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Rising From the Dead

under construction

In case you’re wondering – we’re not dead! Just…trying to get our act back together. In February, the hosting contract for ReptiFiles’ old url, ALittleBitofEverythingPlease.com, expired. And due to several factors, we were unaware of our impending doom until we… Continue Reading

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Halloween 2016: Dragon Slayer Costumes

Fire dragon slayer costumer - pauldrons, greaves, and brooch

Another wonderful Halloween has come and gone, and not going to lie, I’m glad it’s over. Don’t get me wrong! Halloween is my and Chad’s favorite holiday. We met at a Halloween dance and had our first date on Halloween.… Continue Reading

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The Benefits of Playing Video Games

Playing video games improves one's ability to cope with stress

The war of gaming’s pros and cons has been waging for a while. And I’m sure you gamers are tired of seeing and reading about it. After all, no one wants someone telling them that their life has been ruined by a hobby. It’s like enjoying horseback riding and then someone saying it’s bad because of the potential for injury, allergies, expense, etc. Well duh.

So I’m here to talk about the benefits of playing video games.

Before getting acquainted with the GameCube, I held a certain prejudice against video games and those who played them.

Waste of time.
Addictive.
Physically unhealthy.
Means for avoiding social contact.
Psychologically unhealthy.

You know what’s funny and hypocritical about this list? The same things can be said about reading or writing, and we all know I’ve been big into those for a while.

Then my husband cajoled me into playing The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on his GameCube. I had virtually never held a paddle before. And before you object, Wii remotes do not count as paddles. While they have their place, that place is not in my hand. Can’t wait to get wireless paddles.

Since then I’ve played Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, dallied around with Hyrule Warriors, designed a genderbent cosplay from TP, and significantly improved at Super Smash. I’m hooked – in a very good way.

Skeptics, sympathizers, behold: The (gasp) Benefits of Playing Video Games. Continue Reading

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The Unofficial First-Time Cosplay Checklist

My first-time cosplay! And a skullkid wearing Majora's Mask.

Our first cosplay experience was a real eye-opener, and I will definitely be doing a few things differently next year. If you’re preparing for a first-time cosplay, this post is for you!

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Thoughts from the 2015 SLC Comic Con

Selfie with Spock at the 2015 SLC Comic Con

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 SLC Comic Con. As my sister-in-law put it, it was “like Disneyland for geeks.” Yeah. That pretty much sums it up.

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Halloween Shenanigans of 2014

Majora's Mask moon pumpkin

Chad and I had our first date two Halloweens ago. So it’s fitting that this holiday is quickly becoming a big event in our family. This year, the theme was a Legend of Zelda Halloween!