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On Ask a Fancy Person: Consignment Shops, Gendered Pronouns and Leaving the Forever 21 Zone

Buying secondhand is a great way to save money and get higher quality pieces for less. I buy most of my clothes these days from Twice.com . Their prices are great and so is their customer service. (And if you use the link I provided, you should get $10 off your first order.)

thredUPthredUP is also good, and they have shoes. (You can also use that link for $10 off.) I bought Calvin Klein pumps from thredUP for $17 and they looked like they had only been worn once.

I can't say enough good things about these options. Good luck!

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:09 am 0

On The Best Time I Learned My Last Name Means Blow Job

I went to school with a girl named Melissa Hiscock. Her boyfriend was a friend of mine and once remarked, "Wouldn't it be funny if my last name were 'Hercunt'?" I heard she legally changed her name after high school.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

On Let's All Record Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month

Why does everyone think they are poorly educated about poetry? I think it seems like it's this intimidating thing and you're not allowed to like what you like and you need to be fancy. Psshaw!

Check out poemhunter.com (All the good websites are somethinghunter dot com, am I right?? Uh, anyway.) Blow off the rest of the workday and get to reading. You can start with the top 20 or do a search or whatever floats your boat!

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm 1

On Let's All Record Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month

@hallelujah Right? When she gets to the part about having diamonds at the meeting of her thighs? Go girl! There's a lot of pain in her poems, but also? So much sexy sex. Not shy, that one. She is all woman. Love her.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm 0

On Let's All Record Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month

I love love love "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou. I could cover my body with tattoos of her words. Her poems are breathtaking.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm 3

On Ask a Clueless Lady

Actually, if I had some face ouchies like that, I would probably just say "fuck it" in well-known situations like everyone has said. But if I had to go to the store or something and be around strangers, I'd have different t-shirts made with each of my snappy answers and wear those so people could have a chuckle and leave me alone.

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm 1

On Ask a Clueless Lady

LW#3 I want to hug you! Having worked my way through all of the "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" books as a kid, here are my suggestions for responses if people ask you what happened:

1. "Fight Club. Shit! I just broke the first and second rules."
2. "I'm pretty sure I was bitten by a zombie. I'm fine right now, but if I start to moan and/or attack, I need you to promise you'll stab me in the brain with a letter opener. Can you do that for me?"
3. "What? Damn it! Do I have lipstick on my teeth again?"
4. "I rescued some kids from a burning building. *sigh* Stay gold, Pony Boy."
5. "I fought the curb...the curb won."
6. "I have a highly contagious flesh-eating disease." (squeeze their hand) "Thanks for asking."
7. "It turns out that Groupon for a pharmaceutical grade chemical peel was too good to be true. I did think it was weird that the woman was working out of a van..."
8. "I'm experimenting with a new contouring technique I saw on Pinterest. Kim Kardashian does it. Too much?"
9. "I do all my own stunts, albeit accidentally."
10. "I'm conducting an experiment to find out how nosy people are."

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm 14

On Leaving Westboro Baptist: An Interview

@parallel-lines Now that I've finished the book, it all makes more sense - not the WBC, but her non-repetent attitude. She didn't leave the church, or escape; She was excommunicated. I don't think that's clear in this interview. She was kicked out and tried desperately to get back in.

Shes uses the word "fag" throughout the book, and I guess it could be argued that she was using the language of the WBC for effect, but it still stung. Then at the very, very end, she explains how her feelings have changed. We're talking about the last few pages. She even goes with the, "I have a lot of gay friends," line.

I hope that one day she truly gains some perspective, but at this point, I think she would be tempted to go back to the WBC if they invited her. She still seems to remember the pickets fondly. Those were definitely her favorite part. Ugh.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 10:18 am 1

On Leaving Westboro Baptist: An Interview

I'm reading the book right now, because I'm so disgusted by the WBC, but also fascinated by aberrant human behavior in general. I was hoping for some real insight, and I'm only about 4 chapters in, but so far: none.

I really do not get the sense that Lauren feels ashamed of her actions. She doesn't come off as having been brainwashed. I'm truly surprised at the tone of the book. I was hoping for an "insider's look" at what was happening within the WBC and how they rationalized their beliefs and actions, and it just isn't there so far. It's more of a "this is what we believed because we believed it."

Lauren says at one point how nobody could ever win a logic-based argument about scripture with anyone from the WBC because their facts and logic were so tight, but when she attempts to explain it, it makes so sense whatsoever. (And not just because I don't agree; I'm a business analyst - it's just not logical. The arguments are circular and contradictory at every turn.)

So, yeah. The book is disappointing.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:16 am 1