Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Sunday Post #books #greatreads #booklovers #bookworms

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #amreading #amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

                            LOOKING FORWARD TO January

This week has been a lot of fun. I did Improv on Wednesday night with a team of actors in Minneapolis.  This was my first time doing Improv so I was beyond nervous to say the least.  But I showed up and the first hour we got to know each a bit. (I was the only newcomer so I had a lot to learn) We played Convergence , pillars, Pop Up story book , and other games.

Am I going to be an actor any time soon? Probably not, but this all ties into a writers/actors Meetup that I went to a while back  and from there I was invited to this group. It took place at Tequila’s Bar.  The bar was also hosting a Rotary Club.

Now, I never knew this about the Rotary club but I guess the club is a service group and they have a lot of volunteer activities that they do to help raise money.  And one of their missions is to help eradicate Polio, which if you didn’t know, Polio is known to exist in only two countries in the world. I’m hoping to see more Improv this year and I might see Blackout which is going to perform this Monday.

I also went on a tour of a Montessorri, for my little one this week.  Now, this school’s tuition runs between 10 to 15k a year, so it’s beyond expensive.  But I can always hope.

And finally, it was my brother's wedding last night. It was a small affair, consisting of about fifty people. My sister in law's dress had a sweetheart neckline somewhat similar to the dress below.


Readers, if you enjoyed the holidays or got an interesting gift, let me know in the comments below.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby, The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst, Beutiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire(Romance) The Poem She Didn't Write and other Poems, The Pisces by Melissa Broder, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas




Listening:The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Watching: Friends from College on Netflix (There's New Episodes!!!)


ON THE BLOG

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Interview with Writer

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.



Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #amreading #amjoy




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY



It's been a crazy two weeks.  I took off from blogging.  Happy Holidays everyone.  I drove Uber and Lyft on New Years Eve, taking at least 15 intoxicated people off the road.  It was actually fun.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž  I got the hang of which areas to pick people up from, although the outcome is always random.  I had three trips with thirty minute commutes.  
I like being in constant movement when I drive. So when I'm not picking up customers ๐Ÿš™ or waiting for someone to come in the queue, I'm usually going to the bank or picking up some food ๐Ÿน๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜‹ I find that locating yourself near a shopping center guarantees a lot of rides.  Uber wants you to rate your customers, (which a lot of people don't know about.) I only gave a, ⭐⭐ ride to a client who was getting verbally aggressive.

But other than driving, I spent a lot of time with friends and family over the break.  I'm one of those people who just pops up at someone's home without an invitation.  I have a lot of friends from different cultures, so this the norm.  I got a lot of gifts and did a lot of exchanges.  One gift I adored was a self help planner, made by one of those highly organized tycoons. So guess who's getting organized this year?

Readers, if you enjoyed the holidays or got an interesting gift, let me know in the comments below.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Before I Find You by Ali Knight, 





The Likeness by Tana French, The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, Attraction by Penny Reid, Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner,


Listening:The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG



Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
 Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

@ChastittyBarre #experteasers #nutcrackernoir

Chastitty Barre is here with me to talk about Burlesque and Minnsky theater.


Photo by JR of Upper Boundary Photography 



You played as a Wookiee in this holiday extravaganza, how did you come up with your character’s persona?


Well the Wicked Wenches did the Strip Wars Holiday Special in 2015 before I joined, so wee already had a moody teenager character to play off of. But really most of my character stems from how I wanted to be as a teenager. I would have loved to get piercings and dye my hair, but my parents wouldn't let me.



via GIPHY

Since I had to vocalize as a Wookiee, I had the idea to just make disgruntled teen sounds the whole time. True to human teens, Lumpy is very temperamental. One minute he's super excited about something; the next he's super emotional about something else.


How and where did you start burlesque?


I started January 2017 at ExperTease Fitness. It's crazy how much has changed in those two years!
Photo by Jenny Lory

Can you tell me a beauty secret that only a burlesque dancer would know?

Hmm... Home Depot has the best carpet tape for pasties! They have a great double sided tape that is thicker than other carpet tape and it makes it much easier to peel off pasties and yourself! 




Photo by JR of Upper Boundary Photography. 



Photo by JR of Upper Boundary Photography. 


 Do you take burlesque classes?

I graduated from the ExperTease Fitness burlesque program, but I'm still constantly learning. I love to watch and learn from a variety of performers to really expand my craft.

What else inspires your own burlesque performances?


I get inspired a lot through comedy, which is why I love the Wicked Wenches so much. I've found that if I have a fun or funny song that people generally respond better to the performance, although serious or sexy pieces definitely have their own place too.


I've been dancing for over 20 years so I also find a lot of inspiration in other dancers. And, of course, drag. Drag culture is what got me into the burlesque world so i find a lot of inspiration through the similarities with drag culture. 

Chastitty will be performing  at Minnsky Theater for their Nutcracker Noir show, Dec 28-30!

Contact:
Photo by Matt Davis of Lion's Mane Photography

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate





The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY



I had a great week. I got to sit in for an open play through the Twin Cities, Playwright center.  I was the one on the big screen, Google Hangouts, reading the script, while everyone else was sitting at a table in a meeting room.  I'll be adapting my novel to a script so that I'll have my own play read by actors. It's a lot easier to format aplay when you've already got it written down. 
On another note, a lot of people seemed really interested in my work at Grubhub so I thought I'd expand on that.  Like most jobs it's a lot easier after you get through the anxiety of applying and following through with the training.  

My job training specialist was open to all questions I had about the job.  Some of the things he talked about included the driving boundaries.  There are four central cities in Minnesota that Grubhub caters to. There are a lot of restaurants and fast food joints that Grub hub are connected with, hence the reason why there are four cities.  Not a lot of cities are yet connected with the app. (That will change) One of them is in St. Paul.  Since I live near St. Paul, my blocks are assigned strictly to that area. 

 I was given two fancy delivery bags and a hat and a couple of shirts.  Luckily these were free.  The GPS app is connected with the Grubhub app so that makes it easy for driving to customers' homes.  One of the pitfalls is that a few customers' addresses can not be located on the map.  For example one time I got sent to a home- only to find out it was on the other side of the highway. And so a quick call to the customer is all it took to help me locate them.  


Because I absolutely love  discussion, I included a Reddit discussion page of Grubhub.  It includes a lot of unpopular opinion ,and the 'insides' of the job.  Here's the link: https://www.reddit.com/r/couriersofreddit/comments/7ska2o/grubhub_things_you_should_know_that_they_dont/

Overall, I've been having a great experience and hope that continues.




CURRENTLY

Reading:  Before I Find You by Ali Knight, 





The Likeness by Tana French, The Moonlit Garden b Corina Bomann, Attraction by Penny Reid, Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner


Listening:Foul Play by Janet Evanovich

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Interview with Minnsky Performer

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
 Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.




Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #sunday post, , #minnskytheater






The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


I had a great week. I started juicing.  I guess I indulged too much in October, around my birthday, and wanted to lose a few pounds so I started on fruit juices. Any kind really; orange, pineapple, apples even star kiss fruit.  

I also started driving for Grub Hub and that's pretty much all I did yesterday.  It's actually quite addicting.  Much like Uber, you pick up food for one customer and then the next customer and then the next and all the while you're calculating your pay and tips and shooting for goals, and then the night is over.  Yesterday, was a high demand day so I got an extra $2.75 per customer. Needless to say, it was fun.

I also went to see a cabaret at Minnsky theater. (The picture above is from all the cast members) It was a Star Wars themed. So it had droids and space ships, dancing and a wide variety of costumes. I'm hoping to interview a member of the cabaret later this week so stay tuned.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Jane Doe, by Victoria Helen Stone, (thriller) Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (YA)


Listening:Clockwork Century (Sci-fi) by Cherie Priest 

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.





Picture from my Grub Hub trip

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate @MNChildMuseum #amreading




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY

This week has been a slow one because of the snow we got in Minnesota. I took my little one to the Children's Museum.  And that was a lot of fun.  They have a car wash and several exhibits that have to do with My World.  My lil' one is two and so I've got several people that come to our house and work with him on his development, including one nurse, a therapist and a head start teacher.  It's quite fun to work with so many people.  I like to envision myself like the mom in the Nanny Diaries.  Which if you haven't read the novel, you might like film starring Scarlett Johansson  It's basically about a nanny who comes to work for a very affluent family and their spoiled offspring.  She has to bring the kids to places like Central Park, and Museum of Natural History. 
Although, I'm not nearly as affluent or rude as Mrs. X, I like the concept of organizing your kid's life and exposing them to as much as possible.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


Listening: The Paris Review Podcast,(has tons of great short stories and poetry and readings by Levar Burton and David Sedaris)Legends by Marie Lu,Clockwork Century (Sci-fi) by Cherie Priest 

Watching: The Fall (a British Thriller) 


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, aysulove.com This woman is writing from Turkey. She has a montage of beautiful city pictures of Turkey in her cover page and she has a post called Ex-Pats the TV show.  I like how she describes herself in her blog A married girl married and living in Turkey for 3 years, sadness to happiness. Here you will hear about the struggles and high points of living in another culture, learning the new ways to cook, speak, make friends along with many more.  Now I really thought I heard it all when it comes to reality shows but here we go folks another show to add to your list.  She posts a link of where you can find the show on her page aysulove.com/2014/01/19/ex-pats-the-tv-show-2/ .


Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at pointwhitedrive.wordpress.com and she has a cloud a list of words related to Turkey.  One phrase  caught my mind Night Life in Istanbul.  Okay readers, what do we think we'll find here? Yes, of course clubs and more clubs  One of the clubs called Quick China looks very modern and romantic, dark and cavernous.

The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING Forward to July

July has been a busy month for me. I started packing because we're moving to a bigger place.  I made countless trips to the thrift store to drop off unwanted items. That included trying to slip in items they just wouldn't take: like baby items.  Which I don't know why they wouldn't take em', there so precious and far too nice to throw away.  
People have been so giving lately. I've also accumulated my fair share of canned baby formula which I'll have to give away on account my baby doesn't have gird, hives or eczema and isn't gagging or gulping.  I found out the hard way that craigslist doesn't want the formula so I'll have to donate it to the food shelf.  Thank God for resourcefulness. 

 I also found out that a nearby spanish-speaking radio station will advertise my used household items but only on Sunday and only at 12. Now this is quite amazing; my neighbor got free furniture a while back by applying for a voucher from an organization called The Clothing Closet.  
She in turn made a profit by reselling the furniture on the the radio and plans to go back to and get  more household items so she can resell them again.  What a scam!!!


Currently

Reading:  Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker


Listening: The Opposite of Everything by Joshilyn Jackson, Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Troublemaker by Leah Remini, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Not That kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

Watching:  New Girl on Netflix.  I know I'm late.  I finally got through the fifth season and by getting through I mean sitting down and watching and in some cases re-watching.  That's how funny the show is.

  


On The Blog

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Friday: Authors  De de Cavalho and Melion interviewed


Sunday: Weekend Warriors post

Up Coming:
Wednesday:Wordless Wednesday
Thursday:#ThursThreads
Sunday:Weekend Warriors 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #amreading #amjoy





The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


Thanksgiving was so-so.  Highlights include:
Playing Perfection with family members
-Eating vegan chicken (yes that's a thing) vegan stuffing, potatoes and gravy-Thanks to my nephew's girlfriend who is all Vegan.
-Driving on quiet, non-traffic streets
-Working on Thanksgiving
-Seeing my kiddo running away from my sister's pet-rescued dog and saying "oh Nooo"
-playing the word game Taboo and totally winning (wink wink, nudge nudge)

CURRENTLY

Reading:  All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


Listening: Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (classic) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Noel Adams, Fiesta (short story)by Junot Diaz, Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

Watching:  Noel (ACTORS)(Susan Sarandon),(Penรฉlope Cruz) and Daniel Sunjata (He is a stud muffin.  I remember seeing him in One for the Money, a Janet Evanovich movie.)



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Sunday post @kimbacaffeinate @StrikeTheater ‏@SandboxTheatre




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


November has been a busy WRITING month for me. Even though I decided not to participate in Nanowrimo,  I've been average 4,000 words a week.  I also joined a meetup where I had a chance to a write monologue for an actor at Sandbox Theater.  This was so much fun! You wouldn't believe it!
  To see an actor bring your words to life is something every writer should experience.  It's like writing skits for Saturday Night Live.  The adrenaline of having to write a five minute monologue within twenty minutes of time-is intense.  It also felt like a big renunion because I was able to see at least twelve different people from four different writers groups that I had been a part of in the last five years.  I was overjoyed to catch up with them about their writing and just what they've been up to.  I also saw one of them in a different light as they performed as an actor that night.
I'll have a chance later this month to read playwrights with other writers through google hangouts.  The Twin Cities is brimming with theaters.  Wherever you go there's a theater tucked away in some warehouse or storefront and it adds charm to Minnesota.
Strike Theater held a fundraising show on Thursday for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims on Thursday which I thought I'd mention because it was for a good cause.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (I've been really loving this British author lately, I've read all three of her books and bonus! Her new book mentions the Minnesota Wild Team. 

If We Were Villians (YA) by M.L. Rio, and Most of All You by Mia Sheridan, Kulti by Mariana Zapata
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Listening: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Victorian) and Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (this is my second go-through the series so I'm listening to them at random.  I'm familiar with all the characters, so order doesn't seem to matter)

Watching:  The News, Lots of bad things happening lately. The bad will never become THE Norm.



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

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