I love writing but I'm bad at writing about me.
@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.
@adorable-eggplant It helps me to stay a little more positive. I could easily make a list of Five Things I Didn't Like This Week, but that would be much less fun.
@redridinghoodrat Yes! I love the new Batgirl redesign! Sounds like a pretty good week overall.
pretty ballerinas!! If I had a Pinterest, I would put that on my wedding Pinterest-folder-hearts-thing.
Five Things I Liked This Week:
1. the Trends Men Hate piece was pretty great. Will definitely read again.
2. Making 30 Rock references after LeBron James' big announcement. I don't know much else about Cleveland.
3. Writing to an airline to tell them about the awesome gate agent who rebooked a flight I missed and pretty much saved my day.
4. Oil free moisturizer
5. Thinking that maybe I might have the self-confidence to start job hunting again.
What did you like this week, everyone?
Is now a good time to admit that I have THE WEIRDEST dreams if I eat right before bed? I mean, I guess that means that I sleep, but seriously. The weirdest.
I liked this year's photos! Overall (with some exceptions) they were a lot more serious, in a good way, like they celebrate athletes' bodies as beautiful because of what they can do, not just because of the tee-hee-it's-a-naked-person factor. I just find it awesome to see what these people can do with their bodies, and I like it when the photographs celebrate that.
@eizverson22 Maybe it'll go out of style. Like, after women and girls worldwide are granted the same rights as men and boys, and the world is a safer, more just place for everyone.
@ShirleyFunke tell us everything! Guy sounds creepy.