How to know each other better

Let’s get to know each other better.

1. Are you named after someone? Nope
2. When is the last time you cried? I don’t remember.
3. Do you like your handwriting? Not reading it or writing it.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? Yes
6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Maybe
7. Do you use sarcasm? Ummm. Let me think about that. YEAH
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Nope
9. Would you bungee jump? Sure. When hell freezes over. And I mean the biblical hell – not Hell, Michigan
10. What is your favorite cereal? Shredded wheat
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? I untie them when I put them back on – which isn’t often (unless there’s snow or ice on the ground).
12. Do you think you are strong? Physically? I carry around a 22 pound toddler – what do you think? Emotionally? Yup
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Butter pecan
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Whether they’re male or female
15. Red or pink? Pink
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? There are so many options to choose from…
17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now? Black slacks and red/white/black slip-ons
18. What was the last thing you ate? A muffin
19. What are you listening to right now? The Ant Go Marching One By One
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I have a bazillion people living in my head – I’m the whole box. The big box.
21. Favorite smells? Orange, grilled steak, and the only perfume I’ve worn for a couple of decades (Coty Wild Musk, if you were curious)
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? AT&T tech support
23. Favorite sport to watch? Is ice skating a sport?
24. Real hair color? Dark brown
25. Eye color? Blue
26. Do you wear contacts? I can barely put drops in my eyes so there’s no way contacts are going in.
27. Favorite food to eat? Chicken
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy
29. Last movie you watched? 12 Days of Terror
30. What color shirt are you wearing? Two shirts – a red tank top under what I discovered is a pretty much sheer blue tee shirt … something my daughter pointed out – AFTER we were in a public place – and I didn’t have the tank top under it. No. I rarely look in the mirror.
31. Summer or Winter? Winter
32. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
33. What book are you currently reading? Currently reading two … The Host and Left Behind
34. How would your best friends describe you? I really don’t think I want to know. :D
35. What is on your mouse pad? Ummm…it’s a laser mouse so no mouse pad.
36. What is the last TV program you watched? Andy Griffith (one of Aria’s favorites)
37. What is the best sound? A baby’s giggles/babbling
38. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Not choosing.
39. What is the farthest you have traveled? As a kid – California. As an adult – Mississippi.
40. Do you have a special talent? Writing
41. Where were you born? Lansing, Michigan

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Dumb Chinese traditions revolving around pregnancy and childbirth

Dumb Chinese traditions revolving around pregnancy and childbirth.
Supposedly, everything you eat affects how dark your child’s skin will be. I don’t really want my child to be as pale as me. My skin tone is so light that it sucks. So, I will eat as many dark foods as possible during pregnancy to insure I get a very dark skinned baby.
Don’t get angry or read bad things or say bad things about people or your child will embody those negative things. Not possible for me to do. I think personality is strongly genetic. Typically, half Asian kids behave more like the White parent than the Asian parent. Have fun with that.
Crying during delivery will bring evil spirits. Not possible for me to avoid. I will probably cry a lot before, during, and after childbirth. Can’t resist caving into those pregnancy hormones.
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Don’t think I’ll be sitting indoors, not washing my hair, not getting dressed, or avoiding certain foods for an entire month after childbirth.
I can imagine childbirth being a similar experience to getting my gallbladder removed. I couldn’t move for a few days. Felt uncomfortable walking for a week. After two weeks I was close to normal again.
I doubt I’ll be going out much for the first month of my child’s life. I assume I’ll be tired and sore for a while. Probably will just wear pajamas or loose clothes in the beginning. Plus, the child’s immune system has not developed all the way at that time. I will definitely be taking a bath every opportunity possible. I don’t like to be dirty.

One of the things I hate about the fashion world is the idea of “one size fits all”

One of the things I hate about the fashion world is the idea of "one size fits all" and the necessity of fitting into a "mould", so when I see companies like Dress Mavens offering excellent quality, ethically sourced custom made dresses I just CAN’T HELP BUT SHARE!! For a limited time they are offering 25% off for my readers plus coupon code for free shipping in the US and Canada. If you never thought you’d say "it fits" when trying on a fitted dress then you NEED to visit their site!
Today on the blog, my beautiful sister in a custom made #dressmavens dress while we were in Tuscany together.

Nước hoa hồng Ziaja Manuka đặc trị lỗ chân lông to

Nước hoa hồng Ziaja Manuka đặc trị lỗ chân lông to.
Mọi người thường hay dùng nước hoa hồng Thayer, nên cũng thường hỏi em là nước hoa hồng thayer mua ở đâu. Dạo này em không chuyên về Thayer nên em giới thiệu một loại khác tốt không kém nha.
Mùa hè, đặc biệt là các bạn Da dầu rất hay gặp tình trạng lỗ chân lông to. Lỗ chân lông to khiến tính trạng Da thô ráp, sần ruj, trông mất thẩm mỹ và khiến Da lão hóa sớm.
Nước hoa hồng Manuka với thiết kế dạng xịt có hiệu quả thức sự giúp Da giảm bã nhờn và lỗ chân lông se khít hơn.
Nước hao hồng Manuka cấp nước trực tiếp cho Da, giúp cân bằng độ pH cho Da và khiến lỗ chân lông thu nhỏ hơn.
Banjc ó thể đặt Nước hoa hồng Ziaja Manuka vào đủ lạnh và xịt trực tiếp lên Da ngay lập tức giúp Da co lại, nhờ đó Bạn sẽ thấy được thư giãn, Da căng mịn, lỗ chân lông se khít hơn rất nhiều.


PSYCHO TORY ORANGE ORDER BRITISH GOVERNMENT – See & Share Irish Times Article – Fintan O’Toole: DUP’s crush on Britain will end badly
Conservative party thinks of England as it clasps Democratic Unionists to its bosom
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 05:00
Fintan O’Toole
DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson, Nigel Dodds and Emma Pengelly emerge from 10 Downing Street on Thursday after after holding talks with Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson, Nigel Dodds and Emma Pengelly emerge from 10 Downing Street on Thursday after after holding talks with Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
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Dante and Beatrice. Quasimodo and Esmeralda. Cyrano and Roxane. Don Quixote and Esmeralda. These unrequited loves have great poignancy. But they’ve nothing on the tenderest, most poignant tale of unrequited love in our times, the tragically one-sided crush the DUP has on Britain.
It is one thing to be infatuated with someone who just ignores you. The unfulfilled love retains its bittersweet purity, its dreamy half-life of pure possibility. But the true tragedy occurs when your love is apparently consummated at last and you find that the loved one really despises you. The DUP has long dreamed of being wrapped fully in the warm embrace of the Tory world with which it strives so hard to identify. And now, miraculously, its moment has come. But the loved one is thinking of England, sneaking glances at her watch and praying “Oh god! When will this be over?”
Ian Paisley "was many things but no one could ever seriously think of him as a Brit".
The DUP used to be unionist but not really British. Ian Paisley was many things but no one could ever seriously think of him as a Brit. His touchstones were fundamentalist Presbyterian dissent and the place he called Ulster. Its hinterland was Calvinist Scotland, not Westminster.
The aphrodisiac that got the DUP all hot on Britishness was, of course, Brexit. David Cameron’s referendum gave the DUP a chance to indulge in a fantasy of ultra-Britishness. It had been forced, in its slow and reluctant acceptance of the Belfast Agreement, to come to terms with the complicated reality of its world, which is the island of Ireland in all its ambiguities of belonging. For the DUP, Brexit was a kind of holiday from this messy, compromised reality, a mental sojourn in a sunny Playa del Ingles where all the cafes fly the Union flag and serve fish and chips.

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My partner Rocky Schwartz just published this fantastic article in the Huffington Post on the link between eggs and reproductive diseases, including…

My partner Rocky Schwartz just published this fantastic article in the Huffington Post on the link between eggs and reproductive diseases, including cancer. Most vegans don’t even know about these facts, which make a compelling case against even the most (seemingly) idyllic backyard farming operations. It’s a really great piece and an essential part of any activist’s repertoire. Rocky has definitely changed the way I think about and advocate for chickens. Please give her some support for this great achievement (her first piece as an official HuffPost Contributor) and give it a share!

Dear Friends,, My head is exploding

Dear Friends,
My head is exploding. I’m begging you to please please please focus on the present day, the present admin, the nazi(s) in the WH and the collusion of the majority party in congress to take away ALL our rights and destroy the foundation of what this country is meant to stand for.
Please Please PLEASE stop with the Bernie vs Hillary narrative. Please.
Our lives and the future of the world depends on how we move forward together as one people.
PLEASE. #UnitedWeStand
Love and Thanks

HEALING:, Sometimes I feel guilty for forgetting things

Sometimes I feel guilty for forgetting things. Little details like her mannerisms or vocal intonations are becoming blurry. And it is as saddening as inconvenient. At once I am both upset at my memory and deeply in need of it. Maybe if I loved her more, my mothers death would be more traumatic, maybe the count of her eyelashes would be frozen into my brain. Maybe the rhythm of her footsteps would haunt me if I cared more. I can’t remember the last time I smelled her skin or what it smelled like.
I don’t have a poetic description of her hands like I should, probably because I am a bad son. I have not cried enough I am not broken up enough. I question if I am repressed, incapable of fully grieving the loss. If my sadness is not perpetual and paralyzing am I loosing her again? Am I “over it” or am I just doing and being who she made me to be?
Strong and fragile at the same time. Am I just as imperfect as my memory, am I loosing sight of the seeds she’s sewn in me for the forest I am growing from that foundation?
If you asked me to choose the hurt or the void I would take the pain fresh like the day I heard the news. Like the day I lied on the floor and felt swallowed by fire. I would relive the whole thing over again to keep the memory of her hands folding or the face she made squinting when her glasses were not handy. I would relive it all for the whispers of love she spoke in my ear when she thought I was sleep.
All I have now are flashes and sadness and a memory of a shadow that grows murkier everyday. Thank God for video. There are no such thing as too many picture please everyone take more pictures because nothing can bring you back. Your image all in what you leave.
Maybe it hurts too bad to hold in the front of my mind so I keep in a lock box up there and look inside only when I have the strength. It took me 3 years to watch her memorial video, I couldn’t bear hurting that bad, but now I know that pain was my remembering and my forgetting is my healing.
I got these pictures though, in love with the hurt because it reminds me how good I had it. Every image is a paper cut on my soul letting me bleed new for my mother. And this is what it feels like to have a wound so bad that you hope it never shuts close, a pain that you never want to heal from cause it reminds you how big your love is.

I don’t yet have words for what just happened but Jen Lemen continues to provide::::, “Hi, lovers

I don’t yet have words for what just happened but Jen Lemen continues to provide::::
“Hi, lovers. While the world is going up in flames, let’s not forget the incredible possibility of being together. Like really together, together. Like picking up each other’s kids and bringing over dinner and giving the last twenty in your bag (or your bank account) and saying sure you can come here and just be quiet on the couch until you feel better and listening and then listening more.
And let’s not forget the magic of saying sorry I need to cry my eyes out and then doing it for longer than seems necessary and allowing someone to hold you without judgment and then not making any sense of it at all.
And let’s not forget the miracle of saying I can go with you or call me if you have any trouble with that at all, we can go together, or of making something with your hands when your heart has no more words or writing something with your pen when the truth needs to be put down so plainly so that we can hurt and heal in all the right places. Or of opening any or every door that can make the way flow gentle or easy.
And let’s not forget the power of saying yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. The kind of yeses that break your heart and crack you open and reveal dark rich loamy earth where you can plant seeds like understanding or lament or devotion or exquisite care, so that someday you can be shade or shelter or the sustenance of fire. So you can rest in the relief of becoming what you could always become.
And let’s not forget the beauty of looking one another in the eye and reflecting back the truest things, like you can do this, now is not the time for crying, you are stronger than you think OR now is the time for sobbing and it’s time to not be strong anymore, I mean seriously, not for one minute. Either way, let me feed you. Here’s a glass of water. Here’s a tiny snack. If it’s easy we can do it right now, if it’s hard, we can do it together.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
And let’s not forget that in the very darkest moments, what matters is not that it works out as much as that you were not alone in it. Or that in your aloneness, you felt an arm graze yours and all the sudden you understood that someone else is right there, too, beside you like some sort of strange grace, having the same experience of alone as you.
And that our alone side-by-side, can be the most exquisite kind of together. The kind that makes us more brave, more free, more absolutely not giving one more fuck about anything that would try to fix us at the expense of us knowing who we were always meant to be next to each other, like this, in the painful places, where what’s missing makes us hungry, but also like that magic girl said, makes us bread. And not just the bread of a snack to keep you going, but the kind that gets torn into a jillion little pieces, and that some how, someway feeds and fuels and revolutionizes the whole *whole* world.
And let us not forget that for as incredibly hard all of this is, it is also a kind of bliss. That it’s a song of our heart, like the magic girl said. And that we can sing it, from the way low place in our belly, without fear or shame, because this song might be all there is in the end. It might be the reason why we are here in the first place, and you don’t want to miss it.”
#magicalradical #grateful #songofmyheart

“What disaster is most likely to kill more than 10 million human beings in the next 20 years?, Terrorism? Famine? An asteroid?, Actually it’s…

“What disaster is most likely to kill more than 10 million human beings in the next 20 years?
Terrorism? Famine? An asteroid?
Actually it’s probably a pandemic: a deadly new disease that spreads out of control…”
This was a really fascinating conversations between two of my favorite people. Highly recommend listening to it and subscribing to the 80,000 Hours podcast.