– We had an intensely busy weekend that was tons of fun and revolved around eating and hanging out with friends and loved ones. There are definitely worse ways to spend your time. The house was a bit of a wreck afterwards but mostly because Isobel’s latest game involves making “fairy houses” which involves taking stuff from some areas of the house and spreading it liberally over other areas of the house. Which only adds to the feeling I have that 90% of my time is spent moving stuff from one location to another.
– Last weekend we went to the most lackluster community church sale of all time. Instead of keeping profits from the sale the fundraiser involves actually selling vendor spots. Theoretically there should be a good mix of people having a yard sale and professional vendors, but this time it seemed to be all yard sale types, except they were all people who were really bad at having yard sales. Many of the stalls were full of stuff that should have been considered garbage. Broken, hopelessly dirty, useless items that never should have seen the light of day at a garage sale. Second of all, people were charging incredible amounts for what amounted to nicknacks and garbage. From stall to stall it was the same: sellers not wanting to haggle because they paid such-and-such for the item, or telling people they didn’t want to let it go because they really liked the item. People, these are my pet peeves. Do you know how much your item is worth? It’s worth however much someone will pay for it. QED, MOTHERFUCKERS. I don’t care what the appraiser said. If you can’t find a buyer at that price, that item is worth exactly zero dollars.
– I did find several birthday and Christmas gifts for some friends of mine from kind people who realized how to have a yard sale, so it wasn’t a total wash. Plus I found several new items for Thrift Store Gore.
– You are going to have to excuse me for going full-on white lady here, but I absolutely love fall. It is such a relief after our long, scorching summers.
– Last week our library had a special pirate craft and Justin took off work early so that he and Kingston could meet up with Isobel and I and participate. About a month ago our friend Ellen posted a photo of her two month old on Facebook, and FB’s face recognition software suggested that her infant might be her friend Justin Walton. You know, the 6-foot tall guy with the curly black hair and full beard. That baby was probably him. While we were at the pirate craft I took a photo of Justin wearing two eye patches and I told Ellen that if she took a picture of Luke wearing two eye patches I’d convince Justin to make it his avatar.
– My friend Stefanie, my chocolate-addicted academic professor BFF, has been encouraging all of us to watch the documentary Miss Representation and Netflix finally added it to their selection. It was extremely fascinating (though not at all surprising) look into the way women are limited in their portrayal by the media. Of course I felt all the rage and disgust a topic like this brings, but I feel like the important thing is to put that rage and disgust into action. My largest takeaway from the movie is how I’m going to discuss women in media with Isobel when she is older, and also with my future son or daughter, too. We can’t neglect the boys in this because they are being harmed by this, too. The concept that really grasped by attention was how women are trained to tear each other down, as if being a woman is a zero-sum game. This has to stop, so I’m going to pay special attention to how I react and support the women around me. If you have Netflix I encourage you to watch it.
– Another fantastic movie I saw on Netflix recently is Antarctic Wildlife Adventure. It sounds a bit ho-hum if you read the blurb on Netflix, and the cover photos is a family of penguins, but this documentary isn’t just about wildlife: it’s about a family (mom, dad, and three young boys) who sail into Antarctica a few months of every year on a freaking sailboat to study wildlife. They are not backed by huge corporations or government. They do this research on their own because they love the land and animals of the Antarctic. Usually expeditions to that continent are filled with expensive, state-of-the-art gear and lots of people. This is one family, sailing on a goddamn sailboat, doing it all themselves. It’s incredible. When they are not sailing around the Antarctic they are tending sheep on their farm in the Falkland Islands. The dad navigates and sails the ship and the mom conducts the research. I’m sure it’s obvious I’m a tiny bit envious, but we all know I am not cut out for that kind of life, or the cold. But watching this was incredibly inspiring.
– My Grandma turned 95 this past weekend! We love her so much and are so grateful she’s still with us.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos from home.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday: Guest Photographer Megan Hunt. Come for my ladycrush. Stay for the tweets.
Operation: Strong Girl. “When you are strong you can wear whatever you want.”
Snapshot 9.18.13. Totes Goats Goat Totes!
An interview with urban beekeepers. I want to be the suburban version.
A Panini press isn’t a one-trick pony. The readers at Chow chime in on all the many uses they’ve found for their Panini press. I’ve used ours to make grilled cheese, quesadillas, hotdogs, burgers, chicken tenders, bacon, grilled veggies, hash browns, steak, and other random things. Chow uses get way more creative. So many ideas!
OH YEAH! Cthul-aid!
Your Brain Loves Walking. Walking is a simple tool to make your brain happier.
Fill the Silence. A cute little tumblr that is perfect for those moments when you need something to read. Via tumblr afficianado, Ellen.
Chris Hadfield Explains How Astronauts Pee and Poop on the International Space Station. If you don’t wonder about this I’m not sure we can be friends.
DIY Double-Sided Chalkboard Easel. This is a fantastic tutorial, cheap and quick. It would also make a wonderful gift to make and give to a child at Christmas or their birthday, if you don’t have kids yourself.
Scrapbook: Castle Air Museum. I’m trying not to be jealous that Kingston’s already ridden in a helicopter.
50 Thrifty: Mud Cooking. One of her favorite outdoor activities to date.
Little Big Kitchen: Tea Sampler for Company. Many of my friends know where to find this tin and to just help themselves.
Isobel’s Thrifted Closet: Favorite Sundress. This used to be my favorite sundress. (Ok, it still is, I just can’t wear it anymore.)
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