Stay-cation Essentials for Introverts

Stay-cation Essentials for Introverts

I will be the first to admit that I forget to take care of my mental health. I go, go, go until I’m all out of energy and have none left to give which is a big no-no for introverts like me. Self love and self care need to become a part of my routine. It’s all about taking time to rest, relax, and recharge. Sometimes that means saying goodbye to friends and family as you shut the door to your home and become unavailable for a weekend.

Say hello to my introverted, geeky stay-cation. Once a month, I will be going on my mini vacation at home for my mental health. It’s a little something for my husband and me to spend time together, but it’s also for me to recharge. Here’s a sample of all the things we have planned and how you can do it too!

Spa Time

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I’m a lucky girl thanks to my husband in so many ways. For my birthday he got me several handmade bath bombs. I’ve only been able to use one since January. I’m looking forward to trying them all out now! This is a great time to decompress and just be by yourself. Light some candles and shut the door. This is for you.

bath bombs // bath pillow or rolled yoga mat // relaxing playlist // favorite book or comic

Movie Night

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Whether it’s an episode of Black Mirror, several episodes of Law & Order: SVU or the latest Marvel/Disney movie, Alec and I always wind up on the couch watching something right after work. It’s one of the ways we decompress after a long work day. What better way to relax on a stay-cation than to plan a movie night complete with all the fixings and the environment of home where you can take off your shoes and pants!

movie // blankets // popcorn // candy // soda // pizza // pajamas

Plan Meals and Cook

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We don’t eat out that often, and it’s a great way for us to save a little money. Plus I usually enjoy cooking. I say usually because I’m a lazy cook. As I’m on a weight loss journey, I try to find recipe blogs that are healthy, low calorie, and easy. These all fit the bill. But when you’re on a stay-cation, you can take the time to cook with your SO and make it fun! Why not try making your own pizzas from scratch or yummy Chinese “take-out?” Grab your grill and make some kebabs or hobo dinners on the grill. Make it match your movie night or create a theme night! Whatever you’ve been craving, find a recipe and make it!

slow cooker // griddle // cookbook

Take Photos

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We take pictures on vacation so why not on a stay-cation? Your home can be just as insta worthy as the beach or a hotel. Some cool photo opportunities might be:

  • bath bomb video
  • bath tub filled with bubbles and surrounded with candles
  • flat lay of your book, bath bombs, and candles
  • screenshot your relaxing playlist
  • flat lay of your pajamas, the movie, and some treats
  • selfie in your pajamas under the blankets with a tub of popcorn between you and your SO
  • the title of the movie as it comes on the screen
  • long table shot of all the goodies you’re partaking in
  • photos of each other cooking in the kitchen
  • shots of the meal being prepared
  • flat lay of the meal
  • selfies of your silly faces before digging in
  • and whatever else you can think of!

hands free shutter control // HD camera lens kit // phone tripod

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Link Loves: Star Trek, Women’s History Month, and Frustration with Non-Gamers

Link Loves: Star Trek, Women’s History Month, and Frustration with Non-Gamers

Welcome to the fifth installment of Link Loves. This post is all about my favorite links of the week! It can include bloggers, articles, news, clothing, accessories, and other cool links I’m enjoying.

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Matt at Normal Happenings wrote a phenomenal post about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the underlying theme of carrying on despite everything trying to tear you down or trip you up. With my grandfather’s sudden passing and a job that never feels secure, Matt’s post felt like a life boat, coming just in the nick of time. Give it a read. You’ll be glad you did.

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Luna over at GamersUnitedGG wrote a fantastic post on female video game characters in honor of Women’s History Month. From Ms. Pacman to Samus Aran, she gives a look at some of our favorite and influential female characters from the 80’s and 90’s. Give it a read and comment with your favorite female game protagonist!

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Rockker66 has taken on the 30 Day Video Game Challenge! Day 5 is “What is your guilty pleasure game?” Check out this post for all the details on Rockker66’s guilty pleasure. Don’t forget: you can still participate in the challenge! Make sure to link my blog so I can like, comment, and give your post a shout out!

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Fan Art by MessyPandas

In case you didn’t know, I’m a HUGE fan of Doctor Who. I am beyond excited for Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor. I also love the gals over at The Ultimate Guide to the Fashion of Doctor Who who put together this awesome list of fan-made title sequences for the new Who.

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Megan at The Dragon’s Tea Party graces us with another #rant. Man, do I love a good rant. She talks about her frustration at non-gamers and their perception of the gaming world and gamers. I’m sure it’s all things you’ve heard before and frustrations you’ve experienced. It’s good to see someone put it down in words.

VGC Day 30: What game did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?

VGC Day 30: What game did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?

If you’ve been reading every day since I first set out on this 30 Day Video Game Challenge, it’s no secret that I don’t enjoy shooters. They’re just not for me. So of course Fallout was not the game for me. Or so I thought.

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I was talked into trying Fallout: New Vegas by my husband (then long distance boyfriend) years after it had come out. I had low expectations of this game. Sure, I loved Skyrim by Bethesda, but sneaking around with my bow was so different from running through the desert with a gun. I was so wrong.

The first thing we did was mod the hell out New Vegas on my computer. I let Alec pick several mods for me to download first and then I went after aesthetic mods. I love character modeling so I made sure to get lots of hair, faces, and other character-related mods. Then I tackled a few environment mods and loaded them all up on my little lap top.

It was a lot of fun playing New Vegas. I essentially let my companions take on the violence while I ran around questing and talking to everyone. If I did had to fight, I tried to use melee means to get things done. The VATS system was extremely helpful as I can’t aim for anything.

I wouldn’t call myself “converted” but New Vegas was a step towards First Person Shooters for me. Maybe I’ll be more open to giving them a try.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What game did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving? Let me know in the comments!

VGC Day 29: What game scared the crap out of you?

VGC Day 29: What game scared the crap out of you?

Briefly mentioned in another post, Outlast has been insanely popular for Youtubers and Let’s Player’s alike and not without reason. Outlast was praised for its horror elements and game-play, but also criticized for its environments and character models.

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Using only a camcorder, players must navigate through an insane asylum riddled with enemies. Players can only run or hide but enemies will come looking for you. Squeezing into small spaces and closing doors can deter your attackers for a few moments. The camcorder has night vision and can record important events. Be aware though that batteries can become difficult to find and some black out areas basically require night vision on the camcorder in order for you to navigate.

Outlast was one of the first “modern” horror games I enjoyed. There’s plenty to gripe about but the actual survival horror part of the game was fantastic. I obviously didn’t play this one on my own. I played it with my brother (then later played Whistle Blower). He was the cool and calm one while I shrieked at every jump-scare.

I already have a strange fascination with serial killers (looking at you Criminal Minds and Serial Killers Parcast) so being inside the psychiatric hospital with those who actually belong there with dead personnel literally everywhere was unsettling. Reading the documents and slowly piecing everything together kept me on my toes. The few “main” enemies we encountered made me feel gross and disturbed.

Overall, it’s a great game. The character models could have been better, but I personally didn’t have much to complain about. Did the game take some cheap shots with jump-scares? Sure, and maybe they even numbed you a bit because you “knew” they were coming. I knew they were coming, and they would still scare the shit out of me. Don’t play this one alone.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What game scared the crap out of you? Let me know in the comments!

VGC Day 25: What is your comfort game?

VGC Day 25: What is your comfort game?

When I need a comfort game, I look for something that doesn’t involve a ton of thinking, challenging puzzles, or a complex story line. I look for a game that I can snuggle into a blanket, eat a snack, and hold my dog Padme all at the same time. The Sims 3 (and 2) is my comfort game.

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The Sims has been one of my favorite comfort games since I got the first one from my aunt. Our little family computer could run the game fairly well and I enjoyed decorating houses and even building them. The Sims was not a complex game and it was easy for an 8 or 9-year-old to enjoy. When Sims 2 went down to a mere $20 at my local Walmart, I grabbed it up. Little did I know this would lead to spending more money…

On expansion packs! Our little family computer could only run one or two expansions so no other expansions were purchased for Sims 2 until I had my own computer. Then I had at least 5 expansions and enjoyed them all! Most were furniture and house expansion packs and I didn’t get any that added to game play until The Sims 3.

I went a little crazy with The Sims 3 if I’m being perfectly honest. I bought the base game and the Supernatural expansion. Then I went to a friend’s yard sale and picked up 5 or 6 more expansions packs. Is it an obsession? Maybe. But nothing beats a rainy day where I’m snuggled into the couch under a soft blanket, playing The Sims with a bowl of chips to eat and a long haired chihuahua cuddled into my side.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What is your comfort game? Let me know in the comments!

VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

I don’t get the chance to play video games with friends too often. When I was younger, my brother and I loved fighting games like Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat. However, I found most 2 player games lacking. It was pretty hard to find an enjoyable two player game that wasn’t a shooter.

A year ago, during a trip to visit my then-fiance/now-husband in Ireland, Alec introduced me to Lego Star Wars. It was pretty fun, and I didn’t have a problem with the game itself. The real fun came later when my husband arrived in the US. He introduced me to Lego Harry Potter.

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Initially I thought these games were just for young kids and had zero interest in playing them. That all changed one Saturday night on the couch when we popped in Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4. I loved playing this game. And I loved it even more playing with my husband as it really required some team work for puzzles, but we could both loot individually.

It was an experience to see Hogwarts as well as Diagon Alley and other locations in lego form. My favorite part is definitely being Hermione and using magic. The game makes it fairly simple to use magic, and the puzzles are really fun. Alec and I really have to pick this one back up for another Saturday game night.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What game do you love to play with friends? Let me know in the comments!

 

VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, A Geeky Gal was a middle schooler who played a game called Runescape.

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Runescape was definitely an outlet for me as a kid. Most Friday nights and Saturday mornings, I was on the family computer playing RS with my cousins and strangers on the internet. I enjoyed the quests and learning the lore behind RS.

The quest that has always stood out to me was not the hardest but the longest at the time. That quest was One Small Favor. And it was definitely NOT one small favor. The entire quest takes about two hours if you come prepared (thanks to that walk-through that you printed out the day before). When you’re a kid, two hours seem like forever.

So One Small Favor starts off with this guy wanting some rare logs for some polish. Cool. I go to the location where these rare logs will be. The Forester there says I can have the logs if I take their hatchet to a boat where it will be shipped off to get sharpened. Cool. I take the hatchet to the boat but the Captain tells me to take the hatchet myself. Cool. I set sail to Port Sarim. When I get to the battleaxe shop, the shop keeper is too worried about his friend to sharpen the hatchet. He needs me to talk to a witch in Draynor… Alright now things are just getting ridiculous.

The quest continues like this until you reach the very last favor you have to perform before back tracking through all the now completed favors to the original guy who just wanted some freaking logs for polish. I wanted to slap every single one of those characters before the quest was over. It was a quest of total patience.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game? Let me know in the comments!