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Last night I dreamt of a dilapidated stone ruin where, if we jumped from cairn to cairn in the correct pattern, a secret door in the ground opened up and permitted us to enter an underground crystal cavern full of friendly cats.

On What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

This is a great article, thank you so much for articulating this, i think that I want to print it out and carry it around as a pocket reference to hand to strangers so that I can save my breath.

A related aside: My most vivid memory of my time as a Girl Scout was a conversation that a group of us had in the lead-up to our pack leader's weeding. One of the girls asked if she would be changing her last name, and her answer was, "If you weren't going to change your name, why else would you get married?" No one had an answer back.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm 1

On White Man From Virginia Claims 800 Square Miles of African Desert So Daughter Can Finally Be "A Real Princess"

This was read aloud in our office this morning, to peals of sardonic laughter.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm 0

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

@AmandaElsewhere Hi! Double-digit-size compatriot here, and inveterate thrift/consignment shopper. The answer to this question is going to depend a lot on where you live, but if there's anything remotely resembling a mid-sized town with a vaguely white-collar workforce within a hundred miles then you'll find some of what you want, because most of that workforce is middle-aged women (teachers, administrative professionals, etc). Most cities I've passed through have had at least one specialty plus-size consignment store. I find that certain items tend to be easier to find second-hand in my size (ranges from 12-20, depending on the item) - skirts, sweaters, jackets, and accessories are often available second-hand to fit my own particulars, whereas blouses, pants and dresses I tend to have to seek out new and alter to size. I also agree with the Fancy Person's rule about picking a colour scheme and sticking to it, because it makes thrift shopping at the big-box second hand stores way less overwhelming if I'm filtering for colour as well as size, fit, and quality.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm 3

On Weekend Roundup

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yay! Happy reading and happy travels!

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm 1

On Weekend Roundup

I am looking forward to spending the weekend's precious relaxation hours in my new fringed bikini! So many good reads will be stacked on the beach sands.(Hot tip: http://monifc.com/ for extremely excellent plus sized suits with good coverage and size charts that seem to run true.)

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm 0

On An Interview with Ann Wroe, Obituaries Writer for The Economist

I tried the links to all of the obituaries and I'm hitting a paywall! Too bad, because the two that I read are absolutely lyrical.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm 0

On True Summer

This was a heavenly musing, and it made me feel ten kinds of happy to read. A guidepost on the road for beautiful dreamers.

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm 0

On Courtney Love: "You have to really get my attention if you're male. I can't help it. It's part of my nature"

"I mixed it up with "Portlandia"." OH MAN, C-LUV, HARSHEST BESTEST PITCHFORK BURN EVER.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm 2

On Mad Men: In the Land of the Lost

@pajamaralls "Sharp edges being worn down", that's a good way to put it. This still from season 1 - http://www.gq.com/style/profiles/201304/mad-men-every-don-draper-look-season-1#slide=39 - his shirt is wrinkled, if I recall correctly Peggy's come in upon a Don who slept it off in his office - - yet, the posture is upright, and the framing puts Don in command. Even the drape of the shirt shows a perfect cut, where in this Season 7 still the cut's not quite right, the shirt's a little blousy, the fit's a little off.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:40 am 0

On Mad Men: In the Land of the Lost

That still of Don is such a great choice of illustration. It reminds me that, for all the fuss about Jon Hamm's looks aside, his acting skill is still a gift to television. The tired old-man slump in his shoulders, the way that Don's physicality has shifted so much from the early seasons, shows up his talent. When I look at this picture, I don't see the "matinee-idol" of the Rock Hudson era anymore, I see my grandpa.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm 0