Heyyy Brother. This week has been a flurry of crafts for me. What about you? Are you still preparing for the holidays? We've still got plenty of holigay guides for you, like this week's one about television, and also Riese's list of fucking books. Because this week started out pretty meh, we had an open thread about Mondays. For more teevee news, check out the Glee recap, Britani's post on Two Broke Girls, and the first 8 episodes of The Slope. Whitney took on racism and college applications, Carolyn cooked acorn squash and quinoa, and Crystal brought you some new music from down under. Riese has more things she read and loved, we've got new Autostraddle t-shirts, and Thrashed is having a 2012 Autostraddle Calendar Launch Fiesta this Sunday.
Brianna's computer is sick this week so I'm choosing choosing the group of the week, which is why we're talking about:
Are you an Autostraddler who lives in Ohio or one of the many surrounding states? Then you should definitely join our group! Why, you ask? Well, there are not that many of us and we (okay, I) could use some more gay friends. Plan a get-together, flirt with someone in your city, or let other people in your city know the best places to go.
The AWARD Award to gen y non-winner, nika, and Erika:
The What Doesn't She? Award to Caffeine: "Sometimes grammar leads to laughs: “. . . Rachel Wotton, a sex worker who has disabled clients almost exclusively” – WHAT DOES SHE DO TO THEM?!!!!!!"
The Also: Tampons Award to Jen: "I’d really like to know what her “other ideas about continuing the l word brand” were.
my top guesses are:
1. theme park
2. video game
3. trademark flavor of starbucks coffee"
The Descriptive Animals Award to tryonosaurus: "I AM A GIANT SQUID OF ANGER"
The Is It Just Me Or Does That Sound Like a Wine? Award to tct as vi/\g3ra 5p/\mb0t: "hi licuia d0 yu n33d penoir elargments
gro 5 finvches in won we3k!
just 1 click!!1"
The Ha-Ppiness Award to V: "You guys, I am happy.
I’m back in New York, I’m employed at a job that I like, I’m now 1.5 hours away from my girlfriend instead of 4.5, and even though I have no idea where I’ll be living come January 1st, I know that I’ll figure something out. Also December is my birthday month AND my girlfriend’s birthday month AND Channukah. I feel obnoxious being so happy (and on a crappy Monday at that!) but I was so sad for so long and felt so lost and hopeless that it’s really incredible to be feeling this way finally.
ALSO. My mom is not really okay with me liking girls, but she’s trying, and I just found out that she sent my girlfriend a birthday card, signed from her and my dad and my little brother, without even telling me. It just showed up at my girlfriend’s house and she called me to tell me and I burst into tears while cooking dinner because I’m just so fucking happy and excited and proud of my mom for trying.
I am not the kind of person who says things like “I feel blessed” but all I can come up with right now is: I feel blessed.
Thanks for being there when everything sucked, Autostraddle, and thanks for listening now that things are so much brighter. I’m sending good karma and happiness to all of you.
The Mad Libs Award to Meg: "I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a gay lady. But you don’t need to be banging chicks every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when any middle-aged white dude can bash gay service members and demolish the separation of church and state in a public forum but our kids can’t be protected from bullying in their schools or bigotry in their presidential hopefuls."