Artwork by: Venice Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas! I know it has been a bit since we have connected so I wanted to take a moment to explain our brief hiatus. Recently, I lost two very dear friends to me. I loved them like family and it has taken me a while to process their passing. I have run the gamut of emotion and what I have come away from it all with is as follows.
Look, I’m not gonna lie. I don’t even know what the Met Gala actually is. All I know is that every year, there is a pretty great red carpet filled of spectacular and spectacularly bad fashion choices. And I’m addicted. But if you’re an Instagram stalker like me, you also get to see the sneak peeks of the celebs getting ready for the event, which is pure crack.
If you have a teenager or a preteen, chances are you’ve heard about 13 Reasons Why and your kids are hounding you to watch it. If you haven’t heard about it, chances are, they’ve already watched it. It’s what’s going on right now, so that’s just the reality. If you’re asking the question, “Should I let my kid watch 13 Reasons Why?” you should know that there is a LOT to consider. It began as a book that gained popularity, especially after Netflix announced they would be turning it into a show. I never read it in advance but I skimmed the internet for the plot points and figured out pretty soon that this book/show showcases some pretty mature story lines. My initial reaction was just to say no to my daughter watching it. However, she’s fourteen, going into high school next year and she has access to our Netflix account. I don’t live in a bubble where I think me saying no means she’ll never be exposed to it. So, I decided to watch and help weed out some situations and also use some as conversation starters. Here’s what you’ll want to know going in. And yes, there are spoilers ahead.
“During pregnancy, we are stripping away the maiden and stepping into the role of mother. It can throw the ego into a frenzy causing us to question our self identity. Pregnancy, for the woman, is her initiation into motherhood.”
All in all, I really enjoyed them this year. Probably, better than any other year despite some blow-your-mind type moments. One moment blowing my mind is seeing Warren Beatty at almost 80. Wtf? The other, of course, being the Best Picture debacle.
I often complain that I don’t get to read as much as I used to. But like every other mom, I have about 5.7 seconds of free time every day and reading is one of those things that lands on the “want” side of the priority list. And on the occasional days when the moon and the stars align and I do have enough free time to crack open a book (yes, I still prefer physical books when possible), I usually fall asleep within the first chapter. I believe this is what all those internet people refer to as “the struggle.” Yes, it really is real.
Have you been watching? If not, then you’ve got some serious catching up to do. (This post only containers spoilers if you haven’t seen the first few episodes and don’t know the characters’ storylines.)
Remember that time Heidi Klum gave birth backstage at a Victoria’s Secret show and threw on a thong to strut down the runway literally seven seconds later looking more fit than ever? Okay, that didn’t happen. It was something a time difference of six weeks or something. But my memory recalls the previous version because for years, I was positive that women like this only exist to make me feel like a sack of rotten bananas. It’s nothing personal against Heidi – she’s a beautiful woman blessed with the genes of a goddess. And there are plenty of other women just as evil (I’m looking at you, Blake.) But every once in a while, someone in the limelight is brave enough to remind us that no, that kind of post-maternity bounce back is NOT normal. Dancing with the Stars’ Petra Murgatroyd became one of them when she posted what her body looks like eight days after giving birth to her. Spoiler alert: It’s not the body you see on DWTS.
This icon turns an astounding 95 years old today!
All of the emotions I have felt during this tumultuous political climate summed up in one fantastic speech by one of my favorite actors of all time. Well done, Miss Streep. Well done. Thank you. “Take your broken heart and make it into art.” Carrie Fisher Meryl