Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Geek Girls Gab with HiddlesEducates

I am a Vegas-bred elementary general music teacher who now teaches 900 students in the Midwest. I am married to a fellow superhero geek, and together we have two children, both of whom we are raising in the geekiest way we can imagine. ;-) I use my love of superheroes and cartoons to connect with my students. It's not a reach for me, as I really do love the same things they do. 
(Us at Halloween. My husband is dressed as the Ice King from Adventure Time. My daughter is next to him, and my ninja son is next to me.)

The Nerdy Girlie:  What is your 1st nerd memory? 
Ruby:  I remember making movies with my older brother in the '80s, using his Transformers and my My Little Ponies. We would also then supply an original soundtrack (complete with sound effects). ;-) 

TNG:  How and why did you start blogging?
Ruby:  I don't keep up my blogs as well as I should, admittedly.  My original blog is actually a personal "mommy" blog, one that I use to keep my Vegas family up-to-date with what my kids were doing/saying at integral points in their development. 

Now I have a Tumblr that mostly serves as a place for me to reblog great entries from Marvel, Buzzfeed, Archie Mcphee, etc. as well as share great music. I love going to concerts and music festivals, so I try to stay up on the "in" groups around.  

TNG:  YOUR favorite blog read? 
Ruby:  Present company excluded ;-), I also like Girl Gone Geek, GeekMom.  As this is my first foray into SDCC, I've been perusing Crazy 4 Comic Con as well. Some of my favorite Twitter friends have great Tumblr accounts too, and I always try and give them a read when they post something new (and inevitably awesome)! 

TNG:  What is your favorite thing/things to nerd out about?
Ruby:  My family has helped me cultivate my nerdiness in acceptable ways.  Together, my son and I bond over Lego and Marvel/DC comics. My daughter blends her love of Batman with her love of Disney Princesses seamlessly. My husband and I both love the Marvel movie franchises and geek out appropriately over the films. We are all big fans of Adventure Time, Regular Show, and SpongeBob. 

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Tom Hiddleston, who is the reason I started my fan account on Twitter. That account is where I nerd out with other "Hiddlestoners," where we share photos and memes, and enjoy his relatively frequent down-to-earth tweets. As the "Hiddlestoned Educator," I tweet about ways I've incorporated Tom-related things into my classroom. He was recently in Guinea on behalf of UNICEF UK, and I did an entire unit of Guinean songs and dances with my students during that time. I frequently use his recitations of poetry in my room to teach expression. I use his "Song of The Day" suggestions as tracks for my movement/dance activities. He's totally my muse right now! 
(During "Tom's Spirit Week," a week-long event I started in February to celebrate Tom's birthday, each day had a theme, much like the Spirit Weeks from high school... On "Loki Day," I caused some mischief in my classroom by putting pictures of Tom's/ Loki's face on my low-keyed chimes. See what I did there?) 
(On Thursday/Thorsday, I often teach with my Thor helmet on. Mjolnir makes an appearance sometimes, too. And yes, that's Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show on my ID badge.)

TNG:  Any tips for San Diego Comic Con?
Ruby:  I hope to better answer this question in the future, after I've gone to SDCC a few times. ;-) Right now, though, I suggest to ANYONE to follow great accounts like yours and Crazy 4 Comic Con for advice that I didn't know I needed! Yay, education! ;-) 

TNG:  Girlie things you love?
Ruby:  As a piano and ukulele player, I have to keep my nails short, but I love painting them with my daughter. We have tons of polishes!
I also love the color pink.  At any given time, I'm carrying my pink card case, pink lip gloss, and Tom Hiddleston's autograph with me in my pink Coach wristlet. I swear, Tom's autograph is my lucky charm! Nothing magnificent has happened since I've carried it (over a year) but nothing bad has happened, either! ;-) 
THANK YOU Ruby for educating the youth of America on what it is to be nerdy!!!  Follow her on Twitter: @HiddlesEducates.

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