Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hoosier kitchens appeal to the clean freak in me

In the 1920s and 30s, Hoosier cabinets helped homeowners (read: the woman of the house) to stay organized in the kitchen.  Everything was off the floor allowing easy sweeping and mopping.  (I get a serious case of the willies thinking about spaces under modern-day stoves and refrigerators.)  These days my dad uses a Hoosier cabinet base and table in his art studio.  Someday I hope to inherit these pieces.

Photos courtesy of 1924 Hoosier Kitchen, PR Log, Live Auctioneers, Etsy blog, Pinterest, and Gallery Hip

♥ Daniel Henney, animal advocate ♥

World news has been utterly depressing lately.  A bright spot is Daniel Henney's support of animal adoption and spaying and neutering of pets via PETA.  Thank you, Daniel Henney.  Aja, aja fighting!

What celebrity would play you?

If you had to cast an actor or actress to portray you in a movie, who would you choose?  While writing features on three colleagues, I asked two females and one male this question. Their answers were Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Bell, and Daniel Radcliffe.  Fascinating to me is that all three colleagues are Asian American.  Apparently their essences can best be captured by blondes and a guy with giant blue eyes.  I'd choose comedienne Charlyne Yi to play me.  Granted she's now thinner and comes off as more endearing than myself.  She's an actress, though, so I'm sure she could pump up the paranoia and hostility needed to play me.

Photo via Zimbio

Words I learned recently

I am now making an effort to note and remember words that are new to me.  I usually come across new vocabulary when reading news articles.  To make new words stick I have to read them and then immediately look up their meanings.  If I don't do that, the words become, '...that D-word that means a place that is bad and ugly like in Blade Runner.'  Pronunciation guides in dictionaries are amusing because how many English speakers actually understand them?  They're like using hand signals while riding a bike. Riders can use them, but unless others understand what the signals mean they're pretty much usless.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rod Man loves his Mexican neighbors

Rod Man dished on his Mexican neighbors on Last Comic Standing, last night.  He had me howling.  I am moving to a ritzier neighborhood in Orange County next weekend.  We're moving to minimize my commute to work.  I'm already lamenting the loss of our working class Asian and Mexican neighbors (although many of the Asians drive like sh*t), the eloté cart that a couple occasionally rolls down our street, and being so far from our favorite fish taco restaurant.

Watch:Rod Man and Mexican neighbors

Previously on Ajumma's Pad:
¡Viva eloté!

Pic via Vegas News

Farewell to Robin Williams

We all have our favorite Robin Williams roles.  They seem to vary by age.  My twenty-something companions like the comic in Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire.  I favor Robin Williams' quieter roles such as his portrayal of English professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989) and real-life neurologist Oliver Sacks in Awakenings (1990).  It's a shame Williams' internal pain and hopelessness reached the point he no longer wanted to go on.  I'm thankful for the many characters he brought to life, and appreciate how he positively affected people across socioeconomic and color lines with his entertaining and philanthropy.

Actually, one of my favorite Robin Williams moments is one of his more physical ones.

Photos via Pauline Hughes Ceramics, Reason & Reflection, FW, and Walk in the Dust

Returning to "Breaking Bad"

"Felina," the Breaking Bad series finale aired in September 2013.  The grand finale of five ridiculously intense seasons left me completely satisfied.  I had no desire to read anything about the episode, the stars, or reactions from other viewers.  This was the opposite of how I'd been operating as the AMC seasons progressed, scouring messages boards for posts by BB fans. However, after a year's hiatus I found myself taking great delight in Glenn Whipp's interview with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and the show's stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston.  The trio quips about what happened to Jesse once -- SPOILERS!!!! --he busted down the gates of the supremacist compound.  They also discuss alternative fates for master chemist Walter White.  My only bone to pick is I feel they exaggerated the threat Gale posed, but Gilligan is the show's creator and harbors in his mind the corners Gale could have turned given the chance.

Read the L.A. Times interview.

Previously on Ajumma's Pad:
Breaking Bad stars out and about
I'm seriously addicted to Breaking Bad
If I were Giancarlo Esposito
Men in cars
Men in pork pie hats
Breaking Bad stuff I like from the web

Photo from Business Insider

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bird songs for your desk

Stuck in a cubicle?  No access to a window?  Is your view of a concrete wall?  Turn on Sound of Nature-Bird Songs (No Music) recorded by a YouTuber outside the person's home in Poland.  The all natural, high quality video lasts 180 minutes.  I pull up the video and minimize it while going about my work day.  The songs of the birds are calming and pure.  Today, I got really fancy and turned on a clip of a rainstorm while the birds played in the background. Pure bliss.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jeremy & Donald: Cholafied

Jeremy Lin will be living la vida loca for the next three years as a Los Angeles Laker.  Perhaps we'll see the point guard eating around San Gabriel Valley.
I had a vivd dream that Donald Glover announced his return to Community, last week.  A girl can wish.

Photo via Cholafied

Do you know this child?

It's this guy!