New Achievement unlocked: Running the Numbers

I’m really getting away from the geek theme, aren’t I? Oh, well. I’ll get back to it.

Anyway…

Success!

Well, the road to success. Last night, I got a BUNCH of homework done, and I’ve been working on it today, as well.

I didn’t do uber-hot on my Art quiz, but it’s really okay, because that class has a lot of leeway.

I’ve been running the numbers while in Nutrition (not that I’m not paying attention, its just a lot of this is review from Human Biology.)

I believe I can get A’s in Art, Human Disease and Nutrition for sure. I’m aiming for an A in Chem 2, but with his grading scale and the sheer amount of material (Labs, homework, quizzes, exams…), I had a hard time trying to set a “This is the max grade I can get. Go!” number. I for sure think that, considering how much stuff is left, that I can get at least a B.

So, given the amount of dedication I feel now (and with me, it usually carries through really well.), I have high hopes for this semester. I can do this! I shall take over the world!

New Achievement Unlocked: Putting the Pro in procrastination

I have not been doing so hot, I suppose. On any front, really.

I haven’t been on top of ANYTHING. I’ll admit it. It’s been terrible. The house is a mess, I’m behind in school work. There has been A LOT of fast food.

None of that is acceptable. So, I’m working on turning it around. Well, I’m starting to. I’ve been elbow-deep in homework tonight, and I’m printing out the frankly overwhelming amount of PowerPoints that make up my homework. Seriously, I’ve taken to printing 9 slides per page because it was just getting obnoxious. Also: Don’t tell Mr. Guild Master at that I’m printing these at home–he prefers I do my printing at school.

So, yeah. My grades are not so hot. I’m not failing, of course. I don’t think I could fail if I tried, not to sound stuck up…but really, not that great. I especially need to buckle down in biology and chemistry. At least I realized it now, rather than in a month or so. I can still pull it back. My GPA (from Freshman year) is 3.321, and I need to keep it there or higher. I have to have at least 2.7 to transfer to the Nursing School I want to go attend, to get my BA in Nursing.

Same deal with applying for work (my job fired me because I broke my foot. Assholes.) I’m lucky to realize that I’ve fallen into this rut now, rather than later. I keep thinking I have time, I have time, but I really don’t. People are hiring for Christmas now…NOW is the time to get on it.

So, here’s the plan.

Tonight I’m gonna finish up this Chemistry homework. Tomorrow in between classes, I’m going to do more homework, study for my Visual Art test, and get in at least 5 applications (I know that’s a low number, but at least it’s a start!).

Thursday, I have a Chem Lab in the afternoon and I will be doing cleaning while Geekling is at school. I tried today, and he was like “Mommy, are you cleaning? Here, let me dump this box of crayons on the floor for you!” Then I will get the lab report done ALL THE WAY that night, so I’m not looking at my data thinking “What the hell does that even mean?”

In addition to the cleaning and Lab, I will also be packing for myself and Dom. We’re going to be spending the weekend about 4 hours away, where we’re gonna be doing family photos! Yay! (We did them last weekend with GM’s fam, they turned out great, even though it’s creating SIL drama x.x), GM and I are doing the AW-centered “date” night…meaning we’re probably gonna pop some popcorn and watch some of BBC’s Sherlock on Netflix. On the GM-centered “date” nights, we’ve been leveling some Pandas! Well, I’ve been leveling a panda. GM passed me up with his and he decided to level a gnome pally with me instead. Really random, but I don’t care. We discovered a long time ago that if we don’t game together, or relationship just falls apart. Weird, right?

Friday we’re heading down to my folks’ place, where I hope to get studying done (Chem test on Monday! Maybe even a Biology one, depending on how lectures pan out tomorrow! Yikes!), as well as putting in a few apps and doing the obvious family time thing. But I’m definitely going to have to get studying done in there, or my goose is cooked.

Hey, does anyone understand how to locate a chiral center?

New Achievement Unlocked: Pinteresting Lunch

More Pinterest stuff!

This time: The Geekling’s lunch for daycare tomorrow! I’m feeling really good that he’s going to love this one!

Pin One: Corn dog muffins! Geekling loves corn dogs. A whole bunch. He’s like the Kirby of corn dog bites. So, I thought I’d give this one a try. Some of the reviews I’d read about the recipe itself said that the hot dog portion of the muffin separated really easily from the cornbread part, so instead of putting big pieces of the hot dog, I did little bitty ones. Also…I only used one of those randomly huge hot dogs you get from the butcher’s and I didn’t add the honey…primarily because I didn’t bother to read the directions. I just followed the Jiffy directions and stirred in cut-up hot dog…

Corndog muffins–before baking

Then, obviously, I baked them.

Corndog muffins: Complete!

They were pretty tasty, I think. A bit dry. Anyone have any tips on how to prevent that? Was it the honey issue? I think next time, I’ll saute a little onion to go in with the hotdog…

;

Pin two: Zucchini Tots! I’ve really been trying to add more veggie variety to our diets here at the Geek household. Since the Geekling doesn’t mind broccoli (depending, of course, on a 2 year old’s ever-changing wants) I decided to try Zucchini. Now, granted, I have never tried zucchini before, but for some reason, my mind had it pegged as a cross between cucumber and broccoli. I’m not sure why. But there was some zucchini chilling out on the kitchen counter from the brother-in-law’s garden, so hey. Why not?

I was interested to note that a cup of grated zucchini is only really about half a small zucchini. I expected to have to grate a whole lot more than I did.

Also, wringing out the zucchini was a lot of fun.

Zucchini tots–before baking

I was pleased to note, this recipe did make EXACTLY 12 tots. That is a rarity for me. Somehow, when a recipe says it’ll make 24 cookies, I either wind up with 12 or something random like 58.

Crispy Zucchini Tots!

Next time, I shall be making a much, much bigger batch, because these are delicious!

/drool.

So, all in all, Little Geekling has a very tasty, homemade lunch for school tomorrow! I feel all proud of myself.

Really, I do. It’s all those Pinterest ladies with elaborate bento boxes for their kid every day…they make me and the peanut butter sandwich and carrots I normally send with him feel pretty inadequate.

Geekling lunch!

Until next time,

;

-AW

New Achievement Unlocked: Putting the Labor in Labor Day

Well, it’s Labor Day weekend. Everyone I know is having cook outs or hanging out at the waterfront somewhere.

Me? Nah, of course not.

This long weekend has been loooooooong and I’m exhausted.

It’s partially a good thing: I’ve been keeping busy and getting stuff done. Every single article of clothing in this house is clean, folded and put away (an achievement unto itself for me!), I’ve been cooking up a storm, cleaning, and my office area is completely organized (however short of a time that will last).

Go, me!

Mostly, I’ve just got this bee in my bonnet. It happens every now and again, where I don’t feel like I’m efficient enough, or that I’m really being the type of person I want to be. I sit down and make all kinds of lists, plans and outlines and it keeps me preoccupied for at least a couple of months.

What I’ve been up to:

1) We at the Geek household have eaten a LOT of chicken lately. Why? Because it’s so easy to make a billion chicken dishes at once!

Its something my Grandma used to do (though I think she mostly froze meals rather than eating chicken for a week straight…)! In a large stock pot, I boiled 2 medium-sized whole chickens until they’re, you know, cooked. Then you let it cool down because those chickens will melt the skin from your fingers! After that, you can separate all of the meat from the bones. You wind up with a huge bowl of shredded chicken. Bwahahahaha.

Don’t throw out the stock, instead throw in some sliced carrots, onion and celery and boil them off until they’re soft, then add egg noodles and some of the shredded chicken (I prefer to use the dark meat for this). You get a really flavorful, really hearty chicken noodle soup! I…got a little carried away and made way, way too much. But good news: It freezes well!

That’s meal number 1. I also made chicken fajitas, a double batch of creamy chicken enchiladas, chicken pot pie and some chicken salad. From those two chickens.

This week I’ve also made GM’s favorite open-faced sandwiches (Garlic bread + Roasted red peppers + turkey + spinach + provolone cheese), potato soup, and omelets with red bell peppers (from my very own plant! /proud!), spinach and asiago cheese.

All-in-all, a pretty successful culinary week. I have the next two weeks mapped out, too. I’ll try to take pictures and do the recipes for y’all. Next time I do the chicken thing, I’ll try to do pictures too.

2) I tried out a couple of things from Pinterest!

Keeping Up With The Joneses have a recipe for Banana Oatmeal muffins. The recipe looked so simple and so healthy that I just had to give it a try.

Well…with modifications. Some intentional, some not. The recipe calls for Old-Fashioned Oats, not quick oats, and in my “Lalalalala” approach to life, I did not bother to read the label before grinding up my oatmeal. Hey, at least I didn’t use those little packets, right? Anyway, I also wound up putting a bit more of the Greek yogurt than it called for, because it looked a little…off. Now, my super intentional modifications came in the form of making the batter.

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m a big fan of Alton Brown. He’s the science geek-god of cooking shows. Anyway, he teaches something on Good Eats called the Muffin Method. That’s what I did. I mushed up the bananas with the sugar (sugar is a wet ingredient, weirdly, and it helped the mushing.), added the egg and then mixed it with the ground-up oats and baking soda/powder.

They smelled delicious while they were baking, and they were awesome once they were done. The texture is really great, very hearty. Since I added that second banana and that extra yogurt, I had 12 big muffins and then 8 mini muffins (for Geekling snacking pleasure).

I know how freakishly excited I am about these muffins, but really, they are perfect for my family. Two of Geekling’s favorite foods are bananas and oatmeal, so it works out really well for him when he’s being picky. They’re a very good on-the-go food.  I also dig how healthy they are. They have whole grain, calcium, potassium, protein, the whole package.

I’m very much looking forward to playing around with the recipe. I know I’m going to try blueberries, maybe some dried fruit (like strawberries), some walnuts, chocolate chips. I especially think I’ll try using brown sugar instead of white sugar for a different flavor. Or maybe I’ll see how much mushed-up lemon is cup-wise and try this with pumpkin instead! The possibilities here are endless. And I’m a nerd, because I just typed about muffins for a ridiculous amount of time. Anyway, try the muffins!
The other thing I tried from Pinterest was one of those nifty little tips that you always run across. This one said that if you clean your dry erase board with Fabreeze, it will take the set-in marker off the board…you know, that faint red writing that stubbornly refuses to erase, just to irritate you? Yeah. That. So, I tried it. Pinterest lied! Not only did it NOT completely erase my dry erase board, it made it filmy and gross and I had to clean it before I could use it again. Lame!

3) Writing fanfiction.

Yep. I’m that lame. But, I am a firm believer that writing fanfiction can help you a whole bunch if you are interested in writing your own original fiction. It gives you practice at writing scenes, dialogue, plots, characterization. The whole deal. And it’s basically an instant feedback loop, because people are able to review it.

I’ve got two fanfictions going on currently: One that was meant to be a one-shot, but I kept getting comments about how I “just couldn’t leave it that way” so I am continuing it. It’ll be 9 chapters (very short ones, only about 400-500 words apiece) and is 1/3 of the way finished–but completely outlined. The other, however, I consider to be my main project. Its going to be one of those suuuuuuuper long fics. It’s only outlined through chapter 26, but 11 1500-2000+ word chapters are already posted.

They’re Harry Potter fanfiction (with Severus Snape and Hermione Granger, my OTP).

4) Homework. It refuses to do itself.

5) Hanging out with Mr. Geekling, who has been both completely adorable and completely horrible in turns. We’re in this terrible-twos hitting phase that will eventually be the death of me. x.x

6) Starting Doctor Who.

I have a fondness for British TV these days. It started with Sherlock, which may be the best TV show in history. Then I got into Merlin, but I’ve watched all that Netflix has to offer. Damn them. So, now I’m scouring the internet for Series 4 of Merlin (Thank you, Youtube!) and I’ve started watching Doctor Who. I asked around about a good place to start and the unanimous answer has been the 9th Doctor, which *is* on Netflix, so maybe I won’t damn them so hard.

So far, I really like it.

Until next time,

-AW

Quest Failed: Shave and a Haircut (two bits)

Yesterday, between classes, I was looking at photos of Geekling when he had his short little legs, chubby cheeks and, most notably,  very little hair. He stayed with the “mildly fuzzy” look until he was about a year old, then we let his amazing and luxurious curls grow out.

I took him to the beauty shop once they started to get in his eyes and had her give him a trim. He got to keep his pretty little curls and I didn’t have to loose that “awwwww, so cute!” feeling. That was around Easter, so it has grown back.

So, yesterday, as I saw all of these pictures from when he had his babyfuzz and thought “How small and adorable he was! Well, I’ve been meaning to have his hair cut! Maybe I’ll just do it tonight. After all, it can’t be that hard, right?”

I have learned that I am not a barber. At all.

It was a fail.

The top of his head, and the back aren’t bad. Maybe a bit choppy, but hey. Not too shabby! But around his ears…Oh, dear god, the ears are horrible. I *accidentally* cut at an angle, and now he’s a Vulcan. He already had kind of pointy ears, but now it’s just ridiculous.

The Guild Master and his bff have been making fun of me endlessly. Tears have been shed. I was convinced last night that I was sending him to “school” today into a den of taunting and Lilliputian bullies. You know, like that one kid in Elementary school who’s mom gave him a haircut and he got a wedgie and pushed down into the pebble pit under the swings.

Positive that hair cutting is some instinctual mothering ability that I just failed at, I called my mom. Who, as my mother is prone to do, actively tried to guilt me. It was so sad. She went on and on about how she’d cut her own hair for years before she ever cut my brother’s and what would possess me to cut Geekling’s hair when I have never cut hair before (which isn’t true, I’d cut my Grandma’s hair before. She looked fabulous!)

Through the tears, I texted pictures to my older sister and a friend, both of whom assured me that his hair isn’t nearly as bad as I thought, despite the ear area. After I uploaded photos to Facebook (The month of August boasts 112 pictures of him), I was flooded with comments about how adorable he is with his new haircut and such. So…maybe it ISN’T as bad as I think (or as bad as Mr GM and his friends are dogging me about. GM admitted that he just kept going because he thought it was ridiculous that I would cry over something as silly as a 2 year old’s hair).

I’m still hoping that his hair grows out quickly!

On the bright side, I have learned a valuable lesson: I am not to be trusted with scissors. From here on out, we shall skip cheerfully to the barber shop. I feel like it is probably good that I learned this lesson now, when his classmates probably didn’t even notice his hair, than when he’s 7, when kids WILL notice.

As for my mom, she “feathered” her hair well into the 2000s (seriously! Even Farrah Fawcett stopped getting the Farrah Fawcett haircut!), gave me an awful, awful poodle perm when I was in Elementary school (Traumatized!) and gave my brother a mullet until he came home from school in tears. So, all in all, she may not have been the right person to call. x.x

-AW

Level up: Sophomore

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks. Back to school! I’m officially a college sophomore. Go, me!

(Yeah…I realize 25 is a bit old for sophomore, but hey, better to have a late start than no start!)

This semester I opted to bulk all my classes into really, really long days. My first class is at 9 am and an my last class gets out at 8:45 pm. I’m only taking 4 classes this semester (long story, but the school I’m looking to transfer on me changed requirements, so I had to get another pre-req out of the way), so there is a bunch of down time in between that I plan on using for homework or studying so that home time can be…well, home time.

This semester I am taking:

  • Biology of Human Disease,
  • General, Organic and Biochemistry II,
  • Introduction to Visual Art, and
  • Nutrition for Optimum Living

So, obviously, the Visual Art class is finishing out my GenEd requirements. I’m not an overly artsy girl. Crafty, yes. Artistically talented, definitely not.

Nutrition is actually the first of my official nursing courses, so that’s pretty exciting!

I have to say, though, after a few weeks of insomnia and getting up super early this morning, I am exhausted as all hell. I’m hoping to get into some kind of rhythm, but I think it’s far, far more likely that I’ll just have to incorporate coffee into my daily routine. Who knows?

Since I obviously don’t have any homework to take up my time right now, I have been fooling around on Pinterest. I have an addiction. It is pretty sad, really. But anywho, I have been looking up my two favorite topics right now: Toddler Activities and Homesteading.

The Geekling is to the point now that he is really starting to learn. Not just the normal, itty-bitty baby kind of learning, I mean the actual pre-academic skills learning.  So I’ve been looking into all of these awesome things like busy bags, discovery bottles, activity trays and random educational (but fun!) things we can do together. I’m really very stoked about it, and I know that the little dude is going to love them. Between Pinterest, checking out classroom suppliers and random Google searches, I have found hundreds of really awesome ideas! This is especially exciting for me because of how worried I was about his speech delay. It turned out to be one of those “Boys will be boys” things (that all the moms except my own–she’s a bit dramatic–told me to begin with) and now he’s a regular chatterbox. I swear I hear the ABC song upwards of 50 times a day. Not to mention how quickly he took over my iPad. He’s a mad genius with that thing.

As far as Homesteading/Survivalism goes, it’s just a really broad topic and my obsessive and idealistic tendencies are just so easily fed into it. A lot of the abilities that I consider to be a part of it are just really good life skills to have. I’ve already got several down, like cooking and baking. I’ve kind of cautiously started in with gardening. (I have some little bell peppers, tomatoes and strawberries growing—if the dang squirrel will stop stealing them!) But a lot of it is stuff that I have planned on learning for a long, long while: sewing, knitting, canning. And then, as time went on, I started to be more and more anxious about things like natural disasters. It isn’t that I really buy into the whole “ZOMG, 2012, the world is ENDING!” theories (though Mr. Guild Master would tell you I do), but some of the concepts bother me. If I had to live without the internet, without electricity, grocery stores or cars, could I do it? Right now, that answer is a resounding no. I feel, strongly, that 100 years ago, the average person had a better chance of surviving a large-scale disaster of some kind. Again, I’m not saying that the Zombie Apocalypse is nigh, just that maybe learning to make some cheese, grow some cucumbers and chop wood might not be a bad idea.  There is much, much more to it than that, but I’m very into it right now. It’s fascinating, if you think about it, how these scenarios could wipe out much of the human race just based on sheer laziness or disinterest. It’s even more fascinating when you think of all the genuinely awesome and imaginative ways we can wander off the beaten path and how much self-satisfaction we can create for ourselves by doing this.

I think the most surprising thing about my research here is (after you weed through the actual crazies) how many normal, average families have taken up homesteading as not only a survival strategy, but also as a way to live healthier for less money. Very cool!

Anyway, I’m going to go play some New Super Mario Brothers 2 before my last class of the day starts up. I’m enjoying the crazy, crazy goldfarming!

+1 Cooking: Mexironi

The Fall semester starts tomorrow! But, since my classes are from 9 am to 9 pm, (Apparently, when signing up for classes, I had what can only be a seizure of masochism.) I have the obvious issue of “How do I make sure my family is fed if I’m not home?”

The Guild Master cannot be trusted. If it was up to him, it would be room temperature Chef Boyardee out of the can.

So, I made one of his favorite foods! He even named it: Mexironi (No, he’s not very creative when naming things.)

You know that random dip you make by mirowaving a block of Velveeta with a can of Rotel? You only ever really see it at Super Bowl Parties and New Years Eve. So, I was eating that one day (New Years Eve) when I was super, duper pregnant with the Geekling. and I thought “You know what would be awesome with this? Noodles. I like noodles. And pickles. Now where did all those pickles go?”

Hey. I was pregnant. Also, pickles are awesome.

So. Back to the mexironi. After the Geekling was born and I got past the inevitable zombie sleep deprivation, emotionally uncontrollable phase of parenthood, I started to experiment with cooking again. And what I made was pretty darn tasty, and one of the most common answers to “Hey, what do you want for dinner.

Ingredients:

  •  1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 box of whole wheat Rotini noodles (so that we can pretend that it is in some way healthy)
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 1 of the big boxes of Velveeta, cubed.

The process is pretty lazy. You set a big pot of water to boil with salt in it. Once it boils, cook the Rotini. In a separate skillet, you brown the hamburger, then drain the grease. Then you drain the water from the Rotini. Return it to the pan and add the Velveeta cubes, the hamburger and the 2 cans of Rotel (don’t drain them! The liquid helps the cheese get all melty and delicious so that you don’t have to add milk). Heat on low until all of the Velveeta is melted and the ingredients are well mixed. And Voila! Mexironi.

Omnomnom

The only thing that may take a little fidgeting is the Rotel. There is regular Rotel and mild Rotel. We started out using regular, but it was too spicy for some. One can of regular and one can of mild was my favorite, but still, some people thought it was too hot, so we tend to use both cans of mild. It’s still tasty. As it is made with Velveeta, it will thicken up. If it does, just slowly reheat with some milk.

Enjoy!

–AW

New Achievement Unlocked: Hands of Fate

You all remember Mystery Science Theater 3000, right? They made fun of B-movies for more than a decade. It was great.

Anyway, the guys who were a part of that struck out on their own a while back and have “riffed” dozens upon dozens of movies since then. They are some pretty hilarious fellas.

Once or twice a year they do a “Rifftrax Live” event, which is one of those “One night only!” things they talk about before the previews start rolling at the movies. You probably ignored them. I know I do. If its not dancing hotdogs cheerfully singing “Let’s all go to the lobby!” I am completely uninterested until the lights dim.

In any case, this year’s hilarity was Manos: The Hands of Fate. This, I am sad to say, was an actual movie straight out of the ’60s. Many, many lists consider it the worst movie of all time. Even the guy who wrote, directed and starred in it consider it the worst. So, obviously, it was a great choice for the Riffers.

The show was hilarious. Obviously, I may have hung myself midway through it if I was watching the actual film (It was that bad. Seriously.) but Kevin, Mike and Bill made it hilarious. “Oh, God. I have to pee!” hilarious.

I call it an achievement because I still was subjugated to the movie (though thankfully, there was enough voice over to make it tolerable! Haha), I am still being subjected to the Torgo song remixed over and over and over and over…(My fiance, or as I shall call him here, the Guild Master has a very…repetative sense of humor.) and the jokes included imagining the deformed Torgo’s crusty jerk-off sock and a dog who said he missed Michael Vick.

Last year’s movie was Reefer Madness, which was hilarious on its own (obviously, it was not intended to be, but it was. Oh, it was!) but extra, extra hilarious with the Riffing.

Anywho!

You can watch Reefer Madness without the Riffers on Neflix instant now (link) or watch the Rifftrax Live version here (link). Totally worth it.

If you aren’t familiar with the MST3K format, Netflix has them  on instant, too. (linkey-linkey-linkey)

 

—Achievement Whore

 

 

Some of the old MST3K is on Netflix.

 

New Achievement Unlocked: Introduction

This is the crappy, awkward part about starting a new blog. Or any kind of social media page.

The dreaded “About me” section.

Ah, well. Here goes (in list form!):

  1. I’m a 25 year old geek girl.
  2. I am engaged to a geek guy and we have a 2 year old geekling. No doubt several blog posts will include him.
  3. I’m super socially awkward.
  4. I like pink. Its a great color. Aerosmith even had a song about it.
  5. I dig writing and reading both. Right now I’m testing out my writing/plot development skills with Harry Potter fanfiction, but I eventually aim to write on my own.
  6. I love to cook and bake for people.
  7. I’m practically glued to my camera. Some people find it annoying, but I tend to either ignore them or just make sure my flash is SUPER BLINDINGLY BRIGHT when aimed in their direction. Bwahaha.
  8. As I’m sure you guessed by my blog title, I’m a bit of a gamer geek. I tend to play a lot of Nintendo console games. I also play World of Warcraft on Bloodhoof.
  9. I’m in college. I’m a biology major with plans to get a Bachelor’s in Nursing, eventually moving up to Nurse Practitioner, because, hey, why not? I also work (though I’m currently stuck on a sort of medical leave–I broke my foot and my cast is considered a safety hazard. Bleh.)
  10. I have decided that I need hobbies. So, I have decided on blogging and homesteading/survivalism (which is a really broad subject that gives me a lot of wiggle room). It isn’t really a hobby, but I also am very excited to start on an educational project for Geekling.