I don’t know about you, but this day is drraagggging. It doesn’t help that we are all getting ready to feel the wrath of Hurrican Irene (post-earthquake of course).
Alas, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A little gem that my friend Sienna sent to me—Suri’s burn book. This amazing blog is written from the point of view of Suri Cruise about the missteps of celebrity children. She seems to have strong opinions about the Jolie-Pitt crew, as well as the daughters of Jennifer Gardner and Ben Affleck. (She’s a rich girl, and she’s gone too far…)
Check out some of my favorites so far (Note, you will get sucked in, don’t feel guilty about sitting back and reading all of the posts in one sitting):
August 24, 2011
I think I could be friends with Naleigh Kelley, daughter of Katherine Heigl. Not just because the print on that dress is super-cute and because having Asian friends is trendy, but also because the rumor is that Naleigh doesn’t really like her mom. (And by rumor, I mean Mrs. Kelley has talked about it in the press.)
I can relate because my relationship with my mother is complicated, too, and also because Katherine Heigl is JUST THE WORST.
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At least one positive note has come out of the whole DSK scandal—the new head of the International Monetary Fund is a lady!
Christine Lagarde is the first woman to head the IMF and is the 11th European to hold the top position. Fresh off of serving as the Finance Minister of France, (the first woman ever to serve in that role in a G-8 country) she is hoping to bring about change to the rigid institution.
“In my interview at the IMF with all the 24 administrators, there was not one single woman. So while I was being questioned for three hours by 24 men, I thought it’s good that things are changing a little.”
She has set a goal to have at least 25 percent of manager positions go by women by 2014. Currently, only 20 percent of managers at the IMF are women, compared to the World Bank, which employs 36 percent in management positions. Let’s hope that she advocates as a voice for women in the workplace and in the developing world. She definitely has a challenge ahead of her, but she was named the 17th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2009, so I’m sure she is up for the challenge.
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Laura's lovely kickball team!
Thursday mornings are always a little rough for me, because I have kickball on Wednesday evenings. For those of you not familiar with “adult kickball,” yes it is the same game you played in elementary school but with a lot more drinking. Continue reading
I often spend my days perusing the Internets searching for interesting websites to distract me from the mundane routine that is my job. I appreciate Huffington Post’s feature “7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Your Time on Right Now.” Last week, they featured this gem, I Always Wondered—which the creator describes as an ADD project equipped with wonderful graphics.
He poses this question, Continue reading
…then consider using emergency contraception.
Still not convinced? Here are some other fucking awesome reasons to use emergency contraceptives:
1 — “Because if you don’t remember his last name, you probably didn’t remember to use a fucking condom.”
2 — “You’re making a run to Walgreens for Advil and Gatorade anyway.”
3 — “Getting pregnant after you didn’t even get off would be the fucking cherry on top.”
4 — “It’s easier to ask a pharmacist about emergency contraception than to deal with the fucking harassers outside the abortion clinic.”
This last one is super applicable because I walk past the crazy lady reading the Bible in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic every day. [Ed. Note – not every crazy person reads the Bible, and not every Bible reader is crazy.]
I could go on listing them, but really just go read them for yourself. Also, I feel obligated to tell you that the comedy comes from Back Up Your Birth Control,” which took its cue from the whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar website and others that surfaced a few months ago. Also, BUYBC is, according to its website:
a national campaign committed to raising awareness of and expanding access to emergency contraception (EC). While significant progress has been made to expand access, there’s still work to be done. You can help spread the word about EC by taking part in the National Day of Action on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
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Did you walk miles for the water you brushed your teeth with, showered in, or cooked with? Or did you just turn on the faucet without a thought?
In one day, over 200 million hours of women’s time is spent collecting water. That’s because in most developing countries, women and girls carry the burden of collecting water for their family or village. They may have to walk several miles to the water source, which is valuable time they could be spending going to school or working.
Take the time today to think about where your water is coming from, and how many miles a young girl might have to walk to collect enough water for your 15- minute shower. You don’t need to guilt trip yourself — just be thankful and aware.
Also — check out these outstanding organizations working to provide worldwide access to clean water. Follow the discussion with activists on Twitter with the #WorldWaterDay hashtag.
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Throughout my childhood, whenever anyone would ask me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I would respond “a professional baseball player.” My dad shared his love of baseball with me and taught me all about the game. When it was time to sign up for Little League, I was devastated to find out I had to play softball; girls were not allowed to play baseball. But my hopes were lifted when I saw A League of Their Own, in which Tom Hanks’ character declares: “there’s no crying in baseball.” It was the first glimmer of hope that maybe there was hope for my dream of becoming a professional baseball player.
Obviously, I’ve moved on to other things, but I’m still a baseball phanatic. But young girls who have a similar dream now have a new role model who is a bit better than Tom Hanks. Yesterday, Justine Siegal was the first woman to pitch batting practice to a major league team. She pitched to a few batters of the Cleveland Indians and is due to pitch on Wednesday to the Oakland Athletics. This isn’t the first time Siegal has paved the way for women in baseball — she was the first female coach of a professional baseball team, the Brockton Rox.
When she took the mound yesterday, Siegal donned an Indians jersey with a patch in memory of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed in the January 8th shootings in Tucson. Christina was a lover of baseball and the only girl on her Little League team. Now her memory can live on in the majors.
Siegal’s got some other great projects to open up baseball for everyone, including a nonprofit called Baseball for All.
Look for her on the mound tomorrow as she faces batters from the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix, Arizona.
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