February 28, 2011

30 Days of Lists

Listmaking is one of my most favorite things to do. In part because I'm a little OCD, in part because I'm super forgetful ... making lists both relax me and keep me on track. Besides, who doesn't love checking something off a to-do list?

With that in mind, when I heard about the 30 Days of Lists journaling project, I jumped at the chance to sign up.

Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night.

30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day—even something as small as a list.

Every day through the month of March we will be posting a list prompt - anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you'll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.

Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you're waiting for someone, or when you're the passenger in the car.

That's all.

Just write.

There's no wrong way to do this and if you don't like a prompt on a certain day, just change it.
I've never been good at keeping up with a daily journal, partly because I don't make it a priority when I have other things to do. But something that takes 5-10 minutes? I can totally do that.

The project official commences tomorrow. Join up, if you're interested! I grabbed a blank notebook I had in my closet to use for the project, and some of my most favorite Paper Mate 'Flair' pens to match.

I'm ready!

And, for fun, I'll share my journal pages here on Fridays for all to see.

February 25, 2011

Seeing stars

I found these paper clips during a multi-store search for plain, silver thumbtacks earlier this week and just couldn't pass them up.

I adore stars, in all forms, from the two-dimensional five-pointed doodles I perfected in high school to the giant balls of gas that light the skies at night.

My big plans for the weekend involve an Etsy/West Elm show here in Austin tomorrow, and then an Oscar viewing party on Sunday. I really only watch the Oscars for the clothes; I have very little invested in the actual awards. Also, it'll be interesting to see if/how Banksy shows up at this year's event, since he's a nominee.

What are you doing this weekend, hmm?

We have a winner!

Thank you so much to all of you who entered my Few of Our Favorite Things giveway! I loved getting to learn a little about each of you. And as silly as it sounds, I actually got a little sick this morning when I realized I was going to have to pick just one winner* ... I'd love to be able to get each of you the t-shirt of your choice. Or two!

An inherent attribute of a contest, however, is the winner. So, without further ado ...

Congratulations jaza! Please e-mail me with your address and what size shirt you wear so I can get it ordered!

There will be more giveaways in the future, so stick around!

*I also had a bit of a panic that you were all going to leave me Forever Alone when you didn't win, but that's just my neuroses squawking.

February 24, 2011

Last call!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway (if you haven't already)!

I'll choose a winner tomorrow morning and have a post up sometime tomorrow afternoon!

Nerd News: Frankenstein, Mean Disney Girls, Sassy Darth and more

Vol. 2, Issue 8

I nearly fell out of my chair when I ran across this video on Tumblr last weekend.

The wonders of the Internets never cease to amaze me.

Have you heard? If he had the money, Nathan Fillion would bring back Firefly.

In TV news:
Another Muppet/Doctor Who mashup to go along with the Ten/Jack/Kermit/Gonzo illustration from last week:

Beaker is my fave.

I'd dig one of these bathrobes, if I ever wore a bathrobe.


The Walking Dead and Fables ... Coming to a game console near you? (I am still way on board for a Fables TV series.)

To go along with the watches from Tuesday, Jeremy Scott introduced a whole line of superhero fashion during Fashion Week.

This fantasy map is like the geographical version of crossover fanfic:


In movie news:
Diana shared this t-shirt design on Google Reads the other day and I was instantly smitten.

How have I never noticed that the viewscreen on Boba Fett's helmet looks like underpants?


Ever wanted to see an E.T. sequel? I'm guessing you didn't think it would look like this:


These left brain/right brain Mercedes ads are super cool.


Wes alerted me that the children's album from MC Chris, nerdcore rapper, is releasing soon.

If you have trouble keeping all the characters in Game of Thrones separate, this app might be just what you've needed!

And finally, is it weird if I find this Darth a little attractive?


February 23, 2011

Advice to myself

In September, I asked for help in whittling down options of phrases in different type faces. I was purposefully cryptic when talking about why I was asking for your help, but that's because the project wasn't finalized.

Some of you who I know in real life knew why I was asking for help, and I am finally getting around to telling everyone, both online friends and off. I should have done this a while ago, but, as you'll see, it was a bit difficult to get a good photo of said project.

Yay tattoos! The phrases and the typefaces I was asking you about have since been finalized and permanently etched onto my wrists. (I'm sorry the photos aren't that great!)

The phrases themselves are quotes from two ladies I admire. I think of them as my advice tattoos; I can look down each day and get an affirmation that "this too shall pass" and that I have the strength to make my life what I want it to be.

The first quote, "Do one thing each day that scares you." comes from my beloved FDR's wife, Eleanor.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (Oct. 11, 1884–Nov. 7, 1962) was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international author, speaker, politician and activist for the New Deal coalition. She was one of the co-founders of Freedom House, supported the formation of the United Nations, was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 to 1952, during which she chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The second comes from a write I've heard of, but never actually read, George Eliot.
Mary Anne Evans (Nov. 22, 1819–Dec. 22, 1880), was better known by her pen name George Eliot. Evans was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works were taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She is the author of seven novels, including The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, most of them set in provincial England and well known for their realism and psychological insight.
Neither of these women were perfect role models—Evans had a 20-year-long affair with a married man—but I like what they had to say. And everyone needs little reminders to be better, to do better from time to time.

In case you're interested, I got the tattoos done by Adam at Sideshow Tattoos here in Austin. He was really great. I didn't want the phrases to be stark black, so he mixed up a graphite/silver grey color and I'm super happy with the way it turned out. These are my second and third tattoos—I have a simple black star on the right side of my neck—and I already want more!

February 22, 2011

obsessed.: Tee Fury

When it comes to casual wear, you can pretty much expect to see me sporting the ever-classic t-shirt and jeans combo whenever I'm able. I love the comfort and the ease of the look, plus the many opportunities for layering.

I've got a whole lot of t-shirts in my closet, many of them featuring nerdy art and hailing from the little boy's section at Old Navy. (They always seem to have great superhero and Star Wars shirts in stores.) Should I probably be looking for more age-appropriate attire to wear on casual Friday and the weekends? Sure. But where's the fun in that?

Before Christmas last year, I was alerted to an until-then unbeknownst to me site that is good for my closet, but not so good for my wallet: TeeFury.

The site's business plan is a unique one—one $10 shirt is sold per day. When 24 hours are up, another goes on sale and the previous one is sent to the archives. (This is why it wasn't the best site to use for the giveaway, since there aren't a variety of options to choose from with TeeFury like there is with Threadless. You have entered the giveaway, yes?)

I ended up buying three shirts from the site for Colt for Christmas (two of which I also got for myself) and have since then bought two more for myself, and two more for Colt. It's really easy to get obsessed. with checking the site each morning, and talking myself out of yet another shirt-of-the-day has become a weekly challenge.

I guess I should apologize for sharing this link with those of you who love t-shirts as much as I do.

The Curtis household now owns:

Who Watches the Empire?

Prydon Academy

Totem Totem Pole


Apple Pi

Han Shot First

The themes of the art vary so widely from day to day and week to week that it's hard to cover them all. They're most often on the nerdier side of the spectrum, rather than the artsy, but it's definitely worth a look if you're at all interested in pop culture.

The shirts themselves are really nice quality. Both Colt and I like our shirts on the longer side, and I find that the girly American Apparel shirts often run super small.

(Also, many of the shirts can be found at other sites online, so if you're scrolling through the gallery and see something you just can't live without, just give it a Google.)

February 21, 2011

Lusting after ...

These Jeremy Scott for SWATCH watches.


Although I just recently received an awesome watch as a gift, I can still enjoy the fun look of these ... and dread actually wearing one. I'm so out of practice at telling analog time!

February 18, 2011

Happy Friday

So I can't really tell you guys how excited and pleased and honored I was to wake up to so many great comments on yesterday's Nerd News. I know, it's silly, but I feel like I'm making connections/making friends with people who like similar things and are on similar pages to me. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. And even if I never meet any of you in person (if I haven't already), know that you've made a definite impact on my life and my personal happiness.

Of course, please don't let that force you into posting comments from now on, haha. I promise I'm not that much of a nutter that I expect comments on everything I post.

(I know, I know, I've been sending out thanks a lot lately. I can't help it if I'm a total sap!)

Colt's coworkers were passing this around today and I thought it was totally fitting.

It's kind of amazing how many good graphics can be culled from TNG.

I hope you all have fantastic weekends! I'm headed to a baby shower for a new little first cousin once-removed tomorrow and to get my hair dyed on Sunday. I'll try to get some good pics to share next week.

February 17, 2011

Nerd News: Superhero fashion, Thor, Webseries and more

Vol. 2, Issue 7

Intrepid NN cub reporter Wes found this and sent it to me today. I thought it was a fitting tie between Tuesday's obsessed. and today's NN.

Raj rapping kind of makes it, no?

In TV news:
I found these fashion sets on Tumblr today and I am in love. I want them all.

The creator's got a bunch more in her archives, including sets for each Harry Potter house and Marvel characters.

This guy found this awesome sign on his door. I want this to happen to me!

More minimalist superheroes. Why do I like these faceless figures so much?


I feel like I might need to start an "In Webseries news" section of NN. It's a growing medium.
Love this dog. (Thanks, H!)


This poster is so excellent. Man, do I adore The Hunger Games.


In movie news:
New Thor trailer!

Need some TRON graphics for your wall? Blik's got you covered.

This neat Inception poster has a definite Mike Mignola-feel to it.


I wish I could win my own giveaway! (Don't forget to enter!) This shirt is so aww-worthy.


Is there a gas giant hiding in our solar system?

Did you hear? Spidey's taking the Human Torch's spot in the new Fantastic Four.

These sad Darth comics are too cute.

And finally, this is a-dor-a-ble.