Monthly Archives: March 2012

Being a Girl

My phone rang, and it was my daughter’s school. This is usually not a happy call. “I’m out of lunch money and I forgot to tell you” is my favorite reason for the call, because at least she’s not hurt or sick.

Today I listened to her plight and responded with “I’m really sorry, but that’s just part of being a girl.” and told her that I was sorry she was having this issue, but that she would just have to tough it out and survive the day. I did offer to see if Daniel might be available to bring her some items to help.

And this problem, this problem that is devastating enough to call from school but that I am quick to dismiss? We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all survived. We’ve all learned that it is just part of being a girl.

“Um, Mom? My shoes hurt my feet really bad and I can’t stand to wear them any longer.”

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The Surplus Project

How many of you have excess in your lives? I know I do.  In my former life as a clothes collector, I amassed quite a wardrobe. My clothes are nice. They are adorable. I baby them and keep them in great condition (some among you may have even witnessed actual tears at items that went through the dryer by accident).  I also gain weight. And my tastes change. I get tired of things but have a hard time parting with them sometimes because I feel like “I spent good money on it” or “I might lose weight” or “I might love it again some day” when the fact of the matter is, that stuff goes in space-saving bags in the basement only to be touched again in a year or so, and I didn’t shrink, I still don’t like it, and the money I spent on it isn’t doing me any good.  Yet, I keep it.  A lot of people probably do the same thing for the same reasons. I have girl friends. I know how we operate.

My partner Daniel is super good at purging items, but I get anxiety from it.   For a lot of years, when I felt alone as a person, I got a sense of comfort and even self-worth from items like clothes and shoes.  Someone once said to me “I’ve known you for 4 years and I’ve never seen you wear the same outfit.” That was a proud moment for me! Not to say I didn’t wear the same items, but I had so many that I could mix and remix them while adding new pieces to the mix constantly.  I have learned, however, that it is better to choose quality over quantity, and I have started mixing and remixing items that I truly love, and now the large quantity of clothes and shoes feel more like a burden than anything else.  I think it would be safe to estimate that I wear less than 30% of the clothes and shoes that I own.  What to do with them? Obviously donating is a good idea, but, to where? There are so many options.

Enter The Surplus Project.  An idea born from wanting to get rid of excess but not being sure where it could be best utilized.  You can read more about it on their site, but I felt like I needed to add my two cents about why I think it’s a great idea and why I am excited to participate. 

Thank you Alison and Tiffany for coming up with this idea.  Count me in!

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Adorable Adoptables

I want to share a few local adoptable pets… Not necessarily to get you all to be like “Oh, I’m going to go adopt that dog right now” even though it would be completely awesome if you did, but more because  some of the photos are so fantastic, you just need to look at them and smile.

Atlas is available through Salt Lake County Animal Services.  I have met him, and he wants to be somebody’s teddy bear. He just wants to be loved and snuggled. And, um, probably give lots of kisses. Look at that face!

Luna is another that I have met, also available through Salt Lake County Animal Services.   She thinks she is people and stands on her back legs with her front paws on the kennel door and just watches.  She didn’t jump or bark, just stood there, hanging out.

Bonita is a special girl with a rough story.  She was brought to the shelter as a stray, fostered, adopted, and brought back to the shelter when her family’s living situation changed.  Her story is on her pictures, and isn’t she so cute in her outfit? She LOVES playing dress up!

Curley is a senior, and black.  These two attributes statistically work against him when it comes to being adopted, but he has such a distinguished little face! He is available through CAWS Community Animal Welfare Society, and you can read all about him by clicking here.

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What’s going on here? March 19-25

 

March 19

 

Theater: Xanadu | Hale Center Theater, Orem

 

 

March 20

 

Pets: First Aid for Pets Seminar | SLCo Animal Services, Salt Lake City | 6pm-7pm

 

 

March 21

 

Fun: Big Shiny Geek Show Pub Quiz | Lucky 13, Salt Lake City |8:30pm-10:30pm

 

 

March 22

 

Shopping: City Creek Center Grand Opening | Salt Lake City

Music: Revolver (Beatles Tribute Band) | Downstairs, Park City | 8pm (21+)

 

 

March 23

 

Shopping: Unhinged Platform Launch Party | Unhinged, Salt Lake City

Music: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City

Home: Utah Valley Home and Garden Expo | UVU’s UCCU Center, Orem | 11am-8pm

 

 

March 24

 

Home: Utah Valley Home and Garden Expo | UVU’s UCCU Center | 11am-8pm

Culture: Holi Festival of Colors | Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork | 10am-8pm

 

 

March 25

 

Culture: Holi Festival of Colors | Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork | 10am-8pm

 

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Moseying About

Last Saturday, I saw an adorable girl with adorable polka dot pants.  I wanted to ask her more about them but I felt like a weirdo. It turns out that girl was Emily from Ruffling Feathers and it also turns out she polka dotted those fancy pants herself. See her post here.

Are your Toms ratty? I see ratty ones all the time. Did you know you can fix them? Lindsey at KnownCreative shows you how.

Need a snack? Becky at The Vintage Mixer shows you how to make homemade peanut butter cups with Himalayan sea salt. Really. Also she gets bonus points for using the small Blue Butterprint vintage Pyrex Cinderella bowl.

 

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Wednesday Wants: Laptop Sleeve

I want a laptop sleeve. I have a great, versatile DVF bag that holds everything I need for my work, plus more, but I hate the thought of my laptop floating around hap-hazardly with some of the hard and sharp objects that I use throughout the day. These are a few that I’ve noted during my search.
Thomas Paul Luddite Laptop Sleeve modern desk accessories
BookBook Case - Twelve South eclectic desk accessories
Tory Burch Coated Poplin Laptop Sleeve contemporary accessories and decor
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Color Shot: Yellow Dining Chairs

These should bring a little bit of sunshine to your soul.  The prices range from about 35 bucks to into the thousands for the vintage Eames wonders, so there’s something for every budget!

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1. The Darlington (Set of two) By Society Social

2.Lilly Pulitzer Home barstools in “Boulevard” and “Breaker”

3. West Elm Wrap Dining Chair, no longer available, but there is a scoop version here

4. Dining Chair by Bark Furniture

5. Vintage “Dax” chairs by Charles Eames, from 1st Dibs

6. Lattice Metal Chair, a steal at about $35, from Ace Mart Restaurant Supply

7. Hatfield Rocker, from CB2

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