Friday, October 9, 2015

Five Fandom Apocalypse

I stole this from my friend (and fellow Five-ish Fangirl co-host) Brittany

how to survive the zombie apocalypse

The prompt is: Five people from your fandoms that you'd want on your team during the apocalypse  (zombie or otherwise)

1: The brains/builder: The Doctor (any incarnation), Doctor Who
The Doctor

2: The badass: Emma Swan, Once Upon A Time
Emma Swan Once Upon A Time

3: The medic:Peter Petrelli, Heroes
Peter Petrelli Heroes

4: The provider: Phil Coulson, Agents of SHIELD
Phil Coulson in Lola

5: The cannon fodder/comic relief: Pinkie Pie, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Pinkie Pie My Little Pony

Thursday, October 8, 2015

40 before 40 update #2!

We're 4 months away from my 32nd birthday, let's look at how I'm doing on my 40 before 40 list.

 1)      Become debt free
2)      Travel to England and France: Working on the plans
 3)      Participate in my first official RunDisney event DONE
 4)      Become a homeowner
 5)      Adopt at least one cat
 6)      Get more tattoos
 7)    Learn to drive a stick shift
 8)      Sail to Alaska: Planned for summer of 2018
 9)      Visit Disneyland and California Adventure: Booked for this December!

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

 10)   See a show on Broadway
 11)   Run the Walt Disney World half marathon
12)   Become DVC owners
 13)   Go kayaking/tubing DONE x3
 14)   Get SCUBA certified
 15)   Learn a foreign language
 16)   Take tap dancing lessons
 17)   Get professional massage DONE
 18)   Visit a (non-Disney) castle
 19)   Go horseback riding
 20)   Learn to play chess
 21)   Attend a TED/TED X Talk: There's one at IU next month I'm hoping to attend

TEDx Indiana University

 22)   See a Cirque de Soleil show
 23)   Ride a segway
 24)   Attend a music festival
25)   Run a (non-Disney) half marathon
 26)   Sail the Panama Canal
 27)   Go skiing
 28)   Renew my wedding vows
 29)   Launch a podcast DONE
 30)   Take a road trip around Michigan
 31)   Attend either San Diego or New York Comic Con
 32)   Sail on all the of Disney cruise ships at least once: Halfway there!
 33)   Meet Shaun, Keith and Glenn from Traveling the Vortex
 34)   Earn my first check from Google DONE
 35)   Gain full-time employment in my field
36)   Visit Disneyland Paris
 37)   Meet my fellow Five(ish) Fangirls
 38)   Attend Gallifrey One
 39)   Walk a red carpet
40)   Visit a working TV or movie set

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Ideal Workspace

I'm very fortunate at my "real world" job that I have a great space to work, plenty of counter space, touches that make it very me, a comfy chair. At home, well, I'm not so lucky...

my current work space

The biggest issue really is the fact that my husband and I share this space. It's his workshop, and it's also where I do most of the recording for my podcast. It's not ideal, but it's the best we have considering we're in a 2-bedroom apartment. The window faces south, so we get some good natural light, and I have a nice view of the pond outside (with its resident noisy geese). But once the sun goes down it's hard to light up the room because it gets really dark (hence the back lighting in the photo above). Plus, I'd really love to have my own spot where I can spread out and not worry about disturbing any of my husband's stuff. One of these days we'll move and likely have the space to create a spot just for me. And I know (almost) exactly what I'd like it to look like.

my ideal workspace collage

Bright, colorful, with lots of other words, just my style :-) I'm a sucker for bins and holders for stuff, plus a bright wall and a quirky rug just screams FUN and CREATIVE! I know we won't be in our apartment forever, and I look forward to when I have a space to work that I can call my own.

And if you are a freelancer or even a larger company that requires a better space to work, why don't you check out the offerings from the folks over at WeWork. They offer office spaces with everything from single work spaces up to conference rooms, with amenities like kitchens and even mail handling. Find out more at and on Facebook.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Summer Survival Guide

Summer Survial Checklist

Most everyone might be getting ready for back-to-school, but the temperature outside says that summer is sticking around for a while longer. I love the heat with all the sunshine, ice cream, and evenings outside; but it can be tricky staying comfortable. So here are a few of my must-haves to manage during the hot months:

-Flirty dress: Something lightweight and comfortable that can easily work in the office or at a weekend farmer's market.

-Strappy sandals: I hate wearing closed shoes when it's warm, so sandals are a must have.

-Cool shades: I almost never leave the house without my sunglasses, when the sun is shining protecting my eyes is a must. Plus they just look cool ;-)

-Lip balm: Even in the summer I struggle with dry lips, so a good lip balm (preferably with SPF) is always in my bag.

-Dry shampoo: I'm fortunate enough that my scalp doesn't get very oily, even in the summer. However some days you just want to freshen up your hair without having to take the time to shower. 

-Straw hat: I love hats! Good hair day or not, a straw fedora is just a fun way to block out the sun and top off an outfit.

I came across Madison Reed's Summer Survival checklist. If you haven't heard of them before, Madison Reed is an at home hair coloring company! Check out their color advisor to find your perfect hair color, and their own summer checklist below.

Madison Reed Summer Survival Checklist

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


unplugging graphic

I know, I know, I've been a terrible blogger. I could easily make all the usual excuses (work, family, life) but I won't bother. I will say that it will definitely be quiet for the next week or so as I take some much needed time off away from the internet and everything else. But don't worry, I'll be back ;-)