Friday Open Thread

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Tomorrow is October. How are you feeling about that?

Thursday Link Dump

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Just a reminder that my hero/inspiration Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed Weeknights comes out soon and you can pre-order it here. There are tons of great pre-order bonuses! Check out the 72-page preview, too! Read full post

Mid-week check-in

Clever Manka, · Categories: Check-In

This is the weekly post for those of us who are traversing together this hellscape called Personal Growth. Brag about this week’s accomplishments, ask for support, talk about what worked, what didn’t. Tell us how things are going for you.

Support Live Music

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I struggled for weeks to write something about Living My Best Fucking Life but things are rough, really rough right now and I just couldn’t do it. The Burgomaster suggested I just write about something I liked, something that made me happy. A memory of when I didn’t think about living my best life because I was already living it. This is what came out.

I attended my first concert in 1984. My mother took me and three friends to Kansas City to see Huey Lewis and the News. I would have rather made the four-hour trip to see Duran Duran, but Mommy actually liked Huey Lewis, so Huey Lewis it was. It was fine. Other than being a first-time arena concert experience it was not particularly notable. The second most memorable moment of the evening was when April (a pocket-sized girl whose body could not keep up with her heart’s desire to be at the front of the crushing crowd) was lifted over the barricade by security when she started to faint. The most memorable moment was returning to the car afterward and finding all our purses had been stolen out of it. I have little memory of the concert itself. Read full post

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

Clever Manka, · Categories: Tuesday Tumblr

Today’s collection is Tuesday, September 27: Flowers.

clevermankaI’ve posted a weekly themed collection on my Tumblr nearly every week since October, 2011. Someday I’ll compile a list of them, with links to the dates. That day is not today.

This Week in Feminist History

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On September 26th in 1937… Read full post

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

My BFFs are hosting a spa/social day today (before the big dance party tonight) for the people who would’ve been in their wedding party if they’d had a wedding-wedding instead of the small home ceremony they had last year. So I’m going to be day drinking and getting my nails done (and then, with luck, a nap) before heading to the reception tonight and then dancing my ass off until we close the bar.

In other words, I might not be around much for today’s OT.

The punch line is the first day of my yoga teacher-training class is tomorrow at 8:30am. Good Times!

What stories of bad timing with life events have you enjoyed lately?