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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”?

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.

Saturday Night Poker

I must give a recap of last night’s poker game.  We didn’t get started until almost 10:30pm.  Dennis couldn’t make it because he had friends from out of town.  Patrick was there, with his girlfriend Peggy, but they left before we got started.  Sean was there with his girlfriend Val, who also works at the shop.  Dan and Karen (you may recall this couple from Free Comic Book Day) showed up a little after 10:30pm, and we dealt them in as they ate dinner.  Daniel, Matt, Sean, Karen, Dan and I all ended up playing.  Neither Dan nor Karen were too familiar with the game, but that didn’t stop Dan from taking a ridiculous lead early on.  My luck finally started to turn around when I got a full house, and I became the chip leader.  Unfortunately, I also ended up knocking Daniel out during this round.

Overall, I ended up coming in second.  To celebrate the one year anniversary of the store, they had selected a prize for each player, but you only got to choose the prize based on how many chips you had at the end of the game.  If you had the most chips, you chose last, but had the option of stealing a prize from someone else.  I ended up just behind the chip leader, so since there were 6 of us, I was the fifth to choose a prize.  Daniel and I walked away with an X-Men coffee mug and a Fantastic Four tumbler.  This was convenient, since Daniel and I both break a lot of cups.

It was a fun night, and I look forward to getting to know Karen and Dan better.

Dan and Karen. I've used this image before, but let me reiterate: he's playing a banana maraca.

X-Men Comics

Next week I will be obtaining my first-ever comic books.  Earlier this week, Mile High Comics was holding a 50% off sale, in conjunction with a promotion where if you spend $20, they will send you 10 free X-Men comics.  Daniel decided this would be a good place for me to start.

I’m pretty excited, actually.  Last month, I started compiling a list of my 10 favorite X-Men.  (I’m just going to say it:  Storm will most definitely be my #1.)  Certainly this will help provide some inspiration, or maybe it will even allow me to narrow my list.  As I’ve mentioned before, the idea of mutant superheroes has always appealed to me.  And whether you are a fan of the X-Men comics or not, you can’t deny that Magneto is one of the most interesting villains in all of comic book history.  I think a large part of this has to do with the fact that sometimes he is not the villain at all, but actually fights alongside the X-Men.  He is so multi-dimensional, which can be rare with comic book villains.

I look forward to receiving these in the mail.  For Daniel, this is a win-win situation:  Either I end up enjoying the comics immensely, and perhaps even begin my own (modest) collection, or I add them to his collection because comic books just aren’t for me.

He sure does love his comics.

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.