Archive for December, 2017

Published by admin on 31 Dec 2017

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Published by admin on 24 Dec 2017

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Published by admin on 23 Dec 2017

Books to read in 2018

I need another place to collect books to read. I have my goodreads list, but that feels unwieldy to me. I have a section in my bullet journal too, but that gets forgotten. Hillary, of Make America Read Again, has a great spreadsheet for her “Read Harder” book list and I want to do something like that here.

Obviously there is overlap in some of these categories, so if it’s a science fiction novel by a woman of color, it will just go in the first category I come to, or it won’t! I’m not a librarian. Don’t @ me. And I’ll be adding throughout the year to these and updating if I’ve managed to read any on this extensive list.

Books by women

Books by POC


“Classics” I never read


Science Fiction




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Published by admin on 23 Dec 2017

2017 Recap

It’s that time of year! (for a recap meme inspired by Sundry.)  My old recaps are here – 201020112012, 201320142015, 2016.

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

I walked in the Women’s March.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I did keep some of them! They were more goals than ‘resolutions’ but potato potahto.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I know a few women from TLI who had babies, and my co-worker had a sweet baby girl who I try to steal every time she comes to the office.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My cousin’s wife died. I got to see her in June in Los Angeles and she was so happy to be sharing a big, lovely adventure up the coast of California with her kids and husband and I was delighted to spend a short amount of time with her. Her absence has created a crater in our family.

5. Where did you travel?

I went to Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Seattle.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017? 

More confidence in myself. I keep letting myself be crippled by self doubt and I might need a life coach or a therapist to help me figure it out this year.

7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 

January 20th, 2017. The day a person so abhorrent I can’t even believe it, was inaugurated as our 45th President.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I got my first Supervising Producer credit on a new Bravo series!

9. What was your biggest failure?

My financial situation.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I did something to my back that caused excruciating pain and I hope to get to a better health place next year to avoid something similar.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My plane ticket to be with my family at my cousin’s wife’s funeral.

12. Where did most of your money go? 

Childcare. Now and until both children are in public school. And credit card debt.

13. What did you get really excited about? 

Going to see my sister and Cassie in Scottsdale for our annual Ladies’ Retreat.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Angrier isn’t a choice? I’m way angrier.

– thinner or fatter? Way fatter.

– richer or poorer? Way poorer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing. Same as last year.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spending money.

18. How did you spend Christmas? 

I’m posting this before Christmas, but I’ll probably make Chicken and Dumplings on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day we’ll open presents and then go to S’s daughter’s house for brunch/lunch.

19. What was your favorite TV program? 

I loved The Crown, Dark, Stranger Things 2, Broadchurch and even though it is always very uneven, Saturday Night Live.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Homegoing, The Red Rising Trilogy,

21. What was your favorite music this year?

Hmmm… Hamilton still? I don’t really know. I listen to a lot of MSNBC in the car now.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I liked Get Out, Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde. And those were the only new movies I saw this year.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 41 this year, and after feeling terrible the whole day because of Trump, I honestly don’t remember what I did.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


25. What was the political issue you that stirred you?

Resisting the Right.

26. What kept you sane?


27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Just when you think the Republicans can’t sink any lower, they endorse a pedophile for the US Senate. Republicans can always sink lower.

Published by admin on 23 Dec 2017

Goals for 2018

I have 33 things on my list this year. That… seems ambitious. This year I had 15 goals and I got a few of them accomplished, like getting a mammogram, getting my teeth cleaned, reading 30 books, going on 10 dates with my husband, going to the gym 30 times. Some of them were impossible, like read to the boys every day, floss every day, etc. but I have to say, I did way more than I would have if I hadn’t checked in every week. I’m going to do the weekly check in as well. So often I find that at the end of the year, I look back at my goals and am like, “Oh, whoops, forgot I put that on my list, too late now, tra la la.”

Am I a little embarrassed at what this blog has become? Dude, yes. But also, I plan on being an old lady who wears weird shit and tells young people to lighten the fuck up.


Go to the gym 52 times (I have a lot of weight to lose so that I feel more comfortable in my skin, yes, it’s vain)

Do a home work out 30 times (I have so many DVDs and Netflix, etc. This shouldn’t be hard, but will probably be the hardest one)

Drink 8 glasses of water every day (I hate water, I am chronically dehydrated)

Eat vegetables twice a week (oh, look at me, trying to double my vegetable intake. lol)

Get my steps per day average up to 10,000 by the end of the year (I got a new FitBit and it’s been pretty motivating)

Lose 30 pounds (This is mostly for vanity’s sake, but also, my general health would improve if I lost this weight, I think. I’m hoping to get my blood pressure back to my lower weight levels, and get my back in order)

Get my teeth cleaned (ugh, I know, you’re supposed to do this twice a year, but man, with the kid’s doctors appointments, work and life, HOW. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE)

Floss every day (Ha, we’ll see.)


Go on 10 hikes with the boys (The boys love going hiking, I hope we can find some fun new spots)

Read to the boys every day (I love reading chapter books with them, but Manny still needs children’s books, so it’s been a nice mix the last couple of months, and I enjoy it.)

Go camping with the boys (I’ve never been camping. IN MY WHOLE LIFE.)

Go to the family reunion in Colorado Springs (This seems like it might be financially difficult.)


Host 5 dinner parties (This is going to be insanely hard, but as I was planning Thanksgiving and getting my dishes out, I was like, I love my friends and I want to do this)


Go on 10 dates with S (Getting out with just my husband is so important for our relationship, but sometimes seems so hard with little kids I hardly get to see, but it really makes us feel better about each other)

Go away for the weekend with just S (Hopefully we can cross this off before there’s a new baby in the fam.)


Read 45 books (I read 37 books in 2017 and I feel like this is a good stretch goal)

Get acupuncture 5 times

Get a face care routine down (I never wash my face at night, and last year I did it 30 days in a row in January and then like two more times. The whole year.)

Go on a ladies’ weekend with my sister and Cassie (look, I’m not above putting something on my list that I know I’ll check off)

Do a modern cross stitch project

Take an art class – maybe hand lettering or pottery, OR BOTH (this one is super random, but I have this feeling I’ll really like it)

Get my ears pierced

Find a pattern for a Halloween costume for myself and sew it (I really want to be a Handmaid this year, but Moses and Manny want me to be a vampire…)


Finish my pilot script (It’s a really fun idea and I think the current television landscape is hungry for shows like it)

Finish my adaptation script (This is a fun one too, and I think I have it cracked, just have to crack the whip on myself to get it done)

Submit pilot to Austin Film Festival

Submit pilot to one other tbd screenwriting competition


Do a huge closet purge (My closest is terrible, I don’t remember what is in there and I can never figure out what to wear)

Finish 2015 photo yearbook (I was doing one per year until I stopped, and I really like having them since no one does photo albums anymore, it seems)

Start and finish 2016 photo yearbook

Start and finish 2017 photo yearbook

Do an “old electronics” purge

Finish the afghan that’s been stuffed in my closet for about 10 years


Published by admin on 20 Dec 2017

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Published by admin on 10 Dec 2017

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Published by admin on 08 Dec 2017

How to ruin a house

Making it Lovely posted a home that had been re-done. I saw the after picture first and was like, oh, that seems pretty and airy and then I clicked on the before and wanted to have a firm word or two with the new owners.

And then I snooped around that “Pricey Pads” site and saw this link for a house I’ve driven by countless times. So, I looked it up on Zillow and they DESTROYED THE INTERIOR. Like, they might as well have ripped it down to the studs and replaced it with decor from some model home in the late 90s. I am livid.


Why would you do this? Those floors look terrible, the interior looks like it’s unfinished. It’s bad. Really bad.

Help me process my feelings.

Published by admin on 07 Dec 2017

A few Christmas Songs to add to your playlist

I love Christmas music, and I REALLY love Christmas songs that aren’t traditional Christmas classics.  Here’s a few to add to your playlist.

  1. Regina Spektor – Dear Aquaintance
  2. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song
  3. Sufjan Stevens – Christmas in the Room
  4. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
  5. Sesame Street – Keep Christmas With You (You really should just buy the whole record)
  6. Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas – The Gift Song
  7. Joni Mitchell – River 
  8. Carole King – New Year’s Day

Let me hear your favorite Christmas songs!


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Published by admin on 03 Dec 2017

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