Happy Halloween, 2019

Confession: I’m not a big Halloween person.

I haven’t worn a costume since my freshman year of college, and that was only to be able to use a fake I.D. to get into a bar.

But others around here do not share my indifference to October 31.

Even the dog gets into the game:

And a wig on a pumpkin, why not?

Spouse still swears by his regimen of offering Fireball shots to weary parents.

And this flashback is just ALL THE FEELS. Sniff.

Cool Leather Coats – On Sale

I have a mixed relationship with leather.

In the late 90s, I had a leather blazer inspired by “Friends” – just like everyone else.

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Then I went gun shy and stayed away for nearly two decades until springing for a black moto jacket last year.

I like it, but it’s not right for every occasion.

Last week I saw someone wearing this Vince zip cross front jacket.

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I gave her a hug and the leather was like butter.

Plus, it was polished enough for work and looked good when worn open.

I was thrilled to find it for over half off at Nordstrom Rack, albeit in a dark green. I like the color, at least on the website.

$450 at Nordstrom Rack.

The green coat was a bargain too good to pass up, but I really wanted something in black or blue.

Or both.

This Cole Haan jacket is now 25% off at Nordstrom and comes in a several colors. I like the snap detail at the collar.

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The coat above is navy, but I ordered black. Even though my moto jacket is also black, the hardware skews it a bit tough, and the look above is more in tune with professional wear. I can see this paired with a dress during cooler months, which is basically 90% of the year in Minnesota.

This Andrew Marc jacket is an incredible 60% off:

It also comes in an amazing color called Rosewood:

This is under $200!

And finally, from at Shopbop, this Kingston jacket from The Mighty Company.

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Feminism and Dolly in 2019

Are you listening to this?

It’s incredible, and about so much more than Dolly Parton.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Dolly.

After more than six decades in the spotlight, Dolly Parton has become a cultural touchstone to multiple generations.

Her fans cross demographic lines from crusty octogenarians to ebullient drag performers to emerging fourth wave feminists.

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Young Dolly, image via Pinterest

This nine part podcast digs deep, and the first episode centers around feminism and Dolly.

Not giving away much here, but at one point, Dolly was asked point blank if she was a feminist, to which she replied “No.”

As someone who often wears a “Wild Feminist” shirt – among other apparel – I briefly felt like Dolly let me down.

The producers seemed to agree.

But here’s where this podcast is so brilliant: the disappointment with that answer was then discussed in a meaningful way, and in the end the thesis is that Dolly is a feminist without calling herself one.

My favorite quote from the episode: “There are feminists in theory. And there are feminists in practice.”

I can’t wait for the rest.

Why the Pineapple?

To many, the pineapple has become symbolic of the fertility journey.

Why?

Here’s the science: For centuries, pineapple (Ananas comosus) has been used as a folk medicine by indigenous peoples of Central and South America.

Pineapple fruit, skin and stems can be extracted to yield bromelain, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that can interact with pathways in the body involved in inflammation, blood clotting and the immune response.

Bromelain supplements have been commercially available since the 1950s and it has been studied as an anti-cancer agent.

But the link to fertility treatment – and specifically IVF – is weak.

The theory is that by ingesting pineapple – and hence its proteolytic enzymes – the uterine environment may have less inflammation, better blood flow and an altered immune response, one that favors implantation of an embryo.

The bottom line: Pineapple is unlikely to be harmful to an IVF cycle, but it’s also not likely to be the deciding factor for its success.

But patients, please keep wearing your lucky pineapple socks when you come for a transfer!

While I’m 99.999% Science, I’m also 0.001% Faith, Hope, Trust and Pixie Dust, and I still believe in the power of good luck – and good vibes.

So don’t worry, if you forget your lucky pineapple socks, I’ll probably still be wearing mine.

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Minneapolis Halloween 10k Recap

Spoiler: Sometimes things turn out better than you expect.

I’d signed up for the Minneapolis Halloween 10k for one purpose: to get a documented proof-of-finishing time that *might* get me more favorable placement for the “real” goal races I was planning for early 2020.

November 2nd is the last day to submit a proof of time, so racing on October 26th was pushing the envelope a bit.

Especially since it already snowed last weekend in Minneapolis.

My plan was simple: Finish.

Treat the race more or less like a regular weekend run, except with more people.

I was relieved when the forecast suggested low 40s but no precipitation at the start.

It’s the small things, People.

The reality: 41 degrees F. Sunny. Crisp.

Considering that my comfort zone is a limited 71-73 F, my teeth were chattering at the start.

I bought a coffee solely to warm my hands.

Ok, I had a few sips.

The race began.

The start of the race was pretty loose, meaning that there were no corrals and you could step off the curb and cross the timing mat at any point. All 5k, 10k and half-marathon runners started together.

I was fine with that.

Many, many faster people passed me in the first miles. This was not surprising since I started the race fairly early.

Their energy propelled me.

I’d concocted a killer playlist the night before and figured that I would divide the race into 15 songs, 5 for each third.

The race signage was limited, but after 5 songs I thought I would be about 2 miles in.

Turns out it was 3.

I kept running.

Then I noticed a sign that said 4 miles. I checked my watch for the first time.

It said 34 minutes.

This just got interesting.

All I had to do was stay upright and I could finish in under an hour, which would potentially put me in a very favorable position for my 2020 races.

I stayed upright.

Final tally: 147th place. 68th woman. 8th in my age group.

Great start to the day.

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The Fabulousity Roundup: October 26th Edition

A few things I think are just great.

When a female neuroscientist gets mansplained about her own research. I won’t spoil it for you. It’s brilliant.

I probably need this shirt.

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The Notorious R.B.G. wins the $1M Berggruen prize for philosophy and culture and donates the money to charity. Class.

Speaking of R.B.G., Trixie’s Halloween costume from three years ago remains a favorite:

I could not make these mine fast enough:

Many other colors available at Nordstrom.

What an amazing, inspirational athlete. Jess Zaiss completed back-to-back Ironman competitions. That’s 281.2 miles in one weekend.

The lasting trauma of infertility. A well-written piece from the NY Times.

And finally, a quote from My Forever President about former Rep. Elijah Cummings:

Have a fabulous weekend.

Stuff That I Was Into: Summer ’19

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Renata Klein. “I will NOT NOT be rich!” She does not apologize for who she is. I loved her. #Bosslady

This.

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Fleabag. Flawed, awful, delicious “Fleabag.”

I talked them into letting me sabrage. Again. #stregispuntamita

Platform Golden Goose sneaks.

Tacos. Always tacos.

Bose Soundsport earphones. I did not go into the Apple store expecting to buy these, but they came home with me and they are awesome. The case will charge them and the sound quality is excellent. Penny and I spent nearly every morning together, jogging at sunrise and rocking out.

Speaking of rocking out, we certainly loved Lizzo in Summer ’19. I just took a DNA test, found out I’m 100% Fancy.