Today’s FGF is a simple, solemn one. Today we remember a pop culture icon: Leonard Nimoy.
Rest in peace, Mr. Spock.
Today’s HDT gal is actually one of my personal faves: Hattie McDaniel.
The name may not ring a bell, but the face surely will.
Hattie McDaniel was born in Kansas in 1895 to Henry, a Baptist preacher and Susan, a religious singer. Hattie was a natural performer and sang and danced with her older brother’s minstrel show. In 1925, Hattie got her big break by joinging the Melody Hounds—a touring ensemble—which turned into a career in radio.
In 1931, Hattie made her way to L.A. and got a few acting gigs here and there, but not enough to pay the bills. She made her way as a maid or washroom attendant.
Eventually, Hattie gained more and more roles in movies, acting alongside big names like Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, and Jimmy Stewart. She also became good friends with the leading man in the film Saratoga—the dashing Clark Gable.
In 1939, Hattie saw Mr. Gable again on the set of Gone With the Wind. Though some were against Hattie playing the character of “Mammy” in the David O. Selznick classic, she took on the role with fierce determination and, in this blogger’s opinion, lit up the screen.
The Academy of Motion Pictures also took notice, awarding McDaniel the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Because of unjust laws at the time, Hattie and her escort were sat far in the back of the ballroom, far from her Gone With the Wind costars. When Hattie accepted her award, however, she did so with grace and dignity:
“Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests: This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you.”
Hattie’s victories were not only limited to the Oscars. She also organized a group of African-Americans to fight against a homeowner’s group that were trying to keep blacks out of a prestigious Pasadena neighborhood. Hattie and her organization took their fight to the Supreme Court and won! In 1942, she purchased a beautiful two-story home in the Sugar Hill neighborhood and had yearly parties which her friend, Clark Gable, always attended.
Hattie volunteered for the USO, the American Women’s Voluntary Services, and organized a radio broadcast to raise money for the Red Cross.
Hattie’s acting career and philanthropic activities continued until her death in 1952. She leaves behind an amazing legacy and is a credit to her race and her gender.
Soon after Huff the Babe was born, I started a new makeup routine I found on Pinterest. Sidebar: its awesome, simple, and I LURVES it! But, I’ve been noticing that my skin isn’t as fresh as it used to be. Especially now, with the cold winter drying out my face and the lack of vitamin D (due to it being colder than Elsa’s hands outside) I realized I needed to start using a foundation to even my skin tone and just help my skin look more luminous. I didn’t know where to start, so I thought I’d do a head-to-head challenge with some of the highest-rated drugstore foundations.
Here are the four foundations I tried:
The winner? Hands down, Rimmel London’s BB Cream! Not only is it reasonably priced, but it works BEAUTIFULLY! I absolutely loved it!
What foundation do you use? Do you even use foundation?
Some days, I feel like a horrible mother. I’ll lie awake in bed, thinking over the day’s events and list all of the things that I did wrong.
I didn’t tell my daughter she was smart, I only told her she was “so beautiful”. Will that give her a big head? Will she only find value in her looks?
I didn’t get in the floor and play blocks with her, I just read a book to her. Is she going to miss out on critical cognitive development?
She didn’t have a vegetable at dinner. Now she’s lacking the vital nutrients she needs to be successful in life and I’ve effectively doomed her chances of getting into a good college.
Then, after worrying about all of the things I didn’t do right, I try to justify it.
Well, I had to cook dinner. Even though she’s not two yet, she could see I was busy and she’ll understand, right? Right?
Even though I don’t go into an office, I still work all day. I was tired and didn’t feel like getting on the floor and chasing her around. That’s valid.
After this, I start to get a little resentful.
Well, maybe if I had help cooking, I could’ve played on the floor for half an hour with my daughter like Someone Else.*
Why does He get to come in and look like the hero and ‘Fun-Loving Dad’ while I’m stuck doing all of the housework?!*
I’ll lie awake and stew for a little bit and feel myself getting angry at the bearded man lying less than a foot away. I think of all the things I’ve done and how I’ve carried this family through. Who cleans? Me. Who cooks? Me! Who takes care of Huff the Babe, makes sure we have food in the pantry, and keeps track of everyone’s appointments? ME. ME. ME.
Then, I hear a Soft Voice. “Who gives you the strength to do it?”
Humbly I have to say, “Not me.”
Finally, my thinking changes.
Who pays the bills so that I can go grocery shopping?
Huff the Hubs.
Who pushed himself through college to get a degree in Electrical Engineering so we could have a better life?
Huff the Hubs.
And who supports me through all of my craziness, no matter how insane I get?
Huff the Hubs.
The Soft Voice returns and asks: “And Who has trusted you with all of this?”
You, I say.
“And who are we supposed to serve?”
“And how are we supposed to serve?”
Soon, instead of tooting my own horn, I’m shamefully reproaching myself for my attitude. I have turned my own insecurities into a “Battle of Who Does More” and before I knew it, I was contemplating shaving off one of HtH’s eyebrows.**
As if knowing the train of thought that had already derailed in my mind–and in perfect timing–HtH rolls over and says, “I love you.”
He still loves me. After all the things I think I did wrong today, he still loves me. Finally, I can fall asleep.
Do you ever do this? How do you talk yourself out of the “All About Me” trap? Do you find yourself growing resentful because of your motherly duties? How do you split responsibilities with your spouse?
*This is not husband-bashing. These are real thoughts I’ve had (and I know other women have had). They may not be accurate–actually, they’re not accurate–about life in the Huffman Homestead. Huff the Hubs is an EXCELLENT father and laughs, plays with, reads to, and loves Huff the Babe so much. He is also a WONDERFUL husband and helps out quite a bit. We’re a team.
**I wouldn’t do that. Well…maybe. No, I wouldn’t.
NYC Fashion Week is happening and what better way to get in on the fun than by checking out come geek couture! PopSugar has found the best–and geekiest—looks strutting down the runway!
I personally LURVE the “Mystic” gown and the “Regina” from Once Upon a Time!
Big news, Whovians! The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! Well, sort of. The PopVinyl figurines of our favorite Doctor(s), companions, and villains is about to hit the shelves!
You can pre-order yours now in the US or UK! I. CANNOT. WAIT.
Another sweet treat for those that travel in the Whoverse, An a-dork-able Etsy shop is selling Doctor Who cookie cutters! Look at all of the cute shapes!
There’s even a “Doctor Whooves” from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!
Looking for a great gift for the person who has everything? Then look no further than the Sharper Image! Send in a photo of your loved one and they’ll create a look-alike bobble head!
I’m seriously considering doing this for my brother-in-law (even though his birthday was yesterday!)
Who else is looking forward to Disney’s live action Cinderella, set to hit the big screen March 13th? Well, get ready to have the biggest of nerd squeals, people, because there is one more reason to freak out. Disney confirmed that there will be a—wait for—Frozen animated short before the film!
Its titled Frozen Fever and from the looks of the pictures, I’m assuming the story is about Anna’s birthday (given the big ‘Happy Birthday’ banner and all!) and the hilarity that ensues as the gang gets the celebration going!
Did you come across any fandom finds this week? Movie news? Dish in the comments below!
Since today is the Chinese New Year, I thought a great way to celebrate would be to highlight the life of an amazing Chinese woman*!
Soong Ching-ling, or Song Qingling, was a intragul piece in establishing the Republic of China and is often referred to as the “Mother of Modern China”.
When the Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1937, Song organized the China Defense League, offering medical and child welfare help to those in need (especially in the communist-controlled areas of China). When the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949, she had very many positions in the new government, including Vice President of China and created administrations to provide the people of China with healthcare and education.
*I know some people may think that Song should not be highlighted On Her’s Day Thursday because she was a Communist. But Song worked hard to bring medical care, food, clean water, and hope to women and children throughout China. She was a proponent of women’s rights and worked hard to make her home country a better place to live.
Here’s today’s prompt:
*Most likely, my mom, sister, or Huff the Hubs posted the signs. Here’s what I think it would look like:
*Please note: I am NOT really missing. Neither am I making light of people who are truly missing. This is simply a writing exercise. Please do not leave comments about how butt-hurt you are. They will be ignored/deleted.
Happy Tuesday, peeps!
Every week, we have dinner over at my parent’s house. My mom was getting tired of the “same ole, same ole”, so she tried a new recipe! And guess what? Its today’s Try It Tuesday!
The dish was Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. There’s a similar recipe on Pinterest! (My mom made the “healthier version” since we’re all trying to lose some pounds.)
Here’s what you need:
~1lb. 2% Velveeta
~1 pkg whole wheat spaghetti
~1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken cooked and cut up into pieces
~1 can Rotel
~1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
~1/3 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 350*. Cook the spaghetti as normal. Add your cooked chicken (Mom de-boned a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It worked great!) to a large bowl along with Velveeta, milk, soup, and Rotel. Microwave and stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Next, throw the noodles into the bowl and mix well.
Then, pop it into a casserole dish and bake for 30-35 minutes and serve!
I liked this! I will say, though, that it was really rich. I think it would help if maybe some kidney beans or black beans were served on top or on the side. Or maybe even if it was topped with lettuce!
Have you ever tried this recipe before? Did you like it? Did you do anything differently?
Today’s blog post should really be titled, “Mommy’s Don’t Get Snow Days”.
It was icy/snowy/sleety here today in Oklahoma, so of course, the entire state shut down. Schools were out, churches cancelled prayer meetings, and people everywhere scrambled to get the milk and bread.
Government offices were closed because of President’s Day, so Huff the Hubs was home. I, however, did not get a snow day. I work from home 5 days a week, so the house is my office. (Actually, technically speaking, our tiny bedroom with a desk we’re currentlystealing borrowing from my sister is my office. At least it has Netflix.)
I asked HtH if he wanted me to take Huff the Babe to her sitter’s (my aunt) but he said, “No, I want to spend the day with her!” When I asked, “Are you sure?” He assured me he would love to keep our little Gryffindor home.
“I’ll be working,” I reminded him.
“I can handle it,” he said.
I don’t know about y’all, but I am not the type of person who can just “worry about themselves”. If I hear a noise from the other room, I’m immediately up and running into the room to assess the situation and see if anyone needs CPR.
I feel like my day has gone a little something like this:
Me: “What happened?”
HtH: “Nothing! She’s not bleeding!”
Me: *Gets up and runs into the room* (Because, as we all know, ‘she’s not bleeding’=’she’s not showing any outward signs of harm, but she probably has a concussion and will not longer be able to recall letters U-Z and we’ll most likely end up on the news.’)
Repeat the above scenario about twenty times.
So that has been my day.
Granted, the girl has taken an almost three-hour nap and HtH has been really good about watching her for the most part, and I have been able to edit three different projects. I do pride myself on being able to multi-task, but some days, I just get so frazzled and can’t seem to organize a thought, let alone be able to ignore the screeches coming from my daughter because her father is getting her eye boogers off of her face, all the while trying to edit a book.
I’m just glad the ice is melting and tomorrow we will return to our normally scheduled programming.
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