@aphrabean Riverside County here! We had meth before meth was cool!
@aphrabean We're not all like that, I promise! Get out of the cities and go inland a bit. I grew up in more rural, cowboy part of the state and tell you that if anyone ever even thought of saying something like that, they'd have their ass handed to them. Then of course, my hometown is like Oklahoma but with California weather.
I had a total asshole of a boss that not only loved the speakerphone, would scream into it. You could hear him down the hall. Same with cell phones. Fairly certain the technology is good enough that you don't have to scream into the device two inches from your mouth.
But Norman is indeed an asshole. Who jumps up and down like a child in the middle of an adult conversation? And at work? Is there an HR person to talk (nicely and quietly :) ) to?
Love Actually is my favorite movie. I watch it every year on the flight home to my parents' for Christmas.
And now, I, too, am crying. The line about the old couples in their best coats - perfect.
On "Why should I wait for someone else?": Malala Talks to Jon Stewart on Her One-Year "Shooting Anniversary"
She's just incredible. I'm trying to figure out how to introduce this story to my 6 year old niece (because there's not nearly enough role models like this for girls that are real) without freaking her out with the more violent parts of Malala's story.
@Pocket Witch Try Northhanger Abbey - it's a whole play on the gothic horror/romances that were hugely popular at the time. Or Persuasion? I can't get into that one way I did with P&P, but I have a friend who couldn't get into P&P and loooooves Persuasion.
@commanderbanana Most kids I've encountered, even those with really informative nonjudgey information about bodies, aren't quite comfortable with the topic quite yet to be snarky about it. Maybe things are different in New York.
“Why don’t they just put a penis or a vagina on every toy so you can be completely sure you’re getting the right one?”
I know no 10 year olds that would say this. Unless coached by Mom.
On one hand, I get it. It's not just a feminist issue, it's a safety one. On the other hand, it's a REALLY fine line between raising a strong girl and raising a brat. Scowling at people she doesn't want to talk to isn't going to be cute for much longer.
Um, I ALWAYS rock it. Even if I'm more copper than ginger.
ah, sono molto, molto gelosa! And why yes, I do speak Italian, so if you need a translator, I'm all yours for the low, low cost of airfare!