Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Owl Ver. 2016 Video Unboxing and Review

I’m excited to finally do another unboxing video!  This one has been a long time coming, so long I forgot what was in the box.  So I thought you would enjoy sharing this moment with me as I figure out where my money has gone.  🙂  I have a few other “older” figures that I never opened.  Not sure if people would be interested in seeing me unbox those or not.  If anyone actually has interest please let me know or interest in me doing other types of videos.  Maybe I can do a 3 figure unboxing and somehow keep the video under 15 minutes.  We’ll see.

So here ya go friends!

 

Have a great weekend,

-Little Kat

 

Blue Exorcist is back! Season 2: Kyoto Saga

 

I’m so excited!  Blue Exorcist is back after 5 and 1/2 years with a second season!

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the first season, OVA and the movie.  It sure doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but time flies by before you know it.  We just watched the first episode of Season 2 on Crunchyroll.  To not spoil it too much it starts right off with the Exorcist’s trying to stop someone who stole something that’s, of course, very dangerous and very hidden in True Cross Academy.  They take a trip to Kyoto hence the name of the season: Kyoto Saga.  Right away they dive right into some of Yukio’s “demons” of the past (no pun intended).  Some of the emotional strife’s he’s had since he was little, dealing with his brother Rin.  As we were watching we were totally thinking how we needed a re-cap since it’s been so long since we watched this show.  We couldn’t remember what was going on to cause some of the tension within the group of students Rin was a part of.  Be patient!  Because they finally do give a pretty nice re-cap that really helps remind us of the previous story.  I wouldn’t mind re-watching the last few episodes of the previous season so I think I will still do that.  🙂

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So to finish this up, if you haven’t seen Blue Exorcist at all I do recommend it!  If you have then I highly recommend this episode.  This episode was not slow at all.  They jumped right into the action and right into some of the emotions issues of the main characters.  I definitely give it a thumbs up.  I hope the momentum keeps going like this.  Also, I don’t know if anyone else cares about the opening and ending themes of anime, but I love them and judge them as well.  I really like this Season Season ending theme!  The animation looks great and it’s a little dramatic and isn’t too revealing of future events.  It just makes you curious for what’s to come.  That’s how it should be!

Here is a link is you would like to watch it on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist

Okay friends,

Good night!

-Little Neko

Foodie Heaven = Food Discovery (Mango Sticky Rice)


Hey folks!

When you’re a food person (I don’t know if I’m a foodie) one of the best moments is when you discover a great new restaurant or a brand new dish that has become a new favorite! Both of these things happened today for me thanks to my good friend Erdbeere! Nothing like good friends and good food.  🙂  We ate at Siam Cuisine in Nashville.  It’s a Thai restaurant in case you didn’t catch it by the name.  There were spring rolls, Tom Ka Gai and we even had this curry shrimp that was brought out in a pineapple!  

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But the awesome and major discovery for me was the Mango Sticky Rice which is amazing & in house made coconut icecream. All of our other food was really good, but I now have a special place in my heart for Mango Sticky Rice!  It had fresh slices of Mango laid around the edge of the plate, hugging a mound of warm rice in the middle, which was coated with a sweet coconut flavored syrup and some sesame seeds.  The way I liked to eat it was by getting a little bit of both rice and mango on my fork at once.  It was sweet and tart and comforting all at the same time.  Oyshee!!! 

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You know I’ll be back to Siam Cuisine to try more dishes and for more desserts.  The coconut ice cream said, “Don’t forget about little ole me!”.  It was some of the best ice cream I’ve had.  So smooth, creamy and refreshing.  Oh I won’t forget!  😉

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If you wanna check out Siam Cuisine here is a link to their website: http://www.nashvillesiamcuisine.com/

You can also search for them on Yelp and Four Square by just typing in the name.

Good night!

-Little Kat

My Cosplay Workshop at the Nashville Public Library

Hey guys and gals,

I’ve had a very busy month!  Feels like I’ve heard that somewhere before.  😉  I’m so happy to say one of my planned events was to do a cosplay workshop at the Nashville Public Library.  I was very excited and nervous at the same time when I was asked to help out!  I didn’t know what to expect, but the thought of being able to give back with my cosplay, even just a little, was a really nice thought.  A friend of mine works in the Teen Center of the library and follows my cosplay work online.  She said she told her boss about my costume work and wanted to know if I would want to help out with different events they were holding for there very own Cosplay Month.  Scheduling around work only allowed me to do one Cosplay Workshop, but that was still awesome.

I was asked to show up in costume and decided to go with Yoshino, from Date A Live.  I am very proud of this costume and it’s not too difficult to wear or get into with little help.  A lot of my major costumes take a lot of prep work and assistance to get into.  I really wanted to fix Yoshino’s helmet under the hood that holds the ears up, but this didn’t happen because of course I ran out of time to get it done.  I figured I could handle the vise grip pain my head gets for the short time I would be doing the workshop.  I had my typical cosplay prep blunders and it took me a good while to get ready.  Does anyone else have terrible makeup days?  My eyeliner would not go on right and it looked like a person with tremors put it on.  I ended up wiping all of it off and pretty much had to start my makeup over again.  The weekend before when I was going out for lunch my eyeliner went on without a hitch.  I scrunch my brow at you eyeliner!!  So I got my knee high pink socks on, my boots and dress on.  I headed out the door with laptop in hand, costume box, change of clothes and the foam head I created over the weekend.

When I got there I was in awe of how nice the Nashville Public Library is!  If you live in Nashville you need to go in there and check it out.  They seem to have a lot to offer adults and children.  The Teen Center is on the third floor and it is very impressive!  The left side is more casual where the kids can hang out.  They have study rooms, two rooms with a big screen to watch movies on, a nice manga library and kids were playing Naruto on a big flat screen when I walked in.  Actually they were on it the whole time I was there.  😉  Kids after my own heart.

On the right side of the center is a high tech studio.  They have mentors with all different specialty skill sets who teach at the library and at many other remote locations around Nashville.  I’m still amazed and envious of what the kids could learn at the Teen Center.  Lets see…., video production, photography, sound production, robotics, 3-D printing, etc.  Anyone my age, who is cool, is saying, “Why didn’t I have something like this growing up??”

Since I’ve gotten a little long winded I’ll cut to the chase.  They had a table set up with basic materials out on the table for the kids to make some costume stuff with and a sewing machine.  I was all prepared to give a speech on how I work through making a costume from research to the final product, but I really didn’t end up doing that.  I mainly hung out with the kids and helped them with what they were trying to make.  I answered questions if they had them.  It was very casual which was nice.  I had my cosplay emergency kit out if they wanted to see what goes into it, my laptop with costume photos rolling and the foam head I made.  I was excited talking with the kids and the other mentors who were asking about how I made certain things and about materials and even talking about conventions and the cosplay community.  I felt like I spoke the kids language when it came to the “scene”.  I wasn’t surprised that some of them have been to our local Middle TN Anime Convention.

So I told my friend before I finished up that I didn’t feel like I did a whole lot.  She very kindly said I was great and if even one kid walks away and learned something or had there interests sparked then it’s a good day.  That definitely gave me the warm and fuzzies!  What a nice way to end the day.  I hope to come help out again sometime!  I might be able to go back again in the summer and possibly do something more focused like have the teens sign up to learn how to do a head casting or maybe a basic sewing class.  Who knows!  I would definitely like to say a very special thanks to my friend Rebecca and the other mentors who helped me out while I was there and it was just fun chatting with them.  🙂

So I’m definitely inspired to finally make a photo book with my costume photos in it and I’ve been working on it all week.  It would have been nice to have for the cosplay workshop.  I’m not sure how cool or uncool it might be to have Coscards made, but I’m totally getting some.  They are basically cosplay business cards.  They usually have your costume photos on them with contact info and it’s good to have them to exchange with people you meet or photographers so they can get in touch with you.

Okay, I’m off!  Have a great weekend all!

-Little Neko

Connooga 2016 Review of Times Had

Hello again friends!

Connooga was a week ago and we had our typical laid back fun at this convention, which tends to be a laid back event.  I always enjoy seeing the Choo Choo hotel and enjoy downtown Chattanooga in general.  If you’ve seen my previous reviews on Connooga you know it’s a multi-media convention for all kinds of geeky fun and mayhem.  I particularly enjoyed starting our weekend with a trip to the dealer room and then our shuttle trip back from the convention center with a humorous Kylo Ren cosplayer.  He actually looked just like the character from the movie and was playing around with everyone.  He stood at the front of the shuttle, saying he should threaten to keep everyone on board as he turned on his light saber.  You really had to be there as I’m terrible at painting this picture right now, but it was a fun ride hearing his banter back and forth.  🙂  Speaking of the shuttles, the hotel shuttles were fantastic all weekend for the convention!!  I don’t know why, but I’ve never noticed the hotel shuttles before.  I don’t know if they had more running this year or had them running more efficiently, but it was great!  If you haven’t been to Connooga in the last few years then you might not realize they moved a lot of the convention events into the downtown convention center.  So there are a few things going on at the Choo Choo Hotel, but the dealers room, panels and such are held at the convention center now.  It’s about a mile, I believe, from the Choo Choo.  So our routine was always to go to the bus terminal which is right by the Choo Choo’s entrance and get one of the free buses to get over there.  The only problem is it stops all over town and if you aren’t familiar with where you are you might not know where to get off and you have to take the ride around town before it stops at the convention center.   It also takes a bit longer to pick up one of these buses.  This year, we would literally step outside the front of our hotel building and a shuttle from the hotel would stop right there to take us directly to the convention center.  One came by every five minutes so it never felt like you were waiting a long time, plus they had a Connooga flyer on the front of the shuttle so when you were coming back you weren’t questioning if you were getting on the right shuttle.

Another new thing we experienced this year was a new restaurant that was actually build into the front of the Choo Choo Hotel.  It’s called STIR and they apparently have a fancy pants Ice Chef!  You heard me right, …. I said “ICE CHEF”.  Nothing says fru fru like hiring someone to specialize in and specially prepare your frozen water.  Despite the fun I’m having poking at the Ice Chef, I was excited to try out the restaurant.  The reviews I read online sounded good, but I have to say I don’t know if it lived up to my expectations.  My drink was fantastic, but I don’t feel it was $12.00 fantastic.  It was a Mule concoction.  Ironically there was a lot more ice than drink.  So I felt a little ripped off on the ratio.  For my dinner I ordered a shrimp and scallop ceviche and it was a pretty dish and tasted fresh, but the chili flakes they sprinkled on it made it a bit too spicy for me.  Plus the seafood still seemed to be a little too under cooked by the acids for my taste.  I’ve only had ceveche one other time, when I made it and I enjoyed mine better.  I had the crab bisque which everyone online raved about, but i felt it was sort of blande.  Sorry STIR!  For positives, the atmosphere is really nice and I’m glad they kept some of the historic elements from the hotel.  You’ll see big beautiful windows, high ceilings, the same tile scheme as inside the Choo Choo and these crazy library shelves for storing the 300 liquors they have!  My bestie and I were joking about how we wanted to use their library rolling latter to re-enact the scene from Beauty and the Beast.  🙂  So I would probably return to STIR, but it would be for more of a girls night out for drinks or something like that.  I would like to give the food another shot, but that will probably be up to my friends if we go.

This year I was pretty casual again dress wise.  I was excited to wear the new BB-8 dress I bought and I made a hair pin to go with it.  I also found a cool pendent in the dealer room to wear with it for Saturday night.  Everyone seemed to really like it.  Thanks friends for the nice compliments!!  You make a girl feel warm and pretty!  🙂  Other than that, your typical room parties were fun.  Fall Out Party…, why no music??  I was very sad there was no music and the fact you were sneaky and hiding the jello shots!  I heard they had some once I left and went across the way.  Party who had the virus drinks, who was playing fantastic music in the beginning of the night, A+ for you!  I wasn’t a fan of the music later on, but your strong start gave me a happy and fun beginning to my evening!  😉

I was mainly snapping friend photos at Connooga, with my Iphone!  Sorry for not giving you a better view on the con, but this is what happens when you wanna just focus on chilling out with friends  🙂

And with that I bid you good night friends!

-Little Neko

A Review for you: Chobani Flips: Sriracha Mango

Hello All!

I decided to put out a couple food reviews because why not.  I like critiquing food and I need practice with video editing.  I hope to become better at video editing so I don’t have to depend on my boyfriend to do it.  We’ll see if I can do it since I always have so much on my plate, but so does he.  It’s nice not to impose so he has time to work on his projects as well.  🙂

This review is for my favorite yogurt line, Chobani Greek Yogurt “Flips”.  I’m going to do some more soon.  I was so excited when I saw they had some new flavors out recently, that I decided to do a review.  Hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think!  Have you tried some of the more unusual flavors?

 

Have a great week!

-Little Kat

Getting Back in the Game

I hope everyone else has had a good winter season.  I, for one, had a crazy time with a big winter storm that came through.  We got stuck at our home first with ice then with 7 inches of snow!  Despite the sad pay check that followed after not being at work all that time, I very much enjoyed the seeing the snow and playing in it.  I revert back into a child when it snows.  Took a lot of pictures and video and I’m about to go through them now.

I don’t know how 2015 went for most of you, but I know it was a terrible year for myself, my boyfriend and many of my dear friends.  Unfortunately a good number of my friends have had deaths in the family and we did as well.  Donnie’s father passed away unexpectedly and it’s been difficult emotionally for all of us.  Before all of that happened we were in the process of moving, which is a huge deal for Donnie and I.  The new house is wonderful and it was one of the few highlights of our 2015.  It really is like a life accomplishment for me!  It’s my first house and it has a lot of what I’ve always wanted.

So I just wanted to give a little info on what’s been affecting us through last year.  It pretty much put a halt on a lot of things which sucks.  We managed to still enjoy some time with friends and make it to a few conventions although motivation to work on projects has been very lacking.  There has been no costume work, loads of media sitting on SD cards or on cameras that never got posted from events we went to.  I’m really hoping to change that and get things back in gear this year.  I’m very excited to take advantage of having a new year to turn things around.  Not that one should wait for an excuse like a new year to get things going, but yeah, that’s what I’m doing.  🙂  I am “using” the new year as an outlook for a new start, like a lot of people tend to do.  I don’t know if everything that has happened caused this, but it feels like, we have entered into a new phase in our life.  Does anyone else feel like this?  It really feels like things have changed lately, at least for me.  It feels like certain clicks of people have changed, getting a little older has caused changes (I will resist that one as much as I possibly can) and unfortunately people who were here aren’t now making things different.  I know I personally don’t enjoy the “getting older” changes.  In fact I hate it.  I am trying to just deal with it as best I can and try not to loose myself to age.  Those of you in my shoes will understand that last one.  I also have family that I am very close to and worry about all the time.

So this post was very somber in mood, but I hope it signifies the ending of a difficult time and the beginning of new challenges and some big achievements.   I know I’m not out of the woods yet.  I hope to all of you out there that are struggling, like myself, know you are not alone.  We can get out of that hole we put ourselves into.  I’m not sure just how yet, but I know it will take some extra effort.  The first thing I’m going to do is try to make a goal list and have it put up somewhere in plain sight, so it can’t be missed.  This is an idea I got from Donnie so credit goes to him!  Last year him and I made a goal list and had it written down in some note book which then got promptly closed up and put somewhere.  Who knows where that damned notebook is now.  Try to keep your list from getting too long.  In the past I ended up writing down every little thing, which made the list seem overwhelming.  It’s good to put items on there that seem really difficult, but are totally possible.  Don’t cut yourself short.  So for example, something like, “Getting a New Job” is a big achievement and will be difficult, but i’s not unattainable.  If you have always wanted a garden, that’s cool too, put it on there.  So it can be a list of needs and wants.  We’ll see how this works for me.  My big problem lately is motivation.  I have a feeling I may need to cut down some things so I can get everything back on track.  If anyone out there does the list or finds new ways to motivate, please let me know!  I’d love to hear how you are doing.  🙂

I am sad that I haven’t had any costume work in a long time and want to get back into the game!  So I’m going to try to find something maybe for Connooga, which is coming up fast!  Anyone have any suggestions for something comfortable, easy and possible warm since it’s usually freezing when we are there?  Okay, I’m off!

Later Gator,

-Little Kat