Cheers to 2016!

Dec 31, 2015

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Wow, I can't believe it's New Year's Eve already! I'm loving all the New Year's Resolution posts and I really wanted to join in on the fun:) I learned a lot about myself this year, both personally and professionally, but I can definitely say that I'm ready for 2016. While 2014 was the hardest year of my life, 2015 was not much better. I'm reminded every single day of my baby brother and my anxiety just keeps fluctuating, but it does get a little easier every day.

One super awesome thing about 2015, though, was starting this little blog of mine. Her Geekery officially launched in October but I actually started my blogging venture back in June with Oh Sweet Samsara. I LOVED Oh Sweet Samsara but it was really just a stepping stone while I figured out my writing voice and whether or not blogging would 'stick' for me. It definitely stuck! I absolutely love blogging and I adore the community that I've become a part of. I've said it before and I'll say it again: lady geek bloggers are the best!

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I don't have plans for making any drastic changes to my blog in 2016 since it's still so new, but I do want to focus on being true to myself and publishing content that I really care about. I looked into the monetization thing and while I really like the idea and will incorporate affiliate links from time to time, I feel like I'm just not there yet. It'll happen eventually, but for now I just want to focus on making my blog amazing! Here are my blogging goals for next year:

+Focus on creating great content while posting more consistently. I'd like to get at least three posts up per week!
+Speaking of posting more often, I'd like to spend more time during the weekend writing posts to publish throughout the week.
+Learn about SEO optimization and incorporate it into my new and old posts. I mean, SEO is important, right? :P
+Get a grip on my social media skills! I'd like to organize my various social posts and give them more of a consistent feel.
+And on that note, I need to create a Facebook page for my blog!

See? No major changes in mind, though I do flip back and forth between possibly moving to self-hosted WordPress or sticking with Blogger. I'm thinking more and more that I'd rather wait until my brand is a little bigger before making that switch. Lots of little things going on though, especially in regards to expanding my brand and creating awesome content for my readers!

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My blog is definitely my biggest hobby now, but there are still a lot of personal things that I want to focus on. My anxiety has been a super suckfest, and while the medication helps, I know that making some lifestyle changes would be really good for me. Here are some of my personal goals for 2016:

+Use my gym membership! My husband and I bought gym memberships a couple months back and have only actually gone to the gym a few times. I know this one is pretty stereotypical, but I want to focus on getting healthy.
+Remodel the house! Gary and I are living with my mother-in-law in the house that he grew up in. It's a little outdated and we've slowly been cleaning out the clutter that's accumulated over the past couple decades and making changes. I have a lot of fun plans for our home and I'm hoping to share them with you all as they become a reality!
+Finish the book that I started during NaNoWriMo (eeek!)
+Become more active on Goodreads and read at least 50 books<3
+Attend a Geek Girl Brunch. I'm pretty shy when it comes to meeting new people, especially in group settings...but I do think I'd have a lot of fun!
+Learn how to cook. I mean seriously, I'm a grown-ass lady, I could cook a meal at least once a week or so right? My uncle got us a vegetarian cookbook for Christmas all about easy crockpot meals and I figure that'd be a good first step.
+Work on (and maybe finish?) my A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems.

Woohoo! I've got a busy year ahead of me! Having a full-time job and trying to maintain a blog is hard enough, add to that the whole trying to get in shape and get my life together thing...yowza. I'm going to have a lot of fun though, and I hope to bring you all along with me!

Anyway, I truly am so thankful for you all, my lovely readers and friends. You've made me feel accepted after feeling like an outcast for most of my life, and I can't wait to work my butt off making you all feel the same way! Reading your blogs and interacting with you guys is one of the things I look forward to most every day, and I plan on devoting all kinds of time catching up on your posts this weekend. Happy New Year, ladies! Let's make 2016 amazing!!

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A Day in the Life of a Lady Geek: December

Dec 28, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas with their loved ones. I had an amazing day, and to be honest, I wasn't very conscientious about taking photos. I still wanted to share my Christmas day with you all for this month's A Day in the Life project, but a lot of these photos are low-quality phone pictures. Oh well, right? Now without further ado, here's Christmas in the life of a lady geek!

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8 a.m.

Okay, I completely forgot to take pictures before we started opening presents, which I'm super bummed about. These are gifts left over for family that I was going to see later in the day, but you still get the idea of what 8 a.m. entailed!

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9 a.m.

Done opening presents, cleaning up the wrapping paper trash and admiring all the lovely Christmas cards we received this month. I joined in on a Christmas card swap with the Geeks and Beauties Google+ group, which was a lot of fun! Definitely brightened up the house for Christmastime.

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10 a.m.

Getting serenaded by my husband! There is absolutely no one else I want to spend all of my holidays with than this beautiful man. He makes every day better and I can only hope that I do the same for him<3

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11 a.m.

We were dog-sitting this little lady again, and man, she has so much dang energy! It was pretty difficult getting her to stop being a wiggle-worm long enough to take this picture of her adorable Christmas bow!

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12 p.m.

Oh, just playing with the Funkos that hubby surprised me with. We had agreed to NO PRESENTS and he broke the rules, but I totally forgive him. He bought me some of my favorite boys in Funko form, and they are just the cutest!

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1 p.m.

Christmas jammies from my mother-in-law. She knows me well! Super adorable purple Star Wars pajamas, and they're so so comfy. I didn't get to see my mama until the day after Christmas, but she ended up getting me these really cute kitty pajamas. I love that both of my moms know what makes me happy!

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2 p.m.

Enjoying one of my presents from my amazing mother-in-law. I've mentioned before that I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I've heard nothing but good things about adult coloring books. I love getting in touch with my carefree side (though I'm getting pretty intense about coloring inside the lines, haha). It really is a major stress-reliever.

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3 p.m.

My dad and uncle came down to spend Christmas night with us, and my dad got us this incredible Doctor Who book! I've already spent a ton of time poring through it, and it definitely has me interested in watching Classic Who. Nice job, Dad!

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4 p.m.

Crazy about these Christmas cookies. I swear, my husband and I want to get into shape...but that'll have to wait until after the new year! We've signed up for gym memberships and everything, so hopefully spending money on our health will ensure that we actually, you know, get healthy.

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5 p.m.

We all went down the street to Gary's mom's cousin's house (haha...) and I couldn't get enough of these guys! They thought I was going to drop them some cheese, but they obviously don't know me very well.

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6 p.m.

My favorite face. We're waiting on dinner (which was so yummy!) and spending time with our family. My uncle actually came across the country to visit, and I've never gotten to spend a lot of time with him as an adult. It's been so cool getting to know my dad's big brother!

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7 p.m.

Super grainy phone photo, but I just had to share it! We've eaten dinner, and now we're all just enjoying each other's company. Here I am trying to teach my dad about Snapchat=P

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8 p.m.

Back home and drinking more beer, yay! I love the purple hue from my phone camera's flash...too cool, right? My uncle and I were trying to get Gary and Dad to watch Claymore, but they weren't really having any of it. We ended up switching over to the Hateful Eight (eer, or something else that wasn't obtained illegally?) and I promptly passed out.

And that was my Christmas! Gary and I spent the day after Christmas in the High Desert visiting my mom and sister, which was so great. We made out with a lot of awesome goodies but that's nothing compared to how much joy and love I've felt this past weekend.

I've said it before but I wanted to say again that I'm so thankful for all of you. You've all made me feel nothing but welcome and I love being a part of the female geeky blogging community! Now I can't wait to catch up with all of you and check out your A Day in the Life posts. Thanks as always to Dina for being awesome and hosting this fun photo project!

Geek Girl Bloggers Gift Exchange

Dec 21, 2015

I can't believe Christmas is in four days! I'm still not quite done shopping for gifts, but I'm close enough that I'm not stressing out about it anymore. My husband and I exchanged our presents a couple months ago, so instead of buying more gifts we treated ourselves to a living room overhaul. Our computer space was all cluttered, so we bought a new table, end tables, cable management, chairs...the living room looks infinitely better than it did before, so I'm super happy with the results!

Some of my favorite ladies in the blogosphere recently got together to do a Secret Santa gift exchange, and it was so much fun! If you're a geeky lady blogger and you're looking for some like-minded bloggers, you should join the Geek Girls x Bloggers group on Facebook. Having a group like this to bounce ideas off of and share your content with is so great, especially if you're new to the blogging scene. These gals are incredible and it's awesome seeing bloggers come together to support and have fun with each other!

I lucked out and got Danielle of From Girlie to Nerdy, who is the freakin' best at picking Secret Santa gifts! She sent me these amazing Steve Zissou earrings and a Zissou Society pin, and I'm still so psyched about them.

She put in her note that she had been stalking my Pinterest and saw that I had pinned these super sweet earrings a while back. Awesome idea, right?! I didn't even think to use Pinterest, so good job, Danielle=P Aren't they fabulous? I've mentioned many times in the past that I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson films and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou just so happens to be my favorite of the bunch, so I'm very happy with these.

And of course I love the pin, too! I totally would have been a junior member of the Zissou Society if, you know, it were a real thing.

If any of you were wondering what Bill Murray's face looks like next to mine, here you go. Please excuse the washed out photo, this is what happens when you take photos at night and there's no natural lighting to take advantage of. But whatever, because Steve Zissou earrings! By the way, have you ever checked out the Sleepy Mountain Etsy shop? So many adorable things.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll get another post in before Friday, but I wanted to say Merry Christmas just in case. I hope you all have a beautiful holiday!

Funko Fridays: If I Were A Funko

Dec 18, 2015

Sorry I've been so absent lately, everyone. It might be the stress of the holiday season or the fact that I've been super sick, but every time I sit down to write, I just feel blah about it. I know a lot of you are feeling like this too, but it still really stinks. This week's Funko Fridays theme was way too fun to pass up though, so I'm forcing myself to sit and write despite my awful headache. Luckily I have my sweet kitty curled up on my lap, which inspired me to give my little Funko self cat ears! Thanks to Kimi for recommending this awesome Funko Pop! Icon Generator. It was a lot of fun turning myself into a Pop!
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This was as true to my actual self that I could get without being able to give my Pop! a Sailor Moon t-shirt and worn-out flats, so I'm pretty happy with the results. I don't actually have black cat ears, but a girl can dream, right?

So is anyone else feeling that holiday pressure? Gary and I decided last minute that we wanted to decorate the house for Christmas after all. We didn't decorate much since the holidays are still pretty rough for us, but it's a nice start. We just started our gift shopping this past week and man, I'm tired! But it'll be worth it when I give the presents to my family<3

I spent today at home since I'm sick and didn't want to spread my yucky germs around my work, and I've been bingewatching the first two seasons of The 100. I'm obsessed!! I just started season two and I've gotta say, I'm shipping Bellarke pretty hard.

Hope you're all having a fantastic week! I hope to get my blogging mojo back soon, I'm really missing you guys. Be sure to check out the Funko Fridays website for more Funko fun, and thanks as always to Pepi and Kimi for hosting!

Game of Thrones Book Tag

Dec 13, 2015

I saw this Game of Thrones inspired book tag floating around the internet a few months ago, and I just never joined in on the fun. Now I think it's a perfect addition to my 12 Days of Geekmas posts! I'm a little late posting this one, but I promise I have a good reason. My uncle came to visit from North Carolina, so my husband and I have spent the weekend showing him and my dad around the Orange County craft brewing scene. My family is really into beer (if you haven't figured that out by now!) so I'm always happy to spread the sudsy love<3
♪ On the Sixth Day of Geekmas, my fandom gave to me… ♪
Six Direwolves!

Game of Thrones is one of my biggest fandoms. My brother tried to get me into the books years ago, and I tried but just didn't like them. It wasn't until after my brother died last year that my husband and I sat down to watch the show. We were obsessed! We watched the first three seasons in a few days, just before the fourth season premiered. Since I started watching it, I've tried reading the books again...and failed again. I don't know what it is about them that I have such a hard time enjoying, but I'll just stick to the show for now=P This book tag was originally done by Claire Rousseau on her YouTube channel, and you can find the original video here. I don't do video, so I'm putting it in bloggy format! Without further ado...

Arya Stark - a character that's all about revenge

Whew, I'll go with Roland from The Dark Tower series. While his story is especially confusing, and his ultimate goal is to reach the top of the Dark Tower, he spends a lot of time trying to exact his revenge on Randall Flagg. Randall goes by many names throughout the book, but one of his identities is Walter O'Dim, or the Man in Black. The very first line of the first book in the series is, "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." So obviously, Roland (being the gunslinger and all) has some beef with this guy. This is a lengthy series, but one of my absolute favorites...and a must read if you're a fan of Stephen King!
Varys - a book featuring political intrigue

Alright, I'm not into politics or political intrigue whatsoever. I feel like if I sat down and really thought about it, a few books would come to mind, but all I can really think of right now isn't that great an example of political intrigue. The Shatter Me series by Tehereh Mafi has some politics in it, sure, but none of it makes much sense. I still love the books though, because despite the plot holes, there's Warner, and I. LOVE. HIM.
Joffrey - a villain you just love to hate

I'm going to have to go with Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, of course. I hated her as soon as she was introduced and grew to completely despise her. I don't think I need to say much more, you all know what I'm trying to say. She's the worst.
Jon Snow - a coming of age story

My absolute favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry, and when I think of coming of age stories, Jonas comes to mind first. He is selected as the Receiver of Memory as his "assignment" in the community. He is initially blind to the sameness of his world, but as he receives memories from the Giver, he realizes that there is more to life than his community will ever know. He learns about love and death, and ultimately grows from a boy to a young man who understands much more about the world than those around him.
Jaime & Cersei - a ship you just can’t get behind

Oh man, there are tons of ships out there that I'm just not into, but the first one that came to mind for me is Vincent and Violet in The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. I'm crazy about this series, and the only downside about it so far is that I have to wait for the next book to come out. I tend to read series that are already complete because I just hate the anticipation! This series still has another two or three books to go before it's finished, and the next book probably won't come out until May of next year (according to the Goodreads page). If you haven't read it, I don't want to spoil the story for anyone...but the gist of it is that all twenty-two of the Major Arcana tarot cards are reincarnated into teenagers who must kill one another to restore balance in the world. It's not like a Hunger Games thing...basically, the world has been destroyed and most of humanity is gone. The teens are the embodiment of the cards they represent, with powers to match their call. Vincent and Violet are The Lovers card, and like Jaime and Cersei, they're twins (kind of) who are just too close for comfort. Definite ick factor going on there.
Lady Olenna - a kickass older character

Definitely going with Chrisjen Avasarala from The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. I fell in love with the first book of this series, Leviathan Wakes, but am struggling to get through the second one, Caliban's War. The one redeeming aspect of it so far is Avasarala. She's a cynical old lady with a potty-mouth, and she's funny as hell. I won't get into the story because there's just too much going on in this series to try and explain right now, but I loved the first book and I'm hoping to start enjoying this book soon too (though I hear that the third book is suuuper dull).
Daenerys - a book featuring dragons

I don't read a lot of books with dragons, actually. I mean, there's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, aaaaand that's about it. I'm not really into dragons.
Sansa Stark - a character you grew to love

By far, Katniss from The Hunger Games. I can't be the only person who hated Katniss at first, right? I probably feel this way about most female protagonists, but at first she seemed so damn whiny (alright, she's pretty whiny throughout the whole series). I guess I just grew to respect her and she became a lot more relatable as the series progressed.
Melisandre - a favorite magic system

My favorite book genre is YA Fantasy, so I've read about a lot of different magic systems. One of the my absolute favorites has been The Mortal Instruments series. I love the idea of runes, the Silent Brothers, the Warlocks, Vampires, Werewolves...all kinds of fun stuff. This is one of the first series that got me into YA fiction in a big way, so it'll always hold a soft spot in my heart.
Tyrion - a character whose weapon is their mind

I almost had a hard time coming up with someone for this until my husband reminded me of one of my favorite characters of all time, Ender of the Ender Saga. A lot of people just know Ender from Ender's Game, which is a freakin' fantastic book. But I love Ender as an adult...he was an incredibly intelligent child, so imagine that intelligence as a man. As a child, he was responsible (unknowingly) for wiping out an entire alien race, so he spends his adulthood trying to make that right. While there are definitely some issues with the books, I'll always love Ender as a character.

So there you have it. Definitely a fun little book tag, and now I'm itching to pick up a book and read! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend and I can't wait to read your Geekmas posts=) And of course, if you feel like joining in on this book tag, please feel free! I didn't want to actually tag anyone since I know we're all pretty busy with the holidays, but I'd love to read your answers if you participate.

6 on 6: Red, Like Santa's Cheeks

Dec 6, 2015

Time for 6 on 6! This is one of my favorite photography prompts, along with the A Day in the Life project. While I was trying to take pictures for this month's theme, red, I realized that I'm really not a fan of the color. When I think of red, I think of Christmas. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday...I guess it still is on some level, but since my husband hates it, it kind of takes the fun away. Christmas was his dad's birthday, and his dad died shortly after my brother last year. So holidays in general are tough for both of us, but Christmas especially.

Sorry to start this post out as such a downer, but I want you all to know that I love seeing the festivities and awesome Christmas decorations in your posts! I like to hope that someday, far in the future, my husband and I will be at a point where we can enjoy the holidays again. There will always be a spot in our hearts hurting for the loved ones we lost, but holidays are such a magical time to spend with the loved ones you have...I urge you all not to take them for granted<3 Anyway, I'll stop being depressing now and show you some pictures instead!

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I got this pin from Laney of Zainey Laney during a group swap a couple months ago, and I absolutely love it! It's a little big and bulky, so I've never worn it, but I do like displaying it above my desk in my room. Harry Potter was such a big part of my life growing up, and I like the constant reminder of my first fandom thanks to this pin.

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To me, December means yummy Christmas-themed beers. My favorite is always YuleSmith by AleSmith, but the Back Home Gingerbread Stout by Golden Road is pretty yummy too (though I'm not happy with Golden Road for other reasons, grumble grumble, and I do consider myself a hypocrite for buying this). Have you tried any Christmas-themed beers?

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I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson films, but I'm an even bigger fan of Jason Schwartzman. The second I saw this shirt on TeeFury's website, I snatched it up. He's my favorite actor, and I'll gladly pay homage to his first movie role.

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The least red of all my photos this month, but I absolutely love this rose-scented incense. It's such a relaxing smell, and it's so much fun to burn while I'm doing my daily tarot reading. Now I'm on the hunt for a cute incense holder!

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Pokémon is still one of my favorite fandoms, and I adore this amazing crotcheted pokéball that was given to me a couple years ago by a co-worker. Now that I'm a grown-up, I can buy all the cute Pokémon stuff that I always wanted, but I'll never love any of it as much as I love this handmade goody.

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How fun is this Christmas Dalek card?! I'm participating in a holiday card swap with some fellow bloggers/vloggers and I couldn't pass these guys up. One of the things I'm most thankful for when it comes to this blog, aside from meeting all of the incredibly supportive female geek blogging ladies (hi gals!), is my newly found love of Doctor Who=P Speaking of, I'm super psyched for the Doctor Who Christmas special! Who else is excited to see River Song again?

I hope you all are having a great weekend! I think I might end up doing a separate post about this at some point, but have any of you watched A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix yet? I'm reading a lot of negative reviews about it but you know what, I absolutely loved it. Bill Murray is spectacular and yeah, there were definitely some missed notes throughout the special but who cares? It was funny and totally Murray, and the guest actors just made it incredible. I loved pretty much every performance, but especially Bill and Chris Rock's super awkward rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" If you're a Bill Murray fan, this is totally worth a watch!

Funko Fridays: Show & Tell

Dec 4, 2015

Happy Friday! This week flew by for me. I started my new position at work, did some Christmas shopping, actually went to the gym, and managed to not have any panic attacks. Go me! I'm SO excited to get some time to relax and catch up on blog posts though. I've been seriously neglecting my favorite blogs this past week and it's time I show some love. But first, I wanted to share my latest Funko Fridays with you all!

This week's theme is Show & Tell, so I wanted to show off my shiny new Dalek.The lovely miss Mandy of  A Nerdy World recently hosted a giveaway to celebrate her blog's first birthday and I was lucky enough to be one of the winners! She gave me free reign to choose a Funko Pop! as my prize, and after a few minutes of searching through my options, I got super overwhelmed. I mean, there are so many cute Funkos, right? So I told her a few that I like and just asked her to surprise me=) I think she made an awesome choice!

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I wish I could have captured this little detail, but the gold paint used for the Dalek's body is glittery. I love glitter so I thought that was a fabulous touch! Plus, I think he looks really fun standing next to Ten and the TARDIS. I can just imagine him shouting "EXTERMINATE!" as Daleks are wont to do.

Thanks again to Mandy for the amazing giveaway, and a very happy birthday to A Nerdy World! Here's to many more Haiku Revieus and Man Calendars<3
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