LIFE: We Got Hitched!

It finally happened! Eddie and I got married today, and we are both exhausted from a long day. There’s a lot to process, from the moment I woke up and got ready with my girls, to the first look at the park with Eddie, to our wedding vows, to the night of dancing.

While it wasn’t a perfect day (the groomsmen boutonnieres went missing, I forgot my veil at home, and the clasp on my dress broke since it was taken in too tightly), overall I think it was the best party and wedding we’ve ever been to. And I’m not saying that because it was my wedding, but because our vendors were phenomenal. The food and cake were amazing, and I’m sad I wasn’t able to eat more (I also forgot to take some home for later.) As soon as the formal dances were finished, the dance floor was never empty as our DJ played the perfect songs. The photo booth was a huge hit as well! While I wasn’t able to say hello to everyone in person, I felt like everyone had a good time.

Now Eddie and I lay in bed, eating leftover KFC and thankful to be out of our shoes. We have cards to read, gifts to open, and bags to pack for the honeymoon. But all of that can wait as we settle into our new life together.

Thank you to Mike Staff Productions, our lovely photographer and videographer, and Laura Smallridge, who provided our photobooth, for the lovely memories!

Wedding Video by Mike Staff Productions

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STORY: The Body and Blood of Brothers

It’s been a while since I shared some writing. Here’s a piece of flash fiction that I had published in Oakland University’s Swallow the Moon 2015. Enjoy!

 

 

The wooden pews of St. Valerie were filled. Not a single seat was empty, which was a pleasant sight to see in a small suburban church. Sitting in the front row between proud parents was Zack. He was the same age as me, and we went to the same Elementary School. He rode on my bus, but we never sat near each other. I also went to Catechism with him on Mondays. Most of the time, he dressed like all the other boys. Today, he wasn’t wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers. Instead, he was dressed up really fancy, like me. 

He was wearing all black. His shoes were polished, and his suit was new: freshly ironed, crisp, and free from any dust. His hair was slicked back with gel and was as dark as his clothes. It reminded me of my half-brother, Eric, because that’s the only thing I really remembered about him, other than the fact that he and Dad both played guitar and liked music a lot.

The only thing that wasn’t black was his tie. It was pure white. It matched my dress, my Mary-Janes, and my veil. I looked like a bride, but I was far too young to be one. Seven year olds didn’t have to think about marriage or husbands.

However, this was a wedding of sorts. After all, I was about to marry myself to the church, to God, to Jesus. He gave his life for me, to save me from the sins I had yet to commit. Now it was my turn to give back.

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LIFE: Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

This weekend, Eddie and I had our bachelor and (2nd) bachelorette party. It’s our last hoorah before becoming husband and wife, and we made sure to spend it with important people in our lives.

If you recall, I had a bachelorette party with my friends and family last month where we went to Painting with a Twist, played games at my house, and opened up some adult gifts. However, I have a tradition with two of my closest friends (and Matron’s of Honor) where the three of us spend a day together. Brianna was the first to be spoiled, followed after by Nancy the next year. Now, another year later, it was my turn to have them treat me to a surprise day.

Instead of pole dancing lessons or a spa day, the girls decided to treat me to an evening in of movies, home made pizza, and suggestively shaped pancakes. We started off the evening opening up my gifts, which included some lingerie that Eddie had given his input on. He even showed up for a moment to give me gifts that he had purchased at Motor City Comic Con, including a signed autograph of Tom Welling from Lucifer (our favorite show – RIP), some Devilman Crybaby buttons, and a POP figure of Darkwing Duck, Kuzco, and Reptar.

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After he left, us girls made some phallic pizzas with pepperoni and pineapple – a combination I love and never knew they enjoyed either. We had our pizza and watched out traditional bachelorette movie – Magic Mike XXL. However, we had to pause to walk down to the local ice cream shop to get some dole whip. By that time, it was late and we went to bed, but we were sure to celebrate in the morning with some sprinkle pancakes.

In the meantime, Eddie was spending time with his groomsmen. The boys went out to a game-themed escape room and were able to escape with just a few minutes. Eddie told me that they wouldn’t have made it out in time if they hadn’t earned bonus time by solving puzzles in the lobby. He didn’t tell me much of the details, but from what it sounds like, they had a great time!

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Afterwards, they decided to go see Deadpool 2, then went back to the house to drink and hang out. The amount of alcohol we had in the fridge when I got home was astronomical, especially for someone who doesn’t drink. However, they were responsible and didn’t drink nearly enough to make a dent in what they brought.

Overall, it was a great way to celebrate the last few days of being “single” (at least on legal documents). Soon enough, we’ll become Mr. and Mrs. Bunch and I can’t wait!

LIFE: Meet Oxford!

A few weeks back, my friend’s father passed away. He left behind a five year old cat who desperately needed a home. Eddie and I offered to foster her until a home could be found – which ended up taking only a week. However, during that week, Eddie and I fell in love with having a pet in the house and were dying to have another.

Initially, we had made a promise to not look into adoption until after the wedding. We didn’t want to worry about having a cat-sitter during the honeymoon. But I couldn’t help myself from looking up pets on petfinder and finding the most precious kitten. We took the initiative to arrange a meeting and knew that he was the one.

Needless to say, we now have a new member in our household! Meet Oxford – named after the oxford comma, of course.

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He is an extremely rambunctious twelve week old kitten. All he wants to do all day is play with his hamburger, laser pointer, and feather. His favorite place in the house is underneath the rocking chair in the den, but he’s not afraid to leap up onto the bed or couch. He is very friendly and not at all shy, unlike my other two cats that live at my parents. I’m glad to know that I have a sociable and cuddly cat who will only grow more loving over the years.

The one thing I was only semi-prepared for was the amount of work it takes to care for him. He gets fed three times a day, constantly attacks our hands to play, and keeps us up all night wanting to cuddle. It’s like having a baby, but without the crying. However, I’m more than happy to get through the kitten phase if it means having a cat in our household for the next 20 years.

You can stay up to date on Oxford over at my Instagram.

D&D Session 28

It’s been a long time since we last played D&D, and it will be a long time until we play again (at least until after Eddie and I return from our honeymoon) so we wanted to squeeze in one last session. We finally faced the Ebonfire, and it was one hell of a fight!

SESSION 28

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL17) and Basile (LVL19)
  • Lorn (LVL19)
  • Marven (LVL19)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 19)
  • Alkaid (LVL 19)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Kass (LVL 18)

The group continues toward Castle Ebonfire, and Lorn senses that something is going to be teleporting into their area. Lorn casts Magic Circle Against Evil and Bite of the Werebear. Neebs casts Cat’s Grace, while Basile activates his Fell Flight and Ciaran casts Protection Devotion to Ioun. Alkaid activates Displacement and Blur on her armor. Rheagar uses Lions Roar and Kass starts to sing to embolden the group. Marven prepares to use his Breath of Pendralar on the first enemy that appears.

  • Lorn additionally casts Rhino’s Rush and Deathward, and Rocky waits to charge into the first enemy that appears.
  • Neebs casts Haste.
  • Basile begins his Fiendish Resilience and Ciaran casts Cunning Insight.
  • Suddenly, three fiendish creatures with scarlet skin and gray wings appear around the group. Rocky charges immediately, and Marven unleashes his breath on another one. However, they are immune to the acid breath.
  • The creatures start swinging with their great swords at Marven, Rheagar, and Neebs’ raptor – Torrin. Rhaegar is able to counter attack one of the swings, but is still hit twice as the creature is surrounded in a yellow shield. Marven only gets hit twice, and the creature fighting him also gets a yellow shield. As Torrin starts to be attacked, Lorn casts Solarity to create a Wall of Force to protect him. He then releases his Heart of the Unicorn and teleports 300 feet away from the battle. In response, the creature casts Greater Dispel Magic to try and get rid of the Wall of Force but fails. It changes its mind and starts to smack at Alkaid, shielding itself in a white glow. Due to her blur and displacement she is only hit twice. Two of the creatures then quicken a Wall of Force to stop Rocky and an Area of Greater Dispel Magic on Rhaegar.
  • Alkaid moves to get on top of Xylander, then shoots off nine arrows and makes a critical. Lorn casts Instant Power several times to help Alkaid hit more. The arrows slice through and shoots off their wings and wings as they die. Xylander then dashes away with Alkaid.
  • Rhaegar begins hacking away at the creature in front of him.
  • Marven uses his Great Maw of Marven to steal one of the creature’s supernatural abilities. However, it doesn’t seem to work. Instead he drinks a Cure Serious Wounds potion. The creature swings at him again.
  • Kass uses his Scream Bow to shoot, but misses.
  • Lorn casts Reaving Dispel, getting rid of the Wall of Force to allow Rocky to attack. He shoulders his spikes into the creature and rips it apart as it sizzles and boils. Lorn then looks at the last one and says, “We don’t have to be enemies! We can make a deal.”
  • Neebs recognizes the creatures as a Concordant Killers, neither holy or fiendish creatures. He fires off twelve arrows to deal 500+ damage to trip him with Bigby’s Tripping Hand. Instead he just dies because he only had 4HP left.

Lorn makes a big bowl of soup to feed Alkaid and Marven to heal them, and pokes Rhaegar with his wand. As everyone recovers, Lorn stores Splinter Bolt into Rocky’s horn and Rhaegar’s sword. Alkaid summons a cow for Marven to cook to feed to Torrin. They then continue to make their way through the swamp.

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ART: Open Commissions

Be More Chill is coming back to Broadway. 

Since this is one of my favorite musicals, I am dying to go see it. The trouble is that it’s only coming back in August and September this year in NYC and I am strapped for cash. My upcoming wedding is bleeding me dry and I can’t afford to take a weekend trip that will easily cost around $600. However, I am not one to give up on an opportunity. To earn extra money on the side, I’m opening up commissions indefinitely in hopes that I may be able to afford this trip and have an awesome birthday gift for myself.

If you would be interested in supporting my endeavors and buying some commissions, all of the information that you’ll need is provided below!

WHAT I’LL DRAW: 
Bullet; BlueOriginal Characters
Bullet; BlueFanart
Bullet; BlueCrossovers
Bullet; BluePairings

HOW YOU’LL PAY:
Bullet; BluePaypal

Shoot me an e-mail at danicojo69@hotmail.com with the title COMMISSION REQUEST and let me know what you want. It’s that simple. Hope to draw for you soon!

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LIFE: Hunchback of Notre Dame

My cousin Jake is currently in middle school, but he did so well in his school’s play of Alice in Wonderland, the high school invited him to take part in their rendition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He was cast as one of the gargoyles in the bell tower, and had quite a few moments where he sang and spoke. I’d argue that he was one of the lead gargoyles, but maybe I’m biased since he’s my cousin.

The show overall was very well done, and I’m proud of the talents that these kids had. The students who played as Quasimodo, Esmerelda, Phebus, and Frollo had outstanding voices and acting skills. The supporting cast also had their moments to shine as they each had their own solo singing moments during certain songs. The set was minimal but well done, and the story kept true to the book. It was a very mature production, and it didn’t feel like a high school musical (no pun intended) at all.

I’m very excited to see what productions they put on next, and am happy to share some of the photos that I took of this show.

And yes, if you think that my cousin is familiar, you probably recognize him as the hurricane tortilla kid. You can check out his videos over at his youtube channel. He puts out a wide variety of content, including challenge videos, skits, and vlogs.