This week was a good one, and partially because I got to help my friend Lisa by being a stage manager at her wedding yesterday (and yes, I used the APW spreadsheets). I know there are people who claim to really hate helping at weddings, but I don’t get it. Helping at people’s weddings is one of my joys in life. I may be too tired to sit up today, but yesterday was marvelous. Seeing an APW wedding in action (Lisa’s been reading since… forever…)? Best ever. Plus, Saipua did the flowers and oh my god, please witness my instagram:
And now the week is over. Which is good, because this week didn’t just have a wedding, it also had an eight-month-old baby sleep regression. Wake me up when the weekend is over. For now, it’s your Friday open thread, hop on it!
Highlights of APW This Week
The way Liz talked about how we grow in our marriages will probably haunt my thinking on marriage forever. In the best way.
If you read nothing else about wedding planning, read this, on how to have a FUN wedding. (Not pretty, fun.)
Interestingly, our short civil wedding ceremony was a massive hit. Who knew you liked it short n’ sweet?
I can’t wait to round up your tips on unconventionally honoring family members at a wedding (particularly if you’re part of a blended family).
Somewhere around the Isaiah passage in Moe’s wedding grad post, I lost my shit.
It’s Friday. Probably time to listen to the Generational Guilty Pleasures playlist again.
Highlights from Around the Web
In a really solid response to recent “opt-out” piece in the Times, the The Atlantic ran: Keeping a Family Together Is Hard, Whether You ‘Opt Out’ or Not. It also happened to be written by Magda Pecsenye, otherwise known as Ask Moxie, otherwise known as about the only place I bother with getting baby advice online.
Are you watching (or if you’re us have-already-binge-watched-all-of) Orange is the New Black? (You should be.) The real-life Piper wrote an op-ed in The New York Times this week about how relocating prisoners tears apart families.
In related news, did you know that 1 in 28 children in America have a parent in prison? If you haven’t been keeping up on your Sesame Street, they recently added a character with a dad in jail. Growing up, my mom always had kids in her 4th grade class with family members behind bars, so the fact that Sesame Street is talking about this is so important to me.
Feminism got crunked this week. After notorious male “feminist” Hugo Schwyzer “quit the Internet” and the mainstream feminist publications that gave him a platform despite loud and persistent outrage and the way he treated women of color, feminists of color took to Twitter using the hash tag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen. Read up.
In other male feminist news, Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg announced he had raised $6.5 million to start a new “feminist” publication for women called… Bustle. Why, you might ask? Because men are here to save us from the pain of having no good lady websites! “Isn’t it time for a women’s publication that puts world news and politics alongside beauty tips? What about a site that takes an introspective look at the celebrity world, while also having a lot of fun covering it? How about a site that offers career advice and book reviews, while also reporting on fashion trends and popular memes?” Once we stopped howling with laughter along with the rest of the women on the Internet, we felt grateful to have such a visionary in our midst. (Side note: “What’s a Jezebel?” might be my favorite subtitle of the year.)