Shabbat Thoughts

Another week gone by (month, really… hello February!). Many exciting things happening in the land of suz. May as well make a list of things I’d like to one day tell you more about.

She’s Geeky

Last weekend I attended a conference called She’s Geeky, for self-identified geeky womens to get together and… well, geek out. AND GEEK OUT WE DID! on everything from technology to science to running a business to sex and gender politics on the internet. holy nerdfest, batman. it was awesome. i will have more to report once the wiki is back up on their site. hope that’s soon, because I’ll probably forget to check for it if too much time goes by.

Moving

J-Lips and i are moving! wahoo! No worries, Lipshpul fans, we’re only going about a mile away. Into Oakland-proper. No more of this “Google-maps-thinks-we’re-in-emeryville” shit. aaaand it’s a HOUSE! with CLOSETS! and a PORCH! Very exciting. the place kinda just fell into our laps (that is, after J spent tireless hours scouring craigslist, love this girl). so woot to that.

The Convent Collective Show

Through my darling friend Natasha, i’ve been introduced to Miss Fox and The Convent Collective. Awesome space, a real former convent turned into a co-living/co-working space for about 20 artist-types. Gorgeous house, complete with chapel, confessional booth, and an amazing view of the SF skyline. Giggity. i have been asked to coordinate a few acts for an upcoming St. Valentine’s Day Performance and Rooftop Party Extravaganza. Stoked. Many good friends involved, it will be a blast. The night will include many different kinds of entertainment: burlesque, singing, hat juggling, musicians, couples’ games, private confessions, rooftop DJ’s, hookah, fire pits, bubbly beverages and chocolate treats… just to name a few. An evening of pure indulgence. The only bummer is that it’s on a Monday. Also not looking forward to the madness of planning a show and packing for a move all at once.

Facilitating conversations about community service with Jon’s youth group

Last night i facilitated a discussion for my brother’s youth group (BBYO) chapter about volunteering. They’ve done some work around homeless outreach, and have been feeling inspired lately to explore the wide and wonderful world of community service further. Jon asked me a while back if i could come to one of their meetings and give them some ideas. My response: “fuck yea”. It was a really great conversation, we talked about what it means to serve a community, how to break down barriers and avoid Othering, different tactics (raising awareness, raising money, outreach, etc.), and lots of other things. It’s an interesting angle of activism, coming from a place of self-aware privilege and power and asking “what can we do”, and not from a community that is vividly aware of the injustices doled out against it. i’m impressed and inspired and am looking forward to helping them find volunteer work to be passionate about. woot.

i think that’s all the big stuff for now.

…also, is it spring yet? because it sure as hell feels like spring.

other things i’d like to get into, because homegirl can’t put enough on her plate:

– russian classes

– piano classes

– going to aerials class more consistently

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