Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's good to be alive!

I've been doing a lot more journaling and a lot less blogging lately-- do you really care about seeing the list of accomplishments I'm proud of in 2015? I thought not.

So instead, let's celebrate the new year!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

2016

I know, I haven been totally MIA on the blog front-- I've started a lot that never got finished, which leaves for a pretty bare blog. This isn't even a "new years resolution" blog, this is just a list.

In 2015, I got to visit:

  • Nashville
  • Seattle *new
  • Chicago  *new
  • Las Vegas  *new
  • Green Bay (very briefly)
  • Minneapolis (very briefly)
So a pretty good travel year, considering!

Next year, my goals are:
  • Atlanta (no choice here- it's for work)
  • Portland
  • New Orleans (this is top of the list)
  • Chicago (but this time REALLY see the city)
  • Orlando (for work)
  • New York City (this looks like an April trip)
  • Seattle 
  • Nashville 
So let's see where this next year takes us!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jessica Jones


First of all, if you aren't watching this show, you should. It's sort of a Veronica Mars meets Phillip Marlowe meets Daredevil. Very noir. It's also an awesome example of how Marvel can make kick-ass women. I don't want to go into it too much and spoil it, but I could also go on for hours about how refreshing it is to have women that have been hurt without victimizing them. There is not a single woman in a refrigerator.

Secondly, the theme song and opening credits design is so good, and because it's a netflix show people that are binge watching will only see it the first time they turn on the tv (when the show keeps playing, it skips over the opening scene). That is a shame. Some people worked very hard on all of it, and I can't stress enough what an awesome job they did.

So, go watch! It's Marvel's first super-female led project, and I want more.

Friday, November 20, 2015

On Being an Artist


I will also add that my boss is an artist, and not a cranky robot. So while I may be a chicken sighing at my desk, I am not a starving chicken, and can afford the time to write when I get home.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Currently Reading: "On Writing" - Steven King

“Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. Even when no one is listening (or reading or watching), every outing is a bravura performance, because you as the creator are happy. Perhaps even ecstatic.”

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” 
"And what about those [writers' workshop] critiques, by the way? How valuable are they? Not very, in my experience, sorry. A lot of them are maddeningly vague. I love the feeling of Peter's story, someone may say. It had something... a sense of I don't know... there's a loving kind of you know... I can't exactly describe it....

It seems to occur to few of the attendees that if you have a feeling you just can't describe, you might just be, I don't know, kind of like, my sense of it is, maybe in the wrong fucking class.”

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This Week

1) Beware of grouch Paige. This week lots of little bothers rolled into each other and turned me into one raging angry faux-adult. I took Friday off to work on an attitude adjustment and to spare my coworkers of my bitch-mouth, but I woke up late and wasted half the day, which only makes me grumpier.

2) Faith and The Human Spirit- You know what's a good way to snap out of a bad mood? Go see The 33. It's the kind of movie that makes you cry happy tears, and since you already know what happens to the Chilean miners you don't really have to spend the movie in a state of anxiety. I love the idea that you can be a Christian and believe God had a hand in keeping them all safe, or you can be anything else and still recognize that their faith in God kept them together. I want to believe in something so strongly that I could have that security.

3) You know what I do have faith in? My personal trainer, who continues to not take any shit from me while still being very nervous about my health. She's convinced I need to see a neurologist and is constantly worried I'm going to drop a weight on myself or pass out. She's not wrong to be worried, but she also has a unique perspective in that she sees my body working every week, knows what I eat, and is still concerned. A doctor you might see once, they suggest you eat better, and then they send you away. So there's a certain amount of validation in someone paying that close attention that can say "I see you struggling, and I see your body working differently than others, and Something is wrong."

4) Eating Healthier for that trainer- Ugh, do I hate protein drinks. But the rest of what she's instructed me to do isn't so bad. Lemon water (not water with lemon, but a glass of water with straight lemon juice in it) has been a surprisingly effective and easy change in my diet that's given me more energy, supposedly will help me lose weight, and also is giving my skin a boost.

5) And when I don't eat healthy? Thursday, the Taco Bell boy gave me the senior citizen discount because he thought I was cute. This also occasionally happens at my movie theater. Humble brag? Maybe. Weird compliment? I'll take it.