Dear readers,

Sorry for that mini hiatus there!  What can I say?  Life’s been a bit crazy and of course, now there’s the World Cup to suck up all of my attention and then some.  But now we’re back on track, and I’m bringing you a way, way, way overdo post (in more ways than one).

When I started this blog I was studying abroad, and I never got around to posting the last trip from my travels in 2012.  Yes, when I said way overdo I mean seriously, deplorably late.

Cork, Ireland Euro Cup 2012

Better late than never, right?

If you’ll recall, I was studying in England, and made some wonderful friends who I traveled with (all detailed in the Travel Tales).  Two of us were able to make one final trip – a week’s worth of adventures in Ireland and Scotland!  As it was nearing the last two weeks before heading home, we were also getting to the last of our traveling budget.  So, in true broke student fashion, we put hard work into cutting corners and saving a few pounds were we could.  And part one of our last journey took us to Cork, Ireland for a few days…

Cork is one of Ireland’s larger cities, but it’s certainly not what you’d picture as a ‘city’.  There’s a quiet bustle about it, and life seems to flow like the river that runs through the city.   The wide St Patrick’s Street is colorful and features plenty of modern and specialty shops, restaurants, and a neat little market.  The city itself is scenic and easy to navigate.  We spent three days there, but two is probably perfect to explore the main street and surrounding attractions.

If you’re visiting Cork, be sure to check out the English Market and Fitzgerald Park.  The University College of Cork is on the on the way to the park, and insanely enough, Amanda actually knew one of the students who went there but was studying abroad at her school!  So although we wouldn’t be running into her we decided to walk through the campus, which was lovely as well.

We stayed at the Bru Hostel, which was decently priced, not too far from St Patrick’s Street, and had a good atmosphere.  They hosted live music in the bar one of the evenings we were there, and after chatting with our two roommates we ended up going to dinner with one of them – a traveler about our age from Canada!  (Had my first taste of banoffee pie that night, too.  Delicious!)  It’s one of the amazing parts of traveling, I think; you can meet someone on the fly, automatically have a conversation starter, and you get to share an instant connection with someone and someplace new!

The next morning we decided to fit in a trip before catching our flight to Edinburgh to visit Blarney Castle as it was only a 15 minute bus ride away.  Up until this point Ireland had been sunny, and beautiful, and so good to us!  But that day it rained.  A lot.

Rainy day

Bring it on, rain.

But we didn’t let the weather stop us, please!  We trekked on, I kissed the stone – didn’t think I was going to because blegh, germs – but when we got to the top of the stairs where the famous stone lies I decided, ‘what the hell?  If it kills me, I die knowing I’ve been blessed by the Irish, with the ability to speak the most eloquent final words.‘  Alright, so it was actually more like, ‘eh, why not?

Blarney was worth the stop, the ticket to get in, and getting drenched.  At the top of the castle are stunning views of the green countryside and the town, and the grounds are beautiful.  Stroll around the grounds, check out the gardens – I particularly enjoyed the Poison Garden -, the streams, and even the cave you can walk through.  The town is also home to the Blarney Woolen Mills, a fantastic place for some gift shopping so we spared some time for a quick shopping trip before catching the bus back to Cork.

While our few days in Ireland made for a nice, mellow adventure on our final trip, getting to our next destination wouldn’t prove to be quite as easy as planned.  Final UK study abroad trip to be continued…

Thanks for reading, cheers!  And best of luck to whatever nation(s) may be carrying your hopes and dreams in the World Cup this month.  Until then…

Mischief managed

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Posted by: brookenado | May 17, 2014

The Adventure is Afoot as: A Mix Tape!

Dear readers,

I’m jumping on board with the “my blog as a mix tape” post, thanks to a fantastic idea over at Confessions of a Book Pimp.  The challenge?  What would your blog sound like if it was a Mix Tape? Five songs on side A, and Five on B?  Well, challenge accepted!  So prepare yourself, The Adventure is Afoot is about to get it’s groove on…

My Blog as a Mix Tape image

 

Side A

1. Circle of Life, Carmen TwillieNaaaaaaants ingonyama…!  I challenge you to find a better opening than that.  (Impossible.)  Seeing as the first thing you see when you get to my blog is the header with Simba, Timon, and Pumba (that’s been there since I started this blog two and half years ago  and yeah, I should probably personalize that more at this point), I figured this would be the best song to start out with.  Welcome to the blog!

2. Giving Up the Gun, Vampire WeekendI see you shine in your way; go on, go on, go on.  Nothing more really needs to be said than that.  Plus, if there was a music video that went to this blog, it would probably be something like this one.

3. Superman, Goldfinger – Just taking things one blog post at a time, right?  (And if this song sounds vaguely familiar - ever play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater?)

4. Upside Down, Jack Johnson - Curiosity drives me; it inspires me to share my experiences and connect with/learn from others.  I want to get to know the world, I get excited to try new things, to travel, to explore my interests (nerdy and otherwise), meet new people, etc etc and I’m sure this blog reflects that in some way, shape, or form.  And you know what Jack Johnson says: there’s no stopping curiosity.

5. Anywhere Is, Enya – It’s all about the journey, right?  To me, this is a great travel song.  I listen to Enya to remind me of home when I’m away, and the excitement of life wherever I am.

Side B

1. Discombobulate, Hans ZimmerThe game is afoot, Watson!  I know, I couldn’t not include a Sherlock Holmes reference, and Hans Zimmer scored this perfectly for the films.  *Note: Micheal Price/David Arnold’s collaborative work on the BBC show is equally as brilliant and interchangeable here.

2. One Thing, One Direction – Am I a die hard 1Der?  No.  But do I think they’ve got some damn catchy, great to sing at the top of your lungs, pick-me-up-when-I’m-down songs?  Yes, yes I do.  This is one of my jams when I get up to some serious baking shenanigans, twisting and turning haphazardly in the kitchen armed with flour and eggs, and that is why it belongs on this blog mix.  So come on, come in to my life!

3. Troublemaker, WeezerMischief managed, ’nuff said.

4. The Adventure, Angels & Airwaves - Here we go, life’s waiting to begin.  The Adventure is Afoot probably gives off at least a bit of the idealistic tones the voice in my head tends toward (except maybe on weekday mornings where things are a bit more doom & gloom up there), and those first two verses say it all.

5. Blue (Da Ba Dee), Eiffel 65Awww yeah, 1999.  I’m not going to lie to you, I thought of this one because my blog is literally the color blue.  Hey, we all have some superficial sides, things we need in life to simply dance to for no reason at all.  (And yes, Iron Man 3 is completely responsible for reminding me of the amazingness of this song –  good quality sound-wise.)

There you have it, from my blog to you (with love).  All right then, so…

Jake the dog listening to music gif

Accurate?

Toy Story 3 Buzz and Jessie awkward dance gif

Err, what was that…?/No comment.

Best mix tape using YouTube videos ever?

You tell me!

Thanks to Joie for the blog post idea, this was a ton of fun to put together (but difficult to narrow down!).  Hope you all enjoyed the variety and if you’re inspired to do your own blog mix tape, be sure to share a link below!  As ever, thanks for reading listening, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | May 3, 2014

WonderCon

Dear readers,

Two weeks ago saw WonderCon 2014 (the little sis of Comic-Con) come and go in Anaheim, and I had the opportunity to attend for the day on Friday.  It would be my first WonderCon ever (look at me, branching out into the con world!), and I would be donning my Eleventh Doctor cosplay for the occasion.

Photos taken by TheNerdyGirlie

I drove up with Megan of TheNerdyGirlie and Lauren of Fancastic Podcast and Blog where we immediately fit right in with our Doctor Who group cosplay.  Carpooling worked out great – it was a nice opportunity getting to spend some time with them just chatting about life!

TheNerdyGirlie, Lauren_Gallaway, Brookenado WonderCon Doctor Who group cosplay

Megan as Nine, Lauren as Rose, and me as Eleven! (pic by Megan – click to read her WonderCon post!)

Approaching the convention center was like letting go of a breath I’d been holding for a while, as we stepped into the colorful throng of our fellow geeks.  I’m not sure I stopped smiling the entire time we were there.

We got in line for our passes and then headed to the floor where we knew a couple people with booths.  Comic-Con is amazing, obviously, but I have to say that it was nice experiencing a smaller scale con where the whole atmosphere was pretty relaxed.  ‘Lines‘ moved quickly and there were no huge crowds waiting for panels, or at least the panels I went to on Friday.

House of Darkly’s amazing stuff and Rebecca’s Little Vampires web comic series are both worth checking out!

Disney/ABC hosted a panel ‘The Art of the Pitch: The Writer.  The Director.  The Story’.  The panelists included writers who had been accepted into the company’s development program, so it was perfect for Lauren and I as we’re both interested in pursuing a career in the area.  They even had a few people from the audience stand up for the chance give a one minute pitch of themselves, and I came away with tips not only valuable for story pitches, but interviewing in general.  Just remember, confidence is key!  And be yourself – if you’ve pitched yourself honestly and they like you, well you’re already half way to a job you will excel in because you won’t have to struggle through pretending to be someone else every day.

pbcbstudios:Nicole Mitchell storyboard and Final Frame. "Some people are worth melting for….. just maybe not right this second"

‘Some people are worth melting for.’ Storyboard frame by Nicole Mitchell

Directly after that panel was another Disney panel, this one by some of the storyboard artists who worked on Frozen!  I’m so glad I stayed to catch this one because storytelling through animation fascinates me, and I had the chance to get some fun insight into the Disney Animation process of bringing a story to life.  The panelists had such a great sense of humor, showing us pictures of the team, the process, and side by side views of the storyboard images vs the final animation.

After those two panels I was off to catch up with Megan and some new twitter friends for lunch – shout out to @gb_reviews, @yourfriendelle, and seelingcat on tumblr!  And yes – meeting twitter/tumblr friends in person is the best.  You instantly have something in common to bond over!

Wondercon 2014 cosplay Doctor Who Sherlock seelingcat tumblr & brookenado

Oh you know, just the Doctor and Sherlock grabbing lunch at Denny’s (as you do)

Following pancakes it was back to the convention center to hit the floor for a bit before heading off to another panel – this one on breaking into the business as a writer.  Again, I took some valuable notes; everyone in that room was appreciative of the host’s honesty and inspiration about working as screenwriters and looking ahead at how the digital age is shifting the industry.

As the day was drawing to an end and Megan and I were being shooed out of the convention center, we headed over to a hotel across the street where the unofficial SDCC blog meetup was happening – but first, a few photos!

The meetup at the end of the day was so much fun!  It was a pleasure chatting more with one of our lunch buddies, Michelle of You’re Friend Elle, and of course getting to meet more fellow nerds.  Now I just can’t wait to see them all again at Comic-Con!

It was around 10 pm when we left (after a quick scare that we might have been locked out from the parking lot…but you know, we were two Doctors and Rose Tyler – there was no way we weren’t going to figure something out!), saying our goodbyes to new friends and to Anaheim.  And even though I was exhausted when I got home just after midnight, I was still smiling (at least on the inside, my face may have been more zombie-like at that point…).

The verdict?  WonderCon 2014 was a success!  As always, thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Wondercon 2014 Anaheim convention center

Until next time, WonderCon…

Dear readers,

I’m going to backtrack a couple of weeks to the beginning of the month.  Now let me ask you this: have you ever gone to work in your slippers?

By accident?  Spent all 8 hours in the office all too aware of your comfy feet?  I’ve never been much of a recipient or plotter of April Fool’s Day jokes, but I may just have played one on myself.  Yes, it was one of those days.  What began as a rainy morning (just after washing the car, of course) turned into an hour and a half of traffic.  I was forty minutes into my drive when I got the call from my mom.

‘You weren’t planning on wearing your black boots to work today, were you?’  …Sith spit.  Further choice words and maybe a few tears of piled up commuting frustration ensued.  Maybe.  It really wasn’t my morning.

Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Khan Sleep animated GIF

So I rushed from the parking lot to my desk, thinking of my shoes sitting oh-so-innocently on the couch at home, forgotten in my haste to get out the door.  Headdesk.  It wasn’t until after reading a few April Fool’s Day articles that had popped up in my emails that I began to feel better, and by lunch I had decided on a course of action – if anyone asked, I was simply going to give a straight-faced reply of, ‘It’s a longstanding tradition of my people to wear slippers on the first of April.

Turns out that no one even noticed – or everyone was too polite to say anything.  So take note: a sudden aversion to leaving your desk all day coupled with using lunch to retreat and regroup with a book in your car because you just can’t today does wonders for discreetly managing a fashion faux pas.  And, ok, it didn’t hurt that my slippers are moccasins – so no fuzzy pink bunnies to try and explain!

Now all of this might not have been quite so bad if I hadn’t been worried about the possibility that the traffic from my drive which caused me to be late would affect my plans later that evening.  The Nerdy Girlie, an awesome fellow Female Geek Blogger, had brought to my attention a free monthly event put on by our local Shakespeare Society, and I was excited to check it out (and not be late)!

San Diego Shakespeare Society Seaport Village Open Reading

Every first Tuesday of the month they host an interactive open reading at a book store in Seaport Village.  Appropriately, that night’s reading would be from A Comedy of Errors (me, errors?).  We gathered at The Upstart Crow where everyone was welcome to participate. It was a fun change of pace!

As my brother and I drove home, I was also reminded of how two years ago I was celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon while studying abroad.  Such a treat and hard to stay gloomy knowing where I’ve been.

Of course, just as much of a long day cure is a new recipe so I thought I’d share my most recent baking adventure with you!  While in Hawaii I received a wonderful belated graduation gift from my cousin, who is exceptionally thoughtful.

The Afternoon Tea Collection - British Recipes Baking Cookbook

Melting Moments (Lemon Butter Cream Cookie Sandwich)

Ingredients:

- For biscuits, 2 sticks (8 oz) butter, softened; For butter cream, 3 oz butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- For biscuits, 1/2 cup powdered sugar; For butter cream, 3/4  cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
- 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325º F and spray cookie trays or line with parchment paper.

2. Beat butter, vanilla, and sifted powdered sugar together until light and fluffy.  Stir in sifted flour and cornstarch, half of each at a time.

3. With floured hands, roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball and flatten slightly on cookie sheet.  Repeat until dough is gone, keeping the size of each ball of dough consistent.

4. Bake the biscuits (cookies) for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t brown) and let cool.

5. To make the butter cream, beat together remaining butter (3 oz), powdered sugar (3/4 cup), and lemon rind until pale and fluffy.  Beat in the lemon juice and sandwich the biscuits with the butter cream.

Melting Moments lemon butter cream biscuits/cookie sandwiches

Of course, they didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the picture this first time – but they were delicious!

My mom should get most of the credit for this one, I helped with the cookie (biscuit, I should say!) bit, but she did the butter cream and sandwiched the biscuits together.  These were a big hit at her book club where the book she was hosting for was set in Britain, so afternoon tea type foods were on the menu!

Hopefully you haven’t been experiencing any weekday blues, but if you have, I can wholly recommend giving Shakespeare and these Lemon Butter Cream Cookies a try.  Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | April 11, 2014

Siblings of Three

Dear readers,

Like me, Twitter may have told you today that it is National Siblings Day.  Thank you Twitter.  And maybe you have siblings and spared a thought for them.  For me, blogging inspiration struck!  The thing is, in my totally biased opinion my siblings are the best in the world.  Why?  We share a similar sense of humor, they’re both great people, and I can always count on them.  Basically, our relationship boils to down this:

  1. When we were kids, our parents would occasionally have to come up with a ‘no talking rule’ at the dinner table because an hour+ into dinner we’d still be chatting and giggling at stories with each other (but it was a school night and there were things to be done).
  2. To this day, when we play Mario Party, we play with a collective goal – make sure none of us comes in last and the computer player loses.  Everybody wins.

Of course, that’s not to say we don’t have our disagreements.  It’s not all dinner chats and playing nicely, we certainly hit snags now and then.  But really, what compelling sibling relationship doesn’t?

But that’s the beautiful part…it doesn’t matter.  Whatever happens, at the end of the day we’ve got each other’s backs.

Avatar The Last Airbender - Katara, Sokka Water Tribe gif

But then National Sibling Day got me thinking about siblings in pop culture.  After thinking a back to shows I grew up with, books I love, movies, etc., I’ve come the realization that the world of storytelling is sadly lacking in siblings of three (seriously, a gold mine of narrative opportunity).  Characters tend to jump from only child, to one brother or sister, to Weasleys.

"He got off, he got off!" Ginny, Fred, George Weasley - The weasleys by SivJE on deviantART

“He got off!” The little details JK added to imply the strong bond between Ginny and the twins as the books progressed? Brilliant.

And there’s nothing wrong with that; there are fantastic stories featuring those dynamics!  I mean, you’ve got everything from Sherlock Holmes and Thor listed above to Rocket Power (weren’t 90′s cartoons the best?),  to the Boxcar Children, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, and so on and so forth.  All 0, 1, or 4+ siblings.  Sure, it tends to work out fairly well as the protagonist forms a trio or group with best friends (two of which will inevitably enter a romantic relationship).  But there are a few exceptions I’ve managed to pinpoint.

Bob's Burgers siblings - Louise, Tina,and Gene

In the cartoon world, there’s the Simpsons, the Belchers, and the Incredibles (huh, there really aren’t many siblings at all in Disney movies).  Sitcoms seem to be the most common place to find the family with three kids; Modern Family, Boy Meets World, Full House, The Middle, Even Stevens, and probably a few more.  Now in books, the only trio that jumps out at me are the ever unfortunate Baudelaire children.  There must be others, though…

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning - Violet, Klaus, and Sunny

“Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.”

It’s interesting to me that I’ve never come across any sibling group of characters that exactly mirrors our gender and order (boy, girl, girl) – who knows?  Maybe I’ll write that some day.  If you have a sibling, you know what a huge influence brothers and sisters have on your life.  Mine make me laugh and inspire me all the time with their antics and the way they see the world.  I can’t imagine a life without them!

Anyway the real point here is: Middle children, we’ve got to do something about this woeful under representation.

Have siblings of your own that you connect with certain stories?  Have a favorite sibling duo, trio, clan team that I’ve forgotten?  Leave a comment!  Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Costa Rica trip - bro, sis, and me

An old favorite :)

Posted by: brookenado | March 26, 2014

‘Slightly Obscure’ Group Cosplays, You Say?

Dear readers,

By slightly obscure, I mean ‘might not be immediately recognizable but wouldn’t they be fun to pull off all the same for fans who did?‘  I know I’ve said it before, but I am fairly new to the cosplay scene.  But that certainly hasn’t stopped the cosplay versions of a writer’s plot bunnies from running around my brain!

Cat and Dog Loki and Thor Cosplay

“Lokitty of Catard.” Cosplay sucess.

I haven’t been part of a group cosplay yet, but I’d love to do so in the future.  I always have the biggest grin when I see a great group cosplay doing a kickass, appropriately themed pose.  Seriously, people are awesome.  And while I have larger fandom group/individual cosplays I’d like to do, I thought I’d share some less obvious ones I think would be a blast to take on…

Inception

It wasn’t long after I saw Inception that the thought of cosplaying as a ‘dream team’ starting bouncing around my head.  What makes this one difficult is that unless each member of the group wears a sign or name tag saying ‘architect’, ‘point man’, ‘Mr. Charles’, etc., it’s likely the group won’t be immediately recognized for what it is (but noted for being very snappily dressed).  So then it’s all about the ‘play’ part of ‘cosplay’ to really pull this one off – and here’s where I imagine it would get really fun!

Inception Dream Within a Dream Team

I mean…Right?

So you’d have your sleeper device, everyone should have a totem (and have someone who’s really decent at spinning a top), and most importantly – you get to act like your environment is the dream world.  Pretend to sleep (minus the chemist and/or point man, of course), continually pick a ‘target’ and hop to extracting their secrets or planting an idea as a team, attempt your own gravity fight, maybe play some of the ‘oh no, here comes the kick’ music – you can really get creative!

All I know is that it would be awesome.  And maybe it’s just me, but I would love to do the dream team thang.

Bob’s Burgers

If you haven’t seen Bob’s Burgers, you need to.  I was introduced to it last summer and it has become one of my favorite new shows.  It is becoming more widely known, but it remains on the ‘slightly obscure’ list because unless you’re Louise (or Gene in the burger suit, now that I think about it) you’re probably not going to be immediately recognizable on your own.  So boom, another group cosplay that would be a blast.

Bob's Burgers The Belcher Family

The basis for a downright hilarious group cosplay

The Belchers are your average family taking life one mishap at a time.  There’s the nonchalantly hilarious and boy crazy Tina, house music lover and go with the flow Gene, and not afraid to shake things up/maybe a tad prone to violent thoughts Louise.  So yeah, shenanigans abound.  Bob and Linda certainly have their crazy moments as well, but they roll with the punches like any seasoned parent and human being knows how to do.  Plus, if you have a bigger group you can bring in the equally quirky larger cast of characters.  The more the merrier, right?

Cabin Pressure

Ah, Cabin Pressure.  If you are at all a fan of British humor or Benedict Cumberbatch (or really any of the equally talented actors), you need to give Cabin Pressure a listen.  (What’s Cabin Pressure?  Familiarize yourself a bit more with the premise and the radio drama’s hilarity in a previous post from my 15 Days of Sherlock series.)  Pilots, steward with handmade hat, CEO of My Jet Now, (air dots, polar bears, lemons, yellow cars…) what’s not to love?

Cabin Pressure by the-improbable-ive on deviantART

Best. Crew. Ever.

As a British radio comedy, a Cabin Pressure group cosplay might be the most ‘slightly obscure’ one on my list – at least here in the States where it’s less likely to be recognized.  Regardless, get three friends, make some MJN Air uniforms, and basically be either cool and always ready with a quip, generally nervous but proud pilot captain, a big lovable goofball, or the boss all day.  Oh, and toss apples.  And play ridiculous yet clever games.  And, please, try your best not to go bust.  I can only imagine that this group cosplay would make for an undoubtedly brilliant time!

So there you have it.  My top three slightly obscure group cosplays on my nerdy to-do list someday.  I’ve stumbled across photos of only one group cosplay of all three, each amazing (and obviously needing to be cosplayed more!).  What do you think: Agree?  Disagree?  Crazy but might just work?    Do you have any slightly obscure cosplays – group or otherwise – you’re dying to do?

As always, thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | March 18, 2014

Liebster Award!

Dear readers,

I’ve been nominated by the very awesome Joie Fatale of Confessions of a Book Pimp for a Liebster Award!  Wonderful! …But, uh, what the heck is a Liebster Award?

Liebster Award - Discover New Blogs Image

“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

1. Why did you start blogging?  What have you learned so far?

I started blogging when I studied abroad in England as a sort of travel journal for myself, as well as to keep anyone interested back home in the loop.  As I haven’t had the opportunity to travel much since then, it’s morphed into what it is now (a shrine to geekdom with a British pop culture emphasis?).  As for what I’ve learned – a lot!  I fell in love with writing – I’d always enjoyed it but never did much writing just to write, and setting aside time to blog has solidified my drive to explore what I love.  I continue to learn more about myself, discover new interests, and I love learning from and sharing with other bloggers as well!

Keep Calm and Write a Blog image

I especially love being a part of the Female Geek Blogger Google Plus Community!

2. If you could have one person narrate your life, who would it be, and why?

My mind naturally drifts to Benedict Cumberbatch (have you heard the guy talk?), but I’m going to take it in a different direction.  I feel it might be more natural to have a female life-narrator, so instead I’m going to say Emma Thompson.  She’s brilliant, if you’ve seen Stranger Than Fiction you know she can narrate someone’s life like a pro, and my life would instantly become sprinkled with more snark.

Emma Thompson Golden Globe gif of snarky awesomeness

3. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character.  Who are they and how do you think it would go?

I am loving this question, but shaking my fist at the same time because I really wouldn’t say no to meeting so many people/characters!  Oh well, here we go: Walt Disney, Sherlock Holmes, and it’s really a toss up between The Doctor or Fred & George Weasley (because they totally come packaged together so it counts – loopholes and all that).  I can only imagine that it would be fairly interesting, that I would probably smile way too much to the point where it gets weird, and wouldn’t be surprised if some magical (literally or figuratively, I’m not sure – probably both) idea were hatched.

Tom Hiddleston Mind Blown gif

Yeah, that would be me the whole time.

4. What book best describes your adolescence?

Good question…I can’t say I’ve read a book that would literally describe my teenage years (though there must be a sort of quiet girl, soccer playing, guarded and geeky high schooler type story that exists), so instead I’m going to be unoriginal and go with the series that my generation has grown up with – Harry Potter of course.  While I didn’t go to Hogwarts or wasn’t fated to face-off with a megalomaniac wizard with no nose, J.K. Rowling did such a great job of describing the transition from adolescence to adulthood and Harry’s story has been with me in defining parts of my life.  And that will stay with me forever.  Always.

Harry Potter - Thank You Harry by Miraze on tumblr image

5. You have 4 albums: one each to describe childhood; adolescence; current “adulthood” and the last to describe what you see your future as. GO!

Alright, let’s see – probably anything Disney for childhood, or maybe something Owl City as his songs have that sort of childhood nostalgia feel that remind me of summer and the ocean.  Adolescence is probably something more akin to Day & Age by The Killers.  Listening to it transports me to the openness of the desert, staring down a road that stretches on for miles – a feeling I associate with my latter years of high school and into college where I felt a growing independence, and possibilities abounded ahead.

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As for current “adulthood” (totally appreciate the quotations), the feel of Vampire Weekend’s recent Modern Vampires of the City seems to fit the bill for now.  The underlying melancholy tone hits home with someone who’s recently finished school (at least for now, because who knows?) and questioning the path ahead while feeling a bit stuck.  And for the future, I’ll say Enya’s Paint the Sky with Stars because listening to Enya never fails to make me feel happy, or dream of the stars, which have always been a source of hope to me.  (Really interesting question – I’ve never thought of my life that way before!)

6. What is your favorite quote from your favorite 80′s Movie?

Confession time.  There are still a few classics I need to see – but one of my favorites has got to be Ferris Bueller’s, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’

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7. What is your least favorite exercise?

Out of exercises I’ll actually do, probably just running or anything on a stationary machine.  Having grown up playing sports, I prefer running when it’s within a game (soccer!), and I’ve found that generally (there are exceptions), I’m way more motivated to exercise outside.

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So yes, but no.  But Mycroft.  So Maybe?

8. Who is your favorite comic book character and why?

Ok, I may not be super qualified to answer this one as I haven’t delved much into comic books themselves yet, but based off of t.v. versions, The Flash is one of my very favorites.  I’ve always liked him because he deals with the bad by being a goofball.  Though he’s not seen as very serious by his peers, I like that he doesn’t want to let all of the horrible things in the world get to him.  At the end of the day he never gives in or gives up, and is willing to sacrifice himself for others.

And basically stuff like that!

9. Remember the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” (the library one where he breaks his glasses & is blind without them)? What would your version Mr. Bemis’ nightmare be?

Another tough one.  Hmmm.  I’m not quite sure exactly what it would be but probably something where the world we live in becomes a completely idyllic society where we basically live without the obligation of money (you know, everyone could do what they loved, try the things we’ve always wanted to try, travel the world – experience life with a less constraining sense of time day in and day out!).  And just as this ideal world came to be, the nightmare would be my facing some sort of abandonment.  After all, what would be the point of this wonderful world when I would feel alone and couldn’t share it – or had no one who wanted share it with me?

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10. What is on your bucket list, that you’re hoping to cross off this year?

I don’t know if these really count as ‘bucket list’, but a few things I’d love to do – that I think are feasible – this year are:

  • Write more (specifically, write a spec script but more in general) and be more confident in pursuing a fulfilling career
  • Finish Sherlock Holmes canon/start making my way through more adaptations
  • Get more into the ‘con scene‘ (and all of the fun crafty creativity that goes with it!)
  • And probably most importantly, be better at reaching out and connecting with people (near & far, old & new friends) – so glad I’ve recently met some wonderful ladies to nerd out with here, and I hope I continue to get to know them!

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Err, I guess those were more like goals – sorry!

11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?

While I think most people have traits that draw from each house, I was sorted by Pottermore into Gryffindor - and yes, I like to think that being a Gryffindor would suit me well.  I certainly hope I would live up to being chivalrous and brave in any given situation!

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And my nominees are (all wonderful blogs):

The Lu Life

Nerdheart

Crafty Little Monster

Girl Hero

Geekphoria

A Bit of Geek

Fancastic Podcast & Blog

Under the Cape Honeysuckle

Your questions, should you choose to accept them:

  1. What have you most enjoyed about blogging?
  2. If you were to voice a character in a Disney film, would you want to be the hero, the villain, or the sassy sidekick/mentor (for hero or villain)?
  3. If you could go anywhere (reality withstanding as much or as little as you’d like), where would you most like to visit?
  4. What was your favorite cartoon to watch when you were a kid?
  5. What would your boggart turn into when you faced it?
  6. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character. Who are they, and how do you think it would go?  (Stole Joie’s question, too good to pass up!)
  7. What was your favorite dessert as a kid, your favorite dessert now, and a dessert you’ve never had but want to try?
  8. Sherlock Holmes has ‘Elementary‘, The Doctor has ‘Geronimo‘ and ‘Allons-y‘ among others, and Vizzini’s got a monopoly on ‘Inconceivable‘. So if you were a character in a book/movie/show, what would your catchphrase or signature word be?
  9. What’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn how to do?
  10. Name your top 3 film score (or television, or video game if you so desire) soundtracks and why you like them.
  11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?  (Also stealing #11!)

A huge thank you goes out to Joie for nominating me, and please go check out her blog – it is fun, creative, and basically just fantastic!  If I’ve missed a great blog (and I know I have), it’s only because I haven’t made it around the internet to it yet, but to anyone interested, feel free to have a go at any of the questions answered or posted and share below or on your blog.  Joie’s certainly had me deep in thought, and it was so much fun to take a break from the usual routine to ponder them!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome nominated blogs above, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | February 28, 2014

Island Time

Aloha readers,

I’ve been MIA for nearly 3 weeks now which is not cool at all. I’ve been meaning to get a post up, but you know how life goes – best laid plans and all that. There is a good post coming, but perhaps not for another few days as I find myself on island time in the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai!

So for the sake of getting something up, here’s a quick post explaining the situation!

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My uncle is getting married, so I really have him to thank for finding myself here. We’re staying in these beautiful condos right by the beach, and enjoying both Ohana time (although Sis, you are really missed by all – wish you were here too, not stuck at school) and all the awesome things the island has to offer (snorkeling, whales right off the shore, sunsets, smoothies, etc etc).

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Yeah, life is pretty ok right this minute…

And that’ll be it from me for now, more to come I promise! In the meantime I’ll leave you with this all important reminder reminder:

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Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | February 9, 2014

His Last Vow (The awesome, the creepy, & the heartbreaking)

Dear readers,

Series 3 of Sherlock is over, but what a note it ended on.  Before we get to that note, there were some things that happened – awesome things, creepy things, heartbreaking things.  So a quick warning if you haven’t yet watched His Last Vow – here be dragons spoilers!

But yeah.  No new Sherlock episode tonight.  Let me explain:

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We made it to Series 3, now the wait begins for Series 4.  ‘We survived but we’re dead!’

*SPOILERS*

Awesome things – The mind palace rescue

I’m not gonna lie, I majorly fangirled (am still majorly fangirling) over this!  It’s usually impossible for me to pick out a favorite moment, but this was hands down my favorite part of His Last Vow.  It was epic on so many levels.  The filming, acting, and creative imagining of giving a visual to the abstract nature of the mind palace was fantastic.  And the significance of that entire scene was so impressive!  I mean, did Sherlock not have an awesome team inside his mind palace saving his butt?  I loved that Molly, Mycroft, and Anderson appeared to him, it was really lovely.

Then we see Moriarty as Sherlock does in his mind palace and wow – Andrew Scott is an incredible actor, no doubt.  And I could write another entire section about Molly Hooper (um, calling him out at Bart’s? Completely awesome), but I’ll just say that Molly is the one Sherlock has in his mind, walking him through not dying, and isn’t that quite interesting?

Creepy things – Milverton Magnussen

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John looks so done.

Charles Augustus Magnussen.  Cue cringing noises, faces, and some choice vocabulary.  He’s a total creeper and more, and I think we should take a moment to appreciate just how well Lars Mikkelsen brought this character to life.  And, you know, make us dislike him.  There are villains you love to hate – like James Moriarty.  Milverton/Magnussen is not one of those villains.  He’s the kind that raises the hair on the back of your neck in discomfort, that you want to punch in the face but actually, no, you don’t want to touch that guy with a ten foot pole.  And Mikkelsen brought a wonderful performance to the show.

Heartbreaking things – There’s an east wind coming

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So Martin Freeman broke our hearts again with his crushed/rage acting.  Poor John, but he’s a smart man and eventually came around as we knew he would.  Mycroft broke our hearts by voicing love for his brother in a completely not his division sort of way. Sherlock broke our hearts as he was driven to little choice but to destroy a terrible man and probably a part of himself.  (That is, if Magnussen’s really dead – question ALL the deaths.)  Exile, goodbyes – all heartbreaking even if it did only last four minutes.

I liked the episode.  It was a great episode, though arguably the darkest yet and a part of me wishes that they had saved this episode for Series 4.  As His Last Vow came to a head with Magnussen’s death and Sherlock’s goodbyes to John and Mary, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of whiplash.  From our point of view Sherlock had just come back to London and his old life, and the dynamic between him and John had just gotten back to the duo’s unstoppable groove so…yeah, I kind of wish we had one episode that was just a regular ‘take the case, solve the case, run around London’.

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I want more of this. Give me this please.

I’d have liked an episode that alluded to and would be connected with Magnussen directly, but that gave us the chance to enjoy Sherlock, John, and the rest of the gang (with more Lestrade – we need more Lestrade) as they’ve progressed to this point in their characters.  Still, I understand that with only three episodes and it being the last, they wanted to leave us with something major and in true Steven Moffat style, a big ol’ cliff hanger.

But that final note!  OH, no they didn’t!  But they did.

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Did you miss Moriarty?

It was the perfect way to end the episode, letting us end the series on a different note than utter despair as Sherlock boards a plan for a death mission.  I can’t say I’m convinced that it really, actually is Moriarty.  My initial thoughts lie somewhere along the lines of a different baddie using the guise of our favorite consulting criminal to evoke fear and chaos – maybe Moran if it is directly connected with Moriarty.  But I will look forward to the fandom’s speculation as we eagerly await Series 4 (tumblr, here I come).  So what do you think? #MoriartyLives?

As always, thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Bonus: Christmas with the Holmes (because this is a holiday special that needs to happen)

Dear readers,

No, I haven’t forgotten about last week’s Sherlock episode, The Sign of Three – how could I?  It was a brilliant episode.  Why?  Reasons.  And with the last episode of Series 3 upon us, let’s jump right into them!  If you haven’t seen it yet beware, spoilers ahead!  (And go, please go watch it immediately.)

Alright, so it could be argued that not a whole lot happened in The Sign of Three mystery-solving, deduction plot-wise.  That could be true.  But what we did get was character development and amazing insight into Sherlock’s world…

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I am, of course, referring to drunklock.

Sure, the writers could have done something smaller for the wedding and thrown Sherlock and John into a more intricate, drawn out case, and I’ve seen the argument that with only three episodes per series this should have been done.  But here I would have to disagree.  With only three episodes a season it’s crucial to see this kind of development, especially after the hiatus/The Fall when new dynamics are being formed that will have a great affect on where the characters and story go from here.  And what is necessary is never unwise…

With that said, here were some of this fan’s favorite significant moments:

*SPOILERS*

Lestrade and Sherlock, brotp.

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In the span of about a minute and thirty seconds, we see just how loyal Greg Lestrade is to Sherlock.  Obviously we know they’re friends, but we see how deep of a relationship it is (and how much of a pain in the arse it can be) as the DI rushes to Sherlock’s aid – we continue to see how the characters have developed through the time skips and know how they will likely react in a given situation in the future.

*Cue the helicopters, sirens, and grinning facepalms. …and more Rupert Graves love.

Mary Morstan, mastermind.

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Head writer of this episode, Steve Thompson did a wonderful job giving us an idea of how Sherlock has accepted Mary into his life, seamlessly weaving her into the 221B dynamic.  And again, Amanda Abbington was spot on in bringing the character to life.  In The Sign of Three we see Sherlock go total guard dog mode for her (just a sociopath with your number!) and that was a fantastic way to show us how Sherlock’s small group of people he cares about has definitely expanded to include Mary.  I’m not sure we would have had such a natural transition from Sherlock and John to Sherlock-John-Mary if the episode had been focused solely on some sleek sleuthing.

*Cue Mary knowing exactly what’s going on with Sherlock and playing the boys like a fiddle violin.  And Sherlock, she’s not John – she can tell when you’re fibbing.

Molly Hooper, can I just, can we just…YES.

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Perfect expressions all around.

She’s become a regular mainstay in our favourite moments of every episode, but the subtlety and realism that Louise Brealey’s brilliant portrayal brings makes Molly an unforgettable character in a sea of memorable ones.  Exactly.  Though Molly usually has few scenes in any given episode, I always feel that they are very significant scenes.  She is the first and apparently only person to be concerned about Sherlock giving the best man speech – she knows him – and so goes about devising a way to help him through it.  You know, before Sherlock even texts Lestrade about his own concern.

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Drinking? Or science! (Except they forgot to factor in the John Watson element)

Not only was it nice to see that interaction between Sherlock and Molly in the morgue, but we got to see Molly interacting with some of the other characters (Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, Tom) and see the underlying relationships she has with them as well.  Further awesomeness was witness during the wedding.  The fork stab, the fact that she was the first to stand up when Sherlock proposes the toast, and Molly being the only one we are shown taking notice of Sherlock leaving early – it all screams of significance to me and I have loved watching their dynamic grow and solidify throughout Series 3 so far.

*Cue all of the feels.  And all the wants for that yellow dress.

Sherlock and John, always.

First of all, the case itself reminded us of John’s military background and gave us some insight into this John’s past with the introduction of Major Sholto.  But obviously the main significance of the episode is centered around Sherlock.  And it was fun to see him take something so out of his element and make it his own.  What it gets down to is that moment where he shakes off Mycroft in his mind palace and points to John.

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‘It’s always you, John Watson.  You keep me right.’

Things won’t change between John and Sherlock, they will still be best friends and as much as Sherlock makes his vows to always be there for John and Mary, he knows John will always be there to steer him right.  With all of the ‘end of an era’ warnings leading up to it, it was a great moment.

*Cue the Vatican Cameos, crime solving drama queens, and if I try to hug him stop me’s.

And verything else in this episode…

From the wedding planning (swan or Sydney Opera House), to the stag night, to the speech itself, it felt very Sherlock.  Thompson did a fantastic job with the humor in this episode, and the filming was stunning - as usual.  I loved how they decided to show us the online chatroom in Sherlock’s mind, very creative.  And the allusions to the other hilarious cases was not only an amazing montage, but was a total Arthur Conan Doyle move (give us moooore).

I could go on (Mycroft exercising, spotting a Dean Thomas, etc etc), but let’s just say I thought The Sign of Three was fantastic!  And again, I’m very much looking forward to His Last Vow tonight (but so sad it will be the end of Series 3!), how about you?

Thanks for reading, cheers – leave a comment on your thoughts about last week’s episode!  Until then…

Mischief managed

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