Thursday, January 30, 2014

Superbowl Snack-Down

Hello My High Achievers!

I don't normally watch football or make my own viewing party snacks but this year I'm doing both!  I'm super excited to see the Seahawks and the Broncos play at a friend's house this year.  I don't normally follow any teams but ever since my trip to Seattle, earlier this month, I've been following the Seahawks.

Their fan base is impressive, super-supportive and includes members of my own family.  I made them a Seahawks themed wreath to say thank you for hosting me during my stay.  Fingers crossed that they'll win.

In the mean time, I'm even more EXCITED for Superbowl Snackage!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Auth-or-gasm #1


Can I get a show of hands?  How many of you read books?  Like, love reading, can't put them down, been reading since the first grade?  Closeted and not so closeted bibliophiles,  Hardcore ROD - Read Or Die (an awesome anime)?

If you are like me, you read almost everything.  I know we all have our favorite authors, and I would like to showcase this in my first ever Authorgasm.  First off, you gotta know I do not like chick lit, romance novels, self-help books, or memoirs.  I prefer science fiction, fantasy, historical novels, graphic novels, murder mysteries and pure unadulterated fiction.

For my first Authorgasm post, I want to introduce to you Michael Chabon, author of Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

Incidentally he also looks like he could be Jon Stewart's younger brother, (hot).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dear Sexy Underwear

In preparation for Valentine’s Day or S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) I have written a letter to my favorite pair of sexy underwear.  Don’t worry, this is suitable for work.  My sexy underwear is neither racy nor obscene but probably better suited to a mother of four, trying to come to terms with her perceived “ruined” body.   Let’s read on shall we?

Ahem…. *whips on reading glasses* *imagines its James Earl Jones reading this*

Dear Sexy Underwear,

I must congratulate you on this highest accolade.  I knew you were my sexiest pair, black with a bit of lace around the waist band, when I first laid eyes on you.  Shortly after my 30th birthday party, when my mom slyly handed over a gift bag from Soma Intimates.  Her well-intentioned present to assist me in my laughably non-existent love life.  You were nestled among two seamless, nude-colored everyday bras and multiple pairs of seamless briefs in an array of colors.  I knew you were my sexy pair, because you were black and….well, that’s it really, sorry.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nerd Rant #1 - Not the Catwoman we need, but the Catwoman we deserve...

I feel the need to show my nerd side today.  I am a closeted Batman nerd and have been since 1992, when Batman Returns showed in theaters. Batman is my Star Wars, Danny Elfman is my John Williams, Tim Burton my George Lucas.

I was too young to watch any of the original trilogy of Star Wars in the theaters.  I came of age when the second Batman film was showing and later when Batman: The Animated Series became my Bible, my jam, my life as a 12 year old.

So I have a near-all-encompassing lexicon of the Batman movies which has bleed into the comics, and cartoons.  I have yet to tackle all the video games but own and have played Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins.

I pick apart any comic book movie like a Southern Belle mama does her beauty pageant offspring.  I get a nerd boner that lasts long and stays hard.  BUT I usually hide it.

I don’t wear Batman t-shirts but I have pretty sweet Batman watch that my 10 year old twin sisters gave me for Christmas this year.  I don’t have Batman plastered all over my walls but I have almost every DVD box set made.
My sweet effin' watch.
So now I want to bring up the latest Batman movie, 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”.  Don’t tell me you haven’t watched it, ‘cause you probably did, with your boyfriend, because it’s actually cool and hip and all to openly love Batman, now.

Ok…ahem…HERE BE SPOILERS………………...............................................................................

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Year of the (Dark) Horse

Hello dear readers.  According the Chinese, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.  Last year was the Year of the Snake.  Expect to see lots of horse and riding related accessories pop up this month.

Horses are prized as symbol of strength in the western world but they are not quite my spirit animal.  One of my favorite songs from last year is Katy Perry's "Dark Horse".

The lyrics speak to me a lot and a dark horse by definition is "a little known person or thing that emerges to prominence, a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed."  An underdog, an unlikely hero.  This I can relate to.

For 2014, I want to make it my Year of the (Dark) Horse.  I'm going to do my best to go after the things I want.  To ignore my own feelings of insecurity and fear of failure.  To take no prisoners.  No holds barred.

This year I'll be my own Dark Horse.  You won't even see me coming, until its too late.

I want to open my Etsy shop, write more, do more, be more.

This is my year.  Make it yours too!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

The City

I spent a day with my dude cousin, in the city of Seattle. We toured his school, with a massive Chihuly displayed in the entrance and then hit the EMP Musuem nearby. If you find yourself in Seattle,  I definitely recommend it. 

We toured Jimmi Hendrix in London exhibit, and the Fantasy exhibit next. The exhibit is a collection of manuscripts from The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. There were also costume and props from movies like Princess Bride, Labyrinth,  Snow White and the Huntsman, and the Chronicles of Narnia. 

They also had a quiz to see which of the 20 different fantasy archetypes fit you best, like the Magical Prodigy(Harry Potter), the Maiden Warrior (Xena) or the Unlikely Hero (Bilbo Baggins). Mi primo got The Knight, a master combatant, a leader, and a guardian who devoted to his quest. An example is Sir Lancelot. I got the Mythic Warrior, the archetypal hero blessed with gifts and destined to overcome evil. Examples include King Arthur and Simba. Pretty sweet, right?

Enjoy my greatest warriors, 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chihuly Fooly

I took a day trip into downtown Seattle with my grandpa, to hit up the Chihuly museum. For those just getting into art museums and whatnot,  you will come across a Chihuly piece at some point. Prized for the amazing things he can make with blowing glass, Dale Chihuly is one of Seattle's favorite sons and his pieces are displayed all over the world. My mom caught an outdoor exhibit back home and fell in love with his massively expensive pieces. She had tried to collect more local glass pieces, which she has dubbed her "Chifoolies".

Again after a staggering amount of pictures, we went across the street to a sport bar for some beers and snacks, mostly the tempura bacon. We caught the tail end of the 49ers vs Packers game. The Packers lost but that bacon was sinful!

Enjoy my supah ninjas!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Go Tell On It On the Mountain

After spending a day of quality time, visiting and catching up with family, we went for lunch on Crystal Mountain. I had to bundle up to take the gondola up but it was worth it for the view. We got to cross an item off my grandma's bucket list and I'm so glad to be a part of it. After allowing me to take as many pictures as I wanted, we headed back down and stopped for shakes. Hahahah. Of course I didn't say no to one!

Enjoy my ninjas!

Peach dumplings made with love.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Trip

The trip took all day long. Flights were delayed 3 hours all over the country due to the storms in the Northeast. Finally made my destination at 2:30 AM. Eh, it happens. I did get a bomb ass cookie on the layover in Phoenix.  Chocolate chip with french sea salt. Silver lining.
Provisions and snacks

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

I'm starting 2014 off properly, with a vacation! I'll be posting photos from my trip for this week and next week.

Below are photos from New Year's Day.

Hope you enjoy,  my ninjas!

Much needed coffee.