Living the nerd life

I’m sure you’ve heard of Pokemon Go. It’s taking over the world like a storm! It encourages people to venture out to new places and even has caused mishaps like people causing accidents being too engrossed in it.

I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a nerd, though I exhibit some nerdy characteristics. I was a bit of a plain Jane in high school – I was never really into makeup and preferred to spend my time hidden behind a technological device, i.e. computer or phone.

So many years later and it hasn’t changed! I wasn’t really into Pokemon back in the day but I certainly remember a thing or two about it. And what’s awesome is that hubby is full on into it too!

Hence resulting in our numerous walks we are taking simply to catch Pokemon. No, our kids are not going to stand in the way, we are going to wear them on our backs/fronts and keep trying to catch ’em all!

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But really, there are a lot of perks of living the nerd lifestyle. Some of these include:

  1. We’re pretty good with technology. Okay, Daniel is pretty good and I am just catching on/surviving as we go. He is the go to person if some gadget of ours breaks, but I’m okay with using the gadget anyway. We often help our friends out with gadgety stuff. The fact that I’m using the term gadgety tells you how good I am though. Oh, you get the gist.
  2. We’re in on the conversations. I think I’m still not quite there yet though I can occasionally quote anywhere from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones. It’s exciting to talk about the shows / books that we like with other enthusiasts. Back in the day, I used to write fanfiction – doh, I know, right?
  3. We do well at trivia things. I wouldn’t call my sister-in-law and brother-in-law nerds (though they might disagree with me) but at their son’s school quiz night, they absolutely nailed it. Knowledge and nerdiness often go hand in hand, which can come in handy, but if not, is also just a whole lot of fun to know all the same.

  4. We can dress up and be whoever we want to be. One thing our family really enjoys is dress up parties – it’s so awesome to be able to have an excuse to dress up as some book character or superhero. Can you guess what characters we’re dressed up as below?

  5. We have nerdy artifacts (and love them). Back in the day when I did martial arts, I accumulated a number of training items including tantos, bokkens, hanbos, shurikens, etc. and it often suprises people that I have all this in my home. Dan, on the other hand, has a Nintendo 64, which is pretty vintage in a different way too. I never played it when I was young but have finally got the opportunity to play it now. And one day it might be worth quite a lot… While we haven’t gotten into a whole lot of merchandise, I am sure one day we will – we’ve already started building our Lego collection!
  6. Movie nights are always fun. We have a lot of movie nights, especially now in winter. Netflix is our best friend after 8pm. We have seen so many series and as we’re watching, we’ll be like “Ohh where have we seen that actor before?” and we try and work out what other show he’s in, or sometimes just check on IMDB. Regardless, we always have a fun time.
  7. Our kids tend to catch on. I do let Jacob watch some degree of TV but for some reason he can name every single character on ABC kids. Even all the owls on Giggle and Hoot – Hoot, Hootabelle, Hootley, Hootaluna, etc… Jacob loves that he can relate to these characters and he often uses a range of them in his imaginative play.

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Here is Jacob at maximum hipster. Disclaimer: Yes, those are my glasses – I only let him wear them for this photo and took them straight back.

So, for those of you who are a borderline nerd like me, just embrace it – it’s ultimately a fun lifestyle! Keep on playing Pokemon Go, though be mindful of where you are so you don’t walk into a lamp post – hope you catch ’em all!

Hyped up for The Hobbit!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually crazy about all things Middle Earth. It’s been a long time since The Lord of the Rings movie came out but I love it just the same. And yes, I have actually read the books too.

When The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001, my mum insisted that I read the book before I go to watch the movie. My uncle gave me the book to read – not just The Fellowship of the Ring, but the full 3 books in one – it had over 1000 pages. I was on school holidays, so I sat and I read. And read. And read.

Something I may have forgotten to mention is that in 2001, I was only 11 years old. And I must admit that it was quite heavy reading for an 11 year old. I was also speed reading to make sure I read it in time – 5 days (and nights) later, I did it (and got to watch the movie).

It’s funny because in contrast, I remember Daniel talking to his friends about how they watched that movie when they were in college. It’s times like these that the age gap between us (7 years) shows – but of course, it doesn’t bother us now. It would have been a bit odd if he were trying to date me when he was 18 and I was 11, though…

I think I read The Hobbit after I read the Lord of the Rings, and found that book a lot easier to digest. I always hoped they would make a movie of it, as I grew quite fond of Bilbo and the Dwarves. I have a soft spot for hobbits because I look like one next to Daniel – although sometimes I look more like Gollum. What do you think?

IMG_5282Anyway, Daniel and I watched the first installment of The Hobbit again last night, and I’m really excited to be going to the movies again! Jacob will be looked after by his grandparents (thank youuu!) and I hope he’ll be well behaved.

Short post today as I have lots of housework to do! I don’t believe Jacob is a basket case but he seems to think otherwise…

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