It’s Wednesday already? This week is going pretty fast! Here’s what’s blowing my skirt up today.
1. The Hunger Games. Leah kept urging me to read this book and I finally started the first one on my flight back from the Ozarks. I stayed up past my bedtime to read most of it that night and finished it the next night because I was so into it. I started the second book the next day and read it all in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. I was getting a little tired from staying up so late reading, so I waited to start the third one until Friday evening when I could read as late as I wanted. It’s just absolutely addicting. It’s a YA novel but it reminds me a lot of The Giver, which is one of the best YA novels ever. I’m pretty obsessed and excited for the movie next year!
2. Eric cooking me dinner. I realized that my life would be so much better if I didn’t have to cook every night. Well…ask and ye shall receive right? Eric made buffalo chicken burgers (using a recipe I annotated in detail, as he’s not the most experienced cook) and they were so good.
I’m not just saying that so he keeps doing it…the meal really was delicious! This needs to happen a lot more often.
3. The Target music teacher commercial. I used to see this commercial every day during the Today Show and thought it was so funny and knew Eric would get a kick out of it too. When he finally saw it, he too was hooked. Now saying “denim”…or really anything…like the music teacher sings it has become our new favorite joke.
1. The VMAs. I was very confused on Sunday night when my Facebook and Twitter feeds turned into a VMA fest. Like….why would a bunch of grown-ass men and women be watching the VMAs? Do you even know who half those people are? I don’t!
When you’re too old to be on “The Real World,” you’re too old to care about the VMAs. I’m judging.
2. This Cuisinart food processor. Holy shit, this food processor. My mom bought it for me and I’ve put off using it for two months because it seemed so complicated. And it is complicated. It comes with a DVD to show you how to use it. That really shouldn’t be necessary. I tried to use it to grate cheese last night and fought with all the blades and attachments; my oven was heating, my pasta was boiling, and my temperature was rising. I never ended up getting the damn thing to work. Am I just completely inept here? I plan to watch the DVD this weekend and find out.
3.“Baby Roulette.” I read this article in the October issue of Glamour last night and found myself getting really worked up about it. Basically, it says that a disturbing number of young women — particularly those in long-term relationships — are getting very lax about their birth control because they don’t mind if pregnancy “just happens.” It seems that women aren’t sure when and how they want to become parents, so they aren’t deciding. Rather than face the fear of career/motherhood balance and potential infertility if they wait too long, they’re taking an “accidentally on purpose” approach. They also don’t think birth control is effective and think, Oh I might be infertile anyway, due to things like irregular periods or fibroids and the fact that it seems like everyone is getting pregnant via fertility drugs these days. The women in serious relationships tend to think that their partner will be there for them if they get pregnant (statistics say otherwise) and one woman said, “If you start a little earlier, that’s not a problem — maybe it will even accelerate the wedding bells.”
I was so pissed I was reading this article (and now I’m getting pissed as I re-read it). Birth control is a privilege. The right to choose when to have kids is a privilege. Not making decisions about your life because you’re unsure or too scared — and seeing getting pregnant as “easier” because it makes the decision for you — is just crazy to me. And unfair to your partner!
It’s OK to not be sure what you want. It’s OK to let things happen and see where life takes you. It’s OK to be a single mom. But I think we can do better than being “more faithful to our diets than our birth control.”
Definitely read the full article; it goes into way more detail on the topic and the consequences. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!
What’s on your list today?