Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mad Men Season 5 Premiere House Party!

So I have to say, the party was a LOT of fun! I spent a lot of my time making food and taking photos, but for me, that is part of the fun with my parties. My Dad had fun playing with the masks, and insisted on my taking photos of him with each of the male character masks, lol.

I had seen that AMC was supposed to be playing a Season 4 marathon of Mad Men in the hours before the party... and was kind of disappointed to find that it didn't happen. Luckily, Netflix saved the day with that part of the festivities.

I think one of my favorite parts of the whole party was dressing up in 60s garb... although my hair was being a pain in the you-know-what and didn't want to curl (FAIL). But I still ended up looking presentable, lol. As for everyone else, if there had been a contest, I'm pretty sure my friend Heather would have won it. She look awesome!

As for food, I was able to make the chicken a la king and the virgin pina coladas without a hitch, and everyone seemed to enjoy everything. I wish I had gotten the chance to make the Butter Cake a la Mode... it sounded fraking delicious! I'm just going to have to create another event just to make it for everyone, haha,

Everyone loved the neat stuff in the the "House Party" Party Pack that I received from HouseParty.com, the mask being the biggest hit. A couple guests even took door hangers home with them! So glad I got the opportunity to receive such a neat party pack. (^_^)

The best part of the party? The premiere of course! The highlights for me:
  • Pete running into the wall and giving himself a bloody nose. It was hilarious, and I'm not a fan of Pete... so it was somewhat satisfying, lol.
  • Lane's dancing reenactment for Joan of the events at Don's birthday party. Both because it was highly amusing to see his character like that, and because of the slight creepiness of this moment when thinking of this actor's character on Fringe. (Watch Fringe and you will understand... or just go watch Fringe because I tell you so...)
  • Megan singing Zou Bisou Bisou to Don at his "surprise" birthday party. Mostly because the song had everyone at my party laughing and saying, "WTF is happening right now?", haha.
I probably missed a whole bunch more because I was having fun chatting with everyone and tweeting about the party and show on Twitter, but the episode is already online, so I definitely plan on re-watching it!

Anywho, here are some photos from the party, along with a video tour of the Ad Room we set up!

 The Decor
The bar top in the living room :-)
The music!
The Ad Room bar.
The entertainment center.
The Ad Room
The party favors.
More of the Ad Room
The living room bar.

 The Food
Chicken a la King, rice, and Utz chips & dip.

Deviled eggs.

Utz potato chips and pina coladas.

The Guests Having Fun, lol.
Me, as Joan
Heather :-)

My Dad as Roger
My Dad as Pete
Dan and I <3
My Dad as Don Draper!


Everyone watching the premiere! Yay!


Heather photo-bombing my Dad's #draping photo, lol.
My Dad
My Mom
Even the cat got in on it, haha!

 A Video Tour of the Ad Room! :-)

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Men Men Pre-Premiere Party Post!

I'm throwing a Season 5 Premiere party for the show Mad Men (On AMC) tomorrow, and I am SUPER psyched! I was lucky enough to win a VERY cool party pack from House Party, which is going to make the party all the more fun. Not to mention that my parents were awesome enough to offer to have the party in their home, use their cable connection to watch the premiere, and decorate their house with a bunch of their neat 60's memorabilia and collectables.

Of course, there is also the premiere itself to be excited for! And since I am the only person in my group of friends and family that watches Mad Men, I am also using this as an opportunity to introduce everyone to the show. Thankfully, AMC will be having a Mad Men marathon all day before the premiere at 9pm, so I won't even have to queue it up on Netflix. Talk about convenient, haha!

That about all I have to say about the event until tomorrow. Expect to see a lot of excitement, photos, and video after tomorrow. And most likely a lot of squeeing on Twitter (Follow me! @shantellevye)

Until then. (^_^)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day and Albert Einstein's 133rd Birthday!

In honor of both Pi Day and Albert Einstein's 133rd Birthday, here are some fun facts!

Pi Facts:
  • Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics.
  • Pi occurs in hundreds of equations in many sciences including those describing the DNA double helix, a rainbow, ripples spreading from where a raindrop fell into water, superstrings, general relativity, normal distribution, distribution of primes, geometry problems, waves, navigation....
  • In 1706, an English mathematician introduced the Greek alphabet pi (π) to represent the said value. However, in 1737, Euler officially adopted this symbol to represent the value.
Here is a video with some more facts about Pi!

Now for some fun facts about Albert Einstein!
  • Einstein Failed his University Entrance Exam
    • In 1895, at the age of 17, Albert Einstein applied for early admission into the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or ETH). He passed the math and science sections of the entrance exam, but failed the rest (history, languages, geography, etc.)! Einstein had to go to a trade school before he retook the exam and was finally admitted to ETH a year later.
  • When Einstein was five years old his father gave him a pocket compass. It was this compass that sparked Einstein’s interest in science. The fact that the compass pointed in the same direction no matter how it was turned made him curious about understanding the force behind it.
  • Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel in 1952 but declined it.
  • After Albert Einstein’s death in 1955 his brain was removed without approval from his family and an autopsy was conducted. Thomas Harvey conducted this autopsy and eventually it was discovered that Einstein’s brain had large portion of glial cells in the region that synthesizes information. Other studies also indicated that Einstein’s brain did not have a particular kind of wrinkle and this allowed the neurons to communicate better with each other.
Here is a full BBC documentary about Albert Einstein:

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

'The Last Airbender': Why Did I Watch You Again?

First of all, I am NOT just being a whiny fangirl. I'm usually pretty open when it comes to adaptations of my favorite books/tv shows/etc. into different forms of media. I mean, I loved Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, but I still gave the TV adaptation, Legend of the Seeker, a chance, and ended up loving that too... although it had very little in common with the books.

Having recently finished Season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was excited to finally get to watch the movie. I had heard some griping about it, but I usually ignore others opinions on movies until I have watched them myself. I like to at least give movies a chance.


The Last Airbender ≠ Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Not in any way, shape, or form. It's not just that it was almost NOTHING like the TV show. That was besides the point. The mispronunciation of character names, the not so interesting take on the story, those things bugged me. It was like M. Night Shyamalan didn't even TRY to make a good movie. That is probably not the case, but he kinda failed, and that makes me a little disappointed in him.

The visuals were ok at points...
but to tell you the truth, the movie just wasn't memorable. Seriously, If you asked me to tell you something I remembered from the movie right now, I could basically only tell you that how Katara and Sokka found Aang in the movie was nothing like in the show, and that the
mispronunciation of Aang and Sokka's names was just stupid and make me want to kick M. Night Shyamalan in the shins. 

I'm sorry to be so harsh...
Shyamalan has been involved in some pretty good movies (The Sixth Sense, Stuart Little... two 
movie I liked.). I just wish he had put a little more effort into this one... I was SOOO excited about this movie.

I usually do not like when movies are re-done...
best example would be Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory... what a mess that was! But I really think if someone decided to re-make The Last Airbender, I would be perfectly fine with it. That is, as long as they didn't screw things up too... then we would be stuck with TWO bad films! Ouch!

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Thanks to my friend Amanda for suggesting this topic. (^_^)

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