Geekin’ out

Try as I might, it’s really pretty difficult to hide how big of a geek I am…

I cite presidential facts whenever I get the chance. I mentally correct grammar mistakes and create potential newspaper headlines in my head. I even lived on the honors floor of the honors dorm during my freshman year — The most common response when I told people where I lived was, “Oh, with the smart people?” This, of course, was a thin veil for saying, “Oh, with the geeks?”

Just like there’s no point in throwing a blanket over an elephant, there’s no point in denying that I am a geek. I might as well live up to it!

Example #1 of how geeky I am: I get way, way too excited about breakfast — Especially when that breakfast includes a near-empty jar of nut butter, some hot oatmeal and the crumbles of a white chocolate and berry muffin!

Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with 2/3 C water, mixed with grape jelly and remnants of a jar of sunflower seed butter. Topped with mixed dried berries and half of a white chocolate and berry muffin.

Example #2 of how geeky I am: You would have thought it was sunny and 70 degrees today after seeing how excited I was about the weather — I didn’t even have to wear gloves while walking to class! Woo-hoo!

Example #3 of how geeky I am: I shamelessly take pictures of my lunch while sitting in the middle of the journalism resource center. I would say that other people are jealous, but something tells me that’s not what the looks on their faces’ is really expressing…

I don’t care too much, though, because after a full morning of classes (including working out with my running class), I was ready to chow!

Consumed: Romaine salad with hummus and leftover citrusy pecan and chickpea couscous. Served with a non-fat vanilla yogurt and a juicy orange.

Example #4 of how geeky I am: After a nine-hour day of classes, when I really should just go home and relax, I get all excited about cooking up some fresh Brussels sprouts. Like, really, really excited…

Example #5 of how geeky I am: George H.W. Bush hated broccoli so vehemently that he banned it from the White House. Other than being a green vegetable, I don’t know exactly how that relates to Brussels sprouts — But I did say I’d quote a presidential fact whenever I got the chance!

Shred ’em and Roast ’em Brussels Sprouts


  • ~1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • ~1 T olive oil
  • ~1/2 T balsamic vinegar
  • ~1/2 T honey mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • After washing and patting dry the sprouts, cut off and discard the end stub. (Is there a better word?)
  • Thinly slice the sprouts and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss the shredded sprouts with olive oil, balsamic, mustard and salt and pepper. Spread everything on a greased roasting pan and bake for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Stir everything up and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until desired crispness is attained.

Example #6 of how geeky I am: I don’t know if this qualifies as “geeky,” but I bet it sounds weird to many people that the Brussels sprouts were actually my main dish for dinner with a side dish of leftover pasta. To qualify that, the pasta probably would have been enough for a full entrée, just I definitely ate more sprouts — So good!

Consumed: Leftover spinach fettucine with roasted vegetables. (From Valentine’s dinner!)

Example #7 of how geeky I am: Unfortunately, Dan and I got some less-than-super news tonight. Knowing he was feeling kind of down, I made Dan what I thought was a good offer: “Do you want me to bake you some cookies?”

Shockingly, he vetoed that, but we did end up going to Dairy Queen, which I was also a-ok with!

Note: One of the rumored origins of “OK,” is from Martin Van Buren’s nickname, “Old Kinderhook,”  which was his childhood home.

Consumed: Mini French Silk Blizzard.

Moral of the day: I may be geeky, but life is too good to care.

Question: What are you geeky about?


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