Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Lunchable: Portable Pizza

This was my first Halloween find this year, so it's fitting that it would be the last holiday related post. It's been a long time since I've eaten a Lunchable. I can say with certainty, that this is the first one I've eaten in 13 years. There really wasn't anything special about them. You get several slices of lunchmeat and cheese that you slap on top of some generic crackers, and then gobble them down. I used to do the same thing with slices of lunchmeat and Ritz crackers, years before Lunchables were even invented. For some reason, having all those things contained in one little package just made them seem more special. If you were lucky enough to get the double sized ones, you would have enough food to feed yourself and a couple of your friends. Of course, I can't remember a single time that someone shared their Lunchable, and to ask someone to do so was grounds for a smack upside of your head.

As with all things, the Lunchables brand has grown over the years, and now you can get hot dogs, burgers,  and even nachos, all contained within compartmentalized plastic containers. Today I try out Lunchables' Extra Cheesy Pizza. It's like a tiny pizzeria that will fit in your backpack. Is it any good? I guess you'll have to watch and see.

I'm not really happy with how the video turned out, but I'm starting to learn how to do some basic editing at least. If you pay close attention, you'll notice I was able to add some background music. 10 points to whoever can identify the track I used.

I wish I could have kept my promise of a post a day this month, but as it sometimes does, life happened. Maybe I can make it up to you all in December. I'm not making any promises this time though.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Swamp Thing, I think I love you...

I'm really not sure which came first, DC's Swamp Thing, or Marvel's Man-Thing. They both have very similar origin stories, having started out as scientists that were involved in accidents with their experiments that left them near death in a swamp. The chemicals reacted with the plant life around them, and caused them both to turn into plant based monsters. Unfortunately for Man-Thing, only Swamp Thing gained enough popularity to spawn two feature length movies, a live action television series, an animated mini-series, and of course, a line of action figures.

Speaking of action figures, that's what I have to show off today; Bio-Glow Swamp Thing.

As much as I liked the Swamp Thing figures, I have to admit that it's an odd property for an action figure line. He's nowhere near as iconic as Batman or Superman, and asking someone if they'd like to see your Swamp Thing will likely get you a beating. All I'm saying is nobody wanted to be Swamp Thing when it was pretend time. That doesn't mean he isn't a cool character, he is. I just think he's a bit too weird to become as mainstream as the costumed heroes.

Much like Kenner's Batman Lines, there were numerous versions of Swamp Thing released. There were four different ones in the first wave alone. I'm not ashamed to admit that I owned all four at one time, while I only ever owned one villain, Weed Killer. While I'm on the villains, this is one area Kenner really dropped the ball. The bad guys were all normal action figures, that came with masks that turned them into grotesque monsters. Sadly, the masks were just larger versions of those little rubber monsters that you can stick on your finger tips. They were actually pretty fragile, and would tear easily if you weren't careful. The mask didn't really add any play value to the figures, so I normally left it off. Swamp Thing also had a couple of human allies. There was Tomahawk, the Native American with a name that some would say is currently offensive, and this guy:

I'm not even going to pick on his ridiculous name, or the fact that he's just fighting monsters with a water gun. What has me scratching my head is the fact they made him a Vietnam Veteran. Was this a selling point for kids back then? I can't remember being disappointed if I picked up an action figure and it wasn't eligible for membership in the VFW. Enough talk about disillusioned war heroes, we're here to talk about things from the swamp!

According to the little bio on the back of the card, Bio-Glow Swamp Thing is adapted to chasing around the evil Un-Men in the desert at night. I guess that means he's Desert Thing as well. This form appears to be made up of cacti, which makes sense since there isn't much else in the way of vegetation out there. He actually has a bunch of sharp thorns on his arms and legs, so you definitely don't want to step on him with bare feet. Don't ask me how I know. You would think a large, glowing plant man would be pretty easy to avoid, but maybe mutants have poor night vision. Or, maybe Swamp Thing blends in with the other..glowing cacti? Is that a thing?

Swampie also comes with a large flint bladed axe, and a rather pointy mace that will poke holes in you if you're not paying attention. They go hand in hand with his super arm swinging action, so he can flail his weapons about wildly. Just squeeze his legs together and his fists start flying. It's the same sort of action feature Kenner was famous for when they were making the Super Powers line. You can get his arms moving pretty fast, so you better not get him too close to your face. I remember his weapons had a tendency to fly out of his hands, so there's a chance you may lose an eye to the pointy plastic mace.

If you couldn't tell from his name, Bio-Glow Swamp Thing also has the ability to glow in the dark. He's not quite as bright as some toys that I've seen, and he doesn't glow for very long. Actually, a thought just popped into my head as I was typing this. What's the point of figures that glow in the dark? You'd have to play with them in a pitch black room to get the full effect, and then you wouldn't actually be able to see what you were doing. I know I never really played with my toys in the dark. I was always too worried about losing their pieces.

At least there's a good chance I'd see him before he ended up stuck in the bottom of my foot.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Man Cave 2.0

So this doesn't really have much to do with Halloween, but I think I'm going to consider the countdown officially over for this year. I missed out on too much, and it's too late to catch up. I still have several things to post about before the month is over though. It'll certainly be more than enough to fill the next 7 days before All Hallow's Eve. I was hoping Chelsea would be able to keep up the posts while I was gone, but she was occupied by a little project over the past few days.

I'm sure you've all seen photos of my well worn desk, and remember me mentioning that I didn't really display my meager collection. Well, Chelsea took care of both of those problems while I was gone.

This used to be a knife display case from a hardware store, but Chelsea took the inserts out, and left the shelves. Then she used some adhesive backed LED lights, and stuck them to the bottoms of the top two shelves. She managed to get all my stuff in here, and I think it looks great.

Next, she made some awesome little shadow boxes. I'm not sure why Chewie is using a lightsaber though. I guess he decided to become a Jedi too.

All of my carry knives are easily accessible now. I've had that magnetic knife strip for a couple years now, so it's great she finally put it to some use. The table will work great for when I need to set up my sharpening stones, which are held in the tool box sitting on that shelf there. It'll also work well for my Halloween mood table next year.

There were a couple of unnecessary doors that we took down and stored out in the garage. We had been talking about turning them into tables or desks, but never got around to it. It seems Chelsea was feeling extra crafty, and built me a new desk top. It works great, and actually gives me more room for the random stuff I manage to accumulate. I think it looks better than that old, worn out desktop that was on there before.

Here's my classic gaming corner. Unfortunately, I don't have any classic systems hooked up at the moment, but that's easily remedied. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if I even own any classic systems..hmm. The bean bag looking thing is a Big Joe chair from Wal-Mart. It is one of the most comfortable bean filled pieces of furniture I've ever seen. I could see myself falling asleep in the middle of a round of Super Mario Bros.

Heh..get it?

Chelsea decorated all of the outlets like this. I'm amazed at all the different kinds of duct tape they're coming out with these days. This one appears to portray some urban squid creatures spraying graffiti all over the place. Damn squids, they're getting more rowdy every day.

The last little touch was a set of Transformers curtains. It may not be old school Transformers, but I think they still help bring the room together. I'm not sure if you noticed, but Chelsea also repainted the entire room, so it doesn't look like I'm sitting in a dungeon anymore. It should make it a little easier to light my next video, which will be coming up soon.

So there you have it. Several more reasons why I think I have the greatest girlfriend in the world. Sorry guys, but I've got you beat.

I'm back!

It's good to be back home. I'm not one to rest on my laurels, so stay tuned for a post later today. Let's see if I can finish up the month of October in a proper fashion.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Countdown: I'm So Tired!

Ahhhh.  Sit on the couch.  Pull the lever and recline.  Pop my feet up and let the dog jump up for some cuddles.  Turn on the TV and surround sound and find something on a Saturday night that doesn't completely suck.  Turn on the computer and connect to the interweb.  Crap.
Crap. Crap. Crap.  
I still have to write a blog about Halloween as promised.  After all, I crossed my heart and hoped to die and I certainly don't hope to die.  But come on!  I just got home.  I'm four beers in.  I just want to sit on the couch, watch meaningless television and play candy crush!  Is that so much to ask?  
As (regrettably) promised I would do a real Halloween post for the Stunt Zombie blog.  Since I'm just the littlest bit buzzed I thought the best idea would be to find a Halloween snacky food to go with my beverage of choice, Redd's Apple Ale.

 While rooting through Chris' bag o' Halloween goodies I came across something that intrigued me:
Kraft Jet-Puffed GhostMallows (It's really hard not to type Jet-Stay-Puffed!)The flavor of these marshmallows is supposed to be Vanilla but aren't all regular marshmallows vanilla flavored?
 While I thought that these would be super yummy I also started to rethink my beverage of choice.  Fruity beer plus vanilla marshmallows?  I think not.  Thank God the back of the bag had suggestions for what beverage would go best:

 So I brewed me a cup of Suisse Mocha (close enough to ghostly hot chocolate) and popped a few of these ghoulish marshmallows on top.

 Aren't they so cute?!  Although, now that I'm looking at them from this angle they slightly resemble ghostly sperm, no?  As I began to sip on my chocolatey beverage I had the sinking feeling that something very important was missing.

 Ahhh, that's better.
Now, since most of you (make that all of you) don't know who I am you probably have no idea that I am completely obsessed with another marshmallowy treat, Peeps.  Who doesn't love Peeps?  They're sugary, chewy and full of Peepy goodness (and yes, I do realize that I turn a lot of nouns in to adverbs!).  Anyway, the reason I bring up Peeps is because one of my favorite Peep activities (yes, there are more than one) is Peep jousting.  For hours upon hours of fun you pit your Peeps against each other in head to head combat.  Simply place the marshmallows on a plate, shove toothpicks into them, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and crown a victor.  The Peep who doesn't get skewered is victorious.  I simply applied this basic concept to the ghostly marshmallows:

It didn't work out as I had planned.  With no clear victor I decided to crown myself the winner, mashed my melty marshmallows together and stirred them into my mocha!  While I do love a good marshmallow I didn't find anything particularly special about these sugary snacks.  Sure they're cute and slightly colorful.  Yes they're ridiculously addicting and I ate half a bag in one sitting (don't judge me, I'm drunk).  And would I get them again if spotted in the snack food aisle of the grocery store?  Of course.  But did they stand out from all of the other marshmallows on the shelf?  No, not really.  So, while I did enjoy snacking on them individually I think I'll stick to drowning them in my coffee.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Continuing to Take the Easy Way Out

With Halloween fast approaching I've started thinking about what costume would best fit my mood and personality.  In years past I've tried to collaborate with Chris and jump on the couples costume train.  
There was the year we went as Clark Kent and Lois Lane 
and the year that we dressed up as Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (our dog Kirby was the white rabbit!).

 Some of my favorite (and cheapest) costumes have come from the crap I had lying around my house.  Since I spent years working as a lifeguard I had all the makings for a drowned lifeguard (irony!)
Then there was the year that I dressed up as Cruella Devillle from 101 Dalmatians:
The funny thing about this costume is that I already owned the black dress, fishnet tights, red fish net gloves, costume jewelry, wig and pointy heels.  My mom had the "dalmatian" jacket so all I actually bought to pull this costume together were the fake cigarettes and cigarette holder.  
One year when money was tight I went as a cowgirl using the cowboy hat and boots I already owned with some stone washed jeans and a button down shirt:

As I mentioned in yesterdays post I fell prey to the "I can dress like a whore because it's Halloween" craze for a few years, dressing as the St. Pauli Girl:

And an "Angel":

(I kid you not, I was actually walking around in a slip I found at a thrift store!)  I'm sensing a theme in my costumes over the years, even when I wasn't attempting to flaunt the "goods" as it were!
So, there you have it.  The progression of Chelsea's Halloween Costumes over her many many years!  And yet, I still have no idea what I'm going to be this year!!!  Looking for ideas if anyone has any (please no Elvira suggestions!)  Tomorrow I promise to get back to Stunt Zombies original mission of reviewing actual Halloween items.  Cross my heart and hope to die!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Reminiscing on Halloween Nights Past

Okay, okay, so I missed a day.  I told you I'm not a particularly seasoned (or good) blogger!  On the upside my house is super clean!  One thing I am good at (since we've already ruled out blogging and photography) is taking the easy way out.  That's why I'm going to post pictures of my Halloween costumes from my childhood.  What?  Chris did it!  When we (me and my sister) were kids, we never had store bought costumes.  My mom made nearly every Halloween costume we ever wore until we were too old to go Trick or Treating (wait, what age it that?).  My mother is very crafty and thinks outside the box.  Speaking of boxes, most of our costumes were made from cardboard boxes!  Some of the more notable pieces of work included a table top (my sisters head came through a hole in the center of a large box covered with a tablecloth, place settings and a roasted turkey hat), a cookie jar (complete with lid as a hat, my mom was also big on hats!)
and a giant red octopus with eyes cut out and covered with panty hose so I could see!  One thing I learned from this whole experience (aka my childhood) was that boxes make great costumes but are the worst for trick or treating!  We literally hit into everyone and everything in our way.  And forget holding out our pillowcases for candy.  My sisters hands couldn't even reach out from underneath the "table" so folks started putting candy in the cups that were glued to the table top!  Some of our costumes spawned from convenience.  I took tap and jazz dance classes as a child.  Some of the costumes for our dance recitals were down right weird.  This is how I came to go out trick or treating as a black cat and a dinosaur!

Ah, the good old days!  As I grew older I realized that most of Halloween for adults involves women dressing up as sexy nurses, sexy cats, sexy wookies, etc.  
And, sadly, I too partook in this tragic tradition.  But that is a story for another day, probably tomorrow!
So, what are your favorite costumes from childhood?  We already know stunt zombie really enjoyed his Super Man costume.  I think my favorite was the octopus (although I'm sorry to report that after combing through my stacks of photo albums I could not find a single shot of that awesomely red 8 legged sea creature!).  Would love to hear your thoughts on Halloween costumes.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Stunt Zombie Takeover!!!!!

Dear faithful Stunt Zombie Readers: 
        This blog is being taken over.  That's right, you heard me.  I'm taking control of the blog (the 'I' being Chelsea of the awesome blog "Books, Booze and Bitchin" at wordpress).  Don't worry though, this is not a hostile takeover.  Nor is it a cheesy ploy to draw readers to my page.  Stunt Zombie was called away on family business (yes, just like the mafia) and has graciously obliged to let me continue his 31 days to Halloween Countdown.  We're amending the "31 days of posts" to "31 posts in 31 days"!  A subtle change but one that will allow us to catch up without readers crying foul.  
       I'd like to apologize in advance to Chris' readers, as I am not a seasoned blogger.  I shall do my best so please go easy on me with the comments!  With no further delay, let's get on with it already!

      My "first" post is going to be on 'Brain Dead Zombies'.  You may remember that Chris made a post about this neat little guy about a week ago.  Back then he was just a wee little zombie, always teased by the bigger and more decomposed zombies on the playground.  Well sir, you better just watch out because he has indeed grown in his watery grave (see what I did there?!) and is now a man!  Mazel tov!  
I'd like to point out that the artwork on the cover of "The Monster Book of Zombies" has the exact stance as the Brain Dead Zombie.  Ya know, Chris has such an affinity for naming his toys I'm gonna go ahead and name our zombie.  He kind of looks like a Fred to me.  Plus I don't know anyone named Fred so I can't personally offend anyone who has my phone number or direct contact with me!  Oh, I'd like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I'm really bad at taking pictures.  Like, really super bad!  This has been pointed out to me on numerous occasions so I'll just throw that apology out there again in the hopes that you won't hold these posts against Chris!  
So, as you can see, Fred has indeed grown quite a bit in a week.  I really wish that he could stand on his own but if you look closely at the photo you can see he's being propped up by the camera's tripod.  While the dye on his clothing has stayed in tact there has been some loss in overall appearance.  I suppose growing to 600% of your original size will do that to you.
As we can see from this photo (besides the blatantly obvious fact that I need photography classes) is that Fred got beat up on the playground prior to his sudden growth spurt and now has a black eye and some missing teeth.  Tsk tsk Fred, what would your mother say...if you hadn't already eaten her brains.
Now Fred, just because Dr. Rodney Rathbone, Vampyre, Zombie Evil Kenevil and random chauffeur picked on you when you were small, that doesn't give you the right to beat up on them. There was a claim in the original post that went something like "Charge him up after he finishes growing, and you can probably use him to read."  Well folks, I don't think you could read by the light of Fred but he does put off enough radiance to potentially keep you from stubbing your toe in a blackout.
That's all the time we have tonight readers.  I hope you enjoyed my first guest blog and have not deleted your link to Stunt Zombie whilest putting a block on further attempts to read future posts!  If all goes as planned I'll be back tomorrow with another in the continuing saga of "31 posts in 31 days, Countdown to Halloween 2013!"
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