This Week: What Is In A Name?

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This week the world has lost their shit because Amal Alamuddin changed her name to Amal Clooney. Cries of anti-feminist ideals were heard echoing throughout the internets as people everywhere had their heads explode with the hypocrisy of it all (with a few notable exceptions, mind you).

Do I have a strong opinion on this new name? Yeah, I do actually.

She can do whatever the fuck she wants to do.

Change your name, don’t change your name, take your husband’s name, have him take yours, make up a new one, call yourself Captain Happy Trousers Disco Junk, I really don’t care. And, having friends who are genderqueer, intersexed or furry I feel strongly that people should be able to have the name they choose, not the one forced on them at birth.

So, on to the week.

Best:

Last weekend we had two dear friends to dinner and I made what has become known as “my fancy dish”. It happens to be the only fancy dish I really know how to make (but I have a new appliance on its way I’m hoping will change that, shh, don’t tell anyone).

A friend moved in and has cooked dinner for us twice, it’s pretty awesome not cooking!

And we booked flights to Melbourne for next weekend which is awesome for 3 reasons:

  1. We’re going to Melbourne
  2. My cousin is having an engagement party and I’m ridiculously pleased for her
  3. We don’t have to worry about what to do with the cats because we have a friend who lives in the house now!

Worst:

I had a blue day this week, and it wasn’t fun.

This Week’s Pic (Top):

This week the ladies of KK&T got together to say: Not in my name! 

We’d like to unite you to do the same, and condemn actions of racism, hated and bigotry. If you haven’t heard of this campaign, you can read more about it here.

Around The Web:

Carly Findlay wrote this fantastic piece about your HSC not actually being the end of the world and how, in 15 years, no one will care.

Tiffany the cat is apparently worth not just $140,000 but also teaching one child family can be bought, one child she can have anything she want, and a whole bunch of people that someone for some perverse reason might attempt to get your cat with your house. I was disgusted, appalled, outraged and any other adjective you can think of. It is just foul.

And this post by Kelly Exeter about how to be kind to yourself brought me to tears.

On KiKi & Tea:

We kicked off the week with an interview with a clinical psychologist to find out What Is Mindfulness? Our Tuesday Tip was why you should set a crisis plan if you’re concerned about your mental health. Hayley expressed she is sick of the dating game and we posted a piece from World Vision on caring about the less obvious impacts of war.

  • Monique Fischle

    I completely agree with you on the whole name changing thing. Why does it matter to any of us? It’s her decision whether or not she changes her name and it’s really none of our business.

    Best: Realising that I have a pretty amazing husband in DG. I always knew this (wouldn’t have married him otherwise) but this week in particular I have been LOVING the fact that he enjoys watching my trashy TV shows and often asks if we can watch them. Real wife win haha. I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop where we tells me he doesn’t actually like them and is just trying to make me happy, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts!

    Worst: This constant change in weather from super hot, to epic rain where it’s freezing and now back to mild weather is wreaking havoc on my lungs. I start the mornings barely able to talk. I’m desperately hoping this will clear up soon.

  • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

    I thought I’d give some positive feedback to you guys this week… about a couple of posts over the past month that have really spoken to me.

    Both this post about the minimalist lifestyle ( http://kikiandtea.com/2014/09/maximising-life-through-minimalism/ ) and this week’s post about mindfulness ( http://kikiandtea.com/2014/10/mindfulness/ ) really connected to me. I realised how key these two concepts have been to my personal happiness over the past year or so, and I’m really glad you posted these…

    If any of you haven’t read these, you should…