Loot Crate August, 2015: Villains II + Level Up x2

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My internet at home has been down all week, which is frustrating.  I promised myself I would post this today while at work, then I realized I forgot to take pictures of my actual Loot Crate items.  So, I borrowed a few picture from google.  I will try to replace these later with my own images, but until then, this works.

My Loot Crate arrived Saturday afternoon while I was at Wizard World Chicago.  This month had only four items, but they were sizable items.  It included:

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My favorite item, a Hydra replica pin.  For some reason, the Midwest Garrison has taken to shouting “Hail Hydra” to each other all the time, I even have a Hydra patch on my patch jacket.  This pin went straight on there, though it may move somewhere else eventually, since there is already Hydra representation.

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My second favorite item, a Loot Crate Exclusive little wooden Joker figure with interchangeable heads (different heads have different words in his mouth).  Most people expect Joker to be my favorite male DC Villain (since I am Harley Quinn and all), but that honor goes to Riddler, who was my favorite long before Harley debuted in 1992.  Still, my puddin’ will always hold a special place in my heart.

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An Apron, which I am told is from Breaking Bad.  I have never watched the show.  This item is functional, but it holds no real excitement for me.  I might use it, I might give it away, I have not decided yet.  I might take this as a gentle hint from the universe to watch the show, but only time will tell.

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Finally, my least favorite item, one mug, either of Venom or Carnage (I received Venom).  I have a ton of mugs, though that does not stop me from buying more, but I am just not a fan of either of these.  I am not a fan of Venom or Carnage in general, but the mugs are kind of ugly, to be honest.  This is definitely going into my giveaway box from Loot Crate.

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Now, onto the more exciting items!  This month, I sprang for TWO Level Up items:  The Wearable and the Accessories.  I could barely contain my excitement when I received an e-mail yesterday afternoon telling me that my package had arrived.  I ripped it open the moment I walked into the door.  Unlike the regular crate, these came in a typical plastic bag in the Loot Crate aesthetic.  These I took pictures of.

20150826_191007_001-1 20150826_191250-1My absolute favorite item for this entire months theme was the first thing I pulled out, a Harley Quinn hanging accessory/make-up bag.  This has a hook at the top that tucks neatly away when not in use, a top plastic pocket, a middle mess pocket, and a bottom removable plastic pocket.  This has already been filled with my make-up for DragonCon and has been placed in the great stack of packing.

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The other item from the Accessory Level Up was this cute Poison Ivy hair bow.  It is pink and green, with the Bombshell version of Red on the pink.  The bow is very cute, and I thought about keeping it, but I have friends who would appreciate this more, so like my Harley case above, this is already in my DragonCon packing pile to bring to a friend of mine who now lives in Georgia.

20150826_191217-1 20150826_191224-1 20150826_191235-1Finally, the wearable item.  I was a little underwhelmed with this.  I was hoping for something a little…well, more, but it is still cute.  It is a basic black polyester polo shirt with a little Jabba the Hutt where you would be expecting to see a Lacoste alligator.  At least the shirt is in a women’s size though.  I will probably keep this, though I am not sure how much I will wear it.

Loot Crate includes a postcard in the Level Up bag.  It allows all Level Up subscribers to see what the other Level Up items they did not receive were.  I am glad I did not subscribe to the socks as well.

20150826_210557-1Finally, I leave you with the announcement I JUST received in my e-mail, next months theme!

unnamedunnamed2Not sure how I feel about this one.  I imagine a Crate full of Pokemon (which I am NOT a fan of at all).  I may very likely cancel my Level Ups for this one, but we’ll see.  I have a few more days until I need to worry about it charging.

Star Wars Make-Up

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Before I dive into the meat of this entry, I have to say that I received my Loot Crate tracking number for August last night.  EEee!  This months theme is Villains, so I am super excited.  Also, I bit the bullet and sprung for not one, but two of the Level Up items this month: accessories and wearable.  I heard these do not arrive at the same time as the normal crate, but I am excited either way.  Bring on the villainy!!

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Now, I am sure everyone has seen or heard of the new Cover Girl Star Wars line.  Some people are rolling their eyes and scoffing at this, I rather love the idea.  For ages, us women have complained that we are not recognized in the geek community, and while this may be a very limited recognition, it is still a step in the right direction.  I have also started to see women’s sized Star Wars shirts in regular stores as well (that reminds me, I need to stop at Shopko to pick-up that Star Wars t-shirt).

So far from the news sites I have seen the lipstick, nail gloss, and mascara listed, but if you visit the Cover Girl website, you will also notice eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner, and various other products.  It seems the theme is Droid/Light Side vs. Stormtrooper/Dark Side, which is an interesting choice.  The products listed so far are:
Lipstick (Hoping that these are not the actual names on the product, because they could be more creative here)
Dark Purple
Gold
Red
Lilac
Silver
Nude
Nail Gloss (Here we see some name creativity)
Speed of Light
Nemesis
Red Revenge
Mascara
Very Black in waterproof or non

The mascara appears to not have much variety, but there are ten collectable tubes, all with quotes on them:
1/10 MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.
2/10 DO, OR DO NOT.  THERE IS NO TRY.
3/10 YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE.
4/10 I FEEL THE GOOD IN YOU.
5/10 LUMINOUS BEINGS ARE WE.
6/10 I WILL FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED.
7/10 THERE HAS BEEN AN AWAKENING.
8/10 INDEED YOU ARE POWERFUL.
9/10 YOU WILL MEET YOUR DESTINY.
10/10 IMMUNE TO THE LIGHT.

Again, these seem to be divided into Light and Dark Side, but what is a bit disappointing to me, is that all the Light Side quotes are from the Original Trilogy, but the Dark Side Quotes seem to have a mix of old and new.

I will be in Atlanta at DragonCon for the release of these on September 4th, but I am going to try to make it to a store and pick some up while I am there.

Loot Crate July, 2015: Heroes 2

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Hurray for Loot Crate!  I began my Loot Crate subscription in December of last year.  I first heard of it through my friend Dixie, who gave me her Joki shirt from the July, 2014 crate.  Unfortunately, I could not afford to subscribe right at that point, because the very next crate was Heroes and featured an exclusive Baby Dancing Groot Pop figure that I desperately want (if anyone out there happens to have that one and does not want it….).  Anyhow, onto July!

20150728_171213-1First of all, anyone who knows me (or pays attention to the name of this blog) should know that I am a huge Batman fan.  Ever since I was little, Batman was my favorite comic book world (this is why the New 52 brings me such sorrow….oh DC, what have you done to my babies?!?!?!).  I liked some Marvel as well, more X-Men than anything else (PSYLOCKE!), but the recent direction Marvel has gone with its cinematic universe has really turned me into a real Marvel fan.  Still, I love my old school DC, and this crate featured a good deal of it.

20150728_165830-1-1Probably my favorite item in this months crate was the Batman multi-tool.  I have yet to remove it from the package, I am torn between wanting to use it and not wanting to destroy it.  Still, the idea of a functional Bat-toy is exciting!

Joker - wonderful toys20150728_171028-1Tied as a close second is The League of Regrettable Superheroes, a book about “the strangest superheroes ever to see print.”  I am a shameless bookworm, so it is difficult for Loot Crate to do wrong by sending me a book.  Hopefully it will not take me as long to get around to reading this one as it has the other book I have received, Ready Player One, which I plan on reading this week.

20150728_171015-1Next up, a Spock air freshener.  Simple, straight forwards.  I still have a Captain America one from a previous crate that I need to use, but I can always use more geeky items for my car.  Plus, I am a cat, I love playing with the items dangling from my rear view mirror.

20150728_165847-1Back to DC, the room in this crate was mostly filled by this adorable little figure.  He will probably live in his box for a little while, however when I finally have more space and set up my bookshelf properly, I suspect he will find a home there.  It appears from other peoples pictures that the sign behind him is customizable as well.

20150728_170002-1Third and final DC item is this beautiful Wonder Woman mini-poster.  The picture is actually of the page in the magazine talking about it though, I did not feel like unrolling it and trying to pin down the corners just for one picture.  This will be living in its package as well.  It probably cannot live on my bookshelf of the future, but maybe somewhere near it.  Oddly, I was never a huge Wonder Woman fan, despite always wishing their were more brunette heroines.  I think I never really connected with her because she was an Amazon, therefore very tall, and I was always very short (acrobat!).

20150728_165858-1Finally, my least favorite item from this months crate.  I like Zelda as much as anyone, but I am not one for wearing sweatbands.  I may try to re-purpose this item, otherwise it will probably go in my pile of Loot Crate items that are destined for gifts.  I need to start taking inventory of what fandoms my friends are really into so that I can start giving some of these items some good homes.

That is all for July, but they have already released the theme for August and I am absolutely giddy with anticipation, because it is….DUN DUN DUN….

11813266_1040278562650381_6803866442680393854_nYES!  They revisited Heroes, and now, as I was hoping, they are revisiting Villains!  What am I hoping for?  Some Harley, obviously, also some more Loki, though I am not sure I will see any of that.  Loki is sort of off the radar right now, until Ragnarok in two years….maybe there will be a Villains 3 or 4 by that point, to fill my Loki wishes.  I may also have to bite the bullet on the Level Up items for next month, if any Harley or Loki items go out with those, I may never forgive myself.

In the Hospital and Craving Some Geekery

It is Wednesday, I am still in the hospital.  I have a whole stack of books to read while I am here and recovering at home, mostly Steampunk and Sci Fi.  I am super excited that by the time I go home, my Loot Crate box will have arrived, so expect a post about that next week.

I am super sad that I could not go see Ant Man prior to my surgery though.  This i the first Marvel movie in about two or three years that I have not seen on or before opening night and it is driving me crazy.  I am hearing all sorts of awesome reviews from everywhere, and though I am not overly excited by the character, I was not overly excited by most of the characters already, and have loved all the movies to date (yes, even Iron Man 3….to some extent…)  By the time I am mobile and have the funds to go to the movies, pretty much everyone I know will have gone to see it already.

Not sure what else to say for this week.  I plan on watching a lot of YouTube and Netflix once I get home, so if anyone has any suggestions of what to watch while on post-op house arrest, let me know (I already marathoned Wil Wheaton’s Table Top).

The State of Things

I have been absent of late, and I apologize for that.  For the past year, I have been working as a waitress.  Waiting tables, sucks.  Your schedule is all over the place, you are running around at the whim of your tables, and at the end of the day, your income is determined by what some random person thinks your service is worth.  It is hard work, it is impossible to budget your money, and it is impossible to really budget your time.  You never quite know when a double is going to come along and interrupt your plans.

On top of that, just over a month ago, I went to the doctor and discovered that I have a tumor the size of a cantaloupe in my stomach.  Said tumor has caused me a lot of pain and illness over the past few months, but I am finally having it removed on Tuesday!  I am excited to have this over with, but I am also terrified to have my first major surgery.  We do not know exactly what it is yet, but it will go to pathology once it is removed.  I will be in the hospital for three days after the surgery, and then stranded at home for two weeks after that (unable to drive).  It will be another six weeks before I am aloud any strenuous physical activity (I JUST WANT TO WORK OUT!).

Finally, the appearance of this tumor has really shaken up my life.  I found myself facing this without insurance, and without pay for the six weeks in which I could not do physical activity.  With that in mind, I went on a job hunt, and was recently offered a full time job; salaried, M-F, 8:30-5, benefits, 401K, the whole shebang.  I begin this job on August 3rd, just after my two week ban on driving is lifted.  I am super excited to go back to a regular schedule and pay, and even move excited to be able to budget my time and money again.  With this, I plan on setting up a regular schedule for all my blogs, so that I can get back to regularly posting.  Right now, the schedule I am thinking is this:

Monday – Deciphering Lolita (My blog about my journey through the Gothic Lolita lifestyle)
Tuesday – Il Circo dei Sogni  (My fitness and circus blog)
Wednesday – Quinn of Diamonds (Revamping this blog to me general geekiness, not sure about the name yet)
Thursday – Death by Chocolate (My chocolate blog…all chocolate, all the time)
Friday – Fiaba Fashionista (My fashion blog)

I am also considering starting a writing blog, because I am in the process of writing a novel, with three or four short stories rolling around in my head as well.  I have been reading a lot of writer blogs, and watching some writer vlogs, and I kind of want to start one.  If I do, that will probably be on Wednesdays, though I may juggle things around then.  I also would like to start a vlog, but right now, I do not have a good place to set up as a filming spot, so I am thinking that will wait until I move.  Anyhow, that is the state of things as they are, and I look forward to the new schedule!

Some Teasers from a Photo Shoot

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I had my very first, professional photo shoot this week. Here are a few teasers.

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Harley Quinn Problems

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Harley Quinn Problems: Where am I going to store my mallet?

Harley Quinn Playlist: Part V

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American Pie by Don McLean
“Now for ten years we’ve been on our own

And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned”


Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
“But now it’s written in stone
The king has been overthrown
By jesterly fools”

Clown Dream by Danny Elfman (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
Danny Elfman does such a wonderful job at circus sounding music. :D

Bolero from Moulin Rouge
I fell in love with this song within the first ten seconds of it playing when I first saw Moulin Rouge in the theaters twelve years ago.  It has been one of my favorites ever since.

Say That We’re Sweethearts Again by Virginia O’Brien
The headliner for this post.  If the song itself does not scream of me and my puddin’, then maybe you need a little refresher course on that time I teamed up with The Bats.
http://youtu.be/Vp6wLXj4-5A  (could not embed it :( )

Harley Quinn Playlist: Part IV

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The Court of Miracles by The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Anything Hunchback of Notre Dame is pretty self explanatory.  The whole movie is just jam packed with gypsies and fools, I love it!


Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend by Moulin Rogue Soundtrack
Several of the songs from Moulin Rogue could probably make my list, but I like this one.  Why?  Because it is about diamonds (of course I am thinking of the shape rather than the stone, but those are nice, too).


Il Mio Pensiero by Ligabue
Such a pretty song, I heard it while I was traveling overseas when Mr. J. was locked away in Arkham one time (while the clowns away….).  I love the imagery of the video and the old circus theme with the tumblers and the girl on the horse.


23 Bears by Circus Contraption
This song just has a very circus feel, and the name of the band does not hurt this image.


Red and Black by Les Miserables Soundtrack

This one is probably the one that has the most people going “WHAT?!”  But think about it….Red….Black….it’s all about my colors!

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House Quinn

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