Love Kernels, A.K.A. Things I’d Share With 20 Year Old Me

March 12, 2017

Okay…I know I’ve mentioned this twice already…but I cannot stress enough how much I love Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and how you should be watching.

I’m just getting into Season 2, because I’m behind (and I hate myself for it), but it’s still amazing, as far as I can see.

I’m into the fourth episode of the second season but I’m still thinking of Episode 1 because the musical numbers are fucking GOLD.

Not only can I not stop singing this song, but I’m beginning to wish this show had been around for my twenty something year old self. If I had a dollar for every love kernel my friends and I stockpiled in our twenties, I would’ve retired at 30.

It’s crazy how we took some small, insignificant sound bite from a conversation with our men of the hour, and twisted it to make ourselves believe that these guys were worth additional effort. We did this often, and without fail.

Bless this show and bless Rachel Bloom for showcasing this kind of thing that is so relatable.

This show is so good, guys 🙊

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Cheers to women, and to the people who love and respect them

March 8, 2017

My wish for this International Women’s Day is for at least a few men and women (who don’t get it yet) to be awakened to the idea that being a feminist does not equal man-hating, or extremism, or hypersensitivity. It takes time and education to get there. I personally learned so much about things I didn’t realize I needed to learn, as recently as 5-6 years ago. It’s okay not to be completely enlightened, as long as you realize it’s never too late to open your heart and mind. All love! ❤️


If you’re a very chill, very open-minded, very empathetic person, then you should listen to this

February 8, 2017

I absolutely don’t need you to go clicking on this if you’re

a) misogynistic

b) very conservative

c) not fun enough to embrace something unfamiliar with just a little bit of abandon

But if you think you can handle two sassy, sweet and hilarious 30-something year-old feminist badasses, then please look up Broadly Speaking on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/broadly-speaking-show-cassie/id1195168821?mt=2

It’s my current fave, they are my forever faves.


Epiphanies

January 24, 2017

Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends. While reflecting on her presence in my life (we’ve been friends forever), it occurred to me that there’s a very small pool of friends from my distant past with whom I have maintained the same level of closeness.

Thank goodness for those friends who don’t change post-marriage, who don’t skip a beat even if you go months without talking, who always remain a constant to you even after becoming parents, who listen when you’re going through something, who forever appreciate and love you for being you. They are rare gems and I have so much appreciation for them, the birthday girl being at the top of the list.

Cheers! 🍷🍷


Women’s March

January 21, 2017

I’m inspired by all of the individuals who participated in today’s Women’s March. Much love and admiration to the people who got involved and/or supported.

I’m perturbed by the people (especially women) who seem to feel the need to come at the protesters on social media. Whether these naysayers support the farce-in-chief, or just choose not to support the cause, I cannot understand the need they feel to actively attack. What is it about their personal politics that makes them so passionate about denouncing people whose only goal and demand is that all people be treated equally? I guess that is a rhetorical question, because I will never “get” people of that political leaning, nor would I ever want to.

I listen to this one radio show from Georgia, where the host is always making a big deal of making himself out to be sort of neutral regarding this  current political climate, because he doesn’t want to alienate listeners. He also has a tendency to play the “dumb guy” card when he’s being sexist, but in general he has a pretty progressive team, so I expect better from him.

Quite frankly, I have more respect for public figures who own their opinions and stand up for what they believe, regardless of the public fallout. Especially in a political climate like this one. Not saying he needs to harp on his personal opinions. Just own it if you bring it up, instead of straddling the fence in a pathetic attempt to keep all the fans onboard.

These days, as far as I’m concerned, American politics are black and white enough that, assuming you have any clue what is going on, you can either be on the right side of history, or the wrong side. Time will tell.


I won’t be watching tomorrow’s inauguration

January 19, 2017

…for the same reason I refuse to follow He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned – out of principle. Also, I’m not even the slightest bit interested to watch.  I’ll be going to the movies, and then out for drinks.

I will, however, be looking for any coverage on the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. I might even seek out the march in my city (which is in Canada, because we feel the pain right there with you, our American friends) and get my peaceful protest on!

Gritting my teeth and hoping for the best (but expecting the worst) over the next 4 years. Fingers and toes crossed!


Age-Old Question: Can Men and Women Maintain Platonic Relationships?

January 7, 2017

I live in a big city, so I walk a lot. The other day, I overheard a conversation between two guys who were walking a few paces behind me.  They were discussing some sort of conundrum that one of the men was facing.  It had something to do with his desire to change his relationship status with a female friend from “platonic” to “romantic”.  I hadn’t been paying a whole lot of attention to their discussion until I heard Conundrum Guy say “Anyway, I told her that I cherish the friendship.”

Call me a cynic or whatever you will, but this line was enough to have me laughing on the inside – I didn’t want to collapse in hysterics right there on the street, shocking and wounding Conundrum Guy.  It’s obvious to me, however, that this guy is letting his crush believe that he values her friendship above all else, when, really, he just plans to hover in the hopes that she will eventually give in and see him as more than just a pal. Read the rest of this entry »