Transformation Tuesday Update

So a few weeks ago I posted that I would be posting updates to several of my goals for the year on Tuesdays going forward. It has been a couple of weeks but I wanted to give an update on them. 

The first is my weight. I am happy to report that I have begun training for a local 5k. In doing so I have began to loose weight. I am excited by the prospect of beginning to loose more weight and get healthier. I do have a little bit of a larger goal. My sister and mother recently completed a half marathon. I am hopefully looking to begin to keep up with the pack so to speak. I would love to be able to get in good enough shape to run in a half marathon with my sister and mom. 

The other thing that I am working on is putting together my parts list for building a fully functional BB-8. There are many great builders who are a part of the BB-8 Builders Club on Facebook, but there is one builder who’s has made the best build in my opinion. The even better part is that he has made his build public on his website. Check him out here. Just like him, I plan on making my build public by posting videos of my build and tests of the mechanics. 

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Author Profile JRR Tolkien

“Tolkien  was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959.[1] He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.” From Wikipedia.

This is only a snippet of the life of the writer who brought us Middle Earth and such epics as “The Lord of the Rings.”  Check out the link for more information from this amazing Geeky author.

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#TransformationTuesday

So it is #TransformationTuesday and one of the things that I have yet to do is share many of my goals for the year. I know, pretty late with the whole New Years Resolution thing. I am planning on sharing my progress on the following goals during #TransformationTuesday going forward.

The first goal is a bit crazy. I saw The Force Awakens and absolutely loved the new droid BB-8. In fact, I enjoyed him so much that I plan on making a complete 1 to 1 scale replica. The plan is also for this thing to be fully functional. I am looking for it to be of the same caliber as the Astromech (R2D2) droids people have built.

Another is to finish building the modular game board for playing miniature war games at home. I have all of the plywood cut, it is just a matter of coating it all and finishing all of the terrain pieces.

Finish painting my Warhammer 40,000 models is the next goal on the list. I have several different pieces which are in various states of completion. Some are still on the sprue, some are cut and primed, and still others simply need basing.

The other two goals are about completing projects around the house. The first is to redo the backyard, so that we have somewhere to entertain both the kids as well as others this summer. The other is to finish reorganizing the garage, mainly so that we can fit a car back into the garage, and so that I can have a workspace in the garage for all of the other projects already mentioned.

I am sure that I will find other projects throughout the year. Each Tuesday I will share some progress from at least one of the projects that I am working on for #TransformationTuesday.

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Bounce house crazy

Over this weekend, Claire attended a birthday party. Like many kid’s parties, the most amazing and awesome item of kiddom made an appearance. The bounce house was by far the mark of a fantastic party when I was a kid. They were the source of entertainment and games and at a party of 2nd graders was second only to the cake or goodie bags (depending on the kid).

  

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Being at this party as an adult and having a child, I now understand the need for all of the ignored rules printed on the outside of the bounce house. If used incorrectly, these things can be death traps! I do NOT mean to speak ill of the hosts of the party. They were very good at monitoring the number of children inside the balloon of death, yet even with close monitoring, there were still injuries, still tears, and still upset preschoolers. 

Kids were bouncing everywhere; into each other, into the walls, and onto the floor.  They even seemed to be a little more crazed than usual. Claire came off of the thing with wild hair and a mischievous grin on her face. With this look I coined the phrase “bounce house crazy” to describe her look. 

We have now received an invitation to yet another preschool birthday party.  This time instead of a bounce house the kids are going ice skating… I can only imagine what is in store for these Florida kids when ice (something incredibly foreign to them) and blades enter the mix.

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Year in Review …2015… DadtheGeek turns 2

It is hard to believe that 2015 is over. This year has been incredible, and incredibly busy. As a teacher, I tend to think that the year begins in August and ends in May, but 2015 was a particularly great year,mane I am sad to see it go.

My 2015 resolutions began well, however I did not meet my weight goal. I did however end the year weighing less than when Instarted the year, so I’ll take that as a small consolation. My wife also gave birth to our son, our second child, who is growing like a weed! I ended my second year and began my third year teaching full time. I am still having a blast! 

I am looking forward to this year that we are already a few days into. I have even written several of the things I want to accomplish down in a notebook. My plan here is to carry the notebook with me, and to write down and work on the ideas in this notebook throughout the year. Maybe things will happen, but maybe they will not, who knows. I am determined though not to dismiss ideas immediately. I want to give every idea a chance before I decide whether to work on an idea of to cast it aside. 

I don’t really have resolutions this year…I have goals. Some are private, and some are public. Many of which I will share on this blog…just not in this post…

Welcome 2016! Leave a comment below with your New Years Resolution or Goal. Also check me out on Facebook and Twitter.

What is Trey Reading: The Martian

So I am late with this review. The Martian written by Andy Weir is a fantastic hard Sci-Fi novel an out a mission to Mars which goes awry, particularly for the astronaut left behind. 

The book is well researched and well written. I particularly enjoyed the explanations of difficult science concepts, which were put in simple terms by the character Mark Watney. 

Although it took awhile for me to read (simply because of my busy schedule) this book as great! If you haven’t already picked it up, I highly recommend that you do! I give this book 4.5 nerdy glasses out of 5!

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Geek and Sundry and Critical Role!

  
If you didn’t already know…Geek and Sundry is awesome. Like this post if you agree…and if you don’t then I’m going to assume that you don’t know what I am talking about. 

Geek and Sundry is run by overlord Felicia Day, actress and geek culture extraordinaire. They write articles and produce webshows which first aid in the site, then later are made available on YouTube. Some of their programming highlights include Co-Optitude, where Felicia plays video games with her brother, TableTop where Wil Wheaton plays board games with several other celebrities, Spellslingers where day9 plays Magic the Gathering with celebrity guests, and finally Critical Role where 9 voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons.

This has to be one of the best things that I have discovered about nerd culture. Whether you know everything or nothing about DnD you owe it to yourself to at least watch an episode. To see the ease with which these actors slip into and out of character is astounding. Currently I am a bit behind the live shows…especially since I just recently discovered this show yet I find myself feverishly trying to catch up so that I can watch on Live on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel. 

They really are great ambassadors for geek culture. The website fundraisers for different causes and through donations during play Critical Role raises money for 826 LA, which is a nonprofit which provides after school tutoring for students. 

As I said, you owe it to yourself to at least check out an episode.

Critical Role airs live on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel Thursday nights at 7pm Pacific Time or you can catch old episodes on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. There is literally a little something for everyone on the website. Please visit their website and puts around by clicking here.

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