Friday, May 22, 2015

Zuul is Thirsty

There is no Coke. There is only Zuul!

When Coca-Cola had the random names on cans gimmick, I had to modify one for Ash. Who wouldn’t want to share a Coke with Zuul?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tom Servo’s Head

Bring me the head of Tom Servo!

While I am pleased that summer is finally here, my summer class began the Monday after finals week. Fortunately, I don’t have a fulltime class load, which means that I will have some glorious free time! Since I only had a short workday today, I stopped at the local thrift store on my way home. I am glad I did because I found Tom Servo’s head! I’m only sad that I couldn’t find a bowling pin, net, and couple ping pong balls too.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hooray for Summer

This last school year has been insanely busy for me, but I just finished up my second year of graduate school! Between teaching, painting, and other homework, I’ve been neglecting my poor husband. I think he likes all the time to himself though because he gets to watch more TV and play more video games without me bothering him. Lately, he’s even tried putting two televisions in the living room so he can play Earthbound and watch movies at the same time. Fortunately, my semester just ended, so I’ll have a time to play with Ash.

This is what happens when my husband is left unsupervised for too long.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bernini’s Creepy Angels

You can blink if you want. You can trust me.
Italy is home to so many great works of art, which I was fortunate enough to see when I traveled there for a Renaissance art history class. I got to see Artemisia’s Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus for example. I also saw sculptures by Michelangelo including The David.

Go ahead, blink!
I saw many fantastic sculptures, but I also saw many creepy ones. The Venn diagram intersected a few times, and so I observed many fantastic, creepy sculptures! I wasn’t allowed to take photographs in many museums, but I was able to take a few pictures of angel models by Bernini in Rome. The sculptures are clay over wire armatures and were used as models for bronze sculptures, but the white, broken forms are delightfully disturbing. While these angels aren’t weeping, I thought they were worth sharing with my husband and anyone else who wants some Doctor Who nightmare fuel! 

I dare you!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lego Dudes Rendered in Sidewalk Chalk

Yes, I believe this was a good use of my time.

What does an unsupervised adult do on a Sunday afternoon? Apparently the answer is to break out the sidewalk chalk, select the cleanest section of the driveway, and draw a giant homage to childhood toys. The weather was fairly decent, so I ventured outside and drew a pair of large Lego guys to greet my husband when he comes home from work. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wolverine Torso Shirt

Ash needs to wear black to work, and so I’m often on the lookout for cheap black t-shirts he can wear under his work shirt. I recently happened upon a display of comic book superhero shirts, including one with a Wolverine body. I found one in my size first, and I planned to get it just to make Ash jealous. I did find one for him too, but I still bought one for myself. I kind of like my disturbing comic book muscles. It’s a lot easier than hitting the gym or having a male torso.

"And please give me a million dollars, and a fridge with a padlock, and, oh yeah, huge pectoral muscles."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Doctor Who Belly Dance

Last week, Ash and I went to the convention for the Doctor Who dance show. The convention itself was overcrowded with patrons in nerd t-shirts or unidentifiable costumes and vendors sporting similar attire. The headline panel guy was someone I never heard of before, and there were games in the lobby. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall good hygiene at this event! These good people didn’t smell nearly as bad as the fanboys I’ve encountered at Free Comic Book Day or at Best Buy.

Not all the costumes were unidentifiable though. Amongst the furry headed characters, strange corset costumes, and obscure ninja/wizard getups, I was able to pick out some of the characters. There were many women dressed up as the TARDIS, and a couple little girls wore dalek outfits. The most popular costume for men older than me was Doctor Scarf, and men younger than me dressed up as the Doctor with bug eyes, a pinstriped suit, and tennis shoes.

Bad Wolf Belly Dance group photo by David Barker.

However, the best costumes were worn by the dancers in the Bad Wolf Belly Dance Show. (I’m a little biased because I was in the show and I think the other performers are awesome.) The dance troupe that put on the show is Jewel in the Lotus, and they do fantastic themed performances. The cast included the TARDIS, the Doctor from the movie, Doctor Leather Jacket, Doctor Bug Eyes, Doctor Bow Tie, a weeping angel, a dalek, a pair of ood, the creepy child in the gas mask, and three companions. The show was set up like an episode including the opening and closing theme song, and the parts I got to see were very entertaining and funny!

Behold! I didn't trip on my giant veil! Picture by David Barker.

I was able to finish my giant veil in time for this show, and I think my time and money was worth it. Since it was silk, it looked like a scarf at first, and I unfurled it during the performance to reveal that it was a veil. During my number, Ash sang “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls because we think we’re clever. He took this opportunity to show off his new hat and scarf as well.

Photo by David Barker.

A pleasant surprise I encountered while at the show was the Timey Wimey Puppet Show. Apparently I am much more entertained by Doctor Who when it is in puppet form as opposed to the real show. The show included a menagerie of puppets, bad puns, “slightly plagiarized” songs, a “who’s on first” bit, and even a regeneration!

If we go again next year, Ash said that all the doctors have to regenerate into new characters.