Five Fandome Friday! 5 Geeky Hobbies

Today’s prompt is kind of cool. There are all sorts of hobbies that one can fervently fall in love with, but it’s kind of what you do with them or how you look at them that came your hobbies geeky. (I’m going to list hobbies that I love, but really I spend most of my time pinning fanart on my Pinterest page. Shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone.)

Cooking!

There is an art and a science to cooking that can make it super geeky. Baking is a science. To take a conglomerate of powders and wet substances and turn it into a pan of gooey brownies takes a lot of chemical reactions and a leap of faith (or witchcraft, you decide).

Watercolor Painting

I really enjoy making watercolor splash art. It begins with a rough sketch of something geeky, like Totoro. Then I throw a lot of pigmented water at the paper and push it around until I think it looks pretty. Once that dries, I use caligrapher’s ink to outline my sketch and VOILA cute, geeky splash art!

Writing Fiction

This isn’t so much a hobby for me, but something I’ve desired to do with my life since I was small. I’m working on it. This is so geeky because I’m trying to create the very thing that other people are out there gushing over, fandoms.  I’m creating lovable characters, irresistible worlds, and stakes so high your ears will pop.

Decorating

I don’t get to do it often, but I do drool over all of the sick art prints and such out there on the internet. I adore being able to take the things I love an placing them in the open around my home. I have some cool Adventure Time art that I’m dying to hang somewhere! I just haven’t found the right spot.

Renaissance Festivals

I’ve only ever been to two Renaissance Festivals, but there’s one every year a couple hours from here. I’m excited to go back again this summer and take part in all of the goofy fun. The first time, my husband pressured me into renting a costume. I was a common wench with a bustier that killed after three hours in the hot sun. My sister in law had a much nicer dress with more layers. She must have had it worse.

We all like to do so many things. Some of you may like to knit or crochet and use that to make sick blankets or cute amigurumi. Others may like to craft super cool household objects or make webpages and macros.

That’s because we’re cool like that.

Five Fandom Friday: 5 Geeky Guilty Pleasures

We all have little things that we do, things that make us cringe when we consider telling anyone else. What will they think of us when they know we secretly love these things?! You can envision your social life crumbling between your fingers.

It’s okay. EVERYBODY has something they’re too afraid to share.

Really, it is.

I promise.

Here, I’ll show it to you. Here are five geeky guilty pleasures of my own!

Mystery Novels

I’m not even talking about anything as thrilling as Gone Girl. I’m talking about chintzy and dorky cozy mysteries. The kind that are about some amateur stumbling in on a murder victim and taking it upon themselves to catch the killer.

My favorite cozy mysteries are…culinary mysteries. Does that even sound like it should be a thing? Well, it is. And I love it. The protagonist’s day job usually has something to do with food and they spend a lot of time putting together clues while they cook or bake or what have you.

Shut up. I like it.

Anime

I watched a bit of this growing up, starting with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. I moved onto Toonami in my teens, watching Yu Yu Hakusho and some of the Gundam series. Once I got a little older I moved away from it, realizing that a lot of the people that watched anime were really weird (around here, at least).

But, hubs lured me in not too long ago and set me back on the path. We began with Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (which I’m obsessed with now) and moved into other shows like Death Note and A World in Which Dirty Jokes Don’t Exist (I’m sure it has a simpler name).

I don’t hang out with the people around here that watch anime, but I devour it in the privacy of my own living room.

Romance Novels

Most of them are absolute shit. Let’s be honest. There are plot holes everywhere you step, conveniently place characters in times of need, and a whole lot of raunchy sex. But that’s what you pick the book up for. I’ve read an overabundance of romance novels in my time.

I’ve read some of the Christine Feehan vampire-y books and some of the Sherrilyn Kenyon alien romance books. And I enjoyed every minute of that shit. It’s lady porn. And it’s okay.

Journals

It’s like some weird prerequisite as a writer to have an odd and obsessive need for journals. I can’t pass the office aisles in any department store without needlessly drooling over a notebook. The really nice leather bound ones.

There are a freaking million of them scattered across the house right now, each of them having only a few pages of writing in them and no actual purpose in life. It’s gotten bad. Really bad. But I still need more.

Buying the Real Book after Buying the EBook

Raise your hand if you’ve done this!

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve done this. I’m just throwing my money at authors. How can I help it when a book is so good that I NEED to own the physical copy? I can’t dreamily look at an ebook on my shelf and reminisce about the story inside it. I can’t pour over the paper pages and revel in the familiar book smell.

I know. I’m a bit weird. Yet, we all are in our own unique way and that’s what make the world great. Weirdness makes the world truly interesting and enjoyable! Embrace your weird!

Five Fandom Friday: Geeky Tattoos!

I’ve already written posts on this subject, but it’s one of my faves so let’s keep going. My very first tattoo was the old school script lettering Wonder Woman logo. It sits on my rib cage, just around my bra strap. But, this is the only geeky tattoo that I’ve gotten so far!

A lot of the time I think up cool tattoos that I’d love to have. I have ideas of where life could take me and I’m not entirely sure that my path looks highly on tattoos, so I have to pick and choose what I’m doing. I know I’m going to be working hard this summer and I want to treat myself to a tattoo eventually.

One idea I have is actually a cover up. I have three, small black bats on the front of one shoulder and three, small black birds on the other. They did not heal well at all, scarring in some places and completely falling apart in others. They are just not pretty anymore.

On Pinterest (or somewhere online) I saw a traditional swallow tattoo. Or, at least, it was in the shape of a swallow. The inside of the bird was a galaxy. It would be insanely cool if I could cover the shoulder tattoos with matching galaxy swallows. They’d hurt, but they’d make me feel so much better about myself.

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Another idea I toyed with lately was a Sailor Moon themed tat. I drew up some concept designs, mixing a traditional dagger in the rose design with a Moon Wand. It might end up being too big for me in the end, but it’s a really cool idea.

I’m huge into Norse mythology and really love Freya. She’s the goddess of love, marriage, AND war. She’s a total badass and I’d love to find room for her on my body. My upper right arm is totally empty and Dani Green did a rendition of Freya that totally inspired me.

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I’ve always wanted something to signify my love for baking and cooking. One of my favorite concepts was a whisk and a spatula tied together with a pretty ribbon. Other concepts included a pencil, paint brush, and a pen for all of the other things I love to do. That would go on the inside of my right arm if I had the guts.

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Finally, and this will happen some day, will be my Studio Ghibli thigh piece. This will cost hella dollars, but I’m so intent on getting it done that I don’t think anyone could change my mind. I’d like it to include not only Haku and the Bathhouse, but Calcifer, Howl and Sophie, Kiki and Jiji, as well as San.

My skin is where I can carry the things I love around for the rest of my life. I have my love for my husband inscribed on my ring finger (which is great when m y wedding ring doesn’t fit). I have my own art embedded into my foot. I carry a reminder of my grandmother’s gardens around on my arm. I can have the joy of Ghibli movies, the feminine strength of a Sailor Scout, a freaking goddess, space birds, and a reminder of the power of my creativity on me at all times.

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Five Fandom Friday: CAKES GALORE

I haven’t participated in a 5FF in a few weeks. The prompts just haven’t moved me enough to try and I didn’t want to just go through the motions of something I wasn’t feeling. But, really. Cupcakes. That did it. Of course my first thought was to make five different cupcakes for the prompt. That would be a hell of a lot of batches of cupcakes and I don’t know whose throat I’d shove them down to get rid of them all.

So you’ll have to deal with something a little different. I’m going to go with my five favorite bakers. Over the course of deciding to make my blog more about food, I came across some really awesome bakers doing really awesome things. I think you’ll agree.

(Bear with me as I share links, but not photos due to copyright fears. Do take a gander at their work.)

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Christine Mcconnell

She isn’t a professional baker. In fact, she’s actually a photographer by trade. Her work in the kitchen will have anyone fooled, though. She made a life size Facehugger (you know? Aliens) cake that creeped the ever loving shit out of me. I hate aliens. Nightmares. Everytime.

Her pumpkin pie carriage, on the other hand, was a fantastical masterpiece that I would be happy to dream about. The woman does so much more than bake. She sews her own holiday GOWNS. Like seriously haute couture worthy gowns. She also takes it upon herself to deck out her parents home for the holidays, hand crafting insanely detailed decorations that transform the whole house into a gingerbread house or a monster.

She has a book coming out and I’m dying for it. I’ll just drool on it anyway.

Katharina McCawley

I came across this baker on Pinterest. She is a professionally trained pastry chef and it shows in her adaptation of Sailor Scouts into supremely stunning desserts. I could only dream of someday making cakes like these, but she seems to pull them off without a hitch. Her latest post is a gingerbread house replica of the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Excuse me while I roll on the ground fangirling in jealousy. How many years and tears do I have to sacrifice in order to be able to do that? Have you seen this?

Katherine Sabbath

I have this new obsession with really simple yet dramatic cakes. I’m talking no fondant or life-like sculpting. Just simple cake shaped cakes. Katherine Sabbath delivers in spades.

By day she’s a teacher in Australia. In her downtime she creates stunning cakes bursting with color. My favorite might be the pink and blue melted ice-cream cone cake. The color contrast and whimsy slay me.

Domestic Gothess

I think the cake obsession began with this beautiful and dark cake. It looks so elegant and commanding, like an evil queen. If Regina from OUAT had a birthday cake, this would be it.

Domestic Gothess shares a plethora of every day recipes, like a skillet chocolate chip cookie for two that made me drool, as well as her dramatic cakes. I wonder if she found Marcel Desaulniers gorgeous Death by Chocolate books because this cake… it looks like she might take up voodoo on the side and I’m totally okay with that.

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This might have been the beginning of my cake love. As a teenager in love with cooking and food, I stumbled across Desserts to Die For in my local library. The sultry cakes and their even more sultry names struck me in the most odd way. Chocolate Voodoo Cake and Rum Soaked Zombie cake were only the tip of the iceberg. They inspired some of my short stories as well as something I plan on working on soon.

As I write this, I’m dying to work on my next recipe project after being inspired by so many talented bakers. Can you say Cookie Dough Truffles? But hubs has finally crawled out of his room and wants to hang out. Decisions!

 

 

Five Fandom Friday: Five TV Shows I Was Fashionably Late To

Sometimes being late to the party isn’t a bad thing at all. In the case of TV shows, when you’re late to the party there are inevitably at least a few seasons waiting for you to binge watch. Isn’t that one of the best feelings in the world?

Doctor Who

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It wasn’t until pretty recently that I realized that this is one of my favorite shows. It began with Torchwood on a tiny screen in my friend’s RV. I didn’t realize exactly where it came from, but I was addicted to Captain Jack Harkness. I mean, who isn’t?

It wasn’t until I moved to California to be with my husband that he introduced me to Doctor Who. While we’d been apart, someone else had hooked him. I simply picked up where he’d left off with the Tenth Doctor and continued to watch until I had to go back full circle to the Eighth Doctor.

Did you know that they released River Song, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness Funkos at Hot Topic. I grabbed River right away because she’s my gurl. I’m still drooling over the other two.

 

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

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I watched some anime while I was in my middle school/early high school years. It kind of tapered off until it held absolutely no interest for me anymore. Over ten years later, I’m reaching for Sailor Moon (and thinking of Card Captor Sakura) with nostalgic love.

Searching for something to watch together, hubs and I fell into Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He’d watched it in his teen years and I agreed to give it a chance. Oh boy, was I ever sucked in. This anime is set in fictional european-esque world with magical alchemy, intrigue, action, and SO MANY FEELS. The show goes right for the heart strings at the very beginning.

 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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This was kind of before my time. I think I may have been eight or nine when it first aired, but that’s kind of a good thing. It means that I have ALL of the seasons waiting for me.  Sweet, strong Buffy caught between the life of a normal teen and a supernaturally strong chosen one hooked me.

I have to say that I’m probably only on season four right now. I’m rather impatiently waiting for Buffy and Spike’s relationship to happen. I’ve heard so many things about it and I can’t wait to feel all of Joss Whedon’s feels. That man writes incredible women.

 

Sherlock

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This one I discovered all on my own. I was new to Monterey and had nothing to do with my life back then. I spent much of it perusing Netflix, searching for something to get me through the long days before hubs came home and I was no longer alone.

Sherlock ended up being that thing. The best part? There were already two seasons waiting for me. I was a bit spoiled for a Sherlock fan. The episodes were incredibly long, eating up much of my lonely days. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reminded me that deep down, I had a love for Sherlock Holmes stories that I’d never explored. This capricious, high functioning sociopath and his strong willed, loyal friend brought that into the 21st century in a way that seemed oh so right.

 

Firefly

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Again, this originally aired when I was kind of young. I vaguely remember commercials boasting the iconic spaceship, but I was ten. Firefly really came into my life during my friend’s visit to Monterey while Hubs was away. She could not believe that I hadn’t watched Firefly before, so she promptly poured us drinks and settled in for the greatest introductory lesson.

I’ll be honest. A lot of that first night was spent buzzed and chatting. But Firefly isn’t something you watch once and you’re done. There’s only one season, but those wonderful characters beg you to come back and re-experience their trials and joys, their humor and tears. Joss Whedon did it again.

I kind of believe that what makes it so great is the fact that there is only one season. It wasn’t drawn out for season after season, much like Charmed or Supernatural (not that I don’t love them). All of the glory that is a show’s first season was perfectly contained within itself with only a movie to tie up some loose ends and, of course, make us cry harder.

 

These are the five television shows that I arrived fashionably late to, but still adore above anything else. As a thanks for getting through all that, here’s my Funko Friday Tax!

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I got RIVER SONG!

 

Five Fandom Friday: Five Ways to Netflix and Chill

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I’ve been married three years. That doesn’t seem like much, but the innuendo behind the phrase Netflix and Chill is mostly gone for us. Mostly, but not completely. (Wink Wink).

Still, a lot of our time spent together involves watching our favorite shows and movies. I’m not going to center this completely around Netflix because there are so many other ways to watch TV these days. We don’t have traditional cable anymore. That shit is just too damn expensive. If I want to be weird and watch something like Food Network I just go hang out with my mom and watch their TV. They don’t care. They’re just happy I’m back in NY with them.

The best way to Netflix and Chill is to grab your favorite blankets (in the January NY temps I love my new electric blanket), make a bucket of popcorn, and grab your favorite person. With my husband this usually means grabbing an energy drink or a chai tea. With my best friend this means handing her my bottle of rum and mixing some diet pepsi with copious amounts of Grey Goose Vodka.

  1. Netflix: Who doesn’t love the almighty Netflix? They’ve recently upped their game by investing more in their own line of shows including our geek girl favorite, Jessica Jones. Admit it, we all ate that one up. My bestie gave me her password because Netflix loves to let you share (not that we all weren’t doing that beforehand). I’ve been using it to devour Once Upon a Time by myself.
  2. Hulu: We’ve been paying for this one for so long that I often forget we have it and then have this little epiphany when I’m sad I missed something on TV. Hubs and I watch shows like South Park and Death Note on Hulu while I watch The Mysteries of Laura, Sailor Moon, and Agent Carter by myself.
  3. Crunchy Roll: We haven’t really used this one yet, but it is a Netflix for Anime basically. Our friend left his information logged in on our family computer to our benefit  seeing as I’ve recently begun to fall back in love with Anime. It didn’t have Sailor Moon other than Crystal or even Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
  4. Movie Theater: Much of the beginning of our relationship was spent in movie theaters. Do you think I’m kidding? I have NINE laminated and framed stubs hanging on the living room wall. They were the first movies we ever saw together. Living in California we saw a movie every Friday. In Maryland is was fewer in between, but still a favorite pastime. For Valentines Day I’m taking Hubs to see Deadpool. I can’t wait!
  5. Youtube: This might be our most used form of video watching in this house. If hubs goes to bed at the same time as me we grab my tablet and pull up Youtube. Sometimes we watch Vine collections, sometimes it’s Pewdiepie, but it’s always quality cuddle time fur us.

The Most Honorable Mention:

  • Geek and Sundry: I hope that we all know what this is already. I love their collection of short films like Larp and The Guild. They also host Tabletop with Wil Wheaton (who I’ve outgrown) and our absolute favorite, Critical Role. I’m wearing my Christmas Critical Role hoodie as I write this in January! It air live on Twitch on Thursday nights. 10PM for us Easterners.

Getting my Geeky Friday On

5 Ways I’m Going to Take Chances in 2016?

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The first seemed to have just popped up yesterday. My hubs grandmother is a newspaper clipper and the kind of woman who seems to have anything you’re looking for. She was the one who scored us a free wedding cake and secured our apartment once we moved back to New York.

Yesterday hubs came home from a visit with her and handed me a newspaper clipping. On it was an ad for help wanted at the library HALF A MILE down our road. It’s not even twenty hours a week, but it’s more than I’m making now, plus this could show me if I really want to become a librarian!

I’m scared and excited all at once.

The second way I’m taking a chance in 2016 is with my blog. I’m doing a whole revamp to focus it more around geek themed foods, baking to be exact. I love to bake. It’s my zen space. But sharing that on the internet is kind of scary. Baking is a science with so many places for error that most likely I’ll have more mistakes than successes.

The hope is to have a polished blog, a loving following, and more successes than mistakes to show for it.

The third way I plan on taking a chance in 2016 involves hubs. Turns out the school I thought he’s go to doesn’t have his degree. I was happy with that school because I’d gone there and I knew the lay of the land. Now, he’s forced to choose a place I’ve never been to. It means once more learning a new place and a lot of getting lost.

I thought I was done with that once he was out of the military. I guess I was wrong, but perhaps I should look  at this like an adventure.

The fourth way I plan on taking a chance in 2016 involves going back to school myself. I don’t have what my hubs has from being in the military. We have to pay for my school and that makes it feel like a huge leap of faith. I really hope that I’ve chosen the right path. I love books and everything bookish. I hope that the rest of it falls into place as I’m learning and possibly working.

I just hope 2016 leads me to the person that I want to be.

The fifth way I’m taking a chance in 2016 is possibly a trip to Portland! My best friend has been living out there for quite some time now. Last August I had made plans to fly out and visit her, but hubs Military life interrupted those plans. We were forced to move back home and I immediately went into a fulltime job.

I’m unemployed right now, which means sooooo much free time. Hubs offered to foot the bill for me to fly alone to Portland. I’ve never flown alone before! I’ve never been in such a large city before. I’m so excited to finally be able to tour the city with my best friend.

Which leads me to Funko Friday.

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I promise I didn’t buy another one, although with Hot Topic HotCash live I seriously debated buying six more. No, this one came as a late Christmas present from the Bestie. She’s the one who reignited my love for Once Upon a Time. I got the Regina Funko in honor of her favorite character and my growing love for Regina.

Bestie got me Rumple.  I fucking adore Rumplestiltskin. I love the actor’s beautiful separation of Gold and Rumple and how some of their actions carry over into one another. I love his love for Belle despite his power hungry, sneaky bitch ass.