Monday, August 26, 2013

A little personal insight

If you could go anywhere, where would that be - the shop down the street, your favorite restaurant, a cruise, a foreign country, space or another planet? I am talking about really pushing boundaries here. From a writers perspective, doing an exercise like this gets the creative juices flowing. But thinking about how far you would push yourself if it were an option is something more people should think about. What would you do if you weren't scared to try? Since I am a Star Wars fan, I will quote Yoda here: "Do or do not. There is no try."

I've been on some cruises and I went to England on my own after college for two wonderful weeks. I don't enjoy flying but have flown alone and with a child. So, would I push myself and go to space? Maybe a visit would be nice, although that height thing might really bother me from outside the atmosphere!

Not sure why I asked myself this morning. But it's worth thinking about. How often do we contemplate the doing something out of our comfort zone? I have friends who don't travel because of the fear of getting lost. But to me, getting lost can be part of the adventure. We have such a safe society (relatively speaking) that I understand why there are the thrill seekers who bungee jump, climb mountains, participate in extreme sports, and so on. It's to feel alive. How often in regular every day life to we feel that sense of thrill or excitement? Most days the most exciting thing to happen to us is to avoid hitting something with the car.

All I'm saying is this - push yourself. Consider trying something that frightens you. Not that terrifying thing that would cause you to hide under your bed like a small child. But a small thing that is just a little frightening. You'll feel better for it. You might discover something of yourself. At least you'll know if you can push your limits farther or if staying safe is your ideal. Get out of the comfort zone once or twice and you might just surprise yourself. I've done it. I drove across the country with just my daughter and a cat and I enjoyed the trip. Yes, there were boring stretches and times I didn't want to think of getting back in the car. But it was an experience and I saw things and places I might not ever have seen.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Etsy shop back online

Last night I decided to restart my etsy shop. Now that I'm back in Florida, I can sell my things that have been packed away for a year and a half. I've missed crafting and can now get back to doing something I love! Of course, my craft room is still a mess and needs massive reorganizing and clearing but I'm working on it! I only have the plastic canvas gift boxes on etsy right now - they're the first things I came across. I realized I don't have a complete set of them - there are supposed  to be 12 in all - one for each month. But I think three were sold and I didn't get around to replacing them, so there's a project for me. The October box is one of the missing ones, so I guess that will be the first one I make. Hopefully my sales this time around will be better because we could really use some extra money.

I am planning on a yard/garage sale in a few weeks to clear out some of the doubles from having the house here and the apartment in California. And there is furniture we don't need or use or want that we are going to sell. There's a bedroom set, a dining/patio set, and perhaps some odds and ends furniture - not sure. Do I want to try to sell a complete 8 piece bedroom set at a garage sale or sell it online with photos? It's solid oak and made in southern Pennsylvania - don't think it's Amish but it is good workmanship.

It really isn't fun trying to sort through boxes and find supplies and get organized. Like my daughter says, "Why can't it do itself?" She hates homework. This is my homework. She has to go to school and I get to organize a house. I've got paint colors decided on, except for the living room. The original color we liked was a shade of green but now that color looks like pea soup and not appealing. I think green will still be nice in the living room, but I have to work on a new shade.

Monday, August 12, 2013

San Diego Comic Con 2013

This post is over due - going to Comic Con then moving across country then shipping husband off overseas and starting child in 3rd grade in the course of 2 weeks is an exhausting endeavor!

So here I am, 7 year old is in school, husband is somewhere in Africa, and I am adjusting to life back on the east coast.

We arrived at Comic Con on Saturday night. I got tickets to see Serenity at Petco Park (the baseball stadium). We took a shuttle bus from our Holiday Inn to the convention center and was astounded by the amount of people. It took 15 minutes before the bus was able to pull up so we could get off. We saw Lou Ferigno walking on the sidewalk as well as some amazing costumes. Small child, hubby, and I got off the bus and moved to the side to decide our next course. We were standing there maybe 5 minutes when someone called hubby's name. It was a coworker. What are the odds? If we'd planned it, it wouldn't have worked out that well.

So we trekked our way through the crowd to the stadium to wait in line. I learned that most of Comic Con is waiting in lines. We saw some pretty amazing sites outside of the con, while waiting in that line. At last we got in to the stadium, found a nice spot on the grass in the outfield, and waited for the movie. There was a rope line between the crowd and the screen and after dark, a man with a beard (I didn't recognize him but later learned it was Zachary Levi) did cartwheels in front of the screen. This was the inauguration of movies at the Park. Shortly after he introduced the movie, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk came out and spoke a bit about Serenity and then for about the first 10 minutes of the movie, did an awesome MST3K.

Seeing Serenity in the Park, with the sounds echoing off the stands was mind blowing. I mean, how often do you get to see a movie in a baseball stadium? Let alone sitting on the field???

The movie ended, we all applauded and started filing back though the tunnel. Up above us on a balcony was Mr. Fillion interacting with the crowd. He waved, threatened to dive into the crowd - of which we offered to catch him (he was 4 or 5 stories up), and seemed really happy to be speaking to his fans. Our small child (who was perched on hubby's shoulders) called up to him, "I love you Cap'n Mal!" to which he replied, "I love you, too, small child I cannot see." We had our nerd-gasm and walked out the gates.

We trekked back to the busses (it now being 11:30 pm) and back to our hotel.

The next morning, we got up, had breakfast and shuttled back to the convention center. The line to get our badges was amazingly fast. We got our swag and headed down to the exhibition hall. I must say - having been to GenCon, I was expecting something big. This was bigger than I even imagined, and I'd seen the map, photos, and video footage. And the number of people! Woah!

So we had a list of booths we wanted to visit so started circling our way through the rows of exhibitors. We made it over to the Quantum Mechanics booth where I knew John Barrowman had been doing autographs all weekend, unsure what his schedule was. We saw him, got photos with him and autographs from him. To start the day with him was just amazing. It was all just walking around seeing cool stuff and enjoying being at Comic Con. I'm sure we missed some awesome things. We went passed the Marvel booth where Tom Hiddleston was signing autographs and the line was so long we didn't stop. There was something going on  at the CBS booth but we were on the wrong side to see what it was. All of it was mind blowing.

Now that we've been to Comic Con - we have the chance to go again when pre-registration starts. There are so many people and it is so crazy, but everyone is a geek/nerd and it's like being surrounded by one hundred thousand friends. Just too amazing!