Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

We’ve all been there

In fact, I’m feeling pretty there right now. Y’all, I still haven’t switched out my seasonal wardrobes yet.

Thursday Link Dump

Clever Manka, · Categories: Thursday Link Dump

GQ’s profile of Gal Gadot.

Gadot grew up in the water—gal is the Hebrew word for “wave”—and after an hour of talking on the beach, she suggests we go for a swim. A few moments later, there is Gal Gadot, in black couture leather-flower Gottex, floating in the lapis-blue Mediterranean, eyes closed, with her face turned up to the dazzling noon sun, and also, uh, me. She chose this floating spot scrupulously, picking her way around underwater rocks until there was only soft sand beneath her feet. Little fish flick silently around her body. “Tell me what you like to eat,” she purrs, breaking the calm quiet of passing swells. Then she springs her observation trap: “BECAUSE I NOTICE YOU DID NOT EAT THE EGG SANDWICH THAT I BROUGHT YOU.”

I am dumbstruck. I have been pretending, I thought convincingly, to eat the egg sandwich since we unfurled our towels.

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Mid-week check-in

Clever Manka, · Categories: Check-In

Maurice Sendak knew what was going on

This is the weekly post for those of us who are traversing together this hellscape called Personal Growth. Brag about this week’s accomplishments, ask for support, talk about what worked, what didn’t. Tell us how things are going for you

Passing Time: Yule

Guest Post, · Categories: Passing Time Rituals Series

Please pardon me for using an image from the website coachellavalley.com but it was just so pretty

Welcome to the eighth and final article in our rituals series. I went with the modern pagan wheel of the year calendar because several of us are familiar with it and it evenly breaks up the twelve months into manageable chunks of time. There will a mix of spiritual and secular practices and observations for each holiday–I can’t promise ahead of time if any will be weighted more one way or the other, but I’ll do my best to include something for everyone. I’ll post these the Wednesday before the holiday date. Thank you to the contributors! You are invaluable. Read full post

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

Clever Manka, · Categories: Tuesday Tumblr

This week’s Tumblr collection is Tuesday, December 12: Moose.


clevermankaI’ve posted a weekly themed collection on my Tumblr nearly every week since October, 2011. Someday I’ll compile a list of them, with links to the dates. That day is not today.

Travel Series: Fancy_Pants in Chile and Argentina

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Sailing West to the Undying Lands (leaving Torres del Paine park on a boat after our hike)

Start by giving us a brief background on your trip. Where did you go? For how long? With whom? And what was the main purpose of your trip?

I spent three weeks in Chile and Argentina, two of which were with my wonderful friend & longtime travel buddy, and one week was solo. I flew into and out of Santiago, Chile, but spent most of my time in Patagonia and the Lakes District region (south and near the Chile/Argentina border). The purpose of this trip was, as I stated when crossing borders, “leisure”, but more specifically to see a new part of the world and go hiking in beautiful places. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

Cold weather has finally moved into my part of the world so I have got to transfer out my summer wardrobe this weekend. I’ve been making due with layering, but that’s only gonna get me so far. Today I’m wearing heavy leggings, long socks, a narrow skirt, a long-sleeved PJ top that’s nearly as long as the skirt it’s layered over, a short and short-sleeved summer dress over all that, an infinity scarf (shut up, they will always be fashionable) and the cardigan I keep at the office.

I’m grateful the weather held off for this long, though.

How are things in your world/closet? Got any big weekend plans? Fashion statements?