7 quick takes: all about women

Aristotle’s thoughts (one of them, anyway) on women, blog posts by women, my two little women:

1. I generally think of all those ancient Greek philosophers dudes sort of like I do C.S. Lewis: lots of good ideas about life in general, but sorely lacking in their understanding of women.  So I was surprised to read this post by John Cuddeback:

[E]ven among those who greatly value childbearing, the good health of the mother can slip from the forefront of attention. Where it belongs. . . . Husbands need to make this the special object of our intention, deliberation, and action.

His essay is based on a text by . . . Aristotle.  Hmm.  I didn’t read enough of that guy I guess.

2.  Reading that just made me doubly grateful for my husband, who takes excellent care of my health, physical, mental, and otherwise.  I’m very blessed.

3. Or should I say I’m very lucky?  Obviously I’ve been blessed to have the great husband and children that I have.  But are others not as blessed?  Or are we all equally blessed in different ways?  Simcha has an interesting post on that idea (haven’t even read it all yet, but I will).  Kind of reminds me of Ann Voskamp’s theme in her book, One Thousand Gifts about how we should see even suffering as a gift  Definitely a concept to gnaw on for, like, the rest of my life!

4. Elizabeth Foss just wrote a post on my most recent read, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  I haven’t even read her whole post yet, but I look forward to reading it.  I’m interested to see what another Catholic says of this very secular book.  Part of me, though, wonders if it’ll take the fun out of our book club discussion.  “Aw man, Elizabeth Foss has already thought of everything.”  Nah, there’s always more to talk about.  😉

5. The girls and I had a fun trip to Lowe’s earlier this week.

[Flower] pot heads

[Flower] pot heads

Orchids were half off.  So I bought two.  Natch.

I’ve yet to keep one alive for more than six months but I keep trying.

6. La dee dah.

7. Have I mentioned I’m on Facebook?

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7 quick takes about power suits, nail polish, and double entendres

{Apologies if you’re looking for a new Style & the SAHM post.  I accidentally published it early and then removed it.  It will be back on Tuesday.}

1. Even the most successful, powerful women in the world have trouble finding clothes that suit them. That’s what I learned reading this article about the clothing line, Nina McLemore.

The line specializes in styles that are “in road-worthy luxury fabrics and styles that are never revealing” for women “who want to look sharp but not have the focus on their clothing and appearance.”  The clothes comes in feminine colors because  “femininity and color no longer signal a lack of authority.”   Still, the line “doesn’t scream brand name and doesn’t call attention to itself.”  It suits even women who “don’t all come in designer sizes, (which generally stop at size 10 or 12).”  The styles “include options for most body types, and the fabric is tested for comfort and durability.”

Unfortunately, the entire Nina McLemore line is basically one variation or another on the power suit.  Not my style at all.  And their website looks like a time capsule from 1998.

Still, it’s refreshing to read about a line that was built around real women and their needs.  Most clothes seem to be designed with 20-year old, size zero socialites in mind, leaving those with different shapes and different lifestyles out in the cold.  (Twenty-year old, size zero socialites are real women too.  You know what I mean.) At the very least, it makes me feel better about the challenges I have in finding clothes that work.  Apparently I’m in good company.

2. My front flower beds are a disgrace, particularly the one on the right. IMG_6511 IMG_6512 It’s disappointing because I put a lot of work into them over the past three years (not so much this year, when the slug life chose me).  When I created the flowerbed, I laid down newspaper over the preexisting grass and leaves and put down layers of sand and planting soil.  I guess I didn’t build the bed up high enough or something because the crabgrass has taken over completely.

I’m contemplating whether to (a) fight back or (b) pull out the paving stones and replant grass around the bushes (there are azalea bushes beneath all the weeds), or (c) put down pebbles around the bushes and just do flower planters.  I have daffodils down there that pop up every year in the early spring.  I guess I can dig them up and plant the bulbs elsewhere?

3.  Because everyone loves to talk nail polish . . .  I bought some Vinylux nail polish and used it with the Vinylux “7 day” top coat.  The top coat didn’t give me spectacular results when I used it with OPI color, but  so far so good with the polish and top coat combined.  It’s gone 24 hours without chipping, even after I took a shower.  That’s a record for me.  I wish I chose a different color, but it’s not too bad.

Vinylux "Clay Canyon"

Vinylux “Clay Canyon”

4. Some days I listen to this 11 hour recording of Tibetan singing bowls, when my nerves are frazzled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5dU6serXkg

Pat listened for a little while and observed,

“I like it.  It has all the benefits of wind chimes with none of the commitment.”

5. My brother, John, is a composer.  Some of his compositions are available here for streaming.  He’s written a lot over the years, but my favorite is still Nocturne, from 2008. One of the lesser-known of John’s many musical talents is playing the accordion.  We’ll see if it catches on with Girl 1.

Martha and Sebastian meet a baby chick

6. Speaking of brothers, here’s another photo from my brother Stephen, taken of my sister and her little boy. Aren’t they precious?   010d1b67e3f7bfde411f66677d4bd4c73b8d05db81

7. Question for you  . . . .  A double entendre is where you say something that, on the surface, has an innocent meaning, but can also be taken with a different, less-innocent, usually sexual meaning. What do you call it when that first-impression, surface meaning is sexual, or “naughty,” but the intended effect is to be “oh, ha ha, this is actually innocent”?  It’s like a reverse double entendre.  But what if your underage daughter is involved? What do you call that?  . . . I call it messed up.

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does not make it family friendly when you also decorate with this: IMG_6508

Signing out from prude central (am I??) and linking up with Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes.  Happy weekend!

When Flowers and Four Year-Olds Fend For Themselves { phfr }

I’m participating today in the Pretty Happy Funny Real link-up at Like Mother, Like Daughter.

Pretty

Irises and rosebuds:

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Happy

My hydrangea bush is budding.  Hydrangeas are one of my very favorite flowers.  We had them at our wedding.

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Funny

I told Girl 1 to change out of her sparkly dress before going outside to “help” Daddy in the yard.  This is the outfit she changed into:

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Real

I never have the time I want to spend on my flower bed.  This year, with a toddler who delights in running into the street as fast as her fat legs can toddle (which is fast!), I have none.  My flowers are infested with weeds, bugs, and blight.

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But my nasturtiums have re-seeded themselves, and they survive and bloom no matter what:

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Thank you for hosting, Leila and Co.!

Condition Your Hair and Feed Your Baby In One Easy Step! { phfr }

I’m participating again in the Pretty Happy Funny Real link-up at Like Mother, Like Daughter.

Pretty

Two sisters trying on their matching Easter dresses (from Costco, of course).

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Happy

My daffodils are coming up!  Spring is coming.

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Don’t those poor yellow guys look happy now that I saved them from suffocation under the landscaping weed-prevention cloth (it never blocked many weeds, only my daffodils).

Funny

I decided to give myself a coconut oil hair conditioning treatment.  I threw away my shower cap in my recent spree of decluttering efforts.

 

So I Seran Wrapped my head.

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I just scooped the coconut oil and smeared it into my hair, rather than melting it first.  It worked fine except that some little clumps fell out of my hair and onto the floor, and . . .

 

Real

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Oh yes.  She did.

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