Tekko - Pittsburgh's annual Japanese Pop Culture convention

Tekko of Pittsburgh is a celebration of individuality and creativity. I am still in shock that this is an event with 10k+ attendees and is 100% volunteer and a non-profit.

As a volunteer at the Bag Check station, I was able to meet and talk with a lot of people. Which otherwise I would have likely not done. Although my energy really petered off at the end of my shift, I had a great time.

I love so much about this event! It has a super positive and supportive atmosphere. It's a safe space for a lot of people of all ages and genders. It's an event where they can be themselves without judgment. Or they can embody another person or character for a day. It's a place where the LGBTQ+ community can walk without fear or judgment. As someone who works in a mostly Caucasian-male industry,  it was refreshing to be surrounded by so many different cultures and identities. It brought a constant ear-to-ear smile to my face.

Tekko, like most large conventions, has a zero-tolerance policy…

Tekko - Pittsburgh's annual Japanese Pop Culture convention

I'm very excited to be volunteering at Tekko this year! My daughter has attended for the past couple years, she loves cos-playing and takes Japanese at school.  Because I help out wit Dirt Rag Dirt Fest for the past 7 years I am always looking at how other events run. The inner workings of an event that is 10,000 attendees and 100% volunteer based, oh yea. Sound chaotic and crazy.

The event is next weekend, April  5-8th. I'll be trying to post photos on my Instagram and hope to do a quick recap on my blog. If you are going to Tekko, make sure to stop by Bag Check and say hey-lo!

Also this weekend, Saturday April 7th is the Women's Bike Forum Bike Pittsburgh puts on every year. It's a really great event! Bummed I cannot make it this year, they have some awesome clinics and speakers. Check it out it.

IUD - Two weeks later

I am two-weeks into having my IUD. Read more about the no-so-fun-time of having it inserted here.

I've had my period for two-weeks now. Ugh. It's mild spotting for me, but I have never had a "heavy" period. I've talked to my OBGYN and have heard that some ladies are unfortunate enough to have to empty their menstrual cup (All hail the Diva cup!) every 1-2hrs. That really sucks, sorry to the ladies who have to deal with that shizzle.

I am also still experiencing a little bit of cramping, but it's definitely subsiding.

My problem right now is you are suppose to check to make sure the IUD didn't fall out during your cycle. Every time I think my period is over I try to check this thing. It is not easy to find the strings. At the end of the IUD are two strings, like floss feeling almost. I had a really difficult time finding the strings! I actually emailed the nurse who was super responsive and asked for advice, which she gave me. Let me paint a funny picture…

IUD, should I get one

Should I get an IUD... it's a question that I sat on for several months. I have two kids and I don't want anymore. I am an advocate for women's health rights and I feel that right is being threatened right now. I researched online as much as I could, I talked with my OBGYN, I talked with friends who had them. And I decided that an IUD is the best option for me. So two weeks ago I had one inserted. Here is how it went...

Having had two kids naturally, with no epidural (Woot! Bragging points. (เน‘•̀ใ…‚•́)ูˆ✧). I thought, "How painful could this really be, I'm a bad-ass". The night before my appointment, I had trouble sleeping, just typical worry and nervousness. On my OBGYN's recommendation, I took of the day of the IUD insertion off. An hour before my appointment I swallowed the recommended Ibuprofen and headed out.

I'm escorted into the room after the dreaded weight scale. The nurse asked for a pee test. They need to ensure I was definitely not pregnant. Th…

Pittsburgh Phipps Converatory

Last week as a Carnegie Museum Member we were offered to attend a free day at the Phipps Conservatory. I love the Conservatory. There is something relaxing about hanging out with a bunch of plants, even when the place is super crowded.

In the winter the conservatory has a really evening holiday lights festival that we have been to a couple times. They have a scavenger hunt for little kids at the check-in, a train display that entraps kids into a central room. There is also a room with an indoor vegetable garden and a "market" area for kids with plastic shopping items, toy registers, and shopping carts to entertain the toddlers.

Don't be rushed in this place, take your time. I'll admit it is hard to follow that rule because there are areas with two-person-wide capacity walking space, so when it is crowded or there are a lot of little ones meandering through you feel like you have to hurry. But DON'T! There are hidden plants all over the place, little specimens hidi…

Women group ride in Queens, New York

This is the kind of news I enjoy reading!

A women's cycling group is hosting a group ride not only in celebration of a much-needed bike lane on a dangerous road but also to encourage more woman to ride. talked to Laura Shepard a co-chair of the Queens Boulevard Committee for Transportation Alternatives. Shepard stated in reference it the ride, "It's to demonstrate and celebrate the fact that women bike in New York City, and especially in Queens, because the stereotype is that (biking is) heavily male-dominated," Laura told Patch, "While there still is a large gap, that's really not the case."

According to the installed bike lane was a controversial one. But as cyclists we all are aware almost any bike lane installation tends to be a "controversy".

To sign-up for the March 25 event in Queens, NY go here and take a look at their empowering mission statement.
 I love searching the #womenbike hashtag on Facebook and Instagram, …

Budget life: the library is amazing

This year I'm knuckling down, saving every penny and getting the fudge out of debt. One major way I control the monthly budget is I use our local library a lot.

You can borrow:
BooksGraphic Novels Digital booksMoviesCD's Audible books Our library has a request system, so I can get items that my library doesn't have transferred. It's crazy! I no longer purchase movies, I request them from the library.

 All the above is free! Unless you're like me and notoriously turn things in late. Even then I'm charged 10-cents a day. Most libraries have intuitive websites so you can renew your stuff or make requests.

There is also:
Free Wi-FiFree computer useYou can print things from the internet for 10-cents each (price may vary at other libraries but it is likely equally as inexpensive)You can make copies, again my library charge cents for thisThere are kids programs, summer programs, toddler times, informational events, used book sales, adult programs, teen programsAnd awes…