Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hello. This is me, chiming in for my weekly check-in so that nobody will think I have died. Here's what's going on in my life.

1. So you know how I can't drive because I have vertigo? Well it turns out that while I have not been driving or paying much attention to the car, someone smashed the tiny window behind the back passanger-seat window, let him or herself into the car, and has been sleeping there. That's right: my car has become a de facto homeless shelter. I realized this yesterday when I looked at the car and saw that the window was smashed and the passanger-side seat pushed all the way back to make a nice little bed. Today I got my act together and got the window fixed. I actually feel kind of bad about displacing the creep who's been sleeping in my car. How crazy is that?

2. During the foray to the glass place, my friend and I went to our favorite Asian grocery. There are two truly wonderful things about the Asian grocery: home-made tofu and Japanese gummi candies. I have a new rule that I can only buy one package of Japanese gummi candies, because I seriously have no self-control where gummi is involved. I bought leechee flavored gummis today. They were gone in half an hour.

The plan for the tofu is to slice it up, marinate it in some soy sauce and ginger and maybe some fish sauce, and stir fry it with green beans, red peppers and cashews. But seriously, it's so good that I could eat it plain.

3. Um, that's all for now, because I really need to get some sleep. Will try to have more interesting things to say later. It may be a lost cause.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I have nothing to say about the whole "Kate Moss snorts coke!" mess that hasn't been said elsewhere, because the obvious points are, well, really obvious. (I should probably say, though, about the Salon article that, as someone who became anorexic well before "heroin chic," I'm a tad skeptical of the idea that Kate Moss causes anorexia. Kate Moss may cause girls to want to look like an anorexic, but you've got to be a special kind of crazy actually to pull it off. And I don't really believe that anorexia is a response to fashion trends. At the very least, if I hadn't lived in a society that encouraged anorexia, I would have found some other way to self-destruct.)

What I want to comment on is H&M's much-quoted dictate that models be "healthy, wholesome and sound." Am I the only one who finds that slogan a tad creepy? "Healthy" is a shitty thing to expect your employees to be. Is there something shameful about being sick? Should a business fire a competent employee who happens not to be healthy? "Wholesome" is a joke. For one thing, I don't really associate H&M with modesty-wear. I haven't been in H&M since I was in New York two summers ago, but I recall the clothes actually being a little trashy for my taste. And do most H&M shoppers really aim for "wholesome"? When I think of "wholesome" clothes, I think of baggy corduroy jumpers and floral turtlenecks: ugly, unflattering garments designed entirely to make grown women look like asexual little girls. Actually, in general I have a hard time coming up with a word with worse connotations for me than "wholesome." And I don't even really know what "sound" means.

Maybe it's a translation problem, and "wholesome" and "sound" are a bit less ridiculous in Swedish.

Friday, September 16, 2005

I have been a very, very bad blogger. I apologize profusely. My life is a bit nuts at the moment, and if something has to give, it's going to be the blog.

Here are the causes of the nuttiness:

1. I'm working 20 hours a week. This is a good thing, really, what with the money and being able to pay the rent and everything. But it's also taking away from valuable blogging time.

2. I'm still working on the dissertation.

3. My vertigo went away for about a month, and then it came back. Also, I've been having serious fatigue issues, so much so that I've made an appointment to go in next week and ask the doctor if I should get my heart checked out. I'm not having any of the other "your heart is about to explode! Panic!" symptoms, but better safe than sorry. So anyway, I have vertigo and I'm exhausted. It's hard to blog when you're simultaneously spinning and falling asleep!

But these are excuses. I've actually cooked up two posts in my head. I will see if I can summon up the time and/or energy to write them.

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