Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Things for Friday: Fashion, Politics, and a Really Good Book

1. There's a fashion trend happening this fall that I actually like (you remember how trend-averse I am, right?)--the return of flannel button-up shirts. I used to wear these in 8th and 9th grade all the time! I'm glad they're back and that now they're more fitted and designed not to be tucked in. I bought the one below in the Juniors section at Target and couldn't believe how soft and comfortable it was, with the additional benefit of actually being in style. I think I'm going to pick up another one or two when I go to Target today. But does this mean that when I wear my flannel button-ups next fall that I'll look out of style? Oh well. I think these shirts are classics, and classics are always in style!

 2. Politics. A few brief words. Because I love and hate politics all at the same time.

The V.P. debate. I couldn't believe how rude and disrespectful Joe Biden was to Paul Ryan. I found his dismissiveness and his condescending laughter to be unbelievable. How is this man our Vice President?

One other thing about that debate--the Nixon family from Massachusetts that Paul Ryan mentioned is a family that was in my ward. The car accident with their kids happened the night of our Annual Lip Synch when I was in high-school. I couldn't believe it when I found out about it the next morning. I had no idea that Mitt Romney had gone over and cooked a special holiday meal for the Nixons and offered to pay for Rob and Reed's college educations. He wasn't in our ward and didn't know the Nixons before that. The Romneys really are very generous and caring people.

The presidential debate on Tuesday. Obama did a lot better in this one, fortunately for him. I didn't like the moderator or the style of the debate very much. I'm actually really ticked that Candy Crowley (I can't help but think of her as "The Tank." I know that's not very nice of me. Thinking about Biden's debate performance must have rubbed off on me, so I blame him! Anyway, I think I need to re-start this sentence.) I'm really ticked that Candy Crowley butted in the way that she did and helped Obama out, which led the crowd to applaud for him, which I think helped him to be the overall winner of this debate, or at least to have the public perception that he won. Clearly she didn't moderate the debate properly, to the disadvantage of Romney. He's going to have to kill it in the last debate on Monday, which is about foreign policy, which shouldn't be too hard since Obama has a lot of problems in that area, especially right now. We'll see what happens!

3. One more thing related to politics and then I'll stop for now. This whole "binders full of women" thing for Mitt Romney is really silly but it cracks me up and it appeals to my slightly irreverent sense of humor.

Hey, I would have loved to have been in one of those binders when he was the governor! That was actually one of my career goals if I hadn't gotten married right after college. This was my plan if I'd still been single when I finished college: I would graduate with an Ivy League degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics (I'm not saying that to boast but to emphasize my qualifications) and then I would have gone home to Massachusetts and applied for a job in the governor's office in Boston, doing something, anything, even if it was just filing and typing up letters. I had the degree and the right major, I had experience, I had some good connections. He and Ann were my stake youth leaders in high-school and one of my Young Women advisors was his scheduler; how could I get turned down?! (Just kidding. Sort of.) I do think my chances would have been decent for getting a job there. But alas, my resume just wasn't meant to be in one of those binders. Sigh.
4. I enjoyed the Google Images search for "binders of women" so much that I had to post a few of my favorites...

Ha ha ha!

5. I'm reading a super good book right now. It's Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It's been on the New York Times Bestseller list for months, and I can see why. It's the amazing true story of a man who survived a ton of unbelievable adversity during World War II--a plane crash into the ocean, being stranded in the middle of the Pacific on a raft with hardly any provisions, Japanese planes shooting at him, sharks galore, starvation, dehydration, sickness, being abused as a POW... (that's as far as I've gotten). It sounds depressing, and it is at times, but it's really inspirational. I can hardly put it down at night when I read it. If you haven't read this book, then read it! I'm so glad my book club picked this one!

What are your plans this weekend? We're going to Bloomsbury Farm and my Dad will be here visiting from Utah for the next week. Have a great weekend!