How To Survive Comic Con...Maybe?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

That's me in the middle!

As you might know by now, I am a member of this little global organization called the 501st Legion (New England Garrison) along with The Rebel Legion (Alderaan Base). So, as you can imagine, I go to a lot of events. If you're a first time reader here, welcome! Also know that I have a laundry list of things that make everyday functions almost unbearable, one of them is my panic disorder. With each passing day I feel much better and have come a long way with developing skills to help me cope when I have an episode. Lately, with each event I attend, I feel even more confident! This is really exciting! For a while there I thought I was never going to be able to go to large events. In fact the event I was at in the above pictures was very hard for me. I had to leave and go outside, or go behind curtains to get my anxiety and panic attacks under control.

So if you suffer like me with things like anxiety, or panic attacks, or just don't do well in large crowds, here are some of the things I do to help cope and have a great time...

N0. 1 Go with friends! Bring your support group, or go with like-minded friends. I can't even begin to tell you how important it is to have people around that understand. Plus it's much more!. I know my friends will always watch out for me, and they also let me know when there is a super cool vendor with awesome merchandise that I missed! So that's a plus too.

As you can see I'm one of the shorties! Most people crouch a little when they are standing next to me.

No. 2 Budget!!! My first Comic Con I didn't budget and kind of bought everything I saw. Not good. My bank account was a little angry with me. There is so much cool nerd stuff that it's easy to buy everything. I also want to mention that at a majority of comic cons there will be celebrities there, and it is not cheap to get an autograph!

 N0. 3  If you are in costume know that people are going to want to take pictures with you. I know this because it's basically my job as a Garrison and Legion member. I made the mistake at Boston Comic Con of wondering off alone at one point in costume, and started to get grabbed and pulled by people. We always have wranglers that help with this, but I was a curious Jawa that wondered away. I'll never do that again. If you are in costume, make sure you have someone with you! People forget that we are regular people under the costumes or makeup. I'm not actually an alien from Tatooine.

 N0. 4 Take Breaks! I can't tell you how important this one is. When you go to a Con it's very exciting and there is so much going on! You almost forget to go to the bathroom or eat. Take the time to sit and eat somewhere. You don't want to be riddled with exhaustion. There's no fun if that happens.

No. 5 Wear comfortable shoes if possible. No joke here, even if your costume/cosplay requires some crazy heels, either take breaks or add comfort inserts. My phone recorded around 40 thousand steps at one con. Give your feet love. You'll thank me later because nothing is worse than waking up on the second day of con and feel like you're dying, and yet you have to get up and do it all again!

That moment when you make a goofy face and no one else does.

So as you can tell the overall theme is to just stay comfortable and don't over do it. I can probably go on with a super long list! One thing I forgot to mention though is to bring one of those spare juice packs for your cellphone. Nothings worse then when your phone dies right in the middle of the day because you keep taking pictures or video! Always have a way to charge it. Or panic because your phone died, which I have done.

Hopefully these are some good tips! I know I always forget to take breaks. It's just so exciting that you forget to stop, but our group is pretty awesome about checking in on each other.


Photo Cred: Nicholas Norton & Katie Foster

Outfit Diary - The Mustard Romper

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Outfit Details:
Romper - Old Navy
Denim Shirt - Thrifted
Boots - Shoe Depot

If you notice in the pictures there is a lot of sunshine! In fact it's unseasonable warm here in Vermont. Most Octobers we have at least experienced a snow flurry or two by now, but nothing. It still kind of feels like summer! Since the weather was absolutely beautiful I thought why not wear the romper one more time! I know they were all the craze for a while, and I think I remember them making ones for men, right? Well this one is from Old Navy and it is super comfortable! It also adds a little extra color to my wardrobe. The only thing I don't like about rompers is the process of taking it off just to go to the bathroom! Not fun, but besides that I love it. Those boots by the way are my favorite. I practically live in them when the weather is just right. And we all know snow will be here soon!

Since October is almost over you know what that means! Halloween!! I was actually suppose to carve pumpkins this weekend but that didn't happen. Which makes me sad. Maybe sometime this week we will all get around to doing it! That's my little pumpkin in the pictures. I love it! My daughter picked out a huge pumpkin of course, which will interesting to see her carve. I got small ones because they are easier to carve! 

We have so much fun stuff planned for the next few weeks I cant wait! I really hope we get to go to a haunted house before Halloween is over! 


S'mores Icebox Cake Review

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

So, I was just scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and in between the political madness and cat posts, I saw this magical dessert! I don't know about you, but I am a huge S'mores lover. I really love marshmallows a lot! Any recipe that has marshmallows in it is something I will have to make. This little piece of heaven literally melted in my mouth. I highly suggest making it!

I posted the video that I used as a reference at the bottom of this post. Now I say reference because I almost never follow a recipe exactly. If you are interested in making it here is the ingredient list...

-a box of graham crackers
-mini marshmallows
-Fluff (big tub of gooey heaven!)
-chocolate morsels 
-heavy whipping cream 

I pretty much followed the directions in the video, except I added a little powdered sugar and splash of vanilla while I was mixing the heavy cream, it came out a littler thicker this way. I also left my version in the oven to broil a little longer because I like my marshmallows a little more on the burnt side. It reminds me of camping! It came out really delicious and I highly recommend making it! I love that you don't have to actually bake it. And a fair warning, you won't be able to have just one piece! It's also a tad bit on the messy side. This cake didn't last a day, so I guess I will be making it again!