Just a warning up front: this will probably be long, and it is going to touch on, though not go into very deeply, some more mature themes such as drug use, and skirt around some sensitive sexual-adjacent content. If these topics are triggers for you, I hold no will will towards you for not reading or pushing through. There is no need to relive your trauma on my behalf. Though some of these topics push (or blow past) the rules here on BZP, I have been specifically asked by the administration to p
Hey. You may have noticed that where at one point I was a very very very active member of the online community, and recently have been quite reclusive. You probably have not wondered "hey, what's up with that?" Well, a few things! I've spent the last six months working very hard to prepare for an interview I had in November- I passed the interview and am getting a promotion in January to what is essentially "Store Manager in Training". Nine months after that (Ocotberish?) I will be interview
Well hey there! Brickcon is this weeked, and myself and a few other BZP folks will be there! Brickfair was great, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures and snapchatting the event to the people who follow me, and as such, I'm going to be snapping a good chunk of Brickcon and adding it to my story. Follow me and watch my story, starting tomorrow! (The look of "oh God why would I do this") This is an unofficial me-only thing, not an official BZP endorsed thing, so be wary that there may b
I keep forgetting to post these here, but I did some MOCs this year! First, the more serious and long-term MOC I've been tinkering with since December: (BZP TOPIC) And then the one I built before that and just took photos of a week or so ago: (Flickr page) Anyway that's it for now. Enjoy!
I'm alive! And with all my teeth still in my head! Folks will have to find game tokens elsewhere. Oh well! There's been probably the biggest amount of personal stress and change in parts of my life ever the past few months, and I've been focusing so fully on that I had stepped away from BZPower for the last several months. The stress and changes all worked themselves out in the best possible ways recently, but I debated continuing to be stepped away as I've recently felt much less welcome by a
Happy Halloween, here are some appropriately themed MOCs. First, Chad, the big, RAD, wolf, my BBC contest 71 entry: (Photo links to BZP topic) And my own Spooky, Scary Skeleton, a tablescrap from before we moved from SoCal back to Portland: Have a good time, and be safe!
So in January we took a chance and moved to the San Diego area. Almost nine months later, we're moving back to Portland. I constantly hear people down here say "I'm so glad I can live in paradise" and I wonder what they're talking about. It's hot- it's always hot. There is no public transit. The sun is always there, always watching, always beaming, always hot. It's miserable. It's hot. People aren't friendy- they are a weird mix of suburban wealth, military base families, and beach-looks-obses
Here's some stuff! | | KORGOT | SOUZAN | GALI I went crazy and just took a few photos of all three MOCs I had lying around. I finished Gali before Brickfair, Korgot immediately after, and Souzan I finished a week ago. Have all of them today!
I have attended every single Brickfair in Virginia since it began in 2008. We started with a core little group of BZP staffies which I was quick to join, being promoted to staff while at Brickfair itself that first year. What a crazy ride it's been since then! We're down to just two of those first handful of Brickfair folks these days, just Andrew and myself. This has sort of made me sad, and probably him a little too, but something about this year sort of turned that around for me. For a lo
Whoo! What a great little blog contest we had here. As I said, it ended sometime on a Saturday that happened recently, so let's cut to the chase and see our winners, shall we?? From ~Shockwave~: From Dina Saruyama: From tylericious definicious: And last but not least, from Sumiki: As you can see, the simpler, clever puns are the ones I gravitate towards. Remember this! Who says this is the only pun contest this lil' blog will have???? Oh WAIT WHAT'S THIS A SURPRISE FIFTH WINNER? WHAT
While I do have eventual plans to use some of these on MOCs, and whatnot, let's face it. I have a bunch of this mask just sitting in a bag. I've never planned on hoarding them (contrary to the common refrain on my favourite image board ), and though I plan on handing them out at cons (like I did at Cascade a few weekends ago and will at BrickfairVA in a few months), that still leaves me with a lot of them. I'm not interested in selling them (and I'm not sure I'd be technically allowed to consid
So I fly out for Portland (still weird to say that) Thursday pretty early, and I'm stoked. Let's do this. I'm bringing more MOCs than I've ever brought to a convention before, which is crazy, because I felt like I had a ton of MOCs at BrickfairVA, but this is somehow even more (at least six more?) I'm ready to be back home for a few days and to eat all the food I miss and see the sights and the people I miss. My old store is the one nearest the convention center too, so I'm excited to spend
Changed my location on my profile on most of my sites to "Escondido, California" today. We have an apartment, wifi, jobs, accounts with the local power company, etc. And now it's all verified on social media and message boards too. I guess we really do live here now.
This is so dumb but I desperately want to go down to the Fashion Valley LEGO store and buy a few cheap sets and get some Hero Packs even though I already have dozens of those orange masks. I just want the stickers and I want the map and I just like getting the polybag. Curse the weird collector impulse.
I don't know. I'm having a hard time adjusting to this new life, and it's taking a bit of a toll on my sense of... I don't even know? In theory, everything here should have been a great move: better weather, better pay, a car for the two of us, a new career for Maddison, LEGOLAND trips, discounted LEGO purchases, a major metropolitan area to play around in, the beach, food, etc. But it just doesn't feel right so far. My new store sucks, and as dumb of a job as "Starbucks management" is, it's
We have been in California now for... ten days? We're currently hotel livin' it up outside of the tippy-top of North-East San Diego, halfwayish between my work and Nukaya's LEGOLAND lifestyle. It's been really weird. Like, I always knew palm trees were a thing. But you guys. They are a THING. Also no one told SoCal that it is winter? Today was 80F. Like??? Why do I even own jackets. LEGOLAND is cool though. We went the other day and I liked it. I am missing PDX something fierce, though.
At NYCC, Julie had an extra gift for the three of us who had been under NDA with her for several months: It is signed by the designers, and is apparently one out of ten total posters printed of this image. We finally got a custom frame for it, and now it's all pretty! Just in time to get packed up to move to California, lol.
What a year. So many things happened! I'll get to a real recap of the year eventually, but the year decided to throw one more crazy curveball at the last moment. Last week Nukaya got a call from a job she'd applied for, and they wanted her to come and interview. So she agreed to the interview. So we booked plane tickets. To San Diego. The interview was at LEGOLAND, and we found out this week she got the job. Maddison will be a model builder for LEGOLAND parks, and we'll be moving from th