Tomodachi Fest 2012

As you might have heard, T and Raven spent the past weekend at Tomodachi Fest, the fall cosplay convention where we live. So here are some pictures.

T was C.C. (pronounced C2) and Konata. Raven was Sakura (from Tsubasa Chronicles) and Kagami. Yutaka was another friend, not part of the ninja gang.

There were a lot of awesome costumes, and a lot more not so awesome costumes. And, of course, people who didn’t cosplay at all. Overall, it was very fun. Raven got motion sickness from playing arcade games, and then got sick from eating badly, and everyone had headaches from the wigs. We spent too much money and didn’t stay out as late as we planned, and then slept in later than we planned, etc. And I don’t have anything particularly funny to say.

Aren’t armadillos cute?


In wich we eat food as well as drink tea?

It is Thanksgiving, the day in the year which we eat just about as much as always but have a justification for it. Yes I do enjoy this holiday, though I myself do not have a large enough stomach to fit all the food I want to eat in, and my eyes also do tend to be a lot larger then it. However, that is not the point. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and here is an awesome amv to celebrate.

Enjoy gaining weight!

Yours truly,


Dares, Sewing, and Skirts

Previously on the Adventures of the Ninja Gang. . .

The Ninja Gang got together for a sleep-over party! And Thomas definitely was there, even if the adults didn’t seem to notice him (odd, right?). We drove down the road to Dairy Queen where we played Dare or Dare, because the truth is boring. Hugo blew kisses at random people, Zepher announced “Pasta!” excitedly to some men that thought we were middle-schoolers, Thomas and Raven did a waltz while singing the Barney song, and T ate mustard.

The next day we pinned and cut and pinned some more and cut again and played video games. The mess at my house after a party consists of fabric scraps carpeting the floor, games and controllers spewing from beneath the TV screen, piles of pattern paper gathered against furniture like snow drifts, partly-finished pieces of costumes balanced on top of other bits of mess, the ironing board covered in stuff that shouldn’t ever be ironed, and sewing tools everywhere but their proper location.
This was the result of a full day of cosplay-making. Zepher and Raven (me) got our costumes cut, but nothing more, because we still need iron-on interfacing. Bleh (to the sludge). Who would have predicted that? (The answer is the back of the pattern, but don’t tell anyone.) So now we’re on hold until we get some interfacing. In case you didn’t know (and you had no way of knowing, so you’d better not unless you’ve talked to us about it in person) we’re all doing Naruto cosplays. Zepher shall be Sasori, while I, Raven, shall play Deidara. T is going to be Gaara, and the other member shall be Kakashi.

Tomodachi Fest is this weekend. Gasp! T and Raven are going, but the Naruto cosplays aren’t finished. Whatever shall we do? Actually, we’re planning on wearing cosplays from previous years. However, it’s November. The costumes from previous years were for a Summer convention. That’s right, T and Raven will be braving the cold in mini skirts!

T as Konata, Raven as Kagami

Next time: T and Raven’s small convention experience! What will happen at Tomodachi Fest? Will T make new friends? Will Raven find her camera in time? Will they make it to the convention center through Black Friday traffic? Find out on the next installment!


Note from Zenith Enterprises

Zenith Enterprises is sending our customers this friendly notice to remind you that Zenith Enterprises is, first and foremost, a kidnapping agency. (Secondly, we are a butler-hiring clinic specializing in utensil combat.) While we’re perfectly happy to make sure your friend doesn’t arrive early to their surprise birthday party, or whatever other odd jobs you’ve requested, our resources are not, in fact, limitless. Zenith Enterprises only has so many deadly, fork-throwing butlers at our disposal. And, despite popular belief, they do need sleep.

Also, note that Zenith Enterprises has created an age limit for hiring our services. You must now be at least eighteen years of age to request kidnapping, hire a butler, or use any one of our other services. (Hint: if you need tacos, try Taco Time or Taco Bell, located in many places across the US.) While this rule in unwavering, we will have no objections if you manage to disguise your age well and meet the rest of the requirements.

To avoid any other confusion on these matters, we have included a list of things we will or will not help you with.

Services offered by Zenith Enterprises: (Note: Most of these tasks are completed by our deadly, fork-throwing butlers. Each butler comes with his own tuxedo, complete with a bow tie, and is specially trained in the art of utensil-wielding. Some qualities you will find in our butlers include uncanny timing, lightning-speed movement, exceptional gracefulness, beautiful manners, outstanding chivalry, superior intelligence, extreme cleanliness, and really good looks. Default name: “Sebastian.” May be re-named when hired. Red-tinted eye contacts included upon request.)

Kidnapping (customizable)

Butlers for hire (see above)

Distractions (comes in many forms, including loud, bright, obnoxious, interesting, hilarious, stupid, subtle, tempting, and many more)

Catering (does not include tacos of any kind)

Art commissions (of most kinds, including signs and advertisements)

Videos (of limited kinds)

Intergalactic Swamp Gypsies (for many different services)

Armadillo pictures

Photography (with the butlers)

Book reviews




For a full list or more information on one or all of the above, go to our website (good  luck with that).

List of services not provided by Zenith Enterprises:

Toe-nail clipping




Maids for hire





Thievery (aside from kidnapping)







Laser hair removal






Note that while these are services that Zenith Enterprises does not supply, if you hire one of our butlers, he may perform some of these tasks for you. Zenith Enterprises does not take responsibility for the actions of any of our butlers. These lists are subject to change.

Customized Butlers for Hire!

Zenith Enterprises:


Butlers for hire

Zenith Enterprises offers deadly, fork-throwing butlers that you can hire

For as low as $499.99 a week!

Each butler comes with his own tuxedo, complete with a bow tie, and is specially trained in the art of utensil combat. Some qualities you will find in our butlers include:

  • Uncanny timing
  • Lightning-speed movement
  • Exceptional gracefulness
  • Beautiful manners
  • Outstanding chivalry
  • Superior intelligence
  • Extreme cleanliness
  • And really good looks
Default name: “Sebastian.*” May be re-named when hired. Red-tinted eye contacts included upon request.
*Sebastian Michaeles not available for hire*


Edgar Allen Poe, anyone? No, that’s not actually what I’m talking about (although it is rather ironic that I’m the one to write this post, being Raven and all.) Nor am I talking about the Nevermore Tree in the village of V.F.D.

Of course it couldn’t be something like that. So what is this post about? Let’s see, we’ve had two strikes, which means there’s only one left.

Maximum Ride. (It’s a home run!)

So you’ve probably heard about the latest and last book in the Maximum Ride series. I wasn’t aware that it was out, so I decided to pick it up when my sister brought it home, since I really had nothing to lose except valuable time that I could have spent watching Naruto or doing my homework.

It’s called Nevermore. Nevermore what? Never more shall there be any plot? Never more shall another Max Ride book be published? The first thing I have to say about this book was that the title was as inspired as the last three (Max, Fang, and Angel). Okay, there does seem to be a relation between the main character’s name in the title and popularity: Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone, Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, and many others. But notice that they all go further than just afirst name. Max, Fang, and Angel really aren’t compelling titles at all. The first three books had great titles: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out–Forever, and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. They were funny and interesting, just like their contents. People say not to judge a book by it’s cover. But the title is on the cover, and in this case, the titles truly reflect the quality of the contents.

The characters changed, too. Rather, they had been changing since the fourth book when things started to plummet downward. I was never much into Fang to start with, but his whole little running away thing seemed really pointless. Nothing ever came of it and he just walzed back as if nothing had happened at all. I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t get this image out of my head:

Of course, if Sasuke were to come crawling back to the Leaf now, I really can’t see them taking him back. Likewise, Max should be angry at Fang. Instead, things go back to normal. There does seem to be a connection between Fang and Sasuke. Fang’s Gang and the Taka? Note that Fang’s name has to do with snakes, which Sasuke uses. Okay, I’m reading too much into that. They are rather similar, though, aren’t they? I highly doubt it was anything more than a coincidence.

The thing that bugged me most about this book was the plot line. Of course, James Patterson is notorious for plot holes and inconsistencies. However, this goes beyond that. After finishing this book, I felt as if I’d wasted all the time I’d spent reading the series, even the first three. Why? It didn’t have any sort of a logical plot arch that tied up neatly at the end. Instead, it was like real life, strands of plot lines poking out here and there and ending abruptly, never to be seen again. Aha! That’s where the title came from. Never more shall old plot arches be finished. That’s definitely it. The School? Global Warming? V.F.D.? The Doomsday Group? The Akatsuki? The Ninety-Nine Percenters? Who cares about them? Let’s have a natural disaster and forget about everything, especially the rest of the world!

Also upsetting me was the surprisingly minor parts of the rest of the flock (Iggy, Gazzy, and Nudge). Why are they even there if they don’t do anything? They can’t just be comic relief when there isn’t any comedy. Besides, who doesn’t want to see more of Iggy and Gazzy’s explosives? On that note, I was rather pleased with one aspect of the ending: Iggy with Ella. I feel like Iggy is overlooked, and he’s my favorite character. I was hoping that maybe something would happen with that whole vision-returning-when-surrounded-in-white thing, but that ended up being one of those loose strands that just trailed off into nothing.

Overall, this book was better than the few preceding it, while still far below the level of the first three books. I can’t honestly say I enjoyed it. There wasn’t a single time that it made me even smirk. Maybe I’ve just outgrown Maximum Ride, since I started reading it when I was about thirteen, and I’m eighteen now. It’s time to move on to more mature, sophisticated novels, like Lemony Snicket’s Unauthorized Autobiography, or Alcatraz Smedry Versus the Evil Librarians.


P.S. Yes, V.F.D. is everywhere

Funny things (seriously. Really funny.)

In the next phase in my brilliant, sophisticated  and wholly original plan to entertain you, I’m going to show you funny things. Well, I found them funny, at least. A picture, a joke, a website, a song, and a quote. Are you looking forward to it? Of course you are, because you’re the kind of person who loves being entertained. And if you’re not, what the heck are you doing on his site?

A funny joke (what other types are there?):

A mine owner advertised for new workers and three guys turned up- a German, and Italian, and a Japanese. The owner tells the German, “You’ll be in charge of the mining”. He tells the Italian “you’ll be in charge of the lift.” And he tells the Japanese “you’ll be in charge of making sure we have supplies.” The next day the three men went into the mine, and at the end of the day one man was missing, the Japanese. They searched for him for hours, and just when they were about to give up, he jumped out from behind a rock yelling “Supplies! Supplies!”

Since that joke just reminded me of another one, I’m going to tell you two jokes, you lucky dogs. This one’s slightly crude, so if you’re under the age of ten (maybe twelve?), skip it.

A Brit, a Frenchman, and a Russia were viewing a painting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Brit said “They look so calm. They must be British.” The Frenchman replied “Nonsense. They’re naked, and very beautiful. They must be French people.” The Russian disagreed “I don’t think so. They have no clothes, no shelter, they have only an apple to eat, and they’re being told this is paradise. They are Russian.”

Want another one, do you? Too bad- I already gave you one extra. Don’t be greedy. Next, an entertaining website.

Check out


My dad, in a nutshell.

Now we return you to your regularly scheduled program- a relatively funny song.

And finally, a funny quote.

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”

― Lemony Snicket

Hmmm… It’s funny, but not ha ha funny. Whatever- it still counts. Besides, I can’t think of a funnier one right now, so you’re just going to have to deal with it.

Now that I’ve hopefully made you laugh (maybe just a smirk?),


P.S. Okay, you got me. I looked it up and found another funny quote. Geez.

“I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. ”
Elayne Boosler

P.S.S. Found another one. I can’t keep doing this!

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists. ” –Don Marquis

One more…. Arghhhhh! It’s just so funny! *pant pant*

“I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.”
Robert Benchley