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This Podcast is Surprisingly Awesome

Gimlet Media, who keeps knocking it out of the park in terms of lining up podcasts, just put another great podcast into the iTunes store for download: Surprisingly Awesome.  Each week, the hosts take something pretty commonplace — like adhesives — and tell you all sorts of cool and interesting facts about the topic. I […]

581st Friday Blog Roundup

I was a little shocked by the number of people who said they would let their friend order. Some people talked about receiving suggestions from friends or waitstaff.  Of course, I take suggestions all the time.  A waitress’s suggestion just led me to a delicious sandwich at a vegan restaurant, and my cousin told me […]

Who Are Your 5?

I really love this idea from Lifehacker about keeping 5 people in your mind to mentally yank out whenever you get stressed.  I sort of picture them like all the people who came out of Harry’s wand when he was fighting Voldemort in the graveyard.  You know how they circled around him and cheered him […]

I Got Donald Rumsfeld’s App

Those words above?  The title?  I never thought I’d write them. I mean, sure I saw the Unknown Known.  But that’s not the same thing.  Movie about vs. app created by.  Not the same thing at all. But there was MY finger hovering over that “get” button on the app store.  Free solitaire app.  I […]

#MicroblogMondays 75: Restaurant Ordering

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. A few years back, Lifehacker had an article about letting your friends order for you.  This idea not only horrified me enough to bookmark the post, but it has stuck with me since then, turning […]

Your Life as a Video Game

I loved this post on Lifehacker about looking at your life as a video game.  It’s a fitness post, but it’s applicable to everything in life and I also think it speaks volumes for why people grow bored or feel bewildered with the happily ever after. I love level 4 of every video game.  The […]

580th Friday Blog Roundup

I did not put on real pants from Thursday to Thursday.  That probably wasn’t necessary, but how often in life are you healthy but get to wear pyjamas for 7 straight days?  I mean, I changed them each day.  I showered.  But then I’d slip into a fresh pair of pyjamas and start anew. It […]

How to Really Know if Your Child is Happy

I’m going to cry foul on a recent Cafemom article about how to know whether your child is happy.  I was a fairly happy child, so I’m going to use myself as an example. I didn’t have good friends.  Or, I didn’t when I was in elementary school.  I spent many a recess by myself, […]

Mental Sampler 9

I think I just fell a little bit in love with Toronto.  They set up a scavenger hunt to take people through all 100 branches of the library system.  First of all, 100 branches?  Love.  Second of all, scavenger hunt?  Double love.  Third of all, mini passport book?  Heart explosion. A super deep trench […]

#MicroblogMondays 74: Bibliotherapists

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Mental Floss recently had an article about bibliotherapists.  They are support staff for therapists who recommend books with the understanding that a book can sometimes change your mood or help you see a situation in […]


We’re snowtrapped in the house.  But I have a lot of eggs.  Like a lot of eggs.  And two bags of clementines.  It’s still coming down and will continue well into the night.   Riddle me this, Batmans (Batmen?): Do you leave your windshield wipers up or down when it snows?  Have you ever seen […]

579th Friday Blog Roundup

Well now I’m glad that I kept my spelunking suit because we are about to get 6 million feet of snow.  For the first time ever, I received a weather alert warning of an impending blizzard.  Impending blizzard!  That sounds like something that happens in Antarctica, not Washington, D.C.  But I dutifully went to the […]

Blogging Affects My Mood

I recently said something in a Twitter chat that didn’t seem radical but got a big response. I admitted that blogging sometimes affects my mood.  Like in a bad way. Sometimes it also affects my mood in a good way — actually, more often than not, I would say blogging is a positive force in […]

Who Goes to the Movies at 9:15 AM?

I’m going to answer the question I ask in the title in a moment, but to do so, we need to go back to late aughts when I was hired to write an article explaining the housing market collapse.  I didn’t think twice about taking the assignment even though it was outside my wheelhouse.  I […]

#MicroblogMondays 73: Dynamints!

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Back when we were little, my grandparents would take us to the A&P and buy us Dynamints and Fruit Stripe gum.  Dynamints were suppository-sized Tic Tacs that came in a three-flavour pack: grape (which was […]

Friend Book

So I’m cleaning out my bookmarks and dumping them on you, one by one, probably on Sundays.  If you’re playing along on your own blog, leave a comment with a link to your post in the comment section below.  I’ll scoop those up and post them as a “second helping” at the bottom of my […]

578th Friday Blog Roundup

I started logging my meals again.  Sigh.  I lost a decent amount of weight a few years ago and maintained it by writing down everything I ate.  I wasn’t precise about it; I didn’t keep track of every stray crumb.  But I measured out my portions and when I hit my caloric budget for the […]

Goodbye Alan Rickman

I was standing in my bedroom this morning when I read that Alan Rickman died.  My first thought was that it had been a good move to purchase digital copies of all the Harry Potter films even though we had DVD versions of the same movie because, yes, there are times when you need to […]

The Squirrels Ate My Car

Sometimes I’m too stupid to exist. A month or two ago, I pulled up into a carpool line and turned off the car to read a book.  Oh, I should probably mention that I was near the front of the line, just to let you know how annoying I’m about to become in this story.  […]

#MicroblogMondays 72: One Extra Year

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. A few months ago, Gizmodo asked a question in a post: how much would you pay to live one extra year?  With expensive life-extending drugs a possibility, how much should we consider spending in order […]

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