When You Marry an Ally

As I previously mentioned, Election Night was rough in our house. The past few days have been getting better, but I keep waking up hoping it was all a nightmare, quickly cycling through the stages of grief a la Leslie Knope–denial, bargaining, anger, no I won’t accept this. I also previously mentioned how inspired and … Continue reading

Halloween Costumes for Girls

When I was a small child (~3-5), I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid. It was my favorite movie–and the first I saw in the theater. For Halloween one year, a friend of my mother’s handmade a Little Mermaid costume for me. It was amazing. I wish I had it to show it to you. … Continue reading

The Evolution of April Ludgate: A Celebration

In the shadow of a looming How-the-edit-do-I-get-this-all-done-and-well breakdown, I turn to my happy place, Parks and Recreation. I’ve written before about Ron Swanson’s feminism and the growth of his character while also hinting at a post about April Ludgate. I’ve been thinking about it since January. There are many loveable characters on Parks and Recreation. … Continue reading

Ron Swanson, Feminist: Be My Valentine

First of all, Ron Swanson would not condone Valentine’s Day. It was invented by Hallmark to sell cards. Anyway, as a prelude to a forthcoming post about April Ludgate, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the feminism of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Ron, the embodiment of hyperbolic white masculinity (see: Ron’s … Continue reading

I’m (Still) Not Ashamed of My Day Planner

Leslie: Yellow haired female… likes waffles and news. Ann: Sexy, well-read blonde… loves the sweeter things in life.[…]Hobbies? Leslie: Organizing my agenda. Wait, that doesn’t sound fun…jammin’ on my planner. –Parks and Recreation, “Soulmates” I published an earlier version of this post on another blog a couple years ago, but tonight as I’m working on … Continue reading