Weekend Reading | Vol. 11

I have Internet! And there will be much rejoicing.

I am loving Santa Barbara and settling in to my new job and new apartment and new city with amazing ease. More on that later.

I felt kind of bad celebrating my excitement over the last week and a half, especially with all the grief and outrage over police brutality was erupting across social media. I wanted to share my happiness, without appearing completely tone deaf. I was alone in a new city halfway across the country from everyone I love, and I wanted to connect with people, but it felt…tacky.

I also have been struggling with balancing self care with my longing to do something. A friend posted this perspective from the Talmud, and it resonated with me.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it.

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I left all my stationary at home, so I picked up these perfect little notecards on sale at Papyrus in downtown Santa Barbara to send love notes of cheer to counteract all the sadness in the world and hopefully brighten people’s days.

cheerful notes

Because that’s the best way I can do the work today. I’ll keep working on other ways to promote tolerance, justice, mercy, and love.

Links of Note

At Bustle — The Best Plus Size Documentaries:

By watching documentaries like these and learning the inner workings of the plus size fashion industry — from blogging to running brands; from fashion week to modeling — we can further understand the positives and negatives of being a plus size consumer in contemporary culture. These films not only inspire hope, but they inspire change, too.

At Book Riot — The Literary References of Clueless:

As anyone who shopped at Delia*s and once owned a teeny tiny backpack knows, Cher and Dionne were not necessarily the most literary of all the students at Bronson Alcott High. However, 1995 blockbuster hit Clueless is surprisingly chock full o’ book references.

At The New Republic — Bros Before Homes: On the Subtle Sexism of Minimalism:

Whether women are being encouraged to rid our homes of useless belongings, or urged to shop for new ones, the result is the same: Society continues to associate women with the home and the material, men with the outside and experiences. While the enjoyment of domestic life, of stuff, isn’t inherently negative, it is dismissed precisely because of its associations with the feminine. An orientation towards stuff over experiences, moreover, gets cast either as recklessly materialist or, as Tony perceives it, an impediment to enjoying life. The only constant is that what women prefer, or are imagined to prefer, is thought inferior.

Quick Reads

Hope your day is fun and relaxing!

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  • Loved the Clueless piece!

  • Glad you are settling in, and what a great quote. The issues in the world have played a big role in my inability to deal with my anxiety recently. I definitely should have taken some sick days… : / I love the stationery of course! 🙂 I got a few of the ABM boxes recently and I can’t wait to use them. XO – Alexandra

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    • Yeah, I feel you. I’m really glad my mom let me take mental health days growing up so I don’t feel guilty about them now.