Category Archives: Nerdy


The time has finally come to replace my 5-year old clunker of a laptop and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only will I finally be able to bring my computer places without it a) giving me back problems and b) needing to be plugged in to operate, I’ll finally be able to buy a cute cover that it will actually fit into! At 16 inches and what feels like 20 pounds on a good day, my current computer is neither portable nor functional. Lately it’s decided to hibernate when it wants, randomly turn back on after I’ve shut it down and freeze every 5 minutes when running any file that is remotely large. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to getting a new computer.

My only prerequisite? That it fits into this stylish laptop sleeve from Asos


Paper Cuts

Despite being 21 years old, I entertain a number of hobbies, routines and styles that are more suited to senior citizens than seniors in university. Case in point: my self-imposed 9 pm bedtime during the week, an affinity for “grandpa style” cardigans and loafers, a borderline unhealthy obsession with reading, my self-taught knitting skills and the fact that I detest internet shorthand (the dictionary says otherwise, but lol and omg are not words).

Given this, it’s no surprise that one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever gotten was a Kindle. I managed to read something like five novels a mere four weeks after it arrived in the mail, but sadly had to shelve it when I started my business law class (16 chapters, 5 assignments and a final in 8 weeks meant no leisurely reading). Seeing as I finished the course this past weekend, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is being able to bust out books that don’t have the word “text” in the title. Here’s what I can’t wait to start reading.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Do you have a summer reading list?


This gal has two things I’m craving for summer: bright polish and retro sunnies. I actually want a pair of eyeglasses in this style as well- nerdy vintage chic!

Amazing photo from the ever-amazing

Are You Making Ens Meat?

Every morning while I eat my breakfast (peanut butter and bananas on toast today, thank you for asking) I peruse the Calgary Herald and more often than not, end up at the comics. They’re usually good for an internal smile or two, but rarely do I actually laugh or point one out to who ever I’m sitting with (often just the dog). Monday morning was a completely different story. F Minus is written by Tony Carrillo and here’s the little gem that caught my eye:

Funny right? Maybe not for all, but I went through a very similar epiphany about a month ago and so I though this was hilarious. There have been a number of phrases that I had been saying wrong until seeing them in writing or having them pointed out to me, so I completely identified with this comic. Below are three of the more embarrassing (and hilarious) things I thought I was saying right:

  1. Nipping it in the bud vs. Nipping it in the butt

A minor mistake that I was still making before two of my friends corrected me (after laughing, of course) over blackberry messenger in January. Yes, this January. As my friend Eden put it “No Michela, nipping it in the butt is something else”

  1. Prima donna vs. Pre-Madonna

I always thought this referred to someone acting like a diva a la the original material girl, rather than a reference to opera singers wanting to be the center of attention.

  1. Making ends meet vs. Making ens meat

I have no idea why, but for the longest time (seriously, I think I finally figured this one out a couple of years ago) I thought this phrase was talking about making this thing called “ens meat”. In my mind, ens meat was what you had when you had enough money, were able to pay the bills, etc. So rather than your “ends meeting” you were making this figurative “meat” and because of it were doing all right financially. Apparently this is not correct…

Are there any phrases that you unknowingly butchered for years? (please tell me I’m not the only one!)


Talk Nerdy to Me

There are a number of things in my life that are inherently nerdy, and not in that nerdy-to-be-ironic kind of way. These are things that I do and have an interest in because I love them; I’m definitely not into doing nerdy things because it seems like the cool “in” thing of the moment. While time to time these things will get an inevitably eye-roll, or a delightful mocking, I love them and love to embrace my true nerdy side.

Lord of the Rings

When the movies came out from 2001-2003, it seemed that everyone was a LOTR fan. Indeed, this is when my interest started. I consumed everything to do with the series: articles, interviews, imdb pages, dvd special features and the actual books (radical, I know). I just watched all three movies a couple of weeks ago, and know that I will again and again.

The moment I knew I was still a LOTR nerd past all the movie-hoopla? Walking with my Swedish lover while talking about Brad Dourif (the actor that plays Wormtongue), he explained him as “Wormtail, that guy who helps the king in Gondor from the Lord of the Rings.” Nerd alert: “Actually, it’s Wormtongue, Wormtail is the guy from Harry Potter who was friends with Harry’s dad and then betrays him. And he’s from Rohan, not Gondor. Rohan was always my favourite because it’s the horse kingdom.” I still get to relive that rant over the phone, listening to it in a slightly higher, ditzy and completely mocking voice.


It was summer of 2005; I was going through an “I don’t want to be on family vacation, I’m a TEENAGER” phase and was driving my parents crazy on our camping trip in the remote-ish town of Christina Lake, BC. A delightful book called Stitch and Bitch caught my eye, and before I knew it I was teaching myself to knit. I know now that that book probably saved my life, as I (almost) stopped being a moody 16-year old, and instead focused on the difference between knits and purls.

As none of my friends really went out in high school, I spent much of grade 11 nerding and knitting out. During one of my nerdiest times, I would often spend Friday nights watching the CMT country countdown and knitting. As others hurled after a late night of partying, I purled the night away in nerdy bliss.


I recently came across this article and was reminded of one of my original nerdy obsessions. Who didn’t love dinosaurs when they were little?! Crazy kids, that’s who. Dinos were the ultimate in cool; I bet there are almost no people my age that didn’t have a love affair with them at some point in their childhood. However, as with lots of other things, I took it to the next level and consumed books, tv specials, movies, dinosaur paper dolls, and anything else that had to do with these prehistoric giants.

This has carried over, and occasionally I reveal my true dinosaur-loving tendencies. I was mocked endlessly in first year university when I casually dropped the species name Struthiomimus in a conversation with my friends. Whoops.


My love of horses has evolved since it began some 18 years ago: I no longer make weekly trips to the stable to ride, my walls are free of horse posters and my bookshelves have more than just horsey reference books and The Saddle Club on them. It’s no surprise to anyone that I was obsessed with learning as much as I could about them and at one point read Horses for Dummies for fun.

Much to the chagrin of my boyfriends (past and present), this love has landed largely on a number of clothing articles, most infamously on a knit piece dubbed “the ugly horse sweater.” I think I have about six items emblazoned with either horse motifs or the animals themselves.

The infamous ugly horse sweater and my dear friend Evert.

This list is by no means the limit of my inner (and sometimes outer) nerd and to some, these things may not seem nerdy at all. But as the ultra-trustworthy Wikipedia definition states: “a nerd refers to a person who avidly pursues intellectual activities, technical or scientific endeavors, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests.” Obscure for some, amazing for others.

I know I’m not the only one! Do you have any nerdy tendencies?