Friday, July 3, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Not Of This World...

This week's 5 Fandom Friday features our Five Favourite Aliens!  Kick it up to Warp Speed and join me, The Nerdy Girlie, and Super Space Chick and hashtag #5FANDOMFRIDAY and #FANDOM5 with your 5 favourite aliens - self included!

in all his various incarnations.  I think my favourite has to be Tom Baker - I once heard that, in order to make his Doctor appear even more "alien," his acting method was to do the opposite of whatever the normal reaction would be to a situation.  Oddball, quirky, fun and full of adventure (and heart - both of them!), the Doctor has to top this list!

2.  Valentine Michael Smith  is a human man, born on Mars, raised by Martians, possibly divine?  Stranger in a Strange Land is a lot to grok, and Mike is even more.  At once innocent and tender, while terrifying and powerful.  We won't even bring up the Togetherness Pit.

3.  Doctor Zoidberg  everyone's (least)favourite?  I identify with Zoidberg so much.  He just wants to be liked!  He's completely innocent, well-meaning, and inept.

4, 5, and oops, 6.  Wiploc, Zeebo, and Mac  from the 1988 movie Earth Girls are Easy, portrayed by Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, and Jeff Goldblum, respectively.  "They're like, totally hot!"  If you haven't seen this sci-fi musical yet, you owe it to yourself to watch it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently... in July

FEELING:  Free!  I cannot emphasize that enough, so let me try again:  FREE!!!  The final weeks of school were a mess and completely destroyed me.  Any shred I was clinging to was completely gone.  I have burned that to the ground and it is done.  I know there's a new adventure for me out there, but right now, I feel like this ex-teacher has earned a little summer vacation to enjoy...

WATCHING:  I've been coming home exhausted with no other energy but to eat chips, drink cider and watch Say Yes to the Dress.  After a day of getting screamed at like something less than a person, it's comforting to see people just flouting "It's my day!" and having no worries about joblessness or being a failure as a human being who will always disappoint the ones she loves, but merely worrying whether or not the dress has "enough, or not enough bling."  Escapism, people!

LISTENING TO:  I've been on a Talking Heads kick ever since my boyfriend showed me Stop Making Sense!  That was almost a month ago, but I love the awkward sweetness and oddball sentimentality expressed in "This Must Be The Place" and I could listen to it over and over!

READING:  I'm re-reading Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein forever!  Though he's really going at the jugular in this one, I admire the brashness and giggle inwardly at how it must have been received when it was first written.

WORKING ON:  Figuring out what I want to do with my life.  Getting back on the horse is really hard.  I feel, as I already stated, like a massive failure.  I feel downtrodden and worthless and trying to put on a brave face and go back out there like it just won't happen again is more than I can even wrap my head around at this point. 

THINKING ABOUT:  How not to take it out on those around me.  I have a lot of anger and resentment that I'm trying to let go of and keep from bringing it home.  Some days, I was able to do that.  Others, I feel like I just turned around and dumped it on my poor sweetie.  I feel awful about that.

EATING:  Healthy food some of the time, and really awful junk the rest!  I guess it would all depend on the type of day I had.  If it was relatively harmless, I would come home and fix a salad with a home-made dressing of oil, balsamic, yuzu and mustard.  If the day was terrible, I'd stomp up to the grocery store with a cloud of buzzing anger around my head, grab a beverage (or two!), a bag of chips and a carton of ice cream and pass out on the couch in front of Say Yes to the Dress.  Clearly, I'm in a healthy headspace!

LOOKING FORWARD TO:  Taking a step back, taking a breath, and being done.  Filing away all the negativity and finding out who I am at the end of it.  Getting my energy back, making a living wage (I hope!), being successful, having time, not being in a rush, not getting screamed at like an animal every day, and being able to pee whenever I want.

MAKING ME HAPPY:  Marriage is now a national right!  Can we pause for a minute to grok that?  How far we have come!  And I look around at my house and my home and I actually do think, "How did I get here?"  The last nine months I had little time to think about anything besides "Don't cry, don't scream, don't pee, take a deep breath, into the fray."  So much has changed around me that I've hardly had the chance to stop, notice, appreciate, praise, smile, thank.  Now there's time.  I'm so grateful for all the support of my friends and the understanding from my family and my boyfriend has been unceasingly caring and understanding.  I've been incredibly lucky, and too busy to even notice.  Now I can say thank you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trader Joe's Tuesday: String Cheese

Trader Joe's String Cheese

Tastes Like:
  The perfect string cheese - strings delicately, not too much of that "processed" chemical taste, light and cheesy!

Great With:  moar cheese

Perfect For:  Folks who forage the fridge for a tiny, quick snack

Must Know:  Not vegan.

Costs:  $3.49 for twelve sticks.  Gone in a flash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Times I Was The Coolest Teacher

Now that the school year is coming to an end, I feel like a soldier surrendering.  Well, I tried.  Well, it's over.  I feel like a failure, but there are students who brightened my outlook by sharing the times they enjoyed in my yearbook.  You know, there were times when I actually kind of nailed it!  Here we go:

1.  Yoko Ono "Kiss Kiss Kiss"  
having absolutely no clue how to discipline children and run through all sensible (and palatable) options, I decided that, as punishment for screwing around while they were supposed to be working, I would force them to write their essays in total silence...while I played "Kiss Kiss Kiss" by Yoko Ono.  It completely backfired on me, and they proceeded to continue to pester me to play it for them "as punishment" oops.  But the fact that I exposed them to such a thing at their age makes me proud.

2.  Taught them the windmill
 I'm not a very "huggy" person, so when some students persisted in wanting to hug me, I felt trapped.  When they came towards me in the hall with arm outstretched, I tried to duck the embrace.  Finally, though, I tried reaching up to slap their  hand, and they dug it!  We added the "windmill" move after much practice and now my boundaries are respected, but we still have a special greeting - phew!

3.  Won a rap battle
 look, if you're going to freestyle in my presence, you have to know that I'm going to spit back.  And then news of my freestyle skillz spread like wildfire...

4.  Siri is the teacher  for my first class of the trimester, we were discussing the difference between humanity and artificial intelligence - so we quizzed Siri about consciousness, free will, and love.  She got a little snippy with us!  But it left such an impression on the kids that some even wrote about it in my yearbook!

5.  "Who Killed the Internet?"  for my first trimester of theatre class, I wrote the scholars a play based on their favourite Internet memes.  It was performed at a family night at school, and though it didn't go off quite as planned, everyone enjoyed it and talked about it even to now!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Unusual Things

1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you laid in a bed with? 
My boyfriend - who tells me that apparently I talk in my sleep?  I've been having a rough week (last full week of school) and as a result, have been watching Say Yes to the Dress to unwind.  Escapism, pure and simple.  Well, apparently, in my sleep last night, I said aloud, "Yup!"  to which he asked, "what are you talking about?"  and I explained, "I'm saying Yes to the Dress."  I'm a little mortified.  But I suppose there are weirder things to say in your sleep.

2. Where was the last place you went out to eat? 

Last weekend, a friend of mine was in town with his boyfriend, and we went with them and their friends (party of six!) to this Thai place down the street from my boyfriend's office, and from there, walked to the Gowanus location (HELLO?  Since when is there a GOWANUS location?!) of Ample Hills Creamery where we ate ice cream on the roof and watched lightning...and fireworks.

3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed? 

I had a full bottle of Original Cin, elderberry flavor.  And a quarter of an Angry Orchard, which may have helped incite the sleep-talking Yes to the Dress in answer #1.  Ouch.  Talk about a lightweight.

4. Which do you prefer - eyes or lips? 

Eyes, I suppose?  Because it's less creepy to look someone in the eyes than it is to watch their lips when they talk.  But I'm definitely guilty of both...partly because I'm a touch hard of hearing.  Partly.

5. Medicine, fine arts, or law? 

Fine Arts!  Why'd they gotta be fine, though?  I like my arts ROUGH!

6. Best kind of pizza? 

Bocce's in Buffalo makes a gluten-free pizza that is SO AMAZING, I was afraid it wasn't actually gluten-free (but I trust them!) because it was SOOOO GOOOOD.

7. Is your bedroom window open?

No, because there's an air conditioner in it.

8. What is in store for your future? 

I have no idea!!!  I actually sent off a resume for a job last night while I was drinking and watching Say Yes to the Dress.  It was a totally impulsive move that I'm not sure I would have made (more) sober but I'm really glad I did and I hope to hear back!  I have a couple other thoughts up my sleeve but after having a serious talk, I think my most immediate action for the future is to take a break.  Short break!  Set up this apartment, find a job I *want*, and get my wheels going again.  This year has been a roller coaster.  It has been educational.  I stuck with it and I've made my peace.  My future will be different.

9. Who was the last band you saw live? 

That would be Sir Paul McCartney!  It was a night I'll never forget!!!

10. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick? 

I really TRY to!

11. Any historical figures that you envy? 

Right now, President Obama and 5/9 of the SCOTUS are lookin' pretty enviable...

12. How many songs are on your iTunes? 

349 are on my iPhone currently!

13. What brand of digital camera do you own? 

I haven't used my digital camera in a very long time!  I mostly use my iPhone...

14. When was the last time you got a good workout? 

Moving was a pretty good workout, that's for sure! 

15. Are you experienced? 

Definitely....I think?

16. If you need a new pair of jeans, what store do you go to first? 

Urban the clearance rack.

17. Are you a quitter? 

I think the fact that I lasted nine months in a middle school would tell you that I absolutely am not a quitter, even in the most absurd and awful circumstances.

18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love? 

The Beatles and Morrissey.

19. What of the "seven deadly sins" are you guilty of? 

All of them!  Probably?  Except "greed."  But I don't really think the "seven deadly sins" are real.  First, I rebuke the concept of "sin."  I think there should be "Seven Signs You're An Asshole."  And they shall be thus:

1.  Rudeness

2.  Impatience

3.  Walking Slowly

4.  Shaming Others

5.  Manspreading

6.  Street Harrassment

7.  Materialism

Of which I am guilty of 1 and 2, and sometimes 4 but I'm really working on it.

20. Did you just have to google the "seven deadly sins" to see what they were?

So apparently they are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.  I understand the reasoning behind greed and wrath.  The rest of them?  Who cares!  Live your damn life.

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Fandom Guilty Pleasures

Normally I would say "Nothing you enjoy should make you feel guilty!" but there are those things you cringe to admit like...

1.  I adore the Twilight series  and I'm glad to see it popping up on other people's lists too!  I feel so bad because the books are a massive commercial success turned cultural punchline, and because so much of the plot is troubling - from Edward's stalkerish possessiveness to Bella's wilting-flower emphasis on virginity - but I can't help but love the books and movies!  That doesn't stop me from feeling guilty about it, though!!

2.  I fangirled over
Les Miserables  when I was in high school, and the TAC (that's Twentieth Anniversary Concert) was new, I knew EVERYTHING about the show.  The entire libretto.  I spent all my allowance money tracking down (before the age of internet shopping) the cassettes of EVERY cast recording.  I betcha I can tell Ruthie Henshaw's "I Dreamed A Dream" from Patti LuPone's in less than four bars!  I cringe a little at how obsessed I was, but I'd give anything to be that fully and innocently obsessed with something again.  Or I can just tuck my hair into my "Eponine" hat (yes I have one holla if you get the reference) and sneak over the barricade once more...

3.  Unicorn swag  I don't know why, unicorns are my catnip.  I need to stop buying unicorn things.  I see cute unicorns and next thing I know, I own it.  How do you make this not happen to yourself?

4.  Bridal Magazines/TV  this has to be a category all its own.  I mean, 'fess up if you have a Pinterest board for your "wedding" and no date set?  Yeah.  I love killing time in Barnes & Nobel, tucked up on a bench poring over The Knot or Martha Stewart Weddings or Modern Bride and I'm actually watching Say Yes to the Dress right now (tangent - how great is marriage equality?) and it's a hard ticket to sell.  But how much do we all just want to say "It's MY DAY!" and have everyone fawn over you and your epic party??  I still feel a little awkward justifying it, but I don't think I'm alone on this!

5.  Fandom Tattoo  yes, I have a tattoo of the split-face from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  And very soon, I'll have another (very subtle) fandom tattoo going down my arm.  People ask me about the face, or the quote, and it's a little awkward to explain "this is from a thing I like..." but whatever.  I like the things, I put them on me, is it any weirder than tattooing your child's name onto yourself (as if you might forget it and need to sneak a peek to remind yourself who it is you're tucking into bed at night?).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


My new neighbourhood is the greatest!  I'm so excited to be a Brooklyner, especially in such a quaint, adorable part of town. 

Over the past weekend, I had the chance to explore and photograph just a small handful of places around town (and dine at them).  No better way to beat the heat than with signature cocktails!  And I'm now thrilled to discover that the best sweet potato fries in the world are just down the block from me!!

There are sooooo many houses in Greenpoint that look exactly like this...

It's like a mashup of sleek luxury condos and these "granny" houses stuck in the '70s.  Talk about local character!

Zero clues what this means.  But it's a fun mystery.

Speaking of mysteries... this building here! 
Looks like the Goonies are going to make this a new hideaway spot!

At this point, I will take pictures of anything and everything with the word "Greenpoint" on it.

This public art is mostly green!  And totally rad!

Stay tuned for more fun Greenpointing adventures and if you're a Greenpointer, follow (and contribute to!) my hashtag #Greenpointing!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sunday Social: Get It All Down Meme

Are you a good dancer?  In my mind!  I can be, when I'm relaxed and apparently, when no one's watching.

Are you a good singer? 
Absolutely not, but I'm a decent imitator, so occasionally I can seem like a good singer...but only, and I must stress this, on very rare occasion.

Are you a good cook? 
I am trying not to insist upon being a bad cook.  I'm just lazy, I suppose, when it comes to food.  I will, and have, eat a tortilla and cheese from a bag, rather than go to the trouble of making a quesadilla.  Cooking hard.  FIRE BAD!  But I'm trying to keep an open mind towards cooking.

Are you a good artist? 
I believe I have artistic sensibilities.  But I'm not a good sketch artist.

Are you a good listener? 
I can be, if the mood strikes me.  But it has to strike me hard.  With an open palm. 

What's your favourite clean word? 
I really don't have a favourite word about cleaning.  Does "rivulet" count, like if you used it in a sentence about cleaning?  "The warm shower streamed rivulets down her body in pleasing streams."

What's your favourite swear word? 
I don't really believe in "swear words."  To me, there is no such thing.  They're all just "words."  I suppose there's such a thing as "hurtful words," but of those I don't have a favourite - most hurtful words I can think of are racial or ethnic slurs, and I don't have a favourite of those.  That's just awful.

What's your least favourite word?
  Any word that's difficult for me to spell.  At the moment, "unnecessary" has been giving me trouble.  Yes, it took me two tries to nail it just then.

What was the last film you saw? 
"Stop Making Sense," the filmed Talking Heads concert from 1984.  Funny story:  when I watched it with my boyfriend, I assumed it was recent, like a reunion concert, because it was so edgy and beautiful and kept making comments like "Wow, they look good for their age!" and "I love how they stayed true to their roots!"  Then I asked, "Did you see this concert live, babe?" and he replied simply, "I wish!"  The next morning I did some research on it and come to find the movie is as old as I am!!!  Wow.

What football team do you support? 
I don't, and I find watching football terribly boring.  I'll watch baseball, and frequently stop to watch softball games in the park near me, but football is so boring.  I think that's because it's always the same - running back, running forth, running back...  But baseball is new and exciting every time someone new steps up to the plate!

Have you ever been bobbing for apples? 
I don't recall, but I suppose I have.  I do remember playing a game in elementary school around Halloween with mini donuts.  Tie a string through the center of the donut and hang it from a low branch:  then, with hands tied (or clasped) behind your back, you have to eat the whole donut without letting it fall to the ground.  It's REALLY hard!

What's your most expensive piece of clothing? 
The most expensive piece of clothing I own is probably my mother's hand-me-down leather coat.

What's the last thing you took a picture of? 
Myself, at work.  My friend and I were both lamenting the terrible state of our skin lately.  Not very exciting.  A selfie to prove that I look hideous lately.  What a downer.  The photos before that are of my intrepid little plants!

What's the last thing you drew a picture of? 
I can't remember the last time I drew.  Possibly during a game of Pictionary at school, and I think it was a character from Naruto that all the kids are obsessed with.

Have you ever bought anything from eBay? 
No, but I buy things off Amazon ALL THE TIME.  This week at school I dropped my phone behind a toilet (yep, you read that correctly) while trying to pee before anyone noticed I was gone (one of the things I definitely won't miss about being a teacher) and my case got cracked so I ordered not one, but TWO replacements.  Because I'll inevitably break another.

Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink? 
No, and if I did, it would be something painfully simple like, "Put the cranberry juice AND the seltzer IN THE SAME CUP!"

Do you have any secret family recipes? 
Not "secret," but my grandmother's pierogi is pretty special.  And my mother's manicotti is wonderful!  But they'd probably give me the recipe if I asked.

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Favourite Fictional Fashion

Favourite Fictional Fashion
(or: "I just want to rock a jumpsuit):

1.  Kaylee Frye from
Firefly  makes a jumpsuit look pretty...pretty, actually!

2.  Batgirl of Burnside  has some admittedly hipster but fashionable looks!  I would absolutely raid her closet.

3.  Friday from Friday  normally I'd never want to dress (or is undress the word) like a Heinlein heroine but Friday keeps it practical and futuristic.  The shiny, forgiving kinda seems like I just need a jumpsuit, actually....

4.  Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer  always looked cute!  In fact, I even found her "season five-seven bohemian" wardrobe to be a bit forced.  She could've kept with oversized sweaters and miniskirts, and overalls (oh, the overalls!) up til the very end!!  High-school Willow had it going on!

5.  Podkayne Fries from Podkayne of Mars  respect the jumpsuit, okay???  If it's good enough for a genius teenager...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rice to Riches

After hearing nothing but AMAZING things on the internetz about Rice to Riches in Soho, I finally had the chance to check it out last weekend!!  And it is everything you could dream of and more!
Their signage boasted many flavours.  But I was still shocked to see so many flavours available and guess what?  All but two of them were gluten free.  And such a hard choice to make!!

This picture shows less than HALF of their flavours, ya'll.

My boyfriend and I decided on three flavours which, in retrospect, was a lot of rice pudding.  Key Lime, which was tart and bright.  Chocolate Hazelnut, sweet with a hint of bitter chocolate.  And Mascarpone with Cherries, which just looked amazing and was both of our favourite!

And the container was not only awesome (and definitely going to get reused), it came with a lid so we could tote the extra pudding home!  So cute!

Sadly, it is in Soho, which is a bit weird to get to, but just off the Spring Street 6 train stop.  I can't even begin to tell you how cute and sassy and wild this place is - it needs to be seen to be believed!!!  NYCers better haul themselves down to Spring Street in Soho for some rice pudding!!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bringing Up Baby...Cacti

One of the things I was most looking forward to in my new Brooklyn apartment was using the big windows with lots of light to raise an indoor farm of plants!  Well, maybe not a whole farm, but I have quite the lot of greenery going down on the kitchen windowsill at the moment.  My littlest babiez and the ones I'm most proud of are my cactus babies!

A million years ago, my mom bought me this tiny cactus terrarium kit at the Dollar Tree.  I finally got around to putting it together a little over a week ago and imagine my surprise when, in exactly five days, I saw these little buds poking up!

I can't wait to see them grow and take over!  I hope they become big and strong and resist my attempts to smother them with loooooove!  A cactus, I have learned, does not enjoy the smothering so much.  Follow along on Instagram for the continuing adventures of my cactus buds!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Would You Rather Meme, part 2

  1. Would you rather go to a movie or to dinner alone?

    Movie, definitely.  Eating alone is super awkward and not enjoyable at all.

  2. Would you rather always say everything on your mind or never speak again?

    I shall choose to never speak.  Saying everything on your mind would be such a curse!

  3. Would you rather make a phone call or send a text?

    Oh, a text, for sure.  I never did like making phone calls!  Even when my job required making tons and tons of phone calls, I had to distance myself emotionally from the experience!  I don't even like calling the robot to pay my ConEd bill every month. 

  4. Would you rather read an awesome book or watch a good movie?

    Book.  I feel like books stay with your longer because they require more commitment from your brain.

  5. Would you rather be the most popular person at work or school or the smartest?

    Smartest.  There's a certain amount of respect that comes from being thought of as wise.  And it's as easy as speaking very little to convince someone you're wise (see #2!)

  6. Would you rather put a stop to war or end world hunger?

    Both.  End war, nations stop spending billions of dollars on weapons, they can spend it feeding their citizens.  Does that make sense?

  7. Would you rather spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery?

    For the purpose of this answer, "camping" = tent.  Not like up at the cabin.  So I would prefer to spend the night in a luxury hotel room.  For heat, and bug protection, and stuff.

  8. Would you rather explore space or the ocean?

    Ocean.  Going off-planet disturbs me a little.  Despite how many Heinlein novels I've read, I still don't really want to explore beyond this Earth.  I'm not as cynical as Heinlein is on this planet, yet.

  9. Would you rather go deep sea diving or bungee jumping?

    Neither!  Emphatically neither.  Both of those things sound awful.  But I have to choose, right?  Falling or drowning, which death is less horrible...drowning, I guess.  Deep sea diving it is.

  10. Would you rather be a kid your whole life or an adult your whole life?

    Oh, an adult, definitely.  Being a kid was so stressful.  I think my anxiety has decreased tremendously with age.  I look forward to being totally comfortable with myself by like 60 maybe.

  11. Would you rather go on a cruise with friends or with your spouse?

    I really don't want to go on a cruise.  I think boats are fun for like an hour, then they become claustrophobic.  This, despite my previous answers of "explore the ocean!" and "deep sea diving!".  I like boats and water just fine, mind you!  But I don't think I'd like to go on a cruise.  I'll pick spouse.  Because the prospect of someone marrying me is just as unlikely as that of me ever taking a cruise.

  12. Would you rather lose your keys or your cell phone?

    Keys!  I know where to get backups.

  13. Would you rather eat a meal of cow tongue or octopus?

    Octopus is delicious.  I try to order it whenever possible.  Suck it, cow tongue.

  14. Would you rather have x-ray vision or magnified hearing?

    X-ray vision would be the lesser of two evils.  I could make loads of money as an X-ray technician and in way less time.  Just as long as I don't have to deliver any bad news to anyone.  Nothing worse than "yep, you broke your wrist on that skateboard, Timmy.  What colour to you want for the bitchin' cast that all the girls will want to sign?"

  15. Would you rather work in a group or work alone?

    ALONE!  Ugh.  I recently worked on a "group project" at work that ended with me doing all of the work anyway.  And I would have preferred that - let's just drop the pretence and let me go do this thing in 20 minutes because I don't want to spend 60 minutes hashing out details only for you to decide you're not in the mood or whatever.  Like, you can even take credit for having done part of it, fine.  Just let me do this work and get it done so I can move on.

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Favourite Fictional Fathers

In honor of Father's Day, much as for Mother's Day, we are listing out favourite fiction fathers this weekend!

1.  Bob Belcher from Bob's Burgers  is sort of the "straight man" to his wacky family, but that's what they need.  Also, the burger puns.

2.  Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer  isn't so much really a dad, but in the season 6 episode Tabula Rasa he thought he was Spike's dad, which was adorable!!  Oh, season 6, you weird hot mess you...

3.  Jean Valjean from Les Miserables  also...not really a dad...but he did "Bring Him Home" and care for Cosette growing up...

4.  Ted from Buffy the Vampire Slayer  Okay, so he wasn't really a dad, but he almost became Buffy's evil stepfather!  If this episode didn't give you the willies, I can't even.

5.  Homer Simpson  can't have a list like this without Homer on it.  He's the classic.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Would You Rather Meme, part 1

  1. Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great grandchildren? 

    Definitely the past, and here's why.  Going into the future to meet your great-grandchildren assumes you'll even have great-grandchildren, which I probably won't.  I'd end up all alone.  At least I know for sure I have ancestors...
  2. Would you rather have more time or more money?

    Speaking as someone who currently has neither, I would take more money.  Just in my current position of working double overtime and making less than minimum wage.  That opinion may change, but hey, summer vacation is coming up...
  3. Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life?

    Rewind - I would be able to undo all the stupid things I did.

  4. Would you rather be able to talk with the animals or speak all foreign languages?

    All foreign languages!  Foreign languages are so sexy!  Animal noises, not so much!  Also, when you can speak in any language, people think you're very smart.  When you tell them you can talk to animals, they think you're insane.

  5. Would you rather win the lottery or live twice as long?

    Live twice as long - no question.

  6. Would you feel worse if no one showed up to your wedding or to your funeral?

    Wedding, because I won't be at my funeral.  So I won't feel anything.

  7. Would you rather be without internet for a week, or without your phone?

    Without internet...but my phone is also my camera and my security blanket yes, that too

  8. Would you rather meet George Washington, or the current President?

    I'll pick George Washington because I already know we'd have drinks at the Fraunces Tavern.

  9. Would you rather lose your vision or your hearing?

    Oh no, not this question.  I would rather lose my vision.  I love music far too much, and I think I'd actually be happier as a person if I never looked in another mirror again.

  10. Would you rather work more hours per day, but fewer days or work fewer hours per day, but more days?

    More hours/fewer days.  Speaking right now from the "best of both worlds" realm, I can handle ten-hour days...but not every day.

  11. Would you rather listen to music from the 70’s or music from today?

    70's music no question!  First of all, it was probably the most diverse decade in musical history, and also because today's music is horrific.  "I'm in love with the coco..." I would rather listen to music from the "bats screeching in caves" genre than most of what happens today.

  12. Would you rather become someone else or just stay you?

    I would stay me, because at least I know me.  I'd be afraid of accidentally downgrading.

  13. Would you rather be Batman or Spiderman?

    Spiderman, because at least people don't dislike his alterego.  Peter Parker is a nice guy!  Bruce Wayne, everyone thinks he's a stuck-up rich idiot.

  14. Would you rather be stuck on a broken ski lift or in a broken elevator?

    This is a tough choice!  Broken elevator, because at least I can move around!

  15. For your birthday, would you rather receive cash or gifts?

    Cash, this year.  I just moved, and I realized I have so much.  Yes, guilty as charged.  I have all I need.  But cash can go towards travel and tattoos and experiences.  So, I may sound shallow, but cash.

Friday, June 5, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: On The BIG Screen!

Sooo, Hollywood is all about making movies of things.  And TV series.  And that's terrible.  ART IS ART!  Okay?  Comics are a medium unto themselves.  Who ever suggested making a pilot of the Mona Lisa, or turning Starry Night into a blockbuster?  I can't even wrap my head around how terribly stupid it would be to even try to take most of my favourite comics (such as The Black Mirror) and put them onto the big or little screen because they're perfect just the way they are!!!  But if Hollywood needs suggestions of which dreams of mine they can destroy...

1.  Identity Crisis  is such a personal and sad story, I could see it becoming a TV series - they could always keep the run going with Villains United and then they would have...

2.  Secret Six  is gloomy, goofy, dark, disturbing, and frequently hilarious.  They're just the type of characters that TV would love!

3.  The Long Halloween  would make an AWESOME movie (or miniseries for Netflix, 12 episodes) especially if it stayed true to the style of the art!

4.  Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz  would be a hilarous movie, if you could adapt it.  I would love to see some amazing unknown actress make a run for stardom playing the main character!

5.  Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
  it's 2015, and it's time to have real lesbians on the screen and not just in the comics!  This was a teenage favourite of mine, and I would love to see the characters cast just right.  Can we make this a thing, PLEASE???

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Gluten-Free Plain Bagels

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Plain Bagels

Tastes Like:
  These, you guys, are the best gluten-free bagels I have ever eaten!  The texture of bagels usually comes from extra gluten, so making bagels that hit close to the right texture without gluten is tough.  They usually taste like dry sponges.  But these, guys, are so good I FREAKED OUT and double-checked the package to make ABSOLUTELY SURE they're gluten-free.  They also specify that they are "plain" bagels which gives me hope to believe that more flavours may someday come down the pipeline...sesame...everything...cinnamon raisin, OH MY.  Joe, if you're listening...

Great With:  Trader Joe's Whipped Cream Cheese.

Perfect For:  Gluten-free NEW YORKERS.  The bagel capital of the world!

Must Know:  I promise you, these are gluten-free.  Don't have a gluten-freakout like I did.  You'll be fine.  Shhh.  It's alright.

Costs:  $4.49 for 4 bagels.  A bit pricey, but I swear to you, these bagels are the bagelliest bagels you can get without gluten.  Absolutely worth it.  You need these in your life!

Monday, June 1, 2015 June

FEELING:  Relieved!  Just yesterday my boyfriend and I moved in together!  It took ALL DAY but now we're staring at heaps of boxes of combined stuff that will someday be our home which is amazing!

WATCHING:  In anticipation of living with someone I love and respect, I've been getting all my trashy reality TV out of my system, starting with Teen Mom and hopefully ending with Sister Wives.  But don't judge me if I suffer a relapse.

LISTENING TO:  Funk music - George Clinton, Parliament, Rick James...dancey music has been helping me get (and stay) motivated!

READING:  I'm back on a Heinlein kick and am almost finished with Starship Troopers and as soon as I find where I packed it, I can't wait to start Podkayne of Mars.

WORKING ON:  What to do next.  I finally have some ideas!  The future looks less scary now!  Keep fingers crossed for me! 

THINKING ABOUT:  how to decorate.  It is constantly on my brain.  This apartment is enormous and beautiful and I can see it coming together so easily...

EATING:  Home-made tacos.  I've been trying to live cheaply and simply in anticipation of my massive life change, and tacos are cheap and easy to make.  Also I can eat them in three bites, and get back to packing.

LOOKING FORWARD TO:  I'm going to get sappy here...I'm looking forward to seeing my boyfriend every day.  He is the kindest, happiest, calmest human being I know.  What keeps me falling for him is the way he smiles at me every time I open the door.  I'm so excited to open the door to his smile every day.  You can't help but feel like melted gold when he fixes his warm brown eyes and ever-present smile on you.  I feel lucky every time I'm on the receiving end of one of those amazing smiles.

(I'm also looking forward to the end of school, more ghost tours, living in Brooklyn, warmer weather, parks within walking distance, and finding a new job!)

MAKING ME HAPPY:  This new adventure.  Actually being done with the moving process.  Endings and beginnings.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Swiped!

Do you need to write down things to remember them?  YES YES YES!  Just today I passed the drugstore, and thought to myself "I need to go to the drugstore for something!!  But WHAT?!?"  Long story short, I never got it.

Do you keep a diary/journal?  BLOG functions as diary and journal...ideally.

Are you scared of thunderstorms?  No, I like them...there was a vicious one today and I had to hail a cab in it and it actually felt kind of liberating, running around in the rain!!

Do you have any unusual fears or phobias?  Yes - I am afraid of tree branches falling on my head.  Years ago, a young father was killed in Central Park by a falling tree branch.  Good to look up and check, to be safe.

Whats your favourite Disney movie?  I guess I'm just not as wild about Disney movies as most people?  I like them all about the same, which is not to say I dislike them, but they're all pretty similar, no?

Have you ever painted a house?  I've painted inside a house...

Whats the tallest tree you've ever climbed?  I've never climbed a tree.  Tried, though.  There was a low and strong branch on a tree in my backyard growing up - I just wasn't talented enough.

Do you always wear identical socks?  Generally, yes - but on days off and while doing laundry, I'll wear the leftover mismatched ones.  The singles just trying to make it work with each other.

Do you live by any motto or philosophy?  YES!  It's tattooed on my arm!

Do you lick the yogurt or dessert lid?  YES!

Do you lick the spoon clean after making something sweet?  ALWAYS lick the spoon.

Have you ever played the bongos?  No, but I am trying to learn "step" from my students.  Which is kind of like playing the bongos on yourself.  It is not easy.

Have you ever handled a snake?  YES YES YES I HAVE!  Last summer, in fact!

Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself?  Well, I just moved apartments, so YES, and quite recently at that.

When did you last go to the beach?  Coney Island, last summer.  I can't wait to feel sand under my feet again!

When if ever did you last go to London?  Spring 2010.

What do you do to cool down when its hot?  Turn on the air conditioner, eat ice cream.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?  Definitely the crickets!  We have to make crickets again soon and force them on guests!

Do you have a favorite mug?  Of the ones in drinking condition, my favourite is probably my Tim Horton's mug, bought at Junk here in Brooklyn.

Do you know any self-defense or martial arts?  No, but I do carry self-defense.

Who's your favourite movie action hero?  Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?  I've ridden a moped from midtown up to Harlem.

Do you collect anything?  Heinlein novels, nerdy knick-knacks...

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?  No, because I don't really care what's in fashion anyway.

Do you stick to conventional fashions or like to try and be original?  I try to be original, but somehow my original outfits become trendy.  I know "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," but I'm trying to be unique over here!

Have you ever given someone a handmade present?  Yep!  Sure!

If you could have any feature from an animal what would you want?  Ummmm...Nice skin?  Humans have that.  Well, most humans besides me.  Oh well.
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