Her’s Day Thursday

Hers Day Thursday Girl

 

With Comic Con kicking off in San Diego yesterday, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite female characters from the various fandoms I love! And let me tell ya, not all women in geekdom are leather-clad eye candy.

Hermione Granger

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This book-loving Muggle-born will forever be my favorite character from the Harry Potter universe. Hermione was always the one to tell Harry, Ron, and everyone else to rise above the foolishness that Draco and his cronies were always spouting. She used her brain (and brawn when necessary) and founded S.P.E.W. (The Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare). Hermione is a fierce female and I’m proud my kid is named after her!

 

Donna Noble

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Nobody–not even Donna herself–thought she was anything special. But, as it turns out, Donna was “the most important woman in the whole wide universe”. After just one trip with the Doctor, Donna was forever changed. She knew something was amiss with the Adipose company and took matters into her own hands, investigating and eventually teaming up with her favorite Gallifrean! Donna traveled the universe and kicked butt during all of her adventures and also fought for the rights of others!

 

Katniss Everdeen

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Aside from the whole “dangerously-close-to-TwilightI-level-love-traingle”, Katniss is a total BAMF. True, homegirl probably needed some therapy after all of the tragedies she’s endured in her young life, but its not like Panem had healthcare. Anyway, she worked hard to provide for her family after the death of her father, fought bravely in the Arena (TWICE), and basically rescued all of Panem from the hands of yet another dictator. The Mockingjay lives, y’all!

 

Kaylee Frye

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Kaylee is not only a sweet, cheerful, down-home girl, but she can fix basically anything with an engine faster than you can say: “No power in the ‘verse can stop me.” Kaylee loves her shipmates on Serenity so genuinely and fiercely loyal to her captain and beloved ship.

 

Do any of these ladies top your list of favorite fandom females? Who’s YOUR favorite character? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

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Happy last Friday in February, y’all! I am SO glad this month is almost over! Not because I hate the cold and the fact that my Valentine candy has all been eaten, but because that means the little nerdling baking in my belly will soon grace us with his presence. But until then, I will regale you all with the awesomely geeky goodies I’ve found!

 

I don’t know how many purses I have. Probably over 10. But doesn’t every girl? Not only that, I also have about 20 little pouches to store various things inside. I would gladly give them all up for THIS one!

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Isn’t it adorable?! It comes from Red Bubble artist Tanya Richards! I’m thinking I may need to order this for my little Hermione!

 

Does the man in your life need some help grooming (especially in the nose area) but he thinks that’s just for “old, uncool” guys? Then help him embrace the manscape by getting him this!

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Its an Atomic Blaster nose hair trimmer from Perpetual Kid! The trimmer works by simply pulling on the trigger!

 

As a kid, I was OBSESSED with dinosaurs. It was my dream to one day travel the world and dig up dino bones and ancient artifacts. This, of course, was before I realized I would have to take a ton of science classes, probably get my Ph. D., and it would be nothing like Indiana Jones. Le sigh. But, with Think Geek, I can get myself clean and feel like Dr. Sattler!

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This Archaeology Soap from TG features different layers of scented soap along with two different dino figurines inside! And, according to the website the soap also includes: “Pumice in the bottom layer and bentonite clay in the second layer so the “ground” will wear away differently (like it does in nature!)”

 

I think we can all agree on two things: 1. Star Wars is bae and 2. Adele is a musical genius. If you don’t agree, then don’t scroll down. If you do, get ready to be blown away!

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I. NEED. THIS. IN. MY. LIFE. As do you. Get it here!

 

Happy fangirling!

The Bun in the Oven

I thought I’d shake things up a bit today since we just got some exciting news!

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That’s right, Hermione will be a big sister to a little brother! I’m not going to lie, I was rooting for another girl just because I figured it’d be easier: reuse the same clothes, I know how the sister dynamic works, and I’m all about Disney princesses. But then I started thinking about my nephews and how much I love them. Then I started to get excited about a little boy!

Another reason I wasn’t too keen on a boy–at first–was that I wasn’t too jazzed about the name we have picked out. It’s actually Huff the Hubs choice. And the guy will NOT back down. So, he agreed to let me give our son TWO middle names and I get to pick both!

Our son’s name will be:

Uriah

Why did we choose these names? I’ll tell you!

Huff the Hubs has always loved the name Uriah. When he told me this is what he wanted to name our “someday son” years ago, I couldn’t believe it.

You know he gets cheated on by Bathsheba, right?” I asked.

“Yeah…”

“And then King David sends for him to come back from war when he finds out Bathsheba got knocked up because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself,” I added.

“Uh huh…”

“And then King David basically orders Uriah to spend time with his wife and he refuses so King David has him killed…you really want our son named after that?!”

“Yes.”

I couldn’t believe it. First of all, Uriah has such a sad story! And not only that, but if my son ever got cheated on by some girl, you better believe this Momma Bear would have something to say!

But then I started to think about the kind of man Uriah was. He was brave; he was a warrior in the king’s army. He was loyal; when he was called in from war, he didn’t rush off to have a conjugal visit. He insisted that he protect the king because how could he “eat, drink, and be merry” while his brothers were still fighting on the front lines? I’d be so proud of my boy if he was as brave and loyal! (It should also be noted that my dad LOVES the name Uriah because its the name of his favorite band.)

 

Francis is the name of my beloved grandfather who passed away when I was in elementary school:

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My dad says that I share a lot of similarities with my Papa Francis, including my looks. My Papa was a kind, gentle, loving man. He loved OU football and working with his hands. I always knew I wanted to name my first son after such an amazing man!

 

And yes, you guessed it, the second middle name, Indiana, is after our favorite “professor”:

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Indiana has always been on our list of boy names, even when we weren’t even trying to get pregnant. We both knew we always wanted a little boy named Indiana that we could call “Indy”. Not only are the movies such a big part of our lives and childhoods, but we love the character of Indiana Jones. He loves history, loves to learn, and wants to preserve historical artifacts for everyone to see and enjoy. Plus, he’s a total bad-a.

 

So there you have it! The newest addition to the Huffman clan will be: Uriah Francis Indiana. Lock up your daughters, folks.

 

I realize not everyone will like his name, and I’m okay with that. There are some people who have named their kids certain names that I don’t care for. But, you know what I do when that happens? I keep it to myself. Why? Because my kid is not your kid. And vice versa.

 

We got a lot of flack when we told people what we were naming Hermione. Yeah, it hurt sometimes. But then I remembered why we chose that name. And if people don’t like our son’s name, that’s fine too. Because I know why we have chosen these names. We want our kids to have names that mean something to us. Besides, it could be worse. We could be naming our son Albus Severus.

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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The other night after Huff the Hubs gave Huff the Babe a bath, he called me into the bathroom. “Look!” he said, disgusted, pointing to the bathtub. There were little black blobs floating in the water.

“What is that?!” I asked.

“I think its mold,” HtH replied.

I really hated to throw these away because HtB LURVES them SO much. Completely grossed out, I went to Pinterest to look for a way to clean up my kid’s bath toys. Evidently, this is not an uncommon thing. Thankfully, I found a pin that had some helpful tips:

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Here’s what you need:

~A large bowl (or sink)

~Vinegar

~Bleach

First, I looked for the toys that had the little holes that water could enter into. As you can see, the holes were black, indicating mold:

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I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar (I cleaned the sink beforehand; very important) and dropped in the toys. I made sure to squeeze vinegar water into the toys and swish the mixture around to break up the mold:

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I let the toys soak for about 2 hours and then rinsed them out. By the time I was finished with the toys, the water looked like this:

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Disgusting, right?

What was more disgusting was the fact that I could still SEE mold in the toys. I decided to pull no punches and grabbed the bleach. I soaked the toys again, in the kitchen sink, using a hot water and Clorox concoction. I soaked the toys for another hour and then rinsed them. Here’s what Hermione’s favorite unicorn puked up:

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So. Flipping. Gross.

BUT, I am happy to report that Eunice the Unicorn had a shimmering white mouth AND we couldn’t see any buildup of mold through her belly–yay! The story was not the same, however, for one of the cupcakes. We could literally see the mold through the plastic. Huff the Hubs decided we should just call it and toss the tiny cake. I agreed, but asked that he cut it open first:

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Try not to vomit.

After I rinsed and dried the other toys, I got the hot glue gun and closed up any of the squirter holes in the toys. Hopefully this will help keep the mold at bay. And, if all else fails, we’ll just toss the toys. Although that will make bath time a very dull affair.

Have you ever cleaned your kids’ bath toys? What did you do?

End of the Year Wrap-Up

I have something special planned for Wednesday, so I thought I’d go ahead and get a jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon!

Last year, I started a new way of thinking about my resolutions. I used to make a crazy long list of things I wanted to accomplish in the New Year, only to pitter out by the end of February. Then, my sister told me about what she does with her fourth grade students. I did it last year and I found it so much easier to track my goals!

Here’s what you do:

2: List the two best things that happened in 2014

0:  Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year

1: Your one wish for 2015

5: Five goals you want to accomplish in the coming year.

 

Two best things from 2014:

1. Hermione’s milestones.

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Watching my little Gryffindor grow from a precious little poop machine into a toddler has been amazing! Now she has teeth, can feed herself, babbles, says a few words, and is running like a Kenyan at the NYC Marathon!

2. Finishing my 30 By 30 List.

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Oh my sheesh am I glad that I am DONE with that list! Well…almost done. Now I can focus on my 40 By 40 (I have time, right?). That list was equal parts fun and disaster. But it was great to experience and mark off those things I accomplished.

 

Something you want to stop:

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Putting other things before my family.

There are so many times when I’m running around like a mad woman, trying to get laundry put away and organize this and plan that only to hear, “Aw! Babe, you missed it! Hermione just did the cutest thing!” I’m missing moments, precious moments I won’t get back. The laundry can wait and the dishes won’t suffer if they soak for an extra hour. I have toes to tickle and snuggles to be had.

 

My one wish for 2015:

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Peace.

When I say “peace”, I don’t just mean, “Let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya/give the world a Coke®”. I mean, I want peace in every aspect of my life. Peace in my home (i.e., no more nagging Huff the Hubs about his driving, being hateful because something didn’t go my way); peace in my heart (stop worrying—I will admit, I’m getting better!); peace in life (stop sweating the small stuff, see challenges as opportunities, etc.).

 

Five goals I want to accomplish this year:

1. Get back to fighting shape.

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I was my most confident when I felt strong. I felt my strongest before my second half marathon. My goal is to get back to that feeling and level of fitness.

 

2. Buy a house.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my sister. She’s been so accommodating and it’s been such a blessing (for her and us) that we’ve been able to bunk with her. But, I am really looking forward to being a homeowner, so started looking for the custom home builders already.

 

3. Go a month without spending.

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By “without spending” I don’t mean things we need to live (i.e., groceries, rent, gas for cars, etc.) I mean meaningless spending. Like going out to eat, clothes I’ll never wear, toys Hermione won’t play with, and countless stuff from Target’s Dollar Spot.

 

4. Read one book a month.

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I’ve knocked out the classic books I want to read, now it’s time for modern books and, if I think I can hack it, maybe a biography or two.

 

5. Travel.

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I have been to A LOT of places. I’ve been to Europe three times, Hawaii three times, and countless other places. But, I haven’t seen enough of my big world yet. There are so many historical sites I want to see and natural wonders HtH hasn’t seen. Good thing I bought new luggage on Black Friday!

 

What about you? What are your goals for 2015?

Totes MaGoats: A 30 By 30 Update

With only 21 days until my 30th birthday, it’s been hectic around the Huffman Homestead trying to accomplish things on my 30 By 30 list. Last week, though, I accomplished one I didn’t think would happen:

 

#27: Milk a cow goat.

 

I had been calling dairies and family-owned farms all over the state for the past three months trying to find a place to milk a cow. Most of them didn’t allow it or their cows weren’t dairy cows. But, thanks to a family friend, I WAS able to milk a goat! This goat had recently had triplets so, even though she wasn’t a dairy goat, her owner was confident that, since she was still producing milk, she could be milked.

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So off to the country we went! None of us knew how to milk a goat, so the owners spoke to a family member and taught me how to do it. I was super nervous; I didn’t want to hurt the goat and I also didn’t want to get kicked in the head!

 

She had to be separated from her little ones for two hours before I milked her because she needed to be “full” before she could be milked. Her owners put her in a metal cage-type thing and showed me what to do. She was a little skittish at first, but once I was able to get milk out, she calmed down. It was like she let out an audible sigh of relief and I thought, “I understand ya, sister!”

 

I didn’t want to milk her too much–I know how precious that liquid gold can be!–and take it away from her sweet little babies. But I did get quite a bit:

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It was so cool to experience that! Being a “city girl”, I haven’t had much experience with things like that, so it was interesting to get to experience even a small piece of farm life.

 

Plus it was so sweet to see Huff the Babe laugh and call out to the baby goats!

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