5 Things I Love – March 14

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1. Superman Ice Cream

I thought about including this in last week’s 5 Things, but there appears to be some debate over where the flavor originated aside from being a Midwest thing. Of the various theorized flavor combos, I grew up with as a kid the Blue Moon, lemon chiffon & red pop combo

2. X-Mini Capsule Speaker

I got one of these as local leader swag at Interaction11 and was pleasantly surprised at it’s sound quality when I pulled it out a few weeks later to use for background music at an event. With my ipod at 1/2 volume it was more than sufficient for our needs and much easier to transport than trying to add a boombox to the event stuff mix.


One of the oldest surviving soft drinks, Vernors originated in Detroit and almost made last week’s list of regional foods. In the reverse of Superman ice cream, it was struck not because I didn’t know where it started but because I wasn’t sure how widely it is now distributed. It is still a great Michigan food and is a great taste sensation when combined with vanilla ice cream (known as a Boston Cooler).

4.Conair Jelly Rollers

So, I have ornery hair. You wouldn’t guess it by looking, but it’s very stubborn about doing what it wants to and when it comes to being curled it either tends to fro out or lose it’s curl without 10 gallons of hair spray added to it (which I’m not a huge fan of). However, back when I was in college these came into my life and they’re amazing. Truly a hair saver on more than one occasion.

5.Calorie Counter

Last year I used the LoseIt app to lose 15 lbs but I’m an infovore, so when I discovered this site with all of its vitamin and mineral information I got a bit a addicted. It still has a food log and, duh, counts caloric intake vs. outtake but it’s taking me that next step from really coming to understand things like portion sizes to choosing my food to make sure I have enough vitamins and minerals that my body needs in my life.

5 Things I Love – Dec 6

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In honor of the retail shopping season (and my brother’s request for a Christmas wish list), I have decided to dedicate this week’s ‘5 Things I Love’ to a Christmas wishlist. Since some of you may have female geeks with my general assortment of interests in your life that you’re looking for gifts for, I’ll include not only the usual links but some related suggestions as well.

1. Her Universe Star Wars Burnout Tee

The “I Know” tee is a close second for me. They also have a swarovski hat, hoodie, jewelry and are offering 20% off + free shipping (US only, $8 off international) when you use the code ‘holiday’ at check out.

2. Star Trek (2009)

I am not sure how it is that I have not yet acquired this dvd, but it’s missing from my collection and this needs to be amended. I greatly enjoyed the movie in the theatre. In fact, I saw it twice, which is rare for me – opening night with my guy friends and then again with one of my girlfriends a few weeks later. Yet… nope, not in my collection.

I also found several piano books to go with for the music/Star Trek fan: Star Trek: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack and Complete Star Trek Theme Music: Piano Solo

3. IngenuiTEA 16 oz Tea Pot

Any tea lover will tell you that loose leaf is the way to go and this is an awesome device to help you with your loose leaf desires. Not sure where to get the tea? ThinkGeek has a sampler or a site like The Tea Table, which has an abundance of varieties.

Another option is a french press which will do either tea of coffee though they are marketed more to the coffee sphere.

4. The Art of Manipulating Fabric

A compendium of three-dimensional fabric effects, I want this book to add to my shelves for reference and inspiration on my sewing journeys. It also gets a lot of love in reviews and is a lot less expensive than many of the sewing/textile books I drool over.

5. Benefit’s ‘so hooked on Carmella’ eau de toilette

Described as a floral vanilla it has both the light and the earthy going for it. It’s my personal favorite of the Crescent Row scents, which not only have fun names and scents but also have fun packaging. Benefit is also offering a limited edition set of four mini bottles featuring ‘so hooked on Carmella’, ‘garden of good & Eva’, ‘lookin to rock Rita’ and ‘laugh with me LeeLee’ for those who can’t make up their mind (or aren’t sure of which one their gift recipient will like best).

Close seconds…

“Inevitable Betrayal” Tee

I can’t see any lover of Firefly not wanting this tee. I know it is one of many favorite scenes for me from the series. Close seconds – Define “Interesting” Tee and ‘The Babe with the Power’ Tee (Yes, I know it’s Labyrinth not Firefly but it too is on ThinkGeek)

Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

I actually have already read and once owned a copy of this urban fantasy novel. Loved it. Shared it with a friend. Friend moved. Sad day for me. I have as yet to read the rest of the series, but they are on my list now.

MacBook Pro Ironman Decal

Ever since I got my work computer, which happens to be a macbook pro, I have been eyeing these. There’s a Darth Vader and a Scrat several others from this seller that I’ve also contemplating, but I always end up coming back to the Iron Man.

Sonic Screwdriver

As a fan of the 10th Doctor how could I, or any fan, not want one of these?

This is by no means a finite list. There are a ton of other things that I could include like The Guild comic book, Chuck Season 2 (&3), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, a ticket to Comic Con (if registration were working), more books, etc. etc.

Anyway, enough of that for today. Last weekend was a killer and my bed is telling me just how warm and comfy it is from across the apartment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this special edition of ‘5 Things I Love’ ;)

Yes, I am a Star Wars Geek

Unfortunately, I am not a Star Wars geek* currently present at Star Wars Celebration V. I actually do have a friend who is there right now and did not share his destination when he mentioned going out of town. He will hear about this later.

In lieu of my physical presence there, I have been catching a few blogs about what has been going on from the front lines (though not the friend who is there…). In particular I’ve been following Jen of Epbot.com (also of Cakewrecks) and she has been posting pictures of some awesome costumes being worn by fans including both the insanely amazing and the amusing ones like the storm trooper Mexican wrestler and pimp Vader.

As a fan and a costumer, well, please excuse the drool on my keyboard.

Being the type to share my excitement with others, I felt that you all should be able to enjoy these amazing costumes (and other sights) as well so here are links to the posts she’s put up thus far.

Day 1, Part 1

Day 1, Part 2

Day 2, Part 1

Day 2, Part 2

Also, I think I need some of Katie Cook’s original art cards. I mean, did you see the Yoda? How cute is he? And Chewbacca? Totally want to take him home with me and bake him cookies.

*I generally use the term ‘geek’ to refer to myself, but am more of a geek with nerdish tendencies. Both the geek and nerd just seem to become more obvious to me as I get older. I have a feeling I was really just oblivious to their true extent when I was younger. If you are curious which of these may fit you better there is a nice article over at Wiki-how on the subject. You can find a link here.