Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nerd Alert: Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

John Green of VlogBrothers had this to say about being a nerd. "Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. We don't have to be like, 'Oh yeah that purse is okay' or like, 'Yeah, I like that band's early stuff.' Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself-love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, 'You like stuff', which is just not a good insult at all, like 'You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness'."

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dear Linda Heasley: Six things I’d like to see from Lane Bryant under the new CEO

Lane Bryant is a long-standing staple of the plus-size fashion community. The first store was opened in 1904, but by the 1920s they became known as a specialty store for “stout-figured” women and have held on to a generous share of that market for almost a hundred years, mostly by default alone. There just aren’t that many affordable and/or accessible options for us bigger girls.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dairy-Free Adventures: Cinnamon Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I nearly had a meltdown in the grocery store. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. There is a reason, really and truly, but it is a true story nonetheless.

For some time now, I’ve known that I need to go dairy-free. Gluten-free and yeast-free? Not that big a deal. But dairy-free? The thought alone makes me want to cry. Not for the butter, no (I already use mostly olive oil or coconut oil). Also, not for the ice cream or the milk. I only use almond milk at home and, while pricey, dairy-free ice cream is readily available. No, what really had me sad while standing in the middle of the store was the thought of giving up cheese. Oh. The cheese.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Corner of Technology Ave. and Life Blvd.

I don’t often think of myself as a super ‘techy’ person. Sure, I know slightly more than your average consumer. I can fix basic computer problems (including those eye-dee-ten-tee and PEBKAC errors...), I know how to perform basic phone hacks for a wider array of “options” and I can generally fix my TV, DVD player or gaming console without having to call for help. But that’s about it. I don’t generally live and die by my gadgets and, up until today, I assumed that they did not run my life.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Newsflesh Trilogy


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First off, I want to say thank you. Thank you to all those that read my last post and commented on Facebook or Pinterest and repinned it. You guys made my day and it was nice to see that, according to the stats, it was my most viewed post of all time. And for my little bitty blog that is saying something --even if it has been around for almost six years now.

On to the main reason for my post: A quick review of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy. Do you like zombies, government conspiracy, and blogging? If so, this trilogy could be for you. (If not, feel free to stop reading now.)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bucking the Trend

I feel like there are a multitude of posts on this blog (and others that I write on) that follow the same basic format:
  1. I forget to write for an inordinate amount of time
  2. I think for a few weeks that I should actually write something
  3. I start to write something decent or insightful and...
  4. The post always turns into a "sorry-it's-been-so-long,-let-me-update-you-on-every-annoying detail-in-my-life-since-I-last-wrote" rather than sticking with what I had planned.
So. Let's try to get past the part where I'm a slacker when it comes to personal blogging and move on. And if you don't like touchy-feely posts, feel free to stop reading now. It's about to get introspective