Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday! Do you enjoy the feel of a new paperback? What about the smell of fresh pages? Then today’s FGF is just for you because all of the geeky goodies are for book lovers!

 

One of my literary heroes is Jane Austen. She was such an amazing writer and marched to the beat of her own drum! Which is why I love that she has been immortalized as an action figure!

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This lovely figurine is an Archie McPhee exclusive and comes in a book-inspired box! Perfect for your shelves!

 

Pretty sure all of us as kids tried to escape into a magical world through our closets after reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Although all my sisters and I found was a hole and drywall. Sigh. Relive those days with this a-DORK-able tee from Mental Floss!

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Do people ever borrow your books and not return them? Keep book thieves at bay with this Harry Potter-inspired stamp from Etsy shop Hello World Stamps!

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Do you have a reading goal this year? Maybe you’ve seen reading challenges on Pinterest that you want to try? Why not challenge yourself while also decorating your home with this print from Blue Poppy Gallery!

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This print–An American Literary Journey–features 50 books from each of the 50 states! Read your way through America in 2018!

 

Happy fangirling!

Fan Girl Friday

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Friday! Woot, woot! Let me tell ya, I’m super glad that this day is over! Let’s dive right in the gloriously geeky goodies I’ve found for you!

 

We are all goddesses, right? Now you can show just how much of a goddess you are with this awesome Thor-inspired wristlet from Think Geek!

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Cute enough to go with any outfit and big enough to hold all your crime-fighting essentials!

 

The Tenth Doctor may be long forgotten to some Whovians but not to this girl! Ten will always be my favorite which means I need to add this next find to my Christmas list!

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Seriously, how adorable is this?! Not only will I love it, but I’m hoping my little nerdlings will love it too!

 

Speaking of Christmas, the holiday season is upon us and that means parties will be filling up your weekends! Want the man in your life to look dapper while also sporting his nerd-side? Look no further!

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This suit is guaranteed to to turn heads! The jacket and pants are emblazoned with the face of none other than Darth Vader and accented with red buttons and lining around the pockets. Force couture at its best!

 

Everyone likes to get mail, right? Well, actually, that depends on the type of mail. Bills? Not so much. Cards and letters? YES! Send old school snail mail to your peeps with this lovely Jane Austen-inspired stationery set!

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This set includes: 20 note cards with Jane Austen quotes, 20 envelopes, 20 sticker seals, hardcover pocket journal, and a box for storage!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Fan Girl Friday

Ah, Friday. Once again you grace us with your beautiful presence and boatloads of geeky gossip and fangirl fabulosity to get us through the last few hours of the grind!

Remember last summer when that weirdo-beardo statue of Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy popped up in a lake in London, leaving many of scratching our heads and thinking, “Huh?” Well, our favorite sexy sleuth has done his own rendition of “Darcy-ing”, wet t-shirt and all! (Warning: this picture is very swoon-worthy. Try not to faint, ladies.)

"I love you, most ardently."

“I love you, most ardently.”

And he’s not just doing this so we can all bask in the glory of Benedict’s beauty. This is one of many shots taken for the “Give Up Clothes for Good” campaign, benefiting cancer research! Its a win-win!

 

In other crush-worthy-television-nerdy-boy news, the final season of How I Met Your Mother is going to be released on DVD in just 4 days! There’s going to be tons of bonus extras, including a MUCH better ending to the tale of Ted Mosby (but you can watch it before you buy it here) and we FINALLY get an answer to the question that’s been plaguing us since Season One: WHERE DID THE PINEAPPLE COME FROM?!

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Seriously! We were told that all loose ends were going to be tied up but there’s was no reference to the pineapple incident at all in the season finale! That is, until now. Oh yes my friends, the mystery has been solved:

 

Comic Con 2015 tickets go on sale in TWO months, people! Hear that, Huff the Hubs? TWO. MONTHS. I think I need to start getting my cosplay outfits ready. Starting with this a-dork-able hoodie from Think Geek!

"Hey, puddin'!"

“Hey, puddin’!”

Isn’t it awesome?! I must has the precious!

 

Whenever I’m asked what my spirit animal is, its an easy answer: Grumpy Cat. I freaking love that feline! Even though she hates everything, I adore her (yeah, GC is totes a girl!). Which is why I am extremely excited that Lifetime is doing a movie about the kitty this winter. And the voice of the angsty cat? None other than Parks and Rec star, Aubrey Plaza! Isn’t that perfect?!

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We hate all the same things.

 

 

Do you realize that there are only 96 days until Christmas?! Let that sink in. And, if you’re like me, you know about half a dozen little girls who desperately want Frozen toys. If you’ve been to Target or Wal-Mart lately, you may have noticed that finding anything with Anna, Elsa, or Olaf’s face on it is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

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But, according to The Huffington Post, Disney manufacturers WILL be able to provide dolls, action figures, and dress up outfits for your Frozen fan this holiday season! Disney claims they learned their lesson after what happened with The Little Mermaid. Evidently, “researchers” thought that little girls wouldn’t want to play with dolls with red hair (idiots) so they ordered basically ZERO dolls and/or memorabilia! They lost out on a ton of cashola and kids all over were forced to pretend to be Ariel in their bathtubs because there were zilch dolls!

 

All this talk about shopping and Christmas is getting me amped up for Black Friday! Maybe I should go look at my Black Friday prediction sites…

30 by 30 Update

Whew! I have had a whirlwind of a weekend. Saturday was Huff the Babe’s first birthday party and Sunday was her first trip to the zoo! (We’re actually going to the zoo later this week and Huff the Hubs was super bummed he wouldn’t be there to see her experience it for the first time, and since he’s conserving vacation days, we skipped church on Sunday and went to the zoo. But don’t tell anyone!)

Things have been so crazy/hectic/stressed/overwhelming with the prepping of HtB’s party, that I have been slacking on blogging. Which totally stinks because I have updates on one of my favorite on-going projects! My 30 by 30 List is getting shorter and shorter, people!

I’ve accomplished quite a bit since I last posted about it. I read every Jane Austen novel and Huff the Hubs and I are planning a trip to Graceland this fall! YAY!

I also completed one of the items with the help of my mom (which, I absolutely needed her help or I would’ve totally destroyed it). I sewed a skirt for myself!

I’ve been wanting to learn to sew (well, I sort of know how to sew…I really want to get better at it, though) and I thought the 30 by 30 list would be a great way to accomplish that!

I picked out a fun pattern and fabric:

This skirt is going to be SUPER cute. (Get it?!)

This skirt is going to be SUPER cute. (Get it?!)

 

I was SO nervous as I cut out the fabric! I have really chubby fingers so intricate work is sometimes hard for me. One of the many reasons I never became a heart surgeon. My heart was literally pounding the entire time.  I wanted this to turn out well, seeing as how part of the deal was that I had to sew it and wear it. In public. For people to see.

Steady now, steady!

Steady now, steady!

 

After a while, I got more and more comfortable with the sewing machine. Although, I will admit that I had my mom help me A LOT on the more difficult parts (e.g., the bottom hem and around the zipper).

I got this! I'm like Martha Freaking Stewart!

I got this! I’m like Martha Freaking Stewart!

 

We had to separate the sew days into two Saturdays, but after about 6 hours of sewing, it was finished! (I also made Huff the Babe a pillowcase dress to match Mommy!)

SUPER awesome, right?! (I'm getting a lot of mileage out of that joke.)

SUPER awesome, right?! (I’m getting a lot of mileage out of that joke.)

 

I was really pleased with how it turned out! I even wore it in family pictures (Hermione wore her’s too! I’ll post some of those when the photographer–AKA my sister–finishes editing them!)

 

Have you ever sewn anything? Do you have any projects going on? What about a 30 by 30 List?

Austenites Unite!

If you remember, I am working on completing my 30 by 30 list (30 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 30 in December). One of those goals was to read every Jane Austen novel.

I. Love. Jane. Austen.

I know I’ve mentioned this before. She is seriously my soul sister.

When my actual sister and I went to England, we went to Jane Austen’s house in Alton. It. Was. Awesome.

I can’t think of any other way to describe it except that it was a “spiritual experience”. I credit visiting her home as the genesis of my desire to be a writer by trade.

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Anywhoo, back to the 30 by 30…

I finished Northanger Abbey a few weeks ago and started on Mansfield Park soon after.

Of all of Austen’s novels, I have to say that these two are my least favorite…why? I’ll tell you. {Warning: slight spoilers ahead}

Northhanger’s protagonist, Catherine Morland, is a sweet girl. She’s friendly, kind, has good manners but she’s…how do I put this diplomatically? Um…simple. Yes, that’s it: simple. She’s easily persuaded by everyone around her and incapable of seeing people’s true intentions. She doesn’t stand up for herself, nor is she decisive. It drives me batty!

Mansfield‘s leading lady, Fanny Price, isn’t much better. She’s a lot like Catherine–sweet, kind, caring–but does not let her feelings show and is almost forced into a loveless marriage because of it. She allows herself to be pushed around by everyone (including her beloved cousin, Edmund) and its incredibly frustrating for this reader.

I guess I’ve been spoiled by other books that have “look-at-me-wrong-and-I’ll-kill-you”, strong female leads. Or maybe I’m turned off by the meek and mild main character because I was pushed around a lot in a past relationship. Whatever the reason, I find myself internally chastising the Catherine’s and the Fanny’s for not standing up for themselves (and likewise punching the other characters in the face for walking all over them).

 

What about you? Have you read any Jane Austen novels? Which were your favorites? Why?

Fan Girl Thursday

I know its not Friday, but who says we can’t fangirl a day early?

This has been a great week of “squee”-worthy finds from all over the interwebs!

I used to have TEN TV shows I watched. TEN. A few were cancelled and few are on hiatus until the fall. Which means there’s an open slot of television time for this white girl. And I think I know what I’m going to fill it with!

This fall, Fox is running a prequel to my favorite fictional city (aside from Minas Tirith)–Gotham Freaking City. The series titled–what else?–Gotham follows a young detective named Jim Gordon as he tries to rid the streets of Bruce Wayne’s hometown before the caped crusader flew into existence. I think it looks really good:

 

The Amazing Spiderman 2 debuted last weekend (I didn’t see it…did you?) meaning that Emma Stone and her real–and reel (see what I did there?)–life boyfriend Andrew Garfield have been hitting up the late night circuit, promoting the new flick. Andrew stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (sans tights) to showcase one of his hidden talents:

 

I have already received about 10 invitations to weddings this summer. Although sadly, none have had this awesome of an invite. I seriously think Huff the Hubs and I need to redo our wedding just so we can do this! (Click the link for more)

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Now that we’re living with my sister, our evenings are filled with Oreos, wine, and lots of laughing at fart jokes. I think its time to add a little refinery to our household. And I’m pretty sure I’ve found JUST the thing!

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Its Pride and Prejudice: The Board Game! Bingley’s the name and marriage is the game! Here’s the way to win: Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Lydia and Wickham or Charlotte and Mr. Collins–pick one of four couples from the novel and maneuver them separately or together through town and countryside.  Be the first to collect all game tokens, then race to the Parish Church to marry and win the game!”

 

My sister and I made Huff the Hubs watch Pitch Perfect the other night, which has made me a little obsessed with acapella groups. So when I saw this on Pinterest, of course I HAD to repin. And watch. Seven times.

 

30 by 30 Update

Hey guys!
So, I think I’ve basically resigned myself to the fact that blogs on Mondays are a thing of the past. I may be able to get away with it a few times, but I don’t think its going to be the norm. Mondays are the busiest days in the Huffman Homestead, with me actually going in to the office (parish the thought!) and coming home waaaayyyy too late. But have no fear, I will most definitely be here the rest of the week!

I thought I’d go ahead and post what I was going to post yesterday: an update on my 30 by 30 list!

I have officially signed up for the OKC Memorial Marathon (woot, woot!) and week one of training was last week! It went pretty well! I was able to get all my runs in AND my sister so graciously did not make fun of my running.

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I also watched another movie from AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list! It was 12 Angry Men. Ever seen it? I couldn’t find it on Netflix and Hasting’s didn’t have it either! But, good ole YouTube did!

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Henry Fonda was looking good! And to be honest, so was Jack Klugman!

And, because of our noisy/chain smoking neighbors who can’t seem to smoke outside, we are officially on the house hunt! A few months ago, Huff the Hubs was complaining that we had ZERO space and that he hated our apartment. I was all, “Oh honey, this is our first home, blah blah blah, sentimental crap…” But now I’m like, “GET. ME. OUT.” We know it’ll be a while (we want to save up a good down payment) but for the love, we’re so incredibly ready to not share walls with our neighbors!

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And finally, I started re-reading Emma, so I could mark off my “Read all Jane Austen’s novels” off the list. I actually started reading it about two years ago, but then I got sucked into The Hunger Games fandom and all hope was lost. BUT! Now I have renewed determination to get those books read!

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What about you? How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?