A Serenade in Silver: Six on Six

Last month, I participated in my first #6on6 photo challenge by Emma, so it’s time for this month’s installment. After a busy week of home improvement projects offline, this challenge was a great way to get back on the writing train. What I love about this challenge is that it becomes like a miniature scavenger hunt, and for the second time in a row, I realize in the 45 minutes before I leave for work that is it the sixth of the month.


My Origami Owl Living Locket needs some new contents!

One:  Nerdy Tea Caddies

I love tea. It is one of my favorite beverages on the planet, and I regularly mainline it when I am trying desperately to cut back on my coffee. When I was flying, I was fortunate enough to nab a couple of London layovers around the time of the Royal Wedding. Ahmad Tea Company put out these darling Royal Wedding tea tins with a special blend of black teas. I still nerd out every time I use this tin although the original bags are long gone1.

When Star Trek into Darkness hit theaters, my Picard-approved, Federation-Issued  Earl Grey Tea appeared under the tree!

Care to nerd out with me over a cuppa hot tea?


Two: Nike Women’s Half Marathon Necklace

If you were to ask me how I got into blogging publicly, I would say running my first half marathon in San Francisco would be the starting line. I learned a lot about myself and my ability to legitimately achieve goals. It wasn’t a fast race, and some would balk at the time, but the only person I compete with is myself. Plus, the gents of the SFFD were in tuxes at the finish line handing these babies out.

They say that you never forget your first time, though I’d rather forget the shin splints.


Three: Obsessed with my Charmed Arms

Two years ago, I attended a Charmed by Charity fundraiser by Alex + Ani in Winter Park. It was hosted by my bestie, and the proceeds were headed over to Give Kids the World Village here in Orlando. I have slowly curated my collection, but it seems I have far more gold finish than silver. They have a collaboration with Disney Parks, but the hardest thing is trying to make up my mind which one(s) I want!

I have the Gator charm in both finishes because it’s great to be a Florida Gator!


Four: Captain on the Bridge

When these pins were released for the first reboot film, I could not find a Command pin to save my life. When I went to STiD, my then-Spock-to-my-Kirk gave me this Star Trek Insignia Pin. I still wear it at work from time to time, but the feeling is bitter sweet.

Captain Kirk is often my spirit animal!


Five: Swiss Army Box

One of my more modest collections are that of my Maison Ladurée Macaron boxes. When I lived in New York, I visited there purely by chance while wandering the city. Then when I started flying, I sought out different locations: Paris (of course), Dublin (Brown Thomas), & London (Burlington Arcade). In Zürich, I simply happened upon the shop on Kuttelgasse purely by accident. I was fully prepared to walk past, but when I saw the stack of limited edition Swiss flag boxes trimmed in silver, I knew I would hate myself for leaving empty handed. Though the macaroons are long gone, it’s a wonderful reminder of a fantastic city and now repurposed for small item storage.

  I couldn’t make it over The Alps in the distance, but I still took them home!


Six: Stage Select > Master Suite

While the details of my master bedroom in The Lil House of the Nerdy are few and far between, one of the things that made me cackle was the bedroom. Why? The walls, the double tray ceiling, and the adjoining bathroom are ALL metallic silver. The best reaction I had to it was my pal, Kate, who wryly smiled and said, “You just need ZERO [by The Smashing Pumpkins] in BIG letters right on that wall.” (Side note: SP was one of my favorite bands in high school). Part of me daydreams that it was modeled after the ballroom scene in Labyrinth (and yes, it did come with a fancy chandelier)!

Zelda is trying to convince me that my Jordan Dene2 tank should count, too!


Answer Me, These Questions Three:

  1. Which item would you nerd out over most?
  2. How do you determine something to be “nerdy,” “nerdy worthy,” or “worth nerding out over?”
  3. Which collection would you like to learn more about?

 

Notes

  1. This morning, I tweeted @AhmadTeasUK to see if they have a comparable blend available here in the US. The Contemporary Royal Afternoon blend they have available on their UK site sounds very similar to the Royal Wedding blend.
  2. The text on the tank top says, “Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch” which comes from the Saturday Night Live skit: “Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base” in which ‘Kylo Ren’ goes undercover as Matt the Radar Technician (played by actor Adam Driver from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens). Kylo realizes that he’s not as popular as he believes. Check the outtakes, they’re rather swell. Also, the SNL SW7VII Auditions that didn’t make it.

 

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13 comments

  1. Tariana Pestana · April 6, 2016

    Great post! I love silver as in jewelry and colour.
    And being a bit of a nerd, there is silver in photographic negatives, prints and developing chemicals. haha
    That makes me love it even more.

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    • Karen P. · April 6, 2016

      I love analog photography, but it has become SO expensive! It makes me sad because I have two lomo toy cameras just collecting dust in boxes at the moment because I can’t find a place to develop the film.

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  2. princessdeia · April 6, 2016

    I nearly featured my Alex & Ani bracelets, but opted for my charm bracelet instead.

    I’d love that Tiffanys necklace – guess I should start running.

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    • Karen P. · April 6, 2016

      I think I will need to get the Filigree Mickey Head and one of the Star Wars ones. I wanted the Little Mermaid for the longest time, but now I’ll have to hunt the them park stores for her.

      The Nike Women’s series is the only one I have seen do this in lieu of a finisher’s medal, but many races now offer a commemorative necklace as a merch option. I don’t own or wear much jewelry, but this is one of my favorites.

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  3. *Mandy* · April 6, 2016

    These are awesome!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Karen P. · April 6, 2016

      Thank you so much!! I seriously need to start planning NOW for May!. lol

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  4. Hahah those teas look so cool! I drink tea all the time, maybe I should start a nerdy tea collection.

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    • Karen P. · April 6, 2016

      It’s far easier to get nerdy tea in the UK, but I am now on a mission to find more here in the US!

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  5. Nyanla la geekette · April 7, 2016

    Loving your “Tea. Earl grey. Hot.” box, simple and cool at the same time! The Nike’s half marathon necklace is adorable as well; I’m not a jewelry fan but I love the story behind it… and imagining all those handsome guys in tuxedos handing them out 😀

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    • Karen P. · April 7, 2016

      The most frustrating part was that I could barely stand, I was covered in sweat, tears, and freezing rain, and I zombied past them. I completely missed the photo op! 😉

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  6. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy · April 12, 2016

    I still need to get my Gator A&A bracelet…love your tea ladies 🙂 How cool you did the Nike half!

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    • Karen P. · April 12, 2016

      I have both the gold and silver finish because I can never make up my mind. I need more beaded bangles with orange and blue.

      It was my first one, and my most memorable if only because I never thought I’d ever run let alone complete a half! Plus, there was the Ghiradelli Chocolate Mile and Fire Fighters in Tuxes!

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      • Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy · April 12, 2016

        Ohhhh hot fire fighters and chocolate – yum 🙂

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