March 11, 2011

My inner nerd...

[Warning:  If you don't like Sci-Fi, leave now.  I mean it.  This will probably make you lose all respect for me.  If you like Sci Fi, I may become your new idol.]

In case you were wondering, my costume for Mardi Gras turned out amazingly well.  This year I got involved with a great Mardi Gras krewe called the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus.  (*A brief background explanation can be found below.)  Combining the themes of Science Fiction & Mardi Gras partying, they use the slogan "Saving the Galaxy One Drunken Nerd at a Time."

Along with hosting their own mini-parade to coincide with the larger parade of Bacchus, they also held a first annual "Set Phasers to Stunning" fashion show.  That's where I come in.

For weeks I painstakingly worked on a Starbuck costume from Battlestar Galactica.  (Yes.  I did go see the BSG exhibit in Seattle when I was visiting.  I couldn't help myself.)  My mom taught me to sew when I was little, but having gone years without sewing and with no sewing machine I was left to do the slow work of hand stitching most of it.  In the end, it was worth it.  Costumes are a big thing in New Orleans (shocking, I know) and I definitely had one of the coolest costumes there if I do say so myself.

Wanna see?

The dog tags?  It's a bottle-opener.
Haven't been to New Orleans?
Maybe that needs to change.

Unfortunately, I had to miss the parade (Chewbacchus) & the ball (Chewbacchanal) because of the Little Rock Marathon (totally worth it!) but at least I got to strut my stuff.  We even got a brief stint on
Not bad for my last year in New Orleans.  For now.  You never know what the future holds...

As for now, I'm at happy hour.  I set this to post automatically.  I figured being at happy hour when this posts would be appropriate.  Happy Friday!

*Background:  Bacchus (aka Dionysus in Greek) is the Roman god of wine, ecstasy, fertility & madness who was notorious for his partying and sexual escapades.  As you can imagine, he is a favorite at Mardi Gras celebrations.  In fact, Bacchus is the name of one of the major parades that rolls the Sunday before Mardi Gras.  Chewbacca, as you may remember, is one of the main characters from Star Wars.


  1. It's spot on!!! I would have never had a clue what you were talking about 4 years ago, but having gotten married to a sci-fi junkie, I'm now one of "you". Great job on your costume. Love that you shared your photos.

  2. Um, coolest costume ever. If you move from NOLA you're crazy, you are PERFECT here!

  3. Wait wait wait, A nerd who runs? HAWT! ;)

  4. Wow. No words. :) I have never seen Star Wars until recently _- my manfriend is a STAR WARS FREAAAAAAK and so I actually sat down and watched it! Otherwise, I'd have no idea what any of this meant. That's a great costume. :)

  5. Everyone has their no respect lost here!! I am not a huge fan of (most) sci-fi movies. I do like some, but Star Wars is one of my least favorites (sorrrry!!!). I am definitely a nerd in other ways though, so I have no room to judge!
    LOVE the outfit!!!!!