Honest Valentines from Mommy’s 15 Seconds

Meet Mommy. She only has 15 seconds to record her thoughts while hiding from her children in the closet or bathroom. No one knows how many kids she has or what her real first name is, but one thing is certain, whether she is inventing things to make life easier or sharing poopie stories, she sure is funny!

For Valentine’s Day, Mommy got a great idea that backfired horribly…

Well, to be honest, Honest Valentines are kind of funny… Continue reading Honest Valentines from Mommy’s 15 Seconds

Vote for GeekMom (and GeekDad) in Parents Best Blog Awards!

The website for Parents magazine is hosting the Best Blog awards. Both GeekMom and our companion site, GeekDad, are up for awards.

GeekMom is in the Best Mom Tech Blog and GeekDad is in the Best Daddy Blog category.

We here at GeekMom are very excited to even be nominated because we love what we do as we write stories that appeal to all the other geeky moms out there.

If you enjoy our blog (and GeekDad), we would love it if you could vote for us. We would love to be able to reach out to other geek parents out there.

This is the link to vote for GeekMom, and this is the link to vote for GeekDad. Thank you to everyone who reads our blog!

Front Yard Veggie Garden – Cleared of All Charges

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Earlier this month, GeekMom Kris Bordessa wrote about the story of a Michigan woman, Julie Bass, who was being prosecuted for having a front yard garden. The Bass family put in the garden after their lawn had to be torn up due to a sewer line that needed to be repaired.

I’ve been following Julie Bass’ blog ever since because the story interested me, along with being in my home state of Michigan. The original charges were dropped, but then the city was going after the Bass family due to having dogs that weren’t licensed.

The dogs did get licensed, but Julie Bass was still due to appear in court on July 26th on the charges against her. Julie blogged after her court date that all the charges were dropped. They are allowed to keep their front yard garden and their dogs are safe from further legal action.

You can read the whole story of the court date at Julie’s blog.

GeekMom Secret Origins: “Chaos” Mandy Horetski

My daughter's 2nd birthday (Image: Mandy Horetski)

I like to say I’ve been a geek my entire life, and it’s not really that far from the truth. When I was small, my dad would read Lord of the Rings to me. I think this really helped mold me into the geek I am today.

I really started to embrace my geekiness when I was in high school. That was when I got into Star Trek: The Next Generation – I had a picture of the TNG crew in my locker and I started attending Star Trek conventions in 9th grade.

Going to college let me get even more geeky – I started gaming in college. I started playing D&D along with LARPing. I also was really into anime in college, though now I’m a lot less into it than I was.

I was out of college when I met my husband, who is geeky in his own ways. He’s a video game and movie geek. We are from Michigan though moved down to North Carolina a year before we got married. We had a Ren Faire themed wedding on September 30, 2006.

My husband and I circa 2003 (Image: Mandy Horetski)

Because we had gotten married back in Michigan, we opted to wait until our first anniversary to take our honeymoon. We went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon and started trying for a baby once we got back. 3 months later, I was pregnant.

Being pregnant didn’t deter me from my geeky pursuits. It was around this time that I started really getting involved with the Greenville, South Carolina, Browncoats. It was through them that I acquired the name “Chaos”.

There are quite a few people with the name ‘Mandy’ in the Greenville Browncoats. When I joined, there was already Good Mandy and Evil Mandy. So I asked who I could be, and Chaos was suggested. Thus, I became Chaos Mandy, and I rather like it.

After my daughter was born, I found that I had less time for geeky things, especially in the first six months or so of her life. Once we got past the early babyhood, I was able to do more. I had planned on returning to my job after my maternity leave was over, but I got laid off the day before I was suppose to go back to work.

I looked for a job for a while, but when we realized how bad the economy was, both my husband and I went back to school. I’m due to graduate in December. I’m also an aspiring writer – I really hope to have my first novel done by Christmas 2011.

So that’s who I am – college going, novel writing, technically stay at home mom to my 2 1/2 year old daughter who has been a geek all her life!