Not deaded

Hello all.  Sorry I’ve been quit on the blog.  But I was busy with 221b Con (there will be a post on this), there are so many good feels from the con that whenever I start to write it I get a little misty.  But I’ll try to get that posted this week.

Also been rather busy at work which leads to me being rather sleepy when I get home.  Good times.  Seriously I’ve napped a LOT in the last two weeks and while it was glorious it also means I haven’t written a word anywhere.  Which means I may not “win” Camp NaNoWriMo this year (again).  It happens.

But rest assured I will be posting again very soon.  Just need to find the balance somewhere.

Also if you were thinking about following me on the Twitter @galinthegreyhat and you see the little padlock near my name.  Feel free to add me.  I’ll get around to adding you.  Just a warning I get a little ranty about Sherlock (ok a lot).  So there we are.

Liebster Award!

I had quite the tough day at work today.  So imagine my surprise to wake up (from a much needed nap) to find I was granted a Liebster Award.  I was even more surprised that it came from The Nerdy Girlie (excuse me while I fangirl a moment). Yes, I consider that it came from the Nerdy Girlie a super big honor too.  Ok better now.



So here are the questions she sent me:

1.  Why did you begin your blog?  My blog was started off as a way to share things that just happen to come into my head or thoughts/reviews of shows I liked.  Basically a way for me to be the little nerd I am in my little corner of the internets.  Honestly I’m surprised to have people who read it besides my mom…and I’m happy they do.

2.  What is a TV Show that you never get tired of watching and why?  Oddly enough that show is Sherlock.  But why oddly?  Well, if you watch it you known darn well that this show is only three episodes a season and there is ::ahem:: QUITE the gap between each series.  Typically a two year gap.  I have to tell you I was almost tired of watching it after the most recent series aired…mostly because I’m not sure what the writers were thinking this season, but I have hopes that next season WILL/MUST be better.

3.  Share with us your favorite recent read.  “Further Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin, I’d heard of these books from several friends and at first found it hard to get into reading the series.  Then I learned that it wasn’t meant to be read bits at a time.  This made it very easy to read and the next thing you know I’m three books in the series of seven or eight books.  I swear these books set between the late 60′s up to the mid 90′s maybe are a wild ride with an amazing cast of characters.  I really suggest you go on and read it.

4.  What are you listening?  Right this minute?  My husband is currently watching Top Gear.  So I’m listening to them talking to a star in the reasonably priced car.  This time around it’s one of the guys from Fleetwood Mac!  On my iPod at work?  An oldie but a good one that brings out all kinds of feels… December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) – see question 3 or watch series 3 The Sign of Three.

5.  How do you fight writers block?  Honestly?  Sometimes I let it drag me down.  But honestly I write myself little notes during the day and somehow manage to turn those into posts.  I also have a solid group of other writer friends who tend to gently nudge me/guilt me into getting myself out of my slumps.  Or I’m lucky enough to have something awesome happen when I need something most to write about…good or bad I’ll write about it.

Here be the ladies I’ve selected:

Now for your questions (Please send me the link when you post your blogs!):
1. Have you always written in some way or form (even before your current blog)?
2. Favorite movie of all time (I really won’t hold you to it) and why?
3. Your favorite rainy day activity?
4. If you were an animal which one would you be?
5. Your favorite tea?

Nuked Scrambled Eggs

I really, REALLY wanted scrambled eggs this morning.  But I didn’t want to do all the clean-up after.  Enter my search for a way to make microwaved scrambled eggs or eggs of any kind.  To my surprise if you have a microwave safe cup it can be done.  With that I was off to a super quick and easy breakfast!

So easy and yes yummy!

So easy and yes yummy!

What you’ll need:

  • two eggs
  • about 2 tbsp of milk (i prefer half and half)
  • any kind of shredded cheese to taste
  • other herbs/spices (whatever you like – I used paprika, salt, and pepper)

Now you’ll want to grab your microwave safe mug and some cooking spray of your choice.  Spray down the inside of the mug.  Now add your eggs and milk and mix it up nice and good.  Place in the microwave and cook on high for 45 seconds.  When the microwaves dings, remove and stir it up.  Pop back in the microwave for another 45 seconds on high.  Stir it up, add cheese and herbs/spices.  Enjoy.

I did not think this would be any kind of good.  But oh my it was!  Hello super easy breakfast you can take to go in the car if need be.  Meanwhile, I’m just going to pop the cup and fork in the dishwasher…because that is how easy the clean-up is on this one.  Hello new morning breakfast routine!

I made all of this! {In under an hour.}

Last night at the market we mostly shopped the perimeter of our local Hannaford.  Which makes me happy and also hurts my wallet.  BUT I managed to make a week or more worth of lunchtime yummy in my tummy eats!  I can say this because I sampled everything as I finished each dish.  So here’s what I made in under an hour….oh and it’s all gluten free and almost all Vegan!

Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad

It tastes amazing even if it doesn't look amazing.  Thanks avocado!

It tastes amazing even if it doesn’t look amazing. Thanks avocado!

You will need:

  • 1/2 head of red (purple) cabbage chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/2 a package of firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 1 large package of button/shiitake mushrooms (rinsed and chopped)
  • sesame seeds
  • soy sauce to taste
  • sesame oil to taste

Go to town chopping everything up (grab a BIG bowl – trust me).  Once chopped add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds to taste.  Then mix the heck out of this.  Store it in a container with a lid and pop in the fridge and enjoy.  Looking at the photo now…I should have added some shredded carrots to this too.  Oh well, next time!

Next up on the hit parade…. Cabbage, Tofu, Orange Pepper….Oh My (with a coleslaw dressing)

Oh holy yummy!

Oh holy yummy!

You will need:

  • 1/2 head of red (purple) cabbage chopped
  • 1 orange pepper cut to taste (I went with chunks of pepper)
  • 1/2 a package of firm tofu cut into cubes
  • Marie’s Coleslaw Dressing (I’m just a little, ok a lot lazy)

Basically you make this one similar to the salad above.  Chop everything up to your liking and then toss in the coleslaw dressing.  Mind you adding the dressing here (which contains eggs) probably negates this one being totally vegan.  BUT the asian salad is totally vegan.  Not that I chose to eat like a vegan….I’ve got a steak currently marinating in some soy….but sometimes veggies are just the way to go!

So there you have it folks.  Dig in!

New means of motivation

Today, well yesterday I decided I needed to get myself in SHAPE.  But I am CRAP at going to the gym.  So today I went and bought a fitbit.  Yup, I did my research and picked one up.

Hello bright reminder I should be moving!

Hello bright reminder I should be moving!

Now it had a hiccup or two starting out.  But now that everything is synced I’m not ready to kick myself in the ass for buying it.  I was looking at the fitbit one, but too many people said it was too easy to lose. So here I am with the flex and so far I am loving it.  There’s even this great online community where you can log your eats and other activity during the day.  I’m excited.  I really think this will help me meet and keep goals.

Now where did I put my workout gear?

So now what am I going to watch?

Seriously with House of Cards finished I’ve turned to watching Scandal (from the beginning.  The problem here is Netflix only has Seasons 1 & 2.  And I happen to be somewhere very close to the end of Season 2.  I know your next suggestion is to watch it on Hulu.  I applaud you for this.  But unless I have Hulu+ (and I don’t) I can only watch the last five episodes.

Yeah, this is NOT going to work out for me.

Yeah, this is NOT going to work out for me.

So yes, I am SOL on being able to watch more Scandal in the very near future.  Read TONIGHT!  So my only other option is to return to watching The West Wing for my political viewing pleasure.  Which is all well and good, but it isn’t as much fun as House of Cards or Scandal.  So I’m now taking suggestions on what to watch next.  Leave your thoughts in the comments folks!

Many thanks!

Old School Blogging

Remember those days when you would answer questions about yourself on your blog?  Yeah well, here we go again!  I’ve seen this on countless bloggers sites in the last few days and figured I’d give it a go.  Enjoy!

What is the last thing you watched on TV? - Futurama (Game of Tones) and I CRIED!

When did you last step outside?  What were you doing? - Getting out of the car after work to come into the nice warm house.

What is on the walls of the room you are in? – Posters mostly.  Yep a signed post card from Jeremy Irons (I think that was sometime around his Die Hard III film), An autographed poster from Amanda Palmer the hubbins got me one year for Christmas, and of course a Sherlock poster.  We also have some of my husbands posters up on his side of the office as well as an oar from his crew days.

I had to have my signed Amanda Palmer poster and Sherlock poster up in the new space.

I had to have my signed Amanda Palmer poster and Sherlock poster up in the new space.

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? – A house…in IRELAND!  Seriously I have been bitten by the Ireland bug.

So pretty!!

So pretty!!

Tell me something about you that most people don’t know. – Hmm.  I had a wicked crush on Jeremy Irons for the longest time.  Oh and I also had no idea that when I was watching the old Adam West ‘Batman’ episodes that they were already 20 years old at the time and I’d had a crazy crush on Robin.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone? - My cell phone, the hubbins…Saturday.  My work phone a RUDES client.

If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? - New kitchen here I come!  I’m thinking Ikea.

What was the last thing you bought? – for me? Tea (duh).  For the house – groceries.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? – No thanks.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? – Oh wow.  Hmm.  I would LOVE to sit down with Kevin Spacey and ask him about all of the films he’s been in and so much more. The man is an acting genius!  Please give him all the awards.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? – Jeez these just keep getting tougher… I love me some Old Navy!

Is the glass half empty or half full? – You know I don’t even have a glass anywhere near me.  In fact I don’t think I’ve had anything to drink since I left work…oopsie.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? – Ireland or well, I guess England.

What’s under your bed? – Certainly a cat and I’m hoping some socks that said cat pulled under there and that had better be it.  Because I am a total chicken shit and now fear there’s something under the bed.  Awesome.

What is your favorite time of the day? – I like a quiet morning where I can make a cup of tea and just watch the world go by.  BUT I really love the gloaming.  (aka dusk)

What Inspires you? – Creativity from my favorite authors.  I’m looking at you Neil Gaiman.

Yep, the man himself signing my ukelele

Yep, the man himself signing my ukelele.

Sunday, lazy Sunday

Where the hell did my weekend go?

Oh right I slept most of yesterday…sorry, not sorry there kids.  Well, I’m a little sorry because I HAD planned to work on the writing of things.  What things you ask?  Story ideas, fan fictions, you names it I was planning to write it.  Instead I goofed off on the internets and then had a nap.  There was also dinner to be had with family later at a new favorite spot, The Local – Pub and Tea House.  They have gluten free options and also yummy in my tummy tea.  Win-win in my book.

Will totally have to visit in the Summer months!

Will totally have to visit in the Summer months!

It is a very cool spot in Saratoga.  I suggest you visit when you happen to be in the area.  So we were out late and I went to bed late.  Seeing a pattern are we?  Yet I was up early because the hubbins was up early for flight school things.  Me?  I’ve been nursing a cup of tea for the last hour.  Thankfully it’s pretty good cold too.  You can read more about the tea here.  Yep, I’ve got a tea blog, it’s easier I tell myself.  When in reality it probably isn’t at all.

So today I’m not doing much at all.  I  COULD do laundry.  But I’m not a fan of going into the basement when it’s just me and the cats.  Yes, I am 35 years old and still a chicken shit about the basement when I’m home along.  There I admitted it for all the interwebs to read.  Hell, I’m a little scared of it even when the hubbins IS home.

Our basement looks a little like this…

No thanks.

No thanks.

If it looked like this…



I’d be in the basement right now!  But it doesn’t so I’ll stay up here thanks – enjoying my cold tea and possibly something to eat.  Seeing as it’s almost noon and I haven’t eaten a thing.  Yep, need to fix that!

Happy Sunday folks!

House of Cards: Where Have You Been All My Life?

I’d heard about the show when it was first coming out on Netflix and I’d certainly seen the ads for it when I logged into Netflix.  But for some reason it took me two seasons to actually watch it and what happened?  I binge watched it for a week!

You should probably be watching this...even if you are a good person.

You should probably be watching this…even if you are a good person.

I won’t spoil it for you.  But I will say this.  You may not feel like a very good person after you watch even one or two episodes.  After episode one I felt dirty and like I needed to take a shower.  After watching the first 90 seconds my husband said “no thanks”.  But I watched and as dirty as I felt I kept watching.  Right through to the end of Season 2.  Knowing I missed something…ok a lot of somethings I’m going to have to go back and watch it all over again.  Soon.

The Underwoods

The Underwoods

I will tell you that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are SCARY good at playing Francis and Claire Underwood in the show.  Like you damn near forget that they actually aren’t Francis and Claire.  I think they need some awards if they haven’t gotten any yet.  Just saying.  The entire cast is really great and by the end you may hate every single one of them and that’s just episode 1!  So give it a look and if you like it – great.  If you don’t I’m ok with that.  Like I said my husband was done with it 90 seconds in.

“Happy” viewing.


So I’ve been seeing the hashtag #100HappyDays all over social media and I was wondering what the hell it was.  Well, you can read all about it here and sign up.  Go on I’ll wait.

Done?  Good!  So I signed up to #getmyhappyon for 100 days.  Can I do it?  I sure hope so!  Today was day one and I found the happy in a lot of things.  Check it out below.

#100happydays #dayone Happy Friday

#100happydays #dayone Happy Friday

My new #happy light was delivered to work today too - three days early.

My new #happy light was delivered to work today too – three days early.

It certainly is amazing how the little things can really make you happy.  So one day down…99 to go!  I think I’ve got this!  If you’d like to follow my #100happydays follow me on Instagram – galinthegreyhat and enjoy the happy journey!