Getting Personal #15: Nerdy, Geeky, and Damn Proud Of It

I saw this amazing piece on Facebook recently:

I just bought a similar 16 x 20″ print earlier this month. Last week, it arrived from Texas!

I can’t wait to frame it and put it up in our eventual house.


Growing up, I was classified as a smart kid, probably a nerd too. I wasn’t ashamed of it, except for the couple of boys that regularly taunted me with the classic “teacher’s pet” insults. Thinking all the way back to elementary school, I was the girl that enthusiastically raised her hand in all my classes, sat right up front (for the most part), that kind of thing. I enjoyed school overall and enjoyed learning as much as I could, whenever I could.

This art print spoke to me in many ways.


We believe in Magic

I remember first learning about Harry Potter in elementary school – The first book was released on June 30, 1997, when I had just finished second grade. Many of my friends had read and re-read the books by the time we were getting ready to go to middle school.

I’ll admit, I was a late follower, and definitely a skeptic at first. I wasn’t a huge fan of fantasy works in elementary school. However, once I got my copy of the first book, the others quickly followed. I still have my paperback copies of all seven books, well-loved and well-read.

I was fortunate enough to travel to Europe with 40 of my high school classmates and teachers for 17 amazing days in the summer of 2005. Our first stop was England for a few days. At some point when the trip was being planned, it was announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was scheduled to be released on our last day in England! The majority of us were big fans, and this was a highlight for our trip. We were in London, and there was a Waterstones (the British equivalent to our Barnes & Noble) bookstore close to our hotel. The book was being released at midnight on July 16th, so we all lined up around the block and eagerly waited. Because of that trip, most of us have a hardcover copy of the British edition! It was such a cool experience!

When Al and I met in 2010, the last two movies were being released. They were awesome! It was so great to see all eight movies in theaters over the course of several years.

I distinctly remember Al and his brother Nick getting up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, 2011, to pick up the entire series on Blu-Ray from Best Buy. I didn’t join them for the trip, but I have enjoyed having them available to watch over and over.


We have epic adventures

Over the almost five years that Al and I have been together, we have had so many adventures! Most of them have revolved around movies. We love checking out the newest releases in our local theaters.

But we love getting out of the house and the theaters, too. We’ve enjoyed exploring different areas of Hampton Roads and beyond!

For more on the adventures we’ve embarked upon, check these out:


Galaxies Far Far Away

Star Wars. Enough said.

Photo Credit: Debbie Vardaro

Halloween, 2011. Photo Credit: Debbie Vardaro

I loved this post on a Star Wars Facebook group today:

Image Credit: Julie Bowser

Image Credit: Julie Bowser

Yeah. December 18th. I have my Yoda shirt all ready to go!


We Do Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

Doctor Who is pretty rad. Al’s brother got into it, and as a result, we have watched several episodes together. It’s an interesting concept, time travel. And it’s amazing that DW has been airing since 1963!

Tidewater Comicon, May 2015.

Tidewater Comicon, May 2015.


Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

Al and I love Star Trek. We’ve seen all the movies, and Al has almost all the series saved in his Netflix queue. My personal favorite is TNG, but I have enjoyed watching all of them over the years. The new movies are great, and I look forward to more!


The odds are ever in our favor

I got hooked on The Hunger Games trilogy almost immediately. Reading the three books in rapid succession only furthered my interest in both reading and writing young adult literature. The movies have been great too. I’m kind of sad because the movie series is coming to an end in November! But, I plan to re-read the books and keep them, and the movies, in my collection forever.


We do cosplay and passion

Buying costumes and thinking of new ideas has become so much fun!

Al and I started dressing up for Halloween together in 2011.

Then, over the last three years, we’ve had a lot of fun:

Photo Credit: Lane Bellar

Halloween, 2012. Photo Credit: Lane Bellar

Photo Credit: Debbie Vardaro

Halloween, 2013. Photo Credit: Debbie Vardaro

Photo Credit: Al Vardaro

Halloween, 2014. Photo Credit: Al Vardaro

Photo Credit: Al Vardaro

Special Ghostbusters Jamberry nail wraps. Photo Credit: Al Vardaro

In May, Al and I embarked on our first comic-con adventure together. It was so awesome!

Image Credit: Al Vardaro

Image Credit: Al Vardaro

The dates for 2016 was recently announced: May 21-22.

For more info, check them out: Tidewater Comicon.

So excited!

We also recently learned that there will be a Hampton Comicon! Go to their Facebook page and click Like and Share!

I look forward to building my Stargirl cosplay for 2016 🙂


In addition to comicons, Al and I also like Superman:

Facebook Credit: Al Vardaro

L to R: LB, Jesse, and Al. Facebook Credit: Al Vardaro

We are looking forward to the new Supergirl TV series this fall, as well as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice when it’s released in March.

Image Credit: tvline.com

Image Credit: tvline.com

We also watch The Flash on TV every week – Grant Gustin is a local boy! Besides that, it’s an awesome show too. Check it out, season 2 is coming soon, Wednesday nights on the CW!


So, I’m definitely a nerd and a geek, and I’m so damn proud of it. I feel fucking awesome.

I enjoy absolutely everything I talked about here, and even beyond this. To name a few:

  • The Divergent book and movie series
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Comic books
  • Comic Book Men
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Tabletop web series on YouTube via Geek & Sundry
  • Back To The Future
  • Jurassic Park
  • ThinkGeek.com

I look forward to passing on all of this, and more, to our kids someday.

Until then, I’ll continue to be enthusiastic in my nerdom!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Adventure Time: Virginia Beach, VA Edition

One weekend last month contained a two-day event that I had been looking forward to for MONTHS.

Tidewater Comicon!


This was my first-ever comic convention, and I was determined to have the most fun possible!

I felt like such a nerd and geek, and it felt awesome!

Al and I went together. Al went for the first time in October, where he met my boss, Casey, and had a great time. They’ve had three of these shindigs already, and it’s just mushroomed into a huge thing. They doubled the space at the Virginia Beach Convention Center!

The coolest thing about this whole experience was that these people were in their element. These people I interacted with are some of the most passionate people I’ve met. Chatting with a group waiting in line to get in on Saturday morning was awesome, just learning about where they were from, what they do, what comics they love/hate, movie reviews and debates.

There was so much stuff for sale! Every comic book shop within 100 miles was there, plus people from outside of Virginia as well!

Al and I also enjoyed supporting several artists and authors. Check them out!

CD with PDFs of all their books, three paperbacks written by Cecilee

CD with PDFs of all their books, three paperbacks written by Cecilee, bookmarks 🙂

"The McGunnegal Chronicles" Books 1-3

“The McGunnegal Chronicles”
Books 1-3

Bottle cap magnets :) The Genie, Supergirl, The Avengers (Hawkeye, Cap, and Black Widow), The Millennium Falcon, and Galadriel

Bottle cap magnets 🙂
The Genie, Supergirl, The Avengers (Hawkeye, Cap, and Black Widow), The Millennium Falcon, and Galadriel

Learning their stories were fascinating as well – How they got started, their travels, and more!


I have a ton of pictures – Enjoy!

The Batmobile!!

The Batmobile!!

The Tardis

The Tardis and a mystery Ghostbuster 😉

Marty McFly!

Marty McFly!

Attack on Titan ... and an awesome Princess Leia :)

Attack on Titan … and an awesome Princess Leia 🙂

R2-D2 ... A young boy was inside this and drove it around!!

R2-D2 … A young boy was inside this and drove it around!!

Cap, Logan, Bane

Cap, Logan, Bane

Hawkgirl This chick, wow. She made the whole thing!

Hawkgirl
This chick, wow. She made the whole thing!

And those pictures were just from Saturday!


On Sunday, we went back and enjoyed Day 2:

Star-Lord & Groot

Star-Lord & Groot

SarahGrace and Ashley Custom Loki and Thor dresses.

SarahGrace and Ashley (Longwood peeps!) Custom Loki and Thor dresses.

Thor and Yellow Jacket

Thor and Yellow Jacket


Being a VIP for the weekend was amazing! If you have the money, it’s totally worth it. The people who have made this happen are AWESOME!

All the goodies from the VIP "swag bag."

All the goodies from the VIP “swag bag.”

I loved the drawing on the badge!

I loved the drawing on the badge!

I cannot wait for next year. I’m already thinking of an epic cosplay 🙂

For more information, check out their Facebook page and their website.

See you soon, Tidewater Comicon 2016!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂