Unboxing: Loot Crate October 2015 Time

The above video pretty much says it all. This is not the standard, informative Loot Crate Unboxing guide that I regularly post. This is mayhem! This was my brain on Four Loko.

I would like to say that when I contacted Loot Crate about the defective box, they were very nice and helpful. They let me exchange it for another one. Top notch customer service!

Loot Crate Doc Brown

We are a couple, who lives together, so we didn’t actually need duplicates of the BTTF stuff. They were gifted to my dad along with his other Christmas presents and he was ecstatic! He’s also a huge BTTF fan.

If you want to subscribe to Loot Crate, you can do so here. (Note: This is a referral link.)

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Meeting Elvira

Last weekend I attended the Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA again. Yes, I’ve gone quite often in the last few years since it’s fairly close to where I live (about an hour away). I went to meet Elvira (Cassandra Peterson). I’ve been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember. In fact I dressed as her for Halloween in 2005. Even buying my costume was hilarious. My social anxiety was actually worse then so after I found the dress a worker came up to ask if I needed anything and I blurted “A WIG” overly loud. “It’s a wig” emergency!” he declared and he, my sister and myself all had a good laugh. Obviously my costume was a big hit at our party as well because, hey, boobs!

Anyway, back on track, we arrived around the time that she was supposed to show but they were still getting her table ready. Plus the line was forming and yes, it was very large, especially for this small con. So my fiance and I decided to check out the merchandise before getting into line. I (rightly) assumed that we’d be tired after waiting and want to go pretty soon. Plus we had just been sitting in the car for a while so we needed to walk around.

I often see many great cosplayers at the Monroeville Convention Center. However this time while there were a ton of attendees many of the cosplayers weren’t super impressive. I really only feel like accosting strangers who look fantastic so I just got a photo with a guy who had great Darth Maul makeup.

I picked up a few neat presents while we were checking out the dealers. Some of the sellers that I purchased from were the talented RAK and Candy Box Crafts. My man bought the cool necklace that he’s wearing above as well.

Eventually we decided that we better get in Elvira’s line. The people in the line were quite varied. Old, young, conservatively dressed or sporting a metal or goth look. I wore my Coquette capris and a cleavage boosting top with my trusty boots. Yes, being December and all I’m starting to think that I really need to buy the full leggings as well.

It took somewhere from 40 minutes to an hour to reach the table. Some of the people in the line were pretty funny so listening to their convos was pretty interesting. Plus we were stuck by one seller in particular for a while who had some affordable toys. I’m glad that we were staring at his table for a while because they had the original Monopoly which I’ve wanted forever. My man bought it for me as an Xmas present, aw.

As we got closer we were able to watch Cassandra Peterson in action. She’s just as fun as in the movies. She was very informative and funny. We found out that she will be filming another Elvira movie, Movie Macabre soon. Apparently it was a short lived TV series that I somehow missed. You can check it out on YouTube here. She made some great quips like when someone asked her how much an autographed photo was and she said “a million dollars”. She was also holding up her new calendar and pitching it like she was in an infomercial. It was really cute. She did her classic shocked expression pose for lots of attendees which was very neat. Her trainer/assistant was very nice and super buff. She even had a bunch of guys requesting funny poses with her. I thought that the merchandise that Elvira had for sale was great. I would have picked up one or two things in addition to my signed photo if I’d had more money. I really liked the 45 with the Movie Macabre theme song on it and the calendar. My fiance wished he had some extra dough to pick up one of her Zippo lighters. She said that the song was on a record because the person who had worked on it likes them. I later found out, via her site, that Jack White produced it, so cool!

When we got our turn to meet her I was such a mess. When I’m a huge fan of someone I literally shake. So yes I was shaking when her assistant took the photo above, I’m surprised that it came out so well. Elvira quipped “I’m above your head” to my fiance when we showed it to her because of the large banner of her in the background. He got a real kick out of that. At first I lamely said “We love you. You’re so beautiful.”, yes full fangirl mode. Then I told her that I had introduced my fiance to her movies. When I found out that she was attending the con we watched Haunted Hills and her original film. Of course he thought that she was awesome. She responded that I was like Scientology recruiting people for her.

So yeah, she was one of the most fun guests that I’ve met at a con. Some celebs barely look at you or come off as angry. She was super fun, like the persona that she projects on film and TV.

After we met her we had to do one more lap around the dealers’ tables. Usually I would meet more than one guest at a con but the only other person I was interested in meeting was Alan Ruck and he had to cancel. I had already met Peter Mayhew in June at Philly Wizard World so I didn’t feel the need to bother him again. Before we left we had to get a picture with the Lego Spiderman that was assembled near the entrance.

It was so much better going to the convention center with my man than when I’ve gone alone. I even forgot and then realized that I didn’t need to take a Xanax for my anxiety even though there had to be 400-500 people in the room. Hopefully we will get to attend the next con in 2013 too. It is in April and will feature Kevin Sorbo and Ernie Hudson.

Elvira Online
Official Site
Official twitter
Official Facebook
Official YouTube

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Photos of Adorable Animals at the Baltimore Zoo

In 2007 I visited The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with my sister. We had a ton of fun. I just happened to come across these while looking through holiday photos. I was actually surprised to see that I had some decent photos because (as I recall) it was overly hot that day and many animals were taking refuge in their habitats. Since it was years ago I also had a lower megapixel camera but since I was extra photo crazy back then I had a taken a ton of pictures, some of which I find really freakin’ adorable.

I’m not familiar with all of these animals but I used the zoo’s site to try to identify them. When possible I have listed the name of the animal under its photo linked to info on it at the official site. If I’ve misidentified any and you can let me know the actual name in the comments I would appreciate that.

(click the photos for the larger versions)


Coquerel’s Sifaka
This is a type of lemur from Madagascar. It’s so cute that I wished I could’ve kidnapped it.


Chimpanzee
When I visited they had quite a few of these. At one point a child of about 7 years old was standing next to me. He leaned in and touched his face and palms against the glass. A second later the Chimpanzee struck the same pose and the kid jumped about a foot backwards. It was hilarious.


Eastern Screech Owl
This owl had a problem and the zoo rescued it. I believe that it had one eye. They had 1 or 2 other animals with problems too. I thought that it was great how they were taking in those animals.


African Leopard
This leopard was more active than the other animals that day. It was quite entertaining while leaping around.



Addra Gazelle
This is the tallest and largest type of gazelle. It’s also critically endangered.



Lesser Kudu
This is a type of antelope from Africa.


African Penguins
These black-footed penguins can swim up to 12 miles per hour.


Ostrich
These guys can run up to 40 miles per hour.


Reticulated Giraffe
Male giraffes can grow up to 19 feet tall.



I don’t know what this is but it creeps me out. I think if we came face to face it might eat me.



Oh yeah, it was during the Halloween season. Neat, huh?

2 Absolute Last Minute Halloween Costumes

*as long as you have access to a printer

Maybe you weren’t planning on doing anything tonight (or this season) and then you got a call or text from someone asking you to get your butt out and help them party, pass out candy, etc. Maybe you don’t feel like digging through all of your clothing to come up with something. Well if you have a working printer with some ink left in it I have found two choices for you.

Ron Swanson Mask
Click here to download this mask.

The Bloggess Dia De Los Muertos Mask
Click here to download this mask.

SAMPLE Day of the Bloggess Cut Out Mask

 

 

 

Then just print out your choice of mask and tape or glue it to a Popsicle stick or straw. If that’s not your preference you could poke holes in the sides and tie a string or yarn through the holes and then tie it around the back of your head.

Okay, they are masks, not full costumes but they really don’t need to be. Both The Bloggess and Ron Swanson have a wiry sense of humor. So you can get away with telling people in a deadpan manner that yes, these clothes (that you wear all of the time) are actually what they would wear.

I suppose that you could easily dress like Ron if you have access to a man’s clothes (lover, relative, what have you). They are simple and unremarkable.

I’m not really sure what Jenny would wear on a daily basis because I love her for her mind, not her body.

Wait, does that mean that I love Nick Offerman for his body? This post is taking a disturbing turn.

Nick Offerman with his wife Megan Mullally

But Mary Who Are These People And Why Would I Want To Wear Their Faces Over My Face?

Ron Swanson is a fictional TV character (played by actor Nick Offerman) from the hit NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. He’s my favorite freaking character on there. He’s old school and doesn’t give a shit about what anyone else thinks. His hobbies include eating meat and carpentry.

I don’t know the backstory of whoever created the awesome free Ron Swanson mask but their original blog entry on it is here.


Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is a satirical writer, with a huge following on her blog. She also has a book coming out next year. She’s freaking hilarious.

Recently an artist named Rachael Rossman offered a print out of the above mask (which is based on a photo of The Bloggess) as an incentive in her Kickstarter Dia de los Muertos (Day of The Dead) Portrait Series. I did participate (as a $1 backer, hey I’m poor, otherwise I definitely would have chosen a higher pledge). She does have the photo up publicly Flicker now so I assume that she is letting anyone download it. Though her project has run it’s course you can contact her via her site to have a portrait commissioned.

Check It Out:
It is Halloween so you should go read about the time that The Bloggess visited the hotel that was featured in The Shining.
my favorite Ron Swanson photos, gifs, videos, art, etc on my tumblr

Related:
My Dia De Los Muertos Photo Set from last fall, Photo Set: El Arbol Muerto.