Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jade's Blog

Yesterday was Reader's Choice on my blog and I always give you guys the opportunity to tell me what you want to read about and then I choose the one with the most votes. When I originally started this, I did like 5 blogs in one day and most of them were personal blogs and I vowed not to do those again. NOT because I don't love you guys but because I can't possibly keep up with demand. However, yesterday, my sister said she was feeling down and asked if I could write a blog about her to cheer her up. She's feeling stressed and upset and overwhelmed and I've been there. And I'm sure most of you have been there. So here it is. This is Jade's blog.

I can begin by telling you that Jade is not her real name. The name came from a (really bad) fanfic that I wrote. I made a play off of the colors from Gryffindor house, since this was a Harry Potter fanfic, and named myself Scarlett and my sister, being a Slytherin, Jade for the green color. I love that name. I think she IS Jade and me and my friends call her that whenever possible. I'd write that on her mail but then I'm afraid they won't deliver it to her since I'd have to add "Malfoy" as her last name.

Jade and I weren't always as close as we are now. We started off close as children but after years of my torture and abuse, we grew apart. Then, she came back into my life and we were close again as party girls and partners in crime. Then, we moved apart and grew apart. When she started reading Harry Potter at my constant insistance, we grew close again and remain close for the time being. I, for one, hope it doesn't fade away again. I love sharing these experiences with her and having something in common with her. We talk about all things books and nerd and then move on to more personal things just like sisters should. Now the only thing between us is distance. We live in different states. Boo :(

I kind of view Jade as this person that does a lot almost every minute of the day. I mean, even I have moments of laziness but I never see Jade getting lazy moments. She goes to school full-time and spends time with her 2 kids Ray and the Gavinator (who is special in more ways than 1) and her hubby and runs Malfoy Manor so everybody is happy. When I call her someone is always in the background asking for something or she doesn't answer cuz she's doing something. She's SUPER JADE!

And another thing about Jade. She never says "I love you". Whenever I talk to someone, at the end of the conversation I always say "I love you" because I don't want anyone to ever wonder if I love them or not. But Jade is different. I tell her "I love you" and she says "ok" and she never says it back. One day, I caught her slipping though.....or so I thought. She said "I love you too" after I said it and I was so SHOCKED. I immediately told my husband and then we blew it off saying she prob thought for a sec she was talking to her hubby or something in a hurry to get off of the phone. But I still say it whenever I talk to her and she STILL says "OK" and my husband asks me "Did she say it this time?" and I say "No". So I brought it up to her one day and she says to me that she said it on PURPOSE! She said she figures it was overdue since I send her lots of cool toys and prezzies (which I do cuz I'm awesome like that). I'm still in disbelief about that one. I still think maybe she was covering her tracks so she wouldn't have to say it again.

So that's kinda Jade in a nutshell cuz she's not that complicated. She's just kinda nerdy, kinda cool, and kinda slippery. But she's SUPER cuz she's my sister, yo!

I love you, Jade!! DFTBA!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What does being a GEEK mean to me?


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Scarlett and I am an honor roll making, JK Rowling worshipping, wand carrying, nerd t-shirt and slacks with Converse wearing, book reading, WoW playing,Wizard Wrock listening, geek blog following,  comic book hoarding, fangirl squeeing, Facebook loving, convention attending, antique collecting, bookshelf breaking, recycle bag using, list making, non-stop talking, gummy worm eating, The Guild watching spoiled nerdfighter ex-cheerleader :D haha That last part probably has you a bit confused.  So, please, allow me to explain.

Point 1: In junior high and high school, I DID make the Honor Roll. I was in Future Scholars of America and made the Dean's List my senior year. I started cheerleading pop warner at my aunt and uncle's request (meaning they paid) and in 10th grade, I cheered for my school. This made it easy for me to have nerd and non-nerd friends alike and integrate them as much as possible and have some people actully thinking I'm cool. Awesome

Point 2: JK Rowling is like a GODDESS to me! Harry Potter has pretty much taken over my entire life. I went to LeakyCon in July, bought a wand, went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and got chosen at Ollivander's!! I'm a self-proclaimed Gryffindor and when I talk, it usually has some sort of HP reference. Example: I wish I could go visit Ashley today. It sucks that I'm out of Floo Powder!!

Point 3: Every day to work, I wear some sort of nerd-related tshirt with my slacks and I wear Chuck Taylor's to complete the outfit. I am rarely without my LeakyCon and balance bracelets (cuz I fall a lot) and they make great conversation starters.

Point 4: I love books. And I read as many of them as possible. And I can't write a book review cuz I usually only buy GOOD books. And nobody wants to hear me say how much I love a book 10,000 times. Ooh and I don't SHARE my books. Not usually. I am greedy cuz I don't want people to mess up my books. I restrict my sharing to family members only. I know that probably makes you hate me but when you start putting YOUR first Harry Potter book in a plastic baggie, you can say what you like about me.
I also pre-order them online with my mommy's credit card cuz I'm not allowed to own one. Or I'd be in millions of dollars in debt. >.<

Point 5: I play World of Warcraft. Don't judge me. RPGs are my THING!! WoW is kinda new for me. Been playing for almost a year and I'm STILL not level 85. Had to take a hiatus. Playing every night made me gain 10lbs. No more skipping workouts to play. But if you have played. you know how easy it is to get addicted. I love it. Undead Frost Mage FTW!

Point 6: I listen to Wizard Wrock and if you've never heard of it before, Google it. If you love HArry Potter, then you've probably heard of it before. If you don't love Harry Potter, I'm sorry. Wizard Wrock is so awesome. I have a cd in my car and I play it every time I get in. I make my husband and my kids listen to it. I feel bad until I hear them singing. And then, it's time to get loud :)

Point 7: I follow a ton of geek blogs. I troll the internet and tumblr for my favorite geeky blog and then I read, read, read. And I usually laugh and say stuff out loud like "ZOMG! That's so ME" or "See? THIS is what I'm saying!" even though noone is around to hear me. But that does not stop me. In fact, sometimes I use a British accent just because.

Point 8: I collect comic books. I hoard them. I love them. I read them so fast but I like them anyway. And I have more than a few signed ones. I usually get them signed locally but I was lucky enough to have my Guild graphic novel signed by <3 Felicia Day <3 thanks to a family member. I told him about the signing and sent him 2 copies of the #1 comic and he bought the graphic novels and had them all signed. Needless to say, I cherish them all but those are my fave. Recently, I bought the new Strawberry Shortcake reboot with the scratch n sniff cover and made everyone sniff it. Cuz it smells like STRAWBERRIES, yo. I can't stop smelling it. Sorry.

Point 9: Trolling the internet helps me fangirl.As does Twitter. It's like stalking but it's LEGAL! And I can fangirl all OVER my obsessions and it's socially acceptable!!! Who'd of thunk it?!?!?

Point 10: I love Facebook. I'm on it every day and it fulfills my need for attention. It happens when you're the middle child. In my case, I'm the middle girl and then I have a little brother. But still. It counts. LOVE meeeeeee!!!

Point 11: I'm new to cons and I'm that person that cosplays no one you know. I went to a Wizard World ComicCon in my town and cosplayed as Talia from The 6th Day and had to explain my costume to EVERYONE.  I did it because I LIKE her and I don't CARE if you know her or not. That's just me. Blue wig and all :)

Point 12: I collect antiques and have filled my whole house with them. When people come over, they say my house is "cozy". I have nicknamed my house "The Burrow" (another HP reference) because that is what I have strived for my house to look like. I wish I could magick all those add-ons so my boys would stop whining about how they want their own rooms. And I wouldn't have to do dishes again. Ever.
My room is a different story. It's like a shrine to nerdness. I have loads of toys :)

Point 13: I broke my bookshelf. I've overloaded it with books and cool stuff and broke it. The ONLY thing holding it up at this point IS the books. Kind of ironic. Must have that fixed. ASAP >.<

Point 14: I use recycle bags whenever possible. And I try to buy cool ones. Like my Pirates of the Carribean one. So I recycle AND look cool.

Point 15: I love to make list. To-do lists, to-buy lists, reasons why I'm a geek lists. When I was younger, I once made a list of every movie I've ever seen. It was PAGES long and I probably didn't even list every movie I'd seen. I've never told anyone. Never repeat this.

Point 16: I do NOT stop talking. Unless I'm engrossed in a book or a game or a blog, I'm usually talking and telling people about my nerd girl obsessions. I kinda feel like it's my DUTY to educate others on all things nerd cuz I think they're FABULOUS! When I talk, most people get that spaced out look in their eye like they're hearing me but not really cuz they're wishing I would stop talking and daydreaming about Cancun. But I don't care. I keep talking. So if you're in my vicintiy and you strike up a conversation with me, be prepared. I WILL non-stop talk, I MIGHT interrupt you a few times and I CAN make a question into a monlogue. It's a talent :)

Point 17: I eat gummy worms. And like them. Enough said.

Point 18: I watch The Guild. I watch it online and on my Xbox and I recently made my hubby start watching it with me. And this is actually an awesome story. See, the new season just now came out and I asked my hubby to download it for me so I could watch it when I get home. So he did cuz he loves me and he spoils me but that's a story for another time. So I get home and we end up watching the whole first season cuz I want to get my hubby into it. My 8-year old decides he wants to watch it too and gets upset when we stop after Season 1. So he goes to his room and watches EVERY episode on his xbox and plays "Do you want to date my avatar?" over and over and gets my 3-year old singing it too. All he wants to talk about now is Codex and The Guild. So, a week later, I'm watching Eureka and Felicia Day is on it and my son comes in and sees her and says "It's Codex!" and sits down to watch it with me. I am loving this so I tweet about it the following day. And it's something to the effect of I just love when my 8-year old sees me watching #Eureka and says "It's Codex" and I tag Felicia Day in it so she'll see it and she FAVORITES it!!!!! ZOMG!!! You'd think I'd fangirl squeeed myself silly at LeakyCon but I was SOOOOOO excited about this!! I took a picture of the email and posted it on Facebook and showed it to my son and then he fanboy squeeed! *sigh* I have NEVER had a prouder moment. Except maybe when he was born. But that was forever ago.

Point 19: I'm a nerdfighter. I'm on the ning and I fangirl over Hank and John. I've made some nerdfighter cards to stick in books and, yesterday, I got some nerd ink. I got DFTBA (don't forget to be awesome) tattood on the inside of my right wrist. Which is kinda making it hard to move my mouse right now. But I love it. Nerdfighters don't fight nerds. We fight suck and hope that awesome prevails.

And, last but NEVER least, Point 20: I'm the proud wife of a closet nerd (sorry I outed you, babe) and the proud mother of 3 gamers. My boys are 12, 8 and 3 and they make me proud everyday. Not just with their gaming skills but with everything they do...especially the nerd stuff.

Being a geek girl is my whole life. I could never be anything else and the people that know me best thinks it's cool that I can be THIS geeky and not try to hide it. Anyways, it's not like I could. My whole outfit is geek. From my glasses down to my Winnie the Pooh socks :) Be proud, geek girls. We've FINALLY achieved greatness. <3

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Coming back to life....

Lately I've been experiencing some feelings that I'm not used to. Feelings of inadequacy and akwardness and sadness and having self-esteem issues. Now, I'm not saying these feelings are foreign. I'm just saying it's been a LONG time since I felt like I didn't belong and it ACTUALLY bothering me. You see, usually I don't mind being the different one. I don't mind the attention I get when I walk in somewhere smiling while everyone is somber. I don't mind being the only girl around a bunch of boys and talking about getting my nails done and watching them roll their eyes. I don't mind being the only non-blonde and glasses wearer at the party. USUALLY. But lately, I've been feeling bouts of sadness. And feeling like everyone is staring at me for the wrong reasons. And feeling out of place even among my friends.

So what do I do? I go where no one can see me. I play WoW or read a book. No one I DON'T know can see me, talk to me, touch me. And, for the past few weeks, this has been my life. I've pretty much been secluded and only being available on FB during work hours and almost never on Twitter.

But I see a light at the end of this dark tunnel. And this dark tunnel has been FAR from lonely. It's filled with the voices of the people that love me the most. telling me how beautiful I am. How special I am. How unique I am. And the occasional reminder of what a noob I am >.<

So I do what I always do in these situations. I don't disappoint. I pull myself up and I carry on and I try not only to please myself but everyone else as well. It seems like a burden at times. Always worrying if I'm being too lazy. Always worrying if someone is not happy. Always worrying if something I say will be interesting enough. So I just kinda stopped. And I'm kinda overwhelmed at the response I've gotten by my change. Who knew that people really DO mean it when they say they love me? I'd kinda forgotten what it felt like to be the needy one....and I'd kinda like to forget again.

So I'm gonna tell you everyday what made the previous day so special because every day is. Even if it's a small thing.  DFTBA.....EVER!

Nerdy thing I did today: Updated the picture on my desktop to reflect my toon in it's current state. Undead Frost Mage, biatches!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pottermore Survey

  1. What's your Pottermore username? SparksCrimson87
  2. What House do you think it sounds like? Gryffindor....probably because of the fact that I "spark" Crimson
  3. What House do you want to be in? I want to be in Gryffindor. I've sorted myself into Gryffindor because I think I know EXACTLY what it means to BE a Gryffindor and overcome fears on bahalf of myself and the people I hold most dear. I'm a loyal friend and confidant and I am fierce when it comes to protecting those dear to me
  4. Does your username relate to you at all? Yes. My alterego is Scarlett and she's the reason I can be who I want to be without fear. My TRUE self is much more socially akward.
  5. What kind of wand would you wish to get? My wand is Rowan with a Unicorn hair core Swishy. It helps me excel at Charms which I am especially good at. However, i recently acquired a Purpleheart Oak wand with a Unicorn Hair core which is chosen for royalty and Charms :)
  6. Are you pure, half-blooded or Muggle born? Muggle-born and proud :D
  7. Which day did you get into Pottermore? Day 3. My friend helped me get in because, truthfully, I had doubts about my own ability to get myself in
  8. What shape is your Patronus? Lionness. Queen of the jungle
  9. What does your boggart look like? A spider >.<
  10. Would you rather be an Animagus or a Matamorphmagus? Animagus. I think it would be fun to go all "Sirius" on my friends lol
  11. If you were an Animagus, what animal would you be? I think I'd like to be a black cat Rawr!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

If you're in Pottermore, read this!!!

Me and my Monkey Man were having a discussion about Pottemore and about how exciting it is that we both got in (and my sissy got it and my besties got in and other awesome people I know got in) and we started talking about the particulars and how exciting it will all be when we get sorted. Sorting.....has me kinda worried. I'm not going to lie. I'm a Gryffy and I'll FOREVER be a Gryffy but there's a part of me that's scared that I won't be SORTED into Gryffindor. It will be kinda fun to be in Slytherin and I'll be proud if I'm in Ravenclaw but we ALL have that ONE house that we don't want to be in. For me, that's Hufflepuff. Don't hate me, Huffies!! I like yellow. I like how you're all non-conformed and edgy and all that jazz but I'm NOT a Hufflepuff. And I don't want to be. My bestie will DIE if she's in Gryffindor and I'm not offended. It's awesome that Slytherins don't like us. :)

Anyways, my Monkey Man got this idea that he would VIDEO me getting sorted since I said I would burst into tears if I was sorted into Hufflepuff. He thinks it will be FUNNY to see my reaction. And then he suggested we start a GROUP and post links to our videos. I am going to face my fears and put mine on youtube but you don't have to be THAT brave...unless you're in Gryffindor ;)

So we're BOTH going to video the other getting sorted and if you want to do it too, just post the link in the comments on THIS blog post and we'll all revel in the awesomeness that is Pottermore! May we forever be Gryffindor/Slytherin/Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw!!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nerdy thing I did today....

Today, I did Pottermore watch to get my Monkey Man and my sissy into Pottermore and I freaking woke up EARLY to troll Twitter and Pottermore.com and it was the most exciting, crazy thing!! It kept redirecting me to the Sony online store and there was NO quill and I was freaking out and like ZOMG! FINALLY it went through!! It was nervewracking! I didn't think I'd do it and I started to hyperventilate and WoW!! I wanna do it AGAIN!! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ice cream....yum...

Today, I let you guys decide what I should blog about and popular  opinion (meaning 2 people) chose ice cream. Well, technically, one said ice cream and the other one said popsicles. I really didn't know what to say about ice cream except that I love it and I miss eating it all the time. I love Rocky Road and I love hot fudge sundaes and I love Cherry popsicles and I love Fudgesicles not sure how to spell this lol). So what I did was look up some interesting facts about ice cream and popsicles. I learned some pretty cool stuff. Some it's boring so I'm not gonna tell you what that is. Only the cool stuff. I learned:

~That it takes about 50 licks to lick away ONE scoop of ice cream. Which is pretty interesting because I've never counted the licks and I'm wondering who would.I mean, when I get near ice cream, I want to eat it as fast as possible. Thinking I might do this next time though. That's IF I don't get all anxious and start devouring it instantly.

~Of all the days of the week, most ice cream is bought on Sunday. Is that because Sunday sounds like sundae? Or is it because we're so depressed it's almost Monday, we need to eat our feelings? Things that make you go "hmmmm...."

~More men (13%) admit to licking their ice cream bowl clean than women (8%). OK, first of all, I'm a LADY! I'd NEVER admit to doing that.....even if I did. Not that I'm saying I have. Just that I'd never ADMIT I have. And second of all, men are pigs and all that. So, no surprises here.

~July is National Ice Cream Month!! Dammit!! I freaking missed it!!

~ The 3rd Sunday (there's that day again) in July is National Ice Cream Month! Dammit!! I freaking missed it AGAIN!!

~The Twin Popsicle design was invented during the Great Depression so 2 children could eat ice cream for a nickel. Awww.....that's just so sweet! Now, why can't popsicles STILL cost a nickel?!?!?!

~Popsicle sticks are made from birch wood. And here I thought popsicle sticks were made from cedar! I was saving some to build a closet cuz EVERYONE knows closets are made of cedar!!! <---tee hee little movie quote for you :)
P.S. If you guess the movie, I'll buy you an ice cream ;)