The Collectible Corner: Recent Wish List

In the past couple of weeks while I was away for my honeymoon, I came across so many new collectibles and toys that I immediately added to my wish list! Some of them are SDCC exclusives (Katana, Vanellope & Green Goblin), another is going to be super hard to acquire because it’s only being released in Japan (Kiki) and others have a long wait until their release (Wonder Girl & Catwoman) but nevertheless, I will continue swooning over photos of them until I can make them mine! You can view the full set on Polyvore and find out where everything below is from.  What’s on your current wish list?

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Outfit of the Day: Studio Ghibli Susuwatari

So, before I talk about how in love I fell with this Soot Sprite dress by Her Universe, I have a little anecdote to tell regarding one of the props in my outfit photos.  About six years ago my brother brought home this tiny little seed for a taro plant from Cornell.  He planted it in a little pot and my mom took care of it while he was away at school and my brother promised to take it to his future dwelling once he graduated college and moved.  Well, it’s been six years now and this tiny little seed grew into a giant monstrosity which overtakes our dining room and my brother has shown no sign of removing it anytime soon.  If you sit on the right side of the table you will either 1) not be able to get to your seat without going completely around the other side and / or 2) you will constantly be hit in the face with Taro leaves.  My mom is constantly cutting stalks off when they grow too unruly and as soon as I saw one my immediate thought was AH TOTORO LEAF! It fits perfectly with this outfit and I now have a slight appreciation for the plant (but of course, I won’t tell my brother that).

And now for the fashion part.  This Soot Sprite dress is exclusive to Hot Topic and as I mentioned before, it was love at first sight.  It’s such a subtle and attractive print and I love how it incorporates such bright neon colors as accents yet manages to remain neutral since the dominant colors are shades of grey, black and white.   Susuwatari is Japanese for wandering soot which translated to soot sprite in the Studio Ghibli films Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.  Just putting this outfit on has put me in the mood for a Ghibli marathon!  Which is your favorite film?

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Dress: Her Universe @ Hot Topic | Shoes: Melissa (no longer available) | Totoro Phone Case: eBay

Earrings: Gift | Belt: Forever 21 (similar) | Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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Art Gallery: Howl’s Moving Castle

Next up in my art gallery series is Howl’s Moving Castle.  I love the book by Diana Wynne Jones, but it’s Hayao Miyazaki that really brought it to life for me<3 My favorite character is Calcifer and I just adore Sophie and Howl’s relationship.  The whole setting is really magical and how could anything aboard a flying castle be anything less?  It has all of the elements of the perfect story including a curse that Sophie is trying desperately to break, a missing Prince, and a magician who needs help finding his heart.  Howl’s Moving Castle is actually one of the most financially successful Japanese films in history and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  It’s my favorite Studio Ghibli film of all with Kikis Delivery Service being a close second.

 

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Instagram Obsessed: Honey & Butter

About a year ago when I was visiting Kristin in Orlando and we were waiting on line at Disney to see Belle, we started checking our instagram accounts.  It was then that I realized that unlike most people, I do not follow one single famous person.  But I do follow a heck of a lot of bakeries.  One of my favorite accounts to follow is Honey & Butter.  It’s a macaron bakery and they’re always creating adorable geeky macarons such as Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Baymax, Tsum Tsum’s and more.  You can follow them on instagram here.  Here are some of my favorite creations of theirs!

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NYCC 2014: Kiki’s Delivery Service

My second favorite Studio Ghibli film ever (next to Howl’s Moving Castle) is Kiki’s Delivery Service, so I was so incredibly happy when Andrew agreed to dress up as Kiki and Tombo during New York Comic Con this year!  We cosplayed three out of the four days, but Kiki and Tombo were my favorite.  Andrew kept referring to me as Miss Witch throughout the day and we were stopped for so many photos.  I was shocked at how many people thought Andrew was Waldo but it was endearing when other con goers knew that we were from a Ghibli film.

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Comics, Desserts, Hobbits & Cartoons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Magical Girl Inspired Spring Wish List

Spring is in the air and the cherry blossoms are in bloom all over NYC.  I’ve been enjoying every moment I can spend outside lately but on the rare occasions that I’m stuck inside or commuting on trains, I’ve been on a major anime and manga kick.  I think it has something to do with the warm weather.  Some of the titles I’ve been devouring lately include Nana by Ai Yazawa, Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, Ouran High School Host Club, Madoka Magika, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Anyway, as I’ve been browsing the internet and searching for furniture, room decor, and everything I’ll need for my new apartment (!), I realized that my spring wish list has a definite magical girl feel to it.   These are some of the cute things I’ve found that I think I need in my life.

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I’m Really a Mermaid Necklace $34.82 (Etsy)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service Round Cushion $55 (J-List)

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Rilakkuma and Corilakkuma Contact Case $7.50 (J-List)

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Kosaido Natural Lip Treatment  – Sakura Scent $8.00 (J-List)

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Choo Choo Cat Passport Case (B) $12.00 (Japan LA)

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Mer-Peach by Messy Pink $150.00 (Japan LA)

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Pink Unicorn Kigurumi $59.99 (Japan LA)

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Tokidoki Stellina Unicorno Vinyl $16.00 (Japan LA)

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The Studio Ghibli Collection: 17 Ghibli Films $1,195.00 (includes: Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales from Earthsea, Ponyo, Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill) (J-List)

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Sylveon Plush $12 (Amazon)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Illustrated Screenplay by Wes Anderson $13.85 (Amazon)

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PuppyCat Talking Plush $23.00 (We Love Fine)

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Pink Lotus Flower Candle $6.69 (Karma Kiss)

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Pink by Kyoko Okazaki $13 (Amazon)

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Concept Art: Miyazaki’s Pippi Longstocking Movie Would Have Been Perfect

When I was kid, one of my favorite books was Pippi Longstocking and I was also obsessed with the accompanying live action film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.  I was always drawn to Pippi because I admired her free spirit and her big heart.  I would make my family watch the movie constantly and no matter how many times we saw it, I never found any less amusing than the first time.  I often wore my hair in pigtail braids as a child too, as an homage to Pippi.  When I recently found out that Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had wanted to make an animated version of the film back in 1971, but the books author, Astrid Lindgren said no, I was heartbroken.  Fortunately some of the concept art was released by Studio Ghibli for our viewing pleasure.  Upon seeing all of Miyazaki’s magical designs I became even sadder about never seeing the film that could have been.  It would have been aptly titled, Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World.

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Etsy Shop I’m Obsessed With This Week: Word To Your Unicorn

My fellow geek girl blogger and good friend Leslie Stewart, also happens to operate one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Word to Your Unicorn.  Leslie sells post cards, greeting cards, and stickers which were inspired by her geeky and kawaii interests.  She keeps adding more and more to her shop and I always find myself favoriting every new item.  I’m especially obsessed with her recent Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon designs.  I’m also loving the minimalist Avengers postcards which resemble Pantone color cards, and I dare you to look at the Dalek’s Need Love Too postcards without immediately wishing you could hug one of Doctor Who’s adversaries.  It’s fitting that Leslie would be impressing us with her designs in the form of postcards and greeting cards, because she’s also one of the co-creators of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club.  If you haven’t already joined, I highly suggest you do!  It’s a great way to make a new geeky friend, preserve the lost art of letter writing, and of course, get excited for geeky surprised in your daily snail mail delivery!  Leslie is uber talented and when she’s not busy designing new stationary, she’s blogging all of her clever thoughts on her new site Leslie IRL.  I have a bunch of Leslie’s stationary but I love it too much to send to anyone =^.^=

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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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