19 June 2014

word of the day: Ossify

Ever since having to study a book full of vocabulary for the verbal section of the GRE I've been a word smith.

ossify |ˈäsəˌfī|
verb (ossifiesossifyingossified) [ no obj. ]
turn into bone or bony tissue: these tracheal cartilages may ossify.

(often as adj. ossified) cease developing; be stagnant or rigid: ossified political institutions.

Today's word used in a sentence:

"The District has been struggling with rampant poverty and crime for decades now, and due to an ossified local government, that's not changing any time soon."

Vice writing about Washington D.C. and why its a hell hole. Now I disagree with that statement BUT in some ways I don't. My power went out last night, and it was a bit stuffy after 7 hours w/out power and that means no A/C. 


17 June 2014

Shakey Graves - Built to Roam

Another one for ya daddio!

 I'm feeling this guy's voice and his unique suitcase drum.


mean tweets BBall edition

I enjoy the Kimmel Mean Tweets series.
Although, I can't pretend to know any of these guys... its still funny and I'm sure my dad does.
Soooo.... this one goes out to you daddio!

30 May 2014

happiness in ...

the little things in life.


“A healthy attitude is contagious but dont wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” 
~Tom Stoppard

22 May 2014

Welcome to America series: TROLL (INTERNET)

After my extended time abroad it's no secret I have much to learn being back in the states.

I guess between 2010 and 2014 a phenomenon that existed has now been named.
It first came up when I tried to join a women's tech group. I had heard so much about it and was excited to join and meet amazing women etc. etc.... I went to the website to sign up for their newsletters that I had up until then, only been receiving as a fwd from a friend who was already "in".

I signed up and then was informed there was a backlog waiting list kind of thing and I would have to wait...gasp!
" WHAT? WHY? I DON'T UNDERSTAND??? this model is ridiculous. Is this the equivalent of a night club creating a line outside the door when really it's empty inside just to create some illusion of awesomeness?" I huffed to my friend and later to the founder of the women's group in the ladies aisle of Target weeks later...

It's then when the ladies gently helped me remove my foot from my mouth as they kindly explained the concept of "trolling" and how they carefully vetted those who were accepted into the group as to create a safe and inclusive environment. Apparently they had problems in the past and these TROLLS are everywhere!
So I waited, and a couple days ago, I was ACCEPTED! and it's glorious.
But I digress....
for those who may have been living under a rock, or just in the warm bosom of Central America like I was for the last few years, here is the TROLL skinny.

TROLLING as defined by wikipedia:

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

And to drive home the point, I've added Jimmy Kimmel's great series "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets"


23 April 2014

best time of year

“Behold, my friends, 

the spring is come: 
the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, 
and we shall soon see the results of their love!” 
— Sitting Bull

21 April 2014

spring is joy.

“When spring came, 
even the false spring,  
there were no problems 
except where to be happiest."  

― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

14 April 2014

Total Lunar Blood Moon Eclipse

I've been reading up on this and my favorite tid-bit would be this:

 " ...the entirety of the lunar surface will be in Earth's shadow. It will be glowing red, because even though our planet is blocking out direct light from the sun, the light of all the sunsets and sunrises on  Earth still make it to the lunar surface." 


And of course IF i'm able to stay up to see this awesomeness... I'll be playing this on repeat. 




Current Status: fighting off a case of the mondays

10 April 2014

The Bechdel Test

What is the Bechdel test?

It's three simple questions asked of any movie.

1. Are there two or more women in it who have names
2. Do they talk to each other
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?

I'm all for supporting movies that pass the Bechdel Test, but like most things, its not black and white, in many of the movies where they may score 3/3 on the test, there still may be sexist content or the women speak only for a little more than 60 OR they are not talking about men, but rather about marriage or babies.
Now, I don't know 'bout you ladies and gents, but I would like women to be shown in our true beautifully complicated nature. I have more depth and range of concerns other than men, babies and marriage.

Bechdel isn't perfect BUT when measuring gender equality in film... it's all we got. Sooooo

WHAT NOW you ask?

I'll tell ya what.... Check out the Bechdel website and see how movies stack up! And support with your wallets those that pass the test!

Some of the 3/3 movies of 2014 so far:

Alles Inklusive
Barbie: The Pearl Princess
Camp Takota
Cesar Chaves
Dead Snow 2
Fields of hte Dead
Flowers in the Attic
The Lego Movie
Lies I told my sister
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax
Our RoboCop Remake
That Awkward Moment
Vampire Academy
Veronica Mars
Winter's Tale

side notes:
a. yes I am a feminist  !
b. So are you (if you believe women should be politically, socially and economically equal to men)

Current status: #FilmsForThought

07 April 2014

The Mindy Project

Great interview, and I might just get on Hulu to watch an episode.
Preach it Girl!


30 March 2014


Well... I'm racking up all the happy places I've lived.

Here is El Salvador:

27 March 2014

irreducible to language

It's no secret I LOVE me some TED. Whether its their videos, websites, articles, podcasts... i just can't get enough. And typically they truly are "ideas worth spreading" as their motto proclaims. And through the years I've shared many videos on this platform.

So when my dear friend Mama Ellie Elloise Ellington Stephens posted a TEDactive blog entry written by her brother Joe Stephens (Who I've never met but the Stephens family fame proceeds it!) I quickly clicked and opened in a new tab. What I found written was beautiful. Below is the link to the full article. And an excerpt I enjoyed.
Reflecting on all the wonderful experiences in my life I can smile and be glad, laugh, maybe even cry. But put into words? words that give it justice? That convey's what I feel... yeah. right.

My bff of the Stephens Clan and I in Xela, Guatemala

>>>  An Experience Beyond Words : by Joe Stephens

"The beauty of emotion, sometimes, is how irreducible it is to language. That’s why people place hands over hearts when they talk about love. It’s why they sometimes shake their head, gaze up, and use their hands when they search for the right way to describe something." 

19 March 2014

Key Island Hoping

Tia Guera as DJ and navigator,
Mom as back seat "consultant",
Paulina as fun,
Mama as Love
And I'm behind the wheel.... as chauffeur

All: Car Dancing and Karaoke professionals

18 March 2014

16 March 2014

La Morena en Los Llaves

GIRLS TRIP : FL Keys addition

After a full day of travel everyone was ready to get some food in the belly
And in some true vacation style, with some live music surrounded surrounded by the beach people with savage tans, warn flip flops and a slow pace.

Its an understatement to say I'm excited to spend the week with my family. It was so nice to wake up to the sounds of the women in my family chatting, laughing, and sipping coffee on the porch. *full heart* 
And this beach house is incredible.

a photo of my abuela's successful morning mission to bring down ripe papayas with a broom. 

13 March 2014


SO. IT seems there are a BUNCH of different cities/ countries around the world who have made videos to Pharrell's song "Happy". So of course I had to look it up and see if any of my other home cities had videos.

I"m hoping someone in Des Moines, Denver, El Salvador, or Jerusalem (the tel aviv one didn't do it for me), makes one soon. But until then....



12 March 2014


I just read the article about #BanBossy in Parade this past weekend. 
Then I stumbled upon this video. 
It's official, I'm joining the #BanBossy Campaign!

You should read the whole article but if you don't have time this very moment, here is a teaser: 

my favorite quote from the Parade article:

Sheryl Sandberg (facebook COO) : "I tell parents, instead of saying, “My daughter is bossy,” try, “My daughter has executive leadership skills.” I’ve never had anyone say that without laughing. Now say it for a boy: “My son has executive leadership skills.” There’s no humor in that sentence, which reveals the difference in our expectations. Women still represent only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. And more worrisome is that the number has been stagnant for a decade. What hasn’t changed fast enough is our acceptance and encouragement of female leadership. That’s goes for all of us—parents, teachers, managers, society, everyone."