i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
9:40 PM: summer seasoning
yesterday i went to a book arts reception at 23sandy and one of the artists recommended i volunteer at the multnomah library in the special collections department. genius! maybe after the summer's over....
speaking of summer, tonight alex & amelia had a little ice cream social to celebrate the end of first grade for miles. i was the only one w/o kids there, but i didn't mind. amelia made homeade strawberry ice cream and i brought fried-ice-cream-flavored ice cream (and later, so did someone else! what a faux pas!). i also got to see amelia's finished studio, which i think is really quite awesome.
tonight also marks the last night of my 3-week catsitting jobs. we're still fostering nina, but i don't have to drive to NW every day to feed & play w/ cats anymore. though as far as jobs go, it's not a bad one. ;)
i had a conversation with someone this week that included the question, "i think women hold everything together, don't you?" i have a hard time being complicit in conversations that pit one type of person against another type of person, especially in a gendered way. men are no more helpless than women are, and i think perpetuating that myth doesn't do any of us any good. after years of identifying myself as a humanist because of the backlash against feminism, i feel more compelled to identify myself now as a feminist to reclaim it. and while i think men should be more cognizant and deferential to the struggles women still face, i think girl power should be about more than marginalizing men.