31 Days of Horror: Part 3

Two years ago I started doing 31 Days of Horror challenge in which I watched one horror movie every day in October. I had so much fun with it that I’m going to do it a third year in a row!

Basically me for the month of October.

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Friday Five

I’ll admit this is not the most inspired Friday Five post; I’ve been taking it easy and resting my poor, tired feet a lot since returning from Comic-Con so I haven’t been out and about seeing cool stuff in DC as much as usual!

1. Double Rainbow: this week we’ve been having surprise evening storms (by “surprise” I mean that my iPhone weather app didn’t predict any rain), and last night brought us a doozy. But with it came the benefit of a stunningly bright double rainbow, which I was able to see quite a bit of from our deck! The rainbows lasted awhile, too—the main, brighter one you see in the below photo stuck around for about a half an hour. I don’t know if this is typical for double rainbows and it’s not something I’ve ever noticed before, but the colors of each one actually mirror that of the other. You can see that the second rainbow (the fainter one) has its reds along the underside, while its purples and blues run along the top. The first rainbow has the standard red on top, purple on the bottom. Pretty magical, right?!

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Friday Five

1. Bizarre States: last year I randomly ended up at a panel for this podcast when I went to Camp Conival, and it was very entertaining. For some reason I only recently thought to start listening to the podcast, but once I started I was hooked. I’ve been on a total Bizarre States binge! Andrew Bowser and Jessica Chobot keep me company while I’m at home cleaning or out walking, and their guests are always interesting. I’m a total skeptic when it comes to ghosts, aliens, and other supernatural phenomena, but I love hearing stories about that stuff (duh, I’ve watched all twelve seasons of Supernatural). I missed their panel at Awesome Con, but I was happy to be able to go to their SDCC panel this year!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Recap

I’m pleased to report that I returned from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con feeling much happier than I did last year! The 2016 con was pretty rough for me, and by the end of it I felt like I didn’t know how many more of these I could take. Fortunately 2017 turned out to be way better, even though the exhibit hall mostly looked like this:

ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Bingo

I can’t believe Comic-Con 2017 is already upon us—it begins this Thursday! As I mentioned, this will be my ninth consecutive year (check out my updated SDCC tips for newbies if you haven’t already seen them). As with the last couple of years, I put together a bingo game for my group of friends to play as we experience the sights, sounds, butt cracks, and—yes—smells of the con.

There’s no *actual* prize for getting bingo, but it certainly bestows bragging rights upon you. If you’re going with a group, feel free to offer a prize for the winner within your own group of Comic-Con buddies!

Mark the squares off as you spot them, and when you get bingo feel free to take a pic and post to Instagram and/or Twitter and tag it: #SDCCBingo

Download Comic-Con 2017 Bingo

Have a great time at #SDCC2017, nerds!  🙂

This bingo game is in no way affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con or the San Diego Convention Center. I’m just a nerd looking to have a little fun with other nerds.   

Tips for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Newbies

ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 16, 2016. REPOSTED AND UPDATED FOR 2017.

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 begins next week, and it will be my NINTH consecutive year! Needless to say,  I’ve learned a lot about how SDCC works and have picked up many tips and tricks along the way. The internet is filled with SDCC survival guides, packing tips, and other advice, but I’d like to add some of my own tips as well as things you can expect if you’re attending SDCC for the first time. Apologies for the lengthy post—I have a lot to say!

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Friday Five

1. Happy Independence Day from Walter the Cat: this ridiculous image is brought to you by Instagram Stories and all of the silly/fun stickers you can slap on your photos and videos. My favorite thing about this pic is Walter’s incredibly unimpressed expression.

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Friday Five

1. Sackler Gallery and National Museum of African Art: I’ve made it my mission to visit all of the Smithsonian museums in DC, so this week I hit up these two small art museums. They’re conveniently connected by an underground tunnel, which I didn’t realize until I reached the bottom floor of the Sackler. Along with the currently-closed-for-renovations Freer Gallery, the Sackler is a Smithsonian museum of Asian art; one of the reasons I made it the next stop on my Smithsonian tour is that it too is closing for renovations on July 10th (it’ll re-open this October). The current collections on display are fairly small at both the Sackler and the African Art  Museum, but the art is beautiful and the buildings are also pretty cool. The Inventing Utamaro exhibit at the Sackler had some especially amazing pieces—photos aren’t allowed, so you’ve got to go see it for yourself!

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My First Visit to Awesome Con

After my husband and I moved to DC earlier this year, we remembered that during a May 2014 visit here we saw people walking around in costumes for a local Comic-Con. So we searched online to see what sort of nerdy convention we could go to here and found out that Awesome Con would be running from June 16-18, 2017. So we bought passes for Saturday, June 17 and turned yesterday into a little pre-San Diego Comic-Con geekout for ourselves!

I wore my Nerd HQ t-shirt and a cute robot superhero necklace that my brother gave me.

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Friday Five

1. Wonder Woman: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend and I totally loved it! I can’t say I knew much about the character going into the movie, but I’ve already ordered a couple comics and a book recommended by a friend who is a fan. Gal Gadot was absolute perfection in the role.* The movie was a lot funnier than I expected, which gave it more of a Marvel movie tone (I consider this to be a good thing). That scene—you know the one I’m talking about—the one where Wonder Woman appears on the battlefield in her full costume for the first time…was EPIC. Bad ass. Apparently that scene almost didn’t make it into the movie, and director Patty Jenkins had to fight for it to make the cut. WELL DONE!!

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