Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet Monster Mind Sculpts!

About a year or so ago, I found a cute little sculpt figurine and fell in love. I don't remember how I came across it, but I think I did a little girl "squee" sound. I do believe, though, it was this cute little fellow that drew me in:

Meet Blaylock

HE HAS A LITTLE PROPELLER! The cuteness is too much!

So, I'd love to introduce you guys to Monster Mind Sculpts from Cassia Harries. Her ability to create and sculpt these little, adorable creatures is astounding!

While the sculptures are not for sale yet, you can drool over them until they do become available. 

Cthulhu Babies (Those big, adorable eyes)

While you're on her website, click over to the Gallery, and check out the DarkSkies Collection (which is where you'll meet Blaylock). It's a little bit of steampunk and a whole lot of awesome!

What inspired Cassia to create these beauties? From her website:
 Drawing since I was 2 yrs old, I had a passion for creating and developing characters and creatures. It was movies like the Lion King, Jurassic Park and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth that inspired the dream of sculpting and one day making creatures and characters into toys or even for films. In my spare time when Im not working as a concept artist for game companies, I sculpt and invest time in my business
“Monster Mind Sculpts”.

Although it can be challenging to stay motivated after a long day’s work, it is the drive to pour my creativity and passions in sculpture that gives me the energy to move forward.

If you are going to the DesignerCon 2014 in Pasadena, California Saturday and Sunday (November 8-9), you can find her and her adorables at Booth #201.

You can follow Monster Mind Sculpts on Facebook. Try not to fall too deep in love with them. Squee all you want.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

PlayMe: Alice in Wonderdice (Kickstarter)

I don't remember the first time I ever saw "Alice in Wonderland" by Disney, but I fondly remember the 1985 version with Sammy Davis Jr, as The Caterpillar ('Old Father William'), Red Button as The White Rabbit, and many other awesome celebrities that were popular at that time. We bought it on VHS (remember those?), and I do believe Twin and I played it out. A few years ago I saw that someone had uploaded it to YouTube. To be honest, I was immediately taken back to Saturdays where we would eat ice cream and watch the movie over and over. (That freaking Jabberwocky still gives me the heebie jeebies.)

A few days ago, I saw that someone had followed me on Twitter under "@wonder_dice." I was intrigued. I usually check out anyone who follows me because hey, isn't it just nice manners to follow them back? (Except maybe those spam weirdos.) I saw their profile had amazing illustrations of Alice In Wonderland-type things, and I knew I had to follow them back!

So, before I start getting into too many details about how I found out all about this cool game, let's get into what this game is about.

"I'm late for a very important date!"

From their Kickstarter page:
PlayMe: Alice in wonderdice is a board game that plunges 2-6 players between dreams and reality. Become one of Wonderland’s characters and be the first to catch the White Rabbit. Use different strategies, challenging your reflexes and your tactical skills with fun and frantic dice rolls. But be careful, because in this realm, the other side of the coin might be around the next bend. Are you ready to find a way out ?"
The description makes me want to play it IMMEDIATELY!!!

So, go check out their Kickstarter page, and maybe you'll fall down the rabbit's hole, too. Enjoy finding a way back out.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles

Well, long time no see, eh? This is the fault of our back-to-being-trusty laptop. The screen on it blitzed out about the middle of July, meaning we could no longer use it. There were options: 1) Spending about $200 to replace it. (We didn't have that kind of money), or 2) Grab a VGA to HDMI converter and a desk monitor. We went with Door #2, and it is a winner!! We may have had to wait until we could get everything set up and running, but you can bet that it's good to be connected again. I've missed writing, and sometimes journaling isn't the same. Let the creativity flow again!!

While on the long hiatus, I've done some thinking. Okay, so it has been more of a "If only...," but I'm not sure which way I want to take this blog. I want to keep writing about my life through anxiety, and my love for Star Wars and Steampunk, but you can only do so much before you get burned out on it. I guess that's why I had stopped for a while (before the screen problems.) So, with that said, I'm going to come up with some ideas for future content! I'll have Twin come up with some ideas as well. You know what they say, right? "Two heads are better than one."

Welcome to my Thursday night ramblings and nonsensical musings. It's going to be a fun comeback.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Anxiety & Dating? No thanks!

I feel as if I've used this one before....

Frankly, I'm starting to think dating when you have anxiety (including social anxiety) is not a good idea. I will admit that there are times when I become wistful and think, "You know, I do miss having that special someone. I do miss being in a relationship," and then common sense kicks me in the butt. How in the hell do I put myself out there when all I would do was worry about it?

I've tried online dating sites to see if that would help me any.... let's just say that was a big, fat fail. I could go the route of doing it "old school" by getting out of the house and meeting people, but I'm a little rusty in that area. I'm pretty sure that if someone asked my opinion about something (Just don't ask me about chocolate. I'll start drooling and foaming at the mouth.), my answer would come out in some dead language. Or nothing would come out at all and I'd just stand there looking like a complete idiot. Believe me, it's happened. This is why I always have a sidekick with me to do the talking just in case. You never know when they will come in handy. If you stand there without any words coming out, just poke them in the side with your elbow and they instantly spring into action and save the day! Thank you, sidekick.

My main worries about jumping into a relationship? Every. Single. Thing. I'd worry that I would do or say something to make them mad. I'd worry that they weren't happy. I'd worry that they'd think I was too weird. Perhaps they'd think that I worry too much? (Okay. So that one is a given.)  What if we found out we have nothing in common except for our love of staying up late to watch cheesy infomercials? It's weird to think that we humans go through life hoping to meet someone who makes their toes curl, their heart beat a little faster, and their stomach feel as if they're about to lose their lunch; also known as "butterflies." It's happened a few times in my life- This was years before my brain decided to have a little fun and create chaos. Of course, celebrities don't count. It's nice to dream though, isn't it?

I've told my family many, many times that I cannot fall in love unless I work on myself first. I want to be stable enough to relax and not worry too much about the "what ifs." While I may lust after a fairy-tale love and relationship, It's not plausible right now, and I'm okay with that. I'm.... okay with that.

Welcome to the thoughts of a single nutcase.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weird Dreaming

Disclaimer: This is not about anxiety for once. I'm merely venting about the amount of confusing dreams I've been having. It may or may not also include a dream with David Tennant. Viewing discretion is advised.

Well, hello hello!! I know it's been a while since I've done any kind of blog postings. I won't lie: I had hit writer's block. I would type out what I thought would be a good post and see that it seemed absolutely lame. While I've had no problems writing in my journal, a blog post is different. Believe me, I've been tempted to take a whole journal page and put it out for the world to see.... but that probably won't happen. Probably.

I've been doing some thinking, or pondering. I've always had weird dreams for as long as I can remember, and there is one where I don't want to rehash because of how close it hits to home. To put it simply, what in the world is my brain thinking when I fall asleep at night?

This past year, I've had between 2-4 dreams about zombies. I'm just going to go ahead and blame The Walking Dead for those. Then there are those strange ones that are "WHAT THE FRICK????" For example, we'll take the one I had earlier this week. (This is the one that includes David Tennant. *drool*)

It was Halloween evening, the sun was still going down. My mom, sister, and I were sitting out on the front porch with a dog. (Note: We don't have a dog.) As I looked around, I started seeing zombies. I also saw a rabid animal with red eyes. I turned around to tell Mom and Angela to run, but when I saw my mom's eyes, I knew we were in trouble. Her eyes were also red. So me and Angela ran to the next door neighbor's house to find a safe spot, and that's when we saw David Tennant as The Doctor. He told me that the only way to save the world is that I must be turned into a vampire and do what vampires do. That if I did that, they would create a cure for zombies and other weird beings. After I did, The Doctor turned into a white light and just evaporated. I then turned back into a human.
The only thing I remember after that is the rest of the humans in the house were running and hiding from some fast zombie-hybrids. I don't remember if I saved the world or if my mom returned back to normal.

I have so many weird dreams that I remember, but not many of the good ones. It would be nice if we can only record the ones where we've kissed a crush, did something fantastically famous, or something a little more explicit. It would also be nice if we could skip over the ones that scare the crap out of us.

Our subconscious comes to the save once again.
(P.S. I'm still wondering how The Doctor slipped in. Huh...)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Geektastic Thursday: Shine A Light

Sorry that Geektastic Tuesday is a little late. We've been dealing with a couple of things here at the Geeky Nutcase house, and to be honest, I didn't think about it until last night! Oops. Sorry!

Anyway, one thing we all need in our lives and homes is light. Most of the time, we get it from lamps. Unfortunately, our lamps are drab, and even 1 is missing a shade. (Gasp!) So I went in search of a some cool lamps that might be worthy enough to grace our geeked out bedroom!

While I mourn the loss of that young zapper, I think I'm in love with this lamp. I hated that damn dog!

It's not exactly geeky, but ever since I saw A Christmas Story, I have wanted a leg lamp.

It might be a homemade steampunk lamp, but it would go great with our old wooden desk!

I don't care if it doesn't light up the room. Shut up and take my money for this Darth Vader lamp!

Yes, I think they are all very worthy of gracing our bedroom. Yes.

Monday, June 9, 2014

#Anxiety - From The Twin's POV

We know people who suffer from General Anxiety Disorder have a hard time opening up to strangers, especially if some of the anxiety is brought on by new social experiences. But when a twin sister suffers from GAD, the other sister is often her rock - emotionally, physically, and mentally. We often NEVER hear from that other twin...

I thought that since we rarely hear from the family's side of anxiety, this would be the perfect outlet for me to explain what that "rock" goes through.

Anxiety does not take a vacation. Even the slightest change can bring someone who suffers to their knees. I have seen it. But because the Nutcase and I are so close, I often feel her anxiety a little bit. When she cries because she is having a panic attack, I want to cry with her. In fact, I have bawled right along side her a few times. When she feels nausea because of a change she can't handle, I feel sick as well.

Sometimes the effects aren't just physical. I can often tell she's have a panic attack just by the feeling in the room. It is electric and fast-moving. It can be best described as chaos. I guess you can describe anxiety as the professor of chaos. Have you seen the South Park episode where Butters becomes Professor Chaos? Imagine the chaos he causes (which is minimal but still funny) times 20,000 and you have the idea of what an anxiety-filled room feels like.

It is hard to see someone you are so close to have an anxiety attack, big or small. You don't know exactly what is going on in their mind and brain, but it hurts to see them go through that. You wish there is something you can do help, but just letting them have their moment is what you need to do. It's a lot harder than you think. Saying, "Everything will be alright." is definitely the wrong thing to say. They have to learn how to ride the waves, instead of depending on a floatie. Once in a while, I just want to hug her until the attack rolls away.

It can take a toll on a family if they are not ready, haven't researched what to do, or don't even try to help the sufferer. The best thing you can do when someone is having an attack and you just want to cry? Cry. They'll probably cry right beside you and that is okay. Our crying sessions usually end up in laughter and weirdness.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Geektastic Tuesday: Personal Steampunk Style

Since I am relatively new to the steampunk genre (about a year behind the Nutcase), I have this time to develop what I call my personal steampunk style. Since I love the long dresses of the Victorian era, but also love science, I think the character that suits me best is either a mad scientist or inventor. I'm leaning towards inventor.

Anyways, for those that share my love of Victorian dresses and science, these may tickle your fancy! (Oh, and you probably won't see any corsets because I refuse to wear one. I like to breathe.)

Love everything about this. But you can also just buy the skirt.

I think I found THE perfect hat... Except it's $378!! And maybe a little darker with more detail.

Shoes make the outfit, no matter WHAT era you're from. So for those that like long dresses, you don't need to go full out on shoes, but you do need something that pops some personality (in case you fall down and still want to look awesome.)
Ever since I saw these shoes, I have wanted them! Only $100!

Now I just have to decide what accessories would make this inventor look great! Any ideas?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Nutcase's Daily Schedule

You know, I usually have some witty way of starting a blog post. For some reason, today my brain is decided to take an early weekend vacation- even if it is only Thursday. I'm hoping that by the end of the weekend I'll be caught up on lost sleep and feeling back to normal. I can't say for sure if that'll happen, but it is nice to dream, right?

I've started to realize that every part of my day is laden with routines. It starts when I get ready for bed and continues when I wake up. So even though it's probably a boring schedule, that's okay. Let's begin, shall we?

  • 1:00am-4:00am: I get offline and do my bedtime routine. I get some tea, fix my covers/pillows just the way I like them, and watch a little bit of T.V. until the sleep medicine kicks in. This is also the time when I usually enjoy the cuddles from our furry, four-legged destroyers.
  • 4:00am-11:59am: During these hours, I have weird or happy dreams. I've had dreams about... Yeah, let's not go there. Some of them are locked in my "Happy Dreams Vault." Let's just leave it at that.
  • 12:00pm-12:35pm: Wake up time! Sometimes, if I've had a particularly rough night of tossing and turning, my body and brain lets me sleep until 1. This, though, is not happening very rarely. Cue anxiety worries.
  • 12:45pm-1:00pm: Lunch! It depends on what I'm hungry for, but 99% of the time, I have a bowl of cereal. That's right, cereal.
  • 1:45pm-5:00pm: Get online and work. Okay, sometimes I take a break and play a game or two online. However, it always starts with checking e-mails, FedEx, UPS, and Facebook. It never deviates from that. 
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: DINNER!!!! (This is pretty self explanatory, right?)
  • 6:30pm-10:30pm: During this time I read, journal, or play a nice game of Sudoku. Nothing exciting about that. Moving on.
  • 10:30pm-1:00am: More work. Every one else is usually asleep during this time, so it's usually quiet and I can be left with those nagging anxieties.
Somewhere in between being awake and going to sleep, there's also showers and laundry. Those are pretty standard things, so why include them?

Welcome to my day-to-day life. Everything I do revolves around a routine, and every single second is filled with anxiety. If something causes me to do something differently from that, I feel chaotic inside. It may be quite boring, but it keeps me sane.... somewhat. I usually keep tabs on the time so I know exactly what to do next. I'm not sure that's normal, but it feels normal to me.

I have to ask, does anyone else have a routine that may seem odd to someone else? I'm very curious.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weird Wednesday: Yodamin Franklin

I was looking for geeky gifts to add to wishlists for birthdays and the Holidays when I came upon a  list of just weird gifts you can give to your nerdy friends. Most of the stuff was down right wrong, but then I came across something that was really weird. No, when I say weird, I mean weird.

We all know Yoda as the wise Jedi on Star Wars. But when you add Benjamin Franklin, you add another level of wise.

Yodamin Franklin 8x10- yours for only $15.99. Want bigger sizes? Pay up to $50.

How would Yoda say, "A penny saved is a penny earned"? A penny earned, a penny saved is.

I don't think I'll be adding this one to any wishlists. It's hard to find a friend that loves Benjamin Franklin and Star Wars.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Geektastic Tuesday: Star Trekkies!

We thought it was time resurrect Geektastic Tuesday and bring you some of our favorite finds for some of our geeky toys and must haves!

We don't say it often, but we like Star Trek. We were kind of raised on the old movies, thanks to our parents. Little did we know that our parents (who were apparently geeks back then) would raise little geeklings themselves!

Your dog can how sit in the captain's chair. Just don't let it go to their head. Or just let the Tribbles have it.

"Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons." (By the way, it's a Star Trek door chime.)

You won't end up in the sick bay with this Spock oven mitt!

And no Star Trek list would be complete without the PERFECT pet: Tribbles!
"Spock, I don't know too much about these little tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Random High School Memory

It's only Tuesday and I've only had 3 panic attacks since Monday. It's okay, though. I had someone right by my side to help me through them. I'm extremely lucky to have such a strong support group.

*Ahem* Yeah.... let's move on.

A few nights ago, I was watching The Golden girls (please tell me you're not shocked), and the episode "Till Death Do We Volley," where Trudy, Dorothy's high school, prank playing friend comes to visit. During the conversation of when she first arrives, someone mentions that they both ran for their senior(?) treasury. This really brought up a weird and yet random memory from my moment in the race for treasury.

Now bear with me, some of the details have been erased and replaced with others.

It was either in the 9/10/11/12th grade. I must have been a junior because I was in English class, first period. (Yes, I know that doesn't make sense to you. Sorry.) It was during the morning announcements, I believe, when they were saying the names of the class nominees for treasury, president, what have you. Shockingly enough, my name was called for treasury. Inside my brain, I was dumbfounded. I was largely unpopular because of my shyness. I had only 3 close friends, so who the hell voted for me to be a nominee?

When I got home from school, I told my mom and dad everything- and they were pretty excited about it, as was Angela. A few days later, we bought some poster board, makers, and I'm sure there was some kind of puffy paint included. Puffy paint worked better on some of the darker ones. Angela helped me out in writing some of them, which I'm thankful for because I was too shaky to make any straight lines. Of course, rulers were helpful.

The next day when we went to school, we put them up with some help from some of the taller students.... Thank you, taller students.

While other nominees (for different positions) were handing out candy to help them win, I was too shy to even try my hand at running a campaign. I let my badly-made poster boards speak for themselves. I was damn proud of those things, too.

Fast forward to the time to vote.

As I was looking at the voting ballot, I saw my name under "Treasurer." Several thoughts popped into my head, "Do I vote for myself? Would I be able to succeed? What happens if I mess up?" So, I did the right thing: Voted for the other person. Perhaps I would get karma points for that.

Okay, another fast forward to morning announcements on the voting tally. To make a long story short, I didn't win. I was happy and sad at the same time. One part of me wanted to win, and the more dominant part wanted me to lose simply because that meant I had to be less shy and more outspoken. If you knew me at all during high school, I was not outspoken in the slightest.

So, that ended my run for "political offices" for life.

(I had more details come up more than I thought. Brains are weirdly fascinating.)

#DoctorWho Party Ideas!

Okay, so the Twin and I are now officially hooked on Doctor Who. We watched the Boom Town episode last night, and laughed our rear ends off. Since we turn 30 in December, how geeky would it be to have a 30th Doctor Who party? So I went searching of ideas, and I think we may have to start saving NOW... Too many great ideas!

Oh my god, I want! Un/forutunately, there is a printable available at Etsy for only $6.75.

I am in love with this Tardis invitation!
I wonder if I could get them to put our actual coordinates on there.

I think the party will be super delicious! Recipe is at the bottom.

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of awesome decoration ideas, though I could think of a million different ideas. But I did come across this cool-looking door that I might have to do for the party. Though I won't be painting it. Our landlord wouldn't like it.
It's bigger on the inside.

Would you have a Doctor Who party? 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Songs I'm Diggin'

Due to insomnia running wild every night, I've had 5am fall-asleep times. While it's frustrating and causes me to become a zombie throughout the day, I'm hopeful in nipping it in the bud before I start staying awake for days. I'm no where near ready for that. Heh.

So, because I'm feeling lazy, here are a few songs I've been loving this week. 
The Cog is Dead
"Danger on the Dance Floor"
It makes me want to Tango. Unfortunately, I have two left feet.

"The Last Steampunk Waltz"
I'm not sure what it is for me this week... There seems to be a pattern.

Hugh Laurie
"Kiss Of Fire"
This is full of just awesomeness!

So there you go, the top 3 songs on my iPod this week. I'm sure there are more, but those are only for my "AAAH! I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!" moments. It happens.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Walking Dead: What Is Going on at Terminus?!

I was doing a survey today about The Walking Dead (squee!) when I decided to get some more information on Terminus. On The Walking Dead's wikia page, it said that there was a deleted scene from the season 4 finale where walkers are chained up and there are *yuck* remains on the floor. Wait! What?! So I decided to do a little digging and I came across a picture where it shows Rick and Michone in a room with the remains and walkers in Terminus. Ready to have your mind blown?

(Photo Credit) In all honesty, this should have been part of the episode!
I read the comments on the page where I found the picture and everyone comes to the same conclusion: Terminus is using walkers for consumption. If you remember, you can hear the word "help" being called when Rick and the gang arrive at Terminus, but it isn't coming from the area where Glenn and the others are being held. It is coming from other containers. So either Terminus is feeding the people to the zombies, thus keeping them alive for consumption, OR Terminus is feeding the zombies to its residents, turning them, thus keeping "food" available.

Another thing is the shrine with the candles and notes to loved ones, but could the captive zombies also hold another bit part? Could Terminus be feeding passersby to the walkers, keeping them animated?

We won't know until either A) more information is leaked out as we get closed to Season 5 or B) we wait until Season 5.

Oh, and you might want to check out the Movie Pilot page. A lot of people have some great theories! And if anyone comes across the actual deleted scene video footage, post the link in comment. I wanna see it!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Will the Star Wars Episode 7 Cast Work?

(Photo Credit) Star Wars Cast Meeting
Back in April, the world received the exciting news that the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII had been chosen. Since I was raised on Star Wars, thank to my Dad, I know I was excited to see who they had chosen!

Well, I can honestly say that it will be interesting to say the least. A lot of the original cast will be part of it: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Chewbacca Peter Mayhew (all 7'2" of him!), Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. Before I move onto the newest members, I am a little curious on how Mark Hamill will be introduced as well as Kenny Baker. Let's face it- Hamill no longer has that baby-face look we fell in love with. And at 79, I wonder if Kenny Baker's parts will be short.

Okay, onto the newest inductees into the Star Wars branch. First we have John Boyega, who I have to be honest I have never heard of. He supposedly was in Attack of the Block, but I never saw it. Then you also have Daisy Ridley (relatively unknown), Adam Driver (Lincoln- great movie), Oscar Issac (The Bourne Legacy), Anthony Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1), and Mark von Sydow (The Exorcist).

The most nerve-wrecking part of all this? NO ONE seems to know what the newbies' roles will be! The veterans will still retain their original roles as Han Solo, Chewie, C3PO, etc. But because the movie isn't set to hit theaters until late next year, Star Wars fans are left biting their nails. So unless more news leaks out between now and the premiere, we are stuck wondering the what, where, and when. And maybe the why.

Anyone have any ideas on what the roles will be?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Welcome Angela To The Geeky Nutcase!

Update on our situation: We are in talks with our landlord to allow us to stay. We still need your help. Remember, every $5, $10, or $15 will help. I want to thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts. To help, please visit our GoFundMe link.

Let's move onto happier thoughts.

You've seen me talk about my twin sister. Well, I'd like to officially welcome her to The Geeky Nutcase! She's decided to close up her own blog, and when I asked her if she'd like to join me in the World of Geek, she did! While she's relatively new to our world, I think she'll fit right in. She's awesome like that.

When things are less chaotic, normal posting will resume and so will she! (Oh wait, let me rephrase that.)
When things are less chaotic, normal posting will resume and she will start her journey to join us on The Force. Yes, I did make a Star Wars reference. You saw that coming.

So, let's welcome Angela to the Geeky Nutcase family!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Steampunk Printables

I still haven't forgotten the Steampunk world! I've been hammering out the ideas for my outfit, and I'm still undecided where I want to go. What can I say? Making decisions are one of my flaws. I don't know if I want to go down Fancy Boulevard or Explorer Drive. I'm hoping that when I do finally figure it out, it'll be an "AHA!" moment.

I love finding items that make me happy to turn the printer on, and excited to print it out. These particular links were the idea of my sister, so I can't take the credit for that. 

I have to be honest, I've never tried my hand at cupcakes. However, I'd be willing to make less-than-photograph-worthy cupcakes just so I can slip these sleeves around em!
Download them at Plush Possum Studio
(I think I've fallen in love).

I'd throw a party just so I could get the chance to use these masks!
Download them here at Plush Possum Studio.
FYI: I really love the Old World map look, and always have.

I can't remember the last time I played with a paper doll. In the 18th century is when they were first introduced. It's now 2014 and they are not completely forgotten.
Download her at Altered Artifacts.
(She has other clothes to download as well)

Other Printables Links (.... yes, I'm being lazy....)
Party Mask for Gents from Plush Possum Studio
Party Mask for Ladies from Plush Possum Studio
Fan Invitation/Ornament from Plush Possum Studio
Variety of printables from Altered Artifacts

Seriously, I may need to stock up on printer ink, though.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Anxiety Update #1,545,268

It's been a while since I've probably updated on how my anxiety is going. The question is, do I go with the long version or the short version? For the sake of being lazy, I'll simply make it short and sweet.

It's been up and down, consistently I must say. For a few minutes/hours, I'll be fine and happy. Shortly after, the anxiety goes right back up. It's getting annoying and frustrating. Stress, for me, really tends to drive it up. Right now, the stress level is higher than I am comfortable with, but I'm learning to stay calm. I have to remember that even though my brain would love to freak out, I will be okay. I've survived many other stressful moments, so I can push through this obstacle as well.

For a while I let my anxiety define who I was. I let it control my emotions and personality. Now, I'm back to my weird, quirky, and funny self. I still worry every single day, every single hour, but I'm allowing my personality to shine through.

Now I just hope that I can ignore this chocolate craving. Ice cream and a cheesy movie sounds like the perfect Saturday night plan.

Friday, April 25, 2014

I Watch Golden Girls + Congenital Anosmia

Have you ever had a bad hair day where you just sit there and question its existence? I'm full-frizz right now, which is normal for me, but still just as frustrating. 99% of the time, it's in a ponytail or just as messy bun. Luckily, very few people have seen me at full fuzzball.

So, aside from the hair problems, let's have some fun. Here are some weird things you may (or may not) know about me.
  • Every night, per my nightly routine, I watch The Golden Girls, and have for a few years now. I've seen every single episode several hundred (slight exaggeration) times, and it's funny every time. Somehow, I see my sister and me as Dorothy and Sophia- even if they are mother and daughter. We have that kind of relationship: loving, yet sarcastic.
  • I have congenital anosmia. Sounds weird, right? It's the lifelong inability to smell that starts from birth. My mother has it and passed it on to me. While I'll never know what chocolate, roses, or baked cookies will smell like, I also don't have to worry about those weird and gross smells. It can be a blessing, actually.
  • Halloween is actually most my favorite holiday. I get excited when stores start carrying Halloween decorations. If my budget allowed it, I'd buy everything I wanted. Luckily, several forces (namely my family) keeps me on the right track. Yay family!
  • If you haven't noticed by now, I am a huge Star Wars fan. I'm slowly trying to grow my collection of any and all Star Wars stuff. My dear sister is helping.
  • I have a small phobia of driving. I worry that I'll get into an accident or get pulled over by a cop even if I am going the speed limit. It even extends to being a passenger... This is probably the reason I must have the radio on. I can concentrate on messing up the lyrics in a song instead, or playing air guitar in the passenger seat. I DON'T CARE WHO SEES ME!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Geek My Ride

We're currently having a small problem with a vehicle.... we don't have one. So while we're shopping around for a "new" car, I dream of geeking out the new car with Star Wars galore! Of course, I've been able to convince (or persuade...) my sister over to the Force. I can't help it.

To be honest, I'm a little bit excited about the idea of getting into the car and seeing something that makes me happy. True, it may be weird to some, but I don't mind being weird. I am who I am, and that's not going to change.
Somehow, I imagine someone making the ngaarr sounds as they put their seat belt around them. Or, I would be that "someone."

Let me just say that I have yet decided if I want to go strictly with the Dark side or the Light side. I'm leaning towards the Light side... for obvious Chewbacca reasons.

Okay, so it can also be "Any other smooth surface" decal.
By the way, you MUST read the reviews on this if you love Star Wars just as much as I do. They are freakin hilarious!!

Now I may need to get one of the decals for the laptop. I'm gonna geek out this laptop!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MapCrunch Game

While bored and cruising through Pinterest, I came across this picture:

I decided to check it out and see if it is as fun as it's made out to be.

Let me say this: It is! It's like you are taking a vacation while not having to leave your house. Of course, trying to look for an airport when you have no idea where in the world you are? It's only a little frustrating.

During my first try, I was dropped in the middle of a country road surrounded by trees/bushes. After realizing that no matter what road I turned on, the countryside just kept going and going and wanted to really see where I was. What country was I in? Co. Meath, Ireland.
I've always wanted to visit Ireland, so this kind of works.

To change it where you cannot see the country you are in, just click "Options" at the top, and then put a check mark in "Stealth." Once you have done that, click on "GO!" and then you are ready for an adventure. If you want to see what country you are in, just repeat the steps (minus "go.)

This is Tuesday excitement.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Take A Journal Break

At the moment, my journal is starting to sound like Groundhog's Day- the same worries over and over. The first entry of the day always starts off with my anxieties. Now that I think about it, that's probably a good thing. After that, I can continue to write about what else is on my mind. Sadly, they are neither exciting nor blog-worthy. They will stay locked in the vault!

When I start feeling bogged down by this disorder, I start a "break" page. If you follow me on my personal Facebook, you'll notice a photo album labeled "Break Pages." These are some doodles (or lack thereof) that I do in between 4 or 5 journal entries.
Loops galore!

Down the Tim Burton-esque spiral!
(Two of many break pages)

I've really come to enjoy drawing patterns. Repetition is my friend, apparently. It stirs creativity and I can concentrate on something else. HOORAY!!

Although this isn't completely new, I recently found out Zentangle! It's fun and allows your creativity to just flow!! For more information, you can visit here. At, there are many patterns to help you get started.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Back From My Short Sabbatical

First off, let me apologize for my absence. There were several reasons why I took this time off. One of the main reasons were/was that our computer had went *kaput.* Apparently the hard drive is shot and will need replacing. That won't happen for a while, but luckily we were able to get a new laptop and now we're back to being connected to the world wide web. (When was the last time anyone said that?)

The less-than-exciting reason was purely mental. I was having a few rough anxiety days that required me to really concentrate on getting over that hump. I journaled my little heart out, played every word game that was on the Kindle; and with the downtime of the computer, I started hammering out details of a new book. Let's just say that this is a non-fiction book (compared to the one fiction I already started writing a few years ago). Despite the problematic days before, I am feeling like myself self again.


Spring is around the corner and we've started planting seeds! We've created little mini soda bottle greenhouses. It looks something like this:
Image from Dabbletree

We are currently growing Cosmos, Chinese Lanterns, Bee Mix (I can't really remember what seeds were in that mix), Carnations, Texas Wildflowers, and I'm sure there are a few others. I have to tell you, I've never been one to have a green thumb, but I'm going to try my hand *bad dum tss* at it this year.

Sorry about the pun. I couldn't help myself.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Put a big, red circle around March 8 and 9 of this year! Here is why:

Waco will be having its first-ever Comic Con!! *SQUEE* That means that for those who don't have the money to fly and go to those huge Comic Cons, we will be able to have fun at a smaller venue!

Ticket Prices:
CLICK HERE (There are a lot of ticket prices due to the amount of events)
Parking will be free

Guests: (Not all of them will be listed here)
Manu Bennett
Kevin McNally
Lee Arenberg
Walter E Jones (original Black Power Ranger)
David Yost (original Blue Power Ranger)
For the extensive list, click'eth here.

Here are some of the awesome, wonderful things that will be going on:

Cosplay Contest (I have no other information on what time or day it will be)
Zombie Apocalypse Tank Ride (You must purchase a ticket for $40 with a $1.99 fee charge.)

Plus, you will have the chance to meet and get photo ops with the above guests.

You can follow The Heart of Texas Comic Con on Facebook, Twitter, and at their website.

I unfortunately won't be going, but for those that are, BRING BACK PICTURES!!


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