Life In General

Challenge Accepted!

It’s Ash Wednesday and you know what that means! Well besides people walking around with schmutz on their foreheads. It means it’s that time of year when friends drop off of Facebook for forty days and your borderline alcoholic friend tries to give up drinking. As for me, I’m not usually one to give up things for Lent. While raised in a Catholic-ish family, we just didn’t go in for that sort of thing. Plus it always seemed like a bummer – which I get is the whole point, but still. I’m more of a everything in moderation kinds of gal. But this year I came across the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge over at White House Black Shutters and thought “OH I can give up some clutter!” and jumped on the bandwagon.

This house may be small but there is clutter EVERYWHERE. In hall closets and desk drawers. Kitchen cabinets full of gadgets and gizmos I don’t use (cake ball maker, anyone?). The other day I came across a box I had shoved in a crawlspace almost SIX YEARS AGO when we moved in. I kinda wish I had saved it, that would have counted as my Day 1 box. Oh well.

If you are interested in joining this challenge, Ann Marie of White House Black Shutters started the challenge and even has a printable to help you organize your de-cluttering and a Facebook group and even a list of non-stuff clutter that you can get rid of too.

Speaking of non-stuff clutter, I have also decided to commit to meditating daily for the next 40 days to clear out some mind clutter (and also because I seem to be incapable of doing ONE DAMN THING AT A TIME).


Ok, let’s do this!

Inauguration Day

I expected today to be rough.

I have been working through the stages of grief since Election Day, all the while dreading this day. Today it all becomes real. And I knew it was going to be rough.

So I decided to play ostrich. I stuck my head in the sand and I didn’t watch any of the coverage of the Inauguration and I didn’t search it out online and I didn’t post or comment much on social media.

Instead, I slept in and spent a lazy day with my boyfriend. I took a nap and then had dinner with friends. Eventually, I watched a little bit of coverage. But only of Hillary. Ok, Hillary, Michelle Obama and George W. Bush wrestling with his rain poncho.


I didn’t listen to Trump’s inaugural speech. Or watch the parade. Or watch the Obamas say goodbye. Maybe I will later this week. But I couldn’t today.

So I was feeling okay, not great, but ok, on the way home from dinner when I broke. A song came on the radio and it broke me.

Hearing this song, Hillary’s campaign song, brought it all home. We lost the chance to have the single most qualified person to ever run for President take office today. A woman who had comprehensive policies on healthcare, childcare, equal pay, disability rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change. energy, and international relations. Instead we have someone who is vastly unqualified to hold this office. And the thought of that made me weep.

It made me weep for the future that our children will never know. However, I know this is not the end. As Barack Obama said today, this isn’t a period, its a comma. And while we may not get the future we would have had with Hillary Clinton as our 45th President, I am not going to stop fighting to make sure the future is brighter for our children.

Tomorrow I will be marching with my sisters all over the country and all over the world. ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

All Good Things – 2016 Edition

So the general consensus is that 2016 was a hot mess. A dumpster fire. Pretty much the worst year ever. Or at least in recent memory.

And I don’t disagree.

This was a challenging year for a lot of people. It was a really difficult for me, personally and professionally and I’m ready to say good bye to it. However, at my core I am an optimistic person who sees the good in (almost) any situation. So today, I started thinking of the good things that happened this year. Here’s a small sampling:

  • #BigBenTurns10 – Spent 2 weeks traveling through Europe with Ben
  • Checked off a bucket list item and visited Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny
  • LEMONADE dropped
  • Saw Beyonce liveTWICE
  • Creamsicle joined the family and turned me into a crazy cat lady
  • Went to SO many great concerts (Gwen Stefani, Chris Stapleton, Brian Wilson, Tegan and Sara, Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Rick Springfield – to name a few!)
  • Another year, another crazy fun good time at Comic Con
  • Saw Ben start down the road to pursuing his acting dreams
  • Made my house more of a home by painting, buying new furniture, hanging prints and art that matter to me
  • Jumped back into the LA dating scene and found it full of emotionally available, mature fun guys. Who knew?!
  • Visited the fountain of youth
  • Started the year watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens repeatedly. Ended it with watching Rogue One repeatedly
  • Visited Oklahoma City and used it as a reason to sing this song obnoxiously nonstop
  • Saw Lonnie Bee live with my good good girlfriends
  • Did a bone marrow shot at Bestia
  • The Ben Affleck workout montage in Batman v Superman
  • Saw Dave Chappelle live and was quoted by the LA Times
  • Volunteered with organizations that matter to me (including RedEye, Project Angel Food, Planned Parenthood
  • Hooted and hollered as my younger brother walked across the stage to accept his college diploma
  • went to my first Renaissance Faire (and it won’t be my last!)
  • Went to the 100 Episode celebration of Bob’s Burgers at the Wiltern
  • Saw Triumph the Insult Comic Dog bid farewell to Lin-Manuel Miranda in this #Ham4Ham
  • Lounging on the beach in the South of France with good friends
  • Backyard movies in the summer
  • Went to WonderCon for the first time
  • Started a monthly brunch group that was really just an excuse to spend time with some of my favorite women
  • Paid tribute to Prince at a rollerskating memorial where I saw John C. Reilly dressed like a dream I once had
  • Marched in 2 Pride Parades (LA and Vegas)
  • Got the chance to reconnect with family back East while showing Ben the neighborhood I are up in
  • Eating Italian ices on the beach in Rockaway
  • Had the opportunity to explore New York City with Ben and visit four of the five boroughs in one day
  • Named Executive Director of the CHLA Dance Marathon
  • Deepened friendships, old and new
  • Learned to bake a pumpkin pie from scratch (No canned pumpkin for this bitch!)
  • Had the honor of campaigning for the first female presidential candidate and  regardless of the outcome, history was made

This year didn’t turn out like I thought it would in. any. way. But there was good in it. Still, I am glad to see it go.

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