Yay, movies!

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We’re just back from our annual trip out to Michigan, to attend Ambercon US. (Recap to come later.)

This was the sixth year that I’ve gone, and I’m finally reaching the point where I feel like I know the area around the hotel pretty decently. Just don’t take me out of that area, and I’m fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

What that meant, though, was that when we had some time to kill on Thursday (before the con started) and Monday (before our flight home), we wound up at the movies. On Thursday, it wasย Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, because I started freaking out about spoilers, and the likelihood of running across one when spending the weekend with about 80 other geeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

The movie was fantastic, and though I still don’t do awesome with action sequences (something I’ve noticed increasingly as movie technology advances and my eyes get older), I enjoyed it thoroughly. I kept trying to pick out the little Easter egg bits, and then spent a couple of hours back at the hotel cruising for details. And I still don’t have the answer to the one thing about the movie that nagged at me. Without spoilers, there’s something about “the valedictorian from Iowa City” that won’t get out of my brain.

On Monday, we went and sawย Divergent. Now normally, I won’t watch a movie until after I read the book that it’s based on. But Jeremy pointed out that I am OFTEN upset when the movie isn’t perfect, and C.J. said that he watches the movie and then the book ends up filling in all of the little details for him. So I agreed to go seeย Divergent.

And then I promptly wanted to buy the book and devour it on the plane ride home. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, airport shenanigans meant that I didn’t have time to do so before our first flight (and utterly forgot during our layover), so I still don’t have it. But I definitely want to read it. The movie was pretty excellent, though it definitely left me wanting to know more about the world… which I suspect is in the books.

We also saw a ton and a half of previews, and I almost want to see the newย Transformers movie, except that I don’t, because Michael Bay.ย The Maze Runner looks pretty excellent, and that’s probably another book that I want to read at some point. You know, when I get through the 8 billion other books that are on my to read list.

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End of the Work Week Wisdom (and a new show!)

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“Shutters are meant to be OPENED!”
–Jet, Cowboy Bebop

So yeah, after long last, Jeremy has finally gotten me to sit down and start watching Cowboy Bebop. Of course, as we’re watching it, I ask “there are more characters than just these two guys, right?” Which he confirmed. And then I said “they’re already in the opening credits. One of them is named Edward, right?” Which he also confirmed. This is me, picking up stuff about shows through osmosis. ๐Ÿ™‚

End of the Work Week Wisdom

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Kamaboko Kitty Cake Loaf, Japanese Fishcake Plush from Nice Rice

“For a second, I though that said ‘Grilled Tuna Soup,’ and I was DISGUSTED!”
– Me

Then I realized it said “Grilled Tuna and Soup,” and I was still disgusted. Because I really don’t like tuna. Unless it’s in sushi. Then it’s fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

End of the Work Week Wisdom

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The first End of the Work Week Wisdom idea I have has been smushed by tiredness and an inability to remember what the conversation actually was. It involved time travel, and our lack of mastery of it. I really need to write these things down when I come up with them.

Instead, how about this:

“Wednesday has been cancelled, due to a scheduling error.”
–Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 2

And yeah, if you’re not already familiar with Welcome to Night Vale, I recommend you check it out. It’s like NPR meets the Twilight Zone, with a large helping of H. P. Lovecraft on the side. I love it so much that I’ve already run one game related to it, and have two more coming up at Ambercon US. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s amazing, and it will change your life, and don’t listen to it in the dark. That pretty much covers it.

Upcoming shows

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It’s pretty unusual for me to already have shows lined up this early in the year. But nonetheless, I do.

First, I’ll have a table at Norwescon, April 17-20, at the SeaTac Doubletree. This is a long running fantasy and sci-fi convention (this is Norwescon 37!), and I’m very excited to be vending there for the first time! I’m working hard to get a lot of stock ready for this show, as I think my stuff is going to do very well here!

After that, I will be at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird, May 31-June 1, at the Comcast Arena in Everett. Oddmall started in Ohio, and has been running there for a while now. This past fall, they brought it to the Seattle area, and I decided to give it a shot. I did really well there, so when they scheduled this one, I signed up right away. The same organizers are also putting on the PNW Nerdfest in November (which I’ve also already signed up for!).

I may have one or two other shows over the summer, depending on what comes up, but then I’m hopeful to add GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Handmade (formerly EtsyRain) show to my fall roster.

Speaking of “depending on what comes up,” if you’ve got a show you’re putting together, and are looking for someone to sell awesome and weird crocheted things, drop me a line, either in the comments or at scarywhitegirl (at) gmail (dot) com. You can see the types of things I make at Scary White Girl Designs. I’m always happy to try out new shows, assuming they don’t conflict with the 8 million other things I’ve got going on this year! How is it that it’s February, and I’m already crazy booked for a good chunk of the year?!

Keeping your fingers warm

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I spent a good chunk of yesterday photographing and editing the photos for a bunch of stuff for my shop. It was all roses (which I’ve been making in droves) and wrist warmers (which I’ve needed to restock for a while). I was really pleased that I got all of the photographs I needed, that they all turned out good (yay, new camera!), and that I got ALL of them edited in a single day! That’s a big accomplishment!

I really love the wrist warmers I make because they do a surprisingly good job of keeping even your fingers warm, despite not covering your fingers. I don’t know the science behind it, but I do know that it works. My office is in an old building, with odd notions of “climate control.” I sit at the front desk, which doesn’t have its own radiator, but rather relies on the heat from the smaller offices to keep it warm. And when the air conditioner kicks on, it ends up blowing on me. So I keep a pair of wrist warmers in my desk drawer, to pull on when I can no longer feel my fingers from the cold. They work like a charm!

The wrist warmers I make are from all synthetic materials, so no worries about wool allergies. They can be worn loose at the wrist, or buttoned up (with matching or contrasting buttons, depending on the pair) to keep them snug around your wrist. Super cute!