i'm really proud of this! it's even for the most part (there are two stray stitches in the cat that i couldn't fix and it brings out the OCD in me, even though it's hardly noticeable from afar) and i free handed the border (because i was lazy to draw up something) so i even impressed myself with how well it turned out. ironically, i stitched my name in last with some leftover thread and i wish i had made it smaller (it's a little distracting). but at that point i was like, what the hell, i'm done with this project, i can't feel my fingertips, and i don't want to cut more purple thread so i am leaving this shit here. >__<
now that it's done, i've got the itch to make something else. hmmmm...
i was a little under the weather (and extreme sleep deprived) but it was still a vivid experience! so much to see, so many pop culture references!
i would also like to mention that i went to hear john barrowman speak. i honestly didn't recognize his name/face but le boyfriend informed me he is from the arrow show (i watched the whole first season but haven't kept up since) and wanted to check out his panel... I LIKE THIS GUY AS A PERSON. he is really honest and funny!!
i won't say anything since the movie is still pretty fresh... perhaps later i'll toss some comments around. i CAN say there are a few things that the aerialist in me appreciated. corde lisse is no fucking joke man. it should be an olympic event.
speaking of which, at aerial i've finally got a nice little combo down- triple roll up to cross back straddle to dancer's pose. the new thing i'm working on is iron cross:
one day i hope to look this graceful.
to double foot locks. it's hell on the wrist so i might be stuck here a while. new session is starting at samadhi, if anyone wants to try flying! http://samadhihawaii.com
I HELPED IN A PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION
the hotel where my dad works has major renovation right now. the new lobby will feature a giant copper fish along the ceiling. employees and their family were invited to help hammer out the scales. i'm number 44-13
and it was pretty much everything i dreamed it would be. ♡ i was right up front at the barrier and i got one nice picture for the memory bank:
amazing set list included: royal we, well thought out twinkles, the pit, last dance / circadian rhythm, better nature, latchkey kids, panic switch, little lover's so polite, dots and dashes... of course they played lazy eye and everyone lost their minds. when they followed up with kissing families & booksmart devil my heart just overflowed! pikul is my favorite sspu album and i really didn't think they would play MY FAVORITE SONG because it's an old one! i'm beyond happy.
after the show i took the most cathartic bus ride home
i because i always listen to their music (specifically that album) when i ride the bus at night after a long day- just the right amount of "calm down" without falling asleep and missing your stop. but that night... i could just ride in silence and hold on to the memory of seeing it played for me in person.
in case you are wondering, these are my current subscriptions at Other Realms:
Hellblazer (i ♥ bad boys) Nightwing (i ♥ chatty circus boys) Batman (obligatory!) Justice League (also obligatory) Descender (water colors) Saga (so creative, it blows my mind)
subscriptions i cancelled:
Midnighter Green Lantern
series i want to read but haven't yet:
Girl over Paris Monstress [the new one where superman is chinese] Cowboy Ninja Viking Dr. Fate Superman: American Alien [whatever riley rossmo is working on? damn, i love his art!]
i barely understand the plot and purpose of spyral. i read the Batman, inc trade and all of the Grayson series and i still barely understand what is going on. thank goodness the organization is dead, helena is going back to birds of prey, and dick is going back to nightwing. i don't have to pretend to like it anymore. or wait a minute... i just realized... not understanding spyral... maybe the TSUCHIGUMO actually worked on me! *mind blown*
i never read any superman or wonder woman comics. i've gone through a lot of flash (mostly wally, but also some barry and a little of jay from jsa), new 52 aquaman, and blackest day green lantern. but i've never read any superman/action comics or wonder woman. i only know their tales through justice league and batman interactions.
trades that i lent to friends:
thomas has my Brightest Day Vol I. ken has my Batman: Dark Victory
basically, if i lent you a book and you haven't returned it in a year, i've probably given up hope i'll get it back (bsg captain adama got it right- books are basically gifts). but i will always remember you have it and will gladly accept the return. trades that i want to buy:
Batman Hush Madame Xanadu
some other non-DC comics that i read, loved, and now recommend:
Fatale Criminal (not to be confused with Incognito, which i liked less) The Authority (is this still a thing?) Y: The Last Man
it's a fascinating condition that is described as just knowing past things as facts, but not knowing how they made you feel because you can't remember it happened to you.
well, i had to do a quick brain inventory to see if the same was true to me. luckily i have a normal memory by the article's standards. i get pretty excited (emotional) about music and i immediately thought about how when i saw metric in concert i was crying my eyes out during their last song from happiness. but i wanted to think of an older, specific memory and pulled out from my mental filing cabinet...
i was doing clinical rotations at DLS Queens in hematology. they have a clock radio on the bench and the DJs are interviewing Daniel Dae Kim. i can't recall if he was here for LOST or HI50 (i'm almost sure it was for LOST). the DJs were finishing up the interview by asking what he was listening to lately and he said to check out The XX. the DJs had never heard of the band so he said their album cover was just one big X. I had heard of the band because they were being promoted in sxsw but had never stopped to listen to any songs. the DJs promised to find some music by the XX and play it for the listeners... and they did! they conjurred up the song Basic Space and it was good! i've been listening to the band ever since. such simple and poetic songs and the vocal harmonies are sweet. Thanks you, Daniel Dae Kim for making me finally listen to the XX.
opium is going to be my new go to flourish this summer. so simple and hypnotic!
i was super busted up in the last week of june. like, le boyfriend took one look at me and was like, WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?! i had a lovely bruise on my thigh (of course, right were my shorts end so it was not easy to cover up) and bruises on the back of both knees. i pulled my right shoulder so i couldn't lift my arm much. and the grand finale, gnarly fabric burns all across my lower back.
all this is from aerial class of course. the knee bruises are from backpack drop (i can do this on hammock too!). the shoulder pull is from conditioning on trapeeze. the thigh bruise is from "dancer pose" which i hereby christen "ultra wedgie leg tourniquet pose". the fabric burns are from angel drop. angel drop is my new favorite! it's easy and looks really elegant because you come down inverted. any way, i wasn't wearing skin-tight clothes when i learned it (just a regular tshirt) and the sliding fabric just destroyed me.
i had a week off to recover and then i missed class too much so i slapped on some tegaderm and hit the ropes (literally!). yes, i am a crazy person.
3. LEOTARD i also learned my lesson and bought a leotard for class. i wasn't even sure where they have adult sized leotards but i found one and it is fantastic. if you are looking for one try: http://www.discountdance.com if you feel like splurging, there is a lululemon one that i tried on at the ala moana store and it fits like a dream! if only the back was a little bit higher for more coverage in drops.
4. IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA i'm bingewatching. i started last month from season 1 and i'm up to season 8. so many good lines! Dr. Mantis Tobogan MD, jabroni, cultivating mass... sometimes at work i get the "dayman" song stuck in my head which is totally inappropriate. XD
^ HELLO COME RIGHT IN!
5. ROLLER GIRLS moxi shop finally has a new video this month from refinery 29!
i want to try skating in a skate park so bad but i'm too embarassed. also, i haven't owned knee pads since i was 12 or something.
i was really, really close to dropping everything and getting on a plane for wrecking ball in ATL. i mean, just look at the line up: http://wreckingballatl.com deafheaven, sorority noise, touché amoré, ceremony, diarrhea planet, drug church, wild honey, cold cave, bayside, hey mercedes (reunited!!) joy formidable, piebald (also reunited!)... and that's just the first day! the second day has culture abuse, thursday (!!!!! reunited!), tigers jaw, dinosaur jr, amerian football... i could go on...
alas, i couldn't get all the details together in time so looks like i'm staying on this rock for awhile. but as a consolation, some bands i WILL be seeing this year:
earth, wind, and fire (will be my 3rd time seeing them live, i can't believe my parents went without me last time!) sept 27th at the NBC
^ i don't think this is one of their more popular songs, like september or fantasy but i really like the horns in this song.
i actually got my shit together and have the tickets so i won't miss out this time. hope to see you in the mosh pits! (well, except at EW&F. they frown upon moshing at the blaisdell.)
grouplove is also coming. they play the day before sspu and i'm considering getting tickets for them too. i only know two of their songs- but they are really good, fun, dancey songs so... ?
^ actually, this is one of my all time favorite music videos
i also heard on the radio that elle king is coming. my mom really likes her music so i was thinking about getting tickets for her birthday. the thing is... she's never been to a concert at the republik and i don't know how she'd like standing up all night...
1. watch The Simpsons i was pretty young when the show came out and my parents said it's a cartoon NOT FOR KIDS. so i never watched it even though i'm not a kid anymore. there are so many episodes now, i don't even know how to start. i know i'm missing out on a beloved american tradition. maybe one day i will watch it.
2. visit Las Vegas it's practically the ninth hawaiian island, i know. but i haven't been there. i'm not very good at gambling, anyway. yeah, i know how to play pai gau and black jack and stuff, but... i don't really know how the betting works? oh yeah, and i'm also not really good at playing those games either. but i suppose now a days there are plenty of other things to do in vegas. i really want to see magicians and circus people!
3. meet a band after a show man, i don't know how people are doing this. i hear of lots of people who meet bands after a concert... i know one person who even got some things signed! what is the secret?! i always get chased out of venues by giant security people! i swear i'm not up to no good! if i could just hang my eyes upon my favorite band for a moment and say "hi i am a huge fan" i would just swoon! alas, it hasn't come to be. do you have to "know somebody" for this to happen? should i bring a cake (although it may or may not survive the mosh pits)? someone explain this to me!
4. eat balut there isn't anything i wouldn't try once (except bugs. bugs are not food. i don't want to see them, dead or alive and definitely not going to eat it knowingly and/or willingly. don't even ask me and don't ever try.), i just haven't had the opportunity to eat balut. some people are grossed out by the looks, but i figure it's like eating boiled chicken and boiled egg all rolled into one package? i'm not sure if i would seek out this food, but if i happened to run in to it, i would try.
5. read any marvel comics i've always been a DC girl (and more recently, Image! i'm so addicted to Saga! and Criminal and Fatale and Descender are all in my favorites!) and just never got into xmen or avengers or dare devil or punisher... i did watch all the spiderman cartoon so i know a lot about that story line. i also read some deadpool here and there. but otherwise, the new movies and tv shows are all fresh stories to me. and it's very enjoyable! sometimes i think i can't focus on some of the new DC media (ex: arrow and flash tv show) because i'm simultaneously comparing to the comic book story lines and looking for easter eggs.
i wrote this a while ago, but decided to wait until sunday to post it. i guess i was waiting to see if things would turn out differently, even though i kind of knew they wouldn't.
there is something i want everyone to know about my dad.
maybe you have heard the hotel that he works at is undergoing major renovation?
the second restaurant (specializing in authentic japanese food) is not just closing during the renovation, it's closing forever.
my dad is the chef of the [first] namesake restaurant and whole hotel. while the closure of one major operation warrants the loss of a lot of staff, i just want everyone to know my dad fought really hard to save as many people as he could. in his own restaurant, there are also many people who will be laid off since the renovation requires downsizing to a smaller area during construction. he worked really hard (and is still negotiating) to get as many people hours and positions as he can. inevitably, some will be bumped, but i hope they know it's not without sadness and regret.
as for the second (japanese) restaurant, the head chef was asked to move from japan many years ago to open it and the hotel owners seem to have no problem just closing up shop... kind of a cold "thank you for your service, goodbye". which really made me sad, because it was a REALLY GOOD restaurant and there are no others that can compare in quality and variety. they weren't losing money, just not making enough. sigh, business. my pops suggested they reopen smaller. or reopening without buffet (a la carte only). opening less days a week. opening up at the golf course property instead of in the main hotel. he said they could open in his restaurant half a week. or open in his restaurant once a week. alas, all his proposals were rejected. he could only save the head chef to work as a sushi/japanese specialty chef to work for his restaurant. but it looks like at this point, the chef will turn it down and part ways with the hotel instead.
the worst part is, the hotel asked the japanese restaurant to stay open one more day but do their service in the ballroom for fathers day. because there are so many reservations (note, the reservations were full + waiting list every night for the last three months). because it's going to make the hotel a freaking ton of money. and all i could think was WTF. they won't even honor the restaurant and let the workers finish their service in their own restaurant. è___é
change isn't all bad. my pops has been working out brand new menus for his restaurant and the brainstorming has been fun. he also gets some input on new dining layout, new china and silverware, new room service menu...
but he's definitely the kind of guy who appreciates dedication to craft and hard work out of all the other qualities in a person. he is not one of those "oh gee what a shame have to let you go, but too bad" people. he's genuinely sad that all these people and especially the japanese chef is going away. i just want people to know that it was not without a fight. he did things that he never had to do before he was an executive chef, like go to meetings and try to game the schedule so less people would have to lose jobs or hours ("i have to make a presentation... can you help with this... power points?") and i'm really proud of that.
i guess time will tell- when his restaurant reopens in full, this fall- how well he did. in the interim, he's going to hold up a skeleton crew during the construction, and workers and patrons alike are going to mourn the loss of the best japanese restaurant on this island.
"Dining Out" 4/19/15
last night, was the last night of service. my dad went in to work before 8am. did all his regular work. then made sure the dinner specials went ok, until the last person was finished. then he helped throw a small after party for the japanese restaurant. he said the food was amazing (of course) and they pushed all the tables in the restaurant together so they could eat together. the crew presented some gifts (such as a hard cover copy of the first menu that was signed by the chef and sake sommelier) and he had a cake made for them (green tea strawberry shortcake with the restaurant's logo drawn on top). and then they cleaned up the kitchen and took down the outside sign and lamps. he didn't come home until way after midnight and since i had already left for work, i didn't see my dad at all on father's day. however, i don't think he would have had it any other way. as i see it, he was having dinner with family anyway. R.I.P. HAKONE RESTAURANT 2016.
OMG YOU GUYS I AM SO SUPER EXCITED!!!! SILVERSUN PICKUPS ARE COMING BACK TO HAWAII! i missed them in concert four times already, i am not missing them again! presale tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10am hawaii time- you know i'm going to be sitting at the computer from the moment i get home from work so i can get on the tickets! omgggggggggg so excitedddd! i love sspu so much! to celebrate their return, here are ten of my favorite sspu songs:
1. Kissing Families | Pikul
2. Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance) | Better Nature
3. Lazy Eye | Carnavas
4. There's No Secrets This Year | Swoon
5. Dots and Dashes (Enough Already) | Make Believe
6. All the Go Inbetweens | Pikul
7. Common Reactor | Carnavas
8. Surrounded (or Spiraling) | Swoon
9. Latchkey Kids | Better Nature
10. Dream at Tempo 119 | Carnavas
Bonus: Hidden track on Pikul: Sci Fi Lullaby
it's everything that is connected and beautiful and now i know just where i stand...
Sunday's samadhi show was so amazing! Performing was a new and unique experience for me, and now that it's done I'll forever be chasing the high of my first time.
Not going to lie, I was really nervous at home in the two hours before I was supposed to show up. I used the bathroom so many times. i couldn't even watch TV because it was making me nauseated. I just sat in silence, trying to read a comic book (Brad Meltzer Identity Crisis saved my life) and calm the fuck down! I already told myself we did this routine a ton of times and it wasn't very technical and we were only in the studio performing for friends... But I just couldn't help feeling like a bowl of mush.
T-minus two hours before the show starts I finally get to the studio.
And then something magical happened!
There was funky music blasting! And disco lights! And everybody there was all smiles!
Every bit of nervousness just melted away at that moment and was replaced by wonder, relief, and excitement.
Backstage, there were people stretching and putting on false eyelashes. The greatest 70s dance songs were playing and every one was dancing with each other! There were stray sequins all over the floor and a perpetual cloud of hair spray. I didn't know most of the other performers- just saw them in passing between classes- but everyone was so friendly I didn't care! In any other situation I might have hid in the bathroom until seven or pretended to be busy reading a book. Instead I decided if this is what the circus life was like, this is where I want to be.
What really sealed the deal was the final words of the teachers to the group. Thinking about it now, the words were pretty much what you'd expect and filled with the adequate amount of cheesiness- have fun, don't panic up in the air if something goes wrong, we are proud of you, etc etc. My instructor, Marie, even pointed out that my two classmates and I were "show virgins" and every one cheered and giggled. But it was the studio owner and director, Andrea, that said what I loved the most: we really perform for each other. Everyone who does aerial also loves to watch aerial and if we could share just a slice of that excitement with our friends and family in the audience it would be an amazing show.
The rest of the night went by in a flash. I lost a towel somewhere backstage. We cheered and clapped along with the audience (maybe even louder than them!) at every daring drop or disco booty shake. It was humid as fuck up in the loft and it nearly caused me to get stuck in one of my hip keys but I really really couldn't stop smiling! I should have been having a minor heart attack since all this is happening ten feet off the ground and everybody was watching me (I saw Andrea stand up really quick, from the corner of my eye, which is a red flag if there ever was one) but for some reason I couldn't wipe the insane smile off my face! Then there was a tribute to prince. And a little roller skate number. And one of the guys dressed up as Donna Summer. My favorite was the straps duo, so beautifulllllll!
At the end of the show, Andrea announced four students would be traveling to Montreal for the summer on scholarship for training! And one of the girls got proposed to on stage! I don't think my heart could have been any fuller. ♥
I have one picture we took backstage.
"that one time we were sparkly circus people"
And one of me and my pal, Emily, eating a sandwich and orange freeze at Like Like Drive-In after the show.
^ this girl flew in from the big island just to see me! i have the best fucking friends in the world.
But besides that, no pictures of the actual aerial performances. i think it's just like my favorite song: got no time to take a picture, I'll remember someday... so if you're reading this, thanks for sticking with me through that text wall. i only have memories of what a great night it was, but it's good enough to keep me heading back to the studio for a long time to come.
if you want to try your hand at flying, new summer sessions are starting for adults and kids. maybe you'd like to hang on a trapeze? or climb the silks? maybe just want to try a different kind of exercise? i'm sure you won't regret it. :) samadhihawaii.com
What’s good and what’s bad about the weather lately? unpredictable temperature! makes fashion choices difficult.
What’s something that’s so bad it’s good? hellogoodbye -- jesse buy nothing (go to prom anyway)
What’s something that used to be bad but now is good? ok, it wasn't so baaaaaad before, but the Melissa plastic shoes have made a HUGE improvement in their plastic formula and the shoes are so soft now! before, i had to size up because the plastic was a bit stiff and would give me blisters. now the plastic is very supple so i can go back to a size 7 [instead of 8] and it fits like a glove [around my bunions]... and no blisters! and speaking of melissa... i just bought these:
What are some of your pet words for very bad and very good?
at work, i always announce "crisis averted!" when things are going ok or "one crisis at a time!" when the blood starts rolling in. so that means a "very bad" is de facto "crisis".
very good = most excellent
What’s your favorite song by Bad Company (or Good Charlotte, if BadCo isn’t your style)?
good charlotte -- girls and boys
one more song for the road- the first song that came to mind when i saw the theme!
my itunes library says it's from the "eenie meenie records: sampler no.3" and it was added to my library in 2008. i wonder if this record label & band is still around? might have to investigate this further...
How did you learn to throw a ball? my parents, i guess. this seems like a pretty basic large-motor skill. now if you ask me how i learned to catch a ball with one hand... once upon a time in my previous life i played water polo! (see question 3)
How did you learn to drive? i never learned how to drive.
How did you learn to swim? after school sessions at manoa pool (when i was in elementary school). i still remember the coaches after all these years- mr steve, mr jason, mr darren, ms leah, and ms mari. also, i want to steal the clock that hangs on the wall near the office. you can see it all the way from the far end of the pool (and it's an olympic size pool) and the second hand doesn't tick, it just glides around the face.
What is the most recent thing you learned how to do from an online tutorial? how to cold brew coffee. it's really not more complicated than it sounds- JUST POUR COLD WATER OVER GROUNDS AND WAIT. seriously, i thought there was some secret. but you LITERALLY JUST BREW IT COLD. THAT'S IT. #unimpressed
How did you learn most of your social etiquette? this book by Miss Manners (which i recommend to all!):
do you like melodic hard core?
new frameworks album coming in july!
/shameless self plug/
i'll be performing at samadhi on sunday 5/29/16. if you like circus arts and disco music, come down!
8. gauntlet... and the HOW TO marathon day (HIGH FASHION!)
9. nine (la dispute)
10. chloe carlina (no i didn't buy them. because $$$. but i've tried it on at nordstrom about 10 times already. they look so great with my bangs. it's like someone just scribbled them on to your face! *lust* )
what hath May brought you? tell me in the comments.
/ shameless self plug /
i'm going to be doing an aerial silk performance this sunday with samadhi! come down if you like circus arts and disco music! http://samadhihawaii.com
i accidentally watched four movies about art thieves.
it started with the Monuments Men. saving stolen paintings from the nazis!
they played it on tv a few weeks ago and i caught 15 minutes of it while on my break at work. i wanted to watch the whole thing so i borrowed it from the library.
while browsing the M section of the videos, i saw Mortdecai and thought i'd get it too, seeing as it had johnny depp and ewan mcgregor in it. well, this movie happened to be about a stolen painting too.
Mortdecai was kind of like... a rehash of the peter sellers pink panther.
a shot in the dark is my favorite! so, it didn't quite stand up to the originals but not a bad update. i particularly liked the soundtrack of mortdecai- mod funky 70's electro lounge music.
monuments men was great, of course. what a great cast! everyone worked so great together. it was a natural conglomeration of friendship. i've rented this movie three times already, i'm thinking of just buying a copy for myself.
i started thinking about a movie i rented a couple of years ago that also had an all star cast, The Maiden Heist. this movie has christopher walken, william h macy, and morgan freeman as museum security guards who are going to steal their favorite paintings.
i went to the library to see if the video was in. it wasn't, so i put it on reserve and browsed for something else to watch. i found American Hustle. it was nominated for several awards and had been on my "to watch list" for some time, so i took it home.
the star of this movie was a con man who was mostly into fraud and forgery, but he did have some art dealing in his repertoire. i had no idea!
by the time i got my hands on the Maiden Heist (this week), the theme was clear. the movie was just as funny as i remembered it. ("don't panic! if you panic, i'll panic!")
here are my ratings in dot form:
Monuments Men ••••• Mortdecai ••ººº (but the soundtrack gets ••••º) American Hustle ••••º The Maiden Heist ••••º
whenever i experience a coincidence like this, i wonder what my subconscious is suggesting to me?
i guess it's only appropriate to share music by Thieves Like Us.
i discovered Thieves like us from the 3hive music blog! remember that?! http://3hive.com/?s=drugs+in+my+body this post is telling me the song is from 2006. i STILL have this in my "frequency" playlist in my itunes, has it really been that long? well... i guess that's about right. i remember listening to this song before i had a laptop... before i had an ipod! i was still on windows ME and had this song burned on a CD with Lismore's This Time and Tremolo and Lymbyc Systym's Truth Skull. it was a very chill CD. prefect for daydreaming about stolen art...
rejoice, netizens! i finally got my tissu hip key! (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*: ･ﾟ (refer to last post: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/02/let-me-down.html) i right now, it's not a very pretty one (picture: a slow motion robot) but it worked. and i even learned a little twirl to unwrap from it. every week is a little bit more progress. i try to help it along with the warmups we learned in class:
this weekend is our last class of the session. then there is a two week break. and then... tissu LEVEL ONE. hellz yeah, i graduated to the first grade!
on tuesdays, if i don't have to work, i go to regular yoga with my posse. i haven't had friends to hang out with in a long time (stupid school and stuff) and i'm really enjoying it. i forgot that it's ok to be unserious in class- we giggle all the time and it's quite a relief. :)
but this week tuesday... a surprise aerial warm up from dorian! i've been going to this studio for three years and he's never had a warm up like this before! so happy it happened on the day that i was able to go to class! for many it was a first time experience:
(follow the link to see this guy's picture, it's awesome!!)
including one person in MY posse:
(that's lynsey on the left and bottom right. i'm on the ladder on the top right and daryl checking the length for me on the ground)
she's never done it before... and she only started yoga a month ago! beautiful, right?!
hopefully there will be enough crowd satisfaction so the studio can have an aerial workshop or maybe a regular hammock class again.
ok, other than that, i have nothing else particularly interesting to report.
i watched two really great movies, "me, earl, and the dying girl" (love the art in it)
"john wick" (HOLY CHEEZUS THIS WAS A GREAT MOVIE, i liked the colors of the different scenes and the soundtrack [i would like to point out in ye olden days of facebook i started the first and only LE CASTLE VANIA fan group/page around 2008 or 09. it started with 5 members + myself + a friend from gaiaonline and a friend from deviantart who did the cover art for some of his music and then grew to about 1000 people and then facebook took away the fan group function for a long time. and then the actual le castle vania has an official facebook page and now he has 80000+ likes. le sigh.] and the action was ruthless and perfect. everything was good about this movie. except the boss sidekick guy ["mayhem" from the allstate commercials or the undercover guy/mariska love interest guy from law and order] was a bit annoying, doing the mickey milkovich "speak english, no one understands russian!" thing all the time. le boyfriend informs me there will be a sequel and i look forward to it).
i also finished reading how to sharpen pencils. it's about how to sharpen pencils.
and i lost my pink, frilly eyemask so i replaced it with one that looks like a cat.
once i started sleeping with an eyemask... i can't go back! it's even better than black out curtains (not that i'd ever give that up) when you have to sleep during the daytime. there are, however, two drawbacks, 1) your eyes are puffy when you wake up 2) your hair is messy and indented from the elastic. my solutions are 1) THIS THING: http://www.sephora.com/super-cool-de-puffing-eye-balm-P309105?skuId=1424126 and 2) leave time to blow dry and/or flat iron your hair before leaving the house.
now, everyone go freak out about the new Modern Baseball album coming out in May:
or reminisce with my ALL TIME FAVORITE MODERN BASEBALL SONG:
on saturday morning i was at samadhi again. learning hip keys on the tissu! i would like to boast that i have a SOLID hip key on the hammock. i can do a little scissor roll or a back bend or drop from it
but on the tissu it's a whole new ball game! my left and right leg are super not coordinating with each other, and i'm getting caught up in the slack silk. @___@ but i must admit... i love the challenge! so far, everything else we have done on tissu has been technically easy (because i have a hammock background) but physically difficult (holy crap, didn't realize how weak my arms got over the last year). but now that i have a solid month of climbing and straddles, time to learn the fun and complicated stuff! :D
here's a clean version of the skill
i love how she has a huge straddle (split) before rolling over. at full speed, it would look super flourishy!
the problem with weird hobbies is this is not really something you can practice at home. i guess i'll have to wait until next weekend to try again. I WILL LEARN YOU, HIP KEY!
after aerial, i wandered kakaako a bit. all the walls got refreshed at POW WOW! this is what it looks like out side of boca/samadhi
it's like an homage to princess mononoke- there are tree spirits in her crown and the pua'a breathing out a sugar skull. the colors are so sweet, makes me feel like some CANDY HEARTS
i know this, because i am a HUGE weezer fan. it's weezer day because it's the day the band first played together. in high school and middle school they held the #1 spot in my heart. pinkerton was my constant background music anytime i had to write a paper. i listened to the green album every day for a whole summer when it came out. i had a sony walkman brand cd player and i would start at the top as soon as school was over and get to the end of the album after a bus ride home. i got limewire specifically to download bootlegs and b sides that i had heard about from message boards. the first ebay auction i ever won was for a signed copy of their cd. yes, i have many good memories of weezer so in honor of weezer day i thought i'd share 10 favorite weezer songs. it's in no particular order (too hard to pick an all time number one favorite) and there are many more songs that i loooove. i guess that's what happens when you have been around over 20 years and have 10 albums... so many great hits!
don't let go (green album)
the world has turned and left me here (blue album)
buddy holly (blue album)
you won't get with me tonight (b-side/sftbh)
smart girls (hurley)
burndt jamb (maladroit)
let it all hang out (raditude)
cleopatra (everything will be alright in the end)
the good life (pinkerton)
Bonus seasonal special: the christmas song (winter weezerland)
since i got that one line of comment added to my transcript,
i have so much more free time! most people who knew me during those sleepless years are asking what i am up to now. and my standard response is "i've joined the circus and fight crime on the side" (my ode to the OG, R.G.). and it's not all lies! i am so happy to finally be back at Samadhi!
look at all the fun toys they have! plus lyra and hammock and static trap and straps...
it's been more two years since i was last at samadhi. almost a year since i was doing weekly hammock. two months since i was last doing any aerial. basically, i've been terrestrial for too long and IT SUCKS. i miss flying and upside-downing so bad!
samadhi is the second floor of a warehouse. the first floor is a bike and triathalon shop, boca. the first time i ever went there, the boca people were like "you must be looking for the upstairs people" and i was ever so flattered to look like one of the "upstairs people". i remember thinking WHY YES, I AM AN UPSTAIRS PERSON. I LOOK LIKE A COOOL PERSON.
since i've had such a long hiatus, i figured i should do the basics/foundations class again. on the first day of class there was a small group outside of boca and one person looked at me and said "the door is unlocked if you are going upstairs". already i'm thing HELL YEAH, I STILL LOOK LIKE A COOL UPSTAIRS PERSON! and then i get upstairs and nicole immediately says "codi! so glad to have you back!" mind you, i haven't been here in years! daaaaang, samadhi knows how to make a girl feel good! here i was thinking i'd have to fill out all my waivers again and get read the house rules... instead i get greeted by name! :D this is why i'd let them whip me into shape any day!
and speaking of getting whipped into shape... CHEEZUS CHRIST MY ARMS LIKE NOODLES. i think at my peak i could do five straddle ups (basically, five pull ups) in a row. and then after a while i could only do three. and then i could do only one or maybe two and they were fUgly straddles. now, every saturday i'm on the tissu and there's at least four climbs and six straddles. plus foot locks. and pull overs on the hammock. meaning every sunday my arms don't work. hahahaaaaa... i look pathetic trying to take off a shirt, can barely lift my arms over my head!
i used to watch the movie, fight club, every day (put on eye mask, put on fight club, crawl into bed and let the narration talk me to sleep. is that weird?) and i can recite whole chunks of the film. i can't help thinking about the part where the narrator says "fight club became the reason to cut your hair short or trim your fingernails... on your first night your ass was a wad of cookie dough. after a few weeks you were carved out of wood." flying seriously becomes an obsession... like fight club. i cut my hair and trimmed my nails- literally. and you start getting a strange wardrobe of long sleeve shirts (otherwise a dumb wardrobe choice for hawaii) and you wear shorts over your tights. and get covered in bruises in the strangest places (did you ever get fabric burn on the TOP of your foot? or bruises BEHIND your knee and under your chin? the struggle is real.)
i brusied my chin. and not from falling and not from a fight. it's because i was standing on it.
and the truth is i've kept up yoga all this time only so i can be more bendy for aerial. and it's kind of a pointless hobby? you don't get anything out of it like fishing or gardening. you don't go anywhere like running or riding a bike. you just get that strange happy feeling from hanging from your ankles 6ft off the ground. or that accomplished, "ahhhhhhhh..." feeling when you can touch your toes to the back of your head. the endorphin rush can't be denied! so i guess if it means i get to fly once a week, let the torture continue. :)
not a very photographic year since i was buckling down the homework for my last year of college. (oh yeah, so also, i graduated.) anyway, here's a tune that came out this year to play while you party into the new year
The weekend before thanksgiving, my kona gal, Em flew over for a visit!
^ this gal! c. 2014 at a confernce when we studied viruses together.
^ c. 2014 that one time when we went to see my favorite band, touché amoré (photo by honolulupulse)
^ and that one time when we went to see her favorite band, jack white, c. 2015
on saturday we met up in the morning for yoga. it was hard! liz was subbing for dorian. it was a very energetic practice- even for me who does yoga at least once a week (the next day was so hard to get out of bed!), but it was nice to mix up the routine. we went to taste tea after class. i had my usual, wintermelon with grass jelly and mini tapioca. Em had blended honey dew with matcha jelly. we talked about the state of dengue. and dragging up for rocky horror picture show. and traveling for work to guam. and we swapped phlebotomy techniques. and she brought me an octopus!!
my spirit animal!
on sunday we met up for breakfast with our other microbio friend, toby! we went to fresh cafe (fck!) and talked about comic books (descender = yes) and snapchat (no, i don't). after turkey pesto sandwiches and hot coffeeeeeee,
we went over to Jelly's to peruse the music of our youth. i went home with some get up kids
and these two thursday CDs:
i already have "a city by the light divided":
(my favorite thursday!) so completing the trio made me happy.
i guess you can give me sparkly eye shadow and an adult job, but i'll always be an emo from the early 2000s at heart. ;D
i also picked up the Delerium CD, Chimera. but i bought it specifically for Em because of the Emily Haines song on it, stopwatch hearts:
my pal will be back during christmas time, missing that gal already!