Mighty Life List
Jul 2 2015

Walking Tall

I love this video of a man trying out heels. What he had to say beforehand:

“Every wedding or fancy event I’ve ever been to has involved at least one girl complaining about how much pain they’re in because of their footwear. Blah blah blah. I get it, your feet hurt… let’s get back to some grinding.”

What he said after:

“People love to talk about how girls are kind of, like, pissy sometimes, and like in bitchy moods. And I completely get it right now. Like, I want to kill everybody.”

Truth.

via boing boing

Jul 1 2015

Puddle Preschool

This preschool is designed to collect puddles for the kids to play in when it rains. So good.

(via Spoon and Tomago)

Jun 30 2015

The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion

I finished a grownup book! As far as new-mom milestones go, I’ve decided this is more significant than fitting into my pre-baby jeans. Also, this only took me two and a half months. I’ll get back to you on the jeans.

The best parts of Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted:

“She had set aside the seductive familiarity of the celebrity fund-raiser.
The smell of jasmine.
The pool of blue jacaranda petals on the sidewalk where she sat.
The sense that under that tent nothing bad was going to happen and its corollary, the sense that under that tent nothing at all was going to happen.”

“If you knew [its] name, you might recall the days or nights spent on this island en route to or in lieu of more desirable islands, the metallic taste of tinned juice in rum punches, the mosquitoes under the net at night, the rented villa where the septic tank backed up, the unpleasantness over the Jet Ski misunderstanding, the hours spent waiting in the jammed airport when the scheduled Windward Air or BIWI flights failed to materialize, the piece of needlepoint you meant to finish and instead spotted with coconut oil, the book you meant to read and distractedly set aside, the tedium of all forlorn tropical places.”

“‘A lot of people get some big mystical kick out of chewing over things that happened forty, forty-five years ago,’” he said then. “‘Little sad stories about being misunderstood by their mother or getting snubbed at school or whatever. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this, I’m not saying it’s self-indulgent or self-pitying or any other damn thing. I’m just saying I can’t afford it. So I don’t do it.’”

VOCAB

specific gravity – the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a standard, usually water for a liquid or solid, and air for a gas.

Merck Manual – A health information reference.

proconsular – A provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. 2. A high administrator in one of the modern colonial empires.

facile – appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial.

Alcestis – a princess in Greek mythology, known for her love of her husband.

agitprop – political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art

Jun 29 2015

Equality

Does anyone else feel strange to be so over the moon about marriage equality in the wake of the Charleston murders?

Jun 18 2015

“This is Me”

Jun 17 2015

Justine Mahoney

I want one of Justine Mahoney’s bronze sculptures for my apathetic doll collection. These kids do not care about your treble.

Jun 16 2015

Justina Blakeney is Juicy

Do you read The Jungalow? Justina Blakeney is a nice person to have bouncing around in your head.

In particular her recent citrus styling piece was so playful. It reminds me of a time in my kidhood when I just took whatever I had around to make pretty things.

I need the Internet to bring me more oranges on sticks.