November 2011

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And Goodbye, Real Simple Magazine

Just the thought of cleaning my entire refrigerator in fifteen minutes makes me exhausted.


At the same time that I subscribed to Martha Stewart Living, I also subscribed to Real Simple. At the time, I thought they were related. Turns out I could not have been more wrong: in fact, these publications are mortal enemies. Like PETA Magazine and Veal Lovers Quarterly. 
And I came to hate them both.
Where Martha Stewart is all about taking extra time and care to get things done JUST RIGHT, Real Simple is all about "ten tips to do X faster." Everything is about streamlining, planning, improving. Frankly, it was just too much pressure. I don't need to learn five better ways to re-sole my shoes, or eight quick tips for making my kitchen sink really sparkle. I'm almost 40 years old. Things are what they are, and that's that. 

Goodbye, Martha Stewart Living

My feelings of inadequacy are sturdy enough on their own, thank you.


A little bit over a year ago, I subscribed to Martha Stewart Living. This feels like a confession. I am not a "Martha Stewart Living" kind of person. I have nothing to say in my defense. I don't really understand it, either. I have no idea what I had in mind when I went online and filled out the subscription information. 
Every month, Martha Stewart's magical elves delivered a mailbox-choking doorstop of a publication, chock full of ads and beautiful pictures. Every time I would sit down with a copy, I let myself be lulled into a fantasy of infinite time and funds.