2018 Resolution Update: February

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year. I know that this January was so long that felt like a whole year, but nope, we still have eleven more months to go. Time to check in and see if I’ve been working on reaching the goals I set for myself. Continue reading

West Coast Bias: Heroes and Villains Invitational

It took us long enough, but we’re back with the second episode of West Coast Bias! Ryan Smythe does all the hard work, I accidentally drop one of my hottest takes, and we’re both obviously biased. (But you knew that already.)

2017 Year in Review: Quidditch

Holy shit, how it is 2018 already?  Is it because every year takes up a smaller percentage of my life and therefore feels increasingly insignificant? Is it because I can feel my youth slipping away from me in silver hairs and creaky joints?


A new year is as good a time as any to reflect back on the last 3.1% of my life. (I think it did the math right. But if you ever had a look at any of my math grades, you’d know that the likelihood of me getting it wrong is pretty high.) Each week for the rest of the month, I’ll be looking back at some of the things I blogged about the most in 2017.

So, let’s start with the topic that gets more hits to my blog than anything else: quidditch.

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As this blog is ever in a state of me experimenting with it, I’m trying something this month to keep me a little more accountable. Every Sunday for the rest of the month, I’ll be posting a preview of the week’s blog posts. I’m shooting for a leisurely Tuesday/Friday posting schedule for January, so let’s see how it all works out.

Quidditch? On this blog? Groundbreaking.

This week is quidditch themed. (Surprise, surprise.) Tuesday will kick off my 2017 Year in Review series. I’ll be reflecting on last year’s ups and downs (but mostly ups, I swear!) in my favorite nerd sport.

On Friday, I’ll be writing about competition but comparing quidditch to one of my other favorite things: the Great British Bakeoff.

Miscellaneous shameless plugs

If you liked my first Beauty Box Battle, my January subscriptions should be in by Friday. That means I’ll have an update ready for next week!

My friend/teammate/fellow opinionated person Ra Hopkins just started their own blog! It’s called Cupcake Does Things. If you enjoy my attempts not to write about quidditch all the time because I totally have other interests, really!, then you should check it out. Their new year’s resolutions are far more ambitious than mine but I can’t wait to see their progress.

Shoutout to my Instagram boyfriend Jimmy for taking the cover photo for this post after brunch this morning. There’s no connection to this week’s content; I just really like that mural and my outfit today.

Oh, and follow my blog with Bloglovin if you’re into that sort of thing.

New year, same(ish) me: 2018 resolutions

We’re six days into the year. The new car smell of 2018 is still there but slowly fading away. Now’s as good a time as any to talk about new year’s resolutions.

Between the two extremes of “NEW YEAR, NEW ME!” and “Ew, new year’s resolutions are dumb,” I think there’s a happy medium for everyone. Sure, the fact that January 1st is the day where one year turns into another is somewhat arbitrary. On the other hand, there’s something I’ve always liked about trying to plant the seeds of change in the depths of winter so that they’re in full bloom by the time spring rolls around.

(Never mind that it’s a humid and sprinkly 65 degrees in San Jose as I write this while the East Coast deals with Snowpocalypse 2018—it gets too dark too early and that’s what I mean when I use embellished purple prose like “the depths of winter.”)

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Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I feel like I’m forever struggling with balancing writing for work versus writing for me. But that’s a blog post for later.

For now, if you’ve missed me pontificating about quidditch, fear not! Alejo Enriquez of How to Play Quidditch invited me to join him and Harry Greenhouse for a podcast.

Alejo’s site is a cool resource for learning about the games, but the podcast is the real gem. He’s been looking for people who are knowledgeable about aspects of quidditch and bringing them on for podcasts. This pod’s topic was one close to my heart: college quidditch and how we as community players can help foster it. Give it a listen here.