Monday, October 20, 2014

DC's My First Book of Girl Power

I am absolutely thrilled! DC are starting to publish more books for little kids. They aren't quite comics, but that doesn't bother me.  I saw this on the Women Write About Comics website and promptly told various twitter friends about it.

Here's some picture samples:

Isn't is great? Here we have something for little girls, that isn't pink (ignore the cover, it;s not fully pink!), that doesn't patronise them, that celebrates them and teaches them they are worthy. The art is gorgeous stock art from the 70s so there's no issues with the characters being sexy.  Here we have an educational book saying that girls are heroes. This is amazing!

I've pre-ordered 3 copies - one for nw, one fir my 2 and a half year old niece and one for my friends' daughters - aged 2 and 5.  Both UK and US Amazon stores have it available.

Earlier this week I'd seen DC's Busy Bodies, which I have also ordered. I'm not sure what age is it aimed at but samples from inside show that it's DC characters talking g about what they use parts of the bodies for, e.g. Aquaman uses his arms to swim. So I'm guessing it's for a young kid, maybe toddlers.  When I get it I will review it.  Here are some samples:


I am so pleased that DC is now doing this sort of thing. I can't help but wonder if this means they might reprint their super dictionary. You can read the whole thing on a tumbl here, but I really want a physical copy.  Having said that, I did just find this - is it the same thing?  How exciting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Clothes and stuff

A little while ago I was blathering about how to make a casual Wonder Woman costume.  I am now really nearly rely ready to learn how to use my sewing machine - I have a friend coming over next weekend to teach me and everything.

I want to know how to use my sewing machine for two reasons.
- To be able to make costumes. These would be for cons and for everyday casual costumes. I'd like to be able to amend my Aquaman costume so I could wear it while not pregnant. I'd like to customise a red vest so it becomes a Cassandra Sandsmark vest.

- To have clothes that fit me and that I can get fairly easily. Before getting pregnant I was an hourglass shape.  This makes it really hard to find clothes that fit, because I have large breasts, wide hips and a small waist and apparently clothes designers can't cope with this. Bugger off clothes designers.

Post pregnancy I am more pear shaped, because like every other mother my middle has puddled into pudding. I suspect that given time, exercise and a less cake filled diet my pudding will reduce but I won't ever be a pure hourglass shape again. This is fine, I'm not complaining and I don't for one second regret getting pregnant.

On my way down to reduced pudding status I am somewhat limited in my clothes that fit me.  Clearly I don't want to wear maternity clothes. Equally I don't want to buy lots more new clothes.
This is my wardrobe and contains everything that fits me and some that doesn't:

(Note: needs more leopard print)

I have lots of colour. Most of my tops and skirts are colourful and patterned so nothing matches and my jeans are too small for me. So today I went and bought a black Lycra miniskirt. I bet some people would think it isn't appropriate for a 34 year old mother, but to them I say bugger off. I like tight clothes. I like short skirts.

Where am I going with this post? I don't know. I think that I will take photos of stuff I do make and blog them.  I would like to paint batwoman symbols on my leather gloves but I don't know how to do this.

I want to blog about stuff that interests me and over the last few months I've lost interest in comic reviews. I want to concentrate my reviewing on new readers stuff, not the regular weeklies. Although I might occasionally have thoughts on them. This post was inspired by me wanting to do a public picture of my wardrobe, and I have no idea why I wanted to do that.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hedgehog rescue activate!

On Monday I got a lift home from work, which turned out to be rather fortuitous as when I got close to my front door I heard a scrabbling in the front garden.  The garden is small but completely overgrown with clover.  I feared it was a rat (we've had them before).  It definitely wasn't a blackbird (their scrabbling sounds different and you don't get them in green plants).  I looked closer and realised it was  a hedgehog. Hedgehog!  I haven't seen a hedgehog for years.
My excitement grew and I thought I must tell my boyfriend about this, so I started filming the hog.  Then I remembered that hogs are nocturnal and if out in daylight are often ill. So I frantically called a friend who is a wildlife expert.  Meanwhile, the hog tried to leave my front garden towards the road, so I blocked his entrance with my bag.  No one wants a run over hog.

The boyfriend came home and we rescued the hog and put him at the back of the garden to find his way out to the woodland behind our house.  It's only little - the size of a hand.  It all balled up and is adorable.  It didn't look sickly, or ill, it was fairly sprightly.

Then I checked my facebook and voicemail and had the aforementioned wildife experts telling me to rescue the hog and call a rescue centre. I then started feeling really sick and worried so went to investigate and found the hog out back.  I picked it up, put it in a plastic box, gave it some catfood (NEVER give hedgehogs milk and bread - it kills them) and felt a bit better.  The boyfriend came home and we also gave it a makeshift hot water bottle wrapped in a towel.

Then I waited for the rescue lady to turn up.  When she arrived at about 10.30pm she looked at him, pronounced him definitely a boy and said that he was probably out in the day because he couldn't find enough food at night.  She said he was about 12 weeks old but really underweight.  If he goes into hibernation now he'll die, because they need to be at least 600grams to survive the winter period.  She also said something about the quality of his spines (not great) and that his pelvis was out of whack, I can't remember exactly.  She said he didn't have these killer maggot/fly things that eat the hogs alive (!) but that he probably did have a worm problem - hence why he was so active.  She will worm him and feed him up and release him.

Here's one video I took of him in the front garden:
That's only about 16 seconds long.

Here's a longer one, about 7 and a half minutes.  If you skip ahead to 5 minutes 30 you'll see him more clearly.
This might show up the wrong way up - tilt your head to the right to see it properly.  I'm amending it in youtube but I don't know when it will change on here.

If you find a hedgehog out in daylight do the following:
Pick it up using gloves or a towel, place it in a cardboard box lined with newspaper or an old towel.
Add a hot water bottle or plastic bottle filled with warm water (warm - not boiling).  Make sure the hog can get away from the bottle if it needs to.  The heat helps stop them going into shock.
Give it cat or dog food and water (a small amount) only once it's active.  Or you can mix up weetabix, whiskas supermeat (not a fish one) and water in a bowl.  If you don't have those, do a hardboiled egg mixed with water.
Don't put the food and water in a deep bowl they can't get into or out of.
Keep the hog in the dark.
Then call your local rescue place.  If their advice contradicts the above follow their advice.

Thanks to Hallswood Animal Sanctuary for collecting the hedgehog, their advice and their information.  They are good.  Please give them money.

This whole experience made a shitty day a bit better.  I'm really glad I could keep the little bugger alive and do something for him.