• November 25, 2015

    Top 5 Thanksgiving Themed Episodes

    By now, I think it is safe to say that we are all familiar with the Friends episode (S5E8 – The One With All The Thanksgivings)where Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head, right?  Classic Thanksgiving hilarity!  But, that episode has been out for nearly 20 years now (goodness, really?  I am getting old!), they show it pretty much every year, and it’s getting a little overdone.  So, to help you mix things up a little, I’ve compiled my top five favorite Thanksgiving episodes of shows for  you to enjoy this year!

    How I Met Your Mother: S3E9 – Slapsgiving and S5E9 – Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap (Marshall torments Barney with the idea of being slapped from their ongoing slap bets)

    How-I-Met-Your-Mother

    How-I-Met-Your-Mother-Episode

    Gilmore Girls: S3E9 – A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving (when Rory and Lorelai try to make it to 4 Thanksgiving dinners and Lane has her first kiss)

    Gilmore-Girls

    Gilmore-Girls-Episode

    Scrubs: S1E9 – My Day Off (JD gets appendicitis on Thanksgiving and Elliott tries to be nicer to her patients)

    Scrubs

    Scrubs-Episode

    New Girl: S1E6 – Thanksgiving (Jess invites Paul, her crush, to Thanksgiving dinner with the guys, but none of them have any idea what they are doing in the kitchen)

    New-Girl

    New-Girl-Episode

    Will and Grace: S2E7 – Homo for the Holidays (Will and Grace discover that Jack never came out to his mom and encourage him to have that conversation, but Jack learns the truth about his father when he talks to her)

    Will-and-Grace

    Will-and-Grace-Episode

    And, if all else fails, you can always enjoy the Parade in NYC, the AKC Dog Show, or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!

  • September 30, 2015

    Nerd Girls Guide to the Gym: Getting Started

    Gym-Bag

    Now that you have all of your stuff and your gym bag is packed, what do you actually do with it all?  If you’re anything like me, the idea of using a machine you don’t understand in front of a bunch of people who are probably way better at this stuff than you are is super intimidating.  My first few times, I decided that I basically understood the treadmill and had used one before, so I hopped on and did my best.  But that gets really old really quick if you’re not a runner.

    Spoiler alert: I’m not a runner.

    So, what’s an out of shape nerd girl to do?  Finally I decided that it was in my best interest to sign up to meet with a personal trainer.  This was also super intimidating, but I figured that she could at least show me how to work more than just a treadmill.  Our first session, we talked about my goals and started a file with all of my weight, body fat measurements, etc.  It was our second session when we really got down to business and she provided me with a plan that I could work on in between our sessions without her help.  She showed me how to do each exercise and explained how it would help me reach my goals.

    Once I had a plan, it made showing up at the gym much easier and less intimidating.  Plus, having a variety of things to work on helped a lot to keep me interested and motivated.  Of course, personal trainers are stupid expensive, so I can’t meet with her very often.  But, every few months we plan to check in and she can give me some more things to work on.  It’s been a pretty good arrangement for me; however, if a personal trainer is not an option for you, many gyms offer some great classes as a part of the regular fees each month.   This means that you can get in on some fun work outs like yoga or Zumba and you can get some ideas for your own workouts from the other classes too.  These classes are great to help you with staying accountable too, if you get to know the teacher or some of the other class participants.

    No matter what you do, if you are a non-athlete like me, starting at a gym will be a little intimidating.  It’s a new environment filled with people of all skill levels – many of whom are really good.  But, many aren’t so good too.  And everyone started in basically the same place.  So, I make it my mission to keep my head down and do my own thing when I’m at the gym.  I’m not very strong or fast and I still have to take time to figure out the machines, but I’m there for me, nobody else.  When it’s tempting to compare myself to others and get down on myself for not being at the level I want to be, I force myself to stop and refocus on the work at hand.  I focus on my goals and put the blinders back up.  I remind myself that I don’t know each person’s story or struggles and again focus inward.

    Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.  – Ashley Greene 

  • July 15, 2015

    Top 5 Things on Etsy

    As you may or may not remember, my birthday is coming up at the end of this month and I am super excited!  I generally try not to get too overly excited about these things, but I’ve gotta say, my grown up birthdays have been way better than most of my childhood birthdays.  So, let’s just say I’m making up for lost time!

    Anyway, if you’re looking for something awesome to get me for the big 2-8, here is a list of my five favorite things on etsy right now.  ;)

    First up is this amazing corgi t-shirt by yayforfidgetart:

    Corgi TShirt

    yayforfidgetart

    It looks so soft and comfy, plus there is a very classy looking corgi which I find amazing and hilarious.

    Next up is this print with one of my many favorite quotes from the I.T. Crowd (if you haven’t seen this series, drop everything right now and go watch it!):

    Damn Good

    The Geekerie

     

    And now, some more prints!  *grin*  I couldn’t choose just one to represent Ben Byrd’s artwork, so here are three of my favorites:

    Hagrid

    Hagrid and his new dragon

     

    Cutepunk

    Cutepunk Octoship

     

    Walsh

    Wash flies Serenity. He is a leaf on the wind

     

     

    I am becoming a big fan of this style of jewelry.  I love the raw edges and bright colored stones!  It’s a perfect balance between polished and natural that makes me really happy.  *grin*

    KmichaelStyle

    KmichaelStyle

     

    And last but not least is this beautiful papercraft of Totoro from Will Pigg:

    Totoro

    WillPigg

    I love the perfect detail he puts into his pieces – every cut creates texture and movement that you wouldn’t ever dream could come from paper!  He must be the most patient man in the world to create what he does!

     

    So, there you have it!  My top five favorite things on Etsy!  Now, get shopping!  ;)

  • March 18, 2015

    Top 5: Things for Spring

    In the last couple of months, I have become completely obsessed with bright colors.  I don’t know if it’s just the dreary winter getting to me or if I’m turning into someone who just loves color, but whatever the reason, I am having a lot of fun with it!  *grin*  For this Top Five, I have chosen a few beauties that I am in love with this spring.  I don’t actually own any of these things, so I can’t give a review or tell you about fit or function.  Think of it more like a wish list.  *wink*wink*

     

    Fossil-Bag

    Fossil

    ModCloth-Dress

    Modcloth

     

    Boma-Lotus-Necklace

    Boma Jewelry

    Shoes

    DSW

    Dr-Horrible-Print

    adriantoddzilla

  • January 14, 2015

    Books of 2014

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    Last year I challenged myself to read books whose titles start with each letter of the alphabet.  I am a somewhat slow reader, so I never expected to complete 26 books…. but 10 is significantly below my usual number of books in a year!  I’ve done a lot of thinking about that and I think the fact that the Game of Thrones books are all the length of at least 3 regular books should count for something here.  Right?

    *grin*

    Anyway, I think this year has been a pretty good one in terms of reading and feeling challenged overall by what I am reading.  So, without further ado, here is my 2014 reading list:

    An-Abundance-of-Katherines

    A – An Abundance of Katherines

    Not my favorite of John Green’s books, but still worth reading.  I enjoyed the book, but it was definitely a teenybopper book with a whiney protagonist.  I also thought the situation (road trip to get over a dramatic break up turned summer job and living with people they – and their parents – had never met) seemed too far-fetched for me.  Still, if you just accept the story and don’t think about the logistics too much, it was fun to read.

     

    Book-Thief

    B – Book Thief

    Great book!  I haven’t seen the film adaptation yet, but I think I will.  I love that the whole story was written from the perspective of Death.  I have always had an interest in World War 2, but I have never seen the story brought to life quite like this book was able to do.  I definitely felt connected to – and worried for – the “book thief.”

     

    Fault-in-Our-Stars

    F – Fault in Our Stars

    A much better book by John Green; I’ve rarely cried so hard over, well, anything.  The story is a little unbelievable and romanticized, but I don’t think that is a bad thing, here.  John did a great job pulling all the right heartstrings and wrapping it all up in metaphor.  And if you haven’t, see the movie too… they did a great job sticking to the book!

     

    Game-of-Thrones

    G –Game of Thrones

    Clash-of-Kings

    C – Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones 2)

    Storm-of-Swords

    S – Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones 3)

    The Game of Thrones series is amazing and I love it.  I love it so much!  *grin*  For those who are intimidated by the size of the books – don’t be!  They are well written and kept my interest throughout.  If you’ve seen the show, the books are SO worth reading because they go deeper and provide so much more insight into the lives and thoughts of the characters.

     

    Handmaid's-Tale

    H – Handmaids Tale

    I am much less enthusiastic about this one.  Don’t get me wrong, it was decent in its own right, I just don’t usually go for the dystopian/science-fiction genre.  Definitely some interesting perspectives and cautionary themes regarding extremism and religious oppression.

     

    Indian-Killer

    I – Indian Killer

    This book was also not one of my favorite genres, so I think I’m a little less enthusiastic than maybe I should be.  I’ve read Sherman Alexie’s short stories and young adult novels before, so I had something much different in mind when I started reading Indian Killer.  Alexie was clearly very angry when this book was written and most of the focus is on race and feels just too political for my personal taste.  Overall, the story itself was good and the characters were well written and interesting.

     

    Kitchen-House

    K – Kitchen House

    I really liked the Kitchen House.  This is a great historical fiction about a white servant girl who was raised by and works with black slaves on a plantation in the South.  This tugs at some heartstrings and was really hard for me to put down!

     

    Orphan-Train

    O –Orphan Train

    Orphan Train turned out very different than I had expected – and not in a good way.  I’ve read a lot of reviews , and it seems like Orphan Train is one that people either love or hate – very little middle ground here.  The author divides narration between a current day foster child and an orphaned girl from the early 1900′s.  I get the connection she was trying to make, but I feel it was poorly done; I would much rather have read a book about one or the other girls – not both awkwardly mushed together in one book.

     

    On the whole, I would recommend all these books – to the right readers – and genuinely enjoyed most of them myself.  For the coming year, I will continue to read through the alphabet and, with luck, I will actually have all 26 by 2016!

  • October 15, 2014

    Computer Fix

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    Oh. My. Gosh. This has been a looooong time coming. It’s hard to replace things like computers when you can “make due” for a while. And when you are broke. Computers are expensive, ya’ll!

    Alas, it finally had to happen! The noisy fan, the jacked up mouse and keyboard, and the ridiculous Frankenstein style inner workings were just too much to bear. I never knew when my computer would start up or when it would tell me to take a hike. It’s really hard to get anything done when nothing works properly.

    I know a lot of you probably don’t give a rat’s fart about the inner workings of computers. As long as you can use Facebook and Pinterest, the rest isn’t really that important.  I get it.  However, I have a husband who really cares.  This is nice for me, because he usually takes care of the computer issues and fixes things for me.  But, then, I thought… “What if I didn’t have him to help me fix this?” and that bothered me a little. Getting computers fixed is as commonplace now as getting your car worked on and we all know how sketchy car mechanics can be when a clueless girl walks into the shop with something not working right and no idea where to start. It’s easy to get suckered into replacing things that aren’t necessary, to pay a lot extra for labor, and to get something worked on without any actual work happening when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    It doesn’t have to be that way.

    Today, I want to share with you the basics of what makes your computer run and what the parts do. I know it may not seem super fun, but its good information to know! After all, you don’t want to be like Jen:

    (Also, please watch The IT Crowd. It is amazing. *grin*)

    First, to be completely clear about what you’re going to read: this is not meant to be a tutorial or “how-to” for fixing or building your own computer. There is a lot more that goes into it than what I can share in one post! Not all pieces and parts are compatible with each other and it is easy to make mistakes and/or damage things if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Okay?

    Okay!

    I think it is safe to say that most people will have heard most of these terms, but don’t necessarily have any idea what each part actually does.  So, let’s start your computer education there:

    RAM

    This is RAM. RAM is your computers short term memory. Basically, it stores information while it is being processed or being used. A lot of times people will suggest that you get more RAM to speed up your computer. Sometimes this works – sometimes not so much – It just depends on what the bottleneck of your speed problem is.

     

    CPU

    Next up is the CPU (aka. Processor). The CPU handles all of the processes you ask your computer to complete – it runs your programs so that you can see and understand the code on the back end that makes it work.

     

    Power-Supply

    The PSU (aka. Power Supply) is just that… POWER. This is the piece that connects the other components to the electricity coming from whatever wall you plugged your computer into.

     

    Hard-DriveHard-Drive-(2)

    This next piece is the hard drive. Basically, this is the long term memory that stores your files and program information.

     

    Motherboard

    The motherboard is the piece of this puzzle that all the other parts plug into and communicate through. It is also the piece that you typically plug your audio, Ethernet, and USB devices into from the back.

     

    Video-Card

    Last but not least is the video card. Video cards are not always required – some motherboards have on board video to run monitors, so a separate part is not necessary. However, if you are a gamer, you’ll want a separate video card to support the heavy graphics and design of most newer games. Mine is an older model, but for what I do, it works fine.

    Put them all together aaaaaand…

    After

    Voila!  A beautiful, working computer!

  • July 30, 2014

    Last Time I Cried

    Honestly, I am so not a crier.  I hate crying and don’t usually feel the need to cry.  Usually if I do, I’m either super tired or my body is killing me with hormones.

    Growing up, I was never told not to cry, but there was always the idea floating around that I needed to be strong and Cowboy Up.  The way I see it, ain’t nothing wrong with that.

    But, back to the question at hand.  When was the last time I cried?  The last time I remember crying (the quiet, weeping kind) was when watching The Fault in Our Stars at the theater with my husband.  The last time I remember really crying (the ugly, snot running from your nose, chest heaving kind) was when reading The Fault in Our Stars before seeing it in theaters.

    Damn you, John Green.

  • July 24, 2014

    1 Year of Blogging

    Happy birthday to Bliggity Blogging!

    *bakes gluten free cake*

    This definitely is not part of the 31 Day Challenge, but I’m thinking this is more important so I don’t feel bad about axing today’s prompt.  Not even a little bit.

    One year of blogging.  Holy cow!  It does not feel like a year has gone by.

    Not even close.

    *frosts gluten free cake*

    A year ago, I thought I would be a lot better at this by this time.  I had no idea how time consuming it would be.  I didn’t anticipate learning how to edit photos.  Or struggling to take photos all the time.

    A year ago, I had no idea how much fun I would have or how much I would grow from making the commitment to a weekly blog.  I would like to think I’ve improved my writing and added something positive to the world.

    In the coming year, I hope to continue to grow and improve.  I hope to share more recipes, take more pictures, and add some projects to the list.  I hope to keep you interested.  And to keep me interested.  I hope to stay organized and update on time.

    I’m not perfect and this blog isn’t perfect, but it’s mine.  Thanks for joining me on the journey of growth, discovery, good food, and big thoughts.

    Here’s to another year of Bliggity Blogging!

    *lights birthday candle*

  • July 17, 2014

    Favorite Childhood Book

    Oh my gosh.  This is so hard!  If there is one thing I am passionate about, it’s reading.  That’s been true since I could read.

    To make this a little easier on me, I decided to break it down into sections.

    Because I am a huge nerd.

    Early Childhood: Green Eggs and Ham

    When I was learning to read, I loved this book.  I remember bringing my copy with me to school every day to read with my older friend who could actually read.  I think at some point I had actually memorized it instead of actually reading it, but I was so proud of myself for getting through the whole thing.

    Middle Childhood: The Secret Garden, American Girl books, and the Bailey School Kids

    Once I got a little older and started working on chapter books, I really loved these books.  For a while, I couldn’t choose just one to read, so I’d have several going at the same time.  I remember talking with my mom about that decision, and she confirmed that I was nuts.

    Tweens/Teens: Harry Potter

    Yes.  Harry Potter.  Forever.  I could write a million pages about how much I love Harry Potter.  And how many times I’ve read the series.  Every time a new book was coming out, I would re-read all of the previous books before reading the new one.  Now that they are all out, I still re-read the series every couple of years.  And I’m pretty sure that will be the case until I die.

    So, there you go, I am a huge book nerd.

    Wait… maybe that’s my dream job, being a librarian?

    *grin*

  • July 10, 2014

    1st Celebrity Crush

    JTT

    This is probably going to be another somewhat disappointing post.  Sorry… I didn’t pick the subjects.  You see, I never really went all boy or celebrity crazy like most girls do.  I acted like it sometimes around my friends, but that was more to fit in and make everyone (except me) more comfortable.

    If I had to say, I guess the first non-book-character celebrity I had a crush on was Jonathan Taylor Thomas.  Cliché for a 90’s kid, I know.

    Stop judging me.

    My family always watched Home Improvement together when I was growing up.  I also really loved The Lion King.  Like, really loved it.

    After good ole JTT, the next celeb crush I remember getting was a tiny one on Orlando Bloom after the first Lord of the Rings film.

    Legolas

    Aaaand then there was Johnny Depp.  Pirates of the Caribbean opened up a whole new world for me.  This little celeb crush is still going strong and I don’t even care that all his recent movies have flopped.  Some were legitimately bad.  9th Gate, anyone (ok, so that was from 1999… but it was really bad)?  But most of his dark, twisted, creepy shows are amazing.  So are the less creepy ones.  And the Lone Ranger was not that bad, you guys.

    Johnny-Depp

    Come on, ya’ll, you get it right?

    Right?