Life Update: Summer 2016

IMG_1015With Infinity Con only a few weeks away, it’s been busier than usual at the Hancock house. Here’s some of what’s been going on over the last month (actually, here are the things I’ve photographed, haha):IMG_1018IMG_1024– A few weeks ago my sister, mom, and I went to the annual Blueberry festival in Wellborn, FL. I love small-town festivals, especially when they revolve around food. Once, Ray and I stumbled upon a super tiny Potato and Cabbage festival! We had to stop and enjoy the small town fun! Back to the Blueb fest- it was a great (but hot) time! We enjoyed a delicious blueberry pancake + sausage breakfast served at Wellborn Baptist Church. We then rode a trolley over to the fest which was awesome since we didn’t have to fight for parking. There were booths selling blueberries, blueberry plants, blueberry jam, etc. along with the typical church and political booths you generally see at these kinds of festivals. The only purchase I ended up making was a jar of Serrano pepper jelly.IMG_1030IMG_1028IMG_1033

– We also made a stop at our favorite plant nursery in north Florida, Nobles Greenhouse and Nursery. Nobles is like an oasis in the middle of Live Oak, FL. They have fruit trees, herbs, roses, hedges, succulents- you name it!
– After our car accident we were in desperate need of a good reliable car. We’re so thankful we had a good friend looking to sell her car! We’re really happy with our new (to us) accord!august 2

Our 4th of July was spent working on Infinity Con, volunteering at our local fireworks celebration, and enjoying Sonic treats.

I believe that gets everyone up to speed!

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Movies

Top 5 Tuesday is back! With the summer solstice upon us (wait, was it yesterday?) it’s officially movie watching season. I have to be honest, I’m terrible at watching movies at home. I get distracted by tasks I need to complete, my phone, the cat, etc. However, the movies listed below are the best to watch over and over on hot summer evenings. Actually, these are also my top 5 sleepover movies. They’re extremely girl-centric and none of them are summer blockbusters, but they’re my favorites!
5. Greasesummer5 “Summer lovin, had me a blast!”
Even though I’m not a huge musical fan, I absolutely love Grease. I spent many summer nights staying up late and watching Grease with my friends. Frenchy has always been my favorite, obviously for her pink hair and yellow prom dress.
4. Troop Beverly Hills
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3. Now and Then MSDNOAN EC004 The amount of love I have in my heart for Now and Then is equal to the amount of hate Ray has in his heart for it. Lol.
2. The Babysitter’s Club

summer3 Honestly, The Babysitter’s Club is an extremely under rated summer movie. It’s fun and silly with the slightest hint of emotion.
1.The Parent Trap (starring Haley Mills and Haley Mills)summer2My all time favorite summer movie!! I can watch the Parent Trap all day and all night!

What are your top summer movies to watch?

MegaCon 2016

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This past weekend Ray and I (and many more friends) made our annual trek to Orlando for MegaCon! MegaCon is a large comic/cosplay/fan convention. This was my 4th year attending. I only took a few iphone snap shots this year, but you can see photos (taken with a real camera) and read about past years here, here, here, here, here, and here.
This year, our group had a table in artists alley where we promoted Infinity Con, our friend David sold his short story, and I sold a few art prints. I spent basically zero time prepping but ended up selling more art than I expected to!
Here’s a commission I did 45 minutes before closing time on Sunday.
IMG_6863 My favorite experience from Megacon 2016 was attending a Q&A with Elden Henson, who stars as Foggy Nelson in Dare Devil. I’ve been a fan of his since he played Fulton Reed in Mighty Ducks! Because we were vendors at the con, we were able to get preferred seating at all the panels and Q&As – which means we ended up with second row seats to see Elden! He was outgoing, funny, and had a great rapport with the audience. IMG_6853IMG_6859 We saw a lot of costumes, met up with old friends, hustled Infinity Con, networked, ate a bunch of Mexican food, walked 230948230948 steps a day, and slept very little. It was great! If you ever get the chance to attend MegaCon, I suggest you take it! Even if you’re not into nerd life (because I’m really not), it’s such a great experience!

Weekend Recap / Sad Little Blue

As some of you may know, this past weekend was a little crazy!
Last Saturday morning Ray and I left our house on a mission to find a few replacement parts for our car, Little Blue. Little Blue is a great car, but it’s a little old (in car years) and needs to be spruced up once in a while. Ray had talked me into going to a “you pick” car junkyard to see if we could find the replacement parts. Neither of us had been to this place and didn’t really know what to expect. Well, our expectations were obviously too high, because we basically found nothing. I did, however, get the slightest tan while I waited on Ray to look at 324908239048 cars in various states of disarray.
We were feeling pretty defeated, but decided to continue to our next destination, which was Sam’s. Sam’s is a place I hated as a child and now love as an adult. Since we’re leaving for MegaCon in Orlando this week, we needed to stock up on supplies… and where else would one go to purchase a 30 pack box of combos? Before we started our shopping we utilized the Sam’s $5 car wash. We couldn’t even remember the last time Little Blue was clean and sparkly!
Sam’s was a hit! We were able to buy lots produce and snacks for MegaCon!
We stopped for a quick lunch, browsed Movie Stop (actually, I watched The Princess and the Frog while Ray browsed), and started making our way back home.
We were almost home, only a few miles from our exit, when Little Blue started to shake. Within seconds our tire blew, we fishtailed across interstate lanes, spun backwards into the grass/swamp, and finally hit a tree (with our back bumper).
It was terrifying!!!!! An hour and a half (and 40 yellow fly bites) later, the Florida Highway Patrol finally show up. Thankfully, Ray and I were both fine!!lil blue 2 lil blue Several kind and caring people pulled over to make sure we were all right, which we were. We had friends that came and rescued us, friends who tried to pull our car out of the mud, and even friends who let us barrow their car. Despite a sad and broken Little Blue, we feel pretty #blessed!
Now, our next mission is to find a new car!

April 2016 Favorites

April has been over for some time now, but I still wanted to post my favorites! Here’s what I’ve been loving! IMG_1007

Ladylike by Essie – On the real, this color sort of makes my nails look a little off. It’s a beautiful color (and I keep wearing it over and over) but if you have a pinkish skin tone, know that your nails might end up looking bruised.
Turquoise and Caicos by Essie – This is such a beautiful color and perfect for the season!
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Pineapple – Ray and I have been eating pineapple all day and all night! It’s so sweet and cheap right now!IMG_1013

White Marshmallow ear buds – I’m still loving marshmallow ear buds! These are the only ear buds I’ve ever had that don’t hurt or fall out of my ears.
IMG_1014East of Eden by John Steinbeck – East of Eden was my April book club book, and while it was a requirement for me to read, I loved it immensely. East of Eden is now one of my favorite books and I want to encourage everyone to read it!

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The Challenge – The Challenge (formerly referred to as Real World vs. Road Rules) is near and dear to my heart because I’ve literally been watching for over 10 years. I recently discovered that The Challenge has seasons 21-27 available on Hulu! Ray and I watched so many episodes in the past few months! If you’ve never seen it (or haven’t watched any recent seasons) you should give it a shot! #CTforever
Ghostwriter– Another favorite from my past! Ghostwriter originally aired in the early 90’s on PBS and I watched it every Sunday morning. It’s about a group of kids in Brooklyn who solve mysteries (and promote literacy!) with the helps of a ghost. Ray is 100% embarrassed for me, but I STILL love Ghostwriter!