Geeky Job, Lady Gaga & Remembering my Kitty

It’s nice to sit in my newly unpacked apartment with high speed WiFi to blog with. Not having WiFi for a couple days felt odd to me yet I still drove to Starbucks to write for this blog. Life has been chaotic so I decided to combine different life events into one written article. I started my new geeky job, attended the Lady Gaga concert and found out my cat died in my childhood bedroom closet.

Geeky Barista Job

I wanted a part time job that was more laid back than my full time job. I applied to be a barista at a coffee shop attached to a board game store. I get 30% off of board games, Magic the Gathering sets and D&D guide books. Plus I get to be around coffee a couple days a week with cash tips. I am finishing training this week, but I’m looking forward to working while socializing with the regulars.

Lady Gaga Concert

On Monday the 21st, I carpooled with a coworker to the Lady Gaga concert in St. Paul, MN. Lady Gaga is the queen of pop who puts on an energetic show. She performed songs off her new album titled Joanne while also combining older songs including Poker Face, Love Game and Born this Way. I won these tickets from my full time job which included being in a suite with my coworkers. We were above the stage where I took numerous videos of Gaga performing. It was a certainly a night to remember.

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R. I. P to Ellie.

Unfortunately I’m ending my life update with a sad announcement of the death of my last cat, Ellie. Ellie was a shit like most cats are, but she was still my shitty cat. She had lost a lot of weight in the last couple weeks, but she was eating and drinking water. However, on the 21st, my mom texted me saying she thought something was wrong with her. When I called back a couple hours later, my brother informed me she died. I’m a little distraught about it because within a year, I lost both of my childhood cats. Animals are your furry children, so losing them is tough. I came home crying ugly tears to the boyfriend while staining his t-shirt with mascara. I’m glad she doesn’t have to suffer anymore.

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Once I get my routine down with my new job, my goal is to write posts every other day. This may not happen all the time, but I do like writing on this blog and I don’t want it to be forgotten.

 

 

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Moving Out! + Stress About Money

This blog may get neglected over the past week because I just signed a lease to move out of my mom’s place into an apartment with my boyfriend! We toured the place yesterday and we both knew this would be a good place to start out. Cat rent is only an extra $15 a month and we get a small balcony. By December I’m hoping to rescue an older kitty from the Humane Society to pet after I get home from work. A couple hours after signing the lease, I got a little worried about money.

After my road trip in June, I was adding on to my savings after dipping into it a little bit for gas and fun activities. Since my last paycheck, my savings is the highest it has ever been which I’m extremely proud of. I also have to compete with once a month a withdrawal from my savings for my life insurance and Roth IRA. I know these withdrawals are going to be great for my future, but I still get nervous seeing money exit my savings account.

My boyfriend has been trying to calm my fears by saying if anything were to happen, he would have money to help me out. Maybe I’m stubborn, but I detest the feeling of relying on someone else. However, I trust myself in the sense that I am a hard worker. I make commission at work, and if I work hard them my commission will reflect that.

Even though I’m stressing about money, I need to start switching my focus to the positive. I won’t owe any debt from my college education nor do I have credit card debt to pay off. This means that I can fully focus on adding money to my savings each month. Plus me and my family have talked about a Orlando Harry Potter World trip next February and I’m determined to save for this trip.

New Comic Book Day Comedy Show

Wednesday is a special day during the week because it’s new comic book day! Besides new comic book day, a brewery in downtown Minneapolis hosts a comedy theme comic show every Wednesday night. I have been wanting to go for a long time, but I had been away at college for most of the shows. I attended my first new comic book day at Day Block Brewing Company this Wednesday and it was hilarious. Since I decided to sit in the front row, I cheered for the comedian who noticed me and gave me a free comic.

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Me and the boyfriend enjoying a beer before the show.

New Comic Book Day is hosted by Eliot Rahal and Katy Rex who are prominent comic creators from the Twin Cities. Eliot Rahal has written numerous comics including the one-shot for Bloodshot by Valiant comics. Katy Rex is a freelance writer and editor working on Jade Street Protection Services a comic that I can only describe as “punk rock Hogwarts students in detention and saving the world.” Both Eliot and Katy are energetic hosts helping to pull this show together.

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Eliot Rahal performing a sketch.

Each show has comedians who come on stage to crack some jokes before an onstage interview happens with someone in the MN comic scene. I didn’t know what to expect with the show, but I laughed so hard I almost cried during some of the sketches. After all the comedians perform, an interview occurs between the hosts and the featured guest. For this show, the featured guest was Adam Vermillion from the podcast Panels and Pizza.  At the show I met Adam in person and he’s a nice guy who has been essential in promoting the MN comic scene.

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Daredevil themed comedy sketch.

Plus I got a free comic!!!! I received issue #8 of Animosity thanks to Eliot Rahal. I did a google search and Animosity is about animals waking up and taking over the world. I’m interested in reading it and if I like it enough I may pick up issues #1-7.

If you’re in the Minnesota area, head over to Day Block to see this show. It was a whole lot of fun and Day Block has a great brew list too. My recommendation is to sit in the front because you’re more likely to get free comics.

 

 

Road Trip / Back to Blogging

Today marks the morning after getting home from my epic U.S road trip. For the past two weeks I have been taking my new car around the U.S on a longer road trip. This road trip meant a lot to me because I made new memories and saw a new part of the U.S. Chattanooga, TN was one of my favorite cities I visited and I highly recommend traveling there this summer. The idea to take this road trip came to me because I wanted to go somewhere as a reward to graduating from college. I could have gone overseas, but my philosophy is there is so much to see in the country I was born in.

I’m happy to announce my return to blogging with some book reviews, comic reviews even some gaming themed articles hopefully. I also have a new goal with my blog to write when I want so blogging become a chore. I wanted to leave a couple pictures of my trip, but if you’re looking for more definitely follow my Instagram account: @bizarrebrunette0117.

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MSP Comic Con 2017

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The 2017 convention season has begun since last weekend I attended my first con of the season on May 21st at the St. Paul Grandstand. MSP ComiCon is run by volunteers which is pretty impressive. I always sit with the Twin Cities Geek table so I am considered an exhibitor at the convention. I have never paid to get into this con and I get free lunch that’s cooked by the volunteers for this con. This con is one of my favorites and I always meet new creators each time I attend. I made sure to bring cash with me and I wanted to show off the comics and books I purchased.

Kim & Kim #1 by Black Mask Studios

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Kim & Kim details the rebellious story of two young women who hijack some bounties and are in deep shit. This comic emphasizes powerful female relationships, creates trans/queer representation and it’s all taking place in this punk rock, sci fi adventure. I am always on the look out for representation in comics and independent comic labels do a great job at providing different characters.

Crawfish by Rachel Topka

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To be honest, I’m not sure if I will like this. Apparently it’s about a man who wakes up as a craw fish? I picked it up because it seemed weird, but it might be too weird for me.

Lake Lurkers by M.P. Johnson

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Lake Lurkers is a scary tale about creatures living in Lake Harriet which is located in Minneapolis. I love the Cthulhu mythos so anything about undersea creatures is a 100% must buy for me. I can’t wait to read this, plus the author drew me a skull in my book!

Chapel by Anthony Hary

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I don’t know that much about Chapel except that the main character is a former assassin. The way Anthony Hary talked to me about his comic intrigued me into purchasing it. When I purchased this comic I also got a free print. I don’t watch Archer, but I still think this print is awesome.

Big in Japan by Timothy Price

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What would happen if a rock star/band traveled to Japan to fight a Godzilla like creature? Once I read this book, I’ll let you know how it turns out. My first impression of this book is imagining Led Zeppelin battling with the Kaiju from Pacific Rim. This seems like a cool premise for a book so I purchased it.

Outside by Kristin Tipping

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This adorable and beautifully drawn book is made by Kristin Tipping who also illustrates a comic on tapastic called Evil Witch Allie. Evil Witch Allie is a great web comic to keep up on, so I added the link to this post. Anyway, this book is about a cat named Smudge awkwardly finding his way in the world. Can I just say that I want to name my future cat Smudge now because the name is cute.

Midwinter by Kayla Swain

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I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I definitely did when purchasing this book. I was walking by her table and the cover caught my eye. I’m not exactly sure what it’s about because I bought this on a whim, but it seems like it would be a fun read.

RoboCatz vs. Thunder Dogs by Justin Cermak

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Robot dogs are destroying robot cats and vice versa in this epic comic. I am rooting for the robot cats of course.

H.E.N.C.H (Helping Evil Nefarious Criminals Hire) by James Person & Chad Freund

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Super villains usually always lose against the heroes, so how about trying to hire villains for other job positions. I’m doing a terrible job explaining this comic because it’s more interesting than how I’m describing it out to be. I am linking the H.E.N.C.H Facebook page so you can learn more yourself.

That is everything I purchased from MSP ComiCon this year. I am actually slightly overwhelmed at all the comics I have yet to read, but at least I can say I helped support MN artists.

Forever a WSU Warrior

Hello geek friends and blog followers! As you can probably tell.. my posts have been somewhat irregular. I actually really dislike when I go more than a week without blogging, but life happens. I am thrilled to announce that I officially graduated from college at Winona State University! My B.S. is in Exercise Science with a minor in nutrition and I am currently in the process of relocating with the boyfriend to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I wanted to reflect on my years at school and post plenty of pictures.

Freshman Year; Naive, Insecure and Excited (2012 – 2013)

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First of all, I look like a baby in all three of these pictures. The first picture was right before my family left me at school. I remember seeing them leaving and crying my eyes out for a good hour. I was scared and I didn’t know what to expect. Eventually I grouped with my floor mates and I figured everything out.

The one thing I will miss about freshman year is how exciting everything is. I’m in a fresh town to explore, new people to meet and I took a lot of pictures. The last picture was with one of my very first friends I met in college. Unfortunately we don’t keep up anymore, but in this picture I was still incredibly happy that I met her. College just forces you to meet so many new people at once and it’s overwhelming in that way.

Sophomore Year; Lonely, Confused and Insecure (2013 – 2014) 

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The first photo is confusing, but my sophomore year I felt alone. A lot of friends I made freshman year were nonexistent sophomore year. Some say that you find your “tribe” in college, but it wasn’t until junior year of college where I felt happy with my friend group. That’s okay. College is a different experience for everyone and I happened to have my own journey in meeting friends who had my back.

I did join Astronomy Club my sophomore year of college which I really enjoyed along with volunteering at the local humane society. These experiences helped get me through the toughest year of college.

Junior Year; Independent, Delighted and Spectacular (2014 – 2015) 

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This was my absolute favorite year in college. I found my friend group, I started a new healthy relationship (the boyfriend & I have been together for 3 years in October!!!) and I started my new major. My favorite memories this year include: meeting my boyfriend, “welcome week 2014”, visits to the St. Paul science museum, homecoming parade, hiking in White Water National Park with a friend, Free Comic Book Day, Living in Winona for the summer and so much more. Thanks Junior Year for lifting my spirits.

Senior Year; BROKE (2015 -2016) 

It’s common for most college students to have that one year in school where you struggle to pay for food. That was my senior year. I took trips in the summer of 2015 that left me without much money. I really have nothing else more to say about this year so let’s move on.

Super Senior Year; (2016 – 2017) Bored, Impatient and Proud. 

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I was impatient because I was taking a 5th year to complete my degree and bored with the college experience. I just wanted my degree and to move on with the next chapter of my life. I am so proud of earning my degree by myself! It didn’t feel like I was graduating until I walked into the gymnasium filled with loved ones. I waved to my mom as I found my seat and that’s when I had the epiphany of being done with college. I almost started to cry because I am sure in a couple months I will look back on these years and really miss each year. Eventually, I want to write a post about the life lessons I learned from college because I am a changed person in these 5 years compared to my shy 18 year old self.

That’s the basic summary of my college experience. I am so proud and am slightly tearing up writing this post. I am now an alumni and not a student. I am now a confident woman ready to take charge in the work force and change the world.

March for Science!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of marching in downtown St. Paul, MN for the March for Science. The march for science is protesting the neglected scientific research for global warming exhibited in the Trump presidency. Science is extremely important for the success of our planet and I’m not agreeing with how Trump is handling the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This post isn’t to necessarily start a political debate, but I am proud to say that I protested for something I believe in. I’m a biologist at heart and I’m a firm believer in funding NASA and traveling through space. Therefore, attending this march was crucial for me. I wanted to share my pictures with you and feel free to comment about your science background in the comment section below.

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My friend’s sign she held up

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“Stand Up for Science” sign

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“We’re gonna hafta Science the SH*T outta this. . . ” sign

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St. Paul Capitol Building. We were within a couple feet.

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I’m second from the left 🙂 

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Notice my Hufflepuff cardigan!