Saturday, October 18, 2014

Quickly: Store is Back Open! Hooray!

As of about 5 minutes ago, RockPaperMisc store is open for business!  I've included 2 new brooches. Both are $4.50, and SPIRIT WEEK is still $3.00.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Unique Halloween Costume Ideas

How brilliant and marvelously lazy would it be to dress up as everyone else's costume?


Hey everyone!  How are you all doing since last time?  Yesterday was my birthday, so we went back to the pastry shop mentioned in this post.  They didn't have any more bread turtles because it was late in the day, but we still got some really good buns.  

Last week my dad and I went to run a few errands.  We were in a store when my dad was surprised that he couldn't find his phone and thought he left it in a different store.  I went back to his car to go look for it, calling it to check if it was actually in his car.  My pocket started ringing.  Don't know how it got in there.

I love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday!  I love how there's a day to do anything silly and macabre and sugary and everyone's cool with it.  In elementary school, all of my costumes were things that were scary.  In first grade, I was a spider princess. I used the dress for it in 3rd and 5th grade, for a witch and a Medusa costume.  Would anyone else recycle old Halloween costumes?  Now, I just come up with whatever I have on this spot (last year I wore all black and a black beret and called myself a hipster witch.)  
I don't get candy, though.  I stopped going out to get candy after 9th grade and kids don't come to our neighborhood.  But my gosh, the candy was great!!!  I loved the weirder ones you'd get, like those chocolate eyeballs or strange variations on peanut butter cups.  Everything HAD to be chocolate, though.  Fruit flavored candy is gross.  I think the word "flavored" is one of those inherently unpleasant words, as it always indicates that something is of low quality and doesn't actually contain that item.  "Chocolate flavored"? Ugh no thanks.  

So I ask you this, dear readers:  what's your favorite Halloween costume that you've worn or seen?  Are you going to dress up this year? 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Brain as of Late

I do not recommend studying this for your next psychology test. 

Ever since school started, I've been in SUPER VICTORIA MODE trying to get all my stuff done.  Like, write-two-essays-and-read-half-a-book-in-a-night busy  This is why I have been on a bit of a hiatus.  I've been working non-stop!  At least everything will be easy once October's over, which makes me disappointed how stressed I am.  October's my favorite month.  At least they're my birthday, candy, scary things, and costumes to think about :) yeah.  That's good.

I'm still working on store stuff, too,  Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Yeah.  Fall is good.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3 More Little Comics / What's Been Going On

Just upgraded to a graphing calculator.  I can't remember how I FUNCTIONed without it.



This blog is not responsible for any Halloween related traumatic incidence you cause.


Getting this written on a post-precalc homework Tuesday night.  I'm trying to update Rock Paper Misc once a week, preferably on Saturdays.  The store is still closed for "renovations" of sorts, but I promise it'll have more cool things in it!

Finished reading This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.  It's the story of one summer vacation with 2 preteens and how they capture the dramatic events of the tiny town around them.  It truly is told following these kids, as the reader never quite sees the whole stories of the novel.  I was talking to my mom the other day and i was telling her about comics and creators I really like, and I showed her This One Summer.  "Every panel is a work of art," she exclaimed as I flipped through the pages.  I recently read the duo's previous book, Skim, and I loved it as well.  It's about a depressed teen and her shifting friendships, and wow the dynamics of losing and making friends are so true to life, I recommend this to everyone who's been there.

Another recent favorite is Maggie's blog Futile Ramblings.  If you're unfamiliar with her, she does reaaaaaallllly good prose and writes beautifully, but keeps humor in mind.  I would love to collaborate with her somehow.

The award for cutest song about plants ever goes to Dogbreth for "Close With You".  Heard/heard about/saw them for the first time when they opened for Andrew Jackson Jihad back in June.  I thought their stuff was cool, and this song makes me so happy whenever I listen to it.  I really like the opening riff and the whole thing is so adorable AAHHH!!! (Also, their Facebook page lists their genre as "Powerkindness" and that makes me smile.)

If you need even more cute, this AnimalWonders video does the job perfectly:

What's new with you, kangaroos???  Tell me below!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

8 Things That Clearly Contain Spiders

Mailbox Spiders are my least favorite kind of spiders I encounter on a regular basis.

Ok so this weird thing has been happening recently that whenever I think of making fun of spiders, one just shows up out of nowhere like some freaking magician.  "Surprise, weirdo!" I imagine it says to me telepathically as I recoil in fear and promptly get-the-heck-out-of-there.  Seriously,  One of the main reasons why I like colder months is because there aren't any spiders.  We've established that I used to like bugs and things. I'm totally fine with Daddy Longlegs, heck I'll even pick them up if I need to.  Extra-large Madagascar Hissing cockroaches are also big babies.  But nope. not spiders.  

If you didn't see the last update, I closed the Etsy store temporarily (until my birthday, October 16) so I could work on it.  If you DID see the last update, I'll have you know I did make the marshmallow bunny.

It fell apart immediately after I took this picture.

So Spiders: Yes or No?  Tell me below!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quickly: Shop Update

The shop will be closed until (at least) my birthday, October 16th.  By then, I will have MORE PRODUCTS! YAY!  I'm working on cute stuff right now, so keep on the lookout for that.
In the meantime, a vintage illustration of a bunny made of marshmallows.
From the internet archive.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fluffy Dinosaurs and SHOP UPDATE

So fuzzy

Ok cool.  This week I went to Chicago for some college visits.  A friend and I visited the Field Museum and looked at stuff.  I bought a tiny T. Rex figurine and I still don't know what I'll do with it.  School starts on Tuesday, and it's become clear to me that my mascot for the summer were dinosaurs.  I mean,  For three weeks I only wore a volunteer shirt with a Stegosaurus on it and the Field Museum is famous for it's enormous skeleton of Sue, the most complete T. Rex fossil ever found.

This is Sue.  She would mess you up.

Me, a stegosaurus, and the aforementioned shirt.

Dinosaurs are cool.  For the longest time I wanted to be a paleontologist.  I think it's really cool that our perception of dinosaurs is always changing because we're always learning new things about them!  What color where they!?  Do they actually look like how we always imagine them?  And feathers!! SO COOL!!!  Here's a few xkcd comics about dinosaurs that explain some cool features about them!  

For example, T. Rex is now believed to have walked like it did in the picture of Sue above, leaning forward wit it's tail sticking out.  Check out this vintage illustration of T. Rex being all bipedal!

This picture is from the Internet Archive database of book illustrations.  Totally public domain!  YEAH!

Because I love you all so much, here's some more vintage dinosaur pictures!  All pictures below are from the Internet Archive, unless noted.  Also, they're probably horribly inaccurate. 

CAW! CAW!  The original context is that this is just a primitive bird, but birds are dinosaurs so yeah.

Dang I love sauropods.

 I think this is Struthiomimus, but look how cute it is!

Pointy thing with giant scary beak.

This is a Dimetrodon.  It is not a dinosaur, but is often lumped in with them.  

Plesiosaurus ( not a dinosaur, but a huge water-dwelling reptile) skeleton, discovered by Mary Anning, an important female figure in 19th century paleontology.  This pic is public domain in the US from Wikimedia Commons.

I hope you all had a fun summer.  Tell me your favorite dinosaur in the comments!