26 January, 2011

What's in a name?

I like reading Eastside Bride's blog and there was an entry about taking your husband's last name.
I changed my name when I got married. True, I had quite an cringey (character building, my dad calls it) surname but even if I had a nice bland name I would have changed it. Why? The same reason I wear a wedding ring. Its traditional If I didn't want to change my name, wear a wedding ring I wouldn't have got married. I would have have been happy just living with him.
Also as the years tick but, it is nice having the same name. I feel it bonds us, a declaration that we are together. It may be because we haven't got children that I feel this way.
As from a feminist point of view, well my maiden name was my Dad's name. I have just traded one man's name for another. If I wanted to be feminist about surnames I'd call myself Gina Barbarasdaughter.

18 January, 2011

Between you and me

Between you and me ...sometimes I like to browse stuff on the internet. Stuff I have no intention of buying - stuff like jewellery, fancy kitchen ware. It is just a bit of harmless day dreaming.
So I get a bit fed up when I get emails from Amazon :Gina Robbo you have shown an interest in stuff you have no business buying - look at this lot as well!
Amazon - I might be looking, but I am not buying, and you are ruining a guilty pleasure!

01 January, 2011

New Year

New Years Day 2000, staying at the Murphys, I watched The Matrix on dvd. I had a pounding hangover and thought my head would explode, but got so engrossed in the film I forgot about the hangover. I had never seen anything like it. The special effects! DVD was so much better than video. I watched it on a wide screen telly, which was cutting edge in those days.
New Year's Eve 2010. Steve and I stay in. I drink a modest few glasses of wine. Earlier that day Steve had bought a PS3 and Inception on a Blu Ray disc. We watch the film on our HD telly and the sound is THX. I have never seen or heard anything like it.
Wonder what 2020 will be like! Will we have all gone 3D or is that just a fad?
By the way, today I woke up fairly early, no hangover!