HAPPY ALL HALLOWS EVE!

YAY! It’s one of my FAVORITE days of the entire year today! HALLOWEEN IS FINALLY HEAR!!!!!!!!

While I  will not be trick-or-treating tonight or attending any parties, you can be sure I will be having a massive movie marathon, including pigging out on popcorn and a whole bag of mini Reese’s. I’m still working on my to-watch list, but it will certainly include The Exorcist, the original Halloween, Boris Karloff in The Mummy, and a little movie entitled Rocky Horror Picture Show, that I cannot believe I left off my lists on Tuesday. .

Here are a few pics of the costume I made this year:

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And here is our “coven” so far (I know we are missing at least one more witch and Minnie Mouse) :).

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More pictures to come!

I hope you all have a fun, frightening (and safe) Halloween!!

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Music, you say?!

Guess what day it is? Yep, it’s Music You Should Know Wednesday! I feel like I haven’t done it in forever, when in reality, I think it’s only been about 2 weeks.

This week I’m not featuring one artist. Oh no. I’ve put together a playlist of largely indie/unknown artists that I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of before. At least I think that will apply to the vast majority. Enjoy!

And before I go, for my fellow Whovians: head over to the Anglophenia blog on BBC America and take this quiz to find out which Doctor Who creature you are! What am I, you ask?

Don’t blink. You are a WEEPING ANGEL.

Ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Quiet with a rebellious streak, you bask in gloominess and take delight in pondering the deep, unanswered questions of the universe. Your capricious nature resembles that of a cat; Attractive, clever and agile, you can turn mischievous and even vindictive in an instant. Your unique, vintage-y style earns you admirers, but you’ve always remained somewhat aloof, and you’re perfectly content being on your own.
Beware – You don’t want to scare EVERYONE off! Remember to share a laugh with your friends once in a while.

Sounds about right, actually.

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This hard for monster! Have pity on monster!

First thing’s first: Google #tomnomnom & bookmark it. I know I’ve shared it before, but it will never fail to put a smile on your face & brighten your day whenever you need it.

I had a good weekend, even considering the fact my world almost came crashing down when (spoiler alert), one of my top 2 faves on The Walking Dead, Glenn, got the dreaded virus that’s killing everybody in the prison. I’m serious, if Glenn dies, heads are going to roll. I don’t know who’s heads exactly, but it’s gonna happen. Inconceivable!

I got my Cara box all finished & mailed. My witch skirt for work (we are all dressing up as a coven–pictures to come later this week) is now officially done! And while it was fun to make, it was also a bitch to make. I don’t even want to think about how many yards of tulle I ended up using. I think it ended up being about 10 rolls.  My witch hat is also done, and so is a nifty little spell book I made. You can’t be a witch without a cookbook! Then I made gumbo, and preceded to eat all of it in 2 days. But I’m still craving it, so last night I made a little stop at the grocery store & got the stuff to make it again tonight! And I’m really looking forward to it.

Every Monday morning, I check my weekly horoscope on the FreePeople blog. I don’t really put much stock in it, but it’s fun to read anyway. This is my horoscope for this week. All I will say is, the first part was just discussed with a friend Saturday evening. Coincidence? Be your own judge.

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July 23–August 22

An urge for freedom and travel conflicts with responsibilities that sometimes feel like a burden, as liberating Uranus in your adventure sector (feel free to laugh here if you, like me, have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy) spars with intense Pluto in your daily-routine house this week. Your job or how you spend your time is evolving, and at the moment your future is a bit of a question mark. An old viewpoint may no longer hold water, and being in between workable philosophies could make you anxious.

As a resilient Leo, you prefer to put the past behind you. But when the sun conjoins Mercury retrograde, the moon and the moon’s node (with the proximity of the node turning the new moon into a solar eclipse), you’re called to face the past in order to move forward. Revisit emotionally charged memories, parental issues and childhood patterns in order to work through your feelings about them. In making peace with what got you to where you are now, you’ll shore up your self-esteem and strengthen your determination to work your way toward change you co-create. An emotional truth within you carries the lesson that will allow you to heal.

Now enough with that hocus pocus.
It’s time for some Whovian news! The Doctor Who Facebook page has a new, fun little feature for “The Day of the Doctor.” You can put your name & picture into an “save the date” video! Here is the link to mine. It’s probably the only way I will ever feature in anything Doctor Who related, so I’m not wasting the opportunity. 🙂
You may have seen this. You may not have. It was just released today…yesterday…I’m not sure anymore. Either way, I’m sharing it regardless because: 1) I’m a huge James McAvoy fan, 2) I’m a big Michael Fassbender fan, 3) I’m a big fan of Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen, especially when they are together, 4) Jennifer Lawrence, and 5) I absolutely love X-Men & have been since I was a wee one. So naturally, when you add all this up, you get a whole lot of excitement for the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past! I can’t wait for this movie.
And now for the grand finale!
Since it’s is the week of All Hallows Eve, and I love dark, weird, creepy, macabre, horror, Halloween-themed movies, I decided to throw together a list of essential movies for this time of year. It was originally going to be one list of 13 movies. Then I realized something: Who am I kidding?! I can’t only pick 13! I could list a hundred essentials to fit this category! So, instead, I broke things down a bit. I still, of course, didn’t get everything on here, but it’s a start. Maybe some more will show up later in the week…(FYI: none of these lists are in any particular order.)
13 essential vampire movies:
  1. Underworld (2003)
  2. Dracula (1931)
  3. Dracula (1992)
  4. Near Dark (1987)
  5. The Lost Boys (1987)
  6. Queen of the Damned (2002)
  7. Interview with A Vampire (1994)
  8. Nosferatu (1922)
  9. Fright Night (1985)
  10. 30 Days of Night (2007)
  11. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
  12. Let The Right One In (Swedish, 2008)
  13. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
13 essential Witch movies:
  1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  2. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  3. Practical Magic (1998)
  4. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  5. The Craft (1996)
  6. The Witches (1990)
  7. Harry Potter (2001-2011)
  8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  9. The Covenant (2006)
  10. The Devil’s Own (a.k.a. The Witches, 1966)
  11. Black Sunday (1960)
  12. The Woods (2006)
  13. Suspiria (1977)


13 essential “Halloween” movies not centered around witches or vampires:

  1. The Corpse Bride (2005)
  2. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  3. The Exorcist (1973)
  4. Halloween (1978)
  5. The Mummy (1932)
  6. Psycho (1960)
  7. Legend (1985)
  8. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  9. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  10. Frankenstein (1931) & Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  11. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  12. The Omen (1976)
  13. The Shining (1980)
Monster tired! Monster done for day!
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Fun Post Friday

(I got this first do-dad from Veronica, over at Passion, Pink, and Pearls)

Making: Witch skirts & hats for Halloween!

Reading: Re-reading actually, The Historian, an excellent choice for this time of year.

Watching: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing (finally), The Hollow Crown: Henry V, and the series premiere of Dracula!

Looking: For the perfect pair of oxfords & a wide-brim fedora.

Playing: Shoot Bubble Deluxe

Wasting: Time.

Enjoying: Baking too many cookies. Luckily, I can pawn them off on everyone at work.

Waiting: For my opportunity to move to London. 😉

Liking: All the Halloween-themed movies on TV right now.

Wondering: About everything…always.

Listening: The Neighbourhood, especially Sweater Weather.

Thanking: My mom & my friends, just for being them & loving me.

Going:  Grocery shopping, Cara Box shopping, phone switching, witch supplies shopping.

Loving: The weather getting cooler!

Hoping: For a white Christmas.

Marveling: All I can think of when I see Marvel is comics, and therefore Thor: The Dark World opening in two weeks!

Smelling: Not at the moment, but my Flannel candle lately.

Wearing: My favorite plum colored boyfriend cardigan & boots.

Following:  Pretty much everything Marvel or Sherlock related right now.

Noticing: The leaves changing colors on the tree in my front yard.

Knowing: It’s almost Halloween!

Thinking: About too much, as always.

Pinning: I just started pinning ideas for Christmas this year.

Opening: Hopefully my Cara Box soon (I’m excited), and my Amazon orders (new books!)!

Giggling: Nerdy humor.

Feeling: Tired. I’ve been sick. 😦

Facts about my name! (This one I got from my bloggy friend, Stephanie!)

Sydney is of English, Greek, & French origins. It means 1) wide island/meadow in the English tradition, and was primarily a surname; 2) follower of/from Saint Denis in the French tradition; 3) from Sidon in the Greek.

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, named for British Home Secretary Thomas Townsend, Lord Sydney.

Sydney is has a soul urge number of 5, and an expression number of 11. Soul Urge #5’s have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own path in life without being governed my tradition. Expression 11’s are idealistic, highly imaginative, intuitive, spiritual, visionary, and inspiring. If they fail to develop their potential, they become dreamers, or misuse their powers.

Sydney‘s are generally posses a versatile & creative nature. They are quick-minded & favor freedom of expression. Their feelings and desires change, leading them to become dissatisfied with their current conditions. They have many ideas, plans, and ambitions. They seek change in order to have the opportunity to travel, experience new things, and new people. They find it difficult to systematize efforts and fulfill obligations or plans as they are not inclined to apply themselves consistently. They appear positive, but inwardly lack self-confidence and will-power. They are emotionally & mentally unsettled, and are easily influenced by thier emotional nature as well as the emotions of others. They can have difficulty viewing life realistically and being honest with themselves. They live in their desires, longing for conditions and people to be as they wish them to be.

Interesting stuff.

Have a great weekend!

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I’m back!

In truth, I’ve been back for about a week, but blogging was the last thing on my mind!

This is just going to be a short post! Vacation pictures/post will come soon, but for now, it’s Wednesday! I have music to share! This week’s featured artist is The Neighbourhood (aka THE NBHD)! They are an alt-rock band hailing from SoCal & I can’t stop listening to them.

Enjoy! And Happy Wednesday!

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It’s a Halloween Top Ten Tuesday!

Welcome back! Or, if it’s your first time over here on the sydney project, pretend I just said “welcome” instead of “welcome back. 🙂

As you know, it’s Tuesday. And that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! As with last week, I’m not crazy about the theme/topic suggested for this week, so I combed thru some past topics that I didn’t participate in, and have chosen to do ten eleven Halloween reads instead! Here we go! (Descriptions via Goodreads.)

So Cold the River

So Cold the River by Michael KorytaIt started with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man’s past–just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he’s kept his entire life. In Bradford’s hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history–a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric’s stay. Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase and draw Eric deeper into the town’s dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored–a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.

The HistorianThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Late one night in 1972, as a 16-year-old girl, she discovers a mysterious book and a sheaf of letters in her father’s library — a discovery that will have dreadful and far-reaching consequences, and will send her on a journey of mind-boggling danger. While seeking clues to the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s puzzling disappearance, she follows a trail from London to Istanbul to Budapest and beyond, and learns that the letters in her possession provide a link to one of the world’s darkest and most intoxicating figures. Generation after generation, the legend of Dracula has enticed and eluded both historians and opportunists alike. Now a young girl undertakes the same search that ended in the death and defilement of so many others — in an attempt to save her father from an unspeakable fate.

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

DraculaDracula by Bram Stoker – Count Dracula sleeps in a lordly tomb in the vaults beneath his desolate chamber. His stony eyes are open. His cheeks have the flush of life beneath their pallor. On his lips are a mocking, sensuous smile and fresh blood. He has been dead for centuries, yet he may never die….Here begins the story of an evil both age-old and forever new. It is the tale of those who instill a diabolical craving in their victims, the men and women from whose blood they draw their only sustenance. It is a novel of peculiar power, of hypnotic fascination. The reader is warned that he who enters Castle Dracula may not escape its baleful spell even when he closes this book.

MacbethMacbeth by William Shakespeare – Dark and bloody drama of ambition, guilt, and revenge centers on an ambitious Scottish nobleman who murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit that spells his doom. “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” One of Shakespeare’s darkest and most violent tragedies, Macbeth’s struggle between his own ambition and his loyalty to the King is dramatically compelling. As those he kills return to haunt him, Macbeth is plagued by the prophecy of three sinister witches and the power hungry desires of his wife.

The Shining (The Shining, #1)The Shining by Stephen King – Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control. As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer BlackThe Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth – Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

HornsHorns by Joe Hill – At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real. Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside…Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due.

The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Physic Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe – Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest–to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge. As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other StoriesThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving – The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire. All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod.

Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to LovecraftLocke & Key: Volumes 1-5 by Joe Hill & Gabriel RodriguezLocke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all… Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez.

I probably could have listed twenty more–at least–but I will stop there :). Let’s movie on to some movie news! Today is October 8th, do you realize what that means? It means that it is now exactly one month until Thor: The Dark World opens! And recently, a new clip featuring LOKI was realesed:

These were also just released:

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Enjoy! I’m done for today.

Later dudes!

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Color Run!

Hello there! Let’s jump right in!

Saturday, my friend & fellow blogger, Tienna, and I participated in our first 5k, The Color Run! And it was pretty awesome. It was cold, but it was much better than it being hot if you ask me. One thing we learned – next time we HAVE to prepare for it, even if we are just walking it. It was much more difficult than I anticipated. We also weren’t prepared for the long wait to actually start, but now we know for next time!

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This is our “before” picture.

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And this is us “after.” 🙂

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Waiting for things to start…

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Still waiting for things to start…

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Waiting for the color throw! (I have no idea who those two girls are, by the way.)

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It was even more fun than it looks!

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Aftermath

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This is what my shirt looked like after all was said & done :).

And there you have it! If you ever get the opportunity to participate in The Color Run, take it!! I’m horribly out of shape, and it was still fun!

Now I really have to get back work, especially since I have short week this week!

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