As I was doing that, cleaning and packing things away and television... I'll start with the TV, since I was very impressed.
I found and caught up on the new series Emily Owens, M.D. to find quickly into the series that there was an out (pretty-well-adjusted) lesbian WOC character (with natural hair! ♥) to be BBFs with the main character! While I'm always looking for more lesbianism in shows (anyone shocked? anyone?), I'm always particularly looking for more diverse lesbianism that represents the broader community.
Also watched Underemployed, but the stuff I'll mention didn't happen quickly on and should be considered spoilers (in case anyone wants to watch), so I'll put that under a cut. First, it's a bunch of college friends the year after they've graduated college (so, uh, kinda where I am) and finding their lives not to be as they expected. Looked like three girls and one guy, not super diverse, but one is a stunning young Asian American woman who caught my attention because she's still a virgin a year after college has ended. Through the episode we see her meet an old (male) college friend of hers and we see what could be flirting, all while his boss stares on and we're not quite sure why. Later the young woman (sorry, still don't have their names down) gets a call to meet for drinks and the viewer assumes it's the guy--but it's actually his boss, who is a gorgeous WOC character (again with natural hair!! ♥)--who starts very clearly flirting! And within no time we see the main character is interested, and seconds later, we hear some very happy sexy-time sounds and see a broad, tender smile on the new lover's face. Cue Kiwi!squees all over the place. I'm also thrilled because as I was watching the first half I thought, "Alright, 5 college friends. One of them at least has to be queer a little bit, right? Gender or romantic/sexual-attractions wise? Please? Huzzah!
So I've been pretty darn happy with the new shows I decided to check out. I'm always hoping for the television I watch to be less white and heteronormative, so getting to see that play out is fantastic. And the reason I mention natural hair thing is because I support the movement. I don't talk about it as well as some people do, but I've talked with one of the teenagers in my congregations (who is Black--and that's the term she uses) about it and heard about how she feels pressured into chemically straightening her hair, which she's been doing for years now. She told me she didn't before and that she liked it, but now that she's a teenage cheerleader in high school she feels to have hair "more like everyone else". And wishes her nose were thinner, and all this stuff...and I just hate that, because she's beautiful and I wish society at large could see the beauty in those traits rather than making her feel the need to change them. So I guess it comes down to being part of the diversity that I like seeing--acknowledgement of the human form and lifestyles within a positive light. It's important.
So when I see it, I get happy.
The rest of my day didn't feel happy--I got a bit weepy, which is surprising, but I had my dog--and soon I'll be throwing my bags into the car and heading to Providence with another big load. The rest of my clothes. Soon it'll be my desktop computer and my bicycle, and that'll be that.
So that's me, checked in!
(I'm sorry if I don't sound PC or respectful anywhere here; I do try to, and I know they can be delicate issues. I'm trying to educate myself as to the terminology--with everything, really, because I always want my language to be as inclusive as it can be.)