobe had fallen into a serious rut that seemed more like one big advertisement than an expression of who I am. It felt like I was letting my interests overtake my physical appearance as well as my identity.  I still like the same things entertainment-wise, but I’m realizing more and more that who I am and what I like have no correlation to the items I wear that make me feel good about myself.

I’ve been culling my closet (moving played a big part in this because I needed to downsize my wardrobe), and stocking up on basics, statement necklaces, and the kinds of cute sweaters I used to don during my college years except with a slightly more sophisticated edge to them. I’ve even purchased a few pairs of jeans (which I’ve worn more than once!), and today I ordered a pair of sneakers which I haven’t done since high school.  Wardrobe purging and rebuilding is good for the soul.

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Entertainment

While I love comics and action films and all that stuff, I also like a lot of “girly” things too.  Being considered a “geek girl,” especially one who frequents the internet, had made me feel a combination of things.  While I enjoyed being part of a supportive geek community which seemed like something that had been absent during the rest of my life, I’ve began questioning just how supportive the community really is.

Is a community where I feel pressured to see and read every single thing that comes out for reasons other than pure enjoyment something I need in my life?  I don’t think so.  People online are so quick to jump down anyone’s throat if they make a mistake.  There’s a difference between correcting someone for their own benefit than for waiting for the opportunity for someone to screw up just so you CAN correct them.  I think the latter of these people need to spend some time outdoors, disconnected from the internet without the privilege of the anonymity of the internet.  People question how much you REALLY like something which I think is the most ridiculous concept.

For a while, I’ve also felt like I couldn’t share some of my other interests because I’ve been pigeonholed into this limiting “geek” category.  I don’t get as many likes on photos or favorites on tweets if I’m posting something that isn’t comics related and that had made me feel self conscious about my other interests.  It’s even a little dehumanizing in some ways.  I’m not a billboard for comics and I shouldn’t feel pressured into posting what I know will please the most people.  Now that I’m getting older, I’ve done a whole bunch of things which made me realize that I couldn’t care less what other people think, I’m going to be posting a broader scope of the things that make me happy.  I think the major turning point for me was NYCC 2013 for many reasons (just ask Giovanni because I think he witnessed my transformation most closely).  Since I’ve completely stopped caring about reading what every person in my Twitter feed is tweeting, I’ve been able to spend more time doing the things I really enjoy and I almost can’t believe how long it’s been since the last time I felt really stressed out.

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Social Media

In 2014 I culled my Facebook friend list.  This has made Facebook a much more enjoyable place and I no longer have to worry that some random person will post some weird thing on my wall and one of my family members might see.  Admittedly, I still don’t use Facebook all that much since it really is my least favorite social media site, but I’m going to be doing the same thing to my Twitter feed (possibly even today)!  I want to be excited about reading what my friends are up to without having to see someone else’s thousand RT’s of other accounts.  Melissa, Betty, Giovanni and I had a long talk about it last night and they convinced me that I should stop following people I don’t want to follow because I feel bad.

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8 Ways I’ve Been Making Myself Happy Lately

1) Spending the bulk of my free time with people who I love that don’t dwell on and complain about the most trivial of things (i.e., a faceless internet bro’s offensive comment on a [insert social media site / blog here]).

2) Reading all the YA books I can get my hands on during every free minute I find within the day.  I’ve also been writing more YA reviews which makes me feel so good afterward (which is probably also due to the adorable rating system Andrew created for me).  I love reading and chatting about books and going book shopping but my reading focus drastically decreased when I constantly had my phone sitting next to me so I could stop and check it every time I heard it vibrate.

3) Getting into new-to-me TV shows that have become rather addicting (i.e., Pretty Little Liars, The Carrie Diaries, Gilmore Girls, The 100, etc).  I really want to start the Pretty Little Liars book series too.  There’s already 16 books but I feel like I would fly through them.

4) Buying only the single issue comics that I absolutely know I’ll read immediately.  This has freed up a TON of space and has allowed me to actually save money.  I’ve even been buying some of the things I want to read but know I won’t get to weekly in trade which looks better on my bookshelf anyway.

5) I’ve been watching SO MANY BookTube vlogs.  Like every morning.  And catching up on old ones I’ve missed out on until now.  I’ve even been thinking about infusing my YouTube channel with some book vids, especially since everyone is always asking me to do a bookshelf tour!

6) Baking desserts with more of an intention of them tasting delicious than looking cool and being geeky themed.  I still love themed things, but I’ve been honing my baking skills with things like this amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake.  Now that I have my pink KitchenAid mixer I just want to bake all the things!  And it’s also awesome that Melissa has gotten so into baking lately too because I have someone to talk to about it!

7) Reading more health-centric articles and finding a skincare regimen that fits my needs.  Also, watching makeup tutorials and reading beauty blogs.

8) Pinterest.  I’ve officially traded tumblr for Pinterest.  It’s so much more organized, full of helpful ideas, and it isn’t cluttered with general negativity.  And it’s a much better system for cataloging images.

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Before I confuse everyone into thinking that I’m completely giving up my geek interests, that’s not at all the case.  I’m just going to be offering up a wider range of my interests online.  Will I still post about Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Bat family and Star Wars? Absolutely! I’m just going to be more open to sharing the other aspects of my life that make me who I am so those posts will be found alongside beauty, books, and fashion things.  I’m also going to continue dressing in a way that makes me feel more confident and happy about the way I look.

Lastly, please do not be offended if I unfollow you on Twitter during my social media cull.  I’m already dreading the messages asking me why which I received when I de-cluttered my Facebook friends list.

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Thanksgiving Recap

Since I wasn’t able to create a pre-Thanksgiving blog post due to all of the BEAUTIFUL design updates 801red recently made to my site, I thought now would be a good time to take the opportunity to recap my holiday and give thanks for the people and aspects of my life that I love most.  I think it’s important to constantly be in the habit of expressing gratitude throughout the years instead of just recognizing those things on that one designated day.  First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful for my family, my amazing boyfriend and my best friends.  It’s the people we spend the most time with that truly enrich our lives and I realize how lucky I am to have been blessed with such wonderful people.  I would be a completely less happy person if it weren’t for them.
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This year has been very transitory for me.  I met Andrew, I moved into my friend Taylor’s apartment in New York City (less trains YAY!), and I got a new job.  Since I’ve moved I’ve been able to focus so much more of my energy on doing the things that make me happy.  My stress levels have reduced beyond belief which is due to not having to drive anymore (I HATE driving with a fiery passion), and working in a place where I feel like I belong and my work is appreciated.

There are so many more little things that I’m grateful for each day but these three are the major sources of my happiness.  So now, on to Thanksgiving! (Below is my OMG IT’S SNOWING FACE during our train ride back to Long Island.)

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This year I basically celebrated Thanksgiving twice.  On the actual holiday Andrew and I spent the day with his family (and I got to wear my new fall foliage top from ModCloth!) which is always so much fun!  He’s one of five so there is never a dull moment in his household and each member of his family has a different specific interest so they’re all really fascinating to converse with!  We watched the Thanksgiving day parade for a little while and I fell completely in love with the winter Pikachu float.  SO adorable. Look at that hat and those cheeks!!

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I’m a vegetarian and people always assume that means I can’t eat anything on Thanksgiving, but you can see a photo of my FULL plate of food below.  So many delicious side dishes!  For dinner I always make a sweet potato casserole that basically should be dessert because it tastes like cake.  This year I also tried out a new dessert recipe out for these amazing chocolate peanut butter brownies from the Seriously Delish cookbook.  It’s a layer of brownies with a peanut butter filling and a milk chocolate ganache topping with mini peanut butter cups.  It’s so rich but totally yummy!
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The next day we left Andrew’s and headed back to my house to see my parents and my brother.  Both sets of my grandparents joined us for leftovers and one of my aunts came over for dessert so since we behaved like Hobbits, we’re referring to it as our Second Thanksgiving.  It’s still strange not seeing my family every single day (even though I talk to my mom on the phone almost every night!), so I really love getting the opportunity to go home and spend time with them when I can.  After dinner, my newly-married-best-friend-since-first-grade, Amanda, and her husband Brian came over for drinks and to catch up in general.  We had so much fun but by the time they left we were EXHAUSTED.  Overall, it was one of the best Thanksgiving’s and Second Thanksgiving’s I can ever remember!

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So, that’s pretty much it.  Thanksgiving YAY!  How was your holiday?  What are you thankful for?
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Gotham, Board Games, The Boxtrolls, Oreo’s & A Medieval Festival

This past week has felt like a breath of fresh air as my social life took a turn for the best.  It all started on Monday night when Andrew, Taylor and I gathered in the living room to watch the premiere of Gotham.  We’re all usually so busy that it can become hard to coordinate at times, so I really revel in the moments I get to spend with my best friends and boyfriend.  Even though we all had other obligations – Taylor has been busy as a bee spending just about every minute in our apartment working on cosplay for NYCC, Andrew has been hard at work creating this beautiful print series of Elsa (Frozen), Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Link (Legend of Zelda), and I am forever with a laptop in front of me and tea in hand blogging for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and SuperSpaceChick – we managed to come together for the hour.  I only wish I had had the time to make these Batman chips.  I’m planning on baking them for the finale instead.  Another blogger friend Travis made some for his premiere party along with Joker Juice which looked super fun!  I really enjoyed the first episode and I can’t wait to see what direction Gotham is going to take.  My only issue with it was that there were so many villains and characters crammed into the first episode, but since it’s a pilot, I think FOX deserves some slack for that.  I would rather see a more in depth look at several characters than short bits of too many.  For instance, give us more Montoya!

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On Thursday night, after what had felt like forever (but was probably about a month) of dying to see The Boxtrolls, Andrew and I satisfied my desire.  We would see The Boxtrolls movie poster advertisement in literally every subway station in NYC.  It felt like torture!  So when the night finally arrived, I could not have been more excited.  Before the movies, I went to the grocery store to pick up some Halloween candy to snack on, and I happened upon those Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s I’ve been eager to try!  So here are my brief reviews of each: 1) The Boxtrolls – The movie was adorable and well worth the wait.  I loved the animation style and the story was so charming.  I hadn’t realized that so many actors I love voiced the characters (despite seeing the poster every day, good job Kristin), but Ben Kingsely, Richard Ayode, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all wonderful choices.  The Boxtrolls are the cutest creatures and Andrew and I have been imitating some of their motions ever since we saw it.  If you’re interested in animation, you’ll especially enjoy the ending that’s played while the credits are rolling, but that’s all I’ll say about that, and 2) The Oreos – Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are like autumn in your mouth.  It might just be me, but I felt like the cookie part tasted more like a graham cracker and sandwiched in between was a glorious pumpkin spice cream.  They’re just the right amount of sweet and pumpkin.  They’re now officially my second favorite Oreo flavor thus far, the first being Cookie Dough and the third being Birthday Cake.

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Friday night, Andrew and I met up with Marlene for a catch up dinner at Beecher’s.  Beecher’s is a delicious grilled cheese place in the Flatiron District and I’d only ever been there once before.  It was the perfect evening.  We sat around our table and each of us recounted our tales of the times we met Neil Gaiman.  We also chatted about tumblr, (Marlene works there, how cool is that?!), I made each of them promise to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because it’s been recommended to me for ages and ever since I picked it up I’ve been captivated with Kvothe’s story, and just internet silliness in general.  After dinner, Andrew and I went back to my apartment (where Taylor was still working on cosplay) and my brother Bob and Andrew’s co-worker Ben came over for a board game night and all the pumpkin flavored desserts you can imagine.  We played a new game I had just gotten called Cosmic Encounter and it was SO much fun.  It was recommended to me by Josh Houchin and I am so glad I listened to his suggestion.  The game initially seemed really complicated (poor Andrew read us about 11 pages of instructions for 1.5 hours before we could actually play), but once the game started it was much simpler and way more quick paced than we though it would be.  Basically, you pick an alien race, and then spend the rest of the game trying to be the first person to colonize 5 planets.  Your pieces are spaceships which you use to attack other players with along with attack cards after choosing a Destiny card.  Alliances are formed, and there are plenty of other cards which keep the game interesting.  I definitely suggest playing if you have the chance! Oh, and my Peter Pan teapot came in the mail!

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Saturday was probably the most relaxing day of my week.  I woke up late (board games had kept us up well past 4 AM) and spent the morning/early afternoon baking Bee & Puppycat cupcakes.  I also spent a good portion of the day watching Birds of Prey with Andrew and Taylor (again, while all three of us worked on blogging, art, and cosplay respectively).  I hadn’t ever watched the Birds of Prey series while it was on television but I really loved what I saw.  Keeping in mind it was made in the early 2000’s and the soundtrack, clothing, and filming style were VERY reminiscent of the time.  For instance, there was some Michelle Branch music and it didn’t feel dissimilar to watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek except our protagonists had super powers and fought crime.  Oh, and Aunt Becky from Full House played Dinah Lance’s mother, the OG Black Canary.  My favorite part of the Birds of Prey DVDs were the animated shorts of the webseries Gotham Girls featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Batgirl.  They were super cute.  Later I took so more photos for my next Outfit of the Day post on Wednesday which I’m pretty excited to share!  Then Andrew and I headed to my brother’s apartment to celebrate his birthday.  We spent hours chatting and drinking before heading to a bar in Williamsburg that my brother claimed was right off the L train (lies), but nonetheless, it was a lovely evening that turned into another really late night.

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The next morning it was much more difficult to wake up but I was too excited to attend my first Medieval Festival to skip it in favor of Arrow and Parks & Recreation (because the last season is finally on Netflix!)  Under different circumstances, I think the Medieval Festival would’ve been a lot of fun.  I say this because according to our calendars it is officially autumn, but the sun decided to radiate heat at 81 degrees yesterday as if it were reverting back to summer.  On top of that, the event was held at Fort Tyron Park by the Cloisters on 190th street and it was not the easiest location to get to.  We went on a Hobbit style journey down several blocks and climbed about 150 steps and walked some more before finally hitting our destination.  Combine all that with the fact that we were probably still dehydrated from the night before and quite honestly, it was not the best of conditions.  Although, it was really interesting to see men jousting, women playing instruments, and a man welding metal.  I would love to attend a Ren Faire in the near future when it’s cooler and I’m fully hydrated.  Then Andrew and I went back to his apartment and spent the better part of the day eating pizza, French fries, pumpkin macarons, and pumpkin cheesecake, and drinking chai tea.  We did get to watch more Arrow and Parks & Rec, but we spent a good deal of the evening playing Donkey Kong Country 3.  I’m 94% completed with the game (after having beat it numerous times in my childhood), and I had been trying to get this one darn bonus coin so I could unlock the next level in the secret world for more time than my mind could handle.

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Lastly, I’ll be recapping some blog things!  Two of the most exhilarating things I did blogwise this week were publishing my first Outfit of the Day post, and announcing 5 Fandom Fridays With SuperSpaceChick & The Nerdy Girlie. We received such a warm reception via Twitter from other bloggers within the network and we were just so pleased with the positive reaction.  I’ve already written a few of my 5 Fandom Friday posts because I can hardly wait to share them with the world!  And here are a few of my favorite things I wrote for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:

DC Comics: Supergirl Getting A TV Show

Disney Debuts The Pumpkin Spice Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich In Epcot’s France

DIY: Sailor Moon Transformation Brooch Pinata Cookies

Star Trek: The Next Generation A-Line Dresses

Disney: Haunted Mansion Makeup Line

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reimagined As Animated Series

Cosplay: Kaylee From Firefly

Sailor Moon: Luna and Artemis Cat Tights

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Comics, Desserts, Hobbits & Cartoons

I’ve been itching to get into a better blogging routine for posting more on SuperSpaceChick since it’s my personal site and I have some of the most fun writing things here than I do any other place.  I’ve already been plotting some really exciting things with The Nerdy Girlie and I cannot wait to debut our new idea to all our blogger friends out there on the interwebz!  I’m sure we’ll even make some new ones in the process :-D  But, since this has been one whirlwind of an eventful week, I thought I’d share all of the wonderful things that’ve been happening in my first foray back into blogging!

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It’s been a very slow moving process for me to bring all of my beloved collectibles, books, comics, and other assorted treasures to my new home.  I moved into an apartment in Brooklyn in May with my good friend Taylor and my new friend Emma.  Since then, it’s been weekend after weekend of my wonderfully supportive family and boyfriend Andrew driving from my old Long Island home to my new place and carrying heavy bag after heavy bag of graphic novels, shoes, statues, video games, books, and more up several flights of stairs and into my bright pink room.  In the last batch of packed items I hauled some of my favorite comfort graphic novels since I had previously tried to fill my shelves with things I have yet to read.  Since I have less space here it’s been quite a project to prioritize and determine which things I want to have here and which collectibles should be displayed.  One of my creative ways to display more toys was to prop my TV set up on several art books so I could place my Star Wars themed Disney Vinylmations in front of the set without blocking the picture.  It’s kind of funny to think that I’ve been trying to de-clutter my online life (another project this week was to unfriend anyone on Facebook that isn’t a close personal friend, a family member, or someone I communicate with regularly online), while trying to maximize the clutter in my real life.

 IMG_9238While I’m on the subject of comics, SPIDER-GWEN came out last week and it was literally one of the best moments of my life.  It’s part of the Spider-Verse story arc and it takes place in an alternate dimension where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a spider and becomes Spider-Woman.  Even more exciting than this is that Gwen is awesome.  She’s the drummer in a band called The Mary Janes with Mary Jane Watson as the lead vocalist.  Their hit song is fittingly titled Face It Tiger and there’s already a band that recorded their interpretation of the song!  It has a punk feel which totally fits the story.  I love the father/daughter dynamic of the story between Gwen and Captain Stacy and I really really really hope Marvel sees all of the positive feedback they’ve been getting and the pleading so many of us have done online for a Spider-Gwen ongoing series.  Gwen has always been my favorite Marvel lady for Peter Parker.  They’re my OTP.  To see Gwen in this one issue (and ASM #9) is a dream come true.  The variant cover even looks exactly like yours truly!

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photoLately I’ve been on a major Disney kick.  I think it all began when I saw that Disney came out with a second wave of their beautiful fairytale collection mugs.  I have the Tangled mug from the first collection which I purchased after admiring Megan’s.  I remember how quickly they sold out of stores so a few hours after my discovery I speed walked over to the Disney Store in Times Square on my lunch break and I picked up the Aurora mug.  I also bought my first Tsum Tsum, Minnie, and she is just precious.  Shortly after that, Betty told me about the Tsum Tsum game that I could play on my iPhone, and let’s just say that Andrew has mentioned the word intervention more than once since I made my account.  It’s a really fast paced 60 second game where you have to connect as many of the same Tsum Tsum’s as possible.  The more points and coins you accrue, the more Tsum Tsum’s you can purchase and the higher level you’ll achieve.  It’s also fun because several of my other friends play too and we send each other hearts every chance we get!  Then on Saturday night Andrew agreed to have a Disney movie marathon with me.  We decided to watch The Little Mermaid, my personal favorite, and Frozen, my second favorite.  The marathon also included Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Core Ice Cream which is just heavenly and brings us to the dessert and food portion of my post.  (Sleeping Beauty is coming out on blu-ray in October, so we’re going to fit that into our viewing schedule as soon as we get a copy too!)

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It’s been big few weeks of desserts for me.  I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I’ve been trying my hardest to eat really healthy during the week for breakfast and lunch, that way I don’t feel as bad about indulging in some sugary sweets later on in the day.  The first photo, which may look like an ordinary Starbucks cup, is full of one of my seasonal favorites, the Pumpkin Spice latte.  I know it’s a thing that everyone makes fun of, and it’s even worse that I instagrammed it, but I love Pumpkin Spice everything and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  If it was offered throughout the year, I would buy even more of it than I do now, even though Andrew is convinced that I’m a victim of limited time marketing, but I’ll post more on that later.  We also found that Trader Joe’s, our go-to dinner source, made an ice cream version of Cookie Butter!  It’s vanilla ice cream with cookie butter inside and it’s just as delicious as it sounds.  The next photo are of some Battlestar Galactica cupcakes I baked a few weekends ago.  Andrew and I have been binge watching the series to the extreme and I felt inspired.  And when we’re not watching Starbuck, Adama, Helo, Apollo and the rest of the gang aboard Galactica, we’ve been having our regular weekend routine of Sunday pizza and video game day.  We’re currently in the middle of BioShock!  Andrew and I also stopped at my favorite cupcakery in NYC, Georgetown Cupcakes, to pick up a box to bring home and consume during tea time with my parents.  I love trying their monthly flavors and I’m really looking forward to when Gingerbread returns.  One of the most exciting things I’ve done this week is that I FINALLY tried a cronut.  And not just any cronut, a coffee creme filled cronut.  It was scrumptious!  I’ve never been a huge fan of donuts, however, I am a big advocator of croissants.  I also had a macaron brownie which is basically a macaron half dipped in chocolate and wedged in between a rich chocolate brownie.  All of this sugary goodness was eaten at Paris Baguette with Leonard and Andrew, where we also debated the number of times Gallifrey was shown on Doctor Who, discusses Peter Capaldi’s attack eyebrows, and complained relentlessly about how Clara needs to go.  Another new thing I tried is the Lazy Sunday ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.  There are cupcakes bits inside it and I developed very strong feelings about it within the first few bites.  Lastly, a Smashburger was recently opened in NYC and since I used to love going there during lunch at my old job with my friends, I suggested that Andrew and I head there for dinner.  My favorite item on their menu is the Nutter Butter shake.  I also got an Avocado Ranch Black Bean Burger (vegetarian), and veggie fries which I like to think are healthier than regular french fries, but probably not.

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Since I started working at my new job, I am no longer allowed to dress casually.  This has meant that I’ve been purchasing and wearing an influx of geeky jewelry so I can still feel like myself from 9-5.  Some of my new favorites are this Groot necklace by Red Dingo Designs on Etsy and this Hobbit Hole necklace that was fashioned after Bag End.  I wore my Hobbit necklace most of last week because I am so excited for my future Lord of the Rings plans.  My wonderful boyfriend Andrew got tickets for us to see the full LOTR trilogy screened with a live orchestra at Lincoln Center next April.  The event takes place over three separate nights and I’m going to be decked out in all the Tolkien things every single performance.  Now the only question is how I’m going to be able to wait until next April!

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Luckily I still have the weekend to exercise the fun part of my wardrobe!  I decided to wear my LSP skater dress by Black Milk on Saturday for my Grandma’s 75th surprise party.  I accessorized with my glittery LSP necklace, House of Harlow fringe earrings, a ton of bracelets, my Batman ring, and my favorite pair of Jeffrey Campbell wedge boots.  Oh my glob did I feel great!  I was almost as tall as Andrew!  Then this morning I was feeling very magical girl and I decided to wear my Pinkie Moon t-shirt from WeLoveFine.  It’s a mash up of Sailor Moon and My Little Pony which seemed appropriate since Andrew and I were going to a movie theater in Williamsburg to watch cartoons.  I accessorized with my Artemis ring and my Moon Stick necklace, both of which were purchased on Etsy.  You also get a sneak peek of my bookshelf in this photo!  I’m going to be doing a more in depth post about my new room once I feel like I have it decorated to my hearts desire.

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So, as I mentioned above, there’s a wonderful indie cinema in Brooklyn called NiteHawk Cinema.  They hold a monthly event called Spoons, Toons, and Booze and it’s one of the most fun events I’ve ever been too.  I’m definitely going to go back next month, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be Halloween themed.  There’s an all you can eat cereal bar included in your ticket price.  I munched on Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams, Fruit Loops, and a peanut butter Jif cereal from Canada while Andrew’s cereals of choice included Cocoa Puffs and Oops All Berries.  There’s also a separate menu you can order from if you want other brunch foods, and there’s a menu of cocktails as well.  I had a black tea and lemon iced drink that was infused with vodka.  They also offer cereal shots, in which you mix a shot of Baileys or Kahlua with milk and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  And the best part of the whole ordeal is that all of this food is served while you watch Saturday morning cartoons on a big screen.  There’s always a theme (this month’s was Rock and Roll), and the audience votes on which cartoons they watch.  In my session we viewed Garfield, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Animaniacs. Afterwards, we walked along the Williamsburg Waterfront and admired the view of what we could see of the New York City skyline in the fog.  Then on our way back to my apartment we came across this beautiful graffiti!

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And the last paragraph in this incredibly long post is dedicated to my favorite things I wrote this past week for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  We’ve been updating our site with 6-9 articles per day and I’m so proud of how much content we’ve been putting out but I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite posts.

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Captain America 2, MoCCA Fest, Comic Book Live & More!

The last few weeks have been on the action-packed side of the spectrum of my social life.  Before I delve into what I’ve been up to I feel compelled to not-so-humbly brag about completing my latest Pokedex by catching all 151 Pokemon that were hidden around the world as part of the Google Maps April Fools Day career listing for a Pokemaster.  The ending of the challenge was anticlimactic but I wouldn’t have spent those hours any other way (Yes, hours. Many, many hours especially in my quest for Mew).

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Anyway, once I rejoined the waking world with other physical beings, the excitement continued.  Melissa, Andrew, and I went to this super fun bar in the East Village called Otto’s Shrunken Head where we drank two of these specials* called a Volcano (*it is actually a bowl of alcohol that’s on fire aka our drink was like Katniss **one of these is meant for four people ***this also resulted in Twitter truth or dare ****we all had a rough next day at our respective workplaces).  Melissa filled us in on all of the escapades that occurred during Emerald City Comic Con (which Andrew and I skipped to spend on the East Coast visiting the first Cupcake ATM in NYC, seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, eating dinner at Red Bamboo, marathoning The IT Crowd on Netflix, and devouring the LSP cupcakes I baked).  If there’s anything better than a night out with your best friend and your boyfriend, I haven’t found it yet<3  This week also gets points for being warm enough to walk around Manhattan in a leather jacket and drink iced teas from Starbucks.

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Friday night was the night that everyone important in my life had been waiting for.  It was the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Solider.  Taylor was kind enough to secure our tickets to a showing on opening night (along with tickets to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 a day early).  Andrew and I met Taylor, Katherine, Tom, and Athena at the theater and nearly took up half a row of seats once they allowed us inside.  I was really looking forward to seeing Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Winter Soldier story arc on the big screen and I was overjoyed that the resulting film adaptation did the comic complete justice (not that I had any doubts because Marvel really gets movies).  I loved seeing such a major Black Widow presence onscreen and despite The Avengers still holding the number one place in my heart, I feel comfortable saying that Winter Soldier was probably the most well written Marvel movie to date.  I went all out with a Captain America themed outfit, like I do, and Andrew and Taylor wore Captain America t-shirts so basically we all looked adorable or whatever.

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The next day we all reconvened at the Lexington Armory for MoCCA Fest which is the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art Festival.  I really enjoy MoCCA because it’s a smaller show with more indie creators which means there’s always something new to discover and read.  The one big name that I was really eager to see/meet/buy art from was Fiona Staples and I accomplished that goal within five minutes of entering the building.  I was able to buy a print of my favorite Saga cover (issue #15 which features Marko and Alana looking like the characters of the cover of a romance novel), and have Fiona personalize it for me.  Some other treasures I acquired are a Sylveon eating a macaron pin, a zine called All my Anime Boyfriends (which I also picked up a copy for and purchased on the recommendation of Betty), and a signed copy of Drama by Raina Telgemeier from the CBLDF booth.  After MoCCA and eating, Andrew, Tom, Athena and I met Giovanni at Barcelona Bar which is possibly the most fun bar in NYC for themed shots.  My favorite shot I witnessed was the Harry Potter shot which the bartender served in a Gryffindor scarf, and glasses while waving a wand, setting the shots on fire, and screaming “Avada Kedarva” at us.  Other notable shots were Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Games of Thrones, and Legend of Zelda themed.  Then on Sunday Andrew and I had a Terminator marathon (which obviously means that we watched only Terminator 1 & 2) while eating Cadbury mini eggs because ’tis the season.  It’s the 30 year anniversary of Terminator so here are 12 fun facts I found online.

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On Tuesday, Andrew and I met his friends Carolyn, Tony, and Nick at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side to attend a recording of the Comic Book Live podcast.  Their guest of the week was Alex Segura who was there to speak about the big news of Archie’s upcoming death that was announced earlier that day.  Alex and I have been following each other on Twitter for ages but I hadn’t ever met him in person so it was nice to be able to put an IRL face to the Twitter handle.  I also hadn’t ever listened to Comic Book Live, but I had so much fun that I am definitely planning on going back for more shows.  The hardest part of sitting in the audience and listening to other people talk about comics is getting Muppet-flail-level excited and attempting to restrain myself from shouting and contributing to their conversation.  Andrew was lucky enough to sit next to me and hear my whispered commentary throughout the show.  I decided to wear a Gwen Stacy style headband for the event because we all know how much I love her.  Then yesterday was the long awaited released of Batman Eternal #1!  I am so excited for a weekly Batman comic written and illustrated by some of my favorite creators that I could explode.  Plus, Stephanie Brown is coming back so I obviously had to wear the Spoiler waffle pin Jessica of Bat-Earrang sent to me last month.  You can see more of her adorable upcycled accessories in her Etsy shop.  Then I got some awesome mail (like The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones on blu-ray for $30!) and birthday cake M&M’s which are sinfully delicious.  Lastly, Melissa and I saw Divergent which we both loved.  The movie was a little bit long but it was completely loyal to Veronica Roth’s YA novel of the same name.  I read the book in one sitting on my plane ride to SDCC last year so I had forgotten some of the things that happened in the story.  And now you’re all caught up minus my trip to Disney/Harry Potter World which I will probably write about soon!

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