Talk Nerdy to Me


I have a soft spot for the nerds of the world.  I’m not just talking save-the-world-with-a-robotic-arm-thingie-so-that-I-can-prove-I’m-worthy-of-you nerds, I’m talking quirky people. They warm my heart. Maybe that’s because I’m a mega-geek (anyone who spends time blogging about any subject, especially about a subject they get teased about, like me, must embrace their nerd status).

Oh yes. Glasses. I love glasses.

When I met my husband, he was equal parts Mr. Nerd and Secret Partying Guy. I loved all of him, but was so drawn to the Mr. Nerd side.  The Secret Partying Guy made me nervous, but the Mr. Nerd who wanted to talk about old movies and The Beatles and who’d write me poetry—he blew my mind and totally stole my heart.  And the Secret Partying Guy was cool and fun and everyone liked him, but I loved the guy who was practically a genius even more. You know why? Because smart guys are hot.

Also, I’ve always found nerds to be so much sweeter than your stereotypical popular guy. Maybe it’s because cool is so far out of reach for nerds that they don’t even bother. They just treat everyone the same. They’re nice. And nice is good.

And think about it.  Neville Longbottom was a serious nerd.  Remember?

Oh Neville, you adorably dorky kid. We loved you back then too.

But then he killed Nagini and look what happened to him:

I'm just sayin.

Of course, everyone who’s read the Harry Potter books knows that Neville was an awesomely sweet, devoted friend to Harry long before he kicked serious Voldemort butt in the last book, but if he wants to put on a tux and look like a bad ass, more power to him.

Take, for example, a couple of my favorite nerds:

1. Michael Moscovitz from The Princess Diaries– Michael certainly ends up with the last laugh. His hotness is compared to that of Christian Bale’s, he’s a gabillionaire (or, you know, maybe just a millionaire), and he gets the girl.  But he was hot way before all of that stuff ever happened. You guys, he created a computer program just to tell Mia how he felt about her.  And he never shied away from laying it all on the table and just saying, “Yeah, you’re the one.” And he saw that Mia was a spazz, but he was totally into her anyway.  Also, he had a thing for Star Wars (which makes him both nerdy and cool).  And he created an online magazine where he talked about computer stuff!  Holy crap, do you realize how smart he was? And the dark hair, dark eyes thing doesn’t hurt either.

2. Cricket Bell from Lola and The Boy Next Door If anyone were ever quirky, it’s Cricket.  He sort of fumbles around because he’s shy and he’s a bit awkward with girls (because he’s s huge dork), but he’s led by this wonderfully intense passion for a few things: first, his love of science, which inspires him to create all sorts of amazing gadgets. Second, his love of his family, which takes him away often, but shows that he has the heart of someone giving. And finally, his love of Lola. And he’s pretty open about that.  He makes sure that she knows how he feels now that he’s home. I mean, as a boy he invented a working elevator for Lola’s Barbies.  They don’t get more adorable than that.

3. David from The All American Girl series- This one is simple. David is obviously smart, he cares about the world around him being that his dad is President and all, and he obviously digs Sam, his girlfriend. And he’s artistic. AND he has no idea that when Sam says she wants to play Parcheesi, she actually means that she wants to do something entirely different (which really shows Sam to be a huge dork, but that’s OK too).

So ladies, any nerds—boy or girl—who are close to your heart?

Fangirl Friday-December 2

by Tee

Fangirl Friday is a feature hosted by my pal Evil Eva at Nancy Drew is My Homegirl.  You know what’s great about it? I get to talk about things that make me all giddy. Here are my current obsessions:

1. NanoWriMo is over! Yea. I can stop pretending to still be writing for it since technically I gave up about a week and a half ago. Side note: NanoWriMo, I say this every year but, I really hate you.

2.  Clockwork Prince  Holy mama it’s coming on December 6th. I purposely left this off my Christmas list because there is NO WAY I’m waiting to read it.

3. Partay– This weekend we will be celebrating the birthday of one of our very good friends. Do you know what that means? It means that I get to wear a dress (I should probably go buy one) instead of my jeans AND maybe, if I decide to get really crazy, maybe I’ll have a cocktail. Or two. Look out.

4. Disneyland at Christmastime– I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I love Disneyland with a crazed intensity. Of course, being a native of So Cal, I loved it as a kid. Then I grew up and got all “Dland rides are lame because they aren’t scary.” Then I had kids and realized again that it truly is the happiest place on Earth. I’m not saying that to be a dweeb. I really, really love it.  If you’re not from here, you may not realize that the park gets all revamped for the holidays. They change The Haunted Mansion to a The Nightmare Before Christmas theme and they change It’s a Small World (they sing Jingle Bells instead) and there’s lights everywhere and there’s a ranch where Santa and his reindeer are. It’s all really cute, but the best part is the Christmas parade, followed by snow. Snow is a big deal here since, you know, we rarely see it and even then you have to trek up to the mountains.  And the snow is made of soap bubbles but whatevs.  We love it.

5. The Princess Present by Meg Cabot– I think it’s time for a re-read of one of the Princess Diaries novellas, The Princess Present. Oh, y’all know what that means. Thazz right, it’s time to talk about Michael Moscovitz Fake Man of My Dreams.  He and his sister, Lilly, visit Mia in Genovia for the holidays and there’s a big party, and of course, Lilly acts like a jerkhead, and Michael is all swoony in his tux.  And there’s kissing. AND presents, hello. I love it.