On "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"
This was incredibly wrenching and beautiful. But as a pregnant hypochondriac, I probably should have put it on my wait-to-read list.
On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
Wow. Her bravery and empathy are just incredible. The phrase that keeps coming to mind for me is that she's doing God's work.
Now excuse me while my pregnant-lady hormones cause me to deteriorate into a pile of snot and tears.
@barefoot cuntessa Yay! I walked down the aisle to Cat Power's version of "I Found a Reason."
@itiresias yeah--I agree with @metermaid--I'm totally anxious and phobic about puking, to the point where I almost never eat meat, or if a coworker is sick with a stomach thing, even self-diagnosed food poisoning, I have trouble sleeping because I'm nervous it'll hit me in the night and I won't make it to the bathroom. Like, pretty ridiculous. But we're gearing up for kids soon and while my husband will be the primary puke-parent, I'm not going to let a toddler or small child just sit covered in vomit if he's not home. I'm sure I'll be able to clean them up and pat their hair. Hopefully I'll be able to act normal while I do it so that I don't pass on my craziness!
My brand-new husband and I have the best (for us) system ever: We spend holidays at home. Our families live far away from us and far apart from each other, and we've found that it's much more relaxing and fun for everyone if we travel to visit them at times that are filled with fewer emotional expectations. This is our first holiday season as a married couple, but we've been spending holidays at home for a few years now. It's really great--we have friends over for thanksgiving dinner/christmas brunch if people are around, if not we just go out. It's seriously the best thing ever, and will make life 10,000 easier when we have kids.
@frigwiggin UGH that is so terrible. Your poor dad! I do not understand people who insist that their dog not wear a leash on walks. Is it because they're too lazy to hold a thing in their hand? Because they want to show off how well trained they think their dog is?
I have to pull over my car like twice a week because I see some pup with a collar wandering about my neighborhood. If I'm able to catch the dog and bring it home the owners usually give some version of "Oh, haha, that rascal, he always finds his way home." These people apparently just let their dogs wander away on off-leash walks and then head home. People who own actual escape artist dogs are usually much more grateful.
When my dude and I got engaged, I wasn't sure whether I wanted a ring, but since we decided to have a relatively long engagement, I decided I wanted the symbol. I want to an estate jewelry shop and found a $400 vintage ring that I absolutely love. It's very small and simple and just what I wanted. We probably could have spent more, but we decided together (we'd already mushed our meager checking accounts together) that $400 was enough to buy something pretty with and not so much that I'd feel like a fool.
Oh, we just bought our wedding bands from bario-neal and I can't recommend them highly enough. Beautiful, simple designs and really lovely people to deal with. Very reasonably priced, too.
I LOVE these slightly disgusting cookies! My grandma used to make them a lot--she called them "chocolate surprise," which is perfect.
@shelbysays I pretended to shower for, like, a year and a half after moving in with my dude, but my pretense slowly become more and more half-hearted, and now I just say, "I have to poop, please don't come in."
@akapocalypse my fiance and I are proud dog parents, and it's the best. We want babies, too, but are a little worried we might always love our dog more...?