11.19.2014

What's Up Wednesday (52)


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, so we can check in with each other. To join, just check out Jaime Morrow or Erin Funk's blogs for the link widget and sign up!


WHAT I'M READING
Blue Lily, Lily Blue and I don't want it to eeeeend! I'm also finishing up Steal like an Artist.


WHAT I'M WRITING
Dabbling in some poetry, trying to get back to the verse story.


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Messing around with other creative pursuits. Nerdvember has really allowed me to stretch my fashion sense (what little I have), and it's been really fun actually trying to *style* geeky tees and accessories. Some days are more successful than others, but still!


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

There were a bunch of November birthdays this past weekend, so I ate a lot of sweets. I've also started hoarding holiday gifts. Best to get the holiday shopping done when you can. Speaking of, I ordered a mug for my Sip Swap person yesterday. Hope they like it! And to you non-US peeps, you should totally organize a Sip Swap of your own. It's so fun and goodness knows you can never have too many cups! (Actually, you can. I have too many, but I love buying them!)

For later this week? I'm seeing BASTILLE (yay!) on Thursday and hopefully MOCKINGJAY PART 1 sometime this weekend. How is it already time for the Hunger Games again? How?!

I'm halfway through Nerdvember now! I'm pretty proud of myself. I've managed to come up with something geeky to wear every single day of November so far - and it's not just socks and T-Shirts! Here's hoping I can keep it up. I'll post all my outfits at the end of the month, but here's a few of my faves so far.


And I'm still participating on and off with The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick's 5 Fandom Fridays if you're looking for something to read then or something to blog!

What's up with you?

11.14.2014

5 Fandom Friday (4)


5 Fandom Friday is a geek-blogger community building project started and hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Every Friday, post a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic that can be found on this master post - you can also find more info on the project there. Participate as frequently or infrequently as you like, and if a topic doesn't especially appeal to you, feel free to put your own twist on it.


This week's theme: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without


1. Twitter / Hootsuite

This was my first choice because it's where I spend a lot of my online time. It's where I chat with my friends, post updates, and get my news. I've also met so many fun people thanks to Twitter. Some of the best conversations happen on Twitter.


I actually use the actual Twitter app a lot now because my Hootsuite was glitchy for a while - but while I used Hootsuite, it was great because it helped organize timelines and you could schedule tweets.


2. Instagram

I love taking photos and seeing people's photos. So Instagram had to be on this list. Love that it's personal, artsy, and social. I'm currently participating in Set To Stunning's Nerdvember challenge, so that's what's filling up my feed recently.

A Doctor Who Rose Tyler-inspired outfit.
A Star Wars Han Solo-inspired outfit.

3. Vscocam
Better for photo-editing than Instagram is, especially if all you want to do is touch a photo up a little. Plus, it has way more choices when it comes to filters.


4. Google Maps
I'm not sure if this counted, but basically this is a life-saver while traveling in an unfamiliar place. Navigating new cities or just getting to a new local restaurant is a lot less stressful when you can just look it up.


5. Podcasts
I only recently got into listening to podcasts - partly because I was participated in one (a review of the 13th Doctor's first episode), mostly because a friend started a great one about writers (First Draft with Sarah Enni).

But now my Podcasts app is ESSENTIAL because I am desperately hooked by SERIAL, a podcast investigating a true crime and unfolding the story each week. I admit, I'm a sucker for crime dramas on TV, so this was totally up my alley. If you haven't listened to this or even heard about it, I highly recommend you check it out. So addictive. There's only been 8 episodes so far.


What are the phone apps you can't live without?

11.12.2014

What's Up Wednesday (51)


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, so we can check in with each other. To join, just check out Jaime Morrow or Erin Funk's blogs for the link widget and sign up!


WHAT I'M READING
Haven't had much time to read since work has been busy and I think I'm either getting sick or having a really bad allergy attack. Augh. So, this means I'm still reading BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE.

But it's okay too because the book is great and I dread having to wait for the next book. That said, I do have to mention that my pre-ordered, signed copy has still not arrived! This is mostly thanks to a freak postal service accident involving the books that has the indie bookstore in Virginia scrambling to catch-up. I found out today that another freak postal mistake had my order delivered somewhere else! The store is fixing the issue, but that is the status of the order.


WHAT I'M WRITING
Still nothing. I'm the worst! :(


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Trying not to stress too much? Get more sleep? Being healthy!


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO



I finally caught Jessica Love and Kelsey Macke's annual Sip Swap exchange! I miss this mug-based Secret Santa every year, so I'm glad I caught sign-ups this time. Unfortunately, it's limited to the continental US and sign-ups are already closed, but keep an eye out for it next year if you're interested!

Also, Nerdvember is going strong! It's been fun thinking of how to incorporate geek into my daily wardrobe.


What's up with you?

11.07.2014

5 Fandom Friday (3)


5 Fandom Friday is a geek-blogger community building project started and hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Every Friday, post a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic that can be found on this master post - you can also find more info on the project there. Participate as frequently or infrequently as you like, and if a topic doesn't especially appeal to you, feel free to put your own twist on it.

I've missed a few because I was on vacation, but I'm back and this week's theme is great because I love food! :D

This week's theme: Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better

1. IN-N-OUT


I'm a California native, so when it comes to classic "American" food and fast food, nothing says home like In-n-Out. It's cheap, simple, and delicious. I love getting it when I come back from a trip; it's my go-to homecoming treat.


2. Red bean, Riceball/Mochi, Sesame-stuffed Riceball (dessert) Soup


Not sure what the actual name of this is, but it's my favorite cold-weather Taiwanese dessert. My mom makes it every year, and the sesame-filled rice balls are to-die-for good.


3. Phở

Speaking of soupy foods, you can't beat phở for tasty comfort. Feeling cold? Under the weather? Nursing a hangover? You need some of this brothy deliciousness!


4. Minced Pork over Rice

This is a simple, traditional Taiwanese dish. I love a lot of Taiwanese/Chinese food, but I never get sick of this one. Om nom nom.


5. Ice Cream


I think this is self-explanatory. And anyone who knows me knows I am an ice cream monster.


Honorary Mention: I had to mention coffee and tea here because somethings a warm cuppa is all you need to brighten your day (and I love both!)



What are your top comfort foods?

11.05.2014

What's Up Wednesday (50)


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, so we can check in with each other. To join, just check out Jaime Morrow or Erin Funk's blogs for the link widget and sign up!


WHAT I'M READING
Still making my way through BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE. I'm also reading STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Very inspirational.



WHAT I'M WRITING
A few lines here and there. I hope to really get back into it this month with the help of NaNoWriMo energy (though I'm not participating this year). By the way, good luck NaNo-ers!


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Reading wonderful writing! On the one hand, reading great writing can be depressing because how will I ever even come close to that, but it's also so inspiring. It makes me want to spin my own tales.


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Mostly recovering from Italy. I do think sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation, haha. I wasn't really jet-lagged but I have a lot of work to get caught up on and Daylight Savings didn't do me any favors.

The other thing that happened is Halloween! Since I missed most of October in the US, it hasn't really felt like Halloween for me, and when I got back, I only had a week to figure out what to do. Luckily, I had my casual cosplay Wonder Woman outfit from Comic Con this year! So I spruced it up a little and that was the DIY costume I wore to work!


My co-workers had some great ones - my favorite was a woman dressed as the painting of the Mona Lisa. It was a frame with the painting, but the Mona Lisa's face was cut out so you could stick your own face there. So funny.

The Sister had some fun at Target, trying on foam wigs and beards, but as usual, she matched her costume to Loki's.
Pirate, lobster, or Flame-Hair
Loki was a lion this year (he's the perfect color for it), and the Sister was the ring leader/ lion tamer!


Can you spot the Loki Lion King?
Lastly, the Sis and I are participating in Set to Stunning's Nerdvember challenge this month. So if you follow either of us on Instagram, I apologize in advance for the geeky outfit selfies you'll be seeing all month. I'll share some looks as the month goes.

Oh and pre-registration for Comic Con 2015 is happening this weekend! Eeeep! Wish us luck!!


What's up with you?

10.29.2014

What's Up Wednesday (49)


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, so we can check in with each other. To join, just check out Jaime Morrow or Erin Funk's blogs for the link widget and sign up!


WHAT I'M READING
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE of course! My finished copy still hasn't shipped/arrived at my house yet, so I'm even more grateful I have my e-ARC. I managed to squeeze some reading time into my vacation time, but I've still got a little over half of the book to go.

Guys, I LOVE this book world so much. The characters and the effortless kind of magic is just...I have no words. This book is filling me with FEELS to bursting!


WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing beyond a few lines here and there that pop into my head. I was on vacation!


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
I'm a big fan of taking breaks. Vacation was great for that, and it was also great for kind of letting ideas stew in my head. Also, since I was traveling for vacation, the new sights and sounds proved to be very inspirational. :)


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I was in Italy! For those of you who follow me on instagram (akangaru) or Twitter (@kangaru), sorry for the massive pic-spam. There was so much beauty to share (and I wanted my location tags!). I returned to California on Saturday night, and I'm now back at work and trying not to drown under the weight of the things I have to do.

But for now, let me relive and share some of the Italian magic of the last 2.5 weeks. It was glorious!

ROME

POMPEII

SORRENTO

CAPRI

ASSISI

VENICE and BURANO

MONTECATINI and PISA

FLORENCE

SIENA

MILAN

ROME again

We ate a lot of pasta and gelato. We saw incredible works of art - I mean, Michaelangelo's David is just breathtaking, while Bernini's David (the Sister's favorite & she calls it "Hot David") is indeed very hot (he's the statue in this last Rome pic set); we saw Da Vinci's The Last Supper with our own eyeballs!! We shopped - new shoes were acquired. We were steeped in history - ancient ruins and old cathedrals! We saw the plaster-cast remains of a dog that died in Pompeii and where Julius Caesar was assassinated and so many tombs and relics of saints. Oh and Venice? Straight up magical, ridiculously gorgeous - as were so many other places like medieval Assisi and Siena. Capri- I've never seen water so naturally blue (e.g. the Blue Grotto in the bottom row of that pic-set).

I might post a better recap of the trip at some point, but there was A LOT and I miss it already!

That aside, I can't believe it's already Halloween! I'm still deciding on a costume but may just end up recycling my casual cosplay Wonder Woman from Comic Con. What are you going to be?

What's up with you?