Birthday Bliss Blogging Hangover.

Whew, ducklings, this has been a voraciously active week of Birthday Bliss; i am in need of some serious tea-drinking and eye-mask-wearing.

I cannot thank Becca Clemens enough for her hysterical guest post on Tuesday; it seriously is one of the funniest things i’ve ever read, and i’m so flattered she consented to publish her genius here! We both had such a raucous time swapping blogs that i feel secure hinting at another blog swap in the future!

Additionally, much gratitude is due to ALL of you who entered the giveaway. Your tweets, tumblr likes, and comments were both much appreciated and spread cheery nerd-love across the waves of cyberspace. Congratulations again to all the winners – you should be getting some mail from me in the next two weeks! Most especially, congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Hattie for tweeting the link to yesterday’s blog about JK Rowling! Thanks to everyone else who entered – may you find the book in another way!


I may be a full endorser of a healthy competition and learning how to lose with dignity (blah blah, etc, etc) but … i also like to be inclusive. (And i happened to have accidentally ordered 100 of the “nerdy and i know it” postcards). So, to thank you all for your sweet comments and kind insights, i am pleased to say that ANYONE who entered into the giveaway and did not win will still receive a postcard from me!

Yes. Not lying. I’m going broke on postage for all of you, ducklings.

Should you like a postcard from me (with a love note, naturally. i’ll even spritz it with perfume like they did in the golden days, if you like) email your mailing address to with the subject line being “Postcard Giveaway” and you’ll also get a singular “nerdy and i know it” postcard in the mail sometime in the next two weeks! It’s because you’re a shining golden star in the night sky, loves.

But for now, i’m going to crawl under the covers, weeping for the fat stack of papers needing writing and readings needing consuming. College. Unending agony done out of a place of passion. As Ron Weasley would say in Trelawney’s class circa his third year at Hogwarts, “You’re going to suffer…but you’re going to be – happy – about it.”

See you on the other side, folks. Thanks for reveling with me.

current jam: “could i leave you?” performed by julie andrews, written by stephen sondheim. 

best thing in my life right now: nerds.

Cartes Postales (Task #13: Completed)

On my list of fifteen tasks to accomplish before May of 2012, i seem to be making some decent headway. This, being my fifth accomplishment of the fifteen that i laid out before me, is easily one of my favorite things to do. These particular postcards are from the same collection i used when last blogging about sending postcards – the 100 original Penguin Book Covers box set.

I’ve mentioned before I collect postcards, but i think i neglected to say how despairingly crippling this addiction is. It’s hardly possible for me to go anywhere without stocking my pockets full of thirty-three cent souvenirs. It is even less probable that there is room for them on my wall. But, since i can’t seem to just send postcards – i have to paper the room with them – i find myself living inside a collage of all of the places i’ve traveled to in the last year. Verily, i did voyage to five countries in 2011 and twice as many quirky in-country destinations, so they make for quite the juxtaposition.

acquired at the london transport museum.

found at the genuine 221b baker street!

from the cathedrale nôtre-dame de montréal gift shop.

(Both the above and beneath postcards were bought in the boutique post-exploring the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Times Square in April of 2011).

this treasure i found after exploring fort sumter in charleston, south carolina, in january of last year. my uncle, as a demonstrator for an ohio-ian regiment, was re-enacting the first siege of the island from the american civil war.

from my day in october of 2011 spent roaming around salem, massachusetts!

And that’s not even to mention the postcards i’ve recieved. For, as much as i adore purchasing postcards and then hoarding them for my own selfish eyesight, i delight in receiving them even more.

a collection of postcards (and things) sent from the met in nyc, san diego, springfield, and north carolina.

from my beloved high school ceramics teacher! she sent me this almost two years ago and i still treasure it!

Which is, ultimately, why i love sending postcards ever so much. They are such perfect, microcosmic works of art and ways of saying that you’re on my mind. And besides, i may be an internet-age-lass, but that doesn’t mean i don’t squeal at a full mailbox.

current jam: ‘turn me on’ david guetta & nicki minaj

best thing in my life right now: stamps. and friends to use them on.



abode (30 dpc day 5)

Day 5: A Picture of the Abode in Which You Dwell

Oh friends, I feel as if I am exploding in blog posts; just today I have three I want to publish. But, in fairness to you all, I shall try my best to space them out as best I can. The explosion in things to write about is a good sign to me, because it shows how much I’m learning and how desperately I want to process it all by spitting it out on paper (virtual and literal).

But today. Today’s photo challenge is to show you the abode in which I dwell.

The first is here: our little yellow house, taken from the gate. It’s spacious by Ugandan standards methinks, but it is very cozy for the three of us. We have one bathroom, a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a living room which now has about a fourth of the space curtained off for me.

I bought the curtains in town; they’re a work in progress (I’ve added some more since this photo was taken) but they’re colorful and breezy and perfect for air circulation and privacy.

Inside the curtains is my small space; a functioning mosquito net (heaven knows I have no desire for a Lira hotel repeat), my mattress, bedside table, and a few things on my wall. (Take note: my Gryffindor tie is included to the left of the net)

As you all may recall, I’m rather fond of plastering every postcard, poster, photograph, letter, note, silly band, painting, drawing, and corkboard I own to the walls that surround me. What can I say, I’m a pack rat to the ninth. As I’m only here for a brief spell, I’ve downscaled my normal gusto for pasting ever piece of paper I find to the walls to just a few things. They include: a traveler’s map of Uganda which I first procured in 2007; a Ugandan flag; a Nerd Bird postcard from Hattie; a note from my friend Grace; pictures of my family; a Wizarding World of Harry Potter postcard sent to me by my dear high school ceramics teacher; a clip from a magazine of a cartoon-a-fied caricature of my hometown; and a picture of my kitties (have I mentioned that I miss my kitties most of all?!).

So there it is, my small corner in this big wide world.

current jam: “trial before pilate” from the original film recording of jesus christ superstar. i never said i didn’t have eclectic taste…

best thing in my life right now: i just finished one of the best books i have ever read- a review to ensue soon!

fantas consumed: 7

last film watched: vicar of dibley, episode one