Monthly Archives: September 2010

Christmas Blues

In September?! Well, the last day of September so…in October? Yes! I have the Christmas blues already. Why you might ask? Well after thinking and talking with my husband about it, we are not going to be decorating for Christmas this year.

Now, in order to fully understand to the extent I decorate with you need to know how many bins of Christmas decorations I have. That number my friends it 14. Yes 14 bins of ONLY Christmas stuff. I am not talking about little bins either, but the huge size. I am obsessed with decorating. I love Christmas lights and could probably light the block with as many as I use. Plus most of the decorations are hand-me-downs and hold sentential value to me as well.

You might all be wondering if I love Christmas so much, why would I not be decorating this year? Well here it goes: the day after Thanksgiving is the day I decorate for Christmas. On that day I will be 31w 1d along with my little girl. I usually undecorate around January 13 or so and at that point in time I will be 38w pregnant. See the frustration? Plus, what id the baby comes early? The house will not be put together and I will need to undecorate as well as take care of a newborn.

Now, I know what you all are thinking, why not just let my husband do it all for me. That would be a wonderful idea…if he did it right. I decorate in a specific way and pack things in the tubs when I put them away in a very specific way. I fear he would cause havoc and chaos and I would not be able to stand it (OCD ALERT!). I can only imagine how many broken items we would have by the time he was done.

I cannot just have a house with nothing at all Christmasy in it,  so I have a plan. My plan is to get a small tree (we are talking only 2-4ft tall here) that is pre-lit and just by a few bulbs for it. As it may not be the best or the most fun idea, in the end I think it will be for the best. Next Christmas, the baby will be almost one and I am sure I will go all out. But this year, with just me, my husband, and the 2 dogs, who do I need to go all out for? Sad but true.

Does anyone have some home Christmas crafts they know of? Maybe I could do that route! I will need to look up some fast and easy crafts that I can complete. Ideas are greatly welcome! Maybe I could make the baby an ornament. Hmmm….ideas?!

Anyone else having a baby around Christmas? Are you going to decorate?

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The Fall Line-Up

I love T.V and T.V loves me. I am one of those people who will sit on the couch all day and just watch it. There are so many other things I could be doing with my time, but once I start watching, I just cannot be dragged away. For instance, yesterday there was a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit marathon on, well with my husband at class and no WoW raids happening, I plopped my happy butt on the couch to enjoy in some Benson and Stabler goodness.  Now, let me just add that most of the time I do not just watch T.V, but I also read, blog, and browse the internet with my laptop while I sit there, so not all my time is wasted. 

This brings me to the new Fall shows! I am always so excited when the Fall programming begins. After True Blood ends, I am always itching to start watching my Fall shows. This year, I have four shows that I am watching: House, Glee, Law & Order:SVU, and Supernatural.  This being only the second week of the start of these shows, I cannot say much about how each season is going but I can give a little info (without ruining too much I promise!) for what we can expect.

***Possible spoilers and synopsis of previous seasons!***

You have been warned! 😀

House – I am super excited to see where House will go this season. I have been watching it on T.V for four years now and I own all the seasons. I have probably watched each box set about 7 times. The show is just very addicting for me.

Last season, House was placed in a psychiatric care facility in order to get treatment for his Vicodin addiction. After trying to derail his treatment, House eventually agrees to the therapy his doctor is prescribing. Foreman “runs” the department until House gets his medical licence back (episode 8).

Chase purposely mixes up blood test results of an African politician named Dibala. He is treated for the wrong illness and dies. Chases struggles with his decision and tells Foreman. They both live in guilt for the rest of the season.

Cuddy is with Lucus (House’s private investigator). Wilson is dating his ex-wife. House tests both relationships and hangs out with his team on the off time.

In the season finale there is a crane that collapses and causes people to be trapped underneath a building. House finds a woman who the rescuers cannot get to. He spends half his time sitting with her while rubble is crushing her leg and the rest of the time he tries to diagnose the crane operator. House struggles with the idea to amputate while Cuddy pushes him to. After all their best efforts, the must amputate and the woman dies. House is having issues deal with the death and is ready to take his Vicodin again when Cuddy comes to his house and confesses her feelings for him. The season ends in their kiss.

The first two episodes of season seven are moving right along with Cuddy and Houses relationship and I have quite enjoyed their interactions. the cases are cool as well. I love how they always think it is one thing and then it is really another. For me that never gets old! I am very excited to see how this progresses.

Glee –  I did not watch the first part of season one of Glee last season when it aired, but I bought it when it came out on DVD and watched the second part of the season on TV. I was not really sure how I would like the show, but let me just say I AM IN LOVE! I adore anything that is musical like and for me this is like getting to watch a new musical every week. Plus the vocals and dances are so impressive to watch, I am literally blown away with each episode.

Last season, Spanish teacher Will Schuester decides to take over Glee Club after the former teacher was fired. Will recruits a group of misfit performers for the group. The first part of the season takes you to Sectionals where the Glee Club wins landing them in a place at Regionals which is the finale for the second part of the first season. The season was packed with so much, it is really hard to give a clear synopsis. If you are interesting in episode play-by-plays check out Glee Episode Lists.

The second season is already off to a GREAT start. They are letting other characters shine like Brittany, who really is an amazing singer and dancer. I just took a sneak peek and it turns out Episode 5, which airs on October 26th will be a Rocky Horror Picture Show based episode. I am PUMPED! I love RHPS and cannot wait to see what they can do.   I have dreamt of this episode. 🙂

Law & Order: SVU – I have to admit, I have been a bit lax on watching this show over the years. The time always conflicted with another show and I would just watch reruns on USA. But this season I am watching it when it airs. The first 2 episodes were really really good. They made me remember why I watched the show in the first place. I love Benson and Stabler and their ability to kick some bad guy butt.

Supernatural – I have been a fan of this show since the first episode aired. I mean who would not love watching two hot guys fight monsters and drive a GREAT car? The seasons have been getting better and better, grabbing hold of the major plot.

Last season was epic. And I mean life altering epic. How about this…Apocalypse epic! Yes, you heard right, last season was all about the apocolypse and let me just say it got big. There were laughs, there were tears, and there was pure enjoyment. I will not go into much detail since the season was packed full of so much. But I would suggest picking up the box set, heck pick them all of and watch one of the best shows on T.V.

I honestly thought they were not going to do another season. I mean what else can happen after you stop the Apocalypse? Well they are and I am stoked! The first episode was great. Just seeing Sam and Dean together again and working a job was so prefect. I cannot wait to see what type of monsters they will face this season.

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My Fall line-up is complete and I am super happy. There were other shows I was thinking about checking out this year, but I have not yet. I have heard great things about The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother (honestly who does not love a little Neil Patrick Harris?). I have started watching the reruns of How I Met Your Mother and I thought I would need to see it all before I watched the new season. Would I be confused if I just started watching the new episodes? How about The Big Bang Theory? Anyone love that show?

What are your favorites this Fall? Anything else I should be watching?


A Wicked Review

Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 

Author: Gregory Maguire

Published: 1995

Pages: 406

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a novel by Gregory Maguire. I read this book initially when I was in college, so around 3 years ago and picked it up because I was interested in going to see the Wicked musical (I adore musicals and I heard great things about this one). Sadly, I did not have the money to attend the show, but I started reading the novel, hoping to get a glimpse as to what they show could entail. I loved the book from the first page on, reading it all throughout my classes and at night until it was finished. However, after discussing the book a few months ago with some friends, I decided that I did not remember as much as I wanted to, and the details of the book were fuzzy. So, one day while at Target, I decided to pick up the book, and read it all over again. After just finishing the novel this weekend, I am so glad I read it again!

Wicked  is the story of a green-skinned girl named Elphaba who is born of a unionist ministor named Frexspar and the granddaughter of the Eminent Thropp of Munchkinland, Melena Thropp. She is the older sister to an armless girl named Nessarose and a boy named Shell. The novel starts by discussing the strange birth of Elphaba and her appearance. She not only had green skin but was also equipped with a set of very sharp teeth and a nasty temper.  She also has a huge fear of water. Melena’s childhood nanny was brought in to help raise Elphaba and eventually Nessarose. 

The second part of the book talks about Elphaba’s adventures in Shiz, a university in southwestern Gillikin. It is here where Elphaba meets Galinda, who is descended from a noble Gillikin clan and is the complete opposite of Elphaba; beautiful, wealthy, snobby, and most importantly not green. Being forced to room together, both Elphaba and Galinda cannot stand one another and try hard to not have any interaction. But eventually grow to love each other like sisters.

As to not ruin most of the book, I will just say that there are many events that transpire at Shiz that lead Elphaba down a path that is much different from her classmates/friends. The rest of the book contains political intrigue, love affairs (amazingly written and heart wrenching), assassination attempts, and murder. Sounds nothing like the original Wizard of Oz does it? Well it really is nothing like the movie we all watched as children!

The characters are written with such care, especially when concerning Elphaba, that you can feel for each one of them as they do through their trials. Becoming “the Wicked Witch of the West,” was never Elphaba’s intent as she fought for Animal (capital A, sentient creatures that can be bipedal, talk, and work jobs just like humans can) rights, against the Wizard, and for her own justice (whether it is for self punishment or the punishment of others). You feel for this historically “evil” character, even after all that she has done, whether it is good or bad natured. For me, Elphaba is a strong female character who blossoms and grows throughout the novel into a stronger being. She is in constant battle with her own moral value of a soul. Her ties to the books Saint Aelphaba are shown through her emotions and general lack of religious interest. The books general question seems to be asking if someone can be born evil. I really do not feel this question is even fully answered, though there are many hints in both directions of the answer.

The graphic nature of this book took me back a little. Finding this in the Young Adults section, I first questioned the content. However after the discussion and detail of sex, murder, and bestiality, I thought this novel was meant for an older audience. Personally, I loved the adult nature of a book whose topic seems childlike, and nothing in this book screams childlike to me. The political nature of this book is also something I would think could turn off potential readers. But the detail and understanding Maguire writes with allows even the most politically lost souls (your truly), to follow with ease.

I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 with great characters and a good storyline to boot. I would recommend this book for ages 16+, just so they are at an age where they can understand the language.


So I Got a Kindle…

After debating for months, my mother bought me a Kindle as a Christmas gift, though an early Christmas gift that I got last month when the new Kindles were released. I have to say that I am in love! At first I was apprehensive about the idea of the Kindle. I love reading, but losing the feeling of holding a book in my hands was worrisome. But now I have the ability to read anywhere without having to shove a big book in my purse. Plus, I like being able to get a book in 30 seconds and this is especially nice since I used to order most of my books off Amazon and I hated having to wait for them to arrive in the mail before I could read them. The price of the ebooks is great as well. I have found many books that are free or having sales that I can get cheaper than buying a paperback book used. Even without the sales, I still finding that the max I am spending is 10$ a book. Not too shabby!

I have been spending may weekends and evenings laying around and reading the great books that I have downloaded. They ability to change the print to a comfortable size is nice and the lightweight feel lets me be comfortable when reading.

There are some books that I was not able to find for the Kindle, and that was kind of a disappointment. However, you are able to click one button on Amazon.com and send a request to the publisher to get these books available. I am interested to see if the ones that I picked will ever become ebooks. Another thing I wish that I could see on the Kindle is more blogs. They have a lot, but they are usually not the blogs that I am interested in. I think it would be great if we could get our Google Readers on the Kindle and let us pick the more personal blogs that we enjoy.

Overall, I am glad I received the Kindle. I am going to keep reading books on it and am planning to write a few book reviews of the ones I have finished so far.


The Geeky Mom!

Welcome to The Geeky Mom Blog! My name is Sarindre. I am 24 and currently 22 weeks pregnant with my first child, a little girl due Janurary 27th.  I am also an avid gamer, reader, and movie watcher, just to name a few hobbies. I decided to start a blog for the geeky moms out there where I could discuss video games, books, and the like along with focus on pregnancy and being a mom. I also write a Resto Druid Blog (Through the Eyes of a Tree) for World of Warcraft but I thought I would like to have a general blog where I could talk about more games, books, and babies!

Right now, I work a job as a financial analyst. It is a temporary job that I am for sure not in love with, but I will do so that I can save up some money. My husband works as a game tester for a gaming company here in Austin Texas (I know lucky right!). I am planning on going back to school here next fall. I have a bachelers in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and am about 15 credits into the MBA program. However, recently my husband and I moved from California to Texas and I have to switch schools, losing all but 6 of those credits. I am not sure what I would like to go to school for now. I may switch back to Psychology or even go to something new!

Here are some of the things I am taking part in currently:

Games –

  • World of Warcraft (Playing a Resto Druid)
  • Bioshock 1
  • Final Fantasy 13
  • Halo Reach
  • Starcraft 2

Books Reading Now –

  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • The Eye of the World. Book 1 of The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

Books Just Finished –

  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin

I will be writing about each of these topics in the upcoming weeks in the form of book and game reviews and along with adding some baby news and pregnancy talk.

So join me here at The Geeky Mom to talk about all things geek!