Nerdy Thirty

My birthday was this past weekend and I have to say, it was one of the best ones yet! I turned thirty and rather than having a "Dirty Thirty" party complete with pub crawl and sloppy public intoxication, my better half threw me a "Nerdy Thirty" party, complete with a movie, card games, and video games (with only slightly-sloppy intoxication). It was a blast!

Totally not me– this is the Zazzle stock model with a preview of my actual shirt :)

We started out at one of those fun movie theaters where you can order dinner and drinks during the movie. We bought out an entire row for the Captain America: Civil War showing and invited friends to join us. We dressed up (of course) according to the theme: I wore my custom "Nerdy Thirty" shirt I created on Zazzle along with pigtails and tape around the center of my glasses. My sister traveled to town and dressed up as Yoshi from Super Mario Bros. It was a good time! After that, we all came back to the house and played some Sonic Racing while we ordered four gigantic pizzas. I got to show off my hobby room and a few of my miniatures– it was so nice to be able to share that with my friends. "I've seen pictures & all, but I had no idea they were this tiny! Does your brush have only one hair on it?!"

Once the pizza was here, we sat down to play "Red Flags" a card game I picked up at PAX South and met the incredibly kind-yet-twisted folks that created it. We enjoyed our mixed drinks– the "Light Side", various liquors mixed with Blue Curaçao, the "Dark Side" mixed with Grenadine and/or Cherry-Pomegranate juice, and the Master Chief Mojito (my personal favorite) that's basically a regular mojito– only mixed with Mountain Dew. Aw yeah! If you're interested, check out some great alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at Here are the ones that inspired us:

After that, it was getting late and we kicked it up a notch with the gaming enthusiasts that were still alive & kicking. Remember those LAN parties hosted at a friend's house where you'd bring your console, controllers, and play Halo all night? I really missed those so we did something similar and set up two consoles and TVs in the same room and played Halo until late with 90's music playing in the background. Weird Al's "Running with Scissors" album? Yep, still know all the words. Most everyone had to go home at that point besides the people staying with us, and they were video-gamed-out so I played the open beta for Overwatch until 3am. Good times.

Anyway, I pretty much got the thirtieth birthday of my dreams and it made my nerdy heart so happy! By the way, that Overwatch game is so much fun and I pre-ordered it– can't wait for May 24, 2016 :) Other than that, I don't have too much of a painting update since I've been planning and hosting and celebrating my mom on Mother's Day from afar, but I do have miniature-related news: I am finally about to confirm my Bones III rewards from the Reaper Kickstarter. (I know, I know, it's about time).

See, the problem is that I can't remember what I initially wanted to buy, so I now need to find things that add up to the money that I pledged– at least close to it. I've spent a bit too much on Kickstarters in 2015 and I want to make sure I'm not going over what I initially pledged. It'll take some time, and I've been putting it off for months knowing I had until Summer 2016. Now it's here and I better get to it– right now in fact!

P.S. It's been an insanely busy week, but plan to paint this upcoming weekend (start the 48 hour countdown), and I'm really excited to start on the next Kingdom Death miniature and finish my weathering experiments on the Domina of Torment. I'll keep you all posted!