We took the boy to the movies Sunday. It was not Oz the Great or even Oz the Good. Totally Oz the Mediocre. Oz, who really could have been better. And wow does James Franco look permanently stoned, or what? After the fact we were thinking…maybe we should have sent my son in to the theater on his own while we caught a showing of something better, like Silver Linings Playbook, but that seems sort of sad. Not that he would have minded. Oh the joys of autism.
So this morning we have sunshine, which is making me feel a little better, but yesterday we woke up to more ENDLESS WINTER. With more snow days out in the suburbs (but not in our school district). I worked from home, because I can, and watched the snow coming down through the picture window while I cozied up on the couch with cats and my laptop. Then I read that BiteSquad food delivery has expanded to St Paul. Made me think about barricading myself in my home until the end of time and having all my meals delivered by BiteSquad. Or at least until this stupid winter finally ends. But no. We have places to go, people to see. And I enjoy cooking too much.
Recently I learned about some semi-local awesomeness. “The Nu Project’s Nude Photos Tell The Truth About Women’s Bodies” - a friend modeled for it a while ago. I missed out on the kickstarter but the book is still available for pre-order. Naturally I love the ideas behind it, of “Beauty in Every Body” and that we don’t all have to aspire to the nearly unattainable yet generic airbrushed stick thin beauty of the super models we see in mainstream media.
That’s also what drew me to Perfect Patrick’s Pretty Pretty Princess Pageant at the Turf Club.
Are you tired of being an ugly and stupid hairy man? Are you a female who has adopted an “alternative” or “punk” look as a way to shield your vulnerable side from a world of ugly and stupid hairy men?
Are you something else that just wants to wear a lot of make-up, fake jewels, then cover yourself in glitter, and drink $3 tallboys while “alternative” or “punk” bands delight and awe you?
So many photo ops and so much fun that night! I don’t care if the glitter never washes out! It was totally worth it.
I first came across Susan Schorn via McSweeney’s. She’s one of those writers who had me nodding my head. We’ve lived strangely similar lives. So when I found out about her book that’s coming out, I pre-ordered a copy:
Smile at Strangers and Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly.
Pause. Deep breath. And now back to life, which has been in runaway train mode. Really looking forward to my son’s impending “Spring” break and a week away from our overly busy lives. Hoping things settle down a bit for actual Spring, whenever that season chooses to arrive.