Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Adventures of Lily the Cat (As Told By Lily)

So I lost a tooth the other day. It was weird, I was just sitting with my human and it just fell out. My human gave me a weird look as I was sniffing my tooth trying to figure out what had just happened. My human seemed pretty confused too. It was a big tooth! Those little ones are hardly noticeable when they fall out, but this big one seemed to freak out my human. For me it turns out that was the pain I was feeling and hiding from my human! We cats mustn't show weakness!  I feel so much better now though, and can eat like a champ again. My scavenging excursions are going to be even better now! My human keeps annoying me though checking my mouth every few minutes. Sheesh boundaries!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Slang Word Pet Peeves

So now days it seems that you can just make up a word, or pick an existing word and change its meaning. Granted, this has been happening since the dawn of time, but it seems like with the interwebs, this is more prevalent now than ever before. Some of these words are actually horribly annoying, not cute and make you sound downright stupid. So I thought I'd list the ones I absolutely cannot stand, and that are overly used:

Bae. Ugh! This is my numero uno pet peeve word. Guys it means poop. If you're using this to describe your significant other, you're a total jerk. No one wants to be called poop! You want to shorten the loving term "baby"? Then call them "babe", that's the short version of baby. Always has been.

Meow in place of now. This isn't cute, this is just dumb. Why do we want to make a cat sound when we're emphasizing an urgency? Cat cries are irritating, and so is meow. Just say now, then I'll know you really mean it.

Yas in place of yes. Does saying "yas" really express your excitement better then "yes"? No! It's not even a word people. If you want to agree emphatically please just do so actually using the word "yes" and extend it out like "yessssss", at least it's still an extension of a real word. All "yas" does is remind me of the 80's band Yaz and then I get their one hit stuck in my head. It's annoying.

Others I could do without, but don't bother me as much (including a few acronyms):

On Fleek - I'm not entirely sure what this means honestly. I have an idea...
Adorbs - I have used this as an ironic term on occasion. Never actually seriously.
Totes - Same with this one. They crack me up at how dumb they sound.
Yolo - Again used ironically, because duh! I'm not sure who thinks they're getting to live twice...
Cray - Another used ironically, because really? Too lazy to just say crazy?
LOL - Are you really laughing out loud every time? I don't think so.

Ones that I actually don't mind:

Can't Even

Yep I'm an 80-year-old crotchety woman, but can accept some things. No shame.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Adventures of Lily the Cat (As Told By Lily)

Yesterday was my birthday! I turned 13, and now my human really gets to see what I can bring to the table. I have the teenager excuse now. Honestly I didn't even know it was my birthday, but my human started being extra nice to me. I got treats and catnip. It. Was. Awesome. So I knew there had to be a reason, and turns out birthdays are kinda cool. I may have overdone it on the catnip though. I felt pretty stoned out for a bit there, I couldn't move, and I may have even drooled some. Ah well, YOLO! Oh and my human thought it would be fun to film my getting high. Whatevs, I own it. It was fun.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Adventures of Lily the Cat (As Told By Lily)

My human was talking on the phone the other day and I really really needed to tell her something. I thought it was so rude she was talking to someone else and not paying attention to me all the time. So I decided the best course of action would be to talk to her and get her attention so she would hang up the phone. So that's what I did. I decided that only talking a bit wouldn't do the trick, so I just kept going. She thought petting me would get me to stop, she was wrong. It just made me want to talk louder. She wasn't paying attention to me! Finally she got off the phone, but at that point I was bored, and didn't want to tell her my thing anymore. So I walked away. Man my human is rude.

Monday, April 11, 2016

My New Hobby

I've been trying out a new hobby as of late. I'm sure a lot of you have seen the nail art videos that plague the internets, mainly Facebook, and yes I was sucked in. But in my defense, I am an artist, well a wanna-be-artist, and so to me getting artsy on a nail is just a smaller canvas really. I've only been doing this for a couple months now, and mostly it's been on my own nails, which has been a major thing for me in and of itself (I don't like my nails painted. I know go figure). But I'm starting to feel like I'm actually getting the hang of this thing, and I enjoy trying to come up with new designs. So I thought I'd share some of the ones I've done thus far, and will post an update from time to time of additional designs I come up with.

So this is my very first attempt. I hadn't painted my own nails, let alone any one else's in years and years, so for a first try, I didn't do too shabby:

I then attempted to do my friend Jordan's nails, and quickly learned I'm not that great on someone else. I have better control on my own nails, which is odd. This was my first try at a sponge technique which came out quite well for a first try. This was also my first attempt at using strip tape to create a design, and learned I need to let the paint dry a little longer before removing the strips. It's all a learning process for sure!

I also learned how to take a better picture of the finished product. I got a little better with the sponge technique as well, and learned that when painting over strips, that sponging is much more kind:

My next design I wanted to try a different take on the french tip. I used strip tape to give the tip effect, I also have this cool "splatter" nail polish that I layered over the red:

I've been trying to get better with the stamp technique, which is actually quite difficult! Don't let those videos fool you, the stamps are hard. So this was my first stamp design that turned out decent enough I didn't feel like I had to wipe it off:

And finally we're to the design I did last night. It's again a stamp design because I'm determined to perfect this technique, since it's so challenging:

Thanks for indulging me in this new little hobby of mine! And for those wondering, each painting has lasted me nearly two weeks, a few only a little over a week, but a clear base coat and a couple clear top coats do wonders for longevity.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Adventures of Lily the Cat (As Told By Lily)

I've been really bored with my food lately. My human seems to think this dry stuff is good for me, and rarely lets me eat anything else. She says it's good for my belly, well I'm guessing that's what she's saying. She rubs my belly a lot while making warbling sounds. Whatever. So I've taken it upon myself to scavenge for food while she's not looking. The other day I found a nice hot tray of delicious turkey fats and juices just sitting there asking to be eaten. How could I say no? My tongue was a little sore after from the scalding liquid, but it was worth it.

My human made cookies the other day, and I thought I'd do her a service and taste test them as soon as she pulled them out of the oven. Again my tongue was sore, but worth it! I feel like she should appreciate my services.

Last night I got to lick the pan of where some sort of meat had been cooked. I didn't much care what kind, the pan tasted amazing! This scavenging thing is becoming so easy! I'll just ignore the fact that my human has caught me every time so far, it just means I need to better my skills. Maybe being quiet isn't working...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SLC Comic Con Chaotic Fun 2016 - Fan X Style

I figure I'd better get on this now before I forget some of the fun things that happened. This year I went by myself to Fan X, and it was an adventure. The first day even though it was amazing, was lonely, but by the end I realized I was still able to have fun without company. I ended up talking to a lot of different people throughout the day which was way out of my comfort zone. And even though I was socially exhausted by the end of the day, I was glad I'd opened up. Friday was a very long and busy day, but man I had a blast. And Saturday I cut short and went for a few hours, but they were some of the funnest hours of the con. So here's my adventure in pictures and stories:

Day 1:

This time I chose to do VIP, which is on the pricey side, but totally worth it in my opinion. I had a blast getting into all the panels I wanted and being close! My photo ops went really smoothly as well, with little waiting time, and I loved it!

First up was a panel with Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor on Doctor Who. He was so sweet, funny, and a genuinely nice guy. He answered all of the questions gracefully, and it seemed like he was really enjoying himself (even if my crappy pictures don't convey that).

Next up was the Seventh Doctor from Doctor Who, and also known for The Hobbit as the dude with bird shit on his head, Sylvester McCoy. His panel was one of the funnest of the Con. He didn't do the typical up on stage panel, but rather chose to converse with the audience one on one. Someone offered him a Jelly Baby, to which he obliged. And yes he was THAT close to me! He's adorable, funny, and I want him to be my honorary grandpa. I love him!



Right after Sylvester was LeVar Burton. I was so happy I stayed for his panel! I almost left to go walk the floor before my one photo op of the day, but instead decided to stay. He was amazing and so sarcastic, which wins my heart every time. He looks so good, and you'd think most of the questions asked would be Star Trek related, but actually I'd say 75% of the questions were Reading Rainbow related, which was so cool to see. He even sang the Reading Rainbow theme song with a little girl and got the audience to join in. I caught most of it as you'll see below:



After LeVar I had a little time to kill before my photo op, so I walked the floor and got me one whole picture. I seriously suck at this part! I wish I had a better camera than my phone, but my phone is just so much more convenient. Apple get on making a better camera! So with my one whole picture of course it's going to be Doctor Who related, and honestly, it's worth it, because they did an awesome job with their Cybermen. 


My final moment of the day was the best moment of my life. Not gonna lie. First a little backstory; way back in 1993 a little show came out that changed my life. That show was called Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Why did this change my life? This show made me realize that it was ok to like superheroes, to like romance, and that they could both fit in the same show at the same time. Dean Cain quickly became my first celebrity crush at the tender age of 12, and I soon had my wall covered with his pictures. Fast forward to 2013 when Salt Lake held their very first Comic Con, and Dean Cain was a guest. I flipped out accordingly, but was quickly bummed to find out that I couldn't afford to go. Then my best friend came up with free tickets, and I got to see him! But only at his panel, which I was fortunate enough to be close to the stage for. I had no money to get a picture with him, and after the Con I was kicking myself, because I thought it was a lost opportunity I'd never have a chance again for. I have never been so glad to be wrong. I was beside myself when I found out he was coming again, and the first chance I got I purchased a photo. Cut to this past Thursday, my photo op time came, and I was sooooo nervous! I mean I was about to meet this man that I'd adored for 23 years! And man was it magical. As soon as he saw me he was a delight. He asked my name, told me it was pretty, and then click goes the camera. He then told me he loved my shirt, and just had to point at it, and thus the perfect photo below. He was a total sweetheart, and I loved every second I had with him. I kept my composure the entire time, and even until I got home, and then I cried. Yep I'm that girl. At least I didn't do it in front of him!

Day 2:

Still on a high from the day before, I entered Day 2 with so much excitement. It was my busiest day, filled with panels, only to break for photo ops. This day is where the VIP really came in handy. It started out a bit rough as I was taking the train, and missed it. So I had to wait for the next one which made it super tight to get to my first panel, but I made it!

First up was the Paul Blackthorne and Charlotte Ross panel. They are both on the show Arrow, and they were both so cool and sweet, and full of advice. Charlotte even tried to act out a scene and wanted us to guess for an opportunity of a kiss from both of them, but the scene was actually cut out of the episode, so we all had no clue! Either way the video was cute and Paul was clearly terrified/full of awkwardness.



I had a few hours to kill after my first panel and before my first photo op of the day, and I found that you can only walk the floor so much, so I decided to see who was in the Grand Ballroom, and it turned out to be Alan Tudyk. I was late to it, so I ended up sitting in the back, and it was actually the first and only panel where I had to watch the screens. I loved VIP!

I just have to say that Alan Tudyk is hilarious. I loved his panel so much,and I now have a new found love for him. I've always liked him as an actor, but his panel made me love him. I'd heard how great his panels were, and they weren't lying. So as I learned, he has what he calls his "Bag of Shit", and it's basically a bag filled with stupid stuff that he signs and gives to the fans that ask questions. Some of the items he gave away were: his left contact lense, a manilla envelope, part of his passport picture, a Bat Mitzvah card, a doily, a cover page to a script, and many other useless things that were essentially turned to gold by his signing them. It was a pleasure to have gone to this panel.


Next up was Summer Glau from Firefly fame, and many others. I wasn't really planning to go to her panel, but I wanted to get a good seat for the panel that followed hers. She's a really sweet girl, and genuinely seemed happy to see so many people there. She's so soft spoken, and very patient with the questions that were asked. They're not all winner questions, and it's interesting to see how each celebrity answers them. She did well.

After Summer came Uncle George! His panel I definitely didn't want to miss, and I was actually glad that I sat through the two previous panels so that I could get a good seat. George Takei is a gem. You could tell he absolutely enjoyed being there, and discussing his career. He also funnily enough had a chance due to a question to plug Taco Bell. And told us to go to the nearest Taco Bell after his panel and try the Quesalupa. Toward the end of the panel they let us know that we had just made #nearesttacobell the number one hashtag on the internet. We have power.


Right after George I had my first photo op of the day with Paul Blackthorne. He was a sweetie, and asked me if I wanted to hug in our picture. Who could say no to that?

After my pic I then rushed over to Dean Cain's panel. If you didn't catch on before, I seriously love this man. He's not only hot, but adorable, gracious and just a really nice guy. I was able to sit really close to the stage for his so I could just look at him and swoon the entire time. Lots of questions were asked, and one got asked that I remembered from his previous time there, but this time I think we got a legit answer that I had no idea about. I guess the show ended after the fourth season because Teri Hatcher got pregnant, not because it was canceled. Gah! Dean also said that if given the opportunity to don the suit again to give us a proper ending to the series he would do so in a heartbeat. God I hope that can actually happen some day!



Right after Dean, of whom I did not want to say goodbye to, I had my second and final photo op of the day with Alex Kingston. You may know her from Doctor Who, or even ER as my sister does. She was so cute! I could see her willingly goofing with the people ahead of me in their pics, and I'm not very creative, so mine are usually boring (unless it's John Barrowman). Mine did turn out really cute though, and I loved having the chance to meet her.

And then to end the day off just right, I went to the the Ultimate Doctor Who Panel which was definitely ultimate. We had three Doctors and a Professor up on stage at the same time and it was magical. I had a great seat, and had the best time! They let us in really early which I was glad so that we didn't have to sit on the ground for over an hour. Instead we got to watch them set up the stage for the panel. Much better option I think. The last time they had the Ultimate Doctor Who Panel, I was unfortunately stuck in the very back and had to watch it all on a screen. I was determined this time to not let that be the case. So I jumped on the best seat pricing and it paid off. Having two Classic Who Doctors up on stage together with a New Who Doctor and his love interest was so much fun, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm so grateful that at this point I have been able to meet so many actors from my most favorite show.

Day 3:

I didn't have a lot planned for Day 3, I had two photo ops scheduled toward the end of the day, and one panel first thing in the morning that I wanted to see. I decided I would skip the panel as that would leave me with a lot of down time in between, and like I said before, you can only walk the floor so much. So I spent the morning and early afternoon resting and gearing up for my photo ops. I had planned to take the train, but then I got a facebook notification that my first photo op had been moved up and I literally had a half hour to get downtown, find a parking spot and make my way to the event. Magically I did it! And then found out that my first photo op actually wasn't moved up, so I was a little peeved. Therefore I had some time to kill, so I went and walked around a bit, met Mitch Pileggi on the floor, shook his hand and he called me darling. It made me smile. Then I thought I'd go check out the dance party Joey Fatone was having at his signing booth. That was pretty entertaining for a bit. He interacted with all the people dancing and seemed pretty cool. I never did get into any of the 90's/00's boy bands so I wasn't flipping out like others my age around me were. But nonetheless is was fun to watch.

Finally I had my photo ops which were nicely back to back, and quick! I knocked two more Doctor Who actors off my list, which makes me happy. For those that don't know, I've made it a goal to get a picture with every Doctor Who actor they invite to the convention. So far I'm doing quite well! My first photo op was with Peter Davison, who was just sweet and shook my hand before we took our picture. My second was with Sylvester McCoy (my honorary grandpa) who by day three seemed to have let age taken it's toll. He was seated with a knee brace on, so my picture although I love, looks just like you'd think a picture with your grandpa would look.

While I was waiting for my photo ops I did do a bit of celebrity watching, and snapped a picture of Peter Facinelli and Danai Guirira (Michonne from The Walking Dead). On my way to my first photo op I walked right by Joey Fatone and could have touched him, but I didn't much care. And by the time I'd finished with my photo ops, everything had started to shut down, and you could tell it was the end of the event. It saddened me a bit. This is my home away from home in a way. A place where I can be myself and not be judged. So as I began my trek back to my car, I took a few photos that made me smile.

And thus ends another amazing event. Only fiveish more months until the next one!