Speed and Adventure Friends Journey Through Animal Kingdom

NANTS INGONYAMAAAAA bagithi baba, (sithi uhm ingonyama~)

Guess which park we’ll be visiting today! If you guessed Animal Kingdom, you’re correct! I wonder what gave it away…

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BLACKPINK IN MY AREA! (Chicago, April 24, 2019)

Blackpink was in my area last week! Katie, Matthew, and I got General Admission floor tickets to mosh in the pit of Blinks (their fanclub: BLackpINK, get it?) at Allstate Arena.

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Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….


Speed and Adventure Friends Drink Around the World (at Epcot)


You read that title right! On day two we were off to Epcot to attempt the unofficial “Drinks Around the World” challenge. (more…)

Speed and Adventure Friends Go to Magic Kingdom


The long awaited photos! And our long awaited trip to Walt Disney World! Matt has been waiting years to do a big group trip and we finally made it happen. (more…)

wndr, a concept

a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.



May the 4th 2017

Happy Star Wars Day!


This time last year I was just starting to learn how to wield a lightsaber properly. (more…)

I don’t even like STAR WARS

A buddy of mine saw Kylo Ren take his shirt off in the shower. And he said that Kylo Ren had an eight pack. That Kylo Ren was shredded.”



Batgirl of Burnside

Six months out from Halloween and it’s that time of year again! When I am both excited for this year and reminiscent of the past year.


Here are some collectors’-baseball-card-type photos of my costume last year, Batgirl of Burnside.

(Please ignore the wrinkles in my cape. It was folded and, as it is made of pleather/vinyl, can’t be ironed easily.)

I am on no level of making an entire a jacket but I am adept at hammering snaps, making capes (♥), and sewing unlined belt pouches 🙂

The highlight of creating this costume was the Batgirl cowl. Most of my time was spent drafting a pattern onto a plaster cast of my head (thanks Matthew and Christian for plastering up my face and blowdrying me for hours! ♥), using almost an entire roll of painter’s tape and craft paper, and then GESSO and SANDING.




Here are a few BTS photos of the process, if you were interested. The cowl is made of Worbla with layers upon layers of gesso, and finally a coat of black acrylic paint.

As I said, I am very excited for this year’s costume! So where will the Force guide me? 



Fine Drinks, Fine People


Miraculously, I have quite a few photos from our group gathering Thursday.


We met for dinner and drinks at Bottlefork for Eve’s birthday. It’s a miracle because I had actually ordered a drink (fine, Eve and I shared), drank my drink, and then went on to sample everyone else’s drinks. Lots of drink for Fanny.


Drinks consumed are as follows: Look Out Below; Smoke of the Day; Fine Feathers, Fine Birds; For the Allocation; Prescriptions Sazerac; and a surprise flaming Hot Cocoa Azteca for the birthday girl.


We also ordered lots of food to share, with the “Bag” of Crisps + Egg and Creamed Kale being sleeper hits.


Gilbert being Gilbert took some convincing to try the creamed kale (“It has BACON in it!”) and ordered a third burger for himself.



I’m glad everyone was able to make it out (can you imagine the scheduling it takes for a group 7 people with varying levels of career and modes of transport?) and seemingly enjoyed themselves quite well!


Happy birthday, Eve!


May your future hold many more small (and safely contained) celebratory flames.


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