Nov 20, 2009

Oh, What a Wonderful Feeeeeliiiing..

I've been thinking lately about things that make me feel good. Here's a list! :D

  • Just shaved legs + lotion
  • Putting on headphones and brushing hair out from between them and my ear. (this is one of the strangest ones.. haha)
  • Compliments from strangers
  • Compliments about things that I don't find impressive
  • Letting my hair down after it's been up for long time
  • Putting on MY clothes after wearing a uniform
  • Tight shoelaces
  • Smiles from kids
  • Making people laugh
  • Arby's, Ice Cream, and Chocolate
  • Blasting the songs that speak to my soul
  • Imagining people doing bizarre things
  • Singing with the fam
  • Reading my Patriarchal Blessing
  • Just-after sore muscles. Like.. tired muscles? I hope that makes sense
  • Not wearing eye makeup so that I can rub my eyes
  • Catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror and liking what I see
  • Dancing in the mirror (come on, we all do it)
  • Reading something that your brain has been trying to figure out (this one is hard for me to explain. Usually this is gospel related, but sometimes it can be philisophical)
  • Reading or seeing something that changes my perspective on life
  • Intelligent conversation
  • Being with somebody that doesn't have to fill the silence
  • Being extremely tired and able to go to sleep without feeling guilty
  • Talking to people who love me
  • Helping somebody with anything
  • Forgetting stereotypes
  • Giving money/food to hobos
  • Watching the people I love excel at something
  • Finding a new author who's work I enjoy
  • Feeling productive
  • Driving a just-washed car
  • Wearing aviators-- everybody should own a pair
  • Playing a song from memory for the first time
  • Finding a new friend that understands sarcasm
I know there are more. Maybe I'll do one of these every couple of months. :)

Nov 12, 2009

Plastic in Motion

They are making a movie about Barbie. Not one of those cartoons we've all grown up with. A movie with REAL people. I think that's kind of cool..
Anyway. That's her the girl who's going to play Barbie. She's gorgeous, don't you think?!

I'm doing a speech on the controversies of Barbie in my Comm 1010 class. There are some really hilarious ones, some that are a little ridiculous, and some that make you want to smack people. All in all, I'm really enjoying putting this speech together. I think it will be entertaining for my class.

In spending so much time with my childhood friend, I've realized that I've verbally abused her in my teens, and I wanted to take some time to formally apologize.

Barbie, you did a lot for me. You allowed my imagination to blossom. You helped me develop my own picture of an ideal life. You helped me decide what was important in life. You made me recognize the importance of being an individual, instead of trying to be the "ideal" woman. You helped me to learn how to take care of my home (because of that grill-thing.. that was downright foul after a couple weeks). You made me want to take care of my figure. :D

So, my dear friend Barbara. I'm sorry for talking about you behind your back, allowing Eric to rip of your heads (and rip off Ken's leg so that he could pretend it was a hotdog), and abusing you in so many different ways. Thanks for always being there for me. Despite your perfect looks and the jealousy all girls feel toward you, you are a true friend.

Haha.. I can't decide if I was really being serious or mostly sarcastic.. I mean, I really do feel bad for all the neglect and cruelty Barbie faces not only from me but from most teenage girls. She can't help looking perfect! In fact, I'm pretty sure that if she DIDN'T look the way she does, girls would have no interest in playing with her in the first place and she wouldn't be nearly as successful as she is.. which is probably why the pregnant Barbie faced so much criticism.

On the other hand, I feel bad for the girls that make it their goal to look like her, because it's impossible. I mean physically, there's no way Barbie could exist with the proportions she has. Her waist to hip ratio wouldn't allow menstruation. Her ankles wouldn't support her weight. The company claims they make her with those proportions so that the clothes are easier to make, causing the doll to cost less.

Basically I loved playing with Barbie when I was little, I didn't care that I didn't look like her, and I don't mind that I don't look like her now. I'm pretty sure it all comes down to how confident you are with yourself.