Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Not Die

So, I should preface this with a mention of the fact that we're moving this week, and I HATE MOVING.  So all you get today is a YouTube video.  But it's a Mental Floss video, so that's awesome!  And it talks about how likely you are to die after pursuing various activities so...that's cool!

If you're keeping track (which you're probably not), you know that today *should* be the Books post for this month with a roundup and reviews of what I read in June.  That's not possible because I have yet to finish my June book :(  Curse you, move!  That just means my July post will have more books in it....hopefully.

Do you lose your ever-loving mind when moving, even if it's just across town?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, June 24, 2013

Little Miss Chief

It's a girl :)

Our 20-week ultrasound was Thursday and we got to spend some time getting to know our baby girl.  We watched her squirm and punch and kick and wiggle as the tech measured her head, her arms, her legs, her heartbeat.  She's healthy, growing right on schedule, and everything is developing just as it should.  We saw her brain, the chambers of her heart, her kidneys, her stomach...we saw her delicate vertebrae, the bones in her limbs, the details to her skull... It was so, so cool.

We do have a name picked out, but for the sake of her privacy, I won't be sharing it here :)  In blog-land, she will continue to be known as Chief.

We cannot wait to start decorating her nursery- and to share pictures as we do!

Is it November yet?  I'm ready to hold this little angel.

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, June 21, 2013

Oh, Internet...{22}

We have an exciting post coming up on Monday :)  But today is Friday, and Friday means a roundup of awesome internet things- which is also exciting!

It was only a matter of time!  This is awesome! // Check out this article on the Onion Pi on BoingBoing

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is an up-and-coming X-Box game that Mr. Geek and I may actually be able to play *together*!!
I. Want. This. Dress. // via Delightfully Tacky

Miss Campfire is incorporating dinosaurs into her wedding decor and I think that's awesome!  Check out her post about her love of dinosaurs over on Weddingbee!

Men are weaker than women.  Boom.  Science.  (And I don't normally like NPR...)

What exciting 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, June 19, 2013

SYTYCD Season 10 Expectations

Did you watch the Top 20 Exhibition Show last night?  I did- and since I'm a loser, I took some notes.

Not very many though.  I was mainly just glued to the screen, yelling at Cat to shut up so they could get on with the dancing.  But here's what I came up with:

First of all, I understand the logic behind these "meet the top 20" episodes, because it gives them a chance to perform group choreography in their own style with (little-to-) no pressure because no one is voting based on these routines.  It's a warm-up for the dancers, and it lets the audience compare them to their immediate competitors- those in their own style.

But I don't know if it's just harder for these choreographers to come up with group routines, or if they don't know the dancers well enough to create for them yet, but I'm always a bit underwhelmed by the performances in these episodes.  And yet the judges rave about the dancers and how they're the best that have ever been on the show and the bar has been raised and on and on...with the exception of Adam Shankman last night- he kept it real and offered actual critiques when necessary because from the moment they hit that stage, the competition has begun, voting or no.

Ironically, I think the best routine of the evening was the one with the animators, who I suspect will be among the first to leave the show because they will have a hard time picking up choreography in other styles.  And yet the choreography of that routine- where they looked like mannequins come to life- was the most exciting and the best executed of the evening.  (I think the credit really goes to Christopher Scott for that one- he's also responsible for the most amazing bits of the League of Extraordinary Dancers.)

An honorable mention (for choreography, anyway) goes to Mia's contemporary routine because SHE IS AMAZING YOU GUYS.  Need I say more?

This year, I really want to see a tap dancer win.  Maybe it's because there are no ballet dancers this season, but I'm really pulling for the tap dancers- especially Curtis, who is adorable.  (Maybe I feel this way because of his emotional epiphany during Vegas week- "I've never danced like this before!")

Finally, based on the all-girl and all-boy routines at the end of the show, I think the boys, once again, look more formidable than the girls.  This may be due to the fact that I kind of didn't like the girls' routine, and the boys' routine (with the sand...that was genius) was, once again, Christopher Scott.  Still, whatever the reason, I liked the boys better.  (That's kind of a theme with me.  Maybe I'm just always harder on the female dancers?)

So- did you watch last night's Top 20 Reveal?  What did you think?  Any early stand-out favorites for you?  Any choices you disagree with?  Anybody else have a girlcrush on Mia?

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, June 17, 2013


So, this was kind of me in high school.

I've basically always been the type of person who needs to be right, and is always convinced that she is- just ask Mr. Geek.  Luckily for me, in high school, at least, I was always right- in the classroom, anyway.  (In college it was a little harder to be smarter than the teachers...but not always.)  So yeah, I've been known to argue myself some points on crappy test questions like the one in this video- and more often than not, I won.

So what about you- were you the obnoxious know-it-all in high school?  (Are you still?)

Much love,
The Geeks

Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh, Internet... {21}

And once again I am relieved to have made it to Friday!  (Although honestly this was a fairly good week, all things considered.)  Here's this week's roundup of internet awesomeness:

Lauren from Fizz and Frosting looking fabulous, as usual

I found this tutorial on Offbeat Home for how to make your own fitted sheets, and I've already purchased fabrics to make some for Chief's crib!  I promise to post pictures once I'm done :)

Shayla at Northern Exposure shared why it was so necessary to find out her baby's sex.  (Spoiler alert: she's having a girl!)  Mr. Geek and I are adamant about finding out, too- not because of medical reasons (thank heavens), but because we want to know as much about Chief as we possibly can to help us bond as a family even before Chief arrives.

The Kitchn shares the news that the American Psychiatric Association has officially labeled caffeine withdrawal as a mental health disorder.  (Mr. Geek, feel free to insert your jokes about the past 19 weeks here.)

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, June 12, 2013

A Few Minutes of Something Beautiful

The So You Think You Can Dance Vegas call-backs started last night, so I'm a little dance-obsessed at the moment.  (Spoiler alert: I will be dance-obsessed for the remainder of the summer because of this show.)

What's your favorite style of dance?  On SYTYCD I'm partial to the contemporary pieces, and I always root for the classically-trained ballet dancers.  What can I say- I'm a purist!

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fashion Adventures: Those Summer Nights

Outfit photos, take 2.

I'm still working on the awkward facial expressions, but I think this shoot turned out better than the last.


These photos were taken at 16 weeks and 5 days.  The belly has definitely been growing- but sporadically.  But I've got to be honest with you- much of that growth is not the baby.  Especially while we were on vacation!  I had been doing a pretty good job of sticking to healthy-ish foods- you know, for the most part- but then we went on vacation...and there was cookie cake...and cupcakes...and oreos...and people insisting "but you're eating for two!" my self-control kind of went out the window.  Not to mention the fact that we were in the South and every restaurant had sweet tea- actual sweet tea- so I didn't exactly drink as much water as I should.  We went to the doctor right after we got back for our 18-week check-up and the weight gain has been exponential!  Gah!  It's not that I'm upset at having gained weight- it's just that I want to control it a little more and make sure it's healthy weight gain and not just fat- and sugar-based.  Since we've been back in the real world, I've definitely gone back to eating a normal amount of food and not a vacation amount of food, and the belly has gone back to being more bump, less gut.

Once again, I'm proud to say that this dress is not actually maternity clothing.  Very early on, my clothes started getting too tight, and although I wasn't quite ready for a trip to Motherhood Maternity, I didn't really have a whole lot of options in my closet that would fit.  Since I'm only 5'2 1/2" (that half inch really makes a difference, y'all), I don't usually wear a whole lot of maxi dresses, as they make me look...well...short.  I also don't wear a lot of empire waist clothes because I've always thought that cut makes me look...well...pregnant.  I went ahead and hopped over to Kohl's and scooped up a couple of tropical print maxi dresses that should be able to get me through the whole summer and I'll be able to wear them next summer, too, in my post-baby body.  (You know, in theory, considering my aforementioned dislike for their cut and length.)


Dress: Kohl's
Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: gift
Watch/bracelet: Kohl's
Shoes: Simply Vera by Vera Wang via Kohl's (different color, same style)

Just after we took these photos, Mr. Geek treated my sisters and I to a delicious, fancy dinner at this beautiful little restaurant in Sylacauga called Buttermilk Hill, recommended by my dad.  We had a lot of fun and it was the perfect way to say goodbye to everybody after a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Moms- how much of your wardrobe did you continue wearing post-belly?  And non-moms- are you a maxi dress person, or do you prefer shorter skirts?

Much love,
The Geeks

*all photos are personal, taken by the wonderfully talented Mr. Geek

Friday, June 7, 2013

Oh, Internet... {20}

Whew, this week.  I love road trips, I love visiting with family, and I love not being at work, but geez.  I'm still catching up on laundry!  So I apologize for the lame attempts at blog posts this week- next week will be much better, I promise.  Here are some not-lame things that happened on my internet this week.

This book is meant for "young readers" but I think the pictures- and especially the music- could be perfect for Chief early on... // image via Apartment Therapy
No, you're not crazy- that's a NEW book by J. R. R. Tolkien (supplemented by his son Christopher) and I WANTS IT. // image via Hypable

Hello, perfect ModCloth sandals...

Shayla at Northern Exposure shared this wonderful post on pregnancy body image issues.  I think this is an important discussion to have- and that women shouldn't have to be ashamed to admit that yeah, this weight-gain thing makes us feel weird, even if (some of) that weight is due to the presence of the tiny human being that we love so very, very much.

I have watched exactly one episode of 'The Bachelor' in my entire life, and yet I absolutely adored this post from Karisa Tells All.  This chick cracks me up.  If you're not currently following her blog, you're either crazy or have no sense of humor

Have I mentioned how much I love View Along the Way?  It's so refreshing to see an interior design blogger- any blogger, really- admit when she fails at something, or just that she isn't always perfect.  (And yet I think that little box is adorable and would display it proudly!)

Have you tried any of the sandwiches in Miss Emma's roundup of the Top 5 Disney Sandwiches over on A Pinch of Pixie Dust?

What happened on your internet this week?

Much love,
The Geeks

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Future Won't Suck

Apologies on this post being late- turns out it's taking more effort than I thought to recover from our vacation!

In the meantime, check out this video from Hank Green.  I don't always agree with Hank's opinions, but I certainly agree with this one.

Much love,
The Geeks

Monday, June 3, 2013

Not a Hoax

We're on the last leg of our road trip, and will finally be home tonight, in our own bed...and honestly I'm very excited.  Don't get me wrong, I love roadtrips, and I especially love hanging out with our families, but after being away from home for almost two weeks, I'm starting to miss a normal schedule.  Not that I want to go back to work for Heaven's sake...

So while we drive, enjoy this awesome and educational Mental Floss video.  Have you ever seen any of these hoaxes floating around on the interwebs?  Be honest- did you fall for any of them? (I won't mock you...too badly...)

Much love,
The Geeks