I’m a little behind on this because I did some dog sitting last week in a place without cable or internet, and I felt really cut off from the rest of the world. It was kind of nice, but I felt left out of the happenings. Here are the five things I loved last week.
1. First, we have the Martha Stewart Home Office line at Staples. I had to buy some new office supplies, which I love, and I recently made a wedding organizer from this line, so I made a bee-line straight back for it. I am also of the belief that if I have cute organizational supplies, I will use them, and thus, will make my life easier. I bought these binders (and no, they weren’t full of women).
I’ve got my eye on these stacked bins and paper holders. That line also needs to get a file cabinet soon because I am in desperate need.
2. This next thing I’ve had a love/hate relationship with most of my life, but right now, we’re in love mode, so I’m throwing it on here: curly hair. My mother’s hair is straight as a board, and my dad’s not had hair as long as I can remember, so when I was younger, no one knew quite what to do with the thin, wispy, tangled pile of hair on top of my head. It resulted in some rather unfortunate school photos during my younger years. As I got older, I finally figured how to manage it. Though, how good it turns out is often in direct proportion to the weather. It’s been doing this rain and then get really hot thing here, which builds up the humidity. For normal folks, it’s hair disaster, but mine just eats it up and curls. It’s kind of awesome. Now if I can only get these stupid bangs to grow out.
3. I’ve been really into just wearing plain tees lately, even with jackets and flats/sandals to teach in, so these Old Navy Slub Tees have been nice. I got three a couple of weekends ago at $6 a pop, and I kind of wish I’d bought some more. They’re loose, but not overwhelmingly baggy, as I’m often prone to buying, and they’ve got a V-neck.
4. Thrifting! I hadn’t been to a flea market in a long time, and I decided to go with my friend Tracey over the weekend. I found a couple potential pieces of furniture and a vintage Coach purse that needs a little leather oil to be good as new. I’m trying to become more thrifty and re-purpose things instead of just buying the same old crap everyone else has. Plus, I like the feeling of taking something and making it useful and beautiful. This mirror I found last time I went and made it into a catch-all in my bathroom.
5. Lastly, for the political thing I’m loving this week—Michelle Obama’s answer to the heckler at her speech. I’m loving this for so many reasons. First, she talked to the woman like an ADULT. For pete’s sake, didn’t anyone ever teach this woman, or any other heckler for that matter, that yelling and being rude gets you what you want. It’s rude, and I don’t tolerate in my classroom, nor do I think the Obamas should have to tolerate it on the public stage. Not only do I think it’s rude, it doesn’t do any good. I actually do support equality for the LGBTQ community, but I don’t agree that yelling your opinion at FLOTUS will get you what you want. You know what does get results? Having an adult conversation. A civil, lively debate can change minds better than yelling or throwing a tantrum. By acknowledging points, it helps build your credibility with your opponent, and it allows for more than just a catchphrase or one-liner. I think it’s time more people took the Michelle Obama approach to handling those who are being outright rude.
In an attempt to get myself to post on here more, I am going to give myself a weekly post to write. I’m always reading something new or trying a new product, so I figure this will be the place that I talk about it.
1. First up, Lego Star Wars! I went in on a PS3 back at Christmas with my significant other. Here’s the thing, though, I never had any kind of gaming system as a kid, so I’m fairly terrible as an adult at any adult video game. I am also a huge nerd, so I heard these Lego games were pretty fun from a colleague with kids, so I bought the Harry Potter ones first, and now I’m on to the Star Wars ones.
2. Being out of school! The whole reason I get to play Lego Star Wars is because classes aren’t in session right now, and it has been glorious! I’m not sending emails at all hours of the day and night from my iPhone, and there’s no grading! None! I’d forgotten what that was like. I can open up my computer and I get to read what I want! Seriously, this is the best. Too bad summer school starts next week. :(
3. I’ve been in a hair care slump for awhile now, and I think I may have found a solution. I find that changing up my shampoo and conditioner can do wonders for my hair. I think it gets too use to the same brand if I use it over and over again. I’m also trying to get away from buying animal tested products, so I’m a little limited on my choices in some areas. (I’m still also on the hunt for a non-animal tested deodorant that lives up to my expectations.) The Burt’s Bees More Moisture Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner are awesome and are the best smelling shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used.
4. Bralettes are the greatest thing I’ve found since I acquired boobs. I bought my first bralette last week, and it’s so comfy! I know some women wear them just as a top, but I’m not quite that gutsy, so I’ve mostly been wearing them under tanks and tees. They have all the comfort of wearing a sports bra, but they’re pretty! I bought a lace one and I’ll be getting a patterned one soon.
5. Last and certainly not least, Michele Bachmann is not running for a fifth term! Yes, Captain Crazyeyes will not be coming back. While she is possibly one of the more harmless Tea Party folks (I’m actually more concerned about Rand Paul), she has done her share of damage already. From her Islamaphobic rant about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhoood to any comment she’s ever made about the LGBTQ community, she has been a grade A nutjob, but relatively harmless at the same time. I suppose I should be grateful for Bachmann in some ways for exposing Tea Party Republicans for what they really are—which is uninformed, bigoted, racist, sexist, and completely out of touch with modern reality.
Bye Bye, Bachmann! May you have just as long career on FoxNews as Sarah Palin.
Ha! The Liberal Dachshunds’ mom has been playing Lego Star Wars lately and finds this incredibly funny.
Yep. Every single time.
It’s here! It’s finally here! The West Wing is on Netflix and the liberal dachshunds and their mom have done nothing all day. Jammies, snuggling, and Bartlet for America for all!
This one is for my friend, Brett. This is Benedict Cumberbatch wishing her the happiest of birthdays.