Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SpongeBob DGAF

This is the fourth fifth sixth time I've started this post and then closed it because I feel so boring lately.  When I think about writing all the boring life stuff that's been going on I just can't help imaging everyone's reaction.

Seriously.  How do bloggers manage to make post after post?  Either their lives are far more exciting than mine or they just have a knack for making the mundane details far more interesting than they really are.

I hope it's the second but I strongly suspect it's the first. 

Which means I either need to get better at writing or start living a more exciting life.

I hope it's the second but I strongly suspect it's the first.

And now that I'm writing this, I feel very First World Problemy.  There's so much sadness in the world lately and I'm complaining about having nothing to write about on my internet diary.

OK, so.. in an effort to enrich my blog life, I am going to create a list of steps to help myself.

Nic's List to Live A Fuller Life
1. Go outside.
2. Stay outside longer than 15 minutes.
3. Stop avoiding people.
4. ?????
5. Profit!  

I'm going to start tomorrow.  Or the day after tomorrow.

Definitely the day after tomorrow.  Maybe.

You know what?  I'll let you know.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

I'll allow it..

So.. can I just jump in and pretend that it hasn't been over a YEAR since I last posted?

Yeah?  Awesome.

Honestly, you haven't missed much.  I had a great time in Vegas.  Wish I was there now, actually.  Christmas, New Years, my birthday.. all were good.  Nothing truly of note.

In May I auditioned for, and was accepted to, a very (very!) great acting studio for it's Summer Intensive program.  3 hour classes, 3 days a week with rehearsals in between each class.

It was.. well, it was intense.  But really good.  Really, really good.  I met so many incredibly talented people and my instructor was phenomenal.  Being surrounded by such talent is extremely inspiring.

Once the classes came to a close I had a final meeting with my teacher and I was invited back to continue with the studio!

During that time I also briefly dated a fellow actor for a few weeks.  But we just didn't fit together and ended things on a friendly note.

Other than visiting with new friends, meeting and building industry relationships, going to class and rehearsal, catching up with old friends from back home when they make their way through the city and trying to absorb everything I can.. That's about it.

I'm hoping to start writing and sharing more as the end of the year approaches.

I mean, I know it's technically the end of the year.. But Autumn always feels more like a new year than January 1st does.  The cold air makes everything feel fresh and new, doesn't it?

To me, anyway.

More soon, lovelies.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vegas countdown.

In just 5 weeks and 5 days, I will be boarding a plane to Vegas and I am SO excited.  I haven't been there since I was 16.

I know, right?  That barely even counts.

Though I did put a major dent in my credit card at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace.  

Also not me.

So.  Since I haven't been to Vegas since before I could legally drink.. Gotta do it right.  Right?

I'll be going Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd!  Halloween weekend!  Though, to be perfectly honest, that wasn't really my doing.  My friend's husband and his best friend (also both friends of mine) are turning 30 right around that time.  So, a big group of us are going.  Costumes required, of course.

We'll be staying at Treasure Island and partying it up at.. Actually, I don't know.  Everywhere?  Also, booking through Expedia, I got two free tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Mystere show.  Which sounds fun, but with a group of 10, what am I supposed to do with just 2 tickets?  Ah well.  Maybe I'll meet some gorgeous hunk and take him along.  

A girl can dream.

After getting my flights and room all booked, next step was to decide on a costume.

The hostess of the trip wanted all the girls to do a theme with their costumes.  Not my first choice, but I can turn anything slutty, so I was OK with it.  

Hostess really wanted to be a mermaid, so I was all, hey, why not do (slutty) Disney princesses then?  She was excited about that and put it to the other girls.

So far we have Ariel, Snow White, Pocohontas and me, Belle.  

I'm almost always Alice in Wonderland (though she's not technically a princess) or an AiW character, but I decided to bite the bullet and go as my favorite this year. 

Thankfully, Halloween costume sites have a love affair with slutty "storybook and princess" characters, so it wasn't hard to find a selection.

This is the costume that I liked the most, though I'll spend a few days perusing to see if any more pop up.

Throw on some elbow length gloves, hooker heels and fishnets and it'll be properly Vegas-ified.

I can't wait!

Diet: Down 10 lbs (started Sept 1st, but not in earnest until about 6 days ago when I was all Holy Shit!  I only have 6 more weeks until I have to squeeze my ass into a tiny ass-showing costume).  So, I buckled down.  Threw out my junk food, sugar, soda, and booze.

OK, that's a lie.  I drank all my booze.  But it's gone, so same thing.

Fun Booze free: 6 days.  Sigh.

Til next time.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Benzi chibna looble bazebni gweb.

It's been far too long.

And yes, I know.. I always say that.  But it's true.  

Problem is, I just don't have shit to write about.  I really don't.  It's been all the same. 

Hang out with friends, meet people, visit family, catch up on fave shows, walk the pups, be embarrassed by the pups, vow to never take the pups in public again, hang out with friends..

Same ol', truly.  And not even good same ol'.  Boring same ol'.

But.. as a lack of anything better to write..

AND.. well, let's face it.. I'm not sure if I could help myself..

Today is September 1st, 2014.  Which means.. 

In reality.. I have some MAJOR reservations.  Enough that I almost didn't buy the game at all.  Which would have been a first.  And not just a first.. but a first since February 2000.  

Yes, I have literally purchased every Sims game since it's inception.. before it's release (not counting SimCity).

And this was the first that I almost didn't.  

In fact, I didn't buy it until 2 days ago.  Which is the closest to the release date that I've ever purchased an installment.  

Not counting the midnight hard copy releases that I attended.  But that's neither here nor there.

Anyway.. As any serious simmer knows.. There's about 50+ features that The Sims 4 has left out.. including, but not limited to, toddlers, pools, cars, open world, customisable hair/clothing/furniture/worlds, etc.

EA and the TS4 team is hoping to make up for their shortcomings with their new Sim gameplay design.  

Apparently our sims are now going to have moods.  And feel things.  And be affected by their environment and music and shit.

Well, awesome.  I guess.  

That's the major improvement that EA has been spouting.

Which, honestly, is actually pretty awesome.

But not at the expense of customization.  Not at all.  If EA thinks that "feelings" will make up for the solid 25% or so (rough estimate) of gamers that play The Sims precisely for building, design and customizing.. Then EA is gonna have a bad time.

Myself, I've probably put in about 2 hours of time with the CAS demo (CAS = create a sim, for those that don't know) over 2ish weeks.  

That is not a good ratio.  

I could spend hours happily creating a new sim to play with for The Sims 3.  So many options.. So many choices.. So many things to play with and experiment and create..

But if the demo was any indication?  Not good.  I got so terribly bored with the 12 different hairs and set makeup choices and zero clothing patterns.. 

I mean, who cares if you can drag your sim's shoulders out to here and their thighs out to there if in the end you can't even give them the right hair color or pants?  

As for the other disappointments I've heard.. There is a loading screen (albeit short) between lots, no story progression whatsoever, only 25 lots in a neighborhood and those lots are not customisable at all, sims are only given 3 traits to start with, and there is nothing of TS3's expansions packs.

That means no traveling, pets, weather, magic, supernaturals, university or time travel.  Not that I was into the time travel, but still.

So, as of now, my expectations are about as low as can be.  It is now 29 minutes exactly until release and I am half excited and half dreading it.

Let's see what the next generation brings, shall we?  Here's hoping that it will come even a fraction close to what we have had with TS3.

Fingers crossed.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Sloppy Saturdays turn into Sorry Sundays.

Hoo boy, do they ever.

I hit up the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this past Saturday.  I've never been to Coney Island and I don't like parades.  Unless I'm watching them on TV with a strong drink in hand.

But I was promised that there are lots of boobs to gawk at so I packed up my ear plugs (for the screaming children) and my pepperspray (for the screaming children) and off I went.

The day was beyond gorgeous.  Sunny, no humidity and a breeze coming off the water.

When I got there, I realized that I've never actually touched the Atlantic ocean before.  I've seen it, of course.. I've stayed in Ft Lauderdale and Miami.. But I never touched it.  So that was the first thing I did.

Then I said, OK, that's enough.  Where's the bar in this place, anyway?

Taking in some of the Coney Island sights while trying to find a bar that wasn't packed.  Apparently, I wasn't the only one there that was just interested in boobs and booze.  Fuck the floats.

If this face doesn't scream "Trust me with your children!" I don't know what does.

Reason #1 of why I don't like parades.. People.  People everywhere

My friend and I made our way over to Tom's Coney Island where I made my first mistake.

Jolly Rancher with vodka gummy bears.  Omnomnom slurp.

Free vodka bears.  Mistake number 2.

A few jolly ranchers later and I was feeling no pain.  Or my face.

I can honestly say that I didn't see a single parade float.  Frankly, it was kinda hard to from the bar.  I did see quite a few interesting people though.


My favorite boobs mermaid.

All in all, I give it two very erect nipples.  A fun time was had by all.  Especially me.  Next year I plan on having my nipples out too.  Anyone care to join?


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In review.. Godzilla!

I will try to avoid major spoilers.

So.. big monsters that wreck shit and crush cities?  Sign me up.  I love that shit.

I was one of the 6 people that thought Pacific Rim was awesome.

And only slightly in part because of Charlie Hunnam.

Yes, Charlie.  Yes I do.

So, I had to see Godzilla, of course.  I don't even remember the Matthew Broderick version.  Other than I don't think we were supposed to root for Godzilla.

Whatever.  I love him.

Anyway, in this version we are given a chance to (appropriately) back Godzilla and his rampage through some 20 different cities.  

OK, it was like, 5.  Still.

The new and improved version opens with some idiots accidentally awakening some big prehistoric monster who isn't Godzilla which then awakens Godzilla who has come back to restore the natural balance by kicking Not Godzilla's ass back to the stone age.

The CGI was fantastic, Godzilla looked badass and cute at the same time.

I mean, just look at him.

Now, for the stuff I didn't like.

I couldn't bring myself to care for any of the main characters (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), except Bryan Cranston.  It's not that they were bad actors or anything, their acting was good, I just didn't like them.  They lacked star power or something.. they just failed to pull me in to their stories.  Taylor-Johnson and Olsen did have good chemistry between them though.

Also, there were almost no women in the cast except for one female scientist and the main character's wife.  Couldn't they have thrown in a woman or two in the military?  There was a lot of military but I didn't see a single female with a gun.  Hmph.

My biggest complaint though was the destruction and fighting scenes.

Now, when I go see a monster movie, I wanna watch some wreckage and buildings getting thrown around and people stomped on.. all before leading up to the BIG END FIGHT.

Godzilla definitely fell short on this aspect.  The monsters clash from about an hour in and they take the fight all around the country (oddly though, not in NYC, a favorite city for movie demolishing).

Except we didn't see any of it.  Until the big fight at the end, the only destruction and fights between the monsters are played out on news reports behind the characters or through a closing door or blurry goggles.  

We do see the aftermath in the cities, but that was about it.

The big fight at the end was good though.  And I liked how it ended (it couldn't have ended any other way, I think).

IMDB gives the movie a 7.4/10 rating and I agree.  A solid 7.

So, there ya have it.  Go see it and root for Godzilla.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

30 + 1

So, I haven't much to say.. Other than an update on my Project 365.

 I have 2 pics so far.  Two very lovely pics. 

Or, at least, I think so.

I drank the wine.. skipped the chips.  Dammit.
Project 365 #1

Beautiful gift from my popsy.  LOVE it.
Project 365 #2