Steffie Sunday #5

Steffie Sunday is dedicated to the art either commissioned or given to me. (At least until I run out) Feel free to contact me at nerdpilgrimage@gmail.com if you have something to send, ask, or just want to say hello!

steffie sandiego

This was made for me by Kathryn Crenshaw of Galactic Dust Bunnies. Her artwork is just so darn cute, I HAD to have something of hers.  In fact, my laptop is covered in stickers by her. This is a picture of me dressed up as my hero Carmen Sandiego and it’s currently framed on my wall. I’m a bit sad I won’t get to see her next Dallas Comic Con.

World Book Night

Once a year I participate in World Book Night and 2014 marks my third time. Volunteers are given 20 copies of a book to pass out to people. The focus is to get folks who are light readers and turn them into casual readers. Usually, I like heading to the capital building in Austin, Texas but my schedule did not allow me to make the drive. This time, I passed 20 copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs around my school, Texas State University. Normally, students at my school don’t like random people stopping them so there was concern I might not be able to pass out all the books. To my delight, people were excited to get something to read. My favorite reaction was a girl sitting on a bench and she said, “I’ll get to read something other than a textbook!” It was a good moment. Overall, it took me only about 20 minutes to pass about the books. It was a short but wonderful experience!

 

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May Nerdy Events

Hello Nerd Pilgrims! Monthly Nerdy Events are back! Here’s a list of the nerdiest and geekiest events around the world during the month of May! What counts as nerdy? Anything having to do with gaming, books, fantasy, science fiction, anime, and so much more. Nerdom is universal, so it doesn’t matter where it is, people should hear about it.

Going to any of these events? See a problem with the list or know something that should be added? Did you want to write or vlog about your experiences? Just drop me a message or email!

May:

For Carmen

When I moved my site over I had planned to have new content as much as possible. This month escape from me but there was a reason. My Aunt Carmen passed away this month and it hit me hard. Earlier this year I even lost my grandfather but it was my Aunt who I was really close to. After my mother, she is one of the most influential women in my life. She was a kind yet stubborn woman and she spoiled me rotten. Carmen was also a deaf-mute but remained the biggest gossip I have ever known. If there was one thing she loved though it was old movies. This post is dedicated to her and three of her top movies.

1. McLintock! (1963)

MclintockMcLintock! is a western-comedy staring John Wayne in a movie based loosely on The Taming of the Shrew. McLintock is a cattle baron who is looking forward to seeing his daughter return from college. To his surprise, his estranged wife shows up to get a divorce and claim custody of their daughter. Things are also heating up between the local Comanche tribe and some sleazy men trying to move them into another reservation.

2. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is one of those classic movies that doesn’t really need to be summarized. It is such a wonderful film so I’ll do my best. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont (Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen, respectively) and  are silent screen stars that must make the transition into talking films. Unfortunately, Lamont’s voice isn’t exactly movie-worthy. In fact, her voice is a piercing force of a nature. Lockwood ends up meeting and falling for a young aspiring actress, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Lockwood and his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) make a plan to dub over Lamont’s earsplitting voice with Selden’s.

3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Meet me in st. louisThe film follows the Smith family right before the 1904 World’s Fair.  While the family consist of 1 grandparent, 2 parents, 5 children, and a maid; the story mostly follows Esther and her attempt to catch the attention of the boy next door. The two youngest daughters, Agnes and Tootie, are little adorable hoodlums. Things get a little chaotic when the father, Alonzo, gets a job offer in New York. If they move, that means leaving everything they know and love behind including the World’s Fair. The music alone from Meet Me in St. Louis is outstanding. Most notably is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sung beautifully by Judy Garland.

There you have it, three of Carmen’s favorite classic movies.

Steffie Sunday #2

Steffie Sunday is dedicated to the art either commissioned or given to me. (At least until I run out) Feel free to contact me at nerdpilgrimage@gmail.com if you have something to send, ask, or just want to say hello!

Steffie and GossamerThis was actually one from when I ran a travel blog that followed the adventures of a stuffed toy Gossamer. I stopped doing that blog a little after Gossamer was stolen. What’s worse is that Toy Story 3 came right after he was lost. I never cried so much during a movie. I had Gossamer for over 10 years when he was taken.