>Storm Before the Calm – BEDA 11

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Fatigue Meter:3

I’M DONE WITH ALL THE GUIDE PRESS PACKAGE LAYOUT!!!

So now the only thing left is to finish the logistics of sending them out and I can be done thinking about them! I’ll be so glad not to be thinking about them! Especially since it’s seriously cutting into my blog meter design time! i mean, seriously. priorities!

so beside the usual Guide meeting which went rather well… all but Kip, Amy and Karolina were there actually, so that’s really good! and Karolina wasn’t there because she was busy being ridiculously awesome and representing the Guide at John Green’s book tour!

however, before the meeting did not go so smoothly. despite my best intentions to get everything done before the meeting, In-Design refused to start properly. :/ and when i finally got it to start properly, my brother decided to flood the kitchen. so instead of having plenty of time to finish everything, i barely made it to the meeting on time!

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>a grumpy blog – BEDA 8

>Blog Count: 8 Blogs Left: 22
Fatigue Meter: 5

don’t know what happened to the blog meters for the last couple of blogs. moving on!

ok, so it’s time to fess up. that “giant moth” that allegedly “tried to eat me” was really just a full sized regular moth that flew toward me and scared the crap out of me. although, in my defense, it had to be the creepiest moth ever. i heard this muffled crackling noise, and when i looked for where the sound was coming from, MOTH ATTACK!!! so yeah. creepy.

so, real quick, we’re gonna look at the pictoral representation of my life:

mm, yeah. yep. i like to refer to it as “My Life in 8 Boxes,” but you can call it any snarky thing you please, so long as you leave it in the comments.

i love that i’ve gone to guidetonerdfighting.com often enough (and everywhere else seldom enough) that it’s in my top 8! it’s barely been up for a day! Everything either has to do with Google or Nerdfighters.

well, the fatigue meter’s running kinda high today. which, honestly, is rather unexpected! all day i’ve been thinking of little things i could say or include, and just generally getting excited about it. (yes, i know that’s pathetic.) but now that i’m actually doing the actual blogging… well, i don’t really feel like blogging right now. i tried to watch some YT to kind of get me into a more “i wanna share with the world” mood, but to no avail. i apologize for being so crabby… that’s what it is! i’m just tired and kinda cranky. sorry. :/

i’m either really paranoid or i’m right (i really hope i’m not right!) about my emails being excessive. both in content and in quantity. i always am trying to make sure that there aren’t any misunderstandings and i think i might come off as bossy. and then i try to keep everyone informed, but i think i come off as… well, nagging. so if you’ve gotten email from me, and you really would rather i’d turn it down a notch, let me know. cuz any annoyance is definitely unintentional!

ok, i’m just reaching now. i’m too tired to talk about anything remotely interesting. though i AM looking forward to hearing about how things went at the Boulder stop on John Green’s book tour! can’t wait to get a chance to talk to Lydia about that! 😀 <!– text

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>Pretend (i didn’t forget) – BEDA 7

>so, yeah. I totally posted this before midnight yesterday! #blatantshamefullies (welcome to the world of slanted views and technicalities!)

so the short version: Guide part 1, rental car, lost paycheck, Guide part 2, friends, Guide part 3.

Guide Part 1: since there was no car to take me to work, my only option was to stay home. but i figured i should make the most of my time, so i finished designing the missing page in the press package.

Rental Car: fortunately for my mother and i, the rental car place is a short walk from our house. the car is Toyota Yaris.

Lost Paycheck: along the way to the car rental place i removed my phone from my purse. completely unremarkable event. well, except that in the process i knocked my paycheck out of my purse. when a quick search at home revealed that i, in fact, had not left it behind, PANIC!!! VERY luckily, i had dropped it early on in the journey and it only took a minute of retraced steps before i found it.

Guide Part 2: emailed Sean and not a second after i pressed send, he logged in, so i chatted with him on GChat. result: guidetonerdfighting.com was FINALLY launched!!! then i went about making edits to the sample page, but i didn’t get very much done because…

Friends: talked on Skype about all kinds of nerdy stuff with some of the most awesome beings on the planet. namely, Meg, Lydia and Austin. 🙂

Guide Part 3: finished designing the press package and went to bed. then i realized that i needed to export it as a PDF and upload it. so i got out of bed, turned the computer back on, and created uploaded the PDF. then i went to bed. at 1am.

there was eating, and errands, and a good amount of procrastination mixed in there as well. XD

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>remember not to forget! – BEDA 2

>blog count: 2 blogs remaining: 28
fatigue meter: 1

ok, the fatigue meter already has a 1, but that’s because i’m posting so late. where did the time go?! so yeah. welcome to day 2!

i thought of all kinds of clever things i could blog about all day! now that it’s 11:30pm and i’m doing the actual blogging, i have nothing to say. i think this is a phenomenon that probably has some kind of mathematical equation attached to it that calculates the probability of enticing banter being included. but sadly, more for me than for you, i am mathematically challenged. (yet somehow hoping and praying whilst swiping my debit card is an effective method for keeping my bank balance out of the red! who needs math?)

so… there’s a gathering tomorrow! now, hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a gathering of just me and Tiff. not that i don’t think that would be awesome, but a gathering is traditionally supposed to consist of more than 2 people. :/
i also hope that the gathering doesn’t include a random creepy guy who stumbled upon my tweet advertising the gathering. (enter mouth breather a la “Hey Arnold!”)

ack! there are still so many things for me to do! a lot of little things, but if i forget them, well, it might not be disastrous, but it won’t be preferable either. like remembering to set up tweets to announce the meeting on Sunday. will the world end if i don’t do this? of course not. will some people forget to show up and others not even know about it, therefore missing a major opportunity of increasing awesome? yes! and that would MAJORLY bug me!

ok, got 6 minutes to get this blog up while i can still officially call this day 2. so i’m gonna post it now and not 7 minutes from now when i’ll have to enter the world of slanted views and technicalities.

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>formal apology

>wow! that last one was really bad, wasn’t it!

i couldn’t even break up the pointless drivel with a poor attempt at wit so that you could laugh as you mock me for my pathetic lack of writing ability.

despite me being able to operate a mouse and keyboard, my brain clearly wasn’t up for the whole sub-standard, writing-as-though-someone-cares blog writing thing. something to make note of for the next time i fall asleep WAY to early resulting in me waking up WAY too early. i’ll just stick to the reading and watching before the hour of 6am. *winces at the disgustingly early hour displayed in corner of screen*

so yeah, it’s Sunday. which only ever means one thing to me: Guide Meeting. and really, should it mean anything else? There are several things going on with the Guide including a brand spanking new partnership with the NF Gazette! …in fact, i should go blog that… *blogs* …there we go! fresh blog post for everyone to enjoy! 🙂 i feel accomplished now.

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>it’s you

>ok, we need to talk. i was looking at some of my back entries (finding something i’d said) and i noticed the quality isn’t as good. i have the same writing style, the same sense of humor, and am the same person, so… it’s not me, it’s you. that’s right, dear reader.
you see, this is “The Unread Blog” and i was writing it as such. but lately it’s been, well, “The Read Blog.” and that’s just not the same. you make me feel all self-conscious and that’s no good at all.
oh, but don’t feel bad! i’m not breaking up with you! i’m just saying we need to take this to a more emotionally abusive level. i still love you. i’m just going to ignore your existence when we’re in public (blogs and vlogs). but i’ll totally still hang out with you when no ones around!

phew! i feel so much better now! so… on with the awkward ramble! 😀

so, i don’t remember what the hell i had wanted to write when i came to this realization, but the internal dialogue went something like this:
“oh, i should write a blog about that! oh… wait… no, people read my blog. that might be kind of awkward.” and then i read some back entries. some of it saying stuff i would probably think to be “awkward” now. but they were so much BETTER.
so i’m pretending that i don’t have friends. it’s good for the writing. and that’s really the most important thing, right?

so, things, as far as i’m concerned, are getting a little awkward in the Guide staff camp. one member is starting to creep me out. i’m hoping this kind of smooths over or goes away soon. …and i hope one of the Greens get around to writing back. i mean, who the fuck are they, anyway? “my wife’s having a baby.” “i’m doing Truth or Fail and planning VidCon.” wa wa wa! cast the frivolous details aside for a sec, k? let’s get back to the priorities people: Guide to Nerdfighting. alright? seriously! the stupid things people allow to distract them!

oh, and i get WAY too excited when i know what the word of the day means. but doesn’t everyone on YT know this one? (or at least all the NFs.)

words are cool, ok? words are cool!
loquacious, conceptual, antagonizing, sardonic <– those are some bad-ass words!

also:

“But our relationship was torn,
When i found out
Unicorn, unicorn
Met you on MySpace, you have a horn”

Met You on MySpace by Care Bears on Fire

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>new years eve

>i can’t believe it’s the last day of the year. it’s all gone by so fast!

if you told me January of last year that some of my coolest friends would end up being overseas, i wouldn’t have believed you. i also didn’t know what a Nerdfighter was, so…

if you asked me why i’m on the staff of The Guide and why i’m determined to make it a reality, i would tell you it’s because being a Nerdfighter and being part of the Nerdfighter community has not only changed my life and exposed me to amazing people, but it has changed me! who and what i have at the top of my value list is different. and i never want that to change.

as for “irl” changes (irl being in quotes because some of the friendships i’ve made online this year seem more real than the ones in the supposed irl) nothing really has changed. i still go to work and see and talk to my friends occasionally. “occasionally” meaning almost never.

last year at this time i had a desperate hope that better things were coming.

so much unlike last year, i look forward to the new year! because i KNOW good things are coming! VidCon, for one thing, is guaranteed to be AWESOME! (plus it’s happening the weekend before my birthday. so instead of a little party, i’ll be going to VidCon!)

7NAP. it’s fun! and we’re just starting! which is so exciting! (video tomorrow! yay!)

The Guide. oh, The Guide. well, it’s gonna be epic. and i’m freakin’ part of it! i’m on the freakin’ Staff! it can’t be more awesome than that.

who knows what else this year holds for me? a podcast hopefully. but then, who knows?

see you all in the New Year! <3
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>Nerdfighters (and The Guide) are Awesome!

>oh blog, even when i neglect you, you’re still here for me.

which, when you think about it, isn’t very healthy. and if you had any self respect, you would leave me. but lucky for me, you are not a person and self respect is not an issue for you. and so you stay.

now that i’m done exploring the depths of me and my blog’s abusive relationship, i can talk about other stuff. like my new appreciation for the word “ratiocination.”

ratiocination rash-ee-ah-suh-NAY-shun

The process of logical reasoning.

finally! “Nice guy, but no ratiocination.” as opposed to “Nice guy, but no sense of logic.” what once was three words, now is one! what does it say about me, as a person, that i have the willingness and the need to accept this word into my daily vocabulary? let’s not explore that.

hey, remember that time when The Guide wrote to Alan, and he said The Guide was a bad idea, and everyone got kinda bummed out? and then remember all the hilarious Alan jokes that ensued?! (oh, the lols! good times!) and then remember 2 weeks later when Hank said it was a good idea. and then remember a month later when John emailed saying it was a good idea. and remember when we all got to say, “in your face Alan! SUCK IT!” but we were all too awesome to say that. (at least not publicly!) yeah. yeah… that was SO AWESOME!!!

so, i’ve an observation to share:
twitter is SO much fun when you’re mutually following Nerdfighters! twitter is my new favorite IM! <3 my morning was filled with alien rhino men (aka. "guys in rhino suits"), culture package planning, and memory manipulation! since i don't know ALL Nerdfighters, i could be wrong on this, but i'm pretty fairly certain that MY Nerdfighter friends are the most awesome.

oh, yeah. and rl is still boring. just in case someone was under the misguided delusion that it suddenly became overwhelmingly awesome. yeah, it’s still not.

ps. i started writing this at 8:45am! ADD much?!
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>update… tl;dr

>so i’ve been posting a lot lately, but i haven’t really been talking about what’s going on with me. which is rather strange considering that this is my blog. in fact, i don’t even think i’ve mentioned The Guide to Nerdfighting …in your pants. which is weird since i’m absolutely obsessed with it. (my mother wants to strangle me every time she hears the word Nerdfighter now.)

so, i should probably go in chronological order, but since time in my universe doesn’t flow in a manner compatible with the rest of existence, that probably won’t end up working too well. so i’ll just have to write it the way it makes sense in my head!

so this morning i was driven to work by my mechanic. whom i’d never met before. because my mom always dealt with him. it. was. SURREAL. he has a beige Mercedes circa 1987 which looks much like this:
so old car, old guy, playing old music. i mean old like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland. literally.

i saw Hank Green last Saturday, and i posted pictures of that, but i didn’t write about it. as you would expect it. was. EPIC. in the middle of playing songs, he took questions for about half an hour. he answered everything from “what did you do before vlogbrothers?” to “pirates or ninjas?” to “Star Wars or Star Trek?” at which point he answered Star Trek. at which point 50% of the room’s hearts, including my own, broke. it was quite a strange experience to hear almost exactly half of a room cheering while the other half gaped in shocked silence. and near the end of the blissfully long Q&A, people were casually asking questions and he was talking as if it were just an abnormally large conversation. oh, and just a fun little point: when Hank got to the line “I’d be wearing wizard robes with gold and red” in This Isn’t Hogwarts, all the Gryffindors in the room started cheering. <3
Dr Noise opened for him, and i feel really bad that since i was so centered on telling Hank about The Guide i didn’t get a signed copy of his CD. 🙁 my one regret of the night.

but speaking of The Guide it’s the most wonderful thing that could possibly happen. that is, it will be if we ever succeed in getting the word out about it! and for the record, i WILL be committing my letters to Hank and John to paper TODAY. i’ve written a message to Alex Day (aka Nerimon) and i’ll be writing to other hi-profile Nerdfighters soon! so we’ll see how this pans out. and on a side note, i’m no longer an Alan fan (for reasons related to The Guide). 🙁

oh! and i am going to Hawaii on Wednesday! and i am EXTREMELY excited about this! there are only two things that concern me. 1) i can’t go to The Guide meeting that following Sunday 2) i may not be able to make/post a video that Friday for 7NAP. there’s no way for me to remedy not being able to go to The Guide meeting, but i am going to make a video on Tuesday and ask one of the other girls to switch it to “public” on Friday. hopefully though, i’ll just be able to make a video from Hawaii.

and that brings up 7NAP, which is 7 Nerds-a-Plenty, the new video project i’m involved in which is in its second week. i’m Friday, so i’ll be posting a video later today. i will also be posting a video on my channel later, because i’ve been meaning to all week, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

and i think that gets me all caught up for now!

oh yeah, and i like Hank’s song “The Vegetables” more than i probably should. :/