I am not sure what to call this. I’m calling it a DIY Starfleet clutch, because “combine these awesome fashion accessories Starfleet clutch” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. And since the YouTube haters have already come to the yard, I’m putting my foot down and insisting you do it yourself.
Super easy right?
Here’s what you need:
I used the medical division badge, just because i like the way it looks, but it turns out that the Engineering Division Badge is currently the cheapest on Amazon at $8.79. I can attest that it’s a really nice, high quality piece. No crappy laminated plastic here.
Pin one into the other. Pretty damn easy, right? I did something very similar with a TARDIS pin a few months ago and have wanted to try it again. The awesome sparkles in the Target wristlet were asking for a similar treatment. The moral of the story? Buy broaches and pins whenever possible.
Today’s a big day for me. Why? Because I’m premiering my newest film, Tidal Wave Girls. It’s a documentary short about the everyday feminist - the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, teachers - who impart the lessons of life on their daughters and sons about real equality. When we set out to make this film, we thought the best people to tell us about women today and in the future are the young ladies who are about to become women and the young men they will work with, marry, befriend.
Watch Tidal Wave Girls now:
I am so excited to finally put this piece out into the world. It’s my firm belief that it’s those of us who don’t have fame and fortune that are changing the world. We are the ones who will define “women” in the next decade and century. But with this, we also have a responsibility to teach our young people what equality means. As the lovely Lachy points out, it’s important to teach young men the importance of women being intelligent and strong:
I asked him: “What kind of girl do you want to meet?”
He said: “A smart girl and a pretty girl.” A SMART girl, first.
It’s a testament to the women in his life. I bet they are a brilliant bunch.
I would be SO grateful and honored if you would share this short film with your family, friends, internet buddies and fellow bloggers. I made it for my mom, but I know there are millions of other moms that need to see it too.
Thanks, always, for your support. And thank you to the people that made this happen, in no particular order: Ann Aronson, Chris Gruszka, Jozef Conaway, Bill Magdalene, TJ Paulson, Allison O’Toole, Mollie Kjer, Vicki Bakk, Tish Watson and all the young ladies and gents who appeared in the piece and their families.
It’s the song you always turn up. Roll down the windows. Make it loud. Pull your hair out of your pony and shake it back and forth. I love a song that makes me act like a fool. Or just makes me feel like I could spontaneously burst into any of the aforementioned activities while singing along like a karaoke superstar belting out the last tune before bar close.
Last week’s post about movies that are happiness makers struck a chord with more than 3 of you. So here’s my top 10 songs that make me feel like a giddy teenager:
10. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock and Roll
Joan Jett is the fracking coolest. And since so many songs on this list are going to be in the Rock and Roll category, this seems like a fitting way to start.
9. The Who: Baba O’Riley
Pretty much anything by The Who is a happiness maker for me, but this song in particular gets me all dancy. I think it’s that repetitive synth.
Films, more than any other thing in my life, are like a shot of Xanax right to the heart when times are tough. Whether I’m stressed or sick or jealous or tired, these ten movies lift my spirits every time. I call them, “Happiness Makers”.
10. Roman Holiday
Be prepared to have Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck charm the hell out of you. I like to imagine myself going on a trip like this one, wearing flouncy dresses and getting into trouble with my Boyf, scooting about here and there.
9. Midnight in Paris
I am obsessive about this movie. I know it’s polarizing, but I dare you to not be completely charmed by Adrian Brody’s Dali. Hear that? I dare you.
Admittedly, I have only seen a handful of episodes with the first 8 doctors from Doctor Who. It’s not because I’m not interested. It’s mostly that it’s just taking me a while. And since most episodes really stand alone, I don’t mind jumping around between seasons and doctors a bit. Here’s four episodes that really are memorable for me:
4. The Dalek Invasion of Earth - Season 1 - First Doctor
When I first started watching Doctor Who, I honestly found the Daleks annoying. They were so utterly un-scary that they were laughable to me. They’re slow and clunky and as long as you get out of the way of their Extermination ray, you’re good. This episode helped me to understand where the baddies got their start and made them at least a little scarier.
Christopher Ecclestone had a short, short single season stint as the Doctor to leave his mark on our minds. I give him a great deal of credit for effectively rebooting the series. He was the “first” for so many Who fans, including me, and he is even more memorable for it. That’s why I’ve got to start this list with his first episode.
3. Rose: Season 1 - Episode 1
I’ve also got to be honest when I say I could only pick 3 favorites because of the lack of options. However, this is a good place to start, because it’s decidedly non-alien, non-science fiction oriented, which reduces any intimidation young people might experience. I will say one thing for this episode: Thank goodness we never had to endure those god awful mannequins again. I’ll happily leave that in the past. But the 9th is charming and funny and just odd enough to capture the world in this one.