Excelsior

Today is the day we have all been dreading. Stan Lee, after an amazing 95 years, has left our world behind.

He gave us so much. I never had the opportunity to meet him and thank him, but I always heard that he was a gem and a great man when it came to his fans.

The Marvel universe will never be the same without him. We will miss his presence- not just in his cameos. Mr. Lee was- is- the heart of Marvel. He shaped a world where we could be all sorts of heroes. Where we could learn to accept our differences and learn how they made us stronger even though we felt we were mutants. We learned that not all heroes are strictly good, and sometimes a hero means making a ka-bob out of villains and walking the line of “um, I think he’s actually a bad guy…”

He taught us that rage could be a strength and everyone can be redeemed. That being dead doesn’t mean being gone. And he will never be gone. Not truly. The legacy he left behind will continue to grow and be enjoyed generation after generation. We will never forget Stan Lee.

Rest in peace, hero.

It’s Go Time

It’s November first, which means I have 29 days until my last CPA exam AND NaNoWriMo has started.

Because of said final exam, I am not expecting to hit the 50,000 word mark this year. I will be happy if I manage to write anything at all. If you want to join me, sign up at nanowrimo.org and add DestinyDalma as a writing buddy.

I’m going to double down on my study habits this month as much as possible. That means I will be studying while the turkey is frying in 3 weeks. I want to be done with this exam, especially before all the new tax laws become testable. To everyone thinking about taking the exam- take REG now. It’s only going to get harder next year.

I’m still going to try to post two times a week to keep y’all updated on what’s going on. They may be short posts, but I promise I won’t forget about you.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Today is practically perfect in every way. After my Beetlejuice last year, I figured I should tone it down just a little bit. The green wig and black/ green lipstick really pushed the boundaries of business casual.

So, this Halloween is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It’s another one that falls more under the Disney Bound category, but I’m super proud of it! And, I guess you can say my choice was biased as I am super excited for Mary Poppins Returns in December. I even made the hat myself! Only a few fingers were burned by hot glue in the process.

 

Happy Halloween everyone! What did you dress up as?

Countdown to Halloween- 1

Day seven of the Halloween Costume Countdown! Tomorrow is the big day!!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

The last costume of the countdown was for a Halloween party last year. While I still wanted to do Beetlejuice (as evidenced by my makeup, wig, and shirt choice), we decided to do a group costume of Cards Against Humanity. It was super simple to have the t-shirts made, and we brought previously selected white cards for people to play when we got to the party. My husband has a shirt as well, but he could not get off work that day. I don’t remember what his black card was, but it is somewhere in his dresser. It was a lot of fun and a great way to do a group costume if anyone needs ideas!

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Let’s Go Down to the Ozdust Ballroom

So, I’m trying to figure out how to share some of my memories of seeing the show on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/AccountantDreams/about/?ref=page_internal so go like it on there to see if I do.

ANYWAY, Wicked has been around for 15 years. It is the 6th longest running show on Broadway. I am not staying up late to watch the celebration tonight on NBC because I have a strict bedtime and work in the morning, but I will be making my husband watch tomorrow on Hulu.

If you have never heard of the show, then you are living under a rock. It has everything a musical needs to be just amazing, including a book series. Wicked is the tale of Glinda the good witch of the north and Elphaba the wicked witch of the west. It has love and hate and sorrow and humor. You will feel empowered and you will cry. The sets and costumes are gorgeous. I routinely put on one woman shows with the soundtrack (all off key as I will be the first to admit that I cannot sing).

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth gave Wicked life 15 years ago, and they will live on forever as Elphaba and Glinda. However, so many other amazing actresses has graced the Wicked stage like Megan Hilty (if you didn’t love her in Smash, you’re lying), Cassie Levi (currently starring as Elsa in Frozen), Laura Bell Bundy (the o.g. Elle Woods on Broadway), and so many more.

THEN you have the guys who have played Fiyero: Taye Diggs, Aaron Tveit, Adam Labert, Joey McIntyre. Yes. Joey freaking McIntyre from New Kids on the Block. This show is iconic.

And while “Defying Gravity” is the most well known song from the show, you cannot tell me you have not once belted “No Good Deed” on a really crappy day. Or that “For Good” was not one of your graduation playlist options. The soundtrack guys. You will never not have a song to go with your mood.

I was able to see Wicked in Atlanta 7 years ago. I was a month into my freshman year of college, and it was the first broadway tickets I ever purchased with my own money. We were at the very back of the balcony. Worth every penny. I want to see it again so bad. If it is still playing in five years, we’re planning a big birthday trip to New York so it is on my top three list to see.

I wish they would do a movie or recording like Phantom of the Opera did for their 25th anniversary. Someone make that happen please.

Happy 15 years and may there be many many more!

Countdown to Halloween- 2

Day six of the Halloween Costume Countdown! Happy Monday!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

I love this picture because my cousin and I are SUPER adorable. She helped me plan a 50’s diner themed 31 Gifts party a couple of years ago. I was using the party to help me get my bridesmaid gifts (personalized pillows with a thing relating to each of my girls’ favorite Disney lady), and we had milkshakes and yummy snacks. The skirt is still in my closet, and I almost Pink Lady-ed it this year with my pink fake leather jacket.

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Countdown to Halloween- 3

Day five of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

Since yesterday was Star Wars Saturday, today is Slytherin Sunday. My robes and scarf are from Universal Studios. Not pictured is my wand that I received from Olivander’s after being chosen for the wand ceremony my first trip to Hogsmede. I wear this get up randomly throughout the year and to Fantastic Beasts movie releases. Last time I was the only one dressed up in the theater, so hopefully this year more people will be in the spirit.

Only a few more days to go! Anyone have any guesses of what my costume will be this year?

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Countdown to Halloween- 4

Day four of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

It’s Star Wars Saturday. Both outfits were worn to work on the release dates of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I guess Rey’s buns were a lot more subtle than Leia’s as my coworkers really didn’t think I dressed up when they really should have known better.

Countdown to Halloween- 5

Day three of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

In honor of Sabrina being uploaded on to Netflix today, I’m going to be a little witchy. This was probably just me being dumb and having fun around the house, but every witch needs a cat. Getti is the perfect choice as he’s got the sass and attitude of the Salem us 90 kids know and love. I’m really excited for the new series, and I really hope it doesn’t suck.

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Countdown to Halloween- 6

Day two of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

Today’s is more of a Disney Bound outfit than costume (there are a few of those actually). I have had this Flounder since I was like two, and he’s actually sitting next to me on the couch now 23 years later. The dress was a gift from my now-husband, then boyfriend, and I actually wore this to my mom’s preschool class to sing with them and teach them some sign language (after all Ariel did have to communicate without her voice). I may bring this back one day, but I need a better wig.