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I was reading a few selections of a book my mom brought home from work –I think it’s called “What we hope for our daughters,” and it’s kind of the history of this bridal shop somewhere in Illinois. The book is made up of a numerous personal narratives about women preparing for their marriages, buying wedding gowns, encountering obstacles, etc. It’s a nice gesture at the very least, even if it is one that doesn’t really speak to me—I’m single and my sister still isn’t engaged, so I haven’t been to a bridal shop since my BFF asked me to help her try stuff on in 2009.
 
Still, there were several sections where women talked about their faith and about what they hoped for in their marriages (and parents also talked about what they hoped for their daughters). As someone who is religious and who believes that marriage is a sacrament, I thought it was nice to see that these women were not treating their vows lightly (even if their understanding differs from my own; by the way, I’m not saying that anyone goes in to a marriage thinking it’s no big deal or that it is a thing to be treated lightly; I just mean the book was focused on THE DRESS and THE IDEA OF MARRIAGE AS A PARTNERSHIP).
 
What I’m a little perplexed and bemused by is the section on “preserving purity.”
Marriage, kissing, virginity, sex: Vern rants about topics she has approximately zero experience with )

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Jun. 23rd, 2011 11:09 pm
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Ugh, the power just came back on, after three days of darkness. It honestly wasn't too bad--I got a lot of reading done, and the inability to cook meant that someone sprang for tacos. But it was the principle of the thing, and it is a huge pain in the ass to go anwhere when all the traffic lights are out. Getting to PT took almost an hour, and it's normally and ten, fifteen minute drive.

In the planning stages for two long pieces, plus two femgenficathon sign ups and my fma ladyfest prompt. [livejournal.com profile] explicate has offered to help with ladyfest, happily, but does anyone know where to turn for what promises to be a ridiculous foray into LanFan's backstory, as well as a Sakura-centric Naruto fic? (It's a long story, but suffice to say, I love the idea of the Naruto verse far more than I can stomach the manga. I have a LOT to say about it, so fair warning! Avoid this topic if you don't really care!)

Clearly, I've gone crazy; I'm also looking at another round of internships. And today I taught the baby to crawl, which I'm sure her mom will be thrilled about.

Finished reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I always compare her novels to Bel Canto, which is kind of a gold standard, and usually I find them lacking; however, I really love this new one. I think the plot it a little stronger than Bel Canto, and the writing is glorious, but I don't know if it's better. I need to think about it.

In other news, Farmer's Market tomorrow! And I also finished planting the rest of the garden, I have an insane amount of tomato plants. I am going to can so much produce this summer, I swear the neighbors are going to suspect the end times.

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