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

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

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

@Sister Administrator That's a little harsh, but true. The only reason why I haven't deleted my Facebook is because I like hearing from cousins who live far away. If you're worried about being too popular when people wish you well, why are you on Facebook? Do you just really like getting invites for random Flash-based games?

LW says that clicking "Like" is too time-intensive, but honestly, all these people took at least five seconds to write on her* wall, so what's a few minutes over the course of the following days to thank them?
What I do (and honestly, we all have those people we haven't seen in five years who wish us happy birthday) is just comment on their wall post, or like it, depending on how close I am to the person and whatnot. (What? We all have those people that are in limbo between "don't really need to be friends with" and "have no reason to unfriend.") It takes five seconds to remember something about that person and use it in your thank-you comment, like:
"Thanks! How are your parents these days? I haven't seen them in a while."
"Thanks! Hey were you at the last ____ concert? I'm sad that I missed it."
"Thanks! My sister took me out for birthday drinks at [bar] and you're right, their cocktails are awesome."
"Thanks! Maybe we'll run into each other at comic-con."
It's really not that hard!

*just sticking to female pronouns for simplicity, feel free to replace with any pronouns that are acceptable

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm 0

On Ask a Fancy Person: Occasionless Gifts, Chemo Baldness at the Office, The "Thanks For the Birthday Wishes" Anomie

@lurked too long Some sort of combination might also be a good solution. You're kind of between a rock and a hard place, since you're not big on the only two options you have (let the parents-to-be pay, or absorb more of the cost) but, the way I see it, it's either one or the other, or a combination of both. Have you considered talking it over with your girlfriend, and maybe someone else in the house whose advice you would trust?

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm 0

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?

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm 0

On Weekend Roundup

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?

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm 0

On Why I Have To Be So "Rude"

@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.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm 0

On In Praise of Broads

@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.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0

On Weekend Roundup

@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!

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm 0

On Weekend Roundup

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.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm 0

On "I Don't Fucking Care If You Like It"

As someone who's been trying to ignore an ever-increasing feeling of "not good enough", reading this article was cathartic.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm 2

On In Support of Debra Harrell, Jailed for Letting Her 9-Year-Old Play Unsupervised in the Park

@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.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:39 am 1