In addition to a kick-ass t-shirt, this year I gave my husband a “Gamer Kit” for his birthday. In the kit, pictured above, I included 1600 Microsoft Points to use on XBox Live, two bags of M&Ms (his personal favorite), and a Certificate of Sandwich that read as follows:
This certifies that
Has successfully aged one more year
and that his beautiful wife will make him
Upon request any day during his Week of Gaming
That’s right, I vowed to make him a sandwich whenever he said “Make me a sammich!”
The expression, meant to belittle women by saying they are only useful in the kitchen, is often used by asshole sexist gamers. My husband is not an asshole, nor a sexist, so I guess that’s why I thought it would be fun to give this to him as a gift. In fact, it has made him one of the most grateful men in the multiverse!
Before presenting him with his certificate, I stocked my fridge with a bunch of his favorite cold meats, cheese slices, lettuce, tomatoes, and a delicious artisan whole grain bread from the bakery section of our local grocery store. My mission was to “make him a sammich!” anytime he asked me this week (Monday-Friday) during his video game vacation. Of course, he never used the expression because he’s too nice, but he certainly had a fun Week of Gaming where he finally played through Mass Effect 1 & 2; games he owned, but never had the time to play.
It’s been a fun week and I’m proud of the sandwiches I’ve made. They were healthy and delicious, so I thought I would share photos and descriptions of them here, in case some of you feel like going and making your own sammiches. ;)
Day One: Roast Beef and Pepper Jack
Slices of roast beef, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and Dijon mustard on La Brea whole grain bread. Served with celery, baby carrots, and hummus for dipping.
Day Two: Tuna Melt
Tuna salad with provolone cheese melted in the oven on broil, sliced tomatoes and lettuce on La Brea whole grain bread. I also suggest adding a dash of Miracle Whip as well for a little extra zing.
Day Three: Pastrami
Hot pastrami and mustard on La Brea whole grain bread grilled panini-style!
Day Four: Wait… what?!
Oops… no more homemade sammiches! We went to DisneyLand and got lazy for the rest of the week. :P
There were a few more sandwiches I was planning to make if he asked me, but we ran out of bread and started eating out after DisneyLand. A few ideas I had up my sleeve: grilled cheese; egg salad; black pepper smoked turkey breast and provolone; and a grilled chicken sandwich made with the leftovers from Fajita Night.
I hope this post has given you some ideas for your gamer… especially if that gamer is yourself. ;)
Now it’s time for me to go tell some 12 year old boys on XBox Live to make ME a sammich! Later, n00bs…
For all those asking, here’s my schedule for Comic-Con 2012!
Thursday, July 12
11am – Wake up
11:01am – Check email
11:02am – Check Twitter
11:05am – Tweet something hilarious while chuckling to myself about how clever I am
11:15am – Play Wurdle
12pm – Eat some lunch
1pm – Watch Days of Our Lives
2pm – Write
6pm – Make dinner
7pm – Eat it
8pm – Meet with my writing partner
10pm – Cuddle while watching Wilfred
Friday, July 13
9:15am – Wake up
9:30am – Realize it’s Friday the 13th and tell the internet about it
9:45am – Workout
12pm – Lunch
1pm – Watch Days of Our Lives
2pm – Write
4pm – Google+ Hangout?
6pm – Go out for dinner, I’ve cooked enough this week
8pm – Have a date with Netflix
Saturday, July 14
11am – Wake up. Reset my alarm. Go back to sleep
12pm – Wake up for realz
1pm – Eat at Subway
2pm – Shop
4pm – Crash
4:15pm – Drink caffeine in the hopes of uncrashing
8pm – Order delivery (the caffeine didn’t work)
Sunday, July 15
11am – Wake up and lie in bed for an hour playing on my phone
12pm – Make a healthy brunch
1pm – Go out and do household shit
6pm – Phone my parents
6:30pm – Make dinner
9pm – Mourn Game of Thrones
Last month I had lunch with my friend Teal Sherer and she said she wanted to make a lightsaber battle video. She asked if I was interested in doing it with her, and I said something along the lines of “HELL yes!!!” Thanks to the fight coordination and direction of America Young, the idea took shape very quickly… and I’m so happy that I can finally show you “ELF SABERS“!
Be sure to check out Comediva for other wonderfully funny videos, and some behind the scenes photos of our ELF SABERS shoot. And, happy holidays, everyone!!!
I love hearing stories about how people came up with their first internet pseudonym. It tells a lot about a person, especially when the pseudonyms are really nerdy.
My first pseudonym came from watching a lot of Star Trek: Voyager. When I was living in Edinburgh between 1997-1999, I trained in a martial art called Kuk Sool Won. My instructor Master Don Mackenzie used popular TV and movie quotes to motivate us; with many of his references coming from Highlander, Star Trek, and various superhero movies. In Star Trek: Voyager episode Drone, a Borg drone is created after a transporter incident that fuses the Doctor’s mobile emitter with some of Seven of Nine’s nanoprobes. During the course of the episode the drone asks for a designation, but since Seven of Nine and Captain Janeway are encouraging him to embrace his individuality, he selects the name One. Soon after that episode aired, Master Don started teasing/motivating me by calling me “One of One.” I loved it.
When I finally went to register my first email address I tried to get oneofone, but someone had already taken it. As they do, Yahoo suggested I add a number to the username to make it unique. So what number did I add? 5618, the Borg designation for the human species. After that, oneofone5618 was born! :P
So what was your first internet pseudonym, and what was the story behind it?
Happy New Year, kiddies! While I didn’t take a self-portrait every day last year, I did take many random self-portraits. Above is a compilation of nearly all the photos I took in Photo Booth on my MacBook Pro in 2010 (some photos cut for time), quite literally the world view of my laptop in 2010 ;)
Some people have asked me if I would continue my daily self-portrait series in 2011. My answer? I will try… the only issue being that I don’t feel very inspired by taking photos on my laptop anymore and would like to get a real camera… perhaps a 7D? I’ve been considering starting a fan fundraiser to raise money to buy a camera, with the promise that I will take daily self portraits for a year and continue to assemble monthly outtake videos. Let me know what you think of the idea! Just an idea at this point…
Fine gentlemen of the internet,
I have created Movember team The Royal McKinnon Mustache Brigade and challenge you to join my team and grow a dashing mustache during the month of November. We do this to raise money for menís cancers, but mainly because mustaches are made of awesomesauce. Join meÖ because I care about your man parts.
Captain, The Royal McKinnon Mustache Brigade
[Disclaimer: Know now that it is the year 2010, and I'm a bigger Trekkie than Warsie.]
Above photo by Love Ablan
For years, Star Trek fans have been noticeably nerdier than Star Wars fans… but the tide has changed.
Initially, Star Wars fans were pretty cool… after all, the movies were swashbuckling tales that just happened to take place in outer space, right? Han Solo is a manly role model, Darth Vader is badass, Princess Leia doesn’t take shit from anyone, and Luke Skywalker is “the chosen one.” The thing about Star Wars is that you didn’t have to be into science to appreciate it… it’s a tale that could work in any genre, but having it based in science fiction made it special.
Meanwhile, Star Trek was all about the science… and, though Kirk was a manly figure, most incarnations of the series were heavily based on scientific ideas. This was great because it encouraged people to think about scientific development and how we can use instruments in the future. Would the iPhone and iPad exist today without the PADDs introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation? This sort of technological thinking is really what made Star Trek inherently nerdy. Well, that… and the cosplay 90s jumpsuits.
Things changed last year with the release of the new Star Trek movie. Suddenly we saw a very Star Warsian approach to the series. Aside from the swashbuckling main character, sexier uniforms and CGI aliens, J.J. Abrams’ version of the Star Trek universe also threw science out the window as it gave no scientific explanation for “red matter.”
But what happened to Star Wars over the years?
With the accessibility to film editing equipment rising, and the internet becoming a place to showcase your videos, Star Wars remixes and fan films have blossomed over the past few years. Hell, we even did our own Star Wars parodies on Galacticast, like Bar Wars, Imperial Idol, etc. In a way, this has really exposed the biggest of Star Wars geeks.
So. So. Nerdy… I actually cringed when I tried to watch it. So, who do YOU think is nerdier… Trekkies or Warsies?