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I am an excited llama!

I am a very excited llama.

Amanda Tapping was announced for Collectormania a while back. That in itself was enough to trigger utter glee, because… hi! Tickets purchased. Lots of joy and squee.

Then last night, Michael Shanks was also announced for Collectormania. There are no words in the English language – or any others – that can adequately express the sheer level of fangirl that triggered off. According to Dragon, I was very high pitched and squeaky and bouncing.
Michael is the only one of the original SG1 I haven’t met and Daniel is my favourite character and I just… I… words fail. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

As if that wasn’t enough, Richard Dean Anderson was announced for London Film & Comic Con. LFCC in 2015 was panic attack inducing for me and I spent most of the event hiding either in Pizza Express or outside because yeaaah that wasn’t fun. We seem to have tickets, however… And I figure hey, I’m a lot more balanced and I have the propanolol if need be.

Jack! Sam! DANIEL!
It is apparently a very good year to be a Stargate fan in the UK!

101 Things In 1001 Days

100 Things That Make Me Happy

As part of my 101 Things In 1001 Days I set out to write a list of 100 Things That Make Me Happy.

It took me something like 2 months to compile the list and I was mindful to try to make sure it wasn’t just fandom related – that it was very well-rounded and covered a variety of things that I enjoy.

If I’m honest, It was actually a lot harder to do than anticipated. I don’t know if that’s just because of how down I’ve been over the last 6 months or so. At the same time, though, writing it and re-reading it has been a pretty good form of therapy. Reminding me of little things that make me smile – and nudging me to go and do some of them.

Anything than involves happiness is never a bad thing, right?

So here is 100 things that make Cassie happy
1. Going to bed and knowing I don’t have an alarm set in the morning
2. Having a hot bath, putting on warm & clean pjs and getting into a freshly made bed with clean bedding
3. Getting a forward-facing window seat with a table on the train to work
4. Getting any seat on the train home from work
5. My Natalie
6. My Dragon
7. Stargate SG1
8. Stargate Atlantis
9. Star Wars
10. TLOR gigs
Continue reading “100 Things That Make Me Happy”

5 fandom friday

5 Fandom Friday – Womances

Womances. Can I just say I’m not a fan of that term? And I’ve talked this over with my Dragon this afternoon while pondering and for all that I’m a slasher, I really don’t have very many femmeslash pairings. I’m not sure if that’s a) bad lesbian!, b) I want them for myself or c) a long commentary on the lack of female characters interacting with each other.

But, as I was making thinky noises about the topic, I ended up rambling somewhat at length about the female characters that I completely adore and thought ‘hey, I’ll do my top 5 female characters instead’ because that’s mostly related to the prompt!

Willow_Season_7First things first and we go back in time to Buffy The Vampire Slayer and one of my first major female fictional crushes, Willow Rosenberg

I was the same age as Buffy, Xander and Willow. I grew up with them. A lot of the things they were going through – ok, maybe not the vampires, demons, forces of darkness stuff – but the school and boys and family and friends, I was going through at the same time. And Willow was the first time I saw me on-screen – I was the shy, awkward, non-fashion wearing geek. I loved school. I got interested in Wicca around the same time Willow found magic. We both discovered we liked girls at the same time.

And, let’s face it, Alyson Hannigan isn’t exactly hard on the eyes.

My love for Willow… ♥

900_24Have I mentioned my love for Amanda Tapping recently? *draws even more sparkly orange hearts around the woman* And, while, yes, my introduction to Amanda was as Helen Magnus there is definitely something to be said for Stargate SG1 and Sam Carter.

From the first time we met her, we knew Sam was going to take no shit from anyone, and the more we got to know her… she’s this intelligent, independent woman who’s passionate and dorky. She’s a soldier but she’s also a woman – we see her riding & fixing motorcyles in leather, but also dancing and going shopping, having mani/pedis in floral dresses.

abby-sciutoI’ve often been known to say that NCIS‘s Chief Forensic Scientist Abby Sciuto is my perfect woman, and it really is true!

I love the paradox of her gothic style and her enthusiasm for her work. She’s this incredibly smart, caffeinated, tattooed, bubbly, caring, capable woman. Who loves dogs. And she’s so protective of her team and I love her relationship with Gibbs. She’s so varied as well, the complete opposite of what you would expect based on how she looks… I mean she goes bowling with nuns! A completely rounded, three-dimensional character… it’s almost like she’s a real person. …a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms. Sleeps in a coffin. Really, the happiest goth you’ll ever meet as DiNozzo would say

Penelope-Garcia-criminal-minds-35492355-1024-768Sticking to the apparent theme of kick-ass women who solve crime, we have Criminal Minds‘s Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. Again, somewhere up in the lines of being my perfect woman!

She’s flamboyant and outrageous and fun-loving and optimistic and excitable and provides a bit of often well-needed comic relief. I love her style, her colourfulness and her uniqueness. She’s confident and sexy and not afraid to show her emotions – especially when it comes to the BAU members, and especiallyMorgan. My love for those two is… pretty epic but that’s an entirely different ramble!

dana-scullyLast but by no means least is The X-Files very own FBI Special Agent Dana Scully; a woman who had quite the role in shaping my formative, early teen, years.

I was always really interested in science but of course, that wasn’t ‘cool’. Along comes Scully, an FBI Agent who’s a Dr and has a degree in physics. Suddenly, STEM is… maybe a little less dorky.

She’s intelligent and I always loved how she held on to her sceptism and faith, despite everything she and Mulder encountered, and the way she reconciled her scientific background and her Catholicism. She has this dry wit and a sharp humor and I love her snark. I always loved how she’s never the damsel in distress, but in fact she was often the one rescuing Mulder when he got caught up in something.

Honourable Mentions
Princess Leia (Star Wars)
Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
Maura Isles (Rizzoli & Isles)
Alex Reid (Saving Hope)
Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians)
Parker (Leverage)
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

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Gatecon Sadness

Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping have both cancelled Gatecon *sadface*

I’m not gonna lie, I AM a little heartbroken.
Michael’s the only one of the original four I’ve not met and I was looking forward to finally meeting him. I’ve heard so much awesomeness about him.
And I think we all know my sheer and epic utter love for Amanda. She’s just fucking incredible and I draw permanent orange sparkly hearts around her for she is LOVE. Honestly, I tear up every time I remember meeting her.
So yeah, sadly little llama.

HOWEVER, let’s face it, the number one rule of con is ‘You don’t book for one guest’, there’s still an amazing lineup of people I can’t wait to meet/again, with RDA and Hewlett on the top of that list. I’m so pumped to see RDA again, that smile still slays me and Hewlett is awesome.

Plus, there’s the whole ‘two week holiday with my Natalie‚Äč aspect of the trip!’