Comic Con 2014 Hangover

So in case you missed it, this past weekend was San Diego Comic Con (SDCC)!
I attended as is tradition, and for the FIRST TIME EVER: I cosplayed!!
Jason as the Penguin, Topher as Riddler; your's truly as Joker!
I think I did ok for a my first time (I don't count Halloween, since it's Halloween. But that's just me...not a rule, or guideline, just more to challenge myself!). Also, while I thought I might scare little kids, but they LOVED my hair! Their expressions of "Your hair is so cool," and,  "mom, that's what I want my hair to look like" made my ego inflate in a much needed way. But this one little girl at the Monster High panel said "I LOVE your costume! It's the best Joker I've ever seen" made me feel like a million bucks! And luckily it was early on in the day, so I think it helped me not shy away from having my picture taken.

Cause if a kid tells you your costume is the best, then it's gotta be true, right?

So, because I have been prepping me, my costume, and my home for SDCC, I know I've been on a bit of a hiatus...and so I hate to do this again, but, I WILL resume next Wednesday with a Workout Cosplay next week! And I am hoping to picture spam you all with my SDCC photos...despite my inability to take a selfie...and my shaky hands lol!

I seriously already miss SDCC! This one was sooooo good though!

July has been an emotional month, and SDCC was so important for me to go to. My hubby missed the con this year as he has joined the Air Force at the beginning of the month. Also, family and friends have been in and out of the hospital--and not for small things either. It's been a roller Coaster.

Seriously, thank God for SDCC, cause in all it's magical geeky mayhem--it kept me sane!

Anywho, I plan on writing more later, but just a quick update for now. Catch you on the flip side!

Get Your Geek On! (Weekend Recap!)

This past weekend was a blast!
Friday night kicked it off with:  BODY BEAST!

I started lifting some weights with my friend B!
Here's a glimpse of Body Beast in action (I use lighter weights). Starting today I'm going to try and get T25 in before going to B's!

Also, B and her hubby (who was The Tenor's best man, and The Tenor was his) have a puppy and a kitty!!! I'm actually a allergic to little Dove, but she's so cute!!! I can't help it! Here's a post work out walk where Dove decided to play Pirate's Parrot for me! I

Arrr! Dove be a cat that likes to go on walks!
Then Saturday morning, I got to hang out with the lovely ladies from our San Diego Nerd Girls Meet up!
It was a lot of fun just plain old geeking out with some of my fellow geeky/nerdy ladies! We talked shop, and shared books and went over comic con plans as well! Check out The Nerdy Girlie's (who organized this meet up: Thank you Megan!!!!) recap here! It was a GORGEOUS day!

Check out these ladies groovy content:

  • Gen and Autumn put out an amazing nerdy podcast called Nerd In Transit which I finally got to listen to Saturday and Sunday! These ladies are HILARIOUS beyond all belief! Also Gen has done the most AMAZING Lady Loki cosplay ever! And Autumn, had me at (in reference to the book I brought) "Is that a Thursday Next book?" 
  • Rebecca is an artist and writer and she has an adorable and fun web comic called Little Vampires! I LOVE classic monster movies, and since I've started reading this Saturday afternoon, I've been grinning at how genuinely fun the comic is! There's not just vampire, but also Frank (Frankenstein's monster), and Wolfie (wolfman!). This comic in particular had me literally LOL!
  • Tomika is a fellow book-lover and artist! Her blog features some great reviews and book musings at her blog book/art/love!
  • Brooke  is the writer of The Adventure is Afoot (who had a GREAT countdown to Sherlock series) and I'm excited to read what's next as her countdown to..., and her Sherlock recaps were really fun reads!
  • The lovely Syl made us these awesome bookmarks for our book themed meet! All of us were stunned/happy/squeed! It's like having a little bit of Benedict of our own! Seriously: Thank you!!!!

Thank you @syllykay!
Sunday after church we went to this eat out as a group, and we all sang AC/DC and Journey and Meatloaf at our dining table...we were those people.
Hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

What did you do this weekend? Any plans for this upcoming one?

Interweb Discoveries

Let start out with double the dose of people-empowering-awesomosity!

First is the AMAZING blog Superheroesque that was put together by Mia & Liz who's mission is: " encourage every geek to become their own superhero through a happy community of self-love and pop culture." It's a place or EVERY geek to call home, and embrace our differences where we can think critically, make funny/punny references and joke, and more importantly encourage you to be comforable wit YOU!

Next, we have the tumblr Bettersupes where as Alexandria Law put it: "Kids are more impressionable than you, but kids can also be less restricted by cultural gender norms than you. Kids are more creative than you, and they're better at making superheroes than you...This is a mini art project where I draw superheroes based on the costumes worn by little girls..."
It's adorable & inspiring! I can't wait to go home and try and create my own character cause the one's on the tumblr are so rad!

And Danielle's AMAZING watercolor painting! It's such a beautiful piece, and it brings out so much emotion! Also check out her doodle Friday's!

this post
And this video about Ronald McNair made me so happy :')! (Though, I do feel like any librarian who won't allow someone to read, should be fired, and banished from Earth...I don't care WHAT time period it is, you're a librarian! Wear that title with pride!!!)

And, this tourist's advice to Japanese traveller's visiting America is funny!

This and this one post about changing dreams and goals!

The uber talented Luka Riot (her shop here) posted a link to these If-Tim-Burton-Animated-Doctor-Who : GIF's found here!

This 25-minute booty workout from Pumps and Iron, who--and I am stressing this to me more than anyone--I need to read more cause she posts FREE resources for body weight based exercises. I want to at least be strong enoug to move my body around for the impending zombie apocalypse!

This poor wittle Hawley (little voice) from SuperEmoFriends made me "awwww" out loud (is that "aol"?)
I've kept post-poning, the inevitable that is Parks and Rec, I was trying not to Netflix it all at once and then this episode ruined it! All she needs to do is lather vaseline, throw on some Docs or Tims and she is ready to fight!!!

(sorry, I forgot where)
My birthday is next week, and I am so excited to take the day off! LOL a gift to myself! I'm exctied for this weekend cause I get to see my sister and am having a little get together at home! Excited!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Your First Time...

What is/was your first FANDOM memory?
My first memory is watching Star Wars with my family.
A little bit of history:

My dad grew up during the 60's, and collected a lot of comics. He even had a Spider-Man number one!

That is until his mom's--my Big Mama's--house caught fire. All the comics were gone, but thank God she made it out!

He also watched the old Batman series with Adam West. He loved the adventures, the utility belt, and of course the boss-est car to ever roam the earth: the Batmobile!

Later, he saw the premiere of Star Trek! He like many people  loved the stories! The writing spoke to, and continues to speak to people. Also, he loved Roddenberry and crew's vision of the future which included ALL people of all backgrounds! AND a future where it wasn't just us Earthlings, but some aliens as well.

In his late 20's Star Wars A New Hope came out. Light sabers, space saga, and DARTH-frakking-VADER! How could he not like it? and then, in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back came out, and we met Lando Calrissian, Jedi Master Yoda, saw the ice planet Hoth, and learned one of the greatest shockers of all time:

And with the Return of the Jedi helped signal a new era for my dad: fatherhood! Via your's truly!

With this change my father became a Jedi master in his own right and we--my siblings and I--his young padawans.

Which comes down to me.

Growing up, I know we watched Star Trek, and my dad got us into action figures pretty early on. And the old Batman show?

KUSI 9/51 used to play it all the time (I've kept my old KUSI Kids Club Card all these years). We even have a VHS tape full of episodes including Black Widow (not the Marvel assassin, but an older bank robber). Like my dad, I loved the Batmobile and wanted my own utility belt.

 My dad would watch these shows with us, and my mom would watch us all play together. We all had
I'll admit, I'm blessed to have parents that let us play cool games, and read awesome books, rather than being the superstitious kind.

But Star Wars? I LOVED Star Wars!!! I wanted a light saber more than anything in the world. And I definitely wanted to be able to wield the force. The Millenium Falcon; Han Solo; Leia; Luke; Yoda; Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi!

To me, Star Wars was brilliant because it can be enjoyed at any age. Leia was a smart diplomat with a warrior streak. Luke was a sincere kid trying to make his way; Han was the quintessential bad boy with a heart of gold! It was awesome! I liked how at the end of the trilogy Vader redeemed himself and did the right thing in the end and gets to be with Obi-Wan and Yoda (sorry, but I do have the original theatrical versions, and I prefer it...can't help it).

To go back to the opening question:
What is/was your first FANDOM memory?
Was it a video game? The star who played your favorite hero? Something you watched with one of your favorite people?

Please share in the comments! And if you want to write, or have written a post, share a bit about it AND link to your post in the comment box yo'! I would love to read it!

Pre Preregistration Jitters

Let me just say I've watched this twice already.

I am so scared, and excited about tomorrow.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you feel really stressed? That's been mine!
Because my week has been my thoughts about tomorrow are much like a tennis ball, bouncing between two opponents named: "Will-the-bad-week-continue-to-tomorrow?" and, "Surely-this-bad-week-will-lead-to-good-things-tomorrow"

I am worried and hopeful about badge sales tomorrow morning.

Things tend to work out ok...but I don't want to get too cocky. I keep reading The Nerdy Girlie's SDCC info, and trying to remind myself not to worry.

But putting this into practice? Oi Vey!

And the Starbucks Double shot I just had isn't helping LOL

So what to do? Here's some things to re-happy before tomorrow morning:

  • Check this 24 Hour Music Video! It's by Pharrell, but the song is really chipper, and I like the idea of a 24 hour video, mostly because I want to know if this is legitimately 24 hours.
  • Naruto! Sasuke! Goku!...Goku?! :D
  • Saban's opening theme and version for Sailor Moon (this makes me feel good because it DIDN'T happen!...Though at that time I was in elementary, and probably would have watched it anyway. Still glad). 
  • How adorable is Sandy?
Alright...see you in an hour or two!
Send me you prayers, good thoughts, and luck! 

I'm going for my Comic Con badge!


Weekly Intentions #12

1). Swim- Got to swim twice last week. Not bad, but not my ideal from last week, so this puppy is back up here! I want to improve my times too! Also, I feel really happy when I’m done.
2). Buttons- some for me, some for friends. Photoshop Extracurricular Activities!!! Also, practice for it too!
3). Learn Three NEW Words- This will be on these Intentions more than once. I want to both learn new words, and refresh my memory on others. Pretty excited to start doing this!
4). Do Three New Exercises- Whether they are brand new, or, new to routine, I’d like to try and do three new ones each month. No Plateau!
5). Listen More, Speak Less- difficult, because when I get really excited, or passionate…I pretty much turn into a puppy. I wiggle in my seat, even. But I do listen, but I want to listen more intentionally. And maybe work on being less of a puppy LOL. Seriously though, I like meeting people, and when I do I either clam up, or, I get really excited.

This week I will post a recap of the AWESOME time I had with some fellow geeky San Diego gals! It was so, so, SOOOOO fun!
I can without a doubt, and with all sincerity say: this is something I have been truly missing from my life! Thank God for the internet! LOL
I hope you have a wonderful week!

Fun Finds

Have you seen this trailer for Maleficent?! Lana del Rey's cover of Once Upon a Dream is PERFECT for the darkness of the fairy tale. It's haunting, luring, and beautiful! I can't wait to see this and I apologize in advance should my excitement become...repetitive.

Cait at Kitsch Vixen posted a link to this AMAZING post about Smash[ing] the Scale (Please read it and SHARE it!). She also shared the below video featuring styles throughout the last century, and both of them make me smile!

I want this wallet and bag from Loungefly! They are simple enough for dressing up, but they have a cute Tinkerbell print on them!
via LoungeFly
via LoungeFly

Think Geek has this Dalek watch (and this amazing T.A.R.D.I.S. watch...but it's already sold out) and I feel as though I could use this timepiece:
via ThinkGeek
And for something completely unique for valentines day--especially if you're like me and not really a roses person--Think Geek has a bouquet of plush kittens, or this plush of UNICORNS!!!
via ThinkGeek
be sure to check out this post about Moffet -era companions by Amber West of A Day Without Sushi wrote. She makes some great points so check them out!

Last but not least, a friend shared this with me, and yeah...I cried along with the girl at 8:46!

"Great job" I say to their parents! 

It's my Birthday month, and it's going to be so busy! I'm super excited! Have a great weekend, and welcome to February!

Christmas Special Countdown #1: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is my FAVORITE Christmas flick ever!

In this everyone-has-a-version-to-tell (Checkout Post number 4?) adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we are transported to Jolly Olde Scrooge-Terrorized-Dickensian-England. The story is narrated by Charles Dickens himself…as portrayed by The Great Gonzo, who is accompanied by Rizzo the Rat who conveniently asks questions that kids in the audience may have about parts of the tale, and, provides extra comic relief.

Michael Caine is Ebenezer Scrooge (whose name I learned, and, forever garnered respect as an actor from this very film—I mean, he got to work with KERMIT and GONZO! How could he not be cool in my 9 year old mind?!?!?), and Kermit is his Bob Cratchit.

I won’t go over the tale as to be honest, the synopsis is the same as number four on the list. But that DOES NOT mean this version is bad, or one to skip! Heck, it’s my number one for a reason. I just think that there are three reasons why this is my favorite rendition: the cast, the comedy, and the songs!

As I said before, Kermit is Cratchit, Gonzo is Charles Dickens, but there are other Muppet faces to be recognized. Miss Piggy gets to fulfill her life-long ambition as a Kermit’s Mr. vis a vie her portrayal as Mrs. Cratchit. Kermit’s nephew Robin (whom I always thought was super kawaii…so little! Squee!) is Tiny Tim. The incomparable Fozzie Bear is Fozziwig, and his mum stars as his mom too (a nod to A Muppet Family Christmas, me thinks?). Dr. Bunson Honeydew and Beaker are the two gentlemen who try to raise money for the poor. Sam the eagle is Scrooge’s school teacher. Statler and Waldorf split the role of Jacob Marley into Jacob and Robert Marley. There are also some new Muppets; most notably the three Ghosts, of Christmas (Past, Present, and, Yet to Come). Even now, I like looking not only at the speaking characters, but the Muppets in the background.

This movie has many funny parts that always make me chuckle. But the exchanges between Charles Dickens/Gonzo and Rizzo are comedy gold for me. They play the straight-laced, and jester duo so well! The Great Gonzo's desire for thrills are still there. For instance, when Scrooge is hurtling through the vortex of time and space, Gonzo exclaims sheer glee as he throws a grappling hook onto the Ghost of Christmas Past. Or when Rizzo lands on the Cratchit family's flaming hot goose, Gonzo exclaims "you have all the fun."

The Great Gonzo is my favorite Muppet starting with Muppet Babies. OK, confession time: you know how Gonzo isn't like, a pig, or frog, or anything familiar? In Muppet Babies, the one thing I remember was that Gonzo or Piggy said that he was a weird-o, and, that at one point they concluded that Gonzo was an alien. When I was little I felt like an oddball too, and for a while, I thought I was maybe an alien from outer space. I remember asking if I was adopted once or twice because I believed so strongly that I was an alien, and, related to Gonzo. So, I am sure that may have a little to do with his lines being some of my favorite.

Besides the comedic elements, this Muppet movie is a great musical, and has some (in my opinion) wonderful songs—and one  ubiquitous“bathroom break” song. Here are my favorite two:

It Feels Like Christmas is wonderful, especially the line, “in all the places you find love, it feels like Christmas,” as this holiday is about love--it is the beginning and the ending of the story, and this song in a tale about love for your fellow man.

My other favorite is With a Thankful Heart. It was this song that made me want to adopt Michael Caine as my British Uncle/Grandad (like I said he got to work with the Muppets…so jealous!).

While I do not intend to paint Dickens as a saint, he was pretty awesome for writing about the atrocities that the poor went through, and, the hypocrisy of the upper class who claimed to be good people yet would rather the poor: “[die] and decrease the surplus population” (Oliver Twist, Nicolas Nickleby, and Great Expectations all tell about the problems with avarice and elitism as well).

And with that, those are my MUST-see-every-year Christmas specials!
I know I left off a few that I enjoy (but there are so many to choose from), but these are my favorites!
Also, I am curious as to what YOUR favorite specials are, soooooo…
Share them with me!

So, to you and your's, I wish you a VERY Happy Christmas, and Holidays!

You! Stop being jolly! And watch some movies! :P
The Rest of the Top Ten are Below

Christmas Special Countdown # 6 - Jack Frost

Let me share with you one of the lesser known animated Christmas classics: Jack Frost.
No, not that Jack Frost (though, Rise of the Guardians is one of the best children’s movies I’ve seen in a long time).
No, I am talking about the elfish, more innocent Jack Frost from Rankin-Bass:

Jack Frost is another case of classic Rankin-Bass stop motion gold.

Ok…maybe not gold, and more of a glittery snowflake. And, maybe I am not too sure it’s a
classic, but, dang, I can’t have Christmas without it.

Truth be told, Jack Frost could be a Groundhog Day movie—which isn’t too bad an idea, seeing as I only know of one. See, the movie starts with the Groundhog Day!  Groundhog celebrity, Pardon-Me Pete (voiced by Buddy Hackett) is preparing to go outside for his annual shadow viewing (hmmm…this would be a cool DARK and spooky story…). If Pete is frightened, there will be six more weeks of winter, per nature’s ordinances. Pete does indeed  show “fright” of his shadow.

Upon his return to his groundhog's hole Pete begins to share with us that the shadow is in fact Jack Frost’s shadow, and that they cut a deal for more winter so that Jack can play, and more Pete can sleep.

Pete goes on to tell us about the time Jack decided to become human. Jack fell in love with a human girl named Elisa.

Ready? We’re about to have:


Cut to the Russian (?) town of January Junction, where there are people so oppressed, that any cash they have goes to their cruel dictator, and our villain, Kubla Kraus! He’s so bad (how bad is he?) that he has no other living being in his castle. Everything is mechanical. His horse is steam powered, his butler is clockwork, and all his knights mechanic. Hell, even the mice are wind-up! His only company is Dummy...his puppet...that he talks too...and who seems to be his conscious.
Alright, so, in this small town lives a husband and a wife, known as "mama" and "papa," who live with their daughter, Elisa. The very same Elisa who Jack falls in love with. Elisa is a dreamer. She has a crush on her imaginary friend Jack Frost (you know, I’m starting to think everyone in January Junction is a bit crazy) and often talks about him.

While she is playing on frozen river water, Kubla—being neither observant, nor, caring—rides across the ices on his iron, steam pony. Between the weight of the horse, and the heat it exudes, the lake thaws, and Elisa is stuck on a floating chunk of ice. She then starts floating down the river towards a water fall. It is then that Jack saves Elisa by freezing the impending falls, a la his ability to whistle up a brisk snow storm, resulting in her dubbing him a hero, and stealing his heart.

Upon hearing that he is a hero, Jack immediately returns home to ask his boss, Father Winter to grant to Jack the gift of being human. His wish is granted for the winter, when, if he wishes to stay human, he must have a house for shelter, a horse to bare him, a bag of gold to sustain him, and a wife to make all his efforts worth the while. And with that, Jack is sent from his home in the winter clouds to January Junction, where he assumes the identity Jack Snip (Father Winter never said he couldn’t call himself Jack Frost though, and I feel this was a mistake).

Two of his friends from the winter kingdom join him on earth to keep him out of harm’s way—Snip the snowflake maker, and Holly who is a snow gypsy (and cute as a button).
snowflakekeeper: (pic#5227363)

The three winter sprites open up a tailor shop and their first customer ends up being Sir Raveneau…Elisa’s quintessential man…in golden armor. Also, Christmas comes to town, and to show you why this is a Christmas movie, here is a song that my family likes to sing (and do stop motion-esque movements/dancing to) during this time of year:

Elisa is eventually kidnapped by Kraus, and a rescue party is assembled! Her parents, Sir Raveneau, Jack, Snip and Holly head to Kraus’ castle, but, only the golden knight makes it up the mountainous terrain. He easily saves Elisa, and is back down the mountain before Jack, Snip and Holly realize what is going on. After realizing Elisa has been taken, Kubla throws Jack, Snips, and Holly in his jail, and commences an all-out assault against January Junction (He sends 10,000 K-nights [pronounced K-nights]). Jack asks to become his sprite self again so that he can divert Kraus’ plans for revenge on January Junction. Jack is granted his powers again, but, winter is coming to an end. Jack asks for winter to be prolonged, and he is told that only if the groundhog Pete is frightened by his shadow can he have 6 more weeks of winter.

So, Jack goes to scare Pete, and he is granted the time. After the six weeks; on the last day of winter, Jack is granted until noon to achieve the previously mentioned goals to stay a human. He takes over Kubla’s castle, inheriting the horse and gold with it. After his claim, Jack heads to January Junction to ask Elisa to be his wife. However, Elisa is already going to be married at noon that day to Sir Raveneau.
As the bells toll noon, Jack turns back to his true form, and frosts her bouquet in good bye.

And they lived happily ever after…
Except Jack.

While I also like this movie because of “Just What I Always Wanted” and because of the sparkly outfits the sprites wear, it has to be that the ending isn’t your normal happy “Christmas is saved” affair. 

The ending is bittersweet, but that’s one of the things I like about it. There is a lot of good that happens, to counter the bad (you know…like the Doctor said?). I enjoy that Elisa moves on from her child-like dreams (ok, yes the knight in shining armor is typical, but, in her case, the dude was real). I like that Jack worked very hard, but, like in real life, sadly, it doesn’t mean you get everything you want (even if we feel it should).

I think this is something we know, but don’t often like to acknowledge about real life. Maybe I’m looking way too into it, but that’s one of the reasons I like it.

And because Holly is adorable!!!

Christmas Special Countdown #7 - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (from Community)

9) Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas via Community
Do you have Hulu?
Ok, if you do, go onto your account, search “COMMUNITY” and pull up season two, episode 11 and watch this now!
I’ll wait.
OK, you good?

This episode is all about Greendale Community College's premiere Spanish Study Group gang-- Jeff, Britta, Annie, Shirley, Pierce, Troy, and of course, Abed—helping one of their own: Abed! You see, while the episode is in stop-motion animation: LIKE ALL GOOD CHRISTMAS SPECIALS SHOULD BE, ;) only Abed sees this, and he believes this is because the gang must find the meaning of Christmas, and (in Christmas traditional way) he sings about it!

As I said, only Abed sees the stop motion animation; everyone else sees reality. So Britta and Jeff take Abed to the school counselor/psychology professor: Professor Duncan. After speaking with him, Duncan deems Abed as certifiable, and as his “great find.” The episode centers around getting to the root of Abed’s problem that is making him see animation.

Britta tricks Abed into showing up in their favorite hang-out, the library study room (where most of the series dialogue takes place), for what turns out to be an intervention for what appears to be Abed’s loss of sanity. Duncan decides to try and play into Abed’s world and calls himself a Christmas Wizard. Since we are watching from Abed’s point of view, we see his version of the circumstances, and not only does Duncan turn into a Wizard, but when he asks Abed to take everyone to Planet Abed, we see the study table shake and go through space, passing Christmas themed planets.

When the gang lands in Winter Wonderland on planet Abed (btw, the atmosphere is 70% cinnamon and smells delicious), Duncan tries to get Abed to go through ”The Cave of Frozen Memories” and Abed agrees, but will go about it his own way. In a Wonka Chocolate Factory sort of way where those with no Christmas spirit get ejected from the journey.

For instance Shirley gets persnickety over the fact that Abed sees here as a baby doll and Jeff is just too sarcastic and smug, and they both get ejected almost immediately. Annnnd, as they leave, a song is sung about how they had no Christmas spirit (like Oompa Loompas).

(Shirley leaves via a Christmas Pteradactyl...via)

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(Jeff gets devoured by humbugs...from a Community photobucket)

In the Cave of Frozen Memories, Abed actually turns the tables on Duncan who has his own breakdown and he has to leave. Abed shares that the cave is not necessary, but, that Britta must leave the group since she lied to Abed about the intervention.

And so, Abed, Annie, Troy and Pierce are taken to what I can only think is the Polar Express, or some other Christmas train, and head to the North Pole. While on the train Abed shares why everything is in stop motion animation. As it turns out, one of his favorite Christmas traditions is sitting down and watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with his mom on December 9…**gasp** the same day as Abed’s current break down.  Before we get to go any further with that morsel, Duncan re-emerges and is ticked that Abed bested him by making him have feels about his own past. Annie and Troy--being true friends to Abed--stay on the train fight off Duncan so that Abed and Pierce can journey on to the North Pole.
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(Warp Speed o the North Pole)

After arriving, and opening a present with the tag “Meaning of Christmas” on it we see that is merely the First Season of Lost on DVD that is in fact metaphor for “lack of payoff.” Duncan pops up and says that the metaphor is perfect, and, reveals that the reason Abed’s been off his rocker is due to the fact that his mom won’t be able to meet Abed for their annual tradition because she has a new baby, with her current husband, and, is starting a tradition with them. Abed is distraught, but, Duncan wants him to “do the right thing” and commit to being a subject in a scientific journal to help Duncan gain fame for the this particular case.

But that’s when the gang pops in to share with Professor Duncan what Christmas is for:

After they save the day, Abed shares that Christmas’ biggest meaning is that it’s what it means to you. For Abed it meant the time with his mom, but now, it’s the time with his friends at Greendale.

Abed is my favorite character, and it maybe it has to do with that at work, I am Abed. Abed has a LOT of pop-culture, TV, and movie knowledge that he uses as reference—whether anyone else knows what he’s referencing or not.  And while I haven’t had a stop motioned breakdown yet I think that if I didn’t get to have my traditional traditions, I’d be in danger of the same thing. I think this episode pays a great homage to those stop-motioned features.

I also like Abed's philosophy about Christmas--like all other things--is what you make of it. You have to put effort into it, to make it enjoyable, and to avoid driving yourself nuts. You can't over hype it, but you can't not invest in it, and expect it to go the way you want.

And with that I leave you with some Troy and Abed in the morning stop motion

Christmas Special Countdown #8 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (NLCV…cause I don’t want to spell it out) is a movie about a family trying to have the merriest Christmas ever—the Griswold family. It was written by John Hughes of…well let me just list: Home Alone; The Breakfast Club; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Weird Science; Uncle Buck; Home Alone 2: Lost In New York; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; and, of course: National Lampoon’s Vacation (“Holiday Rooooooad!”).

To be honest, I had a hard time writing this as this movie is hilarious, but, I wasn’t sure exactly how to approach a movie with no plot, and that simply highlights happenings in this season, in a hilarious way. Ok, admittedly, the situations are a bit over the top, they are still rather relatable because sometimes, the events actually feel as large as this movie makes them out to be to us when we go through them.

Keeping that in mind, for this entry, I am going to focus on some of my favorite parts, and share some of my favorite experiences that my family has experienced which reminded me of this movie…which might be why we find it so hilarious.

First, let’s set the mood with the opening song:

The movie opens with this Mavis Staples song, and an animated sequence showing Santa dropping off presents to the Griswolds. For me, I remember this movie, and Troop Beverly Hills being disappointing to 6 year old Joie, as she LOVED cartoons (still does actually), and the two movies start with animated credits which eventually reveal, not an animated feature, but, a live action movie. However, I ended up watching both of these movies because they were funny! But what I also remember about the animation for both of these movies is that I liked the style—I’ve always loved animation.

Following the opening, the movie begins with the Griswold family—father Clark, mother Ellen, daughter Audrey, and, son Russ—on their way to get their family Christmas tree…the old-fashioned-cut-the-tree-down, way. While the family dialogue on the hike from the car to the fir is funny (Audrey’s eyes freeze) and, the tree can’t be cut down because Clark forgot to bring a saw/ax. No, the part that makes me laugh the most is the drive there!

On their drive to the tree, the Griswold’s are singing carols in the car…well, technically it’s Clark and Ellen singing, as Russ and Audrey are a little too old, and a little too cool to sing dorky songs with their parents. All of a sudden, a crazy pair of hillbilly’s in a truck decides to tail-gate. Clark clearly doesn’t like this, and in comes road rage. Clark decides to take his station wagon (with family still inside) and he and the truck play some tailgating games. It gets to point where not only does Clark flip off the pickup, but, when a log truck passes, he steers the wagon underneath and continues to drive under the fully loaded truck bed, between the wheels, in his attempt to pass the pickup. His kids and wife are clearly freaking out.

Now, I have been in cars with many sets of parents due to sports, carpooling, and, church activities. And, sometimes, when there was a crazy driver on the road, I have seen many calm, cool, quiet dads and mums lose their cool! It can be both funny and frightening.

Clark is a caricature of how we feel and what a lot of dads (or mums, or anyone) do. You see, to me, what makes all four vacation movies consistently hilarious is Chevy Chase’s portrayal of Clark Griswold who is kind of an everyman. He just wants his family to have a nice vacation (whether it’s Christmas, a drive to Wally World, Europe, or Vegas). Clark also builds up these ideas of his hopes of how things will go, and just how perfect they will be.

Anyway, the next part I find hilarious is an interaction with the Griswold’s yuppy, snotty neighbors. I mean, yeah they want to live their life, and Clark doesn’t seem to hate them for that reason. In fact, based on the way they react, he hates them because they are judgmental twats, who like being condescending to Clark and his family. My favorite scene involving them is when they are blinded by the Griswold lights!

The lights on their house practically shut down the power, and are BLINDINGLY bright!

In fact, this standard is what my mom wants her house to look like…every year. I think she has the roof down:
(Part 1 of Decor-geddon from my mum)
Another favorite part is when the Griswolds decide to enjoy some sledding. Clark greases up the sled pan with a new product from his work. He sets off with the sled and lights a trail of fire…in SNOW! TBH, this might not be that funny, but growing up in San Diego where we have to drive at least an hour for snow/slush, well, I guess you could call it snow envy LOL!

For the last of my favorite parts we turn to Aunt Bethany. Aunt Bethany (played by Mae Questel of Olive Oyl, and Betty Boop fame).is so old she…well, she’s missing a few memory chips? Anyway Aunt Bethany is a very generous little old lady. She likes to make sure she brings a gift so naturally she wraps some gifts: a Jell-O mold, and, her pet cat.

But it is not her gifts that make me LOL for real.

No, I enjoy Aunt Bethany's screen time the most in this scene:

I really could go on with how I enjoy that Cousin Eddie bringing Clark’s boss to answer for getting rid of the company bonus (Damn the man! Save the Empire!!!). Or, the hilarious yet still horrible Freudian slips made by Clark in the department store. Or, the squirrel:

And there is always the turkey:
This is one of those movies I really enjoy watching with both my parents. They both say little lines during certain parts of the movie every year. My mom always states how she wants the house to "look just like that" and my dad always cringes when the family eats the drier-than-the-Sahara turkey. Or when they both crack up at the sledding, remembering when they took us kids to a snow bank when we were young, and my dad made jokes about trying to sled down "as fast as Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation." The point of Christmas is family. This movie will always remind me of mine, and the quips, and jokes that we learned and shared while watching it.

This is one of my top LOL (literally) movies for the Christmas season!

Christmas Special Countdown #9 - The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever form Invader Zim

9)The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever from Invader Zim
This is such a wonderfully creepy episode of television.
Starting with a robotic snowman who narrates the tale: Mr. Sludgy!
Mr. Sludgy: because only snowmen narrate the Christmas specials!
He tells of how our favorite alien learned the "true meaning" of Christmas in this rendition of Christmas "magic" where Zim becomes Santa.
It all starts where the technically jobless, penny-less Zim and the amazing GIR are begging for money. Since it's December, Zim and GIR are not really gaining any profit due to all the Santa Claus' out on the street and the general influence St. Nick has over the FILTHY HUMANS!!!

It is then that our green friend hatches a plan to become Santa and use his new authority to take over Earth (which of course has been his goal to begin with). The only person who doesn't believe that Zim is Santa is his rival Dib who thwarts all of Zim's plans, and is the only one who sees through him.

Dressed as Santa, Zim eventually gets the humans to gather in a Colosseum, where they worship him, and he attempts to have them build him (Zim) a weapon. When Dib attempts to expose him, Zim has his followers throw Dib in Jingle Jail for his attempt to hurt Santa.

The human's desire to follow Santa, and fall into their...well, commercialism leads to complete dedication:

Unbeknownst to Zim, his Santa suit is slowly but surely making him happy. The dialogue he has within his head is one of my favorites. Zim goes through all the "Christmas-Heart-Growth" tropes and "discovers the meaning of Christmas."
However, the suit fails to fully convert Zim in the end, and, so also does Zim fail at taking over the world.

Instead, the Santa suit ends up sky-rocketing into space and Zim tries to cover it up saying that Dib killed Santa, setting Santa's followers upon Dib's trail, while Zim and GIR look on in their "clever" Easter Platypus costumes.

The episode--and sadly, the series--ends with Sludgy telling the children that Santa in fact did not perish, but comes back every Christmas and tries to destroy the Earth.

What I love about this episode is that there's not really a resolution. The show is random but still clever. There is a pretty clear critique on consumerism and how quickly people will convert to a mob mentality. Also, Dib and Zim actually don't have a Christmas truce between them. Zim just uses the holiday as a way to further his own plans, and Dib saves the day. 

It wouldn't have been true to the show and their characters--or the spirit of the show--to be any different.

Also, this is one of my favorite cartoons of all time! And G.I.R. is amazing! So...I kind had of to pick it.

Christmas Special Countdown #10 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

10). Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The perennial Christmas Classic.

With Rudolph, Rankin/Bass set the Christmas standard by which all other Christmas-ANYTHING would be done.
I mean, my number 7 even pays homage Rankin/Bass’s style!

You know about Santa's mane main eight reindeer...but do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all? And, more importantly do you know about the struggles the little guy had to go through because he was different? He was born different. I got made fun of a few times for my skin color growing up, and some kids were not allowed to play with my sister and I in scouts for those reasons growing up (one girl told my sister that flat out in elementary school too). Maybe that's why I liked this special. It showed that people who are different are important to, even if you can't see why.

Also, how adorable is Rudolph? Especially when he was a little baby reindeer?
lil' guy

Too bad, Donner Rudy's old man was ashamed of him. He covered up Rudolph's nose with dirt to cover the fact that he was different. In Reindeer School Rudy's false nose gives way to his real nose and--despite his superior performance--he is not longer allowed to "join in any reindeer games."

There is however one reindeer who is nice to him throughout the film named Clarice, the ubiquitous love interest. 

Clarice was always such a cute character, and was relatively kind to Rudolph and who he was. And how about those lashes?
Maybe she's born with it?
Maybe it's Maybelline?

And then there are Yukon and Hermey!

We first meet fellow misfit Hermey who is an elf with no job satisfaction. In fact he--like a younger Joie--wants to be a dentist! And to be honest, I always found it odd that the elves didn't support this idea. I mean, with how many sweets those little guys eat (cookies, cocoa, candy canes, etc.) they are probably overrun with cavities and gingivitis.

Yukon makes friends and kind of save Rudy's and Hermey's lives. He appears to have some sort of oral fixation with his pick ax obsession with finding silver and GOLD in the arctic (ah, the Burl Ives song). But Yukon is also an adventurer, to the extreme; a rowdy rough mountain dude.

After the trio is together they run into old obimnable snowman, and, we get a peek into Hermey's slightly sadistic nature (a la Orin Scrivello, DDS in Little Shop of Horrors)...

Little Shop of Horrors

...and then Hermey got to work on abominable, and pulled out all his teeth.
It's all soft foods and liquids for this guy from here on out. Hermey: you're one sick puppy.

The gang continues their travels and land on the Island of Misfit toys. I loved the misfit toys! I don't why they are so rejected...they're rather adorable.

And when the spotted elephant asks who would want a spotted elephant, I always thought: “I do.” (though let's be honest, does anyone want the square-wheeled train? Maybe just for display)

And the King of the Island was pretty much the most bad-a character too: King Moonracer (possible name for my as of yet pertained cat). I mean, he's a flying LION! King Moonracer charges the team to let Santa know that these toys would be more than happy to settle for have a home from some poorer, less choose-y kids.
If you know the Christmas carol, you know that one foggy Christmas eve, Santa finally realizes Rudolph's potential and just how useful a glowing nose can be...despite the obnoxious sound it may make.  After stopping off at the Island, and picking up the misfit toys, Santa and the reindeer are on their way with Rudolph at the head of the team. We see during the credits that the misfit toys parchute out of the sleigh, and into the poor girl's and boy's hands.

With the Great World-Wide Winter Blizzard of '64 no longer prooving an issue, orphan toys finding a home, and an Santa's Elves Dental Plan in full effect, we that many a crisis were averted, thanks most of all to one misfit with a heart of gold, and a nose of glowing red.

Weekly Intentions #2 : Thanksgiving Edition!

This will be a brief post, but, this week is CRAZY!
  • Enjoy time allowed with friends! What little time that will be allowed outside of family obligations...such as tonight when we watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who in theaters! We bought it on the Xbox 360 already to avoid SPOILERS but I still need to see it on the big screen!!! Also, Turkey bowl on Thursday morning. Not a fan of American Football (The Anti-footbal as I often call it). But it should be fun.
  • DOUBLE THANKSGIVINGS!No panic attacks! You read that right. This week we have two thanksgivings. But these are already scheduled. However, my intentions for these two events is to enjoy them, rather than be stressed out by the social pressures of all this. Seriously...the cray-cray has already happened!
I am assuming this is how I will be feeling at one point, or another, or by the end of the week!
           Pretty sure things are going to be fine though...Just a bit anxious!
  • Write a "Thankful" List with the Tenor! I think we should each write one, and then, maybe write one together. Maybe I will post them here too?
  • Take a breather. With all the family (and maybe future family) coming in this week, it gets a little stressful. I need to make sure to take a time out so I don't make myself anxious and...well, avoid being the "Eeyore" of the group.
  • Be Health Oriented. With all the food out this week, I need to make sure to avoid what's bad for me. I need to be sure to exercise NO MATTER WHAT, and make good choices. And with the two thanksgivings going on, I can't cave into family members' cries of "oh, but it's only once a year." TBH, I am really stressing this time around! And unfortunately my FAVORITE item is my mum's mac n cheese...It's a once a year dish--with good reason; CARBS+CHEESE?!?! Sooo bad!--but dang! It's SOOOOOOOOOOOO delicious! I'm telling myself one serving. And not "one plateful" as my serving, but one serving of a proper size! Also, I need to post pics from last weeks T25! Monday's pic, and Friday's picture of my self...I could actually see a difference! That is uber motivating!!! Yes, in friday's pic i am in a dark shirt, but I could tell without the shot! And I feel confident in possible success!!! :-D
  • BONUS INTENTION: B-Movie Night! Last month, we had a B-Movie night featuring the surprise "hit" Sharknado! I want to have one this week featuring FDR: American Badass...wherein FDR contracted polio from a werewolf bite. "FDR and a team of historic figures seek victory in World War II by defeating an army of Nazi Werewolves." How could one NOT feature this...this GEM, on a B-Movie night? But I am open to suggestions! Hoping this happens though!
Well, I hope your Thanksgiving week is a groovy one! Stay healthy while you enjoy! And remember, if your family has crazy drama, it will make a GREAT book or movie!
Also, books are wonderful friends to take to family functions! Have one ready if this week is not your thing!

Awesome Finds

Our explorer Joie while traversing the Interweb came across some  internet grooviness.
Like Indiana, and, Lara before her, our little Raider shares her findings with you now in:

Joie Fatale: and Awesome Finds from the Interwebs
(that last part was an echo...DRAMA!)
This ladies Wonderwoman is so bloody brilliant. She looks STRONG, and like a proper warrior...well, on her day off at least.

Also, I want to make one of these Pumpkin Pie in a Jar for the Tenor! He loves Pumpkin Pie! All things pumpkin actually

This Parks and Recs cast as Game of Thrones Characters--complete with bad photoshop!

And this 50 Years of Memories from Doctor Who!

And my mate's post about The Con Before the makes me laugh out loud EVERY FREAKING TIME!!!

This cute little Picwick dodo:
Tiny Dodo Bird - miniature felt extinct species
Found here.
And though I am more of a Wicked/Elphaba fan, I can not help my love for those ruby slipper. I will get a pair of those prettys! mahhahaha!

Dorothy shoe cell phone accessory. Ruby red slipper dustplug. Miniature Fits iPhone 5 4 4s ,iPad ,Samsung s2 s3, 3.5mm
I'll get you my pretty!!!

Well, have a great day!

New Netflix Updates!!!

So there are more shows/episodes on Netflix that I am SUPER stoked about! I can't wait to waste some time see them all!!! LOL!

First, FINALLY Dexter is back on Netflix (or at least back to being advertised in my queue)!
I can't wait to complete this series.
Dexter (2006) Poster

Next, is Arrow.
I sadly am NOT (thus far) a fan of Stephen Amell.
But, John Barrowman, Alex Kingston, Summer Glau, Tahmoh Penikett all make appearances. And the rest of the cast ain't so bad. So, I think I just need to swallow my pride, and do this!!! (Also...HUNTRESS!!!)
Arrow (2012) Poster

New episodes of Nikita as well. I was apprehensive about this show, but I got to quickly snap a pic with Maggie Q this year at Comic Con, and even though she was in a rush to a party, she took the time to ALSO take a picture with my brother who has missed the last 4 cons (09, 10, 11, 12) while he was serving our country. She is genuinely pretty!! And she is such a bad-ass on the show!

Nikita (2010) Poster

Just in time for the upcoming ChrimboHols:
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION!!! I consider November 20 the "OK for Christmas" time. I do think AFTER Thanksgiving is better, but in our consumer driven lives, I think there is another, better time that isn't THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN. Compromise.

Christmas Vacation (1989) Poster

Last, but NOT least, the show I am most HAPPY to see: Chuck.
I wish I could fully articulate my sincerest love for this show. But, I can't, so, I shan't.
It's just GREAT. That's all I have. Sorry.

Chuck (2007) Poster
So, that's it for now!