Link love (Powered by Disney and cheese toasties)

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Okay, so I saw Frozen this week … and I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s the most progressive Disney film yet – warm and engaging and hilarious.

Now I want a reindeer sidekick and a smartass snowman called Olaf to accompany me through life.

My only problem was with the music. Aside from the troll song, all the musical numbers were almost unbearable – trite and shrill.

Don’t get me wrong: I love musicals. If life were a TV show, I’d want to be dropped straight into the middle of Gilmore Girls, with Glee a close runner up.

But Frozen’s musical numbers just don’t hold a candle to old Disney

Have you seen Frozen? Thoughts?

This week’s links:

This perfectly encapsulates white privilege in a nutshell

The Savvy Explorer outlines the best way to get from the airport to town in top cities around the world (AirTrain FTW!)

Solange hits it out of the ballpark with these observations about growing up

Need some new year’s inspiration? Start here with Emily

Pushing Thirtyy has some money lessons for her younger self

Life, Etc provides a succinct guide (with examples) to negotiating freelance pay rates

What are we working for, asks Stacking Pennies?

At Brazen Careerist, what you need to know about the ‘hidden curriculum’ at work

I admire Penelope Trunk for telling it like it is: Men with families feel more trapped than ever and Three cheers for women who say they don’t want to work

Jen Dziura sheds some light on the business of egg donation

Cordelia is committing to doing more housework

At Married with Luggage, how to overcome different conversational styles

This post tugged at my heartstrings and so perfectly sums up how I feel about my own mother

Finally, I’m late to this incredibly affecting portrait of a homeless girl and her family in New York, but better late than never. I found it incredibly frustrating – you’re rooting for her and want a happy ending but you know how unlikely it is. While life is certainly not easy for this family, they do benefit from a lot of public funding/programmes and have squandered inheritances and windfalls. Just throwing more money at the problem – even if it was a possibility – isn’t the answer. There are no easy solutions.


8 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by Disney and cheese toasties)

  • Reply Sheherazade January 11, 2014 at 10:01

    Thanks for the links! You always have good finds!

  • Reply Kara January 11, 2014 at 10:43

    I cannot even think of the last “new” Disney/kid movie I’ve watched. Maybe Wall-E? Or one of the Ice Age movies? I’m sure everything will think that I’m living under a rock. I haven’t even watched Despicable Me…

    I did, however, watch Beauty and the Beast not too long ago and had “Be Our Guest” stuck in my head for days afterwards.

  • Reply Emily January 11, 2014 at 11:24

    Thanks so much for including me! <3

    I LOVE old Disney movies… haven't seen Frozen yet, but some of the songs in Tangled were pretty great. Oh, and Enchanted! Those are fantastic!

  • Reply Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 11, 2014 at 12:45

    I haven’t seen frozen. I’m going to see Lone Survivor tonight which I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for as being really heavy. So much about being homeless is just pure luck isn’t it? Just what family you were born into and where. It’s just tough…

  • Reply Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life January 12, 2014 at 11:46

    Oh no! I was really looking forward to the musical numbers! I am definitely a classic Disney fan, Little Mermaid through Mulan- amazing.

    • Reply eemusings January 12, 2014 at 13:39

      I just watched Mulan this morning – and I may have to retract what I said about Frozen, Mulan is pretty freaking badass!

  • Reply Sarah Greesonbach January 17, 2014 at 11:47

    Thanks for including me! I loved that Penelope Trunk piece, too. It’s quite timely for me, at least!

  • Reply Jenna February 15, 2014 at 04:51

    Hey I know this is a month old now, but I recently came across “Let It Go” again and was reminded of this.

    I had the same thought as you. There was only 1 epic song really. Most of them were storytelling songs. Think of Beauty and the Beast — the song where she’s walking through the village doesn’t have quite the same impact as “Be Our Guest” and “Tale As Old as Time”.

    But I did love the story. Finally it’s not all about a boy!

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