Free Comic Book Day: Comics

1 05 2010

As was intended, Kes and I picked up some free comics, and we purchased a couple things.  We ended up only stopping by Rock Bottom instead of checking out Hastings and Vintage Stock too.

Kes brought Superman, X-Men and Spiderman to work with him to read on his break.  I read through the rest.  Green Hornet was interesting, but too preview-y for me to get much out of it.  I enjoyed Iron Man the most.

Kes picked up Chew for me as an early birthday present.  I haven’t gotten to read through it yet, but I’ve been in the mood for something mystery-oriented.  I grabbed the lantern corps buttons.  Honestly, I’m not sure what to put them on, but I like having them.

We also picked up a flyer for the Little Rock Comic Con, which we had never heard of before.  Apparently it used to be known as the “comic book cult.”  From their site, I’m not sure what to think, especially since their flyer had a picture from the Iron Man 2 movie instead of something from a print comic book.  Only $3 admission, though.

There are probably going to be big changes coming to my blog soon.  I’ll try to keep you updated through the upcoming week.


Free Comic Book Day

1 05 2010

Don’t forget that today is Free Comic Book Day!  If I’m able to pick anything up, I’ll post what I got.  The first year I went, I really wanted Flight.  Last year I was most excited about the Blackest Night (issue 0 or whatever it was).  This year I don’t know if I’m really looking forward to anything.   Too bad none of the places around here ever get the free Heroclix.  War Machine looks cool this year.

Happy May Day/Beltane as well!  Here’s the view from my balcony this morning:

Hot Tea

28 04 2010

For the most part, I prefer to drink water (though I do drink juice and sodas on occasion).  Unfortunately, sometimes it gets chilly, and I’ve been considering various hot beverages.

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While my go-to hot beverage is usually hot cocoa, I am hoping to find something healthier to drink instead.  I’ve never acquired a taste for either coffee or tea.  I tried some coffee at my dad’s award luncheon awhile back, but I’m resistant to acquiring a taste to coffee because (a) I don’t want to get addicted to caffeine (though I could get decaffeinated), and (b) it kind of hurts my stomach.  As a result, I’m trying tea.  With my breakfast this morning, I had decaffeinated chai tea from Stash, which I picked up from Harps.

The verdict:  For some reason, I always expect tea to be stronger/heartier.  So far, I’m still not enjoying drinking it.  It smells heavenly (ingredients include cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg and cardamom), but wasn’t strongly flavorful.

I “brewed” the tea in my mug for 8 minutes (over twice the recommended length), and it still tasted watery to me.  This is not a slight against this type or brand of tea, it’s my impression of tea in general, unless it has large amounts of something unhealthy like milk in it (like a chai tea latte).  I liked the spices I could taste, and I enjoyed the flavor of dipping oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in my tea.  I think I’m going to keep making myself tea on these chilly spring mornings (it was about 39F this morning).  We’ll see if I start to like it.

Smoke & Barrel, Steve Martin, and Sushi

26 04 2010

I had a lot of fun this weekend.  Friday, Garth and I went to The Smoke & Barrel to see the OneUps and MC Frontalot.  This is the first time I saw the OneUps do any hiphop type stuff (versus more jazzy renditions of video game songs).  What impressed me most about MC Frontalot was the energy in everyone’s performance.  They were almost constantly jumping around while they were playing and singing.  It was both impressive and engaging.

Saturday Kes, Jason and I went to the Walton Arts Center to see Steve Martin’s concert.  Since it was banjo-oriented we weren’t sure if he would be super serious, but he worked in some bits between songs that were quite funny.  Even though we were in the back row of the balcony, we could still see really well, which impressed me.  Previously, Kes and I have mostly just been to radio plays at the WAC, and so have sat near the front of the floor.

Sunday, I relaxed a little.  I put together the desk I bought, and set it up as my entertainment center.  It works really well, and the shelves look nice.  I like the height, but it is about a foot taller than what I was using previously, so it will take some getting used to.  If nothing else, everything around the television looks a lot more neat and organized.

Today, Kes and I made sushi.  Kes has made sushi once before (and I helped roll) when we had a “sushi party” a couple years ago.  (It was fun; we ate sushi and watched The Twilight Zone.)  This was the first time I really made any of the ingredients (sushi rice, mostly).

I thought it turned out pretty well.  The fillings we used were egg (with a little soy sauce), imitation crab, avocado, and carrot matchsticks.

Earth Day

22 04 2010

Happy Earth Day!  I don’t know many people who are doing anything special for Earth Day, but I got started a little early yesterday, and picked up some plants to hang on my balcony.  In the spirit of being kind to the earth, I decided to buy plants that yield edibles.  After receiving some help from the manager of the plant area at Home Depot, as well as an older lady and her son, I settled on getting the kind of hanging planters that hold the plants upside down.  I got a roma tomato plant and a red bell pepper plant (which actually turned out to be two red bell pepper plants).  Hopefully they’ll yield me some food.  It would be fun to make pasta sauce partially from food I grew myself.

If anything seems to happen with the plants (flowering, fruit, etc.), I’ll definitely post more pictures.  Then, if they yield edible fruit, I’ll see if anyone has good recipe suggestions 🙂

More Realistic

20 04 2010

It’s probably going to be more realistic for me to aim for two blog posts a week.  I’m still getting a feel for what works for me.  I’m also probably going to be messing around with the layout still/again as well.

Update on my life:
Kes and I went to Lennie’s Sub Shop for hot sandwiches on Saturday, then went to see Kickass.  While I personally enjoyed the movie a lot, I have reservations about recommending it across the board.  It’s pretty violent, and has possibly offensive language (uttered by children for the most part), and so is definitely not a movie for everyone.  However, it’s definitely adrenaline-pumping if you like over-the-top action.  There are also a lot of comic book references that add [even more] humor to the movie.  I was most apprehensive about Nicholas Cage’s performance, but I think he did a good job.  I will agree with most of the reviews I’ve seen and say Hit Girl was a much more interest/exciting/memorable than Kickass himself.  For me, the draw was a mix between her impressive fighting skills, and a morbid fascination with a child using such vulgar language and ridiculous violence.

I know I keep saying it, but I am working on some creative writing to post.  The plan is to complete a short scene from the library in the repurposed missile silo story.  On its completion I will decide if I want to keep toying around with ideas for that story, or if I want to work on something else.

Maggie Moos’ Ice Cream Pizza

15 04 2010

Maggie Moos was giving away “free scoops” of “ice cream pizza” for tax day.  I met up there with Jason, and we were both pretty disappointed.  I forgot to take a picture, but the “scoop” would have been pretty tiny to look at.  It was a small piece in a sample cup.  I had been hoping that the ice cream would be in some way similar to pizza (appearance, flavor, something interesting).  However, it just tasted like overly processed ice cream cake to me.  It had a chocolate layer, a vanilla layer, and a red (maybe cherry?) layer, with mini M & M mix-ins.  While I was disappointed, I still think it’s cool they wanted to do a special for people on tax day.