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Recent Adventures: London

Recently, I took a trip overseas to London, England, with my husband, to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 and to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Since this is our second trip to London, first time was our honeymoon, and our time was limited, we had the following adventures…

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Most of our trip, three plus days, was dedicated to attending this amazing Star Wars fan event. We had an awesome time and you can read about my adventures during the event via this TheCantinaCast blog article.

Geek Shopping

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

My husband has been hearing about the amazing Geek Superstore, Forbidden Planet, from Podcasts and other sources. Located near the theatre district of London, this store included tons of geek merchandise that we could look at and buy for all kinds of franchises including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and many others. In addition, we received a coupon during Star Wars Celebration Europe. Therefore, this was a MUST stop on our itinerary!

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Antiquing

After we finished shopping at Forbidden Planet, we decided to wander around and look at the Antique stores located near there. One of the shops we visited had many statues of famous figures including Winston Churchill and Napoleon.

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

One of the main things we did while shopping in London was to explore shops and dealer stalls at Covent Garden. There were all kinds of Antiques and other kinds of merchandise for sale and my husband found a few items to buy that he was looking for.

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

We took a stroll down Oxford Street and saw all the different stores selling fashion and tourist items along this busy street near The British Museum.

The British Museum

  

Even though we visited The British Museum before, we included it again on this trip because there are new items and exhibitions that were not there 20 years ago.

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Sightseeing via Taxi

Most of our sightseeing of the city of London took place while we rode a taxi back to the airport. 

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

So what do you think of my recent adventures?

What would you do if you went to London?

Star Wars Day!

Today is May the fourth and it is Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! I am celebrating by…


Wearing this favorite Star Wars outfit from Her Universe!


Listening to the newest Star Wars novel, Bloodline.


Interacting wth my fellow Star Wars Fangirls, like Darth Makenna.


And of course watching my newest favorite Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens!

So how are you celebrating Star Wars Day?

#AtoZChallenge Starting April 1st

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Starting on April 1, 2016, The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge. For those not familiar with this challenge, below is a brief explanation from the A to Z Blog Challenge website:

…beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

Below shows which letter will be featured and on which day in April.

  
The goal of this challenge is to encourage readers to check out those that are participating by visiting the A to Z sign up page and help both new and seasoned bloggers to discipline themselves and obtain new readers.  

The organizers encourage bloggers to pick a theme to help meet the challenge. Last year, this blog’s theme was Star Wars and Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  This year, the theme will be Characters and Character Traits.  Hopefully, this theme will be interesting and deverse enough to help this blog meet the challenge.

Good luck to all of the A to Z blog challenge participants and May The Force Be With You, Always!

International Women’s Day 2016

 
 
You can celebrate International Women’s Day today and everyday by…  

Watching this cool video from Google 

  
 

Participating in discussions with Fangirls on Twitter and Facebook about Women Who Inspire you in the Star Wars Community via Fangirl’s Going Rogue.

  

Read articles that will inspire and motivate you… 

  • How text books are sexist (via the Washington Post).
  • 17 women who changed the face of Physics including Actress Hedy Lemarr (via io9).
  • Top lessons from their favorite female Disney characters (via Disney Style)
  • 5 Ways To Motivate Girls into STEM (via edutopia)
  • We Must Inspire Women to Design Their Own Path (via Forbes)

Finally, you can nominate your favorite Fangirl for the Her Universe Fangirl of the Day because it is still The Year of The Fangirl! 

  

 

Star Studded Star Wars Premiere

 
Yesterday was the World Premiere of Star Wars The Force Awakens!

  
This red carpet event was a star studded with lots of glamour, glitz and, of course, lots of Star Wars music and characters!

I was not able to attend the premiere myself, but 2 of my friends, Richard and Sarah Woloski were not only there, but were interviewed by several news outlets as well!

  

Photo via Tricia Barr’s Facebook page

In addition, this premiere was streamed live via StarWars.com and I was able to watch part of this. Not only was it fun to watch, but loved seeing all the stars in their finery and hearing the interviews!

Below are some of my favorite moments from the live stream:

 
David Collins being so excited about seeing this movie and being there on the social media stage!

 
Spotting George Lucas, since I was not sure he would be attending!

  
George Lucas and Frank Marshall debate which movie franchise is better Jurassic World or Star Wars

   
 
Carrie Fisher with a microphone doing an interview! This was towards the end of the red carpet event and is well worth watching again! She is amazing, funny and an inspiration!

  
And of course David Collins interviewing fanboy and executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni! It is a privilege to see two fanboys geeking out about my favorite topics just like I would!

The entire broadcast is now available to view via the StarWars YouTube channel!

Star Wars The Force Awakens Week

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Well today is the world premiere of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Los Angeles. This launches Star Wars The Force Awakens week! #FangirlFlail!

Therefore, no surprise, most of the posts this week will be about this topic.  

I will also be posting about this topic on TheCantinaCast.net

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Like many, I vow to do what I can to not blog about spoilers, at least until after the holidays. However, if I do, then I will post a warning.

  
Even though I will not be at red carpet event, I will watching this via a live stream hosted by Andi Gutierrez, Anthony Carboni, and my online friend, David Collins.

This is an exciting time and I cannot wait to share my thoughts and feelings with all of The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl readers.

Have a great Star Wars The Force Awakens
week and May The Force Be With You, Always!

Everyday Fangirl at Fantasticon S3-EP6

  

FANTASTICON is a regional, mid-size, show created for comic book and pop culture collectors and fans. My sister, my husband and I were able to attend and experience part of this event on Sunday, November 8. Although Saturday’s are usually the best day to attend these types of events, Fantasticon still had plenty to see and do, even on Sunday.
    

Celebrities

There were a few celebrities in attendance to meet and greet during this event.

    
Theous Crane from The Walking Dead and he IS that tall in person!

Pop Culture Vehicles
There were not one, but two pop culture vehicles to look at including:
    
My sister with Herbie the Love Bug

    
The Back To The Future Delorean time machine

Podcasting

    
There was a live podcast being recorded right on the floor

    
Panel on how to become a podcaster

Merchandise and Collectibles

There were a large number of tables with a variety of merchandise for sale including:
    
Comics from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Batman and even Scooby Doo

    
Vintage comics

    
Figures from Sailor Moon and other properties from Japan

    
Ornaments with Marvel character logos and motifs and Doctor Who and Sherlock Color Changing Lights

    
Scrubs for health care workers with Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who and Marvel characters

    
Aprons and other items made with material that features Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Marvel 

    
Vintage toys, giveaways and other collectibles from the Golden Age of Radio and Television.

Artist Alley
There were quite a few artists in Artist Alley, who were happy to talk to about their artwork and of course all the geeky stuff we love!

    

  

    

    

    

Cosplay

There were some awesome cosplayers seen walking around during the event including these awesome characters:

    
Ratchet and Clank

    
Starlord with GROOT

    
Transformer

Event concluded with the Adult Cosplay contest

    
Winners of the Adult Cosplay contest via the FANTASTICON Facebook page

Overall, we enjoyed attending this event and we hope to attend this event next year.

Tableau Jedi

  
I am at the Tableau 2015 data conference this week! 

Level = Jedi!

  

There are many sessions that will help this Everyday Fangirl and data analyst to be on the path to becoming a Tableau Jedi! 

May The Force Be With You!

My recent adventure at Great Lakes Comic Expo

Yesterday, my younger sister Sheila and I attended a small local comic event, Great Lakes Comic Expo. This event, which focuses on comics and pop culture that takes place a couple times a year usually at local churches and halls and yesterday’s event cost us a whopping $6 to attend!

  

There were a fair number of tables with comic and merchandise vendors and comic artists. There was also a good mixture of franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and of course The Marvel and DC Universes.

 

Afew of the vendors were selling vintage toys including these Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson figures from the 1970’s. (Personal note: I had a big crush on both of these actors back then and would have loved to own these figures.)

  

However, despite the number of vendors and the diversity of merchandise, we were disappointed in the price and the selection of items available for our family and ourselves.

  
Some of the vendors were selling the most recently released Star Wars merchandise at inflated prices.

  
For example: The recently released Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka and Darth Vader 2 pack, that my husband and I wanted, was being offered on the event floor by a vendor for $35. This is $20 more than it is selling at the local Meijer just down the street from the event. Guess where I bought this two pack at, huh?

  

There were also hourly door prizes given away with a grand prize of a Fantastic Four #48 issue for those that purchased the Early Bird entry fee.

  

There were a few cosplayers in attendance as well including these two adorable fangirls dressed as Batman and Robin in tutu’s!

  

My sister and I only spent a few hours at this event and we only walked away with a few items. However, we had fun looking around and being part of the overall event experience!

The Everyday Fangirl Remembers 9/11

I wanted to remember those that lost their lives during the Terrorist attacks on 9/11/01, especially all the first responders who lost their lives trying to save others.


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I did not see any of the events unfold that day because my husband and I were on a charter plane heading to Las Vegas.  The first indication that I had that something was wrong that day was an announcement from the flight crew that the FAA has ordered all planes to land immediately.  No other explanation given. I was so nervous that I needed to go to the bathroom and the flight staff would not let me until I told them that if they did not, then there would be a mess to clean up.

As we were approaching the closest airport, Denver International, I noticed that we were being escorted by 2 F-16s. I knew by then something really bad happened, but not sure what. I was thinking a major cyber attack on the radar or computer systems.

We did not find out what was happening even when we landed and deplaned. We were told to take everything with us including our baggage. There was only 1 person at the gate to meet us and she was crying hysterically and only could say “Stay right here” “Do not move”.

The terminal was deserted except for us. All the TVs, phones and Internet terminals were turned off. We really did not know what happened. We only knew it had to be something really unusual and bad.  My husband, Michael, used his cell to call his buddy back home and then we learned what happened.  In turn, we told all the other passengers with us.

After that they escorted us to our luggage and kicked everyone in the airport out, including flight staff and pilots. No direction on where to go or what to do was given.  Even AAA could not help us because the FAA locked them out of the system they usually use for emergencies.

Luckily the cab we took gave us some idea on where to go to find a hotel. He took us to Commerce City to a Truck Stop Hotel with a restaurant attached where we stayed until the FAA started letting planes off the ground again.

We were lucky because many of the passengers ended up either at hotels without restaurants near by, sleeping at school gyms on the floor with only blankets, no cots, or some decided to find some other way to Vegas, where we were heading, on their own. One even asked us to join them in the U-Haul he was renting like out of a movie.

When they did let us back to the airport, we were among the first planes to take off. My husband was the test subject of the first searches after these attacks.  It was a long quiet flight back.  When we got home to Michigan, we were greeted by ALL the staff at the airport because we were the first plane that was allowed to land.

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