• October 28, 2015

    Top 5 Halloween Movies for Weenies

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    Halloween is upon us and for many, that means scary movies, sugar overload, and intentionally frightening everyone around.  For many others, though, all the blood and guts and monsters is just too much.  Not everyone likes to feel scared or creeped out!  For the rest of us, there are still ways to get into the spirits and be a little creepy without actually being scared!  Check out my top five (ish) favorite Halloween movies:

    1. Anything stop animated by Tim Burton: Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, Nightmare Before Christmas

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    Nightmare Before Christmas

    Tim Burton has a knack for making creepy movies that stop just short of being too creepy.  His stop animation is beautiful and can absolutely be enjoyed simply for their artistry.  Another similar film (not by Tim Burton) is Coraline.

    2. Harry Potter Series

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    Not technically Halloween movies, I know, but there’s magic and mystery and suspense throughout the series – especially in the later films – so, I say they still count.

    3. Shaun of the Dead

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    This is my favorite Simon Pegg film!  It’s a take-off of Dawn of the Dead and is actually pretty hilarious.  Definitely a good starter zombie film – even my Mom watched it!

    4. Classic horror movies: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Blob

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    Dracula

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    The great thing about really old movies is that you can totally see the strings and the makeup is terrible and the stories aren’t really all that scary.  It’s fun to step back into the way things were and think about how different the world must have been.

    5. Sweeny Todd

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    If you are ready for a tiny bit of scariness and don’t mind musicals, this is totally the Hallo-weenie (see what I did there?) movie for you!  *grin*  There’s buckets of blood, but it’s all pretty fake looking and the music really drive the scenes.  So good!

    Have a happy, safe, and only-slightly-scary Halloween everyone!

  • October 21, 2015

    House Update

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    Time for another house update, friends!  It’s getting harder and harder to wait patiently for everything to be done – I want mah house!  *grin*  But, really, I’m totally ready to move in right now.  Unfortunately, I can’t move in right now.  In fact, they got off schedule and had to push out the completion date by a couple of weeks.

    *siiiiigh*

    All disappointment aside, they really have been making steady progress.  All of the drywall was installed!

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    And the texture has now been put up so the painting can begin this week!  Look at the walls! 

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    The walls look like walls now!

    And there are doors!  Apparently they had to paint them because there are doors all over my future living room:

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    Also, most of the siding has been installed.  I’m a little confused why they stopped half way through… but I guess they’ll finish when they’re ready, right?  Right?

    Another fascinating development is the arrival of our next door neighbors.  Their house is done and we saw them moving in over the weekend.  Unfortunately, there were so many people moving things that we couldn’t really tell who our neighbors actually were.  Oh well, I guess that will come with time, right?

    Anyway, at this point, we are thinking we’ll be moving in around Thanksgiving, but we’re not 100% sure yet.  Keep your fingers crossed for us, will you?

  • October 14, 2015

    Nerd Girls Guide to the Gym: Etiquette

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    Now that you have your membership, a fully stocked and packed gym bag, and have tried it out a couple of times, it’s time to really think about how you behave at the gym.  While you may be there for some undisturbed “me time” and don’t really want to think about anyone else, everyone else who is there will thank you for following these rules:

    • Don’t take a machine next to someone you don’t know if you don’t have to
    • Don’t stare or judge other gym goers
    • Don’t take a machine with a view out the window if you’re just going to stare at your phone the whole time
    • Show up on time or early for classes and appointments with trainers
    • Be respectful of others – if someone is wearing headphones, they are probably not looking for conversation – leave them alone
    • Return free weights, medicine balls, etc. to their proper storage places when you’re done
    • Dress appropriately for the activity you are doing
    • Safety first – pay attention to where you’re going, be careful not to disrupt others while they are lifting, don’t stare at your phone while on a machine or walking around on the floor, etc.
    • In a class, make sure there is enough distance between you, your neighbors, and the walls so you’re not bumping into anyone
    • Don’t over expose yourself or excessively groom in the locker room
    • Try not to sing out loud to the music you’re listening to
    • Be friendly, but not too friendly
    • Bring a towel with you on the floor and use it – nobody wants your sweaty sweat dripping on them
    • Clean the machine when you are done with it

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    I’m sure there are many more rules of etiquette that can be added to this list, but these are some things that I’ve observed and that relate to some of my personal pet peeves.  The biggest thing (and overarching theme here) is to be respectful of those around you and treat others how you would hope they would treat you.  Pretty simple, really!

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  • October 7, 2015

    Stuffed Bell Peppers

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    Happy October, ya’ll!  I’ve probably said this more times than anyone cares to hear, but I love fall!  I love the changing colors, the chilly mornings, the warm drinks, and the tall boots.  I also love the yummy treats and meals that are coming in season now!

    One of our favorite fall meals is stuffed bell peppers.  I use quinoa to add protein without necessitating cooking meat along with everything else that goes into this meal.  I also like to mix and match ingredients depending on what I have on hand.  This recipe is my favorite, though, and I hope you like it as much as we do!

    Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

    By Erin Published: October 7, 2015

    • Yield: 4 Stuffed Peppers (4 Servings)

    Happy October, ya'll!  I've probably said this more times than anyone cares to hear, but I love fall!  I love the changing colors, …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Set oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, cook quinoa: Rinse 1 cup quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, then put in pot with 2 cups water (or 2 cups broth if you prefer) and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. When done, remove from heat at let stand 5 minutes.
    2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place all pepper bottoms and tops on - let bake for 25 minutes.
    3. In a separate pan over high heat, add olive oil and sauté the thyme, garlic, leek, and kale.
    4. When quinoa is done, combine veggie mixture in pot. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    5. When peppers are done, remove from oven and stuff with the quinoa/veggie mixture and top with the pepper's top. Serve warm and enjoy!

     

    Pro Tip: If you’d like to add meat to this meal, it’s super easy!  Just cook  up some ground sausage while the quinoa is cooking and mix it all in at the end!  You will probably want to halve the quinoa/veggie mixture, though – or bake a few more bell peppers – so the filling to pepper ratio works out better.

    You can also beef up the filling with black beans, corn, peas, nuts, cheese, dried cranberries, etc. depending on your own tastes and what’s in your cupboard!  You really can’t mess this one up.