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Everyone Sounds a Bit Like an Asshole on Twitter

At first I was excited by the announcement that Trevor Noah would be hosting the Daily Show.  I’m a sucker for a sexy accent, and he’s cute.  Plus, he comes across as smart and funny when I’ve heard him perform. And then came the immediate backlash as people dissected his Twitter account, rounding up all […]

Upholders of the World Unite (and Yes, That’s an Order)

I took the New York Times quiz on how well I do with forming new habits.  Go over and take it, and then come back and talk to me. You’re back?  Good. So I received the grade of Upholder: Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations: they meet deadlines and keep New Year’s […]

#MicroblogMondays 31: Inspirational Quotes

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I’ll admit that I usually don’t read reviews of my books.  I’m afraid that doing so will change me.  And change is bad.  So… I avoid it like an ostrich. But I was scrolling past […]

Mental Sampler 3

A heads up that there is a Harry Potter spoiler in the last section of this post.  So scroll down slowly so you can stop reading when I tell you to stop reading if you haven’t read books 6 and 7.  Got it? Does anyone else remember ice milk?  We used to always get […]

538th Friday Blog Roundup

The deed is done, the plans are set, the kitchen remodeling is happening.  Like… soon.  Like scary soon.  I thought it would take longer to get underway, but we ended up signing on at the first meeting and making all of our design decisions.  And yes, I will take before and after pictures.  Though… you […]

IComLeavWe: April 2015

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 […]

The Pressure of Egg Freezing

A recent article on the New York Times blog finally released me to put into words something that has always gotten under my skin about egg freezing, and it’s this: if this option had been around when I was younger, and if I had been nearing the end of my twenties unmarried, I would have […]

Fast or Pretty?

We’re starting the process of re-doing the kitchen.  We’re going to resurface the cabinets, drop in a new counter and sink, get a new stove and hood, and paint the walls.  We’re keeping it simple; I’m not really a fancy backsplash kind of girl. Whenever I tell people our plan — to resurface rather than […]

#MicroblogMondays 30: Schrödinger’s Problem

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Going hand-in-hand with avoiding dreaded tasks like getting my hair cut are things that I refer to as Schrödinger’s problems. While I don’t love the dentist or doctor, I’m not scared of the tasks that […]

Filed Under “In Case You Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About…”

The link told me that a study found that the number of friends you have affects how long you live.  Should I click over to PsychologyToday and find out how early I was going to die? I expected to see an advance copy of my eulogy written at the top of the screen, especially with […]

537th Friday Blog Roundup

If you read my blog on your phone, you may have noticed that it looks totally different.  That is because, after many requests (and a nice long wait on my to-do list), I finally got around to making a mobile version of the site.  By which I mean that I called Lori and said, “what […]

Shift Escape is My New Candy Crush

The ChickieNob has taken to saying “heart” instead of “love” (as in, “I heart Harry Potter.”), so I’m going to copy her and say: I heart Shift Escape by Agent Lobster. Like really really really heart it. So Shift Escape is Pacman without the ghosts and with a lot more obstacles.  Each board is […]

Three Year Maternity Leave

Last fall, Facebook and Apple announced that they were going to offer employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs, and they expected women to weep with gratitude.  Last week, the Air Force showed up like the big, brawny hunk in the 1960s beach romp movie, kicking sand on the 98-pound computer weaklings.  Not only are […]

What is Fair When it Comes to IVF Fundraising?

The Atlantic had an interesting article on using the Internet to fundraise for medical costs, including IVF, and I guess I clicked over to read it because of the question in the title: “Is It Fair to Ask the Internet to Pay Your Hospital Bill?” Fair? I can’t see how making a request is or […]

#MicroblogMondays 29: Synthetic Babies

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Dolce & Gabbana (who last I checked were two separate people but apparently speak in unison) want you to know that they think your IVF baby is synthetic… like that cheap polyester that unfashionable people […]

Dinner is Served

For the last year, we’ve been doing family dinners.  Josh used to get home very late, so either I would eat dinner with the kids, or I would sit with them while they ate and then wait to eat dinner with Josh.  It was a rare occurrence to have a weeknight dinner together as a […]

536th Friday Blog Roundup

HuffingtonPost had an article about the personality of your state, or the most common character traits that exist in your state, or… something like that. Marylanders are good at abstract thinking (we are?) and are “hardworking, no-nonsense folks who enjoy the company of others.”  That makes us sound like Ole Golly with Mr. Waldenstein. And […]

A MindFul of Happy Memories

While the title calling it “happy memories” may be overstating things, i09 had an article yesterday discussing a study published in Nature where scientists were able to create a positive association with a place by stimulating two parts of the mouse’s brain while it slept.  They started feeling positively about a certain location, even though […]

The Friends We Cannot See

In the Magician King, there is a character who finally meets the people she has been conversing with online.  Actually conversing is too small a word.  The people who mentally saved her as she was spiraling down the drain.  Anyway, she encounters them, face-to-face, and has to adjust because they don’t match the image she […]

#MicroblogMondays 28: Dreaded Task

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I was recently reminded of why I only get my hair cut once every two years when I took the ChickieNob.  The stylist spent the entire haircut trying to convince us to switch shampoos, conditioners, […]

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