Weekend at the Theater...

I went to see the Vagina Monologues on saturday at the university's theater, it was amazing!

I've been hearing about it for quite a long time, mostly on Mexican television, but since I can't go to Mexico to watch it :-P I had to get the audio book, because it was the closer I could get... I wanted so badly to know what was all the fuzz. And well, I loved it! I really like all the different points of view and the way they are told.

In case you don't know about the Vagina Monologues, it was written by Eve Ensler, an American playwright who wrote it "as a response to the guilt and embarrassment that some women still connect with their bodies and/or their sexuality".
It was first performed in 1996, and has been performed in over 100 countries and translated in 45 languages. (Quite amazing, is you ask me....)

A couple of weeks after I heard the audio book, ironically enough I got to see HBO special in Cinemax, and it was everything I had expected... So when I found out about Juana Estrella's (an Ecuadorian actress) performance in the Bamboo Theather Festival(
Link in Spanish), I just couldn't stop myself... I had to be there...

Her monologues were obviously a bit different, targeted for our culture, our country... Like in the first monologue (The flood) making jokes about not being "down there" since the President Carias government (he ruled from 1933 to 1949!) or in "The Vagina Workshop" saying that when she touched herself (the character) she liked to fantasized of... of.... of Mel (Manuel Zelaya Rosales, our current president........
LOL)


It was amazing! I loved every monologue, but as it happened in the audio book, and the tv show, the one that really REALLY touched me was My Vagina was a Village... It's heartbreaking! I remember listening the audio book and just laughing soooooo much... and then reaching to this very sad monologue, and I just couldn't stop listening, it totally caught and at some point the sadness just filled me and I ended up crying (embarrassing, I know! :-p). It's so hard to imagine such terrible ways of torture...

Juana Estrella's performance was incredible! It lived up to my expectations...


www.ThePurpleBlug.com

My domain is finally up and running as you may have noticed :D It took a while for the domain to be ready, but once I got the confirmation mail setting it up was soooo easy...

So now I plan to start working on a few new things, but slowly... I'll keep you up to date as I work on them... Maybe a little surprise in the next few days (cause I've always wanted to do it and to attract some traffic ;) ).

**Ok, the it's not working entirely well yet... if you type thepurpleblug.com you will get a parked page, but i'm working on it...**

**Finally working properly! Yay! Leave a comment if you have any problems with it... or for no reason... :-p **

Just bits and pieces...

I've been meaning to post since Tuesday, but I'm guessing that being angry and a bit sleepy (due to 2 glasses of wine) was a bad combination... and so I kept postponing blogging... but while I wait that the domain finally appears on my account, I'll post.

The contest is a matter I really don't want to discuss, let's just say that I feel quite used and cheated... not because I didn't win, but because of the way things were handled... Especially, lying just to have more audience... that was sooo wrong... but I decided to drown my pain with alcohol, hence the two glasses of wine... and lots of tiny baklava rolls....


Eduardo, one of my best friends, came with me and my brother... and decided to give me a diploma... :-p, as you can see on the following pictures... (it says "Alejandra Rules!", in case you can't read it).
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Yes, we had fun... after all, in moments of distress, all you need is good company to make you laugh...

Oh, and today I got good news...
I mentioned on my last post about Honduras being in the New 7 Wonders competition, well on Monday we were left out of it because of negligence from the government that never made a support committee for the Rio Platano Biosphere... But finally yesterday the New7wonders put us back in their website, sadly after being in the 20th position we now are in number 26. Hopefully, Hondurans will try to recover from this set-back and and get us back in the Top 20. To vote you can go to New7Wonders: Platano Forest


Ok, I give up.... I've been waiting for GoDaddy to finally make my new domain work, but I have the feeling that it's not going to work as it should... at least not today... I've been struggling on it for the last couple of days, after getting a free domain from Dotster, and finally deciding that i was the worse idea I've had... In the end , I decided to buy a domain from GoDaddy but that's not going as swiftly as I hoped it would... I already contacted their Customer Service, they are great! But still nothing is happening...

I'll keep you posted once it's finally up and running...

Going to the Theater!

So, after quite extensive work I finished my entry for the contest... the script actually took longer than expected... but I'm really proud of what I made... I met with the person I had to give it to, and everything was ready, until today when I got a call to tell me that my cd didn't work! I'm glad I decided to load it on my usb drive... going to my house to get it and going to their office would have been quite a mess... Now all I have to do is wait... well, kind of.... I'm going to the closing acts of the event tomorrow and they will announce the winners there. They'll have an event in one of my favorite places in the whole city, the Manuel Bonilla Theater...
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(Photo taken from La Tribuna)

The Manuel Bonilla Theater was finished in 1915, ten years after it was started. At first it was supposed to be named Teatro Cervantes in honor of the 300th anniversary of the apparition of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra´s Don Quijote de la Mancha. But by the time it was finished they changed their mind and named it in memoriam of his founder former president Manuel Bonilla. It´s a really beautiful building, and I just love going there, though I barely do anymore. Mainly because is a bit far from my house and also because most of the things I´d love to go see are in really weird days...

So tomorrow I´m going there, see the whole thing, and maybe my work was good enough and made it in the top 3... (I´m crossing my fingers), maybe I´ll get some pictures from the inside of the theater.

Rio Platano Contest; Ups and downs...

This is going to be a short post, because I'm tired... But I didn't want to skip another day.
I've been working like crazy all day on this really important thing I have to finish tomorrow, and I only have like one third of it, hopefully that would be a good thing once I'm done with the rest...

About a week ago I found out about this contest (Link in spanish) for journalism and communications students, the point is to make a 3 minute radio show about the the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve to create conscience on the importance of the biosphere and motivate Hondurans to participate actively in its protection. I decided to email them with my inscription, but i didn't do any work... until two days, that i received a call from them to ask me if I had already finished it... and then I thought that I didn't have anything to lose. So now I'm working hard on it, with very little time! Let's hope it all goes well, I have the background music and sound effects ready and i just need to get the script right, then record it and mix it.

I'm really excited about it, talking about the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is a really big thing at this moment in Honduras, with the New 7 Wonders of Nature nomination, and actually being in position 21 at the moment! It certainly does make you feel proud of being Honduran. Although with the quite exhausting research that I did today I sadly found out that information about it is very hard to find, not online, but at least at my University's Library. I spent about three hours looking for books, magazines or pretty anything that mentioned it, and all I found were two really vague books, that didn't have any interesting information, and in the end I finally decided to look for the decree where the biosphere was established as a national reserve, just to make my time worth it... It's sad to see how little the people know about it, but then again that's the reason of this contest, to make people realize the importance of it, not only for Hondurans but also for the rest of the world.

New Phone...

I must confess that I've been lazy... ok, not so much, I was a tiny bit busy on Saturday, and I wasn't home yesterday night... so, no blogging... Soooo, here's post eleven! (yes, eleven posts in 15 days... not so bad if you ask me)...

There isn't much to tell, I've had a very uneventful couple of days and the only interesting thing that happened was that I got my new phone! :D I killed my Motorola Razr V3 by accidentally dropping it into the toilet... and had been using a very old and very boring phone... But was given the chance of getting a Plan and getting a new phone, and as you can guess, I just couldn't say no... So, now I'm the proud owner of a Motorola Rizr Z3 (I know it only seems like I change a couple of letters... :-p). It's blue and sooo pretty (I'm not really sure about the color, but hey, it was free!)

Honestly I wasn't really sure about this phone, but I must say that so far so good! I love the 2 megapixels camera and the fact that it has a music player, at least that way I don't have to carry my Ipod everywhere putting it's life at risk!

There a couple of things that I don't like though.

Since it's a slider phone, you have to decide whether you want to close the applications or whatever it is you are doing when you close it or not... I do think that making it close whatever I'm doing is the way to go, but if I'm using the music player, I don't want it to shut down when I close the phone.

And also why can't I minimize the player and do other stuff with the phone? I really do hate that! I feel that the music player is completely useless and that playing it from the multimedia menu is better, but then, all the other sounds that come with the phone will play and no one wants that!

Ok, maybe I'm not such a big fan of the music player... But I'm loving the phone... Oh and the headphones are great!

On bears and school...

As I said a couple of posts ago, I had to make another amigurumi teddy for my grandma.... I started it yesterday, and finished it a couple of hours ago... I think it looks better than the first one, actually I'm far more pleased with it! It's pink and has a bigger head (that's the only bad thing...), and I got some brown thread today to make a more decent nose... It really is adorable...
Here, take a look...



Now I have to make my brother's black bear... and since my cousin's birthday is on monday, I guess something like this sounds like a good idea... Probably not a teddy, cos hey! I'm gonna get bored of it! Any ideas?!

Now on a tiny update about the school situation...
We got back to school as planned and as expected it was a bit desolated and not entirely clean... The problem was that there was no electricity all day, and the famous new pumps weren't working because of that, which meant that, before 10 am. the toilets were useless...
But, not everything was bad; you could see people working on the bathrooms or that at least some work was being made... And for some really silly reason, they decided to make us go to class today, but they are closing the university all weekend, starting tomorrow at noon to fumigate it. See? Like I said yesterday, anything can happen at the UNAH....

Slow day......

What a long and boring day! Part of me is happy to go back to class tomorrow! Maybe the fact that I will have the car helps a bit...

Now, those two statements do require some explanation...

First, why I haven't been going to school the last week...
I study in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH) ... where anything can happen (yes, I am being sarcastic :-p). The university is run by the government and as you can imagine that always means trouble, mostly unsatisfied workers and students.
This time, the students... Last week two buildings were closed by a group of upset students demanding that the Honduran Health Department checked the entire school, because some of the buildings were having water problems, causing really disgusting toilets as you can imagine.

Finally on Thursday, after two days of protests, their voices were heard and the school was closed. And since Monday we've been waiting for them to reopen the school but they kept delaying it, because the works weren't finished, or at least they didn't satisfy the health department's expectations. Apparently everything is fixed now, and we can all merrily go back to our lives!

Now, on the car issue...
Well, this was a bit more tricky...
As everywhere in the world, we are having serious gas problems (ok, ok, maybe not on petroleum producing countries. But hey, we are poor!) And in a way to fix this problem, the government decided to implement a sticker program.
The stickers would have different colors representing the day of the week that the car couldn't circulate...

This, as you can guess didn't make anyone happy (except my dad...), and had the whole country talking about it for the last month. The famous stickers were given last week, causing even more controversy as the whole process was plagued with abnormalities and problems.
Finally, this monday was S-day (Sticker day!) and things didn't go quite as planned... I mean, how do you come up with this plan and decide to give a try-out week? No one was going to put the stickers, if it didn't matter anyway!

But me, being the good little girl that I am, was kinda forced to place it by my mom...
Now comes the cruel part of the story, the Supreme Court ruled against it today and now we don't need the damned stickers!
Couldn't they do that last week? Or wait, three weeks ago, when the president had the wonderful idea of spending 1.5 million lempiras (almost $80,000) in printing the thingies in the first place!
But hey, at least I'll have my car tomorrow...

Finished Amigurumi

Since I'm still not having any classes at school, I finished the Amigurumi Teddy... and it's beautiful... I had a bit of problem with the eyes, first I lost one of the buttons I planned to use and then decided to use different ones but I had to paint them black, and it worked out great...
Here it is...




My mom loves it, and told me to make one for my grandmother and my brother wants one in black...
I guess my attempt at amigurumi worked out quite good... I'm not entirely pleased with a couple of things but I think I did fairly well...

Working

I haven't been blogging mostly cause I'm lazy... extremely lazy...
But I finally decided to give it a try and crochet a bit... after seeing this really good video at Mochimochi Land, and seeing what Anna came up with, I guessed it shouldn't be so hard... And I ended up with a huge white crocheted ball (cause i was too desperate to look carefully for pink yarn to make the pig I wanted) and I wasn't sure what to make with it, so I looked for a decent pattern to use it... and a tiny bear with a gigantic head seems the perfect choice! :D I still haven't finished it, because my finger is sore... but this is what I've come up with so far....

Amigurumi's body and legs

Hopefully I'll end it tomorrow, and have a crocheted polar bear for my mom...

And since I was taking pictures I decided to take some of my latest jewelry, the lighting wasn't helping but they look really pretty, I hope to hear your feedback! :-D


Abigail's X-rated Teen Diary!

Ok, this I had to do!
I'm guessing most of the people reading this blog have never heard of it...
Abigail's X-rated Teen Diary is a really cool podcast I found months ago on Itunes, and I totally love it!
Abigail Hannon is a 13 year old girl with a really terrible (and fake) disease called Bloomberger Syndrome, that changed her "DNNA" and now she looks like a middle aged man... (terrible, I know!)
She talks about her day to day life... you know, school, her bff Madison, her dog Federline, her mom, her dad and her dad's girlfriend, the love of her life Lance Anderson and also about celebrities and now there are interviews Abigail-style!
The podcast was voted one of the Best Podcasts of 2007 by Itunes, it was nominated as Best Series on the 2008 Yahoo Video Awards and is currently being featured on Bebo!
I love the show mostly because of her innocence and the really hilarious things she says... Come on! It's a grown man acting like a teenager what's not to love!?
Now, what brought me to talk about it here? I already planned on doing it sooner or later, but yesterday I got shouted out on the new video at Bebo!

Belated Birthday Slideshow

I made this really cool slideshow with pictures from my birthday party and I love it, so, i thought I should add it here... For those of you who don't know it, my birthday was on March 5th...

Being a fool.....

The web seems plagued with April Fool's jokes...
Have you used Google today? Right under the search thingie, go find out more about the Virgle Project!
Or did you get the Cafepress email, announcing their new dating service LoveMatch?
Or been seeing this guy whenever you click on a Featured Video on Youtube's home.
Oh, and Google Australia is offering a Cutting-Edge Service gDay with MATE
And those are only a few I've seen or been told about... I'm guessing many unsuspecting people found more and just don't know what's going on...

Hey, It's April Fool Day...

I've always wondered why people in North America and Europe celebrate April Fool's day. Not that making jokes on the Day of the Holy Innocents (Dia de los Santos Inocentes) makes any sense either.
Apparently it all has to do with the change to the Gregorian Calendar, April 1rst used to be New Year's day and with the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar this holiday moved to January 1rst but not everyone heard about it, or simply forgot and continued their New Year visits on April 1rst which caused them to be mocked and others simply found pleasure in playing prank visits to them.

So there, I satisfied my curiosity and maybe other people's.

"April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four." — Mark Twain (Took it from Wikipedia, cause it made so much sense!)