October Wrap-Up 2014

The end of October is upon us! Is everyone stoked for Halloween? I’ve decided not to do much this year, as I am more broke than I’ve ever been in my life *cry-laugh* But I’ve had a really eventful month, so I can’t complain too much!


Here’s my hair progression of the month, haha! Currently HATING Little Mermaid Red on me, oh my gosh. I think it’s really just too edgy for me. I like it cute! I have to go darker/browner for my Ellie hair coming up, but after that, I’m either going dark green and blue, or back to coral. We’ll see how I feel!


So, I’ve mentioned before that my boyfriend is a war vet. He was part of the US Air Force for many years and was deployed four times. Upon separating, he immediately realized he was not cut out for civilian life. So for the past three years, he’s been trying to get back into the service, with no luck. Until now! He’s managed to get into the US Army Reserve and will be doing basic training in January. I’ll miss him, but I really want him to be happy and I know this will be good for him!


Relax. I’m not getting married. Yet. My boyfriend’s brother got married to his lovely fiance last weekend and it was a BLAST! I’ve always been absolutely obsessed with wedding and grand ceremonies celebrating a couples’ love, but I tried to tone down my obsession during boyf’s bother’s engagement, so that I wouldn’t steal any thunder. But now that their wonderful wedding has come and gone, my Pinterest Wedding board is filling up, I’m rewatching every episode of Say Yes to the Dress, and looking at venues.

Just to clarify, I was like this even before I started dating my boyfriend three and a half years ago. But I AM hoping that maaaaybe the question will come along some time in 2015? Heheh.

♫ What I’m listening to:

  • Weezer – Eulogy for a Rock Band (From Weezer (my favorite band)’s new album. So SO good. Really returned to their roots with this album in terms of feel and I’m just soaking it in!)
  • Capital Cities – One Minute More (First heard this while pissing in a Sheetz! Thanks to the magic of Shazam, I can listen to it for all time now)
  • Jimmy Eat World – The Middle (This song still means so much to me. I have really bad ADHD and have gotten used to and internalized the feeling of being being a failure. This song really helps me when I’m down)

♫ What I’m watching:

  • BoJack Horseman (So so so good! Hilarious and raunchy, but somehow a really moving story!)
  • Gotham (I feel like the show has a few tone problems, but I LOVE it so far! Best Cobblepot interpretation EVER)

♫ What I’m playing:

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Lots of issues with ADHD-I this month and I can’t seem to get anything done (including blogging, obviously). I got my old old job at the bookstore back to supplement my two days at the library, so hopefully I’ll be able to afford insurance and get ahold of some ritalin without it costing me an arm and a leg! Then perhaps blogging will come easier!


Hero Box // Sidekick Box

Just wanted to give all my nerd friends a heads up for an awesome new program by Superhero Stuff! Seems they’ve jumped on the subscription box bandwagon (which I’m totally pleased about because damned if I don’t love me a good subscription box). I present to you: Hero Box!

In case you’re unfamiliar with how a subscription box works, here’s the pretty simple concept. You pay a certain amount of money each money, and you’re sent a mystery box based around the theme of the company. I’ve done makeup sub boxes, food, geek stuff. But my PASSION is big two superheroes! So when I saw news of this in a recent email– it goes without saying that I was pretty fuckin’ stoked!

“But Elyse, you fool,” I hear you say, “I only like Marvel! I don’t want a bunch of DC junk in my living space!” First of all, that’s whack (I’m a DC gal)! Secondly, no problem! You can choose to have your box stuffed with either Marvel or DC goodies! Like both? Feelin’ saucy? Choose, “Surprise Me!”

Now while I am affiliated with and do keep an ad for Superhero Stuff in my sidebar, I’ll have you know that I really dislike copious amounts of sponsored posts and advertising on any blog. So I want you to know that these dudes are NOT sending me a free box for review or anything like that (dang, I wish!). I just really love the idea of a specifically superhero-themed box enough to make a post about it. I’ll be buying the $30 Sidekick Box, personally (only workin’ 8 – 16 hours a week, man), and will definitely be reviewing it once my box arrives!

Hope to see what y’all get, should you subscribe!


Future Cosplays

Fact: I used to LOVE going to cons. Although I wasn’t very skilled and was quite chubby, I would still cosplay and nobody EVER gave me a hard time about it. Cosplay was something that brought people together to celebrate the media they were passionate about. It wasn’t about being thin or to-the-T accurate. It was about having fun and just really loving a show/comic book/video game. That was over eight years ago. Since then, I’ve seen people become mean and petty toward cosplayers who maybe aren’t the best at sewing. I’ve seen chubbier girls told they shouldn’t be cosplaying because it’s not “accurate.”

These things turned me off of cosplaying for MANY years. I was too scared to be the one getting negative comments. I didn’t want to face the reality that I’d be the one being asked to get out of the picture so someone could photograph my prettier friend. Even if that’s not what it’s all about, remarks like that can hurt! I didn’t want to associate something I found so fun with something that hurt.

Thanks to a bunch of REALLY cool ladies in the blogging world, who also happen to be excellent cosplayers (Mia at xo Mia, Gwen at A Geek and Her Oven, Cazz at Nerd Burger, and Anna at Glitzy Geek Girl, just to name a few), I finally feel confident enough to dip my toes back into the water again!

What I currently need in a costume is something that I can make with already existing items. I’m just beginning again for the first time since high school (a looooong time ago, now), and I’m not totally confident in my sewing and fabrication skills. So here are the three I’m planning:

1.) Bee // Bee and Puppycat

As you know from past mentions, I love me some Bee and Puppycat! Bee’s outftit is super cute, but super simple! I could easily make this from items already in existence! I know how to make embroidered patches, so the little bee on her sweatshirt shouldn’t be too difficult.

2.) Android 18 // Dragonball Z

Do y’all know how hard it is to find a non-pornographic picture of Android 18?! Well, let’s just say you gotta turn safe-search on before you google her. This is another case of being able to scrounge together already-existing items, with the exception of the back patch, which I can easily make and sew on.

3.) Ellie // The Last of Us

This one will take the most work, but I’m going to put my all into it because I LOVE Ellie and The Last of Us so much. I have to do this costume justice, because I haven’t enjoyed a game so much since I was a little girl playing Ocarina of Time. Luckily, it’s still a fairly easy costume and will only need some distressing and dirtying to get right.

I’m already super-stoked over these future cosplays and am looking forward to keeping everyone updated on my progress! I can’t help but think about the things I want to do after these to push my boundaries a little more, but I’ve got to keep my eyes on the prize and do my best with these for the time being! Woohoo!


Wednesday Wants Vol. 25

Hey dudes! This was actually a kind of tough one. I have SO little money right now that I can’t even afford to think about wanting things, haha. But hey, I can always find a little something. So lets’a go!

1.) Floral Boots via Taobao

What would I do for these boots? Pssh, don’t even ask me– you don’t wanna know! They combine all my loves! Boots, floral print, and metal studs. *Fans self* Oooohhhh myyyyy.

2.) Lovely and Lush Bag via Modcloth

I really need a cute as fuck small bag for more fancy occasions. I know this wouldn’t be considered very fancy to most, but you know I can’t just be carrying around some plain thing, haha.

3.) Batman Arkham Knight

WHOOO’S STOKED? It’s no secret that I love BatmanAnd one of my favorite corners of the Batman universe are the Arkham games. Great gameplay combined with an obvious love and respect for the source material make for some AWESOME games, and I am so excited for the next installment with one of my favorite villains at the forefront: Scarecrow.

4.) Flying Burger People Eater Sweater via Modcloth

This one isn’t out yet, but ohhhh do I need it! I love cheeseburger themed things, haha. And can you have enough mint-colored sweaters, really, especially now that it’s fall in my neck of the woods!

5.) “Don’t Be a Prick” Wood Slice Painting by Jesiiii

Words to live by on an adorable little cactus!

6.) Cupcake Boobie Mesh Top by Knickerocker

Oh how I wish my titties were a little more shapely! This is a really cute, cheeky, playful top. All of Knickerocker’s stuff is SO cute and SO confident. Maybe some of their other stuff would suit my bod, haha.


Still kickin’

Hey dudes! I know it’s been a long while since I last updated the ol’ blog, but thanks so so much for sticking around. It means the world to me that you’ve kept following me through this drought (and if you just haven’t purged your followed blogs lately, well, that’s okay too, haha!).

The truth of the matter is that it’s been a difficult transition, coming back to Virginia. I’m in a MUCH better place now, mentally. Steve, my boyfriend, is doing so SO much better now that we’re here. But I’m feeling very lost.

When I was in Pittsburgh, I had a full time job, benefits, my own place, lots of opportunities to do fun things. Now I’m employed for only 8 hours a week, I can’t even afford Obamacare, and feel very guilty for burdening my in-laws. I’m not depressed, but I feel pretty discouraged. I know good things will come along, and soon, but not be as successful as you thought you’d be is a hard pill to swallow.

My lack of confidence has effected my will to blog up until now, and I apologize for that. I really expected things to be the opposite– that I’d feel free and inspired. But I’m getting to a place where I’m ready to grab at the things I want and the things I want to do!

So thanks for standing by me, y’all. I’m feeling an upswing. And yes, that means a Wednesday Wants is coming up this week, haha!


Wednesday Wants Vol. 24

Hey y’all! Today I have an interview at a library, so wish me luck! Eeeeep! I am, generally speaking, a good interviewee. I’ve never not gotten a job that I’ve interviewed for. But still. There’s a first for everything and I gotta make sure to turn on the charm!


1.) Pink Mushroom Patch by ????

So I saved the picture a while back with the name of the shop, but now I CANNOT find that shop for the life of me. I also did a google image search for it– no dice! But whatever. It’s so super cute, I would cover a whole denim jacket in just this patch!

2.) Bumblebee Bow by Always Anchors

As you know, I loooooove bumblebees and honeybees! I just dyed my hair red again, so I’m looking forward to wearing a lot of yellow– woohoo!

3.) Bow Skinny Jeans from Many Places

I was able to find these jeans on a lot of different Chinese websites! I recently gained quite a bit of weight because of stress, but when I lose it again (the sizing on those sites is very small!!), I’m absoLUTEly getting a pair of these.

4.) Alien Plugs by Magic Circle Clothing

AHHHHH. Give them to me, now!

5.) Whatever Shirt by fASHLINdotcom

Look at these awesome 90’s ladies as aliens. Look at them. Put them on your body! Seriously, though, Judy was one of my very favorite characters when I was a child. So ~dramatic~

6.) Pastel Kaiju Negora by Max Toy Co

Cute cute cute cuuuuuuute! I could never afford a Kaiju Negora (they’re really surprisingly expensive!), but man do I love them! Especially the pastel ones!


July Wrap-Up 2014

Hey dudes! Today is moving day for me! I’ll be driving 6.5 hours from Pittsburgh to Powhatan, VA in a car with no air conditioning, YIKES! But I’ve got a but-tonne of newly burnt mix CDs for the occasion and I’m ready to go! This wrap-up will be more of a “what the fuck has Elyse even been up to? Sheesh!” Well, here ya go!


So I had to get rid of the pink! I’ve got interviews coming up back home and I can’t be havin’ them knowing I’m just some punk, haha. So here’s my pearly ‘do (sorry about the skin-softening filter– I had broken out really REALLY badly that week). I’m going to try to get it to blond before my Wednesday interview. When I get a job, I’ll ask about their unnatural hair policy, heheh!


So we’re leaving Pittsburgh today. It’s been a really fun two years, but it’s just better to be near family right now. Frankly, while Pittsburgh will always be a second home to me, I’ve very excited to be going back home to Central VA. We’ll be living in a rural county called Powhatan with his parents, and I’m excited to be back in the country! I need my space, man.


A few weeks back, my boss gave me a SCOBY that he grew while brewing kombucha, and I’ve been going crazy with it!

What’s kombucha, you ask? It’s a fermented tea that’s consumed as a health drink! It’s very very simple to make. You obtain a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast, kind of a mushroom with bacteria), place it in cooled sweetened black tea (or any kind of caffeinated tea!) and leave it for a week. Ta-da! You have kombucha!

The fun part is the second fermentation, though. You can strain the kombucha into bottled with fruits or juices added. If you leave it out for two days, then refrigerate, this carbonates it! You have a delicious kombucha soda! I’m drinking grape kombucha soda right now! :9

♫ What I’m listening to:

  • CHVRCHS – Lungs (Can’t explain how much I love this right now)
  • Guster – Amsterdam (The feel of this song is definitely reminds me of the happier times in my adolescence!)
  • Poliça – Wandering Star (New (to me) band to look out for!)

♫ What I’m watching:

♫ What I’m playing:

  • Destiny Beta (Mixed feelings. I wanted more of an MMO feel than a multiplayer FPS feel…)
  • The Last of Us Remastered (OMG. Gorgeous. Not a huge difference, but noticeable for sure!)


This week starts my regular posting again, as well as commenting on others’ blogs again! You’ll definitely be hearing more from me. I’ve even started a blogging calendar to keep me motivated and on track! 



Batman Day: Elyse’s Favorites!

Well, dudes I was all ready to go with my first post in ages– a typical Wednesday Wants. But when it comes down to it, what kind of Batman fan would I be if I didn’t make a special post for Batman’s 75th anniversary! A shit one, that’s what kind.

It’s no secret to anyone that’s ever met me that I LOVE me some Batman and the whole Bat Universe. Everyday, my dad posts a new Adam West picture on my Facebook wall. Hell, the picture my coworkers posted on our library’s website to say goodbye to me was a sad Dick Grayson.

So basically, there was no way I wasn’t going to whip up a LITTLE something last minute for Batman Day! I’ve already done a post on one good way to delve into the world of Batman, but I’ve never discussed what Bat books and story arcs are my faaaavorites.


Batman: No Man’s Land

In Batman: No Man’s Land, Gotham has faced a devastating earthquake which basically destroys the entire city. The government declares Gotham a “No Man’s Land” and destroys all bridges leading in and out (seems like a trend in Gotham… maybe they should find better entrnces and exits).

So there’s all sorts of power struggles and turf wars and gang violence. PLUS, this storyline marks the first appearance of both Harley Quinn in the DCU proper AND Cassandra Cain, the second Batgirl! Totally recommended!

Oh, and did I mention that it’s penned by my favorite comic book writer of all time, Greg Rucka? Oh yeah. That!

Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive

In this storyline, Bruce Wayne is accused of a murder most foul! The evidence is so damning, even the rest of the Batfamily has their doubts! Bruce is in jail for a while, and thus can ONLY be Bruce for a good amount of time. Bats decides that Bruce Wayne is, in fact, the mask and shuns the identity altogether and escapes, leaving the whole Batfamily to untangle the mystery Batty Bats has left behind.

There’s lots of good Batfam feelings up in here, which is what Elyses like best!

Streets of Gotham: Leviathan

One of my very favorite books in the Bat Universe was the short lived Streets of Gotham! It told the stories of crime in Gotham from street level– through the eyes of characters around town, rather than through the eyes of Batman. It’s no secret that Dick and Damian are my favorite duo, so naturally I’m gonna like this book.

This is the second trade in the series and features a really scary story involving Damian (who is just starting to show that he has a heart), Viktor Zsasz, and a character that I wish would come back: Colin Wilkes! Pick it up y’all, for real.

Batman: The Black Mirror

More Dick Grayson as Bats! This is the beginning of Scott Snyder’s reign as the best Batman writer of our time! In this’n, Bruce has come back and Damian is working with him, leaving DickBats to work solo as…. uh… other Batman.

This one introduces James Gordon Jr, who will give you the creeps something FIERCE! You’ll definitely feel on edge throughout the entirety of the book. I CANNOT recommend this more more if I tried. If you haven’t read it, then what the fuck are you even doing?! Get on it! And pick up all of Snyder’s other stuff while you’re at it!

So there you have just a few of my favorites! What are your favorite Batman stories?


Big changes!

Woah. Long time no blog, huh?

About a month ago, I let y’all know that my blogging may be sparse because of my boyfriend’s health problems. Well. The issues have gotten bad enough that we’ve decided to make a big life change.

Two years ago, we moved to Steve’s home– Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I love Pittsburgh, but as time went on, we realized we’d made a mistake. City life just doesn’t suit us, now that he’s in his thirties and, at heart, I am about eighty-four. These feelings built up until Steve started to become very ill two months ago. So two weeks ago, we made the decision to move back to my home-state, Virginia, to live with his family for a while as he recovers. It’s easily been the most stressful time of both of our lives and we just need to get back to a support system.

Though that’s the main reason for our move, I also just love my home with a huge passion. Richmond, Virginia is my heart. I can’t wait to get back! There’s so much that I miss!

So, things will still be a little quiet around here while we pack and move (~mid-to-late July). But I promise I’ll be back on it with a vengeance once I’m settled into my new home. After all, I don’t have a job lined up yet, haha!

Until then, please enjoy som’a’this:


Character Spotlight: The Case for Booster Gold

Whenever someone asks me who my very favorite comic book character is, I’m always tempted to take the easy path. I really like Dick Grayson, so why not say, “Robin?” Everyone knows who that is! Or Wonder Woman. I do love Wonder Woman. But in the end, I could never betray my top favorite!

So who the hell is my favorite? Why, The Greatest Hero You’ve Never Heard Of:


This answer never fails to get me a side-eye, a “why?!” or a “who?!” Yeah, yeah. I know. As far as mainstream superheroes go, Booster Gold is a bit different from his caped peers and that can make for a really off-putting character for some people. What I want to do is shine a little light on a character that doesn’t get enough attention and make him more accessible to the masses!



His story starts in the 25th century, where Batman and Superman are historical figures! He was a star football player in college, hoping to make it into the big leagues when his mother fell very ill. She required treatment that their family couldn’t afford, so he started betting on and throwing his own football games. Unfortunately, he was caught, arrested, kicked out of school, and disowned by the mother he risked everything to help!

After being released from jail, he managed to get a job as a night watchmen at the Metropolis Space Museum. After seeing pictures and artifacts from heroes of the past (well… the present for us), Booster decided he wanted to be a hero too! But what’s a dude to do if he’s been shamed and humiliated in his own time? Steal Rip Hunter’s time machine, a super suit, a flight ring, and become a super hero in the past, obviously!

Booster hooks up with manager Max Lord in order to win fame and glory in our time! Max forms the new Justice League International, with Booster as a main player, and thus the shenanigans begin!


When the people who even know who he is find out that Booster Gold is my favorite super hero, they do NOT get it. Booster is an egomaniacal showboater who would do anything for a buck, they say! He’s goofy and has no idea what he’s doing! Why on earth would I like a character like that?

It’s true, that’s how Booster started out. But over the 20-some years of his character’s existence, he’s been one of the most dynamic heroes I’ve ever read. Here are some of the main reasons I love Booster so much.

  • His Friendship with Ted Kord!

One of the first, fastest, and biggest developments for Booster Gold’s character was becoming friends with the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord. Let me tell ya– these dudes have caused me so much laughter and so many tears!

Their friendship had many ups and downs, but I challenge anyone to find a stronger relationship (platonic, romantic, or otherwise) than theirs. Ted’s death affected Booster so profoundly that it lead to a drastic change in his character as he mourned for several years.

  • He’s Funny!

You may think it’s a recent fad, but the trend towards the grim and gritty and serious within comics is nothing new. In an era of over-manliness (lookin’ at you, late 80’s and early 90’s), Booster was different! It’s a character that dared to kinda silly. He’s always getting himself in trouble and getting into shenanigans. That’s the kind of stuff that I’m interested in!

  • His Character Development!

As I just mentioned, Ted’s death had a huge impact on Booster Gold and his character started to go through many changes. All of these changes have been really organic and human. In his final run before the New 52, he’s sacrificed his reputation and continued to let people think he was a self-serving idiot looking for cash, all the while saving other heroes without them knowing about it. He grew into a really stand-up guy, adopting a daughter and leading his old Justice League group against Max Lord one more time.


I’m gonna be straight up with y’all. I do not like what’s happened to Booster in the New52. Luckily for you dudes, there’s a load of Boosterful comics to read pre-Flashpoint! And you know it just wouldn’t be a comics post by Elyse if I didn’t lay down the fundamentals chronologically**!

**Not everything Booster has been in has been collected (for instance, the 90’s run called Extreme Justice). I’ve only included things that are available to read in trades or hardcovers and have linked to where I’ve managed to find them to purchase.


1.) Showcase Presents: Booster Gold

This collects Booster’s original solo run from the 80’s! It’s cheesy and perfect and filled with amazing ridiculous fashion on buff figures! Could you ASK for any more?!

2.) Justice League International

The book that dared to be different! Like I mentioned before, the late-80’s and early-90’s was a dark, macho time for comics– maybe even more-so than now! And you’ve got Frank Miller to thank for that! His The Dark Knight Returns changed the tone of comics completely and they haven’t been the same since! That didn’t jive with everyone, though. So J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, and Kevin Maguire teamed up to fight the grittiness with an all-new Justice League! A funny one! In this run, Booster meets Ted Kord and the biggest bromance of DC comics is born!

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3.) Formerly Known as the Justice League

Way after disbanding, Max Lord tries to get the team together again to make a buck or two! This is where it starts to get really goofy! There’s trouble in paradise as Booster and Ted’s relationship becomes rocky! Oh, the drama!

4.) I Can’t Believe it’s Not the Justice League

Same feel as “Formerly Known…” Lots of goofiness! Booster accidentally transports the team to the depths of hell where they must run a fast food restaurant called “Beelze Burger.” While these two books are really silly, they contained clues as to what would soon be happening within the greater DCU in the form of the Funny Aneurysm trope!

5.) The OMAC Project

In this one, things start to get serious. Booster has given up the superhero life after the tragic events of Identity Crisis, but agrees to get back in the business when Ted Kord notices something very nefarious going on within his company. Nobody takes Ted seriously due to his B-hero status, except for Booster. And everyone will come to regret that.

6.) 52

Not to be confused with the New 52, 52 was a comic that detailed the goings-on in the year directly following Infinite Crisis. Booster is back to his money-grubbing ways in this one, causing his reputation with other heroes to become even worse than it was (and it wasn’t good to begin with, y’all!). While Booster is the star of one of the volumes, the other volumes are actually really great too! Totally recommended!

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7.) Booster Gold

Finally his own solo run again, hooray! Booster just wants to get back into the Justice League after ruining his reputation, but, needless to say, nobody’s feelin’ that. The others offer him a tentative membership, if he can manage to not be shitty– something he’s finally mature enough to accomplish. Unfoooortunately, Rip Hunter comes along and informs him that he must help to repair a goofed up time stream, and to do that he must draw as little attention and respect from other heroes as possible. So while saving every other hero’s life, he must outwardly appear to be the idiot he once was.

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8.) Justice League: Generation Lost

Max Lord is back! He’s erased everyone’s memory of his existence except for the original Justice League International and things get personal when everyone seems to remember Ted’s death as a suicide rather than a murder. Booster takes the lead hunting Max down in this really cool run that I’ve read maybe 15 times!

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After all of this came Flashpoint, the crossover event that rebooted DC’s entire continuity. Booster is one of the few time travelers in DC and is important to this event because he might just be the only one who now remembers the world before the New 52. What comes of that remains to be seen, but hopefully we’ll find out soon!

So there ya have it! You may decide you want to read some Booster Gold, you might not. But should you try it out and like what you read, please consider supporting the one-shot (Booster Gold: Future’s End #1) coming out soon. With comics, it’s always a “vote with your dollars” situation and the only way to keep your favorite comics going is by actually buying them. Despite what I think about the new Booster, I have to believe that supporting him will lead to good things!