Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pollyanna tries to keep up

Lyda here.

I’ve been having trouble keeping up, and now I see why:  being a nerd is harder than I thought.

Just keeping up with my favorite little pockets of nerd-dom is more than I can do.

For example:

Read all five of the “Songs of Fire and Ice” books published so far? Check. Watch seasons 1 & 2 of “Game of Thrones“? Check.

Wait, they finished season 3? But we can’t buy it until February.

Oh man. I’m behind again.

All this doesn’t even include mega-fan stuff like the fan websites or “Winter is Coming” t-shirts or the comics. And what? Now there’s a cookbook?

This is just an example of one tiny piece of my own nerdy, geeky interests. Urban dictionary definitions: nerd and geek. The Pollyannas often use these words interchangeably when speaking of themselves.

There is so much sci-fi and other stuff out there that I love. So many books. And movies. And TV. And blogs.

And of course, there are always the zombies.

It’s exhausting being Pollyanna, y’all.

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Pollyanna be talkin’ like a pirate, maties

This be Captain Lyda.

The seas be stormy, lads, and there be much swabbing of decks. Ye soggy friends in Colorado and New Mexico be in our thoughts. Be brave, me hearties!

And today we be talkin’ like pirates, which be worthy of a tankard of grog.

And there be good news – the bees be sailin’ back!

Avast! There be white-bottom bees in yon forest!

Once common, but today very rare, Western bumblebees like this one were found on Mount Hood. (Times file photo)

Pollyanna and the Manly Knitter

Lyda here.

My cousin Ryan is now the world number one in shot put, winning the Diamond League and the 2013 US Championships this year. He ranked 9th in the 2012 London Olympics, and may break the world shot put record some day. He now sits at 12th on the world all-time list.

And he knits.

He even taught his mom to knit.

His favorite moment this year? The birth of his baby boy.

How could a Pollyanna not be proud?