In just a couple of short days, we'll be saying au revoir to 2012 as the clock ticks down and celebrating the arrival of 2013. Some will be toasting with champagne, others will be setting off fireworks, and some others might just sleep through it. Me? I'll be in New York City for New Years- something I'm very, very excited for!
What can I say about 2012? It was the year that completely changed my life, in more ways than one. I met new people, I made new friends, I traveled to new places (and some not-so-new places), I got a puppy who never ceases to amaze me with his very unique personality and his unfaltering love and devotion, and after many late nights studying while consuming unhealthy amounts of coffee- I graduated college in the Spring- finally obtaining my degree in Paralegal Studies. A long overdue personal victory.
2012 proved to be the year I was ultimately tested, as well. My life as I knew it came to a halt, and nearly collapsed around me when my father abruptly and unexpectedly passed away in July. We were peas in a pod, the two of us. I considered my dad one of my best friends. Not a day goes by where I don't think of him and miss him. Some days certainly harder than others, but I'm getting there. It helps to have the support system I've been blessed with. My friends, relatives, and co-workers have been so amazing and helpful as I move forward towards a new life without my dad in it. I couldn't do it without them.
I had said it in a recent entry, but in the wake of my father's death, I gained a new perspective in life. I re-evaluated my priorities and realized what was truly important to me. I made new goals for myself, I developed new dreams and aspirations. I want to continue to make my father proud, wherever he is. I want to take the lessons he taught me in life and use them to push myself forward.
I love you, dad. Always. Thank you. For everything.
I am forever an optimist, and I'm going into 2013 with my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. My resolutions for 2012 got a little sidetracked, what with everything that happened over the Summer and my schedule getting a little crazy near the end of the year, but I've revised and rewritten some resolutions for the new year that I am determined to stick with:
1. GET BACK INTO SHAPE: After my dad died, I let myself go. I stopped working out, I ate whatever I wanted, and my sleeping patterns became completely irregular. Some nights I'd sleep a full eight or nine hours, and other nights I'd be lucky to get three or four hours of rest. The worst part? You can tell. I'll be the first to admit I'm out of shape and that even on my best days, no amount of concealer can cover the dark circles under my eyes. In 2013, I plan to restart my healthy dieting and fitness regime, as well as get my sleep patterns under control- and reclaim my bangin' figure.
2. GET ORGANIZED: I keep the inside (and usually the outside, depending on the elements) of my car in immaculate condition. Same thing with my office at work. Everything has a place. Everything is frequently dusted and polished and easy to find. My room and my closet, on the other hand, look like someone dropped a bomb in them. I'd like to get myself organized, and not just in my car or at work, but everywhere. I want to tidy things up, get things sorted out, and most importantly- keep it that way.
3. GET MY TATTOOS: I am currently tattoo-free, but have been slaving away over two designs for the past few months that I want inked onto my body at some point in the coming year. Both designs are discreet., since I have to keep my work appearance in mind. One is in memory my father. One is a homage to my love of the sea. I have the parlor, and even the artist, selected- it's just a matter of making the time, and preparing for the pain.
4. GO ON A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP: I had written over the Summer how I wanted to go on a road trip across the country, taking the historic Route 66, to Santa Monica and back. I have been actively planning the trip in my free time, settling on leaving in July or August. It's just a matter of time & money management, and research into sight-seeing along the way at this point.
5. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE: My Spanish is atrocious (two years of shoddy high school Spanish classes will do that to you) and the small amount of French I can speak is barely understandable. In 2013, I want to learn another language. I may not be able to speak it fluently come this time next year, but it'd be nice to be able to say more than just a couple of broken sentences here or there.
6. LOSE THE STRESS: When my dad was first diagnosed with cancer back in 2011, I experienced a series of panic attacks and fainting spells since I was constantly worried about him. I was told by a Doctor that I was suffering from "Hyperventilation Syndrome" (HVS), which I know sounds like a made-up disorder or disease, but is actually a very real, very scary thing. The only way to rid yourself of it is to basically chill the fuck out and take a deep breath. After my dad's successful surgery and his early stages of recovery, I, myself, began to recover- my anxiety and panic attacks becoming less and less frequent.
Sure enough, after his death, they came back full force, and have stayed with me, occasionally springing up unexpectedly, usually at inconvenient of times.
In 2013, I'm going to be participating more in meditation and yoga- two ways to calm my mind and body- in the hopes that I'll be panic attack free by 2014!
Those are the "Big 6" resolutions. There's some other ones scattered around on my list, but these ones seem like the most realistically attainable. I'm sure I'll add more as the year goes on.
And now, the headlines/pop culture junk/tidbits that made up 2012.
Here's your "Year in Review":
Looking back on some of 2012's biggest news stories, it's both eerie and disturbing that many of them involve mass shootings and/or gun violence. From the rampage in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises", to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and most recently the shooting of four fire-fighters in Webster, New York. The calculated nature of these crimes, and the still emerging details of the mental illness(es) the shooters suffered from, has sparked numerous gun control debates and calls for action in providing more adequate care for the mentally ill. Hopefully, there will be some much needed changes in 2013 to help prevent future tragedies of this caliber.
The 2012 Summer Olympics shattered ratings records with it's too-close-to-call competitions, awe-inspiring athleticism, and elaborate, hugely entertaining opening and closing ceremonies. A 100-foot tall inflatable Voldemort being defeated by an army of Mary Poppins? Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles? James Bond AND The Queen? Good luck topping that one, Rio.
Theatrics aside, stand-out stars like Gabrielle Douglas and Kayla Harrison (and who could forget McKayla Maroney's infamous "unimpressed scowl"?) captured our attention and our hearts with their victories- and made some of us want to hit the gym a little harder than usual.
Your personal musical preferences aside, there was no escaping 2012's biggest singles: PSY's "Gangnam Style", Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe". Within days of the videos premiering, countless covers and parodies went viral and stayed strong for MONTHS.
Even when you thought you'd snap if you heard any of the songs ever again, you couldn't help but sing and dance along.
Science geeks and space enthusiasts everywhere let out a shriek of delight when NASA's Curiosity Rover successfully landed on Mars back in August to do extensive research into the geology and climate of the planet. The pictures, like the one above, offer a glimpse into the surface and terrain of Mars. Still no sign of aliens as of yet- but there's still time.
During the last election, I didn't think anything could get any crazier than John McCain's "Maverick" approach, or anything that came tumbling out of Sarah Palin's mouth- but in 2012 I was pleasantly surprised, and rewarded, with the absolute batshit insanity that came from the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan camp. Their views on women, the middle class, and their plans for the economy and job creation all but sealed the re-election for Obama. Still, things like the Clint Eastwood v. Invisible Obama train wreck, and Romney's "Binders Full of Women" blunder, were entertaining in the depressing sort of way, to watch unfold.
Closing out the year's big stories was Hurricane Sandy. Since the super-storm hit the Northeast with a vengeance, the outpouring of support from across the nation and throughout the world, which included benefits like the 12/12/12 concert and telethon, and the stories of neighbors helping each other- have been tremendous and powerful. While many areas are still recovering and rebuilding, much like New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina, I'm confident they'll persevere and come back stronger than ever.
You just don't fuck with New York City or Jersey. They're tenacious.
- HONORABLE MENTIONS -
Karen Klein & The Bus Bullies: When a video of then 68 year old Karen Klein, a bus monitor in New York, being tormented by a group of obnoxious Jr. High students on their ride home from school went viral, it sparked a national outrage. In the video, Klein is reduced to tears after scathing remarks, and some physical contact, from a handful of 7th grade boys.
As a result, the kids caught on film were punished accordingly (being suspended for a full academic year and ordered to perform community service), and Klein used the spotlight, and the money raised by supporters from all corners, to start the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, putting a positive spin on a bad afternoon.
Magic Mike: I'm not being biased. I swear. My undying love for Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello aside, Magic Mike was the underdog movie of the Summer that ended up surprising everyone when heterosexual women and gay men everywhere flocked to see some skin. The movie did have it's share of criticism, mainly from insecure men and timid women who were hell bent on shaming the rest of us for being vocal about our desire to see hot guys in thongs- but all their words were forgotten the second Alex Pettyfer popped his shirt off.
I hear there's going to be a sequel. Thank you, God. Thank you so much.
Replacement Refs: I'm from New England, and almost everyone here is sports oriented. It's sort of hard not to be, so when the NFL was at odds with it's regular officials, EVERYONE was talking about the bad calls by clearly clueless replacement referees spectators of the games, and the players themselves, were forced to suffer with during the labor dispute.
The frustration reached it's critical point during a Packers/Seahawks game in Seattle, where a bad game-ending call nearly led to rioting in the streets. A deal was worked out with the regular officials shortly thereafter.
50 Shades of WHAT THE HELL: I think most anyone that reads this knows that "Twilight" is awful. Anyone who doesn't has clearly missed my past entries where I've openly mocked the book and movie series for it's, well, awfulness. The only thing worse than "Twilight" is "Twilight" fan-fiction, and the only thing worse than "Twilight" fan-fiction is someone getting a book deal out of writing "Twilight" fan-fiction. Enter E.L. James, a "Twilight" fan who struck gold when her poorly written, unimaginative S&M laced fan-fiction trilogy, the main characters names being changed accordingly to avoid copyright issues, became a page turner for bored housewives everywhere.
The books are apparently being turned into movies, meaning that the suffering didn't end with the recent release of the last "Twilight" movie.
The Mayans' "End of the World" Prophecy: Much like the anticipated "Rapture" last year, the Mayans' tentative date to the end of the world, December 21st of this year, left us all a little underwhelmed. No volcanic explosions. No gigantic tidal waves swallowing entire countries. No John Cusack making ridiculous faces (well, he may have at some point during the day- but I didn't see it.) Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.
And there you have it- 2012. Another one for the books.
Some of you already know, but now seems like a good time as ever to announce it officially- but this will be my last entry here at "The Girl with the Curls". No, I'm not moving to Siberia or quitting the internet (Tumblr won't allow it)- but what I AM doing is moving to a new blog and web address! It's been an incredible four years sharing my life here, but as I grow and transition, especially after this past year, I wanted to start fresh with a new blog that better reflects the person I am now, and the person I'm becoming.
I'll post the web address when I come back from NYC, since the new blog launches on the 1st of 2013-and I hope you'll all enjoy reading it as much as I will undoubtedly enjoy writing it!
Happy New Year, everyone! See you all soon!
And in closing, here's a clip I took of The Killers performing the "Cheers" theme song during their show last week in Boston. They were incredible, as always.
What a strange and somber week these past few days were, especially with it being Christmastime. My friend from high school lost her three year old daughter after a long, courageously fought battle with cancer on Wednesday night, and then the horrifying and senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday had everyone reeling.
While gun control policies and the current state of mental healthcare have been debated non-stop on the news and on social networking sites for the past 48 hours, everyone eager to weigh in on problems and solutions, emotions and tensions running high, it's important to reflect on the lives lost and what we can do to better the world we live in. It sounds cliche, even corny, but it's true. No parent should ever have to bury their child. No child should ever be taken from this world so young, and so horrifically. Not at Christmas. Not now. Not ever. My heart goes out to my friend from high school, to the parents in Newtown who lost children, to the family and friends of the faculty who died while trying to protect their students. They are all in my thoughts and prayers.
On a more personal note, but related to loss: After my father died so abruptly, so unexpectedly, in July- it really put a lot of things into perspective for me. We always say "life is short," but unfortunately we don't really feel it, believe it, until something tragic happens. Things that were once so important to us seem so trivial and insignificant after experiencing a loss, and the things we once took for granted obtain a newfound appreciation.
Two things I've learned and have been doing my best to practice and improve upon in recent months:
1. Be good to each other. Even if you don't particularly like someone, be good to them anyway. You never know what they've been through, or what they're currently going through.
2. Appreciate the small things. Life is full of them, and a lot of them go unnoticed because we're too busy stressing over the big stuff.
I've made mistakes in my past. I've done and said things I'm not proud of, as everyone has, I'm sure- but what matters is moving forward. Moving forward with the lessons you've learned from the mistakes and the tragedies along the way and using them to better yourself and leave a good and lasting impression on the world and the people around you.
And despite the rift that gun control debates and mental healthcare debates have made in recent days, and the grief and shock that has gripped the world in the wake of such a tragedy, I think that's something everyone can agree on.
Life is short, afterall.
Sorry, this got a little preachy. I'll go ahead and step off my reflective soapbox.
I'm not sure how to close this entry, but I wanted to do it in a lighthearted way. In unrelated, Christmas news- I've been taking steps to feel a little more festive this year (my tree is finally set up and decorated! Gingerbread and peppermint everything!), but my favorite has to be the nail art I had done, a sequel of sorts to last year's candy cane themed manicure:
(The dinner spread at my mom's house yesterday. HOLY HELL.)
I spent Thanksgiving in the company of family this year: my mom, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Admittedly, the day was a little weird at first without my father there to talk to and laugh with (yesterday was my first Thanksgiving without him), but I still had a really nice time. It just felt good to be in such good company all day.
I know I'm a day late, but I thought it'd be nice to list some of the things I'm thankful for this year because if the past few months have done anything, it's help put things in perspective for me.
1. I'm thankful for the family I stay in contact with: I'm estranged from a good chunk of my family by my own choice. It's nothing personal to them (not anymore, at least, and if they're reading this, I hope they know that any prior animosity and/or differences is water under the bridge as far as I'm concerned). I choose to keep to myself because it's the healthiest thing for me, and probably for them, too. That being said, the family I do see on a regular basis have been so unbelievably helpful and supportive while I transition into a new life without my father in it. I can't thank them enough for keeping his spirit alive and making sure I'm okay.
2. I'm thankful for my friends. All of them: Longtime friends and new friends, close by friends and far away friends alike. This year has really opened my eyes to just how fortunate I am to be surrounded, in the flesh and in spirit, by such great, diverse, interesting, and amazing people. It's a really incredible feeling to know that so many people have my back and care about me and the things going on in my life, good and bad. I wish I could properly convey my gratitude, because words on a blog just don't do it justice- but I love each of them so, so much.
3. I'm thankful for my career and my education: When I first started this blog, I was a miserable and unmotivated servant to the retail world. Two years ago, I decided to take the reins, go back to finally finish college, and get my degree so that I would never have to subject myself to another job that made me unhappy and didn't improve my financial situation. Around that time, I was also hired for a part-time position at a law firm, which quickly turned into a full-time position, and eventually blossomed into a legitimate legal career.
With my degree in hand, I recently added a position within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to my resume, and I couldn't be happier. I love what I do, I love the people I work with, and I'm financially secure and able to live comfortably- something I never thought I'd ever be able to do. I'm so grateful to my boss, who is truly one of the best attorneys, and one of the best people, I've ever had the privilege of meeting and working for.
4. I'm thankful for Oliver: They say when you adopt a pet, you should let the pet choose you, and not the other way around. Such was the case when I met Oliver in the Spring, and it was the closest thing to love at first sight I've ever experienced. I knew from the first time I laid eyes on him that he was MY dog, and he seemed to know right away that I was his mommy. No matter how bad my day is, how tired I am, how stressed- Oliver always makes it better.
5. I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with my father, and all the things I learned from him: We always think we have more time with the people we love, until we don't. I would give anything to have my father back here with me right now, but I try not to dwell on it. Instead, I look to the future, and I carry the lessons he taught me over the past 20+ years with me, because I know it'll only make me a better person. Be kind to others, be patient, stand up for yourself, stand up for what's right, don't take yourself too seriously all the time, laugh often, work hard, never give up, and don't ever settle on the easy route to anything you want in life.
2. White People Mourning Romney: I've had this bookmarked since Romney lost the election and the outraged Republicans and conservatives took to social networking to vent their anger and despair, but I never got around to posting it 'til now. It's unintentionally hysterical.
(Oliver experiencing his first snowstorm. I think he liked it.)
Hey everyone! It's been a crazy couple of weeks, hasn't it? I've been so busy with work, and preparing to embark on a new blogging project (which will launch in January of 2013, if the whole "end of the world" thing doesn't happen next month. Fingers crossed, and stay tuned!), that I haven't had a whole lot of time to give a proper update.
So what else is new?
Apart from the sorta' kinda' Nor'Easter we got last week, my boys Barack & Biden got re-elected for four more years! When the election results first started pouring in as the states finished up, it was a nail-biter, almost a little too close for comfort until the end, and I definitely felt the effects of staying up nearly all night to see Romney concede and Obama give a really incredible speech- but it was worth it.
And of course, the internet didn't fail to provide the best commentary during and after.
I unintentionally spent a week in San Diego. I mean, I had originally gone out there for a weekend, just to get away for a couple of days, but Hurricane Sandy hit, and she hit hard- and any and all flights home were cancelled, unexpectedly leaving me in the sunshine and sandy beaches for an extra few days. Not that I minded. The staff in my hotel and a couple of my friends out that way really helped out and looked out for me to make sure I was taken care of until it was safe enough for me to fly back home.
And although I was fortunate enough to miss Hurricane Sandy, people in parts of Jersey, Long Island, and NYC were hit unbelievably hard. Seeing the pictures and the footage of the damage and attempts at clean-up has been devastating- and even though it's been a couple of weeks, there are still a lot of people without power, heat, food, and clean water. Winter is coming (as evident by the snowstorm we just had), and they need as much help as they can get.
As always, The Red Cross has been reliable in providing supplies and shelter for those who have been affected in the disaster. There's also ways to help through Hope For New York and ways to register as a volunteer for relief through Team Rubicon.
Also, many animals have been displaced as a result of Sandy, and the good folks over at Dog Habitat Rescue are taking donations, and have some cats and dogs up for adoption who need good homes!
Any contribution, any donation, no matter how small- helps immensely!
Apart from those tidbits, it's been all work for me. With 2012 winding down in just a few weeks, I've been bracing myself for the final push of the year, preparing for the holidays and getting ready for 2013 (again, if that whole "end of days" thing doesn't happen)
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this blog for any significant amount of time that I am a connoisseur of all things horror. I love scary movies, television shows, video games, books, you name it.
Around this time back in 2009, I had posted an entry compiling some of my favorite Halloween-themed and horror movie clips- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Since then, there's been a lot of really good scary movies that have been released, as well as my re-discovering some old favorites that had been left out of my first collection.
I thought, with Halloween swiftly approaching, that I would re-visit some of my other favorites. As it was back in 2009, some of these clips may be NSFW due to gore, language, etc.
1. "What was that noi-- OH HOLY SHIT" (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003): I love Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It might very well be one of my favorite horror movie franchises. If I could be in any horror movie, I'd want to be in a TCM one. Leatherface/Thomas Hewitt is my favorite movie villain and murderous psychopath of all time.
Let's be honest, the original TCM is a classic, and is always a good time when you're in need of something creepy and disturbing to watch, but it was in need of a face lift. Especially after the bad taste the sequels left in your mouth.
Enter the 2003 remake, starring Jessica Biel and the scariest and funniest drill sergeants of all time, R. Lee Ermey, which refreshed the franchise and paved the way for the even better prequel, 2006's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" that starred one of my all-time favorites, Matt Bomer.
I digress, I remember seeing the remake in theaters with Sean, and the scene I linked to above, which is the first time we see Leatherface- made me jump so high off my seat. It was SO INTENSE. It still gives me chills to watch it.
2. "OH HELL NO" (Paranormal Activity 3, 2011): People give these movies a lot of shit, but I loved the first three (side note: I saw #4 last night in the theater. AWFUL.). They're well-shot, interesting, and depending on who you watch them with, can be a lot of fun losing your shit over.
In this scene taken from last year's third installment, the baby-sitter, who has just donned a sheet over her own head to tell the kids she's watching a ghost story, is doing homework after putting them to bed. The camera, set on an oscillating fan, captures a tiny figure wearing a sheet while standing near the bottom of the stairs. In the next shot, it's gone, and then moments later, it re-appears behind the baby-sitter.
After that? You'll just have to watch.
I was literally crawling up and over my seat at this scene.
3. "Jim's Revenge" (28 Days Later, 2002): One of the things I really liked about "28 Days Later" was that while zombies (or "infected", for those particular with the terminology) started off as the ultimate threat to the living, the danger eventually spread to include other survivors. In a post-apocalyptic world, when people are desperate to survive, they'll do just about anything, and/or go absolutely crazy.
Jim (Cillian Murphy) is left for dead by a group of soldiers after he, Selena, and Hannah, flee to their fort in order to escape the hordes of infected that have taken over London. The soldiers, who take the survivors in under the guise that they will protect them, have more sinister motives in mind, especially for the women.
Jim returns to the fort, releases one of the infected the solders have kept captive for research purposes, and all hell breaks loose.
4. "Some aloe vera should help that." (Silent Hill, 2006): I love the 'Silent Hill' video games, even though I'll be the first to admit I have no idea what the hell they're about. They just creep me out and that's good enough for me.
Like the games, the movie didn't make a whole lot of sense, but this scene is forever burned into my brain.
5. THIS ENTIRE MOVIE. (Rec., 2007): One of the view horror movies to absolutely terrify me from beginning to end, [Rec.], a Spanish film about a television reporter and cameraman who, while profiling an emergency response team for a story, are brought along for a distress call at an apartment that quickly spirals out of control after the entire building is placed on quarantine (the American version of the film is actually called "Quarantine").
I think this final scene captures the feel of the entire movie perfectly. My heart was pounding the whole time.
6. Eli Saves Oscar (Let The Right One In, 2008): Oscar is a shy and often bullied 12-year old boy living in Sweden in the early 80's. After befriending Eli, his new neighbor, who we quickly find out is actually a centuries old vampire child, he builds up the strength and the confidence to stand up to his tormentors.
When one of the bullies' older brothers tries to ambush Oscar, Eli is quick to come to his rescue and punish everyone involved.
7. "Never Going Camping Ever Again." (The Hills Have Eyes, 2006): No scene has ever made me cringe harder than this one in the 2006 remake of "The Hills Have Eyes". It was scary enough thinking that the mutants in the movie were just blood-thirsty cannibals, but finding out that they were also smarter than they looked and organized blood-thirsty cannibals made it ten times worse.
8. "What." (Dead End, 2003): This movie has become one of the most celebrated cinematic disasters within my group of friends. It's a train wreck from start to finish. There were a lot of ridiculous scenes to pick from, but I went with this one because, well, why not?
9. "Prometheus needed more of this." (Alien, 1979): I forgot how disturbing this scene was to me as a kid until I saw "Prometheus" in theaters this past Summer. On a list of iconic scary movie moments, this is definitely near the top.
There you have it. Nine more clips to add to the growing collection. As much as I would like to add the "Carrie" prom scenes, the "Psycho" shower scenes, the numerous twists from "Scream" and "The Sixth Sense"- and every scene imaginable from "Evil Dead 2", I don't think there's enough room on this blog to fit them.
There's always next Halloween, of course.
Speaking of, I'm heading out to get things for my costume, which is a work in progress.
Don't worry, Walking Dead fans- I found Sophia, and she's just fine.
That would be me with the super sweet, SUPER adorable Madison Lintz at last night's opening of the annual Rock and Shock Horror Convention in my home city. Madison was kind enough to sign one of her most iconic images from the show's second season for me. She's a doll.
And she wasn't the only person I had the good fortune of running into:
(Brian O'Halloran of "Clerks" fame)
("Machete" himself! Danny Trejo!)
(Mikie with Laurence Harvey from "The Human Centipede II"- our ultimate gross-out film guilty pleasure. Lawrence is hands down one of the kindest, most endearing guys ever.)
(Mikie towering over Heather Langenkamp from "Nightmare on Elm Street".)
There were a few others, too- most notably David Naughton from "An American Werewolf in London", Doug Bradley from "Hellraiser" and Tony Todd from "Candyman"- who despite playing batshit crazy and ruthless killers- were so unbelievably nice and funny. They also liked giving hugs, which I'm all about.
I was perusing some of the booths (and frantically trying to get as far away as possible from a booth that was selling tarantulas because HOLY FUCK. NO), when I saw this cameo necklace at the WEIRDO MAGNETS stand. It caught my eye immediately, and I knew I had to have it.
And lastly, I picked up this "Shaun of the Dead" themed throw pillow from the good folks over at Horror Decor. They had so much cool stuff, and after squealing over almost all of their merchandise- this pillow was still my favorite thing.
Rock and Shock wraps up tomorrow night, and I know I say it every year when I do these posts (this is my fourth consecutive year attending the convention), but if you're in the area and you want to see some really great horror movie memorabilia, check out some out of the ordinary merchandise, and meet some really fun people, I definitely recommend stopping by. It's a cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon if you love scary movies/games/comics/etc.
I'm right smack in the middle of a "The Walking Dead" marathon on AMC as we speak, a preparation of sorts the network is taking to catch everyone up before the Season 3 premiere tomorrow night (side note: MICHONNNNNE!). Here are my favorite memes that emerged over the past couple of seasons:
My picks have been made for the 2012-2013 Walking Dead Death Pool, and I am ready to go. BRING. IT. ON. I love this show so, so much.