Monday Musings: Whole.

Monday Musings: Whole.

Whole.

I want to laugh.

I want to cry.

And sometimes,

I don’t even know why.

 

You make me feel so alive

but at the same time,

so dead inside.

 

What did I do to

deserve this pain?

 

I gave you what

I could but nothing

will change.

 

I can’t keep swallowing

these shards of broken

glass you hand me to

ease the pain.

 

I can’t keep handing

over the pieces of

my heart for you to

break all over again.

 

When will you sew the

pieces back together

and keep my heart

safe and warm?

 

When will you see how

much this pain is bearing

down on me and lift

away this burden?

 

Will I ever be whole again?

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Introducing Monday Musings

After that lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back with some exciting news for the blog! I am adding a new category to A Geeky Gal! Monday Musings are going to be a small place for me to share my poetry and short stories. I know they’re not really geeky, but I talk about mental health here too, so I think we can make this a happy medium!

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Every Monday (well, not every Monday, but a lot!) I hope to share some personal poetry from my old notebooks and social media as well as some short stories that are old and new! My Thanksgiving Day post really pushed me to give this a shot. Let me know what you think. Stay tuned for the very first installment right after this post!

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That One Time at Thanksgiving

That One Time at Thanksgiving

It was a cool afternoon in Alabama. The leaves had fallen, school was out for the week, and I was an awkward teenager visiting my (ex) boyfriend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. I had carefully picked out my outfit and did my hair. I even applied a little make up besides just doing eyeliner which was my signature makeup look during high school. I really wanted to make a good impression on his family after all.

The introductions went without incident. In fact, most of the afternoon went fine! I felt a little less awkward by the time dinner was ready. I grabbed my plate and headed towards the Thanksgiving spread. After getting a little bit of everything, I sat with my (ex) boyfriend and started digging in.

Slowly everyone emerged from the kitchen to take a seat with their full plates. I was still chowing down and pretending to watch whatever football game was playing on TV. Then I heard his mother clear her throat pointedly. I looked over, and everyone was staring at me. Even my (ex) boyfriend.

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MCFT: Spyro Reignited, The Rewired Soul and SAO

MCFT: Spyro Reignited, The Rewired Soul and SAO

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here! The wedding wore me out, work has been crazy busy, and now the holidays are right around the corner. Can time slow down please? Anyway, I thought I’d tell all of you some of my favorite things this week that have been occupying my time. MCFT posts are usually 4 or 5 things that I’m loving this week! Here’s 4 things I am loving right now!

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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If you haven’t read my post that is part of The Games That Define Us, you totally should. And of course read the others that are up so far! There’s some really amazing posts this month and I can’t wait to read the rest. Back to Spyro Reignited Trilogy… My wonderful husband knew how much I wanted the new remastered Spyro trilogy, so, of course, he bought it and installed it as soon as he could and I beat the first game in 6 hours. Be on the look out for a Saturday Suggestion featuring the remastered favorite game of my childhood.

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Spyro the Dragon | The Game That Defines A Geeky Gal

Spyro the Dragon | The Game That Defines A Geeky Gal

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The Games That Define Us features carefully chosen music and remixes from the franchise of the game represented. Music is a key component of sharing the emotions one feels about a game, so we hope you will press the play button if you’re in a position to do so. 

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We are officially halfway through the month of November, and it’s been an amazing ride! Welcome to Day 15 of The Games That Define Us!

Just a brief summary if this is your first time here: This collaboration is a 34-day long adventure through video games. Each piece is its own unique audiovisual experience, complete with artwork, designs, music, and (most importantly) amazing works of prose by brilliant bloggers around the world. This adventure will take you through nostalgia, joy, ambition, self-discovery, regret, anxiety, frustration, mourning, and every human experience in between. Video games…

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A Geeky Gal Monthly Recap: October 2018

A Geeky Gal Monthly Recap: October 2018

Welcome to my first ever monthly recap! I thought the first week of the new month would be a great time to take a look back on all the blog posts of this last month. With the first week of November almost behind us, let’s take a look at the month of October here on A Geeky Gal!

Highlights

We Got Married!

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Well, we were already married. In fact, we just celebrated our one year anniversary on October 21st! Our wedding, however, was October 13th in my hometown in Alabama. I can’t wait to share all the details with you in an upcoming blog post! Have a sneak peek of this dreamy phone shot by my mom-in-law.

QotM

For the month of October, I was Later Levels’ star blogger and posed a question for their monthly Question of the Month! Along with a cute bio, Kim really rained praise down on my little blog and me. It made me and my blog feel good! With October being my favorite month, I knew my QotM needed to be spooky. My question: In honor of Halloween, tell me what video game scared you the most. What is it about the elements, environments, music, or characters in the video game that scared you?

Picking a winner was so hard! I had so many creative answers that weren’t even from horror games! In the end though, I picked my winner.

“The reason I picked That Green Dude’s post is not only because Fatal Frame is one of my all-time favorite horror game series, but because I think we can all relate to being afraid after playing such a scary game and it affecting us in real life. I appreciate Brandon’s honesty and love that his dad had his back so he could continue to play games!”

Blogger Award

I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by ! I nominated all the bloggers that are participating in Normal Happenings’ Games that Define Us collab. They’re all lovely people so be sure to check out the 7 posts that are up so far!

350 Followers!

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I met a personal goal of surpassing 350 followers on WordPress!

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My Current Favorite Things

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What’s Next?

  • A HUGE wedding recap post (with pictures!)
  • Another Top Ten Geeks list
  • QotM Answer
  • Another character mix tape
  • PLUS all of the normal content you’re used to seeing!

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How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

With Halloween at an end, I though it’d be a great time to take part in one of Normal Happenings’ Daily Inklings! I’m spinning the prompt just a bit… What do I do after playing a horror game to calm down? I’m going to share my tips and tricks with you on how I chill out after playing some of my favorite horror games! Here’s 7 steps to help you decompress after playing a scary game.

Drink A Cup of Tea

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I totally blame my husband for this one. Drinking a hot cup of tea wasn’t something I did until a couple of years ago when he was visiting from Ireland. He made me a hot cup of tea, and since then it has become something I turn to when I’m in need of comfort. Tea not really your thing? Hot chocolate can do the trick.

Play The Sims

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The Sims can be a great distraction. The mundane tasks of making sure your Sim eats, sleeps, and goes to work can be enough to calm your racing mind and heart. Creating a new Sim, picking out a house and decorating it is also a great distraction. Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley are great alternatives if you don’t have the Sims.

Look at GIFs of Cute Animals

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My husband and I do this all the time, especially if we’re feeling a little down. Cute animals can be the answer to shutting down your fear as well. Hit up your favorite subreddit or look around on Pinterest or Imgur for pictures and GIFs of cute animals doing cute things. It’s easy, and you’ll feel so much better.

Watch a Disney or Pixar Movie

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This is a tried and true method of mine for literally all aspects of my life. If I’m feeling some negative emotions, I turn on a good Disney or Pixar film that’s sure to lift my spirits. Netflix has Coco and Moana right now! Both are excellent feel-good films that are sure to calm your nerves after a night of playing a horror game.

Watch HGTV, Mr. Kate, or The Sorry Girls

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Does anyone else find home improvement or decorating shows to be oddly soothing? I know it’s not just me… Right? Anyway, HGTV on Netflix or Hulu can be another great distraction if you can’t bring yourself to play a calming game. Mr. Kate and The Sorry Girls on YouTube do a great job of scratching that same itch!

Leave a Light On

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Find yourself uncomfortable in the dark after that particular scary cut scene? There’s nothing wrong with leaving on a night light or a lamp when you crawl into bed. Once you’re feeling sleepy enough, you can turn off the light or leave it on if you are able to sleep with lights on.

Cuddle Your Pet

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If you have a pet, they are the perfect cuddle buddy to hold while you recover from a horror game. Give your pet some attention, and let them calm you down. My sweet Padme (above) is the perfect snuggle bug after a scary encounter in a game. You and your pet could benefit from this tip!

What tips and tricks do you have on how to go to bed after playing a horror game? Tell me in the comments!

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