I love writing but I'm bad at writing about me.
On Ask a Fancy Person: Occasionless Gifts, Chemo Baldness at the Office, The "Thanks For the Birthday Wishes" Anomie
@lurked too long I'm guessing that the now-pregnant couple hadn't already paid their share and haven't offered? (They don't necessarily need to, so I don't want to imply that. Plus, they have lots of baby stuff on their brains.)
I'd maybe find a way to work it out with all the current houseguests - either you all agree to split the extra cost (around $20 a person) or figure out how to sort of pay each other back in non-cash ways, like by bringing extra food or doing more cooking, or helping someone else in the house with their hair/makeup/ironing for the wedding. Would that be doable?
Getting in here before all those spam jerks!
So many great pieces on the Hairpin this week! I had no idea I liked Prince George so much. (What with him being a baby and all)
Five Things I Liked This Week (during the Just for Laughs festival, which is usually my favourite week of the year):
1. Ladies - if you haven't heard of her, look up stand-up comic/one woman show performer Luisa Omielan. She is fantastic. If you have a chance to see her live, definitely see her. I mean, her show is called "What Would Beyonce Do?" so you're probably sold on it already.
2. I bought a pulled pork sandwich and it was served to me by a good-looking, bearded Australian guy. I might ask him to marry me, for obvious reasons.
3. I saw the ladies of Broad City! Ilana didn't say "sa-hahndwich", which is too bad, but oh well.
4. This year, my general Facebook status of "does anyone want to come to a show with me?" actually got a response!
5. I got a decent amount of writing done this week. It felt good.
What good things happened to you all this week?
@Joolia I was coming to the comments to wonder whether "Don't you know I'm human too?" sung by a soft, melodic female voice would have the same effect, or if pop music in general would be like ACK! FEMINISM! it's one of those things where a mediocre, probably nonsensical pop song can just be considered background music to everyone's lives, to turn up if they please, because it comes from a "neutral" hetero cis male voice.
@perr Backup vote for Bea Arthur, here.
Can our girl Amy Poehler be nominated to some level of broad-dom?
(Also, is it bad that I realized I will never be a true broad because I'm always Debbie Reynolds and never Elizabeth Taylor?)
Anyway, rest in peace, Elaine Stritch. We'll make some noise here on Earth in your stead.
@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) oh yes. Food content at the Hairpin. The sheer audacity of that Nutella burger! The fact that someone else followed through on my life goal to bake a pie!
Five Things I Liked This Week (I hope I have five):
1. Rice Krispie squares at work
2. The start of Montreal's comedy festival. Just for Laughs is one of the best things about this city.
3. Everything I cooked this week was good.
4. Finally getting my eyebrows done, when I was way overdue
5. um, I don't know if I have a fifth.
As someone who's been trying to ignore an ever-increasing feeling of "not good enough", reading this article was cathartic.
@needsmoresalt I actually read a piece (probably on some garbage like HuffPo) by a white woman who was charged with some kind of child negligence because she left her son unattended in a parked car while she went into a store. The conditions were entirely different and the situation could easily have been avoided, as it basically boiled down to her kid wanting to play on an iPad, and her not wanting to say no. She spent the entire piece acting as if she was the victim, and had been demonized by the legal system and tried to make the best of it. Literally all of the commenters on that piece agreed with her, and boiled down to "gee, the world is a crazy place if a child can't be left unattended on purpose in a city he's not familiar with!"
I can only hope that the Internet will be this kind to Debra Harrell. I'm not saying that leaving a 9-year-old alone in a park for hours is a great idea, but it's clear that some parents don't have all the resources necessary to make sure their children are constantly supervised.
On Ask a Fancy Person: First Parties, Working for Free, and What to Do When Your Gym Is Crawling with Children
@dotcommie I've got to agree here. Safety isn't just an excuse, but rather a legit reason. Gyms definitely aren't a safe place for kids, especially not small ones. Plus, in most cases, parents will be focused on their workouts and not entirely on their children. It's possible that nothing dangerous will happen, but it's not guaranteed. One misstep on a slippery floor, or quick gleeful run to break away from their parents resulting in a collision with someone picking up their gym bag, and the kid can get hurt. And we all know that even the tiniest scratch can be A HUGE DEAL for some kids and parents, and then the parents will complain, when really, 90% of the time it isn't that hard to put your kid in child care if the gym provides it.
I always thought I was some kind of failure because my PMS cravings were never for endless chocolate, but for salt. And, as a person who eats Nutella like most people breathe air, this recipe speaks to me. It grosses me out a little, but it also speaks to me.