December! Where did you come from!? This year has flown by so quickly! I feel like we were just welcoming in the year 2013 and here we are. So close to saying goodbye to it.
I hope all of my American friends had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday wherever and however you spent it! My boyfriend and I had loose plans on traveling to either of our families Thanksgiving celebrations, but at the last minute decided on a stay-cation. Just me, him, and Piper(dog). Last minute meant we had to brave the crowded grocery stores on Thanksgiving Eve to get the makings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Totally worth it. On Thanksgiving, we parked it on the couch in our pj’s, with our food and watched movies and caught up on TV. It was nice to have a holiday to ourselves. Very relaxing. In the past, we’ve gone to Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving, but this Black Friday we both did some shopping online. I picked up a couple of dresses from Modcloth and this cute Sailor Moon tee from Teefury*.
As a former girl scout and a huge Sailor Moon fan this tee had me squealing. Isn’t it rad?! I can’t wait for everything to arrive.
Did you take advantage of Black Friday sales? If you did, tell me what you purchased! And if you have the heads up on any Cyber Monday deals, let me know.
My love for snail mail started when I was a wee Sophierocious. My grandma and cousins sent me letters from Sierra Leone from as far back as I can remember. I loved getting their letters addressed to little ole me. I cherished them and kept them in a little shoebox. When I got older and actually learned to write, I begged my mom to allow me to have my very own pen pal. And from the back of some 90′s kids magazine she found one. My first pen pal was Maureen from the Philippines. We were both 9, loved stickers and reading. The makings of a beautiful friendship. We wrote obsessively for years about cartoons, books, boys, everything! I still have most of her letters and gifts. Her letters will always stand out to me. Thin envelopes stamped “Airmail”– inside was always the most beautiful stationery. I still can not get over her handwriting. It was so neat, perfectly spaced and perfectly sized even on line less paper. Seeing a letter from Maureen in my mailbox always brightened my day. Throughout elementary and junior high school I gained more pen pals through FB’s(Friendship Books). Remember those?! In case you don’t, I’ll tell you all about them. Back in the day, we didn’t have a message board to connect with prospective pen pals. We had to do it via snail mail and FB’s were the way to do it. “FB’s are little booklets made by stapling paper together, or are sometimes just sheets or strips of paper. They are usually decorated and the person who starts the book writes their name and address as the first person sending the book. People often include a list of interests as well. The FB is then passed around from penpal to penpal, and can often also become a way for one to meet new penpals. Most people hope to see the book again once it is full so they add their return address to the back cover of the book too, or inscribe “Return to Sender” on it.” Even though I gained a lot of pen pals through FBs, I didn’t keep in touch with them. Maureen and I did until we both went off to college. We send the occasional birthday card, but we mostly keep in touch via Facebook.
Writing postcards in a cafe in St. Moritz, Switzerland
In college, my love for snail mail took a break. I didn’t start writing letters/postcards again until I moved to The Netherlands. There I sent tons of letters/postcards from my travels across Europe, museums, or just letters to send some joy in the mail. My roommate and I had a Sunday tradition of going to a cafe, having a coffee, some girl-talk, and writing letters. It was quite lovely and a habit I’ve continued, though not as often. Luckily, I’ve discovered two snail mail groups that have sparked my love of sending snail mail again! International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club and The Snail Mail Collective. Check them out!
Did you have a pen pal when you were growing up? Do you still send letters/postcards? If you’d like a postcard from me, drop me a line with your address! I’d be happy to spread some joy to you too.
“I’m a geek for” is a new monthly link up created by MagicCatJenny . Head over to her blog to see what others had to say about their love for snail mail!
My 3DS has been my system of choice the last couple of months. I’ve been playing Animal Crossing regularly since launch. I’ve had weeks where I haven’t played at all and weeks where I’ve put in hours each day. I’m glad I bought this game digitally because if I had bought a cartridge, it would never leave my 3DS. My current obsession is collecting pieces for themed rooms. Here is my lovely pink room
I’m currently working on collecting pieces for the Harvest theme. I love the purple!
Please excuse my Halloween floor. Leftovers from Halloween decorations >.<
My Pokemon craze died pretty quickly. It was my first introduction to the series and although I was excited for the first week, it failed to keep my attention. Perhaps due to the fact that I was never into the Pokemon fandom or just the repetitiveness of it all. I’m pretty sure I’ve caught enough Pokemon to last a lifetime. >.< Besides Animal Crossing, I’m currently finishing up Telltale’s The Walking Dead game. I played the first two episodes when they were released, but somehow never finished the last two!
My boyfriend and I recently subscribed to Gamefly, the online video game rental service similar to Netflix. I’m looking forward to playing ALL THE GAMES! Or more than I usually play on a month to month basis. Currently top in my queue-Rayman Legends, Mario Party:Island Tour, and Adventure Time:Explore The Dragon Because I DON’T KNOW. Even with Gamefly, I know I’ll still purchase games. Just this week I pre-ordered the upcoming Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds.
Doesn’t it look good? CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY IT!
Have you ever used a video game subscription service?What games are you currently playing? What games are you looking forward to playing?
I had the most lovely weekend. I flew “home” to Memphis, TN for the weekend and had a great time! I enjoyed 3 days of 65-70 degree weather, ate at my favorite restaurants, hung out with friends and family, and did some shopping of course!
I was a bit ambitious with my wishes last week, but I’m proud to say I was somewhat successful! I stuck to my pre-planned meals all week and was down 1.8 lbs until Memphis happened. >.< I sent out November birthday pressies and now I’m working on a little snail mail love to send to my Geek Girl Pen Pal and my snail mail collective pal! Did I finish a book? I did! But it wasn’t one of the ones I mentioned last week. I bought Hyperbole and a Half on Sunday and finished it that same night. I have so many pages bookmarked and I’ve already gone back to re-read some of them. It’s great! As for cosplay, I’m still not sure which costumes I’m going with. For now, I’m working on Daisy Fitzroy of Bioshock Infinite. First project-her gun. I need to transform this toy into Daisy’s gun. Any tips?
(source for Daisy Fitzroy image)
I’m recycling my wishes from last week. Goals are to stick to my diet, send out my snail mail, start work on Daisy’s gun, read and I want to actually make it to the Matisse exhibit. What are your weekly wishes?
I’ve been “meh” on blogging lately. I’m still keeping up with and commenting on the blogs I follow, but I’ve been MIA on my own blog. I’m not busy or stressed out…I just don’t know what to blog about! I’m in a blogging funk. I left onepercentofone and started Sophierocious because I wanted a new start. I wanted to blog less about personal life and more about the geeky side of my life. Now that I’m here, I’m finding it hard to only blog about that. I want to blog about everything! Just as I did at onepercentofone. So…what was the point of moving? *shrugs* I’m still trying to figure out where I want to go with Sophierocious. But for now, I’m going to blog without the boundaries I set for Sophierocious. Maybe I’ll post more, maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll find my voice or maybe my voice is this random mix of personal/geeky/everything! Whatever the case, I hope you will join me on this completely random adventure.
Here are some posts that I’ve found helpful from bloggers that offer great blogging tips for new and seasoned bloggers alike!
( taken at the Indianapolis Museum of Art earlier this year)
- Stick to the meals I’ve planned this week! I pre-cooked a handful of meals last night. I’m hoping pre-planning and pre-cooking will keep me on the right track with my diet. The last couple of weeks I haven’t been watching what I put in my mouth and it shows! This week I’m focusing on high protein/low carb. Low carb is the diet I’ve been most successful with because of my PCOS/insulin resistance. Here’s to a healthier week!
- Send out November birthday cards/gifts! So many November birthdays! I’m excited about the gifts I’ve picked out for my sister’s birthday and a couple of my friends!
- READ! I’m in the middle of three books at the moment. 1)Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler 2)Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1)by Octavia E. Butler 3)The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon All of them are great so far. My goal for this week is to finish one of them!
- Start sketching out ideas for cosplaying in April. I got 3 day PaxEast tickets so I need to decide on what characters I want to dress as for the weekend! So far I have a short list of, Michonne, Daisy Fitzroy, My pokemon trainer, Lumpy Space Princess, and a femme Geordi Laforge!
- Go see the Matisse exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!
I am having a great Monday! Feeling refreshed and ready to take on this week! What do you hope to get accomplished for this week? Join in The Nectar Collective’s link up!