Monday, June 23, 2014
Current TV: I haven't had a television in my home since I lived with my parents. I wouldn't count common room TV's in dorms, since they weren't exclusive. But technology has certainly changed in eight years. I love watching TV online through Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. Not only can we get regular antenna broadcast, but I can easily stream shows from the internet. It's really amazing to have that available. Summer shows are on. My roommate and I will watch the Bachelorette, or America's Got Talent. But I still mostly stream.
Currently Reading: The Most of Nora Ephron. I needed a good book to get me back into the habit of reading, and this is a great choice. I love biographies, autobiographies, and a good ol' novel. This is actually a little bit of each.
Current Hashtag: #summer #olaf
Current Color: I love the pink/white combo for summer
Current Kitchen Creations: Since I get a meal at work every day, I try not to over buy groceries at home. I stick to lighter fare, mostly fruits, vegetables and breakfast food. I'm actually having a lot of fun making my own sauces, jams, juices, and dried fruit. I'll do a post about this in the near future.
Current Drink: My summer drink is Steigl Radler. The grapefruit flavor is most common, but the lemon variety just knocks it out of the park. The is a beer/soda, and shandies sometimes get a lot of shade thrown at them for being "girly" drinks. Not Steigl Radler. It's so refreshing and easy to drink, I've seen men go after it just as easily as women. I like my men how I like my beer, egalitarian.
Current Team Sports: It feels odd for me to be on two team sports, but hey. This is my third year with my church softball team #covsoftball. I have moved up from catcher to short center. It's a very exciting move for me to be on the outfield. I also play pick up Ultimate Frisbee with many of the same people from my softball team. I've never been sporty, but I really have a lot of fun this way.
Currently Dating: For the first time in my life I am experiencing what it's like to throw yourself into work. I sometimes find it hard to stop what I'm doing and leave work. This means a rebalancing of my personal life. Not just a rebalancing, I feel like I'm rebooting. But I actually managed to go out a few times this week. How about that?
Current Shame: My face is in front of a screen about 90% of the time. Shit.
Current Blessing: I'm content in the set up of life, and I need to remember that. I'm also finding a place to dream bigger and want to do more. The more goals I set at work, the more I want to achieve. That is a very new feeling for me. I want to know what it would feel like in other aspects of my life.
Current Needs: The sun on my skin and a good belly laugh
Currently Looking Forward: My birthday is coming up, what?!
I'm going to be 27. This getting older thing just doesn't go away. But it also doesn't sway older people from reminding me how young I am. Thanks.
Current Social Media: My name is Naomi, and I am addicted to Tumblr.
#summer #olaf #tomhiddleston #Frozen
Friday, June 20, 2014
Social Media is weird. Knowing that we live in this era is just a little weird. I'm having a moment of realizing this after two events this week.
After watching America's Got Talent this week I decided to exercise my first amendment rights and tweet my opinions. Always a good idea.
Featured on this week's show was an opera singer called Maggie Lane. Maggie is clearly a well trained, professional opera singer. But during her performance she shed her dove gray wrap dress and revolved herself in a barely there red bikini. I mean wow. Everybody was a gasp. Not only could she sing, but she's a total babe. So of course the judges gave her four yes's and sent her on her merry little way.
My only question is why? She can clearly sing, and would have gotten through on that, and should have. Of course AGT provided the hashtag #BikiniOpera, so I did my duty as a proud American and tweeted my opinion. Even more I got several likes and retweets. To my surprise Maggie Lane even responded. Unfortunately her response was just about as confusing as her act.
In other news I received this lovely message from a guy on Tinder.
I should just say that Tinder is a bizarre basket of cats. You never really know what kind of guys your going to meet (It's just like real life!) And this is certainly not the first eye raising opening line I have received. But I do believe that a stupid question deserves a pile driver answer.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Quite simply, the reason for never doing it rounded out to logistics. I would work until 6pm, and going downtown at 5:30pm is sometimes the last thing I want to do on a Friday night. But excuses aside, my new roommate suggested we go and that's all it really took for me.
That was tough day, I didn't leave work early. So we headed towards downtown a little after 5:00pm and within a few miles I could feel my stride coming on. And when we got to Daily Plaza and saw hundreds of bicycles and people ready to roll out, I was nothing short of awed.
I know that the last friday night of the month is the bain of every motorists existence. And I get it, it's a mild inconvenience having a hoard of cyclists take over a street. The fun part is when the motorists start honking (some out of frustration, some out of excitement) the group turns that into a positive, shouting "Happy Friday!" Really, how could you stay mad when something is so incredible as hundreds of people, on human powered vehicles wishing everyone to be as happy as they are?
Cycling is like the gospel to me.
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]
"How do you ride in the winter?"
"Aren't there bus lines where you live?"
The Gospel that I know is one that asks us to leave our families, to choose the harder path, to give up our lives, possessions and social status all to follow Jesus. That's not a gospel that allows us to sit comfortably in our air conditioned vehicles, with the the sound of the radio drowning out our thoughts, incubated from the world around us. Cycling doesn't allow you the luxury of ignorance. It doesn't hide behind layers of plastic and glass. You're put right out there. Some would see this as having no protection, others would say that it takes away the blinders.
I've seen God on the road, I have felt closer to God while riding, and at times I feel even godlike for riding through seas of cars. I've said before that cycling has allowed me to come to terms with my mortality. Accepting the fact that I could easily meet my end at any given moment, on the road or off. That has a strange way of bringing you closer to your creator. I must rely on God because I simply have no other choice. Suddenly, little else matters.
I never thought of myself as the evangelist type. I found evangelists to be pushy, off putting and too wrapped up in their own agenda. As a Christian I wasn't comfortable identifying myself that way. I never felt confident telling people about Jesus, and that always made me feel a little bit ashamed and defeated. It didn't really click for me until a few years ago. After I started riding and my life changed, I wanted to tell everyone. I wanted people to know that they didn't have to be afraid of riding their bikes on the street, that they could go father than they ever imagined and be happy doing it.
Biking just made me happy, so I wanted to share it. That type of evangelism I understood. When something changes your life so radically, reshapes your thinking and impacts your whole life, you just don't stay silent. You want to tell everyone.
That's the cycling gospel, the good news that Jesus is alongside us for the ride; pissing off drivers and wishing them a "Happy Friday."
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
"From your mouth to God's ears" I said
Though we have another translation for it in our culture,
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
She is far more precious than jewels.
and makes her arms strong.
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
when he sits among the elders of the land.
and she laughs at the time to come.
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
but you surpass them all.”
Monday, May 12, 2014
I'm geeking out all over the place over last night's Once Upon a Time twist ending.
Elsa has arrived.
This is bloody brilliant. I already love OUAT for their re-imagination of Disney Fairy Tales. Albeit, the Wicked Witch of the West was kind of a stretch for me, but ok. But this... this is ingenious and hella good business.
Frozen came out last November and since then has become the most successful animated movie of all time. The fandom is still going strong. I know not only because I follow the Tumblrs and read the fanfics, but because my co-worker's 21 year old daughter sings the songs... every day.
The character of Elsa was originally supposed to be a villain, more akin to how she is portrayed in Han Christian Anderson's story. Well obviously that changed. But in Frozen, while Elsa isn't the villain she also is somewhat of an anti-hero. She embodies an anarchic role all her own, and that's what makes her a spectacular character. For OUAT to recreate her as a villain, unlocks so much story and character potential. I'm beyond excited to see a live action Elsa embody her inner villainess.
Furthermore, Kitiss and Horowitz would be crazy not to capitalize on Frozen's success. Let's face it, Disney does not do anything on a small scale. To introduce Frozen into the Once franchise at this time is huge. This has never been done before. Of course they're cashing in, but they're getting a character and story that is invaluable.
We already know to look out for a Frozen musical on Broadway; and while not confirmed, a Frozen Sequel in the not to distant future is a safe bet.
I cannot wait to see what happens. I'm so excited just thinking about how the Frozen story will be retold. Will Anna and Kristoff be there? Will Hans? Olaf? Will she freeze Storybrooke and build another ice palace. It took me until the third season to watch Once Upon a Time, I should have started watching sooner. I'm so excited to see what this show brings.
Current TV Show: I'm not one for reality shows or reality competition shows, but I just started watching Dancing with the Stars. O.M.G. Where have I been for eighteen seasons? I've occasionally checked in on this show, but for some reason this season got me to stick around. Truthfully it was probably Disney Night that did me in. But that led to me to discover Maks and Meryl, and I'm shipping them hard.
Current Career Highlights: It's a steady norm now that Passover is done. But the work is not over. I'm happy to find that this is the first job I have had that has given me any real sense of satisfaction. I have never been the type of person who has been career oriented. My motto is work to live, don't live to work. To that end, I never expected or thought that I would find work to be satisfying.
To my surprise, even though my job is challenging and weighty, it allows me to be creative and thoughtful. It doesn't ask me to think less of others or treat people less than human. That doesn't mean that the work load is easy or that it's stress free. Far from it. But I am enjoying this period of investing in my career. I'm eager to see what else comes from it.
Current Body Image Issues: It happened. I can't fit into my jeans and I finally looked at the cold hard truth. I have gained some weight. You know weight loss isn't just loosing the weight. In America we kind of have an unhealthy view of weight loss. We love idolizing the dramatic transformation of a woman who was once fat and is now thin and sexy. We don't like to talk about keeping the weight off, and what happens when you gain back the weight.
I love my body, but I realize that since starting an office job I haven't been able to keep the weight off. That sucks, because I love riding my bike and being healthy and I thought I had a lifestyle in place that would constantly keep me going. I thought that I was using those tools effectively to keep my body adapting. But this too is part of the journey. I'm completely confident that because I lost the weight once, I can do it again, and again. I will have to and I want to.
Current Summer Excitements: What summer? what is this summer of which you speak? Summer in adult life is just life. But as always I'm excited for softball, picnics, not wearing sleeves, and having people come visit me.
Current Church Activities: After a fun first season with my church choir, we are wrapping it up for the year and bidding it farewell until August. I'll get to do some summer music, but I'm actually looking forward to taking some time off from the busyness of church.
Current Cat Ownership: A few times over the past couple of weeks I have looked over and seen Lana laying on her back in the middle of the floor with her paws straight out. She's weird and super special.
Current Living Arrangements: It is just me and Lana until my new roommate moves in later this month. Were loving the single girl life, which mostly consists of drinking wine and reading fan fiction. I also just love how peaceful my apartment is. It's very cathartic for me to clean, listen to music, dance around and enjoy my cat and my home.
Current Nerdgasms: News broke last week that The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will be returning to the big screen. Now this show has literally been on almost my entire life. By now, the current seasons and incarnations are meaningless to me. But there is something special about the show that started it all. This got me excited and got me looking all over You Tube for nostalgia.
Finally, I love Once Upon a Time and I loved the ending to last nights season finale. I am loosing my shit just thinking about it.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Stabat Mater is is a difficult piece of music, we're all agreed on that. At times rehearsals have been stressful and frustrating when the technicality of the music overwhelms us. And it doesn't always sound very good.
Observant Orthodox Jews, go unplugged every Friday evening for 24 hours. They turn off all the things that make noise, and go off the radar. Simple things we take for granted like opening a car door or writing are verboten during that time.