Treat Yo Self with Friendship

Last month, I participated in a Spring Fling Gift Exchange hosted by my gal pal, Danielle. The premise was simple: throw your name into the Goblet of Fire and see which name  you drawn out! I was a little anxious to participate in a blind exchange without any semblance of shopping list, but I was floored when a magical packet arrived on my door step! There’s nothing more wonderful than making friends who understand and encourage one’s hobbies. What I gained in this exchange, well exceeded the $15 price limit!

As a daily reminder, the card now has permanent real estate on the Fridge!

My Geekcret Gal was the exceptionally talented artist, Liana Kangas. She put together a beautifully thought out present, including a beautifully illustrated Parks & Rec-themed card of her own creation! I have yet to crack the spine on the Harry Potter Coloring Book, but after I started instagramming photos of my Hogwarts wine & paint night, Liana realized she unwittingly hit the jackpot with me. I can’t decide between using colored pencils or fine point markers for my nerdy therapy sessions. The hair ties have made their way into heavy rotation, especially when I’m trying to style my hair.

Without a wishlist, my Fairy Godmother came through!

The only item I didn’t get to enjoy was the R2-D2 eraser because Zelda thought it was a toy for her. I should have known better than to leave a pencil in puppy reach, but it completely slipped my mind! (Forgive me, Liana!!) Zelda was quite proud that she was able to open the packaging all by herself.

Liana has a killer Etsy shop where she sells her original prints and cards! Maybe it’s the Paleo talking, but I really have a hankering for her I Donut Care print for the office! Whenever I think of donuts, my brain always gravitates to VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon and Gourdough’s Doughnuts in Austin, Texas. The next doughnuts on my list are from Montclair Bread Co., in Montclair, New Jersey because it’s owned and opperated by a college gal pal of mine!


Forging Nerdy Friendships Worldwide

One of the greatest gifts to myself was joining a Geeky Girl x Bloggers group after making friends with Danielle. It lead to making friends with Jess, as well as developing a bond with women my own age who are passionate about various fandoms. There are so many wonderfully nerdy blogs out there, and I am slowly discovering them one by one. I keep asking myself, how different would my blog be if I didn’t use 30 seconds of courage and requested to joing Geeky Girls x Bloggers. Would I discover new fandoms? Would I be able to truly find a tribe where I feel at home? Would I find a sounding board to cultivate my voice? The greatest gift I received wasn’t from the gift exchange, but the wacky and fantastic women I’ve met as a result.

I won a killer art piece of Kylo Ren from Kayly! (My Open Sketchbook)

The range of interest is quite varied from crafters and artists to gamers and theorists, and I always feel that I can engage any of them in conversation without fear of rejection or judgment. I never expected such a glorious outcome, but I am so thankful that it turned out the way it has! I’ve been fortunate enough to meet up with some of the girls, and I hope that in the future, I’ll be able to meet more!

Zelda loves the Legend of Zelda bracelet I got from Pepi (dePepi)

Even Kattie (at Vivacious Hobo) was kind enough to interview me for her blog, and Ashlee (at Her Geekery) nominated me for a Leibster Award (eep! I need to finish answering her tough questions!) The hardest part is that from time to time the offline world takes precedence over the online world, but this network of ladies undestand that. There is a unique sisterhood among nerds and geeks, and by and large it is one that builds up one another instead of jockeying for position at the top of the trends. I am exceptionally thankful for these women in my life because they are everyday superheroines!


Answer Me, These Questions Three:

  1. How do you choose to “treat yo self”?
  2. How do you define spoiling yourself?
  3. How do you celebrate or spoil your friends?
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12 comments

  1. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy · May 18, 2016

    I love, love, love this post! I can’t imagine even imagine blogging without our awesome Geek Girl tribe – so glad we met by chance and that we’ve developed such a kick ass geek girl friendship ❤

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    • Karen P. · May 18, 2016

      One of my biggest goals for this year is expressing gratitude when it is due and the community I discovered thanks to you has been so influential for me! I cannot wait until we can hang together again!

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  2. depepi · May 18, 2016

    Awww I love this post!! ❤ ❤ You got very nice presents 😀 I bet you're going to be super happy coloring Harry. I'm also coloring a book, and I chose pencils so that pens wouldn't damage the paper. (Some inks go through the paper and damage the other drawings, so it can be a nasty surprise). Also, so happy to know that Zelda loves the Zelda bracelet 😀 So cool!

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    • Karen P. · May 18, 2016

      I am so thankful that I was welcomed into the group! I’ve enjoyed talking with everyone so much.

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  3. Kaitlin Michelle · May 18, 2016

    I love this post!! I just got that coloring book as well.
    I am so glad that you answered my interview!! I will get yours sent back ASAP! ❤

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    • Karen P. · May 18, 2016

      It was so much fun, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to feature me on your blog! ❤

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  4. magiccatjenny · May 18, 2016

    How do you choose to “treat yo self”? – I buy myself a Salior Moon manga every other month or so. Or a cocktail during happy hour with friends.

    How do you define spoiling yourself? – Spending money on something I ‘want’ vs. something I ‘need.’ (Not something I can do often since I’m self-employed.)

    How do you celebrate or spoil your friends? – Buy them drinks or presents. (Or offer to drive, something I HATE doing.)

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  5. L.C. Chiasson · May 18, 2016

    I treat myself to books and nights out to new restaurants. I love to spoil my friends with small gifts that say “I know you” or outings for lunch or brunch. Can you tell I like my food?

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  6. hergeekery · May 18, 2016

    Aww, I’m so glad you joined the group!! I don’t think I would still be blogging if it wasn’t for the awesome ladies in the geek girl blogging community! Your gifts are so awesome😍😍😍 Liana did a fantastic job!

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  7. Ravanel Griffon · May 18, 2016

    This sounds like so much fun. You got some amazing gifts, too! Poked around Liana’s website, fell in love with the donut print as well. Maybe I’ll treat myself with it one day… 🙂

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  8. Cori · May 19, 2016

    I missed signing up for this but it’s been so much fun seeing all of the cool stuff everyone got (and adding a few things to my wishlist)! I love those ribbon hair ties, they definitely hold my crazy thick hair up better.

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