The Year of Self-Improvement and Self-Investment

Photo courtesy of Mateus Lunardi Dutra
Photo courtesy of Mateus Lunardi Dutra

A few months into 2014, I decided to dub the year the Year of Unabashed Nerdy-ness and endeavored to fully embrace my inner geek in a more noticeable way. And despite my extensive lapse in blogging, I had an extremely successful year in general nerdery. I bought and wore a lot of geek-inspired clothes and jewelry that I wear regularly, and I made connections with fellow nerds because of my Pokemon earrings and goofy shirts.

My gorgeous typewriter bag continues to be a source of happiness and pride, and the most-complimented item I have owned in my life. It’s more stylish than I am. But I digress.

Despite it being a little later in the year, I’ve decided to dub 2015 the Year of Self-Investment and Self-Improvement. My goals for this year involve learning new skills, making myself more marketable, figuring out my personal sense of style, and editing down my possessions. Read more

The Early Bird Challenge

Photo courtesy of David Pacey
Photo courtesy of David Pacey

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your daily routine, and for a long time my morning rituals have been less-than-stellar.

Most days, my alarm goes off at 7am and I snooze for about 10 minutes, leaving me with just enough time to slap some make up on my face, toss my hair into some kind of acceptable up-do and run out the door at 7:30 to head to the office.

That’s not much of a morning routine, and it doesn’t set the stage for a fruitful or productive day. That’s why I’ve decided to hold myself to an early-rising challenge.

For the next three weeks, I’m going to wake up at 6am and GET.SHIT.DONE. Read more

Sunday Funday Link Round-Up

Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn
Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn

Hey guys! How was your weekend? I spent yesterday taking my cat to the vet for some preemptive check ups, and shopping for a gala dress for a work event. Tomorrow, I’m spending some quality time with my sister in the city.

What did you get up to? Maybe you should check out some of these links and spice up your internet browsing.

And away we go…!

A company that makes exact plush replicas of your pets? Sign me up!

The International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club just celebrated their 2 year anniversary(!!!) and they have a great post about the evolution of their logo design.

I’m currently lusting over this delicate mountain-top necklace from Etsy.

This print describes my home life perfectly.

Need some inspiration for your morning routine? Check out this website dedicated solely to interviewing entrepreneurs and successful folks about their morning habits.

DC recently released a controversial design for the Batgirl Endgame comic, and backlash was so negative that they wound up pulling it. (I’ve read The Killing Joke, and I wasn’t a fan of the cover.) Take a moment to read and decide for yourself.

Please excuse my while I copy every adorable detail of this Portland home tour.

So let me know if you loved any of the links and have a great Sunday!

Geek Anxiety: When You Just Don’t Have Time to Love ALL THE THINGS

Photo courtesy of Sara V.
Photo courtesy of Sara V.

One of the best things about being a geek who’s active in a variety of online geeky communities is how much enthusiasm you encounter. John Green truly said it best when he said “Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it.”

This excitement and enthusiasm, coupled with a societal culture that has recently made traditionally obscure geek interests– like comic book heroes and video gaming–mainstream means that there is a never-ending supply of geeky television shows, movies, books, podcasts, toys, and games being introduced–and an equally countless number of nerds expressing their delight with said items. Read more

Sunday Funday: A Quick Link Round-Up

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden
Photo courtesy of David McSpadden

It’s Sunday evening, and I’m relaxing after a busy St. Patty’s day weekend of adventuring and nursing a cold. Fortunately, the weather is warming up considerably, and it seems that spring has finally sprung in Chicago.

This is a new blog series I’d like to try. Basically, a quick link roundup of interesting bits and bobs I’ve found on the internet lately. Sound good? Tally hoe, then!

Are you in need of a t-shirt featuring a cat flipping the bird? I know I am.

Did you know that a volcano in Costa Rica has been experiencing eruptions for the first time in 125 years?!? The ash has even shut down the international airport in San Jose.

Anyone regularly use hair oil to tone down frizz? I’m thinking of giving this hair oil a shot.

Apparently there’s a HUGE discrepancy in the face-shapes of male characters and female characters in Pixar films. Color me surprised.

Love lagunitas beer? (My bf and I have visited their brewery here in Chi-town). Here’s how they overcame a drug bust and experienced seriously drastic growth.

I’m a huge fan of both home tours and curiosities. One of my favorite bloggers, The Dainty Squid, combines both! Check out a few of her incredible apartment tours: living room (and adorable bike dress), vanity table, and home office. (I NEED a set of lockers in my future office!)

Write in the comments and let me know what you think!



Subtle (and GORGEOUS) geek jewelry you can wear every day!


I don’t know about you guys, but even though I like rep myself as a loud-n-proud nerdy girl, I tend to keep things on the subtler side in my daily life. My current work dress code is quite casual, but I still can’t rock my TeeFury shirts in the office without receiving some serious side-eye. And while I love and wear my pokeball earrings and piece of heart necklace on a regular basis, I also find it fun to invest in some more classic-looking geek jewelry.

In the last week, I splurged and bought two stunning pieces–a ring and a necklace–that are ultra cute and ridiculously nerdy! Read more

27 Reasons Getting Older is Awesome (But Actually it’s 17 Reasons, whatevs)

Photo courtesy of Aih
Photo courtesy of Aih

So a bit over a week ago, I turned 27. I decided to compile a list of 27 reasons why getting older is kind of awesome, but then I got distracted with simultaneous birthday celebrations and celebrations for my boyfriend, who passed his nurse licensing exam.

It’s been a very exciting time for both of us.

Despite a lot of brainstorming, I couldn’t actually come up with 27 reasons why I’m glad to be on the so-called “wrong” side of 25. It’s not that I couldn’t come up with 27 if I REALLY tried–it’s just that I have other things to do that are more important. . (Please see # 10 if you have an issue with that.)

Also, a lot of these reasons are all-encompassing, Big Picture-type reasons, and lots of smaller reasons would fit into each category.

I hope you’ll enjoy my reasoning here. And if you don’t, it’s no skin off my nose. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have mature 27-year-old things to do…


1.  Mo’ Age = Mo’ Wisdom

This is kind of a no-brainer, sure, but it’s also totally true. The older I get, the more I feel I have the knowledge I need to tackle life in general. Or just find my way around the city. Or answer difficult emails in a concise and professional manner. Or write silly blog posts about ageing.

2. Better sense of self

I’ve had 27 years to get to know myself. I have a better sense of what I like and dislike, what I’m truly capable of, and what I struggle with. And I’ve also had the time to go on adventures and push myself to the limit. (Like that time I moved to Costa Rica on a whim?)

I feel like a complete person, even if I’m still learning and growing. I feel like I know a lot more about who I am these days, and that alone makes getting older worth it. Read more

Calvin and Javs


My life has been so incredibly filled with cute lately, and I want to dedicate today’s blog post to that cuteness. Allow me to present our newest addition to the family, Calvin.

My boyfriend and I have been considering getting a second kitten for a long time now, and for a number of reasons, and I’m so glad we finally did. One of our reasons for adopting another cat was that our life was decidedly lacking in chaos and knocked-over knickknacks. Another reason was that I was worried my 4 year old cat Ezra was lonely during the day and needed a friend. Read more

Baby, what’s your sign

Photo courtesy of Nik Cyclist
Photo courtesy of Nik Cyclist

I recently had a really interesting discussion with a friend about horoscopes, and I thought I’d write about it here on the blog and see what you guys you thought about it.

As a kid, I was extremely interested in astrology. From the ages of 10-14, I spent an embarrassing amount of time on and learned everything I could learn about my personal star sign, Aquarius. (Being a bit of a romantic, I also focused a lot of energy learning about my so-called “perfect” romantic matches–Gemini, Sagittarius, and Libra. Then I promptly fell in love with a Capricorn. Go figure.)

I was chatting with a friend recently about our respective signs, and how, despite my generally logical, science-minded approach to life, I consider myself a typical Aquarius. Read more

Beginning Again

Photo courtesy of Chris Ford

If you follow this blog with any semblance of regularity, you may have noticed my prolonged absence. About 6 or 7 months ago, I switched jobs and moved to Chicago and my entire life changed.

And while I truly intended to keep up with my blogging, I had to re-focus my attention on my career, my relationship, and general self-care. However, a lot has changed during my 7 month hiatus, and my goal in 2015 is to bring blogging back into my life.

Expect a lot of changes here. The theme will be switching up and I may do some spring cleaning of old posts, categories. Pretty much the works.

Please stick with my through the changes. I’ve got a TON of fun new stuff to tackle and many new adventures to write about.

Cheers my dears,