Easter

Easter is this Sunday. Meaning today is Good Friday. And the first day of Passover.

Happy everything.

This is just my little note to all of you who celebrate Easter, Happy Easter!

Eat eggs and ham (I just realized Easter I practically Dr. Seuss Day). Paint those eggs green. Eat chocolate. Watch Peter Rabbit (the old one actually based on Beatrix Potter’s books). And find a bunch of plastic with more chocolate. Enjoy baskets!

I hope you have a great holiday.

And for those who don’t celebrate, I hope you have a great weekend.

Easter Hugs!

Alexandra

Crying Over Notre-Dame

If you didn’t know, Notre-Dame cathedral burned on Monday.

I was beyond heartbroken when I found out. And that whole day was a mess as I followed along the live news for hours and cried. I listened to the Broadway album of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the cathedral’s actual church bells on YouTube. And I stared at the pictures I took myself of Notre-Dame when I went to Paris. I felt such grief for this place.

Something about me, Notre-Dame is one of my favorite buildings. I feel a deep connection to this place, though I have near-never visited. Its architecture, its beauty, its history, its significance, I love it all. It was important to me.

Then Monday came around. Of course, I mentioned my grief on Facebook, as someone would do. Someone mentioned me why I was so upset. I explained what a significant place Notre-Dame is. They came back with, ‘But that’s nothing to cry about. Yeah, it’s sad, but you’ve been there once. It’s not like you’re there everyday.’

Now, I was not upset with this friend, despite their insensitivity. Sometimes people don’t understand the significance a person or place has on them. It’s no less than grieving over the death of a celebrity. One of my best friends was a mess over David Bowie’s death because he played a big role in her life, even if she never met him.

So, my advice is when someone is upset about the death of a celebrity or the burning of a building, do not treat it lightly. They have a reason they’re upset; find out what part that person or place played in their lives and development.

I’m still a blob over the burning of Notre-Dame, even if it didn’t burn to the ground.

Cosplay Makeup

I’ll occasionally get questions about makeup, especially since I’m the one in town to go to for stuff like that.

Here’s the thing: you don’t need fancy makeup anythings.

Everything can be done using regular everyday makeup. I do it all the time. The only thing I say anyone needs to have beyond makeup is fake blood. But you can even make that on your own so you don’t need to pay out the nose for fake blood.

Anyway, eyeshadow is my saving grace for absolutely everything. And I get to give you examples. img_4589

Need to become a fawn? Brown and black eyeshadow with white eyeliner.

IMG_1203Want something more decorative to become the element Earth? Green, gold, and brown eyeshadows. That’s all I used on that!

 

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Maybe some basic scarring? Yep. Eyeshadow.

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Or if you want more intense scarring to be like the cool kids, you can use tissue. That’s right! Basic everyday makeup and tissue/toilet paper.

 

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And if you want a glossier finish beyond what eyeshadow/powder can do for you, try water. Mix that powder with a wee bit of water and boom. Face paint.

And those are some ideas I wanted to share.

Enjoy the weird photos and the exorbitant amount of blood I put into a lot of my looks. I don’t have a problem…

Don’t feel like you need to shell out to cosplay or costume. You really don’t, at least not in the makeup department. Use that money on the actual costume department or whatever you will.

There was no real point to this post, but I wanted to make it so here it is! ^_^

Hugs

Alexandra

Taxes…

The last day of taxes here in the States are Monday, 15 April.

But why do we have tax season? Why do we get tax refunds? (Note: I do not mind getting money, but I want to know why I have to worry about that kind of thing every end of winter/beginning of spring)

Apparently, you get a tax refund when you overpay in taxes.

Your job withholds money from your paycheck for the government to determine what your actual tax amount is. And every year, they return what you ‘gave’ more of.

Because I, in all honesty, don’t know shit about taxes (hence why I make this post), I did a bit of Googling as to why this all happens in the first place. I found one guy explain the actual refund/the overpaying part:

“You and your buddy go out for drinks every so often. To make things easier you both kick in $200/mo into a joint checking account and pay for everything out of that account. At the end of the year, you need to settle up and zero the account. You go through each receipt and determine who was responsible for each cost, and pay out the appropriate remainder. With the account at $0, you both start kicking $200/mo into the account again.” (link)

But why do we actually overpay? Well, I found two different answers, both surprisingly from the same article.

1. It’s so we can avoid UNDERpaying taxes and have to owe money to the IRS in April

And 2. We are essentially loaning the government money for free, which they ‘return’ every end of winter/beginning of spring. (click for the article)

So, that’s what I found. I don’t know how much is true and how much could be nonsense. Either way, I have a headache just from trying to figure out why this happens.

Make sure you file your taxes. Deadline 15 April. That’s it.

Hugs (and aspirin)

Alexandra

A Message from Assistant Edgar

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It has been five months and five days since I have spoken to you thus.

As you have been informed, Miss Alexandra had been quite busy, and so I was quite swamped with my work as well.

However, keeping busy has helped me learn what the best way to organize myself and Miss Alexandra’s affairs have been.

My advice today is to figure out how to best work, especially in unfavorable conditions. Not everyone has the same way to get work done, so once you know how you work at your peak you’ll be unstoppable.

Sincerely,

Assistant Edgar

Comic Series part 2

On Friday I talked about a new comic series I was starting called Just Vinyl comics, in which I draw shitty chibi-like characters in every day life.

Today, I’m going to say that starting this Friday, 12 April, a new comic will be posted under the art tab in its own page (here).

Because I’m at work while posting this, you get this beautiful piece.

Anyway, there are two new comics there now for you guys. And check that page out every Friday for a new comic.

Thanks for being awesome and indulging me!

Hugs

Alexandra

Comic Series…sort of

One of my blog goals was to have a comic series because I enjoy drawing dinky little comics based off of life.

Well, I have some comics for you today.

Introducing the crappy beginnings of ‘Just Vinyl Comics’

Everything is traditional, pen and paper.

Hope you enjoy these. I’m gonna be trying this series out. On Monday I’ll have an actual schedule for these bad boys.

Thanks for indulging!

Hugs

Alexandra

Moro Intro part 2 (aka Adopt, Don’t Shop)

Not too long ago I introduced a pup in a blog post. (here, I hope)

I wanted to give an update: she has been adopted to a very good home who will train her well.

She’s not living with us anymore; we decided to foster her and give her to someone more worthy.

Anyway, with this update I wanted to send a message to anyone thinking of getting a new pet.

Adopt.

There are so many great animals waiting for good homes. They need love and are willing to give it to someone who’ll care for them.

My entire life, our animals have been rescues. Every single one of our cats are rescues or babies of rescues. Two of our three dogs were rescues.

I’m not trying to guilt you into anything; if you want to shop for a pure bread, then go for it. But try to give to those who were born in unfortunate circumstances.

Adoption is happy, when done correctly.

And lastly, be aware of your local shelter and/or animal rescues in your town. They may need volunteers, donations, foster homes, or even just more notice that they exist.

Hugs

Alexandra

April Fools in High School

So it’s April Fools Day.

I was never a fan of it; people use it as an excuse to be dicks to each other. However, I was part of a big prank. One that a whole class pulled on their teacher.

This was my junior year of high school. It was our drama class and a teacher we had such a rough relationship with. And when I say ‘we’ I mean the whole class, not just me.

To put it bluntly, she was awful. But we still tried.

On April Fools Day, we decided to have fun for once in our class career. Basically our brilliant idea was to start an argument. We would all argue with each other–not her–and have it escalate until someone said a specific phrase in which we would all yell “April Fools!” at her.

It was gonna be fun, it’ll show off our acting, and it’s not like we were doing anything of substance that day anyway.

And that’s what happened. Surprisingly, it went off without a hitch.

Not surprisingly, our teacher did not take it well.

We had a minuscule hope that she would be more understanding, but that last hope was crushed when she yelled and berated us for a full 30 minutes. We were done to the absolute max with her and the class.

She had to leave for a second to the backstage costume loft or something (we didn’t care) and in the brief time she was gone we all agreed to just ditch the rest of class. We 1000% didn’t care anymore.

One of our classmates volunteered as tribute and distracted her while the rest of us booked it.

Our teacher got her revenge by having us watch the same rendition of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ almost 10 times. Not even kidding.

That April Fools Day was the only good day I had in that class, and it was the only AFD prank I’ve been part of.

This jester holiday, be mindful. Don’t be an asshole. Have fun, but don’t harm.

Hugs

Alexandra

Book Club x2

Because the end of February was a wash, I’m gonna combine February and March’s book club.

In February I read:

The Burn Journals by

I remember hearing about this in my YA lit class in college, and I thought I’d give it a try. This was one of the realest YA nonfiction I have ever read. With that said, I definitely do not recommend it to those under the age of 16. Though the narrator was 14 when this event happened to him, it contains very adult writing and graphic language. But it was still an incredible story, amazingly written, and very real. I think because it was so real I loved it even more.

The Bird Box by

I was interested after the Netflix movie came out (haven’t seen it) and another friend of mine remembers being scared shitless reading it. But I was…bored. A fascinating concept; I LOVE the concept. Maybe I was bored with the writing style. That’s personal preference, though.

Fifty-Fifty by James Patterson

Full disclosure, I was stuck in a WalMart for three hours with only my wallet and phone (taking care of auto stuff). I’d rather not waste my battery, so I decided to go into WalMart and buy a book. My local WalMart is small compared to super centers, so the book selection was slim. This was the only book that sparked any sort of interest, so I got it. Read it. Turned out to be quite good. The characters weren’t my favorite, but the story was so interesting that I kept with it. Good for suspense and thriller lovers.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by

I was interested in the story after seeing Tim Burton’s film adaptation with Johnny Depp. And um. Um. Burton definitely took creative liberty with characters and story. Honestly, disappointed with the original story. I prefer Ichabod being a scared detective than a flirtatious schoolteacher. And I definitely prefer the legend of the Hessian being vengeful than…whatever that was they had him in the story. Movie over book in this occurrence.

In March I read:

The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef

One of the classics I enjoyed in school was Frankenstein and Mary Shelley always seemed like an odd but brilliant lady. This was a new book in the public library, so I decided to check it out. And I’m glad I did! As I thought, she was an odd and brilliant lady, and there was so much more to her than writing a brilliant gothic novel. She’s definitely a female writer we should learn more about.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Pretty obvious why I wanted to read this book: I love the movie so much. Starting the book was just a wee confusing because of the structure, with Goldman ‘revising’ a piece by S. Morgenstern and adding commentary asides. Once I understood that aspect, I was able to get into the book easily. And the novel is hilarious. It has every bit of charm the movie possesses, with the added bonus of more scenes (because novel versus book, y’know). If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book.

And in next month’s agenda

I am planning, in April, to read The Woman in Cabin 10 by , I Am Pilgrim by , Speak by , and The Outsider by Stephen King. Some longer books coming up, so don’t be too shocked if I only finish 3 in April rather than the goal of 4.

Let me know if you read or have read any of these books; I would love to know what you think. I’m not afraid of different opinions.

Hugs

Alexandra