When uploading these photos for the #100cupsofcoffee project to Instagram, I messed up the numbering. So I have added these in the order they happened, which doesn’t tally with the little number icons.
As I mentioned in my last 100 cups of coffee update, whilst in the Philippines. I use to pop to Starbucks every afternoon for 4 p.m. caffeine fix. All the travelling I did in October, gave me the ideal time to catch up with my reading. Ideal for travelling was The Good Immigrant, as the short essays where easy to dip into whilst waiting to board a plane or riding on a shuttle bus.
In Manila and Gibraltar, the cafes we used to have breakfast in served coffee in tiny cups. In London I have a large mug or “venti” cup with my breakfast. As a result I found in Manila, I needed several cups each morning to get my coffee buzz!
When I returned home in London, autumn was definitely here! My uniform for the Fall Season in 2016, became my “Her Universe” bomber jacket and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!
At the end of October we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Doctor Strange Fan Screening in Leicester Square. Before the screening of the movie, the director and movie’s cast (including Benedict Cumberbatch.) did a short introduction.
When I discovered my local Starbucks had run out of Pumpkin Spice syrup at the before the end of October. It meant I didn’t get a P.S.L. on my birthday! So when I discovered another branch still had syrup in November. I took the opportunity to enjoy my last P.S.L. of the season.
What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.
Five Geeky Clothing I Need in My Closet Immediately.
As The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick are taking a break from Fandom Friday, I thought I would use the chance to catch up with the prompts from October 2014, this week discussing the five geeky items of clothing I need. The real reason most of these dresses are on this list is because the are from stores in the USA, and I don’t want to pay the postage or customs fees.
Agent Carter Dress – Her Universe
I adore the idea of a cute everyday cosplay dress. A dress that I could wear to conventions or movie opening nights. If there is one company that has cornered the market in everyday cosplay it is Her Universe. This Agent Carter dress was my favourite from the recent “Women of Marvel” collection.
Galactic Scavenger Dress – Elhoffer Design
For a more customized everyday cosplay dress, my favourite company is Elhoffer Designs. I wanted to order the “Rey” dress to wear at Star Wars Celebrations, but left ordering it too late.
Sithkura Dress – Her Universe
Of course, as a geek I don’t just want to show my geekiness at conventions. I want to show it off everyday. This Darth Vader dress is in my favourite style and is perfect for spring or summer.
Vader Embossed Dress– We Love Fine
Everyone needs a little black dress, don’t they? What better than a dress with embossed Vader masks, subtle enough to wear everyday (or night) and show off your geeky pride.
Rogue One Tee
After seeing the new Rogue One trailer last week, I wanted a Rogue One tee, instead of just wearing a normal Star Wars one. This was my favourite t-shirt from the new collection.
Similarly to the five summer films I talked about a few months ago, these are the five new releases I am looking forward to seeing in the cinema this autumn and winter.
Obviously, the first film on the list had to be Rogue One. I have mentioned several times before how excited I am about this film. As a young Star Wars fan I always wondered about the rebel agents that stole the plans to the Death Star. Now finally I am going to see their story on-screen.
I love the MCU and Sherlock, so as the kids say it’s “a non-brainer” that this movie has been added to the list. Marvel have always produced more than traditional superheroes movies, Winter Solider is a political thriller and Ant-Man is a heist movie. It will be interesting to see what direction this movie will take the MCU.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Where do you start this movie? A chance to re-enter the Harry Potter universe. Getting to met new characters and amazing creatures. Stunning visual effects all seem to spell out a magical film.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I have to confess I have yet to read the Miss Peregrine series of books. However, that hasn’t stop me from getting excited about this movie. I adore Tim Burton, he is one of my go-to directors, so I am expecting his unique style in this movie.
The Magnificent Seven
Growing up, I used to always watch movies with my dad, he played a massive part in shaping what movies I love. My dad’s favourite genre was westerns as I result I have fond memories of watching the original Magnificent Seven and it’s sequels with my dad, So in honour of him I am going to see this movie and hope they don’t mess it up!
What films are you most looking forward to seeing this autumn and winter?
Every week Kayla from Epicfied hosts a Fandom Friday Q&A about a specific fandom and asks readers submit their answers. Last week, it was five general questions about fandoms, so I thought I would turn my answers into a blog post – so you could get to know the fandoms I love (You can read their answers here).
What are your top five fandoms?
Game of Thrones
Marvel Cinematic Universe
What is a fandom you love but isn’t extremely popular?
I am going to have to say Orphan Black, I love this show and became hooked from the first season however, no one I know seemed to watch it, so that’s why I adding it here.
What is a fandom you highly recommend?
Too many to mention, I spent a few years convincing all my friends to watch Game of Thrones just so I could discuss each episode, spoilers and theories.
I know a lot of people have read the New 52 Batgirl, but I prefer the pre-Flashpoint version, with Barbara Gordon as Oracle and Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, so I guess I would recommend reading Batgirl: Silent Knight or Birds of Prey: Vol 1.
Do you collect anything?
My largest collection is Star Wars based, in the attic I have a lot of merchandise from the 1990’s, Episode One Lego sets, board games and dozens of Expanded Universe books.
Last year, I brought a few Tsum Tsum, this year as they released two Star Wars waves and a Civil War set, I seem to have developed a larger collection, with the Finding Dory and The Force Awaken sets being released this month, I think my collection will continue to grow.
Anything else? Like many I am still not over the fact the Firefly got cancelled!
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This Friday I’m going to talk about the five films that are released this summer that I’m most looking forward to. You might notice that several of these films are sequels to my comfort films from last week.
Normally I say don’t make a sequel to a classic movie, but the follow-ups to Pixar’s greats like Toy Story have been amazing, so I have high hopes for this film. I’m looking forward to learning more about Dory – discovering how she learnt to speak whale and hopefully seeing her reunite with her family.
Everybody Wants Some
Technically, this isn’t a sequel but Richard Linklater has referred to this film as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. I love Dazed and Confused, the plot set over one night, the script (Just Keep Living), and the cast (it’s one of the first films for both Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey). I’m hoping this film serves up a lot of the same.
Captain America: Civil War
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKrVegVI0UsIt’s the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, A Captain America film, Steve and Bucky back together! Ant-Man joining the team, introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man into the MCU – what is not to look forward to about this film!
I know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t well received by the audiences and critics, and I’m trying not to judge this film based on the previous DC movie. Whilst I am a little concerned about seeing a new Joker (can anyone top Heath Ledger), that hasn’t stopped me adding it to the list!
ITV have a tendency to show the same films in the evenings, the Ocean’s Eleven films and the first three Bourne films, as result Jason and I have seen these movies several times and they have become guilty pleasures. Now we have Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne ready to bring down Treadstone.
I only joined 5 Fandom Friday last September, but the project had been running for 18 months before I joined – I had missed several topics I would have loved to write about. So I’m going to play “catch-up” this week and write about my five comfort films (a prompt from March 2015).
Although all these films are so different for my they are all well written and for me are the also the films I quote the most! I’m pretty sure anyone that has seen The Avengers has quoted a line from it – for me the whole of the script during the Battle of New York is quotable line after quotable line.
This is just like Budapest, huh? – Black Widow (The Avengers)
Which comfort films I watch really depends on my mood – if I was something short and sweet it’s The Goonies, for a general feeling good film it Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All of these films I have watched again and again, they make me happy or cry – the opening scene in Finding Nemo always sets me off.
If I’m feeling blue I will have a movie marathon watching these (or the Original Star Wars trilogy) and if I have a mean case of the reds “I jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s!”
From October onwards my Pinterest feed becomes full of Elf on a Shelf ideas and Christmas Eve boxes – which is great if you have children, not so much if you don’t. Not to be out done last year I put together a Christmas Eve box for adults, instead of cookies we get cocktails!
Our Christmas Eve traditions changed a few years ago before that it was a night of revelling with old friends, catching up on the last 12 months and unwinding after the weeks of stressing out. Now it’s spend relaxing at home – the calm before the storm, we have a ready meal or take away, watch a Muppet’s Christmas Carol and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
So last year I brought those movies on DVD, creating a little box along with some popcorn, a new decoration for our tree and a Christmas candle. Of course no Christmas Eve box would be complete without a new set of pajamas. This year I am continuing the tradition but adding a little geeky feel.Pajamas (primark) // Ornament Popcorn Box// candle // cocktails
Primark seem to have licensing deals with most pop culture franchise, which means they have a great selection of geeky pajamas, it’s often hard to pick my favourite ones. Nearly every geeky Christmas gift guide I’ve seen this season has included this amazing BB-8 ornament – and I can see why it’s too cute (wasn’t the little droid the cutest thing you’ve ever seen). Finally, I’ve become obsessed with the pre-mixed cocktails from Marks & Spencers, I’ve yet to try the espresso martini version (I’m saving that for tomorrow), but I love the mince pie martini – best served really cold over ice.
I have taken a break from Five Fandom Friday, as I don’t really have time to blog regularly during the holiday season. When I saw Funko Friday’s theme for today was The Funko I Want Most for Christmas, I thought I would join in.
I don’t really have a large Pop Vinyl collection, If I see one I love I buy it, so my wish list is mainly rare or limited edition figures I have seen online.
“Metallic Black” Batgirl (SDCC 2010 Exclusive) I can’t seem to find a photo of this version but I know it exists
I have the regular Batgirl Pop! Figure, along with the Dorbz and Mopeez ones. This metallic black version is closer to the costume from the comic. I am hoping they do a version with the purple and yellow costume from the Batgirl of Burnside comic.
Unmasked Captain America (ToyMatrix.com Exclusive)
There seems to be a lot more Marvel Funkos than DC (I am guessing this will change with the release of the films next year), there have been several Captain America figures – one for each film – but this unmasked version from The Winter Solider is my favourite – he just looks so “all American hero.”
Black Widow with Shield (Gamestop Exclusive) Again this is a variation of the Avengers: Age of Ultron figure, but this time with the shield, I adored the scene in the movie when Black Widow rides in to “pick up after the boys” and this figure reminds me of this scene.
Director Coulson With Lola This one isn’t really a limited edition figure – instead one of the “Ride” figures. Agent Coulson was one of the coolest characters in the MCU and in Agents of SHEILD he got cooler with the addiction of his flying car!
Eleventh Doctor (Fez) (Hot Topic Exclusive) Eleven will always be my favourite Doctor (I just adore Matt Smith), he is the guy who taught us Bow Ties were cool, he also saved the world whilst carrying a mop and wearing a fez (which is also cool).
Jason and I have often had silly conversations about any future zombie attacks, I figured my knitting needles would make excellent stakes and he wants a crossbow. I’ve not included Jason on this list because I’m assuming if I survived the apocalypse he did too.
Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – As we have no idea what kind of apocalypse this will be, everyone on my list has been picked for their different skills dealing with different type of doom. In the case of a Vampire/Demon attack I would want the ultimate vampire slayer, Buffy!
Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) – In the case of a zombie attack, it would have to be the zombie killing bad-ass from The Walking Dead. Like a modern day lone rider (with a motorcycle instead of a horse), this poncho wearing hero has plenty of experience fighting zombies.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – I figured I would need a magician in case we had to deal with mystical attacks. When it came to picking a sorceror, I wanted someone with amazing skills and as Professor Lupin said about Hermione, “You’re the cleverest witch of your age.”
Bruce Banner (Marvel) – Next I thought I would need a great scientist, having thought hard about the “squint” I would want on my team, I realised Bruce Banner was perfect because he is really a BOGOF (buy one get one free) deal, not only do I get the scientist I also get the Hulk!
Captain America (Marvel) – Finally, this team will need a leader, the super soldier with experience in fighting in both a war and apocalypse. I think Steve Rogers would be the ideal leader as he has dealt with HYDRA, aliens and killer robots. Plus he might have access to Veronica in case Hulk got out of hand ;).
There’s no denying that the weather has gotten colder here in London – and whilst it’s not quite time to get the knitted socks and hats out of summer storage, the cooler snap has made me think more about my autumn wardrobe. My go-to accessory is always a scarf, however last winter I made a chunky cowl using Rowan’s Big Wool – it was best suited to the winter months, I love the convenience of a cowl – I could just thrown it over my head and tuck the cowl under the collar of my coat.
When I was hunting for patterns to use my KSH, I saw the simple Ombré Cowl. Using three balls of the yarn, knitting with two strands of yarn at once and changing between colours to create an ombré effect. Knit on the round it seemed to be ideal to ease me back into knitting.
I cast on last week, whilst watching Thor: The Dark World, which wasn’t such a great idea. Three rows in I realised I had twisted my knitting whilst joining the round – complete rookie mistake – creating a möbius stripe! I’m guessing Loki served to be a massive distraction.
After carefully ripping it back – getting fluff everywhere – I re-cast on this weekend whilst watching the football. I am planning on making a few adjustments to make the cowl smaller, so I cast on fewer stitches and plan to make each section shorter. Once successful cast on the pattern is a dream to knit. Row after row of stocking stitch on the round!