I am 32 years old, a mother of two, and a higher education professional.
But really, I am quite simply just a big ole nerd. And darn happy to be so.
This past weekend (well, Thursday), my sister Danielle and my mom arrived in Knoxville. What would bring them across the state, both missing two days of work for the trip, when they are just going to be right back in 2 weeks for Jeremy's birthday?
If you have to ask the question, you simply won't understand the answer.
Um, hello! Catching Fire came out and we obviously had to attend the midnight showing on Thursday evening so we could be among the first people to see the movie. Naturally, I bought the tickets ages ago, Dani and I both wore our official Mockingjay pins, and we re-read the books to be at the top of our fangirl game. And then, we saw it again. Because, as any true fan knows, you see it once at midnight for the experience, you see it later during the day to absorb it and analyze it to death.
We also had time to catch some Thor 2 action while they were in town, because, well, Chris Hemsworth's abs, Loki and Thor banter, and Chris Hemsworth's arms. 'Nuff said.
While I am admitting these things, I suppose I can go ahead and make a clean sweep of it. My nerdiness unleashed:
- I love The Hunger Games. It is possible I have thought out whole strategies of how I might survive in various types of arenas. Just in case. You never know.
- I love Harry Potter even more. I saw every single movie at midnight (once that became a thing) and even dressed up for the first one. Kids took pictures with us. We were in college. I do indeed know the incantations for several spells and curses. Just in case. You never know.
- Since we are talking about YA books, I also love the Divergent series and have read just about every dumb sci-fi dystopian fiction ever. Yeah. That's right. You're jealous.
- Thanks to Netflix, I recently watched every single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. That is like 200 hours of vampire television, my friends. I now feel confident I could save the world (a lot) with my new-found knowledge of ancient curses combined with my lightning fast slayer reflexes. These are important real life skills. You never know.
- I have an intense love of Star Wars. I wore the underoos as a kid, memorized the movies, saw and quickly erased from my memory the newer movies (Han shot first), and enjoy teaching my children the alphabet using all Star Wars characters. It's a thing. You should try it.
- I also love Star Trek. I have seen all the movies and enjoy the new reboot very much. I watched The Next Generation as a kid and can fluently add to the Kirk vs Picard debate (Kirk would shoot Picard then sleep with his girlfriend for fun, so why is this even an argument?) and had a crush on Will Wheaton as a tween. Beleibers have nothing on Trekkies.
- I keep score at every baseball game I attend (I don't think this qualifies, but I am told this is nerdy every time someone sees me do it) and enjoy reading box scores and stats. I follow several teams and the MLB on twitter just so I can read stats during the season since I don't have cable and can't see many games. I still have a framed photo of my first husband, Javy Lopez (#8 Atlanta Braves), in my office. Yes, in my place of work. And yes, when people ask me about it I do refer to him as my first husband. What?
- I own a Jane Austen action figure (thanks to my mother in law). Jeremy and Violet have both asked to play with it and I have submitted them to long lectures on the importance of keeping her in the box to maintain her mint condition. Jeremy asked me her super powers and I told him she possesses the power of words and that the pen is mightier than the sword. He looked confused and walked away shaking his head.
- My love of grammar knows no bounds. I made my staff take a pop grammar quiz at our staff meeting on National Grammar Day. I unabashedly shared my love of the semi colon with them. Strangely, none of them quit.
- One entire shelf in my office is full of my graduate school binders. American Literature. British Literature. Shakespeare. I took all my class notes and typed them into spreadsheets and note pages. you can sort them by author, genre, or title. Sometimes, when I am having a bad day, I open one up and read about Edith Wharton. I still hope to teach literature one day. Even if it is just to my own kids, they will appreciate iambic pentameter, foreshadowing, and stream-of-consciousness.
I could keep typing, but I think I made my point. I go see midnight movies in theatres full of teenagers with my mom and my sister. Regularly. I read books about wizards and dream of engaging in witty repartee with a vampire. I use the Oxford comma and sometimes daydream I live in Victorian England. I think Luke Skywalker is a wimp and damn it man, I am a doctor, not a physicist.