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?

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.

Sunday Social & Week End Wrap Up

Yeah, I know I was obnoxiously absent this week. Some of this can be blamed on a busy schedule that kept me out of my apartment for half of the week. Other times I just felt very tired, even light headed and unable to concentrate on a single task. This was my unfortunate Wednesday. My mother is also sick, STILL sick I ought to add, and I’ve been getting the Jim Henson heebie jeebies about it so she has a doctor appointment on Monday.

Not too much to really discuss for the Week End Round Up – I went to a few food blogger related events (notably the media event for Tom’s Urban and the new Saturday brunch at Bagatelle), painted some more letters for the Camp art project and got some writing done – but not nearly enough.

I’m going to try to put in more of an effort this week and get three blogs out. Heh. Let’s see how that goes.

Anyway, onto the Sunday Social ~ as hosted by Neely and Ashley!

1. Favorite breakfast food

Eggs Benedict. I know that sounds super bouji, but it’s the truth. If I spy Eggs Benedict on a menu, I’m going for it. I have yet to master Hollandaise sauce at home, so this is as good of an excuse as any to order it whenever I’m out for brunch, be it crab cakes, lobster, speck, ham, peameal bacon, salmon or whatever – I’m game!

Pork Belly and Sweet Potato Hash - Fresco Bistro - Cork, Ireland
I even ate a pork belly & sweet potato Eggs Benny!

2. Best way to spend a free day

On tumblr. Pants optional.

3. Airline ticket to anywhere in the world….where would you go and why?

Japan. WHY? Well. So many reasons, all of which are rather personal…Mostly because I’ve been into various aspects of Japanese culture for so long that I think it’s finally time to stop being weird about it and just go. I think I am going to try and save up for next year, if my friend Laura is game for a visit. We’ll see. Going to Luxembourg and the Alpine region of Europe is still very important to me, too, so that’s at the tippy top of the list as well.

4. You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it?

My phone. Super boring, but there we are. It has internet capabilities, so I can access the important shit like email and you know, tumblr AND I can communicate with people and keep track of the bus and time.

5. How do you take your coffee?

I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea. If it’s black tea, I take it with milk and sugar. Maybe lemon and sugar, if I’m feeling particularly fancy. Otherwise, I am pretty plain jane about my tea and keep it simple and as is.

Tea Time


Week-End Wrap Up & Sunday Social

Some people blog about the Friday Five, but I want to give the Sunday Social a whirl along with a wrap up of everything that happened this last week, day by day. Nothing long-winded and verbose, just a quick sentence or two plus a photo.


Reichenau Luftbild Mit – photo by Achim Mende, courtesy of Germany Travel

I participated in a luncheon hosted by the German board of tourism and UNESCO. Held at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, I felt super fancy pants as I learned all about the UNESCO historical sites in Germany.


My friend Nani came over with her laptop to focus on her work while I focused on mine. I cooked us aubergine and roasted sweet pepper pasta and ruined her life by introducing Queer As Folk.


so camp inappropriate…

I popped in at camp HQ to tackle an art project we’re hawking at our big annual gala to raise funds for camp. I always create my own one of a kind masterpiece for the event, but now my work is doubled. I don’t mind, seeing as I’m unemployed at the moment. It gives my hands something to do, and I know it’s for a good cause.


garlicky, gingery crispy chicken

Nani is back over to focus on work as I do, and decides to cook for me this time around. She whips up Karaage Chicken and instantly regrets it as I demand she cook it again ASAP.


Valentines Day saw me trekking up to my friend Angie’s house for a girls night in. We ate a home cooked meal, watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding and drank some Coppola pinot noir.


why do all of my adventures with Nani end in a big pile of food?!

Nani and I took the train to Little Tokyo to attend an Attack on Titan meet-up. It was mostly comprised of awkward teenagers who are still learning the finer points of conversation. Overpowered with hunger, we parted ways with the big group and went to eat some AYCE Korean BBQ.

So that was my week, and now it’s time to participate in the Sunday Social, as hosted by Neely of A Complete Waste of Makeup and Ashley of Ashley Lately.

1. What are your favorite things to do on a lazy day?

Play on tumblr.

2. What is your TV guilty pleasure?

The Taste (currently), but overall cooking reality shows and America’s Next Top Model.

I’ve seen every cycle. I’m ashamed of me, too.

3. What is your favorite road trip music?

The Rubberbandits, upbeat 80′s jams and golden oldies.

4. What are your favorite magazines or books to read by the pool or laying around?
Real Simple, Food Network, Bon Appetite, National Geographic. If by ‘laying around’ books you mean too lazy to read anything new, I’d say my favorite childhood classics.

Like this.

5. What is your favorite snack?
Stove-top popcorn, apples & cheese, Cheez-It’s, tea and biscuits (cookies)

How was your week? Did you do anything fun?