Happy Caturday: The Weirdest Cat Video You’ll Ever See

Know what happens when I drink whiskey? I look up cat videos. So, last night my friend Tom came over (he lives downstairs, so coming over is literally just walking up the stairs), and we had some whiskey, which meant that the cat videos commenced.

I looked up this video I hadn’t seen since college, but I remembered that it involved men brushing their cats and saying”She’s a talker!” over and over again. All I have to say is: you’re welcome, and happy caturday.

Why Being Ladylike Is Overrated

Truth time: I swear a whole fucking lot. Like, all the time I’m dropping f bombs, and s bombs. Basically, if there’s a bomb to drop, then I’m letting it fly.

I don’t know exactly how I got this way. (SPOILER ALERT!) The only time I’ve ever heard my Mom swear was after I told my little brother that Santa didn’t exist. My Dad swears more frequently, to be fair, but certainly not at my level. So somewhere along the road of life, swearing just became a large part of my vocabulary. I don’t even realize that I’m doing it most of the time.

But the other month, we were out to dinner with some friends and one of them prefaced a sentence with, “Excuse my language” before saying the word “Shit.”

In that moment, I realized that I’d spent most of the evening dropping my usual bombs, and that this girl was likely offended by them, but too polite to say so, and that her prefacing the sentence was a subtle way to let me know that I needed to shut the fuck up.

So for the past month, I’ve been trying to watch my language. After all, I’m getting older and, I don’t know, I certainly don’t want to offend people. So I brought the idea up with E the other night, and here’s how that conversation went:

Me: I’m going to put a swear jar in the house somewhere, I think.

E: OK… why?

Me: Well, I swear a lot. You know? So, I was thinking of putting money into a jar every time I fucking swear, so that I, you know, stop doing that.

E: Why?

Me: Because I watched this BuzzFeed video about signs that being ladylike isn’t your forte, and they showed this girl cursing every other word, and I realized that’s ME. Like, I do that.

E: So what?

Me: Well, I mean, doesn’t it bother you?

E: No.

Me: Really?!

E: Yeah, I mean, I think being ladylike is overrated.

Me: Oh thank God, because I was really fucking worried that you were offended and I’d have to stop swearing and stop being, well, like myself.

E: Be yourself. I don’t ever want you to change.

Me (in my head): You are the best boyfriend ever, and thank the stars for you.

So, yes, I suppose the truth of the matter is that I am not ladylike. I curse a lot. And it’s part of who I am, and that’s OK. It’s great even. Don’t be afraid to let your un-ladylike flag fly, because while some people may poo-poo your potty mouth, there will absolutely be someone who loves you for being the offensive you that you are.

That was convoluted, but it’s nice to know that being ladylike is overrated, and I was really glad to hear E say it. Oh, and if you’re curious about that video, check it out below. (It’s basically my life story.)

The Problem With Being a Woman On Pay Day

In light of the fact that it’s the 15th of the month, this video about where and why all of those tax dollars get taken out of our paychecks seemed topical and important. Important in that I was fuming a bit over how much taxes get taken out, and this sort of calmed me down. Sort of. But not really.

The video is great though, because it really breaks down how much of your taxes go to which parts of the federal pie. It’s not that knowing all of that makes it easier to give part of your paycheck away, but more that at least you have a better sense of how the government is spending our money.Federal Spending HabitsThe problem with all of this is that as a woman, you’re getting a double whammy: a bunch of taxes being taken out of a paycheck that isn’t nearly the size of your male coworkers.

I think Bey said it best, so I’ll just let her do the explaining on that end:

Beyonce on Gender EqualitySomething to think long and hard about this pay day.

Lance Bass Might Have The Best Instagram Ever

I follow Lance Bass, (of N*SYNC, obvi), on Instagram for many reasons. His dog videos are one of those reasons. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Writing Inspiration: Lily Myers’ “Shrinking Women”

I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to poetry. In that I hate writing it, but I love listening to it. In particular, I think some of the best poetry is slam poetry, where you can really feel the person’s intention with each word.

When I watched “Shrinking Women,” performed by Lily Myers, I was just floored. Every word she used is perfect, and she gets it all across in three minutes. I’m not a poet, but this is a great reminder that you don’t need 100 pages to prove your point.