Love that!

Harper And The Women

As previously mentioned on this blog, Harper has a peculiar way of pronouncing "woman" - she says "yeoman." No biggie. She also say "lellow" instead of "yellow." Pretty cute, actually. But my new favorite thing that Harper says in regard to Wonder Woman. She had undies and a little tank top with the WW logo and LOVES to wear them suddenly, this week. But the ways she says it SLAYS me every time.

"Mama, I want to wear my Under Yeoman shirt!"

Under Yeoman! Awesome.

Another phrase she uses that is totes adorbs to me is "little minute." As in, "Mama, can I watch tv just for a little minute?"

Just recording this information here before three weeks go by and I've forgotten all about these two things.


The Joy Of Joining A New Community - Doctor Who Edition - Part 2

I love pop culture. I LOVE IT!

I don't have religion, I have the movies and tv. Sunday morning movies are the best. 10am popcorn? Yes please! Trailers that last for fifteen minutes before the movie? Why not twenty? I could watch two hours of trailers. And these days with Television? OMG don't get me started on the amazing stories being told out there.

NERD! Total Nerd

So I'm a Nerd. I always have been. Is it a birth-order thing? I don't feel like any of my siblings were nerds. Dor might have gotten close, she introduced me to Monty Python after all, but skewed more toward msuic. She was a Yes-head. Is that a musical nerd? (I don't know anything about music. It is the one part of pop-culture I'm pretty clueless about. As proof to this I will tell you that I've heard OF the song "All About The Bass" but I have not actually heard the song. But if you want to talk about Serial Podcast, I'M IN!)

Doctor-Who-logoWhere was I? oh yes, Nerd. I love joining up with the Who Universe to feel connected, to be part of a larger group. I think I had a bit of disconnect from the "larger group" when I was a kid and am always looking for it. I was the youngest and my next oldest sibling was five years older. We did plenty of stuff together, but there was also lots of earlier bedtimes and "maybe when you are older."

And growing up haole in Hawaii creates an intense disconnect. It's challenging as I feel 100% connected to Hawaii, yet at the same time could never quite fit in. In my K-8 elementary school, I was one of about 15 haoles out of 650 students. I had friends, but they were just school friends as I got on a bus every day to go home. And on that bus I read.

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I was a reader from an early age and my mom indulged me with books all the time. (Yay Mom! I do and will continue to do the same with Harper.) Someone gave me the first two Little House books when I was eight and I got HOOKED. Here was a story about a girl my age and her family in a world that was totally alien to me. Prairie? Snow? Churning butter? I didn't know anyone else who had read these books. Or who was obsessed with the way I was.

I asked mom to make me a sunbonnet. And she did. AND I WORE IT! I didn't wear it on my head. No no. I wore it hanging down my back, as Laura had. Haven't you read the books?? (and yes, I still have it.) I was a community of one, and I let my freak flag fly, even though I'm sure 100% of the people who saw me were like "what is that thing around your neck?"

Prairieskirt82Side note: prairie fashions were IN in the early 80's. I wore an outfit regularly that was not dissimilar to this one, complete with the sunbonnet accessory. I loved my denim skirt. Mom also made me a petticoat to go with it. LOVED LOVED LOVED.

Where was I? Oh yes, dearth of Laura fans on Maui. Now you can connect with other Laura Fans, read more about her life, see pictures of her and even visit some of the little houses. Or you can have a Doctor Who ring tone on your phone (guilty!), or a tiny tardis necklace and people will nod and smile, knowingly. Or they'll argue with you about Russel T Davis vs. Steven Moffat. (or Tennant vs. Smith). It's wonderful to make those tiny yet meaningful connections in any group. We are a community!

I'm not a church goer but I made a pilgrimage in 1998 to worship at the Church of Laura. I have stood in line to receive the good word of Obi Wan Kenobi multiple times (before and after the re releases). I've gotten to live long enough to be obsessed with BOTH versions of Battlestar Galactica and have loved them equally.

Curiouser and Curiouser

Curiosity makes all the difference. Learning about new things, new ideas, new characters, history, art, language, that is all amazing to me. I've always loved reading and writing stories. If you are open to new things, willing to give something a try (not just one episode, come on!) then the world will always be rich and full. People might say pop-culture is just junk. But oh I disagree. There can be so much commentary, so much reflection on the bigger things in the world, all hidden within that "junk." When our BSG heroes landed on New Caprica, rebuilt their lives, then (spoilers) the Cylons came and took over, there was a lot of excellent commentary on the Iraq war. They made you really look at both sides of a conflict and sympathize with those you might think are the bad guys. Powerful stuff.

OriginaltardisAnd when things are well written, well created, there can be such delightful surprises. You watch a show thinking, Oh this and that will happen and NOTHING CLOSE to it happens. The Good Wife is excellent at this. So is Justified. (OMG Justified, you guys, please watch that show it's amazeballs.) Did you read Gone Girl? That point in the middle where it all went in a TOTALLY different direction? Awesome. I aspire to write that well. I aspire every day and mostly fail, but dammit, I keep trying.

Why did I start this conversation? Because I'm a newly minted Whovian at age 47 and I'm wearing my fandom on my sleeve. I want a Tardis in my backyard. (Or in my house were the house big enough.) In a weird way I'm proud of myself for diving into something new and going whole hog. I always want to try new things. I hope I'm bingeing on something cool when I'm 87.

Full costumeOh and if I could afford a bespoke version of this I would totally wear it.

Or this:

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I'm a goner, people, do you understand? Done. I have fully succumbed to Doctor Who and can't wait to see where it goes from here.

You might have zero interest in pop-culture. Fine. But go out and be curious! Read, travel, explore, taste, try! And don't be afraid to let it show.


Return To Wii Fit - Snowball Fight!

My dear friend Jackie in Scotland (or as I know her best @JacMac30) commented on my recent post about the 5/2 plan and getting back in shape. She said: "well done you! I've dusted off the wii fit and have been enjoying the snowball fights once more ;)"

SNOWBALL FIGHTS!!!!!!!

I thanked her profusely as I hadn't thought about that in about two and a half years and it's just what I've been needing for some additional core and leg work on top of walking.

Kurt had to find/dig out the Wii Fit Plus disk and this morning I retrieved the WF balance board, scraped out the very dead batteries and fired the whole thing up. WOW am I out of shape. (This is not a surprise, by the way.) But it felt good to do the crazy chicken flappy thing, the obstacle course (gotta to get that jump mastered again), the skateboarding (oooh my neck gets so stiff!) and the snowball fight. There was much muscle memory but muscle fitness was lacking. Can't wait to start approaching my high scores again.

Funny thing was, in the couple of days before finding the disks, I was trying to remember what the snowball fight images even looked like. I couldn't do it! Amazing how memories get buried like that.

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Here's a screen image I found on the interwebs.

I had actually forgotten all about the skateboarding game until Saturday when we were watching Yo Gabba Gabba and Tony Hawk was on doing some sweet moves. I got doubly excited remembering how well I used to do with the skateboarding. So aside from the stiff neck, that was super fun to return to this morning.

Wii Fit has not been updated in years, however. I don't know if there is a plan to update any of the courses or games, but that would be great as they can get old after a few weeks/months...

But thanks for the kick in the pants, Jackie! (And you know I don't mean "plastic"!)


Yo Gabba Gabba! Or When Julia Finally Clues In

YoGabbaGabbaI can be clueless about stuff, but I have always heard about Yo Gabba Gabba. I was not 100% sure what it was all about except it had five wacky characters and a DJ dude. Also it seemed super hip to grown ups more so than kids in my pre-kid circles. Suffice to say it was always on the far periphery of my radar.

Until this week!

I love Top Chef and Top Chef Masters (and Project Runway, but that's not relevant to this blog post) and lo and behold, Top Chef Masters had a kids food challenge with Yo Gabba Gabba as the special guests. Brian Voltaggio mentioned that he has young kids and they LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba, as did he. He said his 18 month old daughter was just getting to the age where she would watch it.

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I grabbed the remote control and the DVR was set to record!

MaxresdefaultYesterday morning, just before nap time, Harper had her milk and we turned on Yo Gabba Gabba. And what to my wondering eyes did appear? But Jason Bateman guest starring as "Bad Spy"!! I adore Jason Bateman! Of course he becomes friends with the YGG Team and all is well in the end. Awesome.

If you don't know (because I didn't until yesterday) Yo Gabba Gabba is a 1/2 hour kids show on Nick Jr. There are songs and lessons and good friendships, problems to solve, fun to have, music to dance to. I love the random little segue ways of kids just saying "My name is Harper! I love to dance!" then just dancing for 10 seconds.

I was hooked and Harper seemed to enjoy it in her intense studious way - meaning - she just watched intently. Didn't seem bored, but didn't much interact. But I suspect she will get into it.

During quiet time in the evening, after bath and before bedtime, we had some more milk (well, Harper did) and Kurt sat with us. Normally we watch some animal show or ocean documentary. But I suggested the other episode of YGG to show Kurt what it was all about. We start watching and the main lesson was that one of the characters got sick and needed a doctor and that doctors are good people who help us feel better. So the doctor shows up and who is it?  

HOLY CRAP IT WAS ANTHONY BOURDAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We just looked at each other, wide eyed with glee. We have been HUGE Bourdain fans from his Kitchen Confidential to A Cook's Tour and his show that went with the book. He is one messed up, recovering drug addict, self-styled kitchen pirate bad-ass. We have watched every show he's ever made and still quote him after eating/drinking too much in mexico When he was "puking like a champion".

Tony Bourdain playing a doctor on Yo Gabba Gabba? Count me F***ing IN!

20100223-tony-bourdain-yo-gabba-gabbaThe even bestest part was that when someone asked "are you the doctor?" he looked right at the camera with a knowing wink to me and Kurt and said "Yes...I am!"

 

 

 

 

 

Pure awesomeness.

So who cares if Harper ends up liking YGG -- chances are she will -- I will love it and always be a fan.


366/2012: Day 200 Hooray For Hollywood!

Thanks to my mom, one of my all time favorite movies is High Society. I know I'm supposed to say The Philadelphia Story, but I saw High Society many times before TPS. My mom and I quote the movie often and so when I heard Celeste Holm died recently, I thought of that fun movie. Turns out her star is near my job. Love the flowers.

"Miss Embry, from Duluth!"

366/2012: Hooray For Hollywood!


New Job = New Shoes

When I got the new job I promised myself I would buy a new pair of Tom's. After getting my first paycheck this week I ordered them up and they arrived yesterday. (Really fast and I didn't even ask for speedy shipping!)

Here they are next to the pair I have been wearing into the ground. I love Tom's because they are fun and super comfortable. I also love them because for every pair you buy they give a pair to a child in need of shoes. How nice is that?

Yay for a job that affords me new shoes!

Oh and these new shoes are SHINY!

New Job = New Shoes


In Which I Learn Another Lesson About Judging Books By Their Covers

On Sunday we had a mattress delivered. Two Latino guys made the delivery. As I was following them into the bedroom, I noticed one guy had a tattoo on the back of his neck. It read, simply, "Fuck The World."

I started to make some assumptions about him. (Use your own imagination.) Unfair, yes, but I'll admit I'm human, plus I was about to get schooled.

As they were walking out, the tattooed one kept glancing over to our dining room which seemed odd. I made another assumption-maybe he was casing the joint? (No, I'm not proud of myself.) Then at the door he said, "Does your husband play cricket?"

I said, "What?"

He repeated the question and I said, "What? Cricket?"

He said yes.

I said, now totally confused, "No, why do you ask?"

Then he said, "You have a cricket ball."

Kurt walked in just then and heard the conversation. We laughed as he picked up a squeezey ball made to look like a cricket ball that our British cousins had given us. It was in the dining room.

I said, "Why did you ask?"

He said all excited, "Because I play cricket!"

We chatted briefly about that then he was on his way.

This is one of the many reasons why I love LA.

And I'm grateful to be taught a lesson about making assumptions about people.