#AtoZChallenge: J is for Joker

There are two things my family loves: Star Wars and superheroes. You’d be hard-pressed to go in any room in our house and not find something related to one of those two subjects. (And on the off-chance that there wasn’t a toy or comic book or whatever lying around, then you’d most certainly see something related to Lord of the Rings, so there’s that. Dork Central over here.) There are often discussions about the better superhero, villain, or Star Wars episode. And, if, god forbid, you confuse Star Wars with Stars Trek or mix up your comic book worlds — suggest that Iron Man is a Justice League member, for example — then prepare to be dead to us all.

Okay, maybe that last line is an exaggeration. But there will be judgment and appalled looks. We try to keep the looks concealed, but if you call us “Trekkies” while we’re talking about how awesome the latest Star Wars movie is, then all bets are off.

Little Man still sings my praises for being a cool mom. I’ve yet to grow up and act like a typical 30-ish mom — and probably won’t — so we have a lot of shared interests. Namely the stuff listed above, but we also share the same dry sense of humor, plus a love of The OfficeΒ and old school video games. This stuff makes me the-bomb-dot-com (and that comment definitely proves the whole “dorky” thing isn’t all talk). Anyway, while singing my praises one day recently, he paid me this little compliment:

I can’t remember what I said to warrant that comment, but I can only imagine that it was equal parts amazeballs and sinister. (As sinister as a 33-year-old stay-at-home-mom can get, anyway.) At any rate, I know it was a compliment and that my heart went Grinch-mode and grew three sizes.

That mash-up would look slightly terrifying. (+1 to Baby Girl for knowing that this was supposed to be Mommy Joker/Wonder Woman when she saw this.)
For the record, I actually have dressed up as Wonder Woman and the Joker for Halloween — just not at the same time. A few years ago I went as the Joker and my husband went as Catwoman (not the Halle Berry Catwoman, though). We also did the superhero thing as a family this past Halloween:

What nerdy interests do you guys have?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

38 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: J is for Joker”

  1. Mine are all grown up now, I used to watch The Simpsons with them ( still do :p ) I still sit with them sometimes and watch ‘It’s always sunny in Philadelphia’ We don’t really have a ‘Thing’ I tend to switch off when the lads are watching the footy on telly because the language out of them is fierce…and you know I don’t use bad language! heehee.

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    1. Haha! I can’t remember with Little Man — either I or IV. I’m leaning towards I just because it had the kid in it. Baby Girl started with IV. I loved 7 so much. I think I’d rate them as 4, 7, 6, 3, 5, 2, and 1.

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  2. I’m a definite Trekkie. I also play D&D and WoW. An ex introduced me to Star Wars some years back and I was sold. I’m also planning on crocheting star trek uniform tops for Halloween for my kids next year. Yeah, the geek is strong in our house.

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  3. Years ago my sisters outvoted me to name our dog Luke Skywalker (Fluffy stuck instead). Once a month I’ll watch the extended versions of Lord of the Rings, and hate when people say Capt Kirk had anything to do with the Death Star.

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  4. Our house was not so into Star Wars/Trek or superheroes as they were into Sesame Street characters. My son was into wrestling and my daughters Harry Potter and the Twilight series (although she’s even done with that one now). All are grown and in their 20’s and beyond. Sometimes I wish we had had more times like the ones you had.
    Janet
    J is for Journey

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  5. Big Star Wars fans here. Harry Potter fans, too. We love superheroes, though faves are always changing. Captain America is my favorite. I have a 2 handed, 5′ sword on the wall in the basement (no sharp edges, yet) (Think William Wallace from Braveheart). I watch Big Bang Theory and get all the jokes.

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    1. Oooh, we could sword fight! Although I’d be a bit outmatched with my Sting replica.

      I’m still working on Harry Potter. I got to where I enjoyed the first one, but still can’t hang in past that.

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      1. I got skillz, though πŸ˜‰

        I wish I could get LM into reading Harry Potter. I did tell him he couldn’t watch any more of the movies until he read the books, though. He’s stuck on Percy Jackson right now and discovered that Rick Riordan has several other book series and is obsessed.

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      2. Percy is good. At least he’s reading. Crash has just now started reading Harry on his own. The first 5 books I read to him at bedtime. Dumbledor just died and Crash said, “That was the craziest chapter in the whole series!” I didn’t tell him to wait until the Battle of Hogwarts in the next books πŸ™‚

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      3. I tried the Percy books, but hated the writing style, so it was a deal breaker for me. I’m glad he likes them, though, it’s so cool how much he’s learned about mythology.

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  6. My nerd hobby: latch hook kits. I can’t believe I just admitted that …
    While I’m diming myself out, I’ll also admit that I watched the Star Wars marathon on TNT last year, but only when my husband wasn’t home. After a decade of giving him grief for being a HUGE Star Wars fan, I couldn’t let him know I’d joined the ranks.

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    1. Haha! I had to google the kits since my mind was blanking, but that actually looks pretty fun to me!

      πŸ˜€ That’s hilarious! You’ll have to come out of the Star Wars closet in time for Episode VIII

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  7. So funny!! He was trying to say you’re a wonder woman mom and a funny one, too?! πŸ™‚
    I can’t believe you didn’t finish Harry Potter. Did you read the books? They are beyond brilliant, I think. Our go-to movies when we can’t decide otherwise is always a HP. For my bday my husband got me tix to see the first movie accompanied by a live orchestra. πŸ˜€
    My husband got me into Star Trek (I loved it, especially 2!), and I watched Star Wars as a kid. We do lots of science things here because we’re both engineers (“enginerds”) and are big on the military – history and games etc. We have an epic picture of our daughter sitting on the toilet reading Military Tactics & Strategy magazine so she “could look at the tank pictures.” !!!

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    1. He was probably making a point about my warped sense of humor (hopefully that’s it) πŸ˜€

      I started the first book, but couldn’t get into it. I need to try again. I liked the first movie (on the tenth attempt at watching it), but just couldn’t stick with it beyond that. Between that and disliking Star Trek, I think my nerd card is in jeopardy of being revoked!

      Hahaha! That’s great! Among other things, Little Man wants to be an engineer when he grows up.

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      1. No! I am impressed! Now … Ms. Superhero … could you do something about this little problem we seem to be having, involving a madman with small hands? The world would be forever in your debt and you would surely be hailed as THE GREATEST SUPERHERO of all times! πŸ™‚

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