Touched

Joy.
Joy.

Surprisingly, I’m not one of those bloggers who gets tons of fanmail and is too big for her britches. When people write to me or comment on my posts, I take it to heart because, truly, it means a lot to me that someone has taken the time to share their thoughts.

Over the summer, I received an email from someone who had read my blog and wanted to produce a video about me for AMRAP, a new YouTube channel by the publishers of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Prevention magazines. I thought about it, and thought that was pretty rad, so I agreed.

Fast-forward a few months, and we actually made this happen! He and a camera crew spent several hours at Albany Crossfit filming this video about me and my journey over the past two years. Enjoy!

I just wanted to say how profoundly touched I was by this entire experience. It’s not every day that you get to share your story with the world, and I think that they did a really great job. Of course, it’s always nerve-wracking to know that you’re being filmed in spandex when you still have problem areas, but I think this is a good snapshot of who I am and where I’m coming from.

Here’s to another two years of Crossfit magic!

Squee! I get a Sunday Chat!

I’m such a nerd. But I’m super stoked. This week, I’m on Albany Crossfit’s Sunday Chat, which is a weekly post, featuring an interview with one (or a few) of the members at ACF. In this episode, you can hear me talk all about how I got started, why I love it, and a yumtastic recipe. The video is above, but be sure to check out their website if you haven’t already. :)

Why I love Mika, Pt. 1

It’s not his best best song, but I still think it’s beautiful.

Lady Jane, by Mika

Lady Jane the river saint
Special yes but lucky ain’t
Lady Jane said she walked on water but she never had a man to show
Then one day she found a fella she was eager just to let him know
Lady Jane she walked on water
Followed by her brand new lover who tumbled along, drownin’ down below

Lady Jane did not abort
For legends are never made that short
Now be sure when you listen to this
Here’s another reason why you shouldn’t eat fish
Convinced he’d become a creature of the sea
She cut off her feet and jumped into the deep
And never stopped looking for her lover below

Lady Jane the river fish
Became the world’s most wanted dish
And though no man would dare to catch
Something whose beauty we could never match
But when some member from a far away state
Said “I order you to get that fish’s head on my plate!”
They killed little Lady Jane

The emperor of a distant land
The only man who didn’t understand
That though you think you’ve got your prize
There’s another fish that has escaped your eyes
Lady Jane, her lover’s there
Swimming through the ocean with a desperate stare
Looking for Lady Jane
Looking for Lady Jane

OK Go! (And other things)

OK Go performing at the Wonder Ballroom.
OK Go performing at the Wonder Ballroom.

As Gchat would say: …and we’re back!

Thanks all for bearing with me while I took quite the refreshing blog-cation. It might happen a few more times over the next few months, but I’m still lurking ’round…not to worry!

The last few weeks were crazy!

I’ve started taking a conversational Spanish class, which made me realize that the crazy 5-year gap since I had my last formal class (and the 2-year gap since I’ve been able to practice) has done more damage than I thought! It was totally embarrassing when our maestra started asking me questions, and, while I could understand them completely, when I opened my mouth, I spit out a mixture of gibberish and Spanglish. Yikes!

First OK Go concert in June 2005. My friends Judy (far left) and Marta (far right) came along.
First OK Go concert in June 2005. My friends Judy (far left) and Marta (far right) came along.

In other news, when everyone in the Great State of Oregon was taking their spring breaks, I got to take my baby sister to the OK Go show at the Wonder Ballroom as part of her Christmas gift (I bought the tickets on presale, back in December).

They became famous a year or two back after winning a Grammy (methinks) for their backyard dance video to their song “A Million Ways.” Then they rocketed further when they did a dance routine on treadmills to “Here It Goes Again,” which garnered more than 45 MILLION views on YouTube.

Damian croons to the crowd.
Damian croons to the crowd.

Anyhoo, I’ve followed them since BEFORE they were famous, as proven by the photo of me and the lead singer, Damian Kulash at a 2005 show. The show was super-intimate, and the band was very accessible after the concert, signing stubs (where IS mine, anyway???), taking photos with fans, and chatting everyone up. They were adorable and sweet!

I was really hoping that the Wonder Ballroom show would be the same. Well, they definitely didn’t fail to entertain. For one, they performed “What To Do” entirely with handbells. Hilarious interludes, lots of confetti,  you know the usual.

That said, the show was SOLD OUT. And was packed with preppy highschoolers. I was probably the oldest one there.

But I suppose that’s the crowd that the pop/rock genre tends to attract…unless you’re the Dandy Warhols, whose pop is loved mostly by hipsters and stoners. Damian had cut his hair, and was wearing a tight suit. And gone were the days where they’d hang out with the crowd afterward. Because, realistically, they would maul the band, probably.

Overall, it was a great show, but my best memory of them was definitely before they were famous.

No, I did not forget VDay.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Generally, I’d actually refer to it as DOWN WITH LOVE Day. Because [beside the fact that I find myself perpetually–if not militantly–single] it’s a loathsome concept that is the child of capitalism. Here, here!

But harden not my heart…I sort of missed making glittery little hearts for all of my friends (because why should they go without?) this year, and now I feel a little bad. You already know that I like you best, but how to show it?

Then it donned on me.

Manu Chao. The goddamned amazing singer/songwriter of whom I can’t get enough, and surprisingly tops off my Spanish-language music charts (I was surprised to see that neither Juanes nor Los Ateciopelados, or even Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, took the gold). Anyway, not only is his often-moving music incredibly politically motivated, but it’s also very listenable and rather upbeat considering the general heavy themes.

That said, one of his more lackadaisical songs that just puts a smile on my face is “Me Gustas Tu.”

And whatdya know?

It’s my Valentine to you! ¡Sí, me gustas tu!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥