Thursday, October 27, 2011

You Should Watch: Coffee Prince

Can you pick Eun Chan out from her co-workers?
Image via CrunchyRoll.com

Matt's sister Melissa got me into a Korean TV show called Coffee Prince. It originally aired in 2007 but I just saw it this year. Apparently it's a trope of Korean drama to 'highlight a particular profession, whether it be a shoe designer, model, doctor or lawyer. Coffee Prince highlights the life of a barista-to-be and the café of handsome men at which she works.'

Eun Chan is a young twenty-something Korean woman working to support her shopaholic mother and her sister. Eun Chan is hired by the very rich Choi Han Gyul who mistakes her for a man, and pays her to act as his boyfriend to break up a series of blind dates his grandmother has set up for him. Once Han Gyul is given a coffee shop to run, he hires Eun Chan on there.

The cousin & his girlfriend, Eun Chan & Han Gyul -
Image via KoreanDrama.org

The main drama of the story comes from Han Gyul mistaking Eun Chan's gender and feeling incredibly confused by what he mistakes for a gay crush. Meanwhile, Han Gyul's cousin and his girlfriend (whom Han Gyul has crushed on for 9 years) get back together, despite several drawbacks.

The main humor of the story comes from the hilarious and adorable character, Eun Chan. She is short, strong and fairly androgynous, often mistaken for a boy. She works several jobs and is always hungry. She eats like the Gilmore Girls x 10, shoving food in her mouth like you would not believe possible for a human being.

This is a quirky, silly and totally engrossing show! I watched all 17 episodes in just 2 sittings because I just couldn't pull myself away.

Best of all, you can watch every single episode of Coffee Prince for free either through Hulu or through CrunchyRoll. If you do watch it, let me know what you think!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Frank Beddor Re-Imagines Alice In Wonderland

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I'm close to finishing the final book of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, which is a steam-punky reimagining of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (as well as a reimagining of Alice Liddell's life). I started reading The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor right around the time of my Mad Tea Party, which was fun timing.

The premise of this book and its sequels is that Alice Liddell was actually Princess Alyss of Wonderland who escaped to Earth after her evil, mad Aunt Redd killed Alyss's parents and took over the queendom. Adopted by the Liddells, Alyss eventually stops telling stories about Wonderland, accepts the changed spelling of her name, and concentrates on being a proper English gentlelady.

She's in England for 13 years before her friends and loyal subjects are able to rescue her, and she is thrown into battle with her aunt using the power of her imagination - which in Wonderland can actually conjure objects, persons and anything else Alyss is able to create in her mind.

As the novels go on, Alyss continues to battle for Wonderland against her aunt and against King Arch of the neighboring country. The stories of intrigue and battle are far darker and more sinister than the stories from Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. The way Beddor re-imagined the entire story (including why Alice Liddell got so mad at Carroll), is really ingenious.

In Beddor's Wonderland the few caterpillers who exist are all mystical sages who can see all possible futures and who often turn up to advise persons of power in times of need. In his novels he turns the silly playing card soldiers into transforming machines that change from card shape to robots oddly similar to the battle droids in Star Wars: Episode 1. Beddor changed the Chesire Cat from a maddeningly mysterious figure to a humanoid cat assassin that can shape-shift into a cute little kitty to disguise itself. The Mad Hatter has become Hatter Madigan, a top graduate from the Millinery, which trains Wonderland's super fighters.

The Cat via OCRegister.com

So if THAT doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will. If you're an Alice In Wonderland fan, you should definitely check the Looking Glass Wars Trilogy out. If you really get into it, Beddor has also created a series of comic books about Hatter Madigan's adventures.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

May's Heavenly Creations at Compassion Fest this Saturday


This Saturday I will be selling a whole new batch of my hand-made feather earrings. I've used new color combinations and had lots of fun making a variety of one-of-a-kind pairs:


You can find me and these lovely earrings at the First Annual Compassion Fest, a fund-raiser for the Compassion in Action Center (CIAC). The CIAC is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing and toys to families in need.


I'm looking forward to the lovely weather we're supposed to have this weekend, and hope you'll come out to Independence to support this great cause.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

May's Got a Prize Inside

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So now that families and friends have been informed, I can finally spill my guts! (And, yes, Byron, you guessed correctly). Like a Cracker Jack box, I have a prize inside!

Matt and I are having a baby!


I'm 3 months pregnant & so excited that I've finally got a baby bump to show off (though it's still a small one). I'm so psyched to start this next stage in my life. And Matt, having wanted a baby ever since I *met* him more than a decade ago, is understandably ecstatic.

It's interesting observing all the changes to my body (mainly my tits) and surfing the crazy emotions that come along with all the pregnancy hormones: from super-horniness to random outbursts of tears.

It was a relief to finally tell my friends who were concerned about my suddenly not going out, always being tired, and often looking rather nauseated. Now they are excited with me instead of worried about me.

And while I'm obviously going to blog about baby stuff now and then, it's not going to take over my blog content. I think that would bore all of us.

...Unlike this song. Enjoy!


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

May's Got a Secret

Forcing myself to keep my mouth shut.

OMG y'all, I have been keeping a lid on the HUGEST secret for quite some time now and I feel like I'm about to burst! It's been really hard for me not to blog, tweet & FB all about this, but HOPEFULLY my time of secrecy is coming to an end. I hope to be able to share my AWESOME NEWS by next week.

Until then, I'll just have to keep forcing myself to clam up when what I really want is to shout it from the fricken rooftops!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Starry Night!

My second performance art idea was lots of fun & a group effort. Gabi & Isidoro painted me...




Matt helped me make my star handouts & I even re-used Isidoro's mask from last time as part of my starry crown.



As you can see in the picture above, we even painted my legs!

Isidoro, Matt, me & Gabi

I'm was so glad for all their help! It turned out to be so much fun. Lots of people just exploded with smiles when they saw me - especially kids - and I had a ton of fun delighting people, posing for photos, and asking people if they wanted a star.

I passed out my 150 stars (which I carried in the basket you can see above) in less than 2 hours! I was really happy about that, since one hour into it, I felt like they were going really slowly. Then all of a sudden, I only had 3 stars left, and I held on to them til I found 3 little girls selling chocolate bars & gave them the last ones. They were excited to get them and I was excited to have fulfilled my mission for the evening.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celestial Performance Piece Debuting Tomorrow!

The Universe is my Inspiration!
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I've been wanting to do more performance art since my first stab at it, but there were things about my first attempt that bothered me. It felt too passive overall, and I had almost as much fun walking around in my outfit afterwards like a walking exhibit & getting lots of encouraging feedback from passers-by.

So it took me a bit, but I finally had a burst of inspiration for another performance art piece while I was sitting around in a doctor's office recently. This First Friday (that's tomorrow!), I'm going to be crowned, dressed & painted in/with celestially-inspired items - as you can see in my concept drawing:


And I'm going to be wandering around the Crossroads Arts District giving out the hand-made paper stars I've been crafting that say "You are made of star stuff..." on one side and "SHINE!" on the other. I think they're pretty cute.


I'll tell you Tuesday how it went :)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I Don't Know What This Song Is About

Against my better judgement, I let myself fall asleep when my sedative of a tuxedo kitteh was sleeping on my lap keeping me from being productive. Now I'm cranky and I have a headache like I always do after I take a freaking nap so I totally don't feel like blogging.


And you know what that means...

Take us away, random Italian music video!


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