This Has Been: November Edition

I am in awe that November is nearly over.  Really I am.  This has been a month of waiting.  Waiting to hear back from study abroad, from Semester in LA (SiLA).  Waiting for a camera charger to come in the mail (it’s still not here and it’s driving me nuts).  Waiting for my show to wrap.

All good things mind you, and saying that I was waiting for them doesn’t imply that I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs in the meantime.  There was plenty of working and socializing to do while I was in stasis elsewhere.

As mentioned, I wrapped production of my show for work.  It was a fun project to do and put me in touch with a lot of first year students.  There was a lot of nostalgia in there for me, leading to a lot of thankfulness that I never have to return to that period of my life again.

This never-repeating-freshmen-year sentiment was echoed in my trip to Boston to see my sister.  It was great to see her, and a lot of fun to meet her friends, but I feel no need to return to the early days of college.  Lot’s of sleeping in and not-quite-thought-through plans.

That said, it was fantastic to see her and the rest of my family over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I went on a segway tour with my mom, ate lot’s of wonderful food, and watched the Macy’s parade (my favorite holiday moment, seriously it’s possible that there were happy tears).

A midst all the holiday and family-seeing bliss there was also a few options filtering their way back to me.  Acceptance into SiLA and Study Abroad leaving all my options open and a big choice to be made, but one thing quite clear: wherever I’ll be, I will not be spending next semester in Chicago.

Providing Leverage to a Fantastic Show

Can I talk about a show when I’ve only watched a handful of episodes of it?  I’m going to say yes, because even with such a short time episodes I love Leverage like no other.  I watched the Summer finale in September when it was on and then caught a part of a marathon a few weeks later.  I have season one courtesy of my friend Laura, and I’m still trying to find time to watch more than the 2 episodes that I’ve seen so far.

I’m a new convert, but I can’t even describe how awesome this show is.  The greatest part is that even though I’ve only been watching it for a few months I feel like I’ve been at it since the beginning.  It’s such a simple show to catch up with unlike a lot of the more serialized TV I watch that’s difficult to follow if you miss more than two episodes.

Reasons you should absolutely watch Leverage

1. The Cast.  The show has a fantastic cast of recognizable faces, and they all do a terrific job with their characters.  Personally I recognize Gina Bellman from Coupling and Jeykel and Chris from his role in Angel oh way back when.  The rest of the cast is equally awesome.

2. The team kicks ass.  The basic premise of the show is that these people are the best criminals in the business and they are now up for hire for pretty much anyone who needs them. In nearly every episode it starts out with a simple job, but Nate turns it into a greater than mission. Borderline annoying, but it’s hard to argue as they are usually good causes.

3. Relationships that don’t detract from the story.  It’s a common complaint in television that when characters get together in a story it detracts from the main story.  This is not the case with Leverage at all.  There are currently two couples on the team and they are both relatively low profile sub-plots to the main story in each episode.

4. They film in Portland.  I know, my nerdy hipster is showing, but you guys, it’s still really cool that they film in Portland.  Especially since it’s currently set in Portland.  They don’t have to worry about making it feel like another city, it looks like Portland and it’s supposed to be Portland.  Done.

Yesterday was the first day of new episodes on TNT.  Do you watch Leverage?  What do you think?

A Thankful Weekend



I wanted to share a few pictures from this weekend as I not only found my camera charger at home (after ordering it on the internet three weeks ago and it still not being here), but I also got a new phone while I was at it.  My old one had been teetering on the edge of the abyss for a while lately and it was time to change.

This weekend was wonderful.  As previously mentioned, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since the only major event is eating.  I managed not to overeat, but hit up some of my favorite San Francisco things along the way.  Burritos, the Ferry Plaza Market, and my dad’s cooking (it’s a San Francisco staple, what do you mean you’ve never heard of it?).

Other highlights included a (very) mini What Moves You reunion on the beach, a new hat, and finishing the scarf I was working on for my sister (she elected to receive it now instead of as a Christmas gift leaving me not quite sure what to do for her Christmas gift).  I also sang until my sister hit me and did eurythmy in One Embargadero.  Because when the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th comes on I can’t seem to help myself.


As I take stock of all my blessings I am becoming more and more aware of how far I have to go.  Not only for the rest of the school year, and the rest of my academic career, but beyond that as well.  I’m in it for the long haul and if I’m going to make it in the big bad city then I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.  I’m excited to see the road ahead and looking forward to future holidays spent in San Francisco and around the world.

Side note: These pictures were taken with my new phone on my walk home from the bus stop.  I live on a massive hill and pretty much any way you slice it I get to walk uphill to home.  No complaining here, it’s gorgeous.

Writing About Writing (week of November 19)

Monday: journal
Tuesday: blog – not cute
blog – commenter
blog – Happy Thanksgiving
Wednesday: journal
Thursday: journal
blog – If it ain’t broke fix it anyway
blog – This Has Been
blog – This Will be
blog – editorial calendar
Friday: journal
school – 2 paged of scripty
Saturday: nothing
Sunday: school – reorganizing scripty

Well, I did get a lot of writing done, but not necessarily the writing I was hoping to get done.  In a way this is good because I now have the next two weeks almost completely scheduled blog-wise which let’s me focus more on the school writing I need to be doing.  If I could only get myself to focus on the school writing that I need to be doing.

You can probably guess what my goal for next week is.  Writing for school!!! The sad(ish) part is that I only have one writing intensive course this semester and I’m floundering.  Last semester I was in three and managed to pull through.  Granted, one of those papers was a bit sub-par, but still.  Three is greater than one and yet here we are. Frustrating, but that’s my life right now.

Two biggest projects coming up are a portfolio due this week along with a show bible and pilot script due… next week?  I have two dates written down and I’m not even sure which is correct.  Gah!  Not this week though, so I’ll settle that one in class.

What about you?  What are your goals for the week (writing or otherwise)?  Happy working everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The week of Thanksgiving always feels a bit surreal to me.  I generally don’t get much done work-wise.  I wander around wondering what to do with my life and teeter on the edge of boredom for a while there until I decide on some sort of an adventure.

This week has been particularly unfocused because I am at a stop sign between my show being finished (I warped production last week) and figuring out what to do with the rest of my life (a question that apparently wants to be answered right now).

Meanwhile I’m thankful for so many things, and perhaps especially the chance to be home for this favorite holiday seeing old friends, spending time with family, and eating lots and lots of food.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and have a great weekend!

‘Cute’ — Not Quite What We’re Aiming For

I’ve written the beginning of this post a number of times.  I can’t seem to find a hook that’s particularly pointy, so instead I will start with a disclaimer.  This post is about women creators, which can be a touchy subject.  The opinions here are strictly my own, though I did get some of the ideas from this post by Pamela Ribbon (author and TV writer) on her blog.

I’m not sure weather to be surprised or not when I flat out told a guy I know to please not call Girls cute.  This launched a whole debate about who and what we are allowed to call cute.  And honestly, it’s a great adjective for shoes, babies, and terriers wearing sweater vests.  But not for things that were created or designed to be taken seriously.  Not even comedy.

Because unless ‘cute’ is what they’re aiming for, it’s actually quite insulting.  You don’t see serious men doing work they believe in called cute.  But it’s a common adjective for women who are equally brilliant.  It could be the goriest, most twisted thing you’ve ever read, but if a woman wrote it then it’s game for the ‘cute’ label.

In many ways it doesn’t even make sense.  A piece of work should be evaluated on it’s own merit, right.  In comparison to other similar works, yes, but not with thoughts on the gender of the creator.

I understand that this is sometimes done unintentionally.  It’s become a normal term in our society.  But that doesn’t mean we have to continue the cycle.

Start with yourself.  If you feel strongly about something draw on your wide vocabulary to come up with adjectives that will describe how you feel about it.  You can do it.  It’s not cute, it’s child-ish, funny, bizarre, raunchy, or insulting.  Your conversations and understanding of others will be better for it.

Next, call others out.  It can be slightly nerve-wracking to tell someone not to call something cute, but chances are, if you’re in a group discussion, you’ll launch a whole different tangent.  Do it.  These are the discussions we should be having.

In The Works: TV Time

Recently I’ve taken to crafting while watching TV.  I like that it keeps my hands busy while my mind is working out the plot twists of Angel, Leverage or Fringe.  It also works perfectly with my relatively new rule of no double screens (watching a show and having my laptop open at the same time).  Too much over stimulus!

Since I watch a lot of TV, that’s a lot of crafting time to fill.  Here’s what I’ve got so far.

A pair of shoes.  Okay, I didn’t make the pair of shoes, but they were very uncomfortable and I sewed felt on the backs making them a lot better.  This one took a little bit of fabric, a thimble and a strong needle, 2 episodes of Leverage, an episode of Fringe, and a lot of elbow grease.

A purse fix (picture of this one).  Again, didn’t make the purse, but with the addition of a little bit of felt, it’s stopped making the clicky noise it sometimes did while I walk.

A scarf
.  This one is a gift, so part of me doesn’t want to share a picture, but I’m fairly certain that the recipient does not read the blog.  I’m an Angel marathon and a skein and a half of yarn in, and still going strong.

Up next:
Two skirts.  One was ripped a few weeks ago and needs to be repaired.  Another was purchased in Boston and needs a zipper installed.  Not sure how I’m going to work that one, but I’ll figure it out.
Jacket pockets.  About a year ago I sewed pocket holes into my jean jacket, but messed up as I was supposed to sew in pockets at the same time.  I’ve still been wearing it, but I think it’s high time I sewed some pockets or handwarmy things in there.  I’ve got a plan, just not sure how well it’s going to work.
Jayne hat (Firefly reference).  Has been on my ‘to knit’ list for a very long time, so it may take a bit to get to this one.

Writing About Writing (week of November 12)

Monday: journal
blog – Leverage
school – WDP #9
Tuesday: journal
school – Anthro paper #2
Wednesday: nothing
Thursday: journal
SiLA essay
Friday: journal
Saturday: journal
blog – In the Works: TV Time
school – four pages of scripty
Sunday: journal
school – science article response

Last week’s goal was to keep on keeping one.  I feel like I did that quite well.  Yeah, not much to say about this one.  I wrote things, some things more than others.  Friday was a particular highlight (not writing-wise, but in general) because I watched thirteen episodes of Angel.  I should probably not be proud of that, but I really, really am.

This coming week is Thanksgiving*, and I’m going home for the weekend.  I’m not quite sure how much to expect to get done, but I do really need to get a lot of script writing done.  I’m actually going to aim for another 15 pages by the end of the week.

*You guys, I love this holiday.  So much.  It’s so simple.  Eat food.  That is all.

Recent Events

I made mention on Tuesday of “recent events” that brought the idea of Grad school to the table.  At the moment I don’t have any policy per-say about how much of my life I share with the internet.  There is nothing in my life that I am ashamed about, but I’m still not sure where the line is of what to share and what not to share.

Wherever that line is, my future plans have always fallen on the side that is shared with the internet.  Usually I try to make some concrete choices about what the future will be looking like before I go sharing, but this one is a bit of an undecided moment.  A two roads diverged moment of sorts.

One road is basically Route 66 and brings me to Semester in LA (SiLA) and a possible internship.  The second gives me a chance to study abroad, something I had always planned on doing.  Another option, of course is to stay right where I am, cozy and warm tucked into Chicago.  Both SiLA and Chicago could lead to grad school in England, but that seems to be a long way off.

Long story short I have lots of options for what to do with myself next semester, and none of these options suck.  Up until recently I also would have said that none of my options disqualify any of the other options, but I’ve recently found out that’s not the case.  Apparently if I want to study abroad then I have to do that in the next two semesters.  Doable, yes, but it throws off some plans I had.

All in all, I’m really not sure what the next few years of my life are going to look like, but I think I’m kind of excited for them.  Right now at least.  Maybe when I’m in the middle of it I’ll want to drop out a move to Brazil to run zip-lines through the Amazon.  Don’t worry internet, if that happens you’ll be invited for the trip.

Bars and Tone

This post is not saying that I don’t have things to say.  In fact, I have a really juicy post to go here partly written in the my head.  Except that that’s as far as it’s gone so far.  I’m playing catch up from the weekend, and somehow this just slipped.  So you get to see Bars and Tone again. Which really, is a sort of joke that will never get old to me, so I’m amused.

In the meantime if you missed yesterday’s Boston recap check it out or look at my favorite posts here on the blog.  Next week I’ll be talking about things that are and are not cute.