Winter Adventures

It’s been a busy winter for us! And a really cold, weird one here in New England. We’ve had a lot of fun with our excellent friends, and finally some time to settle into our new place–and, for me, a great new job I started in November.

In February, we saw one of our all-time favorite bands, Cibo Matto, at the Sinclair in Cambridge. It was a really neat venue we hadn’t been to before. Salt Cathedral opened for them:

Salt Cathedral

We were up on the balcony, with a great view. Miho sounded amazing:

Miho Hatori

Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto took a long-ass hiatus, but they are back and better than ever. I recommend getting a hold of Hotel Valentine as soon as possible.

On the first of the Month, our good friend Lou, their rad little brother Pete, and I trekked to Northampton to see Welcome to Night Vale live. It was a super cold night, but we all had a lot of fun.

Academy of Music

We waited outside the Academy of Music for a sold-out show.

WTNV Live in Northampton

And, as you know, adorpheus‘ episode of True Life aired on the 15th. I think it turned out really well! We got in a couple of shots:

True Life - Defiance cosplay

Amanda, Alak, and Tirra leave Defiance for the big city.

True Life - Andorians

Ell, Thian, and Vynni eagerly await the judges’ decision.

The episode got a lot of attention on Twitter–even Gawker had something to say about it. Everyone’s a critic, I guess. Props to Mad Fusion Media for crafting a narrative out of our hectic trip. You can see some behind-the-scenes photos on adorpheus’ Facebook!

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, keep an eye on True Life’s site–it will eventually be available for streaming.

Anime Boston BadgesYesterday, we attended Anime Boston. Honestly, it hasn’t held the same appeal for us since it moved out of the Park Plaza. I know, that was 10 years ago. Whatever. The dealers’ room and artists’ alley were huge and fun to peruse even though we didn’t end up buying anything. We took pictures of a couple cosplays we thought were great:

Cid Highwind cosplay

Cid from FFVII was my favorite character in the universe once upon a time.

SPN Impala cosplay

Baby the Impala’s human form.

What else?

I’m pretty sure these DS9 ACTION MARBLES I picked up at a flea market are worth mentioning:

DS9 Action Marbles

Oh! I’m finally fulfilling my dream of having an epic vest. It’s a work in progress and it obviously needs a bunch of spikes. The back patch is from Fennec Design:

See My Vest

Tonight we’re going with adorpheus to Hospitality in Cambridge. What have you been up to, our dear loyal readers?

True Life: I Want to be an Obscure Pageant Queen

Hello friends!

If you haven’t heard by now, here it is: adorpheus is going to be on MTV True Life. We’ll be in the episode too, because our fates are inextricably tied. So, prepare yourself mentally and tune into M FUCKING TV at 11:00 AM EST/PST tomorrow, March 15.

Use the hashtags #TeamAdrienne and #TeamPauline when you post about the episode EVERYWHERE.

adorpheus on MTV True Life

We need your help!

Hello, friends. Remember us?

If you don’t keep up with us on social media, you might’ve missed this: our friend adorpheus is running a Kickstarter to fund her first album. Maybe I should have posted this before, since there are only three days left, but yeah. There are three days left to help a great independent artist and DJ produce a mind-blowing EP. So please contribute if you can–if not, please share the link. Everywhere.

adorpheus DJ'ing

Arisia 2014

Vynni and Ell at Arisia 2014.

Vynni and Ell. Photo by John Perrault.

Last weekend we finally attended Arisia, a local fan-run con, with adorpheus and Jenny (aka Rufus, who you may remember from a certain post involving Kraken milkshakes). This was its 25th year! We’d heard about it for awhile, but weren’t in a position to go until now.

We stayed at the Renaissance Waterfront Boston Hotel, which was the overflow hotel. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but when we went to get our badges, I confirmed my suspicions that this was going to be a more laid-back con than we were used to. One of the reasons I was really excited to go to Arisia was its inclusivity; among the panel titles were “Fixing Problems of Sexism & Misogyny in Comics”, “Queering Up Canon”, “Transgender Fen”, and “Race and Identity in Fandom”. (I actually ended up missing all of these, but still… they were there, and that rules.)

Someone had pronoun ribbons made that were free for the taking. They even included ze/hir and e/eir. This made me really happy since, as you may know, I’m agender and go by singular “they”.

Since we now run a KAG ship, we signed up for a fan table in hopes of recruiting new members. On Saturday, we donned our Andorian makeup and costumes to man the table.

Arisia 2014 Fan Table

Lissan (adorpheus) and Vynni enthusiastically recruiting new members.

It was a long day, but we also had a chance to walk around a bit, take some photos, spend too much money in the dealers’ room, and view the art show.

That night, we went back to our hotel room and made quinoa and broccoli in our rice cooker (we are really into bringing appliances to cons) and spent the night in. We added some Cosmic Rainbow Organic Garam Masala we picked up at Auntie Arwen’s Spices in the dealers’ room, which was really good.

On Sunday, we decided to take the T to Cambridge to get lunch and pick up some more groceries. We discovered that Cambridge Naturals had Coconut Bacon, which is unbelievable stuff we hadn’t tried before. I’m determined to make some on my own now.

We initially tried to get ramen (they have rice noodles too!) at Sapporo Ramen, also in Porter Square, but there was a big line and we were ravenous. We ended up going to another of our favorite places, Le’s in Harvard Square. After that, we stopped by Lush, then headed to Central Square to go to Life Alive and Whole Foods. We really like food, OK?

Waffles with chocolate peanut butter, coconut bacon, and maple syrup!

Waffles with chocolate peanut butter, coconut bacon, and maple syrup!

When we returned to our room, adorpheus made waffles with our new Belgian waffle maker and Vynni and I took advantage of the massive bathtub and used our bath bombs from Lush. We had received invitations to an Andorian/Orion Mixer Party back at the con, but we were all pretty comfortable in our room–and not being in costume–at that point, not to mention it was freezing out.

On Monday, we had waffles for breakfast, packed up our mountains of stuff, and left. But not before knocking off the rest of the rum at noon because we couldn’t fit it in our bags:

Photo by adorpheus.

Photo by adorpheus. No shame.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend with the Gooby squad, but I’m hoping to catch more of the con next time.

Our next adventure is Star Trek Cherry Hill at the end of April! We’re planning something exciting, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Ell

Looking Back at 2013

Hey, remember us?

If you haven’t been following us on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll post it here: our DS9 book club is on hiatus for now. It WILL be coming back, so please feel free to catch up, post on past discussions, and jump in with us when we start again!

Lots has been happening, and while we’re gearing up for next year, we’re still reeling from this one.

I realized I’d neglected to put up these great pictures from this past Dragon Con parade from Raul at ilivetotravel:

Vynni - Dragon Con 2013

Ell - Dragon Con 2013

Check out his post about the parade here.

So much happened at DCon this year that I don’t know where to begin. One of the best moments for me though was when I ran into Jaime Murray on the street after a Defiance panel and she wanted a picture with me in my Alak Tarr costume:

Jaime and Alak

In May, we started our own chapter of Klingon Assault Group, the XLV Korelath. I’m happy to say that later this month, we’re participating in our first charity event. If you are in New England, please come to the Galaxy Blood Drive if you can! It’s a Star Wars vs. Star Trek-themed blood drive, so come represent your favorite franchise. Which better be Star Trek, since we’re probably going to be outnumbered.

Galaxy Blood Drive - Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the Rhode Island Blood Center in Providence, Ri

In food-related news, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving on Nantucket with adorpheus. She made a post about it here, so please go check that out.

Finally, I’ve put together a list of some DIY and store-bought holiday gift ideas for the Star Trek fan in your life (probably you, if you’re reading this) over on inDevelopment at Priority One.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

TrekmasEll and Vynni

Book Club: Discussing Avatar, Book Two

An ereader and cup of Earl Grey tea.Weclome our second Book Club discussion! We took an extra month between books one and two to catch our breaths after Dragon Con and our subsequent relocating.

Click to read discussion prompts and add your comments (spoilers ahead) for Avatar, Book Two by S.D. Perry.

Seeing this later? It’s OK to join our discussion at any time!

On November 6, we’ll post a topic covering Section 31: Abyss by Jeffrey Lang and David Weddle.

VeganMoFo – Whoops!

BoxesWe are currently in the middle of moving and settling into our new place–we will post more about food when we can! Even though we may be removed from the official list, we will still try to get a few more posts up this month.

To both our old fans who might not have been expecting so many food posts, and our new ones who came for the food: thanks for bearing with us!

VeganMoFo #9 – Quesadillas

quesadillasOne of my favorite foods to make is the quesadilla. I feel as though a recipe isn’t really necessary, so I’m going to talk about my favorite ways to prepare them. So far my favorite “cheese” filler is a blend of cheddar and mozzarella Daiya. And if you’ve never had hummus “quesadillas”, you need to get on that. Peppers and onions are a must. Other fillers I enjoy:

  • Beyond Meat
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • tempeh

But a great quesadilla doesn’t stop with the fillings! What you put on top can make the difference between a decent quesadilla and a phenomenal quesadilla. Toppings that are required for greatness:

  • guacamole or
  • sliced avocados
  • fresh salsa
  • Frank’s hot sauce

One more bit of wisdom I will part you with: Use a microwave safe plate to keep your tortillas flat while you cook. Now you don’t need to be attached to your quesadilla with your spatula! I hope your mofo is going well and, as always, thanks for reading!

Vynni

VeganMoFo #8 – Super Mega Awesome Kraken from Under the Sea Ice Cream Explosion

RufusVynni and Ell are off waging war against an evil foe… jewels! Bejeweled, in fact. So here I am, writing their post about their delicious adult beverage. We’ll call it the Super Mega Awesome Kraken from Under the Sea Ice Cream Explosion. This drink is constructed as follows:

  • Kraken. Amount? However the hell much you like!
  • ~VEGAN~ Ice Cream. Amount? However the hell much you like! (Ell: We used So Delicious No Sugar Added Butter Pecan.)
  • Almond milk. Amount? However the hell much you like!

Booze Explody ThingPut all your ingredients in a blender. Blend the crap out of them. BAM! You’ve got yourself a Super Mega Awesome Kraken from Under the Sea Ice Cream Explosion. Remember though, amounts will determine the consistency of the drink.

Enjoy!

Drink responsibly; I don’t want reckless drunks on my conscience.