So long, 2013!

Well, this year flew by…. seriously.

I haven’t posted since June. eek! (btw, the screenplay is still in the works!)

I looked back at my bucket list post — and I did a pretty good job of keeping up with my promises 🙂

Definitely doing this again for 2014!

Let’s recap:

1. Lose at least 25 lbs. The more the better.

Lost about 10 lbs, not great. But, I’m making moves for 2014…  

2. Visit a different museum every month, and then post pics on my blog.

Totally failed on this one… oops. But, I made some of my own art , or at least I tried… 🙂 

art

And while it’s not a museum, I can scratch AT&T Park off my list of baseball stadiums to visit:

attpark

3. Go to Canada. Montreal to be exact.

I went to Canada. But not Montreal. Here’s my lovely pic of me and the Falls :

canada

4. Ride a mechanical bull.

This happened. Evidence: 

https://tinamarievella.com/2013/05/30/foolish-attempt-mechanical-bull-riding/

5. Try at least three different whiskeys that I’ve never had before.

Ha! This was accomplished within the first few months., and this whiskey flight is the reason: 

whiskey

6. Buy flowers for myself more often.

Sorta did this.. here are some of the lovely begonias I bought myself

begonia 

7. Learn how to say “I Love You” in 20 languages (I’m a dork, I know!)

This sounded easier than I thought. But, I did learn more Tagalog by writing this lovely ode to Balut: 

http://opencitymag.com/uncracking-balut/

8. Discover new music.

Yes. Country music!  Yep… click the pic… it’s my favorite Jake Owen song 🙂 

jake

9. Have a picnic in the park.

Nope. I don’t know why.  I’ll just post my last minute Halloween costume to feel accomplished 🙂 

tippi

10.  Eat a burger from the following places: Minetta Tavern and White Manna

Yes and Yes. Drool-worthy pics below: 

whitemanna minettatavern

bonus: take my learner’s permit test again…(it expired when I was 23) — baby steps to getting a license.

Still working on this… of course. 

Stay tuned for my 2014 bucket list 🙂

Have a wonderful New Year!

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Just in time for Women’s History Month…

My interests are colliding.  Sports and geek culture, and how females have to deal with a lot of showing their sincerity or true commitment. This seems to be a common trend in male-dominated realms such as these.

First, I read this blog post from @metsgrrl, which hit home for a lot of female sports fans out there. It takes a lot of proving that you are really a fan of David Wright, despite the fact that yes, he’s attractive. It has been brought up time and time again, but not all females are watching sports, particularly baseball, for the eye candy. Sure, its an added bonus. But, we actually enjoy the game of baseball, regrettably for me, most of my female best friends are Yankee fans. 🙂 But, we share our love of baseball, we know just as much as the average male fan, and we, at times, know more.  For more on this, please read this post: http://metsgrrl.com/index.php/site/comments/sometimes-it-feels-like-weve-made-no-progress-at-all/

Then, a few days later, I see that @geekgirldiva wrote a very similar post about geek girls, which stemmed from @thenerdybird‘s encounter with an anonymous comment on her formspring.me account. It basically called into question the validity of geek girls, and if girls are really interested in comics, video games, and most things that tend to be male-dominated interests. Basically, girls can’t be interested in such things, and if they are interested, it’s only to taunt/tease men. This kind of thinking just shows how far us ladies still need to come. As @metsgrrl states in her blog title “sometimes it feels like we’ve made no progress at all.”

Here’s the blog post from @geekgirldiva, as the case in both blog posts, look at the comments, good dialogue and points being made: http://geekgirldiva.entertainmentearth.com/2010/02/geek-girls-like-unicorns-dont-exist.html

I just couldn’t help but notice the underlying tone of both of these pieces, and it inspired me to actually blog, which I haven’t done in over a month. Thanks ladies for being my muse. It is unfortunate that females still need to prove themselves as true fans in both of these male dominated industries. But, with kick-ass female bloggers like these two, I’m confident we’ll get the respect we rightly deserve!

The Tumblr Experiment

So, I tried out Tumblr, and I don’t think I’ll continue blogging there regularly. Why?

1. I’m a creature of habit, and I’m used to WordPress. But, at the same time, I always want to try new things. There were certain perks with Tumblr, it has cool designs and it’s simple to get started. But, when I want to add widgets and customize it, it took longer than I expected, and I’m still not satisfied with the way it looks.

2. While, I’m drawn to the “f*ck yeah” blogs, because well, it is geared to my obsessions in the world of pop culture. It’s not enough to keep me blogging there on a regular basis. I haven’t found the added benefit, besides the community feeling aspect. Everything I do on Tumblr, I can do on WordPress as well, and the added perk of WordPress, I can categorize my different interests. If you can do that with Tumblr, I couldn’t figure it out.

So, my friends, I will end the Tumblr experiment, and resume my blogging on WordPress. I wanted to see if it would make things easier having different blogs for different interests, but it seemed to be more of a hassle than it was worth. Considering my blog is more of hobby, and a way to express my thoughts and ideas with like minded people. I generally blog about three things, just like I tweet about three things, so if you know me by now, you’ve figured out those three things. If not, here’s the gist of what are my topics of interest:

1. Libraries/Librarians

2. Baseball (NY Mets-centered)

3.Pop Culture (geeky at times, but not always: politics/media creep up often)

Thanksgiving needs to get here fast!

And, yes, it is because this tortuous and painful baseball season will be over. The worst case scenario for Mets fans has occurred: Yankees vs Phillies in the World Series, and the Mets blogosphere is all about who Mets fans should root for, and why would shouldn’t root at all. I started watching the Mets more intensely during the 2000 World Series, and that’s when the Yankees beat the Mets, and this is the last time that the Yankees won the World Series as well. This is where my dislike for the Yankees stems from. My father is a Mets fan, and he has been one since he was a kid, and so, the only baseball games I went to as a kid where at Shea Stadium.

With all said, I don’t see myself rooting for either team: Yankees or Phillies, I guess that means I’m not a true New Yorker, but I don’t see how rooting for a team merely because they are in your hometown makes you more of a New Yorker. I am not jumping on a bandwagon for the sake of my location. I don’t like the Yankees and I don’t like the Phillies, so I’ll just make believe baseball doesn’t exist until next season. Besides, I will be too busy moving into a new apartment with Louie, more on that later ;o)

Here are a few blog posts that I agreed with on some level yesterday morning:

My Summer Family: Seventh Layer of Baseball Hell

Chicago Mets Fan: There’s No Winner in This One

Brooklyn Met Fan: Root for your League

Faith and Fear in Flushing: Address to Reluctant Mets Fans

Surviving ALA Annual

I attended my first library conference, American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. I flew into O’Hare Airport on Friday morning, and left on Tuesday afternoon. It was my first visit to Chicago as well… I’ll sprinkle in some of my culinary adventures as well. But, I think I’ll need to dedicate a whole blog about my Wrigley Field tour. ;o)

So, ALA was an experience. Let’s just say… there’s a reason for the stereotype of librarians, and the coverage of book cart drill further perpetuated that image, even though the coverage was meant to dispel. Right. These news outlets could have easily covered ALA’s Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) program on library innovation featuring the DOK Delft dutch guys to actually dispel librarian myths, and show where the future of libraries could and should be heading… but, that’s just me. ( my personal favorite program, all of the programs by LITA filled that niche in emerging tech/innovation in libraries that I love.)

I also really enjoyed ALA for the baseball connection too. This year’s program on Pride and Passion: The African American Experience, talked about the negro league baseball. The highlight for me was meeting Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, and winning a poster, which I somehow lost on the commute from the convention center and my hotel on the shuttle buses. I also loved hearing the illustrator’s perspective, Kadir Nelson, explained the process of accurately researching the moment in which he illustrates. I also made a contact with one of the librarians at the Library of Congress who handles Filipino documents, thanks to the Asian Pacific American Librarians Assocation (APALA) program, and lastly, for pleasure, and to strength those reader advisory skills, the Paranormal lit session from Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) featuring Charlaine Harris, Charlie Huston and Marjorie Liu, very interesting perspective on this genre, and free books and autographs was a bonus. ;o)

Most of my networking occurred via Twitter, which is awesome to me… nice shift in a mobile direction, and a good way to keep up with ALA program sessions that I couldn’t make, because everything I wanted to do seemed to be occurring at the same time, or across town. I have a few ideas for how to pimp/market services here at my job, and few ways to pimp/market myself. oh, and did I mention that the exhibit floor was very daunting, and I’m still experiencing shoulder blade pain from carrying around tote bags of goodies.

Oh, and going to ALA sessions with the titles “Millennial and Gen Y,” how to reach them, when you are one… that was interesting. I’m too young for the Gen X groups. I need to find some younger librarians… perhaps, I’ll create a group on ALA Connect. ;o)

Lastly, my culinary treats, 1. Chicago Pizza, not bad, but not NY Pizza, I prefer to hold my pizza, and not have to use a knife and fork. 2. Chicago Hot Dog, too much going on there, is it necessary to have a pickle and tomato on top of the dog? I don’t think so. 3. Reagle Beagle, lovely ode to Three’s Company, and good burgers/fries (Jack Tripper burger and Mr. Furley fries) and cheesy sticks of goodness. … but the award for best culinary treat goes to Miller’s Pub for their awesome onion rings, complete with ranch dressing. Very tasty! But, I ate them so quick, no photographic evidence. ;o)

Shippin’ up to Boston

I made my first trip up to Boston this lovely Memorial Day weekend. Well, I didn’t do any of the driving, as most know, I do not have a driver’s license, hell, I don’t even have a learner’s permit. I may be taking the leap and signing up for driving lessons in the near future, I’ll keep you posted. Anyway, back to Boston, my lovely boyfriend, Louie, did all of the driving, it wasn’t too bad of a drive. It appears there is a lot of traffic in CT for some reason. To pass the time, Louie and I made up a game, called Name that Celebrity, basically we listed five facts about the person, and we had five guesses to name the correct celebrity. This game kept us occupied for most of the trip, we are easily amused.

So, I really enjoyed Boston, especially seeing my Mets play at Fenway Park on Saturday night. Witnessing the Omir Santos homer was a nice highlight. Fenway Park itself is an awesome ballpark, and I learned from my Duck Tour brochure ( more on that later) that Fenway Park is the oldest professional sports stadium in America, well, I thought it was just baseball, not all sports. But, it does make sense, and give it a bit more clout. The fans at Fenway Park that Saturday night was pretty mixed, hell the Cowbell man was there @ Fenway. Red Sox fans were nice, I sat next to an older couple, and Louie and I did not prepare ourselves for the drop in temperature. The older couple, the wife was a Red Sox fan, and the husband was a Mets fan, well, they kindly lent their jackets to us, because they didn’t want us to catch a cold at Fenway. Sweet couple. Here’s a nice shot that Louie took from the top of the Green Monster:

Fenway Park

Besides the baseball showdown at Fenway, we toured America’s walking city, went to Cheers where everybody knows your name, did a little bit of the Freedom Trail, 2 miles long, we just weren’t up for that, lazy asses we are, this was on Sunday. On Memorial Day, in honor of the veterans, well, not really but it sounds better, we went on the Duck Tours of Boston. Basically, you tour the city in a WWII vehicle that can drive on land and water, the vehicle takes you all over the city, and then goes right into the Charles River, which was pretty cool. I wanted to drive the vehicle, but only little kids were volunteering, and I didn’t want to look like a total fool. Next time. ;o)