I love this billboard! It’s great for Halloween time!
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes!
I love this billboard! It’s great for Halloween time!
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes!
I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. I am so excited that they have brought Halloween back to the game. On the first of the month, Jack visited me and asked if I wanted to be one of his loyal subjects.
Since it’s my favorite holiday, I agreed and I am eagerly collecting candy and Halloween masks to wear on that wonderful night!
If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.
I love this comic from The Ideal Cat! Click on the image to see the whole comic.
The next time I’m bugged because Lucy is crawling under the covers with me, I’m going to remember this and know that she will protect me from lurking vampires.
This tutorial for how to make monster skin is AWESOME!
I love how it looks like he is an alien from the miniseries, V!
It’s a complicated process, using Sculpey clay for a mold for the reptilian skin and lots of liquid latex. If you have an allergy to latex, then this isn’t for you, but if you don’t this is a terrific way to make your costume SO believable!
I love this video of the song, Grim Grinning Ghosts, sung by the Dapper Dans in Disneyland.
This song just makes me excited for Halloween!
If you were able to sleep well last night, just imagine living here:
It’s a spider colony in Brazil.
If you can’t watch the video right now, here is a glimpse of it from Señor Gif:
The next time you feel like we are safe here on this little planet, remember there are huge colonies of spiders just waiting to take over the world.
Why do things scare us?
He found a lot of the images here:
If you’re trying to think of some easy and silly ideas for your Halloween costume, Troye Sivan had some good ones last year.
Some of the ideas are kind of dorky, but they gave me a chuckle.
I found these awesome pictures on Haunted Mansion Backstage. Here is the description:
At Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, they removed the classic Hitchhiking Ghosts mirror effect (where the ghosts follow you home) and replaced it with a 3D computer animated, interactive effect. Phineas, Ezra and Gus now have a little fun with you, the Doombuggy riders. They’ll switch your heads, or blow your heads up like balloons, or shine a lantern and make your heads disappear. It’s pretty impressive.
Haunted Mansion Head Removal Lantern
Haunted Mansion Head Switching
Haunted Mansion Roof Rider
Haunted Mansion Head Blowup
Last year, my sister, Stacey, came as Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games. She won for Beast of Show, meaning that she got 3-4 votes in EVERY category, giving her the most votes anyone received last year. It’s not surprising, because her costume was PERFECT!
We worked long and hard on her clothes, turning a horrendous pantsuit from the 80s into the jacket. A overly frilly t-shirt from the 90s became her skirt. She went to extra effort on her flowery headpiece and choker as well.
And her HAIR!! That is HER hair (not a wig), curled, backcombed and sprayed white and pink! She said she had to take a TWO hour shower to get all the coloring out of her hair.
You can barely see it, but we even were completely authentic with her finger nails.
After gluing on artificial nails that were the proper length, I used Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush in Lady Luck for the base.
Using a makeup sponge, I dabbed on China Glaze’s Cleopatra glitter polish on the tips.
I followed this YouTube tutorial:
It’s surprising how little details like your manicure can make or break a costume. Stacey went all out last year and she ended up with the Beast of Show prize for it!
This year at Comic Con, Felicia Day went with a comic book look for her makeup that really knocked my socks off.
It reminds me of the makeup that M.A.C Cosmetics did back in 2010:
More pictures of that here:
Last year, I won a prize for Scariest Costume for my Raiders of the Lost Ark Melting Nazi Costume.
After the break is a tutorial for how I made the mask… (Continue Reading…)
Today is October first and this entire month is devoted to Halloween, the best holiday of the year! This year, we start out with a bright look into the last half of the best ride in Disneyworld: The Haunted Mansion! Haunted Mansion Backstage had these photos of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyworld. Here’s what they said about it:
Not exactly backstage, but here’s a cool lights-on peek near the end of the Graveyard scene after a ride stop and evacuation at the WDW Mansion. Every time I ride the Mansion I wish for this to happen to me! Ride stops, eventually lights come on and a CM has to escort us out. Please! :)
I LOVE Halloween, so the blog entries for this month are going to be devoted to the lovely holiday!
In this town, we call home, everybody hail to the pumpkin song!
Life’s no fun without a good scare…
SecondWatch Blog found some Swatch knockoffs in Milan. Here is a Google Translation of their site:
Milan yesterday for me eye fell on three watches are very similar in form and packaging in the New Gent Swatch. The watches are very similar at first glance to New Gent and the box is almost identical in form. The sale price is 69,00 euro, a unique choice as “expensive”. The brand has seen fit to “imitate” in the form of our Swatch.
I have seen lots of watches that are borrowing from Swatch’s style, but I haven’t seen any that are trying to pass as Swatches, right down to the packaging. Why does Europe have all the cool stuff?!
There are some days that shine a little differently than others. I don’t know if it is caused by extra neurons firing in my brain or if the sun hits the world at a slightly different angle, but there are days that are just prettier than others.
Today is one of those days and the vision of a snail crossing the sidewalk on our walk back home from dropping the boy off at school was lovely to me.
Whether it’s misfiring neurons or the slant of a late summer sun in the morning, I don’t care. I’m just going to enjoy the beauty and wish for more moments like this.
I snapped this photo of a little boy wishing he could buy fireworks at the local fireworks trailer last year in Arco, ID. It was such a beautiful moment for me.
Watching him look at the fireworks so longingly reminded me of my childhood experience of the Fourth of July. My family was Jehovah Witness, so I wasn’t allowed to celebrate the birth of our nation. I felt a pathetic longing every time I heard the cracks and whistles of fireworks going on outside our house while I tried to sleep. I felt guilty every time I enjoyed seeing fireworks lit by other families on the street.
That little boy, hanging out at the fireworks trailer, wishing beyond hope that he could buy some represents EXACTLY how I felt every year during Independence Day.
I love this tutorial on how to make a patriotic cake:
You can see the full list of ingredients on the Lifehacker website:
Two vanilla cake mixes (although you might want to get a third just in case you screw something up or want to make a bigger cake), plus any ingredients those mixes call for. You can make the cake from scratch, but we tried it that way this year and it tasted like a sugary egg sponge. Using a mix is faster and it tasted much better to us.
Two Three containers of vanilla frosting. Any standard-sized store brand will do. (You won’t need all the frosting in both containers, but you’ll need more than one.)
One bottle of red food dye and one bottle of blue food dye. It’s a little troubling, but you’ll use it all up.
8″ or 9″ cake pans, depending on how much cake you’re going to get out of the cake mix you bought. (Most cake mixes can make two 9″ cakes, so you should be fine either way.)
A 4″ cookie tin top (or anything that can cut an even 4″ circle out of cake).
I saw this last year and it made me want to make the cake, but I had seen it AFTER the fourth of July, so maybe this year!
I love this manicure from Nailside: 4th of July nails.
I did a similar manicure last year: Pick Me! » Patriotic Fingernails
The wind has been relentless the last few days. Whenever people ask me about Daybreak, they NEVER ask me about the wind.
They ask me about:
But the WIND!
They never ask about the wind that will:
Sometimes they ask about the Daybreak Stench. The wind DOES bring that smell about once a month. I had a commenter complain about it:
As a recent resident of daybreak I just got my first ‘whiff’ and it is APPALLING!! It is absolutely unacceptable and the public should be told about it so they can make an educated decision about the move here. That landfill needs to be shut down!! It can not be healthy and it is a ridiculous statement that you made to ‘stop whining’. Insist on a higher level of living. Become active on fixing the problem…don’t pretend that it doesn’t exist. That’s just pathetic.
I find it interesting that the rich folk here in Daybreak think that the solution is to “shut down” the landfill. Where do they think their garbage goes? Apparently, they don’t want it to go in the county landfill. Do they think the neighborhood would smell better if each family had to deal with their own garbage? I wonder how they would like to have to burn, compost or bury their own waste in their own backyard.
As I said before, the Daybreak Stench doesn’t smell all that bad to me. It reminds me of a very happy childhood, just like the smell of a dead skunk on the side of the highway. So many people HATE the smell of a skunk, even if the animal died miles away, but at a certain distance, I’ve found that I like that smell.
I know I’m not SUPPOSED to like it.
I know that dead skunks and landfills are supposed to smell bad, but they don’t to me. This morning, the wind brought the Daybreak Stench into my open windows and I felt joyful. It reminded me of spring mornings in West Valley. It brought to my mind skateboarding on my orange, plastic skateboard all day long, around and around my block in Cherrywood. It made me smile.
I believe that ANY smell can be good or bad, depending on the memories that are attached to it. If you live a few years here in Daybreak and they are happy ones, then the Daybreak Stench will be a happy reminder of your time here. It will remind you of your early morning walks around the lake. It will bring to mind your happy bike rides along the trails, saying hi to the people you passed. It will remind you of the morning after a relentless wind when you finally found the right brick to put on your BBQ cover to keep it in place.
It’s like what William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Should you move to Daybreak? I don’t know. If you are an entitled elitist who believes that landfills should be closed down and insists on “a higher level of living,” then maybe this wonderful neighborhood isn’t for you. Go find another neighborhood and let a NICE person move here instead.
I love the story of Jane Eyre. Here is episode one of a modernized version of it:
The beginning doesn’t give you a good feel for the storytelling, so here is episode 2:
I’m so excited about this! It’s actually better than Sanditon (an unfinished Jane Austen novel) so far, but maybe Sanditon will get better. You can see the first episode of it here:
I’ve never read Sanditon, so that might be the difficulty I’m having with that series.
I like them both, though! Give ‘em a watch!
I love these PBS remixes so much. They just make me cry.
Mr. Rogers was AWESOME!
I laughed my head off at this funny little prank. These guys dressed up like a secret society, complete with chanting monks, candles and a strange, presenting the tip ceremony and then called to order pizza. Hilarious!
See this is a prank. It’s fun, it’s funny, it doesn’t hurt anyone, and it gives the guy getting pranked a good story to tell with no skin off his back.
This video made me rethink everything I’ve thought about music and nostalgia.
Instead of listening to our individual music with headphones, we should be listening to our music together to create an identity as a family. I remember every morning listening to my New Wave music with my mom as we got ready every morning. It was really a bonding experience and I want to have that with Sean, so we need to banish the headphones and listen together, even if we have to listen to the Rainbow Connection over and over until I want to scream. In the end, it will remind me of this time when he is grown and gone.
Stacey and Dan bought me the BEST mini fingernail polish set last week! It’s called Life’s A Beach from Sephora. I immediately did a manicure the night they gave it to me because I loved all the colors. Mike talked me out of coloring a different color on each finger, despite the fact that they had conveniently given me TEN colors and TEN fingers to match. Instead, I took my favorites and made a manicure that I LOVE!
Here’s a closeup of the flower.
I had so much fun with this. I know this manicure will last about a week, but I’m so tempted to take it off to do another one with the colors from that mini kit!
Two months before he showed up on our doorstep, I watched this movie on Netflix: Happythankyoumoreplease
It’s one of those movies with WAY too many plot lines, but it was good. I did have a moment when I screamed at the television set, “Kids don’t just show up in your life like that!”
I am here to tell you now that yes, yes they do. And as of two weeks ago, we have full custody of an 11-year-old boy who just showed up on our doorstep in a strangely Dickensian manner.
I watched a video from Polish and Pearls the other day and was inspired to try one of my own. I did the rosebud manicure.
Here is a closeup of the rosebud:
I used the following polishes: (Continue Reading…)
Jenna Marbles made a great video about what she is awesome at and suggested that we all make that list and post it where we can see it every day.
This video is not safe for work, by the way.
I love how she finishes the video:
So make yourself a nice list and hang it somewhere you can remind yourself every day of something that you’re good at. So when that freakin’ boy is hangin’ out with Beth again, you’re startin’ to feel sad, just go to your list and go, like, “Oh, yeah! I make bangin’ grilled cheese samwiches. In your face, muthafugger! Ain’t nobody gonna bring me down!”
Man, I need to make that list for myself…
I just heard that Roger Ebert has died. This makes me sad. Here is the best speech I’ve ever seen from him.
Here are my favorite quotes from Roger Ebert:
I found this video of a cartoon by Disney called The Little House. I had seen it many times on television when I was a kid and even had the little record and story book for it.
The cartoon tells the story of the little house who originally lived in the country, but the city grew up around her.
Although the architecture and coloring is different, the houses are very similar.
Eventually, the city overtakes the neighborhood and The Little House finds herself surrounded by high rise buildings.
It very a similar story to the Up House.
In fact, in both stories, the house has been anthropomorphized as a female.
Both houses even fall into disrepair at some point in the story.
I think Up was such a powerful movie and so many of us were able to believe that the house was “Ellie” because we had seen The Little House as children. We had seen this story years and years before.
One of the first manicures I ever pinned on Pinterest was this one from normandlou:
I finally tried one on my own that looks awesome for spring.
Here is a close-up of one of the fingers.
For the base coat, I used On A Trip by Wet N Wild. It’s a lavender hue, even though it turned out almost blue in the photos.
For the dots, I used:
I had a lot of fun doing this manicure and although it was twice the work of my Faux Nail Lingerie Manicure, I like it even better.
I love this video from Lancome about how to do eye makeup. For a girl like me, who LOVES makeup, but feels a little behind, videos like this are a godsend.
After I watched this video, I immediately thought that I couldn’t possibly do this without that fancy eye shadow from Lancome. The cheapest I could find it was for 38 bucks at Amazon, by the way.
The more I looked at the palette, however, the more I realized that I HAVE all those colors in my Sephora Makeup Kit, which ironically costs about the SAME as just one set of eyeshadow from Lancome. I can’t wait to try this out with my own eyeshadow!
Here is a screen shot of the watch.
It’s the Pink Champagne Swatch LL105. It’s not one I own, so I wouldn’t have recognized it if it hadn’t been for Richard.
I haven’t seen 13 Going On 30 either, but now that I see that there are some retro scenes, it makes me want to try it out.
Speaking of Swatches in places that I wouldn’t expect them. I saw a Maxi Swatch in the background in the British television series, My Mad Fat Diary. Khloe is sitting in front of one in Rae’s room in Season 1 Episode 3 at the 47:42 minute mark:
They’ve blocked the face, so I can’t tell which one it is, but it’s definitely a Maxi Swatch.
In Season 1 Episode 2 at the 35:04 mark, however, there is an anachronism. Rae is wearing an Indigo Lacquered Swatch, which only was released in the Summer of 2012. I know that’s really nit-picky, but Swatch didn’t even MAKE watches in that size back in the Nineties.
Of course, Coupling is its own anachronism. The British TV series is one of my favorite from the Nineties. Oliver’s “Naked” living room had a Maxi Swatch on its wall in Season 4 Episode 5 at the 15:49 mark:
Unfortunately, they hung the watch UPSIDE DOWN on the wall, so it looks really strange. It’s amazing to me how important that is. I can’t look at that picture without wanting to FIX the watch on the wall.
I feel a little silly documenting the glimpses of Swatches I’ve seen in movies and television, but it makes me happy somehow. It’s as if my past and my love for the watches transcended me and found itself in my favorite movies and shows, giving me validation. I’ll keep looking for them and share with you whatever I find.
My friend, Christy, linked to this entry on Pinterest:
Its a children’s book called, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?,” about the concept of doing good deeds for other people to make yourself feel better and happier.
You can see the book read here:
It’s the perfect way to visualize why it’s so important to do good deeds. It’s the reason I pick up garbage on the side of the road when I’m out for my daily walk. It’s how I try to conduct myself every day. I have such a hard time explaining why it’s important to be nice to people, but this book is the perfect explanation.
The incredible NakedJen picked up these Loreal Nail Lingerie stickers for me at Sundance in January. I love them so much that I refuse to USE them. I have literally looked at them, planned on trying them out and deciding to “save” them for a special event at least three times. It’s not like I have a special event planned anytime soon. I just think they’re too pretty to just put on for the fun of it.
Instead, I made my own manicure, imitating the style. I used OPI’s My Very First Knockwurst for the base coat.
But fiction speaks to people. Even fiction like mine acts to tell someone, somewhere, that they’re not alone.
You want tangible, social benefits to writing fiction? There are people walking around today because other people wrote words that spoke to them. That’ll do.
One of the portions of my vision is, “My creativity heals myself and others.” It’s my goal as a writer to HELP other people through my words. I hope that is true. Based on the response I’ve received, I think the best I’ve ever done is this piece:
I wrote it back in 2004 and I STILL get comments from people saying that it helped them. I hope to write more entries just as helpful over the years. It’s my goal as a writer and it appears Warren Ellis feels the same.
I love floor plans and when I saw the deviantART account for Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, I squealed with delight. Mostly, because there is the floor plan for Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment from The Big Bang Theory. Click any of these to see it full-sized.
Here is Penny’s apartment as well. How she can afford so much square footage in Pasadena on a waitress salary is beyond me.
Here they are together.
After looking at it, I realize how HUGE these apartments are. Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment is easily over 1000 square feet. The cheapest apartment I could find in Pasadena on Rent.com was $1275 for exactly 1000 square feet. I can understand how Caltech University professors can afford that, but Penny is over-stretching her budget. How does she do it?!
Not very well, apparently…
I love this animated GIF I found on I CAN DO IT.
It’s the most adorable raccoon hugging a kitty. It just makes me happy to see it repeat over and over.
This GIF is taken from this video:
In the video, it appears that the raccoon is more intent on eating the kitty than hugging it, but it’s still SUPER CUTE!
I love this image from I CAN DO IT.
Take what you need: love, hope, faith, happiness, courage, and peace.
The next time you’re feeling down in the dumps, imagine this paper hanging on a wall just for you and tear off whatever it is you need to make it through the day. Heck, take the whole dang paper!
A special thank you to Thom Allen for sending me the link to this candy heart that says, Pick Me! posted by cuteculturechick.(Continue Reading…)
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