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Apr 22

Bourbon, Beer & Babes

I made a road trip to Kentucky last weekend and it was really really incredible. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Uneventful drive, but I listened to the first half of the Serial season 1 podcast. Seriously, what happened to that girl, you guys??

Road Trip

  • Beer and Baseball – Cards win, the terrible audience goes wild
  • Charlie snuggles!
  • A lovely drive through the back roads of KY – gorgeous rolling green hills and horse farms
  • I went to Woodford County – the home of William Shatner (!!!)
  • Four Roses Distillery – a very interesting 45 minute tour in which I got to stick my finger in the fermentation barrel and taste it

Four Roses Distillery

  • Sipping bourbon outside on a beautiful KY day
  • West Sixth Brewing flight

West Sixth Brewing Flight

  • SHRIMP & GRITS, where have you been all my life??

Shrimp & Grits

  • My first crowler

West Sixth Brewing, Lexington KY

  • Country Boy Brewing, hadย a flight in the lovely warm sun

Country Boy Brewing

  • Liquor Barn!
  • Chocolate bourbon dipped Twinkie
  • I drank a Moscow Mule! #liquordrunj
  • Watched all episodes of Lip Sync Battle
  • Ate an AMAZING chicken risotto that the lovely Jen Dearness made
  • SLEEPAWAY CAMP

My face when I saw Sleepaway Camp

  • Finally saw Bring It On (brrrr it’s cold in here)
  • Breakfast nachos, more grits, mimosa

I had SO MUCH FUN, and this trip was exactly what I needed! I haven’t exactly had the best April, so it was so perfect to relax and spend time with my amazing girlfriends. Dawn, BJ, Jen, & Kristie – I love you all dearly. Thank you so much for showing me such a fabulous time. XOXO

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Apr 27

Special When Lit

Ok, a few things I want to write about here. First, last weekend was Easter. It was a BEAUTIFUL day, and Mike & I spent it in Grand Rapids with his family. It was a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt, and I got paired up with the incredible Jesse James. We had a blast! Here’s a quick pic of us, plus my cartoony rendition.

Easter

 

Jesse and I had a blast, and he found all of his eggs.

In other news, my incredibly great friend Matt used his connections to score me 2 cans of Vulcan Ale, a licensed Star Trek beer from a brewery called Pluto’s Moon. I’m so so happy to get my paws on this beer so that I can try it and keep the cans forever and ever. I drank one last night, and it was actually better than I expected. It’s an Irish Red, which isn’t my go to style, but it was pretty good anyway. Here’s a pic of the can and a pic of me drinking it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vulcan Ale!Vulcan Ale!!

Thanks SO MUCH, Matt! You have no idea how excited I am about this brew!

Mike & I went to the Pinball at the Zoo expo again this weekend. We had such a blast year, and we were stoked to go again. I LOVE PINBALL, so this event is just so much fun for me! There weren;t nearly as many games as last year, so that was kind of a bummer. I’m not sure if it’s because we went on the last day – maybe lots of games were sold and picked up already? Plus, there were NO Star Trek games at all, so that was a pretty big disappointment. I did get to play the brand new Wizard of Oz game and it was really great! Definitely my favorite game from the show this year. Even with less games, and no Star Trek, it was still awesome! Here’s a pic of me pinballin’ like a boss:

Pinball Wizard

I guess that’s it for now. I hope your weekend has been fantastic!

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Dec 02

Floating Purple Blood!

Something else I did this weekend – On Saturday night I live tweeted Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. There’s a transcript after the jump – be sure to scroll down and read from the bottom up. Enjoy!

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Jun 13

Trek Dreams

Mike & I went to the Official Star Trek Convention in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. It was AMAZING. I’ve heard about these things going on forever and I’ve always thought it would be cool to go to one, but I never really thought I would. I am a Next Gen girl all the way, and when I heard that the entire main cast was going to be at this convention, AND that they were doing a reunion show with all of them on stage at once, AND it was all happening only a few hours away from my house?? I knew this was it.

We got the tickets for this several months ago, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this for quite a while. To help me deal with the anticipation, I worked on what I would wear to the con. First, I knew I wanted to make a skirt, so I planned and imagined and came up with something that I’m really happy with. I also decided to make a pair of TNG shoes. Yes, shoes. I bought the shoes at a thrift store, and then I covered them in bits of TNG comic books. They were a big hit, to say the least. Nana Visitor (Major Kira from DS9) was fascinated with them, and so was Arlene Martel (T’Pring in TOS episode Amok Time). Here’s a picture of me in my outfit, and a close-up of the shoes.

ย Star Trek Convention Day 1Star Trek Shoe

Day 0 – We arrived at the hotel/convention center on Thursday night. We pre-registered, got our convention badges, and then went to the vendors area and looked around a bit while they were setting up. I was surprised at how small the vendor area was – only 10 or 12 booths. I was so excited I knew I wouldn’t sleep, so we hit the hotel gym at 12:30 for a quick workout. I passed a dude in the hallway on the way back to my room who was wearing a Star Trek bathrobe. YES! These are my people!

I played Star Trek Trivia!Day1 – Friday. Today went by in a flash. Here are the highlights. Jeffrey Combs onstage (Weyoun & Brunt on DS9, Shran in ENT) was very cool & funny. He is just approachable and nice. We got his autograph and he was chatty. We met Ethan Phillips (Neelix on VOY plus a million other things) and he is also very sweet and funny. I chatted with Arlene Martel who was T”pring in one of my favorite Star Trek episodes EVER, TOS Amok Time. Again, so sweet, she loved my shoes & skirt. We got autographs from Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest ENT), and Casey Biggs (Damar DS9). I played a Star Trek Yes or No Trivia Game, but I didn’t win. I was eliminated on a question about the original airdate of the first episode of TNG. Boo! Crazy fun day, we snuck out in the evening and grabbed McDonald’s for dinner because that’s all we had time for. That night, we went to the Star Trek Rat Pack show – Max Grodenchik (Rom DS9) and all the other guys we met today (Ethan, Casey, Jeffrey & Vaughn), dress up in tuxes and then perform rat pack style. It was pretty cheesy, but really fun. We enjoyed it.

Day 2 – Saturday. THE BIG DAY. I was so nervous when I woke up that I hit the gym to work off some stress. I was only on the elliptical for 12 minutes because I was short on time, but I think I burned 600 calories. Today was a blur. We got our picture taken with Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard TNG). This was in the morning, and when we walked into the room and he was there, I thought I would faint! Very exciting. HE TOUCHED ME, and he was so nice. And damn, he’s still a fox. Oh yeah, Mike was also there, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the afternoon, I bought a print of my favorite photo of the TNG cast – it’s black & white, and they all look beautiful. I was able to get it signed by every single member of the main cast, and Jonathan Frakes (Riker TNG) even wrote “To Trish” on it. It’s amazing, definitely getting framed and going on my wall. We also had our picture taken with the entire cast!! Check all of that off the bucket list, folks. That night was the TNG cast reunion show, and it was great. All 7 of them on stage together! Really fun. Mike was even able to ask them all a question, so he asked them about their nicknames for each other. ย After that, we attended the Star Trek Karaoke Party, which was hosted by Nana Visitor (Major Kira DS9) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo DS9 and a million other things). It was the most fun we had at the convention. It was a great chance to mingle and chat with other fans. The rest of the convention is very structured and you are moving from event to event and there isn’t much time to just be social, so this was great. Here are some pictures, drawings, and even a video of the karaoke party! And yes,that’s Mike, my karaoke superstar singing 2 songs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Done And Done

Mike, Sir Patrick Stewart, & me!

 

Day 3 – Sunday. Not going to lie, we were beat. The main things today were getting autographs from Rene Auberjonois (Odo DS9) and Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko DS9). There were lots of other events going on, but nothing huge. Avery Brooks is crazy, that’s the main takeaway from Sunday. We left around 5:30 or so local time, and I was spent.

SO MUCH FUN. Would I do it again? I don’t know. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted out of it, so I don’t know. It would depend on who was going to be there and what the events were I suppose. I’m not opposed to it, that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to see all of the pics on Flickr, here’s the link so you can look at your leisure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jun 03

We Boldly Went

I don’t have a ton of time to write everything I want right now, but here are the money shots at least. ๐Ÿ™‚ More soon, I promise!!

TNG Cast

Sir Patrick Stewart

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May 27

Star Trek Into Darkness

Mike & I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend. First, I think its important to note that I knew nothing at all about the plot, characters, or anything. I hadn’t watched any trailers and I don’t watch any live tv, so I didn’t even see a commercial. For me, a trailer is designed to get you interested enough in something to go see the movie. This one had me at Star Trek…..no further sales pitch is needed. I hate it when you see the trailer and then some of the coolest parts of the movie are ruined!

In this case, it worked in my favor. Had I known what this movie was about, I would have been really nervous & it would have seriously lessened the impact of the big reveal. And let me tell ya, the impact was pretty huge! I’m purposely being vague here because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else.

Anyway, I LOVED it. I felt like it was Christmas & I got the toy that I really wanted but also another toy that was so shiny and awesome that it turned out to be even better than the toy I wanted. I’m sure there are some haters out there and some Star Trek uberfans that will take issue, but I was amazed, impressed, and delighted. I liked it better than JJ’s first Star Trek movie, and I think that’s the most you can ask from a sequel, right?

Happy Memorial Day, gang!

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Apr 22

Pinball Wizard

When I was in 5th grade, I lived with my grandparents. My grandmother worked part time at a local Laundromat, and every day after school I’d go over there and hang out until she finished work. There was a Ms. Pac Man pinball machine, and my grandma would give me a roll of quarters every day, and I played that thing for what seemed like hours. I loved it! I’ve loved pinball ever since.

Me & the Pinball GorillaThis past Friday night, Mike & I went to the Pinball at the Zoo Expo at the fairgrounds.ย I was pretty excited, as you can imagine. All the machines were set to free play, so I wandered around and played a bunch of different games. My favorites (Shocker!) were the Star Trek machines. There were 2 TOS machines, and a TNG machine. I got to try them all and they were SO COOL. One of them was for sale and oh, how I would love to have a Star Trek (or any!) pinball machine in my basement!! But alas, 2600 bones is a little more than I am willing to part with. ๐Ÿ™

I also enjoyed looking at all the pieces and parts – there were lots of vendors there selling balls, flippers, playfields, and tons of little bits and pieces that can be used to repair, build, and/or modify pinball machines. It was cool! Here’s some more pics – mostly of the Star Trek machines, natch.

Star Trek Pinball

Me playing Star Trek Pinball

Star Trek Pinball 1978

ย Star Trek Pinball

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Apr 15

Warp Speed Ahead

Foreshadowing!!

I don’t know if you remember the last time I foreshadowed a major life event, and how that turned out, but I’m fairly confident that the above pic will soon be a reality as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, yeah. I’m pretty freaking excited about the Star Trek Convention next month! I’m literally counting the days! We got tickets to the TNG Reunion Event as well, and I’m so excited I can’t even talk about it.ย  I’M GOING TO MEET JEAN LUC, YOU GUYS. I hope he’s ready for this jelly.

I am a TNG super fan, and that is my favorite Star Trek show without question. However, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have never watched Voyager or Enterprise. I’m working very diligently to rectify that situation before we leave for the convention. I did the math and I need to watch 5 episodes a day every day until we leave, and so far I’m way ahead of schedule, so I think I should be able to do it. I’m into the 4th season of Voyager right now, and it’s definitely got it’s moments. There have been some really lame throw away episodes (see Amelia Earhart), but also some really really good ones. I’m DYING to find out if Janeway & Chokotay are ever going to get it together and just make out already.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a great day! XOXO

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