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For Fan Expo Vancouver this year, I wanted to do a costume representing my new-found love for Doctor Who. My friend told me to watch the show a couple years ago, and I never got around to it… until now, and I’ve pretty much been binge-watching eight years worth (I still haven’t quite finished, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself once I run out). Therefore, I decided to do my own version of the Doctor’s archenemy, the Daleks. But like, less intimidating… something more like the version by Kicking Cones below:
Uhm… close enough. Anyway, the costume was super easy, so I thought I would jot down how it was done, and then somebody can do this again way better than me.
First, buy a bag of plastic easter eggs. Conveniently, Fan Expo happened on Easter long weekend so these were on sale, hurrah! For your convenience, pick ones that have two holes on each side. Any colour will do, but yellow was the easiest to spray paint, as those only required one coat. Gold spray paint is fun though, so extra coats means you can make a bigger mess. To make sure they don’t stick to the newspaper, use a toothpick through the small holes to move the eggs around before they dry. Spray paint tip – do multiple thin layers and let dry in between, rather than smudging too much paint all at once.
Once the eggs have thoroughly dried, pick a dress that you don’t particularly care about, and start sewing. I used white thread, and used a needle to string the thread through the inside of the dress, through the two holes in the egg, then back through the inside of the dress, and tied the two ends together. Tie the knots well… I did wind up losing a few throughout the day when I wore the costume, but only because I’m a huge klutz. Since I used white thread, I ran over the visible part with gold sharpie so the thread didn’t stand out as much. I also tied two egg halves to a black hairband for the luminosity dischargers.
Finally, I attempted to tie gold ribbon around the chest but after several failed attempts, I gave up and bought a chunky gold necklace (thanks Forever 21 for being so cheap). It’ll make sense to everyone anyway as long as you bring along a plunger/whisk/paint rollers (I didn’t… I was that lazy). The last step is to find a Tardis, and smile like you defeated the Doctor, but not really because he’s awesome, you just want to be his best friend but every time he sees you, he’s like “MY ENEMY!” and it makes your feeling super hurt so you order his extermination but you didn’t mean it, not really…
Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight Mike got dressed up all fancy and took me to the newly opened (one-day-only) Everything Cicy Likes Restaurant! I must say, I have some rave reviews about this place.
It’s great having a husband who enjoys cooking. He made a menu, and brought out the tablecloth and candles!
For appetizers, we had smoked salmon and avocado, in the shape of a heart.
This was followed by a lovely lobster bisque, with a side of breadsticks.
The main course was a tasty seafood risotto with HUGE chunks of scallops and shrimp.
Finally, to end off the night, there were colourful macarons…
…as well as the classics, a nanaimo bar, and a chocolate cake!
Above is the super romantic card that I made for my hubs. So really, before you get too disappointed about not having a partner like Mike… at least you’re lucky enough not to be stuck with someone like me!
We also did a Valentine’s swap at work, and above is the little card I made for my boss! Inside it says “…to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!” I thought I would leave the fart notes out of that one. Heh.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! I love the holidays. As per usual, it’s a great time to think back on the awesome things that have happened in 2013.
There were a lot of board game nights. We are now such snobs that we think Settlers of Catan is boring. Luckily, we seem to make up each time (over lots of food) after completely kicking each other’s ass and betraying each other so we still have friends.
I fully embraced my inner (not-so-inner) nerd, dressing up with my friend Rachel to attend Vancouver’s Fan Expo as Lady Deathstrike (she was Spider Jerusalem – I helped make those glasses).
We went on a totally random trip to Leavenworth, this tiny tourist town in the States, with a group of friends we now affectionately call “The Crew”. We proved that we are true carnivores.
We also went on a less random trip to Rome, Italy, with an overnight trip out to Amalfi and Pompei. We got to immerse ourselves in amazing architecture and delicious food.
This view made my year – the bus ride from Sorrento to Amalfi was both terrifying and beautiful. Terrifying because of the narrow roads and steep cliff drop if we make a wrong turn – and beautiful because mountains and colourful houses and ocean and the seafood. Oh man, the seafood.
And of course, a couple weddings. I actually got to attend the first wedding that was not my own! I am also very much so looking forward to a couple that are expected in the future =)
Other awesome things that happened:
Did I mention Mike made a TURDUCKEN (chicken in a duck in a turkey, stuffed with sausage, wrapped in bacon) this year? We had these lovely people over to enjoy it with us! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends – friends that I have now known for half my life. Crazy! (PS. Goal = Level 80 in Guild Wars 2 by New Years)
Here’s to hoping everyone at home or out-and-about are having a blast, and that 2014 rocks their socks off!
A co-worker recently returned from vacation in the sunny south after celebrating her birthday. I was assigned to card-seeking duty, but I couldn’t find anything I liked so I made one instead!
In other news, the other day my talented glutton of a dog got into the kibble cupboard while Mike and I were out. When we got home, he was lethargically lying around with a huge (and loudly grumbling) belly. He would lie on one side for a half hour, then slowly flip to his other side and stay there for another half hour (kind of like his person, actually, uhmm…). You’d think he learned his lesson, but Mike has already caught him trying to open the cupboard again. In short, this comic by Cyanide and Happiness sent from my friend sums it up pretty well:
Mike and I have just returned from Disney World! Everyone loves pointing out that it is not Disneyland in California. Disney World is in Orlando, Florida and consists of four separate parks (we spent a day at each): Magic Kingdom (with the Cinderella Castle), Hollywood Studios (has a lot of stunt shows, similar to Universal in California), Animal Kingdom (kind of like a zoo, but with the fake Tree of Life in the centre) and Epcot (a focus on futuristic technology, and has sections of the park dedicated to different countries around the world). It was super rainy during our week there, but on the bright side, it meant there were very few lines.
We also went to Universal Studios in Orlando, which consisted of way cooler roller coasters, a few hilarious simulators/shows, and of course, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, I had butterbeer, and yes, it was delicious. The only sunny day happened to be the day we were leaving (actually, it started pouring on our way to the airport), but since our flight was in the evening, we went back to Epcot, which was hosting an International Food and Wine Festival. While munching on some yummy bites, I also took a few pictures with my newfound friend Stitch in “different places around the world”. How many countries can you identify in the pictures below? (answers at the bottom)
Left to right, top to bottom: Canada, England, France, India, Japan, USA, Italy, Germany, Africa, China, Norway, Mexico