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October Favorites

Well, I just realized I haven’t done one of these since June.  Oops.  So, if you didn’t read that one (which you can here), I will use this post as an opportunity to discuss all of my favorite things that I’ve seen/used/experienced this month.

TV Shows

While Daniel and I have been watching this show consistently since the fourth season began a few months ago, Adventure Time really stepped up their game in October.  The story-telling has been fantastic.  Yes, it is an animated TV series, and yes, it’s on Cartoon Network.  It’s definitely geared to a more adult audience though.  They deal with some pretty dark concepts.  The whole premise of the show is that modern civilization as we know it has ended (after the Mushroom War), and all of the magic has returned to the world.  As far as we know, the protagonist Finn is the only human left on earth (although, there must be others, because where else did he come from).  He is accompanied by his best friend Jake, who is a dog that can talk and stretch his limbs or morph his body into various shapes.

My favorite character is the Ice King.  When we were first introduced to the Ice King in the first season, he came off as just a silly villain.  He wasn’t really malicious, he just wanted to kidnap and marry a princess.  Since the first season, we’ve actually found out that the Ice King is a completely tragic character.  Before the destruction of the world, he used to be a regular guy, studying to be an antiquarian.  At some point in the past, he obtained his crown which gives him all of his powers.  Unfortunately, the crown actually caused him to go mad, and he has no memory of himself before he became this wizard, but we do know that whatever he did while wearing his crown actually scared away his fiancée, whom he would often call “princess”.  So now, he spends all of his time trying to figure out how to find a princess that will marry him, but I don’t think he even understands why he does it.

This season just wrapped up last week with a huge cliffhanger, so I’m really looking forward to season 5.

The other show that I’m obsessed with right now is, of course, Revenge.  I already know that it’s only going to get more and more convoluted, and they probably won’t resolve much, but I’m hooked.  The second season just started airing at the very end of September, and I very faithfully watched the first season last year and earlier this year.  Even if it’s just a poorly acted soap opera, I’m addicted.

Daniel and I have also been watching the X-Files.  Right now, we’re in the middle of the third season. All of the seasons are available free through Amazon Prime.  X-Files is a very cool show because I love crime shows like CSI, but I also like sci-fi series like The Twilight Zone, and this combines the best of both.  Also, Mulder and Scully remind me a lot of the two main characters from the show Bones.  I enjoy the show Bones, but I prefer X-Files if for no other reason than the acting is better.  On somewhat of a side note, X-Files is the scariest show I’ve ever seen on TV.  For me, personally, American Horror Story has got nothing on X-Files.  I’ve seen some of the freakiest, nastiest stuff in that show, things that I never thought they’d be allowed to show on prime time TV.  So, really, it’s kind of perfect for this time of year.

Music

October means Halloween and that means you have to listen to good Halloween music.  Now, I just made a post about my Top 10 Favorite Halloween Songs, but there have been a few artists that I’ve been listening to consistently this month.  The first is The Misfits, naturally.  They are great any time during the year, but especially around Halloween.  The second is AFI.  I’ve really been listening to some of their earlier albums, which sound a bit more classically punk than their more recent releases.  I was browsing on Wikipedia one day when I found out that Davey Havok was actually asked to be the lead singer of The Misfits back in 2006.  I like to imagine how this would have changed my life for the better, but I try not to think about it too much because it would have been so awesome that my brain might have exploded.  AFI does a number of Misfits covers and I personally am very impressed with them.  They include “Halloween” and “Last Caress”.

Books

This month I’ve been re-reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  I really wanted to read again it before I saw the movie.  The book is such a classic in many ways.  I think the way that it was written in the form of letters by an anonymous person to another anonymous person was such a brilliant way to portray this “Charlie” character that I know teenagers look at and say “This could be me writing these letters”.  You become so well-acquainted with the characters, but you never learn who they really are, or where they are from, so it could be anyone, and that’s one of the things that makes it so appealing.

Movies

On Monday night, Daniel and I watched X-Men: First Class for the first time.  You might be wondering how we’ve managed to go this long without seeing it.  Well, Daniel was very wary after the fiascoes that were the third X-Men movie and Wolverine: Origins.  This was much, much better than those.  In terms of the story, it was more on par with the first X-Men movie that revolved around Magneto’s master plan of turning the whole world into mutants.  Or something like that.  Honestly, it was a good movie, and we both loved the fact that it was a period film revolving around the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I also appreciated the way they explained Charles Xavier’s injury.  Overall, I was pleased with it, and now that we own it (it was $10 at Target), I will definitely watch it again.

Although I haven’t watched it yet this year, I am very much looking forward to my annual viewing of Hocus Pocus.  It’s a movie I’ve watched every year since I was a little kid, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Halloween movies, even if it isn’t scary.

Nail Polish

For most of this month, I’ve been wearing Butter London’s “The Full Monty”, which is a beautiful glittery gold nail polish.

The Full Monty

I thought it would be great for fall, since gold is such a perfect fall color, but it would also be absolutely stunning during the summer in the sun.

Currently I’m wearing a color by L’Oreal called “The Muse’s Attitude”.  I believe it is limited edition from their Project Runway 2012 collection.  It is a beautiful teal/green duochrome polish.  I think it will be great for Halloween.

The Muse’s Attitude

Makeup

In keeping with the gold and bronze colors of fall, I’ve been doing a lot of looks using the Naked Palette, and Mac Amber Lights and Bronze.  One of my favorite looks that I experimented with this month used UD’s Half Baked in the inner 3rd of the eyelid, Mac’s Amber Lights in the middle 3rd of the eyelid, and Mac’s Bronze or UD’s Smog (depending on how dark I wanted the look to be) on the outer 3rd of the eye and in the crease.  (Sorry I have no pictures of this look.  If you really want to see it, write a comment and I will find time to post a pic.)

Half Baked

Amber Lights (left) and Bronze (right)

When I felt like doing something simple and quick, I just took Urban Decay’s Toasted and threw it on all over the lid and it looked awesome.

I’ve been using a couple of different lipsticks this month as well.  I recently purchased Maybelline’s “Make Me Pink” and I’ve been wearing it pretty often lately.  Also, because I’ve been doing more bold eye looks this month, I’ve rediscovered an old favorite: L’Oreal’s “Fairest Nude”, which is the perfect nude lipstick for my skin tone.  Finally, because fall is a great time to break out deeper reds and berry colors, I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s “Let Me Pink”, which is a deep, rich berry color.  I actually purchased this color years ago, and I have been unable to find it again.  I would love to re-purchase it because mine has dried out a little bit, so it’s become more difficult to apply.  However, the color still looks amazing.

Lipsticks!

Let Me Pink (left), Fairest Nude (center), Make Me Pink (right). The lighting is poor and does not do them justice.

Random Things

Daniel and I carved pumpkins this weekend!  This is one of my favorite traditions of all time.  Daniel and I both carved characters from Adventure Time.

This is my pumpkin. It’s Lumpy Space Princess.

The one on the left is Daniel’s pumpkin. It’s Finn.

What were some of your “October Favorites”?

Just a Fun Saturday Night

Last night was pretty awesome.  A girl that I work with, Megan, came out for drinks with me and Daniel at Bull City Burger and Brewery.  She ended up just driving to our house, parking here, and walking with us, since parking over there can get crazy on Saturday night.  She had never been to BCBB, so it was cool that we got to show her what that was about.  And, in my opinion, their beer is just much better than Fullsteam’s beer.  BCBB typically has a better variety, and have new and different beers every month, and their quality just seems to be better and more consistent.  Fullsteam has a great vibe, but I definitely prefer BCBB.  As we were sitting outside on the (new and improved!) back patio at BCBB, we also were witness to a guy trying to bust open a piñata while he was surrounded by a number of his friends.  Using a stick to break it open ended up being a complete failure because the stick broke long before any real damage was done to the piñata.  So they just let the guy tear it open.  Naturally, Megan, Daniel, and I were waiting anxiously to see what was inside (there had been talk of puppies), but we were pretty disappointed to find that it was only the crappy Double Bubble bubblegum, where the flavor is gone before you can even get it to your mouth.  But that was fun, and after 2 beers each we walked to Fullsteam.  It turns out that Fullsteam was having a Zombie Prom for Halloween.  It was excellent, but we were all bummed that we missed the memo on that one, because I definitely have a dress that would have been perfect for it.  They had a decent band playing, except that you couldn’t understand what they were singing because it was mixed so poorly.  I did figure out one song, it was Cheap Trick’s “Surrender”.  We drank, we danced, we saw all kinds of zombies.

After Fullsteam, we just walked back to the apartment where we continued drink.  Daniel had some of his whiskey on the rocks, Megan and I drank appletinis.  And after that I don’t remember much except that I know Megan ended up sleeping here because we were all very, very drunk.

Top 10 Favorite Halloween Songs

So, how long has it been since I’ve done a “Top 10” post, guys?  Yeah, I can’t remember either.  Since Halloween is less than one week away, I thought I would share my Top 10 Favorite Halloween Songs, since I recently made a playlist revolving around the theme of Halloween.

10. Meat Loaf “Bat Out of Hell”

I feel like there were a couple of Meat Loaf songs that could have made the cut, and while all of Jim Steinman’s songs are epic (even a Bonnie Tyler song is on my Halloween playlist), the lyrics to “Bat Out of Hell” are perfect for Halloween:

“There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky
And a killer’s on the bloodshot streets
Oh and down in the tunnel where the deadly are rising
Oh I swear I saw a young boy
Down in the gutter
He was starting to foam in the heat”

I will also mention that the title has the word “bat” right in it, making it pretty appropriate for our theme.

9. My Chemical Romance “Vampires Will Never Hurt You”

I decided that any song in my iTunes that had the word “vampire” in the title or was about vampires was going to be included in my playlist.  Even My Chemical Romance.  Incidentally, this song matched that criteria perfectly.  In my defense, this was from their first album, which sounds vastly different (and better) than their later albums because they didn’t know how to write conventional songs back then.

8. HIM “Vampire Heart”

See the description for #9.  I haven’t actually listened to HIM in years, but I did include this song for those reasons stated above, and it’s not too terrible.  Just don’t look too closely at the lyrics.

7. Tiger Army “Santa Carla Twilight”

While this one didn’t have the word “vampire” right in the title, Santa Carla is a reference to the movie The Lost Boys, which is all about vampires, but without all of the sparkling and crying and bad acting.  Well, okay, there may have been some bad acting, but not Kristen Stewart-bad.  Also, I love Tiger Army.  I can’t get enough of them.  I wish Nick 13 would stop this nonsense with the country music and make another Tiger Army album.

6. “Phantom of the Opera”

I hate musicals, with very, very, very few exceptions.  Possibly just one, and that is Phantom of the Opera.  This particular selection has some epic organ happening, which to me says “perfect for Halloween”.

5. Creedence Clearwater Revival “I Put a Spell on You”

Just the other night I was lamenting to Daniel about how I didn’t have the Hocus Pocus/Bette Midler version of this song.  Truly, this one is better.  But Childhood ‘Stine still wishes she had it, nonetheless.

And really, thanks to Youtube, I can at least provide a link for the Hocus Pocus version.

4. Tiger Army “American Nightmare” (Misfits cover)

This is like killing two birds with one stone.  Literally, I could have made the entire list with just Misfits songs.

3. AFI “Fall Children”

This selection comes from AFI’s All Hallow’s EP, which actually includes a cover of The Misfits “Halloween”.  I admit that I am loving AFI right now, and part of the reason I made a Halloween playlist was so I could fill it with The Misfits and AFI (with some Tiger Army thrown in) and just listen to that all day at work.

2. “This is Halloween”

I debated with myself for quite some time about which version of “This is Halloween” I wanted to post, since I have 3 different versions, including the original from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas.  I absolutely love this song, especially around Halloween, but the problem is that the other two versions I have are just straight up embarassing.  One is by Marilyn Manson.  If that isn’t bad enough, the other is done by Panic! at the Disco.  For that reason, I think I will just stick with the original for this post.  This video also includes the entire beginning from the movie, so enjoy.

1. The Misfits “Halloween”

This is the essential Halloween song.  Nick 13 also made it #1 on his list of Top 5 Halloween Songs and Movies. Discussing some of the lyrics, he says: “There’s the balance of poetry and aggression that made the (original) Misfits so compelling. This song brings to life the feeling of youthful danger on the streets during this once-sacred night like no other.”  You just can’t have a complete list of Top Halloween songs without including this one.  Interestingly, Youtube does not appear to have the Collection II version of the song, which is the version I have in my iTunes.

Obviously these were just my personal picks.  What would be on your list?

Edit:  If I could re-do this list, I totally would replace HIM “Vampire Heart” with The Horrorpops “Hitchcock Starlet”.  And I also would move it way up the list because it is Halloween-eriffic.

It’s Almost October

…and that means it is almost time to start thinking about Halloween costumes (if you haven’t already).  What was your best Halloween costume?  What was your worst?

I have two pretty good ones that immediately come to mind for me.  When I was a child, my grandmother made a fantastic mermaid costume using paper plates for scales.  It was awesome.  Grandmas are so crafty.  I also pulled off a fantastic Wednesday Addams costume one year when I was a teenager.  I had all of the appropriate attire laying around, including a small doll that I hung from a noose.  I definitely looked the part.

My worst costume was the half-moon cookie attempt I made 2 years ago.  I wanted to be Storm of the X-Men, but I didn’t have the budget or the time to put together a great costume.  One day I will be Storm, I swear.

Daniel made a very convincing Wolverine.

X-Men (90’s Animated TV Show)

A few months ago, Daniel and I purchased the first volume of X-Men: The Animated Series.  As far as comic characters go, I’ve always been drawn to the X-Men.  This attraction is even stronger now that I’m into molecular genetics.  I remember watching it as a kid, but the thing I remembered most was the awesome opening theme.

The series starts by introducing Jubilee (who, in all honesty, is one of the more lame X-Men in the comics); she has just discovered her mutant powers and struggles to control them.  It eventually introduces the more well-known characters of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Charles Xavier, and, my personal favorite, Storm.  It also has such well-known villains as Sabretooth, The Juggernaut, Sentinels, Pyro, and of course Magneto.

I hope to acquire the second volume in the near future, since it sounds like the later volumes also deal with some very interesting themes.  Some of it is heavy stuff that I don’t think I grasped as a 6-year-old, like Magneto’s backstory.  In the comics, it is very obvious that he is a Holocaust survivor angered by the murder of his family.  In the television show, this is somewhat glossed over, with the backstory being that his family was killed in some war after a group of men came in to take over his country.  In both the comics and the show, these mutant characters clearly represent how minorities have been and are treated in society.

On a small side note: Magneto’s backstory will be examined more fully in the coming months by Daniel, in his blog about Jews and Comic Books.  I know, he hasn’t updated in a while.  But, in his defense, he has been very busy with school stuff.  More updates will come!  He has not abandoned that blog!

Halloween 2009

I wanted so badly to be Storm for Halloween that year.  But I just didn’t have the time to make a real costume.  Thus, my attempt at being a half-moon cookie was all that I could muster.  Daniel does make an amazing Wolverine, though.