Friday, October 31, 2014

Ritual Sacrificing of the Ghourds

Happy Halloween from our house to yours!

5.31 Guilty Pleasures - Shoe Buying

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the thirty-first day of each month is "Guilty Pleasures."
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About twice a year I just go on a binge of shoe buying. I have settled quite nicely into a routine for spring and summer shoes (Mephisto Helen sandals and Vionic with Orthaheel Wave - the Wave seems to have disappeared and the Tide has taken its place), but fall and winter still have me stumped.

I have a pair of CYDWOK Bout maryjane type shoes and Cole Haan boots (this with a lower heel) that get me through the winter and of course, I have a pair of sturdy winter boots for the winter, but I need something a bit more versatile (and warmer) to get me through the winter, especially since I have to get dressed (!) every day.

So VIP Zappos* to the rescue. I ordered six pairs of shoes and will  probably end up sending all of them back (free shipping both ways!), but in the meantime, I feel like the shoe fairy has come and installed me in the seat of shoe glory.

Also, New Balance has a new line of dress shoes called Aravon and I like to support New Balance's ethical stances, but the quality of the shoes seems a little suspect. Anyone have any experience with these shoes and how durable they are?  I don't mind paying a lot of money for quality shoes that I wear every day for years and years, but I do mind paying a lot if they're going to fall apart in two months.
Dankso stopped making the Veda and originally I was just going to buy like three pairs of those and take care of my winter shoe problem for the next five years, but I ordered other shoes from Dankso and the Veda magic is not there. I will continue to wear my Veda shoes with holes in them until they completely disintegrate.

I can't possibly be the only one who takes advantage of Zappo's free shipping this way.  Come on, tell the truth... 

*I still make no money from this blog. Everything I linked to I use a lot - for real. No affiliate links used.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5.30 Contemplate - Words Matter?

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the thirtieth day of each month is "Contemplate."
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Recently a Facebook friend wrote a post in the voice of her cat, wherein the cat referred to the human as "Mom." This particular Facebook friend has an actual human child and I was caught a little off guard by the comment.

You see, when I was in grad school, I was walking to the bus stop when I passed a professor from my department walking his dog.

"Awww...are you a good boy for your daddy?" I cooed at the dog because I coo at dogs. It is just what I do.

"I am not the dog's father," the professor professed.

Lesson learned.
I'm actually kind of on board with that.  I try hard not to call Zelda our "pet," but our "cat" or "animal companion" (the second with a smirk, of course). I have never claimed to be Zelda's "owner," but instead we are her "humans" or "friends."

Sometimes I think the fuss about political appropriate language is ridiculous, but Zelda is a member of our family (albeit not our daughter) and just like I am not "owned" by my husband, she is not "owned" by us. We adopted her into our family and we care for her, but we did not "buy" her. 

Anyway, I was contemplating this while making hummus last night and the truth is that I don't know if the words DO matter. Legally, Zelda is our property - we are responsible for her humane treatment and could be found legally culpable if she was inappropriately cared for. It's not clear to me whether or not ZELDA herself cares if we refer to her as our "pet" or our "friend" or "roommate." And it's not even clear to me if anyone else ever thinks about these things and makes giant leaps about me and my relationship with Zellybeans based on the language I use to describe her. 

But it's important TO ME. Just like it matters to me that I always say "Washington's NFL team" and "American Indian" and "members of Congress" and other phrases that show I am trying to be inclusive and aware and non-offensive. I don't always succeed, of course, but I'm doing my best.
Zelda don't care. She just wants to go back inside where it's warm, there are no dogs, and she doesn't have to wear a harness.

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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5.29 Music - Tuesday Night Hootenanny

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-ninth day of each month is "Music."
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Last night, we came home from school, I worked out while the boy finished up work in the office, and as I was putting away my workout gear, the boy pulled out his guitar, and then this happened.
Click to make larger and see Zelda in all her glory.
I can't actually tell if Zelda likes when Dr. BB practices, but I will tell you right now, she won't leave him alone when he does. She tries to get in his lap and when he inevitably kicks her off, she'll try and find a soft spot as near to him as possible. And when nothing soft is available, well, a hard wooden stool will do, too.

He was working on a tricky passage in a song and he kept playing the same notes over and over again in an attempt to build muscle memory and whenever he would hit a bad note, her ears would flatten, but she never moved from the stool.  And when he put the guitar away, she hopped down from the stool and followed him around, twining between his legs and marking him with her tail.
There's also nothing like wishing your humans would leave the guitar case open so you could climb inside it, either. At least, that's according to Zelda.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5.28 Cooking - The Last of the Kale

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-eighth day of each month is "Cooking."
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I have a Facebook friend who lives in Ithaca, New York and she complains about the kale she gets from her CSA more than I do. She's forever taking kale dishes to potlucks and attempting to leave kale on her neighbors' front porches.  I tend to just suck it up and eat it for lunch during a weekend day when I am home during the middle of the day. I usually just saute it with some garlic and/or onions until it's fairly wilted in some olive oil and/or butter and then splash in balsamic vinegar at the end. Top it with some cheese (I like feta best, but I've been settling for Parmesean because it's what we have in the house) and it's absolutely edible.
Our farmers tell us that kale is quite controversial. They do an end of season survey and there is absolutely no consensus on kale - some people love it and other people hate it - so they average actually comes out to be that they are giving the perfect amount of kale!  I don't know. I'd happily exchange the kale for chard, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, or just about any other green. 

But it's a superfood, so I always tell myself that eating a bowl of kale makes me super. And I must continue to believe this!
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, October 27, 2014

5.27 Media - Podcasts

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-seventh day of each month is "Media."
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Since my husband has an iPhone, he decided I could use his iPod. Now, the thing is that I am sort of anti-Apple and this device is about as intuitive as not using soap to wash towels in every other load, which is to say, this is not intuitive at all. And don't even get me started on the fucking iTunes store which is its own level of dysfunction. Anyway, I attempted to listen to audiobooks on the iPod, but the chapters would get out of order and it was impossible to fix while I was driving and I essentially gave in and just decided that I would use it for what it was designed for - listening to podcasts. And it really does serve this purpose well.
I've written about my favorite podcasts before, but I have added to the list! (Also, Stuff You Missed In History Class is just so bad now with the new hosts that I have stopped recommending it. But do listen to the archives!!)

Decode DC - Andrea Seabrook, former NPR Congressional correspondent, runs this super interesting podcast on the ins and outs of Congress. I especially love the exit interviews with retiring members of Congress saying things they ordinarily wouldn't say.

Pop Culture Happy Hour - I listen to this so I don't have to watch movies or television, but I can still talk intelligently about them.  It's not as amazing now that Trey Graham has been replaced by a rotating cast of annoying individuals (can't we just get one of the Code Switch bloggers to be a permanent replacement?), but I do like the move towards some mini-PCHH updates once in a while. 

A Way with Words - The hosts of this show are amazingly knowledgeable about language AND they aren't snobby about it. If someone calls with a question about some obscure word used only by their family, the hosts LOVE it. Neologisms, long-forgotten phrases not found in any dictionary, and slang from your grandma's era are all welcomed here.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

5.26 Support - Possible Pagan Celebrations

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-sxith day of each month is "Support."
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Today we got pumpkins. Dr. BB's favorite holiday is Halloween and we like to celebrate by poorly carving gourds, drying and roasting their seeds, and attempting to get a picture of our cat docilely sitting next to the jack-o-lanterns while we take a picture (Z-cat is not a professional model, despite what you might think).
Things have not been going particularly well for Dr. BB. He has been forced into a sedentary lifestyle ("why don't you not lift anything heavy or move too much for a few weeks while we keep an eye on that?" says the doctor) and he's not particularly pleased about it. Even the use of the wheelbarrow for the moving of the pumpkins (I lifted them) seemed to set off some inner torment. Anyhow, because of the limitations, we have been forced to limit our regularly scheduled October haunted house excursions and I'm trying to be more creative in ways to enjoy the season without having to be particularly physical.

Left on my list of things to do include making an apple pie and carving these pumpkins.  And then we will have well and truly done fall.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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