Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Loot Crate May 2017 Unboxing: Guardians

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Updated Convention Schedule

2017 Convention Schedule

I've been to four conventions already this year, and new opportunities keep popping up. This summer is going to be quite busy, but it's also going to be awesome. I hope to see some of you at least at one of these amazing events!

Random Vlog #25: Sewing, Hall of Heroes, Meeting Daredevil

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Friday, March 31, 2017

I've Stopped Wearing A Bra

Luna Flower Women's Stretch Seamless Cut Out Strappy Sport Bras Forever 21 Floral Lace Racerback Bralette

2, 3

So over the past few months, I've made a subtle change in my wardrobe. I've stopped wearing a bra. Now that doesn't mean I'm going commando up top, but what I mean is that I've stopped wearing what you'd traditionally consider a bra. Wires, hook and eye closure in the back, adjustable straps, etc. This isn't some sort of feminist statement, I've just found them to really uncomfortable.

So what I have switched to are bralettes. Some are padded so I still get some shape, some are made of lace for that little bit of sex appeal....but there's no wires, no hooks, no straps to constantly adjust or pull back up. Sure I don't get the same support as I would with a traditional bra, but my girls aren't big enough and I'm young enough I don't mind or really care. Plus, depending on the top I'm wearing, sometimes having some of it peek through can be kinda cute.

Maybe once I get a little older and need more support, they'll have invented traditional bras that aren't as uncomfortable.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017


reading // Lethbridge-Stewart:  The Forgotten Son. I'm super behind in the books that have been read for the Traveling the Vortex book club.

watching // The giraffe cam from Animal Adventure Park, I've been sucked into #GiraffeWatch2017

anticipating  // Spring, we've had bouts of warm weather here and there, but then winter came back with a vengeance. I NEED it to be warm!

squirrel 62 degrees

laughing about // Episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 on Netflix
listening to // Metallica! We're seeing them twice this summer!
eating // Trying to eat not a much as I used to, I've really been watching my portion sizes. It's amazing how much I'd eat mindlessly.
working on // Convention stuff! I'm hosting some panels at a couple of conventions coming up, plus all my cosplays I have in the works.
wishing // It was summer. Did I mention I hate the cold?

Owl Nope meme

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vlog: 34th Birthday Shenanigans

My 34th birthday was fairly tame, but it was packed full of food....so much food. That New Year's diet went right out the window!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blue Valentine

I've already stated that in general, I don't have a favorite holiday. So when Valentine's Day rolled around today, going into it I was just "Meh"....until I woke up and it went downhill. Granted nothing absolutely terrible happened, it was just....Meh! Yesterday my neck on my left side started to hurt, by this morning it was even worse, the pain went from my neck all the way down my arm. So I decided to stay home from work until I could get to the chiropractor. 

The nice thing is, I can still work while at home. So I logged into my email and realized that we had one of our classrooms double booked! Minor panic ensued. Thankfully it got worked out (at least as far as I know). I'll know for sure once I get back to the office tomorrow.

The weather was pretty decent though, but overall I just had this feeling of Blahhhhhh......a funk I just couldn't quite shake. Had to run some errands before going to the chiropractor, and then Chauncey and I ended up going out for beers and an appetizer just for the heck of it. So it wasn't terrible. Of course at the time of writing this post, Agents of SHIELD hasn't come on yet.... #SoManyFeels 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

On Getting Older

My birthday is in a little over 2 weeks, I'll be turning 34. It's weird because I don't know how to feel about this. On one hand I'm always excited for presents (*cough gift cards *cough) and getting taken out to eat (and usually there's cake!)

But on the other hand, that means the NEXT birthday I'll be turning 35....that's a hard number to take in. Granted these days the average life expectancy is mid-80's, 35 is hardly middle aged. But the idea of having to start getting mammograms and needing to change my birth control are not the first things that come to mind when celebrating a birthday.

Aging Gracefully ecard

Turning 35 as a woman means changes in my body are coming; fertility drops, metabolism slows down...pretty much every horrible thing Cosmo tells us can be counteracted with lifestyles like Halle Berry and  Kate Hudson. Actually the dropping fertility doesn't bother me, in fact I'm fully embracing the dwindling of my childbearing years. #ChildFreeByChoice #NoKidsNoThanks

But I've already started to feel the affects since my last birthday; hot flashes, getting up at least once a night to pee, irritability, gaining weight....ugh....Getting older is hard work.

But it's not all bad, maybe I'll get another tattoo.....and a puppy....

At least you're not as old as you will be next year ecard

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We Must Be Like The Trees

This past weekend was tough for this county. Donald Trump was sworn in as the President of the United States, and the following day millions of women around the country (and even the world!) joined together to march for women's issues and rights. My own personal Facebook feed was pretty positive in reacting to the women's marches, but there is a number of people who found the whole march insulting and disgusting. They say things like "They need to give Trump a chance first" and "women have rights" but here's the thing....

This march wasn't JUST about Trump, although he's certainly a catalyst for this entire movement. It's so much more than Trump.

-It's about his Vice-President, who while governor of Indiana, tried to pass a law that would require women to have burials for their unborn babies regardless of whether the pregnancy ended due to abortion or a miscarriage
-It's about politicians who post offensive "jokes" on their Facebook profile
-This is about a president who bragged about grabbing women inappropriately
-This is about a president who, less than a week into his term, has already signed an executive order making it difficult for women and girls in other countries get safe abortions
-This is about a Republican party who's agenda continues to alienate anyone who's not a white, 1%, Evangelical male
-This is about Trump's choice to head the Education Department who thinks that guns should be in schools because of the threat of grizzly bears
-This is about a Democratic party who had their ego so inflated, so sure that'd they'd make history by putting the first woman in the White House as president, that did whatever it took, including harming the chances of the candidate who actually could have won against Trump #FeelTheBern
-It's about every man who raped a woman because she was drunk or wore a revealing piece of clothing
-It's about women who make approximately 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes doing the same work
-It's about women who tear down other women because they're insecure, scared, or whatever
-It's about gays, lesbians, transgender, bisexual and queer folk who don't feel like they matter or have a place in this world because they don't fit the "status quo"

I could go on and on, about both sides really but that's not what this post is about. My point is this, we're a country divided, we're angry, hurt and feel that our side or point-of-view is right and the other side is 1000% wrong. But as Abe Lincoln once said....

The only way this country will endure is if we can learn to support our fellow Americans, regardless of their gender, race, religion, whatever. We need to be more like the trees of the forests. In a recent episode the NPR program the 'TED Radio Hour' there was a talk with ecologist Suzanne Simard, who discovered that trees use an underground network to communicate and share resources. It's a fascinating topic, and made me realize that we as people could take a clue from the trees. Communication and support, so that we all might group big and strong.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

This week has been frustrating: the weather has sucked (the sun make a short appearance today for the first time in almost a week); my car broke down on Monday and isn't fixed yet; work has been super busy; a certain inauguration is taking place tomorrow....but all of that pales in comparison to the phone call I got today from my mother-in-law.

We lost a family member today, it wasn't someone we were super close to, but their death was sudden and shocking to us all. Of course Chauncey and I plan on attending the funeral once we know the details, because that's what you do for family. But hearing this news today, makes all of my own issues seem not so important. My car will get fixed eventually, I should be glad that I have a job (and I am!), spring will arrive eventually, and that last thing....well that's for another post.

But I digress. Remember life can be fleeting and goes by in the blink of an eye. Take those few moments you could be spending folding socks or loading the dishwasher, and spend them letting your loved ones know how you feel. Give them a hug if you can, or give them a call if they are away from you. Even a simple text could make a difference. The socks will still be there later.