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26

Aug

Sexting, Speed and Clean Sharp Lines are not Really Sexy

I had a sorority sister in college who claimed sometimes when she studied she would pretend that she was a 15th century monk studying by candlelight. Another college friend of mine would actually study by candlelight…the romance of feeling like he was Isaac Newton or something really got him through some all nighters.  I think, if I remember correctly, to the demise of his eyesight.

In any case, it occurred to me that my fascination with the old, the ancient, and basically of times gone by is that there is a sexiness to these eras that are romantic.  Having never lived these times, we are allowed to use our imaginations to create a mood…a vision that will rarely be challenged, because the glamour of the dream will far surpass the white noise of the historian who brings up the notion that, “in the olden days,” life was hard, disease and poverty rampant, and abuses of people of “inferior” classes completely acceptable. Today’s people fantasize about the past and never is that more apparent than in the success of today’s television shows and movies like Penny Dreadful, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones (fantasy, yet somewhat grounded in the medieval past of Europe).

I often have said to people that I was born in the wrong era.  I loved history when I was growing up and my favorite was reading about royals in Europe between the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries.  Now that I’m older and still like period pieces, period information it occurred to me that I find the fabrics, textures, colors, lines, curves and softness sexy.   

In contrast, if you look at modern marketing, FAST is sexy.  Technology is sexy.  Sleek lines are sexy. I don’t find fast sexy at all.  Sleek lines are hard…austere.  Technology with all its buttons and fancy moves, albeit interesting, is too utilitarian to be sexy. An email, while instantly gratifying in its communication of funny videos or witty repartee between friends, is decidedly less sexy than the scripted black lines of ink on paper. 

"Fast" can be stressful and laden with anxiety.

For all my complaints of technology and speed, I finally found one thing in my early retirement that is technological and fast completely useful and sexy.  Twitter.  

I am so embarrassed to say that I joined Twitter three years ago for the express purpose of finding out what donuts were coming out fresh at Bob’s Donuts.  I was pregnant.  Hungry.  Craving donuts and rocky road ice cream 24/7.  I found out that the best way to find out what was freshest at Bob’s was to sign up for a Twitter account and follow them.  Reluctantly I did.

After I gave birth my  account went cold.  Last August when I left my career to be a full time mother I revived my account.  Just in the past month I started using Twitter finally for news, opinions and causes.  

Then it clicked.  This is sexy.  Knowing what’s going on as quickly as the information is released to the newswire was amazing. Finally this old dinosaur was figuring out what those kids had been talking about all this time.  

There it is.  I’m an old dinosaur.  An old dog trying to learn new tricks that aren’t even new to anyone else but me.  I will always be a person who loves the romance of a time gone by, but realize that unless I want to be discarded and buried with the things I love, I too have to embrace the things that define today.

30

Jul

Four days ago while this girl screamed and struggled with her friends to stay alive, I sat on a beach lovingly holding my son while he played.  

My own child is a constant reminder of these families that are suffering and scared.  I’m not a big prayer, but recently I can’t help but pray for these mothers and these children.

Pudge at world’s edge…

Pudge at world’s edge…

24

Jul

Often have seen 2 ‘98 greige Toyota camrys In a row, but THREE?

Often have seen 2 ‘98 greige Toyota camrys In a row, but THREE?

21

Jul

Things that made me smile and go, “hey!”:
Rainbow cookie… With SPRINKLES! Go Fillmore Street Bakeshop

In somewhat related news: Go President Obama! An executive order clearly emphasizing that discrimination due to sexual orientation is equal to and just as illegal as discrimination due to sex, color and disability. 
Boehner and republicans that have gone off the deep end: your lawsuit is a waste of tax payer dollars and time. Please focus on immigration reform and the humanitarian crisis abroad. Also please hire a better Constitutional law team.

Things that made me smile and go, “hey!”:
Rainbow cookie… With SPRINKLES! Go Fillmore Street Bakeshop

In somewhat related news: Go President Obama! An executive order clearly emphasizing that discrimination due to sexual orientation is equal to and just as illegal as discrimination due to sex, color and disability. Boehner and republicans that have gone off the deep end: your lawsuit is a waste of tax payer dollars and time. Please focus on immigration reform and the humanitarian crisis abroad. Also please hire a better Constitutional law team.
In war the people that have the weapons and have the power to just walk away are rarely the ones with anything to lose.

In war the people that have the weapons and have the power to just walk away are rarely the ones with anything to lose.

18

Jul

Walking from school after dropping off Pudge at school or to school when picking him up:
“Where’s your baby?”
“Did you know there is no baby?”
Weird/ concerned look

Walking from school after dropping off Pudge at school or to school when picking him up:
“Where’s your baby?”
“Did you know there is no baby?”
Weird/ concerned look

17

Jul

Weird that Putin put this up on his site less than an hour of the plane going down.  It’s one thing to say they discussed it but to say that he informed Obama of the crash? Maybe I’m reading too much into it.  This is so awful for all the passengers caught in the crossfire and their families.  Wars are never contained and the people that get hurt the most are the ones that aren’t fighting.  No man is an island…

Weird that Putin put this up on his site less than an hour of the plane going down. It’s one thing to say they discussed it but to say that he informed Obama of the crash? Maybe I’m reading too much into it. This is so awful for all the passengers caught in the crossfire and their families. Wars are never contained and the people that get hurt the most are the ones that aren’t fighting. No man is an island…

16

Jul

Recently I went out for drinks and did the whole girl running in heels move. These heels here in fact. And I felt twenty again. And then my knees buckled and started to ache and I kinda half limped to the bar. 
Also doesn’t it look like my leg is squashing my teeny tiny foot?

Recently I went out for drinks and did the whole girl running in heels move. These heels here in fact. And I felt twenty again. And then my knees buckled and started to ache and I kinda half limped to the bar.
Also doesn’t it look like my leg is squashing my teeny tiny foot?

09

Jul

Chinese Yuppie Hippie Earth Mama- there are a lot of conflicting facets of who we are, what we believe in and where we come from. On the one hand I’m really really into bargains (Chinese) but I like nice things (yuppie and a little Chinese). I care very much about what happens in the world and after reading an article about why buying fair trade chocolate is so important ( earth mama/hippie) I realized that it’s not just enough to stay away from chocolate products that have palm oil. 
In any case here is my shopping trip to Bi-Rite today: nectarines, wild salmon, grass fed tri tip, organic Roma tomatoes, carrots, golden beets and spring mix, Worcester sauce and a fair trade TCHO chocolate bar. The bar was 15% of my total which includes dinner for two days.
We will be rationing this bar for Pudge over the next week! 
Imagine I would have gotten out of the store for $38 with the most beautiful luminescent salmon steak and nice solid cut of tri tip plus colorful fresh crisp produce. That’s a deal.
The chocolate added $7.
Just goes to show that the cost of chocolate is getting higher and to purchase quality and responsibly is expensive.

Chinese Yuppie Hippie Earth Mama- there are a lot of conflicting facets of who we are, what we believe in and where we come from. On the one hand I’m really really into bargains (Chinese) but I like nice things (yuppie and a little Chinese). I care very much about what happens in the world and after reading an article about why buying fair trade chocolate is so important ( earth mama/hippie) I realized that it’s not just enough to stay away from chocolate products that have palm oil.
In any case here is my shopping trip to Bi-Rite today: nectarines, wild salmon, grass fed tri tip, organic Roma tomatoes, carrots, golden beets and spring mix, Worcester sauce and a fair trade TCHO chocolate bar. The bar was 15% of my total which includes dinner for two days.
We will be rationing this bar for Pudge over the next week!
Imagine I would have gotten out of the store for $38 with the most beautiful luminescent salmon steak and nice solid cut of tri tip plus colorful fresh crisp produce. That’s a deal.
The chocolate added $7. Just goes to show that the cost of chocolate is getting higher and to purchase quality and responsibly is expensive.