100 Years of Fashion

I came across this video on Facebook. I would rather see a series of pictures. There are a few here but not for all the decades. More complaints after the video

I must admit I am a fashion throwback. The 30s and 40s women’s fashions (long before I was born) are, in my mind, the way women “should” dress or maybe I should say the “standard” or “ideal.” I knew that before I watched this video. The 50s, 60s, and 70s are okay but starting in the 80s I just completely lost track of what is “in”. From the 80s I remember shoulder pads but that’s the only distinctive thing I noticed. In the 90s and 2000s it seems to me that people just put on random stuff that doesn’t seem to be any particular style and often doesn’t fit right, although I do sort of like the 90s dress in the video except for it being too short for my taste.

Also, I wish the video showed two or three different examples from each decade, both casual and dress-up or office wear. It’s hard to get a real feel for the changes when they switch from dresses to torn up jeans. The torn up jeans look has been around for several decades so I don’t think it’s the best way to show “typical” 2015 style. The 70’s jumpsuit was definitely around but it’s not something I saw a lot in the 70’s. Anyone remember “granny dresses?”

The men’s style? I had to go back and watch the video again because it moves so fast and it’s hard to get a good look at both the men and the women at the same time. The men’s styles from the 30’s and 40’s look odd to me, unlike the women’s from those decades, which look simply normal. I don’t really care for any of the examples of men’s fashion shown in the video, although the 90s outfit looks the most normal to me.

It’s Over, Move On

Today is Epiphany. That means that today is the last day anyone has any legitimate excuse for still having their Christmas decorations up or at least for turning on outdoor Christmas lights. And it is the last day there is any legitimate excuse for running Christmas themed commercials on TV. Today is the last day that I want to see any of that stuff. Got it? Let’s move on to the annoying Valentines Day themed commercials.

Shaped Up

I am so out of the loop. I am even naive. Of course I see ads for “shapewear” but I always think, “Seriously? No one wears stuff like that anymore.” Well, apparently, everyone wears it. Once again, I am saddened by modern womanhood. In the 70’s we burned our bras; (Yes, I know it’s a myth) now we’re expected to encase ourselves in Spanx. And thousands of women actually do. [sigh] I suppose this is why I don’t have any friends. I just don’t understand other women.

One woman interviewed for the article actually said, “No woman should ever leave the house without Lycra on her thighs. I don’t want to see my own cellulite, so why would I want to see yours?” I don’t want to see mine either. That’s why I wear clothes – clothes that fit properly and cover everything that needs to be covered. This is a woman that I would like to meet so I could tell her, quite forcefully, that she has no business telling other women what kind of undergaments they must wear and if she ever starts a sentence with the words “No woman,” or “all women,” again in my presence I will burn all of her Spanx on the spot. (Well, you know I wouldn’t actually do that but wouldn’t it be fun to see her face if I said that to her?)

In 2010, an Oklahoma woman wore Spanx over her head while she robbed a McDonald’s. Oh that is so Oklahoma. I don’t know whether to be proud or ashamed. Robbery is definitely not cool but it goes to show that we could come up with better uses for Spanx. It could be up there with duct tape and WD-40 in the Stuff With 1001 Uses category.

But seriously, why do women wear ridiculous crap like that when it is easy to be feminine and attractive without pain? Your clothes don’t have to be tight and clingy. You shoes don’t have to be four inches high and thin as chopsticks. Now does it sound like I’m telling other women what to wear? Well, maybe, but I’m thinking a lot of women who wear that stuff don’t really want to; they wear it because they feel like they have to. The article also includes stories of women at parties sneaking away to a bedroom to cut off their Spanx with a pair of scissors. So I am really just saying, wear what you want to wear (within the limits of decency and whatever dress codes you are subject to, of course) and don’t wear anything you don’t want to wear and that it’s possible to look nice without being too uncomfortable.

Thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m going to talk about Star Wars, as you might have guessed from the title. First of all, I loved it! I do not intend to post any huge spoilers but I’m going to do an extended entry for this, or at least I’m going to try to. I’ve never done one before so if you don’t want to read anything about the new Star Wars movie stop reading now.

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Quoting Myself, 2015

Today is the day we’re supposed to look back on the year past and… something. And all of us bloggers must post a Year End Review post. Or is that Year In Review? Pardon me folks; I think I need more caffeine. Or maybe more sugar. Or perhaps, less. Nah.

Anyway, for my end of the year post I thought I’d just quote myself and that’s not as easy-way-out as it seems. I have to go through a whole year of my nonsense and pick out something quotable.

January: I like holidays and vacations; I think most of us do; but sometimes I think one of the best things about major holidays and vacations is that they make us appreciate our routine, everyday lives.

February: The world was coming to an end and I had to get up and fix it.

March: Star Trek premiered when I was 8 years old so I am old enough, just barely, to remember a world without Star Trek and old enough to remember when it was just another popular TV show but it’s not easy to remember. It seems like Star Trek and its characters have always existed and they have a kind of reality beyond mere fiction.

April: I stopped paying attention to popular music about 30 years ago so I am so out of the loop pop-culturally.

May: …there’s a distinct possibility that in another ten or twenty years I might turn into the kind of old lady who doesn’t hold back from giving other old ladies a good tongue lashing when I think they need it.

June: You know what I mean? Chill out; get over it; get a grip; take a chill pill; get a hobby; go kiss some puppies.

July: By the way, why is it that, it seems like, the purpose of “improvements” is to make websites run slower?

August: It just goes to show it’s true what they say: “Calories are what they put in food to make it taste good.”

September: Seriously, what is with all the gray everywhere lately? It seems like every time I turn on HGTV someone is doing a gray kitchen. Is the whole world suffering from depression?

October: I want to send some people to their rooms and tell them not to come out until they learn to stop bothering people about nonsense.

November: … if I wanted a $200 Egyptian cotton ladies shirt I would make myself one for $30.

December: Funny how we always think of people in the past being more “straight-laced” than in the present.

Well… looking over these I’m not sure they’re really representative of my year. Maybe a little bit but there was so much more to it. Overall, not a bad year.

OMG! Winter is Here!

Today is the kind of day that makes me wish I could crawl under a big, thick blanket and not come out until spring. The weather has been so nice but Friday night it started raining and it hasn’t stopped since. (Was it Friday night? It feels like it’s been raining forever.) This morning we have sleet. It’s covering everything and it looks like snow but it’s sleet. My stupid cat was freaking out about the noise from the wind and sleet and wanted to go outside to get away from it. I had to open the door to show him that outside is where the noise coming from. He decided that it’s not so scary inside the house after all.

I’m sort of in “What now?” mode right now anyway. I need to clean up the house and start another sewing project and generally just get back to the normal routine but it’s sort of hard to believe I don’t have something big going on – something out of the ordinary that I have to do. So I might just read a book for a while.

UPDATE: On the other hand, I could just sit and watch the Mythbusters marathon all day.

For Mom

This was one of my mom’s favorites. This isn’t quite a tradtional performance but I think she would have liked it.

Carol of the Bells X 2

My usual feeling about this sort of thing is, “Don’t mess with Christmas songs!” but sometimes I hear something unusual that I like. Strangely, I am more likely to like arrangements that are really “wrong” than I am those that are just a little bit “wrong.”

Seasonal Things

All the Christmas gifts are wrapped and under the tree (at least those for the immediate family) and looking at them makes me ridiculously happy even though very few of them are for me. I bought and wrapped most of them. I am eagerly anticipating the time when the whole family will be here to unwrap them all but also I am a little sad that it will all soon be over. But also, a little bit glad that it will all soon be over and life can get back to the usual routine. Funny, isn’t it?

This season always goes pretty much the same way for me. In October or November I might think of one or two things I want to buy people for Christmas but by Thanksgiving week I’m starting to panic a little bit because, except for the one or two things, I have no idea what to buy for anyone. But then I start shopping and I start seeing things and getting inspired and buying things and I always find it hard to stop.

There will be no White Christmas for us this year. It is going to be unseasonably warm all week. I am not too bummed about that. I’m not a winter person. I sort of like the romantic notion of a White Christmas and yeah, snow is pretty, but for practical considerations – dressing warmly enough, driving – I’d rather it wait for some normal weekend when we have nowhere to go and then be (at least mostly) gone by Monday. Which does happen here.

Cups of Warmth

Every winter for the last several I have made a resolution to drink more tea and herbal tea instead of hot chocolate in order to save a few calories but I never even make it to the official first day of winter. I am hooked on the many wonderful flavors of Land O’ Lakes Hot Cocoa. The local stores haven’t had any yet this year though so I haven’t had any. But I will very soon; thank you, Amazon. My “vice” this year so far has been Hills Brothers White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino mix. Wonderful stuff! I am not a coffee drinker so this is perfect for me as it contains very little actual coffee.

Haven’t mentioned that a couple of weekends ago we went to Branson and did a little shopping. I discovered the Spice and Tea Exchange. I bought a couple of teas and a curry seasoning mix. I absolutely love their Chocolate Candy Cane black tea, which surprises me a little bit. I have had chocolate flavored tea before and was disappointed with it and decided that chocolate and tea simply don’t go together but this is different, I think because it is excellent tea and the chocolate and mint flavors are very subtle. It’s not a clash of tea vs. chocolate. The one big negative is that it’s rather expensive. The price of a little one ounce packet is nearly seven dollars. So I suppose I should just limit this to a once a year treat.

We also stopped in at The Pepper Palace. I so much wish there was one of these closer to us. Of course, I can shop their website but it’s not the same. Actually, I think shopping on the website is probably easier. When I walk into their store I am overwhelmed by the variety of sauces and other items. I could spend hours, or possibly days, reading all the labels and even more hours reading them again and trying to decide what I want. I ended up coming home with a jar of cherry butter and a bottle of Orange Chipotle Sauce and both are awesome. Chicken is the obvious thing to go with the orange chipotle sauce but I have also tried it on a hamburger and loved it. Someone in NE Oklahoma please, please, please open a Pepper Palace! Maybe in Owasso; that big shopping center over there would be a good place for it.

Multi-Talented

Many NFL players have other talents in addition to (and unrelated to) football. For example… I am considerably put out by the fact that embedding has been disabled on this video but please trust me. This will be worth your time.

Random Linkage

Uh… what? – I want a copy of this because weird. This is like those bizarre, poorly designed, eye searing websites you come across once in a while but it’s an actual dead tree book.

Embroidery Art – Wonderful!

Butterfly Tops – Oooo sparkly!

Desert Baths – These photos look like surreal artworks but it’s a real place.

Leopard Bread – Oh wow! This site is Portuguese and when you use Google translate the list of ingredients goes away but I’m tempted to try to figure this one out.

Composers Doing Normal Sh*t – Tumblr devoted (mostly) to photos of composers doing everyday things, such as John Cage cooking and Benjamin Britten talking on the phone.

The Fabulous Weird Trotters – a great Tumblr featuring all sorts of fascinating art and photos.

Baroque Architecture Backpacks and Purses

#ExplainAFlimPlotBadly – Brilliant!

Lumberjack Cake – Wow

Lazy

I don’t have anything to say this morning. Well, I probably do; there’s a lot going on in the world but it’s just not coming to me right now. So, for now, here’s another short cat video.