This morning I watched Ellen on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (Letterman’s show where he features an interesting guest and interviews them for an hour). Ellen was candid, honest, light-hearted and witty. Letterman… well he’s Letterman! Self-deprecating, humble, curious, and open-hearted. Wears his heart on his sleeve. I like how he’s respectful of his guests’ boundaries, yet doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics.

Ellen talked about her comedy special Relatable, and how it took nearly eight months to prepare the material for it. She was stuck at first, because she felt she may not be ‘relatable’ to the average person because of her lavish lifestyle, so she decided to poke fun at it.

One of the most striking parts of the interview was when Ellen reveals the sexual abuse she suffered from her mother’s husband. It was a horrible story, and she bravely tells it, “because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that.” I cringed when she said that she was angry with herself for not standing up to him – it’s so heart-breaking how we blame ourselves for situations that we have no control over. And what was most heart-breaking is that her mother doesn’t believe her when she chooses to confide in her almost three years later, and then continues to stay with this horrible man for the next eighteen years. Since then, they’ve worked on this rift and are still close. Pretty amazing how you can transcend the trauma and come to a place of peace over time.

This weekend has been great, having the house to myself and getting some much needed ‘me’ time. I watched Always Be My Maybe with Ali Wong (cute romantic comedy filmed in Vancouver) with a friend, and A Dog’s Purpose, about a dog that comes back to life -always as a dog – but in different circumstances and to different owners – it was adorable! All the actors (especially the dogs) were great, and although the movie was a tad cheesy, it was definitely feel good, touching, and will give you goosebumps.

Tonight I’m cooking my signature dish, “Lakshmi tofu” – LOL! It was named after my friend Lakshmi who gave me the recipe. Basically stir-fried tofu, garlic, ginger, lots of veggies, and tons of sauces, herbs, and spices. Yummmm!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :-)

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