Monday, August 15, 2011

It's Just Another Manic Monday

Another fashion post? What the what is going on?

It's no secret that I've been a wee bit stressed lately. It took me over a week to find time to pick up my new specs, I've needed a haircut for about a month, keep forgetting to reschedule my dentist appointment that's this week, I'm breaking out, and needed have to get in for a bridesmaid dress fitting about two weeks ago. Oh, and now I average about a 50-60 hour work week.

Oy vey.

Not to say I'm not enjoying my new position, I am - very much so. It's challenging for sure, but every now and then I get little successes that remind me how great I could be in the position.

But I really need a haircut.

However, the one thing I can control is how I look and present myself. And lately I've been feeling like if I look put together, people will perceive me as 'put together'. So lately I've been going on shopping sprees on the aforementioned, picking up new cute outfits. I figured I'd start the week off right and don one of my new dresses.

It's a pretty crappy cell phone self-shot, but the dress is going to be one of my new favorites, and the shoes are my ever-versatile rainbow wedges. Seriously. I love these things, I wear them ALL the time. 

I also sported my new geek-chic spectacles. You can't see them very well, so here's a photo I uploaded to Path earlier today.

I love them, and they're surprisingly lightweight considering how thick the plastic is. And, since it is thick plastic, my coke-bottle lenses don't stick out so much.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feeling Fashionable

Recently I've become quite obsessed with the site Seriously, it's brilliant. Super cute vintage-y clothes, and they send me emails with outfit suggestions. I honestly cant tell you what a big help that is since it saves hours spent at the mall putting together outfits for purchase, something I'm really not all that great at anyway.

For example, this outfit was spawned out of one of those emails:

I roped a co-worker to take this picture at Starbucks during an afternoon Frappuccino run. The purse is one of my favorites, given to me by my dear friend Eleanor. It's an elementary school science book cover repurposed into a purse. It's one of the most unique and awesome purses I've every seen.

Hopefully this furthers my point that engineers can be cute too. And I've got more where that comes long as stays around. ;]

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

I saw this picture circulating on Facebook recently and I must say, I fell in love with the statement.

I too often think that we find ourselves regretting decisions or fretting over those 'what-ifs'. We never really stop and think about the things that wouldn't have happened had we actually made those different choices. Would we be the same person we are today? Would we know the same people?

Most likely the answer is no. Honestly, I remember just a few weeks ago feeling like I may have made a mistake career-wise. While I loved my position, I felt I had stayed too long and would have trouble finding another job should I need to. But now I'm in the Engineering Manager, and nominated for my first award. Had I not been where I was, learning what I've learned, I wouldn't have the opportunities I have today.

So really, we need to appreciate our "mistakes" more. Every decision, good or bad has lead us to where we are today. Now, our lives are what we make it. More "mistakes" may be made, but they may lead us to great places.

I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty exciting.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Engineering Manager? Moi?

A couple weeks ago, dear blogland, I mentioned that I may have some exciting work news for you which made me feel like I should dress snazzier. Well, the cat's out of the bag so I can finally share it!

I have officially been named the new Engineering Manager at Parallax! 

I'm very excited at the opportunity and the challenges it will bring. It's also going to allow me to put all of my leadership training from college to good use!

Also, I have an amazing boyfriend who is cooking a delicious dinner for me tonight to celebrate. 

Life is good. :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Pa-arty's Oooover...

And just like that, it's done. Last night was the final midnight premiere of anything Harry Potter. And while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was very, very good, I can't help but feeling a

My love affair with Harry goes back to when Sorcerer's Stone was first released. It was 1998 and I was 12 years old. My mom had brought the book home on a recommendation from a friend and meant it to be for my brother or sister (seven and nine, respectively). However, as soon as she mentioned that it was about wizards, I snatched it up and devoured it in days.

The book that started it all...

And so the obsession began. I essentially grew up with Harry, anxiously awaiting the release of each book and attending midnight release parties when they came in vogue. I would re-read each installment until the bindings started to wear, pretty much lived on Mugglenet, and basically drove my family nuts with my incessant gushing about the series.

The first movie was released when I was a sophomore in high school, and fortunately I had friends who were just as excited as I was. They weren't doing midnight releases then, so we popped into the first showing we could that Friday night. We brought Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, stuffed owls, plastic Potter glasses and had the time of our lives. Before I knew it I was buying robes and house sweaters to complete my nerd-tastic ensemble. 

Now here I am at 25 and all that excitement, all that anticipation is gone. There's nothing new to look forward to. I'll never be in a midnight release line again. And while it may seem completely melodramatic, that's rather disappointing for me. 

Just look how excited queues make me!

Trust me, the final installment was really very good. You should definitely see it. I'm definitely going to see this movie about eight more times in theatres (and don't you dare think I'm retiring my Ravenclaw house uniform) but it's just a very odd feeling to now look back on Harry Potter with nothing but nostalgia.

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

So to commemorate this event fellow Potterheads, new or old, I propose a toast: To the magic that's kept us enthralled for the past 13 years. To the books that kept us up all night reading. To Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. To the fond memories we've shared. To Snitches, wands, Puking Pastilles, muggles and butterbeer. And most of all...

To Harry Potter, the boy who lived.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Locked & Loaded for Fun & Sun in Florida!

Steven's brother is getting married on Saturday, so we're heading back to Florida. w00t.

We've also got plans for some boating, beaching and we may throw some pooling in for good measure. However, after my tryst at the river last weekend, I noticed that my bathing suits were in pretty sorry shape. Elastic stretched out, fading fabric, really just no fun at all.

This year, work was very nice to give us fiscal year end bonus, and after a couple days of consulting with this generosity, this sum told me that it wanted to become new swimwear. Isn't that just the nicest?

So yesterday I moseyed on over to my favorite swimsuit shop, Le Target. I immediately found one I wanted when I spotted this saucy black number with comic book print. I kid you not, insta win for yours truly.

And I may feel a little bit like a super hero wearing it...

I also picked up a Converse One Star Number, I can't find a picture of it, but it's similar to the one here (but in black & white).

Then, since I was already there, I might as well pick up some other items, right? Of course! Gas is expensive, and you really should make the most out of every mile driven. Let that be a lesson, kids.

Alright, so since I've been feeling "fashionable" lately, I picked up a new dress for work. (Plus, I may have exciting work news for you soon, which may make me feel like I need to dress snazzier.) It's a nice light fabric, so it will breathe nicely here in the Sacramento heat AND it's uber cute.

Hooray professionalism!

Then for funsies I picked up some rockin' aqua shorts because, well, why not?

Fun, fun, fun, fun...

I also splurged on various tank tops to mix & match with since I've been in a "tank top" mood lately. I mean, the high IS 102 today. Just sayin'.

I <3 Target. It was a serious drain on finances when I worked there, since half the time I worked as the operator which also doubled as being the fitting room attendant. Needless to say I would amass quite the collection from what was discarded by shoppers. It's MUCH safer to only pop in a couple times a month.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '30'

Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days

Oh. Em. Gee. Did I really make it to the last day? Is this really ending?! I mean, I may not have completed it in exactly 30 days, but that's just a guideline, right?

At Flughafen Zurich!

Anyway, that's me earlier today, before I boarded my flight back to the States. I am now in Atlanta, waiting out the last 3 hours of my 5 hour layover. But, I did treat myself to the Delta Sky Lounge so I'm enjoying free drinks & free internet. I tell ya, this is like airport heaven!

So, three good things that happened in the past 30 days:

  1. I successfully completed my sixth excursion to Europe, with two international Educator's Courses!
  2. I visited the Doctor Who Experience!
  3. I found out the Altanta Airport has a Moe's. I know what I'm having for dinner! Omnomnomnomonom.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '29'

Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.

Well, if you asked me before this trip, I would say travelling. But to be honest, I'm actually very ready to go home tomorrow. Or maybe I'm just ready to go home to a certain someone. 

...Don't judge me.

So I think I would have to say spending time with good friends & family. In case you haven't noticed, I'm a little cynical - and I generally don't really like a lot of people. So the people I do like, I enjoy spending time with very much.

Let the good times roll!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '28'

Day 28 – Your favorite movie.

Yikes, this is a tough one – there’s so many! Where do I even begin?

I think I will have to say Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It’s a newer movie, but I loved the graphic novels & the movie really did them justice. It was a tribute to video games, crushes, evil exes & general geekery. A must see for any nerd. So go see it!

Some runners up were: The Princess Bride, Wall-E, Love Actually & Spaceballs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '27'

Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?

Okay, now this is ridiculous. What is this, a third grade essay? Honestly.

Whatevs, here I am, playing putt-putt last year. I had just sank a hole-in-one, and decided to take a PGA victory shot. You’ve seen them. When the golfer makes a great putt, he gets down to the ground and does a little arm pump.

How have I changed since then? Well, I’m a little older & a little wiser. I mean, what do you want me to say? It’s only a year, and I’ve been pretty stagnant. Got the same job, same boyfriend…new apartment though.

I suppose authoring the 30 Day Blog Challenge is just as hard as keeping up with it. How have you changed in a year? Come on, I’m not going to write a bloody soliloquy and publish it to all of the interwebs. I don’t even have a bloody soliloquy.

I guess if I have to think about it, here's a small list: I got better at snowboarding, I enjoy being outdoors now, I feel I'm much more practical of a person, I'm better with money, and I grew my hair out.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '26'

Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.

Since today I traveled to a place that I’ve never been, I figured I’d combine it with my blog challenge. It’s not cheating, don’t worry.

Today our Swiss distributor took us to the Rheinfall, the largest natural waterfalls in Europe. I must say, they were pretty impressive. Here’s a picture of me near them!

My boss and I then took a boat to a spot where you could hike up and get a panoramic view of the area. I must say, the Rheinfall were even more impressive from the top. There were a bunch of additional crevasses and smaller waterfalls before the water reached the larger ones. Here are some more pictures!

Halfway up the hike, directly to the side of the large fall.

A view from the top.

Me at the top!

Then we had a very nice authentic lunch at a local restaurant and headed back to the hotel. We also took an afternoon walk through Old Town Winterthur. That was pretty cool, but since it was Sunday, most everything was closed.

One thing I noticed is that the cows seem to be much happier here. They all wear bells around their necks, they seem to almost prance as they walk, and their tails wag as their chewing on grass. It’s incredibly cute.

Since we had a big lunch, we just grabbed some Subway sandwiches for dinner. I know, it’s not authentic food, but most everything is closed today and honestly, I’m still recovering from lunch.

But I am still on a mission to find some fondue before we leave!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Greetings from Switzerland!

Yes, my time in England has officially ended and I have now made my way to Oberwinterthur, Switzerland.

But yesterday my boss & I spent some time hitting the major landmarks in London. First, I insisted we stop by King’s Cross since I heard rumors of a Platform 9 ¾ mock-up. Let me tell you – what a disappointment! I don’t know if things became too touristy, or if it was due to the construction, or if it was always this way, but ‘Platform 9 3/4’ was a really lame cardboard backdrop of a brick wall, with a trolley going into the wall. Since we travelled all the way out there, I decided that I should take a picture anyway.

See? Pretty Lame. I tried to get excited though.

Next, we took the Underground to London Bridge, walked that & then walked to Westminster & South Bank. Since it was raining, there weren’t too many weird street performers. Here are some more pictures!

Me on the London Bridge, with Tower Bridge behind me.
Umbrella too, cause it's London.

Westminster Palace & Big Ben!

Then we retired to the hotel early since we had early flights today. There was a pretty cool pub in the hotel, so I was able to get my fish & chips fix in.

Tomorrow our distributor is taking us to the Rhinefalls here in Switzerland, which should be gorgeous. Then the course Monday & Tuesday, meeting with Google on Wednesday and home on Thursday! <3

30 Day Blog Challenge - Days '24 & 25'

Day 24 - A photo of something that means a lot to you.

I’m not at home so I can’t take a picture, but I must say this item is my Winne-the-Pooh. I’ve had him since I was one, and is probably one of the most sentimental things I own. He’s moved to college with me and all the way out here in California. He’s my ‘safety blanket’ I guess and I could never imagine throwing him away (couldn’t give him away, he’s pretty worn).

If I’m sick or in a wretched mood, I’ll still take him off the closet shelf & cuddle with him. He makes me feel better. :]

Day 25 - What’s in your purse?

Well this is kind of a strange moment since I’m travelling and my purse is a computer bag. So here goes:

  • Laptop computer & power supply
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Nook Color – rooted to run the Android OS :]
  •  Agendas & maps
  • Wallet
  •  Passport
  • Ninendo 3DS (Which apparently has the only power supply on this planet that doesn’t accept 110 – 240 V, so it’s currently dead. WTF Nintendo?!)
  • Tide To Go
  • Pencils & Pens
  •  Headphones
  • Flash drives

Thursday, June 16, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '23'

Day 23 – 15 facts about you.

Gosh golly I'm really rubbish at this aren't I? Can't say it's not that I haven't had the time, but the past couple days I've been busy with work and have been too tired to tackle this giant. And I'm not giving up yet, even if this 30 Day Challenge takes 60!

So here goes...

One - I despise cooked spinach.
Two - I'm awful at taking (and remembering to take) pictures.
Three - I don't really like sweets, and really have to be in the mood for them.
Four - I love stand up comedy shows.
Five - I am completely, ridiculously, head over heels in love with my boyfriend.
Six - I forgot how hilarious the IT Crowd, but it was just on TV & now I remember and want to re-watch it.
Seven - I was born in Wisconsin, but raised in Florida - and I used to be ashamed to admit that I was from Florida because I felt it made me uninteresting.
Eight - In high school, I dreamed of being a Broadway star.
Nine - Nowadays, I've stopped making plans & just plan to be surprised.
Ten - I was a teacher's pet & straight-A student in school.
Eleven - I almost always have to have a blanket over me when lounging on the couch, even if it's ridiculously hot outside.
Twelve - I love swimming.
Thirteen - My favorite munchie is popcorn.
Fourteen - I enjoy the occasional craft beer (and Steven Homebrew).
Fifteen - I usually have to hit the snooze about 5 times before I'm able to get up in the morning. Something I'd really like to change but can never seem to.

So there you are 15 things you may or may not have wanted to know. This really was a lot harder to put together than it should have been. Ah well.

Jolly Ol' England - It's Business Time!

Well I'm now on Day 6 here in jolly ol' England, and I must say I've been enjoying myself quite a bit!

Tuesday we met with our distributor, Active Robots for coffee in Bath and then took a trip to see their office. This was my second time being there, and I must say it's a great atmosphere & they have a lot of neat products. For example Maximus, who appeared on the Gadget Show.

Maximus - Autonomous racing robot.

Me & The Active Robots Crew
 Yesterday and today I've been teaching an Educator's Course at the University of Bath. More on that later!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jolly Ol' England!

I must say, I have been having a blast here in England. I got in on Saturday afternoon and stayed with my friend Nick and his girlfriend in London. They were great hosts: we went to dinner and to a party Saturday night & then the Doctor Who Experience and the Natural History Museum on Sunday.

The Doctor Who Experience was absolutely fantastic! They had props from the show & a fun little walk-through ride where you assisted the Doctor in escaping from another Pandorica. You got on the TARDIS (which was totally bigger on the inside), fought Daleks, ran from the Weeping Angels & saved the universe from imploding. It was great.

Me & a creepy wax statue of Matt Smith.

Me & Nick on board the TARDIS!

Then today I met up with my boss & did a bit of sightseeing through Bath. We toured the Abbey & went to the top of the bell tower (which I had missed last time). There were some really narrow staircases but it was really cool to see the bell tower & the back of the clock face!

View from the top of the bell tower.

Me halfway up the tower (it's in the background).

Anyway, tomorrow we'll be meeting with our distributor Active Robots to go over some more details about the course. And then, who knows? Probably more sightseeing.

Until then! <3

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '22'

Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.

Really? This isn't something I'd want to broadcast to the entire interwebs, but here goes...

Dear Children Operating the Dalek at the Doctor Who Experience,

You really were spending much too long at this part of the exhibit. I may be 25 years old, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't want a go at it. Plus, I really wanted to take a campy photo of me pretending to be cornered by a Dalek, and you ruined it by spending much too long messing around. 

I hope you enjoyed yourselves.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge Days '20 & 21'

So I missed a couple of days since I was busy having fun in London. Don't worry, pictures are coming soon, jet need a chance to get them on my computer. But in the meantime, I'll catch up on my 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Day 20 - The Meaning Behind your Blog Name

Well that's fairly obvious, isn't it? In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit of a nerd. And if in case you haven't noticed, I'm not really ashamed of it. I'm happy & proud to be a geek - hence, Gleefully Geeky.

Day 21 - A Photo of Something that Makes you Happy

This is a really vague question as there are many things that make me happy, so it's hard to choose one thing. Honestly, the more I think on it no one thing pops into my mind as making me really happy.

So I'm sorry, dear Blogland, but I don't have an answer for this one.

Friday, June 10, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '19'

Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.

Really, couldn't think of anything better? Well, it's actually kind of fitting I suppose.

I leave for a 12-day excursion to England & Switzerland today, and believe it or not, everything I need for those 12 days is in that nifty carryon bag. I think I deserve a medal, I really do.

Now that I've experienced the magic that is travelling without checking a bag, I never want to go back. Seriously, it's incredible. And my parents got me this super fancy hardshell Hartmann suitcase (which I am obsessed with) which makes it really easy.

And never fear, dear blogland! In addition to bringing you these riveting posts for the 30 Day Challenge, I'll also keep you updated on my European travels.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '18'

Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.

In-N-Out Burger, most definitely. I cannot get enough of this place. How I'm not 300 pounds, I'll never know. But their grilled cheese - oh so yummy. And at $5 a meal, the price is definitely right!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '17'

Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.

We don't take too many photos in the Uelmen clan, so the most recent one I could find of all of us was from my graduation in 2008.

That's (from left to right): Mom, Mollie, Me, Dad, & Matthew. Matthew doesn't really like to smile in photos. Call it 'teenage angst' if you will.

Anyway, I love my family, they're the best! Don't know what I'd do without them. <3

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '16'

Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.

Oh dear, this isn't going to get me in trouble, is it?

Meh, Steven already knows it I suppose. He did accuse me of 'swooning' during Doctor Who.

Yes, my celebrity crush is without a doubt David Tennant. I mean, come on, he was the Doctor. Brilliant and gorgeous, a winning combination in my book.


Monday, June 6, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '15'

Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.

Well there are a lot of things I don't leave my house without, but they're all standard and boring: wallet, cell phone, keys, etc. So I'll list something fun: my 3DS!

Seriously, you never know when you're going to get a Street Pass tag, and your steps count toward Play Coins. New update rolls out tonight, so now I'll get internet, weeeeee!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '14'

Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.

Wow, well, another easy one. In case you haven't been paying attention...

As Steven puts it, I have an 'unhealthy obsession'. I suppose that's true, but there are worse things to be obsessed with. Heroine, for instance.

People always ask my why I'm so in love with this show, and honestly that's a little hard to answer. I guess to put it simply, the show's just completely impossible. Weebly wobbly timey-wimey, if you will. Every episode is a new stretch of the imagination, with interesting creatures and plot lines. You've got a brilliant madman with a blue box as your main character, running around saving entire planets and even the whole universe on a consistent basis.

And not to mention, inspring. Of course it's all fiction, but some episodes take place hundreds of thousands of years in the future, with humanity spread across the cosmos - surviving, adapting and exploring every inch of the universe. That's just too cool to think about - what's out there, how we'll respond as a race when we find it, and to think that even after the Earth burns up, our ancestors will still be spread out amongst the stars.

Anyway, it's a fantastic show and if you're not watching it, you should.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '13'

Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?

Is this really a question? I mean, I like a lot of musicians and 'favorite' artists change quite a lot. But there is artist who I never tire of, whose songs I hardly skip when my song library is on random...

Yes ladies and germs, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Hands down, may favorite artist of all time. I mean, he's brilliant! I saw him in concert last year at the California State Fair & it was absolutely incredible. It's always enjoyable to go to concerts where you can tell that there is nothing else the artist would rather be doing, but Weird Al takes it to an all new level - elaborate costume changes, audience participation & of course Al TV.

Anyway, "Weird Al" Yankovic is a musical genius, and my favorite artist of all time. Plus, he's got a new album coming out on June 21st! Weeeeeeeeee!

Friday, June 3, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day '12'

Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.

I currently reside in Sacramento, California and it is awesome. Our apartment is in midtown, which is the 'hip' neighborhood. I love that almost everything is within walking distance, and that we can decide to go out to dinner without a destination in mind. In fact, here's a picture of our complex!

It's got a very nice pool, and if the weather ever warms up, I'm excited to use it!

I also love that we're only 1.5 hours from the mountains and 1.5 hours from San Francisco - tons of fun isn't far away at all! I also love the dry heat, after growing up in Florida, it's very nice to not deal with humidity.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


So I guess I'm failing miserably at this 30 Day Blog Challenge, huh? I have good reasons, I swear! Last week, I was in San Diego for the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting (they chose one of our robots as a resource to promote the badge, so I was there promoting it - read about it here if you like) and then after flying back from San Diego, I made the drive down to Santa Monica for a bachelorette weekend.

Meg, Kim & I at the Santa Monica Pier!

As you may or may not know, Steven's brother is getting married in July. So since the boys went for brewery tours up & down the coast - we decided to hit up SoCal for some fun, sun & shopping. It was a pretty enjoyable weekend!

So, now that you've heard my excuses, let's see if we can pick this 30 Day Blog Challenge up again, shall we? Instead of cramming a week's worth into one post, let's just pick up from our hiatus on the day we left off...

Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?

Erm, well, this is a little awkward as I don't keep a makeup bag. I'm a 'slap some Bare Essentials mineral powder & blush on in the morning and call it a day' kind of gal. I do carry some Burt's Bees & put that on if my lips are particularly chapped, but that's about it. 

To be perfectly honest, I'm not really sure of the proper way to put on eye makeup. Never really looked into it...

Monday, May 23, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Days 09 & 10

Due to my ah-mazing day at Maker Faire yesterday, I kinda dropped the ball on the blog challenge. But never fear, I'll make up for it today!

Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.

Well, that would be a cute new dress from eBay! I finally won an auction and utilized one of my birthday presents. It's from Anthropologie, and I like it because it's simple & has a racerback!

Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.

Oof. Now this is tricky. I guess I would have to say The Fox & Goose Public House. Their brunch is simply TDF & the Bloody Mary's are super-fantastic. I'm partial to the eggs benedict with tempeh strips and Welsh rarebit cheese sause. Mmmmmmm....

Anyway, I'll be traveling to San Diego tomorrow for work, so chances are I'll drop the ball again. I'll do my best though!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 08

Day 8 – A song to match your mood.

As I'm sure you have heard, the rapture is supposed to happen tonight at six. This really cuts into my weekend plans of attending the Unofficial Propeller Expo at Parallax today and Maker Faire tomorrow. I'm really very excited about these events, so while the end might be coming, I'm still in an upbeat mood.

So, very appropriately, the song to match my mood is: "It's the End of the World as We Know It" by R.E.M. Enjoy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 07

Day 7 – Your dream wedding.

So, this is going to be a little awkward.  I don't really have a dream wedding. To be honest, I haven't really given my actual wedding much thought. I mean, I want to get married, sure. But the actual logistics of the day...don't have a clue.

Heck, I wouldn't even know what I wanted my ring to look like. Besides it not being very large, or actually being a real diamond. I mean, I know that's probably super scandalous, but to be a diamond grown in a lab is waaaaaaay more awesome and science-y. It's basically the same as a diamond, and actually 100% perfect. Oh, and a titanium band, because titanium alloys are awesome! I mean, they're used in space shuttles.

To be honest, now that I'm hearing about how much a wedding actually costs - and finding out that I could put a down payment on a house for what I would spend on one day - getting married on a cruise sounds better and better. When I think about getting married, besides vowing to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life, I also look forward to spending time with family and friends who I haven't seen in years.

With a regular wedding, I'd only get to see them for a few minutes. But on a cruise, we could mingle and hang out for several days! And everyone is going to have to pay for a flight and hotel anyway, so why not make a big vacation party out of it?

Plus, I've never been on a cruise. It could be something nice, like through the Mediterranean. I dunno, I figure I can cross this bridge when I come to it.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 06

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

Well look at that, day six is more interesting! What animal would I like to keep as a pet? No contest...

A sloth! How adorable are they? And just the fact that this animal somehow evolved and managed to not go extinct while being probably the laziest creature in all of the animal kingdom is just astounding.

I love these little guys, but I also have a thing for pathetic animals. Mako, my late kitty friend, had no claws and was terrified of everything. Salty, the Italian Greyhound I adopted for a short time in college used to shiver when it was below 70 degrees outside. I don't know why, but owning pathetic animals is kind of my thing.

And just for funsies, my second choice? Well that would be a manatee. I've still never swam with them, but it's always been my dream.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 05

Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.

Honestly, this seems a little silly. Who cares about a picture from two years ago? Five would be far more nostalgic. But hey, I'm just doing as I'm told.

So this is from two years ago, at the Domaine Chandon winery, a stop on the Napa Valley Wine Train - a gift Steven got me for my birthday. Uhhhh...I had short hair then.

Let's hope day six is a little more interesting.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 04

Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.

Whelp, at the risk of sounding incredibly corny, yes, Steven is my best friend. Let's face it - it would probably suck to not be dating your best friend.

Steven's always been there for me every time I've needed him. He's been someone to nerd out with (hence the photo above, 'Ween 2008), laugh with, a shoulder to cry on, everything. He's the first person I want to talk to when I get good news and the first person to cheer me up when I get bad news. Gotta say, I love the kid! :]

Monday, May 16, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 03

Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.

I'm a simple girl really, and in all honesty haven't been on too many "first dates" in my life. (Something about being a total geek in high school when being a geek wasn't "cool" yet.) Nor do I really plan on having another "first date".

But since you asked, my ideal first date would definitely be something nerdy & fun. Maybe a trip to a science museum or a cool exhibition. Someplace where we could talk & joke and get to know one another in a casual atmosphere.

And then sushi afterwards. Om nom nom nom.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 02

Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.

Veggie Sammich...Mmmmm.
For lunch today I had this delicious sandwhich: smoked cheddar, baked tofu, mixed greens, cucumbers, red onion & sunflower sprouts. It was a "build your own" selection from the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op across the street.

So yum. ^_^

Saturday, May 14, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 01

Well, I'm already rubbish at this challenge aren't I? Meant to start it yesterday, but never got around to it. So we'll just consider yesterday to be day 00 of the challenge, where I told you I was going to start it, but didn't actually commence anything.

Right? Good. So here we go...

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.

Yup, that's me. Hello!

So today was pretty good. I spent the morning being lazy (very much needed, thank you), watching Archer and some X-Men cartoons. Didn't get out of my pajamas until 3. Then, Steven and I had a nice date evening to Five Guys & the movies to see Thor. 

Thor was pretty good, to be honest, I never really followed his storyline in the Marvel universe, but I liked the movie. Not my favorite Marvel flick (which is probably the first Iron Man, in case you were wondering), but still a good watch. 

Couldn't believe two tickets cost us 29 bucks though! Cheese and rice, now I remember why I don't go to the movies very often.

Anyway, day one done, 29 more to go!

Friday, May 13, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge

So apparently these '30 Day Blog Challenges' are all the rage with the kids these days. When I first heard about it I thought it sounded like fun, but I knew I would not have the time to keep up with it. But now that grad school's finished and I find myself needing to distract myself while waiting for my final grades, I figure why not?

Now I spent some time on the interwebs looking at different challenges, and some of them seemed a little personal, and while I do like all of you very much, I still don't feel like this is a good medium to spill ALL of my deep, dark secrets. But I found these topics which seem pretty harmless, yet still fun:

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of our favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days


Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me...

So this Sunday is my birthday. I will officially be a quarter century old AND will be able to rent cars without an underage drivers fee.


Now most of my birthday weekend will be spent sequestered, cramming for my Microcomputer System Design final. I really know how to party, eh? However, on Sunday, Steven was awesome enough to get a suite at the Rivercats game. So I will be celebrating in style with some good friends.

Speaking of style, I picked up an early birthday present for myself from ModCloth today. Now once upon a time, I was fairly fashionable - I bought designer purses, expensive clothing and shoes, etc. But in recent years I've kind of gotten over that. Funnily enough, now that I make enough money to be able to afford those things, I suddenly find it silly and feel that my money is better spent on other things. Shopping is now generally on a "need" basis, and mainly restricted to Target, Woot shirts, H&M or the Gap. 


Every now and again a friend will bring something cute to my attention and I must have it. And that's what happened today, with a pair of shoes.

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me...

I mean, aren't they just darling? And they'll go with quite a bit, I think, whenever I'm feeling snazzy. And now that I've found out about this site, I've added several other things to my wish list. Like this bathing suit, which is ah-mazing, but I just can't justify spending $90 on....yet...

And this dress, which I have plans to buy as soon as it's back in stock in my size, and have dreams of making the flowers actually sing when I walk to match the name of the dress, 'Singing the Blooms'.

So I suppose if anyone is feeling nice, any of these items would make a lovely present. Just sayin'. ;]

Happy Weekend! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Always Wear Sunscreen...

You would think that after almost 25 years of being, well, Casper-like, that I would have learned this lesson by now. But no, no apparently I haven't.

So on Sunday, a few of us visited the Jack Russell Brewery in Apple Hill for their release celebration of their Apple Ale. Boy was it de-lish. I partook in a few glasses. Anyway, we drank beer, played cornhole and I wore a cute dress. It was a good day.

Which brings me to my original point, sunscreen. The weather was gorgeous, only about 70 degrees, but sunny. And sometimes, when it's not too hot people tend to forget to put on sunscreen, like me.

Consider this a Public Service Announcement from yours truly. Always wear sunscreen, even if you don't think you need it.

Because it's Thursday, and I'm still burnt to a crisp.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Who!!

Okay, so as I mentioned in a previous post, my love for Doctor Who deserves a dedicated entry. Honestly, I'm about as obsessed with Doctor Who as I am with Harry Potter. 

It's pretty serious.

Disclaimer this post is going to live up to my 'Gleefully Geeky' title, so if you're not interested, I'll forgive you if you stop reading. BUT YOU TOTALLY SHOULD! Also, 'Spoilers'.

Anyway, the new series started last week, and oh my goodness is it rocking my socks! Now, my obsession with Who started almost a year ago, and since then I've been through every episode of the new series at least 3 times, as well as watching any 'Classic' Who that's available on Netflix Instant.

For those of you not familiar with the show, Wikipedia it, I don't have time to rehash old episodes, I need to gush about the new ones!

Series 6 has opened with as many cliffhangers and action as previous two-part series finales! First, the Doctor dies at the hand of a mysterious astronaut, only to find out that scene was from 200 years in his future. Then we meet The Silence, easily the scariest mosters on Doctor Who to date. Basically, they've been inhabiting the planet since the dawn of time, except no one remembers because you forget them as soon as you're done looking at them.

The Silence, creepy, right?

Then we meet the mysterious astronaut, only to find out it's a little girl, who Amy immediately shoots. I mean, duh, she thinks the girl is going to kill the Doctor 200 years in his future. It's only natural.

So this was all part 1 of the premiere, part 2 gets even better! Amy tracks down the orphanage where the little girl lived - only to find a room with pictures of the girl and a picture of Amy holding a baby! What the what?

Then, we get to the part where the Doctor cleverly stops The Silence, obviously. BUT we also notice that the The Silence's spaceship is the broken ship from last series' episode 'The Lodger'. Shut the front door, how does this tie in?!

But then, in the final few minutes of the show, we see the little girl again stumbling through an alley. She tells a homeless guy she's dying, but it's OK because it's rather easy for her to fix it. And she regenerates - the little girl is a frakkin' TIME LORD?!

So what does this all mean? Amy had mentioned that she was pregnant to the Doctor, but then told him it was a false alarm. BUT none of them can really remember the time they spent on Earth learning about The Silence, so what happened during that time? And why did she tell the Doctor before Rory?

And there's been subtle hints back to The Silence in the Library, an episode from series four. It's where we first met River Song, and where people were being 'saved' from the Vashta Nerada, which meant that their consciousness was saved into a virtual reality where they lived out their lives. But time was sped up, with people jumping through parts of their day and having the memories 'filled in' later. Kind of the opposite of The Silence, but this has got to tie in some way!

Seriously, friends of mine, start watching Doctor Who so I can have someone to hypothesize with!!