Archive | November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

24 Nov


Happy thanksgiving, dear readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed your turkey (or tofurkey), your stuffing, your green bean casserole, your corn casserole, your sweet potatoes, your mashed potatoes and gravy, your biscuits and rolls.



Versatile Blogger Award 2011

22 Nov


I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!  The VBA has some rules, as do most things.  The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

1. Thank you, Amirah, author of Sake of Sanity, for nominating me!  🙂

2. Seven things about me:

  1. I love pie, smoothies, and sherbert, but I hate cake, milkshakes, and ice cream.
  2. I live in a studio apartment with two ridiculous dogs and a ball python, Ruby, Milo, and Jinx.
  3. I played softball for 13 years and played the violin for six years with an orchestra. Now I just fiddle occasionally in my free time and I hope to coach youth softball sometime in the future.
  4. I rode and trained horses for two years in college before switching my major from Equestrian Studies to Sociology.
  5. About a year ago, I got my wisdom teeth taken out and one was impacted, so they had to take an extra molar as well.  I’m missing a molar on the upper right side.
  6. I’m insulin resistant and I have PCOS. As a result, I’m working my butt off to lose weight and get healthy.
  7. My birthday is April Fool’s Day. I expect presents from all of you. (Just kidding. Kind of.)

3. Ten blogs I’d like to nominate:

I have tried to nominate a blog from each of the various genres I enjoy. Food, pets, family, sexuality, style, interior design, etc.  I honestly don’t read enough blogs on a regular basis to hit the full fifteen, but these are a few that I’ve often found myself coming back to or that I’ve recently discovered.

  1. Dear Photograph – Old photographs in familiar settings.
  2. iheartOrganizing – Organizations tips and tricks.
  3. Post Punk Kitchen – Vegan cooking.
  4. Dog Milk – Products for the modern dog.
  5. Fed up with Lunch – School lunch and politics.
  6. Fox in Flats – Fashionable momma blogger.
  7. Hair Romance – Marvelous hairstyles galore.
  8. You Can’t Call It “It” – All about names.
  9. 320 Sycamore – Making a house a home.
  10. Art Hound – Sharing artwork in many styles.

4. I’ve contacted  all of these folks and I hope that they’ll accept their award and take a look at my blog as well 🙂

Thanks again, Amirah!

Language Lesson #1: Compersion

21 Nov

Due to unfortunate circumstances, I missed a blog post yesterday, November 20th. AL and I were on our way back to Columbus from Baltimore and found ourselves on the side of the road in a cloud of smoke, waiting in the chilly rain for a tow. We ended up getting home late, without enough time for me to make an entry before midnight.

Today, I’d like to teach you a new word. The word is “compersion”.


Image courtesy of Polyamory Next Door. To You.

Compersion is what happens when you experience empathetic happiness or joy on account of your current or former romantic partner’s enjoyment coming from a source other than yourself.  It has its grounds in the polyamorous community and is often considered the opposite of jealousy.

Now you know.  The next time you feel happy upon seeing your partner’s happiness, you’re feeling compersion.

What She Was Wearing

19 Nov

Today, I’d like to share with you my favorite poem right now.  It’s called “What She was Wearing” by Denver Butson.  I’d love to hear your thoughts/feelings.

this is my suicide dress
she told him
I only wear it on days
when I’m afraid
I might kill myself
if I don’t wear it

you’ve been wearing it
every day since we met

he said

and these are my arson gloves
so you don’t set fire to something?

he asked


and this is my terrorism lipstick
my assault and battery eyeliner
my armed robbery boots

I’d like to undress you he said
but would that make me an accomplice?

and today she said I’m wearing
my infidelity underwear
so don’t get any ideas

and she put on her nervous breakdown hat
and walked out the door

Away in Maryland

18 Nov

Well, folks, I’m currently on vacation in Baltimore, enjoying the Inner Harbor and all its nautical delights, including waterside shopping, lovely skylines, and incredible seafood. Not to mention the beautiful, historical hotel that AL and I are staying at. I’ve never been at a hotel so lovely.

Tomorrow, we’re going to the National Aquarium! Maybe I’ll comeback with some reproductive facts about marine life?  Hmmm….

Since I’m admittedly being a little lazy and I can’t currently find any way to relate the happenings in my life today to sexuality…I’d like you to simply enjoy this awesome music video about anal sex!

Thoughts?  Do you have any favorite silly, sex-positive songs or videos?

Kindle Fire

17 Nov

I now have my brand new Kindle Fire in my hands.  I’m about to begin reading my first e-book, Kate Bornstein’s Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and other Outlaws


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I’m having some emotional turmoil about purchasing e-books.  Aside from the fact that they seem irrationally expensive for a thing that is no more than intangible data that don’t require materials to produce…I like to have a physical library.  I like to loan out copies of my books, particularly the ones related to sexuality.  I think that, after Hello Cruel World, I will only be purchasing novels for my Kindle and will continue to purchase physical versions of the books related to my fields of study.  However…It is extremely tempting to think that I might be able to carry around my entire library, including numerous entire textbooks, in one electronic tablet that weighs the same as a small paperback book.

What do you think?  Would you use an e-reader?  If you already use an e-reader, do you have any book recommendations?  As a student, would you consider it as an alternative to carrying around heavy, expensive, paper-and-binding versions of your textbooks?

Wordless Wednesday

16 Nov