melaniesuzanne: (Lego: Pippin)
The second con, of a sort, over the first weekend of August was BrickFair at the Dulles Expo Center where the beau and I oohed and aahed and coveted many lovely Lego structures. I'm kicking myself for not taking any photographs because the fantasy castles and Steampunk cities on display were so gorgeous and the memories of them are fading too quickly. One vignette that I do remember featured the Haunted House set that I have with the addition of a full fence, cemetery, and spooky trees. I can totally do that! But Hyrule Castle, the Ewok village, the Steampunk city in the clouds, and the Pharaoh's tomb... They were so intricate and whimsical. I'll definitely have to take photos next year.
melaniesuzanne: (Lego: Pippin)
I just saw this on and then confirmed it via several LEGO fora: LEGO is releasing Orthanc this summer! The black tower in the center of Isengard will be nearly 2.5 feet tall, 8 inches wide, and 6 inches deep. My joy and excitement know no bounds.

Holy crap, we're going to need a bigger dining room table. Or maybe Hubbyfink's right and we should move the Middle Earth LEGOs to the craft room table. Oh! Then we could make an actual map and place the sets in their correct locations.

Yes, I am a nerd. You have to ask?

EEEEEE! Orthanc!! )
melaniesuzanne: (Lego: Pippin)
Biking: Hubbyfink and I hit the trail Sunday afternoon and wound up riding to Kerry & Jill's house in Reston. The east-bound trip was pretty easy with bright sunshine, temps in the mid-50s F, and a light tailwind. The west-bound trip home was a slog with a 23mph headwind. Oof. With that kind of wind, coasting is almost impossible. We took turns as each other's wind break and had to make several rest stops to catch our breath and stretch complaining leg muscles. I'd normally be disappointed that a mere 17 mile ride took so much out of us, but eight miles of resistance makes up for the lack of distance.

Lego: Completed the "Barrel Escape" set from the Hobbit series Saturday evening. I have just one more set to assemble: "Goblin King Battle". At that point, I'll have the full set of dwarves and can set up little vignettes including the full Unexpected Gathering. Also that point, we'll be out of Lego sets to assemble until the additional Lord of the Rings sets come out this year. Hubbyfink may tear into the Star Wars sets, though. I knew we'd go nuts if we starting getting sets.

Also? How can my spell checker not recognize "dwarves"?

Home organization: FINALLY put away the ornaments and Christmas tree. Oof. I dislike leaving Christmas decor out past Epiphany but, between taking advantage of being outside on warm sunny days and illness/malaise in between, neither of us had the motivation to attack the tree. (We did pull down the outside decor on Epiphany, though.) The living room looks so much better being put back to rights.

Non-standard: Hubbyfink and I took Monday off and toured the "Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe" exhibit at the Walters Museum in Baltimore. It was a fascinating exhibit and showcased artwork I'd never before seen. I felt a sense of wonder and of shame at the same time, and am very glad that I got a chance to see the exhibit.
melaniesuzanne: (Lego: Zombie woman)
Here's another set from the Lego Monster Fighters series. I couldn't stop myself and snatched up Lord Vampyre's Castle before my birthday. This action alarmed Hubbyfink who didn't realize it was a different set from the Haunted House I'd requested. The castle came with Lord Vampyre, Lady Vampyre, two man-bats, and two Monster Fighters. By the time I photographed the castle, the monsters from the other sets had moved in.

Terror awaits. )

Next up: The Hobbit!
melaniesuzanne: (Lego: Zombie woman)
A lot of Lego, to be honest.

Hubbyfink got me hooked with the Monster Fighters line in October, maybe September, and I have succumbed to the siren call of little plastic blocks. Actually, it's not fair to blame this on Scott since I already had a Lego minifig habit thanks to Think Geek. However, I had stayed away from the sets because, as I stated repeatedly, that way lies madness. I am now fully down that mad rabbit hole.

October was full of finishing the Monster Fighter sets culminating with the Haunted House, my birthday gift from Hubbyfink. I worked on it over the weekend before Thanksgiving, and just over thirteen hours later it was complete.

Won't you step inside? )

So, that's the house. I'll post photos of Lord Vampyre's Castle and of my newest obsession: The Hobbit.
melaniesuzanne: (skyclad by Coop)
Frankenstorm is on its way and the right side of my face hurts so badly that I only managed to cat nap with an ice pack on my face, two Tylenol PM, and four Advil. Good times. Other storm-related unhappiness is that I will dismantle and stow away the graveyard and ghosts lest they blow away and create hazards for other people. The one year that I decorate well in advance of Halloween... Ah well. The Halloween weather forecast has gone from dry and sunny to rainy and windy.


Saw "Sinister" last night. I alternated between boredom and tension. At one point, I even pulled out my phone to check Fandango to see how long the movie was supposed to be. The jump scares were cheap, the characters were stupid, and the lighting was atrocious. I'm pretty sure that the lighting was supposed to be "atmospheric", but the darkness was annoying and distracting. I should have sneaked out of the auditorium and into "Paranormal Activity 4".

Happily, I am working a half day due to a mid-afternoon hair appointment and getting a jump start on my birthday weekend. Tomorrow is the big four-oh and I've got a lot of celebrating planned. Tonight, I'm heading over to [ profile] carthew's house to play sous chef as she prepares my birthday cake. Tomorrow, I make the final tweaks to my costume for [ profile] flonzy and [ profile] azpapillion's Halloween/Birthday party. I may also jump on a bike and take a forty mile ride if my sinus stops hurting long enough for me to stop feeling like I'll pass out.

Oh, and Scott did get me the Lego Haunted House. It hasn't arrived yet, but he did order it. Yay!
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It started with a couple of Lego mini figures from Think Geek and has grown into something more... )


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