Some Disappointing Crap & Some Awesomeness

Seriously, Internet? Really?

When one woman accuses you of sexual assault…maybe even two…you might be able to use that “they’re just after some money” defense…but when 15 women over a period of decades accuse you of drugging them and sexually assaulting them…well…it’s starts to look as though you might jus be a douchebag rapist. I was a fan of The Cosby Show, too but I am not such a big fan of victim-blaming.

Mike Nichols died. For those of you who don’t know who Mike Nichols is, shame, shame, SHAME on you all! He’s only the guy who directed recent productions of Spamalot & Death of a Salesman on Broadway, and in addition directed a bunch of movies you’ve seen that are totally awesomesauce:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Graduate
Working Girl
Postcards From The Edge
Regarding Henry
The Birdcage
Primary Colors
Angels In America
Charlie Wilson’s War

He also directed the original Broadway productions of Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.

My favorite coverage of Mr. Nichols passing was done by Jezebel’s recall of that 1980s classic film Working Girl. Check it out.

The Democrats got decimated in the midterm elections. I literally can’t even.

On a lighter note: Watch some grandmas get high.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opened this weekend.

And now…some very cool and somewhat touching scenes from Mike Nichols movies.

Postcards From The Edge

The Birdcage

Primary Colors

Angels In America

Charlie Wilson’s War

The Graduate

NorCal Is Really Beautiful

I was in Moss Beach this weekend at a restaurant that my husband and I really love—the Moss Beach Distillery. They have great fish and chips…and crab cakes! This is the view from the parking lot. Northern California is beautiful. It’s a really nice place to live and I feel lucky to be here…


September Habit Goal: Eat More Plants

Instead of focusing on goals that require that I be “less”, I’ve decided instead to focus on goals that allow me to be MORE. I’m turning the language around and coming up with one POSITIVE habit to focus on each month. This months habit goal: Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (3 veg, 2 fruit).

It’s not as easy as it sounds, unless you are committed to eating a salad everyday. Then you can get all of your veggies in a single meal, if the salad is big enough. There are days when I am just sick to death of salad and don’t want to be within 10 city blocks of it—back to the boredom theme again… I’ve only hit this goal 1 day so far. I always get in at least 3 servings, but my usual number is 4. I’m almost always one serving short.

Not as easy of a habit to form as I thought, but I’m persevering…

Constant Hunger Or Constant Hunger

I get sad sometimes when I read about the diet programs of actors and actresses that I really like.

Case in point. This is from an article on the internet of how a certain actress “keeps her figure” and looks after her health (I changed the name to Ms. X because, does it really matter who it is? Most of these articles about celebrity diets are the same):

“Because she ‘never slows down,’ Ms. X added that she takes amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, Bs, C, D, and E. ‘I’m always reading about ways to stay alkaline and cleanse… I try to work with [my body] and not burden it with chemicals or unnatural substances – especially because I ask so much of it.’ [She] starts every day with a glass of water either with fresh squeezed lemon [FYI: There is no evidence that this does anything at all], Dr. Schulze liver herbal cleanse, or Livatrex, she said. For breakfast, she eats steel cut oatmeal with almond milk, earth balance ‘butter,’ and maple syrup or cinnamon. ‘I’ve just discovered how easy it is to make my own almond milk! It takes two minutes!,’ she exclaimed. For lunch, she usually has a shake with added ground flax seed. And for dinner she said she loves a stir-fry with brown rice. ‘It’s so easy and good! I love soy sauce,’ she said.”

So a small bowl of oatmeal, a green smoothie or whatever for lunch and stir fry vegetables and rice for dinner? That’s it? I’d be so hungry if I ate that little everyday. Plus there’s a fair amount of unscientific woo in there, i.e. the lemon water and cleansing concoctions. That stuff is total BS.

After reading this “article”, I had an epiphany: I have lost weight several times and regained it several times because I lost it by unsustainable means. But, it seems like the only way for me to lose weight is to do so via unsustainable means. To create a calorie deficit that results in fat loss and by extension, weight loss, I need to eat about half the food that my appetite demands—at least it seems like half in volume, if not in calories.

It seems I am in the midst of a lifelong struggle between the constant hunger for a different body and just plain constant hunger.

So it seems like I have 2 choices. I can accept my body as is and just do my best to keep it healthy and mobile or I can be hungry, all day, everyday, for the rest of my life.

Spoiler Alert: I’m leaning towards the former.

This idea is well-explained by genius comedienne, Kathy Griffin.

#Emmys2014 VERY Sexist Moment

I kinda have to agree with Time Magazine on the sexist nature of Sofia Vergara’s platform spin. It made me a little uncomfortable…

Basically she stood on a rotating platform, like a brand new Ford Mustang at an auto show, while the President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences rambled on about “diversity” in television. Eh.

Jezebel had this to say:

“[A]fter a night in which women literally dominated the stage and during a night that celebrates a format that is the best Hollywood’s got to offer women, forgive me if I don’t have much of a sense of humor about being slapped back to reality about what women really are in our society: accessories and afterthoughts.”

All in, it was a cringe-worthy moment…