Royal Rumble: What Went Right

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This article grew to be very long.  So I’m splitting it into everything before the Rumble, and the Rumble and aftermath.  The show splits nicely that way.

 

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If you know anything about wrestling, you’ll know that Sunday night did not go well in the city of Philadelphia.  I was there, and here’s what happened.  First off, we didn’t get in until well after the pre-show started, which was poor planning on someone’s part somewhere.  I don’t know if the blame lies with Wells Fargo Center or WWE, but someone messed up.

The night started off great, with A New Day (I’m not really sure what their gimmick is supposed to be at all) and Team CatFacts.  They’re really called Team UpperCATS, but Tyson Kidd’s “Cats”  and “Fact” kneepads make my name vastly superior.  Philadelphia didn’t like New Day at all, but I don’t really understand why. I’ve always enjoyed watching Kofi Kington and Big E (Langston), and Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are both charismatic and hilarious.  CatFacts won the bout, much to the pleasure of the Philly crowd.

Then, the show actually started.  The opening tag match between the Usos and Miz and Mizdow only really served the latter pair.  The Usos kept the belts, and Miz(dow) kept actually having a storyline.  Philadelphia loves them some Damien Mizdow.

Wait.  The Acension beat the New Age Outlaws before that.  No one cared.  New Age Outlaws enjoyed a nice pop when they ran into the ring wearing Phillie Phanatic hats, but once the match started, no one really cared.

The Divas match was low-stakes, and I didn’t really understand the plot behind it.  Unfortunately, WWE’s booking of the women is generally pretty bad.  When did Brie turn evil again?  Why did Brie turn evil?  No one knows.  That being said, both Bellas are improving in the ring, and Paige and Natalya don’t really need much improvement.  The Bellas won, and I wish the prize had been a rewarding storyline for the female wrestlers.

Next was the match of the night.  Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins.  This was the match of the three-week-old year, and it’s going to be hard to top.  All three men had crowd support in varying factions (Cena with the least and Lesnar with the most.  I’m a Rollins girl.)  Rollins put Lesnar through a table.  Lesnar F5’d everyone.  Paul Heyman yelled a lot.  Cena tried to AA Lesnar five times in a row.  He got to 3.  Womp Womp.  Lesnar retained to the roar of the crowd.

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Seth Rollins, taking a delightful nap.

 

The crowd was ecstatic getting into the Royal Rumble Match…

Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: Disney World!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re either just getting back from Disney World, getting ready to go to Disney World, or wishing you were in Disney World.  In the coldest part of the Winter, have a delightful shindig to remind you there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow!

As always, take a look at our Pinterest for more ideas!

Food:

For some EPCOT flair, try a little something from around the world.

  • Crepes for France
  • Spring rolls for Japan
  • Make a batch of Orange chicken as hors d’oeuvres.
  • Lazy option: Have Chipotle cater in honor of Mexico
  • If you’re particularly inclined, you can make the famous smoked turkey legs for which Disney is so well known.

Dessert:

Go classic Disney food.   The kind of food you always find yourself blowing your snack credits on.

  • Churros.
  • Waffles and ice cream (though you should use this to make the waffles.)
  • Popcorn
  • Mickey Ice Cream Bars (Here for the recipe)

If you’re feeling ambitious, Allears.net posts recipes to YOUR favorite Disney World dish!

Drinks:

Music:

Youtube has all sorts of great audio from all over the parks- if you’re looking for something specific, it’s probably there.  If you’re not, here are my favorites:

Decor:

  • You know all those souvenirs your parents told you not to buy?  Break them out and display them!
  • Hang leftover maps on the walls, or print them out from various web sites 🙂
  • Pin any Disney pins you might have everywhere- if it’s Disney, put it out!

 

Dress Code:

  • Encourage guests to Disneybound.  Dress up in the colors and style of your favorite Disney girl, boy, or animal!

Enjoy your Disney party, and we’ll see you real soon!

One Shot Wednesday: Wrestling Society X

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In One-Shot Wednesday, we take some time to talk about a show that ran one 13-episode season or less. In honor of this week’s Royal Rumble, we’re going to take a look at a lesser-known wrestling federation.

The year was 2007.  Over three months, MTV aired ten episodes of an extreme wrestling show- electric weapons, coffins, fireballs,  and an exploding cage.  In a “mysterious underground bunker” wrestlers fought over grudges perceived and personal.  A wrestler from 50 years before awoke from a coma, not having aged a day, and was bent on wrestling just the way he always had.  Musical guests such as Good Charlotte and Pitbull stopped by, making this the professional wrestling equivalent of All That.  This was Wrestling Society X.

The show was moderately successful, but faded away quickly in the wake of- of all things- a flash paper fireball being seen as an imitable act, and therefore unairable.  The season/ series finale was pulled, and we never saw them again.

Or did we?

Do you recognize Tyler Black of Do It For Her, the emo tag team?  Do you love the phrase “emo tag team” as much as I do?  You got it- WWE’s current heel darling, Seth Rollins, before WWE picked him up.  Other notables include Evan Bourne (appearing as jock Matt Sydal)  Colt Cabana (as comatose 40s wrestler Matt Classic) and X-Pac (as, well…6-Pac.)

Wrestling Society X is wild, weird, and silly in all of the right ways.  Wrestling Society X is available here for purchase. 

 

 

 

 

 

My Own Personal Neverland: Opening the Disney Store

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Credit to https://disneyfangirl.wordpress.com/

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.

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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!

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Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: WWE’s Royal Rumble

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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.

Decor:

  • 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.

 

Drinks:

  • 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

 

Favors:

  • 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.

 

Food:

  • 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.

 

Appetizers:

    • 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.

 

 

 

Desserts:

  • 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?

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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.

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The Supergirl TV Show: What do we know?

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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

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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.

Decor:

  • Throw together simple typography prints of your favorite lines.

Suggestions:

  • “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.

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Apps:

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.

 

Tray-Trays:

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

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THE RON:

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.)

THE LESLIE:

Waffles.  Waffles everywhere.

RON AND LESLIE:

Waffles and Bacon.

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Zerts:  

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.

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Drinks:

  • 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.

 

Favors:

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

 

Music:

Easy One.   Mouse Rat is real.

Dress:

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!

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Cosplay Wednesday: Winter Cosplay

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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

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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.

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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.