Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Say I Love You

Say I Love You

Say I Love You is a classic school romance-drama anime.

Brief intro: Mei Tachibana is a plain, socially awkward schoolgirl whose idea of friendship was changed forever after being bullied by her so-called friends. To save herself the pain and heartache from this ever happening again, Mei vows to never make friends again. That is until Yamato Kurosawa—one of the most popular boys in high school. Now Mei can’t help but question her choices.

Yamato makes the effort time and time again to be her friend, even freely giving her his number. As their relationship slowly develops, and is marked with an unexpected kiss, Mei is finding it very hard to express her true feelings towards Yamato. Sukitte Ii na yo. follows their developing relationship, as well as their frequent disagreements, to portray how difficult it can really be to say “I love you.”

Review: This romance anime is basically the standard formula of socially awkward girl + hot guy + well-placed drama = love story. What makes this anime stand out that is how well it’s done. The story is so believable and accurate about the first time falling in love. You might tear up so bring some tissues!

I really like this anime as I can identify with Mei: socially awkward, introverted, little to no friends. And even if I couldn’t identify with her, the emotions, feelings, and situations Mei and Yamato go through are so accurate when you first fall in love. I could easily remember back when I had felt those things too.

The anime is also a bit frustrating at times and transparent. You can usually guess what is about to happen, and there’s a lot of misunderstandings from miscommunication or the lack of communication. I still enjoyed watching the story unfold and a lot of the supporting characters have their own backstory that adds to the selling points of this series.

The artwork is beautiful and well done as is the music which is light and sweet. The music adds to the atmosphere which is realistic and in the realm of possibility.

At the end of the day, “Say I Love You” is a sweet romance that tugs at your heart strings even with its basic plot and almost stereotypical characters. It’s well done and beautiful with light music and the right amount of romance.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a sweet, classic school love and (a little) tearful romance, try “Say I Love You.”

Official Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Romance, Drama, School

Geeky Gal’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars!





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I’m in my 20’s and I still don’t know what I’m doing

I'm in my 20's and I still don't know what I'm doing

Consider this a welcome back post as well as an apology for being gone so long. This post has been sitting in my queue for way too long, and I know now is the best time to post it.

Things have been super busy for me. I switched jobs, lost my new job, then got a new-new job… Pretty crazy and stressful.

You know what else is stressful? Being an adult and still not knowing what you’re doing. I put myself through college on an advanced path (6 years condensed into 3 years, yikes!) in a degree I wasn’t sure about, got a “grown-up” job that I loved (that had barely anything to do with my degree but was still in that field-ish) but hated the environment and was working a second job to pay off debt. I stretched myself too thin.

I’m 23, and when I look around at social media, my friends, and my family, I worry that I’m totally on the wrong path. They’re getting married, having babies, starting a career they love. I start to feel like I’m deep in the trenches, still trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do. Who will I be?

To help myself and others going through this, I complied a short list! Because we all love lists, right?!

  1. Be Yourself – Yeah, yeah. You’ve heard this one before. For real though, be yourself. This is a great way to make friends – you know, other people who don’t know what they’re doing either. It also helps you become more comfortable in your own skin.
  2. Make Time – …for yourself, for friends, for family, for projects, for hobbies. You have the time; choose how to use it. This could be a great stepping stone for finding out what degree you want or what career path you want to take.
  3. Assume You’re Good Enough – Lacking confidence is something I deal with daily. I never would have gotten so many of the opportunities I have if I hadn’t faked-it-till-I-made-it. Try it out.
  4. Set Goals – Start small with going to bed on time and twenty minutes of reading every day, or go big and create a monthly budget with a yearly savings goal for college/vacation/whatever! Setting goals for yourself will make you feel accomplished (and well rested!).
  5. Say Yes – It’s so much easier to sit at home and mope. Say yes to new adventures (even ones that are 5 minutes from home or ones that take a week)!

No one has all the answers, and honestly, even those that look like they know what they’re doing, don’t have all the answers either. Nothing will ruin your twenties more than thinking you should already have your life together. We all stumble and fall, we just have to choose to get back up. Every time.





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Gamer Friday – Game Suggestion: The Wolf Among Us

the wolf among us


Telltale has brought another comic to life with The Wolf Among Us, and it is a must-play game. Put this on your list if you haven’t already. (Disclaimer: I have not read the comics, Fables; this review is based solely on the game itself. You do not have to read the comics to play and enjoy this game.)

If you’re down with the dark and gritty version of your favorite fairy tales, this game is up your alley. Characters from Snow White, to Grendel, to even Ichabod Crane are all together in a town hidden right under our “mundy” noses. Take up your place as Bigby Wolf, and be the Sheriff that Fabletown needs in this tense and investigative game.

Brief intro: Our story takes places in the 1980’s in New York in the hidden Fabletown. There’s been a murder among the Fables. Deputy Mayor Ichabod Crane sends Bigby to investigate. As you investigate, you uncover the lies, shady dealings, and hard choices that fables have had to make. Who is guilty? Who do you incriminate? Who can you trust?

Unfortunately for you, everyone hates the Big Bad Wolf. Not only are you the Sheriff of Fabletown, but you’re constantly struggling to play good cop/bad cop to get answers. Earning the trust of the fables will give you the answers you seek and determine how the game plays out.

Review: I just finished this game and my mind has been blown. The story-telling alone makes this noir game a masterpiece. You play through 5 atmospheric episodes. The gameplay is relatively smooth, but has long wait times between loading screens. This can easily be forgiven though as you simply just want to know what happens next.

This game is Point & Click with Quick Time Events. Some people hate this. Some people love it. It in no way deters from the game. If anything, it made me feel more like a detective as I tried to uncover the truth. You’re forced to make decisions quickly. Each choice has a consequence: good or bad or a bit of both. There’s times when you have to choose which location to investigate first; going to Location #1 first will be different than if you had chosen to go to Location #2. You truly have to play as a detective and read character’s expressions to see if they’re lying or being truthful.

Be the Big Bad Wolf and solve problems with fear and your fists or help Bigby become more liked and respected among the Fables to find the murderer.

Official Rating: M

Genre(s): Action Adventure

Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

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First Time Cosplaying: What to Expect



Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 (AWA) was an absolute blast this year and probably one of the best conventions I’ve gone to. It’s in Atlanta, Georgia and spans over 4 days – Thursday through Sunday usually in mid-September. If you’re in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend going! It’s freaking huge compared to Kami-Con (Birmingham, AL) and Momo-Con (Atlanta, GA). There’s a ton of panels, popular cosplayers, and so much more at AWA.

This convention was different for me in many ways compared to Kami-Con and Momo-Con. The biggest way was that I was going to cosplay one of my favorite characters for the first time ever. I was excited and nervous about the whole thing, but I was ready. My boyfriend and I had been preparing the week before by getting our wigs in orders (brushing, detangling, and styling) when I realized how much fun I was having. I didn’t need to be scared anymore about what people would think, because this new hobby was incredibly fun and relaxing.

So what should you expect when you cosplay for the first time at a convention?

  1. Being called by your character’s name. This actually caught me off guard. I don’t know why, because I even did it at conventions. Alec and I were in full cosplay looking at the Artist Alley booths when I was approached by another cosplayer and a guy running the Crunchyroll Live booth. He called me Miss Asuna, and I didn’t even answer him the first time! Talk about embarrassing. After I relaized he was talking to me, he and another Kirito wanted Alec and I to join them on the Crunchyroll carpet to participate in their Live Feed. It was pretty exciting for me to step up to the camera and see dozens of messages scrolling across the screen proclaiming my character’s name and how cute I was.
  2. Seeing other people dressed as your character. I was very surprised to see only one other “blue” Asuna (SAO Mother Rosario: Asuna). Some people tend to take offense that they’re not the one dressed as a certain character at a convention. Instead of feeling like you’re just part of a crowd, use it to start a conversation! You already have something in common! Plus you could get some pretty funny photo opportunities.
  3. Getting asked for a photo. I have to admit, this was one of the happiest moments I’ve had at a convention. One sweet lady stopped Alec and I, and said she had been looking everywhere for us; would we please take a picture with her. It gives you an instant ego boost to be asked for a picture. Be aware though that even if you don’t get asked for a photo, plenty of people are snapping photos of you without asking, simply because they’re shy, you look busy, or they’re busy trying to keep up with friends as they walk through the convention. There were lots of people I wanted photos of but circumstances prevented me from asking them. Instead, we’d snap a photo as we were going by, or jump in while someone else was taking a photo. While this may not be correct cosplay etiquette, it happens.
  4. Working on your cosplay at the last minute. While I didn’t exactly “work” on mine, I did find a pair of elf ears to finish off my cosplay the day before I had planned on wearing it. Alec also opted out of wearing his wig because it was uncomfortable. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and that’s okay. Keep an emergency cosplay kit handy, double check your checklist before you leave the house, and remember it’s all for fun.
  5. Getting compliments. This was something else I wasn’t particularly expecting. I didn’t sew my costume; I bought it from China and asked my grandmother to alter it. It was too small across the chest and hips, but she managed to make it wearable and comfortable. I had always admired those that could sew their own costumes, but I haven’t learned how to yet. After having heard a lot of bad things from the cosplay community about those that buy their costumes, I hadn’t expected anyone to stop me to tell me how great and awesome my cosplay was, but that is exactly what happened.

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Geeky Outfits for the Office: Fandom at Work Collection Part Two

Fandom at Work Collection Part II


Welcome to part two of my Fandom at Work Collection! I’ve created more polyvore style boards for you to try out at work! Not only can you wear your geek on the outside, but most pieces under $50 and versatile! You may even already have look-a-likes in your closet to create your own looks so you can bring your love of any fandom to work with you! To see part one of my Fandom at Work Collection, click here!

Sherlock inspired: featuring purple!

Fandom at Work | Sherlock #1


H M purple top
$23 –

Mela Loves London black maxi skirt
$38 –

Aéropostale black shoes

Loungefly black bag
$41 –

Opi nail lacquer
$27 –

Home decor

Cozy Sherlock in blue
Fandom at Work | Sherlock #2


Arrow’s Oliver Queen
Fandom at Work | Arrow: Oliver Queen


Sport dress
$43 –

Green coat

Long earrings

Studded belt
$15 –
Arrow’s geeky-but-so-fashionable Felicity Smoak
Fandom at Work | Arrow: Felicity Smoak


Mela Loves London floral lace dress
$38 –

M N G vegan purse
$34 –

Leaf hair accessory
$3.35 –

Arrow’s Black Canary
Fandom at Work | Arrow: Black Canary


White pants

Accessorize flat shoes

Roxy crossbody purse

Lonna Lilly druzy ring

Betsey johnson jewelry

Hair comb
Pokemon: Pika Pika!
Fandom at Work | Pokemon: Pikachu


Skater skirt

Hobo purse

Comic book

(Simple) Pokemon  Trainer
Fandom at Work | Pokemon: Simple Trainer


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MORE of Meg’s Easy Top 5 (healthier) Braces Friendly Recipes

More Braces Recipes


If you haven’t checked out my blog post featuring my first top five healthier braces friendly recipes, check that out here!

I couldn’t just leave you guys with five recipes! I’m back with five more healthy recipes that are braces friendly, for kids and adults (sometimes I forget I’m an adult… with braces). Get ready to be blown away with how easy these recipes are, not mention how nice they’ll feel on those freshly tightened teeth.

1. Effortless (Chicken) Fried Rice (serves 6)


  • 12 oz. Boneless Chicken Breast (This ingredient is optional. If you cut the chicken into small pieces, you will most likely be able to chew without any discomfort after a tightening! If you choose not to add chicken, skip over the steps concerning this ingredient.)
  • 2 pouches of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Teriyaki Style rice
  • 1 cup Green Onion stalks, cut
  • 1 cup Onion, cut
  • 2 fresh Eggs
  • Olive Oil/Canola Oil/your preferred oil
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce to taste
  • Desired seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic salt, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil. Spray or brush both sides of chicken breast with oil, and sprinkle with desired seasonings. Bake for 10 minutes, flip to the other side, lightly spray/brush again and bake for 8-10 more minutes, or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork (it’s fine to make a small slit in the thickest part and see if it’s done!). Transfer the baked chicken breast to a plate. Loosely cover with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting into small pieces.
  2. Microwave rice according to package directions and set aside. Watch out! It’ll be HOT!
  3. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet on medium heat. Add onion and 1/2 green onion and “stir fry” until vegetables are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Push vegetables to the outside edges of the skillet to open up the center. Crack eggs into the center of the skillet and scramble with a fork or plastic spatula. When eggs are cooked through, combine with vegetables.
  4. Add the chicken, rice and soy sauce and mix well. Top with remaining ½ cup of green onion.
  5. Serve up immediately or store in airtight containers in the fridge for later.

Why this meal? Fried rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. This hits the spot without spending money on take-out, and it’s so much better for you. Not to mention, it’s soft for your mouth and braces! I super impressed with how my rice turned out, too. So yummy! I had it every day for lunch one week and couldn’t complain once.


2. Smooth Greek Yogurt Mac-n-Cheese (with Spinach!) (multiple servings)


  • 8 oz. Elbow Pasta (You can really pick whatever pasta you prefer; just cook it according to the box directions.)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh Spinach
  • 8 oz. Cheese (Your preference.)
  • Desired seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)
  • (I also added a bit of milk to make it creamier)


  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions, making sure to use a pot with ample room.
  2. Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the cooked pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot.
  3. Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese slowly until melted. Stir in the Greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, etc. until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining pasta water to thin, if necessary. Add milk if desired.
  4. Serve immediately or place in airtight containers in the fridge for later.

Why this meal? Tender, warm pasta is so satisfying when your mouth hurts and your head hurts and you just don’t feel good at all. This meal is simple and easy to make and save for later that I actually made it the day before I got my braces tightened, and I’m so glad I did. Just watch out for the spinach; sometimes it likes to stick around. Just brush after eating to keep from having an embarrassing conversations with spinach caught in your brackets. You could skip the spinach all together if you like, but I loved the taste and nutrients.


3. Made-Easy Microwave Cinnamon Apple Cubes (single serving)


  • 1 cubed Apple of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon


  1. Put butter and apples in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes.  Remove and stir the butter and apples.
  2. Make a mixture of Cinnamon and Sugar – about 2 tablespoons of sugar to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the apples.
  3. Stir the cinnamon, sugar and apples well. Then microwave for about 2 more minutes or until the apples are soft and tender.

Why this meal? Not only are apples good for you, but this sweet treat feels great on those sore gums. It’s a great alternative to other sweet snacks and only takes moments to make. I used a red apple but you can use whatever you like! This also can work for pears or other “hard” fruits that you like!


4. Basic Hashbrown-Omelette Bites (12 servings)


  • 36 Tater-Tots
  • 8 fresh Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese of your choice
  • Omelet filling: meat (sausage, bacon, ham, etc.) & veggies (onion, red and/or green peppers, spinach, mushrooms, etc.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease the muffin tin.
  2. Microwave your tater tots for a minute or two to thaw. Then place 3 in each muffin tin. Smush them a little in the bottom to cover it.
  3. Bake tater-tots for 10 minutes.
  4. After removing your tots from the oven, lower the temperature to 350 degrees. Sprinkle toppings over each cup.
  5. Whisk together eggs and milk. Pour mixture in each tin, then sprinkle cheese on top of each cup.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until egg is cooked through. To remove from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge of each one to loosen it from the sides and pop them out.
  7. You can freeze these for busy mornings, just pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Why this meal? Best for busy mornings where you don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast. All of your ingredients can be soft for ease of chewing! I used pre-cooked bacon with onion and it gave them a lovely flavor with a little crunch that didn’t hurt my teeth. These are highly customizable for you and your family!


5. Nothing-To-It Chicken & Mashed Potato Bowls (any serving but this can make about 2-3)


  • Instant Mashed Potatoes, cooked
  • 1 can Corn, drained and cooked
  • Frozen Chicken Nuggets, cooked
  • 1 jar of Brown Gravy, cooked
  • Cheese


  1. When everything is cooked, start adding each item into a bowl in this order:
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Gravy
  • Cheese

Why this meal? So, so easy! Pick out the favorite organic brands, cook everything soft for your mouth and you’re ready to go with this KFC-like Chicken and Mashed Potato bowl! I reccommend getting chicken nuggets that are lightly breaded. If you get something like “popcorn chicken,” the breading may be too hard to chew. This is also an excellent way to get rid of leftovers like mashed potatoes and veggies.


Have any braces-safe recipes of your own? Share them with me in a comment!

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AGeekyGal’s Fan Convention Guide: General Tips



My wonderful boyfriend and I will be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 in September. This isn’t our first convention (it’s actually my third together with him), but it is the first one we’ll be cosplaying at! Needless to say, we are both excited and have been planning like crazy. The purpose of this post is to pass on our wisdom and tips to make the most of your experience at your first convention, whether you cosplay or not.

Before the con:

  1. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. Save all the things! (Mostly money.) This money is for the badges to get into the convention, hotel stay, costume(s), food, travel expenses, and of course to buy things at the convention. Give yourself a healthy budget for all these things.
  2. Buy/make your costume if you plan to cosplay at the convention. It’s best to allow time for shipping, altering, and any unexpected issues you might run into as you create your costume. You need to order your costume a few months in advance, or you may have been working on this epic costume for 6 months already so this step is way too late in the game for you. For example, my boyfriend and I are buying our costumes. The seller I’m purchasing from has a timeline of 23 days for processing and shipping or your money back. This may taking longer than the initial 23 days, BUT we have about 3 months until the convention. This is plenty of time for the costumes to come in and get altered. Stay tuned for this cosplay post!
  3. Scope out the convention’s website for when passes will be on sale, it’s time, location, rules and hotels they recommend nearby. Keep a notebook to write down all information including addresses, prices, email addresses, and phone numbers. Please follow all of their rules! They are in place for a good reason!
  4. Buy your badges! The sooner the better. Most conventions will have an “early bird special” online for so long before the badges go to regular price. This is a chance to SAVE. You can buy on their website for awhile before you’ll only be able to buy your badges at the door. Sometimes the website will offer to mail your badges to you for a fee. This will save you time from standing in line to get your badges when you arrive (which you might be doing for an hour or two depending on how large the convention is). Save time versus save money. I chose to save time this go around. This way we can go straight into the convention to grab photos and check out everything that’s going on.
  5. Book your hotel room(s). I usually check out the hotel the convention is taking place at first. See what deals you can find here. The sooner, the better because these rooms book up fast due to convenience (and you also save on driving to the convention since you’re already there!). Sometimes the convention’s website will also have deals for hotels nearby as well; check these out too. Then, do your own research.We found an awesome deal on a three-night stay in a nearby hotel within walking distance. Walking will save you gas if you can swing it. We walked to our second convention from the hotel, and it was super nice to do.
  6. Put together a meal plan. This can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. Depending on where you’re staying, you may have the option to pre-make meals, pack them in a cooler and store them in your room in a fridge. Some hotels even feature a full kitchen so you could prepare your meals in your room. However, most hotels simply have a mini fridge or no fridge at all. This means you’ll likely be eating out for all of your meals. If you choose this option, make sure you budget for each meal every day you’ll be at the convention. Other ideas if your hotel room has a mini fridge: snacks that don’t have to be refrigerated, sandwich stuff (bread, lunch meat, convenience packages of condiments, peanut butter, etc.), milk, cereal, etc.
  7. Pack! Pack what you need and leave room for new toys and loot! Pack according to the weather; these conventions get hot, so it’s inbetween hot and cold, back to be cool while at the convention. Wear comfortable shoes; there’s a ton of walking!

During the con:

  1. Set up your hotel room upon arrival. This will save you so much time while cosplaying, shopping, making it to panels on time, and whatever else you have planned at the convention. What I mean by “setting up” your room is this: put your clothes in the closets/dressers provided, lay out costumes & wigs, put away all food, plug in chargers, and make sure cellphones, cameras, etc. are all fully charged. Basically, have the room ready to be lived in and slept in so you can enjoy the convention scene without searching through bags for a phone charger and hyperventilating when you can’t find it and your phone is at 1%, not that I did that…
  2. Pick up the itinerary; you’ll need it. This little brochure will have everything that is going on at the convention with times and locations. Plan accordingly! You can’t be in two or three places at once so pick all the cool things you want to see and set timers on your phone. Allow for ten minutes to get through crowds and finishing purchases. Or have a designated person keep an eye on the time to get your group to each panel/show/whatever!
  3. Keep hydrated! Keep bottles of water in a backpack to keep you and your friends from getting dehydrated and cranky.
  4. Keep a photo ID’s/money/valuables close by or to a minimum while out and about. Some panels will require a photo ID (but don’t forget you need it to pick up your badge the first day of the convention!), otherwise you should probably keep it back at the hotel room. Don’t bring any jewelry that has sentimental/monetary value with you to the convention. If you have to have it, leave it at the hotel room! If it gets lost or stolen, you may not ever see it again. As far as money goes, bring cash and allot yourself an amount per day and keep it on your person or secured in a backpack/purse that you keep with you at all times. Don’t bring your debit or credit cards. Most sellers in the artist alley and dealer’s room can’t take them anyway. Technology is starting to make small appearances in some of these transactions (iPads with card readers), better safe than sorry! Plus you may have really wanted that stuffed Pikachu, and the seller couldn’t take your card and you have to leave empty handed. Sad day.
  5. Keep yourself clean/deodorized. Being this is your first convention, you have not smelled the con-funk yet. But you will. On the first day. So shower daily, two or three times if you need to. Keep your cosplay and wig clean and smelling fresh. Keep some deodorant in your bag and reapply in the restrooms. I’m SO not kidding. Keep some mints on hand as well. You don’t want to meet awesome people, cosplayers, singers, and actors with smelly breath. You will see employees spraying Lysol after smelly con-goers to try to keep the con-funk down, but do your part and keep yourself clean and smelling good. On another note: don’t drown yourself in perfumes and colognes. This can be just as bad as con-funk!
  6. Bring sanitizer. On top of con-funk, you can also catch con-colds. That’s not fun for you or your group if someone winds up with a con-cold. Bring hand sanitizer and use it! A LOT. Some con-goers recommend Emergen-C tablets to keep sickness at bay.
  7. Respect everyone’s personal space. This is a long one to cover… Basically, try not to get into anyone’s bubble while in a line or in a panel. Sometimes it’s truly unavoidable and you have to be super close together in a crowd. Don’t try to squeeze past people to jump in front of a line; it’s rude and everyone will be giving you the stink-eye. Politely wait your turn, make conversation, play on your DS (with sound off), play on your phone (with sound off), or find something else to pre-occupy your time with annoying those around you who are also politely waiting.While taking pictures with other people, use common sense: don’t grope, pinch, or put your hand on anyone with expressed permission. This is unwanted interaction and sexual harassment. No one being in costume gives you the right to touch them.
  8. Take lots of pictures, but ask permission. While con-goers can be super sweet and nice, there are those that are downright appalling when it comes to being respectful of others. When taking pictures of cosplayers, just simply ask if you can get a photo of them or with them. If you’re taking a photo with someone, ask if you can put your arm around them, hold their hand, pose, or whatever it is that you want to do with them. Or just stand there beside them like I did haha! If they say no, respect that and move on. If you ever feel like you’re being harrassed, inform one of the employees; they’ll have special arm bands and badges. You can’t miss them.
  9. Don’t buy all your stuff on day one. There’s always a huge sale on Sunday in the dealer’s room. Save some money here! Unless you NEED it, I would wait a little while on the item in question. Also, bring a list of must-have items to the convention to stay on budget.

After the con:

  1. Take time to pack all of your belongings. Make a checklist if you need to! You don’t want to forget anything.
  2. Put all new toys and loot in bags. You don’t want all your new things rolling around in the car so pack them away.
  3. Double check, triple check all of your things before leaving the hotel!
  4. Enjoy your new loot, photos and memories and prepare for next year, now that you are totally hooked on conventions!
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Geeky Outfits for the Office: Fandom at Work Collection Part One

Want to celebrate your fandom in a way that’s work appropriate? I’ve created a few polyvore style boards for your convenience! Not only can you wear your geek on the outside, but most pieces are inexpensive (under $50) and versatile! You may even already have lookalikes in your closet to create your own looks.

First up: Star Wars chic!


Fandom at Work|Star Wars #1


Graphic shirt

Converse shoes

Courier bag
$48 –

Next is for the laid-back Doctor Who fan.
Fandom at Work|Doctor Who #1


 Round two for Doctor Who.
Fandom at Work|Doctor Who #2


CREAM evening jacket
$65 –

Slouch backpack

Band jewelry

Hair bow
A girly-ish twist on Supernatural’s Dean Winchester.
Fandom at Work|Supernatural Dean Winchester


Pieces short sleeve shirt
$20 –

Army boots

Hobo handbag

Miss Selfridge black ring

Lightweight scarve

Supernatural’s Sam Winchester inspired geeky outfit can
only be inspired by brown and plaid…
Fandom at Work|Supernatural Sam Winchester


Hey, Assbutt. Check out Cass’s inspired work outfit!
Fandom at Work|Supernatural Castiel


Jane Norman white t shirt
$15 –

Trench coat

Converse sneaker
$110 –

Print backpack

Heart pendant

Can’t celebrate fandom in the work place without a little Disney…
Presenting the Little Mermaid goes to work.
Fandom at Work|Little Mermaid


Disney tee

Lapel jacket

Relish skinny trousers
$35 –

Nila Anthony zipper purse
$44 –

Party jewelry

Have your own fandom inspired work outfits? Leave a link/image in the comments to show how to dress up your fandom for the office!
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I’m hungry, but I already brushed my teeth.



4/8/15 – I’m super pleased with today’s tightening session! My bottom tooth finally went on the wire! The orthodontist decided to skip the lacings this session on the bottom. I’m happy about that, mostly because I hope this means my bottom teeth won’t be sore for the next 3 weeks.

As for the top, I got a new coil to make space for my front tooth to come forward (finally). The top also has laces but I expected that as the gaps from where my teeth were pulled haven’t closed up much space. The bottom has closed up quite a bit compared to the top but all four spaces have quite a ways to go before the spaces are closed up and natural looking.

The assistant didn’t use new wires this go around, though I wish she had. I had to come in and get the ends snipped off because they were jabbing me in the cheeks. Now they have no room to be bent back against my teeth. I have a feeling I’ll be back before the three week appointment to get this fixed again. As the teeth move, the wire slowly jabs into the sides of my cheek.

This process is not fun in the least, but I can’t argue with the results.



4/18/15 – My teeth were only sore for a few days after the tightening and it wasn’t unbearable this time. My next tightening is on the 29th and I’m hoping that they’ll use the rubber string to tie my front tooth to the coil. I’ve notice a little movement, mostly from the incisor next to my crooked front tooth. Virtually, I’ve seen no movement from my other front tooth. My bottom teeth are also starting to even out which is very exciting. Maybe it will only take a year with the braces to have my dream of straight teeth.

On a side note: I’ve been beyond stressed out the last few weeks and have woken myself up clenching my teeth. I talked to the dental assistant about this and she said it’s from stress and there is nothing they can do about it. Do you guys have any tips on clenching/grinding your teeth with braces?

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Look at All This Good Food I Can’t Eat!


3/4/15 – So after my third tightening session, I have decided I absolutely loathe going to the orthodontist. I thought it would get better. I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

First, the very nice dental assistant took out the “lacings.” These little wires (4 of them) are laced around the teeth that need to close the 4 gaping holes in my mouth from the teeth that were pulled. Sounds fun right? I noticed the holes very slowly starting to close already. Apparently this was not fast enough.

Second, I knew that my top front tooth, the one that has been my main pain and the hell of an eye-sore, was not going to get put on the wire this go around. There wasn’t enough room for it to come forward even though the lacings were doing their thing.

Third, my bottom teeth were really tender after the coil and were tender today again so I was hoping to say goodbye to the coil and hello to a new bracket and wire on the bottom. I was half right.

And so I sat back in the chair, let her take out my lacings only to have 4 more put back in and tightened so much the wires screamed. I wanted to scream with them. Then the very, very nice assistant smiled and said “I bet you can feel that, huh?” I wanted to slap her pretty face. I knew she was being polite and nice and just doing her job but my gums and teeth are unforgiving so I just said “Yes, I feel it.” when I really wanted to yank her hair.

My bottom tooth has been revealed (hallelujah!) and got a shiny new bracket on it. Sadly the coil has to stay on and help close up the holes so a rubber string was tied to the bracket and coil. Better than nothing at least right?

I know these people know what their doing, I just wish it was going faster. It’s only the third tightening though so I can’t really complain can I?

I will complain about the horrible pain my mouth is in and how I can’t eat again.


3/14/15 – Quick update! Wow, my bottom teeth have been really active lately, moving and being a pain but it’s looking great! Also, I now have one sensitive tooth. On the top. My right canine. Cold water feels like the arctic has snatched that tooth out. And hot tea feels like Satan has tied a string to my tooth and his ankle and is river-dancing. Fun stuff.

One cool thing though is that bottom tooth popped to the front awfully fast (overnight actually). I really hope they start evening out. Right now there is a curve going on with my bottom teeth. And maybe in April there might possibly be enough room for that top tooth to come onto the wire!

Photo on 3-14-15 at 4.49 PM #3

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