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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Friday Open Thread

It's almost April and I'm wondering if I overestimate or underestimate the number of times each day, week, month, year that I think, Where has the fucking time gone, and look around at my my house an explosion of bobby pins and beer bottles, and between White Noah looking for his Sperrys and these chickens mesmerizing me and this sale on at the Beyoncé store it's somehow gotten to be Friday afternoon, and almost April, and time for open thread.

How are you? Unfollowed anyone good lately? Updated your wardrobe for spring, maybe with some human empathy? (Looks good on everyone except witches.) Have you been hiking alone, or doing pull-ups, or singing, or wearing a nun's habit, or both? If you've been hiding in whiskey, we hope you at least brought a bagel; it's what Bill Murray would want you to do. Maybe you've been realizing you were wrong about some music, or right about not really wanting to watch something on TV. Maybe you've gone blonde or written a love poem. You are a jewel in any case. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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coolallison

Sooo... how is everyone this week? In normal coolallison fashion, I've had a shitty one. Though I read some depression stories on Jezebel yesterday and I realized as I cried my way through all of them that maybe I have depression. It's almost a relief to think that perhaps I'm not just a mega irritable person who cries for seemingly no reason and only wants to eat honey buns and drink wine nonstop (because what's the point). So if I can ever get a break from business traveling, I'm gonna make an appointment to talk to someone about it! And just knowing that is making me feel better already!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@coolallison Good on you for deciding to take that step!

adorable-eggplant

@coolallison Congrats on taking a step of deciding to talk about it! I read the sad lamp article and yet again considered getting a sad lamp (but then also, the sun came back out, hooray). It is always a relief to read about other people doing there thing too.

jhonsons

Love it as usual!!!@j

lasso tabasco

I am at my desk lip-syncing to the Now 5 playlist on Spotify. Show me the meaning of being lonely!! How is everyone else getting through the afternoon?
Happy Friday, 'Pinners!

coolallison

@lasso tabasco Team BSB!

adorable-eggplant

@lasso tabasco Desk push-ups. Fantasizing about a cold cider and a slice of pizza.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@lasso tabasco by having a ton of work to do :(, and with a cup of tea with extra honey in it and singing Bruno Mars songs in my head

lobsterhug

I just read Edith's interview with Chris Evans for the first time and it is the most delightful celebrity profile ever. I am in love with both of them.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@lobsterhug I think I need to find it and read it asap.

lobsterhug

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) They included the link in this excellent rundown of how Chris came to hate acting, which is also a great read:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/timeline-how-captain-america-chris-evans-got-tired-of-fame.html?mid=facebook_nymag

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Let's try the 5 Things I Like Right Now experiment again!

5 things I like:
1- Relationships (romantic, platonic, familial, etc) where honesty is encouraged and practiced
2- cat videos
3- the sweet and salty popcorn from Orville Redenbacher that I didn't think I'd find in stores again but did
4- Cannelloni
5- Good hair days

lobsterhug

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

1. My pixie hair! Even though it looks a little weird today
2. That Hey Brother song
3. The weather is warm!
4. Accepting that I am as awesome as everyone says and not just an imposter.
5. Honey butter and bleu cheese on thick cut toasted bread

coolallison

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Um, I love this idea. Let me think...
1. I just switched to a "spring" (green) purse and it makes me feel kinda cute when I carry it.
2. I've just discovered if I shower at night, my hair actually doesn't look like an old frayed broom (like when I just let it air dry in the morning. I guess because I now have time to straighten it. I'm very, very lazy.)
3. margaritas
4. The new Against Me! album
5. improv comedy

tofuswalkman

@coolallison you have inspired me to try out that album immediately. reinventing axl rose is one of my top five all-time favorites.

phipsi

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
1. Wearing my hair down because my grays are less obvious (I should probably dye my hair or something, oh well)
2. Basketball, surprisingly enough.
3. Pies
4. My neighborhood
5. The Good Wife (still only in Season 4...although I may have spoiled S5 drama after seeing a CBS commercial!! ugh.)

lasso tabasco

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

1. Hot bubble baths
2. Concerts (Neutral Milk Hotel this weekend, yay!)
3. Shrimp cocktail
4. David Bowie
5. Making out with beardy dudes.

adorable-eggplant

@lasso tabasco Let's see:

1 Sprouts in the garden, especially watermelon.
2 Cider of all kinds.
3 Ms Marvel (oh man, this should have been #1).
4 FRIDAYY.
5 Petanque, because it is spring and I am ready to be 'active'.

Chareth Cutestory

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

1. My cat, who is currently being a pillow
2. Smoothies
3. Broad City (just finished the season...need more!)
4. My new cozy gray crop top sweater and floral skater skirt
5. Homemade shaved asparagus pizza (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

tofuswalkman

thanks for posting the chick pix. i'm three weeks into owning some baby chicks of my own, so anything chicken-related is right up my alley. any fellow 'pinners raised these babies before?

Onymous

@tofuswalkman it's been two decades near as naught but as a kid we'd raise about a dozen or so at a time. We'd keep them in a kiddie pool of sawdust for a little bit then move them out to the coop. Pretty low maintenance all around.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@Onymous
YES! I had chickens as a child and I want them again so bad! I know that they stop laying and I don't care I would still love them!

up cubed

@tofuswalkman My parents just raised some! I think the most adorable part was when my mom asked the feed store how to prepare their oatmeal . The main thing was just to keep them warm, in the early stages.

tofuswalkman

@up cubed they've been super cute so far. they're moving out to the coop this week, and i'm totally anxious about it! but it's been a pretty cool thing!

tofuswalkman

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll totally! it's crazy to see how they all have their own personalities. my vegetarianism has gotten a little bit militant after this experience, haha.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@tofuswalkman
No need to apologize for militant vegetarianism around me!

phipsi

I asked for a promotion this week. DOES THAT MAKE ME SHERYL SANDBERG APPROVED!?

*I don't know yet if I will get said promotion, because I work in a bureaucracy factory otherwise known as academia. But my boss said he would look into the paperwork/steps required!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Suggestions on what to get my dad for his birthday? It's Tuesday and he'll get his cake and whatnot either this weekend or next. My siblings have zero ideas. Here are mine so far:

- Something for his and mom's next beach vacation --- though what, I don't know, because I think they already bought new towels
- A new Azzurri shirt or jacket or other paraphernalia in anticipation of the World Cup --- but he still has the one we bought him for the last World Cup, and that's probably good enough for him
- A plane ticket to visit his sister in the US, since he hasn't seen her in over 5 years --- and then we'd have to figure out who can go with him, etc., and then would my mom also have to go? Because I know she wouldn't want to, and I'd need to call my aunt to clear it with her and then hope that she doesn't spill the beans before we actually give him his gift.

In case you need a reference point: My dad is your typical old Italian dad who enjoys spending too much time at work, sitting when he is not spending too much time at work, bowling, watching soccer, and espresso.

adorable-eggplant

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Maybe a nice recliner? Probably would run the cost of a plane ticket. Or warm-ups to wear while lounging.

Or some kind of snack package: like a basket of snacks, beers, coffee beans, tiny espresso cups (soccer team themed espresso cups is a thing, I just learned: http://www.amazon.com/Napoli-Soccer-Team-Espresso-Saucers/dp/B009K7Y3F2), nuts, etc.

The only bowling accessory that I can think of is the ball itself, and that seems like a risky gift because who knows what is the best fit.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@adorable-eggplant Not sure we need more cups in the house, but you get extra bonus points for linking to Napoli cups, because that's my dad's team!

adorable-eggplant

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yay! Baba yaga must've been guiding my hand at amazon. ;)

That's the crux of what makes parent gifts so hard: what have they not already gotten themselves. Does your dad cook a lot? There's always fancy gadgets there. Ditto, gardening and camping.

flashcrash

Seriously what a week. Had an interview for a summer internship that I really want. Found out I got a scholarship that I applied for. Taught my first lesson to 5th graders. I'm still alive!

Clara Morena

Ok
9 more days of school. I briefly toyed with the idea of staying until June but then I remembered how I had to dig through her mess of a backpack to find her homework. Or overhearing a mother, tell her kids that dinner/homework time will be delayed since she has to go to ZUMBA and they have to accompany her. Also I better not hear from my boss say "Oh, I forgot to find a replacement. Can you stay for for XYZ date?" No, you have since February to find someone.
Thank god, for Rose wine.
On the bight side, I planning something fun for my mom and I to do since we are both going through stressful times.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Watching Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer. No, I know, but I figured looking at Chris Evans would help with this headache. There is not nearly enough Chris Evans in it for my taste, but thanks to the Silver Surfer I have an excuse to shout "SURFBORT" at the TV.

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