I relate to this completely. I've never been co-dependant or needy for company and companionship. I have friends and family around me but I can honestly say that I enjoy doing most things alone. I overthink when around others: are their needs being met? Do they like what we're having for dinner, are they annoyed I'm taking too long to decide, is where we're sitting in the restaurant too cold or noisy?! When I'm alone, I know all the answers to these questions and choose and act accordingly. It's so peaceful. People always seem baffled that I remain single - but it's a conscious choice rather than a lack of luck. Wish more people understood this.
I admit I don't watch the show and clicked on this story to satisfy myself that I was correct in my thinking that this sort of programme is damaging. Instead of feeling smug however, I was left feeling baffled that this average looking Joe would label Melissa as...."not ugly per se but certainly not the usual blonde and blue-eyed woman that I usually go for." I then clicked on the Insta story and was surprised to see a blonde, blue eyed woman who has the typically pleasing type of beauty you usually see in newsreaders and soap opera stars. Her face is stunning. If she isn't considered attractive then I'm completely out of touch with the current standards of beauty.
I turn 47 y/o next month, so I obviously grew up around the influence of Boomers. Their attitudes still swirl around my mind but I reject a lot of those thoughts as I have learnt a lot from the younger generations. Sharon Osbourne's way of seeing the world is very familiar to me: cynical, judgemental and opportunistic. People of Sharon's ilk justify their harsh thinking with talk such as "Well...I've been to hell and back and I turned out ok." "Geez...people are so offended these days. Lighten the hell up." "Things weren't this complicated when I was young." But here's the thing: there were ALWAYS minorities and people getting trodden on in YOUR day. The privileged folk who had it easy...just...didn't...give...a crap. And if you were actually one of those people who were treated badly but were told to toughen up, then I have news for you: wanting people to suffer just because you did, means you DIDN'T turn out okay. All the woke generation want is for people to be kinder and things to be fair. That's it.
He's not mentioned in this article but Coby was definitely my favourite - the actor's ability to play a seemingly unlikable character in a way that made you love him was so impressive. You just wanted what was best for him the whole way through. I adore Ryan Corr.
I understand this story demands a fair amount of suspension of disbelief but I think the director should have insisted that the character's accents should have changed when the astral projected souls swapped bodies. Sure, it makes sense that Scottish sounding Rob would put on an English accent as to not blow his cover whilst being Adele and Louise but why would he have bothered that first time they swapped bodies? As soon as he 'awoke' in Adele's body he instantly lost his Scottish accent. And as Adele woke up in Rob's body beside the well, she was disoriented and unsure about the experience - surely, although using Rob's voice box, she still would have retained her posh sounding English accent, no? Instead, whilst Rob is injecting his own body with heroin, Adele (trapped inside his body) is expressing her fear...in...a...scottish...accent. Felt like a mistake to me.
One of my favourite books from my teenage years was Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan. The whole plot was based on twin girls who were separated at birth: one was adopted out straight away and had a wonderful family life, the other went through the foster system and was miserable. Long story short, the tragic twin knew how to astral project and tied to teach her long lost twin so she could inhabit her body. Due to that book, I figured out what was going on in this show halfway through. Kind of wish I hadn't though, as it would have packed a better punch if I'd been caught unawares..
@cat I read a similar story on Quora about demi sexuality - when someone commented saying "Um...that's just how everyone feels isn't it?" the original author replied "Welcome to your coming out party!" The comment made me smile as we quite often assume that our own experiences are how most people feel. It may just be that you probably identify as demisexual too Cat....which, as you've quite rightly pointed out, is probably more common than we think.
I've worked in retail all my life but disagree with being annoyed when someone answers "Just looking" when we say "How are you?". Customers are savvy enough to know that we don't really give a hoot how they are - it's a sales technique to open up a line of dialogue to snag a sale. "Just Looking" gives me permission to leave them to it without having to do the hard sell.
Decades ago, is wasn't socially acceptable to whinge about how hard the whole mothering gig is. When it finally became okay to vent and to admit that it's bloody difficult (as you did within many brackets above) it suddenly became the norm to trot out cliches about "wine o'clock" and "when will the hollies end." If you feel like you can't be honest about how it's both bad and good being a parent, then maybe you need to encourage more real conversations within your Mother Group. Any topic can become stale with too much small talk. Maybe try a casual "Oh my gosh, those home schooling timetables do my head in too but it's been pretty nice working at our own pace and having time to just enjoy their company." I doubt a lovely 'admission' like that coupled with a few amusing anecdotes about your kids would garner judgmental stares. If it does, then maybe it's time to find yourself another tribe to chat with.
I 100% assumed that the Naomi Watts ad mentioned would be the one where she chooses a home cooked lamb roast dinner over a date with Tom Cruise.
"I love jokes, I think it was very funny. I actually don’t understand it really well, the joke. But some people tried to explain it to me, so I kind of get it. But I love jokes,” Hilaria says.
I found it odd that she's a Mother and yet her husband described her as a "beautiful daughter, sister and loved wife". I hope she gets caught and either faces the consequences of her actions or gets serious help with her mental state - anyone who could drop $250,000 of someone else's money at a jewellery store has mental health issues - the over extravagance and lack of guilt or empathy paints a disturbing picture.
I've tried to watch This is Paris all the way through three times now - I've done so mainly due to the reviews saying that there is more to her than what we've always seen. After getting three quarters of the way through however, she still comes across incredibly removed from the real world, extremely entitled and unaware of how the rest of us live. I saved for a whole year to afford a MacBook Pro back in 2011 and yet here's Paris lamenting the fact that she has to buy a new computer each time she gets a new boyfriend...she literally has a huge stack of them that have either been broken or discarded for a newer model. She's also not happy because she hasn't made 1 billion dollars yet and 'just wants to feel secure'. Regardless of any pain or loneliness she's experienced, I still don't see a woman that the average person could relate to. I didn't see any hint of the so called genius or intelligence her Mother says she possesses and I also didn't see her show any empathy or compassion for anybody else outside of her shallow bubble. I've never been a fan though and I definitely wasn't converted after watching her act pretty much how I expected her to.
Even her supposedly real last name is a clue: Gotschall - say it slowly: Gotcha All - as in - Got You All. This woman is an evil genius.
Or you know....artists just like to create something different to what they've done before because producing something new and exciting is fulfilling and healthy. Maybe their is a constant need for some women entertainers to reinvent themselves to stay relevant but with all her billions of dollars, it seems to me that maybe Taylor just threw any people pleasing notions out the window and made an album from the heart -which is what artists who are true to themselves have been doing for eons. Oh - and just to give my two cents worth regarding Folklore...it's a wonderfully written and atmospheric album. If I wasn't a 'swifty' before, I am now.
@snorks - I do believe them. People with first hand knowledge would know better than me. I was just making the point that all of us have moments of not being nice. I sympathise with those that state they were treated badly but I also empathise with someone living through a character assasination. It's an interesting discussion however and as someone stated above; she chose to make 'nice' her currency, so maybe that's why finding out she's a flawed human being hits harder.
None of us are perfect and all of us are multi-faceted and complex. I'm a bubbly, friendly and caring person...except when I'm not. I can snap when under great stress, ask to be left alone when I'm over-stimulated and can be rude when I feel like I've been pushed into a corner. I doubt any average human being could withstand the amount of scrutiny that comes with world-wide fame and still come out smelling like a rose. I obviously don't know Ellen personally but I have a sneaking suspicion that she's actually a great human being who just happens to be as imperfect as the rest of us.
I clicked on the link and it's saying the price point is $66.55. Not as cheap as what you mentioned in the article.
I really enjoyed this article 😄 I found the Jude story especially lovely. I had the song Accidentally Kelly Street by Frente and less commonly known "Kelly Watch the Stars" by Air. Both tracks are from the 90s though, so don't get mentioned aa much as they used to.
This one was a shock! I grew up watching Kelly's movies. This particular film wasn't mentioned above but I especially loved her performance in Secret Admirer with C Thomas Howell and Lori Loughlin. I also felt a sense of kinship with her (as silly as that sounds) as we both have the same first name and a son with ASD. Fifty seven seems way too young....her kids must be devastated :(