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Recent Nerdy April Activities

I haven't been a complete new-house-nut lately..... mostly, but not completely! So here are some updates! [Sorry this is like the worst-blogging-week-in-the-history-of-Nerdy-April]


First, Chris and I visited the Star Wars exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center. Neither of us are HUGE fans, but since we are nerdy and stuff we decided we just had to go (can I use "we" more in one sentence?!).

I was totally diggin the ship models, costumes, and the exhibits relating science to star wars fiction....



(Excuse the crappy non-flash cell phone pics...)




And then a little something caught my eye. It was in a corner within an exhibit exploring "medical droids" and their relationship with actual devices used by patients today. Who knew little old Diabetic Nerdy April possessed a piece of almost-wannabe-cool-as-Star-Wars-equipment, and it wasn't one of those fake light sabers from Disneyland!

After my Diabetes-is-cool-enough-to-be-managed-by-Star-Wars-high I decided to head out to Arizona for Labor Day. Somehow I forgot that it is still hot there in September (111 degrees to be exact). Oh well, it was fun anyway! And my family decided to present me with a house warming present. Let me just warn you...well, I guess you read this blog so you already know the nerdy extremes Nerdy April sometimes reaches, and this present is no exception. See Exhibit A below.

Exhibit A: 45 lb solid concrete alien



Doesn't everyone need one of these in their house?! Good Lord.

What else has been going on? Hmmm....not much really. Just, you know, the house and stuff...

Oh, and Izzy likes to help Chris with these said house projects....Exhibit B below...

Exhibit B: Izzy helping Chris with the Sink!

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