Sunday, November 27, 2016

Being Hooked: Fishing to Stay Calm

Picture it. Not a cloud in the sky, a small breeze reaches across the lake. It's just you and nature. At that moment, you cast a line in and wait for the fish to start biting. While you may have worries and other stuff on your mind, the moment your pole jerks you don't think about any of that. You just want to bring your fish to the surface to see what you've caught.

That's a feeling you never let go of once you've started fishing. Fishing allows you to forget about the world for a little bit....

Gather around, kids. It's time for a story about fishing as a kid, and how I got back into it.

When me and my sister were wee young ones, our father would take us fishing every weekend he was off from work. We knew exactly what that meant- no sleeping the night before because we were so excited. We had no idea what we would catch or where we would go (our favorite place was the spillway,) but we didn't care. It was a chance to have some father-daughter time; just the three of us and whatever mother nature threw at us. We never fished when it was raining, storming, or brutally cold.

We'd wake up before the sun was, grab our gear- which included a Barbie fishing pole- and stop by the local bait shop to grab bait, drinks, and snacks. Once we were back in the car, off we'd go on an adventure! During these trips, we were taught all of the things a father teaches about fishing. This includes casting, reeling in fish, and how to take your slippery, finned-one off your hook. Those things I have never forgotten.

Now that I am a lot older, I've learned a few more tricks from my boyfriend, and the great wide web. While I think the fishing gene never left, it was just staying dormant for the last 15 years until "S" got me thinking this past spring that I wanted to remember what it felt like again to hold a pole and reel in a big ol' catfish. (Why does that feel like a run-on sentence....)

I still worry about things in my life, that is quite normal. However, when it becomes overwhelming I grab a tackle box, my favorite fishing rod and head on down to the water. It's relaxing the point where I can easily allow myself to take a fresh look at whatever is on my mind and/or how to handle it.

I'm a fisherman (fisherwoman??) and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let's Steampunk It Up

Now that Thanksgiving is over (I think I overdid it on the pumpkin pie...), it's time to start shopping. Since it's been very, very warm here in Texas, it feels more like spring than it does fall! Needless to say, I'm jealous of you folks that have snow and all that wonderful cold weather.

I'm slowly accumulating a steampunk shelf- and while I have bits and pieces of things I've found (we'll get to that at a later date), I'm wanting to add just a bit more to it.

So... on my quest to find adorable things, I thought I'd share what I've come across while browsing and drooling over. Be prepared for precious and awesomeness!

Guild of Harmony
$13.95 AUD 

Even though this comes unpainted and some assembly is required, I would not mind! Of course, since, sadly, my painting ability is really bad, this figure would remain untouched with any color. It's gorgeous without it, though... right??

This next one is adorable beyond belief, and I feel like I've featured them on my blog before..... However, if I haven't then I may just end up giving them their own post.
Mystic Reflections on Etsy

Do I really, really need to go into how cute he is?

Now, I will be the first to admit that I've never been a huge fan of fairies. I don't know why but they've never held an appeal for me; and for those who do love those winged beauties, then I have something for ya!

Fairy Glen

Those wings ARE actually very pretty.

Confession: I've always wanted to reconstruct an air balloon/blimp/ship on a much smaller scale. The thought of having one float around any room (or heck, even outside) is kind of awesome. The amount of supplies you'll need is staggering though. So, finding a model kit is the next best thing! Yeah, I was shocked that they existed, too. Although, the price for some of them are a little "out of this world."

Industria Mechanika
(Note: Recommended for those who are skilled builders- which I am not)

I just want to note that the rustic look of this is quite appealing, and while it may be only 6 inches high and 3.5 inches wide, I would get several.... Just not at near $130 each.

I did find many other places, and they will get a highlight here too!

Etsy (of course!)

If you guys have any more places you shop, feel free to share. You can only visit Etsy so much before your "wishlist" becomes 3 miles long. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Meet Brother, My Furry Sidekick

Meet Brother, a dapper Siamese

The reason I am introducing you guys to him is because he's been by my side these last 10-11 years. He's a Siamese mix... more Siamese than the other part. Unfortunately, due to his age, he's slowly becoming blind- but that does not stop him.

What does Brother like? Good question. I think the better question would be "What DOESN'T he like?" He likes cheese (and before you get offended, he very rarely gets any), lying down on your face when you're trying to sleep at night, sleeping on the feet when it's cold. And last, but certainly not least, being picked up and carried. For some strange reason, he's done this since he was just a wee one. What he'll do is stare at you and meow until you pay him attention. He'll then get on his back feet and push his paws up toward you. We take this as "Pick me up, human... I demand to be carried around." We oblige simply because it's hard to say no to that cute little, furry face. Plus, since he is up there in age, it's easier on his 20 pound frame. Yes, that is a two and a zero. He is very healthy otherwise, so the 20 pounds is merely muscle and maybe a bit too much kibble.

"No photographs, please."

Now, why is he my sidekick? Ever since my days of anxiety, he always knew when I was needing some attention. He always knew, if I was having a really bad day, to stay by my side... And somehow, that became a habit of his. you know how hard it is for a human to break a habit? Well, it's even harder for a furry, four-legged destroyer to do that same. If you're working on something, there's no way you'll finish without locking yourself in a room he can't get in. He's notorious for sneaking in right behind you almost like a ninja. He's crafty and smart.

Oh, the bow tie he's wearing? These pictures are a year or so old, but I will gladly tell you where I got it! While browsing Etsy, I ran across Sweet Pickles Designs. I fell instantly in love with their bow ties and collars, so I ordered one for him. The name of this particular bow tie is called The Cat Burglar, and doesn't he look so dapper?? So, his nickname during this time wearing it became "The Dapper Siamese." The best thing about the bow ties? They are only $7!! Their collars, however, range anywhere from $12.99 to $16.99. I will warn ya though, they aren't your run-of-the-mill kitty collars. They have style, pizzazz, and all that jazz so the price is well worth it.

For now, though, Brother is content sleeping on the edge of my bed until it's time to eat or slink around the house looking for whatever arouses his attention and brilliant nose. (He could be sleeping like a log, and the smell of cheese from another room will wake him up... I wonder if this is the case for all Siamese cats.) A bit of a warning, though? If you do have cheese and he comes up to you, it's best to ignore him. Give him any attention and he will stick to you like velcro. Velcro with very sharp claws.

This is in no way a review of Sweet Pickles Designs. It is merely sharing the awesome bow ties and collars that this company has created. Thank you.

After Anxiety: What Still Lingers

I'm still working on the "Logical Star Wars" posts. Since these are very long and detailed movies, it will take a little while to remember every scene and see which ones would work.

In my re-introduction post, I mentioned that my anxiety has slowed down tremendously. It has, and while it isn't COMPLETELY gone, I can live life again. However, due to the anxiety, I picked up a lot of ways to help me deal/cope with it. Unfortunately, some of those have stuck around.

One of the those that has decided to hold up a permanent residence are the routines. While they vary from day to day, the routines stay the same. I have a morning and night routine that very rarely stray from the path. I will admit that while it may get on the nerves of my family from time to time, they've gotten very used to it by now. (And I will also admit that, hey, the routines get boring sometimes! But I can't stop!)

Next we move onto the next item... Music! Now, there was a time that when I'd be worrying, I'd have only a few songs on repeat to calm down the attack; and normally they'd be Steam Powered Giraffe, Abney Park, or The Cog Is Dead. I still listen to those guys, but lately it's been more of an 80's vibe going on. So, if I'm worrying about one particular thing, "Rock Me Amadeus," "Major Tom," or David Bowie's "Let's Dance" is on repeat. I can honestly say that I have no earthly clue as to why that calms me. It just does... and it's weird. Needless to say, however, it does take you to a different place at times.

I want to take this last moment to thank all of those who have been there for me during my roughest moments, and continue to be that supportive beam. Had it not been for y'all, I would've gone off the deep end long ago. And, this kids, is why I blog. To show you that you're not alone, and that there are others who know how you feel- so, don't give up.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Jonathan Young: Disney Covers

For some unknown reason, lately I've been diving head first into all things Disney!

I guess it started a month or so ago when I was browsing YouTube, and stumbled upon Jonathan Young's channel. I first heard his metal cover of "Prince Ali," and I spent the rest of that night (going to bed in the wee hours that next morning) listening to his music. His voice matches perfectly for those evil Disney villains. Trust me. But I will say that he doesn't just cover the villainous songs, he also has those light-hearted musical numbers we've come to love. You'll see those browsing through his videos.

His channel doesn't only include Disney, but also Pokemon and others. Since I am not a Pokemon fan, I'll leave that up to the rest of you who are!

So, here are a few of my favorites.

"Bells of Notre Dame" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Caleb Hyles

"Mine, Mine, Mine" from Pocahontas

"Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid

And because I like you guys, one more favorite!
"Circle of Life" (we already know where this is from)

So, if you have nothing to do tonight, I suggest you make your way to YouTube and give him a listen. If you'd like to follow him on all of the social media on the interwebz, his links are in the description of each of his videos. Easy peasy, right?

Now go have a "magical" day. (Yes, I realize how corny that was. No, I'm not ashamed.)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Welcome Back! A Re-introduction

Why hello, my fellow geeks and geekettes! It has been nearly 2 years since my last post, and I have missed it immensely. What a whirl-wind these past 2 years have been. From having uvieitis in both eyes, to losing one of my oldest, furry four-legged destroyers, and lastly.... to getting into a relationship. We'll somewhat get into that last bit soon.

For those brand new to The Geeky Nutcase, it is time to introduce myself. I am Amanda, and I am a geek... and at times, a nerd. I have a twin sister who is also about as nerdy and geeky as I am. Wonder twin powers activate! More about me.

A few years ago I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which caused me become a shell. I referred to my worries as "Mr. Doom and Mrs. Gloom." I'd like to announce that my anxiety has slowed down to a trickle- meaning that while it is not 100% gone, I can freely go about life, again. And it feels good. You can laugh, smile, and enjoy being human once again. Who knew it was possible? Not I.

While I still enjoy the geek side of life, I have picked up a new addiction: Fishing. It's extremely relaxing, and takes me back to my childhood. (There may be times I talk about this. Don't say I didn't warn ya.)

Now, in a previous post, I mentioned that dating was not going to happen. I'd like to say that I am currently in a relationship, and it is quite a shock to me. While I'd love to spill the juicy details, unfortunately that's one thing I won't say. I will say, however, that I am very happy at where we are.

Our next few blog posts are going to be quite interesting. With the new Star Wars movie coming out, we will dive deeper into the first three. It will be a three-part series I'd like to call "Logical Star Wars," where we pit reality against fantasy. So, be on the look out for those!

{{{Just a quick note- We will be revamping the place soon. So please bear with us.}}}


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