Web Wonders | Dreaming Big

web wonders

Maybe it’s the beautiful sunny weather we’ve been getting lately (minus a few days this week – really Mother Nature?!), but I’ve been dreaming big time. Dreaming about the DeBoop Etsy shop future, my life as a live streamer, this blog and home decor. And while I’ve been daydreaming, I have come across some pretty awesome things online that make me want to dream even bigger.

  • A very long time ago I dreamed of being a musician and started my “career” with the trumbone. It as actually pretty comical watching a tiny 10-year-old carry that huge case (but that only happened on days that this one fella didn’t walk home with me). While I’ve given up a dream in the music business, I still would love to being able to play this instrument even if I only learned this one song:
  • I’m starting to wish we owned a house, or at least had a landlord that would be fine with us painting the walls. White, or off-white, walls are fine and dandy, but every now and then we need a splash of color in our lives. Or something to break up the monotony of blandness. And when I saw this project from A Beautiful Mess, I was so tempted to call our landlord for approval to paint the walls.
  • While I’m perfectly fine in chilly temps, this past winter was insane and is still continuing to haunt us this week. When is it going to be safe to start our raised bed garden this year?! I’m also dreaming of the cookouts we will have. And wouldn’t it be perfect to make this table before cookout season begins?
  • Just those projects right there are enough to have a full plate of projects. Unless you are a robot or a wizard with time, chances are you are just like me: too many dreams/interests and too little time. But I’m hoping to put some of the good tips from this post to use. Now I finally have the perfect way to use the daily schedule page in my blog planner!

And now it’s your turn!

What have you been up to while I was away?

What has been your favorite web wonder this week?

Review | Gamma Ray Glasses

Ok nerds, a month or so ago I mentioned buying a pair of Gamma Ray computer glasses and promised you a review. Well I’ve had a good bit of gaming time since then, so I guess it’s as good a time as any to share my thoughts on them and how they compare to the more well known Gunnar Optiks.

Where did I learn about Gamma Ray glasses?

A month or so ago I came across this article on LifeHacker (one of my favorite daily reads). The whole reason I clicked to read that particular article was because I have been considering adding a pair of Gunnars to my wish list, but with their price tag I’ve been a bit leery of it. I mean, just think at how many games I could add to my library with that much money (especially with my love for Indie games)! 

Take into consideration that I’m also a tactile kind of girl (I blame the yarnie side of me), who also has issues with the fit of gaming gear. Being small doesn’t always make things easy. Finding headsets to fit my small noggin’ comfortably is a nightmare, which is why I’ve resorted to in-ear headphones for now. And I have the same issue with glasses. So now you see my dilemma.

What do I think of my Gamma Ray glasses?

For the price tag, I’m pretty happy with the results. Sure there are things I wish were different (like adding magnification options to the lenses), but I can now understand how they can help people like me who spend a lot of time on the computer. Spending hours on the computer at the zombie job, only to come home and spend some more time on there blogging or gaming, I can definitely tell my eyes feel strained by the time I give them rest at night.

Here are a couple of personal experience moments to share with you:

  • I know it’s bad for our eyes, but Freak4Geek and I like to game in the dark. Our bright monitors are quite the contrast from a dark room, but I found that when I wear the glasses it’s not as harsh on my eyes. And for those of you wondering, the yellow tint doesn’t distort the color as much as I was expecting. Of course if you are working on a graphic design project that relies heavily on color correctness, there might be an issue.
  • I also like to work “in the dark” at the zombie job. Florescent lights tend to give me a headache, so I usually rely on the natural daylight to brighten the office. One of my busy data entries days we had less that sunny weather, which meant I would normally have to turn on those harsh overhead lights. Instead I put on my Gamma Ray glasses and the yellow tint brightened the room a little, making it easier on my eyes to work in the dreary dark.

I still want to put a pair of Gunnar Optiks in pink, of course, on my wishlist for the future (or would be ecstatic to have them as a sponsor for my future live stream channel – hint hint), but until I’ve saved up enough change in my money jar I am a happy gamer girl with my Gamma Rays.

Please note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, but the opinions are 100% my own. I purchased these glasses on my own and am not compensated for this review.

Apockylypse Gets A Liebster Award

A few days ago the adorably nerdy Steph from Nerdjoy! made me blush. She deemed me worthy of a Liebster Award.

Sure it’s not an Emmy, Oscar or some other award where I get a statue for my mantel. But you know what? I think it’s even more awesome because she seems to think this little blog is something special. And in a way, I do too! Now I’m not tooting my own horn, but I think it’s special because blogging has allowed me to make some super amazing (and very nerdy) friends. And for that, I’m super thankful! Because let’s face it…you guys rock my world!

So thank you so very much, from the bottom of my nerdy heart, Steph!

On with the questions from Steph:

  1. What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Well, to be honest I’m not really ashamed of any of my pleasures. Not to say that there aren’t plenty that others are embarrassed of for me, but who really cares? Not me!
  2. Who would be in your dream Comic Con meet and greet? Simon Pegg (duh!), Nick Frost, Nathan Fillion, David Tennant and Zachary Levi. Could you imagine all my geek crushes in one place? I seriously think my head would explode and I would make a complete fool out of myself.
  3. Spa day! What would be your ideal way to unwind? An actual spa day? Never been to one before, but could I get them to wash my hair & give me a massage (minus a foot rub)? If they don’t do the shampooing, then just a head massage. I swear that makes me relax and forget the daily woes of the zombie job. But if we are talking about my favorite unwinding activities, it has to be: book reading, puppy snuggling, videogaming with Freak4Geek and basically any type of crafting.
  4. What has been your greatest achievement in life? While marrying my sweetheart is the greatest moment in my life, I have to say that my greatest achievement are those expensive pieces of paper (a.k.a. college diplomas) I earned back in 2003 and 2004. I may not be using both of them right now (or ever), but I am extremely proud of challenging myself like I did to get them. It wasn’t easy!
  5. How would you describe your blog in five words? Where crafty and nerdy collide!

Who do I nominate for a Liebster Award?

Bethany from State of Bee-ing

Kelsey from April Sprinkles

Lori from GirlHero

Amanda from Wonderland & Co.

Melissa at Readerly Geek

And, dear ladies, your questions are:

  1. What is your favorite blogging moment?
  2. Who is your biggest nerd/celebrity crush?
  3. If you could marathon watch only one show for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite book to re-read?
  5. If your life was a video game, which game would it be?

Challenge Accepted | 100 Happy Days

happy memories

I’m a curious girl by nature, which accentuates my nerdy tendencies quite nicely. Don’t you think?

You see, when I see someone else talk (or post) about something I’m new to, I naturally have to check it out immediately. So a few weeks ago when I saw this post on A Beautiful Mess, I had to find out more about this ’100 happy days’ challenge. I mean, don’t we all want to be happy?!

So what is the ’100 happy days’ challenge?

Besides the fact that 100 consecutive days of being happy is just freakin’ awesome? It’s a way to document all the awesome little things in our every day lives that are something to be happy about. Because let’s face it, we often get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and forget to enjoy those moments. I’m definitely guilty of that!

And when I came to that realization, you know I signed up as fast as my fingers could type.

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Such A Bad Book Nerd

bad book nerd...read this!

Go ahead and smack me on the hand. I deserve it!

I’ve been a very bad book nerd lately. Not only can I count the number of books I read in 2013 on one hand (totally hanging my head in shame right now), but I apparently let my library card expire. I didn’t even know that could happen, but when I called about my account after seeing something weird when I made an online reservation for a few books I was informed that they now have to be renewed every 3 years. Has it really been over 3 years since I stepped foot in a library?! This has definitely got to be fixed in 2014!

I wasn’t always the book nerd that you see before you. In fact, I used to kick and scream when I was forced to read a book. But things changed my senior year of high school when I was finally allowed a bit of freedom in choosing books to read. All it took was Charlotte Brontë and Jane Eyre to get me hooked, and from there I found many other books that now make me want to curl up on a rainy day & get lost in a good story.

I’m done proofreading my dad’s next book so now I have a bit more freedom in my reading choices, with no deadline hanging over me. Well, sort of. There are actually two online book clubs reading some books that piqued my interest: A Beautiful Mess and Geekocracy. I just picked up the second book from the library yesterday, so I have some nice book-filled lunches in my future this month.

Two books in April, alone? That’s almost half my book quota for 2013!

My second favorite book I’ve ever read is Pride and Prejudice. In fact, I usually read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice once a year because I love those stories so much. So when I read that ABM was choosing Longbourn for April, that was a name that was very dear to my heart. I feel so close to the residents of Longbourn, so being the nosy girl that I am I have to know more of the story.

But Geekocracy‘s choice of John Dies At The End seems like an odd choice for a girl that dreams of living in Austen’s books, don’t you think? Well, to be honest, I’m a bit of an eclectic with my reading preferences. About the only genre that I just can’t get into are romance books. You know, with those covers of Fabio & scantily clad women.

But enough about something I won’t be reading. Last year Josh and I saw the movie John Dies At The End on Netflix, which was an enjoyable movie. I’m the kind of book nerd that would much rather watch the movie prior to reading the book. I have yet to see a movie that was better than the book it was based on, so why disappoint yourself with the movie version that you would enjoy otherwise? After watching the movie, I was very intrigued what random things from the book were left out. And I’ve been wanting to join the Geekocracy crew with Literally Geeky for months, so here’s my chance!

Now that I have both books in my possession, guess it’s time to grab my favorite bookmark and reading glasses. Yep, I’m getting old. Because there should be no such thing as reading or gaming too much, right?

What book(s) are on your reading list this month?

Do you have a favorite book that you re-read frequently? What is it?