Confessions of a Blogger {@thenerdygirlie} #BloggerConfessions

So The Nerdy Girlie asked readers/bloggers to share their own “confessions of a blogger” which I am, when I’m not being horrible at blogging.

1. I am horrible at keeping to or having any kind of schedule.  I have tried countless times to plan a head.  The only time it really worked was when we went to Ireland and I didn’t want to leave the blog empty for a week away. (It should be noted that I have not finished blogging about said trip to Ireland….*adds it to the list*)

Me at the Cliffs of Moher - Oct. '13.
Me at the Cliffs of Moher – Oct. ’13.

2. I usually have NO IDEA what I’m going to write about until I open up a new post page.  Like I said I’m not a planner when it comes to writing, not at all.  Something usually has to pop into my head, be seen on social media, or arrive via the mail to prompt me to write about it.

This guy was on my EW magazine this week...I've just binged on all of Season 1 - so I wrote about it.
This guy was on my EW magazine this week…I’ve just binged on all of Season 1 – so I wrote about it.

3. I could probably use a team of sorts.  You know to help me stay on track and actually plan out posts.  But it’s just me and these furballs.

They don't have thumbs and they are super lazy...
They don’t have thumbs and they are super lazy…

4. I have NO shame when it comes to tagging folks via their Twitter Handle in my blog title.  I have found it is one of the best ways to get people to read something you’ve written.  Is it shameless, yes.  But does it work?  You betcha.  If you look…you’ll see I did it this time around too…

5. I LOVE to blog/write.  So why don’t I do it more often?  Lack of time is one reason. Not having anything to write about is another.  Which is one thing I like about getting stuff to review IT MAKES ME SIT DOWN PEOPLE (hint).

So go on.  What are your confessions as a blogger?

The most amazing things can happen on Twitter to brighten an otherwise shite day {I’m looking at you @amandapalmer}

Most of you who follow me on the Twitters (either account) will have seen that today was not a day to write home about.  I had a crap time of things at work and was generally feeling low.  In fact by the time quitting time rolled around I was 100% done with Tuesday as in going to bed the minute I get home.  But then while I was whining about the fact that we were waiting forever 20 minutes for an oil change that something amazing happened.

I was glued to my phone and Twitter as usual and saw a tweet from Amanda Fucking Palmer.  Basically she tweeted out “where’s my cloves?”  So I did what post people do…I tweeted back *passes clove over*.  What happened next brightened my day in a very big way…

Two count them two tweets!
Two count them two tweets!

I was beside myself.  Little backstory, Amanda Palmer is one of my favorite (tops of the top 3) musicians.  I’ve followed her since the Dresden Dolls up to her solo career.  Go listen to her TED Talk, seriously – I’ll wait.  Better yet check out her website and blog, again I’ll wait.  Long story short….she’s fucking awesome (sorry not sorry for the language Mom).

So to get any response make my heart all a flutter.  Yeah I was fangirling pretty hard in Jiffy-Lube this afternoon (classy right).   So while I had been feeling down before now, well now I’m on flipping cloud 9.  It really is the little things in life people.  Really.

Oh and hey Amanda Fucking Palmer, if you happen to read this….thank you for a little thing, that was a big thing for me.  Oh and I’ll gladly share my cloves and Boone’s Farm better wine with you anytime.  Just say the word.  Love, me.


The Hubbins and I finally watched ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ tonight. I know we are SERIOUSLY behind in our Doctor Who viewing. But we like to take our time and enjoy each episode. What can I say? Ok, fine we don’t have cable and must wait on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime.

What I can say about the episode is summed up in the title of this post.

This man ruins lives.
This man ruins lives.

Seriously I was crying like the girl I am when the episode was over. BUT I look over to see my husband was too. Nice Moffat, real nice. Making two gown adults cry like that.  I can’t tell you the last time he made me cry like a little girl. Oh wait…

Right, now where did I put my shock blanket?
Right, now where did I put my shock blanket?

Anywho, it was a lovely episode. I suggest watching if you haven’t.

I was hoping to write more today, but my neck/shoulder seem to have quite the knot in them and are not making me want to sit and type for long periods of time. Which sucks as I have a lovely post that came out of a Tweet along last night.

Which reminds me…I guess some people don’t like it when you participate in a tweet along of a movie or show. Turns out they unfollow you because of it. Well, last night I let it feel my anxiety monster. Tonight I realize I’m better off. So yay for me and for all the cool kids who stuck with me after said tweet along! You people are the best!

Hopefully I can sit a little longer to get this post hammered out. You know while it’s still fresh in my brain.


You ponder one little question and ignite quite the “fire”

Today I threw this question out to the Twitterverse:

Simple right?
Simple right?

As you can see one little question sparked 14 retweets and 34 Twitter folks who liked the idea. In fact my first response came from Neil Gaiman! But by the time I thought enough to photo it…well, it looked like this…

There he is...second one in.
There he is…second one in.

But the question caused a spark, while lead to a fire that spread through my mention feed thing. By the end of it a few of us made a plan to contact the folks who put together the AFP Tarot Kickstarter! The internets are a powerful tool kids. Will this idea go anywhere? I don’t know.

I’ll tell you this. Even if it doesn’t I made some very amazing Twitter friends today and for that I’m very grateful. Trust me I’ll keep you all posted on if this takes off or not. I would love it to become something. Mostly because a project like this brings people together in a great way…working together for a common goal.


Buzz, buzz, buzz

I have been one busy bee since I started my new job on Monday! I’ll tell you I’m really enjoying it and that there is NEVER a dull moment. The day zips by and I’m really doing good work.

Last night to celebrate the new job I went out with two of my college buddies from a certain college in Troy, not up a hill. We went to the Charles F. Lucas Confectionary and Wine Bar (here). Great wine/beer, cheese, and of course friends. We had a great gab session and really enjoyed our time there. Sadly the new patio was closed because apparently it is never going to stop raining here in Upstate NY ever!

Today was more work, and the same tomorrow. Bring it on! But then I get two days off for the 4th of July! Now that is what I call an awesome first work week. I plan to enjoy every minute of those sweet, sweet four days!

I’m also tossing around the idea of starting up a Facebook Page and Twitter account for the Hubbins Etsy shop. He does some beautiful work. In fact he made this for me the other night!

He rocks!
He rocks!

How cool is that? I mean really? Wouldn’t you buy one? Wouldn’t you like to know when new merch is added to the shop? So chime in and let me know if you think the Hubbins needs a Facebook Page and Twitter account! I think he does, but what do I know?

I’m going to go buzz off and see if I need to clear up from the tasty eats I made for dinner…Iand yes I’ll post the recipe. Which probably won’t help as this is one of those meals where I measure things like the Italian I am. As to the cleaning I hope I’m not on clean-up duty seeing as I cooked it…but you never know around here… buzzzz!

Finding the helpers in the strangest places

I haven’t felt much like writing this week. For obvious reasons. I was glued to social media as events unfolded Monday through Friday. Social media you might ask? Indeed, I found more truthful information there than I did via the news. Probably because there used to be over 40 news outlets, we’re now down to something like six! That my friends is pretty sad and allows for a lot of error. But that’s also my opinion and not fact. Just to clarify ya know.

Anyway, I recalled checking in on things via Twitter as I was sitting in the waiting room for appointment one. At this point the race had maybe been going on for half an hour. But then I had to turn my phone off because they have some crazy rule no phone on at all…not even vibrate. Sure ok, fine. So it wasn’t until I was sitting in the waiting room at appointment two that I found out that anything horrible had happened.

That news came to me via Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame and famous on her own too). She lives in Boston and was tweeting what was happening in her awesome city. But not only that, she was asking her fans and everyone really to name their sources for news. Something I doubt the “real” media was doing that day. But Amanda Palmer did more than that. She connected people, calmed people, and was just there for us. Like we were for her. Example? Sure I have one. You see she’s married to author Neil Gaiman (I know talk about awesome couple right).

Well, at the time her husband was in the UK doing book related things and she couldn’t reach him because cell lines were swamped. So she took to twitter to reach out. Within an hour or so she was able to connect with him. Behold the power of social media. But she didn’t stop comforting and helping all of us out there. In fact she helped so much she hit a twitter block of sorts and was kicked for an hour before she could post again.

When I noticed she was back she was asking if anyone would be interested in two minutes of silence for the victims? The response was a resounding YES! So at 9pm we had our moment of silence for those we lost and those injured Monday. After the two minutes were up this photo below and another appeared on Twitter and Tumblr:

(Source: Amanda Palmer - )
(Source: Amanda Palmer – )

She was right. Even if she knows it or not SHE is one of those good people.

One of the helpers. Now I know there were other helpers that day and week. Namely the Boston PD, FBI, etc. They really are an amazing group of helpers. My hats off to them for their service this week. Truly above and beyond.

For me, hearing Palmer’s encouraging words and outpouring of love to her followers on Twitter was an amazing act of helping and love. It certainly was and is refreshing in this day and age. Thank you Amanda Palmer for helping me keep it together last week. Thank you Boston PD for not giving up. Thank you to folks who took pictures of the suspects. Thank you to those that turned back towards the danger to help the injured. Thank you all for restoring my faith in humanity a little more last week.