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?
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

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:
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.
Seal the bag and squish it to combine the ingredients. Yes, that’s right. I said squish the bag. Have fun with it.
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.
Keep squishing the bag to combine all the ingredients.
This is what you get when you’re done squishing — a big bag of fudgy goodness!
Now, empty the bag onto the paper plate.
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?
Then, you can use the spatula to smooth out the fudge on the plate.
Oh, yeah. Doesn’t that look good?
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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Breakfast Enchiladas

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:
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:
Ok, now for the Enchiladas…
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.
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.
Now, you’re going to need those eggs. Yeah, 14 eggs beaten. That’s a lot of eggs:
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.
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.
Remove from heat and gently fold in 1 1/2 cups of cheese sauce and sausage.
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.
Pour remaining cheese sauce over the top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with pepper Jack cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
Top with grape tomato halves and chopped green onions.
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Nerdy Things Thursday: BSG

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.

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.

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!
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!
Sigh. Look at those curls.

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!

<3 First Anniversary

A year ago yesterday, I married the man of my dreams.

He also happens to be a Nerd.

This blog is about my life with him. And all the fun things I get to experience because I married a Nerd.

I’m so thankful that I met this man, fell madly in love with him, and moved away with him with no job, no money, nothing but my faith in him. At the time, there were people in my life telling me that I was making the wrong decision. That I should wait a year or two, and see where this relationship was heading before I made the “big leap.”

Those people have never truly experienced love, in my opinion. When you find the person you’re meant to be with, you just know it. It doesn’t take a year or two or three to realize that you want to be with someone forever. Deep in your heart, you know it. And you’re either ready to take that leap of faith, or you’re not.

I’m so glad I did.

Us on our wedding day: Jan. 3, 2009

Us on our one-year anniversary: Jan. 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2010? Where did this year go?

It seems like just yesterday I was planning a wedding and trying to make it through my first full year at work. Wow.

So, I’m going to try to remember a monthly recap of the exciting things that The Nerd and I did this past year.

We got married! We had family fly in from South Dakota and Canada and all across Texas. My best friend flew in from England! It was such a great time and the best day of my life! I’m a very lucky gal.


We went on our honeymoon in Las Vegas and saw The Blue Man Group. It is a fantastic show, even if you’re not a nerd.

Not much noteworthy happened in February. We just hung out and spent time together as newlyweds.

We moved from an apartment to a house! Our first house! Isn’t it cute?


No, this photo was *not* taken in March. But hey, you use what you got, right? :)

Our good friends, April and Eric, introduced us to a fun little game called Magic: The Gathering. It’s *very* nerdy, but it’s one of the few nerdy things that I love. I then proceeded to purchase large quantities of cards and tried to convince everyone else I knew to play as well. Fun times.


The Nerd (when he had a beard….I miss the beard…) with piles and piles of Magic cards. Such a glorious sight.

We went to visit April and Eric in Houston and watched Star Trek. That was a major milestone this year for The Nerd. He loved it. And proceeded to debate with Eric as to whether the bug the Romulans implanted in Captain Pike was the same bug from The Wrath of Khan. I tuned out this conversation.


School was out for the summer. I rested lots and took some time off work to enjoy myself.

We went to visit James’ parents for the Fourth of July and spent some time at the beach. My birthday was later in the month and James gave me a beautiful pair of earrings from Tiffany. Can you say spoiled?

In August, we probably did the most nerdy thing of the whole year: We attended QuakeCon 2009. This was my birthday present to James. We stayed at the Gaylord Texan with Eric, April, Ryan and John and the boys spent the weekend drooling over video game equipment and other things. It was lots of fun and I think it will be a yearly tradition. Now that we have the blog. it will be fun to chronicle our adventures.

Not a whole lot happened. At least nothing I can recall now. Hehe.

We attended the Magic Pro Tour in Austin, TX. It was awesome! We went with April, Eric and Josh and watched *real* Magic players, collected cards and got beat in some booster drafts. But it was so much fun! :)

My whole family came over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner! I started *really* blog stalking in search of recipes for the event. We had lots of great food and I am looking forward to next year!

I started this blog! We went to visit James’ parents and had Christmas at the beach, and spent the last week of the year with my family at my parents’ house!


What a year it has been! So long 2009, looking forward to 2010! :)

Live long and prosper!

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Authors I’ve Met

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve had the chance to meet several wonderful authors that I adore.
Here’s a list of the literary masters I’ve met:
Holly Black
Holly Black, author of White Cat and Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot
, author of Insatiable and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness
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Kristen Miller
Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones.
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Andrea Cremer
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade.
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Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan and Behemoth, and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Justine Larbalestier
Justine Larbalestier, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Maggie Stiefvater
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Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series.
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Wishful Wednesday: Christmas Edition

Wishful Wednesday

As you know, I’m an avid blog stalker. I love finding these blog carnivals and reading about their assigned topics. What a great idea to have many different bloggers give their insight on one topic! This is Wishful Wednesday over at The Seattle Smith’s and I thought I’d participate.

Here’s the topic: “I wish … Santa would have remembered ________ on my list!”

There really isn’t a whole lot that I wish I would have gotten for Christmas. As you’ve read, I got a really good haul this year!

But, there is *one* thing that I was hoping to get that I didn’t come away with. This *amazing* necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs would have made me very happy:

Maybe it will be a nice Valentine’s Day or birthday present. I just have to convince The Nerd that the reason I don’t wear necklaces is because I don’t have *this* necklace. :)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some photos from the Christmas celebration with my side of the family. You got to see our family photos yesterday, but now here are some photos of everyone opening their presents!


River had lots of presents. She got a Pooh Bear doll from The Nerd and me, a Pooh Bear tree house from Nanna and Pappy, some adorable clothes and a toy vacuum from Brad & Jet!


Riv was so excited, she couldn’t wait to get it out of the box!


She really loves Pooh Bear!


Brad got some super-sweet sunglasses! (And the Game of Life!)


Here’s Jet looking at some of Hyrum’s haul: a Baby Bjorn carrier, a singing bear and a singing octopus!


Isn’t their family so cute?

Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of James and me, or Nanna and Pappy. :( I was too absorbed by the babies to photograph much else!

I got the complete set of Sookie Sackhouse books (the books that True Blood is based on).

James got Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. We now own every BSG show/film ever made. Score.

Pappy got a novel on revelation. He’s reading it now.

Nanny got an awesome frame that says “Nanna and Pappy’s House” and lists their grandchildren.

Awesome presents, right?

What do you wish that Santa had brought that he didn’t? I’d love to hear your wish lists!

Thanks for looking!

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