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Missed Me?

Moriarty? No?

Sorry, not actually Moriarty, but with with announcement that the Christmas(ish) special of Sherlock will be released in cinemas worldwide, I couldn’t resist.  Of course, we’ve missed Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman!  I’m not even going to mention the rest of the cast, because it would just take to long.  However, you have not been forgotten (as all the weird stuff posted on the internet will let you know), your loyal audience has missed you!

When will we get to see the dynamic duo in action in the 1890’s no less? (not that dynamic duo, the other one)  We’ve no idea.  They’re keeping that close to the vest, but lets face it, when don’t they?  Gatiss and Moffatt love their secrets like they love…well, Sherlock.

As for me, hopefully, I won’t give you quite as much of a chance to miss me from here on out. Maybe it took the impending long-awaited Christmas-y special to bring me out of my cave, but here I am.  I can’t have you thinking of me as the bad guy now, can I?

‘Til next time,


Happiness v. Contentment

Tonight, on my way home, I pondered the difference between “happiness” and “contentment”.  For me, this is kind of a big deal.  My wishes on falling stars, birthday cake candles, etc. have almost always been a wish for happiness.  I guess it stems from the “happily ever after” in all the stories and fairy tales.   Happiness always seemed like a goal to be conquered, a state of being, and ultimate pinnacle of achievement.  You’ll not often get this out of me, so enjoy it while you can, but I think I was wrong.

Catskills Fireflies by s58y via Flickr

My day today has been filled with a lot of happiness.  The sun shining on my face as I wove through town, the warm (but not too warm) breeze ruffling my hair, the wave of music pouring from the speakers of my car.  This all made me happy.  Happy enough to want it to continue by blowing off the things I should do to meet friends for a $4 burger special and a beer at a local pub. (for the record, the happiness started BEFORE the beer)  Laughing and enjoying their company, I was happy.  Writing this now (well, 20 minutes ago) on my back porch with the light of citronella candles and a twilight glow, I’m happy.  The lightning bugs are flitting about the back yard, the grass is mowed (finally!) and my dog is nudging his cold wet nose on the inside of my arm for attention.  Life doesn’t get a whole lot better than this.

Contentment is a different.  I keep thinking about Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown”.  They have a line “I have everything I need, and nothing that I don’t.”  Finding that line between need and want is sometimes really easy.  I need to get from point A to point B.  I want to do it in a car with leather seats, a sun roof and a kicking stereo system. If only it were that easy all the time.  I worry about dismissing all the great things I have in my life in favor of chasing after something I don’t have.  Is it something that I need or only something I want?  What pushes it over from want into need? How do I tell the difference?

Maybe it is time to wish for something different.  Happiness is everywhere I look, as long as I’m looking.  The Universe has given me the gift of seeing all the things out there that make me happy.  It is ephemeral, fleeting and shifts away the harder I try to hold on to it, but it is everywhere.  Happiness can be found in all the tiny things that bestow joy on my life each and every day.  I don’t need to wish upon a star to find happiness, it was there all along.

Do you struggle with this too?  How do you figure out if something is a “want” or a “need”?  Help me out here.

‘Til next time,

My Car Is Possessed

Seriously. It is exhibiting some demonic qualities lately. Even my mechanic is entertaining it as a viable theory. 

The Evidence

  • The car waited until a holiday weekend to demonstrate any strangeness. (Guess who isn’t open Memorial Day weekend?  Most mechanics.)
  • The defect only stressed my sanity not my driving skills. (My dog, Dexter’s sanity was sorely tested also.)
  • No one can pinpoint what caused the issue

The Story

Saturday morning I’m awakened at 2:35am by my car alarm going off inside my closed and locked garage. By the time my sleep addled brain figured out what it was, it stopped. I went back to sleep.  Sure, it crossed my mind that I might not have a car there when I got up to go to work on Saturday, but, honestly, I wanted the sleep more than I wanted to investigate. 

4:00am the stinking thing goes off again!  I find my keys, shut it off and start to think. (This is where it gets dangerous) What if there’s someone in my garage, and they’ll keep setting off the alarm until I investigate. Then they’ll invade my home. Stab me, stab the dog and take all my stuff. (Since I was a kid, it was always people breaking in with a knife that I was afraid of. Not a gun or a flame thrower, but a knife. It is a big vicious knife, but still…)

Is said dog barking? No, and he likes to inform me if someone slams a car door two houses down. He’s a pretty good watch dog, but what if he’s gotten complacent…or he doesn’t hear as well when he’s asleep. (His “selective” hearing is a whole different post by itself.)  I debate for about 10 minutes about calling 911 to have officers inspect my almost certainly empty garage. 

Finally, realizing sleep was proving elusive in light of the possible intruder to my garage, I called. The officer was very nice when I told him that the “beeping thing” on my car kept going off, and that if I opened the door there would be a “nefarious criminal” waiting on the other side. That is how all the horror movies go. 

Big Kudos to the operator who figured out that “beeping thing” was really a car alarm, and thanked me for calling instead of investigating myself. It made me feel much less…paranoid. Thank you for also sending a female officer with the two male officers when I mentioned I live by myself. It made a big difference at 4:30am.  

Also thank you to the officers who came to my house for also thanking me for calling, diffusing my budding panic with logic, and complimenting me on my choice in art.   However, none of that made a difference when it went off again at 5:30 or 7:00. 

It was also forgotten when my old car accident injuries acted up that morning….just before heading to work. The pain medication helped me sleep Saturday night. If the alarm went off, my drugged mind didn’t even register it. 

Sunday night was a different story. When it went off every two hours…nearly exactly. All. Night. Long. Did it ever go off AFTER 9am?  Of course not. 

Monday night was the same. All. Night. Long. To say that I was not my most clear-headed on Tuesday, would be true. Both Dex and I were go grateful and relieved to have my mother’s car parked at my house on Tuesday night. I didn’t miss the Demon Car one little bit. I couldn’t even be upset with the thunderstorm that raged over my house in the middle of the night. I’d had four whole hours of uninterrupted sleep. It was blissful. 

The result

  • My car seems to be fixed now. No one could get the damned alarm to go off at the mechanics without intentionally setting it off. (Of course. That’s how these things go.)
  • They found a couple of possibilities, and I gladly paid them to fix them.
  • I still don’t know why he wouldn’t let me have his cell phone number so I could call him if it went off again at 2am. You’d think he wasn’t confident in his work or something?

To my neighbors

  • I am sorry. 
  • So very very sorry

‘Til next time,


P.S. I’m attempting some blogging from my phone. What do you think?  

Resolution Check-In

1186646_32137047Last week I wrote about having to give up one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014, so I thought this would be a good time to do a check in to see how I’ve done with this year’s list.

  1. Commit Random Acts of Kindness (at LEAST one per month) .  – Definitely accomplished this one, and this is one goal I actually exceeded by….a lot.  
  2. Make time to write more.  Set up a daily writing schedule and STICK TO IT (also make sure to eat and sleep, that didn’t happen with the last writing schedule).  I love it so DO it! – I struggle with this one daily.  I have a schedule, but I really stink about keeping it.  This is just one I have to forgive myself for and re-work the schedule to something I can actually stick to.  Sometimes it is not working on your willpower or self-control, but designing something that really fits with your life.
  3. Make time for my family.  They’re awesome and I love them, spend more time with them, for crying out loud!  Work in some one on one time with each of them every once in a while.  They are fun and entertaining, but they are more fun and entertaining one on one! – Sunday dinner’s got re-instituted, and I may not make it every week, but I definitely see them a lot more often than I did before.  It is hard to believe that I used to think once a month would be hard!
  4. Make time for my friends…see above.  Regularly schedule something together or separately once a month.– This didn’t go as well as I wanted it to.  Some friends got more attention than others, but I’m working on it!
  5. 8d1ccc4d37dbad9ce6320e277c7b21a6Create a realistic, manageable, budget and find a way to keep it. (It doesn’t count if I write it down but never track it.)  – I’m calling this one a success.  I lost my job, but I didn’t lose my mind.  Things got rearranged to make sure the essentials were covered and I still had some fun.  The challenge will be sticking to it now that I’m working again!
  6. Take time for myself.  Nothing else works well, if I feel overwhelmed or too stressed.  Take at least an evening (or two) every week to de-stress and relax. – I got some good quality “me” time in while I was “re-evaluating my career”, and I’m working hard to stick to it.  
  7. Eat more meals at home.  (I am a great cook…do it!)  – This ended up being the largest part of re-vamping my budget, and my food is a lot healthier than most restaurant choices.  
  8. Set up meal exchange with a friend (less cooking, more variety, and I might try a new thing or two) – This worked for a couple of months, but my meal exchange partner had a hard time balancing everything in her schedule to work it in.  We had a great time for those couple of months though.  Maybe we can re-integrate it again soon!
  9. Dexter5Eat more vegetables (I love veggies, I could practically be a vegetarian, well, three days a week, maybe.  Why don’t I eat more of them?) – Cherry Street Farmers’ Market became one of my favorite places over the summer, and my sister has had a bountiful garden this year.  So not only did I eat more veggies, but I tried new ones and sourced the majority locally.
  10. Utilize all the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of recipes I have  – I had some time on my hands, so I really worked my cookbooks and Pinterest for new recipes.  When you get handed a bunch of free squash, you learn how to cook squash! 
  11. Make more food myself and get rid of all the extra sodium and processed food.  I hate the way the processed food tastes…don’t eat so much of it.  I love baking bread, bake your own bread.  If I have extra, freeze it or give it away.  I’m doing a random act of kindness every month, give away food!  There are great freezer tips for freezing your own soup and etc.  USE THEM – I really cut down on the processed food I eat.  I also learned that I can only bake bread if there is no yeast involved…apparently I have offended yeast in some way and it refuses to work for me.  Now the weather is getting cooler, I’m looking forward to trying some of my great soup recipes!
  12. Exercise – Run with my friends, train to run a 5K in October. – Training happened, exercise happened, even running happened!
  13. Drink more water…just because I can drink soda again doesn’t mean you SHOULD! – Did I mention running happened?  That definitely took my water consumption to a whole new level.  The challenge is sticking with it now that I’m working again.
  14. Be healthier – mentally, physically, spiritually… ( This is perpetual, but still necessary.) – This was an example of a poorly crafted goal.  How do you even measure this?  
  15. Run the Tulsa Run 5K in October. – Not happening.  Let it go Jessica.  It is all fine.
  16. Train my dog.  We’re not talking therapy dog training time here, just more training.  It is fun and you love it…do it!- We learned one new trick…that’s it.  I really didn’t stick with this one at all.
  17.  Read every day.  It relaxes me, I love it, it makes you smarter, and improves your writing…why don’t I do more of that and less Television?  – Well, it may not have been a book that I read every day, but I have read something for fun and relaxation every single day.  Let me just say that I love Mental Floss magazine.  It greatly increases my amount of knowledge that will be helpful in any situation where trivia is important.
  18. Treat myself to a massage every now and again…seriously, I need it. – The year isn’t over yet?  Maybe that should be my birthday present to myself since the concert I wanted to go to is sold out.  Who knew Tulsa was filled with so many alt-J fans?
  19. Actually go to all my doctor and dentist appointments. – I go to my allergy shot appointments every week.  Does this count?
  20. Say “No” once in a while.  No one is going to hate me forever if I tell them I can’t do something.  If they are going to hate me forever for saying “no” do I really want to hang around with them? – I’m calling this one good.  I declined a trip to KC, the Oklahoma Aquarium, and practiced telling myself “no” too.  This isn’t something that I like doing.  There’s a lot of fun stuff that happens, and I want to do all of it!
  21. IMG_0738Go someplace new…or that I haven’t been to in a really long time (I’m thinking London here.)  Seattle, New York, Austin, North Carolina, Paris, Morocco (Wow, that last one just kind of typed itself.  I didn’t actually know I wanted to go there, but yeah, let’s go to Morocco!)… There is a lot of this country I haven’t seen.  Not every trip has to be out of the U.S.  I know lots of people in lots of places, maybe I should visit them. – BOSTON!  Also, lots of fun places around where I live.  Did you know Gilcrease has some touchy feely exhibits?  I don’t mean emotionally, either.  You can actually feel the texture of the pottery, beadwork, and lots of other things.  Just read the signs because, not everything is there for your handsy self.
  22. Seriously look into growing my own vegetable and herb garden. (Not like last year where all I did to “look” was pin stuff on Pinterest.)  Look into structure, pricing materials, really plan this thing. – Yep, didn’t happen at all.  My sister is doing such a great job with her garden…also I killed several houseplants this year.  I may have a black thumb.
  23. Plant my own herbs. (Even if I don’t do a whole garden, set up something on the back porch with my favorite fresh herbs…it will save me a ton of money!) – See number 22.  Seriously, the plants that survive my house have to adapt.  Maybe I can be an example for plant evolution?  

You know what?  I feel better having read this.  There are still more than two months left in the year, and I’ve done a pretty great job with my list.  Let’s see if I can knock a couple more off my list before we ring the bell on 2014.  Do you check in to see how you’re doing on your resolution list?  Do you do the resolution thing?

‘Til next time,

I’m Baaaacckkk!

Philbrook Museum

Spring in the Philbrook Gardens

So, life gets crazy, and that sucked all my blogging energy.  However, I’m back now, and a lot of cool things have happened.  During my short blogging sabbatical, I started a new job, went to the Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook for their Monet exhibit, I took in a bit of Tulsa’s Brady District First Friday Art Crawl, started working on Habitat for Humanity houses, found a photographer to take pics of my art work to start an Etsy store, went to two Greek Festival’s, one ScotsFest, and a state cheerleading competition…I have not been idle!

All those cool things aside, I’ve made some big changes in my life, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I:

  1. Actually have willpower
  2. My time management skills have greatly improved
  3. There is actually some business sense floating around in there
  4. I don’t overbook myself. (I do this A LOT)  There has to be time for stopping to smell the roses…or binge watching Orange is the New Black.  Whatever floats my boat.
  5. I can do this and not become so rigid I lose my spontaneity.

One of the pieces to this puzzle is letting crap go.  For example, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to run the Tulsa Run 5k next weekend.  That isn’t going to happen.  I wasn’t ready, and life changes meant that my running schedule didn’t get as much attention as it should.  I’m letting that one go…or trying to anyway.  I’m still running, and I hope there are lots of runs in my not so distant future.  The Tulsa Run, however, is one I will be cheering the runners on at the finish line…and eating some tasty crepes from Mod’s afterward. (Cheering can be hard work too!)

Today, kicked off with a gorgeous sunrise (although yesterday’s was better) and hopefully this will mark week one of exploring some of the great hiking trails in Tulsa.  It is also the day of choosing the artwork to go up for sale on Etsy. (Don’t worry, when that gets all set up, I’ll let you know!)  This beautiful fall Sunday has also been seen a bit of work go into a new business I’m working on getting up and  running.  All of that to say, what I really should be doing is cleaning my house, and getting my list ready to go to the grocery store.  Talk about productive procrastination…is that even a thing?  I think that should be a thing, because I’m really good at it!

Till next time,


Pop-Cultured with Barnes and Noble

Are you looking for fun free things to do this summer? Yep, we all are. Last week I headed over to my local Barnes and Noble…because I had coupons. I discovered their summertime program “Get Pop-Cultured”.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader, July 23rd (I just realized that is TODAY!) is Batman day, and they’re giving away a special edition comic. They’ll also be chances to win things like a mini bat-signal. The rest of the week continues with their DC Comics Spectacular. (July 23-27)

Beginning on July 24 they’ll have summer convention collectibles available in limited supplies, and that will also run to the 27th.

August 1st at 7pm is Frozen, and I hear there will be a cupcake decorating contest. Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

Marvel day is August 2nd to coincide with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy. They’ll have activities and giveaways in honor of Marvel’s 75th anniversary.

August 3rd is James Patterson Day, and all week August 4th celebrates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

August 9th and 10th they’ll be discussing connections between the page and the screen with all kinds of fun stuff.

Now I’m going to head over for my free comic today…as soon as the thunderstorm blows over anyway.

‘Till next time,

Star Trek Sweepstakes

Star Trek Sweepstakes

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is an opportunity to enter to win tickets to London to meet a member of the Star Trek cast…wait.  Why am I telling your this?  Doesn’t that decrease my chances of winning? Hmm….

‘Til next time,


Is Human Teleportation Really Possible?

Is Human Teleportation Really Possible?

Promotional photo of the cast of Star Trek dur...

Promotional photo of the cast of Star Trek during the third season (1968–1969). From left to right: James Doohan, Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did Star Trek pave the way for a breakthrough in teleportation?  I couldn’t have picked a better way to kick off the week after my Star Trek week if I’d planned it that way (and really, I didn’t).  Today, I came across an article posted by George Takei (A.K.A. Sulu from the original series) on an announcement that they’ve actually teleported something.  Right now, they’re talking three small particles, but if that is possible and everything (including humans) is just made up of atoms, then why wouldn’t it be possible to transport a human across distances.

Here’s the deal, Dutch scientists successfully made something disappear and reappear 10-feet from its original location.  The Delft University team led by Professor Ronald Hanson coded information into sub-atomic particles and teleported them between two places.  This is the first time the test was 100 percent successful.  Hanson points out that there are no laws of physics that would prevent the teleportation of large objects, including humans.  However, it is physically impossible for anything to travel faster than light, the Irish Times reported.

If you believe we are nothing more than a collection of atoms strung together in a particular way, then in principle it should be possible to teleport ourselves from one place to another. – Professor Ronald Hanson, Delft University, Irish Times, Beam me up: scientists say human teleportation is ‘possible’, May 30, 2014

Hanson goes on to say that while it is “extremely unlikely” this will be put into practice it is “very dangerous” to say it would never work.

I would not rule it out because there’s no fundamental law of physics preventing it.  If it ever does happen it will be far in the future. – Professor Ronald Hanson, Delft University, Irish Times, Beam me up: scientists say human teleportation is ‘possible’, May 30, 2014

This project wasn’t developed with the intention of “beaming” people from one place to another, it is all about creating a network, like the internet, between ultra-fast quantum computers.  The speed of these quantum computers outstrip today’s supercomputers by miles.

“Entangled” particles acquire a merged identity.  No matter the distance between these “entangled” particles, the state of one instantly influences the other, and teleportation takes advantage of this strange quality.  This is a theory Einstein dismissed.  He said it was “spooky action at a distance”, but that hasn’t kept scientists from demonstrating this is a real phenomenon time and again.

Okay, and now for the sciency bits.  Professor Hanson’s experiment takes three entangled particles, a nitrogen atom locked in a diamond crystal and two electrons.  These particles then transferred spin information a distance of three meters.  The quantum equivalent of a digital “bit”, a “qubit”, held information on four possible states.  A “qubit” can represent more states than a “bit” in classical computer speak.  Only two values can be represented in a “bit”, usually a one or a zero, but a “qubit” can be a one, a zero or a “superposition” of both states at the same time.

The main application of quantum teleportation is a quantum version of the internet, extending a global network that we can use to send quantum information. – Professor Ronald Hanson, Delft University, Irish Times, Beam me up: scientists say human teleportation is ‘possible’, May 30, 2014

With this kind of information transfer, no one can intercept the data.  “In principle, it is 100 percent secure.”   Hackers of the world don’t have anything to worry about quite yet.  They’ve still got a ways to go.

Now that they’ve conquered 10-feet, the next attempt will be to transport information between buildings 1,300 meters apart.

I believe it will work.  But it’s a huge technical challenge – there’s a reason why nobody has done it yet. – Professor Ronald Hanson, Delft University, Irish Times, Beam me up: scientists say human teleportation is ‘possible’, May 30, 2014

Is this one more example of Star Trek predicting the future?  Maybe.  It certainly wouldn’t be the first time science fiction has given us a first look at the technology of the future.

‘Til next time,



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Star Trek Original Series Gag Reel

Of course, Star Trek week can’t go by without a blooper reel from the original series.

‘Til next time,


Thank You’s, Anniversaries, and Crooked Trees

Thank you!

1024px-Happy_Birthday,_Señor!Today, I Love Geekology 101 turns one.  Really?  I still feel like such a newbie blogger.  This first year has been pretty awesome, and I owe a big part of that to all of you.

I Love Geekology 101 began as a way to explore all this great stuff.  All of these things I enjoyed continuously got shoved in this little area labeled “guilty pleasures”, and one day when I was wasting time exploring interesting things on the internet, I came across an interview with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, etc.) in which he said something about not having “guilty pleasures”  if you like it then just let it be a pleasure.

Why it clicked for me then, I’ll probably never know, but it 1186646_32137047did.  All I knew was that I was tired of trying to fit the expectations of others.  Instead of trying to fit an image, I was just going to be me.  Too loud, too geeky, too independent, too curious, too nerdy, too idealistic, it didn’t matter so much anymore. (I really sucked at curbing all the “too” stuff anyway.)  It was time to actually live the advice I was always giving people.

It forced me to take a good long look at my life, and what I liked, what I loved, what I hated, and what I wanted.  That was terrifying interesting.  A lot of changes got pushed through in those first 24 months(ish).  I changed jobs (and industries). I learned how to say “no” when I needed too (sometimes).  I became a lot more honest with myself and everybody else.

One of the things I came across when I started I Love Geekology 101 is a quote from Tom Waits.



“My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. “Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?” they asked me the other day.

I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
― Tom Waits

My head had already figured out that withstanding the looks that said “really?” when I admitted to enjoying things like renaissance fairs takes fortitude, but I hadn’t quite gotten around to the fact that there is strength in the strange.   Oddballs, misfits, and outcasts acquire a toughness that, I’m discovering, a lot of mainstream people don’t have.  They’ve found the courage to love what they love, no matter what others think.  They’re brave enough to seek out others who like the same things, and build their own communities. (Isn’t the internet wonderful!)

In an honest moment with myself, I admitted the childhood dream of being a writer never went away.  No matter how often I told myself it wasn’t practical, that idea persisted.

Well, how does one become a writer?  For starters, you have to write.  Every day.  No matter what.  When the words flow like water, when they’re glacial, when you’ve written your characters in a corner and your plot is knotted and tangled, when you’ve had to scrap 90% of your pages…again, you have to write.

All of you help me do that.  Writing for this blog has never felt like work, and every post I write for you helps me work on all of my other projects.  Even when I can’t get a decent sentence down for one of my stories and my characters are insisting they are really reluctant heroes and not villains (not that I’m bitter, I like the guy…now), I never run out of things I want to explore with all of you.

So, thank you.  Thanks for every post you read, every “like” button you click, and every comment you post.  Thanks for helping me be brave enough to explore some random topics, and get over the oh-my-God-somebody’s-actually-going-to-read-this fear that used to grip me whenever I hit that terrifying that big, blue “Publish” button!

‘Til next time,