FODMAP… huh?

Yesterday, I had my very first appointment with a registered dietician, RH.  First, she’s fantastic. She’s very down to earth.  She doesn’t bullshit and she curses like a sailor just like I do. I appreciate that. We had a great discussion about what I eat (which is crap on top of crap), my upcoming learn-to-run program, how to address my Subway addiction, and how to examine the digestive issues that have been plaguing me.  At this point, we are pretty sure that I have IBS.  So, there’s a little bit of TMI for you on this fine Tuesday afternoon. ;)

Starting July 27th (thankfully AFTER DD’s bachelorette), I am going on an exclusion diet, FODMAP*, for four weeks. While it is a gluten-free diet, it mostly address the fructose in my diet – which is a major contributor to malabsorption which is one of the primary culprits for IBS.  RH has provided me with a list of foods that I can eat and a list of foods that I need to stay away from for the four weeks.  After which time, we will start to reintroduce food back into my diet.

Overall, there are more foods that I CAN eat than I can’t, so I am not overly concerned at this point.  But if I can stay away from Subway for a month, it will be a feat!

RH will be monitoring my progress through MyFitnessPal (which will be less about calorie counting – that’s always been a problem for me – and more about macronutrients) so I will have some support while I am doing this.

I am looking forward to it because I am so tired of feeling like crap all of the time.  Its just another step into improving my quality of life.  Next, I should probably address that insomnia thing…

*My plan is similiar but slightly different to this one.

The Mystery of Whosit, Whatsit?


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

We have a cast for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and tonight is our first readthrough!  I am particularly excited about this because:

1. The cast is awesome. Some of my favourite humanoids are in the cast. This fills me with happiness and joy.

2. I haven’t read the script yet. I generally (unless there is a need*) do not read scripts for any of my shows until first read.  That way, I can hear it in the voice of the actor we have cast. Its a little ritual I have started since my early beginnings in community theatre. I had the Anything Goes script for almost a year before I cracked it open. This show is bananasauce with the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect of it and I am really keen to see how it all puzzles out.

4. I have no REAL responsibility on this show!  Well, that’s not true, I am responsible for making some pretty fantastic drawerings. But that’s it. I don’t have to worry about budgets, or schedules, or people, or regular ol’ show drama bullshit! REJOICE! VICTORY! VIVA LA FRANCE! EXCELSIOR! ….. until November.  I am sure as shit going to enjoy this respite from Producerly shenanigans. Yessiree!

5.  I am going to enjoy this project. Not only do I get to combine creative forces with JZ again, but I have been doing a lot of research into Victorian illustration, some Arts & Crafts movement, a bit of William Morris, and some Art Nouveau (cuz, why not!?) and gads, I love it so much.  So pretty.  It really renewed my interest in Art and Design History.  I am a bit of a nerd about these things and really need to take more classes. I am so excited (dare I say giddy?) to just be drawing again.  It is going to be rad.

6. Flippy flaps. ‘Nuff said.

*I should probably read that Tommy script before tomorrow night’s creative meeting. :S No one tell JZ.

Happy Pluto Fly-By Day!

Gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday – about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Images from closest approach are expected to be released on Wednesday, July 15. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

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It’s Pluto fly-by day as the New Horizons spacecraft, after 9 years and well over 3 billion kilometres, finally reached its destination today!  It arrived at roughly 7:49 am EST this morning and NASA promises up close and personal images by Wednesday.  I can’t wait!

Space travel is so rad.

Suicide Squad Trailer from SDCC

Well, that didn’t take long. A glorious HD version! Yay!

So far, I dig it. Margot Robbie looks great (and she sounds pretty good too.. for the limited dialogue it had).  She physically embodies Harley quite well and I dig the harlequin tattoo – nice nod to her original costume.  And Viola Davis as Amanda Waller? Just shut up and take my money.

I am really, really, really hoping that the Joker’s appearance is just backstory for Harley.  I am still on the fence about Jared Leto‘s Clown Prince of Crime, but I am inching towards liking it a bit more after the trailer. He better have been torturing Harleen… cuz that makes the most sense.

Ok, Deadpool and X-Men… you’re up!

Gifts Out of SDCC – Part 3

Welp, SDCC is over for another year.  A whole bunch of other stuff came out, but most of it was really shitty pirated videos of the trailers.  I am looking at you, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool and Suicide Squad. I will post ’em when we get legit versions.

But we did get the following:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

I have a feeling Batfleck is going to be my favourite Batman.   I love crusty, grumpy and old Batman. Also, Jeremy Irons is Alfred!??! Mind. Blown.  Also, not enough of my Diana… typical.


The Killing Joke:

They also announced that Bruce Timm will be making an animated version of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke which makes me so happy. Bruce Timm is my favourite and The Killing Joke is a quintessential part of the Batman, Batgirl/Oracle canon. Mark Hamill must voice the Joker and Kevin Conroy must voice Batman. That would be PERFECT.

Gifts out of SDCC – Part 2

Today’s goodies!

Con Man Trailer:


Ok, I think this technically came out yesterday, but whatevs. This very well might end up being the BEST SERIES in the HISTORY OF TV and/or THE INTERWEBS. Yah, I said it. Not only does it have a cornucopia of Scifi/Fantasy/Genre people that I adore, but it has Henry Fucking Rollins.  So it wins.


The Walking Dead Season 6 Trailer:

Unsure how I feel about this Rick vs. Morgan thing they seem to be setting up. But looks like we are getting Heath and Dr. Cloyd! Perhaps this means Jesus is on his way!  However, I see narry a Lucille in sight. :(


Fear The Walking Dead Trailer:

Yay!!!  + my Lucy Lawless!!


Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Comic-Con 2015 Reel:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No trailer, but still!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This thing gave me the CHILLS, made me smile big and not going to lie, may have teared up a teeny tiny bit (yes, I am that much of a dork – don’t judge me!)   Annnnnnnnd, I have already secured a date for the opening! :D


That’s it for today! It was also Orphan Black Day which gave us this (amongst other things):

That’s Ari Millen as Helena, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Rachel and my Dylan Bruce* as Cosima.  This is one reason I love this cast so much and will always be an unabashed member of #cloneclub.

Related, I am seriously considering going to SDCC next year. This might have to be a thing that happens.

*Currently rewatching OB from the beginning. Seeing Paul hurts my heart. I miss Dylan Bruce SO MUCH already.

Gifts out of SDCC – Part 1

Unless you are living under a rock, you are probably aware that this week is the San Diego Comic Con.  I give you advanced warning that my blog may be riddled with SDCC goodness over the next few days. I can’t be there (maybe next year?!?) so this is my way of drowning my sorrows for my lack of in-person nerd fun over the next few days.

Today’s entries? Some Doctor Who and Sherlock goodness!

Doctor Who Series 9 Teaser Trailer:

Looks like the premiere will be September 19th! Let’s hope this is a world wide premiere date and not just our friends in the UK.

Sherlock: A First Look at the Xmas Special: