This is Not a Costume Party: Sugar Skulls Edition

Remember at the end of my last post when I said I had to run because I was picking up Melissa from the train station?  Well, she visited with me this weekend and as usual, the antics we got ourselves into could easily be used as the premise for a sitcom.  On Saturday night, we spent hours applying sugar skull makeup to our faces because we were attending a belated costume party to celebrate my friend Amanda’s birthday and Halloween.  We were supposed to arrive around 9pm, but as our makeup was taking longer than usual I texted Amanda to let her know.  She replied “LOL,” with no other explanation.  At 11pm when we finally entered the party there were a bunch of folks standing around outside dressed in everyday civilian clothing.  Mel and I glanced at each other but assured ourselves that once we walked inside the room would be decked out to the nines in elaborate costumes.  So as we entered the door, and surveyed the crowd, we burst out into a hysterical laughing fit because it was apparent that we were the only ones in costume.  The bouncer even told us to just go because he wouldn’t be able to tell if it was actually us anyway.  Amanda apologized and said she had no idea what I meant when I said our makeup was taking a long time.  She also forgot to text anyone to tell them not to wear costumes, but everyone else (besides Me & Melissa) had decided of their own accord and laziness to come without getting dressed up.  Luckily for us, we both love dressing up and since we both don’t care what other people think, we had a great time.  No one had any idea what we were, but that’s a whole other story.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with Long Island, may not know that most of the people here are not the most, er, accepting of people.  I dislike making generalizations about large groups of people because there are always exceptions but for the majority of my life I knew that I  was meant for Manhattan and not this island.  Anyway, we were receiving weird looks all night from strangers, and accidentally scaring people whenever we turned around.  But obviously, this was not an issue for us, because look how totally AWESOME our makeup turned out!

Because of Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath causing a lack of transportation in NYC, I missed my Wreck-It Ralph screening which I had been looking forward to for over a month.  I had been determined to see Wreck-It Ralph and the “Paperman” animated short early but since I was unable to, I had my heart set on catching it on opening weekend.  There is still a gas shortage and commuting hasn’t returned to normal just yet, but luckily the movie theater is very local so Melissa and I headed out to see them on Sunday afternoon.  I fell both madly and deeply in love with the “Paperman” short.  I even cried during it!  For me, there’s just something about Manhattan that enhances love stories.  Maybe it’s because I’ve lived near or in New York City for my whole life and I know that I belong here, so to see such a touching film set in my very own world leaves me feeling hopeful and inspired.  “Paperman” definitely deserves an Oscar and I’m very certain that it has a good shot after the Academy impressed me with their choice last year.  If you haven’t seen it yet, or would simply like to relive the magic of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” you can click the link and be transported away :o)  I was so enthralled with “Paperman,” that upon arriving home I immediately tumbl’d a whole bunch of “Paperman” posts, and I even created my own paper airplane which I kissed after applying a coat of cherry red lipstick.  I was also extremely pleased with Wreck-It Ralph.  The movie was adorable and I loved all of the references to my favorite childhood video games.  I was charmed by each of the characters and I was definitely rooting for Ralph throughout the entirety of the film.  I might’ve cried during the actual movie too.  (Don’t judge me, I’m a sucker for Disney!)   It became apparent that if I ever were to move, the only other place I might enjoy living is Sugar Rush.  Disney did a wonderful job with both the animated short and the full length feature film.  Further proof that my favorite franchise (Star Wars, obviously), has fallen into good hands <3

I know I ended my last blog post gushing about my excitement for the upcoming holiday season, so I won’t bore you again :o)  But I will say that I am planning on making the absolute most of my season and enjoying each and every moment of it!  As you can see from the below photo I’ve already been unable to resist devouring some more of Starbucks’ Gingerbread lattes.  I also picked up a pair of Stormtrooper earmuffs from the Star Wars gift shop in Disney (after riding Star Tours five times) so I’d be prepared for my upcoming Manhattan adventures.  I’m most looking forward to wandering around the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park in the coming weeks.  What are you looking forward to this season?
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How I Spent Hurricane Sandy

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.

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