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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2012 in Retrospect: The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful

Every year around December 31st when the weather gets colder and the year is coming to an end, I tend to spend some of my time inside reflecting on what I learned during the year, things I’ve accomplished, and things I want to spend more time improving upon in the coming year.  I’m so pleased to say that 2012 is shaping up to be an incredible year for me.  There is no doubt that it has also been one of the most chaotic and dramatic years of my life to date, but overall the great things that have occurred highly outshone the bad.  I have so much to be thankful for that I wanted to write it all out and document the things that have contributed to my happiness.

Family – Last year was a very difficult year for my family because we had found out early on that my mother had been diagnosed with stage 4 appendix cancer.  As a result, 2010-2011 were two of the most frightening years of my life.  Once we found out, I basically pressed the pause button on my own life because nothing was more important to me than spending time with my mom.  It was heartbreaking that my mother, one of the nicest, most innocent people in the world, could be faced with something so painful.  My dad worked his butt off to get the best doctors and surgeons on my mom’s case at Sloan-Kettering.  He accompanied her to every single doctor’s appointment she had and we all did our best to maintain a positive outlook, even when we were being told otherwise.  My mom had to go through chemotherapy which would make her feel sick and everyday after work I would race home and my mom and I would drink ginger tea and watch Bones together.    She then had to undergo two major surgeries, which left me more stressed than I’ve ever been in my entire life.  Thanks to all of the doctors hard work and persistence, and my mother’s unwavering positivity and strong will to overcome her diagnoses, I am pleased to report that she has now been cancer-free for one full year!  So this holiday we  celebrated her victory!  My family has always been extremely close knit and I love them more than anything.  My brother (who also happens to be a genius) is one of my best friends, and my dad has been my role model for my whole life.  He perfectly embodies every virtue that it takes to be a good person.  He’s hardworking, has an unmatched level of patience, and he goes above and beyond all of his responsibilities, fulfilling every obligation with a smile on his face.  I can’t even imagine where I would be without all three of them!  We also had a minor setback right after Thanksgiving when my father’s company which he worked at for 33 years was purchased by another company and he was laid off.  We were most concerned about losing our health care benefits specifically for my mother’s sake since she needs regular checkups but I’m not at all surprised to announce that my dad has found a new job which he is starting at the day after New Years.

Friends – There is no denying that 2012 was a pivotal year for me in the friend department.  As I stated in the family section of this blog post, after my mother was diagnosed I had hit the pause button on my life.  When 2012 rolled around, and my mother was newly declared as cancer free, I was able to press resume.  In my time at home I  had made some new friends online through twitter and tumblr and such and I had a great time meeting and becoming close with many of them in real life.  But I refer to the year as pivotal because as things go, I suppose I have always been a tad naive when it comes to dealing with people.  It’s hard for me to envision or believe anyone to be capable of such terrible things perhaps because I (luckily) could never put myself into whatever mindset is required to commit some of the acts I’ve witnessed this year.  For a long time I have always considered myself to be a problem solver and when I see that someone is in need of a friend or advice I do whatever I can to be there for them.  This year I learned that some people are simply beyond help and no matter how I may feel, it is not fair to myself to shoulder the responsibility of trying to make them happy.  Maybe that’s slightly depressing, but maybe it’s also just reality.  But overall and despite everything, I am so honored and happy to say that I have met some of my closest friends this year.  That is why as cheesy as it may sound, I am still a firm believer in the theory that everything happens for a reason.  When times get tough you find out who your true friends are and I cannot even describe the insanity I may have faced if it weren’t for Melissa, Giovanni, and Cassie.  Others have been there for me as well, but the three of them have really gone above and beyond and I love them to pieces!  I also met my co-super villain, the lovely Jen who means the world (that we’re planning on conquering) to me!  As someone that’s always had a close knit group of girl friends, I’m also really pleased to say that immediately fit in with Betty, Sarah, and Lauren.  They’re such a warm, welcoming and fun people and I’m really looking forward to seeing lots more of them in 2013.  Especially since we realized that we are the Birds of Prey and this community needs us!  And of course there’s Taylor, Tom, and Juan, who have provided endless hours of entertainment with their clever puns and good hearted conversations.  Oh! And I could never forget to mention one of my fondest first encounters this year.  I had planned on meeting my friend Rachael and former co-blogger/new friend Kim who I hadn’t previously met in person for happy hour.  Upon arrival, Kim told me that I reminded her of one of my favorite fictional fairies, Tinkerbell!! I realize this paragraph is getting to be quite lengthy, so I promise I won’t go on much longer.  But I also have to mention Alan, who is a warm hearted and knowledgable close friend, Chris, who is an unbelievably talented fellow with a great sense of humor, Marlene, a genuine and kind comic lover who attended an awesome zombie Quidditch match with me, Dan, a cheerful and awesome friend who shares my love of Doctor Who and pens one of my favorite comics, and my longtime best friend and twin, Kristin, who you shall hear more about in the next section!

Work – Kristin and I created On Wednesdays We Wear Pink in August of 2011 and we’ve been the perfect pair of co-writers ever since.  We have complimentary strengths and in all of our time together we haven’t yet had a disagreement.  I am so thankful to have been blessed with such a fantastic partner. We started our site as a blog where we would each take turns writing a post every other day.  Since then, we’ve redesigned, upgraded, and evolved into a site that we’re both incredibly proud of.  Our baby has blossomed!  In working on our site, we’ve been able to attend a ton of conventions, movie screenings, press exhibits, and even speak weekly on her husband’s hilarious radio show.  It also opened doors for us to other opportunities, some of which we can’t discuss just yet :o)  This year, I have been lucky enough to attend Toy Fair, where I helped Gary film a segment for G4, which is crazy to think about since neither of us had known it would be their final year, Book Expo America, Star Wars Celebration where I modeled for Her Universe, DragonCon, Baltimore Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and Spooky Empire.  And as I also briefly mentioned in the previous paragraph, Jen and I began filming a weekly comic book club called the Super Villains Comic Book Club (@SuperVillainCBC), in which we drink wine and discuss a trade or two each Thursday night.  We had Kyle Higgins as a guest on one of our shows, and we have a lot more  surprise guests planned to appear in 2013!  We’re both so excited to be doing this as it’s a project that we’re both deeply passionate about.  Another amazing opportunity I had was to fill in for Jill, and cohost the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast with Alan where we talked about Marvel NOW, Superman and Doctor Who.  I feel like I’m forgetting so many other things, but I promise to keep better track for next year.  It’s especially much easier now that I’ve launched SuperSpaceChick.com.

I’m going to break up this post and publish my resolutions on New Years Day, so I’ll end here.  I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy new year and I wish you all the very best!  Thank you so much for reading my site, following my other work and for your support, comments, and stimulating conversations on twitter/tumblr and of course in real life<3
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