I babysat Rhyan today. We read books and made up our own gibberish language and played silly games and put sparkly lip gloss on each other and generally had a FABULOUS time. Of course, all of these shenanigans meant I got absolutely nothing productive done at all. Rhyan's giggles were totally worth the lack of productivity, but now that her mom is home I really should get working on my to do list.

Riiiiiight after I waste a bit more time online! :D

There were awesome things that happened today (other than the adorable Rhyan giggles), but this is the awesomest: Obama's DOJ will no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA!!! You guys! This is HUGE! That letter from Holder to Congress outlines the legal analysis so perfectly. This isn't the end of the fight; the executive statement only applies to Section 3 of DOMA (although and the fact that the DOJ won't defend the statute in court doesn't mean that they're not still obligated to enforce it; but it is definitely the beginning of the end for DOMA. About damn time!

Also awesome? I managed to snag tickets for the Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae "Hooligans in Wondaland" Phoenix show in June!!! I'm fully expecting this show to rock my world!

White Collar's ridiculous OT3-ness in this week's episode was also fabulously awesomesauce! Seriously, that scene with Neal and Elizabeth! Bring. him. home.!!!!! And Neal's slow-mo run of heartbreak and terror when they take Peter. And Peter being all fabulously competent and HBIC even when handcuffed and locked in a cage! And the secret message, and Peter knowing Neal could get him out, and Neal choosing keeping Peter alive over anything else. And the hug! And, ahhhh, just all of it! <333

Glee was kinda a hot mess yesterday, but even when it is I still love it. Santana doing body shots off of Brittany!!! Seriously, the show could have ended there and I would've been happy! Also, Kurt looked fabulous. And I actually thought the conversation with his dad added some complexity and layers that can be interesting. The whole "I might be bi, no, wait, definitely gay" thing was a mess. But...pretty people singing awesome songs! Also...Britana body shots! Thoroughly entertaining! *g*

Hawaii Five-O continues to be ridiculously pretty and fun. I'm shallow -- this is really all I ask for from my television entertainment. (See above. *g*)
|1| If for some reason you missed President Obama's speech at the memorial for the Tucson victims yesterday, do yourself a favor and listen to it now. )


|2| Whataya know. The Earth and Sun aren't static. And everyone has had their sense of self thrown into a tailspin because the Zodiac calendar has changed. But, really, it hasn't. Not if you were born in the Western world, at least. The Western world's zodiac calendar is seasonally based and fixed, so it doesn't shift as the sun and Earth shift. In any case, even if it did, I'd steadfastly refuse to believe that I was anything other than a Virgo with Libra rising! *makes an alphabetized list of all the ways she's definitely still a Virgo* :)


|3| If you're an Adam fan, or even if you're not, please read this and consider how you might help a great organization raise funds to help gay youth.


|4| Some delightfulness from my Tumblr dash! )


|5| These new photos of Darren deserve their own number, and maybe their own star in the heavens, they are so wonderful!!! )
- Any day that the D'backs beat the Dodgers is a good one. It's especially good when said win snaps a 7 game losing streak at Dodger Stadium. Now, um, if we could work on inching a bit closer to .500 I'd feel a lot better about life.

- Conor Jackson is making his acting debut this week in an episode of 'General Hospital'!!! The hilarity of this cannot be overstated! Conor, who's been too damn sick to play any baseball of late, will be earning his lunch as an actor in a soap opera! *laughs*

- President Obama has declared June to be LGBT Pride Month!!! I ♥ our President so hard!!!

- As is everything Adam related, pictures of him out on the town with his boy are ridiculously happy-making!

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* I went to see Terminator Salvation )

In short, I'm a very happy Terminator fan! Also, in case it wasn't clear, Sam Worthington is HOT LIKE FIRE!!! And he'll soon be on our movie screens baring a good part of his very fine ass in a short skirt as Perseus in the Clash of the Titans remake! You can check out some early pics of this awesomeness here! *glee*

* These pictures of President Obama and Hines Ward making care packages for the troops filled me with GLEE!!! Seriously, the combined power of their smiles should be classified as a WMD!

* I'm still seriously jonesing for more Star Trek. I'm hoping I can get to the movies again sometime this weekend, but I'm also wanting some older Trek. I can't decide whether to buy the first season of Deep Space Nine, which I missed a great deal of when the series aired, or whether I want to buy and re-watch all of Next Generation first. Decisions!

I also waded through a lot of bad Trek fic this past week, but I did manage to find a few gems:



You're welcome. *g*

* So, this is the part of the entry where I confess my shame. We all know that I've loved Adam Lambert since his AI audition. (FYI: The part where I regularly watch American Idol is NOT the shameful part. Just so you know.) I think he's hugely talented and I can't wait until he starts making lots of amazing music! I also think he's gorgeous and confident and thus sexy as hell and I hope he's having lots of fabulous sex with equally gorgeous boys now that he's got some time to do something other than sing.

None of this is news. My inexplicable shameful joy is in how much I find myself loving watching Adam TOGETHER with Idol winner, Kris Allen!!! They are adorable together!!! They seem to have developed a genuine friendship and they can't seem to do an interview without gushing about the other one and they are touchy and huggy and silly and just wonderful together! I dare you not be be completely charmed! )

More proof of that Kris/Adam is PURE JOY!

Seriously, I don't even know where this came from! I was NOT shipping these two. Until I totally was. *facepalm*

(I could, however, do without the ridiculous smooshed name. Kradam. *hates*)
That is what building a body of work is all about - it's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up to a lasting legacy. It's about not being satisfied with the latest achievement, the latest gold star - because one thing I know about a body of work is that it's never finished. It's cumulative; it deepens and expands with each day that you give your best, and give back, and contribute to the life of this nation. You may have set-backs, and you may have failures, but you're not done - not by a longshot. )

I had goosebumps almost the entire time he was speaking. Sure, some of that might have been chills and fever from the dehydration. *g* But the tears were definitely because I was moved rather than ill.

Even though this was directed at the graduates, it really resonated with me. Not only as a challenge -- to make each day one in which I'm building my body of work. But also as a message of hope -- even when I'm down, facing failure, etc., there's hope to be found in the truth that any particular moment of failure or perceived failure does not equal my body of work.

Listen to the speech. It's good stuff.

And how much do I love the way he not only handled the whole honorary degree snafu with grace, but turned it into the foundation for an inspiring address. Well done, Mr. President. Very well done.

And an extra YAY for the Kurt Warner shout out! \o/
So, yesterday, the brief version:

- Ambient temperature: asphalt-melting levels of hot!
- Time spent in scorching heat: approximately 8 hours
- Heatstroke/Dehydration: CHECK!
- Hearing President Obama speak in person: PRICELESS!!!

That was AMAZING!!! I'll find a link to his speech later, because y'all really should take a listen. Inspiring doesn't even begin to cover it. I still find it incredible that we have a President in the White House who, with everything he says and everything he does, motivates ME to be a better version of myself, who makes me want to do more, and BE more. That, right there, is the very definition of leadership.

But, OMG, you guys, it was so hot! (I do not exaggerate when I say the asphalt was literally melting under my feet! You could not stand in one place for more than a few seconds because your tennis shoes would be stuck to the pavement!) I'm an Arizona native; I know hot. And I know what to do to stay healthy in the heat. And I did all those things. Read more... )

Still, though, I'm glad I did it. That man is an inspiring orator. It was totally worth the heatstroke to hear him speak.
Tomorrow afternoon I will be volunteering at the ASU Commencement Ceremony. I'll be working from about 1 p.m. until after 6. It'll be hot -- almost 105 degrees. I'll likely be sunburned and dehydrated and exhausted by the time I get home, which will hopefully happen sometime before midnight.

So, why the flaily excitement? PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE SPEAKING!!!!!! And after I work my ass off and get sunburned and hopefully avoid passing out from dehydration, I'll get a shiny ticket be able to hear him speak! *flails wildly some more*

Basically tomorrow is going to be insane. I've got court in the morning, about a zillion client meetings, approximately 8 hours of work that I'll need to find a way to get done before noon, and then I have to make my way to campus for my five hour shift in the brutal heat, after which I get to sit in rapt attention while our President likely makes me weep from the his sheer awesomeness! I can't wait!!!
Why can't days like today come with a pause button? Seriously, all I need is 15 minutes to catch my breath and come up with a plan for getting through the rest of this day. But instead this day just keeps coming right at me without even slowing down as it runs right over my sanity.

I just took a good look at my schedule, and even though I KNEW this, I hadn't really taken the time to actually process the fact that I will be starting a new trial EVERY MONDAY for the next 3, possibly 4, weeks!!! Egads!

So, yes, stress thy name is ME!!! Which is why it was a good thing to spend my lunch hour working out with the new trainer!boy. Putting on the boxing gloves and just whaling on the pads does wonders for my disposition! Perhaps I have some anger issues. Or maybe the thwap of the gloves making solid contact just appeals to some sadistic corner of my heart. I'm not sure what it is, I just know that I'm a happier person once I get to hit things! *evil grin*

Let's see, what else? Last night I made a delicious pot of gumbo for dinner, and this time I didn't screw up the roux, so it's all thick and yummy and even better as left overs! Mmmmm...can it be dinner time, now? Also, my house still smells like smoke from my mom's book burning adventures the other day. Every time we use the microwave, the smell just gets horrific all over again. Anyone know how to get burned book smell out of the microwave? (Because I'm sure this kind of thing happens to you ALL the time!)

In baseball news (because baseball news is important to my LIFE!) I watched most of Alex Rodriguez's press conference today. Now, we all know that I'm not really a Yankees fan, nor am I really an A-Rod fan, but I do have to say that he managed to earn some respect from me today with his candor. As my grandmother would say, te valiste, Señor Rodriguez, bien hecho. And, whatever goes down in the clubhouse, well done to his teammates for standing with him. Now, can we all report on something else this Spring Training, please? *hopes*

In VERY EXCITING news, President Obama will be less than 2 miles from my house tomorrow morning!!!!!!!! *flails* In much less exciting I news, I will be in court rather than basking in his awesomeness. *sadface* I kid you not, the school that he's speaking at tomorrow morning is less than 2 miles down the road. He will be so close!!! And I, sadly, will be so far away. Life is so unfair!!! *woe*

Well, I guess I took my 15 minutes anyway. Unfortunately, instead of coming up with a plan for the rest of the day, I instead screwed around on LJ. Go me!
Today I was reminded that I do not, in fact, know what it's like to be a black man accused of a crime and tangled up in our seemingly endless and too often unjust criminal justice system. The reminder left me feeling more helpless than I've felt in a long time. And yet, while it's true that there's no way for me to understand, I'm trying to remind myself that what I can do is my best to be an effective advocate. Sometimes, though, work manages to suck the hope right out of my day.

In significantly less bleak news, my schoolgirl crush on President Obama continues unabated. Seriously, whenever I think I can't love him any more, someone goes and posts a picture like this: )

I prefer to think of my unabashed fangirling of our President as patriotic enthusiasm, though. *g*

And, a quick note to local flisters: Super Bowl Party!!! Whether wearing Cardinals red or waving your Terrible Towels, y'all are invited. Ping me if you need an address.
It's important, I think, to end the week on a high note. To that end, a happy list.

:: I found last night's episode of Supernatural thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you, Show, for bringing back the AWESOMENESS!!!

:: Texas Boy is still making me ridiculously happy. Yeah, I have no idea either, but I'm rolling with it. *g*

:: The widget on the Diamondbacks' homepage informs me that there are only 21 days, 14 hours, and 15 minutes until pitchers and catchers report!!!

:: Our President and First Lady fill my heart with glee! )

:: My niece, Rianna, just sent me a voice message of her singing me a song she made up just for me! It is totally off key and hilarious and undoubtedly the most adorable thing I've ever heard!!! *loves*

:: Friday Night Lights is still one of the BEST shows on television. And Coach Taylor continues to be hot like burning, and his hotness increases exponentially with his grumpy mood!
1. For a Thursday, it seemed disturbingly Monday-ish. I do not approve.

2. You'd think that in my line of work, I would no longer be surprised by the degree of asshatery, unadulterated meanness, and general bad behavior that people are capable at directing toward others. You'd be wrong. Today's example of fandom bad behavior was reprehensible, entirely inexcusable, and quite possibly criminal. It was, in every sense, a complete failure of human decency.

3. Trainer!Boy is moving to L.A. Great for him; less so for me. It seems I am in search of a new trainer. :-/

4. Today in the Obama Administration: on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade President Obama says the landmark case: not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters (Yes, THAT!); Guantanamo will finally be closed and the U.S. is no longer in the business of torture (both Very Good Things); this makes my heart swell with joy every time I see it.

5. I made the most delicious pasta with shrimp in vodka sauce for dinner tonight. I impressed myself with how good it turned out! Yum!
Barack Hussein Obama has now been our President for about 12 hours and 45 minutes. And it's been a DAMN GOOD 12 hours and 45 minutes!

I spent the day hanging out at [livejournal.com profile] annkiri's and watching all the inaugural goings on. I, unsurprisingly, cried like a baby during President Obama'a (*glee* I will NEVER get tired of writing that!!!) inaugural address. That man inspires me to do more, to be better, to do my part in creating the change that we all have banked our hope upon. I also especially loved the musical performance of John Williams' "Air and Special Gifts" and Joseph Lowery's poignant and funny benediction.

I called friends and family, and we gushed about the history we were watching unfold before us. I cried some more. I smiled when I saw those two beautiful girls walk out, all smiles and ease and charm. I furiously flipped channels so as to not miss a thing. I both fretted and rejoiced when they walked the parade route. I loved seeing the Obamas dance, and smile, and hold hands, and generally be wonderful with each other.

Other than obsessively watching all the inaugural coverage, I also spent the day whipping up some gumbo, which turned out delicious. Then [livejournal.com profile] annkiri, [livejournal.com profile] soylahtayplease, and I made a quick trip to Sugar Mama's for cupcakes, which we brought back to the house. Add a few bottles of wine, the recorded ceremony from earlier, and all the inaugural ball coverage and we had ourselves an Inauguration Party!!! It was, in so many ways, A VERY GOOD DAY.

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