Fan Girl Friday

Holy weekends, Batman am I glad its Friday!

I’ve scoured the interwebs and found you some geeky goodies that’ll make your heart melt!

Ever since I heard the Angelina Jolie was going to play Malificent in a new movie, I have been uber-excited to see a trailer. This week, the trailer debuted! Check it out! (And also watch for a peep of one of Angie and Brad’s twins frolicking in the flowers!)

 

Is anyone else ready for more news about the next Jurassic Park movie coming out? I am! But in the meantime, maybe we can just quench our nerd thirst with some movie memorabilia. Perhaps the original raptor crate from the first movie?

"Shoot her!"

“Shoot her!”

Its only $100,000! AND! It comes with a full-size raptor inside!

 

Looking for something stellar to get your loved one for V-Day? Check out this AMAZING watch from Van Cleef and Arpel’s!

You're a star!

You’re a star!

You actually read the watch by looking at the shooting star which rotates on the rim of the face! Isn’t it gorgeous? Should be for a price tag of $245K! Yeah, you read that right!

Guys.
Get ready to have your Harry Potter-lovin’ hearts explode from awesomeness! There’s an awesome website called Fandlemonium.  They’ve got all kinds of different candle scents based on our favorite fandoms! Including HP!
"Its Amortentia, the most powerful love potion in the world."

“Its Amortentia, the most powerful love potion in the world.”

This Hermione candle smells like freshly mown grass, rolls of parchment, and spearmint toothpaste! There’s also a Harry one and a Ron one! (And some Doctor Who scents!)

 

 

Will You Sign My Petition?

So, I heard on the news that President Obama has a new item in his inbox, given to him from some very concerned Americans. No, its not about the budget crisis or unemployment…Its a petition to have Justin Bieber’s visa revoked and sent back to the land of maple leafs and Tim Horton’s. 

Yep. These folks want the Biebs out. His egg-throwing/Miami-partying hi-jinx have ticked off far too many people. So the people went to the interwebs and started a petition. And after the petition received over 100K signatures, it was sent on to the POTUS’s desk. Seriously. 

So this got me thinking: if a petition like this can make its way to the Commander in Chief’s office, what other things could he take a look at? 

Here are my top 3 petition ideas: 

1. What’s with the size of water cups?!

glass of water

Okay, so, I try really hard to not drink soda. Mostly because the caffeine affects me weird. But also because it really dehydrates you. I’m training for a marathon; I cannot be dehydrated! So when me and Huff the Hubs go out to eat (normally at a fast food place) and I ask for water, they give me a teeny, tiny shot glass for my water. Same thing at the movie theater! Its either that or pay $4 for a bottle of water! That’s just ridiculous!  People shouldn’t be penalized for drinking water. Its water for goodness sakes! Sheesh!

 

2. Why do the number of hot dog buns and actual hot dogs not match up?!

hot dogs

Seriously. This should be a priority.  

 

3. If there are people that want to get The Biebs out of ‘Merica, why aren’t more people signing a petition to evict the Kardashians as well?

kim kardashian

Yes, I know they’re Americans. But couldn’t we just lump them in too? Or at least get them off the air? Or at the very least, get Khloe and Kourtney to smile every once in a while and maybe make Bruce not so scary-looking?  

 

What would you like to sign a petition for? And no, it can’t be for this blog to go away. You’re stuck with me, turds. 

Try It Tuesday

I woke up this morning to snow! It was so pretty! The best part? I didn’t have to go anywhere today! What, what!

So since I was snowed in (and by “snowed in” I mean it was too stinking cold for me to go outside even though the snow had melted by noon) I thought I’d make a tasty treat for today’s Try It!

Check it out!

Nummy!

Nummy!

Its Jell-o flavored popcorn! Awesome, right?!

 

Here’s what ya need:

(Sugar not pictured!)

(Sugar not pictured!)

8 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 box of Jell-O flavor
Pre-heat your oven to 300*. Then, put some foil on a large baking pan and spray with cooking spray and set it to the side. Measure out the popcorn and place it in a large mixing bowl and set it aside. Melt the butter and corn syrup on your in a pot on the stove.
Its like buttah!

Its like buttah!

When the butter is melted, pour in the corn syrup and Jell-O (I used strawberry). Mix well. Let the mixture boil and then simmer for about 4-5 minutes.
Pretty, huh?

Pretty, huh?

 

Then, pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix it well.

Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

 

Then, spread the popcorn on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Mmm...

Mmm…

 

After 10 minutes, take out the pan and let it cool. And then, DEVOUR.

SO. GOOD.

SO. GOOD.

 

GUYS. This stuff is AMAZING! I’m seriously considering making it for a Super Bowl party we’re attending on Sunday! Maybe make them match the team colors? The possibilities are ENDLESS!

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

Guys, I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy for a Friday to arrive in a looooong time. Things have been crazy in my world this week and I’m not sorry to see this week end. Even though this week has been INSANE, I still found time to scrounge up some nerdy news for you! You’re welcome.

So there’s this guy named Nick Santonastasso. He was born without legs and only one arm. (The guy’s story is pretty inspirational. Click the link; I dare you not to get teary-eyed). He’s become an internet sensation with his “zombie pranks“. Lucky for him, another zombie-aficionado–The Walking Dead‘s own Anthony Lincoln (AKA Rick Grimes)–saw some of his walker wackiness and got him hooked up with the folks from TWD to prank America’s Sweetheart: Norman Reedus.  Check it out:

 

I consider myself a movie buff. I’ve seen quite a few films and can quote pretty much every famous movie that’s out there. A group of retirees from Germany, however, may be on the course to steal my crown. The nursing home puts out a calendar every year. This year? They chose iconic movie moments:

Bring it on, Sonny.

Bring it on, Sonny.

 

Alright, Potterheads. Get ready. This summer, the moment we’ve been waiting for since we first heard about Harry Potter World opening in Orlando will be here! That’s right: the unveiling of Diagon Alley!

Merlin's pants, I'm excited!

Merlin’s pants, I’m excited!

Huff the Hubs and I went year before last and had a magical time (wordplay!). Universal has actually released some new deets about the park! Check it out:

“Visitors will be able to purchase wands at Ollivanders and Hogwarts uniforms at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, while Quality Quidditch Supplies will offer an assortment of brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers and bats and other miscellaneous sporting equipment. Future members of Slytherin House can venture into Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley specialty store offering items of particular interest to the Death Eaters and those interested in the Dark Arts — masks, skulls, etc.

Patrons who work up an appetite can grab a bite at the Leaky Cauldron or Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour.”

I also heard there’s going to be…hold on to your hats…WEASLEY WIZARD WHEEZES! *Kermit arm flail*

I just hope James and Oliver Phelps are there to christen it!

 

 

 

 

Undercover Boss

I’ve been looking for a new show on Netflix to watch/play in the background while I work. A few have held my interest (Frasier, What Not to Wear, My Big American Gypsy Wedding) but one show has been on constant play in my queue: Undercover Boss.

undercover boss

If you’re unfamiliar with the premise, let me break it down for you. They take a high-powered executive (usually a CEO, COO, or President) of a company and they disguise him or her and have them work “on the front lines”; they do all the grunt work that has made them rich.

I’ve actually been very touched by what I’ve seen. So far, all of the execs have not only seen how they need to make changes in their company’s policies and practices, but also them as a person. One executive went as far to join a gym because he was inspired by his workers’ physical stamina!

Watching this show got me thinking: what would my team say about me if I went “undercover”? I hope that they would think I’m a good boss (though I don’t really feel like a boss; I’m not a fat cat in a suit, nor do I have the paycheck to match) but still…what would they say?

So I’ve made some goals for myself:

1. Listen to their concerns. Really listen. 

One of the major complaints from the workers on the show were that they felt like the higher-ups weren’t listening. There was a definite disconnect between those in the trenches and those in the high-rises.

2. Boost morale. 

Another common complaint was that the workers just did not look like they were enjoying themselves. In the episode where the CEO of White Castle worked flipping burgers, one of the managers said to the undercover CEO: “Does it look like they’re happy to be here?”  I want my team to be happy in their current positions. And not only that, but I want them to enjoy the work they do.

3. Recognize their achievements and give them praise.

There was an episode where the CEO of CGI (a distribution company) saw that his trainee (while he was undercover) was incorporating a new way to boost productivity and efficiency. He was blown away by her initiative and attention to detail. Later, when he revealed who he was to the worker and he recognized her great idea, she said: “No one has ever said they were proud of me.” (and cue tears)

I think these goals shouldn’t just be for “bosses”. How great would this world be if we used this same principles toward other areas? Imagine how our marriages, relationship with our kids, and our friends would flourish!

Poop Sprinkles on a Crap Sundae

Guys. Today has sucked.

There’s been an insane amount of stuff that has stressed me out beyond belief. I can’t (and wont’) go into too much detail, but let’s just say I want to hit the “Reset” button.

Because today has really not been the best, I’ve decided I need a double dose of “J”: Jimmy and Justin. And I think everyone else could use some laughter. So I’ve found my favorite Jimmy and Justin videos for your mid-week enjoyment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

How was everyone’s three-day weekend? Actually, I don’t think everyone got Monday off. The Moore School District actually had class yesterday! What a rip! I took the day off, but MAN! Sometimes I think it’s harder to take a day off because you have to take extra time to get caught up again. Sigh.

 

But at least today I’ve got a tasty Try It Tuesday to make your day a little sweeter.

 

Huff the Hubs can’t have chocolate. *Gasp* I know, he’s totally missing out, right? The delectable delicacy gives the poor guy migraines, so I’m always looking for desserts that have zero (or not a lot) of chocolate in them. Thanks to Pinterest, I found one this weekend!

Lemon Cookies Original Pin

Light and luscious lemon cookies!

 

This cookie recipe only has three ingredients:

photo 1

1 box lemon cake mix

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

 

This was so easy; I got it taken care of in less than a half hour! First, I preheated my oven to 375*. Then, I mixed the oil, cake mix, and eggs together.

photo 2

 

After that, I just grabbed some dough and rolled it into balls. (Helpful tip: spray your hands with Pam first; it helps to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers). Then, I placed them on a greased cookie sheet.

photo 3

 

I baked them for about 5 minutes. After they cooled, I tried one.

photo 4

They were fabulous!

 

If you’ve got an extra sweet tooth and would like a little glaze, all you need is about ¼ cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoon milk. Mix it all together and drizzle on the cookies! These would be GREAT with tea! Maybe serve at your next Downton Abbey watch party…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday, peeps!

We have made it to yet another weekend–woooo! And I’ve got some Grade-A  nerdy finds for you to make this extra long weekend awesome!

Finished your latest read and have no idea what book to pick up next? Check out this cool site, YourNextRead.com:

Next ReadAll you do is type in the name of the book you just finished (or a book you really like) and it’ll give you a flow chart of books that you may be interested in! Awesome, right?

 

 

Want to accessorize like a Tribute? Think Geek has just the thing for you! Check out this GORGEOUS charm ring from our favorite nerdy site:

Sure to impress Cinna.

Sure to impress Cinna.

 

Need some more world domination with your mornings? Then look no further than this 3D Dalek mug:

Caffeinate! Caffeinate!

Caffeinate! Caffeinate!

 

If you’re like me, you basically carry everything you own in about 2 or 3 bags wherever you go. Luckily, Mod Cloth has an oversized bag that will not only carry all your stuff, but also explain how you feel about it:

My thoughts exactly.

My thoughts exactly.

This bag isn’t just hilarious, it also does a lot of good! The makers of this product, Wild & Wolf, support the organization WaterAid, which helps to provide clean drinking water to people around the world! How awesome is that?!

 

Have a great weekend, peeps!

 

Adventures in Motherhood

I’ve made it no secret that I have suffered with anxiety and depression pretty much most of my life. At times, it was bad. And at others, it wasn’t that bad; I was able to cope with the symptoms and live pretty well.

 

When I got pregnant, one of my biggest fears (aside from pushing a child out of a place that should never have to go through that much pain) was post-partum depression. I decided I was going to do placenta encapsulation to help with my symptoms naturally. So when I got an infection and couldn’t do the placenta thing, I was super bummed. And super scared. How was I going to get through the post-partum depression I knew was going to plague me?

 

Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

 

I had Huff the Hubs home for two weeks after Hermione was born. I had my family and friends come over and sit with me when he went back to work. Then, eventually, it became just me and her. Things were going a long pretty well. And then I went back to work.

 

I don’t know if it was the stress of going back to work or the stress of being a mom, or both, but I started noticing symptoms of anxiety I had never experienced before.

 

I found myself getting up in the night, just to check that Hermione was breathing. And even if I saw her, lying there, perfectly fine, my mind would start to cook up all of these horrible scenarios.

 

What if she moves her hand in the night and the blanket suffocates her?!

 

What if while we’re driving to the sitter’s, we get in a car wreck?

 

What if I’m so tired that I fall asleep while feeding her and she falls out of my lap?

 

Finally, one morning on the way to the office, I hit my breaking point. It was icy and I was white-knuckling it the entire way. Hermione was in her car seat in the back, so I was keeping A LOT of space between me and the cars around me. Suddenly, the car in front of me spun in a circle and drove off into a ditch.

 

I screamed. What if that car hit us? What if we hit them?

 

I held back the tears as I dropped Hermione off and got to work. Everyone had called in that day, so it was just me. I went into an empty office and shut the door, crying out to God.

 

What can’t I stop these thoughts? Why can’t I stop thinking about the worst-case scenario?

 

So I did what no one should do and Googled.

 

Turns out, it was the best thing I could do. I found out I am not alone in this struggle. Which at first made me ache for the other mothers out there that are experiencing this, but then I found comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone.

 

I went to my counselor and talked to her about it. I have post-partum OCD.

 

She explained it like this: “What are all of your fears and worries about?”

 

“That something is going to happen to her,” I replied.

 

“Exactly. You’ve felt a deep sense of protection for people in life before: friends, family. But this? This is different. You made this person. You carried this person. The protection you feel for her surmounts any protective feeling you feel for anyone else.”

 

“So why am I worrying myself into panic attacks?” I asked.

 

She smiled. “Because you love her. And you’re a mom.”

 

She went on to say that even though I have this new role, I still need to work on my fears. Fear is based on not having control, she said. So, I’m working on it. I’m working on not freaking out about every little thing. I’m working on not letting fear control my life and fret myself into a panic attack. Its tough, but I’m working on it.

 

And thanks to my counselor, Huff the Hubs, my faith, and my support system of family and friends, I think I’ll be able to get through this. I know it won’t be easy and it will take some time, but I know I can do it.

 

And if there are any moms out there that think they’re the only one struggling with this, I’m here to tell you, you’re not. I think we need to start being more open and honest about our struggles instead of smiling and saying, “Oh…yeah…everything’s fine.” We need to support each other and help each other out. The only way to get through these times is to talk about it. I’m so glad I did.