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5 Characters I’d Invite to My Thanksgiving Feast

Today’s blog topic from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is about characters I’d invite to Thanksgiving. Before I begin, you should know a little about my family. We are a very tight knit group of people. We uphold many unique holiday traditions and we are also what you might call… a little quirky. With that being said, adding any more personalities into the mix could be tricky. But we’ve always been a family that welcomes new comers and vagabonds alike with open arms and plates of turkey. So here is my list of characters I’d like to invite to Thanksgiving. From TV to Books to Muppets to Movies, my choices come from all over the place.

#1 – Swedish Chef from The Muppets

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“Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee!”

My family is talented at a great many things. One of them is cooking. So it’s not like we need any help in the kitchen. But I’ve always loved the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. His Mock Swedish dialect and his can-do attitude would make for an upbeat positive guest at our Thanksgiving Feast. Plus we love to add multi-cultural elements to our holiday traditions. So why not add one of his famous dishes to the menu? Like his Flapjacks, Fishie Chowder, Japanese Cake, Frog Legs or his Squirrel Stew. It’s not so much the end result as it is his process that would be the most entertaining.

#2 – Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

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“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”

Sure, he’s haughty and proud. And sure… those are qualities a modern woman would rare to never tolerate in a man. But he’s Mr. Darcy!! And aside from providing some delicious eye candy (Colin Firth is the Darcy I’d choose), he can also provide sparkling conversation when prodded and pushed. Maybe it’s an odd choice, but I’d love a traditional Regency Era Thanksgiving Feast complete with reel and musical concert. Perhaps a little impromptu singing might be in order. And if Mr. Darcy was in attendance you could almost guarantee that something exciting would happen.

#3 – Lady Grantham from Downton Abbey

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“I knew this family was approaching disillusion, I wasn’t aware that illusion was already upon us.”

My Grandmother, Flora, is the matriarch of my family. We have Thanksgiving at her house every year. She is strong willed and stubborn and I think I get a lot of my gumption straight from her. She reminds me a lot of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Violet Crawley. You might wonder, with one Lady of the house already in attendance, why invite another. I imagine that if Lady Violet and Lady Grandmother Flora were ever to meet, they would either become best friends and while away the hours playing bridge, or they would become sworn enemies and take turns delivering crushing set downs. Either way, I think it would make for a most entertaining Thanksgiving Feast!

#4 – Genie from Aladdin

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“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”

A genie is always handy to have around. You never know when disaster could strike and if you had a magical genie of the lamp then crisis would immediately be averted. A genie is useful, but Genie is a delight. Genie has long been my very favorite Disney character. Voiced to perfection by the late Robin Williams, he is caring and funny and the life of the party. He will always be welcome at my Thanksgiving table!

#5 – Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy

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“I may not be able to understand what you say when you say it, but before you say it, I can understand what you’re going to say perfectly!”

This one is for my sister-in-law. She is an avid Lucy fan. Who isn’t! (But she really is!) I think Lucy would round out this quintuplet of Thanksgiving guests. Accident prone and ridiculously goofy, Lucy is always trying to do right, yet always managing to mess things up. I’m not saying she’d drop the turkey, burn the mashed potatoes and end up with pumpkin pie on her face… but it would be worth the invite to see just what might happen!

Happy (less than a week till) Thanksgiving to you all. Who would you invite?

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 21: Drizella from Cinderella

Today’s hair is the second selection from Disney’s Cinderella, but today I took a walk on the evil side. Evil step sister Drizella. She of the jealous attitude and the extra large feet that don’t fit the glass slipper.

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So I actually tried a different hair style today, but it didn’t work out so I went for good ole Drizella. It’s an easier style. But no less nerdy.

imageWe’re down to just 9 days left. Don’t miss a minute. I think I still have some Disney left on the list. Someone suggested a specific 30 days of Disney hair. What  do you nerds think? Would you like to see a full 30 Days of Disney in the future? Let me know in the comments below. And have a wonderful Friday!

 

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Day 20: Scarlett O ‘ Hara from Gone with the Wind

Today’s choice is from my second favorite movie of all time (after the entire Star Wars saga of course) Gone with the Wind.

Just like with Star Wars, I can’t tell you the first time I ever saw Gone with the Wind, but I do remember being obsessed with it as a kid. I always wanted to be Scarlett O’ Hara and live in the romantic Antibellum South as a child. The big frilly dresses, the attractive men in uniform, the imminent danger of war and famine and oh yeah… the horrible slavery.

So, maybe not! But I still love this movie.

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This is the very start of the movie. When Scarlett is still young and frilly and idealistic. She still believes the world revolves around her and hasn’t had to face the hardships of war quite yet. She may be a bit of a… rhymes with snitch… but I can’t help but love her and wish that Rhett would just come back at the end of the movie. I wanted that happy ending so much that when the mini series, Scarlett came out in 1994 I was overjoyed that there may come a happy ending for our dear Scarlett. As usual the book Scarlett is far better than the mini series, but I still love it and watch it often. It’s right up there with North and South and The Thornbirds.

Anyways… long story short, here’s my Scarlett! I left my snitchey attitude at home. Though I’m definitely more of a Scarlett than a Melanie. There’s no doubt about that. Scarlett is what you might call a classic hurricane. While Melanie is most definitely a tree. And we all know which one I am.

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Which Nerdy Hairstyle Is Your Favorite So Far?

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

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Day 19: Kat Stratford from 10 Things I Hate About You

This morning’s choice is one of the quintessential teen movies from my youth starring Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. 10 Things I Hate About You. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

If you are a kid of the 80′s and a teen of the 90′s then I’m sure you did not miss this movie! And if you’re like me, then you definitely dreamed of a long-haired, dreamy-eyed Heath serenading you on the bleachers at your high school. Or dang! How about at the high school in the movie. That thing was a castle. And who didn’t dream of having a live band at their high school prom, instead of a really terrible DJ. Personally… my prom was a big let down. Perhaps if I’d had this hair back then, it might have been a little better. My actual prom hair was pretty disappointing! I did it myself  and back then… well let’s just say I didn’t really know how to do my hair very well. I didn’t know what it or I was capable of.

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Luckily, I grew up and that disappointing prom became a distant memory. And hey, I learned how to do my hair. Now I just need a fancy dance and a serenading boy. A girl can dream, can’t she??!!

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11 days to go, nerds!! Make sure to check back. I’ve still got some good styles left to try. And if you have any suggestions for the next series… make sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on styles I should attempt to recreate.

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Day 18: Laura Cameron from Pan Am

Today is really random. Not only because this show was cancelled after just 1 season three years ago, but also because I never actually watched this show. But I saw the commercials when they came on and I always like the time period and the hair!! It’s all about the hair. And the 1960′s had great stuff going on in the hair department!

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This actually qualifies as a fill fledged bee hive, but my hair can never seem to get that high, no matter how much I tease it. But you get the idea. Tall hair, lots of volume, pouty attitude and if you have a pearl necklace then throw it on for extra 1960′s flair!!

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Check back tomorrow for yet another nerdy hair style. We only have 12 to go. Where has the time gone?

Brand New Episode of So… This Happened

Episode 13: Set Me Up

Starring Liz Tailor & Danielle Beckmann

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Liz: Women’s Peplum Blouse Zig Zag Mustard from Global Mamas, Kari Necklace from Trades of Hope

Danielle: Rio Dress from David Peck USA, Mara Sunrise Necklace from Badala 

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Day 17: Wendy Darling from Disney’s Peter Pan

This morning I chose Wendy Darling from Disney’s Peter Pan. Second star to the right and straight on till morning…

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Sadly today’s hair was a casualty of the rain and wind outside today, but a picture lasts forever!

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13 days to go. Make sure to check back tomorrow for another nerdy hairstyle!!!

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Day 15: Pebbles Flintstone from The Flintstones

Yabba Dabba Doooooo!! Any kid who grew up in the 80′s is well versed in Saturday morning cartoons. No school, no work. Just you and your family gathering around the TV to watch cartoons with a big heaping bowl of Lucky Charms!! Ah, those were the days. One of my favorites was The Flintstones which has returned to TV on The Hub. It’s so cool to watch it with the next generation!! And little Pebbles was always getting into trouble and Fred and Dino had to keep her safe and keep poor Wilma from finding out.

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So here is my homage to little Pebbles Flintstone and the good old days of watching Saturday morning cartoons!!

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As usual, check back tomorrow for more nerdy hair!

5 Fandom Friday

Smart Phone Apps I Couldn’t Live Without

Today’s topic proposed by The Nerdie Girlie and Super Space Chick are 5 apps that you couldn’t live without. I’m altering a little reflect some of my favorite ones that I don’t want to live without as well as some I reluctantly can’t live without! Personally I miss not being as reliant on my phone. But it is what it is and at this point it’s a little hard to turn back. So there are the ones I love and rely on in my day to day life.

#1: Pinterest

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I loooove Pinterest. If you follow me, you’ll know just how much I love it!! (Spoiler alert: I love it a lot) And the Pinterest phone app let’s me pin stuff from anywhere at anytime and I just love that!! If you watch the BBC’s Sherlock, then you’d know what a mind palace is. And I like to think of Pinterest as my own personal mind palace. When I was in college studying fashion design, we used to make inspiration boards all the time. And I used to have boxes of magazine clippings for those boards. So I feel like I’ve been pinning things since long before Pinterest came around. And finally technology and my brain are in perfect sync. Pinterest is where I think, it’s where I dream, it’s where the magic happens!!

 

#2: Instagram

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I really like that we are living in an age of self documentation. I have such a terrible memory. There are so many holes in my memories of growing up. And it’s cool to know that I’ll be able to look back through Instagram at the moments I felt were worthy of documentation (like Thursday’s lunch and my feet in the sand.)
And personally my face looks much better with a nice Amaro or X-Pro II filter over it. Making those moments not only memorable, but really pretty too.
I only wish that Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and other classic movie stars were still alive because I imagine their Insta feeds would be legendary!!

 

#3: Spotify

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Music really is the food of life. It can instantly change your mood or reflect it. It can be uplifting. It can tell a story. It can bring people together. And Spotify allows you access to most of your favorite artists (minus Tay Swift, of course.) For a modest subscription fee you have the ability to make playlists and listen to your favorite tunes.

 

#4: My Fitness Pal

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Listen… fitness is important. I genuinely enjoy working out. But as the winter approaches, so does a season of eating warm comfort foods like the ones on last week’s 5 Fandom Friday list – Click Here. As well as holiday treats like Granny’s apple pie and Uncle Lint’s garlic mashed potatoes. So I tend to need a little extra help with my fitness around this time. Enter My Fitness Pal. It’s an excellent app that tracks your food intake, nutrition stats and exercise. It gives you tips on whether or not you’re getting enough fiber or too much sugar and it projects your progress each day. It definitely helps keep me from gaining 3,000 pounds during the holidays!

 

#5: Google Maps

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This one is a reluctant choice. It’s not so much a favorite app as much as it’s an app I genuinely believe I couldn’t live without. And I actually love physical real-life maps. But a couple times a week I find myself wishing for a simpler time. I wonder how we all functioned before technology started to rule our lives. I honestly don’t know anymore. Sadly we now live in a time of reliance instead of resilience. I used to much more self reliant. Like I could figure anything out. And these days without technology I tend to feel a little lost. Like I’m not sure I can find my way without my Google Map. Hopefully when the zombie apocalypse hits, we’ll find out we’re all stronger than we think we are! In a zombie apocalypse there is no time for reliance.