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I was doing so well keeping up with my memes, especially 7QT, and then I blew it last week. Boo. It’s not as though I had a particularly exciting or busy week last week, either. Still no job, so still nothing to take up my time except sleep, reading, TV, and friends. (That’s actually a good chunk of time, though.)
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Last Friday evening, I went shopping with my friend Brittany for a dress she could wear to a wedding on Saturday. We were under a big time crunch with the end of the business day approaching and the wedding in about 24 hours, but she found a fabulous dress in the very first store we went to, so hooray! I also managed not to buy anything at all for myself. Self-control FTW.
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As mentioned, Wedding #2 of the Year of Many Weddings was on Saturday. This one was in town, at the church closest to where I currently live. I almost underestimated my very brief travel time. The wedding was lovely, especially since I got to enjoy it with so many friends. The reception had one of the most Texas-inspired and delicious buffets I’ve ever eaten (fajitas). The DJ played mostly country music for a while (which was appropriate, since that’s how the new spouses met), but he dabbled in enough 70s and 80s music to make me happy despite the lack of a single song from the last 20 years. It went by all too fast. The quick drive home, however, I greatly enjoyed.
Dress from Ann Taylor Loft Outlet (score!), camisole from Old Navy. Not pictured: white Target bolero jacket for the ceremony.
Now to prep for Wedding #3 in just a couple of weeks. I will have to be creative with my attire, so any suggestions on how to refresh old outfits will be greatly appreciated.
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I’m still working on clearing out my DVR. One more movie to go! In the meantime, I watched Children of Men, In Time, Bride Wars, and The Muppets.
I really enjoyed Children of Men. As you know, I’m a sucker for near-future dystopias. In this one, women have all become infertile, such that it’s been just over 18 years since the last baby was born. A skeptical reporter is enlisted by his estranged wife to escort a young woman, mysteriously pregnant and an illegal refugee, to a mysterious sanctuary organization that’s attempting to restore humanity. It sounds heavy, and it is. Great acting all around from Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine. Excellent storytelling. My favorite part, though, was the cinematography. There were some incredible long shots, great perspective, and that British quality that makes everything look a little bit like a documentary. I love that look. It’s a great film with a problem that might not be as mysterious as it suggests.
In Time blew me away a lot less. I’d read comments that it was too similar to Logan’s Run. I haven’t seen that, but I read about it on Wikipedia, so I know it lacks the “time is currency” angle and focuses on nuclear destruction. Sounds like the 70s. I enjoyed the novelty of a film without any characters older than mid-twenties (Olivia Wilde as Justin Timberlake’s 50-year-old mom) and the very Gotham-like visual setting. The plot was an odd combo of a Bonnie and Clyde, Robin Hood, and the wrongfully accused man on the run. It was worth watching, but it’s not something I plan to return to.
I watched Bride Wars just for fun and because I like Anne Hathaway. I think she and Kate Hudson are both getting typecast, though. Hathaway is always the girl with a big heart that everyone takes advantage of, and Hudson i the mean girl who softens up when her castle starts to crumble. I thought this was a pretty good portrayal of the modern pattern of relationships and bridezillas: both women live with their boyfriends before they’re engaged, they plan their weddings in under four months, the grooms have very little say in anything, and the women never stop to think about whether they want to marry those men or just need warm bodies for June at the Plaza. It was fun to watch and analyze and nothing more.
The Muppets, however, was both fun to watch and delightful. I loved Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street when I was little, although I was too young for most of the original Muppet run. I loved the celebrity cameos and all the meta moments. They managed to pull off most of the humor without going too “adult,” which is admirable. If I had kids, I would be happy to have them watching The Muppets.
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As the whole country knows, the Texas legislature is a madhouse. I haven’t gone down in person, but I have been praying from home. Going to the March for Life in D.C. took me a little time, and this sort of involvement will, too. This situation is a good reminder that Austin is very different from the rest of Texas (the blue “oasis” in the red sea), and that the lines were drawn in indelible ink long ago.
For the most part, I’m behind the actions of the pro-life camp. I always sympathize with the non-Catholic pro-lifers, though. The last time I went to the Texas Rally for Life, my favorite sign was one a young woman held that said, “This Jew is for life,” with the Star of David dotting the I’s. How do people like her feel when pro-lifers appeal to creation by God and talk about souls and pray the rosary and sing “Amazing Grace”? Can we be welcoming to them, too? You don’t have be a Catholic, a Christian, or have any religious affiliation at all to be pro-life.
I continue to pray even for those who fight every restriction on abortion (although the proposed ones would no more shut down existing clinics than widening doors for ADA wheelchair access closes buildings now), and I continue to pray for my ideal: a world where no one wants abortion.
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I missed What I Wore Sunday by basically the whole week, so here’s my look from last week:
Dress from Marshall, aforementioned white bolero, trusty white wedges from Payless, camisole is actually a Trendy Top.
The wedding was in the evening, so it double-counted, but I went again anyway. Even if the letter of canon law is looser than I’d like it, there’s no rule against going on Sunday even when you’ve already been on Saturday!
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My hair up there in Number 3 deserves its own take. For the May wedding I was in, having my hair done was up in the air, so I ventured into Pinterest for wedding-fancy DIY styles. I tried a few, but I haven’t liked any as much as that one. It took longer than anticipated, but it stayed up all night and looked more complicated than it was. I used a tutorial that was complicated by the stylist. It’s much harder to do your own hair that neatly. My arms only go out so far and bend in so many ways! I liked that it was designed for longer hair, though; I had trouble with other possibilities that presumed shorter hair. I would try them and think, “What do I with the other four inches of hair?”
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