Ever since I moved to Chicago, I’ve found myself needing more to do. Weird, right?
I don’t mean in an overall sense- there’s more to do in Chicago than there ever has been anywhere in my life.
But, I have a lot more passive time that I need to fill with things I like.
For instance, when I was in college, my commute was about 5 minutes, and I was driving. The most I needed was a playlist, or even single song to make my commute. Now, even though I’m relatively close to my work downtown, I still have at least a 10-15 minute commute in the morning. I also use public transportation, or ride-sharing, since my neighborhood’s parking is so crazy (I don’t want to give up my spot to get to work). This means I have at least 1/2 hr every day where I’m just sitting waiting to get to or from work. I didn’t used to have to fill that same kind of time. Before, I was able to stay home longer, and continue whatever it was I was doing there (sleeping), and I didn’t have to worry about it. Now, I have to spend a decent amount of passive time that needs filling.
So, I’ve taken to playing some games on my phone. Ha. I do other things- listen to music and audiobooks, answer emails, do my work, get on pinterest, etc. But, sometimes nothing beats a fun game I can turn to. I’m pretty
Without further ado, here’s the games that I love the most to play on my way to/from work!
When we think of cosplay tools, I’m sure a heat gun or knife kit probably comes to mind first.
However, there are other tools that you can use to bump your cosplay up to the next level.
For me, one group is makeup brushes.
Don’t run away yet, lemme explain.
As you may know, I’m a big proponent of wearing makeup for cosplay. I seriously believe it can make all the difference for your cosplay – in between how you appear to others, how you appear in photographs, and how you can match your character better. Make-up is AMAZING for that. Even male cosplayers, who often growl at me at the suggestion, should wear makeup. It takes you to the next level, the same way a wig does! Get over your fear.
So, part of applying makeup is brushes.
You don’t need to spend $100s of your hard-earned cash to escalate your look. Lemme tell you that much right here.
I own cheap brushes. Like $10 for 12 brushes cheap.
But they work amazingly well- because I’ve learned how to care for cheap brushes.
Here’s the deal. These range from $10-14 USD. I bought them at $12. They’re cheap. I know it.
But, if you know how to handle cheap brushes, you’ll love them.
Here’s my ‘new owner’ process for cheap brushes.
1) Remove the handles. They’re wimpy at first, for real- the glue is weak, and they won’t stick on. After a few washes, the handles will fall off, so it’s better to start off right. Remove those handles first thing.
2) Wash the brushes. These smelled like …. something. I dunno what. But, I knew it would be best to wash them. So I did. My process for washing brushes is HERE.
If you want the simple steps – Small bowl of warm water and dash of soap (baby shampoo, brush cleaner, etc. I use my plain clarifying Suave shampoo). Tap each brush in a few times, then remove and swirl on the palm of your hand. Then rinse thoroughly. I hang mine to dry, with the bristles facing down from a rack in my kitchen. When completely dry, swirl on your clean palm to fluff the brushes. Tadaaa.
3) Using E6000 or a hot glue gun (I used the latter), glue the handles and brushed back together. If you have the same set as me, remember that the larger brushes are labeled, so you’ll want to match them up first.
4) That’s it. Store them in something pretty, and repeat washings as necessary.
Also, please don’t ignore washing your brushes. Leaving them dirty will essentially put dirt on your faces, and in your pores. No fun. Check out the difference between my dirty and clean brushes below, as well as my blenders! The first (white) one is a knock-off, and the hot pink one is the my Beautyblender from Birchbox that I got using some of my points last year.
Here’s the name brand before and after. It expands, so it’s not a trick that it looks a little bigger inthe second picture.
For me, this makes the brushes hold together way longer, and the initial wash softens and cleans them.
So, if you know anything about me, I assume it’s that I’m a geek.
I mean, it’s fairly obvious, given that I have a website showcasing my love for everything in the nerd realm.
This is why I think you’ll understand why I’ve declared a brilliant day, once I explain it all to you.
Let’s get started.
Today, I got to hang out with Dr. Michio Kaku.
Yes. The (Dr.) Michio Kaku.
If you know who that is, skip ahead.
If you don’t know who that is, keep reading.
Dr. Michio Kaku, my fair lads, is one of those lovely ‘popularizers of science.’
This means his work is so interesting that even those not generally interested in science get excited. He makes the idea of science ‘popular,’ to the general public, much like the lovely Bill Nye (The Science Guy, as you may know him) or the ever amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson. They are demigods within their fields, and the eyes of fellow nerds. Science celebrities, basically.
Luckily, I’m into science, so this was even better.
He considers himself a futurist- meaning his work generally focuses on the systematic predictions or possibilities of the future, for human society and life on Earth as a whole. He’s written tons of books filled with his thoughts, such as these titles below [which are linked to places where you can buy them, btw. I really recommend them. They’re fascinating reads!]
These are the covers, and I love them. There are older versions of most of the books, but I love the illustrations for these covers. They just look so great. Perfect and sci-fi-y.
‘The Future of the Mind’ is his newest; it’s hit #1 on The New York Times’ book lists, and it’s at #1 on Amazon for scientific research books overall!
My personal favorite, although they’re all amazing, is the ‘Physics of the Impossible’ book, which talks about sci-fi elements from movies, and tvs shows, and such, and then actually talks about the physics of their concepts, and which are actually something that can be achieved in the future and which are total imagination. He talks about things like phasers, teleportation, time travel, all sorts of stuff. If you like sci-fi shows, and are looking for a read to start with, I’d definitely say this is the book for you.
Dr. Kaku is an amazing person, and I really think you should research more about him if you are interested in learning more! He has had an amazing life so far, and is FULL of awesome information. Keep an eye out for him.
So, along with my new post series ‘Inspired by Pinterest,’ where I show my version of crafts that have been floating around on pinterest, I figured, I should create a new series for projects whose inspiration also came from pinterest, but that got a ‘geek’ remake. Thus, GEEKIFIED posts are born. Happy birthday, GEEKIFIED. Welcome to the world. You’re so beautiful. As an example in the series, let’s start out with with these DIY bird feeders I saw on Pinterest. The pin itself leads to a buzzfeed link, which I then followed to the original content, found at Pink Pistaschio. Her instructions were simple- she even called a bird handler to make sure all the ingredients were safe for birds beforehand (SPOILER ALERT: they are safe).
Inspired by this initial pin, I was excited to create some different shapes than the traditional circle (although I still did a heart. I love hearts. Like fun, I’m not going to make a heart.) I chose some dinosaurs, a skull, a heart (duhhh) and a raven. Half are from a dinosaur cookie cutter set I got from Walmart, one is from a Wilson fondant set that is supposed to be used to make Calla Lillies, and the others are from a Halloween cookie cutter set.
I chose the Raven because I love the idea of birds eating something bird shaped. Is that weird?
Anyways, here’s what you need for my version:
+ Fun cookie cutter shapes
+ 2 packets unflavored gelatin (I used Knox. It’s the only unflavored brand I know)
+ 2/3 cup water in a saucepan (cool/cold water. DO NOT heat up the water until after the gelatin dissolves)
+ 2 cups birdseed (I used a random generic brand, but you can lure different types of birds with different types of seeds!)
+ Cooking Spray (to coat your cookie cutters)
+ Cookie Sheet lined with Wax Paper (do this first, trust me)
+ A beverage straw or two, for making the hole in the bird feeders.
+ Twine, string, wird, etc. i.e. something to tie to the bird feeder so you can hang it.
Let’s get started.
Step one: In a small saucepan, stir the two packets of gelatin into the water until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
Step two: Turn your burner on, to medium heat, and stir constantly until the gelatin simmers. I may have heated it too much, but it didn’t affect the outcome of my treats, so don’t worry about mistakes! Step three: Remove the pan from heat, and stir in all your birdseed. MIX MIX MIX! Then, let cool.
Step four: While the birdseed mix is cooling, line your cookie sheet/baking sheet with the wax paper. This didn’t need a picture, haha.
Step five: Spray the inside of your cookie cutters with cooking spray, to make the treats easy to get out and easy to clean afterwards. Then, line them up on your baking sheet for the next step. There is no picture for this either.
Step six: Spoon your birdseed mixture into your little cookie cutters. You could do this carefully, but you’re still going to make a little bt of a mess, I bet. No worries. That’s why you’ve got that wax paper. Spoon them at least halfway full (mine are filled to the brim).
Step seven: Insert a bit of a cut beverage straw into each treat to preserve a hole for string.
Step eight: Put baking sheet with treats into fridge to firm up. Leave it alone for at least an hour. All ready for the fridge:
Step nine: Remove treats from fridge, remove treats from cookie cutters, remove straws from treats. Remove the treat from mold:
Step ten: String them up, and hang outside!!
LOOK HOW CUTE. I CAN’T DEAL WITH IT! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
HINT: If you aren’t going to put all of your bird feeders out at once, you MUST store them in the fridge. Gelatin molds if left out, and your bird feeders will mold if left out on the counter and stuff.
Typically, birds eat them before they have a chance to mold outdoors, so don’t worry about it.
The birds in my area are savages, and the feeders were all gone (I made more than pictured) within three days. SAVAGES.
So, I participated in the #oddhoneyswap from HarperHoney.com. If you haven’t given the website a visit, I suggest taking a look.
It’s run by a lovely lady named Harper. She’s an absolute doll, and she blogs about some interesting stuff.
ANYWAYS. She started a package swap a few months ago, and named it the ‘Odd Honey Swap,’
‘odd’ because it happens every odd numbered month, ‘honey’ because it’s part of the blog name, and ‘swap’ because that’s self explanatory.
You basically sign up by filling out a survey, the information from which will be used to help match you with a swap partner. Then, once Harper messages both parties that they’ve been matched, you start to communicate and get to know each other! Later on, you put a package together, on theme for the swap, created specifically for your swap partner (and wait for your own goodies to come in that mail).
That’s it! It’s that easy!
So, March’s theme was ‘Love Letters.’
oh la la.
Amazingly enough, I was partnered up with the Swap Master herself, Harper!
We chatted for a month or two through email, and then sent each other our Love themed packages.
The theme was ‘Love Letters,’ and boy, did Harper deliver!
LOOK AT THIS COLORFUL BOX FROM THE HEAVENS!
So, that’s an overview of the box she sent. It is PACKED with colors; stickers, candy, letters and fun goodies all over! It’s so cute, I love it.
Let’s break it down, piece by piece.
Harper gave some guidelines on what to send (of course, along the theme).
So, first off, sorry for the pictures- it was really dark, and kind of stormy, so the pictures came out a little wonky.
Task 1: love Letter to you
Harper sent me a genuine love letter. It was really sweet. We’ve been talking for a while, and got a glimpse into each other’s personality. She told me what she liked about me in her love letter to me. It’s awlways awesome to have physical reminders about your good qualities. This was a sweet letter.
ALSO, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are genuine Lisa Frank stickers. Beautiful. We live in a beautiful world.
Task 2: love letter to me
This part was writing a love letter to yourself. I won’t share her actual letter, because that’s private.
I think it’s a really brave thing to look at yourself critically, and talk to yourself honestly.
This part was really important to me.
Task 3: favorite music
Harper also sent me a mixtape of her fav. songs! The song list is listed on the cd case (thank god, because I’m terrible at guessing songs, and too lazy to look it up). All good choices, friends. Look at that list.
Task 4: favorite book
Look at this. This doll got me a postcard.
On the back, she named her favorite books, and mentioned that the postcard is from her favorite bookstore.
I actually go back to NYC in two months, so I’ll be sure to hit up this spot in her honor.
Task 5: snack lovin’
Look at these candies. So sweet. I love sweetarts, and it’s super cute that they were all heart shaped. They even had little love notes on them (like conversation hearts), saying things like ‘Love U’ and ‘Cutie’. Super on theme. Lovey and yummy. And, the Hello Kitty candy was cute, too. I loved the packaging.
I’m a sucker for nice packaging. It’s because I’m in Marketing, I guess.
She also sent some decadent red velvet brownie mix. Mmmmm. My mom’s favorite flavor for cakes and such is Red Velvet, so this will be perfect to share with here when I force her to binge watch AHS Coven with me. Spread the love, y’all.
Task 6: love letter supplies
Look at these cute writing supplies, too. I love them. This girl is rocking the theme hardcore, no joke. She knows what she’s doing.
I’m especially excited for this one:
This is because I’m definitely going to send it to my little niece, whom I refer to as Booberry. Boo is a little over 2 years old, and she is the most beautiful, perfect child I have ever met. I love her so much.
Even more exciting, Harper included some beads with the package.
This is even more perfect to go with the stationary.
‘WHY?” you ask?
Because, there were enough to make two matching bracelets.
I’m going to make one for me, using the larger beads.
AND THEN, I’m going to make one for my niece that matches mine, using the smaller beads.
And I’ll mail it to her using the stationary I just got.
DO YOU SEE HOW THIS ALL FITS TOGETHER?
I’m just really excited.
Other items I got:
Some sweet stickers. Once again, genuine Lisa Frank stickers. Are you excited for me? Also, rainbow smiles and action stickers. Perfect!
An m-effin slinky. Yinz can’t possibly understand how great this is. Because I finally have stairs again. 15 magnificent stairs for this beast to crawl down.