Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Next in the Queue

With only 2 1/2 pages left of Journal #25, I've got Journal #26 all prepped and ready to go! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Memories are All I Have

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I'm a huge nostalgic. I love looking at old photos from my childhood (and earlier). I love flipping through the pages of my old journals. I love rifling through my collection of old toys that I've saved since I was little.

But there's also a part of me that wishes that time could be stopped, so that the people, places, and things I remember from my childhood could stay exactly the way they were then, when they happened. Those are the times when I wish the Doctor to be real, so that he could whisk me away in his TARDIS to go back in time to revisit different moments from my growing up years, to help me really remember and re-live those moments - and to really, truly appreciate them.

Of course the Doctor isn't real, and there is no way to revisit my past except through the writings and possessions that help me remember. The memories are all I have.
Today, after enjoying some time at a flea market & collectible show in Wayne, I decided to stop over at the Wayne Hills Mall, which I frequented quite a bit during my childhood and teenage years - just to see if there was anything left of it. I have so many good memories of this mall, but unfortunately it has been steadily declining for more than a decade; every time I visited there as an adult I'd find more and more of my favorite shops gone. I don't think it really, truly hit me, of course, until the video arcade packed it in. Then I knew that the Wayne Hills Mall would never be the same.

Sam Goody was one of the first stores to close its doors; it was there that I, as a tween / teen, bought all of my Stevie Nicks, Wilson Phillips, Fleetwood Mac and B-52s cassettes. I think it was there that I also bought my first and only piece of sheet music - Release Me by Wilson Phillips.

 Unfortunately the store's moniker still hangs on the outside of the mall.

Now all the stores are gone, save for its anchor store, the Burlington Coat Factory - which took over the space from Meyer Brothers, the department store that moved in when the mall began in the early '70s until it rang up its last sale in 1995. Even the two enormous, beautiful fountains, once situated at either end of the mall that patrons could thrown coins into, are gone. All that remains are my memories of shopping excursions at this once beautiful mall, and the happiness it brought me, once upon a time.

Wayne Hills Mall is now, officially, closed to the public.

And despite this optimistic sign taped up on every single door at every single now locked entrance, I can't see it re-opening ever again. There is too much politics involved. Unfortunately, the only future I see for this building is what it's already been for the last several years: an eyesore.

If only I could have stopped time during the years I frequented the Wayne Hills Mall, so that the stores and the experiences could still be exactly as I remember when they first happened. I still have the cloudy memories...and that's all I have.But at least it's something.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Video Post


Mylo is very much used to simply coming into my room and, if my closet door is open, walking right in to inspect things (as he does with the entire apartment when he and Lucky are visiting).

Unfortunately for Mylo, I now have a shoe rack in the front of my closet - and tonight when he was doing his "rounds," I laughed by how confused he was by it. "What is this thing? And why is it here? How do I get inside?"

In the end, as you can see, he gave up. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Behold..."The Stack"

Check out this stack of library books I have hanging out in my room (yeah, forget the DVDs at the top; they don’t count). I’ll admit, there was something of an ulterior motive to how this stack came into existence, but even so, if you didn’t already know I was a bit of a book nerd, you would definitely know now!

So what was the ulterior motive, you ask? Well, here’s the thing: stats have been a little low lately at the one library I work at…the other day my boss was lamenting about how we needed more of our new books to get checked out…and after a bit of cajoling on my boss’s part (because, you know, it doesn’t take much to twist my arm), I headed to the shelves and returned shortly thereafter with a small handful.

The rest of this stack materialized after a bunch of requested items arrived for me at my home library, and then there was yesterday after work when a few more items decided to come home with me…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Interview: James D. Schumacher III, Filmmaker and Writer

It is not uncommon to see a comic book writer to dabble in movie making or a movie maker use his talents to make comic books.

Writer James D. Schumacher III is sharing with the trailer for his short film THE ASTRONAUT and his comic book INHERITANCE (brought to life by the amazing artist James Burton of Angry Brain Artworks). 

We reached out to James Schumacher to ask about "runnin' down his dream" being a filmmaker and comic book creator.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Little Gift

Today I stopped by my favorite thrift store. After I dropped off my small bag of donations, I went inside to have a look around. I need an alarm clock, and thought maybe I would find one for sale.

Unfortunately I did not find an alarm clock. But I did find a black belt, which I desperately needed; because there was a 50% off sale on all clothing and accessories for Presidents' Day, the belt only cost me one dollar. One. Dollar. Now that's a bargain!

When I went up to the register to pay for said belt, I noticed a small basket in the corner that said "Jewelry Clearance." I peeked inside and discovered an adorable little school bus pin!

One of our regular patrons at the Riverdale Library is a school bus driver, so I knew I had to buy it for her. The price was definitely within my budget, so I snatched up that little pin quicker than you can say Gallifrey. ^_^

Tonight I pondered how exactly I wanted to present it to her; I knew I didn't want to just hand it to her loose - I needed to do it right! First I put the pin inside a small plastic bag. Then I fashioned a card out of some scrapbook paper, using words I'd clipped from old magazines for the front...

I finished by adding a simple message on the inside of the card, and taping the bag with pin (lightly) to the paper.

I think she's gonna like it.

Olaf and his new pet...pig?!

Arendale, February 16, 2015, 9:12 a.m. - There's a new royal in Arendale! And it's...a pig?! Apparently Snorty, as he has now been officially named, escaped from a local farm and ran onto the main road, where he became spooked and nearly got trampled by Sven the reindeer. Luckily, before that could happen, Kristoff rescued Snorty and brought him to Queen Elsa's castle, where the piglet was introduced to Olaf - and the rest, as they say, is history!