5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Happy biggest shopping day of the year!  Ever since I started college I’ve been learning about how Black Friday was named as such since it was the one day of the year that predicts if the store will make their sales goals.  Retailers put a wide assortment of merchandise on sale in the hopes that it will attract potential customers and their profit statement will be in the “black” instead of the “red.”  With that being said, buying trends have changed VASTLY since online shopping became a thing and many businesses aren’t depending on this one day anymore.  In fact, with some exceptions, customers can usually find better sales closer to the holiday season than they can on Black Friday.  It’s become more psychological that customers expect Black Friday to be the best deal so that’s usually when they’ll take the plunge on big ticket items.  In all my years I have never lined up over night and waited in the cold to buy something but these are the things I *might* do it for if there were a good enough deal!

1Canon Rebel DSLR Camera – Ever since I’ve begun blogging, I’ve gotten more and more into photography.  I just love it!  My entire mindset has changed to the point where every time I go to take a new photo I first think about what I can do to make it the best possible photo it can be (ie., move the object/person to a location with better lighting, consider the background, etc.).  I’ve been working with my iPhone for quite some time now and the quality of my photos has improved SO much over the years but I love to keep improving.  I look at the photos from some of my first blog posts and just CRINGE.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition Blu-Ray – I am burning and pining for this limited edition Batman 66 television series blu-ray.  I skipped out on preordering a copy because 1) it’s so darn expensive and 2) I’ve been crossing my fingers for a Black Friday miracle.  The series is goofy and all of the characters are so perfect.  I feel like I really need this blu-ray set in my life.

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Pink KitchenAid Mixer – This pink KitchenAid mixer has been on my wish list for YEARS.  I have always been kind of OBSESSED with the idea of owning and using this beautiful beautiful baking device in a kitchen of my own.  When I lived with my parents I didn’t have enough space to own one, but now that I’m on my own and have even less space, I feel like I would be able to clear a corner to make this dream come true.  Obviously I need a pink one and I don’t think that needs to be explained!

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Dyson Pink Vacuum – I’m still not completely sure how I feel about knowing that I’ve been lusting after a vacuum but alas, I visit it every time I go to Target because holy heck it is a beautiful cleaning device.  I can just picture myself using it to clean my apartment with a bandana in my hair like those retro-y images.  Also, it’s PINK!

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Hot Toys Loki (The Avengers) – This is one collectible that keeps getting pricier and pricier so even wishing for a Black Friday sale on this discontinued piece of perfection is very outlandish.  He just looks so lifelike!  And what girl wouldn’t want a little Tom Hiddleston causing a little mischief in their bedroom?  His likeness is so good that it scares my friend Dan and he tried to dissuade me from wanting Loki by saying that he would probably Toy Story around my room when I’m not home.  OBVIOUSLY this made me want him even more!

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PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS

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November 28th: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For
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December 5th – My Favorite Holiday Songs To Spread Cheer
December 12th – Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me
December 19th – My Must See List of Christmas Movies
December 26th – New Years Blogging Resolutions
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January 2nd – New Years Fandom Resolutions
January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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Winter Catch Up Post

I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present.  I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers.  Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby.  I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie.  I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:

CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!

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I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows.  I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!

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My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified.  I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room.  I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc.  In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions.  Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.

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One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater.  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes.  The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast.  Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever.  After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast.  I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist.  Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.

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2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season.  I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading.  Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and  told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people),  and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end.  I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released.  I feel a re-read coming on.

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I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful.  I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother.  We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased.  I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.

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I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer.  Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.  They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them.  Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter.  I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah.  I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s.  They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.IMG_0117 IMG_0230 IMG_0425 IMG_0894 IMG_0900 IMG_1277 IMG_1366 IMG_1481 IMG_1598 IMG_2158IMG_2126 IMG_2173IMG_1870

Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months.  The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy.  I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models.  Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new.  Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites.  Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls.  My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week!  I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months.  Seriously though, I just love these compacts.  And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World.  Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.

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I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali.  It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes.  I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets.  Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd.  I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run.  I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces!  Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<)  They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time.  The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role.  One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried.  I married for money, he died, I got a house.”

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For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa.  As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera.  You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness!  We must’ve been used as references.

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A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT.  Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours.  We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome.  I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna.  I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls.  Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit.  I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

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Next is a collection of friend photos.  I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card).  I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating.  We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat.  The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform.  I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick.  And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.

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Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine.  I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time!  I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon.  I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.

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Best Comics Of 2013 Part One Of Two

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times, I love lists.  Which is why I also love when the year is ending because it’s the perfect time to reflect on the things you enjoyed in the past 365 days, and compile them into one comprehensive guide (or in this case, one comprehensive guide in two parts).  There were so many amazing comics published this year that it was too much of a challenge for me to narrow the list down to ten.  I decided to divide my favorites into two parts with 12 on each list.  Even with a total of 24, I feel as though I’m still neglecting several series that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year.  The list is overwhelmingly Image and Marvel titles and as much as I adore each of the series I’ve chosen to highlight, I am hoping for more diversity next year.

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Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

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Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar & Franco

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Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

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Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan

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The Wake by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy

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Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja

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Revival by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

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Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt

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Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan & Jamie McKelvie

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Trillium by Jeff Lemire

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

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Why My New Goal Is To Own This Gotham City Bracelet By nOir

The jewelry company nOir recently released some new items in their DC Comics line, and among them is this Gotham City bracelet which has quickly made its way to the very top of my Christmas list.  Not only does Gotham house some of my favorite superheroes and villains, but it also reminds me of my favorite part of my own hometown, the breathtaking architecture of New York City.  The entire time I was in LA filming for Fangasm, I was feeling majorly homesick and I couldn’t wait to get back and wander the streets, so I could once again admire NYC’s skyscrapers.  Almost every producer had told me that they’d never met a New Yorker who loves New York as much as I do.  Even my own dad makes fun of me when we walk around Manhattan because I’m constantly stopping to take photos of my favorite buildings.  And I know a ton of random trivia about said buildings.  I am determined to own this beautiful piece of jewelry one day, not only to celebrate my love of Gotham, but also to have a piece of home close to me at all times.  Plus, I’ve also started reading Gotham Central recently and I’m completely addicted to the series.  This Gotham City bracelet will ship on December 19th, and it’s available on the nOir jewelry website for $310.

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My Top 4 Most Anticipated NINTENDO 3DS Games

Ever since the moment I began playing with my gorgeous new baby pink Nintendo 3DS XL, I’ve become completely addicted. So addicted in fact, that hours pass while I’m acquiring new Pokemon and I don’t even notice until I’ve invested way more time than a responsible adult should be playing for. For example, I started playing Pokemon on Saturday and I assumed I’d try it for about 30 minutes since I had other things I also needed to do that day. Next thing I knew I was saving my game, only to realize that I had been playing for SEVEN hours straight. Instead of acknowledging that my newfound addiction is probably unhealthy, I’m embracing it and I’ve already began making an Amazon wish list of the games I plan on devouring once I collect all my gym badges in Pokemon X! I listed out my top picks for upcoming games. What are you excited to play? Oh! And my friend code is 0061-0874-8412, so feel free to add me and we can battle each other or whatever!

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Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I Don’t Know! Collector’s Edition

Release Date: November 19, 2013

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Release Date: November 22, 2013

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LEGO: Marvel

Release Date: October 22, 2013

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

Release Date: October 25, 2013

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NYCC ’13: Top 7 Exclusives I Need!

This year at NYCC, there seems to be more exclusives than ever!  There are so many great items being offered by vendors that I know I’m going to have a difficult time narrowing down my purchases.  Here’s what I’ve already decided I must have.

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Rocket Raccoon Plush by Marvel $34.99 & comes with a Skottie Young lithograph

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Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy $24.99 (She’ll match my Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC!)

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop Vinyl Metallic Figure

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Stan Lee Funko Pop Vinyl Figure

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Batman & Batmobile Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

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Her Universe 12 Doctors T-shirt

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Personalized S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge

What are you most looking forward to buying at New York Comic Con?

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Batman ’66 By Jeff Parker & Jonathan Case Review

A few nights ago I read the first two issues of Batman ’66 and for lack of a better phrase, I’m completely obsessed.  In just 50 pages (30 pages in issue #1, and 20 pages in issue #2), we’ve already been introduced to Batman, Robin, Riddler (the Frank Gorshin version), Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, and Circe.  And we’ve already gotten some classic Boy Wonder exclamations such as “Holy Evil Alliance,” “Holy Tightrope,” and “”Should I enter it into the Bat-Computer?”  The first two issues each contain one main story, and a backup story.  Jeff Parker, who writes the series, told the NY Post that he listens to the characters speaking while he creates their dialogue, which you can easily tell while you’re reading.  Parker has a much bigger opportunity to tell grander stories since there’s no budget for effects in a comic book, and it comes through in his writing that Parker is basically telling dream Batman ’66 stories which wouldn’t have been able to be told on the television series due to monetary restrictions.  We haven’t seen a full blown Batusi yet, but hopefully Parker was foreshadowing in the first issue when a bar patron asks “Batman, I was hoping to run into you! Can you show us how to do that dance we heard about?”  Sadly Bats doesn’t have the time because he and the Boy Wonder are investigating a serious crime.

Jonathan Case, who illustrates and colors the series, created artwork which perfectly captures the overall tone.  He uses bright neon colors which pop against contrasting backgrounds, and in the first issue with the Riddler, he outlines all of the landscapes with blue lines which creates a kind of 3D effect in a much more attractive version of Gotham.  Case perfectly captures the likeness of the Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar’s ’66 characters, using smooth rounded lines, and hairstyles consistent with the decade to depict the cast of the comic.  And I just have to say this – Case’s Catwoman is purrfect.  I’m also loving the use of the exaggerated sound effects within the comics’ panels.  And the covers are drawn and colored by Mike and Laura Allred, who just so happen to be two of my favorite artists.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have flipped through these issues.

According to Comics Alliance, a very classy Mad Men-like version of Harley Quinn will be appearing in issue #7.  If you’re reading the comic digitally, you’ve already seen Harley’s introduction, but since I’m reading in print, I’m only up to issue #2.  Batman ’66 is part of the DC2 initiative to convert readers to digital comics.  I’ve been reading the physical printed copies, which are released on a very delayed time schedule compared to their digital counterparts, but since I loved the first two issues so much, I think I’m going to finally cave in and start buying the series from ComiXology… as well as the print issues… and the trade.  *Makes fist* damn you DC Comics for monopolizing my bank account!

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Customizing Vinyl Toys & My New Robocop Army

This past weekend was arguably one of the best weekends ever.  My best friend, Melissa, came over Friday afternoon, and we ended up having so much fun that she didn’t leave until Sunday evening!  Anytime Mel comes to visit me, we always end up shopping at Barnes and Noble, Hot Topic, the comic book store, and several other locations, but this time, we were shopping with a purpose.  We decided it would be fun to customize some vinyl toys so in addition to all of the books, clothes, and collectibles we usually purchase, we were also in the market for art supplies.

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We spent about 13 hours painting toys while we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & IITerminator 2, and Robocop.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies led to us ordering a pizza (obviously).  There is probably no food in the world that’s better than a New York pizza with extra cheese.

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But back to toys!  Melissa and I basically made our toy dreams into a reality this weekend.  We’re both really into pastel colors, and if it were up to us, there would be a lot more pink in the world.  So we took that dream and applied it (almost literally!) to our new collectibles.  I’m so thrilled to be the proud owner of a rainbow Robocop army, a pink Batman with a gold sparkly belt, Tinker Bell’s twin sister who prefers pink, a glittery Silver Surfer, and the sparkliest Spider-Man bank you will ever lay eyes on.

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My absolute favorite toys that Melissa customized are her lime green Terminator figure, and her pink Hulk.  If I saw either of them on a shelf at a store or convention, I would totally purchase them immediately!

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Here’s a photo of what all of our toys looked like before…

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…. and after!

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The Elements of a Perfect Saturday

It’s very rare that anyone wakes up in the morning and finds that everything is going their way, which is why I often try to do certain things to ensure that my day will be an enjoyable one.  Admittedly, I had a very rough week which is why I decided that I would try to rid myself of stress and fill my Saturday with activities that were sure to make me happy.  I started my day by waking up, showering, grabbing a treinta unsweetened green iced tea from Starbucks, and hopping on the next train to Manhattan about an hour and a half earlier than I had to.  I opted for iced tea despite the 19 degree weather my iPhone app warned me about because it’s my signature drink  and it’s one of the small things in life that I find truly delightful.  Adorned with my favorite pink scarf, I set out on my train ride and instead of reading as I usually do, I decided to listen to Tegan and Sara’s new album (and my current musical obsession) “Heartthrob.”  In fact, I tried to listen to it as I began writing this blog post, but alas, I spent more time singing than writing so I was forced to turn it off.  One of the reasons I am so drawn to this album, even more so than their previous ones, is because of the overall tone.  It’s very upbeat and each time I hear it all I want to do is sing at the top of my lungs and dance around.  Upon my first listen I fell deeply in love with it.  You can easily hear the inspiration they drew from the songs and sounds of the 80’s.  I really hope they tour in New York this year!  The reason I chose to arrive so much earlier than necessary is because one of my favorite things has always been to walk around New York City and clear my mind while enjoying a view of buildings.  Especially in the morning. Many folks believe that New York at night is the most beautiful sight, with all of it’s bright lights illuminating the skyline, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, on clear sunny days in the early morning, before the streets are overrun with people and you can clearly see all of the detailed architecture, New York is at it’s best.  One of my favorite authors Goethe, once described architecture as frozen music, and I have yet to find a better way to explain my love of each and every New York building I pass on morning walks.

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Along my walk I stopped at a few stores, mostly out of necessity, to warm up my hands because unfortunately I have a mental block against brining gloves with me when I leave my house.  I was meeting my friend Jamila for brunch on the Lower East Side where we were planning on discussing our blogs, sharing secrets, and strategizing for the futures of our sites.  We had such a wonderful brunch at an adorable little restaurant called El Camion.  I have to mention Jamilia’s fabulous outfit because it just the cutest!  She was wearing an Empire Strikes Back sweater, and Legend of Zelda red rupee earrings.  I think part of the reason we became fast friends is because we are both very passionate about incorporating geeky fashion elements into our wardrobes.  We bonded over our mutual love of Studio Ghibli, Scott Snyder’s Batman, our compulsive Etsy shopping habits, and of course Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga.  After brunch, we visited Toy Tokyo, where we were both barely able to resist all the fun toys they have to offer.  One day, I am determined to purchase the Harley Quinn NYCC exclusive Pullip doll, but for now, I’m saving every last penny so I can move sometime before my birthday in July!  But in the meantime, she’s fun to visit.  We continued our after brunch shopping by hitting up St. Mark’s Comics, GameStop (I helped confirm Jamila’s need to buy Ni No Kuni for PS3 and I myself picked up the Adventure Time game for Nintendo DS that I had been lusting after), Barnes & Noble, and Sephora to see their new Oz the Great and Powerful eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay. Overall, we had an amazing time eating, shopping, and geeking out together.  I can’t wait to see her again!

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As soon as we parted ways, one of my best friends Giovanni, texted me because he was in the city to see all of the Oscar nominated shorts which were playing at the IFC Center.  I walked over from Union Square and met him just before the show was beginning because I too was anxious to see all of the nominees short films before the Oscars premiere.  I had only previously seen two of the shorts (“Paperman” and “Fresh Guacamole”) which remained being my two favorites after viewing them all.  I was so excited when the show started and we realized that it was hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.  They are the two directors who created one of my favorite animated shorts ever (“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“), and last years Oscar winners in the same category.  They showed a bit of animation from their short, and discussed the importance of having an idea, following through with that idea no matter how long it might take, and their personal emotions and reactions upon winning Oscars.  The Oscar nominated shorts we saw were “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” “Adam and the Dog,” “Head Over Heels,” “Fresh Guacamole,” and “Paperman.”  The only short I didn’t care for was “Head Over Heels.”  Because the total time for all the films is rather short, they also screened some of the other notable films that were considered for being nominated.  I particularly loved the short entitled “Dripped,” which was an homage to Jackson Pollack through an animated art thief at large in New York City.  There was also a really beautiful sci-fi short called “Abiogenesis,” and a short featuring the voices of James Corden and Helena Bonham Carter based on a children’s book, called “The Gruffalo.”  Even after seeing all of the nominees, I’m still rooting for Paperman.  I was so inspired by the short after seeing it that I even made my own paper airplane marked with a red lipstick kiss.

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After our movie, it was back to Brooklyn where we watched a few other animated shorts by Pes (the creators of “Fresh Guacamole”) before meeting my best friend Melissa, her friend Mandy who was visiting for LA, and two more of their friends for some scrumptious dumplings.  Ever since I became a vegetarian, I have felt that there was a dim sum void in my life, but it was properly filled last night.  I indulged in vegetable shu mai, (which I didn’t even know existed!), vegetable dumplings, and scallion pancakes.  It was a delicious meal and I am definitely planning on frequenting M Shanghai’s for more Asian cuisine in the very near future.  On my way home, I ran into minor delays due to a track fire near 34th street, but even that could not put a damper on my day.  I picked up some more Starbucks, progress a little further in the current book I’m reading, and texted with my friend Chris, the talented guy behind my beautiful new blog design, while waiting for the next train.  I arrived home to find that my town was covered in a layer of snow, and my dad had been kind enough to go to the train station and clean off my car so I didn’t have to spend anymore time in the cold.  He’s seriously the best dad ever.  When we got back to the house my mom, dad, brother and I decided to have a quick glass of wine and sit in our living room recounting our days to one another.  It was the perfect ending to my pleasant and relaxing day!  Although I am uber sore today from the countless miles of city blocks I covered yesterday, I wouldn’t change a single thing about my day.  I hope everyone else is making sure to take time to do things that make them happy.  Sometimes I forget that I need to, but it’s days like yesterday that serve as a reminder to me that despite our busy schedules, it is really important to set aside time to do the things you find enjoyable.  Life is too short not to spend being happy!

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