Sakura-Con 2015

This weekend I got to go to Sakura-Con! (Click here for more information)Sakura Con 2015

I had a blast with my boyfriend and four closest friends. I have been to Sakura-Con twice before but this was the first time that I decided not to cosplay (usually I cosplay as Maka) I didn’t go this year because I got busy with Seattle Swing Dancing, starting a new quarter and of course the amazing Supernatural Convention Day 1 and Supernatural Convention Day 2. Not to mention that the month of March was just brutal! However, even though I was slightly bummed to not go in cosplay, my boyfriend went as the Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who) and his brother went as Castiel (Supernatural). Nolan And Regan (Cas and Eleventh Doctor) And it was a great weekend!Ashley and Grumpy Logan

My friend’s and I had a great time too! (Don’t let the grumpy face fool you! 🙂 )

Ashley and LoganEmily and IEven though I got completely drained and desperately needed to have some introvert time, we all managed to fun and get some great pictures!

We started by getting up at the crack of dawn so that we could get to the convention and buy our tickets and then we got to enter the convention. It was amazing with a ton of very excellent cosplays. Here are a few of my favorites:   Black Widow Cosplay Corgi at Con!! Cosplayers Emily and Gerry (2)  Harry Potter Cosplay. How to Train your Dragon Cosplay trio. How to Train your Dragon Cosplay Trio
Kakashi fight Loki Cosplay. Lord of the Rings Cosplay Duo. Maka and Soul Malificent Cosplay  Rapunzel and Merida (2)  Sakura Con third level Tardis and Harley Quinn Tenth Doctor Cosplay The Wicked Witch of the Waste (From Howl's Moving Castle) It got super crowded and soon we were shoulder to shoulder in most of the main rooms! I’m curious as to how many people were there! Had to be hundreds and hundreds!

There were amazing vendors that sold some great stuff from fandom necklaces and t-shirts to steampunk wardrobe and medieval armor!

It was jam packed with so many vendors and artists! I was really impressed by some of the artwork and the handmade jewelry, shirts and other creations.

We also got the chance to go the Masquerade ball! There were so many people!!!! In the years past there were only a handful of people who go to this ball but this time there were probably a hundred or so at the ball dancing! It was a huge turnout! They also had some very talented DJ’s who managed to slow down Lady Gaga songs into swing dancing music! That was pretty interesting to me because when I think about it, it really shouldn’t have worked that way but it worked wonderfully!

Ready for the Masquerade Ball (3)    Ready for the Masquerade Ball (4)

I also got the chance to see a Supernatural panel but it doesn’t even compare to the Supernatural convention… it was painfully horrible to say the least… At first it started out with a costume contest (which My boyfriend’s brother got fifth in!) but then it turned to reenacting some fanfiction, watching a fan animation video of crude humor and  I high tailed it out of there… I don’t ship Destiel, and I am not amused by crude humor. I like the storyline of Supernatural, the characters, the fan base, etc. I did not like these fans… they were nothing like the nice fans from the Supernatural Convention. I felt like I was in the wrong fandom! Surely these people are not talking about the Supernatural I watch and love?  Regardless… I left that disaster. Here are some pictures of them though and the costume contest.Supernatural Costume Contest (Nolan got 5th)Supernatural Costume ContestMeg, Sam, Dean and Cas CosplayersBY the next morning, we were extremely tired, I was totally socialized out and desperately needed chocolate, coffee and introvert time (and not necessarily in that order!). So naturally, we went to Top Pot Doughnuts! It was very delicious and their coffee wasn’t that bad, although if you’re like me and you can’t stand bitter coffee, I highly suggest adding a few more shots of chocolate syrup or sugar…

Regan And Nolan.Top Pot Doughnuts (4.4.15)Ashley and I.

Now that I am home, I feel better and can reflect on this great memory. Lately, I have been blessed with many opportunities to go and experience new things and see new people. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me this year!

Have you ever been to Sakura-Con? Do you cosplay? Were you at Sakura-Con? I’d love to hear about it!

Makayla

Trials of Microbiology Part 2

I believe Microbiology and I have a mutual hatred that can only be expressed through stress and tears. At the same time, I’m learning that Microbiology is nothing but a bully. It’s not a hard class, it’s just there to make you cry and the lesson is to not let it win. I hate Microbiology but at the same time I’m growing…
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Anna Dressed in Blood By Kendare Blake Book Review

Anna Dressed in BloodAfter reading Antigoddess and not being completely satisfied with it, a friend of mine asked me to try another one of Kendare Blake’s books, Anna Dressed in Blood. Before I go into the book, which I ended up liking, remember my love for Supernatural [Day 1 and Day 2]?? I found out why I liked this book much more than Antigoddess, because this book is almost EXACTLY like Supernatural.

Anna Dressed in Blood is the first book of this series written by Kendare Blake. It is written about a young ghost hunter named Theseus Cassio Lowood, who goes by Cas for short. (Sound familiar?). He kills ghosts with a blade that has been in his family for generations. Cas travels all over the world and killing ghosts that have gone mad/insane and began to hurt people/ (honestly, are you seeing the familiarity??)

Cas started hunting when his father was brutally murdered by a ghost and now Cas is training to be strong enough to avenge his father, until he gets called to go find, and then kill, Anna. Anna is an unusually strong ghost who’s been killing anyone who enters her house in Thunder Bay for the last fifty years. Basically it’s your boy-meets-girl, and girl-kills-people novel.

However, things don’t go the way they should in Thunder Bay. A harmless prank goes wrong, murders pop up, a mysterious friend is made and not everyone, or everything, is what they seem.

I actually really liked the way this book was written, although I do question how Kendare Blake got around the obvious ideas and scripts of the TV series, Supernatural. Seriously, there were so many obvious character names, ideas, plots, etc. that I have seen in the TV series! However, Kendare Blake did do a good job of making the story suck you in. The fight scenes were much better than Antigoddess I could actually feel the pain that I was reading and that was an improvement from my last book from Kendare Blake.

There were times in the book when one of the characters would annoy me but usually they improved a bit by the end. I wish Kendare Blake had expanded a bit on her side characters. She could’ve done a lot with some of the characters but decided to just let them fizzle out. Or she focused on the wrong characters to expand. The 2D portrayals of the characters ended up making the book very predictable and seem, for lack of a better word, simple. Since this is the first book in the series, and I have not read the rest of the books, then I could be wrong about the character development but this is my initial reaction to the set of characters.

If you love Supernatural, paranormal novels, or stories of young teenagers having to go out and kill evil, this book is for you. I you are queasy with blood and guts, or get scared really, really, really easily then perhaps don’t read this before bedtime. However, it isn’t a Stephen King novel…honest… it’s not that scary! This is a very mild, paranormal book. If you hate books that have red ink, or you can’t see red ink well then this book maybe a problem for you. I don’t mind books with colored ink, but some people disagree. Anna Dressed in Blood uses a darker red ink which can be hard on some people’s eyes.

All in all it was a good book, I wanted to finish the book and read to the end. I loved some of the characters even if the other half of the characters were insufferable. (FYI: You will end up loathing Mike, Will and Chase. I did and I seethed about them for a good hour before I could go back to the book.) I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Makayla

Book Review: Antigoddess By: Kendare Blake

AntigoddessAntigoddess is the first book in the Goddess War series written by Kendare Blake. It’s set in a modern take on Greek Mythology and it involves the immortal Greek gods and goddess’ dying. How can IMMORTAL Greek gods and goddess’ die? That’s exactly what our main character’s Athena and Hermes are trying to find out. Continue reading

Verse of the Day: Romans 12:2

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:2 MSG