Archive for the ‘Connections’ category

Now That’s a Throwback

May 3, 2017

Here we are in our college days tryin’ ta look all fly n flashy for the camera. (from top left to bottom… Ivan, Carlos, David, Elaine and me) Thank you to Elaine for being the keeper of our history and sending me these! It was amazing to see pics of us from so long ago.

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Friendship Survey

March 17, 2017

I think from now on I’ll have people complete my new survey before we even become friends. It just helps insure that we’re on the right track you know? My friend since high school went through a draft of this survey with me. When we got to #9, she said “I plank” and we both laughed. I said “that works,” plus she owns a yoga studio. When we got to the end she goes “yes! I knew I was your friend” and we high 5’ed it!


 

Scenes from Carmen’s “Not 40 yet” Birthday Party

December 5, 2016

She Beasts Bench

July 3, 2016

Rare are the women who bench. You know your bench game is tight when she beasts start wanting to train with you or start asking you for spots. I can only hope they be thinking… “This chick is doing something right eh cuz her stock’s going up!” Yesterday was my day on the bench and I trained with another friend, but it looks like I’ll be spotting TwoCrow on the bench in-between my sets tomorrow! She’s a powerlifting Sioux from South Dakota who’s been trying to get me on board with her powerlifting federation out of Albuquerque.

The Bug Life Chose Me

June 4, 2016

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ANT-MAN LIKES IRON

Well… it’s official now. I have two new friends and I’m quasi-famous in my domain!! Today Paul Rudd and his trainer, Brendan Johnston were hitting it at Mandrill’s again. These boys seem to be serious. I guess movie stars need to stay in shape ha?

The moment I walked in, they were both waving away at me and told me hi. I was like…. Whaaaaa? Today they got to see me bench too. They bailed before my heaviest sets, but they made sure to go out of their way to tell me bye. Who woulda thought ha?

For anyone interested, I’ll be signing autographs in blood, sweat and tears in the gym this week. Hahahaaaa… the bug life chose me.

Read this to catch up: My Accidental Meeting with Ant-Man

Zombies Have Hearts Too

May 3, 2016

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Three frozen hands in "Zombie Punch"

It is so worth it to make my son’s smile light up when we do special things for him. I had fun gathering creepy treats for his Call of Duty- Black Ops III- Zombies themed party. It was a just for fun get together for he and his friends. They had a blast! I got tired, but seeing my son happy made it worth it. As an only child, he craves the company of other children his age. I was surprised he had such a good turn out with one day notice to parents, but who can pass up a video game party?

There were about 10 kids. It’s funny, but when children get together, they mysteriously gravitated away from the addictive video games. What a shocker! One of the boys brought Jelly Belly’s newest edition of BeanBoozled and it was straight comedy watching them challenge each other. I embedded a video below. In addition to gaming, they actually played football, tossed throwing stars, played with Nerf guns and played hide-n-seek.

We had a good time, but I was like… thank heavens I only had one!! Poor my jito! Dear lawd… how did they do it back in the day?

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Invitations designed for my♥

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Snack table and gift bags for the kids.

Intellectuals Love Pop Culture

February 14, 2016

I had a great learning experience at the 2016 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference thanks to scholarship funds. If I can’t find outside funds to attend this conference again next year, I would gladly pay my own way. I thought ARMA San Diego was the best conference I had been to until SWPACA. I love being around like minded intellectuals. There is really nothing like it. I do want a PhD someday.

I made it a point to keyword search the program (which was close to 150 pages) for the words archive(s), culture, history, and New Mexico. I focused my time at the conference on those sessions for the greater good. I love learning things to benefit both my knowledge and my agency. Everytime I could, I supported New Mexico professors and students by attending their presentations. There was so much great research presented during this conference. I also made a presentation there.

I did attend a small handful of sessions that were chosen because of personal interest. One was a session titled “Myth and Metaphor in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien,” which happened to be delivered by a University of New Mexico (UNM) professor. Another awesome presentation gave an analysis of “Penny Dreadful,” which I love, by a teacher from Texas. That session featured another presentation on the research of a UNM professor and student on violent video games and children. There was one on how Batman’s suit employs STEM!! Then there was one on fetishism and the villainess. You know I went to that one!!

The mission of SWPACA is “to promote an innovative and nontraditional academic movement in Humanities and Social Sciences and to celebrate America’s cultural heritages. To provide an outlet for scholars, writers, and others interested in popular/American culture, to share ideas in a professional atmosphere, and to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of America’s cultural traditions and diverse populations.”

Amazing…

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