The Weekly Edit: Hazy Shade of Winter

Aug 17, 2018

Washington state is covered in a haze of smoke.  I stepped outside yesterday to walk the dogs and it felt like October, chilly, bleak.  This is not how I wanted to end my summer.  The theme to Game of Thrones is constantly ringing in my ears, “Winter is Coming,” and sooner than you think.

Oh.sweet.Lord. This is information that I wish I did not possess.  Smitten Kitchen has taught us all how to make individual tiramisus.  That’s not going to be a problem at all.

I’m not going to make ladyfingers, because I’m not a sadist (and my piping skills are not what they used to be).  Instead, I buy the soft lady fingers from Trader Joe’s.  And these great little bowls from Libbey make the perfect serving dishes, because the lids allow you to save some tiramisu for later.

I know! I typed that with a straight face.  Save some for later, whew, delusions are fun.

This BlankNYC “leather” jacket is one of those items that I saw one-second too late during the Anniversary Sale.  Thank goodness that they restocked.  I love the casual look of the removable hood.  The material feels nice to the touch.  And the hardware is good quality.

I picked it up in the dark green hue, and I really want it in all the colors now.  But I will settle for just the black, since most of my winter wardrobe is black.

I’ve had acne since I was 12, but blackheads were never really a problem.  A few here, a few there, but not so bad.  This summer, my nose is awash in them.  My usual blackhead strips were powerless to conquer them.  So I popped over to Sephora and picked up this Clinique self-heating blackhead extractor.

Apply the fine scrub to your nose, add a little water, and once it heats up, use the silicone tip to scrub.  After seven days, my nose was 90% cleared up.

There are so many #metoo stories: mine, yours, hers.  I’ve mostly avoided them, not because they don’t matter, but because I didn’t want to get desensitized to them.  I made a conscious decision to save my emotions for the women closest to me because they’re the ones who need them most.  But this #metoo story is different.

I listened to This American Life’s episode Five Women because I kept encountering references to it in other articles that I was reading.  Through a Kurosawa-like mix of flashbacks and recollections, the episode tells the story of a group of women who all worked for the same man and their reactions to the workplace harassment they faced.

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  1. JBindc says:

    Hi! How long does it take your clinique to heat up? I like the results thus far on this product, but mine never really feels warm. Wondering if I’m not waiting long enough?

  2. Eleanor says:

    I laughed out loud… “Save some for later” aka the story of my life!

  3. Kate says:

    Alas, I was too late for the light tan one and it’s still not available in my size.

  4. Sara says:

    I live in Seattle, and this smoke is terrible. Goodbye, sunny weekend…

    • Belle says:

      It’s not as bad on the east side, but if the wind shifts, we’re going to get in from northern MT and that will not be great.

  5. MOnica T says:

    re Five Women – The excuses we make for men’s behavior…I can hear my own excuses for men in these women’s words. How do we make this normal as girls and women? When their parents tell them that it’s just how it is, that this is how women deal with men, that is how we stop normalizing this for our daughters, nieces or any young woman who comes to us to report inappropriate behavior.

    • anna says:

      Haven’t listened to the episode yet, but definitely think I’ve brushed things off and made excuses in the past, and I can pretty assuredly say my parents ever said anything like that. I mean, if they knew half the crap I’ve dealt with, they’d probably blow a gasket. So that’s to say, that even just doing better as parents might not be enough (obviously that is a part of it). This is a problem that is so deep, so ingrained, I have no idea how we as a society change.

      • Monica T says:

        Yes, I thought a lot about Five Women over the weekend and had some additional realizations. I agree that most of us carry our #metoo stories alone, whether out of shame or acceptance of it just being how the world is. Maybe then being supportive is not enough and we have to share those stories, even though they might be difficult for others to hear, and even if they’re “not that bad”. If I share with my daughter the times where boundaries were pushed or outright crossed, maybe it will help her identify when someone is taking advantage of a power imbalance?

    • Tina says:

      I have just listened to the Five Women episode and I am deeply disappointed with his partner’s reaction.

  6. Nora says:

    Five Women was excellent. There’s another one called “LaDonna” that’s as good, maybe even better – it’s less about sexual harassment than sexism and harassment. I couldn’t believe how uncynical and brave the woman featured was. It’s both incredibly inspiring and sad.

    • Carolyn says:

      I happened to listen to both “Five Women” and “LaDonna” several months ago, but still think about them. Both are stunning examples of storytelling, even though the story is all too common. I gasped aloud several times during Five Women. The only comfort I took from it was that as the incidents occurred closer to present day, the victims were increasingly quicker to speak up and say “Oh, hell no” and to call it exactly what it is rather than rationalize it.

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