The UPS Guy

Aside from the really cool outfits, UPS must have great benefits for its employees. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and came to this conclusion after I saw my old UPS guy delivering boxes to the shops on K Street. I worked on K Street from about 2000 to 2003, and the same guys was delivering us packages all the way back when I started there. Either he really loves delivering boxes, or he gets great benefits.

Oregonia!

Tony and I are skipping town tomorrow. We’re headed to Oregonia for five days to hang out with his family and attend his sister’s wedding. It should be a good time for sure. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. I’ve never been to Oregonia, only driven through it and stopped at the Ford Dealership to have my brakes fixed once (Have I mentioned how happy I am to be rid of that Ford?).

Hopefully I’ll find Oregonia as interesting as Utah and I’ll come back with lots of fab pictures for you all.

FREE Books!



Speaking of skipping town: It’s official, I’m moving to Paris in August. I’ll be leaving August 22 (Sorry it’s on your birthday Sofia ). That gives me about five months to get rid of all my junk because my apartment in France is about the size of a walk-in closet.

Also, my books are WAY too heavy to take all of them with me. That means lucky YOU can take them off my hands for me. Here is a list of the books I’m trying to get rid of right now. I’ve been trying to sell them on Half.com, but have only had minimal success. If you’re interested in one of the items listed just let me know and I’ll remove it from my “for sale” list and ship it to you instead! Just send me a message with the books you want and don’t forget to include your address.

And, please, feel free to mock my book selection. I’ve had many of these since I was about 14 years old and I have to admit my taste in literature wasn’t too great at the time.

Book 5: “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf

I just finished “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf. I decided to read it in honor of Women’s History Month (March), mostly because it was on display at Barnes and Noble for this purpose.

At first the book was really hard for me to get into because it read more like a text book than a leisure book, but once I got past the first couple of sections I found the book to be quite interesting. It’s basically a feminist look at beauty and how the ideas of “beauty” and “perfection” are used to control women without their knowing it. Some parts of the book I found to be a little extreme, but I found many parts to be quite interesting.

I especially liked the sections on how the beauty myth contributes to eating disorders and how it’s meant to control women. There was also a section about female sexuality, which made a lot of sense to me. Basically the sex chapter referred to pornography and how it makes women believe women must be beautiful to enjoy sex because we have no picture in our head of what “real” women look like having sex. It’s actually a lot more interesting than I can make it sound here.

The one problem I had with the book though was that it was written in 1991. A book nearly two decades old doesn’t really hold true in all cases today. While I could see many similarities between the current culture and the 90’s, there were many things I saw that needed to be updated.

The section on surgery and objectifying women especially hit me as something that needed updating. The problem then was that men weren’t held to the same standard of beauty as women, but in today’s society men are torturing themselves for “beauty” as much as women in many cases. Men get waxed and plucked and plasticized today too. I think this would be a great book for someone to pick up and do an update on with today’s statistics. It would make an interesting read.

Okay then, hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday. Sorry to be so long-winded, I’m avoiding work.

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