What I want to do with my life....

I had a lot of time to think about what I want to do with my life today. So here it is. Above all else, I want peace and simplicity and quiet and laughter and fun and kindness and warmth and love. To that end, here are the things I want to do, right now, professionally (and forever):

1. Run an affirmation booth. How does it work? You walk up to my booth, and I affirm you. Like: "You're awesome." "That hat is epic." "You smell good."

2. Hold and snuggle and take care of babies.

3. Work with cities to build "sad rooms/spaces" where people can go, without shame, when they are upset or sad or angry in prublic. The rooms will have stuffed animals, tissues, nice music, stress toys, hotlines, tea and other things that will bring comfort when you need it. For everyone. For free.

4. Do bouncy house demos.

5. Read and review fan fiction.

6. Travel to fan conventions.

7. Keep old people company. I love bingo!

8. Read to people.

9. Clean stuff.

10. Be your personal cheerleader.

11. Brush animals.

12. Hear your life story.

13. Talk to strangers.

14. Model fancy hats. Big and small!

15. Greet people!

16. Answer phones. And be helpful!

17. Paint over graffiti.

18. Collect stuff to be recycled.

19. Be a bully monitor.

20. Dance like no one's watching. Sing off key. (Giving everyone permission to do the same)

21. Quality test various types of bedding.

22. Boop noses--of animals and babies!

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No wonder Max Brooks has washed his hands--and reputation of this whole thing!

Okay. I hate to be THAT fan, but...WHY DOESN'T ANYONE READ THE SOURCE MATERIAL!? I love me some Brad Pitt, but this looks NOTHING like the novel. The novel takes places AFTER the zombie war. The novel is about the protagonist traveling the
world and interviewing survivors about their experiences. That's what makes it a great novel! All the different government reactions and how different people from all different levels of society dealt with the war. SIGH. Any other book fans have any other thoughts/opinions??


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Niala's annual HOT LIST! Yay! (The Ladies)

This is the female version of my annual HOT LIST! The guy's list was smokin' hot and I think the ladies list will be equally as impressive. You'll note that while my taste in guys apparently has a theme, my taste in women is much more diverse.

1. Emma Watson! Emma has been on my list for *years* and now I don't have to feel dirty about it! It was hard to choose from the TONS of amazing pics I have of her, but I'm sort of digging the pixie cut now and definitely this saucy pose. 10 points to Gryffindor.

2. Angelina Jolie! Is required to be on all lists, everywhere, forever and ever.

3. Dianna Agron! Glee's resident HBIC who in real life is a total sweetheart and super LGBT ally. I heart her SO much. She's also gorgeous.

4. Lea Michelle! A triple threat in a tiny package: Voice like an angel, gorgeous, great actress. I will never rain on her parade.

5. Dianna Agron *and* Lea Michelle! Yeah, they get to be on the list twice. It's my OTP and I can do what I want! Not to mention any picture they take together inevitably looks like the slashiest thing EVER. So. Much. Pretty. 

6. Gillian Anderson! This former G-Woman is only getting better with age. She is a goddess.

7. Natasha Yarovenko! Okay, you might be thinking "Who?" now with this one, so let me explain. I randomly chose this movie called Room in Rome from the LGBT selection on Netflix. One of the best decisions I've ever made.

8. Emilia Clarke! I have to constantly remind myself that she only plays a 13 year old because I have been captivated from the first stills I saw of her as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

9. Rutina Wesley! I think it's a shame that she doesn't get as much attention as Anna Paquin on True Blood. Anna has a great body but she has NOTHING on Rutina who has the body, the face and amazing acting skills. She crackles on screen.

10. Felicia Day! Seriously, has anyone done as much to make geek sexy as Felicia Day has? Smart, sexy, UBER geeky, successful. Felicia Day, how are you so awesome??

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Niala's annual HOT LIST! Yay! (The guys)

Okay, it's that time again, folks. Niala's picks for the hottest men and women of the year. Now, this is totally subjective and essentially a list of people I would never turn down a shag from. Agree, disagree, "meh"?  Let me know what you think!

First, the boys. These may or may not be in order of hotness. It's really hard to rank sometimes.

1. John Barrowman! Oh captain, my captain. Immortality and pansexuality never looked so...wait. Who are we kidding? Of *course* it's always looked this good.

Yes, he is a repeat offender on these lists.
2. Darren Criss! Whether he's playing The Boy Who Lived in A Very Potter Musical or singing and dancing his way through the halls of McKinley High, Darren is totally my teenage dream.

I had to FORCE myself to only choose ONE pic of Darren for this post. SO. HARD.

3. Zac Effron! I clearly lean towards hot singers/dancers/actors. I want the FULL package!...That was unintentionally suggestive. I swear.
When I saw the trailer to his new movie on the big screen...I nearly died.

4. Ian Somerhalder! Has bad ever looked THIS good? Or this well dressed?Vampires: Still hotter than you and everyone you know since the Civil War.

5. Tom Cruise! This last slot had some stiff *cough* competition. There were at least 4 guys I considered for this spot. I may have to make a longer list. Woe. But I LOVE me some Tom Cruise. Always and forever a fan.

Sigh. So dreamy...
6. Chris Hemsworth! I first took notice of Chris in 2009 when I thought "woah, who is Kirk's HOT dad!?" Then he became the God of Thunder. I see this as a natural progression.

7. James Marsden! I've been a fan of this gorgeous boy ever since I met him WAY back in like 99-00'. And yes, he can sing and dance, too. ;)

How adorable is he??? OMG
8. Joe Flanigan! Space cowboy! To non-super geeks, Joe is best known for playing Lt. Col John Sheppard on Stargate: Atlantis. My friend and I once bought him a shirt at Hot Topic and gave it to him at Comic Con. WHAT?

9. David Hewlett! Okay, stay with me here. I know he is by no means traditionally handsome and you probably have to be a super geek to get the appeal...but I swear you would get it if you knew how smart, funny, geeky, talented and nice he is! He's best known for playing side-kick to my #8 on the same series. (This is also my OTP for this fandom)

10. Dan Radcliffe! Dan has had a VERY sexy year. On and off screen. Our boy savior is now a MAN and  exactly as we hoped he would be.

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Should be sleeping. Eh. Let's talk about Boy Meets World!

Yes, this is random. But I must write it! I was cleaning the kitchen and this whole THING popped up and wouldn't let me go. I've also committed myself to writing down all the blogs I mentally compose in my head, then never put down on (virtual) paper. Here goes. You have been warned.

Okay. Boy Meets World. This is in my eyes one of the most underrated and awesome shows of the 90s. Now, those of you who stopped watching when the cast was in middle school will probably think I'm crazy. But those that watched through late high school and college will (hopefully) feel me. The was incredibly silly at times, which was usually very fun with a lot of physical comedy, but it was also often very serious. Believably so. The credit mostly goes to cast that could sell it. The actors went from mostly so-so child actors to quite good adult actors. Especially Rider Strong. Aka Sean Hunter. But. Before we talk about what was good about the show, let's talk about the things that WERE NOT GOOD....

1. Hey, don't you hate it when writers change character histories and hope that you either don't notice or don't care?? Me too! Yeah, remember how the writers tried to make us believe that Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) have been soulmates and practically married since the sandbox? Even though they spent the first few seasons not being able to stand/understand each other, but by mid-high school and college had totally forgotten about that and erased their own memories and replaced them with totally false revisionist history about their past? Fail.

2. Crazy character assassinations! (And no, I don't mean Tarantino-style assassinations that would at least be awesome, but deeply shameful ones that make you want to stab things--like Tarantino.) I think the most shameful one goes to Topanga. When we first meet Topanga, she is a Hermione-esque, socially conscious, free spirited child apparently raised by hippies. Awesome, right? Then apparently she is cloned and replaced by a girly, vain, uptight, neurotic thing that is MILES away from the girl we knew and loved. Feminist fail.

Erik Matthews, Cory's older brother. Erik was always a bit dim and kind of crazy. But he got increasingly more crazy every year until by 7th season he was certifiable. And dumb as a tack. WTF.

3. How they ended Shawn and Angele's relationship. She's going to move out of state or go overseas to be with her dad (can't recall which) and that's apparently insurmountable. If they were in high school, fine, I would buy it. But not college. Not in the 90s when email *did* exist.


1. Good acting. The cast, especially Rider Strong, gave incredibly good and serious and very poignant performances. He and Trina McGee (Angela) OWNED (and PWNED) their scenes together. And the rest of the cast also matured in ability. They definitely elevated the at-times super lame writing (though that improved and got more serious as well).

2. GOOD character changes. The decision to turn Shawn from a dumb, shallow pretty boy to a deeply feeling and soulful man was pitch-perfect. That's when we got to see his range. His complicated and heartbreaking relationships with those who tried to love him (Angela, Cory, Topanga...) were my favorite scenes/eps of the show.

3. Super gay subtext. Liek woah. I am convinced that the writers just ran with it to see how much they could get away with on an ABC show. We are talking Xena and Gabrielle soulmate stuff. The 7 year running joke was that Cory and Shawn *were* the real couple of the show. They couldn't live without each other. In fact, the show ends with Topanga relenting to let Shawn move with them to New York, even though she clearly doesn't really like the idea. Her and Shawn's competition over Cory was sometimes played for laughs, but sometimes it wasn't. The writers definitely made it real jealousy and resentment on both ends. One of my very favorite Shawn/Cory moments was at Cory and Topanga's wedding. The whole episode Shawn is unhappy because he things this is the end of him and Cory. Cory is kind of feeling the same way. Topanga is feeling threatened. Anyway, Cory and Shawn end up exchanging vows and having an elaborate flashback about when they first met, when Topanga has to forcefully push them apart and say "Stop it, you're both boys!" She also does this in the flashback. *If any of you stumble across ANY Shawn/Cory slash, send it my way, kay?*

Okay, I really need to sleep now. So on that note...if you have never seen BMW, give it a try. And stick with it until it gets better/more serious. If you *have* seen it, try looking at it with fresh and/or older eyes. It may surprise you. Really enjoy the heck out of William Daniel's role as Mr. Feeny, deadpan and put-upon mentor extraordinaire (seriously, from middle school to college, he is always there). I loved the hilariously self-aware humor the show used about his totally improbable role.

I feel like I should maybe apologize with this bit of WTF. I won't, but maybe I should.


Roll A D6!!

This is the most hilariously geeky and awesome thing I've seen in forever! Seriously. It's also really well-done, production-wise. Also, hote gamer girl is hot! Man, maybe I should start playing D&D!

Fandom character meme!

Leave the name of a character/person from a fandom you know I'm in, and I will tell you--

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
...* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon
I totally gakked this from innocentsmith !
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Great article on Huffington Post about why we need to stop celebrating OBL's death

But celebration is not in order, no matter what your feelings of elation. Here's why.

"Celebrating" the killing of any member of our species -- for example, by chanting "USA! USA!" and singing "The Star Spangled Banner" outside the White House or jubilantly demonstrating in the streets -- is a violation of human dignity. Regardless of the perceived degree of "good" or "evil" in any of us, we are all, each of us, human. To celebrate the killing of a life, any life, is a failure to honor life's inherent sanctity.


Yes. This.
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Environmental Symposium/Workshop this Sunday in Riverside!

I attended a general version (for all audiences) version of this symposium called Awaken the Dreamer, Change the Dream and it was AMAZING. Transformative and powerful. When the group contacted our church's minister about hosting this event at our church, he contacted one of our prominent young adults to see if there was interest. I think this would be an awesome event for young adults and youth to attend. It's extremely empowering. =) See below for more info and the website address.

The Generation Waking Up Experience, called a WakeUp for short, is an interactive, multimedia, peer-led educational workshop adapted from the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium that effectively moves young people into a place of hope and inspired action. Through music, media, exercises, and dialogue, participants explore the critical questions facing young people and society:

1. Who Are We as a generation coming of age in these times?

2. Where Are We as a global society around key challenges of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human fulfillment?

3. What Has To Change in the way we see ourselves, each other, and our world, if we want to create a world that works for all?

4. What Do We Do Now, given all this? What is our unique role to play, as individuals and as a generation?

Through the journey of the WakeUp, participants develop a clear sense of identity and purpose as members of a generation-wide movement for a thriving, just, sustainable world.


April 17th, 2011
Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside
3657 Lemon St, Riverside, CA
Time: Afternoon (specific time TBD ASAP)

Contact me for more info!