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...

Worst of 2012: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: One of the nice things about getting rid of cable this fall was that I didn’t end up watching many shows I disliked, as I was too busy marathoning all the good stuff, like DAMAGES (Netflix), FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Netflix), and MISFITS (Hulu). But before I let go of our...

Best of 2012: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Oh, I had a hard time with choosing a best TV show this year. I usually pick comedies, and in 2012, we had a couple that I really love: THE MINDY PROJECT‘s Mindy Kaling feels like my spirit animal, and the zany alien show, THE NEIGHBORS, makes me feel like I’m back...

Worst of 2012: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: Well, I’m not sure how this happened, but Fun., a group that received lots of love on our Best of list, is my pick for Worst song of the year. At first I only didn’t particularly like WE ARE YOUNG, but then I started loathing it, with its 20s hipster sensibility and...

Best of 2012: Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Man, this was a tough year to decide a favorite song. The stuff on Top 40 radio was banging, with hits like LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding, N*GGAS IN PARIS by Jay-Z and Kanye West, WIDE AWAKE by Katy Perry, BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) by Pink,  and FEEL SO CLOSE by Calvin Harris, all...

Resolved: 2012 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: I’ve been struggling with my New Year’s resolution all month, mainly because I have no idea what my year will really look like with the arrival of twins, most likely this January. In the end, I decided to resolve to be kind and patient with myself and others, while I...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times 2012 [FaN Remembers]

Ernessa says: Well, since I’m writing this half-prone in a hospital bed, you’ve probably guessed already that being on bed rest since the week after Thanksgiving (6 weeks so far, with two clocked in the hospital) has absolutely been my least favorite moment of the year. However,...

Worst of 2012: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: While my Best of picks are most often pleasant surprises, my Worst of one are usually movies, which I was really anticipating, but which severely disappointed. For example, BRAVE, the first Pixar movie with a female lead, was shockingly boring with a lead who managed to be both...

Best of 2012: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I don’t want to say, bedrest is a b-word, but I haven’t gotten to see nearly as much Oscar far as I usually do around this time of the year, including the much-buzzed-about DJANGO UNCHAINED. I think that’s why for the first time ever, I’m picking an...

Worst of 2012: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: As FaN and its writers get older, I find this and the resolution question are the ones that gets answered the least on our end-of-the-year survey. And I know answering this question was particularly hard for me this year. I just don’t death march through books like I used...

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...

Resolved: 2011 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: It feels so weird to not be making any resolutions this year. Some people love this time of the year because of the gift exchanges, time spent with family, goodwill toward man, blah, blah, blah — but I’ve always been a resolution girl myself. I love making the list...

Worst of 2011: TV… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: To continue my streak of disliking the stuff everybody else likes (ie. I didn’t care for A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, which so many others loved…maybe I should be the “On the Contrary” guy next year. I swear to g*d I’m not doing this on purpose.) In my...

Best of 2011: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says: Can a remake of a BBC show be considered new? If so, then PRIME SUSPECT is my pick for the best new TV of the year. Maria Bello is awesome in everything I’ve ever seen her in. Detective procedurals aren’t normally my thing, but I love the complexity of the characters...

Worst of 2011: Songs …. [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: What’s funny is that I’ve always liked Maroon 5. I mean, I’ve never downloaded a Maroon 5 song or anything, but I’ve never minded them. And when they came on the radio, I didn’t change the channel on the automatic like I do with say, LMFAO or Ke$ha...

Worst of 2011: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: I was so excited about a movie mash-up of western and sci-fi. It would have cowboys AND aliens! My expectations were super high. Sadly, COWBOYS & ALIENS is my pick of the worst movie of 2011. While it was moderately entertaining, the dialogue was clunky and I just felt sorry for...

Best of 2011: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Amy says : My favorite movie of the year should have been RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, but I was in the Colorado wilderness the entire time it was in theaters. The original, with Chuck Heston, is my favorite movie of all time. The first time I saw it, I knew I wanted to be an actor. It was...

Worst of 2011: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: I’m going to make the caveat again that if I manage to get through a book, it must have something to recommend it. Life is short, and I’ve become rather good at putting down books I’m not enjoying. That claimed, this category was a bit difficult for me this...

Best of 2011: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay! It’s finally here. Our yearly round-up of the stuff we just loved and the dreck we absolutely hated. The big surprise of this year was just how much our Fierce and Nerdy bloggers agreed … except when it came to our Worst Book picks (more on that tomorrow). As always, we also...

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...

Resolved: 2011 [The Very Best of FaN]

Ernessa says: Yay! Well, New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday and my favorite holiday activity is making my New Year’s Resolutions. But in order to do that, it’s good to review how you did the year before. So out of the 11 bulletpoint resolution list that I made last year,...

Worst of 2010: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: My big complaint of the year is that there were really too many bad TV shows to choose from in 2010. I seriously had a hard time narrowing down my choices. Note to TV Execs: Next year you’ve just got to do better. That said, I’m going to have to go with THE WALKING...

Best of 2010: The Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: SO many great songs this year. Standouts for me included ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Adele, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON by Wave Machines, DIFFICULT by Uffie, BURIAL by Miike Snow, and XXXO by MIA — which was a surprising “grow on me,” since I claimed to meh it back in August...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times: 2010 [FaN Remembrances]

Ernessa Says: Least Favorite Moment(s) of the Year: I’m still trying to process our dog, Tulip’s unexpected death. Also, one of my heroes, my Aunt Almeda also passed. As for my favorite moment of the year, I’ve been thinking hard about this, and while I enjoyed every single...

Worst of 2010: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: This was a hard one. Part of me wants to say SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD b/c the females were so poorly rendered in this film and I had such high expectations. But I think I’ll have to go with MEGAMIND, because it was such a boys club, and pretty much everything...

Best of 2010: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I thought for a long time I would choose INCEPTION, because it’s truly a spectacular feat of writing and directing that audiences would come out of that movie saying, “It was so different and confusing” when in actuality we had been spoon-fed the plot and the...

Worst of 2010: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: The nice thing about being a published author is that it’s considered bad form to talk ish about other writers in a public forum. Because of this, if I found myself not enjoying a book during my 52 Books in 52 Weeks project, I put it down and went on to the next book on 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,...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Running Up That Hill [FaN Favorites]

. a repeat blogumn by Amy Robinson Amy Says: This is the blog I think of when I think back on my FaN career.  It’s mainly fierce with just a little, jelly baby, of nerdy.  This blog reminds me to push past my excuses and fears (and hills) so I can enjoy the beauty on the other side. From...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Warriors, Come Out to Play!

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson If Amy cannot go to Mount Midoriyama, then Mount Midoriyama will come to Amy, or Venice Beach, which is close to Amy.  G4tv brought Ninja Warrior to SoCal this weekend, to test American Ninja Warrior wannabes.  That made the super-fan nerd in me squee with...

Tall Drink of Nerd: The Funk Lifter

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson Truth be told, even with all the Zen stuff I spout and do my best to follow, I get in a funk sometimes. Usually it’s related to being a lady and monthly timing and stuff. My recent funkiness is starting to lift and one little girl at Target today illustrated...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Mind the Gap

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson Recently, I found the secret to being really happy.  It’s fairly simple and I didn’t even need to read a self-help book or watch a movie on The Secret.  All I had to do was be honest and follow my to-do list.  Really. If you’re like me, a born procrastinator, your...

THEN and NOW: Amy Robinson from “Tall Drink of Nerd”

So happy to kick off our THEN and NOW series with Amy from “Tall Drink of Nerd.” I had no idea she was a cheerleader until I saw this pic! Anywho, click on the pic to read her THEN and NOW thoughts and see her AFTER picture at...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Once Bitten

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson Volunteering has always been something I knew I wanted to do.  On the handful of occasions when I have had the opportunity to donate my time, an elated feeling of helping others followed me for days.  In particular, volunteering at an animal shelter has been on my...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Tips For Touching

Listen, I’m a good tipper. I nearly always tip 20% wherever I go. At restaurants and bars, figuring out the tip is easy.  Good service – 20%, adequate service – 15%, crappy service – 10%.  I can’t go without tipping, it feels wrong and I’d rather err on the side of...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Focusing on the Moon

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson I have too many things running about in my cranium.  I know you guys have this problem too; So many ideas, some good, some that seem really good until they get out of your head and into the daylight.  It takes serious effort to focus on one thing at a time....

Tall Drink of Nerd – Has Gone Bananas

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson As I type this, I’m shamelessly stuffing my face with chocolate chip banana bread cookies.  Given my proclamation to go wheat free on a previous FaN blog, chocolate chip banana bread cookies seem dangerous, contradictory, hypocritical even. Nope! That blog got much...

Hello Friday: Fierce Thoughts [Week in Review]

Whatta fierce and nerdy week! Here are my thoughts: 1. I just love that France requires a chest x-ray from its would-be citizens. I wonder why… 2. Poor Robin actually asked me if it was okay to self-promote on the blog, and I answered something along the lines of “Absolutely not,...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Shrinkage

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin.  That quote sometimes plays over and over in my brain like an annoyingly catchy Smashmouth song.  As a perfect test subject, my life proves the theory of this quote to be true. At the...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Donuts Make Me Go Nuts

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson I keep having dreams about donuts.  I’ll just wait here a moment while you get all the Freud jokes out of your system.  Donuts in my dreams are copious, specific and there is not a hot dog or cigar in sight.  One night I dreamt about mysteriously being sent a case...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Delayed Cookiefication

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson Christmas cookies, that’s just sugar and flour and frosting to some people.  To me Christmas cookies are more sentiment than sugar.  Every year, while I was growing up, we’d gather in a ritual of rolling chilly dough onto a flour dusted kitchen table, sprinkling...

Tall Drink of Nerd: A Little Change

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson I know I’m a little late in my greeting, but Happy New Year FaN readers!  So I guess I’m already blowing my resolution to not procrastinate (except, of course, on Friday afternoons when the Procrastinate on This blogumn appears.). I had a head start on all...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Nov. 30 - Dec. 3]

Wow, I’m not trying to say that people don’t get much work done between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you guys came back from vacay, roaring — which was awesome. PHILOSOPHICAL MONDAY re: Tall Drink of Nerd: Bye Bye Wheat, in which Amy Robinson decides to give up wheat...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Bye Bye Wheat

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson I’ve attempted to quit a lot of things: TV, sugar, that love I found on Brokeback Mountain.  The TV, sugar and love remain, in healthy moderation. Now I’m giving up wheat. This is not to be cool, because believe me, it’s much cooler to be able to join in the...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Nov. 13-19]

What an awesome week! Sami got her baby back on Days of Our Lives and Al Gore was on 30 Rock. Plus I’m in the middle of a really good book. Seriously could life be any better? HELLO FRIDAY re: FIERCE ANTICIPATION: November 13-15, in which Ryan Dixon dissed both 2012 and Cincinnati....

Tall Drink of Nerd: Bonding over the Board

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson The Holidays are seriously here, seriously.  Thanksgiving is only 10 days away and I can already smell the roasting turkey, hear the happy babble of a house full of relatives and taste the spicy squish of pumpkin pie.  Which reminds me, I should get to the grocery...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson Where do you live?  I’m not asking so I can inundate you with campaign mailers or just pop by and drink all your beers.  It’s come to my attention recently that geography can have a significant effect on a person.  I suppose my real question is: Where should you...

Tall Drink of Nerd: There is No Amateur-crastination

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson My house is much cleaner today, thanks to a deadline to get my FaN blogumn to you.  After all the stress of the past year: double unemployment, pet illnesses, parental illnesses and lengthy hospital stays and finally the passing of my Father, I went into a funk. ...

Tall Drink of Nerd – Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson After 5.5 months of job-searching and unemployment, I found it ironic to start my 12 week temp job on the Friday before Labor Day. All Hail the Three Day Weekend! During recent walks and talks with my husband, I’ve come to realize that my search for the perfect job...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block August 7-13

Greetings from Santa Fe! I’ve been road tripping all week, but lucky for us, your comments totally didn’t take a vacation. Check ‘em out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy: Geek Love Memorial, in which slpc honored John Hughes in the best way possible — with a huge poll...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Bad Cook

. a blogumn by Amy Robinson I start thinking of dinner around 3 in the afternoon.  Then I eat an apple and don’t think of it again until I get in the car for my drive home. By 6, as the commute starts, I am so hungry I could eat my key chain.  I put my earpiece into my ear, plug the other end...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Blocks July 23-30

Just what is in Sauce Americaine and how should one properly spell “yay?” We’ve learned a lot this week at good ole Fierce and Nerdy. Check it out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce Anticipation: July 24-26, in which Ryan Dixon told us the worst guinea pig story in the history of...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Recession Recess

One of the perks of being “funemployed” is that you have all the time in the world to work out and be healthy. Now that my husband has joined me in funemployment, I have a workout partner. Because neither my workout partner nor I have an income, we have cut our expenses down to the...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block July 10-16

Whatta week. CH got an Emmy nomination, and of course the comments were off the hook. Check ‘em out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce Anticipation: July 10-12, in which Ryan Dixon made a case for Sheetz being the best convenience store in the history of ever. One reader/former employee agreed:...