Take Five Friday: Still Cold and Done With Winter

Although I already posted about why I’m excited for spring, that post in no way diminished my impatience for winter to be over.
So, some things I am thankful for, to keep my mind off the winter:

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5. Plans, lists, and more plans! You guys know I love my lists, and plans are probably second in my weird loves. I am currently making plans and ideas for the spring/summer of friends! The picture is part of one of my ideas: a summer camp of sorts with badges! Scavenger hunts, water balloon fights, mud olympics (if there’s a monsoon) and more and at the end of the year, we count up the badges and name the winner!

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4. Women in Horror Month Zine. I have been thinking about it for a while, but now it’s coming down to the wire to ACT! I am really excited to pour some ideas into a zine, and one for a good cause. Promoting strong women characters in horror is something close to my heart.

3. The picture below, and all the other amazing MMA things that have happened this week:

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2. Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda. I want this book tattooed on my skin. I knew I loved the Fitzgeralds before, but now I am completely smitten. With Zelda especially. Progressive and astute, yet naïve and irresponsible, she could have been me, as a flapper. I don’t want to give it back to the library.

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1. The number one thing I am using to get my mind off winter this week? The gym. I love my gym so much. It may tire me, but I sleep better, I feel better, and thanks to my new obsession with the tricep machine, no chicken wing arm! It’s no David Barton gym, but the results are the same.

Pepper Calls It: Strikeforce, The Epicness

No funny MS Paint for this one. Just pure badass. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAMania

This is Strikeforce: Miami

Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Welterweight Championship

Both of these fighters are coming into this match off five-fight winning streaks, so I would say this is a pretty even match in the “who wants it more” department. All I’m saying is that Diaz should be aware where his head and Zaromskis’ legs are at all times. If they connect, devastation will follow. Diaz has the rough never back down heart, but I think Zaromskis will win because of his timing and focused skill.

Women’s Championship bout Cyborg Santos vs. Marloes Coenen

Somebody called her a “Dutch Hellcat,” and I really like that idea of Marloes. But if she’s a hellcat, what does that make scary-good Cyborg? A Brazilian jiu-jitsu robot sent from the future to destroy? I am anxious/excited to see two great lady fighters in top form compete, so I don’t really want to make a pick. But, I don’t want another win for Cyborg going to feed her ego, and in turn make her pose in Playboy…

Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler

I don’t know why, but I like Manhoef’s style. Knowing that usually when I say I think a guy is cool, he will lose. So, I am hoping this will break the streak.

Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy

Tae-Kwon do Football player, Heisman Trophy winner, DID sufferer, Olympian bobsledder. He sounds like a truly amazing character. A bigger than life character. However, he is 47. FORTY-SEVEN. If he can defeat a fighter 20 years younger than him, all bets are off, man.

Bobby Lashey vs. Wes Sims

Bobby Lashley’s lack of a neck scares me. Wes Sims’ homelessness tenacity scares me. (Let me clarify: he was homeless before he was on TUF 10. He went from garbage bag under the I-55 to the TUF house) But I think that with the right moves, Sims’ can make it happen.

Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs

I know Joe Riggs is a fighter from Phoenix, but I just can’t get behind a guy who is narrow-minded in his views of MMA. When someone (OK, Riggs) says he “doesn’t watch that Japanese stuff much,” I can’t take him seriously. And you guys all know how i feel about bleached hair. Hieron for the win.

On another note, I was floored when I learned the Mayor of Albuquerque declared Tuesday “Greg Jackson/Mike Winklejohn MMA Day.” I seriously got all teary.

As if this week of magical MMA things couldn’t get any better, Bloody Elbow also teamed up with USA Today and released their MMA rankings here. Although, I disagree with them placing Mousasi after Rashad and Rampage.

After-Christmas List

So, the holidays were good to me. I love being together with family and the special surprises I receive. That being said, my year-long Christmas List to myself is as follows:and yes, i did mean to cover up that chick’s face with a bottle. She was giving me a wonky eye. Item details here.

  • A stocked-with-my-favorites bar. Yes, those are my three favorites: Rum, Amaretto and Whisky
  • New flip-flops for a new summer. Unfortunately, those awesome Reef ones with the stash place (and a pen!) are men’s, and it’s extremely hard to find tiny men’s sandals.
  • Black bunny ears. I have almost every other color, but some green or red ones would also be welcome.
  • Ice Cream Cart and Dress. Why would I want an ice cream cart? So I could make some money by being strange and I get to wear an awesome uniform!
  • Polaroid Film. I’m going to ask for this every chance I get.
  • Red Bowtie. For Paul Reubens Day, for dressing up everyday t-shirts, a red bow tie is a wardrobe essential.
  • Vintage “Ultimate Fighting” shirt. it looks like it would be impossibly soft, and you guys know how I love my mixed martial arts.
  • Red Tulle skirt. Tulle makes any day a magical party day. I am seriously considering the above outfit to wear to my first IRL MMA match. Because I’m crazy.
  • New tattoo. It’s been too long and I miss the sublime sting of etching something into my flesh. I have a lot of ideas, and was thinking about trying a new shop. Anyone have any suggestions?
  •  NASA’s original “Failure is not an option” shirt. Cuz if NASA can’t do it…nobody (except Jodie Foster) can.

What’s on your “must-get” list this year?

The Last Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

I know everyone will be writing about this in the coming week, but I just had so much emotion I had to expunge a bit.

As you may know, if you read my website archives, I love different kinds of struggles, and I love it even more when it’s done gracefully and classily. Last night, before Conan called out Will Ferrell, he made his thank you’s to NBC, his staff, and the fans. This part really choked me up:

“…All I ask of you, especially young people…is one thing. Please don’t be cynical,” O’Brien said. “I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”

As if that weren’t badass enough, he introduces Will Ferrell, who in turn invites him to grab a guitar and come do a cover of Freebird with Billy Gibbons, Beck, and the Tonight Show Band.

Take Five Friday: Relax and Laugh

I don’t know if it’s the crazy weather we’ve been having, the post-holiday, pre-spring blues or what but people around me have been acting jangled, tossed and frazzled. So, I thought I would list some easy ways, and a link to more “unconventional” ways, to de-stress, relax, and have a laugh.

photo by the amazing Color Me Katie
5. Jogging/running/meditation. I find that if I’m really stressed, running to the point of lung burst/exhaustion is marvelous. After, you can’t really think about anything but breathing.
snuggles during 4th of July fireworks.
4. Cuddling with a pet. Of course everyone knows all the amazing benefits of having a pet, but even just playing with a pet, even if it isn’t yours. If I’m away from my Tortilla, I like to go for a walk for the chance to at least interact with another dog. Most dogs that go on walks are extremely friendly, and leave you with a mellow, relaxed feeling.
3.  Funny face exercises. One of my friends offered this up as a way he relaxes. I thought it’s just because the faces are so comical, but he said it also helps because it forces him to focus on something else than his stress. Very cool.
2. An awesome link for more unconventional ways to relax. And another one.
Cleese’s laugh at 1:16 makes my day.
1. Laughter Yoga. I had watched this show (all of the other stories on it are fascinating, too) a while ago and had completely forgotten Laughter Yoga until I read the Zen Habits link. This instantly popped back into my brain, and I am now determined to do this with a bunch of friends. Although, when a lot of us get together, it doesn’t take much for real laughter to start. 

Etymology Day, Part Seven

Grabbing the Brass Ring

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When I heard this expression, it was from a really cool Canadian visitor at work. I had no idea what he was referring to. He was talking about how he wanted to buy a winter home out here and finally “grab that brass ring.” I thought it was some random Canadian expression (they have brass rings as gifts when they buy a house? They win houses grabbing a brass ring?), and as he left, I immediately headed to the internet to investigate. Turns out that brass rings were a prize when you rode a carousel! Imagine, one of my favorite li’l kid things to do to this day, and I had never heard of this expression!

This is how it goes: You ride the carousel, fancy free, and you get a chance to pull an iron ring out of this dispenser as you ride around. At some, you can try and throw it through things to get a prize, but for most of them, the person who got the brass ring won a big prize. It was usually a free ride.

The expression came to mean “living life to the fullest” and what it is normally used for today.

It makes me feel all generous and kickass. I want to help everyone get out there and grab their own brass ring!