I love to travel, but the one thing I hate: rolling luggage around the airport. Zipping and unzipping the carry ons. Worrying that my bags are being smashed in the overhead bin. Having to not smash my own head in when removing a heavy suitcase from that same overhead bin. As a result, I’m working on becoming a backpacking pro.
There are so many upsides. But there’s three keys to this style of packing:
1. Cotton is a must. Any fabric that requires ironing or fussing in any way is a no go.
2. Multi-taskers are key. Face lotion with bronzer in it? Yes. Concealer that also works as a coverup? Indeed. A clutch which can be packed with toiletries during the trip, but unpacked for going out? Deal. *See my Star Trek clutch for the last of these.
3. Get a REAL backpack. There’s two kinds of backpacks in my estimation. Backpacks that hold things. And backpacks that hold things while supporting your back. The second one is the key here. I won’t buy anything without the chest and waist strap for when I’m bounding through airports.
Of course, the real challenge is doing a month or more out of a backpack. I’m going to try for three weeks this fall when I go to the UK, so you know what I’ll be adding to my bag? Detergent! Washing your underwear, socks and shirts on the road is no hassle at all. Just hang them on a shower rod. The trouble is pants, but don’t spill on yourself and you should be good to go.
Ok kidlets, what are your “essentials” for San Diego Comic Con? Megan gave us her top three a few weeks back. I won’t be going without my Star Trek clutch, camera, Ray Bans and a few of Emma’s protein bars.
p to the s: don’t forget to join us for SherlockeDCC on Thursday night! If you don’t have a ticket already, tweet me and we’ll see if we have any cancellations, because we are SOLD OUT.
I’m full of SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE. Yeah. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE. That’s the only way to describe it. Star Trek Into Darkness is here, the tickets are bought, so don’t spoil it for me. I haven’t even seen this damn movie and I’m fangirling so hard over my favorite baddy. The Benny. The Cumber. The Benny Cumber.
Friends, let’s count the ways that Benedict Cumberbatch rules all fangirl hearts.
1. He’s psychotically talented.
2. He’s concerned about feminism.
3. He’s unbelievably smart.
I am not sure what to call this. I’m calling it a DIY Starfleet clutch, because “combine these awesome fashion accessories Starfleet clutch” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. And since the YouTube haters have already come to the yard, I’m putting my foot down and insisting you do it yourself.
Super easy right?
Here’s what you need:
I used the medical division badge, just because i like the way it looks, but it turns out that the Engineering Division Badge is currently the cheapest on Amazon at $8.79. I can attest that it’s a really nice, high quality piece. No crappy laminated plastic here.
Pin one into the other. Pretty damn easy, right? I did something very similar with a TARDIS pin a few months ago and have wanted to try it again. The awesome sparkles in the Target wristlet were asking for a similar treatment. The moral of the story? Buy broaches and pins whenever possible.
Honestly, if the Star Trek film promotion never ends, I’ll be OK with that. All the Cumberbatch interviews have lazily dancing about my ears all week and in addition to his incredible cheek bones, soul-soothing voice and errant curls - all this extra talking from his lovely mouth has revealed a good-natured attitude and feminist ideologies that, yeah, you can’t blame me for crushing even harder, ladies.
But that’s all just a sliver of my excitement for the movie coming out next week. So much so that my wardrobe choices are acceptable for Starfleet admission lately.
It’s taken me several months, but I’ve finally tackled another item on My Grand List of Geeky Goals. Beam me up, Scotty. I’ve tackled #18.
I often felt like a total noob when it came to Star Trek. It’s one of those weird things in geek culture that feels like a pre-requisite to entry. I hate to say that there are such things, because I don’t truly believe those kinds of admittance requirements should exist, BUT you are missing out on a huge cultural element of geekdom if you don’t know the language of the show.
Hell, I’m glad I watched it because I finally understand why Wil Wheaton is so famous.
But there’s more to Star Trek than young Wheaton’s fame…
1. The Sessions
Go see this movie. John Hawkes is astoundingly brilliant. I grew up with an uncle who was quadriplegic and as I’ve gotten older, I have felt sadness that he likely never had a romantic partner in his life. Perhaps that’s why this film was so sweet and tender and meaningful for me.
Someday, I’ll write about him. Even though he’s been gone for nearly 10 years, it’s hard. Pretty much can’t put pen to paper without smearing the whole damn thing with tears. So for now, see the movie.
2. The Errant Curl Returns
3. Making connections
I really love it when someone emails me and says they love something as much as I do. Or tweets me, in this case. The adorable darlingstewie.com added me to her geek posse this week and I was overwhelmed with happiness about it. Sometimes, this blogging world feels so small and lonely. And then I’m reminded. It’s huge and wonderful. If you have a brilliant blog of geeky wondrousness, leave me a comment, I’ll go check it out and leave you a comment. Honestly, how will we know we exist if we don’t brag about ourselves every once in a while?!
4. My YouTube Subscribers
They are a hilarious bunch who always leave the most ridiculous comments in the world. And sometimes the sweetest. (And to those of you that subscribe to be dicks: What’s that about?! Don’t you have weed to smoke? Unsubscribe!)
Do me a solid? Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like videos and whatnot.
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