Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

monstrance on display at the Vatican museum // {personal photo}

There's no Oh, Internet today, folks.  It's Good Friday- so I figure I'll leave the internet alone for a while, and maybe you should, too.  Go to a service for Veneration of the Cross.  Fast.  Pray.  Go to Confession.  Reflect on why this day is so Good.

I'll talk to you on Monday.

Much love,
The Geeks

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Books: March 2013

...once again, just book.  I got started on the next LotR, which I'll hopefully finish in April, so in March I only had time for technically one book.

image via Amazon
In general, all of the male main characters in John Green's books have a real thirst to leave their mark on this world, and, in general, all of the female main characters subscribe to the "do no harm" philosophy of being a good person- except maybe Alaska.  She's kind of self-absorbed and doesn't seem to care what sort of damage she does to other people (although her personal history explains and almost forgives this).  I tend to identify with the boys in these books more so than the girls- and that's largely because, aside from Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars, they are the protagonists from whose point of view the story is being told.

I really, really identify with Colin.  And it's going to make me sound horribly stuck-up to explain why, but I'll venture it anyway.

Colin is a child prodigy.  (Here we go.)  He explains several times throughout the book that a prodigy and a genius are two very different things- a prodigy is someone who is very good at learning things taught to him by other people, where as a genius discovers new things entirely that can then be taught to other people.  Prodigies tend to peak early in life, intellectually, because once you've graduated college at 14 or whatever, there's not much left to learn in the academic sense, and when thrown into the real world with no real ability to innovate or discover what has heretofore been sort of can't.  Colin doesn't graduate school ridiculously early or anything, but he is certainly a prodigy, learning several languages before middle school and memorizing a large amount of the digits of pi with the help of a ridiculous mnemonic device because he's really good at learning.  Now that he's graduated high school, he's thirsty to leave his mark on the world- to do something important, not just because he wants the fame and glory of being remembered, but because he wants to prove to himself that he hasn't peaked, his life isn't over, he can still achieve something great with his life and therefore be worth something.

I'm not claiming to be a prodigy, not really, as I'm nowhere near that smart, but I do identify with the feeling that, while you used to be very bright and very "promising", you've now reached a point where you have to prove that you earned those accolades, and you don't feel like you ever will.  It's out of your reach.  You're not a genius, you're just an average- even below-average- cubicle hamster running on a wheel that takes you nowhere but exhausts you all the same.

Colin does eventually reach a sense of enlightenment, where he realizes that one doesn't need a Nobel Prize to have lived a meaningful life, and along the way he learns a thing or two about relationships, other human beings, and the real, squishy definition of a "good person."  I'm still working on reaching that enlightenment, myself.

What book(s) did you read this month?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mr Rogers

Boom.  Knowledge.

Did you watch Mr Rogers' Neighborhood when you were growing up?

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, March 22, 2013

Oh, Internet...{12}


image via Cheezburger
SO excited for this movie!  // image via Hypable

Tetris is so much harder (and more fun?) this way.

Seriously watch Mental Floss on YouTube.

Pro-tip: If somebody makes you uncomfortable, be an adult and say something to them.  Don't do what this childish woman did- it got her fired (rightfully so).

I realize this is a rather short post this week- I guess I've just been too busy for the internet!  How about you?

Much love,
The Geeks

Oh, Internet... is inspired by Kaelah Bee's Things I Love Thursday posts.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This is My Life

This is me.  Every night.

(PS I'm basically in love with Carrie Hope Fletcher, aka itswaypastmybedtime on YouTube!)

What's your bedtime routine like?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, March 18, 2013

Speak My Language, Part 2

Previously, on Our Geeky Adventure:

-We're weird.
-Like, really weird.
-We basically have our own language.

If you thought the glossary of terms I shared with you last time I did one of these posts covered the extent of our little were wrong.  Oh how wrong you were!

Since you did so well last time, it's my pleasure to present to you: How to Speak Geek, Part 2!

image via Minute Maid
 brain juice (brayn joos) (n.) 1. Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
ex. "I'm thirsty- pour me some of that brain juice!"

I've always loved pomegranates, and when Minute Maid started selling this juice, I became their biggest customer.  It doesn't really have a clear title- where the name of the juice should be, it says "Help nourish your brain," and also "pomegranate blueberry juice" is kind of a mouthful, so, due to the aforementioned brain benefits, Mr. Geek and I started calling this stuff "brain juice."

Hallowe'en 2012 // {personal photo}

booty beast (boo - tee beest) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable and/or good looking yet also annoying; 2. see also: butt-face mcgee, chikin butt feesh
ex. "Stop pickin' on me, you booty beast!"

I have always been obsessed with Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Belle was always the princess I identified with most as she could always be found with her nose in a book, her go-to hairstyle is a ponytail, she's not afraid of anything, and she knows that if a guy is acting like an asshole, it just means he's madly in love with her.  (Although, in practice, I've found it's a good idea to go with the nice guy over the one who yells at you and throws your father in the dungeon.)  At the height of this obsession was one fateful day when I was a toddler being babysat by my Uncle Ben, when I forced him to watch the VHS with me over and over and over again- he estimates about a million times, though something tells me that's an exaggeration- all in one day.  It's amazing that the tape wasn't ruined, really.  To this day, the songs from this movie haunt his dreams, and he gets all twitchy around teapots.  How did I convince him to submit to such torture?  By pleading with him, "Pwease, Unka Ben, can we watch Booty Beast again?"  (I may have actually included the words and the in the phrase, but the way I remember it, the title was reduced to those two perfect words.)

About a week ago, Mr. Geek and I were searching through our (rather sizable) DVD collection to choose a movie to watch before bed.  We made it to the Disney movies when I exclaimed, "Booty Beast!" and after he recovered from his fit of giggles, we popped in the DVD.  "Booty Beast" has become a term of endearment in our house now, used at least twice a day, usually accompanied by a pat on said beast's booty.

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butt-face mcgee (buht - fayss muh - gee) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable and/or good looking yet also annoying; 2. The winner of a board game, which is annoying, because he always wins board games (all of them. seriously); 3. see also: booty beast, chikin butt feesh
ex. "Fine, you win, you butt-face mcgee."

"Butt-face" is a favorite insult of mine when I'm trying to cut back on my expletives; of course, it doesn't always pack the same punch.  I'm not sure when I first called Mr. Geek Butt-Face McGee, but I'm pretty sure it was during Monopoly, and I'm pretty sure he deserved it.  It's less a nickname now, and more just an insult thrown about when someone is being particularly unfair, and it's obviously applicable to both of us at various times.

image via Movie Guide
chikin (chih - ken) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable; 2. see also: lil' bitty chicken(s), feesh
ex. "I love you, chikin."

For our first-ever Married Thanksgiving (which is an entirely different holiday than a Dating Thanksgiving or an Engaged Thanksgiving, the latter of which we technically didn't experience) I was cooking for just the two of us, so rather than going all-in with a turkey, I decided to do some cornish hens- individual chickens roasted with an herb butter under the skin.  They came in these tiny little packets, and, well, they were tiny little birds, and I kind of have a thing for tiny little things.  I sort of squee'd out a little bit.  When it was time to plate dinner, I was incredibly proud of the meal, even though they didn't look quite as beautiful as I'd hoped (hence the lack of photo here), and I asked Mr. Geek as we sliced into them, "Aren't these lil' bitty chickens just the cutest things ever??"  He agreed with me about the cuteness of the chickens, and also decided I was pretty cute myself, and we started using "lil' bitty chicken" as a pet name.  Eventually, it was shortened to just "chicken", as in "Hello, chicken!" when answering the phone.  For Christmas, Mr. Geek bought me the Wii version of Toy Story Midway Mania, and it allows you to enter in a name when you play.  One of our other pet names is "fish", which we pronounce (and therefore spell) as "feesh", so when he used that as his player name, I decided to adjust the spelling of "chicken" accordingly.

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chikin butt feesh (chih - ken buht feesh) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable and/or good looking yet also annoying; 2. see also: butt-face mcgee, booty beast
ex. "Don't be such a chikin butt feesh- help me with the dishes!"

As I have explained (and will further explain), "chikin" and "feesh" are two of our more common pet names for each other.  (We are seriously bizarre.)  I've discovered that when Mr. Geek is being annoying (which I swear is less often than I make it sound), if I call him one of these pet names and/or less-than-serious insults, it's a way to vent my frustration without losing my temper.  Calling him one of these silly names is a way to signal, "Hey, buddy, it was funny the first time, but now, not so much," but you can't call someone "chikin" without smiling, so it prevents me from actually yelling or getting mad.  And it works both ways- if I'm nagging him and he says, "Ok, butt-face mcgee," I know that it's time to back off, and yet the nickname is so silly that it checks his temper.  Well, one time Mr. Geek was playing his favorite game of "Let's Not Let Mrs. Geek Shut the Bathroom Door When She REALLY Needs to Pee" and I was about to rip the door from its hinges and bash him over the head with it, so I decided to throw as many "insults" his way as I could think of in an angry barrage- "OHMYGOSH you chikin- butt- feesh!"  The result had him doubled up in laughter, so when he released the knob I was able to slam- and lock- the door and tend to my business, finally.  It's definitely a cute name, though, so it's stuck.  We like to play a game of swapping "insults"- one person will start and call the other "chikin butt feesh", who will then retaliate with "Nuh-uh, I'm not a chikin butt feesh, you're a butt-face mcgee", and so on and so forth.  We're super mature, you know.

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feesh (feeeeeeeeeeeeesh) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable; 2. see also: chikin
ex. "I love you, feesh."

One weekend afternoon at the height of wedding planning, we were exhausted and frustrated and just wanted to run off and elope, and we were getting a little loopy.  Okay, I was getting a little loopy.  Mr. Geek reached over and tucked a lock of hair behind  my ear, then let his palm rest against my cheek- a sweet, romantic gesture, but not in my silly state.  I reached over and did the same to him, but then instead of leaving my hand there, I pinched his cheek.  So he pinched mine back in retaliation.  So I reached out with both hands and squeezed his cheeks together to give him a fish-face and said, helpfully, "Fish!"  So he did the same to me, only he dragged it out- "Feeeeeeeeeesh."  The silliness put us both back in a good mood and we were able to continue on with whatever daunting task lay before us, and after that our favorite thing to do whenever we were bored or giddy was to "Play Feesh."  Since "Playing Feesh" involves not only squishing the other person's face but also calling them a "feeeeeeeeeeesh", the word was added to our stable of nicknames.  While skipping walking excitedly from ride to ride in Disney, we'd peck each other on the cheek and say, "I love you, feesh."  It's one of those habits that makes us unbearable to be around.

I love you to death! // {personal photo}
fwustwated feesh (fwuh - stway - ded feeeeeeeeesh) (n.) 1. One who is experiencing frustration
ex. "This stew didn't turn out right, and now I'm a fwustwated feesh."

"Playing Feesh" has evolved over the past several months; we've discovered that while squeezing someone's cheeks together, you can push your hands up, drawing up the corners of their mouth, to create a "Happy Feesh"- similarly, if you push your hands down, you create a "Sad Feesh."  One day, Mr. Geek was thoroughly enjoying a game of Feesh and I'd had enough.  I furrowed my brow and glared at him, trying my best to put on my angry face which, let's be honest, is not very intimidating anyway, even when my face isn't all squished up, and it only made him laugh.  "Are you a Frustrated Feesh?" he asked.  "Yes," I responded, my face still squished, "I'm a very Fwustwated Feesh."  (The squeezed mouth made proper pronunciation difficult.)  I have found that, if flinging "insults" doesn't work when trying to emphasize my waning patience, I can definitively state, "I'm a fwustwated feeeeeesh..."  Or, simply, "FWUSTWATED FEESH!" 

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 goober boots (goo - bur boots) (n.) 1. A term of endearment, denoting someone who is silly and/or confused
ex. "Goober boots, did you just ask me to put my dirty clothes in the dishwasher?"

Okay so this one has the lamest story ever.  I was driving home from work and talking to Mr. Geek on the phone.  I had just pulled into the parking lot of the apartment complex and we were at that awkward point where it was time to hang up the phone and yet we would continue the conversation in a few seconds when I got out of the car.  I could literally see him standing in the parking lot, but we were still on the phone, and it feels silly to say "bye" when you can see the person you're talking to.  Instead, I figured I'd drag out the phone conversation until I was close enough to kiss him, so I was babbling a little bit- giving a play-by-play as I pulled into the parking spot, saying over and over again, "I can see you!" and finally just humming a little nonsense tune.  "Doo - de - doo," I sang.

"Did you just call me 'goober boots'?" he asked.

"Um, no?"

And yet the name stuck.  It's generally only used when the other person has done something stupid.

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lil' bitty chickens (lihl bih - tee chih - kens) (n.) 1. Cornish game hens; 2. a term of endearment, denoting someone who is adorable (in the singular); 3. see also: chikin, feesh
ex. "I'm hungry- let's eat some lil' bitty chickens!"

Like I said, these little hens were so adorable, they spawned a pet name. 


Please tell me we're not the only ones who communicate in a weird language that no one else understands.

What are some of your inside jokes?

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, March 15, 2013

Oh, Internet... {11}

Obviously, the most important thing that happened this week was the election of Pope Francis!!!!!  Everything else pales in comparison, but, nonetheless, the internet can still make you smile:

I just discovered Catholic Memes and I love it
be still my geeky heart...//via ModCloth

image via cheezburger
just bought this album and I LOVE it // image via Amazon

Y'all, I am soooo jealous of Hayley at Water Painted Dreams who got to see John and Hank Green live!

Check out the Panda invitations on Weddingbee- beautiful!

Google is killing Reader, and also my soul.

What made you smile online this week?

Much love,
The Geeks

Oh, inspired by Kaelah Bee's Things I Love Thursday posts

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How Did I Ever Live Without You?

Our wedding registry was almost entirely food-related (although we registered for some other awesome things, too) and boy have we been enjoying our gifts!  In just the past couple of months, I have used the following three tools a million times (approximately) and I'm honestly not sure how I lived without them.

image via Amazon
Lodge Dutch Oven

You saw the chowder, but I've also made tomato soup and braised lamb shanks with this baby recently, and I really want to try frying...something.  Mozzarella sticks, maybe?  Or perhaps hush puppies...Anyway, this dutch oven is one of the most versatile tools in our little kitchen, and it's responsible for some of the most delicious dishes I've ever made.  Seriously, if you don't have one- invest in one.  One day I plan to upgrade to a Le Crueset, but Lodge makes really quality products and I love love love this little red miracle.  Speaking of Lodge...

image via Lodge

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Just last night I made some super tasty shepherd's pie in my big ol' cast iron skillet- it's one of Mr. Geek's favorite meals, and although this was a new recipe for me, he heartily approves.  We've also used it to fry up some bacon and eggs, cook chicken breasts, and I'm hoping to try some pan-fried catfish soon.  I've wanted a cast iron skillet for AGES and I use it every chance I get.

image via Amazon
Cuisinart Toaster Oven

We don't have a panini press- mostly because there's no more room on the countertop!- but I've discovered that you can make some pretty delicious sandwiches in a toaster oven.  We use this almost every day for obvious things- toasting Pop-Tarts, Eggo waffles, and, well, toast.  But my favorite thing to do is make sandwiches by putting cheese on one piece of bread and ham on the other, warming it up until the cheese melts, and slapping them together in delicious glory.  My favorite sandwich creation?  Ham and cheddar on sourdough with sliced green apples (added after everything is all warmed up).

I know you're probably expecting my KitchenAid stand mixer to be on this list, but I gotta be honest- I don't bake a whole lot of desserts during Lent.  Next month, however, that may very well be my most-used kitchen tool...

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, March 11, 2013

Walking Through High Water?

I kind of pride myself on NOT being trendy.  I mean yeah, there are pieces in my closet that are currently "in", and I probably wouldn't have been able to buy those pieces if they weren't "in" and therefore readily available, but still- I tend to be skeptical of trends.

Like cropped pants, for instance.  I mean, capris are one thing- just longer than knee length, basically just long shorts, appropriate if it's 1995- but the latest short pants fad just look like pants that don't fit properly.  I tried some on today and I just...don't get it.


Uh, ladies...your pants are too short.  Either you went overboard with the hemming, or you shrunk them in the wash, or you were accidentally shopping in the kiddie section.

What do you think of the "ankle pant" trend?  Can you make it work, or do you find it ridiculous, too?

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, March 8, 2013

Oh, Internet... {10}

Snow or no snow, I'm glad this week is over.  But here are some awesome things the internet gave me this week:

image via tumblr
I so want to make this! // image via Mr. Kate
These hand-shaped hooks from ModCloth remind me of that scene in Willy Wonka
Johanna Mason, everyone.  I am SO PUMPED about this movie // via Hypable
These shoes need to get in my closet.  NOW.  // via ModCloth

Luke, Han, and Leia are all going to make an appearance in the new Star Wars movie, according to Hypable!

Any fiction writers out there?  Check out Pixar's Rules of Storytelling.

What awesome things happened on your internet this week?

Much love,
The Geeks

Oh, Internet... is inspired by Kaelah Bee's Things I Love Thursday posts

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Culinary Adventures: Corms Chowder

image via MemeCenter
Snowy days call for a nice big pot of hot soup.  Also bacon.  Better yet- a soup with bacon.

I made this chowder last week from a recipe I found on Food Network, and it is a little different than other corn chowders I've eaten.  Corn chowder tends to be really thick and creamy, but this is more the consistency of a clam chowder- but Emeril calls it a "Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder" so maybe it's supposed to be this thin.  Or I just used way too much chicken broth.  Either way, it's delicious, and I highly recommend it.

Corm Chowder
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

-4 cups frozen corn
-1/2 of a 1lb package of bacon, diced
-2 medium yellow onions, diced
-1 tsp celery salt
-1/2 tsp chili powder
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 bay leaf
-2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
-8 C chicken stock (or less, if you want it thicker)
-1 C milk
-1 C heavy cream
-salt & pepper to taste
-3 green onions, sliced

-Cook the diced bacon in a dutch oven until crispy.  Your face should look like this when it's done.

-Add the onions, celery salt, and chili powder

-Once the onions are soft and translucent (about 4 minutes later), add the garlic

-Stir it in so it starts to smell good (about 30 seconds)...

-Add the bay leaf and the potatoes...

-...aaaaaaand the corms.  Erm, corn.

-Add the chicken stock

-Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender (20 to 25 minutes)

-Remove the bay leaf

-Add the milk and cream and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste

-Ladle into bowls and top with the diced green onions.  Serve with toast or biscuits for extra yum

So what do you think- do you prefer a thick chowder or a thinner, soup-ier chowder like this?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, March 4, 2013

Green with Fashionable-ness

I know I'm a little late on the Pantone Color of the Year train, but I've only just decided that I really, really like emerald green.  And thanks to Pantone, it's everywhere this year!  Most of these aren't necessarily appropriate for Saint Patrick's Day festivities (unless you're going to a super swanky party), but here are some emerald pieces that have caught my eye:

via ModCloth
via ModCloth
via ModCloth
Premise via ideeli
via Forever 21
Has anything green caught your eye so far this year?  What do you think of Pantone's color selection?

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, March 1, 2013

PSA: I'm Not Trying to Hack You

via xkcd
Some of you may have gotten a warning recently that this site has been infected by malware and wants to infect you, too, but I promise that's not the case.  For some reason, some AV providers seem to think Geekologie distributes malware (I'm pretty sure they don't, they just link to squirrely sites which, okay, yeah, some of them probably have shady scripts active on them), and I linked to Geekologie in several Oh, Internet... posts.  I have since removed the offending links, so nobody should be freaking out anymore.

Oh, Internet... {9}

This week was truly geek-tastic on my corner of the internet.  Check it out!

*sassy snaps in a Z formation* // via Think Geek
can these exist please??? // via Tumblr
via Cheezburger
I am obsessed with this song // via tumblr
Seriously Dilbert is about my job // via Dilbert
I like my red one, but I'd be willing to trade it for this // via Laughing Squid

Did you know you could freeze milk?

Those who know HTML- what's wrong with this website?

What geeky things happened in your neck of the internet this week?

Much love,
The Geeks

Oh, Internet... is inspired by Kaelah Bee's Things I Love Thursday posts