Sunday Reading List

I’ve been busy with everything but writing a blog post this week.  I even have quite a few ideas for many posts, but I just haven’t gotten around to writing any of them because I had other things that were higher on my list of priorities this week.  One of my priorities today is to write four rough draft blog posts.  I know, I dream big.  Initially, I thought that I would just not post this weekend, but while I was dyeing my old lady white hairs last night, I decided that I wanted to do a post of other posts.  Since I’m also behind on reading the blogs that I love, I figured that I could use today’s blog post as a lazy excuse way to share some of my favorite bits of bloggy and internet goodness with my mom you.  (Just kidding, not even my mom reads my blog.)

24 Important Pieces Of Life Wisdom From The Ladies Of “Girl Code”
Pearls of wisdom for all women, but funny.

Travels With Mary – The Sunshine Award
I enjoy her blog – it’s light, fun, and we share alot of common interests.  In this post, she mentions a house with a Deathly Hallows window.  If I ever own a cardboard box home, that’s gonna be a must have.  Also, I didn’t know Matt and Kim did that song until now.  If only I had a smartphone with an app that would tell me who does songs that I like when I hear them…

The Teresa Jusino Experience – TERESA GOES TO THE MOVIES: The World’s End
I’ve pimped Teresa on here before.  Today, I’m double pimping because I also love all things Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost.

The Pintester – Chorizo Kale Soup
The Pintester tests pins from Pinterest.  I’m not sure how she came up with the name of her blog, but I don’t judge.  In this post, she tests a soup recipe.  She doesn’t always have the proper ingredients or remember to follow directions, but this one went pretty smoothly.  Even so, it’s still funny.  She also offers some very important info for men who cook with habenero peppers.

Crafts For Assholes – In which we try something a little different
All this time, I thought my parents were just kinda trashy.  Turns out, they were home decor visionaries.

Well, that’s it for this post.  Hope you enjoyed the Sunday Reading List!

I never read the book, but I did see the movie (and liked it, even though I didn’t expect to). I liked Greg Behrendt when I saw him on Oprah, but only as far as avoiding unhealthy relationships and not pursuing someone who’s not interested in you. I share Teresa’s views on marriage, arbitrary relationship timelines, weddings, “Single Ladies”, and “Merry Happy”.

The Teresa Jusino Experience

So, I was chatting online with a friend last night, and we got on the topic of her current romantic situation. After giving her a bit of (what I think was some) sound advice (which is hilarious when you consider my own romantic history – it’s always easier to give advice than to take it), I finally came around to the big thing that was really bothering me, and I remembered that I’d written something for an old blog to that effect. So, I’m reprinting it below, because I still stand by every word. Please keep in mind that I wrote this in 2009 just before the film version of He’s Just Not That Into You came out. I’ve since seen the movie, and it’s pretty cute (and not nearly as annoying as the book). I’ve also since bought Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks, and I currently have a…

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Pimp It Mondays – Teresa’s Books

Since I’ve been pimping so many books lately, I thought I’d pimp Teresa’s books.  I’ve mentioned her blog on here before, but not her non-blog work.  Below is a list of her work that you can purchase.

1) On the Ground Floor – This is a chapbook containing a handful of short stories.  I own this one and have gifted it to a few friends.  This was my first introduction to Teresa’s fiction-writing and is definitely worth reading.

It might not be your dad or your birthday, but this is good, so don’t throw it on the ground.

2) Crossed Genres Issue #24 (Characters of Color Issue) – 2010 – This issue contains Teresa’s short horror story, “December”, which features a Latina protagonist. It was her first professionally published fiction.  The issue is no longer in print, but you can read the story on the Crossed Genres website.  Though reading the story is free, I encourage you to donate to the site since it’s a completely independent publishing group.

That fish needs to be thrown on the ground.

3) Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them (Mad Norwegian Press, 2011) – I have this one as well.  It’s a must have for any Joss Whedon fan.  I was never able to get into Buffy because I have never really liked Sarah Michelle Gellar, but this book made me think that maybe I should try watching the show again.  Teresa’s essay is entitled “Why Joss is More Important Than His ‘Verse”.

Whedonistas! Our knitted hats are so fun!

4) Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who (Mad Norwegian Press, 2012) – This one has “All of Gallfrey’s a Stage: The Doctor in Adolescence”.  I don’t own this book, so I can’t vouch for it personally, but it’s Dr. Who, Mad Norwegian Press, and Teresa;  I can’t imagine that I’d dislike the book.

Best scarves in fandom.

5) Outside In (ATB Publishing, 2012) – More Dr. Who!  Teresa’s essay, “The Interconnectedness of Tibetan and Gallifreyan Cultures. Sort of.” is about the Classic Who story, “Planet of the Spiders.” 

Wooo wooo wooooooo wooo woo woo wooo wooooo…It’s just not as effective typed out for some reason.

6) For anyone who reads Spanish, Teresa recently landed a gig with Al Dia.  Here’s a link to her Shakira article (in English) that wasn’t included in the first link for some reason.

This is the face of the hand whose writing you will read.

7) For those who like to time travel, Teresa is also working on an eight-page comic for the anthology, MONSTROUS, edited by Mariah McCourt.  Mariah McCourt also edited HEROIC, so you know MONSTROUS will be good.  Please follow the MONSTROUS Project blog and check out the final product when it’s available.

Pimp It Mondays – Debediah

Behold! Da Debediah!

Behold! Da Debediah!

Here and there, I’ve mentioned Debediah, so I think it’s time that I give a bit of history on him.  Debediah is a character that my friends and I developed on blustery fall evening over Thanksgiving leftovers and an uproariously hilarious game of Scattergories.  You know how it is, you’re all under the pressure of a timer, all words have to start with D, and you’re just trying to write something down.  It makes sense at the time, kinda, but as everyone takes turns saying his or her answers, you start to realize that your Timer Reasoning might not be the best.  For “biblical names”, most of us put names like Daniel and David, but Teresa wrote, “Debediah.”  She didn’t have to feel bad though, because for “things that you plug in”, Lauren wrote, “Dude”.  It was such a funny answer that we gave her full credit.  I might have put some very inappropriate answers down for many of the prompts, but I was honestly surprised that nobody else had those answers.  At any rate, through much laughter, happy tears, and cajoling, Teresa and I began to act like Debediah for the rest of the night…and the rest of the trip.

Debediah is an old Southern gentlemen.  We don’t have his specific history, but we have enough to make him funny.  He’s like a more interesting Colonel Sanders.  I like to think that he never owned a plantation because he was not so much a rich, landowning racist as he was a stylish bon vivant.  He may or may not have any money at all really, and may have just travelled the world through a combination of luck and kindness from strangers.  What we do know is that something timey wimey happened and he ended up in the present day.  Technology confuses him, but he doesn’t care enough one way or another to really be crotchety about it.  He may or may not like women because he’s a Southern Gentlemen (kinda like how Americans have a hard time figuring out if a man from England is gay or just British), but he does find modern female attire both appalling and tantalizing.  He also likes to dance, his signature dance being especially impressive.

Debediah has his own Facebook page, Google+ page, and a Twitter account.  Cathy drew his profile pic and I did the first comic for him.  Our next step was to record a Google hangout, but it’s been difficult getting everyone to schedule a time to be online together.  I was waiting to do the hangout before I did another comic, but I’m thinking now that I should just do a bi-weekly comic and we can tape our Google hangouts whenever they happen.

(Aside:  I just realized that I wrote “tape” as a verb rather than “record”, which is something that people did before the year 2000.  I was going to fix that, but since I’m talking about Debediah, I figured “tape” would be impressive to him.)

Thursday Progress Report – Where I Am

Thursdays on this blog will be for updates on any projects that I’m working on or goals that I’ve set for myself.  Sine this is the last full week of 2012, I’m going to sum up a few of the things I’m working on right now.  Most of these things were started after Thanksgiving, but I probably started the rest of them about this time last year.

1.  This Blog – Well, if you’re here, then you know.

Behold! Da Debediah!

Behold! Da Debediah!

2.  Debediah – This is an online entity that I created with my friends (including Cathy, Teresa, and Matt).  We’re working on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube aspects of Debediah.  Our first three goals were to get the pages created, draw a profile pic, and to do the first comic.  We got those done, but we still need to record a video chat.  Then it’ll probably be lather, rinse, repeat.  I could probably continue working on Debediah comics while I wait for our video chat schedules to align.

3.  Knitting Christmas presents – I got a few done by Thanksgiving, even though I started in June.  I started on the last one just after Thanksgiving, but got too distracted by other Christmas chores, work, and other projects (see above) to finish.  I’ve gotta finish this ASAP though.

Those are the three big ones right now.  I’ve got smaller chores to do and personal goals to work on, but I’ll get into my 2013 goals next week.  This is my “Where I Am” post and next week will be my “Where I Want to Be” post.  Next Thursday’s post is probably going to be much longer.  So rest up in preparation for my double wide long 2013 Goals Post! (Not to be confused with goal post.  Is that a thing?  It sounded sporty.  My 2013 goals are in no way sporty.  At all.  Seriously.  You’ll be disappointed if you expect to see sports in them.  Not happening.  Not even a little.)

Pimp It Mondays – Teresa’s Twelve Posts of Christmas

Mondays are going to be my day to pimp out my friends (or anyone/anything else that I like) in a very non-pay-the-rent way.  In my first post, I mentioned my friend, Teresa.  She’s currently doing a Twelve Posts of Christmas feature on her blog.  Her first post really grossed me out, but also really made me laugh.  She wrote about how eating boogers sort of became her thing and defined the person that she is today in a very roundabout way.  To my knowledge, she’s no longer a booger-eater, although I think she does like beets.

Another friend of mine who likes beets.  Why come I attract all the weirdos?

Another friend of mine who likes beets. Why come I attract all the weirdos?

We all have gross-out stories from our childhoods that are funny as crap now that we’re adults.  It’s these stories that you tell to others so that they can reply, “Ohhhhh,” as in, “Ohhhhh, that’s why you’re such a weirdo.”  It’s like it restores people’s faith in a logical world.  Weirdos don’t happen randomly.  No, my friends, they are made.  They are made through a combination of hardwork, dysfunction, and grossness.  Finding the delicate balance between these three things is what determines if you’ll end up being a blogging sensation that’s sweeping the nation or a serial killer.  Every now and then you really screw things up and end up with someone like Psy, but I’m sure he’ll be okay in the long run if he invests well now.

I was a pretty gross kid because, you know, I was a kid.  Since my mom grew up in the Philippines, she made me eat things on a daily basis that she insisted were food even if the other kids in the neighborhood insisted that she was a filthy liar.  All the kids who made fun of me then have now decided that the gross foods are culinarily adventurous.  I’m pretty sure the neighborhood kids thought I was going to go the One Hit Wonder route, but instead, I grew up to be a very boring adult.  I have also steered clear of boogers for a good two or three years now, but I will never like beets.

First Half-Birthday Post

This isn’t my first half-birthday.  Believe it or not, I’ve had more half-birthdays than I’ve had full birthdays.  It’s hard to tell ’cause Asian don’t raisin, but it’s true.  I decided that my half-birthday this year would be the perfect time for my first blog post.  I should first say that this is not actually the first blog that I’ve ever had.  I should secondly say that those other blogs meant nothing to me, I was young, I needed the money, and I was in blog with the idea of blogging.

Thirdly, before starting this blog, I thought alot about why I shouldn’t start one:

1.  I have nothing to say. – This, however, is completely false because I talk to myself all the time.

2.  Nobody cares. – Over Thanksgiving vacation, my pal, Teresa mentioned that she hates that all my social media accounts are on lock down and that I require DNA samples and sentimental moment recall before I allow people to friend follow me.  She said that it’s frustrating because I’m so funny (or was it cool or amazing?) that if my accounts were public, I’d get a million followers in 24 hours.  While her comments may have been slight exaggerations, I do make a better impression online than in person, so tens of people could potentially find me/my blog interesting in less than 24 decades. In fact, I met half of my current real life friends online (including Teresa!)  So if it weren’t for public socializing online, I wouldn’t have all six of my friends that I have today.

3.  Another Teresa point – I have a marketing degree.  I’m increasingly pimping my and my friends’ projects online…to my mom a very limited audience.  I don’t currently work in marketing, but would like to in the near future (although touring the world and playing three chords on the piano while singing off-key is also a realistic possibility).  So I need to start marketing myself (and my good pals) publicly and openly.  At the very least, it’s cheaper than having all that DNA tested, right?

At the end of that conversation, I realized that I didn’t have enough crappy excuses to keep me from opening up my social media and blogging parameters in order to help myself and all those buddies I have made on the line and in the real life. Then, I just had to figure out a theme for my blog ’cause all good blogs go to heaven have a theme.  Instead of deciding on a theme, I decided to not do that.  Crazy, right?!  I’m wild!  Woo!  Woo!  So many wild woos!  So I’ll mostly talk about the progress of various projects here, but I’ll also write posts like, “Hey, did you see this article about stuff that made me think about other stuff?  So much stuff!”  Sometimes, I might also do those puppy-kitten-rainbow photo posts just so I can get more hits because the one thing I’ve learned from YouTube is that puppy-kitten-rainbows sell.  For now, please accept Christmas Angela as my humble offering.

Angela Dec202012