Friday, September 30, 2011

BMW Guggenheim Lab Presents Love Night

In my effort to produce more positivity and love into my world; on a gorgeous Friday evening; I took myself down to the BMW Guggenheim Lab located on 2nd Avenue and East Houston Street which was a couple of steps away from the subway station. Little did I realize that it is an open space and will be in NYC only until October 16th.

Tonight's event was "Love Night" which brought about new insights in brain science that suggest we are hard-wired for altruism and trust—even among strangers. The Lab invited neuroscientist Paul Zak, psychologist Emanuele Castano, and Kio Stark of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program to help design a party that will bring out the love in even the most hardened New Yorker. This was also in collaboration with: Project for Public Spaces: Photography for Love Night video, Anna Letitia Mumford: Video editing for Love Night video, Ryan V. Brennan: NYC Based Social Performance & Collage Artist, Dr. Sabine Seymour: Director, Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design and Research assistant Scott Peterman, and the entire class of Fashionable Technology. There were various activities which I will go into detail that involved human emotion and love. I also figured this would be a great pre-cursor before I start the Radical Self Love boot camp.

The first exercise I participated in was "Secret Exercises". I was asked two questions -- if I was a Democrat or Republican (I answered Democrat) and what my favorite colour was (I answered purple). I was then handed a green card with these instructions: This secret assignment was meant to find it's way to you at this moment. Read all instructions carefully before performing secret assignment. Step 1 - Walk throughout the lab looking for someone standing in one spot holding an orange secret assignment card. Step 2 -- Approach this person and ask them what they are thinking about. Step 3 - Put this green assignment in your pocket and follow the instructions on the assignment the person you found gives you. Note -- Try not to get distracted on your search for someone standing with the orange piece of paper as they are in fact waiting for you.

Now since I am a teacher, taking directions was easy. I found someone with an orange card and had a interesting conversation about ice cream. The underlying point of this exercise was to obviously meet someone new and start a conversation. I have no problem in that department; especially if you read my Things I Love Thursday this week!

The next exercise I did was 8 Hugs a Day. Here is the description -- When we hug, hormones are released in the brain that relax us and make it easier to interact with others. Get a hug from neuroeconomist Professor Paul Zak a.k.a. Dr Love then pass it on. Hug ambassadors will be equipped with special garments. Your goal will be to give 8 hugs today. This exercise I overdosed on. I was hugging a lot of people! The garments were modifying t-shirts that were treated with thermochromic dye (hypercolor) that when you touch it the color changes due to the warmth of your skin. It felt really nice to get hugs! The point of this exercise was to break down your walls and to invite people in. I think a lot of New Yorkers might need this lesson....

Next exercise was the Emotional Maps area. Description --- The city is more than a collection of roads, parks, and buildings. It is also a psychological landscape. Together we will create an emotional map of New York City. The map that was used was a NYC Subway Map and had star stickers; a different color star for a different emotion. Because it was dark out I could not really see the colors of the stars all that well so I chose a blue star that apparently stood for Joy. I placed it on 14th Street/Union Square because that is where I get the most joy -- the park, The Strand, Forbidden Planet, Regal Cinemas...I could go on and on!

The next exercise I did; the one I enjoyed the most; was Urbanology. Here is the description -- The Urbanology game has been a hit feature of the lab and lets you work with others to run a city. Come play, meet new people, and build a better city. Urbanology is a game which examines the complex ways in which cities develop. It puts you in charge of your own city by presenting you with a variety of real-world urban dilemmas. Every decision you make impacts your city negatively or positively; often in ways you might not expect. These accumulated impacts build a matrix of priorities for your future city. This matrix can then in turn be compared to the equivalent matrices of real-world cites. At the end of gameplay, a custom algorithm takes eight major categories (innovation, transportation, health, affordability, wealth, lifestyle, sustainability, and livability) into account, and then calculates the closest real-world equivalent to the city you've created.The game experience for Urbanology was developed by Local Projects, and the physical design was created by ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]. Basically it was a live version of Sim City. I controlled the Wealth icon. The way the game worked was there was 8 questions and the people around you all had to vote yes or no. Votes were tabulated and results were given. Based on the results of the voting you move your token. This exercise for myself was the highlight of the night for me -- it rekindled my love of debate. The end results of the game I played was the city I created with the help of others had the livability of Berlin, the sustainability of Johannesburg, the transportation of Shanghai, the lifestyle of Stockholm, and the wealth of Mexico City (at which point I screamed great we are fucking poor!) If you have a chance to play go down to the lab on Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm.

After the game, I got myself a hot cocoa and made my way home. Overall this event was a lot of fun. I plan on checking out more of the Lab's events before it departs on October 16th.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Things I Love Thursday -- September 29th Edition

Another busy week...had a cold but with some NyQuil and sleep I was able to beat it into submission! I am still kind of stuffy in the nose but that does not mean I do not notice what has been fueling my love this week!

Here is what I have been in love with this week:

~~Meeting a letterer for DC Comics on the PATH train home. It was just so random...he was wearing a Detective Comics t-shirt and I go to ask him about the New 52 and which ones he has read/liked and then he just dropped the bomb of where he works. Yay for making new friends and to myself for being a queen of small talk!

~~The grilled cheese, tomato soup, and mixed greens I had for brunch on Saturday 9/24 at this open air restaurant called Belcourt on East 4th Street and 2nd Avenue.

~~Reading a comic book in my favorite Starbucks and almost getting a number!

~~Being a kid at heart.

~~Getting extra sleep.

~~This next one will sound bad of me but considering my opinion on Michael Vick I loved this: The Giants winning against the Eagles and the Giants breaking Vick's hand.

~~The great effort of the New York Jets when they faced the Oakland Raiders.

What are you in love with this week?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: Milk and Honey Pedicure at Blush

I am a member on this discount site called Gilt City New York. Every couple of days I get numerous discount offers on trendy restaurants, trendy beauty regimens, trendy beauty places, even concerts and screenings of movies before they are released. Well at the beginning of September I received a 50 percent discount voucher for a Milk and Honey Pedicure at Blush, a trendy nail salon in the East Village.

Here is the description of the service: A special milk, honey, and chrysanthemum bath will be followed by a homemade sugar foot scrub, callus eliminator treatment, honey leg rub, ten-minute massage, and paraffin treatment.

My appointment today was at 2pm but I got there early, just in case. When I walked in, I will admit I did feel the hipster/fashionista vibe going on but that does not stop me. I was told to hang out for a little bit as the person who was taking care of me was busy. I have no problem hanging...that is what magazines and books are for!

After picking out my nail polish, which is a metallic sparkly red I was instructed to go to the station...which is a big comfy chair just for me and a white basin filled with warm milk and flowers -- just like the description. Here is a picture to prove its worthiness:
There are only three of these stations by the way so if you do go here, make sure you have an appointment. Anyway let me continue..

The person taking care of me today -- her name was Sandy. She carried my bag, which I usually do not let a lot of people do because it can be heavy sometimes, over to the station which had a hook for it. Another score! Most places do not have that; or the places I have been to. I took off my shoes, climbed up the two steps and put my feet into this luxurious warm milk bath. It felt so good. Sandy did the basics -- cut my nails, filed, and then put this callus treatment all over my feet. Her hands, which were gloved (yay sanitary!) were nice and firm because I have the ticklish feet ever. I told her that up front and she said "Don't worry. I know what to do." Most people who have given me pedicures have such a light touch with scrubbing my feet with the pumice stone that either causes me to jerk my leg or laugh uncontrollably. Not here. Sandy scrubbed my feet into the softness oblivion I have ever received. Another plus!

After the scrubbing and a generous amount of sugar scrub -- which is much welcomed -- she massaged my legs and feet with warm honey. Yes honey, the stuff you put in your tea or on your Grape Nuts cereal. I thought it was pretty weird too but after about 3 minutes my legs and feet felt so good. Her massage technique did NOT include the pounding of the fists on the feet and legs which I hate. It was pure kneading goodness. After this came the regular lotion, pushing of cuticles back, base coat, nail polish, top coat routine. She was so precise with the application of the nail polish as well and if any dripped on my skin, she was quick with a orange stick dipped in nail polish remover to remove the snags.

Now this next part for me is very crucial -- standing and getting down from a pedicure station with wet nail polish takes some maneuvering. Not here. I swung my legs around the basin, stood up, and walk down the two steps to the bottom and went right to the nail drying area with a big smile on my face.

Blush -- I think you have a new customer. While I enjoy Galleria Nail Salon in Alphabet City this place will get my business with pedicures. Blush is located at 218 East 5th Street between Cooper Square and 2nd Avenue. Give it a shot! Here is their website for more info -- Blush Nails Lounge

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Things I Love Thursday -- September 22nd Edition

It has been an interesting week...yes I did not post a TiLT last week and that was due to being busy all week so here is a two week TiLT!

Here is what I have been in love with for the past two weeks:

~~Seeing The Big 4 with my brother in Yankee Stadium. Rocked my face off.
~~A good seat on the train.
~~Losing weight without even trying.
~~My organizational skills.
~~The history of Atlanta.
~~Having people in my life who have the same views.
~~Anticipating fall color!
~~Hugs from my students. There is one student who does not leave until he hugs me goodbye. It is so cute.
~~People watching in parks.
~~Watching the Jets vs. Cowboys game through texts.
~~David cuddling my arm on the subway and the way his head leans on my shoulder when he is tired.
~~Having ideas float in mind for a book. Yes I am thinking about writing a book.
~~Starbucks Chai after a busy day.
~~My students! So cute and love to learn!
~~That two of my students would rather read their beginning books than color their take me home books.
~~Sitting by the window in Starbucks.
~~Being a Math geek.
~~The excellent Sunset Bites for Two dinner at Brick NYC on Warren Street.
~~Catching up with a good friend with good food.

What are you in love with this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thought Tuesday #29

“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future” — Charles F. Kettering

What words or thoughts are fueling you today?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years Later

Living in Jersey City, New Jersey you grow up with this attitude that people are different and you accept it. No thoughts of bombings or gun warfare simply because your ideals or beliefs are different from the norm. I do not want to sound like I lived in a bubble but in a way I kind of did. My love for New York City was always there but around 2001 it really started to flourish. I started working at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum where my internship with the US Department of Labor was terminated. Then as we are all aware...September 11th happened. Here is my account of what was going on in my life as well as pictures I took from across the river.

7am: My mother wakes me up to let me know that she was on her way to work. My mom back in 2001 was a cook for Public School #28 in Jersey City, NJ. I told my mom and my brother the night before that I was off from work and that I would sleep until maybe 10am and get up, take care of the dogs (Hudson was three at the time, Sweetums was one year old) and that I would wait for my mom to come home before I went out to see a movie in New York.

9am: Receive a phone call from my mother telling me that a plane went into one of the World Trade Center towers. I remember asking her what she is putting into her cooking as she was clearly hallucinating at work. She then asked me to turn on the television and there it was -- one of the towers on fire. Then at 9:03 I see another plane go into the second tower. I screamed and dropped the phone and told my mom I would call her back. My dogs begin to bark and I could not control them.

10am: Receive a slew of phone calls and emails from friends and family asking if everyone is okay. Have not heard from my brother at this time. I continue to watch the news.

12pm: My mom comes home from work. My dogs finally calm down and are eating now. If you walk up the block where I live you get a clear view of the NYC skyline. This is what I saw:

I could not believe it. The towers GONE. A big plume of smoke was there in its wake.

2pm: My dad who works for the Hudson County Road Department took today off as he had a ticket to pay in Union City, NJ. He did not come home until 8pm. Again at this time still have not heard from my brother. He was on the road headed home though as he called from his office.

Pretty much from this point on until both my dad and brother arrived back at home I was fielding phone calls and emails and keeping my eye on the news. I did have work the next day but was given the option to leave early if I could not handle being in New York City. I did the best that I could but in the back of my brain all I wanted to do was be home with my family.

I can not believe it is ten years later. It doesn't feel like it. My principal announced over the loudspeaker on Friday that the students that are in the 8th grade now were in Pre-K when this happened. There are plenty of unanswered questions of why this happened but this is definitely a tragedy that hopefully people will not forget like other tragedies that have happened in US History.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Joisey Adventures Presents: Dragon*Con 2011 -- Day Two

Let's continue with our story from Dragon*Con 2011..

It is 7am on Saturday morning. Now you figure getting up that early I must be going to work but no...I was off to a writing workshop called "21 Days to a Novel" The workshop was led by Michael Stackpole and here is the official description:

Seminar 6: (21 Days to a Novel) New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

Now you would think it could not be done but with these exercises it is genuinely possible. I might use the tools he gave out at this workshop for National Novel Writing Month and I might just do that. I already have ideas flowing in my head; I just need the time to write it down.

After the workshop was over, I booked it back to the Walk of Fame to conquer the one and only WILLIAM SHATNER. His manager or handler told me he was signing at 1100am but had a photo opportunity but would be back by 1130am. That was a lie. So the next time was 130pm, right in the middle of the Smallville: Three Bad Guys and a Supergirl panel that David wanted me to go to. I left the Walk of Fame and went right back to the Hyatt. I told David that I had to leave early from the panel because of William Shatner and he was cool with it.

So 1pm rolls around and we are led inside of the ballroom and immediately Michael Rosenbaum starts with his crazy antics. If you have not seen any of his work, YOU NEED TO. Right now. Stop what you are doing and go to YouTube and look up something of Michael Rosenbaum. Or you can just watch my videos below.

145pm comes and I bolt out of the ballroom and make my way back to the Walk of Fame. Now on Saturday at Dragon*Con this is a feat in of itself because now all of the costume paraders are back and mingling inside the hotels. Luckily when I got to the Walk of Fame William Shatner still had a line. Apparently he has this weird policy that if he does not have a line waiting for him, he leaves. Where he one knows.

I approaching his "room" which is one of the bell desks and he is seated. His handler/manager takes my Shit my Dad Says book and asks me where I would like William to sign the book. I said wherever and to make it out to Nick & Danielle. I was told no personalization. Fine. I moved over to stand in front of William and asked him about his Tennessee Walkers. Those are the breed of horses he owns. Asked him nothing about Star Trek or Boston Legal or TJ Hooker. He said to me that his horses are doing fantastic and that he is thinking of getting another one. He also said that no one has ever asked him about his horses and he thanked me for that. I said well I like to be remembered. He said that he would remember me if I ever went to a convention where he was again. His manager started to get annoyed so I grabbed my book, said thank you, and went on my merry way.

At this point I got all of the autographs and pictures that I wanted....until I heard Misha Collins was finally there. Now I am a fan of Supernatural but I forgot my Supernatural Book of Demons book so I decided to surprise my friend Fran who is a big time Misha Collins fan. Last year at Dragon*Con I had Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) leave her a voicemail so this year I figured I would do the same. I called her and her husband answered the phone. I told him to put her on once she was finished with whatever she was doing. We had maybe a four minute BS conversation and then I asked her to hold on. I talked to Misha for a second and asked him if he would not mind talking to a big fan of his on the phone. He said no and took my phone and the conversation went something like this: "Hi..who is this? No who is this? I am not telling you. Because I don't want to. No still not telling you. Nope. Sorry. Oh by the way this is Misha and I am sorry I missed you at Dragon*Con." When he handed me back the phone I was in tears laughing. Fran asked me who that was and when I told her she nearly died. Now I just have to get her to the Kevin Sorbo signing in October.

Now I am officially done with autographs and pictures. I got in no order whatsoever: Beau Bridges (picture with/autograph), Robert Englund (autograph),Carrie Fisher (autograph in book), Christopher Lloyd (picture with/autograph),William Shatner,(autograph in Shit my Dad Says book), Wil Wheaton (picture with/autograph in Just a Geek book),Eliza Dushku (picture with/autograph). and Jim Beaver (autograph in book).

So off to do some SHOPPING. There are three dealer rooms in the Marriott Marquis so three ways for me to spend way too much money. Luckily enough since I had a good idea of what I wanted to get, temptation was not there. No one had Deadman Volume 1 though as well as The Walking Dead Volume 8. But this is what I did get:

Comic Books/Trade Paperbacks
Terminal Alice by Jeffrey Kaufman (Zenescope Comics)
Hack/Slash Death by Sequel by Tim Seeley
The Walking Dead Volume 7 and Volume 9 by Robert Kirkman
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told edited by DC Comics
X-Men Origins by edited by Mark D. Beazley

Regular Books
Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sword of Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon written as Kinley MacGregor
Vamped by Lucienne Diver
The Ascension by Samantha Sommersby
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Yes I have a lot of reading to all of the other books I have! By 7pm I was done. Went back to the hotel and took a mighty nap...after having this awesome burrito from Cafe Momo's as well as other things but I will keep this blog PG-Rated.

All in all, even though it was only two days of convention I had an awesome time. Can not wait for next year! Only 357 days left!

Things I Love Thursday -- September 8th Edition

Well well well..this has been one exhausting week. From a grade assignment change to a room assignment change that has led to anxiety beyond belief, I can not wait for the weekend. With that said, lets get the party of TiLT started!

Here is what I am in love with this week:

~~New challenges at work. The grade assignment change I talked about above -- I am now working in Kindergarten. Yes KINDERGARTEN. In my eight years of teaching I have gone from 4th grade to 6th grade to 7th grade to back to 4th grade to working with four grade levels at one time to 3rd grade and now Kindergarten. It will be an interesting year.

~~Realizing that ugly does come from the inside out.

~~Having my own desk, fridge, and keys to the school building.

~~Cups of tea waiting for me when I get home.

~~The frantic and excited wags of tails as I enter my door.

~~Waking up and getting up right at 530am

~~Making videos from Dragon*Con 2011 and getting major press from them.

~~Midday naps.

~~Google this phrase "Fox News Is" and seeing what pops up in the autofill. It is bloody brilliant!

~~Having a productive wind at 6am in the morning.

~~Seeing my bus crew again.

Here are the three videos I made this week from Dragon*Con 2011. I hope you enjoy them!

What are you in love with this week?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thought Tuesday #28

“Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere” — Henry David Thoreau

What words or thoughts are fueling you today?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Joisey Adventures Presents Dragon*Con 2011 -- Day One

Humid sleep...330am in a car on my way to LaGuardia Airport on Thursday September 1st...where am I going?


What exactly is Dragon*Con you ask? It is only the second largest sci fi/comic convention in the United States. Over 45,000 people converge onto Atlanta, Georgia during Labor Day weekend to stalk celebrities, dress up in costume, go shopping, and all in all have fun!

My convention started on Friday at 10am where I went to a panel entitled "Coming Soon: Young Adult Books to Get." It was an hour long panel that discussed 60 books in which everyone needs to get. From vampires to zombies to ghosts to fantasy to paranormal to dystopian was on there. I have the list and put an asterisk next to the ones I want to get.

After this panel, I made my way downstairs to the Photo Op area to buy my tickets for the following people: Christopher Lloyd, Eliza Dushku, Michael Rosenbaum, and Wil Wheaton. That was a cluster in of itself. I must have waited on the line for close to two hours to get the tickets. The first person I got was Michael Rosenbaum. If you have never met him before or listen to him speak at a panel, you MUST. He is a riot. So versatile of an actor. He remembered me from Cleveland, Ohio and told me to "get over here" complete with the Scorpion from Mortal Kombat motion. I could not talk to him for a long time due to the photographer being a dick but that is okay.

Next up in the photo op opportunity was Christopher Lloyd who was eating every time I saw him. Eating during the photo op, eating at his autograph table, eating walking to his table...the guy does not stop eating! He was still super nice though. I asked him what his next project was and he told me he did not know. That is cool though.

After those two photo ops, I made my way back upstairs to attend the V: Bonds Broken panel. This panel starred Joel Gresch (Father Jack) and Laura Vandervoort (Lisa) who is even more beautiful in person. They had a great chemistry together; always laughing and giggling. Both of them are generally upset that ABC did not give them a series finale or a mini-series to bring closure to the show but are fighting with the network to allow it or to find another network that would produce it. Below you will find my video of clips from this panel.

After this panel was over I booked it right back upstairs to the Walk of Fame. Now the Walk of Fame is where all of the celebrities are. You can get autographs here as well as pictures with as long as the star allows it. Now the first person I wanted to get was Wil Wheaton but his line was too long so I went to the other people I wanted first.

First person I met was Beau Bridges. Such a great guy. He stuck his hand out and went "Hi, I'm Beau." with such enthusiasm; it was a pleasant sight. I told him the story of when my mom worked with his father Lloyd at Reeves Broadcasting Company and he was so shocked to hear that and told me to tell my mom he said hello. I took a photo with him as you can see below and was on my way.

I went on to see Robert Englund. Yes Freddy Krueger but for myself it was all about WILLIE THE GOOD ALIEN from the original V. He only had one photo of from V available and I asked him if he saw the remake and what he thought of it. He told me that he did see it and was waiting for the phone call to make an appearance but that it did not happen. He also said that the downfall of the show was too much dialogue and for a show to stick for an American audience there has to be some sort of action to it. Furthermore he mentioned his next projects which involve a stripper horror movie. Another nice guy.

Now the time has wait for....WIL WHEATON. In terms of the convention he was the person I wanted to meet the most. I mean, first schoolgirl crush here! After waiting on the line for close to 30 minutes I finally got up to him. I told him how he was my first crush and that made him turn beet red and as always I asked what is on his agenda since the unforunate cancelling of Eureka. He sighed and said he was still upset by the cancellation but said he will be writing for the majority of the year and whichever gets published first is his goal. I also asked him if he would ever be on Big Bang Theory again and he said in a heartbeat. This is where the disappointment comes in...I go to shake his hand and he goes "No I do not shake hands..I elbow bump." Okay..what is up with Star Trek people, with the exception of George Takei, being germaphobes? Brent Spiner did the same thing to me last year. Well they always say your first crush is a disappointment in itself..I mean look how far away he stood in the picture below. I am lucky to find out that it was not just me though. I work with kids; I know about germs. As long as you take care of yourself, you are golden.

After that, I went to see Eliza Dushku who is not a bitch like some people said she was. We had a very interesting tit for tat war about standing on the left hand side for our picture together. She is so tiny! At least she was not a germaphobe. Hehe.

At this point, I was getting tired but I wanted to check out the Fun Fest which was a night of games and prizes. I, along with David, played Dysfunctional Family Feud. We were on the losing team though BUT there are no losers in Dysfunctional Family Feud so we all won a USS Enterprise shaped pizza cutter from It is so cute and I know I will not use it for anything. After this it was time to go back to the hotel for some needed sleep.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my surprise to my friend Fran from Misha Collins and my video from the Smallville panel as well as my conquering of William Shatner!

Things I Will Miss About Summer

As I am writing this blog on Labor Day, it means that my summer vacation is officially over. I am not a big fan of summer as fall is my favorite season followed with spring but it is a sad day. I go back to work tomorrow and the students report on Wednesday. As to what grade I will be supporting this year, I have no clue until I step into my school building and sit in on the big faculty meeting. But with all of that being said, here is a list of things I will miss about summer. Thanks for the inspiration Kellie!

Things I Miss About Summer

~~Staying up past midnight.
~~Going swimming with my mom.
~~No work.
~~Nice, clear, bright weather.
~~Summer rain showers.
~~Texting all night with my friend in Texas Michael
~~Waking up at 12pm and not feeling an ounce of guilt.
~~Having weird tan lines and being called a zebra.
~~Traveling with my lovely phenomenal David (even though we do during the fall, it is not the same.)
~~Having all of the opportunity to catch up on reading (will make sure I do this in the fall too.)
~~Trying different cold beverages to chill you out.
~~Exploring restaurants for the perfect salad.
~~Watching fireflies go past me.

What will you miss?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things I Love Thursday -- September 1st Edition

Five more days until I return to that dreaded thing known as work....but my spirits will stay a float! I have noticed when I write my TiLT for the week it makes me very happy and positive. So let me continue that trend -- Here is what I am in love with this week:

~~Being part of Read Comics in Public Day! I took a photo of myself after Hurricane Irene outside reading Hack/Slash First Cut (which a dear friend of mine loaned me) and it was on this website -- Women Read Comics in Public Too. Check it out!

~~Going to Dragon*Con for the second year in a row! Love my conventions especially ones in Atlanta.

~~Having dessert when I need it.

~~Being able to last a whole hour in Zumba without a break to the bathroom.

~~Trying all different kinds of soda at World of Coca-Cola that creates a burp war with your fiance'. Yes its disgusting but its funny!

~~Cuddling up under the blankets on a freshly made bed.


~~Nighttime baseball games.

~~Nighttime football games.

~~My Wife and Kid reruns and marathons on Nick at Nite.

~~Twitter conversations with David Clowney and Samoa Joe.

~~Marshmallow fluff cookies.

~~When everything in life is well.

~~Packing for my next excursion/adventure.

~~Clouds and shade.

~~My new engagement planner! It says "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake". It is so cute and so portable.

~~Scoring a great deal for a pedicure at a hip salon. Can not wait!

~~Writing a plan out for my days in Atlanta.

~~Identifying with my own inner Sheldon Cooper.

~~Spinach salad! Holy yum!

What are you so in love with this week?