Talk About It Tuesday

Talk About It Tuesday: Instant Cameras

 

Polaroid Camer

Let’s take a step back in time and remember when cameras and cell phones were separate, before Instagram, and people took polaroids for fun. How many of you remember taking selfies with your friends before selfies were even a thing? Then remember the day they announced they’d no longer be making the film back in 2008? Sadness abounded but we were soon mesmerized with our shiny new iPhones and forgot all about our former friend.

Well now it’s totally a thing again. I guess enough people out there didn’t forget about their previous Polaroid fun because they’re back and better than ever.They definitely look a little more modern these days (or maybe just more like bubbles) but the concept is pretty much the same. There are new fun settings, higher quality photos, and better designs. They’re seeing a huge comeback at weddings and other events and even bloggers like DesignForMankind are starting to use them for various projects.

Fuji Film Instax

So my question today is: Would you consider taking a nostalgic stroll down memory lane with one of these instant cameras? Do you think that they’re a fun, but antiquated toy or would you put one to good use? Check them out HERE– could be a fun gift!


Talk About It Tuesday: Netflix or Hulu Plus?

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So today I thought I’d bring up a huge current controversy: Hulu or Netflix? Everyone has an opinion on this, except probably if you’re my sweet granny. She doesn’t have internet. But for the 98% of us who subscribe to streaming content (cable is so 1980’s), there is a real divide. So I thought I’d highlight five main areas that they compete to decide the winner.

Content

  • Netflix: Over 100,000 movies and TV shows -WINNER
  • Hulu: Around 5,000 with access to Showtime for additional $7.99

Availability

  • Netflix: 41 Countries- WINNER
  • Hulu: US and Japan

Subscribers

  • Netflix: 62 Million (as of 4/15)- WINNER
  • Hulu: 6 Million (as of 2014)

Cost

  • Netflix: $8 a month for basic streaming- TIED
  • Hulu: $7.99 a month for basic streaming- TIED

Commercials 

  • Netflix: Nada- WINNER
  • Hulu: Over 10 commercials within a 30 minute show

Content Availability

  • Netflix: TV shows available after season is finished
  • Hulu:  TV shows available almost immediately after airing- WINNER

So the score reads 5-2 in favor of Netflix which is not surprising. Netflix has a full decade on Hulu and will always win in my book because of the lack of commercials. Even still, I have both because Brooklyn 99 is the funniest show on TV and worth the extra $8 and commercial breaks. Do you have one or the other or even both? Which one do you think is better?


Talk About It Tuesday: Have You Hung Up Your Diploma?

University of Texas Diploma

This is the corner of my office. That gray box is filled with art ready to be framed and heaven knows what’s in those manilla folders. Receipts? Insurance info? Your guess is as good as mine. But behind my semi-organized stuff is one of my greatest accomplishments, my college diploma.

I realize that people graduate from college every day of the week- well, mostly in May, but my point is that tons of people finish college. For some people it’s easy, and in four years they’re dunzo. But for me, it wasn’t that way. I had a lot of starts and stops, a lot of people doubting my abilities, and even a university change thrown in there. It’s not that I couldn’t do the coursework, or even that I didn’t want to but it seemed like life kept getting in my way. But I did it. I finally finished (with honors :).

I finished at 26, quite a few years after most people. In fact, the University of Texas (hook’em!) even categorized me as “non-traditional” because I was so old when I transferred in. Believe me, its *awesome* to be considered old in your mid twenties (I forgive you, UT). But despite feeling a little bit old, walking across that stage was truly one of the highlights of my life. So it totally makes sense how I was waiting with bated breath for my official diploma to arrive. I think I had it framed almost immediately. And then it sat on the floor. And it still sits on the floor in that same spot. Shameful, I know.

So my question today is, have you hung your diploma? When you think about it, it’s probably one of the most expensive pieces of paper you own and might ever own. If you’re like me and never have, what’s holding you back? For me, I’m not really sure why. So this week I’m going to locate my hammer and a nail and get my fancy piece of paper up on the wall where it deserves to be.

-Katy


Talk About It Tuesday: Will You Read Harper Lee’s New Novel?

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman, the first book Harper Lee wrote, is being released July 14th. She submitted it to her editor over 55 years ago only to be asked to re-write it. The rewrite is known today as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of America’s greatest novels and arguably, one of the best books on racism and southern life. I fell in love with it when I had to read it for a middle school class and I’ve reread it many times since.

But I have some mixed feelings on “Go Set a Watchman” being published. Ms Lee has only ever published her one famous work and throughout the decades has insisted that she would probably never publish again and would like to be left alone. Now that she’s 89 years old, with her faculties failing her, her novel is going to be published. There are some reports that state that she is actually quite happy about it while other news outlets feel that her publisher and publicist might be pushing for this against her wishes.

So my question today is: Will you read it? The CEO of News Corp has read it and says it’s wonderful but they own the publisher, Harper Collins, and are counting on profits to help boast quarterly revenue. While I’m pretty sure it’s extremely well written and profound, is it the right thing to do considering some people feel like its publication is elder abuse? For me, I’m not sure which side to believe but if I’m being honest with myself, I’ll probably preorder it sometime this week as I can’t imagine not reading something Harper Lee wrote. My hope is that she did want it published and that the proceeds will help to take care of her in her twilight years.

If you’re looking for more information about Harper Lee’s life, I recently watched this documentary on Netflix and fell in love with her even more.

 

 


I’m a Proud Southerner- Please Take It Down

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I am a Southerner and I love the South. I’ve lived other places, but my heart will always belong in Dixie. Always. I guess you can say it’s in my blood. Half of my family has been here nearly nine generations, the other only left the South a couple of generations back. I am a proud Southerner, but I’m against flying the Confederate flag.

I feel like you can’t really get a good understanding of how Southerners might feel unless you look at the Civil War. I’ve always found this war tragic, yet extremely fascinating. Somehow, I got a chance to study it with a notable historian in college and it was one of the most interesting and exciting courses I got to take. The professor was actually from somewhere up North and joked that had a great “yankee accent” and a “Northern perspective.” Even with loyalties far outside of our Southern region, he still understood the complexities of the Civil war and the plentiful and varying causes for Southern secession. Slavery was one of the main issues, but definitely not the only one. With only a tiny fraction of the population owning any slaves, most of the Confederate army was made up of poor white young men who were fighting for their region, not to keep slaves they never had. No one issue can be easily pointed to as the cause of the war. War just usually isn’t that simple.

The war was brutal for both sides and even though the South suffered greatly, one could argue that Reconstruction was the worst offense with lasting consequences. Reconstruction was no Prodigal son moment, it was punitive and vindictive. To give you just one small example, records show that President Johnson made many wealthy southerners come to his office and literally beg for forgiveness and to have their US citizenship restated. I think we were nicer to Japan and Germany following WWII than we were to lower half of our country after the Civil war. And many speculate (me included) that part of the southern landscape never got over it. I mean, many people still put on Civil war reenactments 150 years later- that doesn’t necessarily demonstrate to me that they’re over it. I like to think about the reunification of the union like two estranged brothers forced to live close and play nice, despite not all of the issues ever being resolved.

And that’s why over 150 years later, we’re here. Generations have passed but not all wounds have healed. The South is still a proud but damaged place, still trying to rebuild while holding on to its remaining identity. Yes, slavery was abhorrent. No way around that. Even so, there are so many wonderful things about the South both then and now. But just because we have still have pride in out beautiful region doesn’t mean that we should fly the Confederate flag. I honestly believe that there are individuals who feel an affinity towards that emblem without harboring racist ideals, but the flag has come to mean more than just southern pride. The flag lost its meaning over and over again when it was present at lynchings, KKK rallies, and other horrific events. In the 1860’s, the flag represented many ideals but now it’s been stained with the sins of the racist actions it’s flown over.

So today I think it’s time we accept that the flag should be taken down. I’m glad to see that in both Mississippi and South Carolina, it will no longer appear on state grounds and will be taken out of the Mississippi flag. I hope that individuals will come to see it as an inappropriate symbol in our modern day and will not want to be associated for what it has come to represent.


Talk About it Tuesday: Would You Buy Baby Clothes Without Having a Baby?

Antique Blessing/Christening Dress

So today I did something I vowed I would never do. I bought baby clothes. For me. Or rather, for the baby that doesn’t quite exist. A little crazy, right? I mean, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen some adorable baby outfit, but this vintage blessing dress instantly caught my eye at an estate sale and I was mesmerized. And now that I think about it, I actually broke two of my personal rules- I bought used clothing at an estate sale. But seriously, did you see that lace and hand embroidery? It was just too delicate and pretty to leave behind, especially since it was only $16!

Even with it only being $16, we’re still childless. Still no squiggly babe arms to fit into those beautiful little sleeves. We’re currently working on the kid thing (and have been for a couple years), so I am a little worried that I might be jinxing it with this purchase. Does that make me even crazier for thinking that? I’m not sure, but fertility issues can do that to ya, I guess. Then there’s also that pesky gender issue. I know that these days boys are wearing dresses but if I ever have a son, I’ll be dressing the little man in adorable pants, not a flowy, cotton dress.

But despite all of these factors, as I picked up the dress and showed it to my husband, he immediately told me to buy it. He knows how crazy I think it is, but he didn’t hesitate. I’m pretty sure that he could tell that despite all of the logical reasons not to buy it, I still really wanted it and this was his way of saying that sometimes it’s ok it to be a little crazy, maybe even a little hopeful.

So packed I’ve got it all packed away, hoping it’ll get some use at some point in the future. And if not, well, I’m that crazy lady who has a baby gown in her closet.


Talk About It Tuesday: New Suffragette Movie

Suffragette Movie

I’m guessing that most of the people reading this blog have taken a few history courses. To me, it always felt as if American history classes spent the first third of the year on the revolution. And that makes some sense. I mean, the foundation of our country should be inspected for sure. And who doesn’t love to hear about our fore bearers fighting for freedom?

But I have a bone to pick with curriculum writers. You see, only a part of the population got to vote. White dudes. Yep, that’s pretty much it. HALF of the population was denied access because of gender. It’s mentioned, but definitely skimmed over. And you know what, I’ve totally come to terms with that part. The part I take issue with is when, at the end of the semester, the women’s suffrage movement gets maybe half a lecture. Anyone else think that’s ridiculous? I remember tons of facts on how much suffering and effort went into the revolutionary war but I have a hard time naming more than one or two leaders in the suffrage movement. And I’m pretty sure that if you asked people about the Seneca Falls Convention, they would probably shrug their shoulders and ask if it was a tech conference.

But there is good news. First, my rant is almost over. Second, there is an amazing new film with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep that shows some of the struggles our amazing foremothers (admittedly from across the pond) fought to secure a voice for US. It shows the violence, injustices, and heart ache that these women endured. I’m so unbelievably grateful for their determination and grit in a time when those things were not considered fitting attributes for women, much less ladies.

So my suggestion is simple: Go see the movie. Learn about this pivotal time in history. Support film makers who highlight this struggle. Plan to make it a ladies night and take all your girlfriends. And right now, watch the trailer and then immediately mark your calendars for October 23rd.


Talk About It Tuesday: Summer Reads & Giveaway

My office

Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. And yes, for those of you who don’t know or are silently judging my grammar, Internet is capitalized. Always. Anyway, here I’ll be writing daily about this and that and everything is between. It’ll be fun-don’t worry.

So for today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m already reading and a couple I’m planning to take with me to the beach.

Summer Reading June

 The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a highly rated and much talked about book written by Muriel Barbery. I’ve only just begun this novel but I’m already intrigued by its characters after a few short pages. Originally, this book was written in French but the translation is wonderful and the story is a moving one filled with laughs and unexpected friendships. You can also check out the trailer for the French film here.

The Charisma Myth is a book that challenges the idea that charisma and personal warmth are completely innate. Here Olivia Fox Cable gives meaningful advice and even specific techniques to help you gain that “je ne sais quoi.” I’ll admit that I didn’t devour this book like I normally do with business books but I think it’s best that way. Take small bites and really digest what she’s trying to teach.

The Pecan Man is a self published book that has been compared to “To Kill a Mockingbird” and I’m trying my best to save it for beach reading. I’m usually skeptical about self published books but its 4.4 star rating on Amazon and I’ve heard so many raving reviews about it that I just had to buy it.

Reconstructing Amelia came highly recommended for those who loved “Gone Girl” and love thrilling, easy reads. The story follows Kate, a mother who is trying to figure out why her high achieving daughter jumped to her death. It’s supposed to be one of the best books of the year so we’ll see if I can put it down.

So I know that you’re probably all wondering when I’m going to get to the giveaway part. Well, here it is.

The Charisma Myth

How to enter:

Leave a comment about what book you’re reading this summer and I’ll (randomly) pick one winner to send a copy of “The Charisma Myth” to. For an extra chances, head over to Intstagram and follow @katy_daydreaming and/or like our page on Facebook and then leave another comment letting me know. All entries must be submitted before midnight, June 12th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katy