Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scare L.A. and Other Goings-On

Scare L.A. was three weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to writing about it. Whoops! I'm procrastinating writing posts for my procrastination blog. That can't be good.

Scare L.A. was great, as expected. A way bigger crowd than last year. I cheaped out and bought the basic one-day cheapo pass. I still had a good time, but I definitely plan on buying the fancy pass next year so I can take classes and what not. I still left feeling PUMPED for Halloween.

The following panels were pretty rad:

When Hinges Creek: Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion. This had a lot of old tales and behind-the-scenes stuff about Disneyland's Haunted Mansion as told by the folks who originally designed the ride system. Halloweeny history!

Making Monsters. The hair and makeup folks from all the big parks in SoCal took the stage to talk about the logistics of creating hordes of monsters for their Halloween nights, including Knott's Scary Farm, Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, Six Flag's Magic Mountain Fright Fest and Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. I am truly impressed with the effort and creativity that goes into this, especially for the groups that have tiny budgets.

Exploring the Ruins of Los Angeles. This was by far my favorite panel of the day. A team of urban explorers from Atlas Obscura talked about all kinds of off-the-beaten-path locations in L.A. You must check out the Los Angeles branch to see what other adventures they have planned. I was rapidly jotting notes of all the cool places they were talking about, but it will be easier if you just check out their site. I'm lazy.

And of course, we had plenty of photo ops:

Monsters!


My Halloween friends



My Halloween parents



More Halloweening around with friends and fam



Making Monsters panel

It was also the weekend of the Super Moon!

Other Halloween Goings-On

RISE of the Jack o' Lanterns - I just bought a Living Social deal for this and I'm really excited. Over 5,000 jack o' lanterns on display on a scenic trail at Descanso Gardens. Sounds like one of those Christmas Tree Lane neighborhoods but better! Various dates available in October. Check it out! They have a version in New York, too.

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary - Ghostbusters is being re-released this weekend on the big screen for its 30th anniversary, and for the life of me I cannot figure out how this is not sold out!!!! I bought tickets weeks ago when I found out. How are people not stoked out of their minds to see Ghostbusters in the theater again???? GHOSTBUSTERS ON THE BIG SCREEN. My tickets are for tonight and needless to say, I am excited.

Courtesy of the Ghostbusters Facebook page


"We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" -- Peter Venkman





Tuesday, August 5, 2014

And So It Begins...

And so it begins...

Costume prep

This weekend Carolina and I got an early start on our costumes.

A fantastic mess

Those are the only pictures I'm revealing at the moment, mostly because I'm not loving the first draft of my costume. Just gotta keep reminding myself I still have plenty of time. I don't want it to look like a kid's school project gone wrong! I'm also working on a secret element to my costume that I won't show you till Halloween. It has potential to be pretty badass though!

I will say I'm proud that we're getting such an early start. I think normally we wait till September and then we're scrambling all of October to get them finished. The scramble can be kind of exciting, but I always feel like I don't have enough time to do all the Halloweeny stuff I want to do (spooky movie night, haunted houses, gorge myself on candy corn, etc etc).

Also, I am this close to officially turning this into a year-round Halloween blog since that's what most of my posts are about, but if I do that I want to use a completely different format. Is anyone out there familiar with using tumblr or some other cooler blogging platform? Blogger isn't doing it for me anymore.






Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Halloween Costume Reveal...


I think I'm ready to reveal my Halloween costume for 2014! I have to say, I'm kinda nervous to announce it. I don't like to publicly put it out there unless I plan to fully commit to the costume. I have a certain vision for this costume, and it's going to be a challenge. I'm worried it might not turn out right. I know, I know. There's plenty of time, I can always change my mind, nobody cares, blah blah blah. The Halloween part of my brain just makes me downright nutty. I had this email exchange with my coworker the other day:

HIM: What's the verdict on your Halloween costume this year?

ME: Oh man, I'm getting really excited. But I have some hesitations. But I think I'm going with this idea that's been brewing in my brain. But I'm afraid to say it out loud! But I probably will soon...I aM a CraZy PeRsoN.

HIM: Yes, yes your are. But we love you for it.


Okay, are you ready for the big reveal? Drum roll, please...badabadabadabadabada...



I'm going as the Mystery Science Theater 3000 silhouette!!!



Okay, hear me out. I know it sounds weird. I was inspired by some costumes I saw online where people cut out the MST3K silhouette from black poster board and wore it on their backs like a backpack. Yes, this means I'll be wearing another costume where the back is the coolest part, but I have a few other ideas up my sleeve. I'll also be wearing the Gizmonic Institute jumpsuit, which the lovely and talented designer Carolina will be making because she is as crazy about Halloween costuming as I am!

Eek!!! Okay, I'm getting really excited for Halloween now. Like REALLY excited. I've already had two friends tell me they've chosen their costumes. I love, love, love hearing that! I know I've talked about how I became such a fan of Halloween, but lately I've been trying to come up with a good way to describe just how happy it makes me. The only thing I can compare it to is having a crush on someone. You know when you wake up on a day that you know you'll be seeing your crush and you can't help but feel insanely happy? That's what it's like. So basically I have a crush on Halloween. 

Welcome to Crazy Town. Population: me.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Halfway to Halloween

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The other day I logged onto Facebook, and Spirit Halloween alerted me that we are HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN! My happiness levels rose exponentially. Less than six months away! Yes!!! I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. My favorite time of year is May through October--the best six months ever! Summertime and Halloween! Okay, I'll quit it with all the exclamation marks. My point is I got Halloween on the brain and I can't stop thinking about it.

Halloween is on a freakin' Friday this year, too. So much to plan. I've got a few costume ideas floating around in my mind, but there is one in particular I'm getting excited about. Too early to commit, of course. I prefer waiting till midsummer to do that. This will definitely be a challenge to put together, which I'm excited about, but it also makes me nervous. It has potential to look like a failed grade school art project if I'm not careful. Gotta give myself time to practice a few different approaches. Are you getting curious???

I actually had a Halloween costume nightmare last night. I dreamed that I was at a Halloween party and I was about to put on my costume when I realized I hated it. I had asked my friend Carolina to make me a Peter Pan costume. She did a great job, but I took one final look at it and thought, 'Why the f--- did I decide to be Peter Pan for Halloween?' It was so unoriginal and so not me. On top of that I forgot to get a wig and shoes. I didn't even want to show my face at the party. It was a true Halloween disaster. Thank God it was just a dream.

Wow, I sound like a crazy person.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Procrastination Success

I have been very successful with procrastinating lately. I haven't written a blog post in over two months! I guess I'm due. I'm taking requests for blog topics. Leave me a note or an email and tell me something to write about. In the meantime, here's a picture of me getting hit by Ecto 1. Don't ask.


Friday, February 28, 2014

February Meditation Challenge - Final Day!

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Welp, I did it. I meditated every day. I also finally attended a meditation session outside of my own bedroom. My friend and I went to the Kadampa Meditation Center on Wednesday, which I will admit, was more Buddhist-y than I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I was super nervous for some reason, and I was definitely more distracted than normal (which is funny, considering the talk afterward was about distractions). As soon as I closed my eyes my skin was itchy and something was in my eye and I needed to scoot back in my seat and I wanted to cross my legs and my throat was dry etc etc. I just didn't want to be the dick who made a bunch of noise and caused a bunch of distractions for other people. But eventually I got focused, and it was very relaxing. I still plan on checking out more meditation places like InsightLA and UCLA's mindfulness program.

My final thoughts: I like meditation. It took a while to get going. I don't always feel benefits immediately. However, as I've mentioned before, consistent meditation has brought a sense of acceptance into my life (of myself and the world around me). And it helps keep me in the present moment. All in all, I think it's a good habit, and I plan to keep doing it.

That is all.

Happy Meditating!




Friday, February 21, 2014

February Meditation Challenge - Day 21

My dog, meditating next to me
Wow! Three weeks! I've managed to meditate every morning so far. One more week to go. I have to say, I think I will keep up the habit even after the month is over. I'm starting to like the effects it's having on me. I've noticed myself spending more time in the present moment. For example, I went to see a movie the other day with a friend and I found my thoughts wandering all over the place, thinking about the future or things I needed to get at the grocery store, etc. I reminded myself to come back to the present moment and enjoy my time in the theater, watching a movie, eating popcorn, spending time with a friend. It was much more pleasant than thinking about random future events.

I also find myself choosing acceptance more often, instead of ruminating on feelings or events I don't like. The people who create these guided meditations are constantly talking about coming back to the present moment, while still accepting our thoughts and feelings. I think it just seeps into my brain after listening to it every morning, so now it's becoming more of a habit. It's like healthy brainwashing. Yay for building helpful habits!

 Other stuff:

Happy Meditating!