Archive for February, 2017

Published by admin on 26 Feb 2017

Week 8 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed one day because I went out for drinks with co-workers. This week’s favorites were Over the River and Through the Wood and Night Animals.

Read 25 books (9/25) (not related to above)

I finished Feed and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. So, I liked Feed, but it was a little too close to home for my personal science fiction reading during the current state of affairs preference. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, OH MY GOD. I wanted it to last forever, but also wanted to know what happens and there are two more and I immediately requested them from the library

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Yeah, nothing new this week.

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (4/30)

One time! I’m done beating myself up for only making it one time. I think.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Still not working. 2 more weeks.

Floss every day

Floss, floss, floss. I missed one day because I went out for drinks and got home kind of drunk and didn’t give af. I flossed in the morning reflexively. I might have made a new habit, guys!

Eat vegetables one time a week (8/52)

Smoothies 4 LYFE.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

You guys.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report here.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (4/10)

We went for an afternoon walk AND a cocktail on Friday and it was very nice.

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of resistance (26/100)

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities
  5. Set up automatic monthly donation to ACLU
  6. Donated money to Yosemite National Park
  7. Faxed Dianne Feinstein’s office as I wasn’t able to get through to her LA or her DC office.
  8. Bought three shirts from Jen Tally, 10% of her profits are going to the National Park Service.
  9. Faxed Senator Feinstein’s office (again) re: Sessions and DeVos.
  10. Sent postcards to Senators Feinstein and Harris re: Why I Marched.
  11. Postcard to Trump to release his taxes
  12. Postcard to Trump that he’s wrong about a lot of things. (Quoted President Teddy Roosevelt…)
  13. Called Congressman Ted Lieu to thank him for his opposition to the #muslimban
  14. Postcard to Trump telling him that he should listen to Hamilton, it might help him understand how terrible he is.
  15. Left message for Senator Kamala Harris asking her to vote no on Price.
  16. Called Congressman Lieu to thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 804 and to ask him to pressure Trump to release his taxes.
  17. Faxed Kamala Harris re: no Price
  18. Faxed Feinstein re: no on Price
  19. Postcard to Trump asking him (politely, if I do say so myself) to release his taxes
  20. Postcard to Trump and McConnell with “Nevertheless, We Persist.”
  21. Called Senate Committee on Homeland Security to oppose Bannon on the NSC.
  22. Called Rep. Ted Lieu re: Trump/Flynn/Russia
  23. Called Sen. Harris re: Russia/Flynn/Trump (Faxed too)
  24. Faxed Sen. Feinstein re: Russia/Flynn/Trump
  25. Called Rep. Ted Lieu to thank him for his support of trans rights.
  26. Called Sen. Harris to ask her to stand with the Sioux Tribe and do whatever she can to stop the DAPL.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 19 Feb 2017

Week 7 of 52

Another week of unemployment. I have been doing a lot of sitting, which is terrible. Also, I’ve rediscovered my love for peanut butter on a toasted bagel and yeah, I need to start working again. I also kind of have an addiction to Civ V. It’s fine. I can quit anytime.

Read to the boys every day. 

We managed to read every day again this week. We got some new books from the library and from a Scholastic order. Favorites were Pumpkinhead, Dragons Love Tacos, and Gaston.

Read 25 books (7/25) (not related to above)

I finished The Day of the Locust and that was not the optimistic view of Hollywood I needed. It’s a great book, and on the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels list. I looked over that list to see what else I wanted to read and I just feel like maybe I’ve read enough novels by old, dead white dudes for right now.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Yeah, nothing new this week.

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (3/30)

Still only made it one time this week, but hey, that’s more than no times. It does not however offset the peanut butter bagel situation, so this week I’m planning on taking the boys to class wearing my gym clothes, so that I HAVE to go in the morning and get it knocked off the list.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Still not working. 3 more weeks.

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

Yes! I got this done. I called for an appointment on Tuesday and they had an opening the next day, so I took it.  Surprise cleaning! Also, ow.

Floss every day

Floss, floss, floss.

Eat vegetables one time a week (7/52)

Smoothies 4 LYFE.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

I think I almost managed the phone off at 10pm once, but then I caved.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report here.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (3/10)

We actually had a date on Valentine’s Day. How cliche!

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of resistance (21/100)

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities
  5. Set up automatic monthly donation to ACLU
  6. Donated money to Yosemite National Park
  7. Faxed Dianne Feinstein’s office as I wasn’t able to get through to her LA or her DC office.
  8. Bought three shirts from Jen Tally, 10% of her profits are going to the National Park Service.
  9. Faxed Senator Feinstein’s office (again) re: Sessions and DeVos.
  10. Sent postcards to Senators Feinstein and Harris re: Why I Marched.
  11. Postcard to Trump to release his taxes
  12. Postcard to Trump that he’s wrong about a lot of things. (Quoted President Teddy Roosevelt…)
  13. Called Congressman Ted Lieu to thank him for his opposition to the #muslimban
  14. Postcard to Trump telling him that he should listen to Hamilton, it might help him understand how terrible he is.
  15. Left message for Senator Kamala Harris asking her to vote no on Price.
  16. Called Congressman Lieu to thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 804 and to ask him to pressure Trump to release his taxes.
  17. Faxed Kamala Harris re: no Price
  18. Faxed Feinstein re: no on Price
  19. Postcard to Trump asking him (politely, if I do say so myself) to release his taxes
  20. Postcard to Trump and McConnell with “Nevertheless, We Persist.”
  21. Called Senate Committee on Homeland Security to oppose Bannon on the NSC.
  22. Called Rep. Ted Lieu re: Trump/Flynn/Russia
  23. Called Sen. Harris re: Russia/Flynn/Trump (Faxed too)
  24. Faxed Sen. Feinstein re: Russia/Flynn/Trump

 

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

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Published by admin on 12 Feb 2017

Week 6 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed a couple of nights because the children were driving me bonkers, but made up for it by reading Lucky Puppy six hundred thousand times (approximate). Also Go, Dog, Go.

Read 25 books (6/25) (not related to above)

Hoo boy, I finished Strangers in Their Own Land and I am stunned. I don’t know how to process a lot of what the Tea Party believes, particularly those in Louisiana so incredibly harmed by deregulation, Big Oil and Big Chemical. I’m ready for a really light read, right about now.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Well… that ground to a righteous halt when I found out my job got pushed a month. I’m going to be draining my meager savings just to stay afloat. UGH.

30 days of face care in a row (30/30)

DONE!

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (2/30)

I am unemployed, so you’d think I’d have all the time in the world to go to the gym, which I do, however, I still only made it one time.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Not working

Get my teeth cleaned

Nope.

Floss every day

I missed a day, but yeah, floss floss floss.

Eat vegetables one time a week (6/52)

Smoothies 4 LYFE.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Ha. HAHAHA. no.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

One down! Another appointment for next month.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (2/10)

Nothing this week.

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of resistance (21/100)

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities
  5. Set up automatic monthly donation to ACLU
  6. Donated money to Yosemite National Park
  7. Faxed Dianne Feinstein’s office as I wasn’t able to get through to her LA or her DC office.
  8. Bought three shirts from Jen Tally, 10% of her profits are going to the National Park Service.
  9. Faxed Senator Feinstein’s office (again) re: Sessions and DeVos.
  10. Sent postcards to Senators Feinstein and Harris re: Why I Marched.
  11. Postcard to Trump to release his taxes
  12. Postcard to Trump that he’s wrong about a lot of things. (Quoted President Teddy Roosevelt…)
  13. Called Congressman Ted Lieu to thank him for his opposition to the #muslimban
  14. Postcard to Trump telling him that he should listen to Hamilton, it might help him understand how terrible he is.
  15. Left message for Senator Kamala Harris asking her to vote no on Price.
  16. Called Congressman Lieu to thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 804 and to ask him to pressure Trump to release his taxes.
  17. Faxed Kamala Harris re: no Price
  18. Faxed Feinstein re: no on Price
  19. Postcard to Trump asking him (politely, if I do say so myself) to release his taxes
  20. Postcard to Trump and McConnell with “Nevertheless, We Persist.”
  21. Called Senate Committee on Homeland Security to oppose Bannon on the NSC.

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Published by admin on 11 Feb 2017

We know who’s really doing the planting*

I’ve been looking at plantations for sale all day. I don’t know, either. Maybe I watched Gone With the Wind too many times as a kid. Maybe there’s something about big old haunted houses. Maybe it’s that you can buy hundreds of acres and a historic home that is big enough to house you, your friends and your friends families. Whatever the case, it soothes me.

I thought I’d share my favorites from today. I do recommend this article first, though. These homes were built on the backs of slaves. Slaves were murdered, tortured, raped and then after the war had no place to go – so while some think they stayed because they just loved their masters so much – uh, no. Nope.

So while, yes, I can enjoy looking at these properties now, I do not forget what happened there.

First up, Seabrook Plantation in South Carolina. From the listing: Seabrook Plantation is located on a branch of the North Edisto River, Steamboat Creek, just south of Charleston, South Carolina on Edisto Island. The house was built by William Seabrook in 1810 on 350 acres with majestic views, surrounded by deep water (approximately forty feet). Kiawah and Seabrook Island are only a short boat ride away. The house is a Federal-style plantation with a grand, double staircase designed by James Hoban, the architect of the White House. The main house has five bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths. In addition to the main house, there are two guest houses, two docks, a caretaker’s house, a tea house and dock, and greenhouses. The property has been managed for hunting and recreational activities.

Translated: This place is old, it’s on an island (!), from slave times, has slave quarters, and the best staircase I saw all day.

Seabrook Plantation
Seabrook Plantation
Seabrook Plantation
Seabrook Plantation
Definitely click through and look at all of the pictures, Seabrook Plantation is so well restored (at least to my untrained eye) and worth a look at those beautiful trees with Spanish moss. It’s only $8.5 million. It seems like a steal.

Next, Barton Hall.  From the listing: Barton Hall was selected as a National Historic Landmark in 1973 because it “possesses exceptional value and quality in illustrating the heritage of the United States.”  The main dwelling with its 12 and 13 foot high ceilings, heart pine floors, generously large windows throughout, and its breath-taking 40 foot high entrance hall has 7,600± sf of heated, naturally well-lit space. The “Big House” has been described by scholars and architectural historians as “one of the best representations of Greek-Revival Architecture in America.” The master craftsmen that labored close to a decade to interpret and construct the original owners’ dream home produced a true work of art with near perfect proportions and symmetry such that it belies the sheer scale of the structure.

Listing translated: These slave owners were awful, and took a decade of abusing actual humans to build this house.
Barton Hall
Barton Hall
Barton Hall

The listing photos are terrible, and it definitely isn’t as well maintained as Seabrook Plantation, but Alabama… and $1.95 million, so, there you go.

This next place doesn’t have a name, that I can see, so I’ll call it the Sumter Mansion, South Carolina. From the Listing: Traditionally, each owner of this home has shared and passed down stories of its history- From the trap door next to the stairway that is said to have been an escape through a tunnel back to King’s Highway, to the powder marks on the front door during the war. What a home full of stories and history!

Listing Translated: Uh, some shit went down here in the Civil War because the owners probably were terrible humans that thought they should be able to enslave actual people.  Also, whoever they sold it to did some TERRIBLE updates and I hope you Southern slave owner assfaces are rolling in your dumb graves. Also, there are no photos of the staircase. Like, HELLO? I need to see it. God.
Sumter Mansion
Sumter Mansion

 

This next one has a creepy old house on the property called “Findowrie” but that’s one of the smaller buildings on the property that is way haunted and I am pretty sure you couldn’t pay me less than 1000 American dollars to spend the night there. From the listing: House was completely renovated in the early 1990’s using only the finest materials & craftsmen. Surrounding 507+/- acres further compliments the house and allows the property complete privacy. The estate has many improvements including one of the oldest houses in the county “Findowrie”, 4 tenant/guest cottages, stable complex & cattle barn.Property has numerous rolling pastures that are fenced w/board & wire.

Listing translated: Yeah, there’s a lot of ghosts here. And you’re alone on 507 acres so no one is going to hear you scream. Except ghosts. They’ll probably hear you. If ghosts hear.

Also, there are some really shitty updates in this place too. For $11.75 million you can have them all.

Big House related to Findowrie
Big House related to Findowrie
Findowrie

Slade Hall is pretty and doesn’t give me a “we tortured a lot of humans” vibe, but, that might be the flashy video presentation. From the listing: Located on the most prominent street in Eatonton home to Alice Walker and Brer rabbit truly unique Historic setting nestled on 1.07 Acres.”Slade Hall” c.1853 is a rare brick greek revival built to impress all for Daniel Slade and Elizabeth Trippe.

Listing translated: Hey! Alice Walker and Brer Rabbit lived in this town. Brer Rabbit isn’t even a real thing, but this house isn’t full of slave ghosts. Maybe.

Slade Hall
Slade Hall
Slade Hall

And finally, Panola Hall.  Sorry if you follow me on twitter or Facebook because I’ve been obsessed with this one the most. It is haunted by a ghost named Sylvia, who may or may not have jumped to her death from a window onto the brick walk below to escape a bad marriage. Also, you have to be a very “fine sort of person” for her to appear to you.  WIDE EYES EMOJI. From the listing: Built by James M. Broadfield in 1854 for Henry Trippe, the home boast over 6,000 square feet including the lower of three levels, all of which have gracious wide center halls running front to back.
Dr. Hunt , a native New Yorker, acquired “Panola Hall” in 1891 after his marriage to Louisa Prudden, member of a prominent Eatonton Georgia family. A former New York banker, Benjamin Hunt became known for his contributions to the dairy industry and livestock improvement in Putnam County and middle Georgia.

Listing translated: This was built by a “true Southern gentleman” and a carpet bagger from New York came along and now it’s haunted by a ghost.

I think if I had an extra couple dollars lying around right now, I’d fly to Georgia immediately and go on a tour of this house and if Sylvia didn’t appear, well, I’m sure we all expected that. Also, it’s only $649,000. And no worries, there’s a creepy ass basement that’s identical to the first floor, some kind of tunnel and this picture of a weird blocked off door that I don’t understand but if I went there, I’d get to the bottom of.

“La-di-da, look at the gorgeous Georgian revival mansion…”

Panola Hall
Panola Hall
“Oh, here is the interior, that looks pretty.”
Panola Hall

“Huh, I wonder where this little door went to, it’s probably not all walled off to keep any ghosts out of the house…”

Panola Hall
“Oh, this staircase leads downstairs…”
Panola Hall

“TO AN IDENTICAL BASEMENT…

AND A GODDAMNED TUNNEL…”
Panola Hall

 

I’m going to have nightmares about this house tonight.
Panola Hall

Published by admin on 09 Feb 2017

Your hour of rage

I finally got in to see my acupuncturist. She was the back-up acupuncturist my original provider sent me to when she went on maternity leave. Then my original provider decided to give up her practice in Los Angeles and move closer to her family and Catherine became my regular lady. She’s part of the reason I got pregnant with Manny without any medical intervention.

Anyway, it had been over three years since I’d seen her and I had a lot of things I wanted to work on, mostly my stress, sleep and general life stagnation. And look, I don’t know if this is normal, but I kind of think of her as a therapist. She knows about my entire body and all of my brain, and she’s smart and interesting and she just happens to stick needles in me and leave me in a dark room with my thoughts.

We talked about what I’m reading right now (Strangers in Their Own Land) and she wrote it down so she could check it out, but she also said I shouldn’t read it right before bed. She thinks between that, my mainlining MSNBC in bed and constant twitter and Facebook monitoring are terrible for my sleep and my general well being. So she asked if I could just read it at lunch. And so, while I still have MSNBC on right now and I plan on reading before bed tonight, I did spend my lunch hour calling my Senators and Congressman, writing postcards to Trump and Mitch “Fuckface” McConnell (Nevertheless, we persist…) and it feels so good to have that checked off my list of things to do. So, hopefully tomorrow, I can turn off the news before bed and open a novel.

Oh! Any good novels you want to recommend? Like, YA type novels? Like The Wrath & the Dawn. Or… non-YA like a fun mystery. Basically I want easy shit. There, I said it.

Published by admin on 05 Feb 2017

Week 5 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I think I only missed one day. Favorite this week was Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

Read 25 books (5/25) (not related to above)

I finished March Book 1 and read Hamilton: The Revolution this week. March is fantastic and I recommend it.  Hamilton… Oh man, if you love the musical you probably have already read it. If you’re unaware of the musical/haven’t had a chance to listen to it, I’d urge you to read this as soon as you’ve listened to it. If you are a creative person (writer, artist, etc) this book provides a ton of insight on the creative process and I just loved the liner notes. HIGHLY recommend.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

We got a payment from our film distributor for Dark Mountain. If we get 4 more of those (they come quarterly) we’ll finally have paid off all of our investors and can start paying back deferments to our crew. The little check I got (I am an investor) went to the boys’ school and an extra payment to my highest balance card. So that was nice.

30 days of face care in a row (30/30)

DONE! To be honest when I was making sure I drank enough water and got enough sleep and exercise I saw more of a difference than when I was just washing and moisturizing.

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (1/30)

Ha. HAHAHA. I’m off this week so hopefully I’ll get there. We did go hiking yesterday with the boys, so at least we were active? On one day?

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I did this for two days. And I have to go in and pick up my desk on Monday (I have the VariDesk and I love it, but I got the GIGANTIC one and it’s a pain in the ass to move from job to job) and hopefully my next show has a desk big enough for my desk.

Get my teeth cleaned

Nope.

Floss every day

Yup. I’m so sick of flossing.

Eat vegetables one time a week (5/52)

I did pretty well with this, but honestly, there are days where I don’t touch a single vegetable. That’s so sad.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Actually pretty great at this, this week. I mean, it helps that every time I step onto Facebook or Twitter I’m assaulted by some new horror our President has wrought. It’s like a shock collar.

Get acupuncture 5 times (0/5)

This week! YAY!

Go on 10 dates with Seth (2/10)

Nothing this week.

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of resistance (14/100)

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities
  5. Set up automatic monthly donation to ACLU
  6. Donated money to Yosemite National Park
  7. Faxed Dianne Feinstein’s office as I wasn’t able to get through to her LA or her DC office.
  8. Bought three shirts from Jen Tally, 10% of her profits are going to the National Park Service.
  9. Faxed Senator Feinstein’s office (again) re: Sessions and DeVos.
  10. Sent postcards to Senators Feinstein and Harris re: Why I Marched.
  11. Postcard to Trump to release his taxes
  12. Postcard to Trump that he’s wrong about a lot of things. (Quoted President Teddy Roosevelt…)
  13. Called Congressman Ted Lieu to thank him for his opposition to the #muslimban
  14. Postcard to Trump telling him that he should listen to Hamilton, it might help him understand how terrible he is.

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