Last weekend, I sat down with the November issues of several magazines. Iâ€™ve been a subscriber to Southern Living and Coastal Living for years, but currently Iâ€™m also receiving five complimentary magazine subscriptions, so my reading stack is large these days.
Setting aside The Things Iâ€™ve Learned That Shall Not Be Discussed (like butt dimples â€“ so many places I donâ€™t want to visit with that topic), here are the open-for-discussion things Iâ€™ve learned from my November issues:Â
The cover of Martha Stewart Living looks inviting, laden with sides for a Thanksgiving feast. However, I could feel the inadequacy welling up within me yet again when I read the words â€œThe Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner.â€ The inadequacy will go well with the side of panic attack Iâ€™m sure to experience should I ever attempt this.
Not to worry. Southern Living came to the rescue with these words: â€œCasual entertaining puts everyone at ease.â€ Iâ€™ve decided to substitute the word â€œminimalâ€ for â€œcasualâ€ here as I feel the two words are synonymous. (Naturally, I would not accept the two words as synonyms in the vocabulary tests I give my students, but it serves well for
loafing blogging purposes.) This, I feel, validates my Thanksgiving entertaining belief system. Chiefly, I believe that dollar store napkins with turkeys on them cover for a multitude of culinary sins irregularities and/or a general lack of effort on my part.
Upon reading InStyle, I have discovered that I am not. Itâ€™s a low blow for one so easily self-duped.
Rihanna looks gorgeous on the cover of Vogue, but whatever it is that sheâ€™s wearing in this picture puzzles me a bit. Itâ€™s Vogue, so Iâ€™ll bow to their fashion acumen any day, but why anyone not living on Mars would intentionally wear this is mind-boggling. Just saying.
Glamour had me all jazzed up about the article â€œWhat to Eat for Amazing Skin.â€ That is, until I read the list of things you have to eat or avoid eating for amazing skin. (Donâ€™t talk to me about how chocolateâ€™s potential for exacerbating acne is back on the table for research. I, for one, fully support the perhaps faulty research of the 70s that found no connection.) In summary, other than forgoing hot dogs and cooking with olive oil (already done), itâ€™s not worth it. So here I am, hoping that amazing skin is overrated.
I love the body bonus that appears to be a regular feature in Self. The body bonus is a page of perforated cards with a series of new exercise moves to try out. To date, I havenâ€™t actually gotten to the tricky try-them-out part, but I do remove the cards with regularity, which makes me feel accomplished.
In a move that can only be described as unmatched brilliance, Coastal Living merged two incredible worlds: the world of the beach and the world of cupcakes. I can think of few finer marriages. This is especially true if the cupcakes are chocolate ones.
What about you? Have any open-for-discussion topics youâ€™ve gleaned from your recent readings, magazines or otherwise? Do share; I have two or three weeks before my December issues provide new fodder.