I’m an Uber Nerd

October 23, 2005    By: Kristen J @ 9:23 pm   Category: Life

Marriage has turned me into an Uber Nerd. The fact that I’m using the word uber is proof in itself. My transformation began right at the start of my journey into marital bliss. For example, the first year of marriage my husband and I became addicted to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Who would have thought that during my first year of marriage to an intelligent, spiritual, and gorgeous man I would kind of have a crush on an old, bald guy with a cool accent? I think we saw EVERY episode on a busted out, rabbit-eared television.

When I had my first baby she wanted to nurse constantly. I was a human pacifier. We didn’t have cable television yet and we had to rely on three local channels for our TV entertainment. One of the channels ran reruns of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and I’m not proud to say this but I think I’ve seen every episode of that show too.

When I complained to my husband of my boredom he suggested that I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was dubious. I’m not much of a fantasy literature fan, it tends to drive me crazy after a bit. He reassured me numerous times that they were excellent books and he was sure I would love them. You know what? He was right, I did! Now, I’m the proud owner of the extended (5 hours each) DVD collection of all the trilogy movies that have been released so far. Oh yeah, I was also Galadriel for Halloween a couple of years ago.

Another uber nerdy thing that we’ve enjoyed recently is the movie, Serenity. I am sad to say that I didn’t really watch the show Firefly when it was on TV but I hear that I can now catch it on the Sci-Fi channel so all is not lost.

Finally, our latest lapse into the world of the Uber Nerds is BattleStar Galactica. We’ve been watching season 2 and since we missed season 1 we’ve been renting it on DVD when we’ve had the chance. In fact, we watched a few episodes for our weekly date night a few days ago. It was very romantic.

I will admit that my husband has also introduced me to some very cool things too. Through him I’ve been exposed to reggae and ska. We’ve learn to appreciate sushi together and he’s taught me a little about skate boarding (I’m not very good at it). We lived in San Diego for many years and that is one cool place to live. My young daughters have already spent time on surfboards and as soon as my son is strong enough he’ll have his chance in the surf too.

You know when I look at all of the new things that I’ve been exposed to through my association with my husband I’d have to say that both the nerdy and cool things have been enriching to my life.

I must say that I’m glad we never got hook on Xena: Warrior Princess, I would have had to put my foot down on that one.


  1. Welcome to the club. My uber-nerdness lately has been the New Doctor Who series on the BBC. It’s not in the states yet, but watch for it in the next year or so – light years beyond it’s original incarnation. But I love the original series too.

    Comment by Dallas Robbins — October 24, 2005 @ 5:43 am

  2. I’m right there with you Kristen. I actually bought the Firefly series on DVD after seeing Serenity and I’ve been watching it and loving it.

    I’ve never read LOTR but I LOVED the movies, for some reason I can’t read fantasy but I love it on film. I’m seriously excited for the Narnia movie at Chrismas.

    My husband’s not so into the fantasy stuff, but he gets hooked on bad tv series all the time. A long time ago, it was reruns of 90210. Also, Hunter. And we were both into Saved By The Bell.

    Comment by Susan M — October 24, 2005 @ 6:51 am

  3. email me your mailing address and I hook you up.

    Comment by a random John — October 24, 2005 @ 8:57 am

  4. Too funny Susan. I think I was addicted to 90210 reruns at one point too. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who gets addicted to bad tv.
    Dallas- I’ll be looking for Dr Who for sure/

    arj- I’ll get that right to ya!

    Comment by Kristen J — October 24, 2005 @ 11:38 am

  5. Interesting. I’ve been sick and reading for the first time the Harry Potter series. I’ve hated the movies by and large, but the books are actually quite good and get better with each volume.

    Comment by Clark — October 24, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

  6. It’s true. The thing I hate most about the Harry Potter novels is that you have to wait so long between books.

    Comment by Kristen J — October 24, 2005 @ 2:19 pm

  7. It’s only about 2 years isn’t it? That’s about what Robert Jordan’s series takes as well. (The 11th volume just came out – will he ever wrap up this series?) There’s only one Harry Potter book left though. So about a year and a half from now it’ll be wrapped up. (I just started the sixth, so no one tell me about it)

    Comment by Clark — October 24, 2005 @ 6:45 pm

  8. Is that the Wheel of Time series. I only lasted for about 2 books and then I couldn’t take it any more.

    The 6th Harry Potter book is probably the best so far. Not only does Harry get older during the books, but the subject matter matures and gets darker too.

    Comment by Kristen J — October 24, 2005 @ 7:02 pm

  9. I sort of envy you reading the the six Harry Potter books all in a row Clark. We just watched the miniseries and all of season one of Battlestar Galactica and I loved not having to wait to get the cliffhangers resolved (until the end of season one at least).

    Comment by Geoff J — October 24, 2005 @ 7:55 pm

  10. Yeah, I’ve been disappointed in the quality of the Wheel of Time series. I actually like the first few books a lot. But they don’t seem to go anywhere of late. But I’m this far into the series that I want to see how it ends.

    Comment by Clark — October 25, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

  11. You’re not an uber-nerd until you buy one of these.

    Comment by Kim Siever — October 25, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

  12. Ok, we bought are t-shirts so now there is no question that I’m an uber-nerd now.

    My bro-in-law loves The Wheel of Time Series I think it’s a guy thing. I can understand wanting to finish out the series once you are 11 books in though.

    That’s one of the reasons I didn’t read The Work an the Glory series. I thought the first few kind of blew and then when I found out they only made it to like winter quarters after 20 or so books I knew I didn’t want to spend that much brain space on the books.

    Comment by Kristen J — October 25, 2005 @ 3:28 pm