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518 Friday Blog Roundup

Happy Halloween!  I am going as the TARDIS tonight.  I was going to go as a Ravenclaw and wear my new robes, but I haven’t gotten them hemmed. (It has an unusual shape to the bottom seam, and I need to take it to a professional rather than hemming at home.) Not a problem wearing […]

Dear Prudence, Here’s What You Should Have Said

I usually like Slate’s Dear Prudence column.  I like advice columns in general, and I like Prudie specifically because she usually doesn’t coddle or mince words.  She gets to the point quickly, and that’s how I like my advice from strangers. By covering each situation quickly, she can get through multiple situations in the same […]

Other Kids in Baby Clothing

In the interest of space, and of perfectly good items going unused, we’ve given away most of our baby clothes.  I’ve saved a few pieces.  Okay, a lot of pieces.  Like all of their preemie clothing and clothes that hold special significance.  But for the most part, their clothes are less and less the tangible […]

IComLeavWe: November 2014

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]

#MicroblogMondays 9: Seance

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I love reading about Houdini.  I was interested in Houdini since I was a kid; even before I learned that he and his wife were infertile and remained childless. Around this time of year, articles […]

Trying to be Good

I decided to hop on the scale and see how much weight I’d put on over the last two years.  Actually, to make it more painful, I hopped on the Wii, which not only tells you your weight but takes your nice, slender Mii and dumps that weight visually on your cartoon body just to […]

Bivalve Lover

Just when you thought she had forgotten, a little voice woke me up this morning by telling me that she now needs a fresh-water mussel.  This does not require a trip to a pet store or inquiring at Whole Foods of confused employees of the seafood department about whether the bivalves they’re selling for dinner […]

517th Friday Blog Roundup

I should probably keep posting reminders through December about the Creme de la Creme.  So… here’s your reminder! The 2014 Creme de la Creme list is open for entries until December 15th.  No one will be added after December 15th.  Read the post to see how to be a part of the Creme de la […]

Kids Cursing

I have no problem with kids cursing. I don’t think it’s cute nor do I think it’s offensive. Words are just words, and it matters more to me how and where someone uses them. Our kids are allowed to curse in our house when we’re alone (meaning, no one outside our foursome is in the […]

Dear Godinterest, I’m Jewish

Today I got an invite to Godinterest, the Christian social media site.  It’s been around for a while (there was a HuffPo article about it back in May), but for some reason, they spammed the Internet today with enough Godinterest invites to get the site trending. I think it’s lovely that Godinterest exists.  The Internet […]

Spells, Salves, and Pills

On page 213 of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Quentin thinks while confronting the depths of his sadness, “Wasn’t there a spell for making yourself happy?  Somebody must have invented one.  How could he have missed it?  Why didn’t they teach it?” And I thought to myself: if there was a spell like that, I would […]

The 2014 Creme de la Creme List is Now Open for Submissions

It is the ninth anniversary of the little Creme de la Creme, where we celebrate our corner of the blogosphere. 97 bloggers participated last year. If this is your first time hearing about the project, this post should tell you everything you need to know. If you’ve participated in years past, you know how much […]

#MicroblogMondays 8: Last Name

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I read a bunch of stories last week concerning Amal Alamuddin taking her husband’s last name, as if this was earth-shattering news.  For example, The Stir wrote, “She, arguably, has an even more successful and […]

I Made a Sonic Screwdriver Out of Toilet Parts…

…And it looks fantastic.  Plus it lights up. At least, I think it looks fantastic.  And the Wolvog flipped out over it.  I would love to be able to tell you how I made it except that I don’t know the names of any of the parts I used beyond washers and toggle bolts.  And […]

516th Friday Blog Roundup

Last year, I opened the Creme de la Creme for submissions on October 15th to give you (and me) two full months to create the list which goes up on January 1st.  This year, the task has been on my to-do list with a little question mark next to the word.  Creme?  Yes?  No? I […]


I’ve written before that I don’t go to the mikveh every month.  I’ve only been twice: once before my wedding and once after a miscarriage.  When I went for my wedding, it was a joyous, somewhat raucous event.  I remember laughing a lot.  When I went back a few years later to try to reclaim […]

Want to Freeze Your Eggs? Work for Apple or Facebook.

Let me start by saying that I think the invention of egg freezing is a great thing.  It’s being misused, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that its mere existence is awesome.  As in, inspiring awe. A woman about to head into cancer treatments that may ravage her fertility?  Absolutely — a wonderful use […]

Facebook Needs to Add Family Accounts

There are a lot of things, apparently, that Facebook must do if they don’t want to lose all their users to other social media sites, so if they’re keeping a list, I’d like to add one more: family accounts. Facebook has personal accounts and public pages, but there are no family accounts.  A family can […]

#MicroblogMondays 7: Who is Scared of a Horror Film?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. It’s Monday the 13th.  Which has no scary significance, except that it is housed in October, and everything is sort of scary in October. I used to love horror films.  Not just the good ones.  […]

Making Myself Happy

I had to be straight with the Wolvog: his Halloween costume was a pain in my ass.  He wanted to be the 10th Doctor, which seems as if it should be an easy costume, but suits are expensive.  Did he want to be the Tardis?  I could inexpensively turn him into the Tardis.  No, he […]

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