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Ups and Downs

I’ve been practically dreaming about this library job that I applied to. I imagine myself wearing cute Disney tops and dresses with cardigans while I carefully pick books for reading time with kids. I was all for this foot in the door kind of job that would get me the experience I needed to work at other libraries.

But I didn’t get it. Someone with more experience that wasn’t moving in less than a year got it. Damn myself for letting that little bit slip. But I won’t let this stop me from moving on to other opportunities. If this is what I really want to do, I just have to keep trying, keep looking.

I’m keeping my head up because other great things are happening in my life. Hubs and I have been working out a lot. Three days a week doesn’t seem like much, but it is kicking out asses. The results have been really nice (despite all the sweat and tears, yes, I cry every time). I no longer feel like a flabby mess. Things are pulling back together like they were when I initially lost all that weight.

Also, the tickets are booked! I’m going to Portland, Oregon this year! I am so excited to see my friend in person. It’s been almost two years since we’ve last seen each other in person, a time that is just way too long. Remembering the adventures we had in Monterey makes me so excited to see what we will do in Portland.

All I have to do is survive the flight on my own for the first time and remember to bring my freaking camera for once. I never use that thing and I paid so much for it.

Valentines Day is around the corner and I hope that you are all remembering to treat yourself and your partner this year. Hubs paid for my plane tickets, so I’m determined to take him to see Deadpool and I’m making him a killer homemade tiramisu this year. I’m totally winning on this, too.

 

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Rainy Days are Meant for Library Books

I woke up to the sound of rain pattering on my bedroom window today. Outside, all the pretty, white snow has melted and left us with mud everywhere. The time for tubing and sledding it seems has passed and the dreary weather offers no solace whatsoever to the down in the dumps feeling that has gripped me.

Instead of spending the day needlessly arguing with my husband, I headed into town, signed up for a new library card, and grabbed coffees at the cafe that I haven’t been to in forever. Everyone has been raving about Rainbow Rowell’s books all across the internet. I felt as though I was missing something, but when I found the books on Target shelves, my wallet firmly said no.

That meant a library trip and it just so happened that the library 5 miles down the road had exactly what I wanted, Fangirl and Carry On! I love libraries. I spent much of my early teens in a library. On days that my grandmother would watch us, she’d let me walk the block and a half to the library and I’d spend my days perusing books to read in the summer sun.

I haven’t cracked open the books yet and, disappointingly, there is no sun to read them in. Instead, I’ll cuddle up with my blankets and coffee while I read and dream of the day I get my dream library job.

Here are some shirts I’d love to rock on the job, or any day:

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These are all so freaking wonderful! I like to imagine myself walking into work wearing a sleek pencil skirt or a spiffy cardigan with these. I really wouldn’t be who I am now without books in my life.

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Golden Snitch Macarons

I first fell in love with macarons back in Monterey. While hubs was perusing a game shop on a side street, I ventured around and found myself in a tiny french bakery. I want to say that it was a small Parker Lusseau, but I really could be mistaken. Anyways, I left with three macarons and readily devoured them on the two minute drive home.

They were such heavenly little cookies. About a year later I found myself yearning for them in the middle of Maryland. I hated traveling anywhere in that part of the state, so I decided to attempt to make them myself. Despite having such simple ingredients, they were frustratingly difficult to even get a few right.

This time I have a bit more experience and a craving for the world of Harry Potter. What was one of the most iconic, round objects in the books? The Golden Snitch of course! It seemed like a no brainer to make my own Golden Snitch macarons at home.

Golden Snitch Macarons

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Prep time: 30 mins
Bake time: 15-20 mins
Yeild: 24 sandwich cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Almond Meal, sifted

1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

3 Large Egg Whites (aged 3 days, if possible) <— I didn’t

5 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Yellow Food coloring (I used a paste food coloring bought at Wal-Mart)

  • Begin by separating the yolks from the whites. Be very careful not to get any yolk in your egg white because this will keep it from gaining the volume you want. You could do this by cracking the egg into your slightly open fingers, by moving the yolk from one half of the cracked shell to the other so that the whites fall into the bowl, or by purchasing a device meant for separating eggs. Personally, I chose the egg shell method. Set this aside, preferably up to three days in your fridge to allow some of the excess moisture to evaporate.
  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to the size of your cookie sheet. Using a pencil and a round object (I used the base of a K-Cup), draw your templates about an inch and a half apart on the parchment paper. Flip it over to keep the pencil marking away from your cookies.  NOTE: Do Not use permanent marker. I did and it left rings on my pan. Also, don’t use Wax Paper. Entire batches of the cookies stubbornly stuck to the wax. If you have a silicone baking sheet, use it. You forgo the templates, but have a better chance of getting them off it.     photo 1
  • If you have a stand mixer, now is the time to begin beating your egg whites. Set it to medium high speed and leave it alone. If not, move directly on to sifting your almond meal and powdered sugar. The almond meal may clog your sifter. Just give it a good smack on your hand to remind it who is the boss. Once the sugar and almond meal have been sifted, use your hand mixer to beat the eggs. NOTE: You could do this by hand, but it will take a very long time and will inevitably hurt your arm. Borrow a mixer or con someone you don’t like into doing this job for you.
  • Once the egg whites have begun to froth, getting bubbly at he surface, slowly add the granulated sugar one tablespoon at a time to the eggs. This creates a glossy egg that will hold it’s shape. After a while the egg should become white and somewhat stiff. If you stick a rubber spatula into the egg mixture it should have a peak that curls at the very tip. That means you’re good to go. Add your yellow food coloring and mix just until blended.
  • Remove the egg mixture from the mixer and fold in your teaspoon of vanilla extract. Don’t mix in circles. Instead, use your rubber spatula to cut through the mixture and fold it on top of itself. Once that has been mixed, add half of your almond/sugar mixture to the bowl. Fold it into the mixture. Once it has been incorporated, add the other half of the almond/sugar mixture and fold it in.
  • By now you should have a bright yellow mix with little to no lumps. At this point if you don’t have pastry bags your welcome to reach for a gallon sized ziploc bag. Angle a lower corner into a tall drinking glass and fold the excess bag over the rim. This should make it easier for you to pour the macaron batter into your bag. Don’t zip the bag. Instead, push the batter into the corner and twist the top of it shut (kind of like I do with my sandwich bread bags). Go ahead and snip half an inch of the corner off the bag using your kitchen scissors.
  • Pipe the batter onto your pre-drawn circles in a clockwise motion starting from the outside and going in. Flick the bag away from the cookie when finished piping to reduce the peak. Once you’re done piping all your cookies on the paper, give the cookie sheet a good tap against the counter top. Lift it about an inch off the counter and drop it. This softens your peaks and removes excess air bubbles from the cookie.
  • Here’s the slightly irritating part. Leave it out. Give them twenty to thirty minutes to rest on the counter. In this time the macaron is forming a film across the surface that will provide the unique shape and rise that they’re famous for.
  • About five minutes before they’re finished, pre-heat the oven to 250 Fahrenheit. After the last five minutes are up, set the cookie sheet on the center rack in the oven. Bake around 15 to 20 minutes. Now, they should rise and create the “foot” around the bottom. Some will crack, that means there was too much moisture in the batter, but you can cover that up later with some chocolate.
  • Remove from the oven to cool on the cookie sheet. Use a second prepared cookie sheet to bake another batch, or remove the first batch after they’ve cooled and pipe another batch onto the parchment.

“Butterbeer” Buttercream

Prep time: 20 min
Yeild: 2-3 cups buttercream

Ingredients:

1 Stick REAL Butter (1/2 Cup), brought to room temperature

2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar

1/2 Cup Powdered Peanut Butter (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup creamy pb)

1/2 Teaspoon Root Beer Concentrate

  • Whip the room temperature butter and peanut butter in your stand mixer, or with your hand mixer. (Personally, my hand mixer did a better job of whipping the butter and leaving little to no chunks). Add the scant amount of root beer extract. Trust me. It turned out delicious.
  • Once it has been creamed together, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, careful not to pour it directly onto the beater. You’ll have a cloud if you do. Continue adding the powdered sugar one cup at a time until you get the desired consistency. It should be creamy and fluffy.
  • Once your cookies have cooled you can scoop it into a pastry bag or ziplock bag the same way you did with the batter. Flip half of the cookies and match them up with an unflipped cookie of similar size. Pipe a tablespoon of buttercream onto the flipped cookie and top it with the un-flipped cookie like a sandwich. Be careful not to press too hard or you will crack the fragile cookie.
  • Repeat for all of your remaining cookies. Use your straggler, the odd cookie with no match, to sample your creation for yourself.

 

Meanwhile:

White Chocolate Wings

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Ingredients:

2/3 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Shortening

Yellow Sanding Sugar

Wax Paper

Pastry bag/Ziploc bag

  • Using a marker, draw your wing shapes onto the paper, accounting for both the right and left wings. For 24 cookies, you will need 48 wings total. I didn’t give all of mine wings and you don’t have to either. Just give the ones you want to show off wings (insert wink).
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave with a tablespoon of shortening. Do this 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. It might only take 1 minute total.
  • Pour the chocolate into a pastry/ziploc bag and snip the end, leaving a rather small hole. Using this you can pipe the wings directly onto the paper.
  • Using the leftover chocolate or extra melted chocolate, pipe hatch lines across your cookies. I finished mine with some yellow sanding sugar from the baking aisle of my supermarket.   photo 3
  • Once the wings dry completely, you can peel them off the wax paper and slide them into the buttercream center of your cookie.

Voila! You’ve made Golden Snitch Macarons to show to the world you aren’t just some muggle. You’re a boss ass Kitchen Wizard. Send me photos of your creations and let me know what you think of me recipe, fellow Wizards and Witches!

For a little help here is a Master Ingredient List:

2/3 Cup Almond Meal, sifted

1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

3 Large Egg Whites (aged 3 days, if possible) <— I didn’t

5 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Yellow Food coloring (I used a paste food coloring bought at Wal-Mart)

1 Stick REAL Butter (1/2 Cup), brought to room temperature

2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar

1/2 Cup Powdered Peanut Butter (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup creamy pb)

1/2 Teaspoon Root Beer Concentrate

2/3 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Shortening

Yellow Sanding Sugar

Wax Paper

Pastry bag/Ziploc bag

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Five Fandom Friday: Five TV Shows I Was Fashionably Late To

Sometimes being late to the party isn’t a bad thing at all. In the case of TV shows, when you’re late to the party there are inevitably at least a few seasons waiting for you to binge watch. Isn’t that one of the best feelings in the world?

Doctor Who

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It wasn’t until pretty recently that I realized that this is one of my favorite shows. It began with Torchwood on a tiny screen in my friend’s RV. I didn’t realize exactly where it came from, but I was addicted to Captain Jack Harkness. I mean, who isn’t?

It wasn’t until I moved to California to be with my husband that he introduced me to Doctor Who. While we’d been apart, someone else had hooked him. I simply picked up where he’d left off with the Tenth Doctor and continued to watch until I had to go back full circle to the Eighth Doctor.

Did you know that they released River Song, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness Funkos at Hot Topic. I grabbed River right away because she’s my gurl. I’m still drooling over the other two.

 

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

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I watched some anime while I was in my middle school/early high school years. It kind of tapered off until it held absolutely no interest for me anymore. Over ten years later, I’m reaching for Sailor Moon (and thinking of Card Captor Sakura) with nostalgic love.

Searching for something to watch together, hubs and I fell into Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He’d watched it in his teen years and I agreed to give it a chance. Oh boy, was I ever sucked in. This anime is set in fictional european-esque world with magical alchemy, intrigue, action, and SO MANY FEELS. The show goes right for the heart strings at the very beginning.

 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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This was kind of before my time. I think I may have been eight or nine when it first aired, but that’s kind of a good thing. It means that I have ALL of the seasons waiting for me.  Sweet, strong Buffy caught between the life of a normal teen and a supernaturally strong chosen one hooked me.

I have to say that I’m probably only on season four right now. I’m rather impatiently waiting for Buffy and Spike’s relationship to happen. I’ve heard so many things about it and I can’t wait to feel all of Joss Whedon’s feels. That man writes incredible women.

 

Sherlock

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This one I discovered all on my own. I was new to Monterey and had nothing to do with my life back then. I spent much of it perusing Netflix, searching for something to get me through the long days before hubs came home and I was no longer alone.

Sherlock ended up being that thing. The best part? There were already two seasons waiting for me. I was a bit spoiled for a Sherlock fan. The episodes were incredibly long, eating up much of my lonely days. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reminded me that deep down, I had a love for Sherlock Holmes stories that I’d never explored. This capricious, high functioning sociopath and his strong willed, loyal friend brought that into the 21st century in a way that seemed oh so right.

 

Firefly

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Again, this originally aired when I was kind of young. I vaguely remember commercials boasting the iconic spaceship, but I was ten. Firefly really came into my life during my friend’s visit to Monterey while Hubs was away. She could not believe that I hadn’t watched Firefly before, so she promptly poured us drinks and settled in for the greatest introductory lesson.

I’ll be honest. A lot of that first night was spent buzzed and chatting. But Firefly isn’t something you watch once and you’re done. There’s only one season, but those wonderful characters beg you to come back and re-experience their trials and joys, their humor and tears. Joss Whedon did it again.

I kind of believe that what makes it so great is the fact that there is only one season. It wasn’t drawn out for season after season, much like Charmed or Supernatural (not that I don’t love them). All of the glory that is a show’s first season was perfectly contained within itself with only a movie to tie up some loose ends and, of course, make us cry harder.

 

These are the five television shows that I arrived fashionably late to, but still adore above anything else. As a thanks for getting through all that, here’s my Funko Friday Tax!

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I got RIVER SONG!

 

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A Geek Girl’s Guide to the Art of Baking

Last time we spoke, I let you in on my little secret: that I’m a science geek, too.

Science is really important when baking. It gets you the form that you want. On the other hand, there is also an art to baking. Especially the kind of baking you’ll find on here. Of course, you might think of art as re-creating our favorite geeky icons, but there’s a bit more to it than just that.

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Totally Not Me, But Totally Cool

Flavor. I mean, they can be pretty, but we also have to eat what we make in in the end.

Here’s where you can have fun. There’s a lot of ways to add flavor to something these days. There are extracts and concentrates for everything. You can use citrus zests, flavored liqeurs, jams and jellies, as well as anything else you could think of. Add them to your batters and dough. Add them to your icing. You can use only a single note, like plain vanilla, or you can play mix and match to create depth of flavor.

We all know some tried and true flavor combinations that no one should be afraid of. For example: Peanutbutter and Jelly (or Chocolate, duh), Chocolate and Coffee, Lemon and Raspberry. Honey and Lavender is delicious in bread. Sage and Blackberry is deceptively good in tea. Sage and Lemon, even, is good in a shortbread cookie. I had a friend single-handedly devour that batch when I made it. Even, bear with me, Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar is delicious. It so is.

Just make sure that when adding these flavors you account for any extra moisture or dryness in your recipe. Adding too much liquid flavoring can cause your batter to become too runny while a bevy of dry flavor can create something too crumbly. Finding the sweet spot is key in all things, right?

Once all is said and baked, then comes the art of decoration. As I displayed with my Sailor Moon cookies, I used wax paper to draw and cut out a template for my cookie shapes. This kept me from spending a lot on cookie cutter clutter. Feel free to print your desired shape off the internet and trace over it with the wax paper. Then you have a reference photo nearby when decorating!

For piped cookies, draw your templates directly onto the paper with enough space between each so that the cookies don’t touch each other while baking, but don’t cut it out. You can simply lay the (preferably) parchment paper onto the cookie sheet and pipe your cookies directly onto the paper before throwing the whole shebang into the oven. This works well with Macarons and Spritz cookies.

Later, once all is cool, you can use buttercream frosting, royal icing, sprinkles, edible glitter (yeah, that’s real), and fondant to make your cookies geeky and pretty. I saw a DIY where one baker used fondant to cut out and make her own Sailor Moon inspired sprinkles. With a few supplied from your craft shop we could do something cool like that, too!

All in all, have fun in the kitchen. There will be failures. It happens with any venture. Just be sure to laugh it off and try again. For Christmas, Mom and I (both seasoned bakers) left a pan of cookies in the oven for about an hour. We laughed, tossed them away, and went on with our baking. Shit happens.

 

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A Geek Girl’s Guide to the Science of Baking

While I am a huge fan of all things magical and fantasy, I have another side that not a lot of people get to see. I’m secretly a science geek. Sure, I suck at the math of science, but learning how the world’s “magic” works is really exciting to me.

Baking isn’t much like cooking. Most of the time, you can’t Bob Ross a little fuck up. Baking is, in fact, the magic of chemistry. Measurements have to be precise in order to obtain a desired rise, glaze, or crumb in your baked good.

Surely, this is why I’d rock at Potions at Hogwarts.

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We start with flour. That’s kind of obvious in most cases. Usually we work with All Purpose flour which has a middle of the road gluten. This is great for cookies, quick breads, and the such as it won’t become too tough if you treat it right. There’s also cake flour which simply has a finer texture, high protein flour for chewy breads, and alternative flours like almond meal and rice flour.

Most of these have wheat which means they have gluten. This is a kind of glue that pulls together your baked good. This is produced by adding moisture to the flour and mixing correctly. Like Hermoine teaching Ron the correct Swish and Flick technique, there is always a trick to gluten. Never over mix because you’ll end up with a tough bread or a runny batter.

Another very important aspect of baking is the rise. In some cases you don’t want a rise at all, like pie crust. In other cases, like cookies and bread, we need a chemical that will react with the other ingredients and cause pockets of air to form within the product. This is where yeast and baking powder/soda come into play.

Yeast is a fickle creature, an actual live bacteria. It needs just the right temperature to wake up and a decent amount of sugars to get going. Sounds a lot like myself. The best way to awaken the beast is by adding it to luke warm water with a dose of sugar or honey.

Baking Soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, is a base. This leavener requires some kind of acid within the recipe to work. Think back to your elementary school days when you made the volcano. What did you put in it? Baking soda and vinegar (the acid). Most times the acid comes in the form of brown sugar (who knew?), buttermilk, or lemon juice.

Baking Powder, on the other hand, is a mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar (a dry acid). Sometimes it has cornstarch as well, but not always. This is nowhere near as strong as baking soda, but it is a base and an acid that activates itself once wet. This means that you cannot simply mix and forget a baking powder batter. It will activate once more once heat is applied to the mixture.

Other ingredients create structure. Eggs are moisteners, tenderizers, and binders all at once. An egg means things are going to keep together as you bake. Milk often provides moisture and tenderness. Oil and butter keep the product from going stale by coating the flour and protecting it from the air.

It all seems like magic when you beat together strange things, add heat, and come out with a solid product. Sometimes I feel like a witch brewing up things in my kitchen. Other times I feel kind of like a mad scientist. Either way, I try to enjoy myself in the kitchen. Knowing a bit more about the how and why of baking might ease some of your kitchen worries and let you have a little more fun, too.

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Binge Baking Because I Can

This weekend I made another attempt at making geeky iced cookies and you know what?

This time they turned out 99.99% better!

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Hubs purchased something for himself on Amazon so he let me pick out these sweet socks!

I won’t post a recipe for these because, really, I just used the Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe in Ro Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook. I tweaked it a little bit because I didn’t have lemon available. Instead, I added a mixture of vanilla and almond extracts to both the dough and the icing. It turned out so freaking delicious that I’ve been eating them for breakfast every morning.

That’s okay when your husband makes you do cardio, right?

Annnnyway, I’ve found a sugar cookie recipe that I like and nearly have the icing down pat. The icing was much thicker than the first test, but still had a habit of running. That’s why the moons turned out a bit derpy. Still, I was so impressed with the cookie flavor that I didn’t care. Because it can be cute as shit, but you still have to eat that cookie. It better taste like a freaking food orgasm at the same time.

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Using wax paper I made a cookie stencil and cut the shapes out with a paring knife. Suck it expensive cookie cutters.
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Totally ignore the mess in the background. Please?

I originally wanted to make my favorite cats, Artemis and Luna from Sailor Moon, into cute macarons. (Cute French cookies not to be confused with macaroons. No, seriously. Don’t.) I didn’t have almond meal on hand so I began another batch of sugar cookies. This time around I have a bag of what looks to be really fine almond meal (purchased in the baking section of Wal-mart).

My mother-in-law has celiac disease and cannot have gluten or dairy. She bemoans the lack of good gluten/dairy free cookies in the world and I immediately thought of these. I haven’t yet decided what geeky fandom I’d like to approach with this recipe. Comment down below with your ideas and I’ll be sure to share an actual recipe next time.

Also, I applied for the Library job and received a kind of mini interview upon resume delivery. I was the first to apply. I’m filled with so much trepidation and excitement.

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What I Read in December 2015 (And maybe January 2016)

After Nanowrimo I kind of had a falling out with writing. I pushed on into December, but lost the fire not long after. I fell into a kind of writer’s block that was accompanied by depression. I threw myself into reading thinking that there was no better way to learn to write than by example.

It began with Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. I threw myself into the fun steampunk series, emptying Christmas gift cards into procuring the rest of the series. I wasn’t let down, as you probably know. There are vampires, werewolves, dirigibles, and, of course, Picklemen. 51K4NcinI2L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_

There was just enough money left on a gift card to pick up the kindle version of Maggie Steifvater’s Raven Boys. This doesn’t have the same fun that Carriger’s YA books had. It was more of a slow introduction to a very mysterious world, several of them. Steifvater introduces us to a group of teens somehow bound to one another by a magical, Celtic king.

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I haven’t picked up the rest, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to.  I fell in love with Blue’s strange, mismatched family of psychics. I fell in love with Adam’s desperation to become more than his upbringing. I found my own little brother in Ronan. I think this means I need to renew my library card.

I’ve been eyeballing Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows for-practically-ever. I’m beyond thrilled that I found the print version and hubs bought it for me. It is beautifully designed and what’s on the inside is devilishly good. The reader follows six criminals through the biggest heist of their life and all of the ghosts of their pasts in the world that Bardugo built in the Grisha series.

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My only complaint was the ending. It’s not even a complaint really. It’s more a growl of frustration. Be forewarned. This is most likely not a stand alone novel like I had assumed. If it is… well, then I’m going to throw it very, very hard…. at Bardugo.

Somewhere in between these books I ran out of cash and turned tot he unread pile on my shelf. I must have picked up Unbreakable by Kami Garcia in the sale section of Books-a-Million back in Maryland and forgotten. I remember wanting it, thinking of it as a YA Supernatural. With nothing else to read, I thought “what the heck” and pulled it.

Kami Garcia/Unbreakable
Kami Garcia/Unbreakable

I wanted to love it. I wanted to defeat awful monsters and see some really kick ass girls. She worked on Beautiful Creatures and I remembered loving that book.

Nope.

The protagonist loses her mother to a vengeful spirit and finds herself pulled up with a group of kids whose families have sworn to protect the world from ghosts and demons. Sounds cool, but falls woefully short. Everything happens so quickly that character development feels very lack luster. One moment the protagonist hates her love interest and the next she’s swearing her love for him.

I was beyond frustrated with this book. It had potential. It had bones, but there was no flesh on the bones to breathe life into the story. I felt the protagonist’s dismay at being normal amongst all the weird, but Garcia let the romantic story take center stage and it ran away from her.

Carriger, Steifvater, and Bardugo did really well with their recent YA books. Choose Carriger for fun and espionage. Choose Steifvater for mystery and magic. Choose Bardugo for story weaving and world building.

 

My Ticket To The Hogwarts Dream

When you see those graphics that summarize fandoms into doors, then they ask you which door you’d choose I always choose Harry Potter. Not that I have any great love for Potter himself, I’d probably say Potter like people say ‘Thanks Obama.’

But, the world, the fantastic magic. I love it. I want it.

I waited for my letter.

You can guess that I was a very disappointed pre-teen. I’ve had time to grow up, but that kid is still inside of me. She thinks that late night Harry Potter movie marathons and Hogwarts inspired bedroom decor are totally cool. Especially when you get sick Voldemort glamour shots.

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This set isn’t that nice tea stained color of the map, but I love having that bright white in my bedroom. It’s uplifting and can make a small space seem bigger, which mine needs!

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This is an absolute necessity! There’s no lights in our upstairs bedrooms and this little beauty would look wonderful lighting up the space before bed.

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This print beautifully depicts that magic that is Hogwarts and the wizarding world. I really like the cool colors used. It’s calming and conducive to sleep, duh. This particular print comes framed, which saves some time and money.

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Since I can’t have candles magically floating around my bedroom before bed (fire hazard, duh), I would opt for equally as magical fairy lights to string around the room. Maybe I could DIY, wrapping them around a hula hoop and hanging some winged keys from it!

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We watched another movie again tonight and every time I’m reminded just how much the Wizarding World is my happy place. Checking out Pinterest for DIY can be fun. I saw a cardboard DIY Mirror of Erised, an oil burner owl in a cage like a mail owl, and a DIY time turner made from embroidery hoops.

Can someone buy me tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios? Please?

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Dress Like The Celestial Guardian You Are

I’ve been doing a lot of freelance work lately and while it is in the field that I love, it is also work. Work can be draining if you let it and I certainly do. I needed to find something to do that I could have fun doing. My mind eventually brought me back here, to Girl Getting Geeky. Instead of trying to post a bunch of different things, I thought I would just let myself be the materialistic shit that I am and focus on geek fashion and home decor.

The idea made me so happy that I’m running with it.

Hey, it’s better than running with scissors. Right?

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Anyway, I’m not going to let the Dark Kingdom steal all of my energy anymore. I need that to get through the day. To keep them at bay, I’m going to draw on my inner Celestial Guardian (and maybe watch a little Sailor Moon before bed).

I recently chose to downsize from the oversized bags that I used to covet. Now, I’m dying to add this Sailor Saturn purse to my new, smaller collection. Don’t worry, it comes in other colors, too, such as the tradition red and blue. Plus, it’s only $19.99!
sailorsaturnAt my last job, we had a in store selfie stick for all of our social media pics. I used to bash the hell out of Selfie sticks, but I’m starting to see just how much fun they are. They make it super easy to take a bunch of decently good pictures. I’ve been drooling over this Sailor Moon Selfie Stick in particular. Isn’t it adorable? I can protect myself from the Negaverse for only $10.98!

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Finally, I’ve been vying for this item for quite some time. It’s on the pricier side, at least for me, but I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I could wear this Sailor Moon Pendant everyday, with anything. Like my new Lularoe unicorn leggings! It’s $50, but I would definitely rock it with some space buns.sailorpendant

Everyone could use a little reminder in their life to not let the negativity drag you down. If it takes rocking some space princess accessories, then who am I to complain? Treat yourself to whatever it is that brightens your mood. It can be anything from a little bit of sunlight (we all need it in these winter months), to a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, or clicking the buy now button on Amazon. It’s okay to treat yo’ self.

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The Balancing Act

I haven’t been posting lately. My days off would come around and I’d tell myself I should write a post, but the ambition wouldn’t be there. I’ve been driving an hour to work and an hour back, leaving very little daylight to myself. So instead writing anything, I’d finish my chores and boot up steam to play Fallout 4.

Which isn’t good.

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Something had to change. But I wasn’t about to give up my latest crutch. No, there needed to be a better balance. If I was ever going to become the author I always wanted to be I needed to get back to writing. But, because I work 30+hours a week and commute an hour each way, there needed to be some leeway.

My plan as it stands now is to hit a Nanowrimo word count on my days off, punching out over 1667 words. On the days that I work I’m willing to settle for a 500 word count if it means I’m keeping up the ritual. Because I have plans to write a YA trilogy these counts don’t include my blog posts.

I’m thinking since it has been so hard for me to find content for my posts that I should post more about writing. I’m always trying to do this, but never follow through. Boo on me.  I’m also toying with the idea of doing Hot Topic Hauls because I’ve been buying so freaking much from work lately. I had two Hot Topic bags shoved in the corner of my closet. And a couple more laying on the kitchen table downstairs.

Can there just be more hours in the day?

I’m honestly just looking forward to my birthday this Sunday. I’m not doing ANYTHING. No dishes. No floor cleaning. No laundry. No work. Just me.

As for my posts, what would you guys like to see? What kind of writing posts would you like?

Classy Geek Chic Picks

Who doesn’t window shop on the internet? Isn’t that kind of what it’s for? We all make wishlists on our favorite sites and count the dollar bills in our bank accounts until we can click the checkout button.

My newest obsession is classy geek fashion. I’m talking classic silhouettes with a funky, geek twist. Most of the time I just wear jeans and tee’s to work, but there are days that I want to feel dressed up and still celebrate my favorite fandoms. Here are the items in my wishlist.

 

This chiffon top from We Love Fine looks breezy and would be cute with a black cami underneath. From a distance it looks classy, but upon closer inspection it has the D&D dragon logo and D20s with dagger and staffs. $35

 

 

When isn’t a dress classy? Each dress boasts a scene from the sci-fi world of Star Wars, the pastel dream of Cloud City and the ice blue Hoth. Sure, it’s a little more obvious, but I feel like the silhouette makes up for it. $90

This pretty little beauty is sitting in my Hot Topic wishlist, waiting for my next paycheck to drop. It has the pretty pattern that you would associate with blue and white china, but upon closer inspection you find the Doctor’s favorite thing in the world, the Tardis. $34.90

 

 

 

I Fell Down the Fallout Rabbit Hole

Too often, I sit down with my laptop in my free time and do…nothing. Sure, I browse Pinterest for a while and even tell myself I should be working on that YA story I’ve been planning for years. But, in reality, I do a whole lot of nothing and I get insanely bored.

While I have shit coordination, I’ve always wanted to play video games. Hubs wants it, too, because sitting around and watching anime together isn’t exactly interactive. I’ve always loved to watch my loved ones play video games, from the NES Zelda games when I was really little to all of my brother’s fun XBox 360 games when he was a teen.

While the games I’m looking forward to haven’t released yet, (Pokemon and Zelda) we own a ton of games that have gotten little to no gameplay.

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Especially Fallout 4.

I think we each played it once for a few hours when it released and then promptly forgot about it. Which is a waste of money in my book. So, I hooked up the spare computer and bugged hubs for his Steam password.

And holy shit, do I love it. It’s the first thing I want to do when I come home now. I’m pathetically awful and I have to put the game settings on easy just to be able to play, but I’m having so much fun.

Hubs sits along side me, laughing at all of the inappropriate and stupid things that I do. I’m traveling the Commonwealth, calling my companion Cocksworth instead of Codsworth as he glitches over the map, making awful gun sounds with every movement. I’m screaming in surprise as I turn away from my husband to find angry Supermutants standing in front of me, as if waiting for me to pay attention.

It’s been a riot so far. Hopefully I’ll have more stories for you, like the time I made my brother carry a garden gnome across the Fallout 3 map. I’m pretty excited for Fallout: Nuka World and to see what crazy trouble I can get into there.

Do you play Fallout 4? What are your funniest stories? Who’s your companion? (I’m thinking of switching to Valentine soon.)

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The Punderdome

When I saw this, I thought it would be a wonderful addition to our gaming collection. My husband is the king of god awful puns. He’s comprised of 50% puns and 50% song lyrics.

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But I got the game and it has sat on my table for weeks now. I read the back of the box and realized that I don’t think I’m smart enough or quick enough to play this game. I’m super intimidated by it.

You get two subject cards and you have to create a pun using both of them. I take forever to think. And I need alone time to come up with things. There’s now way I could play this with my clever and quick husband.

So it sits.

And waits.

For now.

Disclaimer: I received this game for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. That in no way affects my opinion of the product. I’m just scared of my husband.

He is a Ravenclaw after all. And as a Slytherin, I don’t like to lose.

 

My Youtube Addiction: Speed Painting

Every morning that I have a little time to enjoy my coffee, I prop open my laptop and pull up Youtube. Usually, my husband is still asleep so I don’t have to listen to him complain about the sound coming from my end of the house.

Growing up, I loved to draw. At first, I did little fashion sketches with the dream of becoming a fashion designer. Later on, I did more character sketches. I pulled people from my head and brought them to paper the best that I could. Through my high school and college years, my drawing filled the edges of my notebooks. It was a mechanism that helped me to better pay attention.

But, I never really took it seriously. Writing was my calling, I threw all of myself into and let the sketches become doodles. Now, I’m wishing that I’d kept up with it, that I’d learned more.

I don’t know if I’m telling myself I’d learn anything from watching these speed paintings or if I just long for the ability to do these things myself (without actually having to work at it, of course). But I let myself fall head long into binges.

Audra Auclair

Audra No FaceThere’s something creepily ethereal about all of Audra Auclair’s paintings that I absolutely love. The best part is that sometimes she takes on fandoms that I love as well. Someday, I want to frame all of her Ghibli paintings and hang them in my home.

Jacquelin Deleon

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I love the graphic nature of her paintings, the heavy outline that makes them so striking. Jacquelin Deleon often paints otherworldly, tattooed women, goddesses, and mermaids. Her ability to create depth with vibrant watercolors makes me so jealous.

Victoria Gedvillas

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Going by the name of Juicy Ink on youtube, Victoria Gedvillas posts videos the most often, I think. She doesn’t actually paint that much, opting to use copic markers for all of her adorable character drawings. I’ve learned the power of the thumbnail sketch and color study by watching her videos. She loves to take on the coolest women in all of the fandoms, slowly dragging me deeper and deeper into her youtube channel.

Instead of watching these, I really should go upstairs and gather my sketchbooks and watercolors. Perhaps I’ll put these videos on in the background, their lovely music playing in the background.

Disclaimer: All rights to these photos belong to the artists who made them. I just wanted to give them all the shout out that they deserve because they’re all pretty awesome at what they do.