Friday, December 2, 2011

Like Pulling Snowman Teeth - 7QT, Volume 51

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*1*
I didn't post for Thanksgiving A) because I was enjoying time with my family and B) I prayed all of you were enjoying your Thanksgiving instead of reading blogs!

So......... I enjoyed time with my cousins, the Twinsies, and the rest of my family. They are almost a year old! I can't believe it. I have a sliver of the feeling that I would feel if I was their mother, I'm sure.



*2*
Cyber Monday came and went without a penny spent by me. *Pats self on back*

I hear the best deals come later anyway. Plus, do I really need anything else?

(Check out Decide.com if you're considering buying some electronics or gadgets.)

Though I constantly resist the sales, I'm still enticed by some really delicious feeling of spending money, even though I HATE SPENDING MONEY.

I wrote this quick take on Wednesday... and Thursday I went on a Target.com spree... sigh.

*3*
How do you feel about the Victoria's Secret show? I never had a very strong opinion about it, but it occurred to me that I probably should...

My short opinion: yes, they are objectifying women. Absolutely, though the women choose to and even DREAM of walking down that catwalk. They also dress it up with the fanciful, costume atmosphere that the fashion world is famous for.

Therefore, no, it's not as bad as porn, but the subtlety allows more of the negative messages that discredit TOB to sneak by, under the guise of a carnival show.

Victorian Secret fashion show
*4*
Liesl introduced me to 1000 Awesome Things, such as when the first person starts the standing ovation. That person, if you look around next time you're at a performance, is usually my father or my sister. I admire them for that because, unfortunately, I don't think that will ever be me.

Check out their books for a dose of positivity in your Christmas shopping:

The Book of (Holiday) Awesome
The Book of Awesome

*5*
One thing I really love about my beau is also something that attracts a lot of playful teasing from my family and friends.

A cruel little game my family (and I) play is to name a movie, any movie, hoping to nail one of the 14 movies he's seen (I'm kidding, my love :) ). He's seen more than 14, but probably less than 80.

Again, I love this about him. He spent his childhood DOING things instead of watching movies. He is an expert on almost everything handy or crafty (seriously, everything). I learn something new every single day and without the time to learn all of that, he wouldn't be able to teach me the quirky, genius ways to fix things.

Plus, now we have the chance to watch some of my favorite movies together, should he wish to watch them.

He's putting in surround sound in his living room so we can enjoy some movies together. :)

I still prefer our hiking and travel outing most of all.

*6*
I just watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and .... the first thing I thought of when the Dentist took out the teeth of the Abominable Snowman was, "Eugenics!"

As we know, the delightful founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a strong voice in the eugenics movement. She advocated for birth control and sterilization to clean up the human race (taking out the "mentally inferior" and black), treating fertility like a disease.

Now here we have this gigantic, fearsome (misunderstood?) monster whose unappealing feature is his man-and-reindeer appetite and accompanying teeth. Pop, pop, pop. Get those things out of there. Presto-chango, he's tame and puts stars on your 15 ft. Christmas trees at the end of a leash.

Are you picking up what I'm putting down? To clarify: I'm not accusing the writer of Rudolph of supporting eugenics, nor am I belittling serializing to removing a monster's teeth.

*7*
Do you think Santa picked up a Canadian accent up there?



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11 comments:

Liesl said...

The 1000 Awesome Things are pretty AWESOME!!! I get the RSS feed to my email so sometimes it just brightens my day... I think this is my favorite:

http://1000awesomethings.com/2011/03/03/296-making-a-baby-laugh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+1000AwesomeThings+%281000+Awesome+Things%29

Um how ADORABLE is that? And so true...

Lisa Schmidt said...

On the topic of Victoria's Secret...
Have you seen their new commercial? We saw it at the 8:00 hour last night on broadcast TV, and I was speechless. I said to Joel - look at that!? But he was trying NOT to look given the women's breasts were nearly fully exposed. I was leading him to the near occasion of sin, I do believe!

I just kept thinking about the 8th grade boys who saw it, and now they will most likey never get those images out their minds...

Liesl said...

To clarify, God is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and these are just AWESOME!!! Way less.

Chris said...

Apparently you are in a relationship with Hank Hill.

Kevin said...

I'm certainly not going to go a mile sticking up for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (VSFS), but I must admit I think all the outrage is completely blown out of proportion. The VSFS is not all about sex or porn or anything close to that. Honestly, look at the outfits they wear. Most have wings and other completely ridiculous attachments. That's not about sex, it's about art and creativity. A great proportion of people who watch the VSFS are women, and they're not watching it to see what wing outfits they're going to purchase next, or because they have an attraction for women (maybe some do).

I think there are a lot worse things on TV than the VSFS. In fact, just about every sitcom or drama on TV is worse. Sexual jokes and innuendos are very common, as well as outright sex itself. Movies are no better. How many women like the movie Love Actually (basically starts with a porn scene), or Bridesmaids (nudity and sexual content throughout...and it's a chick flick)? Has anyone seen Pan Am? Seriously?

I didn't watch the VSFS this year, but I have in years past, and I don't see anything so terrible about it, at least not compared with the rest of TV and movies. But let me again say that I'm not supporting it either... I just don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe I need to do more reading.


p.s. That guy in #5 seems pretty cool.

Emily @ Day in the Life said...

Dear Liesl, THANK YOU FOR THAT SITE. Well thanks to Elizabeth too :D
I also agree with Kevin. There are much worse things on TV but I don't want to say that there isn't anything wrong with the VSFS. I still think that shouldn't be broadcast on TV. Bleh.

Anthony S. Layne said...

When I was younger, I would have been all over the VSFS like ugly on a bear. Now ... I think there's a thin line between legitimate sex play between spouses and objectification, and lingerie isn't specifically for married couples. And while in theory VS has as much right to advertise their wares as do, say, Sean John and Levi's ... yeah, that kind of fashion show, especially broadcast, can be an occasion of sin.

Julie Robison said...

Victorian Secret... snarky laugh laugh laugh!

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