Throw a Hobbit party!!

or at least get in the Hobbity spirit!




The final Hobbit movie is out today!!!! To celebrate, I wanted to share some inspiration and ideas for creating your own Hobbit and Middle Earth festivities!


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image given by the Hobbit films!



I actually threw a hobbit/LOTR themed birthday party (yeah, for adults.) a few years back. It was right around Hobbit day, September 22nd, which is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo.


So if you don’t have time to throw a party right now for the final film, just bookmark this page so you can throw a party for Hobbit day next year!


The Shire Sign



Without further ado, here are some suggestions for Hobbit shenanigans (Hobbit-nanigans? Hobnigans?) :





  • Listen to the music from the films! Howard Shore did a fantastic job creating the aural world of middle earth. Give him (and your elf ears) some love by listening to the soundtracks.
  • Are you in a symphonic band? Did you know that there was a Lord of the Rings symphonic suite written in the 1980s? Check it out! It was composed by Johan de Meij.
  • Check out this video of my roommate and I performing “Concerning Hobbits”
  • Want to play the music from Bilbo’s Birthday party? I transcribed it once for a friend. Check it out here:


  • That music (Which I decided to title “Shire shindig”) comes from the scene below:






  • Make some food that one would find in Middle Earth:
    • Though I don’t believe they’re ever mentioned in the books, eating cherry tomatoes in a very sloppy manner would be fantastic, and remind me of one of my favourite scenes in the LOTR trilogy:

  • Cows were never mentioned. So no beef. But Fish, Pigs, and poultry are all game. Rashers of bacon are always appreciated.
  • Berries, mushrooms, pastries, breads, cheese, pickles.


  • Special items from middle earth: lembas bread, honey-cakes, cram.
  • Or just make something that LOOKS fitting or is cleverly titled:
    • A friend brought over a “yorkSHIRE pudding” for my party as well. It was fantastic!
    • I made this “one ring” cake (using a bundt pan. It fit exactly half of the inscription from the ring)

one cake to rule them all


  • Beverages are important of course!
    • Ale, wine, and mead all are quite fitting for middle earth:
      • “you can drink your fancy ales, you can drink them by the flagon, but the only brew for the brave and truuuuuuueeeeeee….. COMES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON!” (sung by Merry and Pippin whilst drinking and dancing on the table)


    • Ent-draught (an invigorating brew from the Ents)
    • Mirovor (a clear cordial from the elves)
    • Coffee, tea, and juice are viable alternatives for those not partaking in the alcohol.




    • There are plenty of LOTR-based games that exist (I’ve not played them. Feel free to leave comments about any of them if you have!)
      • Video: Various ones were made from companies such as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Turbine, Inc; and Electronic Arts.
      • RPG (Role Playing Games): Middle-Earth Role Playing, Lord of the Rings Adventure Game
      • Tabletop: Other than there being a “Lord of the Rings” boardgame, there are also LOTR versions of Risk, Stratego, Monopoly, and Chess amongst others.
    • I was actually geeky enough to write a LOTR/Hobbit based fluxx game.
      • Since it’s an ACTUAL game written by a company, I will not share the game here as I’m pretty sure that’s against some copyright. But if you’re my friend and you want to play it, let me know! It’s actually pretty cool- and well-written if I do say so myself (I made a spreadsheet and everything).
    • You could write yourself a version of “heads up” in the spirit!
      • “heads up” is that game where the person who is “it” holds a card (or smart phone with app) up to their forehead and the other players need to get the person to say what is on the card.
      • You can write your own heads up game by writing flash cards using index cards or cut pieces of construction paper.
      • Things you could write on the cards include:
        • Characters: Gandalf, Frodo, Galadriel, Tom Bombadill, Fili and Kili, Eowyn, etc.
        • Races/Types of characters: Entwives, Elves, Orcs, Nazgul, Men, etc.
        • Places: Rivendell, Bag End, Green Dragon Inn, Mordor, Helm’s Deep, Erebor, etc.
        • Popular quotes: “It comes in pints?”, “one ring to rule them all”, “you shall not pass!”, “… and my axe”, “my precious”, etc.
        • People: JRR Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, etc.
        • Book or film names: “Battle of the Five Armies”, “Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Silmarillion”, etc.
      • Or just play any fun game they may have played: charades, musical chairs, sack races, horseshoes, etc.





    • Banners, streamers, lights, candles, lanterns, and other festive décor can be utilized in feeling more festive in a proper style!


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  • Fireworks (or at least sparklers) would have been brought by Gandalf to add to the festivities! If you don’t have your own and live in the Orlando area, visit SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Universal Studios, or any of the Disney festivities to see some fun and festive fireworks displays!
  • Create your own sign!
    • One is a large piece of fabric that I painted with fabric paint to say “welcome to the shire” with the feel of Bilbo’s birthday banner.
    • Another is a door sign that says “No Admittance. Unless on Party Business (in which case, please come in)” J Like the one that Bilbo has on his door (but a bit friendlier). It’s also nice to just let people come in as they wish during a party without needing to get the door for everyone.

Welcome to the Shire Sign and no Admittance

  • Add some Hobbit-style goodness to other things around your home:
    • I made a geeky tree skirt for Christmas this year. The LOTR reference portion is the white tree of Gondor (Other bits include Doctor Who / Tardis, Harry Potter, and Sherlock).

Geeky Tree Skirt Geeky Tree skirt christmas tree





  • Read passages from the Hobbit or LOTR books (out loud or to yourself). Try reading them in the voice of Gandalf. Or Gollum.
  • Learn some phrases in a middle earth language (Sindarin, Entish, Quenya, etc)
    • Gi nathlam hi = you are welcome here (Sindarin)
    • Dol gin lost = your head is empty (Sindarin)
    • Heca = scram! (Quenya)
    • Mara Mesta = Good journey (Quenya)
    • You can just mumble low and long to attempt a phrase in Entish….. no matter what, you’ll likely not speak it correctly, unless you’re an Ent.
  • Poems
    • Have a haiku or a limerick competition. Or just a giant piece of paper on the wall where people can write their own poems.
  • Give the gift of a homemade card for your friends, or draw your own map of middle earth. Use this one I made below as inspiration:
  • tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card





    • Go on an adventure! Go find something new and try it out!
    • Go on a trip somewhere unexpected! Throw a dart at a map of your city, or of the globe! You never know what sort of fun crazy stories you’ll have to write in your own “there and back again” book.

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    • Go visit nature! Take a walk in the woods, or some cavern- but look out for dragons (unless it’s the green dragon inn… then go get thyself a pint!)
    • If you’re near Orlando, go on your own quest and visit It’s a Trap! A Room Adventure in Orlando (click here for information)!
      • It’s a Trap is a place where you work together with a group of 8 or less people (you need not know them prior to the adventure. One does not always get to choose quest partners) in order to solve a mystery by finding clues hidden around a room. There are currently 4 games total in 2 different rooms. One of the rooms happens to be a Wizard’s Hut- so it’s quite fitting.
      • I actually helped kickstart this place- and I got to go to a beta test of it. The quest we did was in the wizard’s hut and had a dragon character that talked to us! It’s definitely worth a visit. Below are some poor iphone photographs of the inside of the hut (taken with permission. And no spoilers!)

    Its a Trap TreeIts a Trap Dragon

    • Or go have a pint at the Cloak and Blaster! They have games and hobbit-inspired food as well as Hobbit-Hour (much like happy hour, but more geeky/awesome)

    Click here for more info about The Cloak and Blaster in Orlando




    And last but most certainly not least,



    Click here for the Fandango movie overview

    (Or see the previous films! Or go see the old cartoon one!)


    image from Fandango



    oh, but check with your closest friends first, unless you want to no longer be friends:




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    Geeky British Party!

    By now, you’re all likely well aware of my geeky tendencies. You’re also likely aware of my love for hosting events. Here is an example of how those items came together in:


    A Geeky British Party!!


    Another awesome geeky friend of mine had a birthday about a week prior to mine, so we decided to throw a joint birthday party of geekery. Not wanting to leave people out by choosing just one geekdom, we decided to give it the theme of “Birthday Invasion of the British Geekdom”

    brit party


    Just in case you have any sort of inkling for doing this sort of thing, here’s a list of the fandoms we pulled from for inspiration:

    Harry Potter
    Doctor Who
    Monty Python
    It Crowd
    Alice in Wonderland
    Peter Pan
    JRR Tolkien
    Mary Poppins
    Winnie the Pooh
    King Arthur
    Downton Abbey
    James Bond
    Beatles / British invasion
    Eddie Izzard
    Stephen Fry / Hugh Laurie
    Peter Pan
    Peter Rabbit
    Guy Fawkes
    Vicar of Dibley
    Black Adder
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    Robin Hood
    Father Ted
    Mrs Brown’s Boys
    Austin Powers
    Red Dwarf
    … (etc) …


    Yeah, that’s a lot of stuff. But oh boy was it fun to come up with ideas. We planned games (and wrote a few ourselves), asked people to dress up, made themed food and drinks, and added plenty of fun decor to the house.


    I certainly cannot fit all of this into one post, so I will begin with our food planning. Some items were simply British but most had some geeky theme:


    FOOD (with geeky British twists)



    The restaurant at the end of the universe

    The restaurant at the end of the universe (just one of our tables full of food)

    Including plenty of Brit foods such as marmite, HP sauce, Nando’s sauce, Malt vinegar, Hobnobs, and more.

    Though this is the only photo of the Edamame, which we named “Silurian Pods.”


    Cucumberbatch sandwiches- get it?

    Cucumberbatch sandwiches- get it?

    Bread (with the crust cut off, of course), cream cheese, and cucumbers.

    Because I like flavor, I added some extra herbs and seasonings to my cream cheese. I did it the same way as when I made avocado cucumber triscuit snacks (click here for the recipe).


    Mrs. Loveitt's meat pies from Sweeny Todd (sans human)

    Mrs. Loveitt’s meat pies from Sweeny Todd (sans human)

    I wanted to make something like a pastie, which are quite popular in the UK. I knew it would be easier to handle at a party than making a pot pie. These came out great! Writing out the recipe takes a bit too much for this post, perhaps I’ll do another post on it later.


    I am the eggman

    I am the eggman deviled eggs.”goo goo goo joob”

    To make the “pretty” egg swirl, use a pastry or frosting bag with a star tip.


    Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

    Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches


    "Always bring a banana to a party!" - 10th Doctor

    “Always bring a banana to a party!” – 10th Doctor

    I also somehow missed getting a photo of my bowtie pasta salad (because bowties are cool). Too bad.


    Because Gingers have no souls.

    Because Gingers have no souls.


    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    If you haven’t seen the show- go do it. It’s sketch comedy with two fantastic british actors: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.


    Marshmellow adipose

    Marshmellow adipose

    the fat walks right into your tummy

    …the fat walks right into your tummy

    These little guys were easily made using large and mini marshmallows. Glue the arms and legs on using frosting (or cream cheese) and draw faces on them using frosting. Even one of those little frosting gel pens would work.


    Cassandra Pizza

    Cassandra Pizza


    Here’s a photo of Cassandra (the last human) with Rose Tyler   (from withanaccent.com)

    One of our friends brought us this awesome homemade Cassandra pizza! If you don’t know Cassandra, check the photo above. She’s the last human, a character we all love to despise from Doctor Who.


    Neverland (with hook's ship), so long and thanks for all the fish. Merging geekdoms is fun!

    Neverland (with hook’s ship), so long and thanks for all the fish. Merging geekdoms is fun!


    second star to the right and straight on 'till morning!

    second star to the right and straight on ’till morning!


    Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!

    Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!

    Neither of us like fish, so we didn’t want to cook any. This was a great alternative- and punny :)



    Tots + curry dip. The potato reference is from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    Tots + curry dip.
    The potato reference is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.



    Smarties Cereal

    Smarties Cereal


    Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread. Elsewhere, we have "Cake or death" ala Eddie Izzard.

    Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread.
    Elsewhere, we have “Cake or death” ala Eddie Izzard.


    Rummy Pooh Bears

    Rummy Pooh Bears

    I actually have a post on this one! If you’d like to know how to make Rummy bears (they’re very easy), click here. I serve them in shot glasses to make it easier to have a single serving, but while they’re “marinating,” I leave them all together.

    rummy bears


    Sir Francis BACON!!!  tee hee!

    Sir Francis BACON!!!
    tee hee!


    Ollivander's wands (pretzel sticks with dip)

    Ollivander’s wands
    (pretzel sticks with dip)

    Nearby we also had “strawberry fields forever” and “apple records” for dipping. Sadly, I forgot to set out the Brie for “let it Brie.”


    Bring us a SHRUBBERY!

    Bring us a SHRUBBERY!


    "I'm in an Ethical Pickle" Gotta love the IT crowd

    “I’m in an Ethical Pickle”
    Gotta love the IT crowd


    Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours!

    Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours (who came dressed as Ferb to the party)

    As for the cupcakes, we were able to “exterminate” them.


    Just a spoonful of sugar from Mary Poppins (in reality, they're pumpkin cake pops)

    Just a spoonful of sugar from Mary Poppins
    (in reality, they’re pumpkin cake pops)


    Note that we did not serve SPAM. Because “I don’t like SPAM!”



    Drinks! (with geeky British twists)

    I wasn’t cool enough to get photos of the drinks we came up with. Sorry guys, guess I was too busy having fun by then.  But here’s a quick list of some of our drink options:


    – Butterbeer! (alcoholic)

    – Your father’s Pimm’s cup (it’s like a normal pimm’s cup, but with added elderflower liquor. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!“)

    – Pumpkin juice (ala Harry Potter)

    – Mad Hatter’s Tea

    – Champagne Supernova (a twist on a mimosa)

    – Assorted fitting malt beverages including Monty Python’s Holy (gr)Ale, Hobgoblin (we called it gringott’s ale), Samuel Smith’s hard cider (from Apple records).

    – Sonic Screwdriver (Vodka and OJ with a twist)

    – Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (mountain dew)



    If you’d like more ideas, visit our pinterest folder that was used for a lot of our inspiration:




    Thanks to all of our friends who showed up and humoured us with their dressing up (I wish I got more photos!!) and playing our games. We had a great time!

    geeky british party friends

    geeky british party friends



    Thank you all for reading! Stay tuned for more posts about this party including our made-up games, costumes, and fun decoration ideas!



    Interested in seeing other British things?

    click here to learn about my visit to Brew Dog pub in London

    things you drink brew dog




    OR click here to learn about my walk over the O2 in London- you can do it too!

    top of the o2



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    Game of Thrones top 3 moments: TV vs Book

    Whether you love Game of Thrones or hate it because some of your favorite people ALWAYS seem to DIE, read on to discover the

    Game of Thrones

    Top 3 moments in the TV series that were not in the book (but were awesome!)

    and the

    Top 3 moments in the book series that would have been strong additions to the HBO show




    I know I just returned from my adventures in Martinique, but since I had to wait an ENTIRE WEEK to watch the season 4 Game of Thrones finale, I figured I’d start with this post before it became too late!  I promise that I’ll share some Martinique photos and stories within the week!



    This post contains spoilers for moments up to and including the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones as well as moments in the book series.






    Top 3 moments in the TV series that were not in the book:

    I’ll be honest, I think D&D made some fantastic choices that veered away from the books. The show creators and writers have ultimately made the story less confusing and added in a number of awesome character dynamics that would not have existed otherwise.

    Let me say how difficult it was for me to chose my favorite three:  “It was difficult.” There. I said it.



    1. Brianne of Tarth vs the Hound

    Season 4, Finale “The Children” gives us a fantastic fight between Brianne and Sandor Clegane (the Hound) as they’re both trying to protect Arya. In the HBO series, Brianne and Podrick accidentally happen across Arya as she’s practicing her “water dancing” whilst out in the middle of nowhere with the Hound. In the books, Brianne and Arya actually DO meet up, sadly without their awesome counterparts, but they don’t realize who the other one is. Though it’s an interesting moment for the reader, the route the show took is MUCH more satisfying!

    Arya leaves the Hound for dead in both versions, denying him a swift, clean, act of mercy.





    2. Where do white walkers come from?

    Season 4, Episode 4 “Oathkeeper” had a magnificent surprise ending. We see the main white walker bringing Craster’s child to the lands of always winter, and we get to experience the creation of a new white walker. In the books, we are told of the walkers but do not get anywhere near this amount of detail.




    3. Tywin and Arya

    In Season 2, there’s an amazing dynamic between these two which never existed in the books. Lord Tywin immediately recognizes the intelligence and bravery within Arya (though not knowing who she really is, of course) and this starts a relationship of mutual respect muddled with a surprising bit of trust. Granted, Tywin is still on Arya’s kill list, but they confide in each other in a way they cannot with other people.

    Click here to view a scene of theirs on youtube.  Or click here for a different scene




    Note that I’m not mentioning the lack of Lady Stoneheart, whom many people hoped would make an appearance in the episode 5 finale. I think leaving her out (at least for now) was a good choice. Don’t know what I’m talking about?






    Top 3 moments in the book series that would have been strong additions to the show


    Though I think the show has made some very smart and fantastic changes from the books, there are a few moments that stand out to me that I feel could have been a lot stronger if the creators of the show took a few more cues from the book:



    1. Arya and the Hound at the Red Wedding

    If you remember correctly, the Hound was just about to deliver Arya to her family at the Red Wedding (with the Freys). However, before they got inside they heard about the death of all Starks in attendance. The Hound realizes this place is bad for the both of them and tries to get out, but Arya is transfixed on trying to get to her mother and brother

    I came so far. “We have to go get my mother
    “Stupid little bitch… You go in there, you won’t come out.”

    Arya runs towards the gate as the portcullis is closing.  Run fast as a wolf, she tells herself as she looks back to see the Hound on his horse running after her.


    And Arya ran.  Not for her brother now, not even for her mother, but for herself.  She ran faster than she had ever run before…



    His axe took her in the back of the head.



    That’s how it is in the book.  Do you see my point?




    AH! No! So many great characters JUST died at the red wedding and then George RR [expletive deleted] Martin takes away Arya too?


    12 chapters go by before we read Arya’s name as the chapter title, and our hearts fill with joy. I think Arya is dead for 25ish% of the book! It was fantastically done, and this moment is completely lost in the TV series.




    2. Robb Stark’s chosen bride

    In the third season of the HBO series, we get to see Robb’s love story with Talisa unfurl. The character Talisa was extremely likeable: a wise and beautiful young healer.  She and Robb fell madly in love with each other, and made the choice to marry for love.


    In the books however, Robb grieves in hearing of the death of his brothers, Bran and Rickon, and seeks carnal comfort from a noblewoman named Jeyne Westerling.  He had a completely human moment with serious consequences.  Robb, like his father Ned, is very much bound by honor. In order to preserve Jayne’s honor, Robb made the choice to break his oath to the Freys in order to marry the woman whose virginity he took.


    By the way, Jeyne doesn’t die at the red wedding.  She doesn’t even attend the red wedding: a decision made so they do not further anger the Freys.


    This one I’m torn on.  The TV series gives us a beautiful love story and the book gives us raw human moments but honorable choices- both of which lead to a horrific end. As king, I believe Robb would have been more likely to follow the book’s path, assuming the Frey’s would understand his needing to follow the code of honor. Though, killing 2 more Starks (wife and child) at the red wedding make it even more glorious of an affair.




    Ok ok, since I’m not completely sold on that one, here’s another:

    2.b. Stannis saves the wall

    In the Season 4 Finale, Stannis Baratheon defeats the wildlings north of the wall. The problem is, in the series, wildlings seem to be much less of a threat after the previous victory of the Night’s Watch. So the first thing I find lacking is that Stannis looks like much less of a savior than he really is.  The second thing can be surmised in this quote from Stannis as to WHY he came to help the wall (remember that no one else – in all the seven kingdoms- came to help the wall when they were called upon).

    “I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne” -Stannis Baratheon




    3. The wedding night of Daenerys and Drogo

    Season 1, Episode 1 we see the wedding night of Daenerys (“Dany”) Targaryen and Khal Drogo. In both the book and in the show, Dany is a young girl going through culture shock at her own wedding and is frightened by what it means to be a wife on her wedding night.

    The fear came back to her then…. she felt like a child once more, only thirteen and all alone, not ready for what was about to happen to her


    In the show, the scene is quick and rough. The Dothraki chieftain has a slight touch of care and compassion towards Dany, but the moment almost feels like a rape scene.

    Click here to view it on youtube.


    In the book, however, this is the moment I believe Dany fell in love with her “sun and stars“. It was beautiful and it showed the loving, compassionate side of Khal Drogo.

    The book and show share the moments where Drogo says “no” a few times, wrongfully answering Dany’s question, “Is that the only word you know?” Then the book continues the story much differently:


    Dany slowly unbraided his hair then he tenderly undressed her. Taking his time, Khal Drogo held her hand, stroked her face, combed her hair with his hands, massaged her shoulders…

    It seemed as if hours passed before his hands finally went to her breasts. He stroked the soft skin underneath until it tingled.  He circled her nipples with his thumbs, pinched them between thumb and forefinger, then began to pull at her, very lightly at first, then more insistently, until her nipples stiffened and began to ache.


    He stopped then, and drew her down onto his lap… He cupped her face in his huge hands and she looked into his eyes.  “No?” he said, and she knew it was a question…


    …”Yes” she whispered…




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    Why do people feel the need to give away the surprise moment in a story, the twist of a plot, or the end of a sporting event


    If you haven’t yet gathered, this post is about



    (…. but no spoiler alert. For any series or movie.  (yes, even Game of Thrones.) I promise guys. It would be silly of me to do a rant of sorts about spoilers AND give away a spoiler in the process.)


    river song spoilers

    from mahmusecomics.com


    I find it sad that I cannot mention to some people that I began watching a new TV series, or am about to watch a certain movie.  They don’t respect my desire to discover the story on my own time, in my own way.


    I shared that I began watching Orange is the New Black and had someone “promise no spoilers” but then give a vague spoiler (hello, I’m smart enough to get it folks!!), thus spoiling what is one of the main thru-lines.


    Not too long ago, a facebook friend gave a huge Game of Thrones spoiler away on their timeline THE MOMENT it happened. Now, I was watching it too at the same time –either way, I had read the books, so I knew what was going to happen– but it bothered me that they posted this so carelessly and ruined the episode for their friends.



    from the-siren.com


    People, it’s simple:



    If you want to talk about something that happened in a story and you know it would be a surprise to anyone who is not where you are in the story:

    1. Post “SPOILER ALERT!!!!” very obviously early on in your post
    2. Give space before you actually write the spoiler
    3. …like this…
    4. It gives people time to realize they’re chasing a white rabbit… because perhaps they don’t want to….
    5. Then post the spoiler


    Simple.  And then your friends *might* still like you.


    Geico pig is showing you what NOT to do:



    So, why do people do this to each other?

    I feel as though anyone who does the spoiling is like the kid on the playground in elementary school chanting “I know something you don’t know….nah nah nah naah naaaaah!”


    It seems as though they only care about themselves and how exciting it is that they know this secret — they are part of the “in club” because they’re in the know. This feeling is so exciting, they don’t realize they’re not showing respect and care to the other person. They’re not allowing the other person to experience the story on their own time.


    from blog.webjournalist.org


    Is this REALLY a big deal?  No, not really.  We’re not withholding the cure for cancer, nor removing all unicorns from the face of the planet, nor anything equally horrific.  But we’re ruining a story!


    Perhaps it’s the theatre major in me. I love a good story. Heck, I love a bad story. Spoiling the story is like ripping the writer’s soul out of the piece. -It is like removing the READER‘S soul out of the piece. It is removing the joy of the journey.


    We read a book – or watch a show/movie- to enjoy the journey; to experience what the characters experience.  To see parts of ourselves in the characters and feel the exultation of their joy, the deepness of their sorrow, the thrill of their triumph.  We go on this journey because we want to get wrapped up in their story, to be transported to their world, to be part of something bigger than ourselves.



    And to take that away from someone is pretty small.




    So just don’t spoil things, k guys?

    friends don't let friends spoil stories.

    from awholelotofnothing.net




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    Hobbit Graduation Card

    Has anyone else tried finding a decent graduation card for someone this year? … I looked & have come to the conclusion: GRADUATION CARDS ARE BORING.


    Rather than fork out my money for a lackluster symbol of my congratulations, I decided to MAKE a graduation card for a special graduate I know.


    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

    also, this post is out in time for you all to celebrate


    Geek Pride Day (May 25)


    Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote Geek culture, cosplay, and the like.  So go forth and celebrate time travel, wear your one ring, drink your butterbeer, daydream, assemble!, read a book, fight some crime, and for all of these shenanigans: may the force be with you.


    May 25th was chosen as the date in order to commemorate the first Star Wars release (some people even consider this day “Star Wars Day” over May the 4th), though it also shares a date with references from the Discworld series as well as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


    Click here to learn more about Geek Pride Day



    Hobbit Lord of the Rings card home made


    Oh right, back to the graduation card….


    This was written/drawn with ink and quill (yes, olde-style dipped ink), though you could do it with a pen or a sharpie even…. just try it!


    I cannot draw.  Seriously.  This is about as good as it gets (I cannot even draw a straight line), so I had to choose an idea for a card that would fit with my level of drawing ability and my geek knowledge.


    I also love to age paper whenever I can (look forward to a post later on coffee/tea staining… though if you request it, I can expedite it!), so I purchased blank cards from Michaels and aged them, let them dry, then drew on them with the ink via quill.


    map of middle earth


    One of my first ideas for the inside of the card was to mention something along the lines of :  You’ve defeated SMOG Graduate School! Now you can return to the Shire real life! Huzzah!


    Then I decided I could find some cool Sindarin (one of the Tolkien Elvish languages) phrase of sorts to add to the inside, so I did!


    Had I the time, I would have written the message in Sindarin letters, but alas.


    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card Sindarin Elvish


    Elvish Sindarin phrase


    If you’d like some Sindarin / Elvish phrase ideas, click here.



    I also wanted the envelope to match and hint at the Tolkien Middle Earth Map.  It worked, of course- he knew that it was Tolkien-esque :)

    LOTR envelope style idea



    And once again, the final product:

    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card


    I hope this helps to inspire you to do something fun and geeky today!  Enjoy, fellow muggles!


    Want another geeky idea?  How about making some Geeky Cupcakes!  Featuring Star Wars and Superheroes!

    Or perhaps you want to learn about another random holiday?


    • What did you do to celebrate Geek Pride Day?
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    Disney Flower and Garden Festival- Topiaries!

    Topiaries are sooo cool!  Here’s a collection of most of the topiaries that can be found at the Disney EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.


    ~timon and pumba


    Can you figure out what all the topiaries are?  If you mouse over each one, there is a quote or a hint.




     ~lady tramp



    I visited this festival last week with my awesome cousin and her awesome husband.  It was a very fun time and I highly recommend visiting if you can, especially if you enjoy walking around the park and looking at cool things… I personally prefer this to standing in long lines for a bunch of rides.






    The event continues through May 18, 2014 (and happens annually), so there is still time to make it if you didn’t get a chance!



    ~snow dwarfs2

     ~more dwarfs



    Click here to visit the website about the festival!






    OH! Did I mention that this isn’t a separate ticket event?  It is included with your park admission- park hoppers too!



    ~phineas and ferb

     I wanted to give some love to those of you who cannot make it to the festival, or those who just love seeing cool topiaries.  I hope you’re enjoying the trip through!

    ~sorcerer mickey 2


    The topiaries can be found all around EPCOT (not just in world showcase), and are very well placed. It’s obvious Disney thought this out, as I would expect. (e.g. Buzz Lightyear can be found outside Mission: Space and The Cars area is right near Test Track).

    Side note- want to know when to use e.g. versus i.e.? click here! (knowledge is power… or at least makes you look/sound better-er and more awesomer)


    ~lightin' mcqueen

     ~tow mater

    Not every topiary was from a Disney movie, though.  There were some that just fit in with the area or country:

    ~norway troll



    Standby for a second post about other activities and things for big kids and not-so-big kids!

    ~beast and belle

    ~chip potts


    If you’d like to see more about the festival, visit page 2 which is all about fun for kids big and small.

    Or, if you’d rather, click here to learn about someplace other than Disney (the Isle of Skye, for instance).


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    Top 5 High Fives

    I love celebrating obscure holidays… and April 17 (2014) is

    National High Five Day!


    5 of the best high fives in TV and Movie history.  National High Five Day April 17th 2014




    High Five Day is the THIRD THURSDAY of April.  So go and high five some people… or ALL THE PEOPLE!


    To read more about National High Five Day, click here.


    Use the following tag on social media if you’re talking about it (or sharing this link): #NH5D




    To celebrate, I give you 5 of the best high fives in film and television:




    5. Barney Stinson

    How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM)

    His high fives are legen – – – dary.


    5 of the best high fives in TV and Movie history.  National High Five Day April 17th 2014





    4. Jim and Pam

    The Office (US)

    Jim and Pam have celebrated their awesome team-up on numerous occasions by giving each other an office air five.

    5 of the best high fives in TV and Movie history.  National High Five Day April 17th 2014

    college humor



    3. Brian

    The Breakfast Club

    Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…

    Andrew Clark: …and an athlete…

    Allison Reynolds: …and a basket case…

    Claire Standish: …a princess…

    John Bender: …and a criminal…

    Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

    breakfast club high five




    2. The Todd


    The Scrubs wiki puts it best: “The Todd enjoys giving and receiving high-fives, putting them in second place behind sex. He will give any type of high-five to anyone for any reason. He is very adamant about being the only person who gives out high-fives.”

    5 of the best high fives in TV and Movie history.  National High Five Day April 17th 2014

    cptcliche at gifsoup.com





    1. Top Gun

    ’nuff said.

    5 of the best high fives in TV and Movie history.  National High Five Day April 17th 2014

    from m3wass on gifsoup.com

    (well… ’nuff said except for that part where I leave you with a silly-awesome video.  Thank you They Might Be Giants for being amazing.  OH- and for writing/performing a song that fits here perfectly)


    Want to see more things like this?  Check out 7 things you should drink INSTEAD of green beer.


    • I know there are a whole many more AMAZING high-fives that didn’t fit here.  What high five would you have put on the list?
      OH! OH!!! and go high five everyone you see (and maybe even people you don’t see! send them an internet five!)
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