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Personal Privilege, 2018 vol. 1

Welcome to a new and more organized way to share a round-up of what's interesting me outside of the Texas Capitol.

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My husband calls it my "old lady show" and I don't mind one bit.

Grace and Frankie on Netflix has me hooked. It's such a great reminder to focus on what's important in life, including your female friendships, and having a little fun along the way.


I've had my eyes on a Lingua Franca embroidered cashmere sweater for some time now. After receiving an unexpected bonu$ at work last month I decided it was time for the splurge and I'm so happy I did.  It may be hard to decide which design you'd like with topics ranging from "I Miss Barack" to what I selected, "Can't fake the funk."  Each sweater is completely customizable - mine is a light pink sweater with red embroidery. If you're in the market I would size up - my medium is perfectly sized for me but I'm normally a small or baggy medium.

For a customized piece it shipped very quickly. Plus they have kids sizes!!

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I am responsible for managing government relations activities in 7 states - mostly in the Southwest. This past week I had the fortune of "having" to travel to Santa Fe for some meetings and a trip to the New Mexico Capitol. It was my first trip to Santa Fe and I was smitten as most are. I stayed at the Hotel St. Francis which is right on the plaza and easy walking to most things in the area. I can best equate it to staying at a James Avery store if that makes sense to the Texans reading.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a centrally located and affordable spot in town.


It took me long enough, but I finally started, and then quickly finished Katy Tur's Unbelievable.

I received this book after attending the Texas Tribune fundraising dinner where Tur was the guest of honor. She now hosts her own news program on MSNBC.

It's such a balance personal account of the events that transpired leading up to Trump's election. I especially enjoyed the perspective Tur brings to the crowds at Trump rally's and how his unbelievable victory in 2016 was perhaps not that unbelievable to those, like Tur, who had been living amongst Trump rallies for over a year. 


We interrupt your regularly scheduled election and political posts for a few thoughts on things of minimal importance.

What I'm Watching

I'm having a Margot Robbie moment. Have you seen I, Tonya? It's so very good. After two days of constant attention to my child - mom needed a break and I dropped her off at a drop-in daycare and went to the movies. Gloriously alone.

I was torn between The Post and I, Tonya. She won, and I don't regret it. 

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Right now, while I'm typing this, I'm watching The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) on Netflix. Don't judge me for all the screen time, there's only so much I can do with a sleeping three year old at 9 PM, alone.  I'm only about 10 minutes in to this movie and I'm already hooked. The first few minutes of Adam Sandler and his daughter trying to park the car is solid gold.

What I (Will Be) Wearing

Did you know that Ann Taylor has a great price adjustment policy? I don't care to admit how much I spent in that store last Friday - all full prices items. That in itself is a pretty dumb move at AT considering they've become the Joseph A. Banks for women - everything goes on mega sale eventually.

However, if within 7 days your items go on sale, just bring your receipt back in and they adjust the prices no questions asked.  The sale is still going on and here's what I've picked up in the last week. Today and tomorrow there is an additional 70% of sale. It's no buy one get three free but still a deal.

Click on each image for a link.


I've been looking to cook more at home lately and this weekend Southern Living got me with their beef stew on the cover. You can find the recipe here.  My only variation is that I threw it all in an Instant Pot for 35 minutes instead of watching it on the stove top for 3 hours. For real. Such a time saver.

The January issue also includes a recipe for Capitol Hill soup which I'd like to try next. Apparently it's quite the hit in the Senate cafeteria, which I know may not be a glowing recommendation but SL makes it look scrumptious. Here's the recipe from the Senate website. 

In more related news:

  • Annie's List is hosting Elizabeth Warren here in Austin on February 2nd. Learn more here.
  • Emily's List is throwing a LOT of money at campaigns this year.
  • Former Trump Supporter now running for Congress to "Fight" Him, via Huff Post.
  • Women Get Tips on Running for Office, from the Houston Chronicle.
  • 22 Women in the US Senate!  And yes that's actually a record.
  • The Texas Tribune reporting on how law makers may consider policing themselves on sexual harassment allegations.
  • Finally, is Texas ready for a gay, latina Democrat? Lupe says yes!
What Is (and Definitely Isn't) On My Holiday Wish List

Alabama's Roy Moore co-authored a legal text book that states that women should not be permitted to run for office and allegedly questions the voting rights of women altogether. So there's that.  Read more here.

The fact that the content of this book has just come to light gives me hope that not that many people have read it until now. I'd love to take a gander but I refuse to send a penny to whoever is on the other end of my Amazon cart on this one. I didn't even use an Amazon affiliate link on that one - because I don't even want the quarter that Amazon may send me if one of you guys buy it.

Now to just a few things that I have recently paid money for or would like someone else to spend money on, on my behalf.

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I just purchased myself this Commute Clutch from Mark and Graham and I've been exceedingly pleased with the quality of the leather, pockets and general usefulness. It perfectly fits my phone, ipad, credit cards, parking cards, business cards, ipad cords and headphones, etcetera all in a beautiful and professional looking pouch. Plus it fits into my larger carry on bag very nicely and keep le junk organized. I had mine monogrammed with an AW - because I am from Alabama and I monogram anything that's not moving.

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Even though the internet makes them obsolete I still love a good cookbook. I ask for one every Christmas, and this year I decided on What Can I Bring? I can't wait to give it a try. I've also asked for this wooden recipe box because I love the idea of passing it on to my daughter one day full of all of my stained, well-loved recipe cards.

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While we're on recipes - I will never be above the gift of food for Christmas. Frozen cookie dough from Tiny Boxwood's tops that list this year. However, I love it all. Giant tins of popcorn no one household can finish? Send it my way. Pears? Keep 'em coming (Did you ever see this?). I love it all.

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Concert tickets are always a good idea in the Whited household. This year I've made it pretty well known that I expect to be present at one of the many Bon Iver shows coming up in January. If you've got a pair to sell let me know - I'll send you Santa's cell number.

Ten Days Later...

I'm embarrassed by how long it has taken me to return to Pink Granite. It's been over a week since my last post here - but alas my job got in the way. Funny how that happens.


In a tornado of presentation deadlines, poster submissions and staying afloat with email I quickly got swamped, and did I mention that I decided to throw potty training in the middle of all of that? We're all busy and I'm being a jerk for pretending I'm any busier than you - so I'll stop there.

To celebrate the end of what I deemed hell week around the Whited household, I managed to squeeze in a wee bit of fun with a quick trip to NYC this weekend. Because I took a jaunt to see Springsteen on Broadway I think that before we continue this post you should go here and turn up your speakers. I'll wait.




Did I mention that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were in the 900 seat theater too? Unreal - even if the Boss did forgo a rendition of Philadelphia. Oh and Rita Ora was staying at our hotel as was some male model. The paparazzi were camped out all weekend. So not only am I incredibly busy but also vacation amongst celebrities. #thisismenow

Now I'm back to real life as the woman who forgot her kid's daycare was closed tomorrow... what to do?

While on the plane I caught up on some unimportant magazine reading via my Texture app. and read all about Ivanka's everyday life. It's pretty much the expected stuff but I did experience an unhealthy level of satisfaction from learning that she too doesn't have time to run. 

Since we last chatted there are other headlines to cover:

In more local news:

  • Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has appointed a select committee on Cyber Security and 3 of the 5 members are women. However, of the four appointments he made to study school finance - zero are women.
  • In a bold move the Texas Association of Business PAC has endorsed Rep. Cindy Burkett in her primary challenge of fellow Republican (and incumbent) Senator Bob Hall in next year's election.
  • Conservative candidate Candy Noble has announced her bid to fill the House seat being vacated by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg.

It will be Monday by the time you read this - so I hope your week is starting off right. Just keep listening to Bruce.