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Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm here doing, reading, and watching...

Okay so the 30 days...maybe I meant 30 different days of a blog.  So let's see I'm at 12 with this blog posting just 18 more postings to go.   Well hopefully I get the hang of this and will continue on down this road of adventure and posting.

Lots of things are happening in my world due to the different things I'm reading.  

Starting a non-profit based off of the picture below.  

Frankly, I just wanted to be a nurse that rode around on her bike and delivered babies however I don't have the patients to go back to school and suffer through chemistry, biology, or anatomy for prerequisites.   So what am I going to do instead to help babies?  Start a non-profit with the help of friends.  We are still in the developing stages however it looks promising.

I did tell my non-profit friend that ultimately I wanted a picture of me on a bike as part of the kick off for this thing.  She suggested we can do that right now and get it out of the way.  I told her I wanted the picture to be legit and genuine so we had to wait until things were up and running.  However, I do have my bike waiting in the wings. 


Reading the book Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda.  This was a book created from her blog PastaQueen.  She lost 192 pounds.  She is wicked smart.  Her approach to her weight-loss is very pragmatic.  It really comes down to choice and doing what is best for a healthy body.  It's a message that resonates.  I wanted to write her an email and tell her thank you.  Pity I'm a little gun shy when it comes to writing something someone else will read...oh the irony.  

I will say I felt lost for the past few years about what to do with myself.  FA stands for two things in my book.  It is either Fat Acceptance or Food Addicts.  I tried to be apart of both worlds and needed some middle ground.  Luckily I returned to a program called IOWL and stumbled upon Jennette's  book. 

Jennette pointed out something interesting in her book.  It appears many blogs are mostly written by men and what little women are writing is mostly about weight-loss.  What's terrible is that it crossed my mind that I could turn this into a weight-loss blog.  Then I remembered there are other things I can dump my energy into.  Don't get me wrong I may write about my weight issues but hopefully it will be threaded within other points of interest.  

I finally made it to the theater to watch Star Trek Into Darkness.  I can't wait to go see it again.  Although that may have to happen after World War Z.  

My partner Wes has issues with the movie.  I know for one of the issues the writer had little control over what Brad Pitt created.  So it hardly reflects the book.  However, the writer has mentioned he likes how it all came together.  Guess next weekend the verdict will come out.   

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Read Wedding

I feel like I pulled through for the "Red Wedding" in Game of Thrones.  I knew it was coming thanks to my reader friends and Wikipedia.  Watching the horror of the wedding reminds me that I need to finish Storm of Swords. I'll just skip a head to the chapters after the wedding. 

Not really sure what more to share...maybe I'm still traumatized from Sunday's premiere cable show.  Huh...

For those that aren't aware of what happened here is a pretty good overview from CBS and a clip from HBO.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Ask My Mom!

She did it!  
Maria Bamford is back with a new web series called Ask My Mom where she plays her own mother that gives advice to strangers that have submitted questions online. 

Maybe this blog will become Maria's fan page.  I'm sure she would love that.  You're welcome, Maria. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I know how I started down the rabbit hole.  It was because of this video:
What Kind of Asian Are You?  Hilarious. 
I'm pretty sure I've been asked the same series of questions, "Where are you from?" and/or "Where are your people from?"  My response that I was born in Pocatello, Idaho never stops the questions.  So to narrow it down the next question will be "Where are your parents from?".  Well both of my parents are from the Treasure Valley in Idaho.  So "Where are their parents from?"  I think out in the Midwest.  I remember grandma saying Missouruh and not Missouree.  Does that help?  

To stop the drilling questions I sum it up quickly, I'm adopted and the most I know is that my parents were migrant workers in Idaho.  "You struck oil! Race questions are over! Yay!"  My sister was also given the same series of questions however she was actually born in another country so they may have ended sooner in her case. "I was born in India. Now fuck off."  I remember family would talk about color blindness.  I also remember being referred to as a coconut in college (brown on the outside and white on the inside).  My partner once told me that he thought I was white.  Needless to say my questions and heart rate began to rise.  What does that mean when you say I'm white? Why do you get to define what it means to be Black, White, or Mexican American?  Would you say the same thing to my sister?  He said no of course not.  Of course not! We grew up in the same household, asshole! He said he would do his best to remember what I have asked and to think some of this through.  Thank you, that's all that I ask! 

Why We Need to Talk about Race in Adoption: This is a really interesting article and it speaks to my sister and I growing up in Kuna and Meridian, Idaho.

Somewhere in Between
Closure (Make a pledge.)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Coast

I have been away from my blog for vacation.  I went to the coast with the family.  My brother-in-laws car broke down in Portland on our way there.  So the fun was delayed for a few hours. The nephew was cutting teeth and having melt-downs.  Soo the morning wake up calls were at 1 and 3 in the morning. On that note I may stick with just adopting dogs and call them my furry babies.  When they teethe a pair of shoes could be destroyed not a rem cycle. 

I will say my favorite part of this vacation was the house we rented.  I could sit in the hot tub and listen to the ocean.  

I have returned somewhat rejuvenated and ready to tackle my blogging again.  I have discovered my nerd-y-ness is limiting.  So I'm branching out from podcasts and movies to web comics.  I need more in my nerd arsenal.    

These are the movies I watched while on break:
 9 to 5: Classic Dolly Parton, Lilly Tomlin, and Jane Fonda.
Star Trek (2009): Gearing up for the new movie.
Hot Fuzz:  Action needed.

I read nothing.
On the drive there we listened to parts of This American Life and...I don't remember. 
I slept mostly on the drive home so I listened to nothing and watched the inside of my eyelids.

Haiku to the Anchor House
The house by the sea.
It's oh so dear to Amy.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Horror

Watching:  More of The Maria Bamford Show
This is hilarious and sweet.

Check it out:  The Maria Bamford Show 17 Horror

Visiting:  I went with a coworker to pick up her dad's pick up and had a chance to see the house she grew up in.  They had put in new carpet and the coworker took her shoes off to walk around.  I didn't take my shoes off and walk around mainly because my actual feet are just as bad as my shoes.  So I hung out at the front door.  

Doing:  Celebrating graduation!  My sister just graduated with her masters.  Am I jealous...yes...yes I am. Congrats, Sis!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Day

Listening: Aisha Tyler's Girl on Guy Podcast 

I've been a long time fan of Aisha.  In fact I was a fan before she was rated as 2011 best new podcast.  In fact I voted her as best new predicted podcast of 2008, 2009, and 2010. I was there as a foundational fan.   Have I donated any money to the show? Um no...but I am hooked to Aisha's interviews.  I'm listening to two at the moment.   Currently  listening to Maria Bamford's interview and parts of Matt Walsh. 


I wanted to check out more of Maria Bamford and quickly got hooked to The Maria Bamford Show.  Classic!  I swear I think my mother is cut from the same cloth as hers.   Who doesn't have a voice that reflects their crazy mother's comments!?  Am I right? Am I right? 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What to Expect

Listening:  Finished the interview with Anna Kendrick.  She is still pretty down to earth.  Strangely enough I ended up watching What to Expect When You're Expecting and she is in that movie as well.   She is like a Richard Jenkins.  In lots of movies that I didn't realize and its surprising.  Well maybe not exactly like a Richard Jenkins but a close second.    

Watching:  I didn't finish What to Expect When You're Expecting.  I hit my limit with the movie when J.Lo's character started crying about "how is she supposed to be a woman when she can't do the one thing a woman does" meaning she can't get pregnant.  My eyes about rolled out of my head.  I'm not sure what possessed me to watch the movie nevertheless I powered through most of it before my gag reflex started to kick in.  Rebel Wilson's character was about the only one worth watching.   

Please read an awesome review that matches my mentalities exactly:
10 Things to Expect From What to Expect When You're Expecting | Bitch Media 
Nicely done!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Unexpected Pantry


Nerdist Podcast 353 with W. Kamau Bell
I like W. Kamau Bell's show Totally Bias.  He has made it a show that gives marginalized groups representation on a tv.  Thank you, W. Kamau Bell!  I didn't finish listening to the interview.

Nerdist Podcast 259 with Anna Kendrick
Took me a while to remember who the hell is Anna Kendrick.  I still had no idea who she was even after they mentioned she was in Twilight.  She sounded super hip, level headed, and in my mind I kept thinking I would hear Twilight Zone because that would be super cool and hip. Also in my mind I started to wonder if maybe kids these days are just saying Twilight and not adding the Zone for a shortened slang.   Eh no.  After they mentioned she was nominated for an Oscar then I remembered she was in that movie once with George Clooney where he traveled around a lot. You know what movie I'm talking about.  Also they aren't saying Twilight Zone because it is Twilight. Groan.  So I haven't finished listening to the interview.


Let's Explore Owls with Diabetes.   I love David Sedaris.  In fact this maybe on my reading list for awhile.  I savor every word and will drag this book around for months in my bag.  I always envision that David and I are friends when I read his books.  It's especially wonderful when he pulls in a story about Amy his sister.  Then we are family.  



Frankly, I fell in love with Bilbo Baggins's pantry in the first part of the movie.  It's a walk in pantry and he had all sorts of shelving and storage.  If I ever get a chance to build my own pantry I'll have the architect check out The Hobbit. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

30 days

So I was never entirely sure what I was planning on doing with this blog.  However, I was damned to give it up and shut it down.  I wanted to make a space of my own and put something out for the world to read to support my narcissism (even if it is just me that goes back and reads this).  Also generation-ally I need to fulfill my need for a blog and tattoos.  So far I have the tattoos nailed. 

As in an insight to this sudden renewal I was inspired by Matt Cutt's TED talk.

Eventually I would like to say I'm a blogger.  Even if it was for 30 days.