11.17.2016

I wish I would have known... my experience at my first ever con.

Oh hey, how are you?
Do you remember me? Probably not. It's been a year and then some since I last blogged. (A lot has changed, but that will be for another post - today I came back to my little corner of the internet to give you my experience of my first ever "con.")
I know the lingo now. I'm cool.

Last weekend I met the loves of my life at RewindCon. Well, actually 2 loves of my life, but still.
Yep.

I MET AJ AND HOWIE FROM BACKSTREET. 

I'll let that sink in for a minute because it sure as hell hasn't sunk in for me yet. 

Two weeks ago after a horrible work week, I decided that I was going to go to my first ever "con" to meet AJ. I was going alone, because, well, my friends aren't boyband fans and Beardy was busy... but I was okay with that. (I really wasn't okay with going alone, but I wasn't going to let that stop me...) 

I was ready to finally meet the man I thought I was going to marry when I was 12. (Spoiler alert: I didn't marry him.) 

This was one of the single best of my life. I wish I would have known more about what was to be expected, but that's why I'm here now. To let the inexperienced fan girl go to a Comicon or 90s con and not feel completely lost. 

But, I will get to my tips later. 


When I met these two, I was speechless and forgot how to smile and talk. I was stunned by their handsomeness. Seriously. These two in person.... wow. They literally knocked the wind right out of me. 

Howie kept asking me questions like where I was from, who I came with and things like that. I couldn't answer his questions at first because I just stared at him. He probably thought I was cray. He was just that good looking in person. 

AJ sadly was under the weather and had laryngitis. Poor baby couldn't even talk! Which was sad for me because I really wanted to have a meaningful conversation with the man... but there's always next time - and there will be a next time. 

Honestly, I don't even remember if I hugged AJ or not and I did cry about that later that night. (I'm sick now, so I am going with that being the indicator that I did, in fact, hug him.) 

The whole experience lasted about 20 minutes including my second time in line to get an autographed picture of AJ - I wasted so much money on this, it wasn't even funny... I don't know how the professional fangirls do it! 

That night I got back to the hotel and cried. I don't know why because it was a great day, but I was so overwhelmed with the experience. 

Now to the tips. I wish I would have known a lot of things, but thankfully I met some great people on Twitter (shout out Tony!) that gave me a little bit of insight so I didn't walk into the con completely confused.

  • Make sure to check for Groupons - these bitches are expensive. I was lucky and found a GA ticket for 30 dollars. Half off from the 65 on their website. I am glad I didn't spend more. It was such a clustereff. 
  • Bring a friend. I really think that would have helped me stay longer if I had someone with me. Then I wouldn't have missed the dance off. (I stayed at the venue for about an hour, not joking.)
  • Be prepared. A lot of the things that I wanted to see like the Boyband Panel was VIP only, so I couldn't attend with a GA ticket. Make sure to look at the schedule ahead of time. Thank goodness Hollywood Life streamed the entire thing so I did get to see it... 
  • Don't go first thing in the morning... or if you do, go early so you don't wait in line for 190299 years. The celebs are there mostly all day. Con are literally tables set up with the celebs sitting behind them waiting to sign ridiculously overpriced merch or take VERY expensive (and blurry) selfies. It kind of feels like a zoo. If you go in the morning, you will miss the dance-offs between NSYNC and BSB. You will also miss AJ dancing to the Cupid Shuffle, only the best dance known to mankind. Below is what the tables look like.

  • Bring extra money (and in the form of cash.) Most places I stopped at or took a look at only took cash. Sidenote: Did you know Joey Fatone from NSYNC is like 2930293 inches tall?
  • Prepare yourself for your event by listening to 90s music. Obvi.
  • Remember to wear flats - you'd be surprised how short the boybands are! AJ and Howie D were both my height. 
  • Write questions on your hand. (But seriously... I forgot everything I wanted to ask them including new music questions, Vegas questions, and new AJ music questions.) 
Now, I'm off to get the 'L' AJ signed his autograph with tattooed on me. Byeeee! 

I will try and frequent this little old blog more often - I promise. 

9.02.2015

My Last Warhol Wednesday with Chewy.com (for right now.)

Hi everyone! I know my mom has been not blogging lately... and neither have I. We have just been so busy working (okay, I have been sleeping)... But I figure I would give you guys one more post until mom and I take an official break. Mom just isn't feelin' the blogging scene right now and I have a lot of mice to catch. I really appreciate Chewy.com sending me things every month... it has been the best! I am probably going to run away to become the new grumpy cat... who are we kidding? I'm too pretty for that. ANYWAYS!

The past two months I have received two fabulous things from Chewy.com. But before I get into that let mom type the fine print things... Chewy.com is is less expensive than the average pet store and has the same brands too! Set up your order to auto ship and save 20% in the process! Remember that Chewy.com has FREE SHIPPING on orders that are over $49.00 (so stock up on food, obvi...or treats...or stuffies.) This is all sent to me in exchange for a review too. 


So I get bored pretty easily. Enter Kong. My frienemy India loves this brand so when I saw that it was what mom asked for last month, I was so happy! Check out this video. I am literally the smartest. Plus I can get all the treats I want. If you need to keep your cat busy, seriously get this. The color is a little girly, but I can totally rock purple. 

This month I got this beautiful Catit Bench! So instead of getting squished by the big one I get my own spot in the living room. It literally makes me feel like a king. See? Vogue. 
This is the video Mom took of me. I am the smartest cat alive. Obvi. 
Thanks Chewy.com for everything the past few months. It has been amazing. I hope I can come back after our little hiatus! 

Later Kittens! 

8.09.2015

To my Beardy. (One year later.)


Last year I was promising you that I would love you forever, learn how to cook, and let you watch hunting tv. I think I have held up to that end of the deal, yes?  I can't believe it's been one year.

Thank you for being my rock. My rock that doesn't move even when I push back with so much attitude. Thank you for loving me when I have that attitude. I know this year hasn't been exactly easy, but we made it through. Thank you for being spontaneous and making me do things that I don't plan. Thank you for not making me camp all weekend when you saw that I was in distress. Thank you for watching dumb TV shows with me and not laughing at me (much) when Sheldon and Amy broke up on Big Bang Theory. Thank you for working so hard for me... and not giving up on me. Thank you for supporting my decisions even if you think it's a bad idea. Thank you for making my world a better place. Thank you for being you.

We are officially not newlyweds anymore. I have officially been a McMullen for one year,  and I promise to make year two much more tasty, spontaneous, loving, happy, and as perfect as it can be.

You are my otter. My lobster. My soulmate.

xoxo
L

PS: Can we open that bottle of honeymoon moscato now?

7.08.2015

Warhol Wednesday! Blue Wilderness and Chewy.com!

Hi, Guys! I didn't want my picture taken again this month... seriously the humidity is NOT my friend. I look like a Chow-Chow. 

My mom has been MIA so here I am to do a very late takeover post. She changed her password and I couldn't get online. (NOT COOL.) Buuut I did get treats again from my favorite company... Chewy.com!

This month went by really fast. Mom and Beardy haven't been home much, so the fact that my friends over at Chewy.com have been sending me toys have made the days go faster. I really love everyone over at Chewy.com!


I got to try out Blue Wilderness Chicken and Duck Grain-Free Cat Treats! Let me tell you... they were AMAZING. They have no bad things in them like corn, wheat, or soy and taste like heaven. Those commercials on TV don't lie. The first ingredient in these treats is chicken. And chicken is my favorite food. They are also made in the USA and have no bad things in them. 

The best part about this month is ANOTHER TOYYYY! Chewy.com take such good care of me. This month it's a stuffie and let me tell you... it's been keeping me safe from the Wisconsin thunderstorms! 

And I was told that I have to tell you that Chewy.com is is less expensive than the average pet store and has the same brands too! Set up your order to auto ship and save 20% in the process! Remember that Chewy.com has FREE SHIPPING on orders that are over $49.00 (so stock up on food, obvi...or treats...or stuffies.)


Well, onto next month! Hopefully, mom won't change her password again! Tell me if your humans have started buying from Chewy.com! (Because they should. DUH!) 

Purrs and kisses,
Warhol

7.02.2015

Guest Post: The Curveball of Life

As most notice, my little old blog has been kind of vacant lately. I have been struggling with the work/life balance and the blog has taken a hiatus... but here's Taylor. I love it that he wants to write something for my little space on the internet. I won't lie, this made me cry. I love my family. 

--I realize Taylor, we have NO pictures of just you and me. Next time: selfies. 

It's Taylor; Liz's brother-in-law, just a brother but for you Specific-O's there you go.

I recently was talking with Liz and I asked about the blog and she said that she hadn't posted in awhile because of being busy with work and just not having the creativity at the moment. Which is understandable, life throws curveballs from time to time and we have to put some things on hold to focus on the most important things in life.

But she did seem very down about the situation which got me thinking about putting what I've had in my head for a little while now down on digital paper AKA the internet for all of you to see.

So, Liz, this is for you.

Life can fucking suck. A little intense wording? Maybe.

When it comes to life; everything is like a wave, so I believe. It has highs and lows, with the occasional steady points. The problem I have come to learn is that even if you are on the high point of the wave, we still try to focus on the negative in our life.

Our brains are actually wired this way. Negative emotions involve more thinking, therefore the situation is more thoroughly processed. But having more negative thoughts than positive thoughts isn't so much a bad thing. People who more attuned to negative events are better equipped for survival and threat deterrence.

So what does this all mean? That is you have all these negative events in your life that somehow you are better off? Well obviously you don't want to be stacked up with negative shit in your life, but having all positive thoughts is just as dangerous. When it comes time to deal with a stressful or negative event in your life how do you deal with that if you are Mr./Ms. happy-go-lucky all the time? The positive and negative events in your life need to try to be a perfect balance that varies from person to person.

So why am I deciding to hit on this topic? Simple. I am horrible at dealing with stress and negative events in my life.

In my previous guest blog I did I talked about the shitty time I was going through at the time. Having to leave my family once again to head to my new military base after surprising all fo my family for Christmas, driving half way across the country alone not knowing what I was getting into, learning I now had these great things called panic attacks and constant anxiety, dealing with a not-so-nice break up, the Air Force deciding to "over pay" me somehow then take 75% of my paycheck (cause fuck paying bills right?), then the biggest blow of all finding out my dog Bailey, a chocolate lab with a huge heart, had to be put down because his back legs had become paralyzed. That one hit hard because I had grown up with Bailey, I learned a lot from him funny enough and being 1700 miles away when my boy had his final moments was something that can make me choke up still to this day.

Because of these events all happening withing a few months, weeks, and even days; I fell into a very rough spot in my life. I was questioning myself and what I did wrong and why I deserved all of this negativity in my life? It's not the first time this has happened in life, much like probably most of you reading this. I had it happen while I was stationed in England. I fell into this rut and I turned towards the one thing that most do, alcohol. I was drinking every single day, every single day for nearly six months. Some days I would only have two or three drinks, others I would get drunk and pass out where ever I ended up; whether it be my floor, bathroom, or hopefully my bed.

That was a time in my life I wish had never happened, but as life we move on and learn from the decisions we have made.

Recently I realized that although we can not always control the positive/negative events in our lives, we can to some extent focus on mind on the more positive things in our lives.

So like most people, one afternoon as I laid in bed trying to get some sleep before heading into work that night, my mind was racing with all the things that have happened to me in the last 6 months, since I had to leave England and say hello again to America. For every negative thing that had I happened I thought of a positive event/thought, whether it be directly related to the negative event or not. I realized that we are so easy to overlook the good that happens to us.

I saw more of this amazing country and really can't wait to see more of the country from the seat of a vehicle. I now own and ride a dirtbike (Honda CR250R for any, if any, dirtbike people that read this.. probably none) and that people is a damn good time. Relationships became stronger after all the encouragement I would receive from friends and family when I was feeling down. I got a new job on base which is much more relaxed and set hours than the flight line, although I do miss seeing those helicopters every day. The best feeling though is knowing I made it through another point in my life where everything felt like it was against me and made it through smarter, mentally stronger and didn't fall back into the comfort of alcohol.

So here we go, I want to see what good has happened to you guys. In whatever time frame you'd like, give me three positive as shit things that have happened to you lately in the comments below.


So heres to the good times and bad times,
"Out with the old, In with the new. Cheers to the future, and all that we do."


5.20.2015

Warhol Wednesday! Chewy.com Greenies Review

Remember, I am a Chewy.com spokeskitty and got these treats sent to me for me to review. (Because I'm cool, btw.) Oh, and obvi I didn't want my picture taken for this week. The humidity is killing my look.
I feel like this has become my blog at this point. Hai guyz. I'm back for another review (this is literally my favorite part of the month right now.)
This month I got to try Greenies!
So the information I don't understand (I just care that I get to eatz them.)
Their mission is to keep your pet happy and healthy with their irresistible taste and health benefits. The ones we recieved were hairball control, but they also make healthy skin and fur (like Clinique skincare for cats) and digestive care. They also make treats for all the Kaytohs and Indias in the world (dogs.) These contain natural ingredients and FIBERBLEND that promotes healthy digestion and are available in chicken, salmon, and tuna flavors. 
So now that you know more about the product, I can tell you how I feel about them.
They are okay. (Ugh! I hate when I don't LOVE a product!) I think they were a little too hard for my teeth. I am more partial to softer treats, so I did try them, and do come running for the bag when I hear it opened, but they aren't my favorite. I like that it does keep my hairballs at bay, though! Especially because it's spring time and I am shedding like a mofo...
I liked the chicken flavor, it was a nice change from the fish treats I've gotten for the past few months.
But again, I was surprised when mom opened the box and THERE WAS ANOTHER TOY. This one is from JW Pet Cataction and I'm obsessed. The ribbons are my favorite. Mom wants me to try and learn how to fetch, but that isn't happening... She's gotta stop trying to make "fetch" happen!

Chewy.com takes such good care of me. We love you guys!
Oh and mom told me that this time I have to tell you that Chewy.com is is less expensive than the average pet store and has the same brands too! Set up your order to autoship and save 20% in the process! Remember that Chewy.com has FREE SHIPPING on orders that are over $49.00 (so stock up on food, obvi.) 

Until next time... 

Love,
War

OH! PS: It's my uncle Taylor's birthday today! Everyone send him good birthday vibes! (He's 21.)