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Currently.

2nd February 2015

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Is this thing on? I was looking back at this space a little while ago and realized that I hadn’t posted since November! Steven keeps pointing out that I need to do something. Write something, anything, and so here I am. I’m glad that I took a break from being here. I needed to do it to preserve my own sanity, but also because it didn’t feel like a safe space anymore. The less said about that, the better, but I will say that I’ve spent the past few months contemplating life, stressing about things, being utterly excited about things, and working hard to find peace in the chaos. I think I’m getting better at it.

There are a billion little things to write about and I’m not sure where to start. I think sometimes it’s hard to find a perfect way to jump back into something. Thank goodness for “Currently” posts. ♥

Reading: I’ve been savoring Anne Lamott’s book, “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” for weeks now. I bought Steven a copy as part of his Christmas gift and ended up buying one for myself, because I simply couldn’t resist the thought of having a “read off” with him. I used to do that with my brother when the Harry Potter books were released–we’d each get a copy and hole up in our rooms for hours reading until one of us had finished. The first person to finish was the winner, of course. But with this book, I just couldn’t do that. I think Anne Lamott is a person who was put on this earth to do great things, I really do. She is somehow magical and startlingly real at the same time. I don’t know how she strikes the balance of providing pure wisdom and examples of our bumbling humanity, but she does it so beautifully. I approach each new chapter with a mix of anticipation and dread thinking, Are we going to laugh today, Anne, or are we going to cry? Most of the time it’s both.

Sometimes, when I read the bible, I’m struck by a moment of complete understanding and grace. I can feel it in my heart. I know that what I’ve read is right for me at the time. And then other times, I have absolutely no idea what the heck is going on. I’d like to think that God knows this about me and provides me with other sources to dispense something into my mind, and so he brought me Anne Lamott. Because she’s funny and thoughtful and flawed. So when I needed a good piece of writing/thinking/inspiration to make me consider a big problem in my life, I was given pages and pages of words in “Small Victories” to help. I’d been working (let’s be real, I’m still working) on the idea of forgiveness and letting go and how hard it is to do those things. Then I read this…

1. “A lack of forgiveness is like leprosy of the insides, and left untreated, it can take out tissue, equilibrium, soul, sense of sense. I have sometimes considered writing a book called: All the People I Still Hate: A Christian Perspective, but readers would recoil.” (For the record, I would read that book so hard!)
2. “So you sacrifice the need to be right, because you have been wronged, and you put down the abacus that has always helped you keep track of things. This jiggles you free from clutch and quiver. You can unfurl your fingers, hold out your palm, openhanded.”
3. “Forgiveness is release from me; somehow, finally I am returned to my better, dopier self, so much lighter when I don’t have to drag the toxic chatter, wrangle, and pinch around with me anymore. Not that I don’t get it out every so often, for old time’s sake. But the trapped cloud is no longer nearly so dark or dense. It was blown into wisps, of smoke, of snow, of ocean spray.”

And little by little, I started to move on. Thanks, Anne.

Watching: There are two shows that I watch consistently: The Mindy Project and Extra Virgin. I’m not sure which one makes me happier. Maybe Extra Virgin, because it’s about food (food porn) and life and few things are better than that.

Listening: Shakey Graves! Well, one of his songs. I don’t even know what this dude’s real name is, but I guess it’s not important. This duo with Esme Patterson is perfection. As is Esme’s dress/boots combo. Priorities, y’all.

Loving: My daily indulgence: Lindt’s A Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate bar. Give me a tiny square on the drive home from work and I am a happy girl.

Thinking: About school and teaching. Always, always, always. Also trying to figure out how to personalize our wedding as much as possible, while still making sure that it’s inclusive enough of other peoples’ tastes and traditions. On the plus side, I’m not thinking about what I’m gonna wear because I bought my dress during winter break (a goal I was so happy to have accomplished) and it’s all sorts of pretty. Booyah! It was a strange moment for me when I realized that I couldn’t Instagram a shot of it for my friends. What’s a social media lovin girl to do?

Working: I’m working on feeling centered as a human being. How much of a hippie do I sound like right now? But seriously. I promised myself at the end of last year that I would work on becoming my best self in 2015. I usually use this blog to write down my goals/resolutions for the year, but I felt like I needed some time to sit with them before writing them down over here. In a few weeks, I’ll be 29 and I thought it was a good time to get my shit together. Or at least some of it. There are a lot of things that are out of my control, but my health has a lot to do with the choices I make.

I set a goal for myself to lose 25 lbs by the time I get married. It’s less about a number on a scale, though, and more about helping to establish healthy habits. I’ve been working out at least 5 times a week and keeping track of what I eat. I’ve been more mindful about what I’m putting into my body and pushing it to do better every single time I exercise. I’ve lost 6 lbs so far and I plan to keep chugging along, not because I have to, but because I want to. I’m excited that my body is beginning to change in small ways. I can feel some confidence oozing in and it just makes everything better. I want to know that when I get married in October, that I feel great about my body. I want to know that I worked really hard for it, too, because then maybe it’ll help keep me on a better path as I get older. I’m doing this because I care about myself and I’m doing this because I care about the life I may have in the future. Because I want to be the kind of person who encourages healthy habits in her children.

I’m glad that right now, the wedding seems to be a huge incentive for the people in my life, too. My parents have been encouraging each other to eat better and will start incorporating more exercise into their lives soon. Steven signed up for a half marathon and I can see how happy it makes him to reach certain running goals, and so it makes me happy too. I will never ever be a skinny girl; I don’t want to be. That’s not what this is about. It’s about cherishing the life that I have, and the body that I have, and actively working to make things a little better.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and that my fellow anal retentive folks cherish the thought that our month looks like this. Thank you, February. Thank you.

(Thank you to Dani Hampton of Sometimes Sweet for the continued inspiration behind these Currently posts. They make for a great start.)

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Welcome to December: Bloggy thoughts and a meme…

2nd December 2013

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Happy December, friends! Can you believe we only have one month left of 2013? It’s a little scary how quickly time passes, but I’m determined to make the most of this final month of the year. December seems to be a time of reflection (at least after Christmas) and lately I have been thinking about this little blog of mine and what it means to me.What do I want out of this blog? Where do I want to go? I’ve posted more this year than I have in years past and I’m happy that I’ve been sharing things more consistently; still there’s much to be done. When I was on Livejournal, I posted almost daily about all sorts of things–fandom, photography, life, relationships (or lack thereof)–and it was always easy to do. There was also a wonderful sense of community that I’m only just starting to establish over here. I miss my LJ community a lot. I miss being able to interact in the same way. I miss comment threads that went on for days and days and the friendships that come from those rapid fire, in depth chats. As much as I have been linked up with those same friends via Tumblr and Twitter, it’s not the same thing at all.

One of my favorite bloggers, Danielle at Sometimes Sweet, posted an entry reminiscent of the awesome LJ memes that lead to an entire f-list of tagged posts. Those were the days. I decided to tag myself in this meme, since it’s related to all of my bloggy thinky thoughts. Feel free to play along, too!

1. When did you first start blogging and why?

I started my Livejournal account in 2005 because the message boards for the Showtimes series, “Queer as Folk” were being shut down and I needed a place to go. I can’t remember which one of the boardies suggested LJ, but I know that suddenly all of us were signed up and posting regularly. It was the first place where I felt free to write anything, pouring out my heart and soul or just rambling about how cute an actor was, but could still have some great social interaction. I still have a paid account, even though my last post was in March of last year.

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This blog, The Rambling Fangirl, started around 2008 as a way to collect longer essay type posts that had nothing to do with fandom. Then it became a place to store/link to articles that I had written.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
Xanga was my first online journal experience. Then there was Myspace, Livejournal, Tumblr, and now I’m here. Not to mention Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I’d say that as much as my LJ is for fun, I also took it pretty seriously. The Rambling Fangirl as a name is fairly new and I’m trying to devote more time and energy to it. Even though I may only post a few times a month, I feel passionate about my little blog and hope that it can one day be a fun place for people to visit and follow along.

4. What was your first blog post?
It was a review of the play, “An Oak Tree”.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
I think the biggest challenge for me is blogging consistently and finding the right tone for the blog. It’s like a journal, but I’m not sharing as many details I would on a “friends locked” site. I think I’m still trying to strike a balance here.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
I’m always satisfied to know that I’ve posted something. That’s a reward. Connecting with new people and keeping my friends/family up to date on things also makes me really happy. I like being able to look back and see what I’ve done and where I’ve been.

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7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Finding the time to write. Sometimes getting discouraged that I don’t have the same instant feedback that I had on other sites. Even if I know that this site is for myself, it’s always nice to have a reminder that someone is listening. I also overthink things a whole lot. Maybe I should just post whatever the heck I want whenever the heck I want. I don’t know.

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
All of the amazing blogs that I read on a daily basis! They inspire me to write. They inspire me to take photos. They inspire me to create. I love that!

9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?
I love my site, but I hate the WordPress feature that deals with photo uploads. Waaaaay easier and more efficient on Blogger. It gets me thinking about switching sometimes.

10. What is your current goal as a blogger?
Find. My. Voice. Do my rambling and fangirling.

11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
I think probably the hands-on/DIY aspects. I follow a lot of people who are into creating their own jewelry, clothes, home goods, and art. There are so many simple projects out there and I’m itching to get started on some. The commitment that folks have to the DIY/handmade movement is really beautiful and it has inspired me to make as many of my holiday gifts as possible this year. I will definitely be making my own cards!

Okay, party people. It’s your turn. Why do YOU blog? Also, in an effort to get to know some folks a little better and to spice up The Rambling Fangirl, I’m going to be starting a new series this week tentatively titled, “Get to Know.” Most of this month’s entries will be focused on artists/merchants who I like and would love for you to get to know, especially during the holiday season. Maybe you’ll get some gift-spiration! If there are any bloggers/artists/shops that you would like to promote, you can let me know via Twitter (@cristinamoreno), through email (cristina.elise.moreno@gmail.com) or in the comments. Hope you all had a great long weekend! ♥

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Currently…

16th October 2013

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Last weekend was a good one. Does anyone else think that three day weekends should happen every weekend? Honestly, this five days of work v two days of rest thing is stupid. It’s just so unbalanced! Anyway, we were busy all weekend doing fun things. Friday night was the New York premiere of Broadway Idiot which chronicles the making of the Broadway show, American Idiot as well as Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey to being a theater performer! I’m hoping to post more about it later this week, but I’ll just say here that I loved every second of it and I wish that it had been a whole hour longer. It was super exciting to have the thrill of that show back in my life again and I was really excited (and kind of scared) to share it with Steven. But he dug it and I was over the moon, so everything was perfect. After a leisurely Saturday morning spent catching up on blogs and soaking in a steaming bubble bath (yessss), we headed down to the city to see Kinky Boots! SO MUCH YAYNESS! Drag queens and singing and hilarity and soul. All good things. Sunday was spent a local street fair (hence the pretzel braid of win) and yesterday? Chillaxing and checking out the new mall that opened up nearby. Score!

I realized I haven’t done a Currently post in a while, so here goes nothing..

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Thinking about: My students and how teaching is the most ridiculous job in the universe. My teaching update last week has been stuck in my head for these past few days. I felt like I said too much, but also that I didn’t say nearly enough. During our staff meeting today, we started talking about discipline and management. We’ll be doing a book club on a series of positive discipline books and today we role played and discussed the worst displays of behavior that we’ve ever experienced from our students. There was a huge list on the board and I realized that within my first month at work, I had witnessed every single thing on the list. We also talked about how we thought our students were feeling as they acted out, how we felt as teachers/people, and what other people looking on may have seen. Looking over the list of teachers’ feelings was so…I don’t know. It didn’t make me happy, but I felt somewhat comforted that people had the same thoughts that I did. When you’re trying your best and the student is still acting out, it feels hopeless. You feel sad and angry and confused and a whole mix of things. Last week a kid spit on me, which has never ever happened to me before. I’ve been working with kids since I was a kid myself and when it happened, I was just trying to not react, but later on I felt completely demoralized. A week later and I’m still shock, but I’m happy that I haven’t let it affect my interactions with the child in question. We (as a class) have managed to have a few pretty good days and I’m hoping for more of the same.

Loving: These beautiful pieces from Alex and Ani. The Quill Feather Wrap is simple and lovely and thankfully, it’s also sold out which means I won’t be tempted to get it. I am signing up for updates, though. A Christmas gift to myself? Maybe.
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I dig the Lotus Peace Petals bracelet for all that it spiritually represents. I’m not a Buddhist, but I enjoy reading about Buddhist practices and I think that everyone could stand to learn more about them, too. Enlightenment? Meditation? Peace? Compassion? Yes, please.
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Munching on: Java Chip cookies from Fairway. We finally have one by me and everyone is losing their minds. Happy with what we’ve purchased so far, but these cookies could use a bit more espresso, I think.

Listening to: I recently re-added the Across the Universe soundtrack to my phone (thanks, Glee). I loved that entire film, but I remember especially enjoying the Happiness is a Warm Gun scene. I think it was the first time I had ever heard that song (don’t judge me) and it was such a stark difference from the happy ditties that I was used to. Joe Anderson’s voice is great, too.

Excited about: My Fundations workshop tomorrow! Yay for purposeful professional development!

Is anyone else adding some “currently” posts into the blogosphere? Feel free to share your links here, if you’d like. Hope you all had a terrific Tuesday! Thanks so much to Danielle of Sometimes Sweet for inspiring these posts. ♥

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Currently.

1st July 2013

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I’m back from my quick trip to Florida. As much as I’ll miss my family, I’m happy to be home. One of my favorite moments from my trip is pictured above. There’s nothing quite like shoving yourself into a photo booth with your two youngest cousins. I should note that I am the oldest of all of the grandchildren on my mom’s side, so it was especially nice to be with the “kids” (they’re not really kids anymore) since they live in Germany now and I never get to see them. I should also note that both of them are taller than I am and poor Josh had 70% of his body hanging out of the booth while we were taking these pictures. It was amazing to see how much they have both grown. Josh just graduated high school and Marissa turns 13 today! Of course realizing that they’re getting old reminds me that I’m getting old, too. Darn you, existence. Darn you.

Since I’m off for the summer and I actually have a little bit of time on my hands, I thought today would be a great day to re-start my Monday Night Digs posts. But after thinking about it for a bit, I think I’m going to switch to the format that inspired these posts to begin with, Danielle at Sometimes Sweet and her Currently posts. It seems a bit looser than what I was trying to do and I don’t have to give up just because I fail to post on a specific day of the week. Let’s give this a shot!

I’m currently…

Listening to:Bruno Mars! I’m heading to my first ever Bruno Mars show tonight and I’m super excited. After seeing/hearing enough interviews with him and watching this performance about a billion times, I decided that I really needed to see him live. I also think I need to be friends with the bros in his band.

I still don’t own any of his records, only singles, but I’ve liked every song of his that has come out. Except maybe the one that has the gorillas in the video because gorillas are terrifying. Still, I’m stoked to get my dance on tonight!

Watching:Teen Wolf. Anyone who knows me in real life or follows me on Tumblr or Twitter knows how much I love Teen Wolf. I’ve always enjoyed shows with supernatural elements and Teen Wolf is the perfect blend of horror, drama, and utter ridiculousness that I adore. I feel like nothing ever makes sense, but I love it any way! I actually think I probably wrote about Teen Wolf for a Monday Night Digs post once, but I’m too lazy to look for it. If you’re interested in watching a show with lots of attractive people–fierce ladies who are smart and will kill you and dudes who happen to take their shirts off for no reason at all–then Teen Wolf is the show for you.

For your reading pleasure, a (SPOILERY) primer of sorts: Teen Wolf 101: An introduction to the eighth wonder of our world.

For your viewing pleasure, it seems there have been at least ten Teen Wolf fan videos set to the tune of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” I have probably watched every single one of them and it has now solidified a Pavlovian response to the song. Hear song. Think of werewolves. Done.

For your clicking pleasure, the official Teen Wolf Tumblr. Run by trolls. Gotta love it.

Eating: Reheated Pad Thai. Why is it that reheated food is rarely as good as it was the first day? It’s one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Loving: My new Charlotte Ronson Starbucks cup! I fell in love with it when I touched down in Tampa and when I saw it again at a mall near my grandpa’s house, I seriously considered buying it. But guess what? My aunt, uncle, and cousins totally bought it for me right behind my back. They used their crazy eye signals to orchestrate the entire thing, while I was in the Starbucks with them. I still don’t quite understand how the hell they pulled it off, but I’m happy they did. It’s so pretty. So are Charlotte Ronson’s fashion designs.

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Digging: My new bathing suits from ModCloth! ModCloth has always been a tricky site for me, because my body type isn’t always right for the designs they feature. What I do love about ModCloth is the fact that they have a great return policy (free shipping) and whenever I have needed assistance, their reps have gotten in touch with me right away. After complaining about the lack of interesting bathing suits in my local department stores some friends recommended I check out swimsuits from ModCloth. There were a few that I had actually already been looking at already, so I went ahead and spent the cash. The suits were a bit pricey, but I love the patterns and overall style!

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Excited about: I’m a new reader of Miss Indie’s blog and when she posted a photography challenge, I decided I wanted to be involved. My project 366 thing is still happening, but I have completely given up on tagging/numbering my posts (just like last year), so I thought this would be a more manageable way to a)keep track of photos b)get inspiration for new pictures. If you want to follow along, here’s the full challenge list! How fabulous that it’s pouring in New York right now and the first thing I need to photograph is a pair of sunglasses.

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What are you currently up to/digging? Let me know!

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Monday Night Digs: Even though it’s been a year and it’s not actually Monday

19th February 2013

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(Snow is stupid, but it’s also pretty)

Can we just skip past the fact that I haven’t posted a Monday Night Digs entry in months? Yes, I think so. Things have been interesting around here, in a way that is perfectly ordinary. Teaching, dog-parenting, doctor’s appointments, working out, dating–all of these parts of my life that have become normal, everyday occurrences. There’s always a lot to do. There’s never enough sleep. There are good moments and bad moments and lots of okay moments, too.

There has been snow.
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There have been adorable puppy times in said snow.
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There have been s’mores.
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There have been birthdays.
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There have been birthday freakouts with my bestie, Jackie.
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There have been supremely adorable Mason cuddles, despite the shedding. (Dear gentleman caller, I cropped the picture, you can’t be angry with me!)
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There have also been many instances of falling in love and like with various media related things. Let’s talk about those.

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Music-I’ve heard of Fun here and there over the past few years. The main thing I was able to grasp is that they were part of the Fueled By Ramen record label (aka-The label that introduced me to a bunch of bands who then tempted me to fall in love with them and then put my tender heart in a blender and the less said about that the better).

I forgot all about them until an episode of Glee (A really great episode! Those are so rare these days!) ended with We Are Young. A quick Google search showed me that it was by Fun and that’s how it all really started for me. Within weeks the song was everywhere and as much as I tried to deny the original version (I tend to like the Glee versions better than the originals. I’m terrible, I know), I couldn’t. Then that damn Some Nights song came out (here’s another Glee version. Hurrah!) and I realized I liked them more than I thought I did. Top it off with their wins at the Grammys and their performance of Carry On and the fact that the intro to their album is loud and slightly operatic, ugh. I’m sold. Except for that auto-tune crap, because I’m pretty sick of it.

What do I stand for? Most nights I don’t know anymore.

And just for fun (absolutely no pun intended), here’s a drum cover of Some Nights, because the drums are the sexiest instrument in the universe.

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Television-Last week I saw an article on ONTD about a show called My Mad Fat Diary. The folks in the comments loved the show and the quotes and gifs they posted were delightful and a little shocking, which is how I like my television, so I searched for some torrents and watched all of the available episodes in one sitting. When I fall, I fall hard. The story is about a 16 year old girl named Rae who has just been released from a mental hospital. As you can imagine, the series can be achingly painful, but also incredibly funny and relatable. I’m thinking about writing a longer post about this and Girls and body image, but for now I’ll just say that if anyone is looking for something new to watch, I suggest checking out My Mad Fat Diary. You will love it and hey, it’ll only take up six hours of your life. Granted, you’ll be put on an emotional roller coaster, but it’s completely worth it. (FYI for all of you Downton Abbey fans crying about the series finale, yeah…hi. Welcome to British programming.)

I love these people. (Bonus points if you know who the dude on the right is)
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Why else should you watch? The music! It’s set in the 90s, the era of my youth. Yes.

And for all of you lazy butts, here’s the first episode on youtube. I dare you not to love it.

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(This is how I caught up with Once Upon a Time. I love Emma Swan and her grumpy face.)

Books-Though I have many new books to read, my main literary staples are 1) (Fan)Fiction [I’m sure we’ll have a discussion about this another day] and 2) Articles on the Internet. I read a piece on “binge tv-watching” just after I started marathoning My Mad Fat Diary. I have no idea where the link went, but this article from Slate points out some similar things. When I was younger and I fell in love with Queer as Folk (NSFW!!!), I had to work to see every episode. If you click on the trailer and take into account that I was 14 when the show started airing, you’ll probably guess why. The series ran for five years and I watched diligently every Sunday. I hated the hiatuses, but when the show was over, I was really happy to have watched it as it aired. I’m a huge fan of Netflix and the idea of torrenting/downloading, too, but there’s something special about growing up with a show and experiencing it as it was meant to be experienced. While I do believe that you can form a serious love and attachment to a program that you “binge” on, there’s something to be said about taking your time and waiting for it like everyone else, including the cast, crew, and writers involved. Have any thoughts on binge television watching?

That’s enough writing for now. You can read some of my other Monday Night Digs posts here. You can also follow me on Twitter @cristinamoreno or The Rambling Fangirl on Tumblr. Big ups to Danielle Hampton (@danihampton) of Sometimes Sweet for letting me steal her “Currently” idea!)

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