Wednesday, June 22, 2022


Aff baked me a birthday pie! 

It is a coconut cream pie. I am very happy about it! 

Friday, June 10, 2022

Taos tree

Saw this awesome art in Taos! This is a cool tree painting. 

Monday, June 06, 2022

Visiting New Mexico

We are visiting Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and soon Taos. 

It is fun to tour New Mexico, because I grew up in Las Cruces in the south of NM. 

The chicken mole is delightful!

Thursday, June 02, 2022

A long walk

I am thinking of walking the final 100km of the Camino de Santiago. 

I'll be doing it on my own, since Aff isn't into it. He prefers rock climbing. 

I'm excited! 

Update: I hoped to walk it in September but I have a work conflict. Now I am thinking of walking the full 800km in 2023!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Aragorn & faith in humanity

 I love this video. It reminded me of watching all the LoTR movies (plus all 50+ hours of bonus commentary) in 2014. 

Viggo Mortensen is such a powerful, heartfelt actor. 

We need to jettison Johnny Depp into the vacuum of space, and reshoot all of his films with Viggo Mortensen instead.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

BBC Sherlock being harmful

I think it's harmful how the BBC show Sherlock whitewashes sociopaths.

In the show, Sherlock Holmes repeatedly calls himself a "high functioning sociopath". He gets bored easily and fires a gun at the wall. He ignores social graces and says rude things. 

But he also sacrifices his own life (takes on a dangerous mission where he's expected to be killed within 6 months) to keep Watson safe. He travels to the Middle East to save his friend / beard "The Woman", even though there is nothing to be gained for himself.

This is not how sociopaths behave! Their gruff exterior isn't hiding a heart of gold. They will not put themselves at risk to save your life.

I think the popularity of the show speaks to the number of viewers who probably dealt with a loved one that behaves like Sherlock. The show is wish fulfillment that their loved one actually will rise to the occasion and behave in selfless loving ways. After all, they saw it on Sherlock! Maybe the viewer's own sociopath will also completely reform one day!

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

photo of artist

I like this photo a lot. It's a young artist carving a red lacquer vase. The artist is my mom in her 20s.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Past and present tree

Me: "There's a saying, 'The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.'"

Aff: "19 years ago is still better than now."

Monday, January 17, 2022


For many months, I've had a habit of watching a show with my mom after dinner. We watched Bourdain's "Parts Unknown", The Great British Bake-Off, and other cooking shows. My mom likes to cook, so I figured she would like these shows. 

She usually fell asleep halfway through. I figured she was tired.

It turns out that she actually likes adventure / action shows! While I was away for a week, Aff started watching Daredevil (Marvel show) with her. She stayed awake for every episode, and said it was exciting.

We finished all 3 seasons of Daredevil. We tried to watch Ted Lasso, and my mom got bored again. Now we watch Marvel's show The Punisher.

Watching these Marvel shows has significantly improved the relationship between my mom and me. Previously she was complaining every day about issues, and I would react negatively to the complaints, and we'd get into a negative spiral. But now she stopped complaining. It's been a couple months. 

Thankfully there are a huge number of Marvel shows that we can watch. We won't run out.