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Day 4

Day 4 – Your Favorite Book

While I am quite the bookworm I never really have the opportunity to read that often.  Generally when I read something it’s because someone else has recommended it to me.  Most recently I read the Twilight series and much to my surprise I actually enjoyed it.

However, for a book to be my most favorite book of any that I’ve ever read it really has to have touched my life in some way.  Meaning, I changed from reading this book.

When I was a freshman in high school (grade 9) we did a segment in my English class regarding the Holocaust.  I think this class when my interest in the subject first really started.  The Holocaust was so baffling to me, and I really wanted to learn everything I could about it.  Not really for understanding, just to hear the stories of these people.  Their story, their plight, it really gripped me and I think it will always hold onto me.

In that English class we read Night by Elie Wiesel

If you’ve never read this book – you should.  It’s fairly short, and very easy reading – but it is a story that will stay with you your whole life.  I’ve had the opportunity to read other of Elie’s works and I will still say that Night is my absolute favorite.

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Never.

Day 3

Day 3 – Your Favorite Television Program

As someone who is a gamer/seamstress/full time student/part time worker I rarely make time to watch television.  If I’m not online in EverQuest2 or World of Warcraft I’m playing Final Fantasy XIII and if I’m not gaming I’m sewing, doing homework, or working.

My days feel so busy lately – with ACen coming up I feel like I’m in a constant seamstress state….all I hear is the sewing machine.

With that said – when I do watch television I don’t really have any one specific favorite show.  As a culinary student I really enjoy Food Network’s Iron Chef America challenges.  I would also sit down to watch CSI or Law and Order.  Maybe even Heroes, House, or White Collar.

As far as a show that I absolutely have to see whenever a new episode is on?  I don’t do that.  If it gets recorded on our DVR I might sit down to watch it a day or two later, but usually I will just watch it when it’s in reruns during the day (like while turning 12 little ribbons for Rikku sleeves).

I’m just not a TV person /shrug  There are a few shows that I enjoy and will watch if I actually happen to be in front of a TV when it’s on.  As far as something I go out of my way to watch….there isn’t anything.

Day 2

Day 2 –  Your Favorite Movie

My favorite movie is much much easier for me to choose than my favorite song.  I love movies in general.  Most movies, I will not go to and say, “Man that was a terrible movie, what a waste of money.”  Usually I like the movies I see.  However, the movies I LOVE are the one’s that really stick with me, one’s that I can watch repeatedly and not be bored of them.

My very favorite takes me back to my childhood, and maybe yours too.  The Little Mermaid has got to be my favorite movie of all time.  When I was a kid I loved to watch Ariel and her friends.  I loved the music.  Now when I watch Ariel I get more out of the film.  You know those kids movies that have the hidden messages that you don’t get when you’re 6 years old – well if you haven’t seen The Little Mermaid in a long time I recommend watching it.

Just remember:  The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.

Day 1

Day 1 – Your Favorite Song

For me it’s very difficult to pick one specific song to call my favorite.  I feel I listen to quite a wide variety of music and my favorite song(s) is/are very dependent upon my mood at the time.  I have a lot of artists that I listen to regularly – my top five probably being:  Paramore, Matthew Good, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Marie Digby

If I had to pick an absolute favorite song, something that really touches my life and is important to me – it would probably be Paramore’s Hallelujah.  I have some very special moments that I share with the Riot! album but that one in particular, when I’m feeling down, I think of this song and pick myself back up.

If you’ve never heard Hallelujah, or never heard Paramore – I really suggest checking them out.  They have three albums: All We Know Is Falling, Riot!, and Brand New Eyes – they also did the song Decode from the movie Twilight (if you’re into that sort of thing) which plays during the end credits.  Fabulous band 🙂

The 30 Day Challenge

To get me blogging on a more daily basis – whether it be about cosplay, or what have you I’ve decided to take this 30 day challenge. Taken from http://megandrinkstea.tumblr.com/

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

I’ll be doing this starting today! woo!

Gun Mod fun…and more

My friends, today is all about spray painting plastic stuff!
I spent the better part of my day in class, but now that I’m home, I am currently in the process of spray painting my brother’s old Nerf gun into amazingness.
I picked up some Krylon Fushion paint this afternoon between classes, along with some other acrylic paints for later. So far it’s coming along quite nicely. I’m giving it just a bit longer to dry before I decide to put it back together. I’ve only got a bit more sunlight left for the day and I’m not very keen on leaving it out overnight.
Work on my super sekrit project for ACen is coming to completion. Just have one and a half more pieces of clothing to finish constructing and then it’s just accessories (and those are the hard parts).
Picked out wigs for everything coming to Chicago with me, and hopefully I will be able to get to purchasing those soon so that I have plenty of time to style them. I want to make sure I’m completely finished up with everything before the first week of May since finals will be that week! ACK!

I really feel like ACen is the PERFECT way to kick off my summer vacation and I am SO looking forward to it! Will and I are working on narrowing down specific locations for shoots while I’m there and I CANNOT wait. Keep a lookout on my DA for upcoming photos – within the next month or so we will be doing a shoot in downtown Raleigh which I’m really looking forward to.

More cosplay updates to come as I begin work on my Haruhi bunny suit! Wish me luck!….which reminds me, I need to order corset boning.

Plans for Anime Central

I am getting very excited as plans for ACen are finally coming together.
I know for sure I will be bringing
Rikku – FFX2
Haruhi Bunny – Haruhi no Suzumiya
and my Kimono in addition.

I possibly have one other trick up my sleeve but I’m keeping that under wraps for now.
I’m really looking forward to a few scenic shoots with my friend (and photographer) Will Froelich. If anyone is interested in shooting with me while I’m there let me know and I’ll see if we can squeeze you in :p

I’m really looking forward to being back in Chicago again getting to see old friends, old places, visiting lots of stuff! I know we’ll be making a trip out to Lake Michigan to shoot which will be totally awesome!

Plans are still coming together but they’re beginning to become more concrete.
Time to get crackin on those cosplays!