Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wakanda Forever!

Disclaimer:  I am a person of Caucasian ancestry.  No, that's not enough... I'm so white I get a sunburn in a dark room.  I thought I needed to put this out there...

Disclaimer 2:


I'm a lover of detailed world building in my science fiction and fantasy.  The same goes with my super hero movies.  (Why is the UN in Vienna???  Is it because NYC was flattened by aliens?)  Seriously... detailed world building get me going....

I was already at thrill level max when we went into the movie simply because we were finally going to see Wakanda!

I mean, just look at it!!!

Without reading a single issue of comic, I was already excited... just to see this country that is absolutely untouched by us white folks!  Now, I understand that being ... me... there is stuff that's lost on me.  I totally accept this.  But I can, and do appreciate all the amazing details that the production designers and costuming designers put into the movie.

Seriously, go read this twitter thread!  I'll wait.

Ok.  And now... the movie.


Black Panther is set up to be a simple story about T'challa's ascension to the throne and how he protects his people.

But it's SO much more than that!
~The setting~
It's both a story about this nation that grew and flourished outside of Europe's influence and a story about the people that were left behind.  A country that has AMAZING resources and technology vs the poverty and violence of the outside world.  In the end it's the story of two cousins:  one born in privileged in Wakanda, and one orphaned in Oakland.

~Erik Killmonger~
Marvel did a wonderful job at building a villian that had a purpose and motivations that made sense.  Honestly, I'm sure his motivations made sense to many, many people that were sitting in theaters all over the country.  Even if you're not African-American... by watching the news and reading what is going on in this country's present and its past you get a real sense of why he wanted to lead Wakanda and finally be the oppressor for once.

~The ladies~
The female supporting cast is totally top notch.  They all have wonderfully complex characters.  They are all strong and brilliant.  I SO want to see what would happen is Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Shuri would get together.  I want to see her run intellectual laps around Tony!   It's all of them.  Watching the differing views of Nakia and Okoye was amazing.  One so focused on doing good, the other focused on protecting her country.  And Okoye is such a badass!  I could watch her beat the crap out of people all day!


~The Outside World~
I loved that from minute one, we were in on the joke.  We knew the truth.  it made watching the UN and Everett Ross thinking that T'Challa was a country bumpkin even funnier.  I cringed at some of the comments that Ross made.  But they let Ross in, and then let the world in.  Those two acts were amazingly brave on the part of T'Challa.  In one lovely post-credit scene... everything about Wakanda changed.

I'm sure I have more to say about the movie... but I think I need another viewing to sort it out.

But I am thrilled that Marvel decided to have a movie that showed People of Color that they can have their own heroes.  I loved that Marvel showed that putting Black faces on screen brings in money (because we all know that money drives Hollywood).  I remembered sitting in Wonder Woman, watching a hero that looked like me.  I hope that others got that same joy when they saw Black Panther.

I just hope that Marvel doesn't destroy Wakanda in the next movie.  They have a history of flattening cities.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I fell on my kiester at OrangeTheory Fitness!

At the end of January, I decided that my ass needed a bit more kicking, so I joined OrangeTheory Fitness. 

I got through the first class unscathed.  A panting, sweaty, needs-to-work-on-cardio mess,But the second...

After 30 minutes of intense work, I was exiting my threadmill, ready to get on the rowing machine.
look at the space between the two sets of machines.  I'm lucky I didn't hit my face!
I stepped between the two treadmills.... then turned.  I tried to lift my foot to step, but it got caught.

And down I fell.   Thankfully, I didn't smack my face on the rowers!  I now have a bruise the size of a saucer on my thigh.  I bruised myself, and hurt my ego, but I got up and got on my rower and continued on.  I did the entire 60 minute workout.  And you know what?  I'm going back on Saturday. 

Seriously, the first class is free.  It's a great workout!

February Sucks.....

I was reminded last night that last year's February sucked.  I had actually forgotten.

Maybe I knew this subconsciously, because I've been sad for a few days now.

Not overly so, just... really down.  And for no particular reason.

Like a kidney stone, this will pass.

What am I going to do to help me out?  Well, last night's "let's eat ALL the brownies" fiasco won't help!

I need to keep on exercising.  Hopefully it'll be warm enough to run again soon, but until then the pup and I will keep on our three times a week long walkies.  She needs to lose weight and so do I.  On the other days, I need to not half-ass my in-home workout.  My OrangeTheory days... it's impossible to do that half-assed!

I need to keep up with the meal planning.  When I don't... we hit fast food and I don't need that!

I also need to stop with the retail therapy!!

I also need to not become a hermit.  I tend to do this and it's not healthy.


I'm hoping that with some warmer temperatures, and sunny weather that this funk can break.

And if it doesn't... then I'll exercise my health insurance and seek a professional.

But either way, I'm not ok right now.  But I'll be ok.. eventually.

Monday, February 5, 2018

I'm super weird... and I know it!

There are things in this world that are nearly universally accepted.... that I have absolutely no interest in! 

Here are 2:

So this weekend had a major sporting event.  And I didn't watch it.  And by the looks on some people's faces... that was on par with killing puppies.

Here's my feeling on most mainstream sports:

I've never been a fan of football, basketball or baseball.  I don't know the rules, and I don't understand the game.  And frankly, this bothers me not one bit.  And when I tell people that I happen to enjoy watching Roller Derby, they look at me like I have 2 heads!
It's not like I hate ALL sports!  I'm going to be watching the Olympics!

The other thing that some people just don't get is the fact that I don't want children.

I have friends that are desperately trying to get pregnant, or that have young children.  And don't get me wrong, I LOVE my friend's kids (The Spousal Equivalent and I are "Aunt" and "Uncle" to them all.).... but I can't even fathom why someone would want to get pregnant and have kids. That's how much the idea doesn't resonate with me.  

I guess that not everyone is the same.  We all have those things that make us "weird."

So while y'all are chasing your kids around while trying to watch the Superbowl, I'll be over here, sipping wine and watching old episodes of Stargate SG1.  (And waiting for the Olympics to start!)


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sadly, today is not Friday.

I woke up this morning, excited that today was Friday!  Then I realized.... today is Thursday.  That's not a great way to start my day.

But before I get to the comedy of errors... let me tell you a story.

Right before Christmas I had an appointment with my doctor.  My cholesterol is high, and they want to put me on meds.  These meds can cause diabetes.... which my father's family has struggled with.  For the first time in my adult life, I told a doctor no.  With diet and exercise I can fix this!  I was given leave to go and do that.

Fast forward to this week.


Thanks to the loveliness of bad, dark weather and hormones I've been in a funk all week.  It starts with me not wanting to get up in the morning and leave my nest of warm blankets.  Once I get through that, I work out... or in most cases, just take the dog for a power walk.  I can't shake that awful feeling that nobody likes me, which makes me want to never leave my house again.

It's PMS.  I know that it is.  It's also temporary.
I think these times are the hardest.  It's that battle between the rational mind and the hormonal shift.  When you add in the slightly increasing crime where we live, it's a recipe for me to never leave the house again.

But in a few days the thoughts will pass.  It might warm up enough for me to run.  I just need to not eat a cake for dinner tonight...
What I do know is that I need to start blogging once a week.  Maybe I can make this "I thought it was Friday..." thing regular, since I've been doing it for a while now!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Resolutions


It’s that time again.  The time when everyone and their mother make resolutions.

Of course, everyone makes them.  Few people follow through with them.

Here are mine.  Let’s see how well I do!

Health
  • Exercise at least 6 days a week (including running and stretching)
  • Incorporate the physical therapy exercises that my chiropractor suggested
  • Balanced, portion controlled meals
  • Cut down on the snacks and sweets


Mind/Body
  • Get adequate sleep every night
  • See above on the food
  • Actually get out in unlit and interact with humanity, especially when I don’t want to.
  • Make sure to see my friends more often


Environment
  • Take clothes to donate monthly
  • everything has a place, is in a storage box or is donated/tossed out
  • Decluttter every week
  • Do one cleaning chore a day (that isn’t disshes or laundry), and make sure that it gets done.
Money
  • Stop buying stuff that I don't need!
  • Work on building a saving's account... we want to buy a house someday!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Snowmageddon 2018

This year we were treated to an extra two days of winter break.  We went back to work on January third (Like we do every year).  It’s been a rather cold winter this year (I live in Virginia, anything around the freezing mark is super cold),  and unfortunately we were going to experience some “weather.”  Weather, in the south is never a good thing.  This “weather” included snow, high winds and temperature that rarely broke 20.


Work called it before 5pm on Wednesday, then again the next day.  In fact, most people's work called off.  The roads were a snowy icy mess.  We struggled to get the house warm.

In fact, the only ones that enjoyed the snow day were the 4 legged fuzzy kind.  Misty has spent most of the last two days glued to my side (and cuddled under my blanket).



Normally, this wouldn’t bother me.  The thought of spending most of a week in my house normally isn’t a problem.  Heck, at times it’s a joy.  I know that I can be a hermit at the best of times and near agorophobic at the worst of times.

And I’m almost desperate to get out of the house and interact with humanity!  I'm missing my friends and human contact in general.  This isn’t normal for me!

Thankfully the snow totals in the area aren’t all that high, so traveling won’t be too terrible.  Maybe we can go grocery shopping.  Maybe we can go to a bookstore.  Maybe we can do anything but take a walk outside.  It’s fricking cold out there!


In the end, I’ll do laundry, I’ll clean dishes and pick up the living room.  I’ll get myself ready for a week of work that needs to include 7 days of work smashed into 5 days.

I must say, I grew up in the snow belt.  I don't miss this weather one bit!

In other news.... I had the urge to get out today and actually vlog this instead of blogging it.  The fact that I haven't showered and the fact that I know NOTHING about video editing were standing in my way.

But let's be real... if I vlogged, would anyone watch it?