Friday, January 31, 2014

What? Me Relax?

You know, everyone has their good and bad days when dealing with an anxiety disorder. You never know what that day will bring once your feet hit the floor and you're out of bed. I've realized that if you have a panic attack before going to sleep, it'll most likely continue when you wake up. Relaxing when that happens is pretty much out of the question. Your muscles tense up, you get that nauseous feeling, and you start hyperventilating. (Luckily I've learned to calm that breathing portion of the attack.)

I've been trying to finds way to actually relax. Many, many years ago (before my anxiety), I was doing yoga to help with back pain. I would do it in the morning and before going to bed. I was as calm as they come. It helped with the pain. Yoga was very good to me.

For the past year, I've tried meditating. I can not get my brain to shut up. I've mentally visualized a beautiful spot out in nature. It was nice when I could reach that spot- which was once in a blue moon. Unfortunately, that once in a blue moon has turned into a "never in a blue moon." Meditating has not happened, and a calm brain is as good as gone.

Journaling is still my go-to on helping my brain process the anxiety information. It's kind of like defragmenting the computer, everything is in its place. Although the wiring still is wonky and short-circuits, at least I can push away that day's tumultuous thoughts to make room for new ones. I'm currently on the hunt for a decent blank journal so instead of placing every sheet of paper inside a 3-ring binder, it stays put in a bound journal. I'm sure I will come across one that is just perfect for me.

I'm sure a good night sleep would be much more than helpful in relaxing. I hope that the brain eventually gets that memo and takes heed. I do wonder, though, what is feels like to sleep through the night. I will reach that point!

February Anxiety Goals

I think I got it now. Maybe. Hopefully. Okay, soon I'll have it down.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Toys 'N' Stuff For Your Little Geeklings

I'm always being told that when I have kids, I will most likely introduce them to the world of nerds, geeks, and dorks. It's true. Since my parents raised me on it pretty early, I will pass on that tradition.

Since I know a lot of my readers and fellow nutcases have kids of all ages, it seemed fitting to have a post just for them! It'll go by age (babies, toddlers, etc.). Unfortunately, the lovely teenagers will need to wait until the next post. Sorry, guys!

Babies & Toddlers (2 - 3 yrs)

11th Doctor Who Geronimo Onesie ($20 FabricOwlCreations on Etsy)

Before we go on, can I say how much I love that onesie and the bow tie? Okay. Sorry. Let's continue.

I kind of want the Darth Tater now.

5 to 10 yrs

Confession: When I was in school, I always enjoyed using the microscope. I think my first time using one was in middle school somewhere, and we were trying to see the Lincoln Memorial hidden on the back of the penny. Seeing it that close up on said penny was awesome in our little minds. The teacher even gave us a chance to see it a second time.

(Coming up soon: Toys 'N' Stuff For 10+ years.)

PS: I promise that it will be in a better viewing setting next time.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Disney's Belle or Ariel Cosplay?

I've been doing some thinking lately, and I've come to the decision that I'd like to dabble in cosplay. To be honest, it's always been in the back of my mind. How awesome would it be to emulate your very favorite character?

Like other kids, I grew up watching Disney movies, and I personally loved The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast. Who didn't want to live underwater? Who didn't want a HUGE library like that? Okay, so it wasn't only the library. It was also the talking furniture...... Nonetheless, those two were always my favorite. So, I decided do some searching for cosplay costumes that would make me squeal with delight.

Let's start off with Belle first.
I suddenly have the urge to find a field and start singing.
I love everything about this.The bow in the hair. The colors. The shape. It's perfect!

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!
That scalloped look? I'll take 2!

Having both of those in my closet would make me already feel like a princess.

Now we swim over to Ariel.

Unfortunately, I'm one of those who don't like a lot of their body showing, but I'd be willing to ignore the awkward, anxious feeling for it.
Yana-Mio @ deviantART
There. Are. No. Words.
Can we just say how pretty that tail is?

ObsidiansAtelier @ deviantART
Simple and beautiful. I must have that dress!
May I say that this is just wonderful? Everything fits together, and works in unison. I love it!

I've realized something, if I am to start cosplay, I will most likely use deviantART for some inspiration or ideas. Some of those people are talented with a capital "AWESOME!"

For you cosplayers out there, do you have any advice for a novice?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"LUCKY" Pennant Banner/Garland

Saturdays are usually lazy for us because of the hectic week. Since we didn't feel like playing Steam Park (with the hundreds of pieces), it was craft time! Plus, it was cloudy and cold. The creative juices were flowing, and to be honest, I was itching to do something constructive. I'm not sure where the idea came from. I think it was from Pinterest that my sister saw it and thought, "YES! I SHALL CREATE THIS!"

Let's get on with it, shall we?
Believe me, it's a lot more colorful than the camera let on.

Materials Needed
Green paint chip cards (we used 15 small and big ones)
Ribbon or string

1) Cut 9 of your cards into pennant shapes. Depending on the size, they may be smaller than these. That's okay.

2) Start drawing your "LUCKY" betters onto remaining cards. Once you have every letter, cut them out and set them aside.

3) If you have space left over on your cards, you can draw and cut out 6 shamrocks.

I'm already feeling Lucky! (I know, I know. That was bad.)

Grab your glue or tape. It's time to put it all together!

4) Arrange your letters onto your pennants. For us, we put the dark letters on light-colored pennants and light-colored letters on dark pennants for a contrast in color.

5) Now, if you were able to do shamrocks, it's time to add those, as well. Glue one on each pennant that does not have a letter. These are our spacers. The spacer AFTER the "Y" will have 2 shamrocks.

6) Once all letters and shamrocks have been glued or taped to your garland, it's time for stringing!
(Warning: Sorry, no pictures of this next step. We got overexcited. Heh.)

7) If you are using ribbon, cut a small slit at the top of each pennant to glide the ribbon through. 

If you are using string, loop a piece of tape on your finger and gently place it on each backside of the pennants. (I know there's another word I could be using there.) Grab your string, and slide it through the loops of tape. 

Make sure your ribbon or string is long enough to not only hold all 9 pieces, but to hang up as well.

It is a fun and easy craft to do. Also, it was completely free. That's always a plus, right?

Now I really want to do some more crafting. I've been bitten by the bug!

(Images used with permission from Edge of Insanity)

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Look.... Sort Of

Just a quick drive-by posting!

If you've noticed, we've changed a few things around here. For the next few days, a new header will be in place. Also some brand new posts.

I know I've been M.I.A, and for that I apologize. I've been catching up on my lost sleep, reading, and some work around here- "here" being around the house. Organization was one of my New Year goals, and I think I'm slowly getting there. Luckily, sweet caffeine has come to the rescue many times! What can I say? It helps to awaken the sleeping beauty inside of me.

So I'm hoping that by the end of this weekend, all work on the main look of the blog will be done with. You can actually vote for which header you want us to go with on Facebook. The voting will end Sunday (1/26) night.

Until we meet again....

Oh, by the way, if you have any suggestions (this can mean ANY suggestions: posts, guests posts, etc), e-mail us either using the "Contact" form at the top or the first envelope in the purple box at the right.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Journaling Through Anxiety

Every day I wake up and greet the world in hope(s) I don't have an anxiety attack. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. It's a crapshoot, really. I've been really lucky that I only have an attack a few times a week, and I know I'm thankful. If I do have a horrible day, I find a way to relax after it is over.

Relaxing with anxiety is hard to do. Your nerves are on edge and your brain will not shut up (I still haven't found the elusive on/off switch). Luckily I've found solace in not only blogging, but writing my thoughts down on paper at night. It allows me to put my anxiety into words and forget about them while I sleep. For the past month and a half, I've been doing this and it kind of gets my creative juices flowing. (Mental reminder: You still haven't worked on your book.)

Starting your own Anxiety Journal is as easy as sitting down and writing. Don't worry if you think it sounds weird or stupid, just write. It doesn't have to be long. Here is one thing you must remember: Write in it every day! It doesn't matter what time of the day you journal; it can be in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even late at night when everyone else is asleep. Personally, I like to write without the distractions of day-to-day worries. At night is when I feel more relaxed and able to allow my brain to take it slow. Any racing thoughts go from the Indy 500 to a snail's pace. So, find a place you can relax and jot down your anxieties for that day.

Keep in mind that this is YOUR journal and for your eyes only. If need be to keep prying eyes away, perhaps a dragon sitting on top to guard it?

If you need help getting started, here are some ideas:

  • What were you feeling waking up?
  • What caused you to have an anxiety attack that day? (Only if you had an attack)
  • On a scale from 1 to 10, how was your anxiety?
  • Were you able to calm your thoughts? How so?
All you have to do is reach inside your brain and pull those worries up on file and put them down on paper.

Of course, don't forget to date the paper each time. This makes it easier to look back on and remember what that day was like.

Happy writing!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Anxiety Update!

So its been a while (okay, long time) since I've updated on how my anxiety was/is doing. Let me just start off by saying it has been a roller coaster ride for me.

At the start of the new year, I was feeling fine and dandy. My anxiety was basically at a 5, on a scale from 0 to 10. 0 being no anxiety whatsoever, and 10 being "THE SKY IS FALLING!" Not bad, right? I had my normal daily worries, and I curbed whatever new thoughts popped into my head. I even began sleeping well at night. Insomnia to GAD is like.... well, us anxiety folks suffer from insomnia- let's just leave it at that.

A few days ago, that 5 went to 10 and beyond when a kitty of ours started getting sick. Like a worried Mama, I kept checking on him every chance I got. 2 days (or is it only 1 day?) later, he [the kitty] is much better. I realized how much I had worried and that he is a fighter and is strong. Of course, coddling him, I'm sure, made him feel safe and comfortable. My little ham.

When you go from low to high so quickly, it exhausts your body from every point it can. You're exhausted mentally, physically, and sometimes spiritually. Luckily, my spirit is just fine. You must remember that when you are suffering from an anxiety attack (no matter how small), take it easy until you feel well enough to continue. Actually, EPBOT has a wonderful list of what your loved one can do it in the midst of a panic attack. CLICK 'ERE (just making sure you see it. *wink* )

Today's anxiety is at a 4 now that I've had some much-needed rest and a relaxing day. I hope tomorrow is just as good and I continue 2014 with good, healthy thoughts.

Friday, January 3, 2014

My Little Geek Alphabet Book

I was looking at the new items ThinkGeek had and came across Nerdy Numbers.
Those rosy cheeks!

It's from My Little Geek and it seems like the perfect way to help bring geek into your child's life with numbers!

Now, they [My Little geek] started it all with an ABC/Alphabet book, and it is adorable!
I do love that Mage.

It all started when Sarah and Andrew Spears wanted to create an ABC that was different than others out there, and I believe they accomplished just that. It's the perfect way to help them learn their ABCs and 1-2-3s while bringing geek into it.

You can purchase the ABC book at ThinkGeek, as well as the Nerdy Numbers book for $19.95. You may also buy it from the authors at their website.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Let The Board Games Begin!

HAPPY 2014! My first day of the new year has been kind to me, and that is always a good start.

A few weeks ago, my sister told me she was going to review a board game for her blog. When she told me the name of it, I got very excited- Steam Park by Cranio Creations and Iello Games. Board games for this family have always been our go-to fun when we're bored. This one has been moved to the #1 spot for me and sister.

First off, a picture of the box.
It's a lot more colorful in real life.

Let me just preface this by saying there are a total of over 300 pieces in this game. I believe that is more than Monopoly. STILL FUN THOUGH!

The idea of Steam Park is to build your own steam park and win with the most amount money, or Danari. You "build" your own rides and stands to "attract"' visitors. Of course, there are many rules, and once you get the hang of it (and many restarts), it becomes very fun!
The piggy! (Where your dice go after rolling 3 times)

There's a lot more to it. O_O

Just so colorful! (Rides with a visitor.)

There are 6 phases that you will go through. If you have an hour (or plus), you can play this game.
The purple octopus ride!

We had a ton of fun! We taunted each other, laughed, and even muttered some sayings under our breaths. Those don't dare be repeated. All in all, it is quite addicting. What a way to start 2014 off!

I'm not sure it is for sale yet, so you can certainly check out Cranio Creations and Iello Games. Hopefully it comes to stores soon!


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