National Dog Day!

Hi everyone! Do you know what today is? It’s National Dog Day! So I’m going to take the opportunity to tell you all about my canine companions and help to spread the word about this day for our best friends!

Max at 8 weeks old!

So this is Max, he was my old guy. He passed a couple years ago at the age of 15.  He was a purebred Siberian Husky. My dad used to breed them so after we moved away from Kentucky and our previous dogs died (one from Cancer, the other got hit by a car) we got Max. This guy escaped I don’t know how many times. He ate birds and he peed in the house but he was the friendliest dog and he loved everybody.  Unless you messed with his food. Then he hated you. He was also terrified of storms, so much that even when he was old the sound of thunder and rain would wake him up in the middle of the night and my mom would have to camp out in the living room with him so he wouldn’t be scared. I jumped out in front of a car to save him, and we pretty much grew up together.

We got him when I was ten years old, and he died when I was twenty five.

It broke my heart to put him down but we did the thing that was best for him, I guess. He was like my furry brother, my baby. Everything. He would sit with me outside while I did my homework, he played tag with me and when he was older and couldn’t get around as much, I slept in the room next to him and was often up with him several times a night. When we were younger, there were times when I would wake up late at night and listen to him howl. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I had ever heard.

I have his ashes in a nice urn on my desk, and every so often he will visit me in my dreams. He drove me crazy (if you have a Siberian, you understand. lol) but he was the love of my life. I hope to have another red and white someday~

 

The second is my dog, Maggie.

Maggie is my Chow/Shepherd mix.  I got her from a shelter when she was 6 months old. Her previous owner abandoned her after owning her for a few months and I’ve had her now for about 5 years. She’s super smart but she has some issues. I think she’s more of a one person dog, so I can’t wait to have a place where she can stretch her legs and not worry about other dogs being around so much.

I call Maggie my shadow, because she is usually at my heels and when she isn’t, she’s not that far away. I got Maggie at a time when I needed her the most and she needed me, and in a way she helped me to heal during a difficult time. She’ll be making a move to England with me next year!

Want to know more about National Dog Day? You can visit their Official Website to find out and learn about what makes this day so important!

So, give your best friend a hug, throw a ball, take out their favorite brush and scratch them in that place just behind the ears while they curl up and watch TV with you! Let’s show some appreciation for our four legged soul mates!

O Captain! My Captain!

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O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

-Walt Whitman 1865


This past Monday, a great man passed away. My idol, Robin Williams, is no longer here. All that remains are the movies with which I grew up, the many characters he played that inspired me and my generation to follow our dreams and embrace our unique selves.  We were artists of different creeds, but our goals were quite similar. He loved to make people laugh, to entertain them. He touched many lives and in his films he made a huge impact on the people who watched them, and to a young me who was a bit different from others, who wanted different things from many of her classmates and family members, they stuck with me for a long time.  I too hope to one day inspire people, touch their lives in some way, and leave my mark upon the world. I aspire to be like this man who I never met, but whose influence kept me going.

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I know I share the pain and sorrow that everyone else feels, as if I’ve lost an Uncle who I rarely ever saw but who I cheered for on the sidelines. It was one of my childhood dreams to meet him, see his standup live, perhaps even a chance to work with him if my comics or stories were ever adapted into movies. But this weekend will be spent watching the movies I loved most, and playing Ocarina of Time probably won’t be the same without thinking of his daughter Zelda and her family. To be honest, finding out that he loved the Zelda games made me feel even cooler~!

But since my chance has passed, I will leave this here as evidence, in his honor.

Dear Robin Williams,

I have no personal stories to share. I have no mahogany desk to stand upon, no candle to light on your behalf, and I have no heart felt wisdom and wit to offer. But I have one portrait of a madman who once told me “You’re only given one spark of madness. You musn’t lose it”.  I have learned in this past week how generous a man you were; how kind, how loved.  And I wish you could have seen the amount of appreciation and admiration your fans, friends, and family had for you. Though you did not know me or my family, you brought so much laughter and light into our lives. I hope that wherever you are now, you see that, and you can finally be free.

Depression is real. Mental Illness is real. Even though the world had to lose a wonderful person just to see that, it is a lot smaller now that you are gone.

O Captain! My Captain!

Rest in peace, old friend.

 

 

MCM Expo 2014

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Hi there, internet!  I am blogging again!

So, a couple weeks ago I came back from England, where I attended my first overseas comic expo!  It was really cool, there were tons of vendors, gaming, and cosplayers! There were tons of great artists in the artist alley too! I meant to do a solid review of it once I had come back, but time got away from me. Maybe next time!

So for now, have some photos of cosplayers that I took!

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One of my friends cosplayed as a character from Journey!

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 There were quite a few great Zeldas too!

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Along with centers where you could line up to play upcoming games, there was a booth where a local animation school was showcasing work they had done for movies. They had a demo reel and that cool looking guy there!

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  As for the others, there were a few Jacks, a couple Toothless, but I only saw one Hiccup.

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Probably the best SnK cosplayers I’ve seen at a con yet.

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Jamie Hewlett… I see your art there!!!

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Dennis (my fiance) hangs out with the 7th Doctor~

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  I was pretty excited to see a lot of Vocaloid cosplayers as well, but not more excited to see them than I was to see my favorite character, No Face.

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There were a lot of great artists as well. They were all very professional and we had some good chats with a few of them. I collected a lot of prints and business cards, and we bought a few comics as well. I was very inspired by their effort and their skill.

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Overall I had a great time! I was a bit overwhelmed by the crowds of people, and there was so much to look at that I kept re-tracing my steps to see what else was around. Most cons I am used to attending different panels and events, but this expo was made up of everything I was looking for. So, naturally I made sure to visit as many booths as possible. Hopefully one year I’ll be able to have a table there as well.

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That’s it from me!  じゃね See you guys again soon!

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