book review: the high couch of silistra

I don’t write a book review for every book that I read. Sometimes a book is just meh, and I don’t need to get my heart rate up writing and ranting about things that are just meh. It’s about balance, people! But every once in a while a book comes by that just pokes me in the eye wrong, and …

on tight lacing and waist training

I recently received this email asking me for advice on corset-wearing. I’m fairly certain it’s spam, but I wanted to address some of the issues it touches on. Hi I really have never worn a real corset before. Meaning I have only been annoyed several times to flimsy costume corsets with plastic boning. Well I recently had a baby and tried …

happy 2016 and no resolutions!

Happy 2016! I’m not a big one for setting new year’s resolutions, since that just seems like we are willfully setting ourselves up for failure. Nor am I a fan of the self-loathing and regret that goes along with the plan to improve ourselves in the new year. Not even the timing appeals to me: it is an arbitrary line …

spring flowers on the west coast

Spring had already sprung some time ago, and I took some lovely pictures to prove it, but then neglected to post it on this much-neglected blog. It was a particularly stormy day at the West Coast National Park, but the flowers were still out in all their glory, so without further ado… Some weather rolling in… Starting to look positively …

#dailyfail – illuminati spam

Time now for the #dailyfail, an event which is inevitable in my everyday life. This is not so much a fail as it is a succeed, because while spam is always pretty spammy, this one actually made me laugh. A rare feat for spam. It also sparked some thoughts that I promptly filed under “Ideas for Later Use (books, crafts, pos …