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?  

 

 

 

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Disney Princesses, sorted by Hogwarts Houses

Bear meeting Belle for the first time and talking about her lovely fireplace.“Hi, Princess!”
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I was recently watching The Little Mermaid, and had a sudden realization.  I quickly texted a few friends to poll them on the idea, and they immediately agreed, 100%:

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Ariel is a Slytherin.

That’s right, 90’s kids, eat it up.  Your favorite red-head isn’t the happy-go-lucky Hufflepuff you may have thought her to be.
Let us direct you to her personality: rebellious(going to the surface), uncaring if her actions hurt those she cares for(missing the concert-she cares more that “my father is gonna kill me!” than that she ruined the hilight of Sebastian’s career and embarrassed King Triton).
Ariel is fully willing to dabble in the dark arts in order to seduce a man she knows almost nothing about, with a witch who has some dark history with her father bad enough to get her banished and exiled from court forever.  Oh, and who has a forest of withered merpeople as a welcome mat.
And after all that… Ariel gets her way.  Through deceit, dark magic, and not caring about her family one bit.  She is sly and determined, and nothing can stop her.
Total Slytherin.

This realization got me thinking… what could the houses of the other Disney Princesses possibly be? Plus, I’ve been inspired by another blogger who liked to sort Jane Austin characters into Hogwarts houses, so I figured, why not?  So without further ado, here are a few more of the Princess’ sorted into the Hogwarts houses.

Belle: Gryffindor!

You may think your favorite bookworm would make the cut for Ravenclaw, but (surprise surprise!) the Sorting Hat says Gryffindor!  Sure, she’s got her nose stuck in a book at nearly every moment she can manage, but there is so much more to this princess than what’s on the surface.
Upon realizing her father has been captured by a hideous beast and will be kept until his death, Belle immediately sacrifices her own freedom for her father’s, despite his adamant protests.  She is brave enough to try to correct the beast when he first offers her a bedroom, saying that she thought she was supposed to stay in the dungeon tower, hard-headed enough to say “no” to his commands, and noble enough to return to her promise of imprisonment as repayment for Beast saving her from the wolves… not to mention kindly patching him up and making sure his paw didn’t get infected.

(And for you naysayers who think our bookish heroine should still be Ravenclaw, I give you exhibit A: Hermione Granger.)

Cinderella: Hufflepuff!

She’s loyal to a fault, remaining with her father’s new family even after his death.  Granted, during Cinderella’s time, I imagine a woman in her place wouldn’t have too much of a choice in the matter, but this girl does it with a grace and kindness most of us couldn’t muster in the face of Lady Tremaine and the two step-sisters.  She’s a hard worker, dedicated to her family home, and patient as a Saint.  Helga Hufflepuff would be proud.

Pocahontas: Ravenclaw!

Yes, our girl is brave enough for Gryffindor, but Ravenclaw is marked by those who are wise and seek out new knowledge and understanding.  When newcomers invaded her home, Pocahontas didn’t attack or retaliate in fear or a show of strength, but sought to learn about these new people and their strange ways.  (Though I’m sure the handsome singing explorer helped pique her curiosity as well.) Always striving to find her right path and do the right thing for all people, Pocahontas proudly wears blue.

Jasmine: Gryffindor!

This was a close call between Slytherin and Gryffindor.  Princess Jasmine is determined to get what she wants, is firm in her decision making, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  So what tipped the scales?  The fact that she doesn’t toss others aside to get what she wants.  Yes, she may have run away from home, but she didn’t go to her father’s worst enemy to do it (Ariel…), she just wanted some experience outside of her palace upbringing, and a chance at escaping a forced marriage.  Can you blame a girl?  She may be determined, but she’s not willing to do quite anything to get what she wants.  So… Gryffindor.

That’s all I’ve got so far!  If you have any Princesses you’d like sorted (or an opinion different from mine about the above princesses) drop me a line in the comments!  I love geeky personality conversations.

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‘Tis (not quite yet) the season… handmaking Christmas cards with a toddler 

Hi everyone! Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I feel like everyone is preemptively ready for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I already have my Christmas CDs in the car, and I love hearing Little Bear talking about the “Christmas lights! Christmas trees!” whenever we pass the neighbors’ pretty outdoor displays.   My husband could tell you, he has to reel me in on Christmas decorating and music until Advent, because if it were up to me I’d have garlands in every room and stockings hung with care before Santa appears at the end of the Macy’s parade. 

But I do try to hold off on my decorating until the first week of Advent, and now that Little Bear is picking up soooo much soooo fast, I’m sticking to holding off on the decorating until it’s time for the Advent wreath to appear. So I’ve been contenting myself by making our Christmas cards early this year. 

I’ve handmade our cards one other year, when Little Bear was first born (apparently I have a thing for taking on big art projects when I have an infant), and I do now remember why I said I wouldn’t handmake cards again.  But I had a box full of cardstock and matching envelopes from my mom’s old rubber stamping days, and for the sake of the budget I couldn’t resist!

I wanted to give it an extra-special touch by having Little Bear help, so to start I got out some red and green construction paper and shimmery markers. 

Side note, give a toddler shiny markers and he will quickly discover that it’s fun to have entirely shiny hands.  Thank goodness for washable markers!

The artist busy at work

Of course, Heidi-dog supervised the entire operation. 

When the papers were beautifully scribbled and everyone’s hands scrubbed clean, I cut the paper into triangles of various sizes, and the cardstock into the right size for the envelopes. With the help of my trusty glue stick and some marker artwork of my own, I soon had Christmas tree cards ready to fill out! 

I’m still working on the longest part, filling out the cards and all of the addressing, but writing letters is a soothing task for me and I love thinning out what to write to each particular person I’m sending the cards to… an extra-special task when the cards are fully blank inside! 

I’m not gonna lie, making Christmas cards this way-especially with kids-is tough. I used to be able to do big projects like this in a day or so, back before kids, but this time it’s taken me over two weeks, and I still have to finish writing in the cards.  But I love having Bear take part in the project, and giving that personal touch to the annual card send-off, so even though it is frustrating to me that I can’t finish in one sitting, I’m so happy that I got to incorporate myself and my son into these cards.  And until this Sunday this is the one Christmasy task I have to tide me over.  

Well, that and a whole lot of Amy Grant’s and Frank Sinatra’s Christmas songs.   

Music, Uncategorized

Tuesday Tunes 

What have I been listening to this week? Amid the repeated requests for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme, the Hot Dog Dance, and Paw Patrol, I have managed to get some “Mommy Music” in as well, a la Beauty and the Beast! 

I’ve been digging the soundtrack from the new live-action movie, especially Evermore (confession: I listen to this song repeatedly.  Both the Dan Stevens version and the Josh Groban cover; both are fantastic and wonderfully emotional without being copy-cats of each other). 

If you’re like me and on a too-tight-to-buy-music-budget, good news: YouTube has a playlist of the full soundtrack! You can listen by clickingthe link here.

My faves: 

  • The three prologue tracks 
  • Gaston
  • Days in the Sun
  • Evermore 

Enjoy! 

What are you listening to this week? Do you have a fave on this album I didn’t mention? Leave a comment and tell me about it! 

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Guess who’s coming?

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That’s right, baby #2 is on the way!
Current working name: Peanut. (We like to find out and reveal the gender, but hold off on revealing the name until the birth certificate is signed.)

Little Bear seems to know something big is going on.  He occasionally points at my tummy, and seems to be getting extra snuggly.  Maybe he’s figured out his days of fitting on my lap are numbered…

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Good thing this kid likes babies!

Oh yeah…

…it’s a BOY!

We are all super excited and can’t wait to meet our new little dude!

Movies, Uncategorized

Moana = Shiny

 

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That darn SHINY song.

Why?  WHY did they make that song?!

In the middle of our first viewing I turned to my husband and asked “So, did David Bowie do this song before he died, or did they bring him back specifically to write it?” Because seriously, that song is full-on, Labyrinth-swamp-scene-headless-bird-weirdness.  And it won’t get out of your head.  Ever.  We keep pulling Marshall Eriksons around the house, singing what we would actually speak to our son with the word “shiny” at the end of the sentence.

Phew, now that I got that off of my chest, I can say that I finally saw Moana….and I love it. (Other than the aforementioned song.) I love it because…

  • The music is addicting; even the background, non-lyrics soundtrack.
  • The Rock can sing, which is cool and actually quite nice to listen to. (Still figuring out how he fit that many tongue-tying syllables into that short of a time, because I’m going to learn it, dangit! #MusicMajorProblems)
  • The animation is phenomenal.  I even noticed the torches people were carrying around, the second time I watched it, and it looks like real fire.
  • I plan on being the kind of grandmother Moana’s Granny is.
  • The chicken ends up being the sidekick, even though he’s almost useless and they make you think it’s gonna be the smart pig.
  • Mythology.  I don’t know how accurate Disney kept it, but I have a long love of all sorts of mythology dating back into my elementary school days.

But most importantly, I love how there are two main themes in Moana, and even though they are somewhat opposing, they work together so well.

Theme one: “You can find happiness right where you are.”

They may have gotten the point across in the main crowd-scene song, but it looks like it takes all of Moana’s growing-up years to finally convince her of this.  She has a longing for more, but she also understands the important role she has to play for her people.  So, she puts aside her personal desires in order for the greater good.

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Moana and Spock would agree. 

 

Even with knowing her grandmother would support her, it takes her island starting to die to take her away from her duty in leading her people.

Theme two: You usually know your calling deep inside yourself, but it might take a LOT of outside prompting to discover and accept it.

You might be saying “Theme two doesn’t oppose theme one.”  And you’d be right…. kind of.

In light of that Moana’s calling is to leave her people and complete a mission larger than her or her duty to her people, then yes, these two themes completely oppose each other in Moana’s case.  She has the duty to fulfill the mission the Ocean has given her, and she has a duty to taking care of her people.

And in the end, she manages to do both: Moana completes her mission, by which her people are saved (I’m guessing, since the lava monster isn’t spoiling the sea and islands anymore), she returns to lead them (symbolized by conch shell on the stack of leadership stones[way to go to ruin the stack for your descendants, Moana!]), and helps her people return to their tradition and calling of being voyagers.

I seriously love this girl.  True to her family, true to her people, true to her calling.  And sassy as all get out.

I also have to say that I love Moana’s mother.  She has such a small part, but it’s so important.  When she realizes Moana is leaving, finally answering the call to leave the island, she doesn’t stop her.  But more importantly, she helps her daughter pack.   She cries as her daughter leaves, she obviously worries once her daughter is gone, but she realizes her daughter is grown and must do what she thinks is best as her people’s leader.

And that’s my stormy night brain dump, as I’m staying up, just waiting to see if any of these tornado watches turn into warnings-yay!  Pray for safety in the southeast, it’s nasty over here.

Did you like Moana?  Did you despise Shiny, or actually like the disco moment?  Have you also been listening to the songs on repeat in your car?  Let me know!