Movies, Music, The Geeky Housewife

Geeky Friday Four: 4/20/18

Welcome to my weekly dump of the geeky stuff in my life!  For the previous geeky list, click here.

I had to skip the past few weeks because #lifehappens.  Now that everyone isn’t sleep deprived/sick/going to the ER (relax, everyone is FINE), I can actually get back to writing.  Yay!

What I’m Watching: Cars 3 and Moana.

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Again.  Because I have a toddler.  Luckily, both movies still move me to tears even after I know every. single. part.

“McQueen is fading!… fading… fading…”

No, kid, Mommy is totally not crying… it’s the pollen…

What I’m Reading: My own story.

That’s the interesting way to say “Not a damm thing.”  Also the interesting way to say, I actually did start writing that story I’ve been longing to tell! And I’m already so happy about where it’s going.

What I’m Playing: A little a’ this, a little a’ that…

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Ben might be my spirit animal.

 

Like I said, it’s been a rough two weeks, so it’s a little blurry and nothing was out of the ordinary or primarily focused upon.  Summary:

  • Settlers of Catan (Did not win)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (Still on first playthrough, still questioning why Orlesians are so friggen extra.)
  • Call of Duty: WWII (Smuggler’s fave. I play because I love him.)
  • Blocks, trains, trucks (Toddler’s faves.)

What I’m Listening to: Icarus by Bastille

Do you love angsty, beautiful pop music? Do you have an obsession with ancient Greek mythology?  Then do I have the song for you!  Icarus has been on all my playlists for about a week now, and I’m still not sick of it.  It’s oddly beautiful, catchy, and nerdy all at once.  *happy sigh* Take a listen below!

That’s my four for this week!  What geeky things have been in your life this week?  

 

 

 

 

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Disney Resorts, Disney World

Annual Passholder Magic Bands – unboxing!

Big news, friends… The Merry Mousewife now has an active YouTube channel!  You can find it by clicking here.  Please like & follow, as I’m planning on a lot more videos coming up soon.

And as for the first video, check it out below… opening up our Annual Passholder Magic Bands for Walt Disney World!

Geeky, The Geeky Housewife

Geeky Friday Four: 3-30-18

Welcome to my weekly dump of the geeky stuff in my life!  For last week’s list, click here.

What I’m Watching: Jessica Jones & White Collarjessica-jones

Good news, everyone: There was one more season of White Collar than I thought!  YAY!   The Smuggler and I also started watching Season 2 of Jessica Jones, so it really just depends on our mood which one we pick.  Need something happy and more lighthearted?  White Collar.  Need fantastic storytelling and are ready for some heavy sh**? Jessica Jones.

Both shows currently available for streaming on Netflix.

What I’m Reading: Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter

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Non-fiction.  Usually, I hate non-fiction.  But this one is SUPER easy to read, has good info, and I’m hoping can help me figure out why my body hasn’t liked me at all for the last year.  I’m just a few chapters in and definitely recommend.  (The above link isn’t an affiliate or anything, just including it in case you’d like to check it out on amazon!)

What I’m Playing: Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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I played multiplayer for the first time last night, and that was new and fun!  I chose to be a mage, which was totally against my instinct, and ended up being rather enlightening.  Mages tend to drive me frickin’ bananas whenever I’m playing campaign, (because COULD YOU STAND ANY FURTHER AWAY?  NO.  YOU COULDN’T.) but after figuring out the fighting style I have a new appreciation for them.  It also helped me learn how to better utilize them during big campaign battles.
Also: I do not like the Fade.

What I’m Listening To: The Critical Role Podcast.

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A bunch of nerdy voice actors playing D&D.  The show is actually streamed live once a week with a video cast, but I’m a busy mama who needs the convenience of an audio podcast.  It’s fast paced, good storytelling, fun to hear the actors interact as both players and characters, and the DM is amazing.  (Side-note: I listen with headphones in or when the kids aren’t around because of language and violence.) Perfect for cleaning the kitchen, doing chores, long car rides (again, without children listening), and it makes me laugh so hard!  Also, since I have no idea how a young nursing mother is even supposed to find a group don’t yet play D&D , this is how I’m learning to understand the game and getting my fix.

That’s my four for this week!  What what geeky things are you enjoying today?

 

Disney World

New Fantasyland Quiz!

The Disney Parks Blog had a cool new quiz out today to test and see how well we Disnerds know New Fantasyland!

It’s very trivia-based, so I got a whopping zero.  Smuggler got a perfect 100%, of course.

Check it out below, and let me know what you got!

Quiz: How Well Do You Know New Fantasyland?

Disney World, Halloween, Magic Kingdom

Prepping for Not-So-Scary 2018

My family will be going to Disney World in October, and we will definitely be catching a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party while we are there!

Working out costume ideas for a family of four isn’t super easy, especially since we have two boys and not a mix of boys and girls.  Plus we are going with some of my husband’s family, so we will have a large group!

So far the thought is we will likely do….

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Meet the Robinsons!

Two main boy characters for our boys, and a TON of main characters for us grown-ups to choose from.  Plus, the Smuggler and I like to pick costumes that are easily recognizable, but not common (aka not Dalmations or the Incredibles, which a ton of families at Disney do and are adorable…  buuut, we like to stand out).  Also, imagine the photo ops in Tomorrowland!   Ahhh!  This could change, but so far everyone seems agreeable to the film choice.

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Normally I wouldn’t post about this until later, but I think I may actually try to make part of my costume this time, so I’ll be posting more as I collect costume pieces and work on making whatever I can’t buy.  I’m not a great sewer, but I’ve been inspired lately by some newer cosplayers that I follow on Instagram, so maybe I’ll give something simple a try, like a skirt or something.  We will see!

I love planning Halloween early! Do you have any great costume ideas for this year?

Writing

Writer’s Block

I have a story stuck in my head.  It’s been there for about ten or so years now, shifting, changing, and growing, it’s characters becoming fuller in my mind throughout the years.

For the past few weeks I’ve really been fleshing out the ideas in my head, figuring out the characters, how they would work together, simplifying the world the story lives in because I was making it way more complicated than it needed to be.  And I’ve been sitting here for a half hour trying to figure out what word should begin this story.

I can usually force myself to write a basic blog post.  Blogs are about my life, things that I honestly think or that really happened.

But a story completely from my mind?  That’s different.  I love my characters.  Their plot makes me worried about how it will all turn out in the end (because honestly, I’m not 100% sure if the good guys win and everyone makes it…) and I want to write it out because I want to see where it can go.  I want to know what happens, and that’s hard to do when it’s kept all up inside my head.

Plus, I’m terrified no one will like it.  Worse, I’m scared someone will hate it.  Granted, it’s not like I have to share what I write… but isn’t that how stories come to life?

I’m toying with the idea of starting another side blog just for this story.  Where I would publish one chapter regularly (maybe every two weeks?) just to keep myself on a schedule of writing.  Because I want this story to see actual words on a page (or screen, as it were). To gain a life outside of my head.

All this to say…  Shall I give it a go?  Would anyone read it? Gimme some input, ye peoples of the interwebs.

Geeky, Uncategorized

Geeky Friday Four: 3-23-18

I recently realized that while I enjoy writing what I have on this blog so far, I really want to start including more of my geeky-side on my blog.  It’s a huge part of who I am, and surprisingly I haven’t written much about it yet!  So I figured I’d give the geekiness a start with a Geeky Friday Four: What I’m Watching, What I’m reading, What I’m playing, and What I’m listening to.

 

  1. What I’m Watching: White Collar

    5-30-13-White-CollarDo you like some art?  Do you like charming men running around New York City in well-tailored suits?  Then White Collar is for you!  Clean enough to watch with the baby around, if not the toddler.  Hubby and I are on the final season, and when it’s done I’m going to miss it dearly.  Five seasons of watching Matt Bomer and having Elizabeth as my new wifely-role-model?  Yes, please!

  2. What I’m Reading: Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

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    Confession: I’m actually listening to this on Audible.  I’ve read this first book in the series once before at the request of my husband, and just couldn’t get into it.  Picture The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but with more modern language and about a million times more world-building details.  But with the audiobook, the narration is so well done that I am way more involved in the story this time!
    The main characters are all fairly likable so far, so if you like “Farmboy-to-Legend” type stories, I recommend this for you.

  3. What I’m playing: Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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    Surprise!  This Mousewife plays video games.  Shocking, I know, a young mother who is playing what is basically D&D in video-game format.
    This game is frickin’ huge, so it’s difficult for me to summarize here… basically you create your own character (my character is a female Dwarf Rogue), and from there it is similar to a choose-your-own-adventure book.  Through conversations and your actions, the other characters will react according to your choices.  Simple Plot synopsis: the world went BOOM and you’re the random individual who has The Power to fix it… hopefully.  (#praiseTheLordForAutoSave)
    Definitely NOT safe to play when the children are around, but perfect for this mama’s naptime reprieve.   Dragon Age is my #Selfcare.

  4. What I’m listening to: The Sound of Silence by Disturbed


    Simon & Garfunkel may have made the song, but this is by far my favorite version.  It has a haunting beauty to it that I think hilights the lyrics better than the mellow original.  This has also been my inspiration of late for a story I really, really want to write, and has helped me get past my stuck-ness of the plot and characters.

That’s my four!  What geeky things have you enjoyed this week?  

 

 

 

mothering

What I need to be a mom

This was a full bag of chips.  Brand new.  Opened about five minutes ago.  I walked away from a bag that I thought was safely on the counter, then while completing another task I heard:

crinkle crinkle crinkle
WHSOSOSHSHSOISHSHHSH (the sound an entire bag of chips being dumped out upon itself from four feet in the air)
tappitysmack (the sound of the empty bag landing on a pile of chips)

After one yelp of “Noooooo!” coming from my lips, I died laughing.  Of course the bag of chips would dump if it was full.  Empty bags don’t have the decency to make little messes while the full ones are there.  I have no idea what made it suddenly turn over and spill out, but since I’m the last person to touch the bag, it’s probably something to do with how I left the bag.
I saved most of the chips, as the majority of the chips fell upon other chips, and those bottom chips landed upon a mostly-clean blanket. I have no qualms about eating close-to-the-floor chips, though I won’t serve them to guests.

But this episode got me thinking, what if this happened and I wasn’t a mom?  I feel like there are so many things that I now don’t freak out about after doing the mom gig for two years, and I think these are the most important requirements for momhood.

What momhood has taught me I need:

I NEED TO LAUGH.

Laugh when something (non-dangerous) spills.   Spills are funny.  If you have a dog, 99% of the time you don’t have to clean it up anyways, and if it’s not breastmilk there is definitely no reason to cry.

Laugh when poo gets places you never knew poo could.  Or breastmilk.  Or spitup, or drool, or anything else gross.  It’s actually pretty funny, and messes are cleanable.  Embrace your inner eight-year-old who loves fart jokes.

Laugh when your toddler says “Pull my finger!” during the quietest, most solemn part of Mass.  Multiple times.  Loudly.

I NEED TO REMEMBER THAT CHILDREN ARE WASHABLE.

Children make messes.  Children adore messes.  Did you know yogurt was basically food paint?  I didn’t, but my toddler did.  The good news is that children are completely, 100% washable with mild soap and water, and occasionally a washcloth is required for spots that need extra scrubbing.
That brand new, adorable outfit?  It’s gonna get ketchup on it. It doesn’t matter that the child has a bib on that covers his entire torso, ketchup will get SOMEWHERE on that outfit if it is served.  And that’s ok.  Ketchup washes out.
Mud will eventually get on Sunday clothes.  That’s ok.  Better to have an amazingly good time with church friends than to sit quietly, annoyed you can’t play because the outfit is too nice to breathe in.

Oh that reminds me, clothes are washable, too.  *gasp* Who knew??

I NEED TO EMBRACE MY MOM-TYPE.

I will never be a Type-A, Montessori-style mom.  I just won’t.  I am a full-fledged Type-B, make-up-fun-plans-as-we-go kind of mom.  I’m a toys everywhere mom.  I’m a crafty mom.  I’m a teaching mom.  I’m a read-a-story mom.  I’m a last-minute-playground-day mom.  I’m a mom who prefers to cuddle and play on the floor than stick to a strict schedule (though I do try to keep meals, naps, and daily routines like getting dressed, bathtime, and bedtime regulated, as I’ve found that does help my kiddos have a better day).  I’m a mom who would rather have quality time with her kids and be happy then cry at the end of the day because I feel like I can’t keep up with other people’s Type-A expectations of what MY mom-life should look like.  Which leads to….

I NEED TO REMEMBER THAT IF MY KIDS ARE HEALTHY, HAPPY, GROWING, AND LEARNING, THEN WE ARE DOING GOOD.

My husband has to remind me sometimes that yes, there are toys everywhere, and the dishes didn’t get cleaned before bedtime, but I spent time with our kids and they feel safe, loved, and are happy.  They are passing milestones early.  I’m good at teaching, and don’t have to rack my brain to notice “this is a teachable moment” so my kid gets his daily dose of learning.  I just… do it.  It’s party of my mom-style, and if my kids are doing well, I know that I am doing a good job.

I NEED TO ACCEPT HELP.

Ah, my biggest struggle.   Notice it doesn’t say “ask” for help.  I suck at that, too. Both my husband and my best friend have emphasized to me recently that I need to ASK for help, and that asking is not a sign of failure (because in my mind, it totally is).  Accepting help should not make me feel hours of slimy guilt in my gut, though it does.  I’m getting better.  And thankfully I have a hubby who will rub my shoulders when I feel like I a guilty failure (which I believe is the cure for both feelings), and friends who will randomly come over with wine and run loads of laundry without asking.

I NEED TO SNUGGLE.

Everyone benefits from snuggles.  Right now I’m technically snuggling my baby as he sleeps strapped to my chest in a baby carrier. I love to snuggle my toddler when we read a book or watch a show (that latter one has been the norm this week because this Mama Bear has a head cold… ugh).  Spouses like snuggles, too.  And the dog.  Everyone loves snuggles.  I’m getting good at just going up to my husband and instead of griping, asking for a long hug.  Best remedy ever.

I NEED TO PRAY.

And it’s perfectly acceptable for a mother’s prayer life to consist of two prayers:
“Lord, give me grace to handle this moment.”
&
“Lord, let my kids be okay, and grow to love you.”

That’s what need to be a mom.
Laughter. Soap. Accept myself.  See the successes. Help. Snuggles.  Prayer.