japanesedream_72: (gingersnaps)
With House, M.D. apparently not on tonight, this seems an opportune time to post about my weekend at my mom's house.

After a quick stop at a local church thrift sale, where I picked up a couple goodies, it was a bit of hanging out (which included getting some goodies from my mom, including a very cool hoodie with what I'm pretty sure is Chinese writing on it), chatting, watching a bit of tv (caught Son of Kong, which I hadn't seen since I was a kid!), & showing my photos (San Gennaro & the like) until Mark & Anthony dropped by. Mark had to pick up some more papers regarding my grandpa's car (we'd spoken ahead of time, so I had them with me). He let my mom & the gang borrow the videos he'd lent me (the last of which, Gran Torino, I'd watched on Friday night - a pretty good film, by the way). I'd mentioned Quarantine during the week to my mom, so after a little bit, they put that on.

Anthony was so funny during that, he'd come out with these random things as he watched the movie with us. The first time they shot one of the zombies, he was, like, "She's dead." Then, when the action got going, every time something happened, he'd go, "Whoa!" And he'd comment whenever someone turned into a zombie. "Another zombie," he'd say, & would try to count how many there were. I managed to get some of this utter cuteness on video when he wasn't looking.

After a while, they had to get going, so we hung out & whatnot. It had started to rain while Mark was over, then it slowed down or stopped, but it started up again. Watched Timber Falls on tv, & had some junk food (donuts, ice cream). Started looking at Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires (from the On Demand menu), but it wasn't grabbing us. We'd talked about having a Halloween party, & my mom had suggested she & I do Ginger Snaps cosplay. As Mattie had gone out with Bridget for a bit, Johnathan watched the Day the Earth Stood Still re-make while my mom & I dressed up & took photos & were generally cool & silly. As you can see:

Ginger in her hoodie.

Ginger getting sexy.

Brigitte unleashed. (That quote is from the 2nd film.)

I love my hoodie!

Sisters united in blood. (That shot is my favourite!)

Johnathan joined us in some goofiness involving a set of fake rubber fangs, & then we watched a show about scary attractions in the US, which included Field of Screams (not too far from where my mom lives). Mattie came home not too long after, & had brought with him a copy of Drag Me To Hell, so we had a bite to eat & watched that.

I'm sure there's something serious that's supposed to be going on with that film, but we just found a lot of it really, really funny! There are things done with office supplies that make me feel very dangerous, given my occupation. There's a nosebleed moment straight out of a Monty Python skit. The old Gypsy lady had us in stitches when she tried to bite White Oleander's Alison Lohman...without her false teeth! And I won't even go into the funeral scene. That one, you gotta see for yourself. It's a really fun movie, & we had a great time with it.

It was pretty late by then, so most of the gang called it a night. I stayed up & watched tv - part of an Addams Family marathon & some anime. Zonked out a while later, but woke up around 7. Had a bit of breakfast & checked out some more On Demand - The Wicker Man, the original, was on there, & I'd wanted to see that one for a long time. Unfortunately, I kept falling asleep, so I had to watch it twice. Still didn't see 100% of it, but I've seen what I think are the most important parts (particularly the ending), & found it quite good.

My mom & Johnathan were up by the end of the movie, & after a little bit, I put on Bug with Ashley Judd & Michael Shannon (not to be confused with the classic Bug from 1975, starring Bradford Dillman, which I LOVE!). It was one of the films listed in that "13 Scarier Movie Moments" special, & I was intrigued by the parts they'd shown. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's pretty relentless in its psychosis. Movies with people on a downward spiral into utter madness are always something I want to have a look at.

By then, it wasn't so early that we couldn't play a little music, so my mom put on some Halloween tunes, along with a few other tunes. Mattie was up by then, & during lunch we listened to a comedy mix CD Mark had given my mom. We were all cracking up over the Weird Al track, a parody of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated".

The weather was clear & a little warm, much nicer than Saturday, so my mom & I (in matching San Gennaro shirts) took a quick trip to K-Mart, where we ogled the Halloween goodies (though they'd had a life-sized Jason Voorhees there that she wanted to show me, except they'd already taken him down), & I got in a quick shot of my mom in a funky hat. Move over, Eastwick, the witches of Italy have arrived!

Packed up back at the house, & spent a little more time with the gang before I had to head out. I was so tired when I got home! Brought my stuff in, called my mom to let her know I got home okay, & promptly zonked out watching The Shining. At least I didn't sleep until it was time to go to bed. I had enough time to get ready for work.

Coming soon...two Halloweens, Dir en grey, & the company lunch cruise!
japanesedream_72: (kozi)
Just a little public post so my non-LJ friends can see the outfit I've been nervously blabbing about for ages...

EDIT: For those who don't know, I dressed up as this guy. I was sort of going for this look.


Teasers:

Teaser 1: I think Mana (far left) dressed up as Klaha (middle) before I got involved (that’s me on the right).

Teaser 2: When you do J-rock, you gotta have the devil horns.

Teaser 3: Look, Mom, I’m on CD now! ^_^


Some of you have seen those. But here's more:

Elegant Gothic Aristocrat. Very Mana, ne?

We call this look Man-Mana.

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the Dix-est of them all?

I have a black frilly shirt, too.

This replicates the shot that got the humourous caption (which is still my computer wallpaper).

I so rarely get to spread my wings.


EDIT: I got a request for additional shots:

Gee, why does that t-shirt ring a bell?

I am Mana. Behold my spotty bathroom mirror. :P

That’s a lotta hair...

Double-shot: Left - Japan’s next top model? Right - me & the real deal (or at least, a poster of the real deal).

Threesome (get your minds out of the gutter!). Note the Phantasmagoria poster that’s plainly visible in the shot on the far right. ^_^

Come to the Dix side. We have candy.


So, is it Mana-rific? The lips* say no, but the eyes say YES!!


Endless thanks to the websites from which I nicked all the pretty Mana photos!!!


*The lips, in my opinion, are not arched enough. Can’t do that pretty bat-wing thing that Mana's lips do. I end up with Bette Davis lips (a la Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?) that make my face look odd (moreso than usual). I’ve had a few bad face days where that’s almost happened. Plus, I have long, flat lips, so trying to do the bottom like his, which is more rounded, it’d be apparent I’ve only got half my lip done. And unless you’re doing Geisha or Chinese Opera, that looks odd, too. Not to mention the fact that if I do the “V” of the top lip as deep as his - & this prob’ly has a lot to do with the difference between Japanese & Caucasian features - it makes the indentation between my nose & top lip look really deep.



I took a LOT of shots, so if you want to see any more, let me know.

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