There’s Nowhere Like Home 4.27.17

I’m in Kansas for a long weekend, babysitting my brothers and sisters! I have six brothers and sisters, five of whom live with my dad, and I’m helping out so my parents can go out of town for a couple days.

IMG_6499IMG_6492Hoodie: American Eagle (got it in high school, it’s an old fave)

Hat and choker: Forever 21

Jacket: Northface (it does not match. I was just cold)

Jeans: Frida’s from SwedenIMG_6464

My little sister is 5 and she’s already cooler than me. Not fair. My dad was only willing to take one photo of us together and her eyes are closed so that’s just how it is. My brother and I tried to take photos together but Duchess kept getting in the way. 🙂

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Murphy is one of the most beautiful dogs on the planet, both inside and out. I am obsessed.

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I flew to Kansas early Wednesday morning and had a real FASHION EMERGENCY. I had to dress up because I was flying standby as a guest (my aunt is a flight attendant and I’m her official guest), which means you have to look nice. I don’t own too many nice outfits so I wore a gorgeous black dress and one of the only pairs of heels I have. I bought them in college and haven’t worn them in a while and holy shit.

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THEY BROKE. This is a photo of just one but the other one broke a minute later. While I was standing in the security line, with no way to stop moving forward or change my shoes. Don’t make my mistakes – if you haven’t worn a pair of heels in a while, don’t wear them for a big event like a night out or trying to fly standby on an airplane. The glue might have died completely. This moment truly sucked, and then I had to wear tennis shoes with a nice black dress. Thank God I made it on the plane anyway!

 

I watched Girlboss on the plane and let me tell you… I am feeling flare jeans again. These have been teasing a comeback for a while and I think it can really happen.IMG_6450

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This is Eva. She’s just really cute.

I haven’t been able to be on the internet keeping up with politics too much for the last couple days since I was traveling to Kansas and then hanging out with my family, but I did have a tweet thread blow up and gained 1,000 followers in a day which is always sort of a strange experience when I don’t have the time to keep up with what’s going on. It’s also hard not to focus on the tiny percentage of people who misinterpret my meaning completely and get all pissy for no reason. I know the vast majority of people who read the tweet don’t react like that, so I shouldn’t focus on it, but it’s frustrating to be misunderstood. I wrote that Ivanka Trump has a White House job and some people took that to mean I think she’s an impressive person. I don’t – she shouldn’t have a White House job – but the fact is that she does, and that means she should be held accountable as part of the administration, not defended as a child.

A lot of people have been criticizing Obama’s $400,000 speaking fee to a bank and I just can’t with this shit. Obama wants to make some dynastic wealth for his family, that’s his business. There’s very little of that for Black families in America. Get Sasha and Malia a trust fund. Take them kitesurfing. I don’t care, it’s his money. I also don’t think there’s anything inherently evil about speaking to a bank. I just don’t. More than anything, I’m fucking exhausted at the double standard. It feels more obvious than ever that Hillary and Obama are always held to a different, much higher standard than any white male politician. And the glee with which people tear them apart is appalling, especially when it comes from the left. There are a lot of white leftists who claim to want Democrats to win elections, yet seem completely uninterested in the needs and preferences of Black voters, who are the Democratic Party’s base. Shitting on Barack Obama is not the way to win Black voters. A lot of white leftists seem to think it’s OK to take the Black vote for granted while in pursuit of the fleeing white man vote and it’s not. It’s politically wrong and morally wrong. If the Democratic Party abandons Black voters in order to win back racist whites, we will lose and we will deserve to.

If you want to see a lot more cute pics of my siblings and my dogs, you can find me on social media @erikaheidewald!

 

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