My Own Personal Neverland: Opening the Disney Store

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On Saturday mornings in the winter, my mom and I go to the mall.  It’s too cold out for our normal walk, and the Farmer’s Market has closed for the winter.  So, to the mall for some good old fashioned walking…and admittedly a lot of shopping.

I’d heard a rumor that every day, a little prince or princess would get to unlock the Disney Store.  I was curious, and sort of wanted to see, because I am a sucker for Disney and cute children.  So around 9:55 on a Saturday, we meandered over in that direction.  A leafy green lock stood in the doorway, with velvet ropes on either side.  Williams-Sonoma across the way had about ten kids waiting outside (youth cooking class) and Disney had…well, me.

At opening time, there were still no children waiting outside.  Apparently malls are not busy places on January Saturdays.  So when the nice Disney cast member came to see who was outside to unlock the store, there was…well, me.

“That’s okay!” she chirped.  “Tall princesses can open the store, so long as they have the power of imagination!  Do you have the power of imagination?”

At this point, a little bit of embarrassment crept in.  Yes, I have the power of imagination, but I am also a woman grown.  Ish.    This only got worse as a cast member danced forward holding what can only be described as a keyblade.  About three feet long.


She asked me a few questions: what was the key in the shape of?  Which Princess had a castle in which park?  She made a “Royal Declaration” that Princess Laura would be unlocking imagination today.  Then I turned the key in the very large lock, the ropes fell, and the store opened.

After this, the cast member presented me with a miniature version of the key, a few inches long.  It’s an interesting keepsake, and really did make me feel like a princess for a moment.  Then I went shopping and bought some gifts for people with birthdays upcoming.

If you’re ever in a mall when it’s about to open, give this a try.  But please, yield to children!


Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: WWE’s Royal Rumble




WWE’s Royal Rumble is next week in Philadelphia, and things are pretty exciting in the Pretty Nerdy Household (who will actually be in attendance that evening.)  If you’re not lucky enough to be seeing it live, you could host a Royal Rumble party.

No apologies for the wrestling puns to follow.  I’m in a mood.  Puns for everyone.


  • Keep it simple.  Royal Rumble will be on the tv, so use crepe paper to make ring ropes around your living room.  Cheap, simple, and effective.
  • If you have more money and are lazy, Party City carries some pre-made party supplies with WWE wrestlers in it.  Cry over your CM Punk plates here, folks.
  • Alternately, pick a wrestler you like who’s “hosting” the party and color coordinate with them.  Dolph Ziggler?  Neon Pink and Blue.  Ambrose, Rollins, or Regns?  Black.  AJ Lee?  Black and Pink.  Red and Yellow are classic choices for the Hulkster.
  • Posterboard signs based on your favorite wrestlers.



  • Zack Ryder Long Island Iced Tea: Woo Woo Woo Indeed.
  • Steve Austin beers.  Anything cheap and domestic that comes in a can.
  • Kurt Angle milk.
  • RC Cola with pictures of Mick Foley taped to every can, labeled “Cheap Pop!”
  • Vodka STINGers, with black food coloring or black cups



  • Face paint crayons.  Whether you want to go old school like the Ultimate Warrior, new like the Usos, or just paint a lot of black around your eyes like Adam Rose, the Undertaker, or Paige, this is a sure bet for a lot of fun.
  • Luchador masks can be a little pricey, but feel free to channel your inner Rey Mysterio/ Sin Cara.



  • In honor of Brock Lesnar, order some Jimmy Johns’ subs.
  • Real American Hot dogs and hamburgers for Jack Swagger
  • Grab yourself a copy of this antique gem and get cooking.  Make sure to ask your guests if they smell what the host is cookin’.
  • Ryback Meat on the Table Meatball Sandwiches So delicious, you’ll be saying Feed Me More.



    • Grab a pint glass and pop some Slim Jims in there, in honor of the Macho Man’s impending Hall of Fame induction later this year.
    • Hummus and vegetables in honor of noted vegan Daniel Bryan
    • El Torito Taquitos– make the recipe but cut the tortillas down to bite-sized pieces in honor of everyone’s favorite little bull.
    • The Devil’s Favorite Hot Wings inspired by this Kane news item.





  • Make sugar cookies in the shape of bunnies and roses for Adam Rose.
  • Undertaker graveyard Worms and Dirt.  I know this makes more sense for Wrestlemania.  I also don’t care.  If you’re feeling crafty, put the names of his 21 Wrestlemania conquests on Milano cookies for gravestones.
  • John Cena Fruity Pebbles Treats– like a Rice Krispie treat, but with John Cena’s signature cereal.


Music:   No music- you should be watching Royal Rumble. Since it’s like four hours long.
Dress: Encourage everyone to dress as their favorite wrestler.  This shouldn’t be too difficult.


As always, Pinterest board is here.

Who is the Scarlet Witch?

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch


In celebration of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, we’re going to talk a little bit about the Scarlet Witch.  She’s a new heroine to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  She did not appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, although her brother Quicksilver did.

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff (Alias Wanda Frank)

First Appearance: X-Men #4 (March 1964)

Affiliations: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, X-Men, Avengers, West Coast Avengers,

Notable Non-Comic Appearances:

  • The Marvel Super Heroes (1966 animated series)
  • Iron Man (1994 animated series)
  • X-Men (1990s animated series)
  • X-Men: Evolution
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Superhero Squad Show

Powers:  The ability to manipulate probability- in other words, she gives her enemies bad luck.  This is occasionally stated as the ability to manipulate Chaos Magic.   Flight and telekenesis are not presented consistently.

Major Series and Plotlines:

  • Avengers vs X-Men (AvX)
  • The Children’s Crusade
  • House of M
  • X-Men
  • The Uncanny X-Men
  • The Avengers


Family Ties:  In the comics, she is married to Vision.  Her father is Magneto (obviously this will not hold true in Avengers because of all of the legal issues between Sony and Disney/Marvel) and her mother is Magda Lensherr.  Like her father, Wanda is prone to depression and mental illness, with delusional tendencies in some plotlines.  Wanda’s twin brother is Quicksilver, who also appeared in both Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  She has maintained relationships other than Vision.  Mother to two sons, Billy and Tommy.


The Supergirl TV Show: What do we know?



Marvel may rule the roost when it comes to the cinema, but DC Comics is taking over your living room couch.  Following established hit Arrow, the already-renewed Flash, and breakout hit Gotham is going to be the first female-centered show of the DC Universe class: Supergirl.

In an interesting move, CBS has chosen to move forward with Supergirl on their own, instead of throwing it to sister network the CW (where Flash and Arrow currently draw fairly good ratings for the second-tier network.)  All three shows share producer Greg Berlanti.  Today, CBS entertainment chair Nina Tassler talked a little bit about the show at a Television Critics Association press conference.

So what do we know?

1) Supergirl will be a crime procedural mixed with character arcs.   Tassler compared the new show with CBS’s existing female-driven hits, stating that “The beauty of it is now with shows like Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.”   Will the show adopt the established Gotham/ Agents of SHIELD/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer format of monster-of-the-week until the story gets enough momentum to hold up on its own?

2) She’s not going to have a Wonder Woman style character derailment.  One of the biggest criticisms of NBC’s failed Wonder Woman pilot was the transition between the strong but kind heroine we know and love to a woman who would savagely beat a man to interrogate him, then go home and eat ice cream.  So relatable, right?   Tassler has us convinced Kara is going to stay Kara, promising that ” We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.”  Kara is not going to suddenly become stupid or weak.  Tassler’s assurance that they are feminists is comforting in a time when people are suddenly afraid of the term.

Tassler also stated that “It’s a wonderful amalgamation of the mythology of the character with a coming of age tale.  She’s a very strong, independent young woman and she’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. And it’s a female-empowerment story, which if you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonate to that.”

3) Kara hasn’t been cast yet.

4) Because of the different networks,  Supergirl will probably not cross over with Flash and Arrow right away.  This may not happen initially, but we’re also not ruling it out, ever.  Time and space are nothing compared to the red tape involved with the legal departments.

5)There is a good chance there will be romantic elements.  Tonally, Supergirl has been stated to be more in line with Flash than Arrow, which implies a lighter, funnier take on superheroes than the dark-edgy-gritty phenomenon of too many superhero works currently.

6) The producer totally gets what fans want.  In September, Greg Berlanti told Variety ” I’ve gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they’re grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there’s a need.  I think people are more interested in quality than they are necessarily just going to watch something because it’s about a man or a woman… There are just as many women who love the action of [Arrow] as there are men who love the romance. I think it’s [about] recognizing that audiences are sophisticated and varied.”

Yes.  Yes.  Yes.

Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: Parks and Recreation


Parks and Recreation’s final season opens this week, and we think you should Treat Yo-Self to a fun Pawnee themed party to see out one of the sweetest, funniest, warmest shows on television.


  • Throw together simple typography prints of your favorite lines.


  • “I love you and I like you.”
  • “You had me at meat tornado.”
  • “It says you might have network connectivity problems.”
  • “Treat Yo’Self.”
  • The Pawnee Goddess pledge.
  • ‘Slowing down is not really my jam.”
  • “Friends. Waffles.  Work.”


  • Be sure to post the Entertainment 720 logo around.  Include a VIP section no one is important enough to sit in.
  • Arrange some stuffed Mini Horses to be both Li’l Sebastian and Imposter.



Let’s take our cue from Tom Haverford for the “Apps”-

  • Chicky Chicky Parm Parm- Bake up some chicken nuggets and cover with sauce and cheese.  Stick a toothpick in each nugget.
  • Without the sauce and cheese, call it “Chicky Chicky Fry Fry.”  Lazy option: use this as the entree and buy premade fried chicken.  We’re not Martha Stewart here at PNT.  We’re not judging you.
  • Mini Calzones, because i love Ben Wyatt and so can you.



There are two more routes you can take here, or you can combine them.



Meat.  Meat everywhere.  All of your eggs. and all of your bacon.  Hamburgers with just meat (you can put ketchup if you want to- I don’t care.)


Waffles.  Waffles everywhere.


Waffles and Bacon.



If you went the Ron route with the food, try the Leslie route for cake, by layering waffles with whipped cream or icing to create a beautiful layer cake.


If you went Leslie with the food, go with a breakfast dessert that is not waffles.   If it’s made with dough or batter, you can put it in a waffle maker.  Cinnamon rolls?  Cake?  Cookies?  The world is yours, my friend.

If you went both, buy or make a cake, stick a sign in front of it that says  “Big Ol’Cookie”  and you’re set.  Write “Treat Yo’Self” on the cake.



  • Use Whiskey as replacement “Snake Juice.”  Please be careful.  Do not die.
  • Find the biggest cups you have.  Put soda in them.
  • Be sure to serve Tom Haverford’s favorite: Magic Water (root beer.)
  • Some strong coffee would probably be a good idea.



Plush Mini Horses!  Let your guests take them home.  What are you going to do with ten of them anyhow?



Easy One.   Mouse Rat is real.


If a dress made out of newspaper clippings of your personal successes is not feasible, and you didn’t buy a Batsuit during your last Treat Yo’Self day, just dress in the spirit of your favorite character.  Be neat and cute like Chris or Ann, professional like Leslie or Ben, or thrown together like April and Andy.  Or do as Donna and Tom would do: wear whatever you want.


As always, check out Pinterest for more on this Party!


Cosplay Wednesday: Winter Cosplay

Cosplay by Tumblr user Tenacious Bee

Cosplay by Tumblr user Tenacious Bee

While awesome, that isn’t quite what I meant by “Winter” cosplay.  Baby, it’s cold outside, but winter time conventions are fairly common.  My favorite January convention (NJ’s Kotoricon) always seems blessed with unusually beautiful weather, but that clearly isn’t always the case. So what do you do in the event you don’t want to dress as Elsa?

BEFORE YOU GO: Check out the situation.  Can you get a hotel room in or very close to the convention?  Are you taking public transit?  Most importantly, is there a coat check or lockers?  All of these factors matter.  If you can park close, or get a hotel room close, you can disregard most of this pretty comfortably.  But if you’re going to be standing at a bus stop or train station, then walking, you’re gonna have a bad time.

With a coat check and/or lockers, you can endure significantly more.  If you can wear a coat and/or boots, you can check them and then run around in a more conventional cosplay.

CAPES.  Edna Mode isn’t here, and the likelihood of being sucked into a jet engine is pretty low at a convention.  A sturdy cape can keep you warm even if the rest of your outfit is thin.  Galadriel, Batgirl, Arwen, Belle, Princess Anna, and Lady Loki are all awesome characters with awesome capes that can be long enough to keep you warm


Emma Frost wears a cape, and is seasonal, but the rest of her costume is a little chilly.

Alternately, just dress as Edna Mode.  That looks warm.


COATS.  Dress like a character who has to wear a coat.  Think Katniss Everdeen in her Catching Fire hunting clothes or Princess Leia’s Hoth ensemble.  Tauntaun optional and not included.  These tend to be extra convenient because the ensembles are pretty easy to craft out of existing clothing.  All you need for Leia are grey boots, a white sweatsuit, and a white Marty McFly vest.  For Katniss, you need brown boots, olive green pants, a brown leather jacket, and a sick scarf/shawl.  For both, you need someone who knows how to braid your hair.



CATSUITS.  Believe you me, you’ll be warm in these, almost to a fault.  Catwoman, Batgirl (double the warm!)


ONESIES.  Are you looking for a low-effort cosplay that will keep you warm all through a chilly convention?  You can buy onesies in Batgirl, Pikachu, Rainbow Dash, Totoro and Gizmo, along with many many others.  Bonus?  You can totally sleep in them.

BANLFWsCIAAuaucSHOES.  Girls, this is not the time to wear your highest heels.  Be careful and be smart.  Icy sidewalks are no joke, and unless you want to spend February cosplaying as Oracle, it might be best to wear sneakers or flats.  If there are lockers at your convention, I’d fully recommend renting one and keeping your cold weather friendly shoes in there and changing into something cosplay friendly.
If you want to ignore all of this advice, stay in the convention hotel if there is one.  Just be prepared to pay a premium to do so.

Come check out our Pinterest board for this topic!

Good luck and good cosplay.  Stay warm and be creative!

You had to know this was coming.

New Year, Same Nerds

Credit to DeviantArt user neochan-pl

Image Credit to DeviantArt user neochan-pl

It’s a shiny new year, and that means some big things in the pipeline for Pretty Nerdy Things.

We’re going to actually have a posting schedule and regular features this year.  I know, right?


Mondays are the catch-all day.  Reviews, recaps, rants, and anything else deemed worthy.


  • First Wednesday of the Month: Cosplay Wednesday.  Ideas, tutorials, and discussions with expert cosplayers for the savvy cosplayer on a budget.  Skill range will vary, from what you can expect to buy ready-made to what is going to require two years and a sewing machine.
  • Second Wednesday of the Month: Lesser-Known Character Profiles.  Who is Dazzler, anyway, and why is she in the X-Men arcade game? There are women outside Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and Black Widow.  Let’s talk about them.
  • Third Wednesday of the Month is One-Shot Wednesday.  Shows that ran for one season, or preferably one episode on live broadcast.  We’ll reflect and reminisce on the successes that never were.
  • Fourth Wednesday of the Month will be an exciting nerd calendar, with what you can expect for the month ahead
  • Fifth Wednesday of the Month (should there be one) will always be a fun top ten list, and will never be all that serious.


  • Theme Party Friday.  Every Friday, we will help you to organize a party for the next week, based on what’s happening in Pop Culture.  This week, you can look forward to a Parks and Recreation party worthy of Entertainment 720.

Other Goals

  • Stay tuned for information about our upcoming YouTube show, arriving Summer 2015.
  • We’re also looking for new Pretty Nerdy Things to join the team.  Email if you’re interested.  Or if you’re not.  We love mail.
  • We’ve got a Pinterest! will be added to and developed in the coming year, with boards for all of our theme parties!

In Memoriam: Robin Williams (1951-2014)


Williams as Peter Pan in Hook (1993.)  I loved him this way, halfway between suburban dad and mythical figure.

We here at Pretty Nerdy Things wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Mr. Williams by trying to help someone else.  The kind, gentle and funny man who taught us to crow, and that you can’t wish for more wishes, and to stand on desks to prove a point would have wanted it this way.

Please, if you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

To donate your time or money to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, visit

Since we tend to be Philadelphia-focused, please consider donating to or attending the Out of the Darkness Walk on October 5.

Thank you, Captain.


2014 Emmys: a Will Win/ Should Win (Lead Actor Edition)


The 2014 Emmy Nominations have been released!  There’s definitely some controversial  omissions .  We’re going to take you through a will win/ should win, right now for lead actors, because there are kind of a lot of categories.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Breaking Bad • AMC
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mad Men • AMC
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
The Newsroom • HBO
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
True Detective • HBO
Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart
True Detective • HBO
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle

Will Win and Should Win: Bryan Cranston, for his terrifying turn in the last season of Breaking Bad.   McConaughey and Harrelson could very well split any votes True Detective would garner, and it’s not wise to bet against the one who knocks.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey • PBS
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife • CBS
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Homeland • Showtime
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Masters of Sex • Showtime 
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
Scandal • ABC 
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Will Win:  Claire Danes has won twice for Homeland, but many feel the show has lost its way a little bit in the most recent season. Honestly, I could see this going to anyone but Lizzy Caplan- Masters of Sex simply isn’t popular enough.
Should Win: 
Kerry Washington.  She’s been nominated before for the role, but her Presidential fixer has risen to become a cultural icon.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Dancing On The Edge • Starz
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester
Fargo • FX Networks
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
Fargo • FX Networks
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
Luther • BBC America
Idris Elba as John Luther
The Normal Heart • HBO
Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks
Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Will Win: Ruffalo’s a strong contender for his turn in the star-studded, high-profile The Normal Heart.
Should Win: 
Cumberbatch has never been better as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode Foxx
Burton And Taylor • BBC America
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor
Return To Zero • Lifetime
Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal
The Spoils Of Babylon • IFC
Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse
The Trip To Bountiful • Lifetime
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts

Will Win: Jessica Lange, though not necessarily for her turn as Fiona.  The Emmys might hand over the award because she didn’t win for Sister Jude.
Should Win: Kristen Wiig, but comedies don’t really fare well outside their own category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Derek • Netflix
Ricky Gervais as Derek
Episodes • Showtime
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
House Of Lies • Showtime
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie • FX Networks
Louis C.K. as Louie
Shameless • Showtime
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Will Win: The Emmys love The Big Bang Theory, and Parsons has had more opportunities to act and grow as a character this season than in previous ones.  Expect that to be rewarded.  The only new face is Ricky Gervais, and I’m sure people are still not particularly fond of him after the Golden Globes.
Should Win: I’m actually pulling for Parsons, given that he actually made catchphrase-spouting Sheldon human again this season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Girls • HBO
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly • CBS
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
Nurse Jackie • Showtime 
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Orange Is The New Black • Netflix 
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
Parks and Recreation • NBC 
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Veep • HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer

Will Win: The Emmys love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  In a category with few new faces, they might stick with the status quo.  Orange is the New Black is fabulous, but Schilling’s character is largely considered the least interesting part of it.
Should Win: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.  A beautiful balance of bumbling, steely, brilliant, sweet, and courageous. She’s far overdue.

(Later today, I will post for supporting actors!)


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