I call my parents Mommy and Daddy, largely because in my family we call in-laws "Mom" and "Dad" as well, so "Mommy" and "Daddy" get reserved for birth parents to make them special. I also occasionally call my mom "Mamoo" or "Ma" and my dad "Daddio" or "Papoo" which has no special story, I'm just weird. Although now… » 10/17/14 3:35pm Friday 3:35pm

I know I haven't indoctrinated my toddler enough yet, because we were roughhousing yesterday and she said it was fun. So I say "NO, daughter! This is your self defense training against the patriarchy. Take it seriously!" But she always just toddles off saying "Book Book Bear Train." It's a struggle, you guys. » 10/17/14 9:52am Friday 9:52am

You're gonna love it! I am an embroiderer and I'm addicted. It's so relaxing and you feel so accomplished, even if you're doing something just to follow the instructions. If you are ever interested in stretching beyond cross stitch into other forms, bookmark this website (warning: down the rabbit hole you go) … » 10/16/14 4:00pm Thursday 4:00pm

I had a friend, who profits from an Etsy shop where they make "dance" outfits and jewelry inspired by nebulous "Indian" and "Native American"-like styles, who recently tried to argue that cultural appropriation was "bunk." I just defriended her, because I was sick of her nonsense. Good for you for making the attempt… » 10/16/14 12:30pm Thursday 12:30pm

I love Halloween and I love holidays, unabashedly. Makes life spicier for me, I'll take any reason to celebrate and get away from the routine of life. What annoys me is the proliferation of everything becoming a gift-giving occasion, even for adults, and people throwing parties in their own honor. Give me Halloween… » 10/16/14 10:34am Thursday 10:34am