Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wouldn't you like to be a Barbie, too?

Back in 2012 on the now-defunct but always fun and clever blog site Chick Wit, I wrote a post about Barbie. I have a somewhat not typical relationship with the polarizing 11.5" of plastic in that I never really saw the problem.

I mean, I get it as a grown up woman that this doll looks rather like a tarted up and sexualized version of a woman, a caricature of unrealistic proportions. But as a child, I never looked at Barbie as a goal, as society's idea of who or what I should become.

She was a toy; not a real person. As unreal as my Raggedy Ann doll or my Mrs. Beasley. I separated fantasy from reality and played with my dolls, creating doll worlds for them to inhabit.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Perfect Pairing

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It was a dark and wintry day. The sunshine, hidden in the clouds, was but a promise of brightness and warmth to be fulfilled another day. Alas; for this day, there was no hope.

But, wait! There is wine and chocolate.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Eyes Wide Open

My TBR pile is very inspirational.
I feel like I'm standing on the edge of something. Ready to do something. Just not sure what.

Now that I live someplace where running errands can also be referred to as "going to town," I've got long stretches of time when I'm in the car, alone. This is a great time to listen to podcasts. I know a few friends who swear by this new book, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and while I was surfing podcasts for something interesting, I came across a Magic Lessons podcast that ties into the book.

Yes, the book currently sits on my shelf, waiting for me to crack the spine, along with a list of other inspirational, must-read titles.

And I will read it, I'm getting ready for it. Just not yet. Plus, I can't really read and drive and I know that this book will invite me to write lots of marginalia, so an audiobook just won't do.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ode to a teacup

Raise your hands if you KonMari'd your house in 2015! Raise them higher if you bought the book and then proceeded to read a few chapters before setting it down and losing it in a pile of your own flotsam and jetsam.

No? Just me?

Let's be honest here.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Never Gonna

Me & my mom, back in the day.
Dear Moms everywhere,

I don't care how old you are. I am willing to bet that at one point in your life, possibly when you were a teenager, you uttered the angst-filled cry of the repressed:
I swear, I'm never going to be like my mother.
But here's the thing. It doesn't matter if you make that declaration. It doesn't matter if you actively parent in the complete opposite way that your mother raised you. Eventually, some day, you turn into your mother. And it's all your kids' fault.