Fierce in Seattle: Sweet lovin’ [BEST OF FaN]

I love to show people how just organizing a simple charity activity can bring wealth to not only the organization, but to the participants & the recipients! Originally published on Valentine’s Day Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and no, I am not going to inundate you with...

Taking Pause [Fierce in Seattle]

When Ernessa first asked me to be a contributor to Fierce and Nerdy at its inception, I was thrilled to have an outlet to hone my writing skills, show off some cute ideas and be part of an active blogging community. The thrill is not gone, but it has definitely changed. In the years since I...

The End of Oprah [Fierce in Seattle]

I was not prepared. It really snuck up on me. And I’ve known about it for at least a year. I’m talking about the end. Of Oprah. She continues to tell us that she will focus on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as O Magazine. But nothing can even touch the greatness of The...

Fierce in Seattle: Four-ohhhhh.

It’s here. Almost. Forty. And really, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Well, other than I am inviting some of my best pals to a house I rented on the South Kona coast for a week. No big deal. I do think it is a rite of passage and I feel mostly well-prepared to cross it. There are a lot...

Werrrrrk it [Fierce in Seattle]

I am one of those freaks that apparently thrives on chaos. Why else would I work a full time job, be an active volunteer, write for 2 blogs (and about to start a daily third one), and now start my own business on the side? Normal folks don’t do this stuff. But then, I am certain I will...

Fierce in Seattle: The crap that holds you back.

I just spent 6 hours cleaning my house. I am only about 1/3 through it. I should mention it’s only 625 square feet. I haven’t even dusted or cleaned the bathroom yet. I re-organized my closet for the 4th time in the last 12 months & hope this one sticks. I have about 8 bags of...

Fierce in Seattle: Rude!

I don’t know, maybe it’s a sign of getting older but I think most people are rude. Sure, it was my own fault to suggest to my boyfriend on Sunday “Hey, let’s go to IKEA!” Did I forget that it’s the weekend Disneyland for the after 30 yipster set? We passed through the first parking lot, then...

Worst of 2010: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: My big complaint of the year is that there were really too many bad TV shows to choose from in 2010. I seriously had a hard time narrowing down my choices. Note to TV Execs: Next year you’ve just got to do better. That said, I’m going to have to go with THE WALKING...

Best of 2010: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Well, guys for the first time in the entire history of me being moi, I find myself ending the year with no favorite new show. None of last winter’s mid-season replacements, the summer series, or the new fall series are deserving of high praise in my opin. As every...

Best of 2010: The Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: SO many great songs this year. Standouts for me included ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Adele, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON by Wave Machines, DIFFICULT by Uffie, BURIAL by Miike Snow, and XXXO by MIA — which was a surprising “grow on me,” since I claimed to meh it back in August...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times: 2010 [FaN Remembrances]

Ernessa Says: Least Favorite Moment(s) of the Year: I’m still trying to process our dog, Tulip’s unexpected death. Also, one of my heroes, my Aunt Almeda also passed. As for my favorite moment of the year, I’ve been thinking hard about this, and while I enjoyed every single...

Best of 2010: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I thought for a long time I would choose INCEPTION, because it’s truly a spectacular feat of writing and directing that audiences would come out of that movie saying, “It was so different and confusing” when in actuality we had been spoon-fed the plot and the...

Worst of 2010: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: The nice thing about being a published author is that it’s considered bad form to talk ish about other writers in a public forum. Because of this, if I found myself not enjoying a book during my 52 Books in 52 Weeks project, I put it down and went on to the next book on my...

Best of 2010: The Books! [FaN Cheers]

Yay, we’ve come down to my favorite time of the year, when chins hit chests and we spend a week pr two firmly gazing at our navels. Over the course of the next two weeks on FaN, we’ll be weighing in on our favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, and moments of the soon-to-be...

Fierce in Seattle: Not Home for the Holidays

Most of you are traveling for the impending holiday season. You are planning your pet sitters, delaying your mail pick up, frantically finishing projects at work to take some time off. Once you are ready to traverse, you have a schedule to follow including a ride to the airport, traffic,...

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Tofurky or no Tofurky

Kelli Bielema has some thoughts about that (and more importantly, recipes!) at her awesome vegetarian blog, VEG OUT AND ABOUT. Click on the Tofurkey to go there...

Fierce in Seattle: Stop the Hate. [Blinded by the (Dental) Light]

As a kid, I was very dramatic and would scream at my mother “I hate you!” My mother, calm as still water, would reply, “hate is a very strong word. You had best be sure you mean it and all of its implications.” I apply this principle to how I feel about using hate in my vernacular. Okay, I...

Procrastinate on This! Friday Edition [October 15, 2010]

I’m looking soooo forward to the 32 CANDLES Q&A at Writing Pad tonight. And I’ve been really good with the Weight Watchers points this week, so salted caramel cupcakes will be eaten without guilt. This I decree! But before all that, let’s get our procrastination on,...

Fierce in Seattle: Stopping the insanity

It’s a wonder I don’t weigh 400 pounds. I love food. I love not only eating it, I love talking about it, reading about and shopping for it. You don’t want to be with me on a visit to Whole Foods. Well, unless you want to kick it for an hour or two. It’s really quite obnoxious. I become a bit...

Fierce in Seattle: Indoorsy goes Outdoorsy [FaN Favorites]

, a favorite blogumn by Kelli Bielema Kelli Says: I think this blogumn is probably fitting because I just killed a tomato plant. It was starting to blossom some fruit, but needed to be staked. I bought the stake on a Saturday eve, with full intent to pound into the dirt Sunday morning. Come...

Fierce in Seattle: Git ‘er done

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I want to be lazy. Lay on the couch in fat pants watching reality TV eating Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos for an entire day kind of lazy. I know I can do it. For about 3 hours anyway. After that, I at least will change the channel or move onto a pint of Haagen Dazs...

Fierce in Seattle: 39…and holding!

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema Really? 39? How did this happen? Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, you’re only as old as you feel, and so it goes with the clichés about not acting your age. I subscribe to all of these notions. It’s also probably why most people I meet first think I’m about 10...

Fierce in Seattle: Get Your Group On

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? I used to be one of those grocery shoppers who drove to 4 different markets to scoop up all the best deals, ultimately guzzling gas that would likely balance the savings at the stores. I was a coupon clipper. A rebate refunder. A Ziploc bag re-user. OK, I’ll...

Hello Friday: Fierce Thoughts [Week in Review]

Whatta fierce and nerdy week! Here are my thoughts: 1. I just love that France requires a chest x-ray from its would-be citizens. I wonder why… 2. Poor Robin actually asked me if it was okay to self-promote on the blog, and I answered something along the lines of “Absolutely not,...

Fierce in Seattle: Yip Hop Hooray

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’ve never associated myself with one segment of a cultural population (save for being fierce and nerdy). I’m something of a theatre dork, an animal activist, a comedy crusader. Recently, however, I was accused of being a yipster. Yikes. The general definition of...

Fierce in Seattle: Life. Simplified.

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’ve never considered myself messy. Organized chaos is a phrase I like to use in my admission of carefully displayed clutter. It’s an axiom that makes me sound like my clutter and my life are one big, cute party! Ah, who am I kidding? I’m a mess! Since moving from...

Fierce in Seattle: No Reservation

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema This week marks the end of my free lunch era. My pal, Jon, will be leaving his Seattle food critic job to be the lead critic at a weekly in San Francisco. He was my neighbor in my first Seattle apartment. I remember meeting him after I signed my lease and being...

Fierce in Seattle: Stuffed

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’m entering my fourth winter in Seattle. I’m surprised I don’t want to kill myself after living in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years. But really, I’m one of those people who is not a big fan of the heat. I also get really bad headaches from too much sunlight....

Fierce in Seattle: 20 Years Later… A Few Months Later

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema A few months ago, I wrote about going to my 20th high school reunion.  It’s still incredibly difficult for me to fathom that I graduated twenty years ago. Regardless of my disbelief, it is reality and was celebrated a few weeks ago in my hometown of Prophetstown,...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Oct. 2-8]

Is it just me or was this a really crazy week at (1-year) ole Fierce and Nerdy. We had placenta bears, religion, and cemeteries and it ain’t even Halloween yet! But here are the best of the best comments from the week. HELLO FRIDAY re: Guess the Random Lyric [Friday], in which guest...

Fierce in Seattle: That Time of Year

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’m not the best candidate to step on a political soap box, and especially when the topic is healthcare reform. I’ve worked in the industry and have seen people be turned away for the medical support they need. It’s super gross. I feel incredibly fortunate and...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Sept. 11-17]

So Patrick Swayze died this week and the new Jay Leno show started and Kanye West dissed Taylor Swift, therefore guaranteeing that he will continue to get invited to the VMA’s b/c he is act-a-fool ratings gold a great performer. We also had some awesome comments and quotes. Check...

Fierce in Seattle: Love Me, Love My City!

I’m super dooper excited to announce that I am starting my own blog! While I will continue to be a contributor to this here outstanding Fierce and Nerdy site, I am dedicating myself to a journal of mad, crazy love for Seattle. While writing for FaN I have discovered that I enjoy the process...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [August 21-27]

Guys, I’m SO sorry, but we’re at serious sixes and sevens today, so we’ll once again have limited content. But Monday, we’ll totally (okay somewhat) have it together. I super-promise! That all vowed, here are the best comments and quotes of the week: HELLO FRIDAY re:...

Fierce in Seattle: Summertime and the Living Is…Over?

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema The end of summer. Sure, it’s a bit cliché to mention that it creeps up on you, but in Seattle, it feels apocalyptic. Summer in Seattle is really only about 30 days, and while I am not one to complain about this (I abhor being hot almost as much as I despise...

Fierce in Seattle: 20 years later…

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema Last week I received an invitation to my high school reunion. Twenty years ago I graduated Prophetstown Community High School. Gulp. Twenty. Sometimes I can’t seem to wrap my brain around that. Twenty years. In 1989 I tossed a cap in the air and said good-bye to...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block July 10-16

Whatta week. CH got an Emmy nomination, and of course the comments were off the hook. Check ‘em out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce Anticipation: July 10-12, in which Ryan Dixon made a case for Sheetz being the best convenience store in the history of ever. One reader/former employee agreed:...

Fierce in Seattle: I Wanna Be Where You Are. Umm…on second thoug...

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I was recently asked, “Do you ever think you will move back to L.A.?” And my response “unequivocally, without question, that’s a big fat No.” That’s not to say Hollywood wasn’t good to me at times, but more often than not, it was a place that was always waiting...

Fierce in Seattle: Another Year Under the Belt…

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I just celebrated my 38th birthday and I realized that I enjoy aging. Notwithstanding of this process would be my slowed metabolism (an entire sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies can no longer be a “snack”), decreased ability to bounce back after a night of...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on The Block June 12-18

Oh, man, I’m leaving you in the more than capable hands of slpc next week, but I’m like already missing you guys super big time. But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about all these awesome comments. HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce Anticipation: June 12-14, in which Ryan...

Fierce in Seattle: Indoorsy goes Outdoorsy

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’ve never been outdoorsy or even possessed a mild proclivity to nature. I really don’t know what’s happened to me since I moved to Seattle. Living in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood I would hike Griffith Park frequently, and I liked to get fresh flowers...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block: May 29-June 4

Chinese English-speakers! North Korea! Pregnant Fish! And that’s just the stuff that didn’t make our “best of” comments. What a crazy week… HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce OR Nerdy, in which slpc asked us to choose between movie soldiers and movie dinosaurs. (Thought)...

Fierce in Seattle: Dog Days

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema There’s nothing like a purr or a wagging tail to remind you that someone, no matter its life form, will be there for you, always. Kitty cats and puppy dogs give the best advice: love. Just love. Because pets want nothing but love and to give love (not necessarily...

Fierce in Seattle: Not So Roughing It

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema If you were to ask me a few years ago if I would ever go camping, I likely would have answered with the question “I’m sorry, were you talking to me?” I’m not a glamourpuss, a neatnik, or a priss, but I am also not the country girl of my youth. Having grown up in...

Fierce in Seattle: Dancing with Spyder

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of my friend, John Altieri. I really shouldn’t even be writing about this as we are all supposed to die of old age and not at 38 years from pneumonia. Especially when you are referring to someone as healthy, active and happy-go-lucky as John....

Fierce in Seattle: What a Drag!

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema Sisters! At one time or another in my life I’ve been referred to as a fag hag. This really isn’t that true considering the earliest definitions of fag hag gives that connotation that the hag in question actually believes that her fag will want to be with her...

Fierce in Seattle: Turn and Face the Strain … Changes

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema Yeah, I’m not starting any major revolutions when I proclaim “change is good.” It’s not one lick original, but if nothing else it’s a statement that stands the test of time.  And our times are certainly being tested right now.  A handful of co-workers who have...

Fierce in Seattle: Possiblitarian

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema People come into your life for a reason. They are either there to teach you how to do stuff, about what not to do in life or they open you up to new possibilities.  Let me introduce you to someone who recently floated  into my world, Kelly Rae Roberts.  Kelly...

Fierce in Seattle: Wired

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I am a loser. I don’t have an iPhone. I live in the most wired city in America, so you can understand the pressure to fit in and have that sleek little packet of apps (which are fancy phone/computer applications, not appetizers, much to my chagrin).  You can...

Fierce in Seattle: Too Much, Magic Bus

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema A decade in L.A. without possession of a motor vehicle is a thought that would send most Angelenos barreling off the Ventura Highway. There are a few options to travel using the local Metro system, but it is unreliable at best. As if traffic isn’t bad enough for...

Fierce in Seattle: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I feel STOOOOOPID! And CONTAGIOUS! … those lyrics not quite as gentle as something Cole Porter may have penned, but nonetheless, defined the music and attitude of an era. In case you have never turned on a radio or prefer Wagner to Wolfmother, the tune I quote is...

Fierce in Seattle: You Can Always Go Home — But Do You Want To?

. a blogumn by Kelli Bielema I’ve been called a dreamer, a go-getter, a spaz, impulsive, ambitious. While some of these labels garner validity, I think I’m just mostly impatient.  This would explain just one of several reasons why I could never live the rest of my life in my hometown of...

Fierce in Seattle: How To Become A Vegan In Your 30s

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema I was raised on meat, potatoes and more meat. This is what you feed on for 3 squares daily in the Midwest.  Living in Los Angeles I didn’t stop the carnivorous mayhem: hot dogs wrapped in bacon at the non-regulated food carts in the Fashion District, carne asada...

Fierce in Seattle: A Kid Again

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema Because they say Christmas is for children, I’m gonna to act like one this year.  For the first time in I can’t remember how long, I’m reverting back to my youth, partly due to the weather.  Snow for Christmas… in Seattle? It has happened. In spades. It really has...

Fierce in Seattle: The Seattle Freeze

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema I moved to Seattle in September of 2006. I was asked why I would move at the end of the summer when that time of year was the best to experience the city. Eh, logistics.  I was also told it was hard to meet friends here and would encounter something known as “The...

Fierce in Seattle: Yah, Sure, You Betchya I’m on the Move

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema I moved from LA to Seattle in September 2006. This weekend I am moving to my third residence in this fair city.  3 moves in 2 years. Someone kill me. My first ‘hood here was Capitol Hill. Cap Hill, Crap Hill, Tha Hill is a neighborhood that is like a SoHo meets...

Fierce in Seattle: No Gays For A Day

. A Special Edition blogumn by Kelli Bielema Living in Seattle, everyone is prone to a political discussion, oh, just about every 5 minutes.  This town loves to talk about foreign policy, local measures and state leaders. I’d rather chat about that cute J Crew outfit Michelle Obama wore on...

Fierce in Seattle: Totally Fried

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema Living in Los Angeles could challenge my self-esteem at any given moment in a variety of ways.  The obstacle I was most commonly faced with during my near decade was the pressure to be thin.  Even as a character actress my physique was not portly enough to be the...

Fierce in Seattle: A Dog’s Life

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema I could hardly wait to get a dog once I moved to Seattle. In L.A., I had a rent-controlled apartment for about 7 years in Los Feliz  that did not allow mutts.  A 900 square-foot 2-bedroom with carport and garage trumped my canine jones, but I was ready to get a...

Fierce in Seattle: Tattooed and Crunchy

.  A blogumn by Kelli Bielema Relationships don’t last forever, but tattoos… “It’s a mile to your first, and a minute to your second.”  This is the wisdom my tattoo artist shared with me upon completion of my first inking.  That was a good indication of what would be an intermittent thought...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: To Google or Not to Google – The Unex...

So, Kelli Bielema, one our Fierce and Nerdy contributors, sent me the following urgent message yesterday: . Ugh. Who is the gal who did the To Google or not To Google article? This is upsetting!!! A site that can let you know who is Googling you. YIKES!!!!!!!! —— Well, Kelli, that...

Fierce in Seattle: Cosmo in the Morning

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema While our fearless Fierce and Nerdy leader Ernessa encourages a new daily habit of reading 20 minutes a day. I’m going to assume she’s talking about reading books–those things with pages that have harder pages covering them.  I do admit that I enjoy reading,...

Fierce And Nerdy In Seattle: Pierced and Crunchy

. A blogumn by Kelli Bielema You can take the girl outta L.A., but can you take L.A. outta the girl? What first drew me to Seattle was that it was not Los Angeles. After 10 years in the Land of Fruits and Nuts, as my father adorably calls it, I was in need of a change.  I call myself a...