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

By Mir
March 24, 2012

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.


  1. Nil Zed

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

  2. Jamie

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

  3. Tenessa

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

  4. Rasselas

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

  5. My Kids Mom

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

  6. Genevieve

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

  7. Daisy

    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.

  8. carmie

    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!

  9. Valerie Hartman

    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.

  10. diane

    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.

  11. Jen

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

  12. Karen R.

    Congratulations! And, great socks!

  13. addy

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

  14. Megan

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

  15. Fun mama

    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!

  16. MomQueenBee

    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.

  17. Liza

    Excellent. Awesome. Amazing.

    With extreme added bonus points for the fantastic styling.

  18. deva at deva by definition

    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.

  19. jwg

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

  20. Mir

    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. Kim

    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. Laura

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

  23. Jill W.

    Yay, Chickie!!!!

  24. Kelly

    Yay!!! Love it!!

  25. Zilla

    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.

  26. Aimee

    Ha! Those socks are AWESOME!

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

  27. Therese

    The socks definltely make the woman! I love them!

  28. victoria

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

  29. victoria

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

  30. Katie in MA

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

  31. Jeanie

    Very cool sox. And way to go, Chickie!

  32. Andrea | Elimination Communication

    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! ;)

  33. Kathryn

    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.

  34. Cele

    Oh mi gosh the socks rock!

  35. Pamela L

    Absolutely LOVE the Socks – go Chickie!!

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