Sunday Social

Ah, this week has been busy as hell and I have not one but two Easter celebrations today, so I’m not going to dilly-dally with idle natter. On with the Sunday Social, hosted by Neely & Ashley.

1. 5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears) – Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House) – Dreamland (B-52′s) – The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (Cyndi Lauper) – Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads):

2. 5 things on your bucket list
Make peace with Japan & eat my way through Osaka – Eat my way through Europe – Adopt a child – Publish a novel (already wrote a few) – Ride in a hot air balloon

bonus points if I get a lift with Lisa Frank

3. 5 celeb you’d love to hang out with for a day
Ah, if we’re talking alive & deceased let’s go with:
1. Anthony Bourdain, we would eat and snark
2. Wil Wheaton, we would geek and play table top games
3. Jim Henson, for Reasons
4. Meg Cabot, we would be super girly, gab and I’d pick her brain for writing tips
5. hide (hee-day), we’d be silly and I’d try to convince him to do my hair & make-up as I serenade him badly <3

hide, shortly before his untimely death

4. 5 things you always carry in your purse
My ID – my phone – chapstick – my bus pass – my house key.

5. 5 books on your reading list
The Rise of the Guardians – Shards of Time – Jim Henson: The Biography – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – Neon Angel. Sadly, I own all of these and they’re sitting on my shelf collecting dust.

6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone

Ah, they’re all on Instagram and most of them are of food, to be honest. Here is the only non-food related image:

Happy Spring Celebrations, everyone!

Sunday Social

Well, I can finally fit into my maid of honor dress, which you can view here if you’re so inclined. Anyway, I don’t have much else to say right now considering how late it is, so on with the show!

Since I missed last week’s Sunday Social, and some of the questions were really nifty, I am going to mish-mosh them in with this week’s questions and omit a couple from each.

1. When did you join twitter? November 14th, 2008 (my friend Jen’s birthday!) I’m unsure if I had another name before GlassofWin, but I don’t think so. So we’ll just go with this!

2. Who is your favorite non-celeb to follow? I love being able to follow my friends who live far away.

3. Who is your favorite celeb to follow? Donna Dickens, Angelina “ALB”, Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill, LeVar Burton, Cher, Sir Patrick Stewart, Susan Powter, Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Wil Wheaton. Don’t look at me like that. I love all of them and refuse to pick one!

Seriously, go follow @SirPatStew right now.

4. Have you ever had a celeb respond to a tweet? Yeah. Kevin Smith favorited a couple of my tweets, Mark Hamill replied/favorited, The Rubberbandits replied a couple of times, and Maria Doyle Kennedy and I have had a few conversations.

5. What was your best birthday? Any birthday I was able to spend with KD. :)

6. What was your best vacation? I truly cannot chose one. Visiting my friends means so much to me, as does exploring the world just for funsies.

Greetings from Washington DC
Digital postcard from my trip to Washington DC last year!

7. Give us three tweeps we should be following. Evin @FreckledPast – Donna @MildlyAmused – Angelina @ALBinWonderland

8. Best TV show ending of all time? This is a pretty difficult question, because I find that the conclusion of TV shows are often rushed and fall flat. Some end on horrible cliffhangers, leaving audiences forever in limbo (I’m looking at you, Carnivale and The Tribe). Given that they were prematurely cancelled, I am A-OK with how Freaks & Geeks and Dead Like Me ended. Other TV shows I feel had a satisfactory ending: Fushigi Yuugi, Sex and the City, The Girl from Tomorrow, Six Feet Under (I have issues with the show itself, but I’m good with how it ultimately concluded), and even though Murphy Brown weakened in its later years, I believe the show ended strongly.
I’m going to think of several shows as more examples later, I just know it. For now, though, I’ll cap it off.

Just don’t watch the movie.

Sunday Social

I’d been on top of this post for a while, and I had this all typed up but with no images until this morning. Whoops. This week was up and down and all over the place, with a rollin’ 5.something earthquake centralized in La Habra, roughly 25 minutes away. Like a fool, I was a lot closer to the action when I visited Whittier yesterday and got to experience the plethora of aftershocks, including a 4.1 shaker centralized in Rowland Heights. Earthquakes are certainly not my jam, but I’ll take them over tornados, hurricanes, volcanoes and typhoons any day of the week. At least none of my Monster High dolls fell from their shelf. Whew.

OK, onto the Sunday Social hosted as always by Neely and Ashley.

What is your ideal way to relax?


Massages (even if they are few and far between), napping on the beach, and most commonly, listening to ASMR videos on YouTube every night to wind down.

Where is your favorite place to be?

St. Patrick's Street
St. Patrick’s Street, Cork, Ireland

Cork, Ireland and at the childhood home of my best friend, KD. Many happy memories were created in both spots.

Who do you consider your biggest role model?

Jim Henson with Bert

Ah, this is difficult to narrow down. My 6th grade teacher, Judy, is a mentor and I look up to her a lot (we still keep in touch, after 20 years!), my friend Evin is a role model for me on just how to be a better human being overall, and my famous people role models are Josephine Baker, Susan Powter, RuPaul and Jim Henson.

What does your life look like in 3 years?

If it’s one thing I’ve learned from life, and life with a chronic illness, it is not to project or hope for anything other than to healthy and happy.

If you could go back and change one decision what would it be?

The Rubberbandits

I wish I would have stayed extra long time during my stay in Cork and just rescheduled my doctor appointments. I would have stayed over my 30th birthday and seen The Rubberbandits. It would have been amazing.

What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?

Writing stories that entertain and make people happy.

How was your week? High’s and low’s?

Quickie Review: Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

Long time no vlog, am I right? Not because I didn’t want to – trust me, I have a growing pile of items I want to reserve specifically for the Quickie Reviews – but because I’m just lazy about putting on makeup. I don’t like to put it on unless I’m going out, and sometimes I don’t go out until the evening, which of course I will never film during because I like natural lighting. Whatever! Excuses, excuses.

Today’s Quickie Review is all about the gel eyeliner that finally got me not only interested in eyeliner, but confident about using it. I think eyeliner only comes second to false eyelashes in intimidating makeup, so I’m glad to have stumbled across the specific eyeliner newb recommendation for Maybelline Gel Eyeliner. As always, my Quickie Reviews are just under 5 minutes and more info can be garnered in the description box on Youtube.

Enjoy and thanks for watching!

Example of use:

Look, Ma, I can apply eyeliner!

Do you use eyeliner? What is your preferred brand?

Sunday Social

This week was riddled with topsy-turvy health and blessed with some nifty media previews, so you have more delicious food porn to look forward to next week. Yesterday, the most glorious of miracles happened: I cleaned my room.

Foolish younger me assumed I would suddenly have this magical “clean ALL the things!” gene that kicked in and made me motivated to pick up and put away all of my clean clothes, file my paperwork and organize my work space. Hahahaha. Yeah, wasn’t I adorable? I think foolish younger me also could not grasp the concept of depression or debilitating fatigue spells that plague my mind and body. Or the fact that I would possess the two most evil cats in the known history of domestic cats.

Lurking in soda boxes, waiting for unsuspecting victims

Regardless, I’m proud of myself for the pick up of my work space – namely because it makes me feel mentally de-cluttered as well. Let’s hope I can maintain it! Now, on with the questions in this week’s Sunday Social hosted by Neely and Ashley.

1. Top 3 things you cant go a day without doing:

snuggle my cats – chat with a friend – write in some capacity

snuggle attack as punishment for chewing my phone charger.

2. 3 things that scare you the most:

steep slopes – the grave – every living thing in the ocean

I legit can’t even look at this gif without breaking into a cold sweat.

3. 3 places you want to see before you kick the bucket:

Japan – Luxembourg – England

4. 3 movies you will always love:

The Goonies – Labyrinth – Pete’s Dragon

It’s a brazzle dazzle day, damn it.

5. 3 favorite current songs:

Venus by Lady GaGa – Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon – Offering by Black City Lights

And with that, I bid you a good week!

Sunday Social

This is a week I would like to definitely put behind me. My health issues are far from over, but this bumpy beginning can at least seep into the ether of the past where it belongs. Time for a little fun and blogging basics, back to the Sunday Social hosted by Ashley and Neely.

1. How much time do you spend on Social Media a day?…be honest

Does tumblr count as social media? I suppose it does. In that case, too much time. I’ve quite a bit of time on my hands and a knack for social media, though, so if anyone out there wants to fit me into their business budget, drop me a line. *insert shameless eyebrow wiggle here*

2. How long were you reading blogs before you started a blog?

Define blog. If we’re talking about personal websites, about real people and not fictional ones…I uhm. Look. I operated my first Geocities website in 1998, and I’d been active on the web since 1997, but it was all mostly fandom based websites I trolled way back when. I started my first Livejournal in 2000 and followed my friends. I think this counts. So I guess the answer is not long…? Kind of around the same time.

3. What is your favorite kind of cupcake?

Pumpkin and a really moist, rich chocolate based cupcake from My Sweet Cupcake.

Nutella Cupcake

4. Do you eat fast food? If so what’s your favorite?

I’ve eliminated most fast food from my diet, but I still indulge in a little El Pollo Loco once in a while and on the rarest of blue moons, an egg mcMuffin.

5. What is the most random thing someone would find in your purse?

Disabled parking placard. I don’t use it often, but on the days when my ticker is giving me trouble, it comes in handy.

6. What is the weirdest TV show you watch?

Weird is relative; what is considered weird for most people easily seems normal for me. Out of the history of TV shows I’ve watched the “weirdest” would be Sex and the City, maybe? Since it was so popular and normal and seemingly not my thing. I love it and own all of it. Now, the traditional weirdest TV shows I’m into, but once you know me they are not weird but actually quite fitting to my personality and character? Easily:

The above image is from a New Zealand TV show called The Tribe that my friend Jen got me sucked into circa 2006, well after it stopped airing. I own all five series in region 2 and managed to spread the virus to my friend Jimi, who is as equally nuts for The Tribe as I am.

Have a fabulous Sunday!

The Derailment of Life

It’s been quiet here, and if that has given you cause to worry, I am sorry. There is a reason for my silence, and unfortunately it is my health going sour once again.

Once upon a time, I discussed my heart condition here and then saw it becoming its own cyclonic beast, inspiring me to move house to a congenital heart defect specific blog. I lost momentum for that, mostly because it depressed me and drained a lot of my energy discussing my health so bombastically.

However, this course of action sanitized Glass of Win from the realities of my life; realities that are now too big to brush under the guise of guest posts and empty apologies. If you don’t want to read about my health and life, by all means, wait until the next post. I don’t mind.

So, let’s just go with the cut and dry version of this story.

Back in October, my pacemaker was swapped out for a new one – the battery, anyway. The surgeon went against my advice to have a lateral incision, favoring opening my pre-existing vertical scar – already opened four times. The surgery was a success and I healed up a lot faster than I initially thought I would.

Or did I?

Around January, I noticed a strange growth poking around where my bra rests under my tits. The top end of the scar (the part that was opened for this recent surgery) was still a bit colored, not fading to white as the rest of it had. My clothes weren’t fitting correctly, wearing a bra became painful. The protrusion became bigger, and after a CT scan turned up zilch, I went in to have TEAM RACHAEL! look at it.

It’s a hernia.

What is a hernia? Weakened muscle, worn and torn from a variety of causes, but mine is mostly attributed to too much poking around in one spot along with fluctuating weight.

In my mind, hernias have always been associated with older people who never took care of their bodies, like my dad. It was nearly inconceivable to think I would develop one – but after understanding what a hernia actual is, it makes sense. It’s also not uncommon for heart patients like me with multiple surgeries under their belt to develop hernias.

Now what?

Well, the long and short of it is – another surgery. A mesh will be secured to the muscle and a life of obsessing over my weight in a near unhealthy fashion, if the ill-bedside mannered surgeon I spoke with today has anything to do with it.

Now, when will this surgery take place is the real question. I honestly do not have six to eight weeks just sitting around waiting to be taken up by healing at home. For being unemployed, I’m actually quite busy. I have three weddings between May – August, not to mention maid of honor duties and house/dog sitting duties in June. Unless it were scheduled for next week, this surgery has to be postponed until September. Which is annoying as hell, considering the hernia has obstructed my ability to fit into my clothes – including my maid of honor dress; I don’t imagine David’s Bridal Wear to be a very forgiving company on exchanges.

So this week was filled up with a special sort of misery specifically reserved for medical drama, and I couldn’t fake being excited over the marginal silver linings of this week. My life is being derailed once more. Although maybe this is my main life – and the derailment is when life moves smoothly with no complications? I haven’t quite figured that part out.

Either way, this is what is going on and why I have been extremely quiet. I’m uncomfortable being seen as fragile or weak, of being pitied and avoided simply because my health is scary and confusing. However, I’m trying tp push myself out of my shell in the effort to connect with my readers and keep them informed.

So, what is on the horizon for Glass of Win? Well, I have a healthy pile of material, for both the blog and my Youtube Channel. It’ll all trickle in as my energy and mood stabilizes.

That’s all. Thanks for listening.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.