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Fantastically Feminine: Annie Oakley

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All of the Fantastically Feminine Fridays thus far have been about fictional women, which was always my intent with the feature. Now, obviously Annie Oakley is not a fictional character. However, she is fantastic and my excuse for featuring her is that I saw Annie Get Your Gun the other night. And the musical is largely fiction, so we’re going to let this one slide.


Now, obviously Annie is a phenomenal markswoman. That in and of itself is pretty fantastic. I mean, she does all these crazy stunts and wins medals from royalty across Europe.

The real defining moment for her as a character, though, is when she agrees to sell all her medals to finance the merger between the two Wild West shows. So yeah. She’s awesome. And don’t forget, anything you can do she can do better.


Fantastically Feminine: Ariadne

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I’m among the Inception fanatics. Who isn’t? And one of my favorite things about the movie is Ariadne. She’s smart. She’s the one who’s able to help Cobb figure out all his issues with his wife. Ariadne catches on to dream building faster than anybody. She picks up on little details and uses them to better understand what’s going on. She can think on her feet and has creative solutions to problems that arise.

And we all know Arthur (who’s also very cool) totally has a thing for her.

A Years Worth of Dates

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So this is what I did for my best friend’s wedding gift. A basket with a years worth of dates ideas and stuff to do them with. And since I felt like it turned out pretty well, I decided to share it with the interweb. Here’s the list. You can adapt it as you wish. The bold are things you can put in the basket.

  1. Watch a sunrise together. Drink hot chocolate.
  2. Do a Puzzle together
  3. Have a water balloon fight
  4. Watch a movie. Eat popcorn
  5. Race toy cars
  6. Write letters to yourselves 5 years from now.
  7. Race tin foil boats
  8. Blow bubbles
  9. Wal-Mart Bingo (Create bingo cards with different things people might see at Walmart)
  10. Go hiking.
  11. Do pudding paintings
  12. Stargaze
  13. Play the sticky note game Each person has a pad of sticky notes. They have to put as many on the walls as they can while trying to tear down their opponents.
  14. Play chess
  15. Do chalk drawings
  16. Design your own dream house.
  17. Play with pop-its
  18. Have a paper airplane contes
  19. Go on a bike ride together
  20. Make Jello sculptures
  21. Play with play doh
  22. Fly a kite
  23. Make a Rubber Band ball
  24. Play with glowsticks
  25. Go to a Museum
  26. Make tin foil hats
  27. Play hide and go seek
  28. Build a sand castle
  29. Drink Martinellis
  30. Have a marshmallow fight
  31. Play a card game
  32. Write a bucket list
  33. Draw faces on balloons
  34. Build a blanket fort
  35. Play the dot game
  36. Play tic tac toe
  37.  Silly String. Nuff said.
  38. Make something with duct tape
  39. Play liar’s dice
  40. Watch a baseball game cracker jax
  41. Bake muffins
  42. Write your own comic book starring a hero with goofy powers.
  43. Slow dance
  44. Have a spa night
  45. Hand out cookies to strangers
  46. Make a time capsule
  47. Paint a flower pot
  48. Do a Photo Scavenger Hunt
  49. Go bowling
  50. Colored water balloon fight (white t-shirts with names/logos/etc, squirt guns and water balloons filled with Kool-Aid)
  51. Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations on random things
  52. Write book love letters (book from goodwill). Choose a page in a book and create a custom love letter from existing words. Block out words and phrases in marker only to leave words and phrases to be read.

Fashion of the Superheroine

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WARNING: Pictures of Scantily Clad Women

I could pretty much use one word to describe most superheroine costumes. Ridiculous. So imagine you’re about to go fight some nasty bad guys and you need to put on a disguise. So what do you choose? How about a swimsuit. Like Wonder Woman and these other heroines:

Scarlet Witch (Marvel)

She-Hulk (Marvel)

Ms. Marvel (Marvel)

Black Canary (DC) And what better way to add to the swimsuit effect than fishnet tights? I can barely wear tights to church without ripping them. I can’t imagine trying to fight crime with them on.

And if I were doing heroic stunts, I’d probably aslo at least want to cover up my stomach. I don’t know. Just a thought.

Huntress (DC)

Hawkgirl (DC)

Emma Frost (Marvel) Sadly, this is one of her more modest outfits.

Hawkeye (Marvel)

Lets not forget about wearing skirts while fighting crime. Especially if you fly or grow to a giant size.

Elasti-Girl (DC)

Supergirl (DC)

Bat-Girl (DC)

Arrowette (DC) Bare stomach and skirt. Good idea.

Now to be fair there are some reasonable outfits out  there. Like these:

Shadowcat (Marvel)

Black Widow (Marvel)

Batgirl (DC)

Wasp (Marvel)

Stature (Marvel)

Invisible Woman (Marvel)

Phoenix (Marvel)

Bumble Bee (DC)

Huntress (DC.)

Rogue (Marvel)

Spiderwoman (Marvel)

So, it seems to me that Marvel has more reasonable costumes than DC. But to be fair, I tend to be a little biased toward Marvel in most things. Basically what I’m saying though is that a lot of the women out there fighting crime in comic books are horribly dressed for what they’re trying to do. Unlike most of their male counterparts, they’re not at all protected by their costumes. As you can tell I kind of prefer the jumpsuit look. It can be sexy while still being reasonable. Just my thoughts on it all.

And while we’re talking about fashion, let’s all take a moment to admire the original Batwoman’s purse, which contained all her beauty product themed crime fighting gadgets.

On the bright side, most of the heroines don’t wear capes. We know how Edna (Incredibles) feels about capes.

Fantastically Feminine: Astrid

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Yes, I just absolutely love How to Train Your Dragon. And I especially love Astrid, the main female protagonist. Astrid has a traditionally rough Viking exterior. For one thing she can whip around a battle axe that’s like as big as she is.

Behind that though, Astrid is actually kind of soft and understanding. After some initial hesitation, she’s accepting of Hiccup’s bond with Toothless. And I’ve never seen anyone look so cute while wearing skulls.

I’m also a fan of Astrid’s dragon, Stormfly. He’s quick and agile, just like her.

Fantastically Feminine: Snow

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So Mirror Mirror didn’t get fantastic reviews. And I don’t know why. I happened to really like it. It’s everything a fairy tale retelling should be. The dwarves are funny. The antagonist is ridiculously self centered. The prince is foxy (and shirtless for a fair portion of the movie). Most important, though. The protagonist (Snow White) is brilliant.

Snow White begins the movie as kind and generous. She’s bright and an avid reader. And under the tutelage of the dwarves, she becomes an awesome butt-kicking, sword fighting force of awesomeness. The movie even plays on the idea that there are plenty of stories with damsels in distress. This didn’t need to be another one.

So the movie has it’s touch of cheesiness. For one thing the costumes are utterly ridiculous. But I think that all just adds to the charm of the movie.

The Pickle Kick (or the kickle pick)

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Last week Miranda was eating all the pickles in the house. My dad asked why my mom kept buying so many pickles, and I told him that Miranda was on a pickle kick. So of course my dad decided to make a sport out of it. Here is video footage of our very first ever pickle kick. Pickle kick is actually quite hard to say, though. Mostly people kept calling it a kickle pick.


  1. The pickle must land between the fence posts
  2. Pickles are to be kicked barefoot
  3. Each person gets two fault kicks, but as soon as there is a valid pickle kick, the person is done with their turn
  4. If the pickle breaks, the section which went the farthest is counted.

And after you are done your feet end up smelling like pickles. There were some protests from my family about putting this online. Something about how everyone will know how weird we are. Oh well. Here’s the video footage.

And the dog was really mad when we took away his pickle.