Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sick and Nerdy

Bad Weekend

This is how I felt.

Me and Nerdbaby got sick this weekend. Can we be sick in a nerdy way? Yes we can.

So starting off, Nerdbaby came down with a fever, which we falsely attributed that to a new tooth coming in. For relief, he uses a purple lightsaber as a teething tool; that seems pretty nerdy to me. He sticks the tip of the lightsaber in his mouth and just chomps away on it! For those who don't know, the purple lightsaber is from the Star Wars prequel movies. This one belongs to the character Mace Windu played by Samuel Jackson.

Bad Ass Mother Fu@#er!

My Nerdbaby also had a sore throat and didn't eat very much for a couple of days. We thought that was his tooth as well, but looking back realized it was a bit more serious, I'll explain why shortly. And to top all of that off, he started getting spots all over his body, but mostly on his legs like hundreds of tiny bug bites. So you're all thinking measles right? Not exactly. Now, I've told you his story first, so I'll tell you mine.


So why do we think he had a sore throat? Well, I got a high fever of 102 a few days later and had to visit the Emergency Room for it, wearing my t-shirt with a skull made out of kittens on it from Loot Crate! See previous post: Wearing my nerd shirts makes me feel better, so what. And guess what, I also had a sore throat. They asked me a lot of questions, mostly revolving around my travel and exposure to people from other countries.

After explaining that I had not been to West Africa nor did I know anyone who was, they ended up pumping me full of pain killers and fever reducer, and had me on a saline drip. Feeling fine! Many different tests were run, and the results came back in a few days.

Game On!

All I had left to do was play video games and watch Star Wars! I found an older PlayStation game called Wild Arms that was one of my favorite old school RPG's ever. Between that and my new copy of Star Wars The Force Unleashed, I barely had enough time to sleep for 12 hours a day. Unfortunately between the medication and what came next, it was getting difficult to play effectively.

The very next day, I started getting spots on my hands and feet that were just plain itchy and scratchy. I know you're still thinking measles, but I already had the measles when I was a small nerd, and Nerdbaby just got his one year shots for the measles, mumps and such. What else could it be?

Mystery Solved

Well, using the nerdy Google search bar, I put in the symptoms and felt lucky. The all-knowing Web MD told me that the likely suspect was Foot, Hands and Mouth Disease. For confirmation we took Nerdbaby, wearing his new Batman slipper socks that always put a smile on his face, to the Goodnite Pediatrics Clinic located next to the Whitney library  where the doctor confirmed my WebMD educated diagnosis. The doctor said that's what it was, and since Nerdbaby just had his MMR shot our symptoms are a reaction to that, me catching it from him.

Both of us are clearing up nicely, Nerdbaby doing much better than me right now. I'm still itchy but on a positive note am high on the oxycodone. I'll have to pay for that later I'm sure. It definitely hit me harder. Nerdbaby is already duel wielding lightsabers around the house.

I think we handled our sickness in a nerdy fashion, using our nerd tools to get through the tough times. It would have been better not getting sick, but it was a learning experience, and any day you learn something new is not a wasted day!

Thanks for listening! Stay nerdy!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Boxes and Boxes, Oh My!

Are you looking for a monthly treat, maybe for you or for your nerd-spawn? Have you ever asked what can you and your little nerdling do during the summer months when nobody goes outside unless they have too? Well, I know a secret that might solve all your problems.

Subscription Boxes

There are currently monthly subscription boxes for almost anything you can think of. My family subscribes to Loot Crate and Citrus Lane, but plan to include a couple of others. But maybe you're asking yourself what a subscription box is?

Imagine getting a surprise box full of presents every month with the coolest things inside. There are different themes for almost any taste, and children are definitely included in this new craze. You can also buy extra items at discounted rates through the boxer. YouTube has videos dedicated to just unboxing these boxes. Here is a link to a CNN article discussing YouTube and unboxing. Check it out. It is quite the phenomenon. So let me describe the ones I get, then the others I am aware of.

Loot Crate

Loot crate is a nerd box of goodness. Every month they pick a topic such as Galactic, Heroes, and Villians in just the past three months. The guys at Loot Crate then send you nerdy toys in that theme for you to freak out over. Each box contains about 4-6 items like bobblehead toys or other small figures and a t-shirt that revolve around the monthly theme. For instance, last month was a Galactus inspired theme, taking its inspiration from Firefly, Star Wars and Star Trek. The item I was most excited about that month was an actual Tribble! My little nerd baby also loves it, who wouldn't love a cute little Tribble of their very own! There were other really cool items in the box, but this was MY PRECIOUS.

These are Tribbles.

This month's box of Fear has good stuff in it, but my favorite has to be a variant cover Walking Dead comic and a t-shirt with a skull made out of kittens. Nerd baby didn't find anything he liked this month in this box.

Here is a review of this month's box for your viewing pleasure.

Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane is a subscription box for children that has age appropriate toys, sample of lotions and soaps for baby and Mama, as well as containers for snack foods and other associated items. This month we got Babies First Football, which excited me and my nerd baby, although I must point out that was not his first football. He has at least three footballs, including one in the Seattle Seahawks colors. Go Hawks! And yes he can play catch at age one. NerdFamily knows how to have fun!

We also got a toy rattle/noisemaker and some lotion samples. NerdMom is generally more excited about these boxes than NerdFather. Still, FOOTBALL for the win!

My NerdMom watches these videos all the time, this is in fact how we found out about Citrus Lane.

Mine and Nerdbaby's Favorite toy in this box.
What other boxes are there?

I'm glad you asked. There are literally hundreds of choices. I'll list some of the ones I know people get in my circle of friends. There is the Bento Box, which gives you a bunch of comics every month. You might be interested in Love with Food which sends you healthy snacks every month. I know that you have heard of The Shave Club, that sends you a few new disposable razors every month. If you can think of it, there is a box for you.

What else can you get that is Nerdy?

Our next box, when NerdBaby gets a little older will be the Kiwicrate, actually called KoalaCrate for ages 3-6. But it was originally all Kiwicrate.This is a monthly craft box with two or three activities that you and your nerdling can work on, or they can do by their self. These are age appropriate, and mostly gender neutral projects. I'm really looking forward to this one, and am also on the lookout for the Lego box as well. Currently this is more of a rental box for Lego play sets, like Netflix is for movies and games. But there are so many boxes, you need a tour guide for them all.

Another box I recently found out about while researching this topic is the Nerd Block. This is incredible, how did I never hear about this one!? It has different themes to choose each month. You can pick a horror movie box, and all your content will be in that genre. There are boxes for boys and different boxes for girls. There is a video game themed box. They all come with toys and t-shirts of all kinds of nerdy activity.

I found a reviewer of subscription boxes called the Subscription Box Mom, you can find her at She does reviews of all kinds of boxes so you don't have to try them all. Or you could go here and see if there is anything you like.

Thanks for dropping by, and Stay Nerdy!

You can find the boxes I subscribe to here:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I am a nerd and a new father, now what?


So being a new father comes with a lot of on the job learning. Because WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. Some of you will recognize the ubiquitous Spiderman reference. How do I be who I am, and raise my son at the same time? 

The Easy Stuff

Some of the easiest decisions to make are what to dress him as. Since I am a nerd, he gets to be dressed up as a nerd! His first set of pajamas from his grandparents was a Green Lantern suit, specifically the uniform of John Stewart. But mostly we dress him up with Batman logos and refer to him as Batbaby in most of our photos. But there are more things to being a parent than just dressing up a baby.

Green Lantern Baby

"You must learn the ways of the Force, if you're to come with me to Alderaan."

This blog will be about how I can be who I am (nerd, if you forgot), and raise my son responsibly. Comics and dress up are not that responsible are they? You might say that they are part of a lifestyle and you'd be right. But is the act of playing that is important, to me and to raising a child responsibly.

Lets get to work.

"A child's work is play" says Maria Montessori, creator of the Montessori school system. So that is what I will give you, stories of us going to work!

There are a few different things that nerds as parents can do in Las Vegas, that I do to raise my son. "Trust the Force, young Jedi!" There are local comic book shops that are kid friendly, that also sponsor nerdy activities throughout the year. Batbaby enjoys visiting our local comic book shop. The young lady behind the counter is an honorary Auntie because she comes from behind the counter, and Batbaby jumps into her arms. It scared us the first time it happened. He isn't allowed to hold the comics yet, unless they are already bagged and boarded, but he does enjoy him some comics. Most of the time we have to create our own Nerd-dom here in Las Vegas at home.

As a family we watch the superhero movies, and wear t-shirts that emphasize our interest. We have a group that meets every Monday to watch Doctor Who, and catch up on each others nerdy activity. Most of the group does not have kids yet, but are very interested in my son. It takes a nerdy village to raise a nerdy child!

I will also be reviewing more nerdy toys that Batbaby enjoys in future blogs, other nerdy activities I do with my son, and other nerd parent interests. Hopefully we can meet each other out there in the nerdy world.

Stay nerdy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What do nerds do for Halloween?

Nerds go hang out with other nerds. In costume. And eat candy.

But first, it's my son's birthday this month! He'll be one, yay! My little nerdling has achieved level 1. I love him. Every October, he'll be leveling up. He will be so tired of Halloween when he grows up!

Level One

Second, October is one of my favorite months as there are many nerdy activities to do. Costumes are more available this month, so that you can be anyone you want, from Darth Vader to Captain Kirk or Lara Croft to a Disney Princess! Nerds like becoming their heroes for a day. There is nothing wrong with that. And don't forget your pets!


Also, comic book stores get into the spirit of Halloween with free Halloween comics for the kiddies, and costume contests. Another reason to dress up! How amazing is that?

Not my nerd.

Here in Vegas there are a few options to take your nerdspawn for comic related nerding out. You can go to Cosmic Comics, Alternate Reality or even Maximum Comics, these being the three biggest comic stores in the valley. All of them are having at least one day of fun and games where nerds, and even geeks, can come and hang out with their own kind. Links below.


Another great thing about October is the CANDY! I shouldn't eat much candy, but it's only once a year right? At least until Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Hey, nerds are also a candy. That can't be just a coincidence.

So there are a few nerdy activities you can do with your nerdlings. You can dress up as a superhero and go to a costume event, you can dress up as your favorite character and go get candy, or you can just go read a comic book. I hope to see some of you out there. And please, at least wear a Halloween shirt if you don't dress up. Get some spirit people!

The Force, you will use, yes.

Stay Nerdy, my friends!