Daily Review Challenge, Days 9 & 10: (Podcasts) Things I Bought at Sheetz, (Food) Korean Twist

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review…” I haven’t really stayed on topic, but I have accepted this challenge.


Day 9: Things I Bought at Sheetz

I made myself wait to do this review, because I didn’t want to inundate everyone right off the bat with my love for the McElroy Brothers, who you may remember from #DailyReviewChallenge2015 Day 2: My Brother My Brother and Me.

Today I bring to you Things I Bought at Sheets from eldest McElroy brother Justin, and his friend Dwight Slappe. Yes, its another food review show, but it’s not like one you’ve ever seen before. The premise is simple – Justin eats a food and Dwight guesses if he likes it or not. It’s that simple, quick and over and done. Except not really. I recommend starting from the beginning, and bingeing the whole thing, which will take less than two hours. You won’t even get sick of the closing credits song, because it’s different almost every time!

Day 10: Bulgogi Burritos from Korean Twist

That’s not my thumb, I stole this photo from Yelp

I have often said if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be breakfast burritos, because… well… have you had a breakfast burrito? They are basically the perfect food. But their perfection is in their variety – they can be small like the sausage burrito from Elephant’s Deli, grilled to perfection like the one at Meat Cheese Bread, or just bonkers ridiculous like the entire menu at Sams No. 3 (I would go back to Denver JUST FOR THESE BURRITOS). But that’s the thing, breakfast burritos can be many things. No two are alike.

However, I’m not here to wax poetic on breakfast burritos. No, if I had to settle on one flavor for the rest of my life, it would be the Bulgogi Burrito at Korean Twist. These are not just your basic burrito. They contain: delicious, marinated bulgogi beef; fried rice with corn, edamame, peas and carrots; a mix of greens and cabbage; fresh cilantro; and a spicy orange “bbq” sauce that WILL stain your clothes. Then they wrap all that up in a tortilla, and you’re on your way TO FLAVOR TOWN!

I don’t remember the first time I had one of these. But I do remember after the first one, I think I had one for lunch every day that week. And probably the following week. When I quit my job up the block, it was my final meal. And I still make special trips downtown to eat one of these (double whammy, this trip usually also involves picking up my comic subscriptions!)

Another delightful perk of this cart is it has a covered seating area, so it’s worth the jaunt, even in the middle of winter. Which is great because the burrito is the perfect feel-good, rainy day food.

I am so hungry…

Daily Review Challenge, Days 6-8: (Music) Head Bent Over, (Podcasts) Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That, and (TV) Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review…” I haven’t really stayed on topic, but I have accepted this challenge.


You guys, I got sick. Like lungs full of fluid, sleep sitting up, running a fever sick. I’m feeling a LOT better now, but the road to getting there involved a lot of tea, naps, and staring at a screen. Being sick now is so much better than being sick as a kid. No longer is one stuck watching Monkee’s re-runs and Jerry Springer. Nope, now I get to chose my own entertainment. Gotta love the internet.

Day 6: (Music) Head Bent Over

The first way I entertained myself was by listening to Head Bent Over from Rick and Morty (Season 2, Ep 5. Get Schwifty), like fifty times. The episode is pretty awesomely weird. I don’t want to spoil too much, but some aliens that are basically giant heads invade our atmosphere and threaten our planet unless we perform the awesomest pop song in the universe. And by design, this song is really catchy. It’s been on heavy rotation in the Fart Castle, as has the song from which the episode gets it’s title. I recommend Moonmen, as well, which isn’t from the same episode, but it also catchy, funny, and performed by Jemaine from Flight of the Concords. So like, why miss out?

Day 7: Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That

Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That is kinda the best. Each episode is around four and a half minutes long and follows a pretty simple format. They get tossed a piece of food, they describe it and their first impressions, one asks the other if they’re going to eat that, and then they do. Then they each review the item in three categories: eatability/repeatability, flavor factor, and fun factor. Sometimes they get to eat super delicious things. Sometimes they eat jellied eel. I think it all depends on how Jesse Thorn was feeling that day. But the most delightful parts of this show are Brian and Lindsay, themselves. Their enthusiasm is pretty infectious, and they give everything a fair shot and honest review. Also, the theme song.

Day 8: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

When First Day of Camp came out I got really excited. But I started it on my own, having not seen the movie in a while, and it just didn’t really hit the mark for me. That is, until I found out Emil had never seen the movie it was based on. So we watched it and my interest was renewed. And it turns out refreshing my memory made the show SO MUCH better.

First of all, if you don’t know, it’s a prequel to a movie that came out fourteen years ago, staring pretty much the entire original cast. I expected aging to play a hilarious part, and on a few occasions it did, but for the most part the cast looks exactly the same.

The cast is made up of comedy royalty. Due to the amount of characters that are followed, the episodic format works really well. This allows more time to explore each character than we would have gotten from a movie, and each character is worth exploring. Hilarity ensues as each back story gets revealed. Every trope is hit and every stereotype is perfected. Both the writing and the acting are incredibly over the top, but it works really well as it builds its canon. It is a show made for bingeing – Netflix knows what they’re doing.

Daily Review Challenge, Day 5: (Misc) Headaches

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review…” I haven’t really stayed on topic, but, I have accepted this challenge.


There are two types of headaches I get: Migraines and tension headaches. While I don’t recommend either to anyone, I have found a predictability to each episode.

Migraines, for me, usually happen in tandem with hormonal changes, and come in clusters. They always catch me by surprise, which makes sense since they hit me like a brick. First it seems like the lights get turned up to 100. I will feel the ache over my right eye, which might also begin to twitch. A wave of nausea will splash over me. Then I essentially live out the Key & Peele video above until I can get an Imitrex in my face and an eye mask on. If I can, I will sleep until it doesn’t bother me to see light. And if I can’t sleep, this time is actually pretty conducive to podcast listening, but sleeping through the ache is definitely the better option.

Tension headaches, like the one I have today, are a whole other beast. If I’m going to get one I’m likely to wake up with it, from clenching my jaw and neck all night. It will reach from my eyebrows, over my skull, and down the back of my head and behind my ears, finally stopping at the neck. Sometimes a shower and a cup of coffee are all I need to fight it off. Sometimes a scalp massage and some Tiger Balm will do the trick. And sometimes I need all of the above plus muscle relaxers to fight it off. They will last anywhere from 20 minutes to… six hours and counting, apparently.

All in all, I give headaches a 0/10 – Do Not Recommend. You heard it here first, folks.

Daily Review Challenge, Day 4: (Misc) Writing Reviews

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review for/rate/share one piece of media you’ve enjoyed. Book, game, comic, etc.” I have accepted this challenge.


Dudes. It’s day four and I’m writing a review on writing reviews. I didn’t think it would be an easy challenge. But it’s still harder than I thought.

The thing is, I compiled a whole list of things to review, but none of them were singing to me today. Nothing seemed right until I decided to write about the process. Why? Because that how I get my way through writers block.

All in all it’s fun and it has me thinking a lot about my favorite things. I’ve also been on a big decluttering kick lately, and this practice really goes hand in hand with that. Plus it’s excellent writing practice! I do feel like I err to the side of writing about things I love, but it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want! >_<

Daily Review Challenge, Day 3: (Clothes) Mermaid Leggings by Chubby Cartwheels

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review for/rate/share one piece of media you’ve enjoyed. Book, game, comic, etc.” I have accepted this challenge.


Halloween 2015. I am a chimera a.k.a a babe of mythic proportions.

I can’t for sure remember the time line, but I’m pretty sure I stalked these leggings for years. You see, they are made by independent designer, Chubby Cartwheels, and feature one of the coolest prints I’ve ever seen in leg wear.

However, about the same time I discovered that they existed, I also discovered that they were sold out in green, the ultimate mermaid-y color (though the sadness lead me to pick up some adorable mermaidy booty-shorts by Allihalla at Fat Fancy one day).

Then the announcement came: Chubby Cartwheels mermaid leggings were back in stock! I purchased them instantly so I would never miss them again.

First of all, they fit really well, and run true to size. Sometimes leggings tend to rise a little lower than I care for, and wind up rolling under my belly or fail to cover my but crack. But these are perfect. They don’t fall down, they don’t rise up. No unintentionally exposed belly and no wedgies!

Secondly, the fabric is lustrous, and as such I want them on me ALL. THE. TIME. I’ve also found them to be pretty washable, so long as I turn them inside out and hang them to dry.

Thirdly, they get all kinds of compliments, and I love them so much I based my whole Halloween costume around them this year (see above).

But my favorite part about these leggings is that they are made by hand, locally, by another rad fatty. Shawna Farmer is amazing, and I fantasize regularly about interning for her, just so I may bask in her talent. For real, check out her blog and shop her store.

Daily Review Challenge, Day 2: (Podcasts) My Brother My Brother and Me

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review for/rate/share one piece of media you’ve enjoyed. Book, game, comic, etc.” I have accepted this challenge.


I have a whole list of things I plan to review, ranging from books, movies, blogs and clothes. I even have one idea in the chamber for my favorite thing in the whole world, which will be a surprise for later. Today I will write about my favorite podcast in the world, My Brother My Brother and Me, from the Maximum Fun network.

The first thing you’ll notice listening to this show is that it is an advice show for the ‘modren’ era, and that it is not for babies, unless those babies are cool babies. However, I usually describe it thusly, “three brothers receive the most ridiculous questions that fans could find on Yahoo! Answers, and they answer these questions to the worst of their ability.”

This is kind of true. It’s true in the sense that they would tell you that they give the worst advice and it should never be followed. However, I have learned a practical thing or two from MBMBAM over the course of the 275 episodes currently out. I have learned that the easiest way to keep the cat from scratching at the door thereby keeping me awake all night, is to put a baby gate in front of the door (tested and approved). I’ve also learned… well, that might be it.

The podcast is so riddled with ongoing inside jokes, that I kind of feel like I can’t write about it properly. What I suggest is picking a starting place a few episodes back (perhaps a Bro’s Better, Bro’s Best episode) and giving yourself a few episodes to acclimate. Before you know it you’ll be up on the goofs, themes and songs that permeate each episode. You might even begin shopping the Money Zone, which has revolutionized the way I sleep, shave my armpits, wear underpants, and shop for… toys.

I have enjoyed this podcast for many years now – it used to be part of my commute and work day. However, this changed after I exposed my partner to it. It then became a program to save until we could listen to it together. Now every Monday evening we head to fartpatrol.com to see if the new episode is loaded up. We read through the description together, and get the show downloading. Then we roll out the yoga mats, stretch, and diffuse the knots in our backs by laying on tennis balls. And we laugh our asses off along to the show. It’s a part of our self care routine, and a cherished part of our relationship.

And if that’s not enough, listening to MBMBAM automatically gives you friends. I’m not sure what it is about this show, but it brings people together. If you want proof, just check out the MBMBAM Appreciation page on Facebook.  Or go see them live, if you can. Holy crap, what a great experience!!

In any case, no matter how you enjoy it or who you enjoy it with, I encourage you to give it a shot. If you don’t laugh, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

November Links

Happy November, everyone!

For the uninitiated, this is my monthly roundup of links from my Gunter and Bean Facebook Page, (and sometimes my personal page) which I use to share the news, links and articles that captivate me. The benefit of checking here is that I’ll have them sorted by topic. The downside is that you miss my commentary. Or maybe that’s a benefit too, I’m not sure.

I hope you enjoy! I look forward to hearing your comments, questions, and suggestions for other things to read!

Sincerely,

Bean

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Daily Review Challenge, Day 1: (Comics) Bitch Planet

My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo, for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review for/rate/share one piece of media you’ve enjoyed. Book, game, comic, etc.” I have accepted this challenge.


When I saw it on the shelf, I couldn’t resist. With a title like Bitch Planet, it certainly catches the eye. The rest of the cover didn’t hurt, either, a tribute to the exploitation films of the ’70s. The contents didn’t let me down, in fact, they kind of surprised me. There is so much more to this book than a comic, but I’ll get to that in a second.

The story grabbed me immediately. The writting of Kelly Sue DeConnick and the artwork of Valentine De Landro blend into such a pitch perfect tale that is at once a fascinating fiction and a spell cast to dismantle the patriarchy. I was excited to find that it pulled from classic tropes without feeling tired. It’s set in a sort of futuristic, dystopian,  uber-patriarchal society and focuses on the inmates of a women’s prison. These women are offered a shot at redemption, but to reach it they have to navigate through a field in which they have been set up for failure at every turn.

A lot of effort has gone into character building. I get the impression this is the part DeConnick is most interested in.  She lacks no ideas for writing women that are interesting, empowering and inspiring. For example, between arcs, there are issues that are dedicated as the biography of  a character. The first of these focuses on Penny Rolle, a large, powerful, strong, fat, fairly masculine presenting woman of color. Not exactly the most represented person in the media, but one’s who’s voice is so ready to be heard.

With only six issues out so far, I have no idea where this story will go, but I can’t wait to find out. The thing is, the comic isn’t even my favorite part of the comic. It’s the back section – the part that I skip in nearly every other comic.

At the back of each issue, there is an essay. These essays are written by a variety of women, each with a different point to make, all relative to today’s feminist. So far I have enjoyed reading and learned from each one.

And after each essay is the letters column. I think I’m a little in love with every other reader out there. The connection and support I feel with these other readers makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger. I suspect it won’t be long before I join the ranks of those who possess the ‘NC’ tattoo.

Book Report: The Story of My Tits

Once upon a time, I stopped in at Floating World to pick up my subscription box, and as per usual I wandered the store for a minute looking for issues I might have missed or a graphic novel to catch my eye. Naturally, The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden stood out.

I picked it up to see if it was any good, and didn’t snap out of it until another customer kind bumped into me trying to get around me in the store. Ten pages in, I decided it was worth picking up. I was not disappointed.

This book is the autobiography of woman. A damn incredible and interesting woman, at that. This book is also an ode to boobs. A subtle demonstration on everything they affect in our lives, which is more than I often think about. It is a uniquely female tale, one that anyone who has had boobs (or aspired to) can relate to. And it is a tome made of love, to be shared.

One of my favorite things about the book was the ability to capture the emotion behind moments shared by Jennifer and the people in her life. Sometimes things feel a little awkward or tense, but they are based on conversations that were awkward or tense. It feels honest and true and real.

Another thing I like about this book is you can feel all of the love. It was a passion project of the artist. It is about her life and the people she has loved and cared about. It is about the love and care they have shown her. It is story about her strength and courage and how it came to be. It’s the origin story of a survivor. You’d have to be heartless not to be moved.

I truly did laugh and cry with this book. It was a roller coaster, and am grateful that the author found her calling and, in the process, shared her story.

Moody Food Pt 1

The following is journal entry that I am choosing to share. It was inspired by an event that happened this morning and documents one of the effects of my disordered eating.

I’m not asking for advice. I just process well in writing, and thought I’d share in hopes that this kind of vulnerability will resonate with and help someone.

All I ask is that if you’re gonna comment, don’t be a jerk. Thanks.

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