Nerdy Things Thursday: Firefly

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The Nerd and I had just started dating when he decided to take me to Best Buy in search of a new television. He had worked all summer as an intern and had a significant nest egg, which he decided to blow on a big screen TV.
But I digress.
As we were walking down the aisle of Television Series DVDs, he suddenly stopped. And I wondered what he was doing. (The Nerd doesn’t usually deviate from his intended purchase once we enter the store — he goes right for it and then we leave. No browsing allowed.)
His hand reached out and lovingly caressed a DVD on the shelf: Firefly. He then grabbed a whole stack of them and started putting each copy in front of the other DVDs on display. There were only a few copies, so it didn’t take long.
“There,” he said. “Now people will see the Most Awesome Show ever.”
And he is right — Firefly *is* the most awesome show ever.
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It premiered in 2002 on Fox, and only lasted one season, to the chagrin of Nerds around the world. The show takes place, you guessed it, in a faraway galaxy. It chronicles the adventures of the crew of a Firefly-class cargo ship named “Serenity.”
The planets of this universe, though populated by spaceships and laser-gun-carrying agents of the law, are mostly frontier and people still ride horses and shoot with guns you might see in a John Wayne movie.
This juxtaposition of the American Wild West and futuristic technology is extremely interesting and unique.
I think the theme song sums it up:
Take my love, 
Take my land, 
Take me where I cannot stand.

I don’t care,
I’m still free,
You can’t take the sky from me. 

There’s no place
I can be
Since I found Serenity.

You can’t take the sky from me.
And the characters are *real.*
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Captain Malcolm Reynolds (who I secretly pine for) leads the crew. There’s Zoe, his right-hand warrior woman; Wash, the pilot who serves and the show’s comic relief and Zoe’s husband; Jayne, the hired gun; Sheperd Book, a preacher who seems to have more to his past; Kaylee (yes, she’s the namesake for our pup!), the ship’s engineer who keeps the ol’ gal runnin'; Inara, a “Companion” who tags along for the ride; Simon, a doctor trying to rescue his sister from the Alliance; and River, Simon’s psycic sister who is a super-genius.
No, our puppy isn’t the only family member named after a Firefly character. You remember River, my niece
Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, please go out and get it (or put it in your Netflix cue). I’m sure the DVD set now only costs about $20. It’s well worth it.
Here are some of my favorite Firefly quotes. Can you name the character(s)?
If you take sexual advantage of her, you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.”

“And what does that make us?” “Big damn heroes, sir!” 

“My food is problematic.”

“Mercy is the mark of a great man.” (stab) 
“Guess I’m just a good man.” (stab) 
“Well, I’m alright.”


On a final note, I’d like to thank all of you who commented on my Facebook status with suggestions for Nerdy Things Thursday topics. I took them all to heart and I promise to cover each of them in due time. If you have anything you’d like to see covered in Nerdy Things Thursday, just leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for looking!

2+2=5

As the wife of a Nerd, I understand that my future children will have their challenges.
While their classmates are pining over Hannah Montana, I’m sure my future son will wish that all girls could be like Princess Leia. And I know that my future daughter will probably be an expert video gamer.
These are just things that I have accepted.
But there are some things that I did not anticipate. Like my dear husband planning to teach our future nerdlings that 2+2=5. Yes, that’s right. 2+2=5
Now, I’m no math genius (thank *God* for the liberal arts!), but I’m pretty sure that one of the easiest math problems is 2+2=4.
But not in our household.
See, there’s this thing in mathematics called Significant Digits. Basically, you assign a number a certain number of Significant Digits, or numbers that matter. In the problem 2+2=?, the numbers have only one Significant Digit.
But they could represent any of the following numbers: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, and so on and so forth.
For example, if you have 2.4 and you are asked to round it to one Significant Digit, you would get the number 2.
Clear as mud?
Anyway, what it boils down to is that 2.4+2.4=4.8 and if you round that to only one Significant Digit for each number, what do you get?
2+2=5
Our children are *so* screwed.

A Blog Makeover

Kelsey over at The Seattle Smith’s is hosting a giveaway for a blog makeover by Munchkin Land Designs.

Kelsey’s blog was designed by Munchkin Land Designs and is *oh so cute.*

There are many ways to enter. One is to post about the giveaway on your blog (which I’m doing!) and to become a Follower of Munchkin Land Designs.

Speaking of followers — I’d love it if you’d become a Follower of my blog! It’s really easy — see the “Followers” sidebar on the right of your screen? Just click the Follow button and sign in with your Google account. I know you have a Google account. Everyone does, right?

Have a happy Sunday evening and don’t forget to check out Kelsey’s blog! :)

Live long and prosper!

Ziploc Fudge

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This recipe is super fun and super easy to make!
The fudge is really creamy and so, so sweet!
Here’s what you need to get started:
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Ziploc Fudge Ingredients:
1 stick of butter
4 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
Ziploc Fudge Directions:
First, you’ll need to cover a paper plate with aluminum foil.
Then, place the butter, cream cheese and vanilla in the Ziploc bag.
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Seal the bag and squish it to combine the ingredients. Yes, that’s right. I said squish the bag. Have fun with it.
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I know what you’re thinking — who is that *fabulous* hand model in these photos? that’s my mom! Isn’t she great??
You want to be sure to squish it all together until it’s smooth and creamy.
Now, add the cocoa and powdered sugar.
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Keep squishing the bag to combine all the ingredients.
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This is what you get when you’re done squishing — a big bag of fudgy goodness!
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Now, empty the bag onto the paper plate.
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You may need to get a spatula to get all the fudge out of the bag. Watch out, it’s sticky! But you don’t want to waste any, right?
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Then, you can use the spatula to smooth out the fudge on the plate.
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Oh, yeah. Doesn’t that look good?
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Now, it needs time to set. I put mine in the freezer for a little bit because I’m impatient. But if you let it sit out for a few hours, you should be fine.
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Enjoy!
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Breakfast Enchiladas

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Mmmmm. Don’t these look yummy?
Yesterday was my mom’s birthday (Hi Mom!), so The Nerd and I drove to their house to celebrate! Memaw was even there! We went to see Sherlock Holmes (so good!)
Today for lunch, my mom & I whipped up these babies from a recipe from Southern Living.
They’re breakfast enchiladas, but you can make them for a meal anytime!
First, you’ll need to make the cheese sauce:
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Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 (8 oz) block Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
3/4 tsp salt
Cheese Sauce Directions:
 Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for one minute.
Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for seven minutes or until thickened.
Remove from heat, and whisk in cheese, green chiles and salt, until cheese is melted:
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Ok, now for the Enchiladas…
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Enchiladas Ingredients:
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 Tbsp butter
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
14 large eggs, beaten
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Cheese Sauce
8 (8-in) soft taco-sized flour tortillas
1 cup (4 oz) shredded pepper Jack cheese
Enchiladas Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sausage crumbles is no longer pink.
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Remove the sausage from skillet and drain well. You can press it between paper towels to remove excess grease. Wipe skillet clean.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and cilantro, and sautee for one minute.
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Now, you’re going to need those eggs. Yeah, 14 eggs beaten. That’s a lot of eggs:
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Add the eggs, salt and pepper to the onions and cilantro. Give it a quick stir to get everything mixed in together. Then, cook without stirring for about two minutes, or until the eggs begin to set on the bottom.
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Gently draw cooked edges away from the sides of the pan to form large pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, four to five minutes or until eggs are thickened but still moist.
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Remove from heat and gently fold in 1 1/2 cups of cheese sauce and sausage.
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Spoon the egg mixture down the center of each flour tortilla. Roll the tortilla and place seam-side down in a lightly-greased 9×13 baking dish.
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Pour remaining cheese sauce over the top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with pepper Jack cheese.
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Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
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Top with grape tomato halves and chopped green onions.
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Enjoy!
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Nerdy Things Thursday: BSG

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Welcome to the inaugural edition on Nerdy Things Thursday, a weekly (I hope) adventure in all things nerdy.
Every Thursday, I’m going to try to explain (and try to come to terms with) some of the nerdy aspects of my life to you “normal people.”
Bear with me as I flounder through my explanations. The Nerd has already pointed out an error in this post because I initially wrote Colonel Pike instead of Captain Pike (although he was a colonel by the end of the movie, so I think it still counts). I have since corrected the error because if I didn’t, I’d never hear the end of it.
Anyway, this is my disclaimer telling you that all of the things you’ll read regarding this nerdy stuff in Nerdy Things Thursday are just my observation as an outsider being exposed to them and are *not* necessarily The Word of God. There. I hope that makes all of you nit-picky nerds happy.
In this edition, we’ll explore the television show Battlestar Galactica, hereforth referred to as BSG.
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The show first aired in 1978 but was recreated in 2004 with a new, more gritty look and it is this later edition of the franchise that we will talk about.
Battlestar Galactica takes place in a distance universe where humans live in the Twelve Colonies. Once upon a time, they built Cylon robots who became too smart for their own good and a war ensued between the humans and the machines (sound familiar?). The Cylons disappeared for many years, leading the humans to think that the war was long over.
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This is a Cylon.

But a sudden attack on humanity nearly wipes out the race, save for a few thousand souls and only one (so you think) warship known as the Battlestar Galactica. The show chronicles the journey of these survivors to find a safe place in the galaxy as they run from the Cylon arm. Little do they know that some Cylon models appear human and there are enemies amongst their own.
It’s actually a very good show and I enjoy watching it. But don’t tell The Nerd that.
My first exposure to BSG was shortly after The Nerd and I started dating.
When we first started dating, two things were explained to me in no uncertain terms: First, that James plays video games. We’ll talk about the ramifications of that statement at a later date. Let me just say that when a Nerd tells you that he “plays” video games, he does not mean that he occasionally picks up a controller for an hour or two.
The second Nerd Law was that under no circumstances would we *ever* go out from the hours of 8 to 10 p.m. on a Friday night. Never. Ever. Those two hours are what I like to call the Friday Night Nerdgasm.
Back in 2006, the Friday Night Nerdgasm consisted of Stargate: SG1 and Battlestar Galactica. Today, it’s Stargate: Universe and Sactuary.
(I still maintain that the reason that SciFi — I refuse to call it SyFy — chooses to air the most popular nerdy shows at primetime Friday night is because they know that nerds would rather have an imaginary date with Katee Sackhoff than with a real girl. See this video for evidence.)
I know what you’re thinking — she’s crazy to have agreed to those terms. Yes, yes I was.
I chose Battlestar Galactica for this edition because it has been a huge part of my life the last two weeks, since I bought The Nerd the complete series on Blu-ray for Christmas. Big mistake. That’s all we’ve watched since Christmas. I’m having dreams of Cylon Agents bursting through the front door.

Well, there you have it. If you’ve ever wondered why your man asks for a Cylon Toaster or mutters Starbuck in the middle of the night, you have your answer.

Live long and prosper!

Wishful Wednesday: Hair!

Wishful Wednesday

It’s Wishful Wednesday again and this time, we’re supposed to talk about our hair. If you know me *at all,* you know that I have no sense of style. None. Nada. So, this week’s topic is one that I can definitely “wish upon a star for.”

I wish …  I had Katherine Heigl’s hair/hairstyle!
I mean, just look at her!
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It’s so wavy, and bouncy, and flowing… I don’t think I’d look good as a blonde, but I wish that my hair would curl and bounce like that!
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Sigh. Look at those curls.
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I’d personally wear mine a little longer. But that’s just me. :)

All I get is board-straight, flat, mousy brown hair. Yuck. I can’t hold a curl to save my life. But hey, you live with whatcha got, right?

I especially loved her hair in the movie, The Ugly Truth. Yeah, that’s the reason I love that movie. *Not* a certain Scotsman whose mere voice puts my heart a’thumpin. No, it’s definitely Katherine Heigl’s hair.

Things are a little crazy this week with work, since school is back in session. But I’ll try my best to post something nerd-related later in the week.

‘Cause that’s why you read this thing, right? To learn more about Star Trek and Star Wars, right? ::::::crickets::::::
I thought so.

Until next time, live long and prosper!



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