Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Inner Hermione Go Squee!

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Kind of, but not necessarily directly book-related…and in no particular order

The Top Ten Things That Make My Inner Hermione Go Squeee!

  1. When I can catch an NOAA Okeanos Explorer Dive (site). You see some of the coolest stuff on those dives. My best friend and I, even though we’re states apart, tend to buzz each other up and watch ‘together’. She’s the one who got me started on this.
  2. Urban Organic Gardening – We live in the suburbs, and we can’t use pesticides because of Miss L’s lung problems, so this is right up my alley. We either fail horribly or have an overabundance of one thing, so here’s hoping we find a middle ground soon. Its a challenge I love sinking my teeth into.
  3. Photography – Why is this one under “inner Hermione”? I’m talking more full on studio set-up, visualizing a scene and then executing it properly. There is a lot to learn to pull off good-looking shots. So every time I learn something new, I do a happy dance.
  4. Space (the real stuff, not Star Trek)- Whenever we get in a new tidbit about Pluto, or the Mars Curiosity Rover turns up something new, etc., I must investigate it immediately to find out what the deal is. My ‘bedtime TV’ is episodes of The Universe.
  5. Bioterrorism Thrillers – From movies like Outbreak to books like The Chimera Strain. I don’t know what it is about this specific subject, but it fascinates me. I think its the idea that it’s possible, you know? I think in the back of my paranoid head, I expect the end of humanity to come about via someone being a nuckfut with a virus. Could you imagine if rabies aerosolized? Gyaaaaaaarrrrrrgh. *shudders*
  6. Random Facts – Yes, whenever I learn something and verify its a fact, no matter if it has anything to do with what I’m actually doing, its like an energy boost for my brain. I just get all happy for a minute as I absorb the knowledge.
  7. Computers – Computers and their workings fascinate me. They offer so many challenges that I can’t help but want to poke at them all the time.
  8. Children’s Nonfiction Books – Adult non-fiction books are boring. They are. I love to learn about things, but it seems like the older you get, the drier the information becomes. Therefore I love investigating the children’s nonfiction section with Miss L, and am just as happy to read the books as she is. We checked out a book on snakes and lizards a while back that was just freaking awesome. Adults want to have fun while they learn, too! I mean, if I want to learn something seriously, I don’t mind wading through tech speak, but if I just want to casually learn about animals? Make. it. interesting.
  9. Building Things – This, like a couple things on this list, comes down to the challenge again, I think. Its looking at a pile of parts, a picture of the finished product, and feeling myself gearing up to conquer the challenge successfully. Whether its putting together a book case or building a K’nex hangglider with Miss L, if it makes me use my brain, it makes me happy.
  10. Bookstores and Libraries – Of COURSE this would be on a list of things that make my Inner Hermione go squee! Did you really think otherwise?

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21 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Inner Hermione Go Squee!

  1. Definitely with you on bookstores and libraries…but I HATE space. Outside of reading about space adventures in fiction, I just like to pretend it doesn’t exist. Sometimes I go as far as to say I don’t believe in space to annoy my boyfriend 🙂

  2. If you love Outbreak (which I do too.) Then you may love The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. I highly recommend it.

  3. bftreviews says:

    Children’s nonfiction books was a great pick! They’re way more fun. Nice list 🙂

  4. Speaking of viruses killing us all, have you read John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising series? There’s a very effective ‘zombie’ virus in the books.

  5. Jenn says:

    I love so, so much that you called this the list of “Things That Make My Inner Hermione Go Squee!” Perfect.

  6. Photography! I would LOVE to learn more about doing great photographs. I love taking pictures, yet I’m not very familiar with all the technical details to make a picture look perfect, flawless, etc etc. But I’d love to learn ! 🙂

  7. CJ Dawn says:

    You’re totally right about kids nonfiction books. I do read a bit of adult nonfiction if the topic or the person really interests me, but kids nonfiction books are just way more fun. And there’s pictures!

  8. I love building things too! I rarely get to, but I love to get hands-on and put a bookshelf together or something. It gets me amped up!

    • Are you the assembler around your house? I am. Where it gets me amped up, my partner just suddenly develops a massive potty mouth and wants to throw things.

      • Yeah, I live with a roommate, so I have to assemble whatever I want to assemble. Which isn’t much, because I already have so much furniture. I think that’s why I like it so much – that I don’t get to do it very often. 🙂

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