Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Goodbyes and Introductions

The husband and I are launching a new thing tomorrow.


With this launch, I say goodbye to GeekishlyApropos. Well, not the screen name. Just the blog. I will indefinitely be GeekishlyApropos. Until the potential day that some other screen name becomes more apropos.

I'm pretty excited about our new thing. We've been talking about this for a couple years and the husband came up with the name "Critical Mrs. and Mr." a little over a year ago. We recently decided to take the plunge into the blogging/streaming world together because why not? You gotta stop talking and actually do at some point.

We're gonna start off slow to see how much content per week we can handle. For now, our schedule looks like this-

TUESDAY
Gaming live stream via Facebook

WEDNESDAY
New post!

THURSDAY
Gaming live stream via Facebook

FRIDAY
Geek in Review

So, we're gonna live stream us playing games (board games, video games, computer games, other formats if they exist), we're gonna blog about geeky topics of interest to us (shows, comics, games, DIYs, etc.), and we're just gonna generally have fun being geeky together. If you're intersted, please come by and check us out. We officially launch at 1 p.m. CST tomorrow (September 1, 2016).

You can find us in all these places-
Website: criticalmrsandmr.weebly.com (if this sticks we'll get a custom URL)

And, on that note, I've loved this blog for the last 6 years and I'll probably miss it. Thanks for reading.

Okay, bye now.

Friday, July 22, 2016

5 Friday: Things I Love That They're Things

1. You Are Here by Jenny Lawson
Who knew the Bloggess would turn out to be an amazing artist. She created a coloring book from her therapy "doodles" that's releasing in March, currently on pre-order.
A photo posted by Jenny Lawson (@thebloggess) on


2. Young House Love Has a Podcast
And that's exactly what it's called. Life has felt a little empty since YHL stopped posting regularly almost 2 years ago. They started posting again about once a month last fall, which is fantastic, but they recently started a podcast that is my new favorite podcast. Okay, well, actually, I never listened to podcasts before YHL's, but it's peaking my interest. They basically talk about stuff they've read about interior design and DIY, they interview a well known DIYer/designer/blogger, play some games, and are just the quirky John and Sherry Petersik we've (the YHL fans) have come to know and love.

I've been DLing and listening while I do yard work. It's a good way to pass time and listen to something other than the same album on repeat (mostly She & Him Classics).


3. Wil Wheaton's Mensa Speech
Wil Wheaton recently gave a speech at Mensa about what makes him a geek and how anxiety and depression lie. In explaining what makes him a geek he points out that geek culture is so widely accepted today that defining what makes someone a geek has become fairly difficult. But this is cool, because think of all the kids growing up today that are totally accepted for liking things that we were made fun of as kids for liking.

It's a really good (and long) read; however, if you do go read it, please note he tends to use offensive language, but between the unnecessary adjectives is a really good speech.


4. Welcome to Night Vale
I realize this has been around since 2013 and I'm late to the game, but like I mentioned above, YHL peaked my interest in podcasts so I finally checked this one out. So far I've only listed to the pilot, but I think I'm hooked, if only because Cecil Baldwin's voice is wonderful. If you don't know Night Vale, it's a podcast presented as a radio show about a small desert town full of conspiracies. Pretty much Twin Peaks without the mill and waterfall, but so far no one has died (who knows once I get past the first episode).


5. Bob Ross
I remember watching Bob Ross on PBS as a kid and occasionally coming across it over the years, but it's on Netflix now and that is awesome. We started watching it the other night when I had a headache because nothing else sounded good and not annoying. He has a very soothing voice. But, other than that, it was absolutely fascinating to watch him paint. He makes it look so easy and he does it so quick. He would be panting a tree or a wave and I'd look away for a moment and then back to discover head had suddenly painted a pond or a rock. His little happy trees just suddenly appear! My new favorite phrase is "Shoot! That's fun."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pixelated Cake

Last year work stress kind of took over my life for the few months I would typically be planning the husband's birthday so I had no energy to brain much outside of work. What I had wanted to plan as an epic 30th birthday party sort of spluttered out into attending a RiffTrax Live show and a box of donuts.

This year I intended to make up for that. I usually try to come up with a really awesome cake but this year I couldn't decide, so I told this husband come up with an idea to challenge me (so long as it was actually within my realm of doing). He requested a pixelated Mario cake.

The original plan was to create individual pixels with square cupcakes, but that would have taken over 100 cupcakes. I considered putting 4 pixels on each one, but that was still in the 40 range. So I went a different direction and made one large square cake covered in pixelated images using mini M&Ms.

This took WAY longer than expected. I didn't actually look at the clock, but I think it was close to 2 hours just sitting there putting the M&Ms on. It took a full bag's worth on M&Ms and 2 cans of frosting. Worth it.


 
I dare you to find the error in this one.



Here's a reveal video so you can see how it's all put together. That's a cat Mario on top.


Monday, July 18, 2016

The Tale of the Friheten

Saturday was the husbands 31st birthday, so what does he want to do? Go to Ikea, of course. Last Friday we made the two-and-a-half hour trek to Merriam, Kansas.

Obligatory half-way pitstop at Walmart and photo op. in Clinton:


My parents went with us because 1) they're super green and 2) their van was big enough to haul the couch we were planning to buy. This was their's and the nieceling's first time to Ikea.

Obligatory Ikea sign photo:


 Fast forward through 3 hours of wondering Ikea (plus lunch) and the drive home, and we were ready to put together our new couch! We bought the Friheten sleeper sectional for our spare room. It's perfect because it's a comfy couch for hanging out and playing video games, but handy for potential company that may need to stay the night.

And so began the unboxing. We considered livestreaming this, but then we were too tired to care. Three big boxes, folks. That's a lot of heavy couch parts and a LOT of cardboard!


The unboxing was a workout in itself so it was time for resting.


The husband read me the story of the Friheten. It was a choose-your-own-adventure about a monstrous couch that had lost its love. Or it was about Ikea Steve slaying the Friheten and then his love disappearing. We weren't really sure. The pictures were in Swedish.


I'm the dork that lays out all the parts according to the parts index. It helps to visualize that they're all there.


After that we got busy putting the couch together and I forgot to take pictures. So here are some pictures of the finished product.



Excuse all the grainy horrible pictures. Seriously terrible lighting in our house when it comes to picture taking. But great for napping.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I Made a Bench


A couple weeks ago we stopped at a church yard sale where we picked up 4 dining chairs for $10. As soon as I saw them and the price I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

They were in very good shape. The previous owner had recovered the seats and they were kinda dirty from use, but it didn't matter since I wasn't going to use the seats.

Fourth chair not pictured since I'm going to do something else to it later

I took the seats off and cleaned off any dirt.


 I used the leftover high gloss paint I had used on the mailbox to paint them. Well, for the first coat. Then I decided all the different angles were way too much hassle to paint by hand so I bought some white glossy spray paint.


FYI, in case you weren't aware (like me), there's a really handy spray paint grip attachment you can get for, like, $3 so you don't have to press the nozzle with your finger while painting. This would have been good to know over a week ago when I was doing this because the tip of my right index finger is still numb. Turns out spray painting without the attachment can cause temporary nerve compression damage. I'm waiting to find out how long "temporary" is because this is annoying! It's all tingly and cold.


After the chairs were all painted white, I painted the backs an accent color to match the stained glass window in the front door of the mudroom where my bench was going to sit.


We had some wood in the garage I was planning to use for the seat. We don't have a saw so I was going to borrow my dad's. He was over on Memorial day cutting wood for another project so he cut the wood for the seat for me (then took it home to do some trimming, filled some holes, and sanded it because he's that awesome of a dad). He was going to have me do the cutting, but while he was showing me how to do it I kept backing away so he thought I was scared of the saw. It was actually that, thanks to all the rain, humidity, and my allergies, I could already barely breathe and the idea of breathing in the sawdust wasn't pleasant, so he nicely did it for me (super green!).

I painted the wood for the seat white. I decide to paint the edges with the accent color (not pictured).


Other than cutting the wood, I almost managed to do the project entirely on my own. But I'm a girl that lacks upper-body strength and couldn't manage to get the screws in to attach everything so I had to enlist the husband's help in the end.


Once it was all put together we put grippers on the bottom so it won't scratch up the floor. And it was done!

Cost
Set of 4 chairs: $10
White paint: $0 (already owned)
Spray paint: $2.88 ($0.96 x 3)
Accent paint: $2.48
Wood: $0 (already owned)
Screws: $0 (from my dad)
Grippers: $2.16
Grand total: $17.52

So, 2 weeks and less than $20 later, I have a cute little bench in the mudroom. Super handy for putting on/taking off dirty or when shoes and setting groceries on.