35. Nostalgia


I love pop culture - movies, music, TV, books, etc. I dig a lot of current stuff but over the past few months I’ve found myself gravitating towards music, movies and TV from the 80’s and 90’s - all the stuff I grew up on. I don’t know why I started doing this, I just got this urge to revisit all this old stuff I grew up on. Whatever the reason was, it makes me happy to revisit the things I loved in my childhood.

So that means in the car I’m listening to lots of New Jack Swing & 90’s R&B, introducing my daughter to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, and revisiting all the music I loved in high school.

At home I’m watching of ton of old stuff like Designing Women (which is now on Hulu!) and Golden Girls reruns, cause I can’t get enough of 80s sitcoms with 4 ladies, LOL.

Things I Read This Week:

Why cashier’s checks are part of so many online scams (Vox)

Companies Are Realizing That Being Publicly Conservative Is Really Unpopular (Vice)

Getting Dressed Sucks When You’re Disabled. Where’s the Adaptive Clothing Boom? (MEL Magazine)

When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side (ProPublica)

“It’s a F--king Scam”: Beware the Hollywood Con Queen (Vanity Fair)

The Fashion Industry Has a Plus-Size Problem. These Women Want to Fix It (Glamour)

Former Uber Employee Says 'Safe Rides Fee' Was the Rip-Off You Always Suspected (Gizmodo)

What I Learned by Printing Thousands of Pages of My Facebook Data (Slate Magazine)

Goodbye Popeye's Crispy Chicken Sandwich, We Hardly Knew Ye (Refinery29)

The Price of Being Fat (Teen Vogue)

Same-sex marriage in the US has been legal for years now, but queer couples still face wedding hurdles. Meet the planners who want to change that. (Buzzfeed News)

Why Big Movie Chains Won’t Show Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Epic (The Atlantic)

We may never know how many people have accidentally signed up to pay Rihanna $50 a month (Vox)

NFL Players Are Evolving. Fans Aren’t Keeping Up. (Vox)

Other Stuff:

Last weekend we made it to the Minnesota State Fair! The “Great Minnesota Get Together” is an institution - everyone goes to the fair. We’ve gone the last six years and I was really happy to keep the streak alive. Usually it’s hot and humid at the fair, but this year the weather was perfect - 75 and sunny with no humidity and a nice breeze. We got a chance to see a bunch of animals, visit a bunch of booths and eat a ton of food. Pregnancy means I couldn’t eat a few of my faves but I still got my fill of yummy treats on a stick.

How are you spending your Labor Day weekend? We’re heading to MI to visit my family and I can’t wait! We haven’t been home in almost a year and I’m so excited to see everyone and catch up.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

23. A Movie Challenge


You know what’s great? When you have weirdo friends who are as weird and random as you. Stick with me, this is going somewhere.

Like six months ago, I was out (on a school night!) with my friends Jessica and Claire for some Jamaican food, drinks and gossip. The three of us have the most random conversations every time we’re together, and that night was no exception. I have no idea how the topic even came up, but Jessica casually mentioned that she has watched every movie that Stanley Tucci has made. I love Stanley Tucci so I was intrigued - turns out, she did this as a challenge with a friend of hers, like a personal bucket list thing.

So then I started thinking about what actor I love enough to want to do this type of challenge. And the answer immediately came to me - Samuel L Jackson. He’s one of my favorite actors, he’s done a variety of films, and his IMDB list is long. I scrolled through his list of roles on IMDB and I realized that I’ve only seen about a quarter of the films he’s made. So I’m setting a challenge for myself, to watch every feature film Samuel L Jackson is credited in. For the purposes of this challenge I’m skipping the shorts he made (cause I’m assuming I won’t be able to get my hands on them) but all the other feature length movies are on my agenda. I’ll also rewatch movies I’ve already seen for the purpose of the challenge.

I’ll be sharing updates periodically with what I watched and what I thought of the movie, and Sam’s performance.

This should be fun!

Also if I can pull this off, I totally might do this with an actress - any suggestions on who? Maybe Meryl?

Things I Read This Week:

Here (and queer) (The REWM)

The Real Difference Between Creators and Influencers (The Atlantic)

Let Black Babies Be Wild And Free (Mater Mea)

The Divided House of Lorne Michaels (Jezebel)

The #StayAndFight coalition urges Hollywood to reconsider boycotting Georgia (Vox)

Reddit Asks the Question: 'What is Common Knowledge in Your Field that Others Don't Know?' (Pajiba)

Men Share Their Abortion Stories: “We Both Knew We Weren’t Ready” (Man Repeller)

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says (James Clear)

The rise of granny panties (Vox)

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite. (ProPublica)

There Are Two Types of Airport People

A Montessori summer—how to give your kids freedom *and* structure (Motherly)

Gaslighting: How To Recognize It And Protect Yourself (Ravishly)

LaCroix’s era as the coolest seltzer in America is over (Vox)

After Sephora Announces Companywide Diversity Training, Customers Say Racial Profiling Isn't the Only Problem (The Root)

A Neonatal ICU Nurse Donated Her Uterus to Help a Stranger Become Pregnant (Jezebel)

A Bride Kicked a Guest Out of Her Wedding Because She Thought Her Dress Was Too White (Glamour)

Texas Teacher Outs Herself on Twitter as MAGA-t Who Wants to Help Trump Round Up 'Illegal Students' in Her School (The Root)

Too Many People Want to Travel (The Atlantic)

These Reporters Lost Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back Against Big Tech. (Buzzfeed)

Ancestry DNA Test Results Are Not Only Widely Misinterpreted, They’re Potentially Damaging (MEL Magazine)

Other Stuff:

I finally got a chance to break out my summer dresses! I got this Old Navy jersey swing dress and loved it so much, I bought a second one! I’m also wearing this maxi dress every chance I get, and best of all, it has pockets!

Have you watched Always Be My Maybe on Netflix yet? I watched it last Friday night and I loved it! It’s a really adorable romcom, but the best part is that the entire cast is people of color, and the majority are Asian. Ali Wong is so great in it, but the star for me was Randall Park (aka the dad on Fresh Off the Boat).

My Mother’s Day gift from William and Josephine has turned into my favorite daily accessory - I wear it almost everyday.

I’m still on the hunt for my Holy Grail foundation, so I took advantage of the Tarte sale to pick up the Shape Tape foundation. I love some of their other products so I’m hoping I’ll love the foundation too.

Enjoy your weekend!