Saturday, January 31, 2015

Five Valentine's Day Gifts For Geeks

Yes, the day to shower the one you love with gifts will soon be here. But what do you get that special geek in your life? Here are some suggestions that I have in order to make your geek have an out of this world Valentine's Day.

First you can never go wrong with flowers right? Well ThinkGeek has the perfect 8-Bit Flower Bouquet.

I mean come on it's cute, it brings back memories, and it has a stand. Your geek will love it.

Now, most geeks like science. You can get Personalized Periodic Table Drink Coasters from ShopGibberish.
Ask for the symbols for the elements Lutetium, Vanadium, and Uranium. And your coasters will spell out Lu V U. It's a gift a chemistry geek will thoroughly enjoy.
 
Well there will be a few individuals asking someone to marry them on Valentine's Day. When I was looking for totally awesome geek gifts, I found Custom Made who crafted this engagement ring.
 
 
And if you are looking for something that is just cute. You can try some Kigurumi fleece pajamas for you loved one. They are really cute!
 
Check out LoomyShop they have loads of styles for men and women.
 
This one is for those Trekkies out there. You can purchase a conversational Klingon app for your iPhone.
 
 
It has flashcards and it helps with pronunciation. It's a great way to learn Klingon. 
 
So that's my list, let me know what you plan to buy your special geek.
 
Music to blog by White and Nerdy by Weird Al



Friday, January 30, 2015

The Package

This is Captain again, and I have to tell you all about the package. Yes, earlier this week we heard the doorbell ring. As usual I was sitting as close to my pet human as possible. She started to stir when the doorbell rang so I naturally looked at her. I have always found that reminding my human that my comfort is the most important thing on earth is very wise. She simply replied to my look by saying I have to answer the door. It seemed important to her so I went along with it.

 
She came back with something. It was a box. It was addressed to me. Well me and my roommate, but this is my story. My pet human set the box down and she was ignoring it. But I sniffed the box. And there was a scent I recognized coming from that box. A scent that drives me wild. So I immediately attempted to open the box. I needed to get into that box.
 
My pet human finally recognized my need to get into the box. So she provided me with some much needed assistance. The box was opened. And the scent grew stronger. I dove into the box. I must find what had the scent. It was some stuffed cloth, a toy for me. The toy was for me and me alone. And the scent was catnip! I carried the toy off.
 
And don't you know that roommate of mine thought she could play with it. Well I had to teach her a lesson. So I gave her a big swat. So she backed off for a moment, but then she returned. I had to keep my guard up, but then I needed a nap. That roommate of mine she stole my toy filled with catnap while I was sleeping. I mean the nerve of her.
 
But the main point of this post is I want to say thank you to the person who sent me the package. I am most pleased with my toy, and I look forward to the next package I receive. Perhaps, you would be kind enough to send me some tuna next time.
 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Geek's Serenity

 
A geek's serenity is a cup of hot tea and some quality time with everyone's favorite zombies.
 
Music to blog by Zombie by The Cranberries

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snow Day Sheriff Badge DIY

It's winter and those snow days are here. Days where kids rejoice because there is no school, and parents wonder how are they going to keep these kids busy all day? Here's a simple snow day sheriff badge DIY that is made from items around the house already.

Here's what you need.
Cardboard
Modge Podge
Gold or silver paint
Sharpee
Clasp pin
Pencil
Scissors

Here's what you need to do

First draw sketch a star onto your cardboard. Then cut it out. Then draw another one that is smaller than the first one. Cut it out. And then draw five circles. And of course cut them out. You'll end up with something like this.

 
Next glue the small star on top of the larger star. And then the circles in the five points.
 


Next paint the cardboard with silver or gold paint. I used glitter paint.

 
Now use that sharpie to write the word sheriff on the star.
 
And finally glue a clasp pin onto the back.
 
And you have a sheriff badge for your snow day sheriff.
 
Music to blog by Left Hand Free by alt-J
 
 



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My mother’s side of the family is from New Orleans. I have such fond memories of visiting family there as a girl, and staying at my Aunt Lorraine’s large brownstone in the French Quarter. I’ve made it back a couple of times as an adult, and really enjoyed the Mardi Gras festivities. Since Katrina left her mark on New Orleans, most of my Louisiana family has relocated to Texas and Florida, although I still have one Aunt a few cousins who have refused to let mother nature scare them away. I’ve decided to go back to my family’s roots and plan a Mardi Gras party for my friends and family here in rural Georgia.



Gumdrops Recipe: great for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this is such a CUTE and easy recipe to make during the fun and lovvy season! Making Gumdrops (which includes applesauce) just requires a few ingredients and your favorite people to make them. This would be great for a Classroom treat or to make a homemade Valentine’s Gift for someone that you love!

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast!  This year I wanted to make a treat that is healthy, but still delicious and seasonal, and I came up with this Pomegranate Cherry Yogurt Parfait.


Valentine's Day is a special day for me because it is me and Robert's anniversary! I know, pretty cheesy, right? We actually don't celebrate outside of the house anymore because everyone else is celebrating, so we usually stay home and go on with our daily routine. Then we wait til the day or weekend after to actually where he wines and dines me :) 


Custom Made Kitchen Buffet

We seldom used the table and chairs that were in the kitchen,   so I thought that space could be put to a better use with a buffet to store dishes, glasses, and misc kitchen stuff.    I looked everywhere for a vintage buffet to fit the space and had the storage that I wanted....no luck.    So,  I asked H if he thought he could custom make me one and of course he said yes....gotta love that guy!



Who doesn’t love an easy and inexpensive craft? These simple Valentine’s Day cupcake lights are so easy to make, so sweet to display, and so easy on your wallet! With just a few dollar store supplies, you can make a set of your own and add some glow to your Valentine’s Day d├ęcor. Take a peek below and get inspired, as the season for sweethearts is almost here!



This Momma Loves
American Girl Valentines

Got a girl who loves her American Girl dolls?  I know both of mine do- and most of their friends! Here are some a-doll-able Valentines that they can share with all of their friends- and their dolls!!



These Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter Balls are a perfect last minute addition to any party! Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm planning a party I tend to look for quick and easy foods that can be eaten standing up and with your fingers. That usually means a menu of bite sized tasty goodness. But just because it's small, doesn't mean it can't pack loads of flavor! 




Here is a great Daily Goals Plan Your Life Printable that would go great with my To Do List Printable to help organize your life and time. The Daily Goals Printable has a feature spot for your tip 3 goals, a things to do list, shopping list, call back list, appointments area and a cute little space to help keep track of your daily water intake. The weekly sheet is great for keeping track of your appointments using a week by week sheet.  When used together with the Daily To Do List Printables you can easily create a really cute binder system to help keep yourself just a little more organized.


We believe many things even though we cannot see them. We believe there are nice things inside wrapped presents, even though we cannot tell for sure until we open the box. We believe we have a heart, and it is the right size although we have never actually seen our own heart.  We believe there are rocks on the moon, even though we have never been to the moon.



          Great Skincare At A Fraction Of The Cost


Mid-Thirties…… They are interesting. You really start going from looking like a kid, to a full fledged adult. Whether you want to or not. The little lines around your eyes start to, not only appear but make a daily appearance. The “smile lines” (you know the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth) are always there. And those dark circles that you use to only get when you got no sleep and had a bit to much wine, also start showing up on a normal basis. Ugh… no more simple flawless skin, that you forget to take care of.


I've been making this recipe for years. The first time I made it was for a party for our birthing class.  That was for my first baby, Morgan, who is now almost 29!  After we had all had our babies, we got together for a picnic/party in a park on Mother's Day.  We were all first time parents.  It was so fun to see each other's babies and share our birth stories. And the dessert was a hit!


Now that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, red velvet everything is in high demand! You might even see another red velvet recipe from me next week, I’m sorry, I can’t help it. It’s a problem, I know! LOL.



Terms like "Wedded Bliss" should not exist...because we all know that marriage is never pure joy 100% of the time.  Heck, you're one of the lucky ones if you're batting 500 consistently.  No matter how wonderful your spouse is, it takes an incredible amount of patience to create and sustain a happy home.



All of a sudden it looked complete.  And it looked like we did it on purpose, which was my end game all along. I wish I could take credit for this, but Charles gets all the props, top to bottom. I think I’ll keep him.

We already had the two Ikea bookcases, which were given to Charles for helping a friend move. The stacking kit for the washer and dryer, with tax and shipping, cost $28.42. So we came in under $30. Woop woop!



Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 1
This is one of my very favorite, warm you –through-and-through soups.  Hearty, com­fort­ing and com­pletely sat­is­fy­ing.  I think you will like it too



Hey y’all!!!  We are still fighting the flu over here and man it has been rough (and a little scary at times).  This is the first day I have been able to drag my butt off the sofa to whip up some yummy treats to share with you.
Sooo Valentine’s Day is coming up and it is on a Saturday, woo!!  Oh wait, I’m a mom that means there are no babysitters out there because they are all celebrating with their Valentines.  I don’t mind though, spending Valentine’s Day snuggled up on the sofa with a new movie, a bowl of popcorn, my husband and a warm shared quilt is the perfection.



Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular Holiday for sending cards? Only Christmas ranks higher!
How about you? Do you send Valentine’s cards?




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Auschwitz Survivors

Dear Auschwitz Survivors:

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Many people call it an anniversary, but I believe it is more like a birthday for all of you. It is the day that you were able to start a different life than the one that was forced on you. So in a way you were reborn.

Survivors on liberation day
 
That day you were liberated must have been one of the most emotional in your lives. Finally, the suffering you went through would end. But then there must have also been feelings of anger and sadness. All of you had lost so much. You lost your childhood. You lost people you loved. And there was absolutely no reason for these losses. I can't imagine what it was like trying to adjust to how the real world operates again.
 

Survivor of the Holocaust
 

Each of you that are living is a testament that evil does not have to win. Your long lives remind me that even though we have faced enormous challenges in our lives. Those challenges don't have to be the end of our lives. You all have lived full lives. And you remind us that we can not allow hatred to overtake our society. You remind us of what can happen when we overlook the small things that are going wrong in our world.
 
So to each of you survivors may life present you with joy and happiness. And to the rest of the world we must never forget the events that occurred in these individuals lives so that they aren't repeated.
 
 
 



Monday, January 26, 2015

Wacky Winter Static Hair

It's winter and if you're like me that means static in your hair. I mean sometimes it just looks like this.
 
It's downright frightening how your hair can look in the winter. But there are a few things that you can do in order to reduce wacky winter static hair.
 
1. Be Gentle
 
Be gentle with your hair. Yes, your hair can easily become hypercharged during the winter so make sure that you gently brush your hair with a boar bristle hairbrush or comb. Also, take it easy with your curling iron and blow dryer. Heat dries out your hair, and dry hair has the tendency to be have more static.
 
2. Moisture
 
The air is drier in the winter it is important to keep your hair moisturized. Use a conditioner on the ends of your hair. That's the part of your hair that gets really dry so moisturize it. You can also skip a day of washing. Use something to moisturize your hair on a deeper level. I've been using Old Wives Tale Hair Mask since I received a sample to review. And it has helped.
 
3.  Hair Style
 
During the winter it is so important to get a regular trim. This removes the driest part of your hair, and decreases the chances for static to develop. If your hair is long style it so that it isn't lying against clothing that might cause your hair to go wild.
 
4. Dryer Sheets
 
I know you are saying huh? But carry one of those dryer sheets with you. They are designed to fight static. And well if the first three methods fail you can always take a trip to the restroom and use them on your hair to calm it down.
 
Music to blog by Unhurried Heart by Harlem Shakes
 
 
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Great Blog Train Linky Party 25



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The 25th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: Athens, GREECE. It was a wonderful trip with 40 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner: H.P. (I have contacted the winners by email)
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(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for April 2015).

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Summer Garden Polymer Clay Vase by "Luna Blue Creations"



Treadle Sewing Machine - Repair & Redo by "Redo It Yourself Inspirations"



Writing Thank You Notes by "Five Little Chefs"


Writing Thank You Notes





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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Clash of the Couples Book Review

I was contacted by Crystal Ponti a couple of months ago to see if I would be interested in doing a book review of the new compilation she and a group of bloggers have put together. I was really excited to read the book. Last year I reviewed The Mother of All Meltdowns which was another book that Crystal had put together. I loved the book, and well I knew that the new compilation would be great.

And I wasn't let down. Clash of the Couples shares true stories about relationships. The stories remind me of just how crazy life can be. It covers the everyday dramas that we look back on and laugh. But at the time they were the end of the world. Who would imagine that a sandwich could be the catalyst for an full blown argument? But guess what it happens? It reminds me that the little things are what really make relationships. And it also reminds me that every relationship has had it's moments of insanity. But it also reminded me that relationships are work. There are times when things are great, and then there are those times when you really have to work hard to make it through.

The stories in this collection are humorous. But they also offer insight into what makes a relationship successful. Successful relationship find the humor in the bad times. They celebrate the good times. And most importantly they just don't give up.

So I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain some understanding of how relationships work.




Friday, January 23, 2015

Boxtester

Boxtester
 
Yes, I finally have time to write about my new job. For those of you who forget I am Bobaloo. I have a pet human who writes this blog. And whenever I have the opportunity to grab some time on the computer and write a post myself. I am writing today to tell you about my vocation as a box-tester.
 
I am a natural box-tester. From a young age I have enjoyed exploring tiny spaces. In fact it is part of the way I found my new home. I crawled into a tire well of an RV one night, and I began to announce my concerns about this space to anyone who could hear. Well needless to say I kept someone up all night, and they found me my current pet human. This turned out to be a positive experience since I am fairly happy in my home. So when I noticed a box in the house several years ago, I had to get inside of it and see what it was like. And well I any time a box comes into my home I test it out. These are the methods I use to test a box.
 
1. Sniff the box. I must first assure that there is not another creature residing in the box. Safety first!
 
2. Stand on the box. If the box top is closed it is important to jump on top of the box to see just how sturdy it is. Occasionally, I get a little surprise and I fall into a box.
 
3. Next comes the most important stage in testing a box. I move around in a circle. A good box will allow me to turn around completely. I am a petite feline so this is not difficult.
 
4. The final stage of testing can be a little time consuming, but it is a necessary step in testing. I must curl into a ball and take a nap.
 
Fellow felines feel free to follow this tutorial if you feel a need to test a box in your home. Or you may contact my pet human about our fees for testing out your boxes.
 
Music to blog by Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hey I'm an Important Guy

Relationships with co-workers are the strangest relationships in the world. We don't really choose to spend time with our co-workers. The financial world forces us to spend time with these people. We often like our co-workers and sometimes we become friends with our co-workers. But more often than not they are relationships that we just endure.

I was reminded of this today while I was at work. What reminded me of this? Here's what happened.
All of us are working away. The phone rings. A co-worker answers the phone she goes and gets another co-worker and tells him he has a phone call. I ask another co-worker why did she answer the phone we're technically closed today? The co-worker replies I don't know what she's doing?

A half hour passes we are busy little beavers working away. The phone rings again. The same co-worker answers the phone. She gets the co-worker who had a phone call earlier. We ask her why is she answering the phone? We're closed we don't have to answer the phone. She doesn't reply.

This occurs two more times. Finally, the co-worker who has answered the phone exclaims. You have a phone call. I'm not your personal secretary. Don't they know you're at work? And he comes up with the perfect reply to a co-worker. Hey, I'm an important guy!


The lessons I learned that day. Don't make life more difficult than it is. And don't let anyone shake your belief that you are the most important person in the world.

Music to blog by Then Came the Morning by The Lone Bellow

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If I Had a Million Dollars

Oh, what would I do if I had a million dollars? I've spent some time today dreaming about it. And here is some of how I would blow my mad money.

First I was at lunch with my friend Scott the other day and he said that he needs a new recliner. So if by some chance I come upon a million dollars this afternoon. Guess what Scott is getting?
Since Valentine's Day is coming soon, I would get some Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Hearts.
Their chocolate is so good, and well it's fair trade. And for you coffee lovers they have a Red Cherry Campaign going on right now so for every pound of their coffee you buy they donate 10 cents to coffee growers who are being impacted by climate change.
 
Then what every geek girl who enjoys cooking needs an R2-D2 measuring cup set.
Isn't it just the coolest?
 
I'd buy a copy of Worst Person Ever by Douglas Coupland just because I've enjoyed his other books so much.
 
 
And I'd get a pair of ASICS Gel-Foundation Walking Shoes because I need some new shoes. And these are supposed to be super comfortable. Man do my feet hurt today.
 





So let me know how you would blow a little of that million dollars if you had it.

Music to blog by Your Body Is a Weapon by The Wombats