@daisicles I recently read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and my god, it is one of the most heartwarming, honest books I have ever read. It's a YA novel about a friendship-turned-romance between two boys in El Paso in the late 80's. It is also one of the only YA books I have seen where not only are the parents present, they are are an incredibly positive, loving force in their children's lives. Everyone read it!
@Briony Fields Yeah, definitely. The only thing is that said gift would have to survive a train and bus ride, along with my two suitcases, which kind of takes some things out of the running. Also I am under 21, so wine would probably be... a bit of a faux pas.
@Briony Fields Night Vaaaaale. I mean, DEFINITELY not to everyone's tastes but if you like creepy shit it's stellar.
So I am visiting my aunt and cousin in a few days! This is the first time I have seen them in 7-8 years, and anyone on my dad's side of the family in 6. (Note: the reasons for this have nothing to do with my aunt! She is lovely.)So despite best intentions on all sides, it's gonna be a little weird. Any tips on navigating? Should I bring a gift? Eeek.
@[sic] I think I'm staying in the St Germain district. Thanks for the recs! And I love walking around ridiculous flea markets, so that sounds good.
Pinners!! I am going to Paris (!!!!) in 2 weeks for a month. Any fun/cheap suggestions for things to do on the weekends? (FYI, I am taking a summer class there- my college is covering tuition/housing, but I'm on my own otherwise.)
Also, any important things to remember when traveling? It's my first time leaving the country, and I'd prefer to fuck it up as little as possible.
EDIT: ALSO FOOD. Tell me what to eat, other than, you know, everything.
Guys, I am still not ok about moms. AT ALL.
Good: Looks like both my study abroad class and my job this summer are going to work out! Provided I get my passport soon, eek.
Bad: Looks like I got literally the worst suite in my dorm next year! It's kind of endearingly terrible, actually.
Worse: One of my suitemates is a mystery transfer student, and the other is super fastidious and apparently has a penchant for proselytizing. I am an agnostic clutterbug. Gonna be great!
Hrrrrrrgh I hate ambiguous crushes. Like, I'm pretty sure I could work this out, if only I could figure out whether I actually LIKE the poor boy or not. I keep flipflopping between "eeeeeeeeeeee" and "oh my god I hate that thing you just did and also your hair looks dumb." It just feels so exceedingly silly.
I grew up a strident feminist not because I really had any game-changing experiences as a child but just because...it was how things were? Like, I was raised pretty much entirely by women. So was my mom, in fact. So if something was going to get done, a lady was gonna have to do it.
Funny thing is, I didn't even call myself a feminist until college, when I started realizing that not everyone was running off the same underlying assumptions I was. Whatever other terrible internalized bullshit I picked up during my childhood aside, I'm glad that gender equality was so ingrained into me that I never really considered the alternative.