November 30, 2010

obsessed.: Decorating for the holidays

I love the holidays. I love the cooler weather, the changing color of the leaves, the eating—I'm happier than normal this time of year. Of course, there's stress that comes along with it, but it's easier to handle when it's stress for a good reason—giving.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the decorating. For the past couple of years, Colt and I have had a small silver Christmas tree. This year, being it's our first year as an officially married couple, we got a completely new, larger, white tree. To go with our tree, we got new ornaments. Which threw me for a little bit of a loop when it came to decorating the rest of the apartment without having to buy completely new decor, but I think I've got it figured out. As soon as we finish up, and clean up the bits of itself the tree's left on the floor, I'll make a separate post. For now, I'll just share with you a photo of the decor I set up at the entrance to my cubicle.

I call it "Happy Hoth-idays". (Apologies for the somewhat crappy lighting. And the poor excuse for a pun.)

What's your decor like? Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to put yours up? (Colt's a stickler for each holiday having it's own time, and I'm cool with that.) When do you take it down? Ours will probably stay up until at least a week after the new year begins. I just love it too much.

November 25, 2010

Nerd News: Buffy, movie trailers, superhero art and more

Vol. 1, Issue 21

A very happy Thanksgiving to you all! Today's post is a little short, but that's because I'm off stuffing my face. You'll have to excuse me.

Bill Murray is awesome. And I'm not just talking about my dad. (Did you know his name was Bill Murray? If not, you do now.) Can you name all the roles in this animation?

In TV news:
Some fun superhero art:

In movie news:
I wish I still lived closer to NYC: MTA offering services to Hogwarts?

Have you read Joss Whedon's response to the new Buffy reboot? I think it's spot-on-Joss. (As if I know him in person, haha.) Also, here's some news on said reboot.

I'll leave you today with this awesome look at the movies of late 2010 and into 2011:


Today, I'm thankful for all this nerdy goodness, and for all you out there who enjoy sharing it with me. Oh, and for family, friends and good health, of course. What are you thankful for?

November 23, 2010


Happy one-month-iversary to us!

I love you, Mister Curtis!

obsessed.: Side dishes

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the States. It's a day of lounging, stuffing face and sleeping off all the tryptophan. And while being thankful—and eating turkey—is what the day's all about, my favorite part of the holiday is the side dishes.

I love me some mashed potatoes. And sweet potatoes. And rolls. And green beans. And even cranberry sauce. Yums.

I made some green beans with bacon and mustard vinaigrette for a potluck we're having at work today:

I kind of charred the bacon, so it looks kind of strange, but it's still tasty.

November 19, 2010

Haiku Revieu: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (*****)

The best movie yet
I 'll so miss it when it's done
Won-Won got some guns

Talking about the movie wouldn't really be spoilery, since the book's been out for a few years now, but I don't want to spoil the fun of seeing it with your own eyes.

I laughed, I cried—hard—and I grew bittersweet at the idea of this series coming to an end. Although I was older than the prescribed reading age for these books when the first one came out, I feel like I've grown up with the characters. If they were real people, they'd be just a couple of years older than me.

Go see it. And enjoy.

November 18, 2010

Nerd News: Cowboys and Aliens, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and more

Vol. 1, Issue 20

Happy Harry Potter Day everybody! Or at least, Happy Day before the Midnight Premiere. To celebrate, check out this adorable video of Rupes, Emma, Dan and Tom practicing their American accents. These kids got skillz.

While we're on the topic, if you loved those historical event FB statuses I posted a while back, you might also enjoy this look at what would happen if Harry Potter characters used the Internet. My favorite:
(Click to embiggen, or just check out the link above.)

This is going to bring the giddiness down a few notches, but I want to have room to bring the happy back before I sign off. If you're a fan of the Hunger Games, you've got to see this fan-made scene. I nearly started crying at my desk.

There's just no feasible way these movies can be PG-13.

In movie news:
Ran across a couple of movie trailers I wanted to share this week:

Green Lantern (natch.)

I've noticed that people on the Internets aren't happy with this trailer, but I'm not sure why. Ryan Reynolds in a skin-tight CG suit should assuage any fears that the film doesn't do the series justice, right?

Cars 2

Totally not what I was expecting. But you know it'll be great.

Cowboys and Aliens

Harrison Ford reminds me so much of my dad. I am so glad he's back in the public eye.

In TV news:
If you don't read know John Allison's  work, you should. I'll start you out with a teaser of his illustration style:
It's up to you to move on to what he's know for, his comics.

Do you like steampunk? Do you like Batman? If you answered yes to these questions, definitely check out this art contest.

And finally, these are cute. Not really my style, but cute nonetheless.

Expect me back tomorrow with a Harry Potter-themed Haiku Revieu!

November 17, 2010

Guest post

I've got a guest post up over at my friend's nail polish blog today!

(You can also click on the photo to get to her site.)

Nail polish is one of my few girly, non-nerdy obsessions. Right now I've got two small containers filled with it, but if I'm not careful I could amass a whole lot more, much to the chagrin of my under-the-bathroom-counter storage!

November 16, 2010

obsessed.: Internet funnies

DISCLAIMER: Some of the following images (or the images on the following sites) and titles of sites could be considered offensive. Please understand that I'm not trying to offend. This is just part of my sense of humor.

The Internet is a crazy place, full of memes and double rainbows. Recently I've run across two sites that make me laugh harder than anything—save Colt—has in a long time.

Fuck yeah dementia !!!1! is a tumblr that houses a massive collection of truly random photos, animations and videos. Some of my favorites:

Comixed is an offshoot of the I Can Haz Cheeseburger? family of sites and houses a variety of funny (and some not so funny) multiple panel "comics". My recent faves:

(This next one's titled "Drawing a Logical Conclusion." *snicker*)

I hope you got a laugh out of these. I know I did!

November 15, 2010

Baby, it's cold(ish) outside

The temperature has dropped a little in these parts, and I am over the moon that the season for scarves, layering and cute boots with leggings/tights has finally appeared in Texas.

The nights and mornings are cool, and while the days are still averaging in the 70s, I can tell that Fall's finally arrived.

I went to college in Massachusetts/lived for a while in Connecticut, so I know what winter can be like in the north. I don't exactly miss it—snow's not really my thing—but I do miss having to bundle up to go outside. Everyone always looks so cute in their puffy winter parkas and rosy cheeks.

I've still got a few coats left over from my winters in the north, and have amassed a semi-ridiculous collection of bomber-esque coats for someone who lives in such a warm climate. But lately I've found myself in a bit of a conundrum. One of my favorite things to wear as an under layer is a boyfriend cardigan. Boyfriend cardigans, for the most part, hit at my hip. A lot of my coats, however, hit at the waistband of my pants. The cardigan hanging out the bottom is really silly looking.

So I've initiated a search for a hipish-length, not too heavy, not too formal, coat/jacket. And you, my friends, shall be made privy to some of the many cute items I've run across on the Interwebs. Some of these are far outside my price range, but a girl can lust, right?

I picked up this coat at the Charlotte Russe outlet right before Halloween. It's cute, but a little too feminine and formal for everyday wear. 'Sides, it's ivory. Definitely does not hide the grime.

I love the military trend that's been so hot in coats for the past few years. I already have a couple military/band-inspired coats, however, and they fall into the "too short" category.

I have serious lust for this coat. Unfortunately, it's sold out. *tear*

This one's super cute, and comes in different colors, or so says the listing.

Wool Faux Suede Detail Duffle Coat/Topshop, $170

I also love an asymmetrical look.

Although this is a "sweater," it looks thick enough to serve as a coat.

And then, just for fun:

I'm also a fan of the slimmer-cut snowboard jackets, but couldn't find any I really liked while I was browser shopping.

The most frustrating part of all this is that I can picture the coat I want in my head—I saw it, somewhere, some time ago—but I can't remember for the life of me where it was.

Do any of you, gentle readers, find yourself in a similar predicament with the layering? What's your go-to winter coat look like?