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Dec. 11th, 2011 06:40 pm
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+Let's discuss the political and religious language that we're implying when we say "virginity." Also, fun stories about terrible healthcare professionals! ALL YOU EVER WANTED. )
 
+ON TO MORE ENGAGING TOPICS, I.E. NAIL POLISH
 
I! am a nail-biter. It’s gross, I know, and I can’t seem to stop. The only thing that seems to help is getting frequent manicures, which I cannot afford (sadly). So I spend a lot of time painting my nails, in hope that it’ll help. Unfortunately, I always forget to take my multivitamin, so I have really weak nails, and I always break them. Any tips? Right now I’m using $4 silver nail polish from Target and it is SO SHINY, which is a good thing, because I love, L-O-V-E, glitter.
 
I am currently accepting any and all suggestions for colors and brands of nail color—for the record I am pale, freckled, and have ruddy hands. ADVISE ME. (Dark colors that rub off on paper are a bad idea though, because I work in the antiquarian map department and would have to kill myself if I defaced anything, even by accident.) 
 
+ So, [livejournal.com profile] torigates posted about her (beautiful!) Christmas tree, which leads to my next question: WHAT IS IT LIKE, TO HAVE A TREE? My family is weird about Christmas, i.e., they don’t celebrate it, and this is only my third year observing Advent, so I am confused. Please tell me about your traditions/Traditions; they are fascinating (that is not sarcasm).
 
+Lastly, here is my best holiday work story from when I was an employee at a bookshop (this is in honor of [livejournal.com profile] dudski, who wins all of the contests about workplace stories, forever): For some reason I was the only person ever on phones. One Christmas Eve, we had a particularly memorable caller.
 
CUSTOMER: Hi, do you have A Clockwork Orange?
ME: No, I’m sorry; would you like me to order that for you?
CUSTOMER, ANGRILY: What do you mean, you don’t have it? I hope you’re happy. You’ve ruined Christmas. [Hangs up.]
 
 
And to all a good night.
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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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Do people still do introductory posts? (Do I really need to do one?) I dunno, but I guess I’ll take a stab at it.

”Vern” )

That seems like as good a place as any to stop. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, to the best of my ability.

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