Do you ever just wake up and find yourself in a crazy random (awesome) mood? This happens to me A LOT. Like a lot, a lot. It happened today. I meant to spend my day doing productive things like writing blog posts and tons of other adult-like real people things. But I didn’t. What I did do was buy a purple wig. It’s from the same company that Melissa and I bought our New York Comic Con wigs from. It’s purpley and magical and will match my galaxy leggings. I love wigs. After that I decided to run around my room in a hot pink wig that I already own and pretend to be an airplane while straightening my room. Why? I have no idea. And that’s right. I spent much of Hurricane Sandy and the snowstorm cleaning and organizing my room and it’s already a little messy again. What a failure! I’ve also spent much of my day scouring the internet for a pink handbag that has a giant bow on it. Sadly after looking through 20 pages of products on ebay, I was devastated to find that most pink bow handbags are actually made for Barbie dolls. Wtf? Anyway, my next order of business was finding a gif maker online. I thought it would be entertaining to make a gif set of myself from the video I used to audition for a reality show this one time. I actually got picked to be on it but they keep having production setbacks so I’m still not sure if it will actually happen. Either way, I’ll be happy<3 Oh wait come to think of it, I already was on one reality show. It was on TLC and it was called Geek Love. This one (if it gets made) will also be geek-centric, but I digress. The next unproductive topic I tackled was to sit at my laptop and think about how unfair it is that Sailor Moon and Sabrina the Teenage Witch have talking cats and I do not. At least I had a gingerbread latte while I contemplated what my cat and I would talk about. Well, that’s two blog posts in one day which is probably crazy. GTG read some Batman comics and listen to Bright Eyes until The Walking Dead starts! What have you been doing on this unseasonably warm November Sunday? Hope you like my gif. Byeeeeeee.
Since Hurricane Sandy has struck, there has been little to no transportation available around New York, plus most establishments were out of power, and some still are. Never in all of my years have I seen the school district close down for six consecutive days and counting. I am so thankful that everyone in my family and all of my friends made it through the storm okay with only minor damage and power loss in some instances. One thing Hurricane Sandy has forced me to do is spend a lot of time inside my house. Work was closed for two days last week (we were nowhere near as lucky as the schools!), and I used that time to finish reading Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
, reorganize my book and graphic novels shelves, reorganize and minimize my DVD collection, straighten up some of the cluttered areas in my room (all while watching The X-Files
), and spend a lot of time watching classic movies with the rest of my family. It feels like I’ve been on the go since last March so it was really nice to enjoy a relaxing week at home for a change. Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy curling up in my bed with a good book and a hot cup of tea, or lounging on my downstairs couch for family movie nights. It’s always lovely to reconnect at home and spend some time selfishly indulging in the things that make you happy. But now that it has been a few days, I’m ready to run out to Manhattan for more adventures. I have plenty of exciting things coming up this holiday season, which I’ll be sure to share with everyone :o)
(I almost never wear my glasses, and I definitely never post photos in them, but since so much of my time was spent at home it just seemed easier than putting in contacts everyday.) Anyway, before I left for Florida I took a Twitter poll to see what I should read. I began reading Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline on my flight there thanks to the overwhelmingly positive recommendations of some of my Twitter followers! After the first page of the story, I was absolutely hooked. Cline mixes my love of the 80’s with my love of classic video games to create a compelling story about an international video game challenge where players were competing to inherit the fortune and control over OASIS in real life after the creator passed away and left a video explaining the prize and a clue to begin the contest as a part of his will. It took years before the first key was found (there are three keys and three gates that must be cleared in order to win the game) but once Parzival got the ball rolling, it was only a matter of days before other gunters (players who devoted their lives to the hunt for Halliday’s hidden easter eggs), began to crack the vague clue. I think I enjoyed this book so much because it felt like I was piecing together a puzzle. I spent just as much time reading as I did contemplating the possible places keys could be found or how to clear any of the gates. Cline wrote Ready Player One
in a way that made it difficult for me to ever put it down. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest ordering a copy on Amazon
so you can begin the hunt as well. If you do read it, or have read it already, please tweet me with your thoughts or contact me on tumblr as I would love to discuss it! My brother is currently reading my copy and it’s so difficult for me to keep my mouth shut about what’s going to happen while he finishes.
The next activity I mentioned was cleaning, but since that is extremely uninteresting I’ll move along to the classic movie marathon my family has been having. I’ve always been a fan of old movies. I find the glamour and classiness of old Hollywood to be irresistible. The first night of the storm we watched Hitchcock’s Vertigo staring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart’s character Scottie is hired by his friend to tail his wife around town because he believes she has been possessed by a spirit. As I’m sure you’d imagine, chaos ensues as Scottie gets closer and closer to his subject, and his affliction with vertigo plays a major role in the outcome of his assignment. The next movie we watched was also done by Alfred Hitchcock, and is one of my personal favorites, Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart also stars in Rear Window, but this time he is an adventurous photographer confined to his apartment after he breaks his leg. He spends his time staring out his windows at his neighbors and gaining insight into their lives. It’s all fun and games until he believes that he may have witnessed a crime. With his the help of his companion, the lovely Grace Kelly, the duo collect evidence against their suspect and involve one of the local detectives. The movie is quite exciting and the ending really moves you to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold. The rest of my family hadn’t previously seen Rear Window so I was really happy that I was able to introduce them to it and share in their viewing experience. We’re also planning on watching another one of my favorites, Casablanca, several Audrey Hepburn films, and a few more Hitchcock masterpieces in the coming weeks.
I’ve always been the kind of person who loves holidays. It’s a great excuse to craft things, bake delicious pumpkin and gingerbread desserts, spend time with your loved ones, and simply enjoy the spirited atmosphere that surrounds them. Christmas has always been my favorite, but Halloween is a close second. Because of the storm we didn’t have a traditional Halloween this year but I still ate my candy and watched James Gunn flicks. One of the most exciting things to happen this week (you know, besides that whole hurricane thing), is that Starbucks brought back their holiday cups! That means that Christmas is right around the corner! I had my first gingerbread latte of the season this past Thursday and it was the perfect way to console myself for being at work while the rest of my friends and family were at home.
This past weekend was Florida’s annual horror convention, Spooky Empire, and I just so happen to be visiting my best friend/blog partner Kristin
during that time. I didn’t really know anything about the convention or what to expect while were heading there but I did notice that R.L. Stine
was giving a Q&A Panel which was an event that I immediately knew I could not miss. I credit R.L. Stine with being the man who changed my childhood and made me love reading. When I was younger, there was nothing more exciting to me than acquiring a new Goosebumps
book. My grandmother lived within walking distance of an independent bookstore called The Oaktree Bookstore (sadly, it’s no longer there), and every time I would visit her, we would walk there together and she would buy me a new Goosebumps
book. I’ll never forget how overcome with happiness I had felt in those pre-internet days when I would walk into Oaktree, hurry over to the Goosebumps
section and see that a new book had been released and added to R.L.’s shelf. After carefully choosing my next read, my Grandma and I would also buy candy from the card store, and then run back to her house where I would immediately begin my next horrific adventure. Whether it was a Halloween mask that adhered to it’s wearer, a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy who plays ill hearted pranks on his owners, a hamster named Cuddles who ingests Monster Blood, or a pair of lawn gnomes who wreak havoc while everyone sleeps, I could not get enough of Goosebumps
. I owned and read all 62 of the original Goosebumps
books in the series multiple times, took out all of the television adaptation VHS tapes from the library for multiple viewings, and collected every last Goosebumps
trading card available. It’s been a long time since I was a child and experienced Goosebumps
, but in that moment, at Spooky Empire, everything came flooding back to me as I shoved Kristin and yelled to her that R.L. Stine had just strolled past us on the show floor!
Kristin was shocked at my reaction and asked me how I was even sure that was R.L. since he was just nonchalantly walking around and chatting with fans in line for his panel, and I turned to her and desperately exclaimed that I just knew! I waited for him to finish his conversation and then nervously ran over to introduce myself and thank him for making my childhood so memorable. R.L. was friendly, and kind, and had an amazing sense of humor. I told him the story about my grandma and how he is responsible for getting me excited about reading. He thanked me for telling him and when I told him that I read all of his books, he said “hey and you turned out okay!” It was honestly a dream come true. It’s been 3 days since I met him and I still cannot stop talking about it every chance I get. But the reason R.L. Stine was in attendance was to promote his newest adult novel, Red Rain
. He explained during the panel that all of his readers had grown up and he has become nostalgia. He didn’t like that feeling so he wrote a book to cater to all of his long time fans. He also informed us that he had spent so much time writing about good kids, that he thought it was time to write about some evil ones. Stine explained that while most people find children to be frightening, everyone finds twin children to be exceptionally scary. Even an actual twin he spoke too. He talked to us all about Goosebumps
and Red Rain
for nearly 90 minutes and I left feeling enthused and with a renewed love of my favorite childhood author. I was able to get a copy of Stine’s Red Rain
at Book Expo last June, and it is now at the top of my reading list. I’ll let you all know how it is via Twitter and tumblr! So I’ll leave you, dear reader, with one of my favorite aspects of Goosebumps
, their irresistible cover art :o)
This past August I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a convention that I have always dreamed about experiencing firsthand, Star Wars Celebration. I was asked to help film for FanGirl TV
, a new webseries that focuses on fangirls who love all things geeky. The convention was being held in Orlando, Florida, which is also the home to my lovely blog partner Kristin Fowler
, so the decision to accept was a very simple one to make. After a lengthy drive down to Florida, the guys I traveled with (Gary, Brandon & Dave) and I finally arrived and began filming. I was in charge of interviewing the girls we selected to film including Ashley Eckstein
, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
, and the brains behind one of my favorite clothing companies, Her Universe. Kristin and I often gush about Ashley’s designs on our site On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
. I was so overcome with excitement about having the opportunity to interview Ashley, that I completely forgot to be nervous. And once we started chatting, I quickly realized there was never any need to be worried after all because Ashley was nicer than I could’ve ever imagined! She is very genuine and friendly and you can easily tell how much she cares about her fans and the girls wearing her line. Which is one of the reasons Ashley decided to host a photo shoot at Star Wars Celebration featuring the real girls who wear her clothes as the models. The photo shoot was a lot of fun and you can see the pics on the Her Universe Facebook page
As a long time Her Universe fangirl, I was so happy to have been part of the photo shoot. The only challenging part was deciding which piece to wear! I currently own all of the Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who
, and the majority of Star Wars
clothing Her Universe sells, but seeing as how this was a Star Wars
convention, I was able to rule out BSG and DW. You would think that would make choosing simpler, but believe me it was no easy task. (And if you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself by checking out the extensive merchandise selection in Her Universe’
s online shop). In fact, for the duration of our car ride to Florida, pretty much all I talked about was how the Her Universe booth had to be our first stop because I was dying to obtain the limited edition R2D2 charm, and the Mara Jade t-shirt (both of which I purchased, along with the Rebel and Imperial tanks and Ahsoka tunic). After careful deliberation, I decided to wear the Star Wars Calavera Vader scoop tee with a Star Wars
miniskirt and hair bow that I made myself from fabric patterned with 70’s Star Wars
comics. I had such a great time getting ready and Ashley made the photo shoot super fun. You can also watch the video of Ashley taken by my coworkers at FanGirl TV. It’s interspersed with clips of me modeling during the photo shoot!
And just for fun, here are some of my other favorite photos from Star Wars Celebration:
Me & my Star Wars lunch box from William Sonoma
Me & Ashley Eckstein after I interviewed her for FanGirl TV
Me wishing R2D2 & C3PO will save me soon
That time I convinced a Stormtrooper to give me his blaster
Kristin & I riding Tauntaun’s
The Mara Jade shirt by Her Universe that I acquired at Celebration
Q: What do a Doctor Who bar, Looper
, a Zombie Walk, Mean Girls
, and Left 4 Dead
all have in common? A: They were all contributing elements to my fabulous weekend! And what’s even better is that 1) it’s not yet over, and 2) NEW YORK COMIC CON STARTS THIS WEEK! After a stressful day at work on Friday, I was forced to employ my Speed Racette driving techniques to ensure I made my train into Manhattan. Seriously, I need to move there ASAP so I can avoid these types of close calls! First on the agenda was to see the movie Looper
, staring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis. I had been wanting to see it since the movie trailer was released because besides the obvious reason (JGL), time travel is my absolute favorite sci-fi subject to explore in movies, novels, television, and *crosses fingers* hopefully IRL one day. After a brief mishap with the ticket machine (aka Melissa
& I’s first blonde moment of the weekend), we purchased our movie snacks and headed into the theater. It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth and thankfully the concession stand at the theater was able to satisfy my major Sour Patch Kids craving. Overall I really enjoyed Looper
. I’m thinking about writing a full review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
sometime this week if I can find the time between all of my NYCC planning. I was excited to see that Paul Dano had a small part in the film. I’ve loved him since I saw him in Little Miss Sunshine
, and I’ve been following his film career ever since. Immediately following the movie, we were planning on going to the Bottleneck Gallery for their Zombie Art Gallery opening, but since we have all month to view it, we opted instead to head over to The Way Station.
It was my first time going to the famed Brooklyn Doctor Who bar and I had a blast! I will definitely be going back there the first chance I get. Melissa and I decided to do a quick photo shoot in the bathroom with all of the fun paintings on walls. Tom Baker’s scarf lines the wall, Matt Smith’s signature is framed above the toilet, there are Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, K9, and more, all are enclosed in a TARDIS which is definitely bigger on the inside. The bar even has Doctor Who themed drinks (we stuck to River’s Red Setting which is a mix of Absolut Citron, Orange Juice and Grenadine), and they also have a supply of Sonic Screwdrivers. At the bar we met a nice group of guys, one of which was body painted silver (the photo below is super blurry, but you get the idea!), and another that appeared to be cosplaying as David Tenant, although when Melissa inquired, he informed us that those were his normal clothes. But the fun did not stop there! After The Way Station, we headed back to Melissa’s lovely apartment and then proceeded to play Left 4 Dead until 3:35 AM. It was my first time playing Xbox, so Melissa was giving me tutorials and tips on shooter games. We spent hours taking out zombies and I can definitely say that Xbox is at the very top of my wish list. (The limited Star Wars edition Xbox that I mentioned in my last post =^.^=). After we successfully slayed said virtual zombies, we knew we had a long day ahead of us on Saturday but we opted to watch Mean Girls anyway. It was so much fun to watch it with some else who also knows all of the words!
After a night of 2 hours of sleep, I woke up Saturday morning, took a train home, and had just enough time to shower before driving back to the train station. Normally it’s my train rides home from NYC where my comic reading is interrupted by drunken club goers, but as soon as I boarded my 11:54 AM train it was evident that Irish Day was being celebrated by the rest of the Long Islanders. Leave it to me to be the outcast in the Imperial logo tank while everyone else was sporting kelly green and Irish accents. Luckily I survived my commute and was going to have to re-read everything I began anyway due my lack of sleep. So as everyone knows, my first stop in Penn Station was to acquire my obligatory Treinta Unsweetened Green Iced Tea from Starbucks, and some pumpkin bread for good measure. The walk was in Asbury Park in NJ, so I met up with Mel and we hopped our next train to New Brunswick where we were greeted by Cassie
. Our next stop was the Halloween store where we tried on numerous costumes before finally settling on our final choices. I ended up choosing to go as a Zombie version of Jem, the infamous animated front woman of Jem and the Holograms, while Cassie dressed as a Zombie Slytherin, and Melissa as a Zombie Chucky doll. We headed back to Cassie’s where we bloodied ourselves up and then drove down to Asbury to join the herd of walkers and our friend Kim
her fiancé Xander
, and their friend Eric.
We roamed around town a bit, did some quick shopping at the booths set up by the boardwalk, and ran down the beach for a bit! We missed the Zombie Thriller dance due to our tardiness, but hey, transforming into a zombie is no easy task. We saw some very clever costumes while we were walking around, but my favorite was a group of people who were LARPing in the food court as the characters from the video game (Left 4 Dead
) I had just played on Friday night! We basically froze the entire time we were there which reminded me to start perusing ModCloth for new winter coats! I was so cold the entire time we were waiting for our train back to NY that I couldn’t even tweet or text correctly. Which made me even happier to think that in a few short weeks I’ll be in a much warmer climate when I visit Kristin
in Florida. Yesterday I spent the majority of my day curled up in my bed watching The Vampire Diaries,
which is one of my new television obsessions. I had never caught any of the episodes before but I took a twitter poll a few weeks ago and I received overwhelmingly positive responses from all who replied. My verdict has been the same as what everyone forewarned. The first few episodes are kind of silly and Twilight-esque, but by episode 5 they find a great action packed stride. I’m going to start DVR’ing the current season in the hopes that I’ll catch up soon, although that may just be wishful thinking with all of the events I have lined up in October.
I’m planning on trying to start writing some more blog posts throughout the week which won’t only recap the events I’ve been attending, but will also give an inside look into what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to, and just loving in general. I may also put together some fun cosplays to blog about, and some fun personal top 10 lists of my own. Is there anything specific that you guys want to see? Let me know in the comments section, on twitter, or send me a message on my tumblr! But anyway, I must go get ready for the New York BlackMilk meet up! First we’ll be doing a photo shoot in Central Park and then eating dinner with JL & Handsome Cam at a swanky Italian restaurant. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the East Coast sharkies!
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There are very few things that I love more than vintage video games. A vast majority of my childhood consisted of me, my brother, and two of our closest family friends (who lived 5 houses away from us!) sitting on our couch or theirs and competing against each other in video games. We had all of the best systems growing up including regular Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Playstation, Playstation 2, Nintendo 64, Xbox, Game Cube, and of course Gameboy’s. Needless to say, Santa was always good to us! Our household is currently equipped with all of the aforementioned game systems in addition to PS3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and we’re hardcore coveting that limited edition Star Wars Xbox Kinect
(which is at the top of my Amazon wishlist on the side of this very page!) Anyway, my best friend Cassie
and I decided to pay homage to our childhoods, break out the old systems and declare it to be Vintage Video Game Day!
The first game we chose to play while getting back into the video game groove, was one of my all time favorite games, Mario Party for Nintendo 64. We played a 20 turn game on Peach’s Birthday Cake board. I played as Peach and Cassie played as Yoshi. We had set the computer players, Mario and Luigi, to easy but both of us would attest that Mario was anything but. It was so fun going back and playing the old mini games. The first one we played was Crazy Cutter in which Boo or a Goomba is fossilized in the ground, and in order to win the game and set them free you must obtain a score of at least 80 points. Some of my favorite mini games were always Face Lift, where you rearrange Bowser’s face to match the one in the middle, Buried Treasure where you dig through the ground to try to be the first player to find the treasure chest, Tipsy Tourney where you use a turtle shell on an uneven board to reveal a picture, and Bobsled Run where you and a partner try to be the first to complete the course. During the game, Mario ended up stealing my star away from me, but luckily I was able to acquire another one and in the end I beat that plumber! After Mario Party, we decided to switch over to Super Nintendo to play Donkey Kong. We were planning on playing Donkey Kong Country 2 because we both love playing as Diddy and Dixie Kong best, but in typical Super Nintendo fashion, we could not get the game to load. Even after minutes of Cassie blowing on said game.
Then it was back to Nintendo 64 for us as we took on the rest of the Nintendo family on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 64. This time I played as Toad, and Cassie stuck with Yoshi. We were ruthless and struck each other with lightening each time the opportunity presented itself. We also attempted to play in Sherbet Land, and I say attempted because neither of us could fully navigate that board! In fact, we placed in the bottom 2 on that level. We started our morning out with the best New York Bagels which I picked up before hopping a train to go visit Cassie, and we continued eating throughout the day. Cassie purchased some of the most delicious cupcakes from the Sweet Spot Bake Shop which had recently won Cupcake Wars
(although she shopped there all the time before their rise to cupcake fame). When we finished our game playing, we ended the night in the best way possible. We went to Cassie’s friend (also named Cassie)’s apartment and spent the evening watching Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods
. Cabin is one of my favorite movies I’ve seen this entire year! I even did a spoiler free review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you change that ASAP! I normally get scared really easily by horror movies, but Cabin was so inexplicably awesome, that it cannot even be classified solely as a horror flick. You’ll know what I mean when you see it. If you do watch it and want to chat about it, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section (no spoilers) or on my tumblr
(spoilers are a okay!) since I’m a diehard Whedonite! But anyway, it’s time to get back to NYCC planning! Is everyone exited for next week?!
Hey guys! I decided to start keeping a separate more personal blog from On Wednesdays We Wear Pink because I’d like to chronicle more of the fun things I’ve been up to in New York and OWWWP is a more professional site that I share with one of my best friends, Kristin Fowler
. You’ll still be getting tons of geeky and girly news from On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
, and here you’ll get a deeper look into the stories behind all of the Twitter and Instagram statuses that I can’t quite describe in only 140 characters. Kind of like an online diary, although, a girl’s gotta maintain some secrets :o) Let me know in the comments section if there’s anything specific that you guys would like to see from me and I’ll do my best to incorporate it into my new blog! I’ve been wanting to start a fun blog for some time and since I finally have a night at home (even though I should be cleaning my room), I decided what better time than now? I’m going to be backtracking slightly over the next week or so because I really want to share all of my favorite moments from Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, The Walking Dead Zombie Tour, and Baltimore Comic Con with everyone.
I figured I’d start with the most recent events, which happened just yesterday! My friend Marlene
and I attended our very first Zombie Quidditch game on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was unlike anything that either of us had ever been to before, and we couldn’t resist the awesome mixing of genres. There were about 6 Quidditch teams each playing on two pitches. The team that hosted the event were the NY Badassalisks, a Quidditch team associated with NYC’s largest Harry Potter group, The Group Who Shall Not Be Named. The way it works is that there are 3 hoops set up on each side of the field and each team has Beaters, Keepers, Chasers, and a Seeker. Then there’s a person dressed in gold that serves as the Snitch. For a detailed explanation of Muggle Quidditch, I suggest visiting the Wikapedia
page. Co-hosting the event was ZombieNYC, who zombified all of the participants for free! Obviously, we couldn’t pass up the chance to have our makeup done, even though it meant attending the Brooklyn Book Fair as zombies later in the day.
After Quidditch, we decided to grab some food (not brains), before heading into Brooklyn and meeting up with my friends Rachael
at the Brooklyn Book Festival. So many of our favorite publishers and NYC bookstores were in attendance. One booth in particular that we loved was the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
table. Their mission to protect the First Amendment rights in the comics medium. They’re a nonprofit organization and you can donate to their cause on their website. We hung out at the festival for a while and spent a lot of time charging our phones before helping Rachael finish moving into her beautiful new apartment! As a thank you, Rach took us to her favorite bar, and we were treated to the crispiest, most delicious plate of french fries I ever could’ve hoped for.
After such an eventful day, all I wanted to do was run home and curl up on my couch in pj’s to watch the Emmy’s with my family. But of course, I couldn’t leave NYC without stopping at Midtown Comics to pick up Guardians of the Galaxy (w
hich is their pick for Friday’s book club at the downtown store) and Baked by Melissa for a box of 25 mini cupcakes, 10 of which I ate on the train ride home :o) To be honest, I was kind of disappointed in the Emmy’s this year. Most of the awards went to Modern Family
, and John Cryer won for best lead actor in a comedy series. Homeland
, a show I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, won a bunch of awards too. Although I was excited that Aaron Paul won for his performance on Breaking Bad,
and Jessica Lange won for her role on American Horror Story
. Anyway, I should get to work on my other blog posts for tomorrow since I have a very busy week ahead of me!