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The Weekly Edit: Amateur Plate Spinner

Last week was a whirlwind.  This week could barely qualify as improvement.  You know life has gotten away from you when you ask your husband what he’d like to do for the game on Wednesday, and he says, “You mean tonight?”

Oh, yeah, tonight.  Whoops.

Hopefully, once this political project is complete tomorrow things will slow down.  At least, I hope the frenetic din in my head will quiet.  I used to be pretty good at organizing my time (and my thoughts), but I’m out of practice.  A fact that would be obvious to anyone who could see the hastily scribbled pages of notes and to-do lists currently on my desk.

Sometimes, I have to remind myself that there was a time in my career when my calendar looked like this every week.  When every night was a 2:00AM bedtime and a 7:00AM wake-up call.  That there are women reading this blog who still do this every week (some while also raising children).  And then, all I can think is how I need to gt into the mental shape to keep up this pace if I want to get back on the path to achieving my personal goals.

So to all the women keeping all the plates in the air — with the assistance of dry shampoo, caffeine, and a little bit of God’s love — I salute you.  May we all get an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

I try to take 20-minutes of personal time in the mid-afternoon.  I used to watch CNN, but listening to the endless parade of “experts” at the roundtable is getting more difficult.   So I decided to pick up some not-so-light reading.

I found Impeachment: The Constitutional Problems because of the Slow Burn podcast (Season 1 is epic.).  And I’ve found it to be one of the most enjoyable reads that I’ve picked up this year.  It makes me a little nostalgic for law school, which is not a thing that I believed was possible.

If this kind of reading isn’t for you, Impeachment, Explained is a new podcast from Vox that gives a deeper constitutional look than you’re likely to find on 24-hour cable news without being too heavy.  It’s a bit more partisan than I would like, but in 2019, that may be unavoidable.

Last month, I purchased this Spanx Bra-llelujah on a lark.  I needed a new t-shirt bra, and since Third Love, my former go-to, is embroiled in a bit of corporate controversy, I decided to give this one a try.  After all, claims of underwire-free support sounded like something I needed to investigate.

After a few weeks of washing and wearing, I can attest to two things: 1) wider bra straps are incredible, and 2) front-closing bras are, and will always be, my favorite.  The support is good, and the bra is comfortable.  I like it significantly better than any of the other wire-free options that I’ve tried.  No flattening, and no uni-boob.

I’ll take another one, thanks.

I cannot tell you how many people find out that I’m from Montana, and then immediately ask me if I’m watching Yellowstone.  When I tell them that I do, the inevitable follow-up is whether the show is representative of life in Montana.

No, to my knowledge, there are no deeply corrupt families exacting vigilante justice on their enemies.  However, the tension at the heart of the show between Montana natives (little n) and the sudden influx of people from elsewhere is very real.

Walking down Main Street in Bozeman feels like a foreign experience to people who’ve lived in the state for their entire lives.  Some of the changes are good, some are difficult, and we’re all trying to find a balance.  We have to just keep hoping that Montana is too wild to be tamed, even by billionaires with planes and private clubs.

This week, it’s more about what I’m drinking from than the beverage itself.  This Tronco 20 oz glass tumbler is one of my best purchases for 2019.

With a wood top and colored silicone sleeve, it has great design.  It comes in several colors (I purchased the black and the amber), so each family member can have their own if necessary.  My only complaint is that while it item is dishwasher safe, the silicon wrap develops water spots.  They’re not difficult to remove, but it’s an extra step that I don’t always want to do.

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  1. pompom says:

    “No, to my knowledge, there are no deeply corrupt families exacting vigilante justice on their enemies.”

    You have to go to Rhode Island for that.

    I jest. Sort of.

    October 24, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Perhaps this is the difference between old money and new money. 😉

      October 24, 2019/Reply
  2. Megan says:

    I recently discovered the beauty of a good wireless bra as well. I love the Wacoal How Perfect No-Wire Contour Bra (on sale in a few colors here: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wacoal-how-perfect-no-wire-contour-bra/5432315?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FBrands%2FWacoal&color=graphite). It may not work for larger breasts, but my 32Cs love them;)

    October 24, 2019/Reply
  3. Edna Mazur says:

    Thanks for sharing about third love. A little bummed because I LOVE their bras, but being a responsible consumer is important.

    October 24, 2019/Reply
  4. Tara says:

    Thank you so much for posting the story about ThirdLove! I did not know about it, and I’m so appreciative to know what I missed.

    October 24, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I was disappointed by the story, but more disappointed that they didn’t seem to even respond to it. I looked on their social accounts, Googled, and nothing. Like, Hey, a bunch of our employees accused one of our executives of being a bully and…we’re just going to ignore it. Not the response I was looking for, even a rebuttal would be better.

      October 24, 2019/Reply
  5. Anna C says:

    I was, admittedly, not thrilled with ThirdLove as a product when I got their bra. I liked it enough to keep it, but it’s now at the bottom of my drawer. Knowing about the problematic company culture definitely makes me glad I didn’t purchase anything else. Now that said, I’ve definitely got my stack of Victoria’s Secret bras as well, which is also problematic, but at least they don’t make a secret (ha no pun intended) about that.

    October 24, 2019/Reply
  6. Jen says:

    Plate spinners, unite! Thanks for the shout out, Abra… you’re amazing and doing a great job!

    October 25, 2019/Reply
  7. Kellie Marie Beargie says:

    I read the bit about getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend and thought “Oh good, Daylight Savings Time.” Then I Googled it and found it that’s next week. Bummed.

    October 25, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Sorry! False alarm. I meant more like, I hope your kids accidentally sleep in an extra hour or you make your brunch plans at 2pm.

      October 25, 2019/Reply
  8. Katie says:

    Bozeman is my hometown. It’s barely the same place as it was when I departed for college on the east coast 17 years ago! The Montana I knew can be found, but not there.

    October 25, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      but not there.

      I went into the antiques store on Main street three years ago, and when I went up to pay for my item the clerk looked me up and down and said, “And where are you visiting us from?” with so much disdain that it gushed. Since I was dressed up, I understood why she thought I might not be native. So I said, “Oh, I’m from Butte.” “Really? Oh my God, I love Butte.” And then we proceeded to have a lovely 20 minute conversation. So I asked, is it hard owning a store in the tourist part of town? Her reply? “If one more moneyed asshole from California walks in here and asks me what I want for the building I’ve owned for 40-years, I’m going to call the cops.” Fair.

      October 25, 2019/Reply
      • Katie says:

        This would make an amazing ‘Bozeman Police Report’ addition.

        October 27, 2019/Reply
  9. MS. C says:

    What are your thoughts on the relationship between the Natives and the natives on Yellowstone? (And a sincere thank you for making the distinction in this post). I’m familiar with the legal issues but I’m not from Montana and super curious as to the reality/ tones of those interactions.

    October 25, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      There’s definitely tension in the parts of the state where the Reservations are. Oddly, there’s also a reverence for the Tribes, but it feels very shallow at times. Working in the legislature, you definitely see the way the Tribes are struggling to be treated as equals, but you also see the frustration at some of the corruption and excesses that exist. It’s a very tricky relationship, and it’s difficult to break through the layers of bureaucracy, prejudice and mistrust. But I hope it improves.

      October 26, 2019/Reply