Ok so, I first saw this survey on the blog of the amazing and indefatigable Work In Sweats Mama, herself, Nicole. And then I started seeing it everywhere!  So, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

It’s being hosted by Writing, Wishing and Miss Elaineous Life. So let’s get to it, shall we?

5 Things I’m Passionate About

1. Writing

2. Healthy living/Bar Method

3. Family

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4. Laughing

5. Candy Crush (I wish I was kidding)

 

5 things I’d Like To Do Before I Die

Here’s where you learn a little about my inner crazy- (actually this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface)- I am very superstitious that if I fill this out and I die before I get to do the things on this list that I’ll be trapped in limbo like one of those ghosts with all their “unfinished business” that roam the earth scaring ghost hunters on the Travel Channel. So for that reason I’d rather not fill this out.

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5 Things I Say A Lot

1. “Grande non-fat blonde misto please”

2. “Is this funny or inappropriate?”

3. “Sorry I can’t stop laughing” – usually at the inappropriate stuff nobody else finds funny

4. “Remind me to tell you something later”

5. “Umm good question… I’ll have to ask my mom”

 

5 Books I’ve Read Lately

1. The Fran Lebowitz Reader -Fran Lebowitz

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2. Forever Erma – Erma Bombeck

3. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

4. HTML & CSS- Jon Duckett

5. Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland -Amanda Mackenzie Stewart

 

5 Favorite Movies

1. Tommy Boy

Also from Tommy Boy

2. Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

3. Clueless

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4. Troop Beverly Hills

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5. Under The Tuscan Sun

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5 Places I’d Love To Travel To

1. Napa

2. India

3. Bora Bora

4. Australia (2013’s worlds happiest country)

5. Kenya on safari

Pick a category and tell me about you! Or what I’d really like to know is what are you reading lately? I have a couple books in the queue, but I need more! Also fill this out yourself- take the logo image and link up!

So, here in the northeast, we think its hilarious when southerners complain about the cold. Like how whole cities will shut down for a quarter inch of snow or how you guys will bundle up when its 69 degrees out.

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Haha, that’s adorable.

Well, also in the northeast, we freak out about the heat. It’s been in the 90s around here for the past few days with a humidity index around 182 degrees Fahrenheit. (I’m rounding.) But some local news corespondent interviewed some tourists from Alabama on the news the other day about the heat- not realizing they were from Alabama- and they were like, “Heat? What heat? Ha ha ha! You guys should come visit us sometime.” Evidently, they thought it was rather nice out.

So, while Birmingham may come to a screeching halt in the snow, I come to a screeching halt when I encounter weather conditions better suited for Satan himself.

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Top 8 Ways You Know The Heat Is Too Damn High

8. Being “punctual” means being 30 minutes late. Now normally, come rain, snow or Sharknado, I am ALWAYS on time, if not early. But how does anyone be on time for anything when it’s this hot out?  “I’m a few blocks away, see you in a sec” means I’ve taken refuge in an air conditioned car/ store/ cold public fountain. See you eventually.

7. Looking presentable is relative. I have to walk to work in an exercise tank because I’m so sweaty by the time I arrive, to stay in the same shirt would be an assault on the senses of everyone around me.

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6. Exercising outside is now a form of suicide.

5. “Swamp ass” is an acceptable form of time. “Hey, what time is the meeting later?” “Swamp ass.”

4. Outdoor dining is a form of torture. How do y’all eat outside when its in the 90s? “Oh but there’s a nice breeze,” someone always coos. No. Nope. Wrong. Oven hot air against my neck does not a nice breeze make.

3. Hydrated shmydrated. It’s impossible to stay hydrated when its this hot out. The moment I go outside I lose all my water through my armpits.

2. Hair.

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Don’t even get me started.

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1. The impossible quest to dress appropriately for both the indoors and outdoors. While it’s 102 outside, it’s about 32 in office buildings. Ideally, I like my outside clothes to be conducive to running through sprinklers and my indoor clothes to keep my hands warm enough so I can type without pain. Realistically, neither of those end up panning out.

Since this heat wave is encompassing just about the entire continent of North America, how are you fairing?? Are you still exercising outside in these temps?

Southerners- do you even notice its warm out?

Northerners- I’m already psyched for fall, what about you?

I just love a good flashback montage*, don’t you?

(*Due to the fact I majored in french and creative writing in college, and not filmography, by “montage” I mean “collection of photographs with snarky captions attached” rather than “collection of film clips set to kicky music”.)

For a person who dedicates all her free time to reading and writing about fitness and healthy body image, I find it really interesting to look back at the transformation of body image standards over the last century.

When it comes to beauty pageants, everyone has their own opinion. To slightly misquote Mitch Hedberg and take his joke completely out of context, “you either love them or you hate them. Or you think they’re okay”. But they’ve been a big part of American mainstream culture for the last 100 years and they do a great job of documenting the basic beauty trends and standards of each time period.

So let’s take a look shall we? Beauty and body image throughout the years flashback montage (with commentary made up by me):

To the confusion of her friends, Gladys always swore by her jet black nylons and sweater dress on beach days. Her flair for dressing for winter in 90 degree heat without breaking a noticeable sweat ended up winning her the title.

To the confusion of her friends, Gladys always swore by her jet black nylons and sweater dress on beach days. Her flair for dressing for winter in 90 degree heat without breaking a noticeable sweat ended up winning her the title.

 

Frances wondered if she should have rescheduled her photo shoot for a less humid day. In the end, her confidence in the face of fly-aways won her the hearts of the judges.

Frances wondered if she should have rescheduled her photo shoot for a less humid day. In the end, her confidence in the face of fly-aways won her the hearts of the judges.

 

While Dolores was a natural at lining up, her lack of direction was always most apparent when the photographer would say, "now everyone turn to the right"

While Dolores was a natural at lining up, her lack of direction was always most apparent when the photographer said, “now everyone turn to the right”

 

"See that, Miss Maryland?" Asked Miss Iowa "No," said Miss Maryland without breaking her smile. "I'm blind as a bat, but boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses"

“See that, Miss Maryland?” Asked Miss Iowa
“No,” said Miss Maryland without breaking her smile. “I’m blind as a bat, but boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”

 

Susan and Tammy just smelled it. Donna just dealt it.

Susan and Tammy just smelled it. Donna just dealt it.

 

The group on left were all terribly embarrassed when they all showed up in the same bikini, hair style, facial expression, shade of tan, and body type.

The group on the left were all terribly embarrassed when they all showed up in the same outfit.

 

Ashleighee Neveah Miley Cyrus Heaven Eden Smith was horrified when, at the age of 3 and a half, the judges asked her if she was 27.

Ashleighee Nevaeh Miley Cyrus Heaven Eden Smith was horrified when, at the age of 3 and a half, the judges asked her if she was actually 27.

 

Personally, I would like to see a pageant that doesn’t allow any beauty helpers. I think contestants should be asked to roll out of bed at 6am and march straight down that stage donning both their PJs and a whopping dose of confidence before quickly running home to shower, change and get to work by 8. Now that woman deserves a crown.

Pageants: love ’em? hate ’em? think they’re ok?

Body image: Overall, our definition of beauty has evolved from a softer frame to a more muscular, leaner figure- is this a good, positive change or are we losing sight of the natural roundness of the female form?

Should makeup and spray tans and hair styling be allowed?