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Not your average recap

This week my eyes have started to hurt from the amount of BlogHer’13 recaps popping up in my Facebook, Twitter, etc etc feeds. I already told you about my experiences in the BlogHer’13 Fashion Show, how my heart was full on the last day of BlogHer, and ya’ll saw my tweets and Facebook posts if you’re any sort of dedicated follower/ stalker.

The truth is I didn’t really take away much from the sessions this year. I think this has a large part to do with this being my 2nd BlogHer, as I was an over-eager child on Christmas morning last year, but it also has to do with the fact that a lot of the sessions were similar and reflective of one another. This is what happens when not as many people don’t apply for session or panel ideas, and I appreciate the ones who took the time (and effort) to put together the panels and sessions. (You can read all of the transcripts of all of the sessions here.)


Alexandra Rosas of Good Day, Regular People  and Erin Margolin of The Gay Dad Project talking about being vulnerable in one’s writing

All of the panels I attended were insightful to different degrees. I’d say my favorite two were the panels on writing on our vulnerable truth and fixing education.

Last year I attended a session called “Blogging: the Fine Line Between Your Identity and the Issues.”  (Read the transcription here.) Afterwards, I briefly spoke to Faiqa and Kelly about my intersecting identities as a lesbian student leader at Rutgers University (this was when the Tyler Clementi trial was very much in the media) and my pending identity as an urban educator/ student teacher. Both women really gave me a lot of courage to stand strong with my various identities, but it was the discovery of Kelly’s blog that truly made me believe in myself as an urban educator.

Fixing Education

Fixing Education #BH13FixEd

Hearing Kelly speak again at “Fixing Education,” albeit shortly, really reminded me of why I want to be in urban ed in the first place. I want to make a difference. I want to find ways to change– and save– lives in my future, and teaching in an urban district is exactly how I can do that.

BlogHer ’13 didn’t leave me with a lot of swag. It didn’t leave me with a massive hangover (much), and it certainly didn’t leave me with the giddy teenage feeling I had last year. I didn’t leave with the desire to blog about BlogHer like there was no tomorrow. I left with a newfound respect and satisfaction for the friendships and relationships I have gained as a result of my blog. I left with a desire to use my voice– my strongest tool– to make a difference in everything that I do from this day forward.

As Kelly said during the panel, “When you find that one thing, take it and blog the hell out of it.”

The day before I left for BlogHer, I both interviewed for and found out I had gotten a teaching job in a district that fulfilled all of my teaching dreams. I didn’t have time to process this until I got stranded in Chicago for an extra day (Thanks __ Airlines!). My experiences at BlogHer’13 may not have left me with the same feeling of wanting to dive head first into my blog, but they left me wanting to dive head first into using my voice and making a difference in the world. I am so grateful to have gone to Chicago this year, even if it wasn’t what I had anticipated. I’m going to blog the Hell out of my experiences as a new teacher, just like I’m going to be the best educator that I can be.

For some recommended BlogHer’13 recaps, I suggest you read Jenna Hatfield’s list of 10 BlogHer experiences, specifically focusing on Mona Darling’s post at Dead Cow Girl. It talks a lot about the petty high school women judging women that happened at this year’s BlogHer. It’s a must read for…well, everyone.

One week left of #23til23!



On January 4th I introduced you to #23til23. I also released a GingerSass app.

On January 5th I received my first #23til23 challenge from Lenore Reigel, the mother of Eden Riegel, aka my favorite Bianca from All My Children.

On January 6th I ruminated on what it’s like to have a pastor that actually does his job.

On January 7th I changed the look and feel of my site.

On January 8th I drank coffee while watching the sun set and found out I need my wisdom teeth removed.

On January 9th I introduced you all to V.

On January 10th I realized that Shonda Rhimes is my mortal enemy.

On January 11th I talked about the movie Brave, and being brave. I also got my tarot cards read.

On January 12th I bought my first pair of sneakers in 5 years and worked out. Hilarity ensued.

On January 13th I went mini-golfing with monsters.

On January 14th Michelle challenged me to draw myself every day for the rest of my #23til23 adventure.

On January 15th I had a hilarious moment at a Kosher Indian place I went to for lunch and drew myself in the shower with soap in my eyes.

On January 16th I bitched and moaned about my consultation with the oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed. I also drew myself from the perspective of the oral surgeon.

On January 17th I barely typed because I was exhausted from Res Life training. I also drew myself as a unicorn.

On January 18th my brother graduated from UTI, his teacher played a “torquestra,” and I had my phone draw me because I was too tired to function when I got home.

There’s one week left of #23til23! As I said in my introduction post, join me in this journey! Check back every day for a #23til23 post. Follow the #23til23 hashtag. Retweet me and share my posts like there’s no tomorrow. Tweet meEmail me. Leave a comment on my blogFacebook, or Google+Tell me what you want to see me try to do, and, if I can manage it, I’ll try to accomplish it.

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Even though he’s pooped, my dog wants you to send me challenges. Who can say no to a face like that?!

Glee goes to Nationals!

Holllllly crap.

Tina had lines!

This really must be a sign the apocalypse is near.

Okay, seriously, the first 20 mins of this week’s Glee episode was INSANE and not in a good way. It was insane in the Grey’s Anatomy-as-a-musical sort of way. It was a complete WASTE of Jenna Ushkowitz’s talents (except for the fact that she actually got lines.)

There was sooo much going on in the two-episode bit on Tuesday. Let’s list what went down:

  • Tina was at the mall fabric shopping (they have a fabric store in the mall?!) and she was bitching about Rachel Berry…well, being Rachel Berry. She was texting Mike and she tripped and fell into a fountain, where she blacked out. during her blackout, everyone switched bodies. This only lasted 20 minutes of the first hour so obviously Ryan Murphy was just trying to pacify Tina fans with 20 mins of Tina-centric tidbits (that were actually Rachel Berry centric).

Sue as Will actually made me squeal lesbian squeals of delight. That’s the only switcheroo that made me happy.

  • Tina comes back to reality and is all Team Rachel now. Whichhhhh brings us to them going on a roadtrip to stalk Madame Tibideaux and beg her to come watch Rachel at Nationals. Whoopi’s character is all “Oh not this stupid bitch again!” until Tina says what we all know: Rachel is a pain in the ass, but she always gets what she wants. Blahblahblah.
  • Puck gets into a fight with Rick the Stick and is thrown in a dumpster. Our dearly beloved Puck’s reign appears to be over…until he jumps out of the dumspter with a knife. What the fuck, Puck?! Beiste jumps in and drags his sorry ass to the locker room, where they share (what was) my favorite scene in Glee. Puck breaks down and explains why he’s a failure and then starts crying in Beiste’s arms. Beiste starts crying to and the two have this amazing embrace where she says, “You and me, we’re badasses. Nobody thinks anything hurts us, but it does.” *swoons*
  • Beiste, who has an abusive husband, gets the courage to leave him. Then we see Puck on stage and my NEW favorite scene in Glee happens. Puck & Beiste sing Taylor Swift’s “Mean” together and it makes my heart melt. Best. Bromance. EVER.[youtube=]
    This is the moment I fell in love with the Bromance known as Puck & Beiste <3

  • Now it’s the second episode. Mercedes has food poisoning and Sue is nursing her back to health. She may not be better for Nationals so everyone is freaking the hell out. Blahblahblah peptalk blah. The Glee kids can do anything! You know the drill.
  • NATIONALS TIME! Mercedes is better. New Directions is up first. They beast it with the Troubletones singing “Edge of Glory.” Rachel freaks out because Madame Tibideaux isn’t there yet, and Finn is all “you can do it!” The music starts, and Rachel is Rachel with Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Surprise! Madame Tibideaux shows up as Rachel starts singing. That wasn’t at all predictable. Then the New Directions sing Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” which, in all honesty, just reminded me of family Sweet 16s.
  • Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton, and Alderman Fong are the Nationals judges. They sit in the middle of the audience, not front row center, which makes no sense to me. Everyone sings, and the judges bicker in some room about Perez blogging about Lindsay, who is qualified to be a Nationals judge, and, oh yea, who should win.

  • NEW DIRECTIONS WINS! I honestly think it’s because the old people in walkers weren’t competing against them.
  • In a longggg montage, we find out that the Glee kids weren’t slusheed, but confetti’d, they’re popular, Mr. Schue and Emma finally have sex, Sue is back to being head coach of the Cheerios, and, in my favorite part of the episode, that Brittany and Santana actually kiss and have some lady lovin’. (But what about Kurt and Blaine? Wah.)

    The only part of winning Nationals that matters– Brittana smoochin’! For real!

  • As per the request of Principal Figgins, Rachel & Finn present Mr. Schue with Teacher of the Year. Because, you know, lying about knowing Spanish as a Spanish teacher really qualifies you for this prestigious award. (I’m so glad I’m going into the teaching profession.)

Now that I’m done recapping…

What the fuck was with all the transphobia/ stereotypes in the first episode leading up to Nationals?

I had major beef with Ryan Murphy after the Glee Winter Finale, and now I have beef with the stupid remarks that made it to the final cut. I get that most of them were from Sue, but really? Sue calls Kurt “Porcelina Hummel.” She keeps pushing for him to perform in drag. It goes on… and on… and on.

Seriously, cut it with the drag jokes, Ryan Murphy. You’re not funny. They’re not funny, even coming from the beloved Jane Lynch. Weget it. Haha. Gay man. Drag. Let’s fulfill as many gay stereotypes as possible so we can pretend to be THE MOST ACCEPTING SHOW ON TV!

Ryan Murphy really pisses me off sometimes, ugh.

Anyway. The two hour special wasn’t that exciting. It was disappointing. I’m really happy  with the moments Beiste had in the first half, and I’m really happy with the fact that New Directions finally won Nationals, even if they probably didn’t deserve it.

I googled the Glee Graduation, and I found this preview of next week’s Graduation episode. Enjoy. It made me get teary eyed. (Okay, cry. Whatever.)