Category Archives: Zachary Levi

Happy Anniversary, FRIENDS

For those of you not in the know, we just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the final episode of the best show ever, Friends.

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Crap. Now I want a milkshake.

Anywho, I am a HUGE fan of this show. So much so that I still use quotes from the dialogue on a regular basis. (Could I BE any cooler?)  So when my newsfeed started lighting up with Friends articles right around the anniversary date, I clicked on and read them ALL. My favorite? A blog by a writer named Tsh, called “The One Where I Love Friends.” It’s hilarious. And I loved it so much I went in search of Friends gifs that I could relate to my own life. Here’s what I came up with.

Me when I get question right on Final Jeopardy:

a woo-hoo!

Me when I’m on a diet:

MINE!

Me when the cats start yowling for food at 5 o’clock in the morning:

shut uuuuup

Me when Brian does the laundry without being asked:

how you doin?

Me when that thing happened on The Game of Thrones and I totally wasn’t expecting it:

huh? What?Me when I’m reading people’s Facebook status updates:

GRAMMAR please.

Me with every single baby I encounter:

a boo boo boo

Me with my iPhone when Brian catches me Twitter stalking Zachary Levi:

not guilty

Me in line at the grocery store when a cool jam starts playing:

groovin

Me at my Werq class:

boogaloo

Me with a particularly irritating customer:

grr

Me when I read that Donnie Wahlberg is engaged to She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named:

Whyyyyyyyyyyy?

Me reading Dune:

bo-ring

Me when I’m right and you’re wrong:

dancin'

Me constantly doing jazz hands for no apparent reason:

jazz hands

And finally….me every single time I watch the Friends series finale:

sob

Ok, that was so much fun. Thank you, internet, for having so many wonderful gifs to choose from. Now…I’m gonna go watch Friends all day.

I Want My NerdHQ

Today’s blog is going to be a cross between a public service announcement and a love letter. So if that sort of thing doesn’t appeal to you, this might be one of those Gabs that you skip.

But you really shouldn’t. And I’ll know if you do. (That Gabby Abby is WATCHING.)

Remember me telling you all about my fake celebrity boyfriend, Zachary Levi? The one who stole our hearts as Chuck Bartowski? Well, he needs our help!

Nerd Nation, Activate!!!!!!!

Nerd Nation, Activate!!!!!!!

Hang on…cart before horse…let me give you a little back story.

Prior to our trip to ComicCon 2013, I was already privy to Zac’s work. We had watched, and enjoyed, Chuck when it was still on cable. I was a fan of his work in the Disney movie, Tangled. And I thought he was a cutie patootie then, too.

Let's face it---he is true cutie patootie material.

Let’s face it—he is true cutie patootie material.

But it wasn’t until we went to NerdHQ that I got a glimpse into what makes Mr. Levi tick as a person, not just an actor. He gets giddy and fan-girly over the same sort of things I do (Doctor Who, Nathan Fillion, social media, etc…) He wears his heart on his sleeve for everyone to see, and he’s not afraid to shed some tears in front of the masses. And he truly, 100% believes in the charity he’s an ambassador for–Operation Smile. His huge heart, paired with his desire to bring all-things-nerdy to all of us nerds, is what ultimately made me fall in love with him.

So when Zac reached out earlier this month asking for donations to help him make NerdHQ a success in 2014, I ran to answer the call. And it occurred to me that some of my fellow nerds might be interested in helping Zac, and the greater community of Nerdom, too. Let’s not rely on me to tell you the story…I’ll let Zac do the heavy lifting.

(As you can see, Zac followed my lead and decided to use IndieGoGo to fund his campaign. He saw how successful we were over the holidays with our Pack My Pontiac drive, and jumped on the bandwagon. Smart boy.)

While Brian and I won’t get the opportunity to go to ComicCon, or NerdHQ, this summer, we still want to support it going forward. Why? Because it was the most amazing experience we’ve ever had. (And we didn’t even make it into any of the panels!!) Getting the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of our favorite celebrities was the highlight of our California vacation. Plus, even though we’ll be staying at home, we’ll still be able to experience the panels at NerdHQ via live streaming!

So, here’s what you’ll be doing if you donate that hard earned $5 in your pocket:

1) You’ll be helping my “boyfriend” out of a tight financial spot. This will allow us to vacation more freely in August. You have my thanks in advance.

2) You’ll be funding an experience for fellow nerds out there, and giving them the opportunity to relax and party in the coolest environment offered in the entire ComicCon universe.

3) You’ll be helping Zac, and his group of supporters, create an event that will ultimately help them make money to donate to a worthy cause. (Read: your dollars will help them make dollars that will help fix cleft palates across the world.)

And here’s what you’ll get out of that donation:

1) The satisfaction of knowing that you did something AWESOME.

2) Your name on the giant NerdHQ wall of fame. (ERMYGERD! Yer FERMEROUS!)

3) The opportunity to sit back and watch the hilarity unfold in July as Zac and his friends get all nerdy together. (And if that’s not worth $5, then what is??)

You’ll also get my thanks, fellow nerds. Because even if I won’t be able to launch myself at Zac (or Nathan Fillion, or Tom Hiddleston, or Joss Whedon, or Sarah Michelle Gellar, or any other Nerd Ambassadors) this year….

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So get to clickin’, people! Let’s make this happen…for me, for Zac, and for nerds EVERYWHERE!

I’ll be keeping track of how far we have come in this funding process with a nifty little gadget in the right column. So keep checking back to see how far your dollars have gone!!

Antarctica? Really??

Now that I’ve fully admitted to my shiny new love affair with Zachary Levi, I feel comfortable enough to tell you about my social media interactions with him. A few days ago, I checked my Twitter feed and found this:

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Shekinah is his sister. NOT his girlfriend. I googled it.

OK, I realize that he just finished up a Broadway show and that he’s currently between gigs right now, so a vacation with friends and family to somewhere remote and quiet is probably just the time off he needs.

But ANTARCTICA, Zachypoo? Really???

Since the post, I’ve been having all sorts of nightmares that jolt me awake at night shivering from the imagined cold and ice and wind and snow. They often involve my love fighting off/being eaten/running away from one of the many forms of wildlife that roam the frozen tundra of the Arctic.

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It terrifies me down to my very toes. Couldn’t he have chosen a warmer locale? A place where the only “death” he would have to worry about is Tiki Death Punch? Wouldn’t it be so much more relaxing to have your toes in the sand rather than in danger of frostbite? Am I the only one who doesn’t understand this vacation spot choice??

I mean, I’m sure the Antarcticans are thrilled to have him. Who wouldn’t be? He was a sexy-nerd-turned-international-super-spy on TV’s CHUCK for 5 years. I’m sure they’ve rolled out the red carpet for Zac and his friends.

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Were I a penguin, I’d be standing there in all my fuzzy glory wearing my Nerd Herd t-shirt and waving around a “KISS ME ZAC” sign with the rest of them. But alas, I am a southern girl, and cold to me means 40 degrees with relative humidity. Forty below? Sorry, Zac. I’m out.

Perhaps I should launch a Twitter campaign to convince him to come back home. I’d be glad to meet him in Southern California, and I’m pretty sure I could make his Antarctica dreams come true. We could just go into his apartment/house/condo/mansion, close the blinds, turn the AC down as low as it could go, and share a pot of homemade hot chocolate in our very special mugs.

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And if he was still bored and wanted something more exhilarating to connect him to Mother Nature, I’d just pop “Free Willy” or “Sharknado” into the DVD player and we’d be all set. Sounds like the PERFECT week off to me.

He probably wouldn’t go for it. But I still think it’s important to warn Zac, his posse, and the Antarctic officials that it’s imperative that they don’t let Zachary Levi walk around smiling the whole time he’s in Antarctica. With that 1000-watt smile? It would finish off the already-melting ice caps, and we’d all be in some serious danger.

To match feature CLIMATE/ANTARCTICA

So, a note to recap…

Dear Zac,
If you see a polar bear, please stay far enough away from it that it doesn’t sniff you out and try to chase you down. I’m not the only one who thinks you’re a tasty morsel. Secondly, the penguins may be your biggest fans, but they smell bad and will just run away if you try to hug them. I, however, do NOT smell and will NOT run away from a hug. Also, my offer still stands. I’ve gotten my AC down to at least 60 before–and I make a mean pot of hot chocolate. I can also spray you in the face with ice water, if you’re going for realism. And finally—watch that smile, pal. Global warming is a real thing–be kind to the environment and keep those pearly whites under lock and key.
Love,
Your Shiny New Pretend Stalker Girlfriend

These Are The Days Of Abby’s Life

I can’t go on denying it. Not to you, readers, nor to myself. Love is a fickle, fickle thing, and I find myself in a position no woman wants to be in.

Not really.

I’m in love. Again.

It’s not that I’m bad at devotion. It’s not that I have commitment issues. It’s not that I have a short attention span.

Ok, it might be a little of that last thing I mentioned.

The truth is that, while Donnie Wahlberg was an obsession, and Nathan Fillion was a fun rebound crush thing, my new love started at a slow simmer and has slowly blossomed into something…more.

He’s kind. Funny. Handsome. He has the most amazing, kill-a-girl-with-just-one-smile smile. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He does charity work for Operation Smile–an organization that pays for surgeries to fix cleft lips and palettes for children around the world. He sings, and had a show on Broadway that just ended called “First Date.” He did a voice in the popular Disney movie, “Tangled.” He played the most adorable computer tech-turned-international super spy on TV.

Meet, my new fake celebrity boyfriend, Zachary Levi.

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… … … … What? Yeah, I’m still here. Sorry…I was right about the killer smile thing, though, AMIRIGHT??

ANYway…this romance began in a very specific setting.

You guessed it. Comic Con. More specifically, at Nerd HQ. Listen: That whole day just rocked. Hard core rocked. Eighties hair band rocked. Grand Canyon rocked. We brushed elbows with Wil Wheaton and watched “Serenity” with Nathan Fillion and it was just the most awesome experience, ever. It was the perfect set up for Nerd Love, if you know what I’m sayin’.

I was already a fan of Zac’s before Nerd HQ, but two things turned me into an UBER fan that day. One: his generosity, and the way he wears his heart on his sleeve when he talks about how passionate he is about his fans, his family, and his charity.

And two: This Picture.

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That gorgeous grin haunts me every day. Literally. Because I printed out a copy and put it up in our living room, right next to our detailed Kre-O Star Trek Enterprise, and Manny wearing a Fez.

Photographic Evidence:

Please don't judge my housekeeping skills based on the dust you see in this photo. This shelf happens to be very tall, and I can't reach it to dust unless I climb up on the love seat to do it, which I've never done except to take this picture.

Please don’t judge my housekeeping skills based on the dust you see in this photo. This shelf happens to be very tall, and I can’t reach it to dust unless I climb up on the love seat to do it, which I’ve never done except to take this picture.

Since that fateful day when Zac wrapped his arms around me, complimented my awesome shirt, and made me genuinely feel like the only person in the room (despite the queue of people waiting for their turn for a photo. And oh, right, my husband, who’s standing just on the other side of him)…Netflix made the announcement that they were finally putting “Chuck” up for streaming. And Brian and I watched every single episode over the holidays.

I’ve also started following Zac on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhoSay, and actively look for memes about him on Tumblr. That’s right, people. I’m hooked. Head over heels. Total stalker mode. Call me a fan girl, that’s ok. I know what this is—and it’s true fake love.

Judge me not, friends and readers. I know I’ve taken you on quite the journey with my romances since Abby Gabs’ inception. But the heart wants what the heart wants. And right now, it wants Chuck Bartowski. Oh yeah.

… … … … Wait, you thought something was going on with my marriage?? No way, Jose. We’re still cool, y’all. No worries. Brian will ALWAYS be the winner of the Man War, no matter how many incarnations there are in this lifetime.

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Best. Marriage. Ever.