Saturday, March 7, 2009
GOOP for the not-so-fabulous
My aunt brought to my attention the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow has a website called GOOP. I kind of like Gwyneth Paltrow, but she is a little bit out of touch with the reality of 99.9999999999% of the rest of the planet's inhabitants. This website is obviously for the 14 people in her fabulous category.
The site has six categories of ideas for us called "Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, See". Ideas from Gwynnie for us. The MAKE is, obviously, things you can make. SHE went to world-renown chef Mario Batali's house for dinner along with Emeril Lagassi and they had something that Mario made in his chef kitchen and guess what? It was delicious! So, what are YOU going to make? For lunch today I'M going to put margarine on some Ritz crackers and eat them over the sink.
The GO is places you should go. This week she tells us to go to Paris because, you know what? Paris is pretty darn nice.
The DO is things you should do. This week she features a book called Spent written by her doctor about how people are tired before they even get up in the morning and things you can do to overcome this problem, like practicing ubuntu. “Ubuntu” is an African term that means what makes us human is the humanity we show each other. It’s a worldview that sees humanity as a web of family rather than a mass of individuals. When you relate in this way, you feel connected, energized and have a sense of abundance.
What a practical idea! All you moms of young children out there should be doing this, and then you wouldn't be so tired, because thinking of the assholes that steal your parking space as "family" rather than "wastes-of-skin" will make you more energized in the morning after you've been up all night with cranky children. I can totally see how that would work.
The GET is things you should purchase. The latest installment is gift giving ideas. I have to hand this one to Gwyneth, most of the gift ideas she has are under $100. But they are things NOBODY needs, wants or ever even thought of. They are things like $50 personalized notebooks and the book Debrett's Guide to Modern Manners. Just TRY to give that to someone and convince them that it isn't a "fuck you" gift. LOL Gwynnie!
The BE is Gwyneth's thoughts on parenting. She gives us fabulous tips on how to just BE with our children. Apparently Gwyneth's daughter, Apple, is like a radio picking up on Gwyn's feelings and reflecting them back for her. She tells us to simply "talk" to our children about things. Perhaps during the day, perhaps at bedtime. Brilliant.
Last is the SEE section. Things you should see to keep you from being a total reclusive hick. This month it is books you should read in the winter. Gwynnie's fave authors? Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. A little light reading for you. I wonder if she reads them in the original Russian. Probably.