A Gamer’s Guide to Living in the Basement

A Gamer’s Guide to Living in the Basement

Last Tuesday, I had an unexpected adventure.

I went to make some dinner. We hadn’t used any potatoes in a while, and I had found a new recipe for garlicky potato wedges.

I was pretty excited about it, and Shane was too. Especially since I’ve been testing out new recipes on him, the poor man.

Anyway. Continue reading “A Gamer’s Guide to Living in the Basement”

A Week in the Life: On Balancing Jobs and Blogs

A Week in the Life: On Balancing Jobs and Blogs

Last week, someone mentioned to me the idea of writing a blog post about balancing working a full-time job and blogging. I was going back to work after six months, so I knew I was a little out of practice.

I figured this week would be the perfect test of my balancing skills.

I dropped the ball. Continue reading “A Week in the Life: On Balancing Jobs and Blogs”

Housing Hacks for Final Fantasy XIV

Housing Hacks for Final Fantasy XIV

So you may have noticed from the Projects page here at the Girly Geek that I’m mildly obsessed with the housing aspect of Final Fantasy XIV.

Or, as Shane calls it, my better-looking Minecraft.

I thought I had everything all figured out when I started planning which couches I wanted to arrange around my fireplace. When I discovered Alice’s House Designs in Final Fantasy XIV, though, I realized I had only scratched the surface of what I could do. Continue reading “Housing Hacks for Final Fantasy XIV”

How Geeks Inherited the Earth

How Geeks Inherited the Earth

Have you ever opened up a book, read the first few pages, and silently had the revelation that you had just read about your own life?

This past weekend, I read a book that did exactly that. It was magical.

Usually, when I get absorbed in a book like that, it’s some sort of fantastical adventure where the protagonist has a personality or worldview similar to my own. This time, though, I went a little out of my comfort zone with a social sciences book called I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A. D. Jameson. Continue reading “How Geeks Inherited the Earth”

How Gaming Helped Me Get a Job

How Gaming Helped Me Get a Job

When I started my job hunt back in November, I knew I was going to need a way to make myself stand out.

All I could think about was how long it had taken me to get that job—about seven months of solid searching—and this time, I was looking around Christmas time. Which is just about the worst time to try to find a job.

I had no idea if Shane and I could financially handle almost a year of only one income. We had no savings, credit card debt, and no idea how much we’d get from the system, if we got anything at all.

It was just a bit stressful. Continue reading “How Gaming Helped Me Get a Job”