NERD CAMP Wine Tasting and Speed Friending

Help Us Raise 4,800 Pounds of Food for SnowCap Community Charities

NERD CAMP Wine Tasting and Speed FriendingLooking for some nerdy fun where you can make 20+ friends in one night? What if I told you it involves wine and fabulous prizes by local Portland businesses? And—by the way—you can feel good about having all this fun because you’re also helping raise money to buy 4,800 pounds of food for the needy in east Multnomah County, right before Thanksgiving?

That’s right: get tickets now for NERD CAMP Wine Tasting and Speed Friending, November 15 at Pairings Portland! There are two seatings, one at 6:00 pm and one at 8:00 pm, and a total of 48 seats available. Tickets are just $25 each, and $5 of each ticket goes directly to SnowCap Community Charities, where it will buy 100 pounds of food for your needy neighbors. If they sell out, that’s 4,800 pounds of food in just one night!

Plus, they’ll be raffling off fantastic prizes from the Hollywood Theatre, Things From Another World, Red Castle Games, The PDX Broadsides, Hour to Midnight – Room Escape Games, and Stranger Comics!

Here’s how the event works: each seating will start off with a practice tasting to learn how to taste wine properly, and then you’ll be given a nerdy topic to discuss over a great wine so you can get to know your table mates. After each question, you’ll move to another table with new friends to meet. There are six tables and six wines, and you’ll meet more than 20 new friends by the end of the night!

Special thanks to Victory Point Property Group for advertising support. Tickets are limited and this is a great cause, so please buy yours now!

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(Not So) Happy Monday! David Bowie & Geeky Stuff

David Bowie Rolling Stone

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone.

Hey guys. I woke up to the sad news that David Bowie passed away. It doesn’t seem fair that such a prolific, talented, and unique musician died of cancer at 69.

He was an artist to the end, releasing his final album, Blackstar, just a few days ago. His final–haunting–video, “Lazarus,”is a goodbye letter to his fans. Watch it:

He knew he was dying when he made this. Chills.

Phew! So, any other links will probably seem trivial now, but let’s dig in:

Geeky Stuff

I’ve been invited to guest host my favorite podcast, Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, for a second time! I am so thrilled to team up with Miles again (particularly the stuff we get to cover this time out) and so psyched to nerd out! Make sure to catch up on episodes with Jay (formerly Rachel) and Miles in the meantime; my episode will air January 31st.

What’s your favorite comic of 2015? Fight Club 2? Ladykiller? Bitch Planet? Silver Surfer? Vote for the best comic of 2015 over at the Things From Another World Facebook page and let your voice be heard! Voting ends January 14.

Other Year-End Stuff

Despair in the Afternoon just posted their annual Year of Suck in Review for General Hospital and it is hilarious. A must-read for anyone who’s ever enjoyed (or hate-watched) a soap.

I spent this weekend revamping my monthly meal-planning spreadsheets and did the vast majority of my grocery shopping yesterday. I’ll be posting my method for anyone’s who’s interested tomorrow. Feedback is more than welcome!

Yikes! I’m way behind the curve, but I finally got The Girl on the Train from the library last week, and I read it in 24 hours–and it kind of messed me up for a bit! It’s a murder mystery told through three very unreliable, flawed narrators. Rachel, the main character, is a complete train wreck, and not in a sexy way. She’s a divorced, pathetic alcoholic who has been fired from her job, but who’s still fixated on her ex-husband (who’s remarried with a child) and a married couple she’s never met, but whose lives she’s imagines as she passes their house on the train every day. When the wife disappears, Rachel–half out of an impulse to help, half just to be important to someone–involves herself in the case.

There will–of course–be a movie, and a glamorous movie actress–of course (Emily Blunt)–will be playing Rachel, who in the book is constantly described as fat, unattractive, and clumsy. Sigh.

That’s what I’ve got this week–anyone have any book recommendations? I need to build up my library queue!

Avengers Age of Ultron

Happy Friday! FCBD Links & I Planned Your Weekend

Avengers Age of Ultron

I’m back–and there are no strings on meeeee!

Yay, I’m so glad to be posting again! My apologies for the radio silence. As I wrote earlier, I was super sick, and spent any potential blogging time napping instead. However! We’re going away for the weekend with my parents, and I’m going to use the extra childcare to get some posts (TWIN PEAKS DINNER) ready for next week.

Links! First, as some of you may know, I worked in marketing for Things From Another World, an online and brick-and-mortar comic book retailer, for six years before the baby. What many of you probably do not know is that every year, the first Saturday in May (tomorrow!) is Free Comic Book Day, which for TFAW was like Black Friday, a convention, and a huge party in one–so this is the first time I’ve been out of town on this particular weekend in six years.

But enough about me. What is Free Comic Book Day? It’s that special day each year where your local comic book retailer will be giving out special free comics from publishers like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and more: everything from superhero to all-ages comics and horror books! You can find your local participating retailer here.

Many shops use this as an opportunity to throw great sales, offer doorbusters, host signings with awesome creators, and more! If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, you’re definitely going to want to check out TFAW: the Portland location is topping things off with a barbecue with free burgers and beer. Don’t have a local comic shop? You can visit TFAW online. Make a purchase May 2 (starting at midnight PST) through the 8th, and they’ll include two free comics with your order.

If you’re a FCBD newcomer, I have a few tips for you:

  • Get to your shop early. There are often lines, and supplies of the special free comics are limited.
  • Not every comic is free. I know it’s confusing, but the Free Comic Book Day freebies are special comics the stores purchase and give away. Here’s the list of possibilities, but not all stores purchase all comics. Of note: the prequel to Chuck Palahniuk’s new Fight Club 2 from Dark Horse Comics!
  • Ask about your shop’s restrictions. There’s usually a limit of how many freebies you can snag. Don’t be that person.
  • Make sure to check around the store! As I mentioned before, these free comics aren’t free to the stores. FCBD is an outreach event designed to get people and families into comic shops to support their local businesses. There should be lots of goodies available, so pick some up!
  • Come back. Free Comic Book Day is an exciting event, but make sure you come back and check out the shop later. It’ll be less crowded, and you can find out the juicy details about discounts when you sign up for a subscription box and more.

So, without further ado, let me plan a geeky weekend for you!

Go to Free Comic Book Day. Grab some free comics, find a new book that interests you, and maybe grab a T-shirt for later.

Return home and make some pancakes to celebrate your haul. The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pancakes live up to the hype.

Read Pajiba’s review of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This will get you pumped without spoiling the movie.

Buy tickets to Avengers: Age of Ultron. You’re gonna go see it. Why not see it with a huge crowd–and early enough that you won’t get spoiled by jerks on the Internet?

Now we’re going to continue our geekfest, but switch tracks to the X-Men. I know I’m behind on my posting, but you heard that Iceman, one of the original X-Men, came out as gay last week, right? My friend Rachel Edidin (of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men fame) wrote an article for Playboy about why this is so important: One of the Original X-Men Is Gay and it Matters More Than You Think.

Finally, check out Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and Lana Condor’s Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse over at Pajiba. I feel . . . ehh? I’m having a very “get off my lawn” reaction to this. Jean Grey and Jubilee aren’t contemporaries! Where’s Kitty? Wahhh! But I have to remind myself that I was not psyched at all for X-Men: First Class, until I saw it and it blew my mind. Teenage Banshee! Flying!

Okay everyone: enjoy your comics, have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you Monday!

Things I’m Thinking About in My Last (?) Week of Pregnancy

Oh my god, my desk at work is such a mess–if I go into labor early it will be so embarrassing if anyone tries to find anything.

Thank you notes thank you notes thank you notes. Wait, did we finish the thank you notes for our wedding? 

Are baby pictures a suitable apology for two-years-late wedding thank you notes?

I’m down to the final two episodes of Murder, She Wrote–should I just watch them or wait for Sid to cool off from his Star Trek obsession?

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