Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Back at the end of September, Jaime and I went to Universal Studios for their Halloween Horror Nights. This is the third year I've gone. We didn't go last year but we did go to the Horror Nights in Japan and that was amazing (post coming soon).

The first maze we went to was Krampus which was based on the film that was released last year. I really love the film and was excited for this maze.

It did not disappoint. The house both out and in were just like in the movie and I was excited to see the outside and Krampus right on the roof. We awesome got some awesome presents from the delivery guy who wonders around outside. You need to give him the word of the day to get them.

My favorite part of the maze was of course being in the kitchen with the gingerbread cookies and the living room. The living room was amazing and scared the living crap out of me. The entire maze was exactly like the movie and we loved it.

The next maze was the Freddy vs Jason one and OMG I couldn't wait to go in. I'm such a Freddy fan and love the films (Dream Warriors for the win!) I am probaly one of the few that did enjoy the Freddy v Jason film so yea, being excited for this one was an understatement.

The maze gives you a glimpse of both their "lives" and takes parts from their films - both alone and together. According to Jaime I was more so jumpy in this maze then I have ever been in the past few years we have gone. Well yes, I had both Freddy and Jason pop out of no where in a hallway and started slashing at me. Of course I'm going to scream and jump away. This one was another favorite of mine and if the lines hadn't gotten terrible by the end of the night, I would of ran in again.

Since Krampus and Freddy vs Jason were in the lower lot, they also had American Horror Story so we decided to go to that one before heading back upstairs for the rest of the mazes. This was their first year at Horror Nights and they were taking elements from House, Freak Show, and Hotel. At the time I hadn't seen Hotel so I was worried that I wouldn't get some of the stuff from that season.

AHS was not my favorite at all. I was right about Hotel, I didn't get any of it sadly. I did finally binge watch it and loved the season so I am bummed that I missed out on the scares of it. Also, I'm not sure if it was the way we were grouped in or their sets but the timing was way off. As we walked in, we either caught the glimpse of what was happening so we didn't get scared or they way the characters walked out, we saw them so it was like "Oh clown jumping out at me." I saw you coming mister.

I will say, the two guys who were behind us were talking all tough about going in and by the time we got inside they asked Jaime if they could walk with us and I had to ask them nicely to stop tugging on my backpack. I thought one of them was going to yank it down and me with it. They loved it though and were heading off to Freddy V Jason next. We told them good luck.

We are actually use to having folks ask if they can walk with us or kinda just tag along and I did have one year where a guy in front of us took his wife AND me down with him in the AvP maze. And it was a hard fall. Of course as we were all down, Predator and Alien were above us trying to claw at us.


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We took a break, got some water, food, and made our way up to the other mazes. We were going to hit up Halloween first since it was on our way to food but we decided to go to the Terror Tram since the line was shorter and they shut that one down first.

Big mistake.

I had high hopes for Terror Tram since it was a team up with Eli Roth and it involved clowns. CLOWNS. I hate clowns and I was hoping for some good scare. It was so ill timed when they would take the guests up, that it was crowded. It was hard to walk through and with so many people I couldn't see what was going on with the clowns. Also, it was a re-hash of an older 3D clown maze that it took the fun out of it. I get it, it's expensive to create and you want to reuse the stuff you already have but they didn't change a lot of it at all.

Also a few actors looked so bored that it just took me out of it. Also getting back on the tram was such a crap show that I was just annoyed by the time we got dropped off. We went to get some snacks because food makes me better.

Terror Tram was terrible and a waste of our time. Pfft..

After some dinosaur snacks at the Jurassic Park restaurant, we headed off to the Halloween maze. I sadly didn't get a picture because this line was moving so fast there was no time to snap a photo but it was the Michael Myer's house!

This was another fun maze... and guys, it had moments from Halloween 3. I love you HHN for including that. It was all mainly from the first two films but there was one section that paid homage to Halloween 3 and that was great. I didn't learn to appreciate that film until I was older.

The Exorcist was next and OMG I have feeling about that maze. It was just like the movie. The one were she was crawling down the stairs always got me and ugh, in the maze was no exception.

And Regan spits at you. SHE SPITS AT YOU WAS YOU WALK THROUGH HER BEDROOM. Not cool guys, And the smells that radiate from that entire maze. Guys, your nose will hate you. At first we though the group in front of had bad body order. Nope, that was all Regan.

Love this maze.

The final maze of the night was The Texas Chainsaw and by the time we got into the maze, we were already so over and done with it. The maze was set up inside the Waterworld attraction. So the line wrapped around the sitting area of the show. I'm not sure who had the bright idea but because they didn't want people messing around in the seats, they had the line start behind them and would send a but at a time across them and into the maze. It made such a back up and I swear this was the slowest moving line out of them all AND at the time it was the shortest wait time according to the app.

We finally go in and it was okay. Not as bad at AHS but it wasn't scary. Again, maybe it was the timing for us when we got in but it felt like they were all just set up to yell at us and slice some meat. That was it. It had some gross moments - meat locker anyone? - but it wasn't enough to make me jump, yell, or scratch the crap out of Jaime's arm.

But this place has smells as well and they were disgusting. Ugh, good job guys! The gross factory was there all right.

We also did the Walking Dead maze which is now an actual attraction. I had already gone through it this summer with Travis and it sounded like it would be a bit different during Horror Nights but it wasn't. Jaime got to experience it so that was cool but since I had already gone through it, I knew what was happening and where.

I will say, I hope they do change up the maze because otherwise, I'm not going to bother to go every time I do visit the park. It's one thing when it's a ride - it's another when it's a maze. At least that's how I feel.

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Over all, a great, scary time was had. Not all mazes will win me over but I think this year was great... just two we didn't enjoy. Even though Texas Chainsaw didn't scare me, it still had the gross factor.

I wish I could go again but there's always next year!

Have ya'll gone to Horror Nights? What has been your favorite maze? Which maze would you like to see?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: And That's The Long & Short Of It

Sometimes a girl just wants to wear a t-shirt and jeans.

I don't automatically sub to Loot Wear; I gotta be picky but when they announced their August theme and what was included, I ended up picking up two of their "crates."

I picked up the Loot Wearable because it was an Archer theme one and they did not disappoint! I have rediscovered my love for Baseball tees and love the fit and style of the Archer design. It's so soft and I love the length of the sleeves. The shirt did come out of the wash wrinkle as all heck and you can't iron the graphic at all so I had to be careful. I used a towel and covered up the graphic.

The design/graphic is a play on Archer and Magnum P.I. which is a homage to the season 7 trailer that spoofs the opening to the old 80s tv show. I love anything 80s so this shirt was right up my alley and I am so glad I got it. I will say though, Archer's TOP GUN spoof will FOREVER be my favorite.

We were having game day that day so I threw it on with my favorite pair of jeans. You know that pair. The one that fits just right and is oh so comfortable. Spending all day playing board games, you gotta be in a relaxing outfit so you can take on your opponents!!

Gotta beat them in Exploding Kittens!!


Also for fun, here's an outtake photo! Jaime usually (always) ends up playing photographer and even though we are both working on it, he ends up getting way more photos of me making faces/laughing because he said something sooooo "hilarious."

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with Loot Crate / Loot Wear and I paid for the shirt. If you do want to join Loot Crate (any of their crates) sign up here and you save $5 bucks and I'll get $5 towards my next one! WIN WIN!! (I think it works for any of their crates, not sure. I usually have friends use it when they are ordering the actual Loot Crate)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Small Goals {October 2016}

This is it gang. We are in the final stretch of the year. Halloween is here, Thanksgiving will give me four days off in a row, and Christmas. It also means that San Francisco hit their summer phase for a week and it's even cooler. Oh, how I can't wait for the rain. 

So of course with a new month comes a new set of small goals and a look back on last months! 

September Goals:

 NO SPEND SEPTEMBER - I'm gonna say I almost had this until ELHOFFER Designs released the Rey knit vest and I pre ordered it. It was the last week of September when it happened but I did three weeks of only spending on food and actual needed items like Shampoo and toilet paper. I'm going to attempt this again but gonna wait for the new year. 

In case you missed my Small Goals September post, this was the one and only goal for the month. It was a big goal for me personally so I decided not to add other things to it. I bought something that was not food or needed at the end of the month* but I think I did well for myself!

And I paid off two of my credit cards so there is that!

* I did book a trip to Japan which could be part of the NOT NEEDED list but I'm not counting it because it's one of those rare chances of going and I have to... for so many reasons.

October Goals:

 Up the running to three days a week - My RunDisney 10K is almost here so I gotta up the running. This is my first 10K so it will be very interesting. 

Trimming the bangs - My bangs are impairing my vision now so I really need to stop avoiding it and get to a salon. I tried it the last time at home and nope, not happening again.

 Clean the kitchen - Working the two jobs, I don't really cook and my kitchen has turned into a closet. I really need to clean off the table and chairs of random stuff that ends up there. It's right by the apartment door so empty bags, mail, and other odds and ends. I need to get some kind of order!

 Book Tokyo Hotel - We need to sit down and narrow where in Tokyo we want to stay at. We are mainly staying in Osaka but we do want to spend 2 days (day three will be at Disneyland) in Tokyo. Gotta sleep somewhere!

October is going to be a great month, I can feel it. What about you? What are some of your goals for the month?

Monday, October 3, 2016


I have seen different variations of the currently posts from different bloggers and I decided I wanted to try it. I love reading them because it leads me to discover something new either to listen, watch, read, eat; whatever the writer feels like sharing. I also get to learn a little bit about them and then I just ended up reading through their blog. I also feel like this would be a good counter part to my Small Goals posts that I try to do every month! Lets see how far I role with this!

So here is my list of currents and hopefully you'll discover something new!


Osomatsu-san - A anime series I discovered on CrunchyRoll which is hilarious! It's an updated version of a manga / series from the 60s I believe and it follows sextuplets brothers as young adults trying to be adults and the hi-jinks that ensue.

Lethal Weapon - I shrugged when this was announced as a TV series on FOX but I decided to give it a shot and truly enjoyed. Both lead actors are great together and the first episode had a little of bit of everything - comedy, love, tragedy, shoot out, and a car chase. I added it to my fall line up.

Lucifer -  Luci is back!! I didn't know what to expect from the first season and I found myself enjoying every bit of it. The actor who plays Lucifer (I don't learn real names until a while later) does such a good job and oh man, that accent. I love Maze and Trixie (the little girl) is great.

Luke Cage - Let's be real, by the time this post goes up today I've probably already stayed up way too late and got some episodes in me.

What are you watching? Please share especially if it's Anime. I'm looking for new series to watch!


Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby

I'm not sure where or how she popped up on my radar but I love her album. It's so different from everything else and I love how it's all themed - like a child's song but when you listen to the lyrics, it's so not it. I actually found her album DOLLHOUSE on actual cassette at Urban Outfitters ( I know) and it's been playing on my tape player and spotify on my phone.

What are you listening to right now?


Chile Mocha Frappuccino

You read the correctly - CHILE!! It's cocoa, cinnamon, and chile spices blended all together to form this yummy drink. You get chile powder and chile spices so it's double the kick. I love it. I also get it without any shots because I just don't care for coffee. It's still yummy.

It actually rained yesterday and I got myself a warm cup of Chile Mocha. What do you drink when to keep you warm?


To get my bangs trimmed

I love having bangs but they sure are a hassle sometimes. I tried trimming them myself and that didn't go very well. I just go to my local Supercuts but it's finding the time to get it done. For my fellow bang have-ers what do you do? Get them cut at a salon or attempt them on your own?


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To sit down and scrapbook

I got the chance to have a weekend of it back in August which helped me get a running start of my Doctor Who Experience scrapbook but since that weekend, I haven't had a chance to sit down and do anything.

What have you been wanting to do but haven't gotten around to it?


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All the amazing planners

I'm a planner loving girl and since we are heading to the end of the year, planners are going massively on sale or new designs are popping up online. I picked up a Erin Condren life planner which I plan to take apart and hole punch it to fit into the Kikki K planner I just got on sale for 40% off! I'm also eyeing the new Carpe Diem x The Reset Girl planners and there is a Ice Cream one that I keep seeing on Aliexpress from LoveDoki.


Do you love planners? Have you bought your 2017 one yet? What are you loving today?


The lack of energy

I know it's part of having two jobs and waking up at 3am and going until 5pm. I've been at this for seven months and it hit me just a couple weeks ago that when it hits 3pm I have been up for 12 hours. And I wondered why I would start fading at around lunch time. Someone mentioned getting some exercise to wake up but I'm looking for more tips. I still get around 5-6 hours of sleep but adding more to that is tough.

I need to take care of myself so I asked for a week off later this month to get myself together. If you got any tips or things you do to get you hyped up please let me know!

Well, that's all for me this time around. Thanks for reading and if you have a CURRENTLY post let me know so I can check it out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: Forever A LOAN!!

I owe a Tanuki a shit ton of bells.
I love all the Animal Crossing games even though they get boring at times because let's be real, there is only so many times you want to log on and catch fish. BUT I'm in the midst of trying to collecting all the Animal Crossing Amiibo cards and I can't wait for the new update for New leaf coming this fall.

I found the shirt at the Nintendo World store in NYC during my vacation and I just had to get it. It spoke to me on so many levels - owing Nook money and owing the federal government student loans.

Forever a Loan guys, forever a loan.

I wore the shirt at PAX and tried my hand at the whole shorts and tights thing. San Francisco only has one week worth of summer, which is what we are hitting up now and I only seem to visit Seattle during the cold / raining months. I bought these shorts and I want to wear them so I grabbed me some sweater tights and I also added a white collar! I just discovered the joys of detachable collars and I own one in white and black already!

I rocked it if I do so say myself.

Animal Crossing / Forever a Loan shirt: Amazon
Detachable Collar: Wish App (Similar Amazon)
Denim Shorts: Target
Sweater Tights: Amazon

PAX was an awesome time and I'll be back with photos to share!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Japan Trip 2015: Nara Park

One of the other places we went to visit during our trip was Nara and more specifically, Nara Park. This park is open to the public and is where over a thousand wild Sika Deer roam and you can feed them. Nara was very accessible from Osaka. We took the JR Train and I think it was for sure less than an hour ride.

Nara is such a beautiful place and there was a lot of other things we got to do and see but I'm going to talk about the deer park!

Getting to feed wild deer was such an awesome experience. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't a tad bit scared of them. I didn't know how they would act around me knowing I had food and then when I didn't have any. I did hear horror stories of folks getting headbutted and bit when the deer felt like they were getting ignored which is what happened to a friend. She went another day and said that the deer bit her right on the stomach. It didn't draw blood but she had a nasty bruise.

There are carts all around the trail of the park that sells deer crackers for under 200 Yen. That's what they would like for you to feed the deer. I bought a pack and not two seconds after I was handed them, I had a group of deer around me. They are all over the park and on the trail walking, playing, sitting, and for the most part leave you along but they know when you have the food.

The two I was feeding would bow at me has a I broke a piece of cracker and held it out to them. I thought I was seeing things but when they finished eating, it would start bowing at me for more.

After a while, it got a bit overwhelming for me and I tried to make it seem like I didn't have any more crackers and I got headbutted by a couple of them. I finally tossed the crackers to Jaime and they followed right over to him. 

I had one little guy stay, headbutted me, bowed, and nipped my shirt but when he finally realized I had no more he made his way to someone else.

Nara park also had a temple that you eventually reach following the trail. You can just spend all day here and there is still so much more to see. It was just beautiful and we took so many pictures. It was getting late and we had to get back to Osaka but we stopped to get myself a green tea ice cream and we also got to see the end of fresh mochi being made. I bought some and it was amazing!

The only problem with walking the trail and all the deer is you will be stepping in a lot of crap. So if you plan on visiting, don't wear anything that drags. Haha.. if it wasn't deer crap it was just plain old mud since we went in October and it was raining in Nara.

I can't wait to go back and see more of Nara!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: Just beware, collecting (Olympic) pins can be kinda addictive.

Say it again random girl in The Simpsons episode. LOL

She's right though, collecting pins is really addicting. I mean, I've been collecting Disney pins for a long time but those just ended up in the Disney pin bag we bought. I slowly started collecting the Skottie Young Marvel ones but I really hit the high note when I started seeing pins on Instagram. The ones that called me back to my childhood.

Hat: Goorin Bros (smiliar here)
Denim Jacket: Thrifted
Black Maxi Dress: Old Navy (similar here)
Boots: Dr. Martens (Sold Out)
Tote Bag: Tokidoki (Sold Out)

Last month I found out about a pin pop up shop from the GirlPinGang IG account that was happening at Mission Comics and Arts in the city. Local artists were selling their pins and I wanted to check it out. I looked through their shops, made a list, and was ready!

I also got to see one of my faves, Nina from Le Fancy Geek for a bit!

A Skywalker Tradtion: Punch it Chewie Press
Crystal Pepsi: Patti Lapel
AOL Loading Screen: Patti Lapel
Witch McNugget: hopesick
The Goonies Blockbuster Video: Patti Lapel
McPails: hopesick
NO: joviellety
Ghoulie: Cavity Colors

Prior to that I had already ordered some pins and started to put them on a denim jacket I thrifted.

I also finally got to wear my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Doc Martens too!

I took these outfit photos before I got to the pin pop up but I have since added those purchases! I do need to buy locking backs for the pins so I don't lose them off the jacket. That would make me sad.
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