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Shopping (again)

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As mentioned [a few dozen times] before, returning to the full-time office lifestyle has meant updating and modifying my wardrobe. And since I have developed an aversion to the mall, and I like getting a deal, I've been shopping online- a lot.
Tonight while looking around www.modcloth.com I came across this pair of shoes-
Now here's the thing.
ModCloth has a few dresses over $100 from time to time. But for the most part everything is reasonably priced between $50-70.
So you can only imagine my surprise when the price on this pair of "Cottontail Twinkle Heels" is $438!!!
Glitter covered, bunny ear, heels.
$438??
SERIOUSLY??
GLITTER COVERED BUNNY SHOES???
So I did my research, hoping maybe this was a mistake.
But no, it's true. The glitter covered bunny shoes (properly known as the "Hare Multi Glitter Heels" on the designer's site) really are that ridiculously expensive.
If glitter covered bunny shoes are right, I really just want to be wrong.

Books

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Is there anything better than a book so good that you stay up all night to read it? A story so compelling that you would rather just keep reading than do anything else?
I'm always on the hunt for the next book that will do that to me. If a book doesn't make me want to stay up and keep reading I may never finish it.
A few weeks ago I read a friend's review of the book "Downtown Owl" by Chuck Klosterman. I read it while I was at the beach over Labor Day. It took less than 10 pages before I knew I was going to love the book and keep reading and reading and reading. And since the only thing better than reading a great book for hours on end, is getting to read that great book on the beach, or in a porch swing in the shade really close to the beach, I had a pretty awesome weekend.
I liked "Downtown Owl" so much that I downloaded another book by Klosterman this past week. Tonight I picked up, "The Visible Man" and read it for about 5 minutes. And im…

Prevent Unnecessary Tragedies and Support Mental Health Reform

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The tragedy at the Navy Yard is yet another wake-up call to both citizens and lawmakers that the United States needs legislative reform.

The Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Fort Hood, Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and several other unnecessary mass murders all had one strong, undeniable detail in common- mental health disorders.

Placing the blame on firearms regulations will not stop mentally ill persons from attacking and hurting others. The root of the problem is the mentally ill, not the tool the person chose for their attack. The real problem lies with sick persons who were not treated for mental illnesses adequately.

The time has come to raise awareness of mental health disorders in the public square and provide more resources to help ill persons. All individuals need to learn and identify the mentally ill among them, and help the sick and afflicted get help. Schools need to be given more resources to identify and serve mentally ill students.

The stigma of mental awareness nee…

Russia v. US

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Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed for The New York Timesregarding the "conflict" in Syria.

This has been met with some very mixed reactions, including one member of Congress to say it made him "sick to his stomach" to read it. 

Putin attempts to remind and school Americans about diplomacy, what the Pope thinks, and almost inexplicably- democracy.

He goes on to say, "We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression. "

Vladimir Putin is telling Americans to follow current international law?!?

But befor…

Direct Communication is a Good Thing

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A few months ago I found myself surrounded by girlfriends, deep in a late night conversation. Another girlfriend came in, crawled onto my bed, grasping her phone, completely sad and depressed.
She told us she had just found out that the man she had been dating, but was currently on a break with, was spotted on a date with another woman. The other woman was pretty, smart, and basically a real threat.
My friend was heartbroken. She was convinced the man would fall in love with this other great woman, forget my friend existed, and marry the other woman.
She was miserable.
As girlfriends are prone to do, we began to dissect, analyze, plot, and re-analyze the situation. Should she try to get him back? Should she be sly? Direct? Text? Call? Run into him in the hall? Wait for him to call? Just wait and see how things played out with the other woman? Why would the other woman mean anything to him? Girlfriend is beautiful, smart, and talented. There's no way the other woman had more going…

Letting Go

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Over the weekend I had to make the decision to let go of my past. It wasn't easy.
It may sound obvious, simple, and straightforward to some, but it wasn't for me.
All of my earthly belongings have been in a storage unit in another state for the past 3 years. I've put a lot of money into holding on to that unit. I always intended to go back and get my stuff when the time was right.
But now that the time is right, it was apparent that it wasn't cost-effective to go back for my stuff.
But you see, it wasn't just stuff.
It was all of the things that I had worked hard to procure and collect. It wasn't yard sale stuff or hand-me-downs. It was the physical evidence of the life I had built for myself. It was the evidence that I was once a competent, functioning, productive adult who had her own home, and pretty things.
There have been many nights over the past few years where I would close my eyes and mentally walk through my old home and remember all the little detai…

5 guys, 5 minutes. What could possibly go wrong?

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Arms Wide Open: a novella 
Lauren Brooks is in a rut, and her roomie is determined to yank her out of it by convincing her to participate in a local coffee shop's 5-in-5 speed dating event. Once she agrees, it takes her about 30 seconds to realize if there's an oddball out there looking for love, he'll find her. And creep her out. She confronts one weirdo after another until someone she used to know winds up in the same place, and she has to decide what she wants more: to make a break for it, or embrace the possibilities of another chance.

Fun Facts about Arms Wide Open:

Lauren Brooks is based on a real person...a real survivor.
Although the author doesn't name a city as the setting, she imagined it happening in a little shop by the pier in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

The eyeball guy, Rico Suave, and the amorous hipster are all based on actual dates the author suffered through.

Check out Arms Wide Open, a novella about taking a chance on love! 

About the author: Juli C…

Slut Shaming Has Its Place (but don't shoot me before you've read my whole post)

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If you are on Facebook and haven't seen people linking to this blog post, you must have your eyes closed. Mrs. Hall's, "FYI (if you're a teenage girl)" blog post, an open letter to teenage girls regarding social media, has gone viral and then some.
In short, she says that she goes through her sons' social media accounts and blocks any girl who posts provocative pictures, including duck-faced selfies.
On many levels, I have no problem with what Mrs. Hall says. But then there are several other levels that she just plain gets wrong.
For starters, she comes off as a complete hypocrite for saying all of this, while posting pictures of her attractive young sons, posing in bathing suits on the beach- the exact kind of pictures she says she would block if a young woman posted one of herself doing that.
And she fails to teach her son's to be accountable for their own thoughts, and puts all of the burden and blame on the girls.

There have been dozens of bloggers r…