Fan Girl Friday

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Another week in the books, folks! And what better way to welcome the weekend than with a plethora of nerdy news and novelties just for you!

Avengers: The Age of Ultron hits theaters in a little less than two weeks! I think I need to prepare for the premiere by scoring one of these A-DORK-ABLE dresses from Hot Topic!
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I REALLY want the Loki one! Seriously, how cute are these?! Sadly, they’re not available in stores yet, but they will be soon! You can actually head over to Hot Topic’s website and pre-order yours now!

You guys know I love The Muppets, so when I heard that there was a newly-discovered animal that looked just like Kermit, I did the arm flail:

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Isn’t he a cutie?! Technically, this little guy’s name is Hyalinobatrachium dianae but I’ll call him Kermit for now.

Being a child of the late 80’s/early 90’s, I was around for a lot of the great, new Disney classics as well as some smooth R&B. So when I saw this mash-up, I squealed with delight:

With the new Star Wars trailer hitting the web, there’s tons of new SW swag hitting stores, too! Like these awesome Han and Leia rings:

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I think I know what Huff the Hubs can get me for Mother’s Day!

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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My sister is in grad school right now and, in one of her classes, she has to read books of different genres and write book analyses’ on them. The other day, I walked by the kitchen table and saw this:

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Which got me thinking, who are the Mercury 13 women? I’ve never heard of them, but they sound like some awesome ladies! Here’s what I found out!

 

Back in 1960, William Randolph Lovelace II (the creator of the tests used to determine whether or not a man could become an astronaut) wondered how women would fare under the same tests. Together with Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, they started their research.

 

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Cobb and Lovelace looked over 700 records of female pilots in order to find candidates and finally found 32 women who met the specifications. These women were put through rigorous and, at times, invasive tests that calculated their ability to withstand the stressors of space.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

Of the 32 women tested, 13 passed the first phase of testing and were advanced to the next phase. Those women were:

Myrtle Cagle

Jerrie Cobb

Janet Dietrich

Marion Dietrich

Wally Funk

Sarah Gorelick (later Ratley)

Janey Hart (née Briggs)

Jean Hixson

Rhea Hurrle (later Allison, then Woltman)

Gene Nora Stumbough (later Jessen)

Irene Leverton

Jerri Sloan (née Hamilton, later Truhill)

Bernice Steadman (née Trimble)

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Because of family commitments, not all women were able to travel to Oklahoma City, OK for additional testing. Some of the women were later asked to go to Pensacola, FL for more testing (Phase III) but received a telegram a few days before the start date, informing them that the training had been cancelled.

Immediately, Jerrie Cobb flew to D.C. to lobby for the right to resume the testing. However, she was met with much resistance. After committee hearings and even letters written to the President of the United States, the program was never reinstated. Though some may see Jerrie Cobb’s fight as lost, it paved the way for future female astronauts like Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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Jerrie Cobb

So kudos to you, Mercury 13 women, for having The Right Stuff!

Writer Wednesday

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Happy Earth Day, y’all!

 

Here is today’s prompt:

After she started working full-time downtown, her personality totally changed.

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She no longer wore her hair down, but rather in a tight bun she created by destroying an old sock. Gone were the days of chugging Folgers from an old 7-11 reusable tumbler—she only drank chai tea flavored with agave now. Her Skechers® were swapped for Louboutins, her garage sale purse tossed in exchange for a Michael Kors, and she wouldn’t dream of walking into the office without perfecting her lips to Kylie Jenner status.

 

Try It Tuesday

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I am always trying to find new ways to save money. That’s one of the main reasons Huff the Hubs and I decided to cloth diaper; the savings were astronomical! Now that we’re saving for a down payment, my money-saving mind has been searching for tips and tricks that will help our spread our budget a little further. So earlier this week when I noticed I was almost out of coffee creamer, I thought, “Why don’t I try to make my own?” Then I stumbled upon this pin!

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Its DIY coffee creamer!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 can (14 oz) condensed milk (I used fat free; I like low-cal creamer)

~Milk (again, I used skim; but the original pin says that the more fat your milk has, the creamier it will be)

~Vanilla extract

The original pin has a host of other flavor mixes, but since I typically use French Vanilla coffee creamer, I used that recipe!

All you have to do is combine the can of condensed milk with 1 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix well:

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And then, BAM! you’re done!

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I think it turned out pretty good! I’m kind of picky about the brands of creamer I use, so it was a little different using this. But it wasn’t bad. PLUS, I did save some money! Here’s the math:

Coffeemate Sugar Free French Vanilla Creamer: $3.18

Homemade Creamer: $2.46

Savings: $0.72

Not a huge chunk of change, but every little bit helps! I’m going to use all of the creamer I made and, by the time the bottle is empty, if I’ve gotten used to it I think I’ll continue to make my own!

 

Have you ever made your own coffee creamer? What recipe did you use? Share in the comments!

Mommy Monday

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Because of the flexibility of my job, I’m able to work out my schedule in such a way that I can keep Huff the Babe home with me a few days a week. Its nice because I get the benefits of being a working woman as well as the benefits of being a SAHM. (And, not to mention, Huff the Babe gets my attention more.)

 

There are some days that I’m completely overwhelmed with balancing my two roles, like when my inbox is piling up and my toddler is pulling baby wipes out of the box two at a time. But, there are others when I’m in full-on Mommy Mode and can be focused on HtB that I actually get…bored.

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I think I just heard every SAHM around the nation gasp.

 

Maybe it’s because I only have one kid, or maybe it’s because there are days I’m super productive when my little Gryffindor isn’t home that, there are moments when she and I have nothing to do. Granted, those days are few and far between, but still, they happen.

 

I try to get down in the floor and play with her as much as I can. I’ll read books, we go over the alphabet, and we do some “Tot School” activities, but I also want her to be able to play independently. I feel like independent play is when a kid’s imagination can really grow and develop.

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It’s during her time of independent play* that I’ll look around and think, “Okay, I did all of my laundry yesterday. There are no emails in my inbox. Did I vacuum? Yeah, I did that Monday. All of my editing is up-to-date and I’m waiting on edits from clients. Soooo…what am I supposed to do while she plays with her Little People Noah’s Ark?”

 

Now that it’s getting warmer, I try to go out and take “Mommy/Daughter Walks” in the neighborhood, but that only lasts so long. I don’t want to plop her in front of the TV and I don’t want to go walk around Target just for something to do because I know the Dollar Spot will hypnotize me and tell me I need to buy twelve different items I don’t need. Maybe I just need to learn to savor those moments of calm because, before I know it, I’ll find my daughter throwing my phone in the toilet or trying to eat old Goldfish crackers out of the couch cushions. I’ve never really been one to “sit still”. Huff the Hubs complains every time we watch a movie because I’m almost always doing something else (like cleaning out my purse, painting my nails, or folding laundry).

 

Does anyone else ever experience lulls in your day as a SAHM? What do you do in those moments?

 

Fan Girl Friday

Fan Girl Friday

 

 

I was not a jock in high school. I’ve never been into sports, really. There was a brief moment in junior high when I thought I would play basketball but then I went to try-outs, saw all of the tall athletic girls that looked like they should be in high school, got scared and went home to watch Tiny Toon Adventures. But after a friend showed me these jackets, I think I want to rethink the whole “anti-jock” stance:

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How awesome are these Hogwarts house varsity jackets?! I desperately want one! They’re on sale by Etsy seller Rarity’s Boutique! They are handmade and made to order! You pick out the color scheme and lettering you want on your jacket! They’re a little too rich for my blood, but maybe if I try out for the Gryffindor Quidditch team I’ll be able to score one…?

 

Earlier this week, fanboys and fangirls alike were squealing with delight when the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit the interwebs. Haven’t seen it yet? (What have you been doing?!) No worries, here it is:

 

One of my favorite movies of all time is the 80’s classic, Pretty In Pink starring Molly Ringwald and John Cryer. I absolutely fell in love with Cryer’s Duckie Dale and wanted to find one of my own. The adorable John Cryer stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden this week and did something AMAZINGLY awesome. They recreated his famous scene for P.I.P.! Check out the hilarity:

 

My best mate has a little girl named River who recently fell in love with the geektacular goodness that is Doctor Who. It makes me wish that other kids would be exposed to the sci-fi show! Well, my wish is coming true thanks to the House of Mouse!

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That’s right, folks, Disney XD is going to start running DW! The premiere is Saturday, June 13th! And, much to my happiness, they will be running series 2—4! That’s right—the David Tennant seasons! Woo! So set your DVR’s for your littles and get ready to introduce them to all of time and space!

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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Hello, all! I recently read an article about an amazing woman who almost left this earth without her amazing story told! I want everyone to know about this kick-a lady!

 

Sigrid Green, born December 3, 1920 in Darwen, Lancashire, England, joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1942. Her mother was Norwegian so Sigrid spoke and understood {INSERT}. With the WAAF found out, they dispatched her to German-occupied Norway. She travelled there in a submarine (she was too scared to fly) and, because women were not allowed on subs, pretended to be a man.

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Her task was to report information about a heavy water factory under construction by the Germans for energy purposes. Because of her, the Allies were able to launch a sabotage attack by the “Heroes of Telemark”. When her mission was completed, she walked all the way from Norway to Sweden when she escaped in the empty bomb bay of an aircraft.

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Sigrid’s service did not stop there. She continued in the war effort at *Bletchley Park where the Nazi’s codes were broken with the help of Enigma machines. Sigrid listened to Morse code from the German High Command for almost 15 hours at a time!

Even though Sigrid’s work was vital to the war effort, she kept her part in it hidden for many years. It wasn’t until a year before her death in 2011 that she broke her silence. She said in an interview, “It was a horrible time and I don’t enjoy thinking about it. I had kept quiet, but I spoke out because I watched a programme on television about a girl who worked as an agent in Belgium.”

 

A year before her death, Sigrid was finally recognized and given a commendation for her service. She received the Bletchley Park Badge and The Freedom of Bletchley Park honor. Sigrid Green truly was a tough lady with an even tougher job.

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(*Sidebar: There’s a British television show called The Bletchley Circle all about the women code breakers! Check it out on Netflix!)