Stuff & Things


Here’s a peek at the new place. It’s coming along, just need to organize some shelves, figure out how/where to hang all our art (we are just throwing things up on existing nails at this point), get rid of some boxes, and get some furniture for a cozy sitting area. And put the bikes upstairs. It’s feeling like home and I’m mostly glad at the massive increase in space compared to what we had before.

We will just go ahead and call this link pile “Hey Mandy, your politics are showing.” Not that I ever zipped them up. Don’t worry, there are still some non-political links in here. It’s just impossible to not share the awesomely intriguing rhetoric making the rounds right before the election.

> Abortion stigma is clearly discrimination.

> Stop being polite and start being real. This post puts so many of my thoughts into the perfect words. When a self-righteous blogger compares marriage equality to bestiality and incest and then tells me to “respect” that opinion, this is exactly what she needs to hear.

> Can’t decide where to retire? I WANT THIS LIFE.

> Sarah performed at the Piston’s home opener halftime show. SERIOUSLY.

> The power of negative thinking.

> People simply empty out.” A letter from Charles Bukowski to John Martin, the man who agreed to pay him $100 a week for the rest of his life if he quit his job to become a writer.

What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?

> Kanye Wes Anderson. Everything about this is just so right.

> Some resources on how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

> Why I am pro-life.

In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures clean air and clean water, prevents childhood asthma, preserves biodiversity and combats climate change that could disrupt every life on the planet. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children. You can call yourself a “pro-conception-to-birth, indifferent-to-life conservative.” I will never refer to someone who pickets Planned Parenthood but lobbies against common-sense gun laws as “pro-life.”

> Sevenly’s charity this week donates to children and families who have had their limbs severed due to the diamond conflict in Sierra Leone. If anything, it is a good reason to read more about the diamond conflict and what many people in Africa endure in order to put shiny rocks on our fingers.

> 15 possible reasons why you’re always broke.

13. You’re a girl. Girls have to spend so much money on things that men don’t like make up or tampons. It blows my mind that tampons cost money. Like, I’m sorry I was born a woman and, thus, have to bleed once a month. Really, truly sorry. But it’s not my fault so why are you making me give you money? Women should be paid money to endure periods, not the other way around.


> It Happened to Me: I was a “Sister Wife” Until I Escaped Polygamy.

> Jessica Who? has a great post on swearing in blog posts. If someone revoked their sponsorship because I like using the word fuck, I’d hope for a nice gust of wind up there on that high horse. If you don’t know, I love swearing and I am not going to censor my language for the grown ass adults who read my blog.

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5 Responses to Stuff & Things

  1. Kristan says:

    - Stop being polite and start being real.
    - The power of negative thinking.
    - Letter by Charles Bukowski. (Although I think some people are fine with 9-to-5; it's not evil in and of itself.)
    - Why I am pro-life. (Although I'd read it earlier.)

    Yay for the new place!

    • Mandy says:

      Those are my biggest faves too :) I agree about 9-5, I just love the spin he puts on things and how he can make you think.

  2. Lauren says:

    I love the pile of hoops against the wall. It looks like my house :)

  3. such a great little compilation— thanks for sharing all these! i always no it’s time for me to share some links when i get about a million more tabs open than i can handle.

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