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Woman With A Plan - Issue #32

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most resp

Woman With A Plan

June 22 · Issue #32 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
― Charles Darwin

Little Fires Everywhere
This week the boys and I continued our exploration of the city, slowly creating a semblance of a routine which will hopefully involve far less Peppa Pig than in previous weeks. It’s rewarding to see our kids composing themselves a bit more carefully on city sidewalks, and an Austrian woman even asked ME for directions to the pool yesterday. That has to be a good sign, right? As we improve our local knowledge, it’s the unexpected idiosyncracies the continue to trip me up. Did you know Austria has a unique standard for bedding? Twin beds get a GIANT pillow for reasons which are still unclear to me. (Is it to make up for the smaller bed?) Garbage is divided into approximately 37 categories, and I now know to be prepared for the postman to deliver packages at 6:45 am. It only took one embarrassing lesson at the grocery store to learn that produce must be weighed and labeled before checking out, and an urgent trip to the feminine products aisle revealed a vast selection of pads and three versions of OB tampons. When I searched Amazon for alternatives, I quickly scrolled past five versions of OB only to make this surprising discovery. 😳 Sex tampons aside, there are many positive idiosyncracies as well. Park restrooms charge a fee, but they are ridiculously clean (and free with children). Everything is clean for that matter. Shopping carts require a €1 deposit, which ensures they are returned to the proper location (brilliant!) No one jaywalks and everyone is promptly on time. You could leave your wallet in the street and it would still be there in an hour (though you’d be shamed for littering). I suppose the lesson to keep in mind is that any of the little headaches will likely be matched with an equally surprising delight. And hopefully the postman likes my pajamas. 
Already looking like natives
Media Diet
Like many of you, I’ve been reading about our US immigration crisis and Trump’s zero-tolerance policy in a state of shock and horror. Living abroad doesn’t make it any easier to witness these egregious human rights violations and the systematic dismantling of our democracy. My thanks go to the many journalists and everyday bloggers like Joanna at a Cup of Jo and Erin at Elements of Style for speaking out and providing helpful resources.
Heartbreaking and eerily familiar.
Seriously, what is WRONG with these people?
A fitting tribute to Kate Spade. In a similar vein, be sure to watch this moving piece about a man who survived a suicidal jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.  
I have yet to see Ocean’s 8, but Amanda Hess from the NY Times totally nails it with this piece on gender roles and equality on the big screen: 
Note to Hollywood: When women complained that they aren’t afforded the same roles in Hollywood that men are, they weren’t speaking literally.
UGH. This makes it sting even more that I had to sell my tickets to Bey & Jay in October. 😭
Excited for the next big royal wedding coming this summer!
Attention all Texan readers: MJ Hegar for Congress!
God knows how long this relationship between Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande will last, but count me smitten.
via @lisacongdon
Open Tabs
If you’re going to wear a jacket from Zara, I suggest something a bit more uplifting. Maybe this would be more appropriate for Melania?
Only a few sizes left of this beautiful tie-dye print dress.
I’m all about hands-free baggage now that I’m constantly wrangling three children. This striped fanny pack is right up my alley. Also keeping an eye out for a leather version like this.
One of the best aspects of living in Austria is finally being able to put the German Nivea vs. Creme de La Mer battle to the test (I’m sure this is weighing as heavily on your mind as it has been on mine). I have them both in my medicine cabinet and I’ll be darned if I can tell the difference. They even smell the same. 
The second-best aspect of living in Austria is being reunited with my beloved Landliebe Grießpudding, a treat found in the yogurt section of the grocery store (like rice pudding, but with semolina grains). I discovered it during a trip to Germany years ago and have longed for it since. Definitely worth a try for anyone visiting Europe this summer! 
Ready for the weekend like 👯‍♂️
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Vienna based expat and mom of three feminists in the making.
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