MA in Canadian history who enjoys snacks, cleaning, sparkly things, and living in bizarre rural parts of Canada with her boyfriend and complaining about it.
I cannot condone wearing various items of clothing on body parts for which they were not intended, BUT
Karen Brewer also invented wearing sweaters as pants in the Super Special "Snowbound" and went around singing about her sweater-pants in....I don't know, 1992?
I don't even want to know how smart I could be if I didn't have bits of Baby-sitters Club trivia clogging up my brain. That and every single detail of the American Girl canon.
Dear Heather and Jessica, I am so happy to see you doing so well and interviewing on the Hairpin! I have been reading your website since the Olden Days, kept up with you guys from TWoP to SF's many iterations, etc. etc. I love your site, and you both seem so lovely and down-to-earth, and I am just ridiculously pleased with all of this. (And as a huge Kate Middleton fangirl, I appreciate that too.)
I am also so glad that your website is free (from you guys) from any sort of snippy body-snarking that is so prevalent on celebrity fashion sites. It's exhausting and awful and I'm glad to see a place where you can say "wow her skirt looks like it's made of feathers and string and chewing gum with little spiders hanging off the edges, it's like what would happen if my grandma's upstairs closet was the theme on 'Project Runway'" without anyone chiming in to say WELL SHE'S FAT SO WHATEVER. So thanks, I appreciate that too!
@mynamebackwards My horrible manager at my former retail job used to go on the awful cayenne pepper-maple syrup cleanse or whatever, during work hours, and she was a raging bitch to us and to customers as well. She would stand at the back of the store and bitch about every customer who left. Then at the end of her shift she would wander over to the food court, buy herself a fried chicken breast from KFC, and eat it in view of us at the store, then come back and tell us how the cleanse was making her feel SO AMAZING.
She was such a weirdo I can't even. I really feel like if you work in customer service you owe it to other human beings not to forcibly starve yourself.
My Polish dad came thisclose to naming me Apollonia and now I desperately wish he had. It was a family name, but then I could also have this awesome, tragic story to share, even in the small way of names.
WAIT A SECOND. I clicked, totally at random, on the Storekeeper's Niece, and found this:
"Mike Williams thinks the little redhead is too pretty to share Amos' nasty disposition, and once her sharp tongue crosses a line with him, he turns her over his knee for a good spanking. That's nothing, though, compared to his outrage when he learnes that Becca is determined to find her uncle's killer. Sparks fly as the Sheriff and the Storekeeper's Niece go at it in front of the whole town!
The Storekeeper's Niece is an old-fashioned Western, with traditional spanking of adult women in an historical setting."
What??????? AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE BOOKS. I am so...I had no idea this was a thing.
On Lorde talks online "cleanliness," subtweeting and new luxuries ("I'm gonna buy a double bed. I'm just gonna do that")
@iceberg Yeah, as much as I do like the message "it's unhealthy for young girls to listen to a song that's all about that NEED and that frantic craving," yes, I kind of feel like....if you haven't experienced it, it's easy to knock it, you know? It's easy to say "Piffle! What trash! How can you have no backbone!" but when you're in the maelstrom of a romantic tangle even the most levelheaded person in the world can succumb to that "please I need you, I can't live without you, if you leave me I'll die." ESPECIALLY teenagers. Especially. Because I was totally that teenager who sneered at people with extremely intense romantic sagas ("oh my GOD, she was like 'I can't LIVE without you,' like who says that, come on, grow up") but in the moment it's...complex and painful and your entire universe. Which I think is where most artists and musicians are coming from--when that emotion right then is your entire universe and your WHOLE WORLD, even if an intellectual part of you is going "Hey, what the fuck."
@25688079@twitter I, uh, think most young women are aware in 2013 that raising kids and cleaning house is not the end-all be-all for most women. Since it's one of the most influential books of the 20th century and all, I don't think it's like, a sleeper hit.
The Absolutely True Diary Of a Part-Time Indian is FANTASTIC. Richard Peck's A Long Way From Chicago? Beautiful. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is my favourite book of all time, followed very narrowly by Anne of Green Gables and the Little House books. Caddie Woodlawn, The Witch of Blackbird Pond (NAT!!!), Tuck Everlasting, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Catherine Called Birdy (and the book I actually liked more, The Midwife's Apprentice), Sarah Plain and Tall, NARNIA, The Secret Garden, Are You There God It's Me Margaret, Matilda, The Egypt Game, D'Aulaire's, Ella Enchanted, Julie of the Wolves, Number the Stars, Island of the Blue Dolphins (the skirt!!!!).
These books practically made up the backbone of my childhood. Even now when I reread them I'm in the backseat of my parents' car, or lying on the ground of the campground with a stack of books beside me, sitting on the front porch, lying in the basement where it's cool and eating a Popsicle. Or going to the library and coming back with an armload of books. Reading EVERY SINGLE book the library had in historical fiction in the Youth section. Begging my parents to take me to the library two times in a week because I was bored and I'd read everything already. Oh my god, these books.
@j-i-a OH MY GOD MANDYYYYY I LOVED THAT BOOK SO INCREDIBLY MUCH. Read it to pieces, backwards and forwards. The shell cottage? Perfection. I want one still.
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