goodbye, goodbye

I’m just putting this out there…Does anyone want to do a Project Life core kit swap? I have 3×4 cards from the cherry edition and turquoise edition. I would really like 3×4 journal cards from the clementine and olive editions. Seafoam is okay too. I have about 5-10 of each of card. That probably equals at least 50 3×4 cards.  I’m not at home so I can’t count the cards right now. So if anyone is up to swapping 50 or 100 journal cards (just let me know which quantity), let me know. Just leave a comment on this entry. (offer does not expire so if you find this entry 6 months later, that’s fine).

Speaking of PL, for March I had nothing until this weekend. I actually took my camera out! Wow, what a difference that makes. I’m excited for March now. I should be able to post my January and February layouts this weekend.

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I’ve noticed that I’m becoming spoiled when it comes to food. Not in a food snob way but in a “I only want something filling” way. I used to be fine with just eating a breakfast bar, now I want real food. I need to break that habit. Food costs money. Plus what I’m eating isn’t always nutritious.  I’m thinking about eating chicken everyday (because it is cheaper and healthier than some things I consume). For breakfast I’ll stick with the sugary oatmeal or boiled eggs. I can’t believe I actually eat breakfast now. If I ever start eating 3 times a day…wow! 🙂

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The TV show Girls and privilege

I’m sure there are tons of blog posts and maybe even papers on this topic but I haven’t read them. I thought all the talk of a bunch of white girls on a tv show was silly. After all it is just ONE show. Who cares? If someone (Lena Dunham) wants to create a show full of white people, that’s okay. However, after watching the show and thinking of my favorite topic: privilege, I can see the bigger picture.

Girls is just like real life. Not the content of the show but how it came together. All of the “girls” on the show got their gig due to privilege. Why didn’t any black or Asian girls get on the show? Because Lena only hired her friends…and people who weren’t desperate for work.* Who is desperate for work? People without money, people who don’t have parents who can support them.

*insert footnote: Rolling Stone interview February 2013

It is like real life. How many people get their jobs through knowing someone versus just blindly applying? To many this isn’t a big deal but if you don’t know anyone IT IS A HUGE *&^#ing deal. Trust me. How are people from the bottom ever supposed to get to the top if people only hire their Harvard friends??? As most people know, now people from the lower class have an even harder time making it to the middle.

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes does a great job (with stats!) on this topic.

Back to Girls: I still don’t think one TV show with the main characters being white is a big deal. I just love how this show reflects real life. This is the privilege people don’t like to talk about. They won’t admit it. Instead they will talk of their struggles. “Yes my parents paid for my college tuition but it was I studied soooooo hard”. “My parents give me money to start a business but I had to work hard to keep it up”. Please! Wake up. How do they think other people live? People should really read Chris Hayes’ book to find out WHY people are this way. Why the elites will never cop to being elite. They will always talk about how hard something was.

One thing that makes me appreciate Lena Dunham is that she is fully aware of the privilege. She doesn’t come up with excuses. I don’t hate the elite, I just want them to admit it. It isn’t her fault that she went to a great private school. But to have not have empathy for the “others” is the problem.

This is my badly written essay on Girls and privilege.

my funny valentine

I probably offended people with my parenting post. It seems like the only thing you can say about parenting is, “They are doing their best and that’s good enough”. Parents are worshiped by American society…and that was sort of my point. But then there is the no time off for maternity leave (when compared to other countries) so worshiped in one way but not by policy in America. I’m watching Melissa Harris Perry now. She’s talking about how people blame single moms for everything. I don’t want to be one of those people.

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I think I’m in love with Lena Dunham.

2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

It’s not the show “Girls”. I was going to compare Girls to the show Friends* but that is a horrible insult. The show isn’t bad, it just isn’t great. I don’t get it. I think if I were a preteen or teenager I would probably love the show. I would want my life to be like theirs. I would be horrified to see my life now. LOL. Anyhow, I have a crush on her. Yeah it has something to do with her looks but I also devoured her recent Rolling Stone article and that sealed it. She’s awesome. #girlcrush I’m exactly midway through season one and I’m going to finish the season despite not loving it. Sometimes average TV is okay.

*The comparison being that I think people are more in love with the characters than the show itself.

One more picture because I know you want it:

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Look what I got for Valentines Day!

chaise lounge

Uh, yes I brought it myself. I now have a chaise lounge chair. I love to lounge whenever possible. 😉 I’ve been wanting one for years. If it looks expensive, it wasn’t…at all. I got it on sale. The guy felt so bad for me because I had to have it delivered. He said, “You don’t know anyone with a SUV???!” No. I know no one. It’s just me. Me against the world. So I had to pay to have the chair delivered. Woe is me. I had already entered that into my cost so it wasn’t a big deal to me.

None the wiser

Today is the first day of summer school and I haven’t checked the syllabus yet. I hope it isn’t scary. Scary can be just a mid-term & final to determine the grade. Or grading heavily based on participation. Or group work (oh god). Or essay tests only. Or too many true & false questions. Why am I scaring myself?

I just wanted to blog to say: I WON! I won THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS by Danielle LaPorte! Click the link to read about the book. I can’t wait to get it. I rarely enter giveaways because I never know about them in time but I saw a link on Twitter and decided to enter. I thought I had no chance. YAY! 🙂 Thank you.

I did it again. But this is the last time I swear (unless it goes well). I signed up for 10 yoga classes. It was only $50. That is a bargain. The only yoga class I really hated and didn’t follow through on was the class where the instructor made people stand in a rectangle. Chances of that happening again is slim. So I’m looking forward to it. I wonder how many people will be there. It is a little different because it is at my workplace. I’m not really worried about knowing someone there because we have a huge workplace and while I may recognize a face but I doubt I actually know someone.

Yes knowing someone = bad. LOL.
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My beach vacation was awesome. 4 nights at the beach. What wasn’t great was that I was sick for 3 days after I got back. But I’m feeling better now. I had a lot of time to think. It was just me, the beach, and Jason Mraz (his music, not him).

I let one thing I was clutching onto go. If I wasn’t at the beach, I probably would have cried or been depressed about it but I was at peace. I made the decision while staring at the ocean one night. I must have stood in the same spot for about 20 minutes. The cold water on my feet. And I just thought. The ocean gives me clarity.

It was so fun mixing my own drinks! Too bad the drinks are filled with calories. I think I have a new hobby. 🙂 A hobby I will only practice once a week at the most. I don’t have any rum left…only vodka so I can’t make much now without going to the liquor store. hehehe. Me. Going into a liquor store?? LOL. I never would have thought. You have to try the Bikini Martini. It is so good.

I also wrote and read a lot. I’m going to post some of my favorite quotes and a review of one book soon.

Oh, I had the chance to see “Girls“. I can see why people hate the show but I think if I had seen the season opener, I probably would have liked it more. One question: Do people really have this much sex? I guess people asked the same thing about Sex & the City. Anyhow, it wasn’t great but it was watchable. I need to see the premiere before I judge. What intrigued me is that the “girls” weren’t movie star attractive. (No offense). But the writing has to be there too, obviously. I haven’t read anything on it recently but I’m guessing this series won’t last long. I watched Veep too but while I got it (I think), I didn’t really like it. I’ve seen stuff like that before. I’m over it. There is better stuff on network TV (30 Rock, Parks & Rec).

M & M – my dwarf african frogs are doing great. I really think they should have a bigger home but a.) I don’t have room and b.) I’m scared to move them from one home to another. “A” isn’t a big deal. I can give them more space but they won’t be in the same room I’m in. “B” is a huge deal. I can’t find any info on how to move the frogs. I know how to clean fish tanks and move fish. But frogs hop! So um, I’m scared.

African Dwarf frogs are shy. 😉 They need and want places to hide. All they have is one plant. It isn’t a good hiding spot. I want to give them that…after all I get it but they need a bigger home. If they are so shy, why do people recommend they get two? Sometimes M & M get into fights. I can’t help but think they are frustrated by being in such a small place. One of them seems less shy than the other. I’m guessing that the female is the less shy one. She seems to seek out the other frog.

Sharing a small place with no place to hide does not sound fun. I’ve been there. I’ve got to come up with something.

This was supposed to be a short entry. Oh well.