2015 in Review

It’s that time of year again! Let’s recap over an entire year of blogging and fill out a survey. You can check out earlier years: 20142013, 2012 as well.



the “not” Blizzard of 2015


energy, on the wall [photo blogs]

Valentine’s Day was full of dating sims and general “this holiday is bullshit”

MARCH 2015

out the window, something white [photo blogs]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper is released

APRIL 2015

dark, paper, up, dinner, fluffy [photo blogs]

Aidan Turner indirectly tried to murder me

my disability fight finally ended and i tied up some loose ends

MAY 2015

you, time, eyes, hand, good times

Cat Goes Fishing

i turned 27

returned to the dentist after a five year break

JUNE 2015

The Elder Scrolls Online [Again]

AnimeNEXT 2015!: Day 0 & 1, Day 2, Day 3

Dental Aftermath

Hatoful Boyfriend: Part I, Part II, Ending 06 & BBL EpilogueEnding 07Ending 09Ending 10Ending 11,

Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal in all fifty US states. Love Wins.

JULY 2015


Back to Bed

Got an invite to a friend’s wedding

Rinny comes to visit


Rinny comes to visit [again!]


pretty sure you’re seeing a pattern with Rinny visits yet?


Cosplay updates!

Health updates


i got a new computer

Shadow of Mordor


Emily Is Away

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

I don’t think I did anything that warranted as never done. I’m pretty boring.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

i didn’t make any for 2015, but for 2016 i’m going to -try- [keyword there] to take a selfie daily.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

yes, we welcomed my second nephew!

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?


6. What countries did you visit?


7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

i went back to a dentist.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I am my biggest failure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

yes, this month alone was full of illness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

new computer!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

the ‘ships acceptance of Rinny’s gender idenity. we’re still working on pronouns but i think preferred name is starting to stick!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

nobody’s this year, i think?

14. Where did most of your money go?

AnimeNEXT 2015, gifts for Rinny and Steam sales.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

AnimeNEXT 2015 and visits from Rinny

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?

Bad Romance and Chandelier

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? happier

ii. thinner or fatter? thinner, i lost a lot of weight due to fever

iii. richer or poorer? richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reminding myself that things work out – one way or another, they always work out.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about the future.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With the parents, my brother, his wife, and their kids

21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.

I’ll make up my own question:

21. Why does the term “designer drugs” conjure up an image of a bunch of pills hanging out wearing tiny Chanel and Prada clothing and snappy accessories?

Um, I think that’s the point of the name – to make you feel you’re better than the wino down the street whispering “fucksticks” at every passerby.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?

besides the obvious of my girlfriend, i fell in love with several pictures of kittens and tigers

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Not into that shit.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

too many to list!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


26. What was the best book you read?

i really enjoyed Oasis, and i’m re-reading Demelza, the 2nd Poldark book

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

How can one “discover” music that’s been written by someone else, produced by another person, then promoted by a third entity?

28. What did you want and get?

i got a new computer desk!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

*whispers* Minions

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

i turned 27, i didn’t do much

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Owning a unicorn that farted Skittles.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Is it clean? Is it comfortable? Wearing it.

34. What kept you sane?

Sanity is overrated.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Aidan Turner and Lee Pace as Thranduil and Ned the Piemaker grew on me

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I hate politics.

37. Who did you miss?


38. Who was the best new person you met?


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:

life’s too short to dwell on stupid petty crap

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year (because this Meme is apparently written for tweens):

Fuck that noise.

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AnimeNEXT 2015 – Day 3

**I had these sitting in drafts for far too long. Wanted to finish them but highly doubt I will get the last remaining photos before the end of the year, so…..FINALLY PUBLISHING THESE!!**

It’s always a struggle to get up on the last day, but we managed to do it! It was about 8:30 when we finally did. We packed up some things, and then went down into the lobby. We had eaten some cereal in the room, but we decided to splurge a little bit and go for the DoubleTree breakfast buffet. I hadn’t eaten there since AnimeNEXT 2009 with Tarek, and to my disappointment it was still the blech quality from what I remember.  The decision was made because we were a) still hungry and b) this was the last year in the location so we decided to go all out a bit.

After breakfast, I had to visit the bathroom for the upteenth time [I was chugging water like it was nobody’s business all weekend.] so I was literally bathroom breaking every five minutes like a heavily pregnant person would. [without actually being pregnant.]

We headed outside afterwards and I got to play photographer for Rinny’s Guy of Gisborne cosplay since we knew like zero people would know who they were dressed as. [we DID have one person stop us, but i believe it’s because they liked Rinny’s coat..]

Once we got our fill of outside, we headed upstairs to finish the last bits of packing and got our stuff into N’s car. We then met up with Rinny to see them and A off on the New Brunswick shuttle. G and I then ducked into the cafeteria for a before-travel lunch. We took our lunch outside, ate it, and then met up with N at the car.

We stopped at Dairy Queen before dropping off everyone at their respective homes and once I got home….the onslaught of returning to a “normal” life began.

Overall, AnimeNEXT 2015 was a blast. Only real complaint we had was with the heat, but we powered through it. We are looking forward to the move to Atlantic City in 2016, and hope for awesome things!

Thanks to all the people involved for a wonderful time and see you next year!!


AnimeNEXT 2015 – Day 2

**I had these sitting in drafts for far too long. Wanted to finish them but highly doubt I will get the last remaining photos before the end of the year, so…..FINALLY PUBLISHING THESE!!**

His and Her Royal Majesties of Mirkwood (Photo via @resi600)
Photo via resi600 / Raphael Resignato

Saturday was by far the busiest day for the both of us. I was debuting a pretty-much-last-minute-dear-god cosplay of Thranduil’s Wife since Rinny was being Thranduil and was entered into the Hall Cosplay contest. We were both pretty much in these cosplays nearly ALL. FRICKING. DAY. until later on after the Masquerade. you might think i was cool given my state of dress, [i had on a tanktop and a pair of shorts!] but the shawl wasn’t all that forgiving unfortunately.


We had a spur of a moment decision to do a photoshoot with the same photographer that did Rinny’s photoshoot yesterday and i was super stoked to work with them. they showed us some preview shots from the camera and we were ABSOLUTELY FLOORED. These were just in the camera! Well worth the money spent. They even went as far to ask what our pronouns were! +1 to Kasia! Thank you a million for asking. [see people, it’s not so hard and we actually appreciate it if you ask!]

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photos via KS Cosplay Photography

Here’s a few shots that we favored and there’s tonnes more, so i’ll direct you to my Flickr album for this year to see the rest of them to keep this from becoming RUN ON PHOTO BLOG FROM HELL!!


photos via That DJ Ranma S Guy / Anime Jam Session

On a return to the hotel room for one of many food and rest breaks after signing Rinny in for the contest, we ran into a Legolas cosplayer in which we ended up role-playing with for a good 45 minutes in the hallway. it was frigging fabulous and every time they ran into us they would yell, “HI MOM AND DAD!!” and it worked out so well because they were younger than both of us.

Mirkwood Family elfie. (photo via the husband's iPad)Photo via Rinny’s iPad

I was a bit apprehensive about getting into the Masquerade audience because it’s a pretty popular event and fills up quickly. Luckily for us, we had to escort Rinny to the Main Events space at 6:30 and then got on line afterwards. Fi and I got pretty good seats, we could see a monitor and a little bit of the stage but unfortunately, it was too washed out to get a photo of my husband ABSOLUTELY SLAYING IT. Luckily, I have other attendees in better spots to save the day for me…


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photos via Jan Likes Canon / theflash

*purr purr purr* Unfortunately, Rinny didn’t win the category they applied for and I was grumpy for all of….five minutes. Because there’s always next year…but STILL. D:< They also thought i was drunk when they came to get me after the Masquerade was over, but in fact i was not…my CROWN was drunk. [it was slipping from me bonking into things all day long because i am a clumsy idiot.] When you’re both hard of hearing, it makes for hilarious conversations. Untitled

photo va e-takes-a-lot-of-photos

[fun fact: G gave me the lollipop i was eating in that photo, and it stained my lips / tongue blue, on a hotel room visit G freaked out, thinking i was dying.]

We eventually got to dress down quite a bit for the Saturday Night Dance, which we never end up actually going to….we have our OWN little dance in the covered bridge section between the hotel and convention center and sometimes move into the hotel lobby depending on how we feel.

I actually wish we had photos of us dancing around like idiots but everyone who came by to dance with us or give us glow sticks made the experience memorable enough! We ended up staying up well until 2:30 in the morning just dancing and singing with each other.

This cosplay debut was a success even for a completely last minute decision and we actually found an actual ABSOLUTELY PERFECT dress that had a $200 price tag for 2016. After some hemming and hawwing over it, I just said “FUCK IT. LET’S GET IT.” and ordered it. I can’t wait to show you all!!