Over the weekend, I was chatting with some girlfriends about being seen as girly. A couple of us tend towards skirts and dresses as the major part of our wardrobe. I literally only own like three pairs of pants, but I have an entire closet of skirts and dresses. When people see this, they assume it means we are girly-girls. You know the stereotype I mean – high maintenance, nitpicky, naggy, girls. But neither of us are, we just like to dress the way we like to dress. And that usually involves something that swirls around the knees. It takes nothing away from the fact that we are both strong, professional women.
And when we want to wear something brand related (team, tv show, movie, whatever), we don’t want to wear the pink version of it. The pink version is not the same! It’s saying that girls are inherently different enough that we won’t want the original. It points out that we are different from the ‘real’ fans. We’re not allowed to wear the strong distinct colours people know. We get the faded pink and white lines that contain no strength. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like pink. I own a lot of pink. But I’m not going to where a pink Superman logo. I’m going to wear the blue and red and yellow one. Continue reading
I was at a wedding this weekend. I had no time to put together a top ten list – especially this week’s quotes topic. That would have taken me days to find and put together without any interruptions. So, I’m going with an easy one instead. First Paragraph Tuesday is a meme by Bibliophile by Sea. It’s pretty self explanatory – the first paragraph of the book you’re reading.
I’m reading a couple books right now, but Faithful Place by Tana French is the one I have with me, so that’s the paragraph you’re going to get. Don’t worry. It’s a good one. If it sparks your interest, go grab the first book in the series (In the Woods) and let yourself be drawn into the world of the most awesome Tana French.
“In all your life, only a few moments matter. Mostly you never get a good look at them except in hindsight, long after they’ve zipped past you: the moment when you decided whether to talk to that girl, slow down on that blind bend, stop and find that condom. I was lucky, I guess you could call it. I got to see one of mine face to face, and recognise it for what it was. I got to feel the riptide pull of my life spinning around me, one winter night, while I waited in the dark at the top of Faithful Place.”
Welcome to my new Wednesday feature – Wearable Wednesdays. This isn’t a post about my clothes, but it is a post about clothes – and confidence.
Somewhere along the way, around when society decided feminism was a dirty word, a belief arose that your can’t be both feminine and rad at the same time. Untrue! A woman in a pretty dress made out of whatever the hell fabric she wants it to be made out of can be as badass and strong as she wants to be. I have a four-year-old niece and I want her to grow up understanding that she has options for her interests – not just what’s available on the hanger of the local chain store. And that she can be a strong, confident girl.
For those who don’t know, I am a nerd. I like geeky stuff. I am proud of this. I go to cons. I wear subtly/not so subtly referential shirts. I’m currently wearing a TARDIS skirt (have I mentioned how much I love Doctor Who). Around Christmas time, I started looking for gifts. It was easy to find stuff for the boys, but I could not find anything I loved for my niece that wasn’t a toy. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I’m moderately crafty and I decided to make her a dress. A dress. Just one. But it turned out so well, and there’s so much amazing fabric out there… so yeah, it’s like a runaway train now – there’s no stopping it. Continue reading
I found this topic extremely difficult. I didn’t think I would, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the recent penchant for serializing everything (even when it doesn’t need it) means I know pretty much everything I need to know about most characters, or there are books to come that will satisfy my desire to revisit, or there are more books and I haven’t cared enough seek them out. Honestly, sometimes, I just like to make up the rest of the story in my head.
But, here are the list of characters I found intriguing enough that I want to know what happened after their final pages in their respective novels. Several of these are couples/pairs.
Luna and Neville – Harry Potter
Did they fall for one another? Become good friends? Go their separate ways and become rad pillars of the wizarding community? I like to think they’re raising fiercely independent children together. Basically, I’d like to know about most of the secondary characters. Seamus and Dean. Cho. The twins. Continue reading
One of the things I really loved about being a child in the 80s was the number of cartoons where the characters sang. The 80’s were so musical! And catchy, earwormy songs. The king of these cartoons was Alvin and the Chipmunks – specifically The Chipmunk Adventure. I’m not talking about the live action hack. I’m talking about the 1987 animated feature. It was one of my favourite movies from my childhood. We had it recorded on a long play VHS recorded right after which ever Superman movie took place on the moon. I’ve seen the end of that movie an inappropriate number of times, but I remember nothing except the thing about the moon. And that after that terribleness was over, I would get to watch my movie!
As a grown up, I found a dvd copy of the movie for $5 and scooped it up immediately. It was one of the few kidcentric things I had in my house, but I was unsure if it would keep the attention of my niece and nephews when they came to visit and I needed some quiet aunty time. I was needlessly worried. The movie holds up. When they sat down to watch it, they were mesmerized the entire time. I believe my sister and I may even have been shushed at one point. Somehow, this movie came up at work this week and while talking about it, I realized I still know it basically from start to finish. I can sing every single song (including the possibly highly inappropriate Getting Lucky song the girls sing to a bunch of snakes). Continue reading