Monday, March 20, 2017

So Much

Yes, much has happened since last I posted.

At the beginning of the month we played an Art Hop show with our friends Pro Wings from Hanford. It was an overall pleasant show. If you're a fan of Real Estate, you will love Pro Wings. They're great.

We also visited the Downing Planetarium located on the Fresno State University campus. I had never been to one, so it was pretty exciting.

I happened to have a couple of days off from work so, it seemed natural to take a road trip. We decided to go to Disneyland. Sam hadn't been there since he was a toddler and it had been quite a few years since I had visited. It was so much fun! I remember visiting Disneyland with my family and always feeling an enormous amount of anxiety. I had a terrible fear of getting lost and I seemed to get lost a lot. Probably because of my short attention span. I'm easily distracted, what can I say? I remember some family members making me feel really bad about it too. I hated being put in that position. As the one who ruins it for everyone, or at least that's how I was made to feel. It wasn't always so bad, but I don't really look back at those years fondly. This was the first time Sam and I had gone to Disneyland together. We made plans to get on as many attractions as possible but ended up spending a good portion of the day in Tomorrowland. I found the most perfect Mickey ears and we got to watch little padawans in training. Towards the end of the night we had finally made our way to The Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain. There were no lines so we were able to hop on rides with ease and little to no wait! It was wonderful. It probably wasn't such a good idea to get on Splash Mountain so late because I got to sit in the front and got fully drenched. I mean drenched. My sweater didn't completely dry until the next afternoon! We ended the night walking around Downtown Disney and spending money like we had it. Bought lightsabers and junk food. Our feet were hurting something fierce but we decided that if they didn't hurt so much in the morning, we'd try to hit up Universal Studios.

After a decent nights sleep on a fluffy hotel bed it was agreed that going to Universal Studios wouldn't be such a bad idea. It was sunny but not too hot. Again, there were hardly any lines for the rides and attractions so we were able to get through the park in no time at all. Most of our time was spent in the Springfield area. The Simpsons were life growing up so it was definitely surreal walking into Moe's and eating at Krusty Burger. The Harry Potter area was so cool too. Anyway, it was a super fun couple of days and I'm glad we went to both parks.

Then last week we went on the same hike I had gone on with the BGHK. It was a light easy hike and perfect for the warm day we seemed to be having. It's the San Joaquin River Gorge loop trail. It was even more beautiful this time around because all of the lavender had begun to bloom and the air smelled so sweet. On the ride home, there was a calf nursing with her mom on the side of the road and it was sooooo cute! A truly lovely day.

P.S.

It breaks my heart to see what is happening to my country. Please look out for each other. Keep ICE out and stay safe out there friends. <3

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Brown Girls Hiking Club and A Dream Show

Sunday was expected to be a fairly nice day with a high chance of rain at around 3PM. A lovely and talented friend of mine organized a hiking club for women of color. Brown Girls Hiking Club. It's a wonderful idea and she received a lot of criticism when she announced our first hiking trip to the San Joaquin River Gorge on instagram and FB. I wasn't aware of all the flak she was getting, but I knew it was something I definitely wanted to participate in. We met up at a Starbucks at around 10 AM and since only five of us showed, we decided to carpool. We all took pictures and video. It was a wonderful trip and I loved every second. It was funny to all of us that people would be so upset about a bunch of brown girls having a good time hiking together. We all left that hike with so much joy in our hearts. Thank you Jemimah, I hope more girls decide to join the club! Here are the photos I took.

On Tuesday (last night), we decided to risk driving to San Francisco to catch what looked to be an amazing show with a killer line up. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Terry Malts played their debut record "Killing Time" in it's entirety to celebrate it's five year anniversary release on Slumberland. They had two openers. One being Tony Molina, who is from their Slumberland Records family and whom we've seen before and is SO GOOD! My favorite part of this shows lineup was the fact that Terry Malts asked one of the first bands they every played with to open. Which happened to be new lovely friends of ours. Yogurt Brain, whom we met last year when they asked me to book a show for them in Fresno (which went oh so well btw!). Here are the shots I got from the show. We had to leave right after but I asked Phil for the set list. He asked why I wanted it, it's just Killing Time. I said for the memory and he said "Right on!" and high fived me. It was great. I love Terry Malts and have waited so long to see this band. ^_^

We ate pancakes before we went home and tried to win a prize from this sci-fi ufo claw machine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

First Post! Here we go.

Wish I had something cool to write about, instead I have a small bunch of pictures to share.

Every first (and I believe third?) Thursday of the month, Fresno has an Art Hop. I was really excited about seeing Jemimah Barba's set of Alpabetong Pilipino Loteria. I've always loved her style and loteria was a regular part of my family get togethers. I believe these were a part of an instillation she was a part of with 123Studios out of Madera, CA. The instillation was called Nepantla | "Holding onto language as a form of resistance: a conscious practice of defiance against colonization." There were many artists I had wished to see but was never able to make it so, I was stoked that Jemimah would be bringing her series to Frank's Place in Fresno. Here are a couple of snap shots I took

A few days later we saw Jemimah again when our bands played together at Mia Cuppa Cafe. Our dear friends from Modesto, CA were also on the bill as they were beginning their tour and the headliner was a band called Misery out of Oakland, CA. Their lead singer being Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman. All the bands were wonderful that night, though I didn't feel good about our set. But that was my own fault as I had over caffeinated myself. It was at a cafe after all.

One night after work, we decided to check out the little carnival that had set up in the parking lot of Manchester Mall and ride the ferris wheel.

February so far has been okay. I'm mostly trying to take pictures whenever I can remember. Here are the rest of the snapshots without explantation or description.

I'll cap it off with an old selfie from snapchat. I was feeling pretty down during the holidays and this is how I ended the year.

Stay tuned for more content. I'd like to start writing about music again, but I'll probably end up posting more pictures. Either way, I'm trying to distract myself from the shit show that is our political system. Resist. Punch a nazi. ♡