Weird Dream Theatre

So you have ever had a dream where you wake up and say, "What the hell?!"

Well, I had one of those last night.

So, it starts with Andrew and I in the living room talking with some friends.  It looked like either we were having a game or we were having dinner with our friends.  I heard something and went to the kitchen.  The front door was open.  Not the kind of open enough for something to get in or out, but just ajar slightly.  I don't remember seeing Ronin anywhere though, but that doesn't mean much.  I did, however, see two ducks.    Normal sized, orange-ish white and staring at me.  This didn't really seem odd to me, so I just picked them up and took them back out side.

After the ducks, everything just went haywire.  Next I am scooping up crows and starlings and sending them back outside.  Meanwhile. Andrew and our friends are sitting in the living room talking.  They act like nothing is going on.  After I get rid of the crows and starlings, I head back to the living room and see a small bird house sitting on the dining room table.  Flitting around the bird house are about a dozen teeny tiny birds.  In my mind, I knew that they were Carolina Wrens.  Wrens are not this small.  They were about the size of marbles for the adults and the babies were about the size of an paper dot from a hole punch.  And lo and behold, sitting in front of the bird house, watching the wrens flit around, were a bunch of birds.  It was almost like a little bird outdoor theatre.  About a dozen birds of all different colors were just sitting there, watching the wrens flit around the bird house, which was now covered in cobwebs, though the birds didn't seem to notice these webs.  I didn't see any spiders or anything.  Even if I did, these birds were about fly sized, so they would have been the perfect size.

This is about the time that I am starting to get frustrated because no one else seems to notice the flock of birds crowding around the dining room table.  Once again, I scoop up the birds and toss them out the front door.   None of the birds seemed to care.

Now what in the world could this dream possibly mean?  What I think is that it is probably meaningless as far as anything important.  I did get up horribly early yesterday to go to work.  I think I was just tired.

=oP


Back From GENCON!

Our Gen-Con adventure started with the long drive from Btown to Indy.  It wasn't really too bad since that early on a Sunday morning there weren't really many people up and around.  We got to Indy about 9:30AM and found a spot at our normal parking garage.  It was a little sketchy at first since all of the gates were closed, but we soon found that one of the gates for the exit was open.  As long as we were out by 8:30PM we were good.

Figuring out the way to the convention center was easy.  All you had to do was follow all of the people with the badges.  It was kind of funny actually, because as we were walking we were talking about which way to go to get to the Convention Center and then we started to see all of the people grouping up at the street corner.  All of them had backpacks or rolling suitcase things and badges.  All we did was jump in with them and head on the Con.

I didn't really expect there to be such a huge line, but the registration line was really long and wound all the way around the main lobby and into one of the halls.  Thankfully, the line moved really fast.  A lady walked past us wearing a nifty Empire Strikes Back tee.  Andrew commented on her tee and she gave the thumbs up.  A few minutes later she walked back past and said, "Do you guys need two passes?  The other people in my group didn't show up, so you can have these passes if you want."

WE GOT INTO GEN-CON FOR FREE!!!!!

The exhibition hall was jammed with vendors.  It was so cool to be there again.  The last time we went was in 2008.  So keeping that in mind I was looking for some specific vendors.  First off the T-Shirt place.  I could see it.  It was huge.  I wanted a Stargate hoodie.  Either SG-1 or Atlantis.  One that zips.  But, unfortunately, they didn't have any.  Not one.  In fact, the only Stargate stuff that they had was one tee.  It was nice, but I already have a tee and I didn't really want another.  So instead I asked for Adventure Time or Regular Show for Lily.  No luck there either.  All of the kids stuff went on the first day, they said.  Oh well.

With no hoodie in hand, we continued on our adventure.  Rounding the corner of the T-shirt booth, we ran into Finn the Human.  That required a fist pump.

Andrew found a copy of GURPS Black Ops for $10.  For a new copy, that was a good deal, so we snagged it.  Since it was on his list.  Lucky him.

Keeping an eye out for the Evil Hat Games booth or the IRP booth, we wandered around taking a look at everything.  We had to stop at the OSR booth so he could ogle the copies of Fight On! Magazine.  When they started up the mag, his artwork was on the front cover.  So, he peeked through the compilation book of the magazine issues looking for his artwork.  The guys greeted us and he introduced himself as Doc Rotwang.  And, lo and behold, the guy at the booth says, "Hey, someone was here looking for you.  I think he left a message on the whiteboard."

This was our first contact with someone that he knew from the RPG boards.  While we stood there talking with him, a couple walked up that Andrew knew from his Google+ circles.  This continued to happen throughout the entire time.  Everyone recognized his pink tie.  

Steampunk was the name of the game around the Exhibitor Hall.  Almost everyone that wasn't selling Anime or game books, was selling some sort of Steampunk stuff.  And there was so much that I wanted, but just one hat was $95 at one booth.  Had I had an extra $100 for a hat, I would have.  They were so cool.  There was a lot of Steampunk jewelry and watches and the like.  Those started at like $50 each.  Still too high for me.  I did see some cool costumes that gave me some ideas for my own stuff though.  I wanted to take pictures of a few of the women that were all dressed up, but I couldn't get into a position that I could.  Most of them were vendors and were far too busy selling stuff.  
The Dungeons and Dragons booth looked like a dungeon.  It was really neat.  I wanted to head in to get some pictures, but you had to stand in a line to get in and you were allowed to take pictures of only a few things.  So I stood outside and snapped some photos of Drizzt and his cat and Lloth.  There were a couple of really cool looking Drow chicks that I wanted to snap a shot of, but I heard them tell another guy that they weren't allowed to have photos outside of the booth and that they had to pay for those shots.  I thought that was a little silly, but whatever.  Wizards of the Coast does whatever they want and if they want to charge for the Drow chicks, then I guess they will.

We stopped by the Troll Lords booth and met Steven Chenault.  That was neat to talk to him.  We gave him lots of kudos for his work on the game since it is our go to fantasy game.  I love it cause it's quick and easy.  While we were there, we met a guy named Jason Vey.  I think that Andrew knows him from the boards.  We may also have one of his books.  I can't remember.  We did buy his new book, Amazing Adventures.  It's a Pulp Era book for the Siege Engine system for Castles and Crusades.  I do loves me some Pulp Era gaming.  So we picked that up.  Have to support our friends and our favorite games.  

There were some cool looking Steampunk-y statues of what looked like battling submarines.  I had to snap a shot of those just cause they were really nifty.  I don't even remember what booth they were at.  


After a while, we found the IRP booth and discovered that they were all sold out of Diaspora.  Andrew was bummed, but it wasn't the end of the world.  Evil hat wasn't there, so we couldn't hit them up for it.  They had a bunch of other games, but nothing that we really wanted.  So on we went.  

Cubicle 7 was there, the makers of the Doctor Who RPG.  I wanted to get the GM screen from them, but I learned that the David Tennant one was out of print and they were all sold out of the new one.  They had a box of the supplements for the Aliens, but the guy there was so busy talking to someone that I couldn't get to ask him how much it was.  There was also a nifty looking Doctor Who Card Game that they were demoing, but there were so many people crowded around watching that I couldn't figure out what was going on.  I was frustrated.  So we left.  

Just behind the Cubicle 7 booth was the Doctor Who North America booth.  




Here was my chance to get the sonic screwdriver that I wanted.  But - no go.  I found the fourth doctor's and the eleventh doctor's, but no tenth's.  They had a lot of neat stuff.  Reprints of all of the older books, DVDs, copies of the SG-1 and Atlantis novels.  Tons of toys.  Nothing that I was really interested in.  I did see an Amy Pond DS cover.  It was kind of pricey though.  $23 for the cover and a stylus that looked like a screwdriver.  That was neat, but I didn't really want to spring for booth.  Had the stylus been alone and been cheaper, then maybe.  There was a guy dressed as Peter Davison's doctor and a girl dressed as Matt Smith's doctor.  I snapped a shot of the Peter Davison guy but he turned away as I took the photo.  I was very impressed with his costume.  It looks just like the one that Peter Davison wore.  

The Dalek was awesome.  It spoke and said, "EXTERMINATE!"  and a few other phrases, but I didn't hear the other ones.  I think that Lily would love to have seen this Dalek.  She really loves Doctor Who and would have just gone crazy at the Doctor Who booth.  It was so busy though, so that would have killed her fun really quick.  The TARDIS was great, too!  The best part about the TARDIS was that the other side was open and was a display case for their merchandise.  That would be amazing in the house with toys on it.  

I discovered that the Reaper guys weren't there.  I was very disappointed that they weren't there.  I had my heart set on a new mini.  I really wanted one of the Chronoscope figures to paint.  I don't know when I would have gotten around to painting it, but I still wanted one.  Lily was ok with not getting a mini, though.  But, I can always hit up our local game store and have them order what I want.  That's a good thing.  Gotta keep our Friendly Local Game Store in business.  

We stopped by met Johnathon Tweet and Robin Laws.  They have some new games with a system called Gumshoe.  It gives the player more opportunity for investigation without much of a chance of failure.  At least I think that's what they said.  I got rather confused for a moment listening to them talk.  It was loud around there.  They have some new games out, Trail of Cthulu and Ashen Stars, as well as a few others.  They all sounded cool.  We didn't pick up anything.  Once again, our FLGS can order it for us and they though that was a good idea.  Anyhow, we had to head back to the Triple Ace Games booth and get the stuff that we had there.  They have a new game called Leagues of Adventure.  It's a Steampunk Pulp Adventure game.  It looked really cool.  They also have a game called All for One which is a Musketeers game where said Musketeers fight demons and the church.  But there are no female characters in the main game.  So, we got the supplement that allows for female characters.  I look forward to playing these games.  

About this time, I was getting tired and somewhat frustrated that not only could I not find anything that I wanted, I couldn't find anything for Lily.  There was a surprising lack of Adventure Time stuff.  There were a lot of Finns walking around, but no merchandise.  If there had been anything it probably all sold in the first day, like the tees.  We did head back to the Steve Jackson Games booth so I could at least get Pirate FLUXX.  She loves FLUXX.  They had little smiling flowers from Looney Labs at the booth, too.  I got one of those for Lily.  It's just the kind of thing that she would love.  They had some really fun TARDIS stuff at the Steve Jackson booth, too.  There was a stuffed TARDIS and a stuffed Dalek.  Both of them made noise, though.  And she's not really much up on things that make noise.  They also had a nifty tin TARDIS lunchbox, which was a good price at $13.  I just didn't really feel the need to get it.  

So far all I had for Lily was a flower from Looney Labs.  I had to find something else.  Well, I didn't really need to find something else, but I wanted to find something else.  So we went on the hunt for a booth that I had seen earlier that had a ton of pink sparkly things, Paradise Rose Shop.  I got her a really fun felt back pin/hair clip.  And I got a pretty cupcake ring for her teacher from first grade.  I didn't see any cupcake earrings for Lily or anything.  There was a nice cupcake necklace, but it was about the same size as the ring and I thought for her that would be a little too large.  

It was about that time, that we decided that we were done.  It was 2 pm and we were hungry.  We headed out and went to Circle Centre mall across the road and had lunch at Johnny Rockets.  It was good.  We stopped in the Claire's there in the mall.  I found some Monster High stuff for her there since I didn't find anything at the con.  We stopped at Toys R Us and Joann's on the way home.  Found her a few things at Toys R Us - socks, a wristlet and a Neptuna light up room doo-dad.  

When we got back home to get Lily from Grandma and Grandpa's, she got her stuff and she was happy.  The bat went on the front of her dresser and is hanging from a fancy spider web piece of material.  Her teacher loved the cupcake ring and she took the wristlet to school today.  

All in all - it was a good time.  I am going to hope that we can save up for next year.  I would definitely like to head back up there.  I look forward to it.  And maybe, just maybe, Lily will go with us.  
















Going to GENCON!

It has been at least two years since we last went to Gen-Con.  The last time we traveled up to Indy for the craziness, Lily was still in her stroller.  This year, however, Andrew and I are going alone.  Lily has decided to stay at Grandma and Grandpa's and play with the new kittens.  Oh my, those kittens are adorable!

I have a small list of things that I would like to find this year.  We have to be very budget conscious, so no spending $110 at the Chessex booth this time around.


Reaper Miniatures - I do want to hit up the Reaper booth and get a new mini.  I haven't painted anything in a while, but I still love getting minis.  Lily wants to paint one as well, though she wouldn't be able to do a lot of the small detail work.  She gets too impatient too easily.  I did see that they had some really cute mouse warriors on their website that she might like.  There's a cool Steampunk Witch mini from their Chronoscope line, as well as a Time Chaser guy and a Mad Scientist girl.  And of course their fantastic Sophie figures.  I have a cool t-shirt with Sophie on it and a tote bag from Reaper with the signatures of all of the artists.   I am nerd.  I am comfortable with that.



Doctor Who - I need to find the 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver.  I have wanted one for a long time and would love to find one up there.  The last time that we went, they had one, but I talked myself out of it.  And I have kicked myself ever since.  This year, however, I hope to find one.  I don't want the 11th Doctor's, I want the 10th Doctor's.  I am a bit of a David Tennant snob.  Just a bit.



Stargate - I would like to get a Stargate hoodie.  Either Atlantis or SG-1.  Either one is fine.  I have a great Doctor Who one that I got the last time, but it doesn't zip.  I would like one that zips.

RPG Stuff - A GM screen for the Doctor Who Role-Playing game would be awesome, as well as any of the supplements.  10th Doctor only though.  I am kinda particular to David Tennant.  =o)  If Troll Lords has anything good, that would be nice.  Otherwise, we have tons of game stuff so we really don't need anything.  Granted I don't need any of the DW stuff either, but if I find it....



Lily Stuff - She would like a stuffed Lady Rainacorn or a stuffed Ice King from Adventure Time.  Maybe a Regular Show T-shirt, though I don't know about that one.  She probably wouldn't wear it a lot since she doesn't wear her Adventure Time T-shirt now because someone at school said something about it being a 'killing show'.   She also wants a Cthulu necklace.  For some strange reason she loves Cthulu.  She knows nothing about the stories or anything.  I think that the only reason that she likes Cthulu is because she has a stuffed one from Toy Vault that we gave to her when she was a baby.  For a while, she didn't like it, but lately she's been rather attached to it.  We were hoping to locate some Monster High things there, but from what I have been told, there really isn't anything.  Maybe we will get lucky.

Andrew is looking for a game called Diaspora.  So for that has really been the only game item that he's shown interest in.  Our bookshelves are completely packed with stuff.  We don't really need anything else.  But the game does sound cool and it is a FATE system game.  We like FATE.  I would also like to find a copy of Pirate FLUX.  We love FLUX.  Lily even likes to play with us sometimes.  I think she likes Martian FLUX the best.  I like Zombie FLUX myself.

I even painted my nails for the fun of it!

Lily's Birthday - Project #5 Closet Refinish

It's time to start painting!  We went to Lowe's last week and picked up the last of the things that we needed for her bedroom.  She chose the color Panama Rose for her walls and the accents in her closet and a solid black for the ceiling and the walls in her closet.

Old Closet
And on that note, my first project in the bedroom as a whole is her closet.  We are painting it black with silver glitter mixed in.  I found lots of information on how to mix in the glitter and such, so we are hoping that it works out well.  If not, I do know that I can paint over it again when it dries with a watered down glue mixture and more glitter.
After the black paint.
First I had to empty out the closet - that was a project in itself - and fill the holes in the wall with filler.  I have several ideas for things to do to her closet.  It's deep set, and long, but there isn't really a lot of space because the water heater and furnace are in there as well.  My first plan is to tape off the baseboard in the closet.  I want to paint that pink to match her walls in her room.  The shelf and clothes bar will also be pink, just like her bedroom.  Those will not be glittery, though.  I want to get some black fabric and make a nice little separator to keep the water heater out of sight - and to keep the cat from getting behind it and make a mess.  He's a nosy little stinker.

At this time, we can't paint the ceiling in her closet.  Her grandpa is going to come over and fix the hole in the ceiling later on.  We had to have a hole cut to collect the water that was leaking out of the ceiling from the unit upstairs man years ago.  (He went on vacation and left the AC on 50 degrees, so the condenser froze and leaked into her closet.  Then after that, the water heater busted and leaked.  WHAT A MESS!)

Closet bar and shelf done!
This Olympic One Paint with Primer is great!  It goes on smooth and is really thick.  I mixed in some glitter and it's working out really well, though it isn't as glittery as I would have liked.   I did have to do two coats, just to make sure that all of the wall was completely covered.  The old color was a creamy one and two coats of black was necessary.  Not a problem since I have a whole gallon and only the ceiling in her room left to do.  I may have to do the watered down glue and glitter top coat.  It all depends on what Lily thinks when she sees it.  She may not care.

My Supervisor, Ronin.
I have had a good bit of help from our furry little supervisor today.  He has spent most of the time in the doorway curled up in a ball, napping.  I think all of the painting has worn him out.  He's sound asleep in front of the TV now.

I only have one thing left to do in her closet and that is the separator for her closet.  I didn't find any black fabric, but I did find some hot pink panne velvet that I think will work nicely.  She did like the idea of the panne instead of the plain black fabric.  I would like to find a way to turn the separator into a shoe holder since her old shoe holder won't work in her room anymore.  It was some cheap thing that I got off the dollar rack at Target and was blue and red.  Definitely won't match the new room.
New Closet with separator.
I had a really good time painting her closet today.  It has been a very long time since I have undertaken a project like this.  All in all, with the painting and such, it only really took me about 3 hours to do.  I had to take breaks along the way since the paint fumes were giving me a headache.  And had lunch and did laundry.  I am looking forward to painting her room soon.  I would like to be able to get to it this weekend since I am off work.  We will have to see since Gen-Con is on Sunday and Andrew and I will be heading to that for some serious nerdery.   And yes, that is a word.  =o)

She likes her closet. =o)







Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Lab



I had seen this online at Amazon.com quite some time ago, but didn't really pay much attention to it.  I figured it was one of those things that just help you put together the Create-A-Monster starter sets.  Since I could figure those out fairly easily, I didn't really think much of this particular kit.

Until today.

Oh my goodness, is this kit FUN!

I saw one at K-Mart yesterday, but it was scanning up at $50 and that was far too much for me.  I really liked it and knew that Lily would absolutely love it.  But, with that price tag, I just tucked the thought away and hoped that I could find one on sale somewhere.  Lo and behold, I went down to Target to get some hair dye and there it is.  On sale!  On Clearance!  For $27.  I was thrilled.  I snagged one and headed off to go get hair dye and cotton balls.

I had planned to hold onto this for her birthday.  I couldn't.  I was far too excited.  Yes, I was far too excited.  I knew she would be, too.

We decided to make her Monster High persona - Vanna Valentine.

The kit is really nice.  It has 100+ tattoos - plenty to switch out whenever you want.  The doll comes apart easily and goes back together without a hitch.  The instructions took a couple of times to read, but once I got through them the second time, I had it figured out.  (I read reviews of people who couldn't make this particular toy work and I still don't understand how they couldn't get it right.)  The face came out a little crooked, but for a first time try, she looks great.  You can see that her mouth is a little crooked under the nose.

The arms and legs came out really nice and she has a lovely tattoo on her torso.  There are also several tiny tattoos that you can put on the dolls in any location.  Vanna got some on her feet and one on her hand.  

                      

We did check to see if you could put them on her other Monster High dolls, but the regular release dolls are different.  Their skin is slippery, while the Create-A-Monster ones have a slightly stickier skin.  There are, however, "refill kits" for the Design Lab.  And you can use the Create-A-Monster Kits with this as well.  



I want my own now.  =o)


UPDATE:  After several different tries to clean the old tattoos off of her doll, I finally found that Goo Gone and then a bathe in soapy water works well.  It smells a bit, but the Goo Gone works very well.  Just wanted to let ya know.  


 
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