It has become increasingly evident over the years that I am a geek, and pi day really put the last nail in my geek coffin. I have finally decided to let my geek flag fly and compile an official list of the reasons why. Some of my geekishness I have polluted onto my progeny and for the most part, I am fine with this.
5. Efficiency Geek: This may fit better in a Why I Am Annoying post, but whatever. I reload the dishwasher so that I can fit as many dishes in as possible. I like to be efficient, what can I say? This is referred to in our house as redishtribution. It really is a sickness, but it has not affected my children because if they ever lowered a dish into the dishwasher it would be one of the 7 signs of Armageddon.
4. Book Geek: I make no secret about how much I love my book club, and I really love books in general. But, I especially love love love kids books. That may have been one of my big motivators for procreating: the wealth of awesome literature. With pictures!!
If someone mentions their kid is having trouble finding a book they can sink their teeth into, I get all a quiver and they leave Cloud 8 with a tote bag of books
they didn’t want in the first place to peruse. Recently I was ready to throw down with Our Town’s Elementary School librarian because we donated City Dog Country Frog to the school library and she had not read it yet so I could talk to her about it. She may have put me on another Government Watch List after those encounters.
To further cement my book geekiness, I frequently make references to kids books that people don’t understand. I was talking to someone who brought up the topic of school uniforms and I interjected, How about Olivia! She can really wear a school uniform, can’t she?! While the reference made perfectly good sense to me, whoever it was I was talking to looked at me like I had a horn growing out of my head. Obviously we aren’t friends anymore.
3. TV Geek: While I appreciate the cultural significance of American Idol, The Bachelor, Biggest Loser and other popular reality-type shows, I can’t get into any of those programs no matter how hard I try. I am left out of lots of cultural references and casual chats.
Friend: How about blahbedy blah-blah on Idol last night?
Me: Uh… How about that Olivia making pancakes for her brothers. You read that book, right? That was really funny, wasn’t it?
Friend: (the sound of footsteps walking away from me)
I will, however, watch a Sunday marathon of Mythbusters without hesitation. We even talked Sweet Pea into dressing up like Jamie one year for Halloween. He wore a real bald cap and a beret. It was awesome. He may be traumatized because no one but us knew who he was, but it was totally worth it.
2: Environmental Geek: Like almost everyone in NJ, we recycle. I think they arrest you if you don’t. Or raise your property taxes. In Our Town, we have a 90 (that’s right, nine-zero) gallon recycle bin. It is like a shiny blue institutional dumpster on wheels. I was so excited when the Township delivered it a few years ago because we could finally fit everything we wanted to recycle! I love how every trash day they line up like blue soldiers at the curb waiting for their recycling orders. Recently, we have even been allowed the opportunity to recycle #3,#4, AND #5 plastics in addition to #1 and #2. The recycling possibilities seem almost endless. As an especially geeky addition, sometimes I use the word “comingled”. Just a little Environmental Geek humor. The Shorties are die-hard recyclers. They aren’t letting any non #6 plastics get into the trash. Lucky for them their young eyes can see those microscopic triangle arrow symbols.
1. Math Geek: The great part of being the parent of Elementary aged kids is that I am like a math genius. Multiplication tables? No problem. Long division? Gotcha! Dividing fractions? One quick online search and I am up to speed. So I can comfortably call myself a Math Geek without actually possessing any real higher math skills. I guess I am actually a phony math geek and that is so much worse.
Anyway, my math geek self met with Pickles’ teacher over a month ago to plan our celebration for Pi Day earlier this week. I made 3 chocolate pudding pies for the class and the kids made a paper chain with 10 different colors of paper to represent the digits of pi, and measured circles with varying degrees of accuracy. I even had the teacher convinced to take a pie to the face for the event, but it didn’t wind up happening. What really makes me a geek is how sincerely excited I was about this! I am totally getting a pi day t-shirt next year. Maybe some pi socks, too.
One day Pickles came home sad because someone at baseball called him a Math Geek. I told him, Oh, Honey. In our family, that’s a compliment!
Let your geek flags fly, folks. There has to be a little Band Geek or D&D Geek or Renaissance Faire Geek inside you. Maybe you are more of a Star Wars gal or Lego guy. Let it out! Celebrate it! And please tell me about it so I don’t feel so geeky all by lonesome.