Friday, July 29, 2011

Papier-Mâché Proton Pack 4

Ash asked me if I’m going to make him a Slimer piñata for Halloween. I told him no, but he said that he’ll have his proton pack and he needs a ghost to destroy. I then told him that his proton pack was the piñata, but he got a little upset! At least I know now that he appreciates all the work I’m doing.
I finished covering everything on the decorative side, and I added a little more newspaper to the back to smooth everything out. I left the area around the door clear because I’m going to add lights to the circular part at the end. Ash has already tried out his proton pack and has the strap adjusted for his size.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Big Bang Nerds

I know that the characters on The Big Bang Theory are supposed to be nerdy and anti-social, but I’m a little jealous on how much they get to hang out with their friends. Many of my close friends live several hours away, and I wish I could see them more than once or twice a month. Granted, we don’t play laser obstacle chess or rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock, but I wouldn’t mind going to the Cheesecake factory weekly.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Green Lantern Key Chain

The last time Ash and I did laundry Ash got a not-so-pleasant surprise. Every now and then, Ash leaves things in his pockets when he throws his clothes in the laundry basket. Usually, this results in ink stains or pulped napkins, but he’s been lucky lately.
His lucky streak ended when we were pulling clothes out of the dryer and found a small, clear rectangle. We stared at it for a minute wondering what the heck it was. Neither of us knew, so we continued to unload. I then found another big plastic piece that was clearly the remains of a keychain. Ash was not pleased; he knew that it was his Green Lantern key chain. I offered to draw him a new picture to put in the keychain case, but he said, “No. Why make a new picture when I can find the original?” He then found one of the crumpled pieces of paper. I found the other one while I was matching socks.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Warlady of Mars

With Ash’s last shipment of comics, there was a cardstock ad in it. He looked at it for a second, and said, “Here you go! Do you want to read Warlord of Mars?” My answer was of course no. Then, I asked when the “warlord” decided to have a sex-change. I also highly doubt that pasties and metal undies are going to strike the needed fear in the hearts of the warlord’s enemies!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Queen of the Nerds

Last year, Ash got a bunch of various colored Lantern rings in conjunction with the Blackest Night event. Each comic Ash brought home came with a plastic ring. During the event, D. C. Comics killed a lot of its characters and brought them back as Black Lantern zombies.
This year, D. C.’s event is called Flash Point, which stirred up the nerdiverse again. Ash has been griping about Flash Point for a while, and basically everything he likes is changing. He is so upset he told me that his order for comics next month will be under $100!
The “prize” this year is pins. Ash already had a lot of pins that he purchased from the local comic book store, but and now his collection is even bigger. He has them displayed on one of his comic shelves, and he gets upset if I move them. So, of course, I had to move them.
I decided all of his Flash Point buttons would look better on a princess sash. I then added all of his other superhero pins. I couldn’t wait for Ash to get home and try on his sash, so I felt like I should take the time declare myself queen of the nerds!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Papier-Mâché Proton Pack 3

I love papier-mâché and I’ve made some pretty impressive piñatas in the past, but this proton pack is getting very annoying. I added the raised circles over the holes on the “Cyclotron,” which was harder than it appears. I tried to get Ash to help me cut out the little doughnuts, but his was a mess. I think he did a bad job on purpose so I wouldn’t ask him to help again. I used two layers of thin cardboard glued together and covered with thin strips of newspaper, and then I stuck them in place with more paper and paste.
I wanted to add the straps before I get more fragile parts added to the front, and I thought I would cut up an old backpack for the straps. When I couldn’t find the bag I was looking for, I came across the straps that came with a portable DVD player case, which we never used. I used thick metal wire to create loops and long supports. I covered the entire back of the cardboard with ¼” thick papier-mâché to hold everything in place.
After the back dried, I added the big band across the bottom, which was constructed out of a Vanilla Coke box. I had to glue a few more pieces in place that will be covered the next time I mix up a new batch of paste.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Papier-Mâché Proton Pack 2

I’ve never been able to sit still and watch TV. Usually, I’ll draw, paint, sew, or do something when the TV’s on. This is especially true when Ash is watching something that I could care less about, such as superhero cartoons or anything created by Joss Whedon. Lately, Ash has been watching a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I’ve been spending a lot of time playing with papier-mâché. Ash asked me if I was taking pictures of his proton pack as I made it, and I told him, “Yes, I’m making a dorkumentary.”
After completely covering everything with newspaper, I was able to add a few more parts, which will be covered later. The first layer of paper and paste I put on the circular part caused it to sink when it dried, so I had to fill the cavity up with newspaper to try and make it level when I put the second layer in place. I added the little vertical planks over the tube thing in the top left former, and I added a few more cylinders that represent various thingamabobs that Ash believes are very important.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July

To celebrate the 4th of July, I’m sharing a photo of me in the toy aisle in Captain America regalia!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Today Ash and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary. Seven years ago, Ash only owned a few DVDs, a moderate CD collection, and he didn’t own a single comic book. He had never watched an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he didn’t own any superhero clothing or jewelry. Things certainly change!
If you are a person who is contemplating marrying another person who is slightly nerdy, beware! When a young man moves out of his dorm room to a tiny apartment, the fanboyitis virus can incubate! Before you know it, your husband can turn into a fanboy.