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“Let me know if there’s anything I can do.”

Dear everybody:

You, my friends, are awesome. The people who have called and written to me since losing my job, offering support, advice, and food, have been great. You say things like “You’re smart and capable.” and “I know you’ll find something.” which are wonderful to hear.

Though to be perfectly honest I’d like to be hearing more things like “I heard about this job I think you’d be perfect for and it pays eleventy billion dollars a year and all you have to do is update your Tumblr blog with brief semi-legible notes about what you ate for lunch.” Or “Hi. You just inherited a bunch of non-taxable money from someone who is very much alive but wanted you to have the money now because you seem to be in a pickle.”

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Why do I let this happen? Go a whole two weeks without a proper blog post? I think we all enjoyed the “pressing the mind grapes” posts but come on. Let’s get back to it.

Friday, August 6

After work, I headed up to the groundbreaking for the Old Town School’s new building. The lot was full of people who mingled, ate pizza, and enjoyed the music being played by some teachers and students. There was a pile of dirt into which a sign had been stuck: “Please don’t climb Folk Mountain.” Continue reading

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pressing the mind grapes: Texas belt buckle

Designer Alexander Wang thought the movie White Girls was “genius”. [Teen Vogue]

These raw-cut rings kind of gross me out. They remind me of when you squeeze a really gross spot on your face. Not that I ever do such a thing. Anymore. [Best Bets]

I love the I Love Maker [ILoveMaker.com]

Not sure I’d stay in a hostel when travelling (I like to spoil myself when possible) but Gadling has some tips on what to look for in an excellent hostel. I would guess that any hostel advertising itself as inspiring to or inspired by those Hostel movies would not be on the list.[Gadling]

I wish I’d gone to BlogHer ’10 this year. Hoping to read more about Flat Jasmine‘s antics from Rachel soon. In the meantime, there are some Twitpics! [Twitpic/talesofrachel]

“I’ve got a big Texas belt buckle! Yee haw!” Oh Lane Pryce, when I didn’t think I could love you more. [S4E3 – Mad Men – “The Good News” – The A.V. Club recap]

So, is a “Texas belt buckle” a thing? EW! [Urban Dictionary]

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flat jasmine!

i am flat jasmine

While I’m not attending BlogHer ’10 next month, Flat Jasmine is going in my place. She’ll be tagging along with Rachel (@talesofrachel), the author of Tales of My Thirties. I met Rachel last year at BlogHer ’09, at a party thrown by Poppy, and we’ve kept up with each other via Twitter ever since.

Click here to read the whole story, and feel free to follow @flatjasmine on Twitter.

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lumpiapalooza

I failed to register for BlogHer ’10, which has only parties only and parties/expo hall only tickets available. There is a waiting list for full conference passes. I have the sadsies about this because I had fun at BlogHer ’09 (my first conference). Also because BlogHer ’10 is in New York, and I could have totally seen the family then. Maybe I’ll go at the same time as the conference and crash some parties? Continue reading

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Best of 2009: Article

Note: I’m participating in Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. Read more about it here.

Yes, another late post, only by a day this time! My pick for best article of 2009 may not even fit the definition of an article, but I think it’s my own fault. I don’t keep track of articles that I read and like. I use Delicious, Google Reader, and even Tumblr to share, tag, collect, remember. But it’s still disorganized. Which, if you know me or anything about me, should come as no fucking surprise. So I can’t find or remember all of the articles I read this year. I shudder to think of all the amazing articles I missed. I’ve declared Google Reader bankruptcy several times this year. Sad.

So, um, I’m going to take some liberties and say that my favorite article for 2009 is “I love your random, rambling little chonicles”, a blog post my friend Liz wrote for BlogHer.com. As someone who is “just” a personal blogger, this post really speaks to me. Excerpt below:

Our little musings and chronicles defy categories and taxonomy. They’re a way of evasion. We won’t be pinned down. We don’t fit in a box. We’re explorers: we range broadly over any topic. We explore what we don’t know, rather than beating our chests about that one thing we know so well. We defy logic and structure. What we write about, that so-called nonsense, ranting, spewing, and trivia — “Just Life” — is incredibly important! Our patterns of rambling are an extraordinary assertion of our freedom to write, and include all of our experience, the parts that get left out of work life, or business, or relationships — or left out of history. Our everyday lives and thoughts are important – that’s something BlogHer has always recognized — that we’re writing history.

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“I love your random, rambling little chronicles”

At times I’ve thought: Why do so many women present their identities this way? Are we putting ourselves down? What’s going on? I felt ambivalent. Have you ever had someone ask what you write about, and said, “Oh, I don’t know – just life.” After a lot of thought and reading, here’s where I’ve arrived:

Our little musings and chronicles defy categories and taxonomy. They’re a way of evasion. We won’t be pinned down. We don’t fit in a box. We’re explorers: we range broadly over any topic. We explore what we don’t know, rather than beating our chests about that one thing we know so well. We defy logic and structure. What we write about, that so-called nonsense, ranting, spewing, and trivia — “Just Life” — is incredibly important! Our patterns of rambling are an extraordinary assertion of our freedom to write, and include all of our experience, the parts that get left out of work life, or business, or relationships — or left out of history. Our everyday lives and thoughts are important – that’s something BlogHer has always recognized — that we’re writing history.

The use of “just” or “little” is certainly self-deprecatory; but that can be seen as humility. It’s declaring that we get to write and blog, though we aren’t experts with formal credentials. It’s an evasion of having to argue, to prove ourselves. To know what we’re saying, to be sure, to be right. We get to say what we want, no matter what. Randomness is a virtue.

I love your random, rambling little chronicles | Liz Henry | BlogHer

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BlogHer ’09 (a sorta recap)

BlogHer ’09: “Women of Color and Marketing”
Originally uploaded by jasmined

Sometimes, I play this game in my head where I think of the words I use to identify myself, and then reorganize them in order of, something, I’m not quite sure:

  • Asian
  • Woman
  • Funny (I don’t think it’s conceited to think of yourself as funny, to know that you are.)
  • Fat
  • Writer
  • New Yorker (Note: So what if I’ve lived in Chicago for 15 years, give or take a summer back in Queens during college? This is totally a topic for another time.)
  • Democrat
  • Single (I think my patron saint is Eleanor Rigby.)
  • American (Naturalized in 2008, baby!)

I’m not sure why I do this. There’s a sense of anticipation I get while I play my game. As if somebody, on the street or on-line, were to all of a sudden pop up and say “Hey Jasmine! What’s the first word you’d use to describe yourself? Don’t think! Go go go!” Yeah, because that’s a completely realistic expectation to have.

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the fatorialist: back from vacation

  1. The dress is too short to wear to work.
  2. The shoes are making my toes sweaty.
  3. I’m reading “My Life in France” instead of “Infinite Jest”, going back on my pledge to the Infinite Summer people. Sorry, dudes.
  4. Did I mention I still have a BlogHer ’09 recap coming? Le sigh.
  5. Back to the dress for a minute. On the plus side — which should be the name for a cheesy plus-size blog, by the way, somebody make that shit happen! — I think the print of the fabric is pretty and doesn’t make me look like I’m big piece of furniture. Don’t you find, fellow fat girls, that some prints make you look not so much dressed as upholstered? That and looking like a toddler in my clothes are my two biggest pet peeves/fears when it comes to dressing myself.

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BlogHer '09 recap coming soon

@cinnachick, @PoppyBuxom, & @ChronicBabe are awesome
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This is the post in which I meant to post gorgeous pictures, witty recaps, and even more gorgeous pictures! Alas, most of my pictures were silly (see above) and I am running low on wit. While I deal with these self-induced blows to my ego, please set yourself to looking forward to my eventual BlogHer ’09 recap, where I will:

Any questions?

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