Seeing NADDPOD Live!

Late last year, I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw that NADDPOD had listed tickets for their live show for Minneapolis. I was ecstatic! Minneapolis can sometimes get skipped over as Chicago is the bigger Midwestern city. After confirming that NADDPOD would be in Minneapolis, I immediately purchased tickets. Originally, I was going by myself because I didn’t know anyone else who listened to the podcast. My husband offered to come with me even though he hasn’t listened to NADDPOD, so I didn’t have to attend by myself. He’s so sweet. I will say as a disclaimer that I think we should normalize going to events or doing activities by ourselves. I’m so happy I was able to see NADDPOD live.

Insta story picture (b/c I’m the worst at taking pictures)

To start off, NADDPOD is a D&D podcast. There have been two campaigns so far with a third on the way. Their most memorable campaign was Bahumia, DMed by Brian Murphy. The campaign centers on three characters: Moonshine Cybin (played by Emily Axford), Hardwon Surefoot (played by Jake Hurwitz), and Beverly Toegold V (played by Caldwell Tanner). I credit NADDPOD as an influence in getting into D&D.

Each NADDPOD live show is a one-shot centered around their characters in Bahumia. In this show, the characters were competing on a Bahumia version of the reality TV show, Survivor. The show featured several funny moments where the characters and the NPCs were gossiping about who to vote off the show. Additionally, the characters participate in Survivor-like challenges involving dice rolling. While this is meant to be a light-hearted show, there were some dice rolls that put me on edge. One example is when Hardwon was the one of two left in a challenge. The crowd was rooting for Hardwon to get immunity in the challenge, which he did.

The show started at 7 PM, and the show ended close to 9 PM. I thought that was perfect because sometimes D&D podcast episodes can get long. It’s rare that I listen to one NADDPOD episode in one sitting, so I’m glad that their show wasn’t longer than two hours.

I’m so glad I went to the NADDPOD live show! I’d definitely go again if they ever visit Minneapolis, otherwise, I’m open to traveling to another state to see their show too as I’m a big fan.

Pop Culture New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s almost been two years since the Covid pandemic. It feels like we have accomplished so much and so little at the same time. I’m looking forward to 2022 and all the adventures waiting to be had. As each new year feels like a new beginning, I wanted to write out my New Year’s Resolutions.

Watch at least 3 different Anime Series (by EOY)

A few months ago, I purchased an ongoing Funimation subscription that I have barely used. Anime is something I want to dive more into. For this goal, I want to watch at least three different Anime series. I will probably start with a more popular series such as My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer to at least get an idea of what I like before diving into other anime.

Start Watching Mighty Nein Critical Role’s Second Campaign

I’m on Critical Role’s first campaign, Vox Machina. I’m almost halfway through. I hope to finish Vox Machina this year and move into their second campaign, Mighty Nein. My husband bought me Critical Role merch for Christmas this past year, and this included a comfy Mighty Nein sweater. I want to wear it with pride of having at least seen one episode versus wearing it and not being familiar with the setting.

Attend an Out of State Convention I Have Never Been to Before (excluding: Gen Con, C2E2, and Planet Comic Con)

I love traveling for a convention. It’s a perfect trip because I can explore a new city and go to a convention. I have a few ideas of which cons I would like to attend depending on if the dates work out for me to go.

  • Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle, WA) August 18th through the 22nd
  • Rose Comic Con (Portland, OR) September 9th through the 12th
  • Baltimore Comic Con (Baltimore, MD) October 28th through the 30th
  • New York Comic Con (New York, NY) October 6th through the 9th
  • Phoenix Fan Fusion (Phoenix, AZ) May 27th through the 29th

I’m hoping to attend Emerald City for sure, and with Phoenix Fan Fusion being Memorial Day Weekend, that could be another convention I could potentially make it to.

Play and Complete 4 Different PS4 or Console Games (includes: Nintendo Switch, Xbox etc).

I have a few games lined up to play this year. I’m currently playing through Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy which so far is pretty fun. Additionally, I have Far Cry 4 waiting to be played. I’m also behind in Life is Strange too, so I’m hoping to play through that series sometime this year as well.

Play through Marvel’s Spider-Man on a Tougher Difficulty

Spiderman selfie *Image by Insomniac Games*

My final resolution for this year is to re-play Marvel’s Spider-Man on a tougher difficulty. The sequel comes out in 2023, so I want to have a fresh play-through in my head before the sequel is released.

I’m ambitious for 2022. I have been trying to be better about my time management, so I think I can fit everything in for this year. Let me know what your pop culture New Year’s Resolutions are in the comments section below.

2021 Pop Culture Year in Review

2021 is almost over! It’s hard to believe that 2022 will mark two years since the dreaded 2020 lockdown. While we have a vaccine and a booster, it still feels like the pandemic is far from over. 2021 was a fairly decent year especially because there was a lot more going on since I was able to get vaccinated in May.

Movies I Saw In Theaters

  • The Suicide Squad
  • No Time to Die
  • SpiderMan: Far From Home

It’s fitting that the last movie I saw in theaters before the pandemic was Birds of Prey and the first movie I saw in theaters after I was vaccinated was The Suicide Squad. Out of the above three, I would say Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Suicide Squad would be tied at number one.

Besides the above movies, I also watched WW84, From Russia With Love, Rocketman, Just Mercy, Free Brittany, Justice League Snyder Cut, Heroin(e), Charlie’s Angels 2019 film, Untouchable, I, Tonya and Pray Away. The worst movie I watched in 2021 was WW84. All the joy from the first Wonder Woman movie was sucked out of the sequel.

TV Shows I Watched:

  • Wandavision
  • Harley Quinn – animated series
  • Falcon & the Winter Soldier
  • Loki
  • Bar Rescue
  • Dopesick

I didn’t watch as much TV this year partly because I got into Critical Role while still quarantined earlier in the year. My favorite TV show I watched this year was easily Wandavision. It was such a heartbreaking show and Elizabeth Olson did such an amazing job portraying Scarlet Witch and someone suffering from the weight of grief. I did finish watching Dopesick recently which is a documentary series about the rise of Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin. It was intriguing and appalling.

Video Games I Played

  • Vampire the Masquerade Shadows of New York
  • Miles Morales
  • Night Call
  • Doki Doki Literature Club
  • Nancy Drew & The Haunted Carousel
  • Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons
  • Nancy Drew Alibi in Ashes
  • Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 & 5-7

My favorite game I played this year was Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Despite the game being shorter and having no DLC, it was still my favorite this year. I’m normally not a video game soundtrack person, however, I ended up listening to the Miles Morales soundtrack on and off throughout 2021.

The most disturbing game I played was Doki Doki Literature Club. I wanted to play it to see what the game was all about. I will never touch it again. Besides playing through Doki Doki Literature Club, I played through quite a few of the Nancy Drew PC games since becoming more invested into Steam last year.

In 2022, I look forward to starting the Guardians of the Galaxy game since I finally unlocked all the PS4 trophies for Lego Harry Potter.

Gaming in 2021

  • Watching Critical Role (for the first half of the year, I couldn’t play D&D in person)
  • City of Remnants
  • Vampire the Masquerade one shot in July
  • Mysterium
  • Adventurer’s League

My highlight of 2021 was being able to play D&D in person. Beginning in 2022, I will be playing in a longer semi-weekly campaign and I’m thrilled. Watching Critical Role helped keep my love of roleplaying active while waiting to be vaccinated. This year, I didn’t play very many board games although I finally opened Mysterium for the first time and I loved it. I can’t wait to play again.

Graphic Novels / Comics I Read This Year

Single Issue Comics

  • King in Black: #1 – #5
  • King in Black: Black Cat #1 – #3
  • King in Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #1 – #3
  • Jinny Hex #1
  • King in Black: Return of the Valkyries #1 – #3
  • Batman/ Catwoman #1
  • Future State Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1
  • Future State Green Lantern #1
  • Future State Wonder Woman #1 – #2
  • Future State Catwoman #1
  • Home Sick Pilots #1 – #5
  • Future State Robin Eternal #1
  • Hollywood Trash #1
  • King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #1
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1
  • Luna #1
  • Future State Suicide Squad #1 – #2
  • King in Black: Black Knight
  • King in Black: Miles Morales #23
  • Future State Wonder Woman #1
  • Teen Titans Academy #1
  • King in Black: Captain America #1
  • King in Black Scream #1
  • King in Black: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
  • James Bond Agents of Spectre #1 – #4
  • Witchblood #1 – #5
  • DC Suicide Squad #1
  • Destiny NY #1 – #5
  • Miskatonic University #1
  • Vox Machina Critical Role Origins III #1 – #4
  • Life is Strange #2.1 – 2.4
  • Bettie Page Curse of the Banshee #1
  • Alice in Leatherland #1 – #4
  • DC Deathstroke #1
  • MOM #1

I read so many single issue comics partly due to the fact that I have a pull list at a comic book store. I try and stop in at least once every other week. As I review the above list, I would say there were two series that would be tied for being my favorite comic series in 2021. The first would be the King in Black main series along with King in Black: Black Cat. Another notable standout was Witchblood. I love how the series takes place in the Wild West and it’s a vampires vs. witches standoff series. Other memorable series include Destiny NY, Alice in Leatherland, and Vox Machina.

Graphic Novels

  • Glitter Vipers
  • The Vision
  • Black Mage
  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Captain Phasma
  • Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren
  • Star Wars Adventures Vol #1
  • Aquicorn Cove
  • Wolverine Season One
  • Blackbird
  • Mooncakes

This is the first year where I have read more single issues than graphic novels. My favorite graphic novel I read this year was The Vision as I read it right when I started watching Wandavision. A runner up would be Glitter Vipers. I backed the Kickstarter for it as I liked the idea of a group of drag queens getting into vigilante work. I have a huge stack of graphic novels to read in 2022, so I’m assuming this number will be higher next year.

2021 Pop Culture Moments

  • Trump Protestors invading the capital (it’s only the seventh day of the new year!!!)
  • Afghanistan’s government collapsing to the Taliban
  • Free Britany

Podcasts I Couldn’t Stop Listening To

  • Fantastic Geeks
  • This Podcast Will Kill You
  • Not Another DnD Podcast
  • Ain’t Slayed Nobody

I didn’t discover any new podcasts in 2021. Listening to podcasts has been a hit or a miss. I usually listen to music while driving around the area and save podcasts for longer trips.

Catchiest Song in 2021

According to Spotify, my top song was “Head & Heart” by Joel Corry x MNEK.

Conventions I Attended in 2021

I attended two conventions in 2021: Planet Comic Con in August and C2E2 in December. I hope to attend Emerald City Comic Con in August next year along with Gen Con and Convergence. I might add one more out of state convention on my list for next year.

Personal Memories

Top Three Memories of 2021

Getting Married

Going on our Mini Moon

Getting Vaccinated

Before I Have Kids **Update**

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season. I thought this post would be perfect for the holidays. Four years ago, I wrote a post on my blog titled Before I have Kids *list* Originally, I didn’t want to have children, however, now that I’m married and I have a supportive partner, I have changed my mind and become more open to being a parent. I wanted to revisit the list I had written along with providing a few updates.

Get a Tattoo – September 2019

My Harry Potter tattoo is on my left shoulder blade and I still enjoy it. I will say, it feels a bit tainted with everything that the author is saying on social media right now. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to cover up my tattoo before settling on the fact that I will leave my tattoo as is. I will not let the author of the books ruin the series for me, however, I will not support the franchise any longer.

I have thought about getting a second Dnd-inspired tattoo, but there are no future plans in the works of when I would get this tattoo.

Leave the United States

To date, I have never left the United States. This is an absolute must for me before having kids. I love to travel and Europe is high on my travel list. Due to Covid, me and my husband decided to put our trip to Europe on hold as we don’t want to get stuck in another country and not be able to return home. I hope this will happen within the next few years.

Adopt a Fur Baby – Adopted Athena in 2018

Athena is quietly napping as I write this. She’s a sweetheart and defies any stereotypes about cats. As much as I would love another pet, Athena is a kitty who loves the spotlight. I’m afraid if we introduce another animal, Athena wouldn’t react well. I don’t want to adopt an animal I can’t care for. Athena may be our one and only for a while.

Accomplishing two out of my three original items on my list is a great feeling. Leaving the country is still a non-negotiable for me as I want to ensure this happens. I understand being a parent doesn’t mean you can’t still go out and do things, however, priorities shift and I don’t want to feel I missed out on something because I had kids. I wanted to share my updated list down below:

Travel Outside the United States

Buy a House

Since me and my husband are putting our Europe travel plans on hold, we may begin the house-hunting process a little bit earlier. I don’t want a huge house, as I think a house should feel cozy. I would like a yard along with a two-car garage. Other than that, I’m trying to keep an open mind when we go house hunting.

Besides the above two goals, I don’t have anything else I feel like I need to do before having kids. Now that me and my husband are married, this a precious time in our relationship where we can do what we want whenever we want. Me and my husband will decide when we are ready to shift our priorities to expand our family.

C2E2 x3

Last weekend, I went to C2E2, a comic book convention in Chicago. I’m fortunate because one of my best friends from college lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, so I can stay with her while I attend the convention. C2E2 is one of the most enjoyable conventions I attend because I find that this con is organized, there’s a lot to do and see, and I always seem to run into someone I know.

Captain Marvel Cosplay – C2E2 2021

Getting to C2E2 can be a trek. Driving in Chicago can be one of the more stressful cities to drive in. I have never driven downtown and I don’t plan to. Instead, I like to take advantage of Chicago’s public transit system. Beginning the journey, I drive about twenty-ish minutes to one of the stops on the Blue Line running to O’Hare International Airport. After reaching downtown, I have to get off and switch to the Green Line which runs to McCormick Place where C2E2 is always held. In total, it’s about two hours for me to navigate to C2E2 although it’s always worth it because this way I can relax before attending the con.

While meandering through the convention floor, I was able to meet two of my favorite artists in comics! The first was Jason Muhr who illustrates By the Horns one of my favorite comic series released this year. I was able to connect with Jason as he told me what inspired him to become invested in this comic series. The next artist I met in person was Kami Garcia, the author of the Teen Titans Young Adult graphic novels series. I read her Teen Titans: Raven graphic novel last year and I loved it! I picked up Teen Titans: Beast Boy which Kami graciously signed. Kami also commented on my Captain Marvel cosplay I was wearing and recommended I check out the Margaret Stohl run of Captain Marvel. I’m still in awe thinking about how I met two artists who created work that I love.

Besides the comic conversations, I went to a panel called “The Five Things You Need to Know Before Creating a Comic Series”. I have no interest in writing a comic because reading comics is a big hobby of mine and I don’t want to ruin that. I went to the panel more out of curiosity. At the beginning of the panel, the moderator asked us where we were from. I shouted out Minneapolis because of my Minnesota pride. The couple behind me shouted, “Us Too”. I turned around and realized I recognized them through my work at Twin Cities Geek. It’s a small world. The panel was fascinating as far as what it takes to pitch a comic until it finally is released by a major publisher.

C2E2 is one of the best conventions in the US. It’s organized, features lots of cosplayers, and there always seems to be something for everyone. I’m sure I will keep attending C2E2 every year as I know I will always have a blast whenever I go.

Turning My Old Leggings Into a Crop Top

I’m not big into DIY projects. Anytime I have tried to do something crafty, it never turns out how I want it to. As I went through my closet, I found a pair of old leggings that I had no plans on wearing again. I was disappointed as I didn’t want to donate them. That’s when I turned to Pinterest for ideas. I found a video of how to turn an old pair of leggings into a crop top and I figured I had nothing to lose. I was planning on donating these leggings, so if I ended up ruining them, oh well. I’m so happy with how this turned out!

To turn my leggings into a crop top, all you need to do is cut out the crotch of the leggings. That’s it! I was in disbelief that there was no sewing involved. After following the video, I tried the new crop top on. I can’t believe this worked! I showed my husband what I did and he thought it was a legitimate shirt. The one caveat is this shirt is cropped. The shirt ends about an inch or two below my bra. As someone who has been consistently insecure with showing my stomach, I’m needing to go through my closet to find a pair of high-waisted pants to wear with the shirt.

Overall, I’m pleased with how this turned out. I never thought I could turn my leggings into something else I could wear.

Hiking Hills in San Fran

My “mini-moon” series is coming to an end. My first post was focused on the day trip to Disney, my second post was dedicated to LA, and now I’m writing about visiting San Francisco. While planning this trip, I didn’t know much about San Fran. I knew the Golden Gate Bridge was in San Fran, and there were hilly streets, but that was about it. My husband was adamant about spending a majority of our trip in San Fran and I was okay with that. Exploring San Fran was one of the highlights of our trip.

One of the first impressions that I had about San Fran was how walkable of a city it was. Me and my husband walked to a different coffee shop every day to get breakfast and relax before beginning our day. Our first day in San Fran included walking to the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building is a historic building in San Fran right along the pier. Inside, there were various coffee shops, cafes, and a bookstore. After the Ferry Building, we took an uber to see the houses in Full House. I never got into watching Full House when it aired in the 90s, so while I liked seeing the houses, I wasn’t blown away either. The houses themselves are neat because it fits into San Fran’s aesthetic with the hills and the houses planted on them. Now that I have seen them, I wouldn’t go see them again.

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is going to a local comicbook store and/or game store. After seeing the houses, we walked to a nearby comic book store with a neighboring game store. Comix Experience was the comic book store we visited. It was small shop with a surprisingly big selection of graphic novels. There was a labeled section for comics written by women along with a LGBTQIA+ section. I ended up purchasing the first volume of The Weatherman which I had my eye on for a while. After stopping by Comix Experience, we went to Gamescape which was right next door. This was a game store with a huge board game selection and specialized table for painting minis. I was running out of room in my suitcase, so I only purchased dice. Supporting local stores is incredibly important to me, so I wanted to make a purchase at both stores.

As we explored the various parts of San Fran, we stumbled upon a small museum highlighting cartoons. The Cartoon Art Museum is located near Fisherman’s Wharf and highlights the history of animation and comic art. While me and my husband were there, they had an exhibit about the history of Wonder Woman. There were several older Wonder Woman comics on display along with a prop from the Wonder Woman films. After pursuing the museum, me and my husband made our way to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is massive and it’s incredible that it has existed for so long. We walked the 1.7 miles on the bridge before finally settling on having a celebratory beer at a brewery.

On our final day in San Fran, my husband wanted to go to Alcatraz. Alcatraz is on an island, so we had to purchase our exhibit tickets which included the ferry to get there. Alcatraz was an infamous prison until it was shut down by Robert F. Kennedy in the 60’s because it was too expensive to maintain. Since then, Alcatraz has been historically restored and has become an exhibit to explore. When me and my husband arrived, we were handed a remote that had an audio tour. The audio tour was well worth it. It was easy to follow, and highlighted the experience of both the prisoners and the wardens. Visiting Alcatraz is something I would recommend while visiting San Fran.

I’m glad that me and my husband were able to go on a trip to celebrate our marriage. Europe is still the long-term honeymoon trip, although California allowed us to get away and became our first trip as a married couple. If you have ever been to LA, San Fran or California in general, I’d love to know how your trip went and what your thoughts were about these cities. Feel free to leave a comment down below.

Oh Hey LA!

Happy Monday! Before too much time passes, I wanted to write the second post in my “mini-moon” California trip series. My first post was about my trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. As someone who has never been to any of the Disney parks, I had a blast. Before visiting Disney, me and my husband took some time to explore LA and the surrounding areas.

When me and my husband landed in LA, I made a comment about how I didn’t realize LA was surrounded by mountains. That sounds like such something silly thing to say, but I genuinely was surprised. It makes sense considering the Hollywood sign is elevated. As me and my husband landed, we navigated to our hotel. The first place me and my husband visited was In-N-Out burger near Hollywood Blvd. I have never been to In-N-Out, so I never understood all the hype. In-N-Out was delicious! I never knew Banana peppers could appear on a burger. I’m a big fan. I will say I think the fries were okay, it was the burger that solidified In-N-Out’s status for me.

As we finished lunch, we took some time to wander Hollywood Blvd. Wandering through Hollywood Blvd was okay. Seeing the Hollywood stars were fine, but I found a lot of the stars were dirty, so they became hard to read. Additionally, it was extremely bright outside, so I found myself staring at the stars trying to read them. One highlight of Hollywood Blvd was the Funko Pop store. Me and my husband had a lot of fun roaming the store and taking pictures with the lifesize figures.

One place that my husband wanted to go see was the Griffith Observatory. It’s an observatory high above downtown LA and it’s a great place to take photos. The view was well worth the drive and the Uber cost to get there. Me and my husband took many photos and selfies with the Hollywood sign in the background.

Besides downtown LA, me and my husband took a trip to Santa Monica. Santa Monica was one of my favorite places to visit while staying in LA. Santa Monica pier is right along the Pacific Ocean and there’s so much to see. Me and my husband walked along the pier including taking a pit stop to drink some fruity cocktails. As me and my husband walked along the beach, I felt we could truly experience the California culture. There were skate parks everywhere, surfers carrying their surfboards, and street performers selling art or dancing to music. We took some time to watch the skateboarders and saw a kid who couldn’t have been older than six years old skating around. Santa Monica is easily a place I would love to come back to.

I’m glad I was able to visit LA and the surrounding cities. I will say, I enjoyed the surrounding cities more than LA itself. I do think part of that is because we visited more tourist spots in LA versus trying to find areas that were where more locals would hang out or recommend. If I were ever to go back, I’d like to stay in Santa Monica or not right in the heart of LA. My next post will be summarizing San Francisco and it will be the final post in my California “mini-moon” post series.

My First Trip to Disney

All last week, I was in California with my husband. While our full honeymoon trip will be to Europe sometime next year, we still wanted to take a trip to celebrate our marriage. As we were debating where to go, we decided on California because both me and my husband have never been. I plan on writing three posts for this trip: one for Disneyland, one for Los Angeles, and one for San Francisco. I decided to write about Disneyland first.

Growing up, my family never did a Disney trip. It was expensive and when my dad passed away, my mom had to focus on raising me and my brother. As such, a Disney trip was the least of our family’s priorities. When me and my husband planned a trip to California, I made it clear that I wanted to go to Disneyland. Me and my husband stayed in downtown LA, so we planned on taking the Amtrak train from LA to Anaheim. It was so slick. The Anaheim Union Station was only ten minutes from the park. We arrived at Disneyland around 8:15 AM to wait in line.

The first thing I noticed entering the park was the Spooky decorations. I was in love with all the pumpkin Disney characters that lined the park. Any Halloween enthusiast like myself would love the park during this time. Me and my husband ended up taking various selfies of the pumpkin characters as we didn’t want to wait in line for a professional photographer to take our picture. As we entered the park, we sprinted for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we wanted to do this first before it became busy.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was mesmerizing. Immediately upon entering the park, I ran to Kylo Ren’s TIE Echelon ship and forced my husband to take my picture. The ship looked like it came out of the movie and was on display at the park. After staring at Kylo’s ship, we meandered to the life-size Millenium Falcon. To no one’s surprise, I ran over to this ship and again politely asked my husband to take my picture. The Millenium Falcon ride was epic. We were with a family of four who fought over who got to pilot the ship, so me and Grant took the less coveted positions of engineer. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into making a realistic Star Wars theme park, and it shows.

As I walked around Disneyland, I was debating what I wanted to purchase as a souvenir. I had way too many t-shirts, and I wanted something that I could look at to reflect on my trip. I ended up settling on pins. At the Disneyland souvenir shops, they sell lanyards with collectible pins. Pin trading is a big deal where you can trade pins with people at the park. I liked the concept of this because I could hang my lanyard on the same hook as my other convention badges. I already had a special place in my head as to where this would go, so I knew this is what I wanted to purchase. I purchased pins that represented a movie or franchise that held a special place in my heart. This included pins from Hercules, Monster’s Inc, Belle, Star Wars, and Inside Out. Since getting home from our trip, the lanyard is exactly where I wanted to place it. I can look upon it and reflect on my time at Disneyland.

Once 1:00 PM hit, we were able to park hop over to the Disneyland California Adventure park. This park features the brand new Avengers Campus. One of my husband’s biggest complaints was not being able to buy a beer. However, once entering Disneyland California Adventure, we were able to purchase cocktails at Pym Test Kitchen. My husband was happy. Avengers Campus was fun! We didn’t ride any of the rides as the Guardian’s of the Galaxy ride was one of the drop rides and I’m not a fan of heights. We did get to see a brief show of Spider-Man climbing the buildings. I think Avenger’s Campus has a lot of potential to grow into something bigger than it is right now.

While Avenger’s Campus was neat, I did like Pixar Pier. Pixar Pier as it sounds is where most of the Pixar-themed rides are. The ride I see most often on social media is Toy Story Mania! where you sit in carts and shoot things. This was one of the longer waits we had for a ride, however, it was worth it. Of course, my husband scored more points than me. I blame this on his experience playing first-person shooters. Once we hit Pixar Pier, me and my husband were exhausted and soon after we ate, and left the park.

Disneyland was everything I hoped for it to be. It was seeing my childhood coming to life along with reminiscing on various Disney or Pixar movies that meant a lot to me when I was younger. I’m fortunate that after this long pandemic, Disneyland was my first trip out of 2020 and it was worth the wait.

Becoming a Bodmer – October 2nd 2021

Mitchell Ringness Photography

I wrote a post summarizing general life updates which included marrying my husband earlier in October. I wanted to lump everything wedding related into this one post versus writing multiple posts. If you’re more of a fan of my geeky content, this might be the post to skip since it’s more of a life update post. However, I was able to incorporate some geek aspects into our wedding.

Saturday was a partly cloudy day with 70-degree weather. Our party arrived at Four Daughter’s Vineyard & Winery at 10 AM. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on edge for most of the morning. Being a bride, I had gone through in my head what could go wrong. A vendor doesn’t show, a guest arrives who forgot to RSVP or I forgot to bring something to Four Daughters. As the morning went on, I started to feel at ease. The hair and makeup artists I picked did a great job. I went with PrimpedMN who specializes in onsight hair and makeup services. All my bridesmaids looked stunning. As we were getting ready, we were blasting music in the getting ready area while the hair and makeup team worked. The hair and makeup artist were dancing along and talking with us which helped create the fun getting ready environment.

Besides the hair and makeup team, our floral arrangements were fantastic. Fox and Fern Floral made floral arrangements that gave off a rustic feel. All the flowers were locally grown. Me and my husband aren’t huge flower people, so we didn’t want flowers everywhere. There was a floral arrangement on our arch that was so beautiful and helped create the Fall wedding I was dreaming of. All the wedding bouquets were beautifully arranged. My bouquet was huge! It got heavy carrying it after a while. Our florist did such a great job.

As the morning ticked by, it was time to get ready for the ceremony! I put on my dress and it fit perfectly. Our ceremony began at 3 PM and because the weather was nice, we set up in the middle of the vineyard. As I reminisce on this part of the day, I think about how it was a blur. I remember lining up with my brother as he was the one to walk me down the aisle. We waited for our special song and then we started to walk.

Our ceremony was about 10 – 15 minutes long. As me and my husband planned our script, we knew we didn’t want to stand in front of everyone for a long time. I have been a guest at weddings where the ceremony was 30+ minutes. I remember feeling impatient. I didn’t want my guests to feel this way plus short and to the point can be just as special as a longer ceremony. There was a brief hiccup in the ceremony regarding poem readings, but once we got through that, everything was smooth. Me and my husband kissed, signed the paperwork, and walked down the aisle hand in hand, ready to begin our lives together.

After the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour for our guests while we took pictures. It’s nice because Four Daughters has these garage doors that open out which allowed us to set up yard games and guests could wander the vineyard during cocktail hour. Once we finished pictures, it was time for the grand entrance. Me and my husband were adamant about doing the grand entrance. With some convincing, I was able to get my husband to agree to march into our dining hall with the Doctor Who theme song. When me and my husband first started dating, Doctor Who was the first show we watched together, so it has a special place in my heart. Once we sat down, dinner began.

The other highlight of our meal choices was the dessert! We went with Nothing Bundt Cakes I wanted cupcakes versus a wedding cake because I thought they were small and cute. We had several flavors including pumpkin, red velvet, vanilla, and chocolate. They were a hit. Everyone I talked to said the cupcakes were decadent. Cupcakes were the perfect choice in my book because we ordered enough where our guests could try multiple flavors. Plus we had a few kids at our wedding who would probably eat more than one.

Dancing began at 7 – 7:30 PM ish after me and my husband had our first dance. We danced to Everything I Need by Skylar Grey. My husband picked this song from the Aquaman movie with Jason Momoa which I felt was fitting for us since we are big DC Comics fans. The song was beautiful and our DJ did a great job at setting the tone. We went with Ever After Entertainment for our wedding. Brent was our DJ and he did a great job. Once our first dance was done, Brent continued the energy all night long. He even played a Harry Potter version of “Like a G6” because he knew how much I loved Harry Potter. He made our night extra special and took us into account when picking songs.

Throughout the night, we had a photo booth for guests to take pictures. Of course, I made sure to have Harry Potter specific props available. We even had late-night pizza prepared for the guests who stayed with us all night. Finally, the garage doors stayed open into the night so guests could cool off in between dancing. Once midnight hit, it was time to pack up and end the night. I remember going to sleep at 1:30 AM and having the best night of sleep in a long time.

My wedding was everything I wanted it to be. It was special for us and I’m glad our most important guests were able to attend. Me and my husband have been together for seven years, and now we start to celebrate our forever. I became a Bodmer on October 2nd, 2021 and I’m so glad I did.