Monday, July 21, 2008

The Happs

I've been pretty busy lately. There have been so many things that I've wanted to write about, but doing all these things have left me with little time and an even smaller amount of sleep. I've been having a blast with things, and I'm really happy. I am always respectful of difficult times because I feel like I learn the most from them, but with the last couple of years, this is one gift for which I am truly thankful.

A few weeks ago, I started talking ballet classes. I was so excited and intrigued by taking the class, but I was also complete terrified that I was going to make an idiot out of myself. Now that I've started, I've realized a few things. I probably do look a little dumb and am not naturally great at it, but it's so much fun to be learning and doing something new. I found out that I have special feet. Sometimes it's great to not be good at something and be able to look forward to getting better. More importantly, I've learned that my time in there takes me away from everything else in life. It's a refuges. I concentrate so hard on what I’m learning, I forget to worry about everything else in the world.

Also, I’m researching my family tree. There is something so happy and comforting to see a long line of relatives. I love to look at old photographs and see glimpses of myself and feel that connection.

I signed up for a group on Last.FM where I am paired each month with another user and we create "mixtapes" for each other. I love to make music mixes. My first tape is my life's soundtrack.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Ringo!

At the Ringo Starr concert on Wednesday night, he came from back stage at one point and announced that he had just heard something really cool. One of the news shows asked him what he wanted for his birthday, and he said more peace and love. I don't think that any of us could really argue with that.

Happy Birthday Ringo! Peace and love.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Joss and the Friendly Skies

"Dear Buddha: please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket."

I rounded out my Firefly marathon by watching Serenity . It was such a fantastic series with great actors filling fantastic roles, interesting, exciting storylines, and an intriguing setting. I guess that I should have known that I would love it because it’s a Joss Whedon creation. I’m an unabashed devotee of Buffy, Angel, and now Mal.

Whedon has such a love for his stories. He builds fairytale worlds that are so real that you feel like you’ve been sucked inside, and then he adds characters that are so honest that you can’t help but care for them. Each character is presently with their flaws and virtues. Their struggles, while far-fetched, are grounded in true human emotions. Whedon is a storyteller, a master craftsmen, that unites the scoobies and the browncoats of the world. I respect that and realize that it is not an easy feat. He is successful because he’s not afraid to write and create the things that matter to him, and in doing this, he leads others in this craft and creates great art.

I mean who else could turn Nathan Fillion (what a honey and a half) from evil, scary baddie Caleb (he maimed Xander!) in Buffy to Mal the guy I can’t help but yell at the TV to root for.

Anyway, I read the other day that Whedon is working with Eliza Dushku on a new series called Dollhouse that starts in January. I know that I’ll be there every week to watch.

"Oh my god. What can it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing!?" Oh right, that would be me. Back to work."