Jennifer Lewis

Writer, foodie and bookworm.

Category: Random Thoughts

Autumn Book Reading

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. The weather becomes cooler and I can start wearing sweaters again. Autumn is also the best time to curl up with a good book.  I find that I usually end up doing most of my reading in the fall and winter months.  Recently, I have read Secondhand Souls, Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck and Bite Me by Christopher Moore.  I also picked up the Quick Read, Doctor Who: I Am A Dalek and am now reading Aesop’s Fables.  None of these are really anything I would do anything close to a lengthy review on (though I may do one for the Christopher Moore books at some point), but they are entertaining to read.

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Thoughts on School Dress Codes

It came up at work during a casual conversation that some schools were banning leggings and yoga pants as part of their dress code.  At first, I have to admit, I thought this idea was a bit ridiculous.  Why not also add sweatpants and sweatshirts as well?  But then I really thought about.  Why shouldn’t schools ban certain items from being able to be worn at school?

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Gender Neutrality

Since Target announced that they were removing the gender-specific signs in their toy department, a lot of people seem to be losing their minds over the idea of gender neutrality and the idea of getting rid of gender roles in children.  I hadn’t really given any thought to it until I discovered the article about someone replying to the comments on the Target Facebook page, pretending to be customer service.  While they were all directed towards the negative reactions, it got me thinking about what this move means and how it really affects people.  The thing with gender neutral signage is that it doesn’t actually affect anyone.  When you think about it, even parents with kids are not really affected by it in the sense that it is a life changing thing.  I read a lot of comments that claimed the store was doing this horrible thing and how these people would never shop at Target again.  I have to admit that I really could not understand where they were coming from.

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The Decision Not to Have Kids

I recently read an article on about one woman’s decision to not have children. It was something that I found to be very interesting as this was a topic I have been struggling with myself.  The assumption has always been that one day, I would have kids but as I got older, the idea did not really appeal to me.  At one point, it had almost felt like something that is expected of me as opposed to something I really wanted.  I have said in the past that I would be open to the idea of having children, or at least one, but even then, the idea kind of terrifies me.  I’ve never really been that comfortable with kids and for the most part, whenever someone hands me one, I want to had it right back.  I am perfectly okay with being the aunt and friend of a mom, but I really have no desire to have any of my own kids.

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The Great Food Truck Debate

There has been a lot of debate lately in my city about whether or not food trucks should be allowed. Currently, they are allowed on private property at a fixed location, but not allowed to park on the streets. Now, personally, I don’t see a problem with this plan going forward. Lots of other cities have food trucks and they don’t have any problems with them. The major bone of contention here is that the restaurants downtown believe that having these food trucks converge on the downtown area will significantly impact their businesses and impede the flow of foot traffic in the core.

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When Nice Smells Become Offensive

I’m not sure what it is about perfume that some people just cannot get enough of it, even to the point where it no longer smells nice. While this doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it used to be, some people continue to dump the entire bottle on themselves in an effort to smell nice. I’ve noticed it seems mostly to affect elderly women, but there have been some younger people I have run into that don’t seem to know when to stop.

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Behind the Wheel

Every morning, I drive about 15 mins to work and 30 mins on the weekend (depending on the location). This morning, I was casually observing the way people were driving while waiting for traffic lights to change or my turn at the stop sign and I noticed something alarming. I don’t know if it’s just my city or if things are like this in general now adays, but drivers are more and more careless. As I think back, I have seen MANY drivers zipping through red lights (just after they’ve turned red) and not stopping at stop signs, causing many near misses. I’m sure many of these have also caused accidents, but I have been fortunate enough to not have witnessed any.

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Why Customer Service Matters

Or, Why I Will Never Buy Papa John’s Pizza Again

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