Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sex Ed Sunday

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sex Ed Sunday

  • Badass Michigan judge strikes down the ban on gay marriage and tears apart the arguments in its favor. LOVE. (The Stranger)
  • Have you ever tried the Flame Test on your sex toys? (Dangerous Lilly)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stitch Fix #8

See Stitch Fix #1#2#3#4#5#6, #7
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It's been a couple of months since my last Fix, so my stylist's message started this way:

Hi Inness! Welcome back to Stitch Fix!

It hasn't been that long! And if it has, it's only because the wait is now about 1-2 months out. ;)
The rest was great - it showed such personal attention to detail! This is why I keep coming back (even though, as a Stitch Fix employee has noted, I usually only keep one or two items from each box):

I noted in your profile that you prefer US made clothing. I've included a few brands in your Fix today...hope you love the selection. Team the Just Black black ankle biter skinny jean with the 41 Hawthorn fuchsia pink blouse. Also selected the TCEC khaki green surplus jacket, great piece to layer over a pop of color/pattern tee (maybe add a waist belt similar to the image on your pinterest board? [she means this one, yay!]) and the Pomelo embroidered hemline navy dress. If you are interested in trying a few of our polyester mix blouses, please let us know through your profile, or deselect in the avoid materials section, we have a great range of cute pieces that you may like. Enjoy! Look forward to your feedback. Julie :-)

I can't decide if I want to try their polyester options. Usually I prefer natural fibers.. but you never know. Anyway, on to the show!

1. Just Black "Dean" ankle zip skinny jean, $78 - returned

I wanted to be able to keep these pants so bad! They were the perfect length, they were made in the USA, they had a cool zip detail at the ankle, and they were black (and I need more black pants). But they were just a little bit too tight in the waist and the rise was too low for me. (I only like to show my underwear to people on purpose.) I even emailed their customer service people to see if they could exchange for a larger size, but unfortunately they could not.

I am wearing them with the..

2. 41Hawthorn "Natasha" front pocket sleeveless blouse, $58 - returned

Stitch Fix loves to send me sleeveless tops. I may even be warming to them, myself. And this one was a very pretty color. But the armpit holes were huge, and the top buttonhole was torn, so perhaps not the best quality. Also very prone to wrinkles, as you can see.

3. Pomelo "Trin" tie-neck embroidery hem dress, $74 - returned

Nope nope nope, I thought when I put this dress on. It was a pretty navy color and very soft, the embroidery at the bottom was nice, but the rest of it suggested "dumpy peasant." In this picture I am doing my best to suck everything in. (In this picture you can also see that my mirror needs to be cleaned.)

4. TCEC "Rosie" cinched waist surplus jacket, $58 - KEPT
5. Daniel Rainn "Syracuse" printed pintuck sleevess blouse, $68 - returned

I tried on both of these together. I was so happy about the jacket - it's exactly what I'd been looking for for so long. The shirt was pretty and had a lot of color. It also fit well. But it was too long and a little pricey for what it was.

Thus completes my review of box #8. The thing I like best about my Fixes is that they're like a grab bag - it's really the anticipation and the surprise of what might be in there that delights me best!

Stitch Fix

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

  • Twenty strangers are asked to kiss for the first time on camera. Really cute, and pretty sexy. Most of these people look like they know how to kiss! (SourceFed)
  • Why is "1200 calories" the magic number for women? (Sophieologie)
  • A coarse and charming poem that takes place in a bar. This line made me laugh: "I got off the little guy but reluctantly / for he was comfortable." (Hark! A Vagrant)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The only time I care about March Madness.. when my alma mater gets to play!

Congratulations to Cal Poly's men's basketball team for making it to the NCAA Division I Tournament!

They play today. I wish that I were in San Luis Obispo so I could watch the game at Mother's or Firestone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Portland, ho!

Heading to Portlandia this weekend, so no posts until next week! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Adopting a shelter dog

Tyler and I are dog people. We grew up with dogs, we love dogs, we want dogs. For a while that wasn't a possibility, since we lived in an apartment. We tried to foster a dog there and it just didn't work out (it didn't help that she wasn't house-trained and that we were inexperienced, first-time dog owners), but we knew that once we moved to a bigger place, a dog wouldn't be far behind.

I think we surprised ourselves, though, by just how quickly we started pushing out applications to local shelters! (Well.. maybe I surprised Tyler, if I'm being perfectly honest.) Before long, we had committed to adopting Hildy, a mountain dog mutt. We liked hearing that she was "happy and friendly," that she "loved to play," and that she was just an all-around sweetheart. And we figured that since she had mountain dog in her, she would be a calm and confident companion.

Unfortunately, Hildy was fostered in Texas, where apparently people don't like to adopt dogs or something. (What is wrong with you, Texas?) That meant that we couldn't meet her before we put down the few hundred dollars required to cover the cost of her healthcare and transportation. But I was so sure that she was the perfect dog for us that I convinced Tyler to sign the contract with me, and Hildy was soon on her way.

She arrived last Friday, out of sorts and trembling. Along with my sister, we popped her in the car and took her back to our place, where she promptly took to the couch and stayed there for the next several hours. She didn't know any commands or even her own name, but she snuggled up to me and rested her little head on my leg. We soothed each other so much that we both fell asleep while Taite and Tyler watched a movie.

Sometimes Hildy is more cat than dog.

In the morning, we tried to get Hildy to enjoy a breakfast and some water, but she steadfastly refused to move from her cozy perch until we took her for a walk, which she loved. Finally, some sign of the dog she was promised to be! She was alert, happy and perky for the duration of the walk, but when we got home she went back to the couch and stayed there until bedtime, except for when we made scary noises, like opening drawers - then she would do her "nope" walk downstairs and hide by the front door (this comic came to mind). The same thing happened the next day, although she did eventually have something to eat, and dared to drink from her water bowl instead of puddles.

I'm totally charmed by the fact that her tongue sticks out when she's at rest.

On the upside, she was housebroken, patient, and incredibly sweet. She was friendly and playful with the dogs she met on our walks. She gave generous kisses, and leaned against me when I petted her belly. She seemed to be "getting" what the clicker meant (treats) and turning her head at least 50% of the time when we said her name. And on Sunday night, as though emboldened by a couple of days of peace, she picked up one of my slippers and almost trotted over to me with it - until I, surprised and delighted, made a sound she interpreted negatively, and she dropped the slipper and made for the stairs.

Unfortunately, all her bravery fled from her the next day, when our two house painters showed up. I bundled her into the car and took her to my grandmother's house so she wouldn't be further traumatized while I was at work. When I returned, my mother was visiting, and she had apparently fed Hildy people food! Hildy, naturally, was delighted by chicken salad and chocolate-free cookies. It turned out that she also liked turkey, walnuts, honey, and cashews!

Since she was having a good day, we decided to introduce her to the family dog, Jessie, and the two cats, Junebug and Sequoia. She loved Jessie and was disappointed that the older dog wasn't interested in playing, and she kept a respectful distance from the cats, although she whined a little to say that she wished she could play with them. (The cats did not return the sentiment.)

With a few more weeks, Hildy may blossom further. Either way, we love her and she's ours now. I can't wait to take her to obedience classes so we can bond further, and she can build a bit more confidence.

1001 in 101 challenge #7 complete!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sex Ed Sunday

  • Charlie Glickman discusses his preferred gender identity: cisgenderfluid. I like it!
  • Sex workers need honest spaces to prevent burnout. (The Gloss)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Favorites

  • Ditto for this, a marvelous little essay on beauty. (The Gallivanting Monkey)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sex Ed Sunday

  • A wife writes about her husband, who suffered brain trauma and forgot about sex. Poignant, richly detailed piece. Made me want to cry. (Salon)
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