Claire-Dee Lim

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Cat Lovers Unite at CatCon 2017

If you had any doubt that the culture’s obsession with all things cat-ness had flamed out, well guess again. The effects of cats’ global domination were in full force this past weekend at CatCon 2017. Held in its new home, the Pasadena Convention Center, CatCon brought together cat lovers, cat ladies and cat gentlemen, cat advocates, cat merchandisers and cat Instagram stars to celebrate the charms and mysteries of these furry creatures. I partly attended to do research on product trends for the monthly cat lady column I write, but mostly attended to be a part of the feline phenomena.

There were meet & greets for Instagram stars like Nala, and advocates like Kitten Lady; seminars for special needs cats and kitten rescue; the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA held adoptions (over 100 cats adopted at the event); cat video awards (hosted by Battlestar Galactica and Lucifer star Tricia Helfer); and products, ranging from robo litter boxes and water fountains to cat fashions (t-shirts, dresses and accessories galore!) and cat-related arts and crafts. One enterprising and unique line featured cat hair that had been cleaned, carded and spun into wool to make upcycled jewelry and other items. Who knew I could repurpose my cat’s hairballs into a crafty headband?

Here are some of the highlights from CatCon. Can you fur the love?

Handmaid’s Tale: Far From a Brave New World

Would you rather be sent to the Colonies and made to clean up toxic waste until “your skin falls off in sheets” or be forced into becoming a birthing surrogate for an infertile couple? These hideous and oppressive scenarios are what the character Offred must face in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in a dystopian near-future, the U.S. is controlled by a totalitarian Christian fundamentalist regime that shoves women into various servant classes while denying them independence and rights.

Now Hulu has begun streaming its 10-episode adaptation starring Elizabeth Moss. Three episodes have already been made available, and let me tell you the series is just as creepy and chilling as the novel. At times it’s even tough to stomach. Especially the scenes where the handmaids are raped in grotesque mating rituals, aided by the complicit, barren wives of the elite commanders. Horrifying.

In the current political climate, one of the novel’s central themes, the destruction of feminism, has taken on a deeper resonance. And like 1984, it should be no surprise that The Handmaid’s Tale has topped Amazon’s bestseller lists. As the battle for reproductive rights rages on in the U.S., Atwood’s story reminds us once again how women’s independence is tied to the ability to control our bodies.

Thinking About 5 Things: From Fidgeting to Bones

1. Sully

For someone who once had a fear of flying—take-off and turbulence equaled my own personal hell of anxiety and panic—I love airplane movies! Last weekend I saw Sully and it didn’t disappoint in the terror department. Cool effects, gripping, heroic, and the extra bonus of a cartoony portrayal of the NTSB “bad guys.” Very cathartic to see Sully save the day.

Side note: I overcame my 20-year fear of flying with the help of a hypnosis recording. This summer I took 8 flights with no issues. One time I even fell asleep during take-off. Now that’s a first!

2. Fidget

The goal for this Kickstarter started at $15,000 and, at the time of this posting, it’s well over $4 M! For a plastic cube you can play with at your desk. No joke. Check out the link and watch the money pour in.

 

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3. Bone broth

In our continual efforts to achieve good health, we’re consuming bone broth, from grass-fed, grass finished bones. My husband lets it simmer on the stove for two-days, creating a broth rich in minerals and collagen. Our hair and nails are growing like crazy and my skin’s looking healthier too. I can only imagine the positive effects on my innards.

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Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

 

4. Apple Plug

Not yet ready to upgrade to the iPhone 7? Consider this …

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5. Graffiti

A strange place to find this political statement.

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