Recovering from the end of the semester

I know, I know, my hiatus has been about double what I thought it would be.  I’ve been working on recovering from the end of the semester, as well as working my way out of a deep depression.  Which is hard, but it happens.  (The most recent post in Hyperbole and a Half describes my past few months perfectly.)  But I’m finally on an upswing, and finally feeling somewhat rested and together enough to get back into posting.

While I spent time recovering from the spring semester…

  • I had a ridiculously pony-themed birthday party.  It was fun, and none of my friends seemed to care that everything was decorated in Pinkie Pie while we all gathered around to play Cards Against Humanity.
  • I cleaned out my crafting closet, and got rid of some things I didn’t need anymore and pared down some stuff that I didn’t have quite enough room for.
  • I took a two week break from crafting altogether, and only recently picked up my Doctor Who scarf.  (I’m two thirds of the way done with it!)
  • I watched a lot of television, and read nowhere near enough books.  This needs to be changed.

And that’s what I’ve been up to.  Expect some more regular posts next week that focus on all the good things – namely, nerdy things and crafty things!  And nerdy crafts!

Short blogging hiatus!

Hello, all you crafty nerds – I just want to let you know that due to end-of semester craziness, The Crafty Nerd won’t be updating this week.  However, next week I’ll be back to posting amazing awesome things!  So stick with me, and if you’re not already following The Crafty Nerd on Facebook, please do!  I will be posting random nerdy/crafty things there.

See you all in May! 😀

Making the best of a sick day (or two)

You know what’s worse than being sick?

Being sick on a weekend.  A beautiful weekend, no less, where it’s finally warm enough to open all the windows and sit outside on the porch, and enjoy the beautiful flowers.

I hate late season colds.

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The beginnings of a TARDIS blanket

However, I did make the best of this cold – yesterday I decided to jump in on the Worsted for Wear Knit/Crochet-a-long on Ravelry (it’s Doctor Who themed!), and am working on a TARDIS blanket.  It’s small – I suppose I could make it a lot bigger if I upped the hook gauge, but I figure I should stick to the pattern for right now, since it’s my first time working with filet crochet.  You can’t really make much of it out, but that’s totally the bottom of the TARDIS. I swear. 😀

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Scootering: Best antidepressant ever.

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The Crafty Nerdmobile! (Or, as she’s more commonly known, Scooterlou)

I think, if I were to assign my website a mascot, it might just be Scooterlou.  She may not exactly be the nerdiest mode of transportation – I mean, come on, scooters are for everyone! – but she is decked out pretty nerdily.  She’s got a nice little Nyancat on one side, and a sweet “Engineered by Firefly” sticker on the other, and she’s rocking some My Little Ponies on her trunk (not pictured here – this is before I installed the trunk on her).  She enables my nerdy crafting pursuits, too – if not for her, it’d be a lot harder to get to and from craft stores, as my hubby’s not exactly always keen on schlepping me back and forth to craft stores around town.  I’m rather attached to her.

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San Francisco: The Experience (sans video blogging)

Well, I’m back from San Francisco, and adjusted to being back in the right time zone finally, and figured I’d share the tale of my vacation!  Sadly, there wasn’t enough time to video-blog the entire trip, but I took plenty of pictures – and I’ll share the highlights here!

Day one was nice – although I was absolutely exhausted from not sleeping much the night before (remind me never to go to the drive-in the night before an early cross-country flight!), I still had plenty of fun.  I met some of Bryan’s friends, we all nerded out together, and it was awesome!

The view outside the front door of the place we stayed.

Trees in San Francisco are green already!

We stayed at a place we found on AirBNB – it’s located here, if you’re curious.  (If you want to stay in San Francisco and be within walking distance of practically everything, I can’t recommend Lorraine enough!)  After two days with no sleep, I ended up crashing pretty early – so I could be energetic for Day Two.

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San Francisco: The Nerdy Video-Blogging Experience

No, I have not dropped off the face of the planet, in case anyone was wondering (although apparently did, sadly, I didn’t renew my domain name in time and I think I may have lost it, we’ll see when HostGator processes my payment), but I have been incredibly busy.  Not only was this week the middle of the semester, but it’s also….

golden-gate-bridge…the week before spring break, and my trip to San Francisco!  And Bryan, wonderful husband that he is, suggested I video blog this trip and post it all here!    After some thinking, I decided “what the heck, why not?”  So, over the next few days, expect to see a video a day about my San Francisco adventure.  There’ll be a nerdy twist to it, as there is with everything on this wonderful blog, and hopefully everyone will enjoy watching my adventures!  (And it’ll be a great place to keep things for myself, too!)



Sick day

Well, it had to happen at some point – I’m home sick, due to various health issues I won’t get into too much here (let’s just say some PCOS-related issues, as well as a sore throat, and leave it at that).  So, I’m having an honest-to-goodness sick day – not a “work at home” day, not a “oh I feel icky but I’m still going to go to work” day.  I think the last time I’ve had a sick day was back in September, when I had bronchitis… Anyway, I’m spending this sick day cooped up on the couch, doing all sorts of relaxing, low-energy things.

So, what happens if you’ve got a sick day of your own?  What kind of stuff could you do?

  • Catch up on TV shows you’ve always wanted to watch but never got around to. (Or rewatch some old favorites!) Some of my suggestions for the nerdy/geeky crowd, especially those with Netflix, include Merlin, The IT Crowd, Torchwood, Farscape, and the classic episodes of Doctor Who!  (I highly recommend the Tom Baker episodes.)  I’ve been doing a fair share of that today – I’ve watched so many episodes of 30 Rock today it’s ridiculous.  It’s not especially nerdy, I know, but it’s hilarious.  And Jack McBrayer makes me giggle, especially considering every time he talks, I keep picturing Felix from Wreck-It Ralph saying his lines.  
  • Go through your pile of unfinished crafts and see what you can do from bed/flopped on the couch/curled up under piles of blankets someplace warm.  Crocheting and knitting are especially low-energy, and if you’re working on a blanket, that’s a plus!  It’ll help you keep warm.
  • Drink some tea!  Tea always makes things better.
  • Play some old video games!  Dig out that old Super Nintendo or PlayStation and play some old favorites.  I might be hooking up my SNES and playing Street Fighter later.  Or Super Mario Kart.
  • Maybe build a puzzle?  I have a Sailor Moon one that’s been sitting under my coffee table for entirely too long…
  • Read a book!  Books are perfect companions for long days in bed.  Some of my suggestions include any of the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris (quick and easy reads!), any of the Black Jewels novels by Anne Bishop (very gripping stories!), or Stephen King’s Under The Dome.  And those are only the books I can think of right now!
  • Or you can do what I did, and take ridiculous pictures of your husband!

Bryan and VanellopeBryan made a new friend today, hahaha.

What kind of stuff do you do with your sick days?  Tell me in the comments!