A fantastically fine day today I must say. We went to Napa and hung out at my friend’s uncle’s ranch/vineyard and had a ridiculous amount of amazing food: burgers, onion rings, melon salad, beef bone marrow (something I never imagined I would try) and some amazing potato rolls, and cheese rolls. Its kinda funny to go to wine country and not have any wine but I think that good music and good company is all I need. A day with some of my closest friends just hanging out just makes me feel whole and complete (or maybe thats just my overstuffed stomach talking) but not a lot compares to driving along the highway, belting out Aretha Franklin on a warm summer night.
You know when a major character in a book dies and you feel like you’re mourning the loss of a close friend. The first two books I sped through, but the third one, I just kept putting it down in frustration and walking around. It was in a way painful to read because I felt like the characters were doing things that were just so wrong, I wanted to reach into the story and tell them “you’re being stupid!!”.
I will say that though I’m not a big fan of dystopian novels, these had a lot more nuance in them and I really liked how Roth showed her characters as not good, or evil, but simply people that make choices. And I liked that the rebellions and various “wars” were not just good people fighting evil people, but a result of a struggle to govern themselves.
"It’s not perfect, but it’s genuine"
Anyone who regularly reads this blog, has probably already noticed this, but I am a terrible speller. I constantly misspell words—I had to re-type “misspell” just now. I consider it different than your average terrible internet spelling because I know the difference between “your” and “you’re” and between “they’re” “their” and “there”, and “its” and “it’s”. I know those common mistakes, but when a few years ago I was labeling a map of the United States, I misspelled more than a handful of the states. Now, you may be thinking that I’ve always struggled with reading and have been just kind-of making it though, but that isn’t the case. I’ve always been able to read easily and effortlessly. With spelling, I did alright throughout elementary school but soon most assignments were typed and I could use spell-check and so the appearance of my spelling improved, but in reality it never did.
These days, most of my close friends know that I’m a terrible speller, the evidence is in the text messages (and the aforementioned United States map) but I’ve been able to hide it from teachers, bosses, and co-workers. Still it’s painful when I’m writing a short note and can’t use a word because I can’t remember how to spell it, and it’s embarrassing when others have to correct my spelling. I’m afraid that my terrible spelling will hold me back from opportunities in my life. So this is my vow to improve my spelling and I would love any suggestions on how to do so!!
Imagine this: The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or…
This. Don’t hate on feminism just because you don’t need it. Do you trash the efforts to reduce poverty just because you aren’t poor? No! All the more reason that those who live a life free of sexism should help create a world free of sexism for everyone.
My summer reading so far has been romance and fantasy…and I wonder why I feel like my life hasn’t been eventful enough!