7 Quick Takes Friday!

So it’s Friday, again, like it is this day every week. Somehow the usual sweetness of Friday is totally lost to me today. Maybe it’s because we went to the fair on Monday and skipped schoolwork, so we have to make it up today. Maybe it’s because our usual weekend at my parent’s house is cancelled this weekend because my mom just had surgery and needs to recover in peace. Or maybe it’s because it’s cloudy outside.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s the last one.

I’m not really that emo about it. Also, I cannot figure out if this person is a man or a woman. 
I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. No, really, I do. Yeah, I diagnosed myself, but that doesn’t make it any less true. 
When it’s cloudy, I’m sad. Not “a little blue,” but “I want to sit and watch TV and feel sorry for myself and damned if I’m not going to do it” sad. In that sense, living in the desert was good for me. It was almost never cloudy and rain was practically unheard-of. 
But alas, here we are back in Dallas, where October and November feature clouds and rain. 
I want the sun back!
Not the heat, though. Give me a cold, bright, crisp day and I’m in heaven. 
I Was Telling Sasha Feroce
This is not my sister-in-law. This is Beyonce.
just this morning that I’m really happy with how much they limit television in their house. The kids watch maybe three movies a week…maybe. The TV is always off until the littles are in bed, and then things get interesting, because I want to watch The Unit or Doctor Who, Sasha Feroce wants to watch Dancing with the Stars, and the Coach wants to watch Scrubs. 
And I really do mean what I said to her. I am very pleased with this new turn of events. The kids are playing outside more, using their imaginations more, and not being little zombies quite as much. 
Except that today I’d really just like to turn on the TV and go mope. Unfortunately, slacking is not allowed in this house. 
I miss slacking. I was so good at it. 
Can I Just Tell You How Difficult it Was to Find a Picture of Beyonce That Wasn’t

Seriously. You would think that someone with that much money could afford to cover her entire body. 
Apparently not. 
how is it that the entire world seems to have lost the not-exactly-subtle distinction between sexy and scary? 
Putting claws on your hand, frizzing your hair to extraordinary heights, wearing a black leotard and make-up from The Rocky Horror Picture Show really doesn’t scream “I’m attractive.” 
It actually says something more along the lines of “I’m slightly deranged and would like to eat your brains.” 
Why is this a confusing concept? 
Here’s a Visual Illustration of the Difference
(and incredibly confusing)
(and look! She’s wearing a whole half of a complete outfit! Good job, Beyonce. Maybe try pants next time.)
(also, again, very confusing. I understand why she’s holding her head like that.)

Surely I am not the only person who sees this distinction? 

this woman absolutely terrifies me. I cannot understand the appeal of her music, her bizarre outfits, or anything even tangentially related to her. Even her tweets annoy me.

Why does this monstrosity exist? Seriously, what is wrong with the world?

The only amusing thing to come out of the existence of Lady Gaga is this video.

Here is Something Completely Different Coming Out of Popular Culture

Actual music, brought to you by actual people who actually play instruments and actually read Chesterton.

Amazing. What’s even more amazing is that people like them.

This gives me hope that the world can recover from the existence of Lady Gaga.

(The following video has nothing to do with the rest of this post. I just love The Pogues.)

That’s all I’ve got today, guys. Happy weekend! Go and see Jen for more quick takes. 

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09357573787143230160 Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble

    What horrifies me is why the First Lady of the United States of America would publicly hold up Beyonce as a role model for her own young girls. Anything wrong with this picture?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01659200420621854710 Maggie

    One of my friends has a facebook album dedicated to how Lady Gaga sold her soul to the devil and how pictures of her depict hidden messages of Satanism. Haha… I love my friend. Lady Gaga needs to go… I want to ram my head into the wall every time I hear Poker Face.

  • http://whatireallymeanttosay.wordpress.com Rebecca

    There is one more amusing thing to come out of the whole Lady Gaga phenomenon:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_uzUh1VT98&noredirect;=1Seriously. HILARIOUS.I have SAD, too. I lived in Nova Scotia for 15 years and seriously have no idea how I survived. I live in East Texas now and I LOVE IT. (We are 100 miles east of Dallas and our weather always seems to be slightly better than yours. It's been sunny every day for five months straight & has rained 4 times since May, which I KNOW should bother me because we need rain, but… well… I love sunshine. I'm living in denial of the extreme wildfire danger.)Why do I always write such long comments? Sorry. Watch the video though.

  • http://printsofgrace.blogspot.com Trisha Niermeyer Potter @ Prints of Grace

    Congrats to your sister-in-law and you for turning off the boob tube! When I was nannying for eleven hour days, I wouldn't let the kids I was caring for watch TV or movies. The only video they saw with me was of my sister's dance performance. Kids are such sponges. It's so much healthier for them to play, explore, and interact with others, than to spend lots of time in front of the TV, computer, or video games.I agree that it is definitely disturbing what mainstream culture projects as being attractive, appropriate, and alluring! So many of the stars are just ramping up more of what they've already seen: that's quite frightening when Madonna, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus feel that they must keep getting trashier in order to make headlines and sell their music.Lady Gaga is outrageous, unconventional, and seemingly above the rules, so naturally young people are going to find her entertaining and inspiring.I hope that this weekend brings you and your family some unexpected laughter and some good, wholesome fun. God bless!

  • http://faithfamilyandlifeexploration.blogspot.com/ Claire

    Before I knew who Lady Gaga was, I thought she was a drag queen. Just sayin'.And Mumford and Sons RULES! Like, the great music I've been waiting to love since the mid-90s kind of rules. LOVE!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17887429052179249473 Dwija {House Unseen}

    I'm still not quite sure who Lady Gaga is…because I was under the impression that she IS a drag queen! Am I mistaken? Is that actually a woman? Help a sistah' out!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16168099926342803847 Eva

    I will admit that I have ONE Lady Gaga song on my iPod. I bought it so I would know what the kids these days are listening to–I'm a Children's Librarian and it helps me to connect with them if I keep up with pop culture–but now I regret it because I contributed to her Godless lifestyle and message. Oh well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15778596300503008018 J M Yaceczko

    I was relieved when you said who that crazy picture was of. I had no idea who Lady Gaga was ever. :) Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    Calah! I was in the middle of writing you an email and my computer died and ate it. I'm never going to have time to write it. It's late and I've got to go to sleep. Why does this always happen to me?