Lions & tigers & bears…

OH MY!!!

My little Leo (early August baby) Peanut is out of control! This child is crawling like she’s training for the crawling Olympics!! It’s insane. And I wanna give a quick shout out to all of my friends who have been far more supportive of my choice to have Peanut than I gave them credit for. It’s insane how some people you think you will lose when you make a big life change like this, surprise you and step up their friend game – while others unexpectedly bail out on you. It’s been eye opening, but mostly in a good way.

Fuck the tiger king. That’s right. I find it offensive that’s the name of the documentary because a king is a ruler, a royal, a person of status – there is NOTHING extraordinary about the man featured (OR ANY of the people) in that documentary. The obsession with making an icon and therefore giving attention to and proceeds to the trash people that abuse animals and makes lgbt+ people look like predators and drug addicts in this program is disgusting. In a time where we are in a literal pandemic I understand the need for a distraction, but for fucks sake read a God damn book instead of rotting your brains making/watching/discussing/promoting/glorifying this depiction of the lowest form of American trash humans around.

Tigers are beautiful animals that deserve respect.

The bears have reclaimed Yosemite National Park and I could not be happier for them! I love National parks, Reader. You wouldn’t think it, but there is a nature explorer inside this physically damaged tech nerd. Once upon a time I was able to do all the things without my body giving out on me, and I loved hiking, being a first responder, getting down and dirty, sleeping in my truck in nature and waking up to a crispy cold sunrise for a jog… In the before times, before my body gave up on me, I did all the things and I loved it.

I read recently that due to the lack of human presence at the National Parks, it has been reported the wildlife is reclaiming the land – and I couldn’t be happier for them. It is theirs and we as humans are greedy fucks who take over everything, disrupt their homes and their lives, and feel entitled to do so. Out of all things the pandemic has led to, I hope THIS stays the same. They deserve the respect and space that we demand of them. As my old geography professor once said, “I don’t camp or swim in the ocean. I don’t bother sharks and bears in their homes, and in return they don’t come into mine.” It is only fair that we allow other living creatures their right to live the way they were intended to without out intrusion. Perhaps this is Mother Earth’s way of putting us on time out for being horrible children.

Before you call me out as a hypocrite for my prior nature adventures whilst saying we need to stay out of the way, I will add that I hardly ever stayed in National Parks campgrounds, nor did I take up hella space staking up a tent and spreading out like I own the place. I have also never gotten in the way of wildlife. Maybe it is the Native Mexican in me, but I have a deep respect for wildlife and natural land.

What I’m watching: CBS All Access. Okay, I know you don’t want to pay for yet ANOTHER streaming service, but hear me out. If you have a steady income and are saving money working from home (you know, no commute, no purchased lunch), and can swing it, then it’s totally worth it for entertainment – and more importantly in these quarantine times for your sanity! There is: Picard (for you trek nerds), All Rise and The Good Fight (for my fellow law nerds), and lighthearted comedies like Neighbors and Bob Hearts Abishola. Plus lots more – Something for everyone!

Tech specs: I know I have dedicated this section to the Motorola Z4 & Z family in general in the past, but I was to focus on Moto mods. I have the Motorola Z4 (and in fact, this entire blog post and pics featured, was written and were taken on the Z4) with the 360 camera mod, the projector mod, the JBL mod, and the Polaroid instant printer mod. So check this out – the best part about these mods is that most of them are CHEAPER than these accessories with the added bonus of no extra wires and Bluetooth connections etc etc.

Now, the 360 mod is cool but I have yet to find a reason to use it.

The JBL speaker is a great buy! You get your Bluetooth speaker without having to do more than just plug and play! IDK about you but I get annoyed with a finicky Bluetooth connection and just want shit to be simple, so for the simplicity this mod is worth it.

The Polaroid instant printer is not for everyone, and I totally get that. But as a new parent to a tiny human, I want tangible photos of Peanut! I have a hybrid digital instant camera but with this mod, that’s EXACTLY what this phone becomes PLUS so many editing options thanks to the many many Android apps available.

Lastly the projector mod. I know, right, when are you going to use this? Well check it out – we are in quarantine. And as you may have read in my last post, we need to find ways to keep our brains and our hearts active – and this is one of the ways we do it at my house. Peanut and I have started a Disney movie night with movies projected onto the walls directly from Disney+ on my Motorola Z4 with this handy Moto mod. It’s different and fun!

Finally your favorite part of the blog…

Doggy pics: playroom shenanigans!

a confession.

I have a confession to make… Last Christmas I made a Christmas wish; asked for a Christmas miracle. I wanted my parents to stay in town a bit longer so they could spend more time with Peanut, and I wanted my bosses to learn their lesson for being so insensitive and (frankly irresponsible) when it came to telework based on a medical condition – they fought me, tormented me, and used every gaslighting technique while I was PREGNANT. So I prayed to God/asked the universe/made a Christmas wish for a way for these two things to happen….

Well, folks, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, because a month later – enters stage left the covfefe virus. Ugh. I fucked up y’all. I think the chupacabra virus is my fault. I asked for a temporary no travel, and telework teachable situation, and now here we are. My parents are stuck here on lock down, and my office (along with many other offices) is forced to figure out the telework situation – especially since the office setting is a cubicle cell block that has far too many people in close proximity, in old ass buildings, with shitty ventilation and windows that don’t open.

So the other day I had a very brief moment where I asked myself,could I have caused the cosmic catastrophe of the coocoobora virus??

Of course, I hate the virus and everything that has come along with it, but I have been trying to stay positive, and here’s the thing: I love all the time at home with Peanut. I don’t need any excuse to hide from the world and be in my little bubble of baby, Bob’s Burgers, breakfasts for dinner, bed time and being lazy. I’m required to be here, and have spent so much time turning my house into my sanctuary that I enjoy being home. And I do realize I am extremely lucky to have a home for my little family, and have a job that allows me to secure income and health insurance. That is not lost on me and I am very grateful and thankful. And with the little I have I do try to help those around me.

*New section* Five LITTLE things I am grateful for today: 1) bacon and eggs – it’s just delicious and I could eat it every single day; 2) the smell of Fabuloso house cleaner that makes my house smell fresh after I clean; 3) H&R Block – for helping me do my taxes via a simple app; 4) sugar free Red Bull (the sweet sweet nectar that courses through my veins); 5) Zoom and cool friends that let me join their class sessions so I can nerd out with their students!

What I’m watching: so I started watching that show on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon called Little Fires Everywhere. Reader, the verdict is still out on this one. I understand the racial and class commentary, but the two main characters seem like such extreme stereotypes of their respective categories that it’s hard to watch. This show gets a new episode every week, though, so this may just be a bumpy start to a masterpiece – and I am going to give it a chance to win me over. Anyone else watching it? Thoughts?

Another show I am watching is Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access. It’s a drama/thriller that follows multiple storylines, and as they develop they become more and more intertwined. Each storyline follows its own theme based on classic fairytales. I’m just finishing season 1, but season 2 is already available. It’s pretty entertaining and engrossing – so a good escape from reality.

Tech specs: more of commentary – if you are looking for video game consoles you are OUT OF LUCK! Like many others, I thought this would be a good time to get into some video games I’ve been considering. I looked EVERYWHERE for a Nintendo Switch. No luck! They are sold out at all retailers – even online – except for those random resellers who are gouging you with $100+ above MSRP. I am considering a PlayStation 4 or Xbox but those are also hard to find (but not as impossible or expensive). Any recommendations?

Doggy pics: cozy cuddles