Super Blah – A Nerd’s Review of the XLVII Commercials [Tal...

Hey, news shows, can you please, for the love of all that’s holy, stop showing the GoDaddy commercial. It grosses me out. And you keep telling me that it grosses you out, but then you say “Let’s take a look at it.” STOP IT! Don’t make me go all Eric Sims on your...

This Little Light of Yours [Tall Drink of Nerd]

You inspire me. Several people I know have taken amazing journeys this year. Some are family, some are friends, some are acquaintances or old relationships tracked only via Facebook. Some are at a height of success in their ventures, some are just starting out. They all have one thing in...

Buy the Book [Tall Drink of Nerd] [Book Week II]

There are probably around a dozen books in my library that I either haven’t started or haven’t finished. It’s a shame, sort of. A few are loaners from family that I’ll get to when everything else around me is exhausted. Several I purchased because I love the author,...

What are you Wearing? [Poll on This]

The initial Poll on This Star Trek/Star Wars poll started a Facebook discussion on cos-play. It seems a lot of what solidifies your decision on your franchise favorite is how you’d get to dress up for the storyline. Since we nerds love to play in the costume scene, I’m curious to...

I Vant to Drink Your Blood [Poll on This]

At the tender age of 8, I bought a vinyl album that had the story of Dracula on one side and Frankenstein on the B-side (kids ask your parents about B-sides). When Kim Gibbs had a sleep-over, Halloween party at her house, I brought the record for everybody to listen to. Of course, I had to...

Start With a Classic [Poll on This]

We’re starting up a weekly poll here at Fierce And Nerdy. We thought it would be best to ease you into sharing your opinions, by asking something familiar, something we all have strong opinions about. It’s Star Trek v. Star Wars. Some of you like both, but you know it’s not...

55 Cranky Years of Clint [Tall Drink of Nerd]

“What are you fellas staring at? I’m not a pole dancer.” growls cranky old Gus (Clint Eastwood) in a trailer for Trouble with the Curve. Eastwood is once again playing a grumpy old man. But wait a minute. In the middle of watching that clip, a lightbulb illuminated above my...

Foot Mouth or Stupid Stuff I Shouldn’t Have Said [Tall Drink of ...

I really wanted to choose my story about finally being okay with wearing glasses in public for best of FaN, but the column below needed to resurface because I can’t stop saying stupid stuff. People tell me that I’m an excellent listener. One of the reasons people think that, is...

Read to Me [Tall Drink of Nerd - Book Week]

My parents read books to me. They were pretty busy people, Dad was a farmer and ranch hand, working up to 22 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mom had five kids to care for out in the middle of the country, but they read to me. Since I was the fifth of those five kids, and a late surprise at that,...

The (Not So) Amazing Spiderman [Tall Drink of Nerd]

So you went and saw The Amazing Spider-Man to witness Andrew and Emma fall in love. Sweet. A lot of critics, comic geek bloggers and my FB friends have been praising The Amazing Spider-Man, mostly for the relationship between Gwen and Peter. I whole heartedly disagree with all of you. There...

Using the “C” Word [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Yesterday was my 10th wedding anniversary, so I figured I would share one of the secrets to long-term marital bliss. You don’t make it through 21 years in a relationship without learning how to use the “C” word. My not so secret, secret? Communication. When I was super-young...

Light at the End of the Tunnel (It’s Your Deadline) [Tall Drink ...

“My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a producer.”–Cole Porter Deadlines and I are frenemies. Without a deadline, even if it’s just a scrawl on my to-do list, I would never get a thing done. Having a deadline is a light at the end of my creative tunnel....

Climbing the Walls [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Groupon had me climbing the walls yesterday. Every morning I wade through email offers from Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local, Daily Candy and tons of other trickle down copy-cat sites. Today alone, I tossed 14 offers into the trash including: 60% off eye lash extensions, a reduced rate on...

Kung-Fu Fighting and a Three-Legged Elephant [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Two nights ago, someone said to me “I really don’t like most American-made cinema anymore.” I didn’t ask him to elaborate because: a. I agree and b. I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of different people. From the Transformers franchise, Battleship-type movies...

Driving Miss Amy [Tall Drink of Nerd]

To be perfectly honest, I was always a lousy driver. Less then a year after I got my license, I began my reign of terror. Side-swiping my Dad’s 1960ish green van, one of those behemoths that was made entirely out of Adamantium. After that followed a series of unfortunate events, the...

Attitude is Everything [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I’m going on vacation this Wednesday. Work has been overwhelming lately, so I’ve been eye-balling my vacation start date like it’s a big ole turkey leg and I’m a hungry cartoon character. Even though I’m excited to turn on my out-of-office and unplug from the...

Amy Robinson Hearts Sarah Jane Smith [XXOO]

When I was around 11 years old, the local PBS station started playing episodes of Doctor Who. I immediately fell in love, with the show, The Doctor and his companions. When The Doctor brought Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) on board, I was transfixed by her. The character was like no...

What is My Husband’s Name? [Tall Drink of Nerd]

This year I will have been married 10 years. It’s still a few months away, so save the congrats until we actually make it. Since we kinda eloped (I bought a dress, he rented a tux, we grabbed a preacher off the internet and got married on the beach about eight days later), I had the...

Ad it Up! The Smartest and Dumbest Ads of the Game [Tall Drink of Nerd...

Ernessa asked “Are you going to do a column on the Super Bowl commercials again?” I had a good time doing the reviews last year, so the only possible reply was “Hell, yeah! I get to watch TV and be judgmental?! Sign me up!” So here are my Ultimate Pronouncements on the...

What to do About the Nook [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I was always the vocal luddite who advocated for paper books and damned the e-reader. Then, in June, my birthday came on the heels of a week spent traveling around Colorado, my shoulder bag loaded with three library books. I came home from Colorado with a pinched nerve in my neck, from...

Impatient Presents [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Presents excite me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gift for me or from me, I can’t wait to have the thing unwrapped and opened. There is a mystery under that red dancing snowman paper and the anticipation is killing me. I’m pretty sure the root of this impatience is all...

How a Band Aid Ruined My Pie Plans [Tall Drink of Nerd]

This is a beautiful apple galette. It was the first galette I’ve ever made and it came out of the oven so gorgeous, I could hardly contain my need to take a bite. But these simple, country pies were meant for the dinner party later that day. So I didn’t even nibble (ok, a little...

Book Report: I Married You for Happiness [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Reading this book, I was reminded of being halfway through a bath; It’s warm, but cooling off, you’re already clean and at this point just sitting in your own dirty water. Ok, mostly it’s just the luke warm thing. I Married You for Happiness, a novel by Lily Tuck (who won...

The Old Woman and the Sea [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I was knocked loopy by the Pacific Ocean yesterday. But I didn’t let that big, sloppy liquid kingdom ruin my day. I got back on the horse (or the orange, plastic ocean kayak, in this case) and conquered that bitch! (By conquer I mean I managed to kayak for an hour up the coast and then...

Romance, Not Sex, at a Bed and Breakfast [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Let me start off by clarifying that the Bed and Breakfast I am referring to is lovely. The proprietor was very nice and her breakfast, consisting of platter bacon, two types of crustless veggie quiche and blueberry clafloutis was divine. The rooms were immaculate and the resident cat spent...

Four Eyes [Tall Drink of Nerd]

When I turned 8, I got my first pair of glasses. They were HUGE and I immediately felt self conscious in them. It was the beginning of my dorkness. As puberty hit, so did a bigger pair of glasses. My eyeballs only wanted to see things close up. So, as my nearsighted-ness worsened, so did the...

Would You Buy a Car from The Dude? [Tall Drink of Nerd]

That is the question I ask myself whenever I see a Hyundai commercial. Yes, I know that Jeff Bridges is a man, and The Dude is a character. But, when I hear that voice, I can’t help but think of how a new Hyundai would really pull the room together. If you look in my driveway tonight, you’ll...

Dog Poop and Apples [Tall Drink of Nerd]

That is the item at the top of my to-do list today. So I spent the morning in the backyard, squatting in the blazing sun, gathering piles of dried dog doo and several pounds of fallen apples, into a giant garbage bag. Ya know – l.i.v.i.n. – livin’. Next on that list is that...

Finding the Right Stream [Tall Drink of Nerd]

When Spotify came to the U.S. scene a few months back, every one started jumping up and down about this genius, streaming music device that would change their dull and dreary lives. I gave Spotify a wary once over, but added my name to their list for an oh-so-special invitation and waited for...

My Date with Captain Kirk [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Captain Kirk and I have a date tonight. We’re meeting at a cemetery in Hollywood a little after sunset. Picard, Janeway, Sisko and Archer will be joining us, along with Kirk-2.0 (Chris Pine) under the Milky Way and on top of dimmed stars, to raise our Romunlan Ale and celebrate The Captains,...

Quitting or Letting Go? Tall Drink of Nerd [BEST OF FaN]

I chose this as my favorite blog so far for 2011 because it was a cathartic blog for me. My genetic slant toward indecision is on full display here as I battle the demons of finishing a project or abandoning it. After writing this, I decided to move forward with the project, a choice I might...

Who are the People in Your Neighborhood? [Tall Drink of Nerd]

6:00 a.m. last Thursday morning, I stumbled into the living room and popped on the TV morning news. There was a pretty newscaster breaking news that James “Whitey” Bulger had been arrested in Santa Monica. ‘Hmm’ I thought ‘Whitey Bulger, that name sounds kinda familiar.’ I called my husband...

Fishing and Father’s Day [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Since my Dad passed away in 2009, Father’s Day has become a weird sore spot on the calendar, reminding me that I’ve been orphaned by the male part of the my parenting team. This day in mid-June makes me miss my Pop and riles up my urge to go fishing. Though I hadn’t been...

Big Box of Crazy [Tall Drink of Nerd]

One week ago I was blissfully unaware of how UPS was going to drive me completely insane. Picture a happy lady, skipping through a green meadow, a collection of wildflowers in one hand, wide brimmed hat bouncing to the beat of her joy. Hell, I could have been in a feminine hygiene commercial,...

The Library of Congress and My Annual Illness [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I am suffering from a little something I like to refer to as Captain Tripps, but the rest of the world calls Walking Pneumonia. It sucks, I’ve been in bed for almost a month. I’m tired of everything in my apartment that could possibly entertain me; the TV is annoying, I’ve...

The Responsibility of Adorability [Tall Drink of Nerd]

The felines have taken over my home. We currently have 6 cats in our 2-bedroom apartment. They outnumber the people now, 3-1. I know what you’re thinking but, no, this isn’t the beginning of my audition tape for Animal Hoarders; Seen and I have become kitten foster parents. It started...

Watching the Disclaimers [Tall Drink of Nerd]

As blog comments go, the comment Ernessa left on my blog about giving up finishing my memoir, The Year That Sucked, was pretty intense. I’m not saying it’s the only reason I decided to keep on trucking with the novel, but it did sway me. Draft Two just went to my writing group for their...

Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy [Tall Drink of Nerd]

The year is 1985. My hair is feathered, my glasses are big and I am a scrawny, awkward teen.  But on this warm September night, I’m cool, because I’m at the town dance with pretty much everybody in Haxtun.  The lights are low in the high school gym. The paper streamers draped over the...

Tall Drink of Nerd – Mullygrubs Pt 2: Take a Hike

This week we find your Tall Drink of Nerd wandering in the wilderness, continuing a personal Zenquest. It all began a few weeks ago, in an effort to shut up the internal vulture voices of self-doubt, the “mullygrubs”. When last we met, I pondered on the search for peace in a perfect yoga...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Quieting the Mullygrubs

Last night, I was really, super mean. My mind spewed so much nasty venom, spite and vitriol, that it’s embarrassing. No use trying to shine it up, I was a downright bitch. The victim of this bile was me. Fairly quickly I realized that I was beating myself up for no logical reason or lesson to...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Super Sell

Some people yell at coaches and players on the TV during the big game, I yell at commercials when they are stupid.  Because I’m planted in front of the TV on super Sunday, I’ll take this opportunity to fill this issue of Tall Drink of Nerd with my visceral reactions to Super Bowl XLV’s...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Fashion Impossible

I understand why men hate shopping for clothes.  It’s a pain in the rear cushion to find a combination of anything stylish and affordable.  This is one of those times when I am super happy to be a woman, except when shopping for a clothing gift for my husband, then I just wish he would like a...

Tall Drink of Nerd: The Side of Kindness

A few nights ago, a man in his early 60’s stopped me outside of Michaels Craft store. He wasn’t drunk, didn’t appear to be high.  He was clean-cut, in chinos and a button up shirt, and looked very similar to our tax accountant, actually.  The man was asking for money.  While talking to my...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Drawing a Blank

It’s 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and I have no frigging idea what I could possibly write about for FaN.  Normally, I have something sketched out the week before hand, even if it’s just a few random words thrown together, it’s an idea.  Then I fill it in with all kinds of genius wittiness. ...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Your Book to Movie Docent [The Girl Who Played Wit...

I am The Girl Who Translates Stieg Larsson Movies for Her Husband.  After stumbling across the first movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Netflix Instant queue, I got hooked into the intricate storyline and decided to read the last two books.  From Larsson’s prose I found out the people...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Trampled by the Rhino

I’m so sorry that I don’t have a blogumn for you today.  I’m currently under the Rhino. It’s day 15 of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I have, for some reason I can’t recall (which now seems crazy), decided to write a novel in one month.  This madness is known in our house as...

Tall Drink of Nerd: A Haunting in Haxtun [An IRL Ghost Story]

There is a restless spirit in my Mother’s house. It dwells in the dark under my old bedroom.  As a kid, I felt the haunting, but tried to convince myself if was only my vivid imagination.  Recently, my niece Katie told a story about her run-in with the ghost that kept me awake, hair standing...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Mental Millionaire

The less money I have, the more I fantasize about what I would do if I won the lottery. Because I’m financially challenged right now, I’m currently avoiding situations where I have to spend money.  So I’m at home, working, writing and yes, getting sucked into cheap cable shows like “How the...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Is Hungry!

Skinny but cranky, I can’t eat anything and it’s my doctor’s fault.  Around a year ago I told you how I was going gluten-free (GF) and what a pain in the keister that was.  I had no idea that my dietary life was about to get much more challenging. After a year of countless visits to my...

Tall Drink of Nerd – Working From Home, The Sanity Challenge

Can working from home cause insanity?  When I discovered that I could work from home at my current job, a little Homer Simpson popped up in my brain and exclaimed “WOO HOO!”  Not only would I save money on gas and bus fare, I would get 2-4 hours of commute time back in my day. Sweet! Well,...