It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Supernerd!

The last few days have kind of beaten me down, which you wouldn’t think would be possible, given that I keep (stupidly) thinking to myself, “Well, it’s not like things can get any WORSE.” HAHAHAHA. HA.

Chickadee just scored herself a sports medicine doc and some regular physical therapy, possibly because someone realized there was a doctor we hadn’t seen/needed yet. But I have to say I do like the concrete nature of this particular problem. (“You have iliotibial band syndrome and that is fixed via rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy.” It’s such a nice change from “We don’t really know what’s wrong with you exactly or if this will help.” Refreshing, really.)

And of course in the midst of this, she was gearing up for the final Reading Bowl competition today—State Championship, a.k.a. the end of the line in this particular event, or Bookworm Nirvana—and for some reason really not appreciating my jokes about how it was a good thing Reading Bowl doesn’t require a lot of running. (Whatever. I thought I was hilarious.)

The team has team shirts (of course). For today’s competition, the coach decreed that they must wear their shirts with their khaki uniform pants, which I can tell you none of the kids were too happy about. (Bad enough they have to wear uniforms to school, in their estimation… now they couldn’t even wear jeans to competition? WOE.) The mostly-female team immediate set to scheming on how to make their outfits cooler.

The answer arrived as a surprise in the mail. A very dear reader whom I shall not name because she is, I think, a little shy in addition to being pretty and PRETTY AWESOME took it upon herself to send my kids some goodies a few weeks ago. Every single item in the box that arrived was pure awesome, but one particular item stole the show, and also solved the wardrobe dilemma:

Team shirts and khaki pants? Nope. Team shirts, khaki skirts, awesome socks, and—if you happen to be my own particular supernerd—combat boots. Of course.

Aaaaaand… they won. That’s going to make for a kick-ass picture in the paper, methinks.

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35 Responses to “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Supernerd!”

  1. 1
    Nil Zed March 24, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Mild Rebelliousness of the clever geeky sort is the best sort.

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    Jamie March 24, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Super cool!!! Congrats to Chickie and her team!!

  3. 3
    Tenessa March 24, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    All of the above is SUPER AWESOME! Congrats Chickie and team!

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    Rasselas March 24, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I love those boots, tell Chickie she has awesome style.

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    My Kids Mom March 24, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Yay! Such wonderful confidence. I could never have worn those at her age!

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    Genevieve March 24, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Woo hoo!!! Go Chickie, brains and cool style and a sense of humor!

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    Daisy March 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Wonderful! I love this crew already. And they’re book nerds? My kind of teens.

    BTW, What Band Syndrome? For a moment I thought she was suffering from Marching Band Flutist condition. Darn musicians.

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    carmie March 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Little did I know when I woke up this morning that I’d be googling “superman caped socks” by lunchtime. I must have them. I work with kids….I can justify it, right?

    Sorry your week has been so rough. I hope your weekend carries a little joy and relaxation here and there!

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    Valerie Hartman March 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Absolutely LOVE those socks, that style, and a teenage independent thinker. Kudos to the mom who can encourage that kind of kick ass attitude. It is not always easy, but it beats boring every day of the week.

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    diane March 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    LOVE the socks AND the boots!
    I remember being recruited on to the Academic Challenge team because I was the best in the school at literature. And then I got kicked off for talking too much. Oops.

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    Jen March 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    You have a matching pair of socks, yes?
    Congrats Chickie! :)

  12. 12
    Karen R. March 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Congratulations! And, great socks!

  13. 13
    addy March 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Super cool all the way around! Way to go Chickie.

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    Megan March 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Those boots are AWESOME. I’d try to find some but I’m not sure I’m cool enough – Chickie sure rocks ‘em though!

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    Fun mama March 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Just had to throw this out, I had that when I was pregnant (unrelated!) and found a chiropractor that specialized in The Graston Metho/technique. I hobbled into his office unable to stand up and after 1 visit was 80% back to normal, after three visits I was cured. I felt so much better, I nearly proposed to him. (because any man wants to marry a married and pregnant with twins woman,I’m sure)

    I hope you are able to find someone equally miraculous for chickadee!

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    MomQueenBee March 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Hey, Robert Griffin III won the HEISMAN TROPHY in those socks. (Oh, yes, he did.) My Baylor kid has taken them for his talisman in law school there, and did so much better than he expected in a big ol’ competition. Those socks are MAGIC.

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    Liza March 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Excellent. Awesome. Amazing.

    With extreme added bonus points for the fantastic styling.

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    deva at deva by definition March 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    IT band syndrome suuuucks. I dealt with it a few years ago and it made running really painful for me until I finally realized that WAS NOT NORMAL and went to see a PT. Lo and behold, four weeks later? Walking and running with NO PAIN. I still do the stretches and exercises he taught me and am six weeks away from running my first half marathon.

    Also, those are the COOLEST SOCKS EVER.

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    jwg March 25, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Your failure to provide a link to those socks for immediate gratification is a dereliction of duty! And Chickie is amazing.

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    Mir March 25, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I repent, I repent! Although Chickie received hers as a gift from ThinkGeek, for those with Prime and a need for immediate gratification, you can also get them from Amazon. :)

  21. 21
    Kim March 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Have I missed something? This is in addition to the hospilization illness, isn’t it? Either way, I’m a big fan of fixable problems.

  22. 22
    Laura March 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    How in the world did this girl get IT Band Syndrome? But that doesn’t really matter – what matters is those boots. Love them!

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    Jill W. March 26, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Yay, Chickie!!!!

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    Kelly March 26, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Yay!!! Love it!!

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    Zilla March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    My daughter, who is quite reserved and quiet, plays softball and has been known to wear CRAZY socks with her softball pants. They are often loud and not matching patterns….I love it and think it must empower her. Yay for Chickie’s cool socks! Love them, too.

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    Aimee March 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Ha! Those socks are AWESOME!

    Congrats to the champs — Chickie’s just taking the nerd world by storm, no?

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    Therese March 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    The socks definltely make the woman! I love them!

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    victoria March 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    So happy you now have a name for the symptoms; hope that reduces the stress levels, just to know.

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    victoria March 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    (Sorry, just realized there’s been a mistake in my e-mail…..possibly for weeks now)

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    Katie in MA March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Oooh – buying. I could mother a lot better running around the house in *those*! (Mortification of my childrens a bonus.)

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    Jeanie March 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Very cool sox. And way to go, Chickie!

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    Andrea | Elimination Communication March 27, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    You got me googling superman caped socks for toddlers and infants. This is so cool.
    And yay for winning! Do share the kickass photo in the paper when it’s published! ;)

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    Kathryn March 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    That is so very awesome. I like to hear something going her way once in a while. I’m commenting here and not on the current post so as not to give the stomach flu any respect whatsoever. It need not be acknowledged.

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    Cele March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Oh mi gosh the socks rock!

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    Pamela L March 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Absolutely LOVE the Socks – go Chickie!!

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