Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bookish (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts #14

Good morning friends! Its been awhile since I wrote one of these. Back to it :)

But first - happy almost Thanksgiving! I won't be blogging tomorrow so I'm saying it now. Do you have any awesome plans? I'll just be chilling with Andrew and my family, eating too much food and then feeling bad about it and then eating more food. It'll be awesome.

Pusheen Thanksgiving

1. I've been sort of in a reading slump lately, but the last book I finished was Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris. Overall it was a fun read, but nothing I'd really write home about (but would apparently blog about...huh). I enjoyed his writing; it's funny and clever, but the layout of the book is what got to me. It's set up like a Choose Your Own Adventure Book, which in theory sounds really cool. Unfortunately, if you're actually interested in learning about the life of Neil Patrick Harris, it's not the easiest format to work with. It hops around from different points in his life, with a bunch of humorous fake chapters thrown in, and unless you start the book over and over again you're never going to get the full story. My favorite parts were when he wrote about his career in theatre and hosting the Tony Awards multiple times :)

Choose Your Own Autobiography

2. I got my first smart phone last week! Yeah, welcome to the 21st century, Natalie. On the downside, I'm not on my parents phone plan anymore...#adulting. Also, my new phone is strangely huge. It's kind of nice having such a big screen, but the phone doesn't fit in any of my pockets! So if I want to bring my phone with me I either have to bring my purse, or just hold it in my hand (first world problems, I KNOW).

3.
So animal multi-tools are a thing. I totally don't need one, but aren't they fun to look at? I can't stop watching this gif! You can get one for $20 on kikkerland.com.


4. Can someone tell what the big deal is about Snapchat? I don't get it. I installed it last weekend because I wanted to enter the Quirksgiving Challenge, and one of the challenges I needed to do was send them a snap of some of my Quirk books (which I also posted on Instagram, because idk). So I took the picture and logged into Snapchat and tried to look where to upload the picture I took. Then I realized that the point is actually to take the picture with the camera IN Snapchat, not to upload your own. Luckily I finally figured out how to upload my own anyway. But again, I don't really see the point. You're just sharing pictures, pictures that don't even last, because they delete themselves after people view them, or something like that. So doesn't that just make it like Instagram?! Like what's the upside of all my Snaps disappearing? One of the things I like about taking pictures and using Instagram is documenting memories. OR if you just want to send the picture to one specific person, why wouldn't you just text it to them? Help me figure this out, guys,

5. One of the first apps I put on my new phone was the game Fallout Shelter, which I've been wanting to play foooorrrrrrrever! There's not much to the game, but it still manages to be super addicting. It's basically like The Sims, but you don't create your characters and there's a lot more of them to take care of. It takes place in the same universe as Fallout, but you act as the overseer of your own vault. You build it however you want, and you attract new dwellers to your vault, and you have to assign them jobs to keep the vault running properly while also keeping them really happy. The other day they added some holiday touches to everyone's vaults so your dwellers can enjoy Thanksgiving, too :P Here are two closeups from my vault:

Fallout Shelter

That's from the water treatment facility. The dwellers with higher stats like to get a little salty sometimes >_> Below shows some of the Thanksgiving stuff in the dining room! There's more decorations in the sleeping quarters, but there weren't any people inside there at the time, which is boring. Hahah.


6. I just finished (like literally, 15 minutes ago) volume 1 of the comic series Kill Shakespeare.

"What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare."

Kill Shakespeare volume 1

It sounded really interesting, but right now I'm still pretty "meh" about it. The writing is good (if you're into Shakespeare) but I wasn't really into the art. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly interesting, so it got pretty boring after awhile. Another thing I wasn't sure about was how the original Shakespeare story lines work in the Kill Shakespeare universe. I mean three of our heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello) very clearly died in their plays, but here they are. Same thing goes for almost all the other characters we meet. So I thought, ok, maybe this is before all that happened. But later in the story when Othello and Iago meet up, there's some tension that's very clearly caused from the events in the play. So, I don't know. I imagine this question has already been asked/answered somewhere else so I'll go look into that.

I guess that's all for today. Have a good Thanksgiving! And stock up on peppermint tea in case you eat too much!! Booking (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted every Wednesday on Bookishly Boisterous :)


Friday, November 20, 2015

My #Nerdvember Outfits! ~ Part 1

Earlier in the month, I talked about a fun little challenge called #Nerdvember! It's hosted by the blog Set To Stunning, and as the title implies it happens every November ;) The goal is to wear and photograph yourself in a geeky themed outfit every day (or as many days as possible...or as many days as you want, I won't tell you how to live your life) in November. How many days you participate in determines which prize tier you're eligible for. Although just because you complete X amount of days doesn't automatically mean you win anything, #Nerdvember is more about having fun than winning prizes! I participated last year and completed 23 days and was hoping that this year I could top that. So far I've already missed a couple days, so I guess we'll see what happens, hahah.


Anyway! I thought it'd be fun to share a round-up of my outfits so far. Some I'm more proud of than others. The rules state that technically you only need to be wearing one piece of themed clothing to count. I try to make it at least two pieces when I can, but sometimes when I'm in a hurry - or just sick and feeling crappy, as I am right now - a t-shirt is as good as it's gonna get :( Since I don't do a whole lot of clothes shopping, most of the pieces you'll see are relatively old-ish. I'll provide the links to items when I can, or links to very similar items if I can't find the exact same thing (heads up: some of which might be affiliate links - this means if you click on the link and decide to buy something I get a very tiny percentage of the sale, providing me with a few bucks to pay my rent.)


Day 1 - Wicket! Alright so day one was SORT OF cheating, but hear me out. I was at work from 6pm on October 31st to about 3:30am that night/morning of November 1st.. So I left my house when it was technically Halloween, and I wore my Ewok hood until I got home at 4am the next day. So TECHNICALLY I was dressed as an Ewok for four and half hours on November 1st. So it counts. Right?
Ewok hood: handmade by my mom (similar one on Etsy!)

Day 2 - Hello Kitty Pajama Time On day 2 I was exhausted (from day 1, also I hurt my leg being dumb), so once I got back from work I threw on my cozy Hello Kitty robe, socks, and called it a day. As you can tell, #Nerdvember was off to a great start for me.
Robe: Kohl's (similar) / Socks: Gifted (similar-ish)


Day 3 - Beauty and the Beast I love these Beauty and the Beast pins my mom gave me, it's my favorite Disney movie! To go with them I wore my rose printed shirt and rose earrings :)
Pins: Gifted / Earrings: Forever 21 (links to similar set also from Forever 21) / Shirt: Merona 

Day 4 - Sailor Moon I'm so in love with my Moon Crisis necklace, but I don't wear it very often because it's so big and I get self conscious. I paired it with my black cat printed hoodie...the pairing was kind of a stretch, but I was imagining the black cats as Luna!
Necklace: Hell Yeah Sweet N Sour / Hoodie: Mossimo Supply Co.


Day 6 - BlizzCon Day 6 landed on the first day of Blizzcon! The Murkidan pin came in my BlizzCon goody bag, and I painted my nails to match!
Pin: BlizzCon exclusive, sorry! Glowstick nail polish: Wet N Wild / Black crackle polish: Sally Hansen (I have this in three different colors, I LOVE it!)

Day 7 - Marceline I only started to get in to Adventure Time earlier this year, and my favorite character is Marceline! I tried channeling my inner Marceline by wearing her signature grey top and red shoes. I don't think her shoes were covered in red glitter but...oh well :)
V-neck: Mossimo Supply Co (I have this shirt in five different colors and practically live in them) / Shoes: Walmart (similar)


Day 8 - Hello Kitty (Round 2) I have a LOT of Hello Kitty stuff, so I'm pretty sure there will be at least one more Hello Kitty day before the month is over! It's hard to see, but in my Hello Kitty necklace she's wearing a pink ribbon instead of her signature red bow. It was being sold last year by The Red Bow, and for every necklace sold they donated $5 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (I'm not in Canada, but the shop is...) I paired it with my Hello Kitty shoes!
Necklace: The Red Bow (no longer available, but check out the shop anyway!) / Shoes: Vans (but no longer available at Vans, so the link is for them on Amazon!)

Day 9 - Star Wars One of my favorite Star Wars shirts (except I kinda stole it from Andrew), and my space sweat pants! I stayed in that day, hahah. The pants were an impulse buy when I found them at Ross a few months ago. I paid $15 for them, which for Ross I thought was a bit pricey, but I couldn't let them go! I'd never heard of the brand, but I looked it up just now so I could link it here and they're on the site for $40! So I guess it really was a steal. The quality is REALLY great though, and if I had more money to spend I'd totally throw $40 at another pair.
Shirt: Hot Topic / Sweats: Brooklyn Cloth


Day 10 - Snorlax It's funny because on the day I decided to be extra lazy with my outfit I put on a SNORLAX t-shirt. Which wasn't the intention at the time, I just really like that shirt. It says "keep calm and zzz" under the picture of Snorlax.
Shirt: We Love Fine (not avail, but practically identical one on RedBubble)

Day 11 - The Walking Dead The night before I had finished playing season two of Telltale's The Walking Dead game, and they have some evil story writers on that team because I was WRECKED you guys. POOR CLEMENTINE. Ugh. So, I don't own any Walking Dead merch except for this button my mom got me. It has Michonne, who wasn't in the game, but it's still pretty fitting because the upcoming Telltale game is ALL ABOUT MICHONNE.
Pin: Gifted / Denim jacket: thrifted / Shirt: Old Navy Boyfriend Tee

That's all for now :) I'll be posting a second recap post once #Nerdvember is done, but until then you can see what else I've worn so far and keep up with me day-to-day by following me on Instagram! Are you participating in #Nerdvember? Link me to your photos if I'm not following you already! I LOVE seeing the outfits others are coming up with!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BlizzCon Goody Bag Unboxing! (Or Unbagging?)

BlizzCon Goody Bag 2015

As I've already made obvious, I spent the weekend of the 6th and 7th watching BlizzCon, thanks to the amazing BlizzCon powers of the virtual ticket! With the virtual ticket, you're able to have a front row seat to ALL the panels and events at BlizzCon, streamed live right onto your computer or TV (the TV option is only if you have DirecTV - which I don't - but I still think it's a cool idea. Maybe in the future they'll branch out)! Blizzard first started selling virtual tickets in 2009 (I think, don't quote me on that), but this year was the first time they also offered virtual ticket holders the option to purchase the official BlizzCon 2015 Goody Bag, filled with all the same loot that physical BlizzCon attendees would be receiving, too! Is this necessary? Well, no. But if you're stuck at home because you couldn't make the trip to Anaheim or afford the $200 ticket...then I have to admit that it's a sweet consolation prize. Plus waving around your inflatable psiblade along with everyone else at the opening ceremony - even though you're doing it from your couch - is surprisingly fun.

So anyway, Blizzard said the bags would be shipped "on or before November 6, 2015." BlizzCon was held on November 6th and 7th. I was really hoping mine would show up before it started. Like maybe the day before? So I'd have the stuff during BlizzCon. Even if it came in after the 7th it'd still be cool, but having it while BlizzCon was still going on just adds a special touch. So the 6th arrived, but I still had no idea where my bag was. Bummer, but whatever. Andrew and I started watching the opening ceremony, and maybe like, two minutes after they premiered the World of Warcraft movie trailer (Dominic Cooper you guys <3), there was a knock on the door; and there was the UPS dude, with my white and blue box. It was a good morning. A handful of people have asked to see a closer look of what's inside, so I thought it'd be fun to just make a whole post about it! ANYWAY, enough rambling. Here's what's inside!

Presentation wise, I was excited just by the outside of the box it was shipped in, not gonna lie. The image above is of the box, but you can see the original photo I took (minus the editing and stuff) right here. So I open the giant box and pull out...the bag. The goody bag is an actual bag, hahah. It's a canvas messenger bag, with the BlizzCon logo and the logo's for all the Blizzard games embroidered on it. Now I can rep all my favorite games at the same time! Well, I don't play StarCraft, but still. The canvas is nice and thick, and so is the strap. There's a zip up pocket under the flap thingy, and another inside the bag. I was impressed.

BlizzCon Goody Bag

The next think I pulled out was a Heroes of the Storm Funko Mystery Mini box. I don't really collect Funko Pop figures. but I LOVE Heroes of the Storm, so I was excited! I was hoping to get Stitches, Nazeebo, or Diablo, but I ended up with Raynor. Raynor is cool too, though! I would have been happy with any of them. Well, I might have been a little bummed if I got Nova. Hahah. I hope they decide to expand on this collection, because I'd love to see Malfurion and Sgt. Hammer! Lunara would be cool too, but since she's not even released in the game yet I imagine we won't be getting figures of her anytime soon.

Heroes of the Storm Funko Mystery Mini Raynor

Then I pulled out this sweet Murkidan enamel pin! I love murlocs, they're so cute. See? Hahah. This year for BlizzCon they designed a new murloc that's a combo of your regular murloc and Illidan (who looks like this, if you're wondering). All ticket holders (virtual and regular) also get one of these bad boys as a battle pet in World of Warcraft. Aside from the messenger bag, this pin is my favorite item! I want to put the pin ON the bag, but I've lost pins that way before and I don't want to risk it. I did wear it on my collar and painted my nails to match that night for my #Nerdvember outfit, though :)

BlizzCon 2015 Murkidan Pin

Next up was this little chibi Diablo key chain! Isn't the Lord of Terror so adorable? He's made of the rubber material that anime key chains are always made out of. I also love that he's double sided (all the other key chains like this I own are just black on the other side). Diablo butt! He's hanging from my BlizzCon bag right now.

BlizzCon 2015 Diablo Key Chain

This one doesn't photograph well, and at first I didn't even know what it was. I mean, obviously it's the Overwatch logo, but it's made out of solid plastic and it took me a minute to realize it's a sticker! Andrew thinks we should put it on the car next to our Star Wars bumper sticker, but we're still undecided. I'm not a big FPS gamer so I'm not 100% sold on Overwatch yet. Andrew is really enjoying it, though.


Then I pulled out this really cute Hearthstone luggage tag! It's also made out of that rubbery key chain material, but up close the detailing looks so nice! I don't do much traveling, but I'm going to hang it from one of my bags anyway! I used to play Hearthstone all. the. time. - until Heroes of the Storm came out and took its place ;)

BlizzCon 2015 Hearthstone Luggage Tag

The final item is cool, but admittedly my least favorite of the bunch. An inflatable psi blade, from Starcraft! First of all, I don't play Starcraft. Second, it doesn't actually stay inflated for very long. Maybe a couple hours? Then it deflates and you have to blow it up again. So even if I was into Starcraft, this wouldn't even be suitable for displaying purposes. I don't know if everyone's did that, or maybe mine was just a dud. In addition to all that, I'm really trying to cut down on random stuff that just sits around. My apartment is too small for collecting! I mean, I don't need any of the other stuff that came in the bag, but at least they each have a purpose. An inflatable psi blade is going to sit on your shelf taking up space. And yeah, I know the exact same thing can be said about my Raynor figure, but at least I like him in Heroes of the Storm.


Overall I'm really happy with everything I got! I love having some Blizzard swag to show my love of some of my favorite games. Prior to this I didn't own ANYTHING Blizzard related (aside from the actual games, of course). I was always drooling over the cool World of Warcraft and Diablo stuff I'd see online, but I never bought any of it because I hate spending $35 on a t-shirt (I'm cheap). Currently I bring my BlizzCon messenger bag with me everywhere, even though people keep asking why do you need a bag so big? Because I wanna! Or because I have a lot of bullshit to carry around. Either one :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tales from the Bookshelf - Station Eleven & Fangirl

I have so many book reviews to catch up on! Today I'm only going to catch up on two of them, though - Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, and Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell! I actually finished one of them back in the beginning of October...oops. Uhm, anywaaayyy...

Station Eleven

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. - Goodreads

An apoclypse book without any zombies! This alone gets the book some brownie points from me. Station Eleven was published in January 2014, but after winning a bunch of awards in 2015 it's just getting even more popular. I really liked some parts of it, but felt that other parts were really lacking. The book opens in the middle of a performance of King Lear with Arthur Leander, actor and sort-of womanizer. He's playing the starring role, and acting alongside him is child actress Kirsten Raymonde. In the audience is Jeevan Chaudhary, ex-magazine reporter turned EMT, who runs onstage as Arthur falls over from a heart attack. As Jeevan leaves the theatre that night we learn about the soon-to-be apocalypse, which starts off simply as a flu brought to the states on an airplane from Russia. The story is told in various segments told from Arthur, Kirsten, and Jeevan, along with Arthur's first wife, Miranda, and his former best friend, Clark.

Station Eleven comic
Art by Nathan Burton

Shortly before his death, Arthur gave Kirsten a set of comics called “Station Eleven," which she still carries with her twenty years later. It's about a space station designed to be like a small planet, trapped in two different states of twilight or total darkness. The main character in the comic, Dr. Eleven, tries to forget “the sweetness of earth” while Kristen is still trying to remember what the world used to be like. Arthur and this comic is mostly what ties all the characters together.

I'm usually iffy on stories from multiple perspectives. Sometimes they're really fascinating (Cloud Atlas) and sometimes they're a mess (The Night Circus). In Station Eleven sometimes the stories were pieced really well together, but other times I found myself asking what Part A had to do with Part B. For example I often found Jeevan's chapters kinda pointless after the flu started to spread. Overall I enjoyed this book, but I felt like it was left unfinished. There are a lot of threads picked up that don't really go anywhere :(

Fangirl

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath it's something more. Fandom is life. It's what got her and her sister, Wren, through losing their mom. It's what kept them close.
And now that she's starting college, introverted Cath isn't sure what's supposed to get her through. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? - Goodreads

I originally picked up Fangirl because NovelTea Bookclub is reading Carry On for November (the sort-of-but-not-really-sequel). I ordered Carry On from the library, but it still hasn't shown up :( Anyway, I'd had my eye on Fangirl for awhile, but never felt like I had to read it right away because it's based around fanfiction, which I don't read and am not super interested in (sorry). I'm so glad I finally read it, though! Random tidbit I recently learned - Fangirl started off as a NaNoWriMo novel. I always think it's so cool when I learn that a NaNoWriMo book, written in a MONTH, has turned into a bestseller. Other books in this category are Water for Elephants, Cinder (she also wrote the follow ups Scarlet and Cress in that same month), The Night Circus, and Wool. Not a bad club to be in.

Anyway, let's talk about the actual story. I really liked Cath! She is awesome. When she's in awkward or sticky situations, she doesn't always make the "right" choices, but she makes the one that most of us probably would have made, too. In fact, I found all of the characters really well written. Even the ones I didn't like (I didn't care for Wren, along with another male character who I won't name but if you've read it then you already know who I'm talking about)! You really got a feel for what they were all like, as if you were meeting them in person.

Cath gets a lot of flack for being a super-crazy-huge Simon Snow fan, and she's really big (like, REALLY big) in the fanfiction community. In my head I pictured Simon Snow to be the equivalent to a Harry Potter-esque universe :) Most of the people Cath meets just don't understand that it's such a big deal for Cath, and she's often teased or made to feel bad or guilty about it. I felt really bad for Cath because I know how it feels when people just don't get it, and it can be really hard.

I actually experienced some of it just recently, regarding my BlizzCon virtual ticket. Some people thought it was stupid to have one because "you're not actually there, so what's the point?" I turned down my friends for hanging out that weekend, because I wanted to be home watching (and writing about) BlizzCon. I should mention that they're friends who live in town, so it's not like I'll never see them again, hahah. I'm not that mean. Anyway. If you don't care about the Blizzard universe then I know it doesn't make much sense (and that's ok), but for someone like me, who's been heavily involved in the stories for years, who probably won't ever be able to afford to physically attend BlizzCon - still being able to watch all the new content unfold (live!!! squee!) and spending two days geeking out with millions of other people about it (which only happens once a year) - is a big deal to me! We can't expect everyone to understand everything we're into, so you just gotta learn how to deal. So yeah, I get it. You do you, Cath. Hahah.

What have you been reading? Tell me about it in the comments, and if you've read either of these books let me know what you thought about them!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

My BlizzCon Schedule!

World of Warcraft dance gif
World of Warcraft dance party!

Ok, so I won't be at BlizzCon...not really. But! I have a virtual ticket! Which is literally as close to being there (without actually being there) as it gets. With the virtual ticket you get a front row seat to all the panels, ceremonies, contests and tournaments without having to sit in line for ten years! When I say it like that, it almost sounds better than the real thing, but maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better.

Me IRL when I see how much it would cost to actually go to Blizzcon.

Anyway, Blizzcon starts tomorrow morning (or it starts later today, depending on your time zone and whenever you're reading this). Andrew and I stocked up on snacks and drinks so we can have our own mini viewing party :) We're still bickering over which panels to watch at which time, but since we'll have access to recordings of everything afterwards I guess it really doesn't matter :P We only have one virtual ticket, so we can only stream it on one of our computers. Ideally we each wanted our own, but our computers are literally five feet away from each other - just facing opposite directions, so getting our own tickets would have been stupid. #FirstWorldProblems.

So here's what I'll be watching!

----- Friday -----

11am - Opening Ceremonies: Self explanatory and arguably the most important part of any convention. I'm hoping they'll premiere a full length trailer for the World of Warcraft movie!

12:30pm - World of Warcraft: Legion - World and Content Overview: This is where they'll be sharing a lot of the new content for the Legion expansion, so I'm excited to see all of that! And maybe we'll even get a release date if we're lucky?!

2:15pm - Heroes of the Storm - Hero Deep Dive: As much as I love WoW. Heroes of the Storm is totally my jam right now. In this panel they'll be sharing the new heroes coming to the Nexus!

OR

2:15pm - World of Warcraft Cinematics - The Road to Legion: This panel is a behind-the-scenes look on how they "bring Azeroth's most iconic figures to life." Which is cool, but I'd rather watch the HotS panel listed above. This is where mine and Andrew's first disagreement came in, hahah.

3:30pm - Blood and Treasure - New Content and Features for Reaper of Souls - This is the only Diablo panel going on at BlizzCon. I wonder why? I really like Diablo, so that's a bummer. Anyway, in here they'll be sharing the new zones, powers, monsters and other things. It's been a year and a half since the expansion, Reaper of Souls, was released, so maybe there will be some hints on another?! But I'm not getting my hopes up.

4:00pm - Heroes of the Storm World Championship: I'm not usually one for esports, but like I've said, I love me some Heroes of the Storm. This is going on until 10pm, and continues from 9:45am to 3:00 the next day (the semifinals and the grand final), so more realistically I'll just be popping in and out of this stream. All the tournaments (World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Starcraft) are free to stream, so even if you don't have a virtual ticket you can tune in on their respective Twitch channels.

6:00pm - Costume Contest? Ok so the schedule just says "contests" and there's a few going on, but the one I really want to see is the costume contest (hosted by Wil Wheaton)!

----- Saturday -----

11:30am - Heroes of the Storm - State of the Game: Talking about the evolution of the game and changes coming for some of the heroes, battlegrounds, talents, etc.

1:00pm - The Art and Craft of Cosplay: While I love to dress up, cosplay isn't really my "thing," but I still find it so cool and interesting! This panel will feature some badass cosplayers talking about how to transform into characters from our favorite Blizzard games. Maybe I'll feel inspired to start working on a femme Malfurion cosplay?!

4:00pm - Heroes of the Storm: Battlegrounds: BECAUSE I'M HEROES OF THE STORM FILTH. I'M SORRY. Uhm, so in this panel they'll be talking about the new battlegrounds and objectives on their way to the Nexus. Getting new characters is cool, but I think new battlegrounds are way more fun!

6:30pm - Closing Ceremony: The perfect way to close the weekend! Can't wait to see what they have in store!

So that about covers what I'll be doing this weekend. If you're thinking, "Wow Natalie, you're going to spend all weekend staring at a monitor," then well, you're right.

Raynor Heroes of the Storm Deal With it

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bookish (and not-so Bookish) Thoughts #13

1. How was everyone's Halloween?! I spent it working at the theatre from 6pm - 1am (though my body was saying 2am because the time change and blah blah blah) because we had an 8pm show of Rocky Horror and then another at midnight. I had a lot of fun, though! I wore my Ewok hood, Andrew wore this badass Darth Vader jumpsuit (but had to change before the show started, lame) and our friend was wearing a Jedi robe! Then we realized a girl in the cast was dressed as R2-D2! So year, Star Wars rules. Did you dress up? I love seeing peoples costumes, so tell me all about it in the comments! If you leave a link with pictures I'll show you some internet love, too <3

DIY ewok hood

2. Andrew took me to see The Martian recently, I loved it! I really enjoyed the book by Andy Weir, but I think I like the movie even more. The sciencey stuff in the book was really interesting, but sometimes it dragged on a little so it was easy to get distracted or try to skip parts (shhh...). The movie still has all the sciencey bits, but in shorter spurts and  it'd easier to absorb since it's, you know, visual. I loved the disco soundtrack, too :P

The Martian movie gif matt damon

4. Currently I'm reading Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris. I think I'm almost done with it, but honestly I'm not sure. You read it that same way old school Choose Your Own Adventure type books work, so you flip through different pages and don't just read it all in order. I've already read one of the "endings," but I actually want to read everything, not just one small story line! I'll write about this more soon!

3. #Nerdvember
has started! I participated in the month long challenge (hosted by Set to Stunning) for the first time last year - you can see my first and second recaps right here :) The rules are simple: wear a geeky themed outfit and photograph the evidence for as many days as possible in November! And there's prizes! The more days you participate, the higher prize tier you get added to. Read all the rules and info on how to participate on their blog! This year the biggest challenge for me is figuring out how to use the same pieces without looking the same as I did last year...I don't do a whole lot of clothes shopping, so most of my "geekier" clothes and accessories are just the same ones I used last year. I'll be posting the results here on the blog, but you can also follow along daily on my Instagram! Last year I participated in 23 days, maybe this year I can top that?!

#Nerdvember
Image from Set to Stunning :)

4. But I do have one new piece, just in time for #Nerdvember! My awesome X-Files Jordandene shirt arrived! How perfect is it? Skully and Mulder definitely approve. Be sure to visit her site and see if there's any shirts for YOUR fandoms ;) And even if there's not you should follow anyway, because Jordan's badass and you never know what she'll come out with next!

X-Files I Want to Believe Jordandene

5. Badass Blogger Babe, Anastasia Amour, is getting ready to release her debut book, Inside Out! Check out her announcement here! Anastasia's blog is all about "no bullshit body image advice" and fearless body confidence, which I think we could all benefit from sometimes! Inside Out is a 14 day body image workbook, so it's designed for you to read one chapter a day and do the small exercise that goes along with it. "But Natalie, I don't have time for a workbook." I KNOW, but trust me when I say one chapter isn't going to get in the way of your entire day. Maybe do a chapter in the morning, then you'll be ready to start your day feeling like a badass. Inside Out comes out on November 14th, and you can use the code NATALIEPATALIE15 at checkout for 15% off!

Inside Out, Anastasia Amour

6.  Ok, so who bought their Star Wars tickets? Andrew and I have tickets for 10:30am on the 18th...so technically not the premiere, but it was as close as we could get. See, we'll both be working on a show at the theatre on the night of the 17th. We were hoping there would be a midnight showing of Star Wars so we could go straight after we got out of work. Unfortunately none of the movie theaters around here are having a midnight show; they're all between 7 - 8pm on the 17th :( Are midnight movies not really a thing anymore? Its been so long since I've done that (not since like, Harry Potter maybe?) but I remember in the past that the first showing (if it was a big title anyway) was ALWAYS at midnight. Ah, well, it'll still be fun! I'll be in my Ewok outfit (I've never seen a movie in costume before!!!) and I'm trying to convince Andrew to wear his Darth Vader jumpsuit again :P

7. On the topic of Star Wars, remember the awesome Sent From Mars clutch we were giving away back in August? You can now order them with cross body straps! I really wanted one before, but now I need one. Here's a few from her Star Wars collection, just in time for you to bring to The Force Awakens!

Sent from Mars

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