Amazing Geek Art: This is the Droid We’re Looking For

antique R2D2 sculptureThis is just amazing. Amoebabloke built an antique-style R2D2 out of a wooden barrel and lots of amazingly shaped and crafted metal parts. I can’t pretend to know how he did it, or even begin to do justice to the amount of work it must have taken, but I love the result! He hopes to sell it to someone who will truly appreciate it, so if you’re a real R2D2-phile, get your money ready. This one of a kind sculpture deserves a good home. Go see the antique d2 project 8 by ~amoebabloke on deviantART.

A big difference between GeekMom and GeekDad

First of all, let me say that this story involves throw-up. If you are averse to hearing such a story, please skip to the next post. I don’t want to make you sick! If you’re a parent, chances are you’re over it, so read on…

When it comes to parenting, Hubby and I have lots in common. All the important things. However, one of the places we differ is in the treatment of sick children. Specifically, children who are vomiting, or who are about to vomit. For instance…

Not long ago, one of our young children was about to be sick. She’s not old enough to go into the bathroom and take care of it herself, but there was no doubt about what was going to happen.

Sensing the imminent upchuck, Hubby jumped backwards, with a graceful agility I did not know he possessed. He nailed the move, and landed safely outside the splatter zone.

In the same second, I — almost without thinking — lunged toward my daughter. I got my hands cupped under her pale face just in time, and caught the mess! Yes, in my bare hands. I’m a mom. I’ve been a mom long enough to know it’s much easier to wash my hands, arms, and/or shirt, than to scrub the sofa, floor, and/or carpet!

Once things were cleaned up and under control, I pointed out the difference in our reactions to my husband. I asked him why he jumped out of the way, leaving me to jump in. He said, “I don’t know. It’s just a reflex, I guess. And you’re a vomit magnet.”

Vomit magnet.” Next time I’m revising my Mom resume, I’ll have to add that to my list of talents and responsibilities. Head Cook, Nurse, Chauffeur, Tutor, Vomit Magnet. Yeah, that’s impressive. 🙂

Customize this shirt with your own geek slogan

write on shirt

Here is a fun shirt from ThinkGeek. You can customize it by writing whatever you want in the white fields, wash it, and start over again! The marker is included.

How many different combinations of noun, verb, noun can you come up with? Make it snarky or sincere, frightening or funny. Express your feelings in geeky mad libs style! Having trouble getting started? Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • im in ur computer corrupting ur files
  • im in ur refrigerator eating ur treats
  • im in ur microwave popping ur corn
  • im in ur belly gestating ur alien
  • im in ur head poking ur brain
  • im in ur hatch pushing ur button
  • im in ur battlestar galacticating ur cylons
  • im in ur office toasting ur pita
  • im in ur castle saving ur princess

Okay, you get the idea. Thought of a good one yet?

Make your own digital signature image

sample signatures

Well, it won’t pass for your actual pen and paper signature, but if you want to add a little personal touch to your online writings, you might want to try this. MyLiveSignature.com has a nifty free service that lets you type in your name, choose from 120 fonts, several colors, sizes, and varying degrees of slant, to create a personalized “signature” that you can post on your blog.

Here are some of the fonts you can choose from. They range from elegant script to scratchy scrawls, and you should be able to find one that is close to your own style. Or you can cheat, and choose one that’s completely different from your own! If you have a few minutes to burn, go give it a try. Use it in your e-mail signature, at the end of your blog posts, or just as a personal touch on your profile pages.

And by the way, there are also some signature customizations you can pay extra for, but I didn’t try those. I’m cheap. Cheers!
geekmom pink signature

GeekMom’s Newest Crafty Creation

origami pendant

Hello everyone! Here is a project I worked on this weekend. It combines my love of making jewelry with my love of origami. (Some of you may not know that I am half Japanese, and I love making crafty things.) I really love the florals, swirls, and geometric patterns on traditional origami paper, and I thought it would be great to make it wearable. So…

Ta-da! It’s an origami paper pendant. I made it by cutting out the most interesting and beautiful bit of a piece of origami paper, set it inside a sterling silver bezel cup, and covered it with a crystal clear epoxy resin. What do you think? Super kawaii, right? Kind of like wearing origami, but much more durable. It’s even waterproof!

Darn those Girl Scouts and their Thin Mints

Once a year, the Girl Scouts set up shop in the foyer of our local grocery store. They stack up boxes and boxes of cookies, put on their sashes, smiles, and best manners. I try to resist, but I just can’t!

I must have the cookies!

Last year, my husband mistakenly brought home some peanut butter sandwich cookies. I wanted Peanut Butter Patties. They are soooo not the same. Peanut Butter Patties are covered in chocolate. The sandwiches are not. The Patties are my favorites!

Coming in a close second are the Thin Mints. When I was a Girl Scout, I think there were lots more Thin Mints per box. Also, each box was much cheaper back then. Yes, the cookies are expensive. Yes, they are not good for me. But I just can’t help it!

This is embarrassing, but I just did a line of Thin Mints. I tried to stop, but I couldn’t, and before I knew it, the whole tube was empty. Darn those Girl Scouts and their tiny, delicious, overpriced cookies!

You don’t really want to know this much about me

I’ve been tagged by Holly at Everything and Anything for the Crazy Eights meme. I don’t think you really want to know that much about me. Heck, I’m not sure I can even come up with that many things, but I’ll give it a go! Maybe I’ll change this from Crazy Eights to Just Some Stuff About Me in No Particular Order… 🙂

Things I’m Passionate About

  • Playing the piano
  • My family
  • Eternity

Things I Want to Do Before I Die

  • Get a Ph.D. in something
  • Have grandkids

Things I Say Often

  • I love you.
  • Sometimes that happens.
  • Clean up time!
  • I need a vacation.

Books I’ve Read Recently

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Lord of the Rings (in progress)

Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over

  • “When you say nothing at all,” by Alison Krauss
  • “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Anything my 3-year old sings

Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends

  • Acceptance and understanding
  • They laugh with me more than at me
  • They have common sense

People I Think Should Do Crazy Eights or Just Some Stuff About Me in No Particular Order

Have a wonderful weekend!

I’ve finally decided who to vote for…

vote for Mario and Luigi in 2008

Okay, I know I don’t usually write about politics here, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Check this out! How perfect is this Mario – Luigi Campaign Tee for a Nintendo-loving geek like me?

Here’s part of the endorsement statement from the pundits at ThinkGeek:

We wanted to introduce you to our favorite candidates in the running for the ’08 election: Mario and Luigi Giordano. They own a local pizza joint where everything’s homemade, just like in momma Italy. Face it. Almost all America’s problems can be solved with a generous application of mozzarella. And pepperoni. And especially mushrooms.

I love it. I’m seriously thinking about buying it. 🙂

Addicted to the Internet?

After I got my kids off to school this morning, I was sitting in my usual spot, at the computer. I started opening all my favorite sites in tabs, glanced out the window to watch the snow falling, checked to see whether the pages were loading fast enough… Fired up Mail and a couple of other applications, checked Firefox again, started reading headlines.

My husband came down the stairs and was putting on his coat to leave for the office. He said, “Did you see that news story on people who are addicted to the internet?

I said, “How could I have seen that if I was over here working on the computer?”

I’m hilarious, I know. 🙂 I admit it; I have an internet dependency.

How addicted are you? How long can you go without checking something online? Days? Hours? Minutes?

Chamber Music Hero!

Fox Trot comic

Some Sundays, there’s nothing funny in the comics section of the newspaper. Yes, I admit that I care more about the comics and the Target advertisement than the rest of the paper.

Today was a rare exception, however, with three good ones! My favorites were Baby Blues, Opus, and FoxTrot. Click on the thumbnail to see the FoxTrot strip. I love it because I played the cello in school, I LOVE chamber music, and I think the notion of Chamber Music Hero is hilarious! Seriously, that would be right up my alley!

Fox Trot comic