Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kit Harington: My Newest Pretend Boyfriend

I am no stranger to having deep, obsessive crushes on Hollywood Celebrity Men. My earliest crushes included men like Ralph Macchio, Cary Elwes, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Today's favorites include Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hiddleston. 

Adding to the ranks of my latest celebrity crushes is British actor Kit Harington. He plays Jon Snow, the Stark family's bastard son, in the HBO television series "Game of Thrones". 

 Dark and brooding Jon Snow from HBO's "Game of Thrones". Cold and lost in a 
snowy forest, my only savior would be Jon Snow and his big, furry coat. 

Actor Kit Harington all dressed up in a manner I approve of. He makes stuffy clothes look sexy.

Of course, he looks sexy even without clothes. Although as much as I love his wild, curly hair I wish he had more hair on his chest. Chest hair is quite sexy but not the Robin Williams type of hairy chest (bit too much).

The 25-year old actor is quite young compared to my current beaus which does make me feel a bit cougarish. However, I have a soft spot for brooding, dark haired men which Mr. Harington exemplifies.  And one cannot deny admiring beauty at any age. 

A toast to any age!

Friday, July 27, 2012

To Go or Not to Go? My 20-Year High School Reunion

My 20-Year High School Reunion is next week. No, I have not bought any tickets yet for this event. Conveniently you can purchase tickets at the door in case anyone decides last minute to attend without the guilt of having to go because you prepaid months and months ago. So why didn't I buy tickets months and months ago? Deciding to go to the reunion is a no-brainer for some and their reasons I'm sure vary. 

There are people I suppose who felt high school as their best years ever. Their high school days were filled with friends who they enjoyed and understood them. And going to the reunion to see these people, who you may or may not have had contact with, is a perfectly fine reason. But for me I fall along that line of people who ponder why I would want to go see old classmates that I have not seen or communicated with in over 20 years and spend a good chunk money to do just that. 

1992 Mt. Miguel High School Year Book.  This book is not mine but saw it on sale at eBay.
 I absolutely do not know why someone would want to buy it especially for $70!

My closest friends from high school are still my closest friends today. Our friendship continues beyond social networks and reunions. My closest and best friend is my husband, Carlos. We started dating each other at the end of our sophomore year in high school. And even though it was wonderful to have met my future husband during high school, those days were far from the best years of my life. My other two good friends are actually friends I met way earlier than high school starting back in elementary school. Funny thing is those three do not want to attend our 20-year high school reunion. They all share that same sentiment that I just postulated above and are sticking to it.

So why would I want to go? A good part of it is morbid curiosity to see how people changed over the years. When I say changed that goes for both personally AND physically. You know everyone wants to see how well or how not so well old classmates have aged. That is undeniably the most natural and shallow human inclination from growing up in a materialistic culture. It's a sad reality but it's hard to escape it sometimes. Twenty years is a good amount time compared to ten years. I went to our high school's 10-year reunion and honestly I felt it was too soon after high school graduation. People change the most in their twenties. I don't think in that given time frame allows people to really evolve into who they really are. My experience at that reunion confirmed that belief. Classmates that I knew still seemed to be how I remembered them, some good and some not so good. 

I do believe though that in twenty years most people have done what most people do, which is mature and become better adults. Adults that I would likely enjoy socializing with very much. But why as mature adults do we have to socialize in such an artificial setting as a reunion? There are plenty of people from high school that I liked a lot but have lost contact with and would love to talk and catch up with again. Of course, going to the reunion would kill twenty birds with one stone. However, with email and Facebook we could easily do that as well but in a more personal setting. If anyone of those people sent me a message, "Let's get dinner or coffee and catch up!", I would totally be up to that. 

With just seven days left before the big reunion, I have yet to make a decision. It's not a life altering decision, of course, but a decision none the less. I will ponder this option as casual as high school was and when the day comes I will know. For those classmates that do go to the reunion I only wish them the best of moments and for those who do not go I wish them the same. 

Happy adventures to all!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

San Diego Comic Con 2012

The San Diego Comic Con is a yearly event in my household. Carlos and I have been attending this San Diego gem since we were kids. And now we continue this tradition with our boys. What delights me the most about attending the Con is just the energy of the crowd and knowing how we all share a common love, comic books and popular arts. Of course I do have other reasons for going which include: the always fun Costume Sightings for our favorite characters; 

Most Creative Interpretation: Bowser with Pet Chain Chomp.

Legend of Korra: Korra Fangirl in Water Tribe Gear

Legend of Korra: Amon and his groupies the Equalists.

My personal favorite, Man Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3, Chapter 17 "The Ember Island Players" and Fire Nation Katara.

Female Loki & Iron Man (his helmet really works!)

Even my youngest son, Tomás, loves to be part of the Costume Crowd.
He is pictured here with his own Princess Peach.

small talk with both small press and (if we're lucky) large press comic book artists & writers;

DC Artist Panel: (L) Comic Book Artist Nicola Scott drawing Wonder Woman; (R) The finished drawing by Scott which she gave to me. Fangirl bonus!!!

Charming Greeting Cards: The Mincing Mockingbird & The Frantic Meerkat at the small press section have the most humorous & darling cards & books. I bought the card on the left which I plan to frame for my bedroom.

trying to see a favorite TV or movie panel, which is virtually impossible nowadays unless you stand in line for at least 4 hours even then you're not guaranteed entrance into the panel room;
Inside the Convention Center with "Game of Thrones" banners. 

and last but not least buying a few fan memorabilia and comic books. My current favorite read is Joe Hill's "Locke & Key". Since I've started reading his comic books I've been obsessed with skeleton keys and large old wardrobes. Of course the artist Gabriel Rodriguez is also to blame since his artwork brings so much depth and mystery to the whole story. Just fantastic all around.

Volume 4 of Joe Hill's "Locke & Key". It now lives next to me on my nightstand.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" is another brilliant addition to the world of fantasy. Great story, beautiful film locations, and it makes me want to wear a big furry coat with my pet dire wolf following me around in the snowy forests.

My most coveted purchase this year: "Game of Thrones" Coffee Mug. 
Watch out Lannister Family, Winter is Coming!!!

Cheers to Fanboys and Fangirls for another great San Diego Comic Con year!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Doily Duck

January 1988. My 14th Birthday with my Doily Duck, Sadé.

When I was a teenager I was obsessed with crafts, scrapbooks, boys, and writing in my diary. Not much has changed since then. I still love doing crafts especially my paper dolls. My scrapbook obsession has evolved into Pinterest. And my crushes on boys are now crushes on my favorite celebrity men whom I refer to as my "pretend boyfriends".

The Doily Duck is now my diary of all things I love to admire, want, and just talk about. Like my pet duck, Sadé (R.I.P.), I am quite the chatterbox. I really enjoy just talking with people and hearing their stories as well as telling my stories. I sometimes think not enough people take the time to stop, chat, and listen to others both those we know and those we never thought of knowing. Listening to people is essentially learning to understand people. And to understand is opening your heart to becoming a better person.

I hope you enjoy my blog and will do my best to keep blogging! And I love to hear from you too!!! Thanks!