Monday, December 22, 2014

Podcast 40: Hacking, White Elephants, and Holiday Cheer

Hark, a podcast!

There's a slight echo issue during this one. Something about reverb. Oopsies. 

Also, we start this one talking about the Sony hack, which Boyfriend emphatically believes was NOT done by north korea. What say you?


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Throwback Thursday: Only one week til Christmas! Hooray!
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Thanks to Pickleope for making his own bizarre squid filled version of this poem. It inspired me to create my own illustrated version of it!

A Visit from St. Nicholas (with art by Mayor Gia)
By Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

That is a lie.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

Now he's just bragging.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! And if you need more Mayor Gia Christmas, check out last year's Nativity Story and story of Santa Claus and the Naughty Elf!

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Chunky Monkey Kitty

I recently brought my cat to the vet. Kitty is 6-7 months old now, so it’s time for her to get a rabies shot. I also wanted to get her a standard wellness check.

The 5 minute car ride there was…fun.

When we got there, I wasn’t shocked by the nurses’ reactions.

They put her on the kitty scale, where she clocked in at 9 pounds.

Later, Boyfriend and I ended up in a pet store and I got kitty some Natural Health Food. We opened it up and gave her just a little when we got home.

Do you guys have fat cats? If not, HOW DID YOU STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING?!?!?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Advent Calendar, Third Time Around

#ThrowbackThursday: Yes, I need to repost this AGAIN. While my mother did not give me an advent calendar this year, my sister (who is slowly becoming my mother) did. I cannot win. 

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So, I hate to keep doing reposts. BUT, my mom got me an advent calendar this year.

And I was about to start a new blog post about how this is getting a bit ridiculous seeing as how I’m in my twenties and I can’t make her stop, but then I remembered I posted the exact same thing last year around the same time. And it was way funnier than anything I was thinking of making this year. Here’s the post again. Don’t judge me.

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So, I love my mom:

But she’s a bit nutty. She’s real big on holidays, which is awesome. But she has a bit of trouble letting go of some traditions, even though I’ve clearly outgrown them.

She's good at guilt.
Yeah. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when she presented me with this:

 For those of you who don’t know, an advent calendar counts down til Christmas, with a chocolate in the shape of something Christmassy for each day. So yeah. Boyfriend thinks it’s funny. Or sad. Not sure.

 So yeah, I have an advent calendar. I figured I might as well keep it at this point.

I'm funny, damnit.
Anyway, so cut to Sunday, where this texting happened between me and Boyfriend:

Boyfriend: How’s the advent calendar going?
Me: It’s day two of this delicious advent chocolate
Boyfriend: Is there a Jesus thing in there too?
Me: No silly. It’s dark chocolate and jesus was white.
Boyfriend: My bad.

I opened up day two of the chocolates, and it was a horseshoe. Um, what?

Me: Today’s chocolate is a horseshoe! What does that have to do with Christmas?
Boyfriend: Everything if you think about it.
Me: …?
Boyfriend: Horseshoes are all about being lucky and believing in magic
Me: Santa magic?
Boyfriend: Like that.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gia Want Sugar

 For the past few weeks, I’ve been eating very low carb, as Boyfriend does.

(I know I’m opening myself to a bunch of “moderation is key, eat healthy grains!” comments, but oh well. I won’t be all preachy about this, but it makes sense to me.)

Anyway, this happens about weekly now:

I’m allowed to eat cheese, thank goodness.

I’ve made some tasty carb alternatives, though:

Black Soy bean chili!

Low Carb Pizza!

Low Carb Chocolate peanut butter fudge brownies!

Sure, there are a couple of side effects, like the occasionally carb dream.

But I’m mostly ok with it.

Anyone else low carbing it?