“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


The Wednesday Weblink

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Each Wednesday I will be sharing one of my favorite links with you. This week I'm introducing a new favorite of mine.

A few nights ago the Geek was up in the middle of the night with a cold that wouldn't let him sleep (which, I might add, he so graciously passed on to me - thanks a lot, honey). While he was up, however, he stumbled upon a link to one of the funniest websites I've ever seen. It's called
Prangstgrup ("Pranks Group" in German).

The idea is that these people go around pulling different public pranks and taping them. They aren't mean to people or invasive of their privacy. They just make people turn their heads in wonder. They are hilarious. We were laughing so hard it hurt.

I would especially recommend the Musicals (Lecture Musical and Library Musical) and Startup Sound is funny too...and Public Hygiene...and Silent Dance Party.... Oh heck, just watch them all.

Warning: Most of he pranks we watched were pretty clean, but a couple were questionable, so I wouldn't recommend watching them if your kids are nearby.

Another Warning: We have cable internet so they downloaded pretty quickly. If you have dialup, I would expect them to take a while. Sorry.


What A Lovely Surprise!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's 6 am and I'm normally not up these days until about 6:30. My bladder and my head cold woke me from sweet slumber with no hope of reprise at about 5:40 this morning. The bladder I'm used to waking me up. Not so much with the head cold. Bleaccchhhh. The right side of my head feels like it's going to explode. I really hate that.

So anyway, I got up and of course the first thing I ever do in the morning is login to my computer. After I let my bladder have its way, blew my nose three times (or was it four?) and started some water for tea, I sat down and checked my email.

Hmmmm. That's strange. I had about 10 emails telling me people had commented to my chocolate post. Now I did expect it to garner some amount of discussion since just about everyone seems to have a strong opinion one way or another about the topic, but I didn't expect quite that many in one morning.

So I dug in and started reading them. Blog comments always take precedence over other emails you know. As I read the first words from JennyPenny, "let me be the first to congratulate you..." I thought, "Congratulate me? For what?" Honestly, the only thing I could think of in that split second before I finished her sentence was that she might be congratulating me for my new title.

Then I finished the sentence. "...on being the site of the day at micheles...."


The only thing that kept me from screaming out loud and waking my dear sleeping Geek was my incredible capacity for squashing my emotions into my head and never letting them escape my mouth. Although I'm pretty sure at that moment that my eyes were as big as saucers and my jaw dropped to a previously unachieved low.

My fingers on mouse and keyboard did a 50 yard dash through cyberland where I threw open my comments for the day and devoured them all. And they all said the same. "Hi Michele sent me!" "Hello, Michele sent me!" "Michele sent me to visit the site of the day!" "Came via Michele today." "Hi Geekwif! Michele sent me..." Oh so many "Michelle sent me's"!

My next stop was Michele's world to be sure it was true. Not that I don't believe all of you darling readers who came to visit today, but sometimes a girl just has to see the good news for herself. And there it was. My very own description by the illustrious Michele.

"Please go say hello to Geekwif. She is engaging, amusing, and she has a chocolate request."

And so many of you did! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone who comes to visit chez Geekwif today! I will attempt to return the visit to you all within the next few days. And please read on for the chocolate request.


Crusader of the Chocolateless World

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Since I haven't been blogging much lately, I thought I would attempt to satisfy your all-consuming craving for the words of the Geekwif by posting part of a conversation Blond Girl and I had this morning by Instant Message. I won't guarantee it won't bore you, but it made me laugh and because of it, I now proudly sport a new title.

Note: The following conversation has been edited for content and brevity.
Also note: All names have been altered to protect the anonimity of the, and the not-so innocent.

Blond Girl: I am making my wonderful choc chip pancakes. I was wondering if you want a few plain ones?

: Oooh. Lovely. The house will be full of chocolate aroma! (Please note the sarcasm in this statement. For those of you who don't understand why, please see #97 in my 100 Things.)

: Oh, they're just little chips! You can handle that! Can't you?

: I know. I just had to give you a hard time.

: Like I said to Curly Girl this morning, how a girl who hates chocolate became my best friend is beyond me!

: Plain ones actually sound pretty good. I could probably go for a couple.

: Cool. I'll make you some plain ones then,

Yeah. I actually have to wonder how I got to be any woman's friend ever since very few are anything less than complete chocolate addicts.

BG: You know, you're right. I think chocolate and estrogen are pretty closely connected in most women.

GW: I love the fact that Kristi (Interrupted Wanderlust) hates chocolate too. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one out there.

BG: Well, my mom's best friend HATES chocolate as well. So no, you're not the only one. Just one of a small yet highly vocal minority.

GW: Well, you know. We few have to defend our mighty cause.

BG: Yes, you go, you knight of the chocolateless world!
BG: Or would that be princess?
BG: Women aren't knights
BG: Perhaps crusader, like Joan of arc..
BG: Ok, I'm being silly now.

So there you have it.

Crusader of the Chocolateless World

I boldly proclaimed my new title to the Geek and he just about choked. Not in laughter as I would have anticipated, but in horror of the word
chocolateless. He instantly proclaimed it an abominable word because it sounds so awful - not because of its meaning. Yes, he is an amateur linguist.

He promised to devote 2 of his brain cells to finding a better word to replace it so that I could keep my newly beloved title, but when I asked him about it later he said he had already reassigned those two brain cells to another task. Hummphh.

So now I am appealing to you, my devoted and cherished readers. If any of you has any suggestion for a word to replace chocolateless, I'd love to hear it. I've thought of a couple but nothing that has thrilled me yet. Anyone?


Excuses Excuses....

Monday, October 17, 2005

I thought I should check in and let you know that the Geekwif's blog hasn't been shut down, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and I do plan to post again soon. Yes, I do have excuses for not posting in the past several days. I'll leave it to you to decide whether they are valid excuses or not.

Excuse #1: My PC is still not working. It would have been fixed by my favorite Geek by now if not for the fact that we have had other things occupying our time lately. He is planning on working on it this evening so hopefully I'll have it back by tomorrow. I really need to become a one computer girl. My Mac never throws diva fits like my Windows PC does.

Excuse #2: I started a new job last week. I've been a full-time homemaker since March and loving it, but it has come to the point where we need the money so I took a temp job which will last through the end of the year. We're hoping that in a couple years I can go back to the homemaker thing again, but for now.... So the point of all that is this: I'm not used to having something outside of home eating up 9-10 hours out of my day. I'm still trying to remember how I used to juggle all this stuff in the few hours that are left. This isn't a pity party. I'm simply stating a fact. I'll let you know when I figure it all out. I wouldn't hold your breath though.

Excuse #3: We were out of town again on Saturday. We went up to the lot to caulk a corner on the camper that was coming apart. Then we went to the Geek's grandparents for lunch and stopped by his parent's lot to check on some trees that they planted earlier this year. Sunday was declared a no-work-day by the Geek. After church, I did a couple loads of laundry and tried to read a book but ended up taking a 2-hour nap instead.

Excuse #4: My sister-in-law provided us with a fresh hit of Battlestar Galactica on VHS and DVD as well as the first season of Lost on DVD. Since we don't have cable, she has to keep us supplied by taping episodes of BSG. We're caught up now through the 2nd season. Last night we had the DVD extras from season 1 to watch. As for Lost, we've never seen it, but she assured us that we would become instantly addicted - just what we need. Tonight will be grocery shopping/computer fixing/laundry folding night among other things, so we won't be starting Lost just yet. If you're really really lucky, I might just get around to posting my "All About Me Monday" tonight.

So there you have it. And I am so out of time now that it's not even funny. I have to leave for work in 3 minutes and I haven't done hair or makeup yet.

Oops - 2 minutes....


The Wednesday Weblink

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Each Wednesday I will be sharing one of my favorite links with you. This week I introduce you to one of my favorite addictions: - specifically, BHG's Room of the Day.

Every morning when I log on to my computer, this is one of the first websites I check. There is always some new eye candy awaiting me there. If I love the room for that day or if some element of it inspires me, I will save it in "My Favorite Rooms". Currently there are 43 rooms in "My Favorite Rooms". It's a sickness, I know.

So the question I must ask is this: Is it antiquated of me to adore Better Homes and Gardens? It is a magazine that has been read by our mothers and grandmothers for many years after all. Is the antiquated effect negated by the fact that I read it online? It still contains the same kinds of articles as the paper magazine. Somehow the shnazzy high-tech effect that lets you zoom in on the pictures makes it seems a little less old-fashioned and a little more geeky.

I don't know. What I do know is this. If you are at all inspired by decorating ideas, enthralled by interior design, or captivated by the beauty of a well-decorated room, you will love this site. So come, click on a picture of a beautiful room; zoom in to get a closer look at every detail of the toiles, plaids, wood, stone and vibrant paint colors; and join me in the ranks of the old-fashioned geeks!


Coming Soon To A Blog Near You!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I'm here! I'm alive! I didn't freeze or get eaten by bears (or raccoons) or fall off a cliff. We got back from the camping trip Sunday. Yesterday consisted of mountains of laundry and very sore legs. They're better now - the laundry and the legs.

I'll tell all soon, but there are photos that must accompany the narrative. Since my PC is still not working, I can't get those pics ready to upload yet. Hopefully in the next day or two I'll have something for you. Sorry for the wait. It'll be worth it, I promise. The pictures are gorgeous if I do say so myself.


Friday Family Photo

Friday, October 07, 2005

Well, I tried to get another old family photo for today (which I was going to post last night so I didn't have to this morning), but my PC is out of order for the moment and that is where all those photos are stored. I have a couple photos on my Mac (the computer I do all my posting from) which I thought I might use, but they are all too big and I can't upload them.

So, until the Geek can fix the PC, which won't be until after our camping trip, I have no photo for you. Sorry guys. You'll just have to wait. I know how horribly disappointing this is to all of you and I hope it doesn't ruin your weekends, but it's just how it is. (Please note the touch of sarcasm.)

So until Monday, have a great weekend. I know I will!


Autumn Camping Trip

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Geek and I are going camping this weekend! We'll be heading out early tomorrow morning to a campground about an hour from home. It's actually only a couple miles from the lot where our new home will be built next year. Five friends will be meeting us there over the weekend and we'll be doing some hiking on Saturday. Mucho fun!

Yes, it will be cold (the forecasted high over the weekend is 51 degrees), but the leaves should be spectacular this weekend. I'll be sure to take tons of pictures and share some of them with you next week.

Obviously this means that I won't be blogging over the weekend. Not that that's uncommon, but this time I can guarantee it. I am NOT taking a computer with me. No way, no how. I'll try to post some pictures on Monday.

To make up for no posts over the weekend, I am leaving you with some sweet pictures of my Momo (is he not the cutest thing ever!!!??) and an early Friday Family Photo (coming up sometime before I go to bed tonight).

Have a great weekend everyone!!


The Wednesday Weblink

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Each Wednesday I will be sharing one of my favorite links with you. Last week I alluded to the fact that my next Wednesday Weblink would be one that included a Question of the Day. I'm sure many of you who visit me are already familiar with my link today, since the purveyor's name is peppered throughout my posts. For those who do not know her yet, I am pleased to introduce you to my friend, Blond Girl.

Rants, Raves and Revelations of a Blond Girl is a delightful blog full of Sweet Girl stories, quirky anecdotes, sarcastic rants, and the ever popular Question of the Day. Blond Girl's writing style is much like she is herself - sweet with a touch of spice. You will laugh, you will cry, you will answer her questions, and she will be overjoyed to receive your comments to her posts and your answers to her questions.

So please, make my friend's day and visit her; let her know you stopped by and that I sent you. In doing so you will make one Blond Girl and her almost brunette friend very happy girls indeed.


Loser, Loser, Loser

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Yesterday I was out running errands. I went to the post office, the bank, a convenience store, the pet supplies store, and the grocery store. In the course if the day I saw many people and many of them saw me.

I thought it was a little strange when I passed a man on the way into the convenience store and he was staring at me. It was certainly not in admiration of the way I looked. A touch of mascara, blush and lip gloss was all that graced my face - not enough makeup to catch anyone's attention. My clothing (lightweight cotton drawstring olive green capris with a white t-shirt which sported a worn out Jars of Clay logo in aqua and lime green) was so bad I was embarassed to be wearing it in public. I thought perhaps my clothing was as bad as I imagined, and he was staring in disbelief that I would go out in public that way. I shunned that idea though based on the fact that he was a guy and wouldn't have noticed my lack of style.

I considered asking the woman at the checkout if I was fully dressed, but decided against it. Throughout the course of the day, I noticed a few other people looking at me strangely and I tried to ignore it, telling myself that I was being paranoid. I had on pants and a shirt, the proper undergarments and shoes. There could be nothing so terrible to worry about.

Finally I reached home and unloaded the groceries. My bladder was begging for me to visit the bathroom, so I obliged. By this time I had forgotten about the strange looks I'd received all day. As I washed my hands, I looked into the mirror, and what do you think I saw?

There was a big black pen mark on my right cheek in the perfect shape of the letter L. I may as well have walked around all day with my finger and thumb in the shape of an L on my forehead, announcing to the world that I am a Loser.

So my question now is this: Why did no one say anything? If you saw a woman walking around the grocery store with a black pen mark on her face, would you say something? I honestly don't know if I would, though I would think I should. I mean, with all the strange things you see these days, I'd have to wonder if she put it there on purpose. Maybe it was a tattoo gone terribly wrong and I would add insult to injury if I mentioned it.

I guess I can't be too upset with people for not telling me if I'm not even sure I would have, but still it would have been nice. What would you have done?


All About Me Monday - Part 3 (a little late)

Mondays are "All About Me" here at Chez Geekwif. That means I pull an item from my "100 Things" and post about it. Today, we talk about #3 on my list.

3. We were very young.

When I was a teenager, I thought I would never get married. I never had a boyfriend or even a date for that matter, on which subject I will elaborate next week. I thought that if I wasn't married by the time I was 20, I would be ancient. My mother was married when she was 23 and I simply couldn't imagine waiting that long.

I was 21 and the Geek was just three weeks from his 24th birthday on our wedding day. I didn't exactly think I was old at the time, but I was certainly glad I didn't have to wait any longer. I was very surprised to realize that I was the first of all my friends to get married.

When I was in my late twenties, I attended the wedding of a friend who had been my personal attendant several years before. She was 23 on her own wedding day. I couldn't believe how young she was. I hoped she knew what she was doing and that she was truly mature enough to be married. Then I remembered how I felt on my wedding day, and realized that I was not much more than a child myself on that day.

Though we didn't think so at the time, we were both very young. Now we look back with no regrets and are incredibly thankful we found each other early in life. It's been an amazing (almost) 13 years and we're looking forward to many many more ahead.



Sunday, October 02, 2005

It's been a lovely, relaxing weekend, starting with a Friday night date. Date night here in the Geek household is sacred. Nothing trumps date night - well almost nothing. It's been a standing tradition since very early in our marriage and it's lasted for almost 13 years.

This Friday, as I mentioned in an earlier post, we saw the movie, Serenity. It was great. There was more action than in the TV show, and a the movie is a bit more graphic in it's violence, but even I didn't have trouble with it beyond gripping my seat a few times and I'm a total wimp when it comes to movie violence.

For those who have seen the short-lived Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy and Angel) series, Firefly, if you loved the TV show and haven't seen the movie yet, I can tell you this. You will almost certainly love the movie. If you've never seen the series, you don't know what you are missing. It's out on DVD and it's a great show. Perhaps I'll write a bit about it one of these days, but that's not the point of this post, so I shall move on.

Saturday was a girls' day out shopping with Blond Girl and Curly Girl! How much fun did we have?! We were out all day starting at a bead store where I got some beautiful blue leaf shaped beads among others. Blond Girl bought the most beautiful beads to make a birthday gift for me. (My birthday was quite a while ago. I just haven't been able to decide what I wanted until yesterday.) The beads are leaf shaped in pink and green that look just like a sugar maple in autumn. Gorgeous.

After lunch we did some consignment shopping. Blond Girl needed clothes desperately after having lost well over 100 pounds recently. She found a couple pairs of pants, the cutest jacket you've ever seen, and a few great shirts and sweaters. I found a blue and white striped Banana Republic oxford shirt like new for $10 and a comfy cozy pink oversize sweater for winter for $20. I love consignment shopping!

Today the Geek and I skipped church and slept in. We went to Panera for a yummy breakfast (Chai Latte and a Cherry Cheese Danish for me - yummy!), and then headed out to our favorite place - the lot where we will build our home next year.
The leaves are beginning to change colors. By next weekend they will be absolutely stunning, not that they weren't today. Perfect timing since we are going camping in the same area with some friends next weekend. These pictures are of the trees bordering our lot. This will be the view we see from our living room windows in our new house.

This is how we spent our day. If you read a my post a couple weeks ago, you'll know we bought a screen tent to spend the day in, sitting there enjoying the fresh country air. We brought along a simple lunch , some camping chairs, a card table and some books. It's heavenly I tell you...simply heavenly.

This time, as we were setting things up, our neighbor stopped by to introduce herself and her 2 year old son. We talked for a bit, while her little guy went to work picking up the biggest rocks his little arms could carry, and transferring them to other locations, the logic behind which was only known to his busy little brain. Yup, we're going to have some great neighbors, and if the woman we met last time who is considering buying the lot north of ours does so, we'll have another great neighbor.All in all, the weekend was just what we needed - a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of life in the city, a breath of fresh air, and a bit of exposure to the wondrous handiwork of God.