All blog posts created by Mary Kay Holmes
  • American Gods : First Look

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    I love the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and when I heard Starz was making a show I threw my fist in the air like the end of an 80's movie. 

    I went to the Amerian Gods panel at Nerd HQ last year and got so excited I have been riding the coattails of enthusiasm ever since. Not only is the cast charming and hilarious, they are GORGEOUS. To quote a girlfriend of mine after the first episode aired, "Is Shadow Moon replacing Tom Hardy as number one on your list now?"

    I'm not gonna lie, I wouldn't mind watching them wrestle over me a little. 

    Judge for yourself - tweet me and let me know what you think @dailyhotguy.

  • Warsan Shire Poem + Idris

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    I had a dream last night, and it went a little like this...

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    “every mouth you’ve ever kissed
    was just practice
    all the bodies you’ve ever undressed
    and ploughed in to
    were preparing you for me.
    i don’t mind tasting them in the 
    memory of your mouth
    they were a long hall way
    a door half open
    a single suit case still on the conveyor belt
    was it a long journey?
    did it take you long to find me?
    you’re here now,
    welcome home.”  

    -- Warsan Shire

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    If you love Idris the way we do, feel free to use this inspiration for your weekend dreaming. Enjoy!

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  • WonderCon : Three Things We Learned

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    If you have ever been to Comic-Con in San Diego, you are familiar with a year of preparation and planning and scheduling and emailing and getting into makes me tired just thinking about it. 

    Yes, I'm going to Comic-Con again if you are wondering - working on the hotel thing in a different tab as I write this, in fact. 

    On Thursday evening our camera backpack was locked and loaded, press pass paperwork ready to go, and snack bars packed when we received a text from a friend :

    "Hey, can I go to WonderCon with you tomorrow?"


    "Sure," I replied, "I'll pick you up at 8:30."

    Then I went back to what I was doing and didn't take into consideration the information I neglected to share with my dear friend. I assumed (or actually didn't even think about) the fact that prepping for a day at a Con is not necessarily a pop in situation. So I went back to work and got up the next day and prepped and picked her up and greatly enjoyed our drive down. 

    Once we were there she asked a security guard, "Excuse me, where is the line to buy tickets?" 

    My entire body froze as he asked her, "Uh, you don't have a ticket?"

    I chimed in, "We'll figure it out. Thanks!" and pulled my friend aside. 

    "You didn't buy a ticket online? I guess I shouldn't have assumed..."

    My friend smiled and was not concered until she was.


    In an effort to save you some pain and share some tried and true tips, here are three things we learned at WonderCon Anaheim :

    1. Plan ahead - this cannot be emphasized enough. You will need to sign up online for a member ID (which is not a quick and simple task on your phone) and then you'll need to secure tickets (assuming there are any) and this is all while standing in a line of 4000 people dressed as random anime characters you don't know (if you are me). 

    Visit the website well in advance. Review all schedules and procedures. Download the app. 

    Don't be like my friend (even though I love her dearly).

    2. Wear comfortable shoes and take water. As soon as we parked and started walking we realized it was much hotter than expected...then when we discovered my friend wasn't going to breeze in with a press pass like I was, she stood in a hot line wearing jeans with nothing to drink as I texted her from inside the air conditioned convention center while taking selfies with storm troopers (yes, I seriously did this). Again, don't be like us. 

    3. The dude from Midnight, Texas is crazy hot. This won't necessarily help you plan ahead for the next Con, but it will provide endless entertainment as you Google photos of him and follow him on every form of social media, despite his being a self proclaimed "reluctant partaker in social media." A long hot line in Anaheim becomes very productive when you are discovering and semi stalking a gorgeous actor you weren't previously acquainted with. The dude's name is François Arnaud (so very sexy) - you're welcome.  

    Here's the trailer for the upcoming Midnight, Texas if you haven't seen it yet :If you have any questions about WonderCon or who my favorite cosplay was, feel free to hit us up on Twitter!

    Please enjoy this photo of our new favorite supernatural superhero while researching and planning your trip to Comic-Con! We can meet up for cocktails!

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  • Day Two : BNP Paribas Open

    Day two! 

    After sweating away in the desert heat on day one, we crashed in our cozy little beds at the Hyatt, and enjoyed breakfast the next morning in the midst of Nishikori and Fognini (who had the absolute cutest sweatshirt on by Hydrogen). 

    Then we were off to the races and only made one stop at the iced coffee tent on the way in. It's HOT!

    We kicked off our day with a lengthy viewing of Gael Monfils practice session : 

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    The man is beyond your imagination...

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    We were in awe, and just when we thought things couldn't get any better, we discovered a Monfils' team member we will call "Mystery Man" for now...we are on the hunt, so updates on this fox to come. We think he's a little sad because he hasn't met us yet, but we'll see if we can turn that frown upside down asap. 

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    Once we ripped ourselves away from Monfils' court, we scootched our way into Nadal's practice...

    Side note : despite our deep love for Jeremy Chardy, his name taunting us behind Nadal, we were unable to take any photos of him and we are still recovering but are thanking the universe for his Instagram.  

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    We also grabbed a front view on the soccer grass : 


    Nadal was hitting with Marin Cilic, and we were lucky enough to grab both views from where we were perched : 


    As we rounded the corner to the soccer field once more we found Alex Dolgopolov

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    and Stan Wawrinka :stan

    We almost fell over the fence when Grigor Dimitrov pointed at us. YES! ME! ME! 


    I may have audibly sighed when Novak Djokovic walked out with his team :


    We waved to Roger Federer and took a million photos for our friend who adores him and wasn't lucky enough to be within range of the pheromones : 

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    I think she'll be happy. 

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    We also totally fell in love with Juan Martín del Potro who spent tons of time with the fans, and may have given us the cutest smile ever :

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    I mean...we can't even handle it. 

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    It was a gorgeous day and we were so happy to spend it with these (and so many more) talented athletes. The BNP Paribas Open is where it's at!

    We can't wait for day three!