February 29, 2012

Lusting after ...

Winter is not very slowly turning into Spring in this part of the country, and with Spring comes the fever—for new, fresh things!

So what, exactly, is my cow bell* lately?

These chairs.

(They'd look adorable on our balcony.)

These branch hangers.

(I do need a way to hang all of my purses ...)

This humidifier.

(We need one, it's a cute design, what's not to like?)

This rug.

(It would be perfect for our kitchen.)

This jerky.

(It's jerky + bacon. I need say no more.)

This teapot.

(I've already got a mug to match.)

This nailpolish set.


(Plus the other collection, too! A-England polishes are stunning.)

This hat.

(Typically, hats like this look awful on me. But this one's actually kind of cute.)

These earrings.


This pin.

(28 years of Christmases and I've yet to get a real unicorn.)

This wallet.

(These ladies are my version of the Disney Princesses. Although, hold on—where's Rogue?!)

This bag.

(Xavier's is my fictional school of choice.)

This bag.

(For those undercover days.)

These flats.

(TOMS are super versatile and uber comfortable.)

These wedges.

(Sexy and practical.)

This top.

(I really like the lacy accents.)

And this top.

(Polka dots are another weakness of mine.)

What's caught your eye lately?

*I do hope you all got the reference.

February 28, 2012

obsessed.: Actors who can sing (well)

It's probably no surprise that I love musicals. Through my love of musicals, I've often become enamored with people with multiple talents, particularly those actors who can also sing (well) and who aren't really musicians in the typical actor-"slash"-musician sense.

Ewan McGregor was my first love of this sort, and I first found out about his (and Nicole Kidman's) talent via Moulin Rouge.

I then proceeded to search out every movie he's ever sung in—Down With Love, Little Voice and Velvet Goldmine to name a few. I would absolutely love if he were ever to record a full album.

Other excellent examples of this:

Joaquin Phoenix (and Reese Witherspoon) in Walk the Line

(This was, of course, before he went all nutty.)

Garret Hedlund (and Gwyneth Paltrow, although she's not in this clip) in Country Strong

Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted

And most recently, Darren Criss (who shouldn't really count, since he's long done musicals ... but Blaine Anderson is just so dreamy!) in Glee.

I'm pretty positive that all of these stars need to share the love and spread some of their ample talents around.

February 27, 2012

Monscellany: For the Love of Books giveaway, an award-winning short film and #30Lists

Happy Monday, friends. I hope you all had good weekends, and for those of you who had to go back to work today, I hope it's been an easy day.

I wanted to remind you to sign up for my giveaway (if you haven't already). Last day to enter is Wednesday (Feb. 29).

As a refresher, I'm giving away two prizes: a custom bookplate+$25 Amazon gift card and a $20 Amazon giftcard.

I'll choose/contact the winners over the weekend and will post about it a week from today.

Thank you to all of you who have signed up already!


A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to play a role in a short film my friend Emily was creating as an entry into The Bobby Bones Silent Film Festival:

Emily finished this thing in only 48 hours! Can you believe it? The video ended up winning third place, but I think it should have taken the grand prize. (So what if I'm biased? *wink*)

For those of you who might not know what I look like, I play Sophie LeTrollop, haha.

(Also, congrats to Emily for running the Disney Princess Half Marathon this weekend!)


And finally, remember to join up with the next installment of 30 Days of Lists if you're interested! Listing starts Thursday.

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February 24, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Rebecca

What's your name?

Where are you from?
Originally Dallas [TX], currently Round Rock

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
To have an extreme love of something that others may/may not understand. It might seem uncool, but you love it anyway.

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
Star Wars, Doctor Who, reading, video games, my kids.

Why are you passionate about these things?
Star Wars—because it was the first thing my brothers and I could agree on. RotJ was the first movie they ever took me to see. And because (in it's original form) it's pure fun.

Doctor Who—I got sucked in and, even if I wanted to, there is no way out.

Reading—I love all types of books—histories, biographies, young adult, horror ... because sometimes it's nice to live in someone else's world.

Video games—They're like books I can participate in. :)

My kids—If you knew them you would understand. Even if they weren't mine, I'd think they were pretty freaking awesome. (I type sitting next to my 3-year-old who is wearing a Darth Vader shirt and trying to teach his 7-month-old brother about Stormtroopers.)

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
I have painted murals in peoples' homes and continue to paint when I have the money for supplies. I also sing on a regular basis and have performed at Epcot Center.

(Ed. note: How gorgeous is this?!)

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
I'll say doctor who because I just started watching for the first time in October.

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
Despite my love of Darth Maul, he cannot counter act the horror of Jar Jar so I'm gonna say The Hobbit.

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" usually ends up on the list.

What are three websites you like to visit every day?
pinterest.com (it's a sickness), teemagnet.com (making me broke one shirt at a time), themarysue.com (where I get my Nerd News when it's not Thursday)

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?

Any additional comments or thoughts?
Thanks for bringing all this geek love together!

Rebecca's bonus questions:

Who's your favorite Doctor Who companion and why?
Probably Donna. Because she's most like the kind of companion I think I would be. Middle aged :), able to do investigation on my own ("Partners in Crime" episode), be able to help him be compassionate ("The Fires of Pompeii" episode), and pretty damn snarky (... any time she talks, for the most part). I would be a good friend to the Doctor without wanting to become romantically involved (I'm looking at you Martha Jones). Though, I would not have been nearly as cool about having a giant bug on my back ("Turn Left" episode).
(Ed. note: Donna's long been my favorite for these reasons ... although I'll freely admit that I'd have an issue not being attracted to Ten.)

If one of your sons were to one day announce that they didn't like Star Wars, how would you react?
Since Elijah is pretty much obsessed already, I'm gonna address this as if it were Micah not liking it. I admit I would be a little sad and disappointed, because it's played such a large role in my life—between bonding with my brothers, my best friends and Elijah, I would hate to miss out on that kind of nerdy relationship with Micah. It's something that my husband isn't really into so it's like a special language I get to speak with Elijah and I would love for Micah to join us in our dorktastic ways. If he does hate it, hopefully he will love something that I can relate to and we can have that is just for us ... I'm screwed if it's sports and math ...

Thanks, Rebecca, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.

February 23, 2012

Nerd News: Community, the Doctor meets the Winchesters, Poor Worf and more

Vol. 3, Issue 8

In movie news this week:

A couple of TV spots and a trailer:

The Hunger Games




I really like the viral/fake advertising marketing promotions for The Hunger Games, these animated posters included.


This poster of President Snow is pretty awesome too.


Ah, excellent. (Thank you, Rebecca, for posting the R2D2 on your Pinterest!)


Too many good things going on at once in this poster (click to embiggen)! (Thanks, Mariel!)


Poor Wampa. He's just so misunderstood!


AH-MAZING. (Thanks, Shaun!)


In TV news:

This week, on When Fandoms Collide ... (Thanks, Colt!)

This definitely begs the question ... who's going to go in that empty pane?


I like the infographic feel of these designs.


I can see Sheldon being OK with this adaptation.


Katie Cook seriously can. Do. No. Wrong. I'm still bummed about losing the tiny picture of Mollie she painted for me at SDCC '09.



SCIENCE! (And tech:)

Yet another great example of when sports meet pop culture: More nerdy hockey helmets. (Thanks, Shaun.)

I totally want a larger-than-life-size R2D2 to drive around! (Kudos to LucasArts for making this kid's wish come true.)

In game news (thanks again to NNGC Wes):

I keep getting more and more excited to play ME3!

I totally would have enjoyed playing Skyrim more had the sound effects been something like this.


Cats make everything cuter.


If Pokemon looked more like these Little Golden Book-style guys in actuality, I might like the whole phenomena more. (On second thought, no, no I wouldn't. But they're cute!)




I continue to be entertained by silly mashups such as these.



And finally, Poor Worf.