Not A Feminism Post

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lately I've been writing a post on feminism in my head. I often do this when crafting a more serious post. I'll write paragraphs in my head again and again and again and eventually I'll sit down and write it and nervously click publish and wait tentatively for a response. This is not that post. It isn't perfect enough in my brain yet to write about, and these photos just weren't right for it anyways, but y'all should know that it's coming, and that it'll probably be long. Feminism is something that has become increasingly important to me since I first learned about it at Evergreen, and is something I really want to bring to this blog. As you know, I've been moving towards this being a more serious...or rather, thoughtful...space, and it's gotten to the point where I can't avoid talking about it any longer. I'm thinking of starting a series of posts which I plan to call "The Fem Diaries", but more on that later. 
Today we'll talk about puffy vests, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.

I guess first I'll delve into the puffy vest subject. How do you feel about the puffer? I'll just start by saying that I have spent a good amount of time avidly loathing the puffer vest, and had pretty much sworn to never own, much less wear, one. I thought they looked unnecessarily preppy and lazy as all heck. I thought they were stupid and too poofy and just general a fashion faux pas. This was until Michael thrifted one from a store downtown Oly and gave it to me to keep warm, as is bound to happen with all his outerwear at some point. So beautiful was the experience that I had, that I knew I had to get my own. Alas! A garment that allows total arm movement and yet a super warm core! While I still don't think they lend themselves to fashion very well, I must say I have quite enjoyed mine atop most of my lazy preggo outfits. (Which is exactly what this is, just a heads up. Nothing too thrilling.) Let's all get puffers and start a club. We'll call it BWJWTBC (Bloggers Who Just Want To Be Comfy) and have bi-annual meetings somewhere warm and yet cool enough to allow us all to rock our own special puffy vest. Who's with me? 





::PHOTOS BY M::
MARSHALLS PUFFER VEST :: OLD NAVY SWEATER :: TARGET KNIT HEADBAND EAR WARMER THING :: HOLLISTER JEANS :: TARGET NECKLACE :: OLD NAVY SHOES :: LANCOME JUICY TUBES IN BEACH PLUM

Since it's been so long in-between posts, I figured I'd catch you up as much as possible now. I'm starting to get my energy back and feel less sick each day, so I've actually been dressing nice, which means I'll hopefully be back to regular posting soon. However, since I'm still not 100%, we opted for a pretty low-key Thanksgiving, which we actually had the day before, since I worked on the real Thanksgiving. It was just my parents, M, and I, but it was nice. I fell asleep right after we ate and that was about it really. Michael made a super tasty pumpkin pie, which he regretted the second he started because he realized he hates baking. (Too much following directions apparently.) Watching him cracked me up because he was getting so angry and baking is one of the most calming things I do. Oh well. Good thing he cooks because I don't really like that.

As for Black Friday. I say fuck it. I worked 3:45pm-12:45am on Thanksgiving day and then came back 10am-7pm on Black Friday. Not cool. My sprained toe was mad at me, let me tell you, and the pregnancy exhaustion was real. But I made it. Thank goodness. And, as per usual, most people were nice. The rudest comment I got was when I was ringing some lady up (who was just comically grumpy). When she asked how I was I replied "Tired, but hanging in there", because I like to keep it real. At this response she pursed her lips and glared at me while snapping, "Well that's what you get for working retail, isn't it?" Hot. Damn. She also got outraged at the 5 cent bag tax we have in Thurston county. ("I'm all for supporting the lumberjacks, but this is ridiculous!" lol what?)

8 comments:

  1. Some people are so rude! I've worked in retail, and I've worked in the restaurant industry, and it's always apparent when you meet people who have never worked a day of their lives in either industry. Lately I've been trying to remember that everyone has a story, and you never know what someone has/is going through, so it's best not to judge people harshly. That being said, perhaps she was just having a terrible day and she's not actually a terrible person........ but I doubt that ;)

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    1. Yeah some people are just really negative, but I always just laugh it off. I don't understand being so absolutely grumpy about such trivial things. Oh well. You can definitely always spot the previous retail workers, and I love them all.

      Best,
      Mariah Alysz ♡

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  2. HAHA! Oh the fun ones come out on Black Friday, that's for sure! I used to work the first shift at Kohls on Black Friday many years ago (back when they opened at 4am on Friday and not on Turkey day!) and it was always a hoot. Glad you made it through! And hooray for the BWJWTBC! Can I join? ;)

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    1. Yes!!! BWJTBC needs all the members it can get, and I would gladly have you as one of them!!! Maybe I'll just start only wearing sweatpants...(ok that would never, ever happen).

      Best,
      Mariah Alysz ♡

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  3. I'm excited for your Fem Diaries posts, girl!

    I feel you on the Black Friday craze, too. So many people don't want to round up even 5 CENTS to support the unfortunately sick kids at St. Jude's, it's disgusting. I lose a lot of my faith humanity when I work busy retail days like such. The bag tax is really somethin' else, I hear a complaint about it almost every single time I work. I think silently: Would you rather our planet be trashed with unnecessary plastic?

    I know I've said it before, but: I'd be thrilled to get together and chit-chat about blogging over a cup of coffee at Evergreen (or the mall) someday! You're a fantastic blogger. Keep it up! :-)

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    1. Oh thanks! I'm still putting the idea together, but I am really pumped about it.

      And yes! The bag tax! Everyone and their mother bitches about it, and it is utterly ridiculous. Sure, let's just kill the planet for your convenience.

      And yes yes yes! I would love a meet up!
      Things have been crazy busy lately, but we should plan something out!!! (I'm usually free Sundays)

      Best,
      Mariah Alysz ♡

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  4. "I'm all for supporting the lumberjacks, but this is ridiculous!" -- oh. my. gosh. I laughed SO HARD! I'm sorry you had to work so much, though. While pregnant = not. fun. AND with a sprained toe!

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    1. Ahahaha yea that lady was a total gem.
      Working retail is definitely wearing on me now that I'm further along and my photography business is picking up. I hope to god the photography starts to pay the bills soon, because I can't keep juggling for long.

      ♡ Mariah Alysz

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