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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Friday Open Thread

Friends, we've done it once again. That's right. We have won the 1929 Girls Sports Day Tournament, and as we pose for our picture, let's reflect upon a week in which we:

• Talked to a jeweler about pearls, and to Baba Yaga about depression.

• Made some alternate sexy suggestions for People (my favorite is still Gary Clark Jr.) and recognized the latent gayness in our beloved literary characters.

• Fell in grudging love with poetry and recovered from heartbreak in Bangkok.

Struggled at the airport after a heated dinner with Gerhart and Edna.

Lost a tampon, found a cervix, and made pie charts about the people who think that's gross.

• Let the pickup artists give us an alpha makeover, but maybe we should just change careers instead.

That's all! Have a good weekend, and we'll be back at work on Monday for a shortened week before the Great Food Coma begins.

Photo via Jhayne/Flickr



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deathcabforcutes

I'm flying to Boston tonight! Where my Boston 'Pinners at??

Roxanne Rholes

@deathcabforcutes Woo! Welcome!

klemay

@deathcabforcutes I'm bussing to Boston tomorrow! I'm not from there, but I am stopping to see friends on my way to visit family in NH.

mollpants

@deathcabforcutes Welcome welcome!

whereyagoin? whatchadoin? Need any bar/food recs?

deathcabforcutes

@mollpants Yes yes yes!

Saturday: Lunch at Neptune Oyster; USS Constitution Cruise; Dinner at Top of the Hub; Any recommendations for a good sports bar where we can watch the Pacquiao fight?

Sunday: Shopping; Need lunch and dinner (Irish Pub?) recommendations!

Monday: Trolley Tour Day 1; New England Aquarium; Need lunch recommendation; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Green Dragon Tavern; Improv!

Tuesday: Trolley Tour Day 2; Hahvahd Walking Tour, lunch and souvenirs; full loop of trolley tour for anything we've missed; Museum of Science; Dinner recommendation?

Wednesday: Museum of Fine Arts; Lunch at Atlantic Fish Co.; Mapparium at Mary Baker Eddy Library; Fenway Part Tour and souvenirs; Fancy last-night-in-town dinner at No. 9 Park.

Roxanne Rholes

@deathcabforcutes You must must must stop at Lulu's, the bakery next to Neptune. Also, have fun at Atlantic Fish, I go there a lot for work and have seen some neat celebrities (last week: James Taylor!) Keep your eyes peeled!

mollpants

@deathcabforcutes YES YES YES THIS MAH JAM

1. Neptune is BOMB.
2. For lunch: if you're near the Aquarium and in the mood for cheap and incredible pizza, Galleria Umberto is a MUST. If you're near the Gardner, The Squealing Pig is yummy and a bit more formal.
3. Dinner rec near-ish Museum of Science (mah hooood): Hungry Mother (definitely need reservations), Friendly Toast, Emma's Pizza, Lord Hobo.
4. Irish pub: You must go to the Druid in Inman Square (Cambridge). It is my neighborhood bar and it is the best place in the world and everyone is so nice and there are dreamy Irish bartenders.
5. (omg I don't know sports bars bowing out of this one)

Your itinerary is bomb. have fun!!

klemay

@deathcabforcutes seconding Friendly Toast SO HARD.

mollpants

@deathcabforcutes BOOOOOZY MILKSHAKES FOR DAYS

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@deathcabforcutes Just wanted to say OMG because you live in Cambridge and I kind of wish I lived there.

2210822972@twitter

@deathcabforcutes until I saw the bank draft that said $8966, I be certain ...that...my father in law woz like they say truley bringing in money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there neighbour has done this less than seventeen months and resently paid the dept on there mini mansion and bought a gorgeous Porsche 911. I went here,.. >>>> WWW.JUMP85.COM

allendaniel

They are really very good , thank you@a

iceberg

This week with the BBs:

1. Dimples, 4am, wailing at top of lungs: "I want hot ice cream!"
2. Officially the weirdest thing they've taken to bed with them: ziplock bags full of pennies.
3. I am WORN OUT y'all.

laurel

@iceberg What? Bags of pennies have a nice weight and the pennies click against each other reassuringly. IT'S NOT WEIRD.

I guess we know why Dimples is no longer called The Quiet One. Also I would also like hot ice cream.

Onymous

@laurel It's called eggnog.

adorable-eggplant

@iceberg When I was a kid I collected 1,600 pennies in a stew pot! I would put them in little piles. Ditto @laurel re the not weirdness (honestly, it was a little weird, but I am mostly a totally well-adjusted person now, so no biggie).

adorable-eggplant

@Onymous You drink your eggnog hot?

Onymous

@iceberg Personally no, although I can be talked into room temperature if it's got some booze. But I do know people that make it over the stove and will absolutely drink it still warm. The important thing though is that it retains enough thickness when warm to not just come off as sweetened milk.

Hot buttered rum is also an option but you know... rum and toddlers.

adorable-eggplant

@Onymous I had no idea that was possible, but no I really, really want hot eggnog.

planforamiracle

@adorable-eggplant that sounds mega gross to me; I like it on the rocks so that the water from the ice thins it a little. I like the flavour of egg nog but tend to buy the soy stuff because it's not as heavy. At the same time.... my curiosity is piqued.

stonefruit

@adorable-eggplant Surely if you go to Starbucks and order an eggnog latte, hold the espresso shot, you could get something like this?

adorable-eggplant

@stonefruit That's actually genius. Or I can put eggnog in my crock pot (yes, I am obsessed) and see how that goes.

aardvark

@adorable-eggplant http://www.kitchentreaty.com/crock-pot-eggnog-lattes/ (you could try leaving out the coffee? But it is truly delicious with the coffee in)

she came in through the bathroom window

@adorable-eggplant Yeah, I worked at Starbucks for years, and that's definitely a thing. Just order an eggnog steamer.

adorable-eggplant

@aardvark @she came in through the bathroom window Yes to both of these. Thanks! :)

Bekki@twitter

@adorable-eggplant Eggnog isn't hot? *is confused all over again.

Megan Deleo@facebook

@iceberg my best friend's sister makes $86/hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 6 months but last month her check was $21058 just working on the computer for a few hours. original site WWW.RING77.CℴM

staircases

Friends, I am attempting my first long distance relationship and it is making me into a crazy person! It doesn't help that my partner has an exhausting job with long hours that literally prevents him from using a phone (he's a surgery intern), but also that he is just not a texter/phone person in any way to begin with. I'm doing my best with interrupting destructive thought patterns before they take over, but any advice/commiseration/sappy love song recommendations would be more than welcome!

emsiela

@staircases I find it helpful to not assume that if you call each other, it has to be for a long time. A five-minute phone call is much better than no contact for three days. But if your guy isn't a phone person... you could try to talk at the same (quick) time every day?

deathcabforcutes

@emsiela I like this idea. I have a friend who lives in another province and we only talk a couple of times a month but it always takes 1-2 hours to catch up each time. Shorter and more frequent talks will work in your favour!

planforamiracle

@deathcabforcutes I third this idea! my long-distance bestie and I have just started trying this after finally saying no to sporadic week-long text conversations that went "no wait when are yoooouuuuu free for a phone date?"
Good luck!

up cubed

Agreed, I like to do a phone call on my way into or out of work each day. It makes the commute more fun and the regularity is good. I personally get freaked out when I want something to happen, but I don't know if/when it will, so sometimes I'll just turn off my phone or close my email.

crane your neck

@staircases Surprise mail is always good! Mix CDs and homemade jam got my partner and I through a year apart. Distance is awful, but you can get through this!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@staircases Roughly five years of my current seven-year relationship were spent either at long or middle distance, so here is what I've learned:
- Setting up predetermined times to chat (wake up, before falling asleep) helps, and if one or the other cannot make the call, they tell the other beforehand via text or call
- Weekends when you do get to see each other feel like magical fairyland time, but it's important to remember with the intense up comes the extreme down of leaving. Don't make major decisions in the down time.
- Hand-written letters are worth their weight in space diamonds
- Delivered flowers (or food from a fave restaurant) goes a loooong way
- Simple things, like handholding, take on new importance when you do finally get to be together, so enjoy
- This shit is hard. Like, really hard. And there's no shame is saying out loud, "This is so hard, Boyfriend. I don't want to put any pressure on you, but I'm struggling, man." He'll probably tell you the same, and then you can be on the same page about how hard it is, instead of letting it compile and turn into resentment for the other person (how DARE he be away from me, you'll wonder at low times)
- Good luck. If you're really into each other, you can make it work. Everyone always tells us LDRs are for the birds, but it worked for me.

concrete dreams

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose This is all really, really solid stuff. My current relationship of 3ish years has been long distance some of the time. We lived 1.5 hours apart for a lot of the beginning, and then we were spoiled with a year of living 15 minutes apart, and now we're both in school (I'm getting my MLIS and he's in his first semester of law school) 40+ minutes apart. Which isn't a lot, I know, and we do see each other every weekend. But it FEELS pretty hard (I think the law school aspect is a big part of that). One thing that we do that helps is every Sunday (or day that we are leaving each other for the week), we fill out a page of a shared journal (It's a keel's simple diary, so it's fun) and then take a few minutes to sit in separate spaces and write each other a note. We don't read the notes until we're alone. It's a really nice exercise for me to think about why I appreciate him and why I choose to be with him every day and to put it down on paper. And it's super-nice to read what he has to tell me, and to look back at it if during the week I'm stressed about school and he's in class and can't talk.

staircases

@staircases Thanks for the advice, everybody! I am seeing him next weekend and will try to see if we can agree on shorter conversations more often, or letters or something else his analog self would be capable of.

yeah-elle

guys guys guys, i am just so happy about this that i have no compunction about gloating about it here.

when i finally got to spend like half an hour making out with my crush-that-i-asked-out, he kept stopping just to hug me and mutter little things like "oh man" and "jeez" and kiss the side of my head.

it's so cheesy and yet i am so happyyyyy, i am spending a ridiculous amount of time just smiling off into the ether like a total nutjob. it's scary guyssss i'm happy it's scary.

meetapossum

@yeah-elle eeeeeeeeeeeee!! I am so happy for you!

katiemcgillicuddy

@yeah-elle Awww man, super stoked for you! Gloat away!

stonefruit

@yeah-elle first of all that is adorable, and second of all it isn't gloating if we demanded details last week! SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

OhMarie

@yeah-elle That is precious!!

planforamiracle

@yeah-elle That is really, truly great. YAY!

adorable-eggplant

@yeah-elle You deeeeeeeeeeiiid it!!! I am so proud of you for asking that crush out, I could burst. :D

yeah-elle

ahhh you guys are so great, seriously. :) :) :)

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@yeah-elle Oh guuuurrrrlll, that's so great! Embrace the scary.

rosaline

@yeah-elle Yayyyyy! That is so great to hear.

honey cowl

@yeah-elle This makes me the happiest person. Think about how great that story is going to be to tell to your grandkids. Or your grandnieces and nephews or just small children who love romance, whatever.

victorian rose

This week I'm coming to you live from the courthouse because I have JURY DUTY. Say hello to juror #12. 10-15 day case. Weeeeeeeeee.

meetapossum

@victorian rose I have not been called for jury duty since I moved to New York, and I think I'm the only one of my friends who wants to serve. Civic duty, motherfuckers!

concrete dreams

@meetapossum I haven't been called yet. I wish there was a way to volunteer. Especially when I was under/self-employed, I wanted to be like "hello I have such an open schedule, pick me." If you're into civic duty/being involved with the government, see if you can get an election worker job in your district! I started with the last presidential election and have done a few since then. It's a long day, yeah, and sometimes you have to deal with THE WORST people, but I find it generally fun and interesting to be a part of the process. Plus a few hundred bucks a day isn't so bad.

klemay

My friend's (recently divorced, lovely and wonderful) mother (who is basically a second mother to me) decided to take a spontaneous trip to NYC this weekend to fulfill her lifelong dream of seeing the Rockettes. I think that's freaking awesome, EXCEPT that I am leaving NYC to spend the weekend in Boston! I want nothing more than to take Friend's Mom out on the town. Boo for poorly timed travel plans. (But yay for Friend's Mom for taking a page from the book of Treat Yo'self).

adorable-eggplant

@klemay Send a bouquet of flowers to her hotel room, if you can sneakily find it out.

klemay

@adorable-eggplant That is a seriously lovely idea!

mollpants

Guys I saw the Lone Bellow this week and am certifiably obsessed so I feel the need to spread the gospel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJyf5NqiMNE

seriously, listen/watch, you won't regret it.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

I AM SO EXCITED TODAY! I've been working on a fundraising auction since JULY and it kicked off this morning and we've already hit 23% of my goal and there are still 10 days left until it closes.

Also my boss approved me to go take a grant writing class in January and I am SO pumped. I want to be a grant writer so bad and we don't currently have one in our organization so I want to fill that gap. This was really unexpected because she's very nice but very apathetic and pretty much doesn't care what I'm doing all day as long as I "look busy". I'm making more of an effort to be proactive and it finally paid off!

Side note: Any grant writers here? I'd love any advice! Currently I'm a Development Project Coordinator for a regional Performing Arts Center. I've been taking it upon myself to write grants/do lots of research but I'd love some career advice from someone who actually does it.

laurel

@Madeline Shoes

1. Pull the foundation's recent Form 990s (tax statements) from Guidestar and look at what they're actually funding (as opposed to what they say they're interested in).

2. If possible, set up a call with the foundation to discuss your proposal and whether it would be competitive.

3. Get a list of the foundation's senior staff and board in front of your senior staff and board to see if anyone knows anyone. If they do, see if they'd be willing to set up a call with you and them and their contact to talk background on the foundation's goals and interests, if there are outcomes they're particularly hoping to see as a result of awarding the grant funding.

4. Write the budget first. Use it as an outline for the project you're hoping to fund via the grant. Anything you propose doing in the project should be reflected in the budget even if someone else pays for it.

Roxanne Rholes

@Madeline Shoes Be ready to follow directions VERY closely and devote A LOT of time to your projects. You'll be great!

planforamiracle

@Madeline Shoes OH MAN, good for you for being proactive. I also work at an arts nonprofit with a relaxed boss and I sometimes angrily stew about not feeling fulfilllllled by my jobbb when really it's cuz I spend too much time reading the internet.
And yes, my experience is also that grants are all about being meticulous. Label everything VERY CLEARLY. Imagine that the assessors are looking for an excuse (like missing pages, wrong support material file formats, etc) to throw out your application before having to read it.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@laurel @Roxanne Rholes THANK YOU!

#3 is my biggest problem re: apathetic boss. She's happy to just be doing the work she's doing and not making any new connections/try any new ways to get money. I'm just coming up on my one-year anniversary so I'm starting to get a little bolder, but still working on how to get around her disinterest...

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@planforamiracle what is it with relaxed bosses and the arts? All I want to do is real work! Instead I spend about 75% of my day reading the hairpin, "doing grant research" and "looking busy"...

adorable-eggplant

@Madeline Shoes Use the Foundation Center database (http://foundationcenter.org/); it's a wealth of info. And most public libraries [in my experience] have access, so check with your local library.

planforamiracle

@Madeline Shoes I feel bad saying "relaxed" because really my boss is a great manager and model human being and cares a LOT about what we do. But he's just so big-picture and so trusting, that he doesn't care what I do minute-to-minute. and at this (relatively quiet) point in our yearly production cycle, I could do my work with my eyes closed.. I am sorta lazy/complacent by nature and find it very hard to get motivated. Really not my boss's fault; if he were more of a hardass/micromanager I would be mad and resent him.

ETA: but yeah in the arts overall, I've had pretty terrible bosses. my current one is a unicorn.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@planforamiracle Agh I'm jealous! My last boss was amazing (paying for training, bringing me to meetings, mentoring), but the second-in-command in our department was so awful that he gave me panic attacks. I took my current job out of desperation. Then two months after I left they fired the terrible guy and I miss my old job so much!!

I'm trying to find a way to do what I want in this position (since my title/job description are so vague) but man, is it hard! The Arts!

City_Dater

@laurel

A good list, but as someone who works at a foundation, I must suggest a modification: Review the materials on the foundation's website, including grant reports for previous funding cycles, application materials if they provide them, and links to any press they provide. Do not cold-call a foundation to find out if your organization is a fit; chances are you will be able to answer that for yourself from this basic research. Call when you have specific questions about the application process. No one likes having his or her time wasted by a development person who isn't doing much more than pulling a phone number off Guidestar or the Foundation Center website.

emsiela

I forget which thread it was where the Sleep Cycle app was being discussed. Anyway, I acquired it based on the recommendations, and my thoughts are as follows:
1-- It does help with not being super groggy in the morning. But, that wasn't a HUGE problem for me to begin with. If some people feel every morning the way I do on my groggiest then yea, that definitely sucks. I think I am just don't go into a deep sleep as much because
2-- According to the statistics, I only go into deep sleep about twice a night, for a very short time. Am I not living up to my restorative sleep potential?!? I almost think it has to do with the fact that
3-- I swear using the app affects my sleep quality. I think knowing my sleep is being monitored by a tiny machine by my side makes me self-conscious? Observer's paradox or what not, though somewhat unexpected here.
What are your sleep statistics? How many deep sleeps do you go into per night?? Isn't a sleep cycle supposed to be three hours? It seems mine are more like one.

Jinxie

@emsiela I haven't used the app in ages, so I don't recall exactly what my stats are but I think they're more or less like yours - I just don't sleep very deeply. (Part of why I haven't bothered with the app lately is that I already knew I was a shallow sleeper, so it wasn't telling me anything I didn't already know; plus the alarm didn't start trying to wake me up until I was already lying in bed wide awake.)
My, non-expert, thinking is: everyone's different, and has different sleep needs. I'm a very VERY light sleeper but I also seem able to get by on less sleep than others so it evens out. I'm working on getting a better bedtime routine, and doing shit to improve the quality of my sleep, but I had to quit it with the tracking and analyzing because it was making me feel like something was wrong with me.

jazzloon

@emsiela Aren't sleep cycles only 90 minutes?

Anyway. I use the app every night, although I sleep with my boyfriend and I know that throws it off. Mine is pretty good: I generally have problems falling asleep, but once I sleep, I sleep well. I am still super groggy sometimes, but I can snap out of it in 10 min or so, and it took a lot longer before. How bad is your grogginess?

polka dots vs stripes

@emsiela I think I also only had two deep sleep cycles (but was usually starting a third when my alarm went off >:) and they would range from about 90 minutes to 2 hours, maybe 2.5.

stonefruit

@emsiela Hey, what's the name of the sleep cycle app you used? There seem to be quite a few.

emsiela

@stonefruit It's just Sleep Cycle. Got it on my ipod touch.

emsiela

@jazzloon My grogginess was never that bad, due apparently to light sleeping. I had my occasional groggy wake-up, but the app took care of that, so that's good.

SmartCookie

Is anyone else doing any crafty/handmade xmas presents this year? What are you making? Are you totally stressed out yet or just a little stressed out?

deathcabforcutes

@SmartCookie Our families agreed to stocking-stuffers only this year (finally!) so I bought one neat little gift for each person and now I just need to wrap them all. I'm living the dream!

TheLetterL

@SmartCookie Yup, a few. Knitting, mostly hats and such for friend's kids. No huge timesucking projects planned, so I'm feeling like I got this.

planforamiracle

@SmartCookie uggghh yes, I'm a little stressed out about it, in that I haven't decided if I should do a few handmade gifts. I am leaning toward NO.

Jinxie

@SmartCookie Not as such, but I have a TON of friends who have babies due in winter so I'm trying to get handmade baby stuff done by Xmas so I can give them in person when I'm home for the holidays.
And yes, a leeetle stressed.

SmartCookie

@deathcabforcutes Why can my family not get on board with stocking stuffers or pulling names or something?? My sister asked for dresses so I have 2 dresses to make plus a handfull of things she wants mended. I'm also doing a pair of pj pants and hemming a table cloth which are both super quick. But Tgiving and Xmas being so close this year really messed me up!

crane your neck

@SmartCookie Oh, gosh. Good luck!

Gin-tastic

@SmartCookie Sorta related, what are cool Christmas presents to make/send/mail when you're halfway across the world and missing Christmas at home for the first time?

SmartCookie

@Gin-tastic Cookies! If your home is a cold-weather place biscotti is easy to make, travels well, and you can send it with some good coffee/tea/hot chocolate.

adorable-eggplant

Open thread! I am running behind because I suddenly was very busy, buuuut here's the exciting thing: after some exhaustive research I have found the sexiest man alive (spoiler alert: it is not even remotely that Maroon 5 dude) [drum roooooll] it is Daniel Henney. Quick, pinners, to the google machine! I promise you will not regret it.

In other news, I made ancho chile short ribs in the ol' crockpot. Best decision ever.

stonefruit

@adorable-eggplant whoooooa nelly, that is an attractive human male. ::fans self::

adorable-eggplant

@stonefruit I know. I sent a friend this email at 7am today:

Subject: Good morning, beautiful world!

Body:

Because sharing is caring.

celeec4@twitter

@adorable-eggplant So sexy that, without being brain-suckingly depressed, I watched several episodes of a K-drama he was in. So very, very handsome. @__@

adorable-eggplant

@celeec4@twitter Which one?! Is it on Netflix?? Do share.

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@adorable-eggplant 0_o whoa, that is an attractive dude. Where can I see him do stuff??

celeec4@twitter

@adorable-eggplant I think it was Spring Waltz? And...I have no clue where to even watch it anymore. It was a whole, I was sniffly and ill and my Korean-American roommate at university had files she acquired from fuckknowswhere. So handsome.

K-dramas, man, the most contrived plots ever.

adorable-eggplant

@celeec4@twitter Yes! I tried to explain the plot to Secret Garden to my boyfriend, and it did not work. And then I tried to make him watch an episode. Which also did not work.

But, since I've mentioned it:

Swoon. Swoon. Swoon.

celeec4@twitter

@adorable-eggplant ...omg. Swoon for sure.

adorable-eggplant

@Oliver St. John Mollusc Somehow I missed this question! The answer is I watch whatever K-dramas I can find on Netflix, although someday I may tap that source out and venture further afield (Hulu has some too, I think).

And, inter-threadualy, thanks for recommending Black Phoenix Alchemy! I am currently lusting after 'To Juan at the Winter Solstice' because I love bergamot and clove and well all of it.

Onymous

The only thing I like about Christmas is that for two months everything is peppermint flavored.

laurel

Hey Jia and Emma, the comments login system logs me out and my comments disappear whenever I refresh.

meetapossum

@laurel Phew, I thought my work computer was just being whack!

stonefruit

@laurel Yeah, me too, except it's not when I refresh a post but when I go back to the front page after commenting.

ETA: Welp, spoke too soon. Now it's when I refresh a post too.

katiemcgillicuddy

@laurel Ditto on this.

Helvetica

@laurel What you said + when I tried to edit my last comment, it disappeared altogether.

stonefruit

@laurel Also, now I can like comments without being logged in/able to comment.

j-i-a

@laurel ahhhh sorry, we will look into this

Tuna Surprise

Help from bookish pinners? I was going to get my two nephews and niece book gifts for Christmas. For the wee boy (3 years) I was going to do Paddington Bear books plus the bear. For the girl (6) I was going to do Peter Rabbit plus a little rabbit. For the oldest boy (8), I'm stuck.

For both a book and a related gift. He's obviously a bit older so I don't think a plush toy would be up his alley. The only idea I have is Treasure Island plus maybe a pirate hat.

Any ideas for the 8 year old? I'm trying to stick to the classics. He's a good reader for his age but his passion lies in computer games. A few years ago he was crazy for Tintin but he's sorta grown out of that phase.

TheLetterL

@Tuna Surprise Such a nice idea! I actually just did a quick search for book recommendations, because I don't know what 8-year-old boys read, and they were all over the place as far as reading level.

You could do a book plus a related craft kit. Like, Stuart Little and a kit to make a toy boat?

If you're totally stuck, you could do a book/DVD combo. I did that with Ramona for an 8-year-old girl.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@Tuna Surprise I loved Great Illustrated Classics when I was that age! They're basically condensed/more fun versions of classic novels that are easier for younger kids to read. I had tons of them when I was growing up and they also helped me when I was older and already knew the basic premise of all the books I had to read in middle/high school.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/?series_id=143745

bananalise

@Tuna Surprise At that age my little brother was hugely into the Norby series, which is about a robot who looks like a trash can, written by Isaac & Janet Asimov. Maybe that kind of thing + simple robotics project/kit? Or Calvin & Hobbes collection books?

concrete dreams

@Tuna Surprise Books are the best gifts! For the 8 year old boy, check out Colin Meloy's book Wildwood, which I read and thought was awesome and the pictures are great. Or the new Lemony Snicket books, All The Wrong Questions. Also a great read with themes little boys probably like and cool pictures.

rosaline

@Tuna Surprise Maybe Frindle? I think I was around that age when I read it. And you could get him a nice pen! Or maybe a Roald Dahl book?

harebell

@Tuna Surprise
such a cute set of presents!

Roald Dahl's The Witches + a white mouse, if you can get clearance from the parents!! or, give him a nice novel with a female protagonist. e.g. Matilda.

OR, i once chatted with the owner of a legendary comic/graphic novel bookstore about this not so long ago in regards to my own nephew, and he said all the 8-year-old boys were reading a graphic novel called Bone, by Jeff Smith.

SwissMeringue

This week I did a freelance project as part of the interview process for a job that I really, really, want. It went over pretty well, and they are going to let me know if I'm hired or not today or Monday!

Cross your fingers and toes and eyes for me, friends! I need all of the awesome new job juju I can get so that I can put myself on the right track, career wise. Also so that I can escape my current job, where my boss (who I've worked with for a year) frequently spends entire days calling me a variety of names that are not my name. Yep.

planforamiracle

@SwissMeringue hey awesome! crossing my fingers & toes. Hope even if you don't get it, that you find an appropriate escape from your current job, cuz nobody needs that level of disrespect.

rosaline

@SwissMeringue I'm in a book club where one lady who used to know my name has lately developed the habit of calling me something entirely different, and it is driving me crazy. (I should just say something to her; I know.) If that happened at my JOB, I can't even imagine! Crossing my fingers for you!!

katiemcgillicuddy

Sportsssssss SPORTS HAHA, YOU HATE ME DON'T YOU, SPORTS

We lost to the Eagles, hooray! We didn't show up til the 4th quarter, it was great! I'm not really sure why we even bother fielding special teams! Fucking swear to god.

Jameis Winston. Obviously, we don't know for sure what happened yet but, god, it's just again and again with athletes. Pro-tip: DO NOT read comments sections ANYWHERE, unless you want to hear about "how often college women 'cry rape'". Jesus fucking actual christ. Great/depressing piece on Deadspin:

http://deadspin.com/jameis-winston-isnt-the-only-problem-here-an-fsu-teac-1467707410

Caps lost 4-zippy to the Pens, and I still hate Sidney Crosby.

Prince Fielder traded to the Rangers. Possibly because of "domestic issues". I...fucking hell.

I love sports but, my god, the culture of entitlement/violence/the list goes on, is...someone else finish this sentence, I'm too depressed.

But then again, sports are how I distract myself from being depressed! So! Tell me about your teams, you lovely people, you.

meetapossum

@katiemcgillicuddy lol and tears forever that the Eagles are currently #1 in our division.

I also feel kind of bad for my Packers-fan friend (but not bad enough that I didn't gloat last Sunday).

professionalmess

@katiemcgillicuddy Other protip: Literally don't listen to anyone talk about Jameis Winston because it is 50% "this doesn't mean he did anything" and the rest is a combo of "women cry rape" and "maybe she was encouraged to drop it not as a threat, but because it will be very difficult for her and people don't want her to have to go through that."

stonefruit

@katiemcgillicuddy ... 97 days until pitchers and catchers report?

(I only follow baseball, sorry!)

Aspiriationally Natalie

@katiemcgillicuddy I don't want to talk about the Pats game on Monday night. Even though I know it's gonna be constantly forced down my throat when they play the Broncos on Sunday night.

I am tres sad Prince is no longer a Tiger, because he was my Tiger and he is the second Tiger to have abandoned me (the first is Curtis Granderson, who went to the Yankees of all teams.)

Disappointed the Michigan/Northwestern was stuck on BTN because it ended up being great and there was much rejoicing at our get-together of some family friends/Michigan fans. (Although we were all very disgusted by Northwestern's "Wounded Warrior" uniforms...)

katiemcgillicuddy

@professionalmess This, exactly.

capturethecastle

@katiemcgillicuddy during the eagles game my brother was muttering angrily about Jim Haslett and said "at this point.. they could hire a squirrel to replace him, and then they could ceremoniously fire that squirrel... and at least I would feel like something was being done"

katiemcgillicuddy

@stonefruit I always say, the 4 most beautiful words in the English language are, "Pitchers and catchers report". Who is your team again? St. Louis?

katiemcgillicuddy

@capturethecastle Thing of it is, I don't think Haslett is a bad coordinator. He's had a lot of success in this league, I think it's just not working for whatever reason. I think they'll keep him at least one more season...but I have heard whispers about going after Wade Phillips, which I am just fine with.

meetapossum

@Aspiriationally Natalie If it makes you feel any better, my friend is equally brokenhearted at Ian Kinsler not wearing a Rangers jersey anymore.

katiemcgillicuddy

@Aspiriationally Natalie Can I just say...Bill Belichick is just, such a bastard. His last press conference, his every press conference. He is so disrespectful to the media even though talking to them is part of his job that he gets paid for. He's just...I really wish the media up there would team up on him cause the way he acts towards them is ridiculous. Such a bastard.

katiemcgillicuddy

@meetapossum Seconding the "lol and tears forever" on that team being in first.

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@katiemcgillicuddy I am SO FUCKING DISTRAUGHT about my beloved Ian Kinsler getting traded away for Prince Fielder. Even though logically I know that Fielder is a great hitter which god knows we need, I still can't get over it. WAAAH. I blame my parents for naming their kitten Kinsler.

katiemcgillicuddy

@Oliver St. John Mollusc Clearly, yes, you should blame your parents.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@katiemcgillicuddy I can't over what a large man Prince Fielder is, and also that that is his name. (This has been Sports Talk with Rose.)

katiemcgillicuddy

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose He is of a rather impressive girth, yes. His dad is Cecil, which is pretty regal sounding itself, so it makes sense.

MrsTeacherFace

Why do ultrasounds of babies look cute in profile but super creepy when they're looking right at you?
Presenting EVIL SPACE BABY:

Jinxie

@MrsTeacherFace I'm sure she'll be adorable when she's born but...yeah. That's a little scary.

Aspiriationally Natalie

@MrsTeacherFace The "HI MOMMY! HI DADDY!" definitely doesn't help...

Jinxie

@Aspiriationally Natalie HI MOMMY I'M COMING FOR YOU THERE'S NO WHERE YOU CAN HIDE BECAUSE I AM RIGHT HERE HIIIIIII!

MrsTeacherFace

@Aspiriationally Natalie Yeah, I'm trying pretty hard to focus on the cute pictures and ignoring the space alien one. The tech took four pictures - two profiles, a crotch shot (I'm a girl!) and this one, and I cut this one off and stuck it in a drawer (after scanning the terror so I could share it).

stonefruit

@Jinxie the call is coming from inside the belly

Aspiriationally Natalie

@Jinxie THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE UTERUS!!!!!

stonefruit

@Aspiriationally Natalie hahaha JINX(IE)!

MrsTeacherFace

@MrsTeacherFace I broke the link for REASONS, but here it is again:
Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@MrsTeacherFace It kind of looks like baby is wearing a luchador mask?

MrsTeacherFace

@MrsTeacherFace That is somehow a much less scary way to think of her.

professionalmess

Pinners, what do you want for your respective winter holidays? My mom keeps asking me and so far my ideas Cards Against Humanity and a new set of cheap earbuds to break by next Christmas.

Onymous

@professionalmess 8 foot ratcheting tie downs.

MrsTeacherFace

@professionalmess A grill so I can make all the kabobs, and a lighter Nook because I'm spoiled and my e-reader is old and heavy.

Gulfie

@professionalmess Crock pot, maybe Xbox Live Gold membership

adorable-eggplant

@Gulf of Finland Crock pots are a game changer.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@professionalmess Grown Up Clothes or gift cards to places that sell Grown Up Clothes.

Also replacement heads for my Clarisonic. Really gettin' crazy with the Christmas list this year, people. Watch out!

planforamiracle

@Madeline Shoes I don't want anything really, but I kinda want one of those lamps that's an alarm clock that wakes you up with light. And some camping gear but I want to pick it myself, so gift card pls. Ballin' outta control over here.

celeec4@twitter

@professionalmess Kind of want a replacement ipod, since I lost mine last month. Too quiet at work, too quiet.

mollpants

@professionalmess Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 lens. it's $1,200 used so it's absolutely not going to happen.

Realistically, I could go for more long spandex (it's cold out). And I like all this talk of crock pots. Maybe one of those magic seltzer machines?

polka dots vs stripes

@professionalmess A print(s) of stuff I like from society6, all the books.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@professionalmess Wine, wire racks for cookies to cool on after I bake them, a house full of cats.

Maybe a ticket to Arcade Fire or something because I need to stop spending on concerts but I can't stop and I won't stop and oh god Miley was right

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Onymous Somehow you get more and more attractive with each FOT

Onymous

So last week I mentioned my jaw just spasmed and swoll up for no reason? Well it seems to be back to normal, or at least with in the bounds of reasonable asymmetry. So that's mysterious, but at least I can put off paying money to doctors for now.

Miss Kitty Fantastico

@Onymous I'm glad to hear it!! Fingers crossed for no more swollen jaws in your future...

Gulfie

General survey question - any y'all have significant other/partner type people with some gross/obnoxious habits? I mean everyone has some gross/obnoxious habits but like... kinda grating obvious ones. Success stories? Warnings? This is super vague but I'm just throwing it out there to see what I get.

MrsTeacherFace

@Gulf of Finland When he lived alone my husband did not own a hamper, a laundry basket, or brushes with which to clean his dishes, shower, or toilet. I bought him a laundry basket before we moved in together, bought him a tub brush and dish brush, and now he uses all of those things and never puts his clothes on the floor. SUCCESS.

OhMarie

@Gulf of Finland This is annoying and not gross but my husband's fidget when he kind of zones out to think is to rub his hands together and ultimately start making hand fart noises. IT IS THE MOST ANNOYING. Since it's a thinking thing it doesn't happen a lot when I'm around unless we're both working on stuff in the same room, and he's pretty good about stopping if I yell at him.

One time I seriously yelled "I AM GOING TO MURDER YOU" after the 3rd time I asked him to stop.

stonefruit

@Gulf of Finland He chews on his tongue when he's happy/excited. It's mostly adorable and only a little bit annoying. I've asked him about it a few times but I don't want to make him self-conscious!

We're both very, very gassy, so that's a huge relief for me.

siniichulok

@Gulf of Finland Mine snorfles oranges when he eats them. He also sounds very petulant when he coughs, even though he's not petulant. He also sees no need whatsoever to wash the outsides of pots and pans or the bottom of dishes.

zeytin

@Gulf of Finland My husband shows me boogers he's picked when they're particularly "good". Yeah. Luckily I'm pretty chill.

Hot Doom

@Gulf of Finland hahaha these are great. I feel like this is more my own pet peeve, but it still grosses me out that my partner does not brush his teeth for like, ever, after he wakes up in the morning and his breath stinks after cereal and a cup of tea, but I also have some actual OCD about brushing my own teeth, so. He also does not floss his teeth, ever, and that makes me want to die a little bit.

celeec4@twitter

Research, man. Two steps forward, one step to the side and back. Still, whatever, it's the weekend. Some friends and I are getting together to play Super Mario 3D world, eat junk food, and drink some beer. It'll be good!

Then I can like, beat my experiments into submission next week.

Anyone else have fun videogaming plans? What are you playing this weekend? :D

adorable-eggplant

@celeec4@twitter Dota 2: all the Dota 2. I've finally gotten around to playing with other people, who are 1) surprisingly bad [at the game: why did everyone just buy a courier. We only need one. Get it together, people] but also 2) much more friendly than expected, given the terrible reputation of the game's community.

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@celeec4@twitter I just downloaded this little iOS game called Clumsy Ninja and it is so cute I can't even deal. I was trying to play it surreptitiously at work but I had to stop because I was squealing and like, cry-laughing. *throws self away*

celeec4@twitter

@adorable-eggplant Oh man, I used to play League with friends at one point? And yeah, the communities around MOBAs are surprisingly friendly. Kinda dropped it though, when schedules made it very difficult to be online at the same times as my friends.

@Oliver St. John Mollusc There are so many cute little mobile games that I want to plaaaaaaay, its probably for the better I don't have a phone that can handle them. Already spend way too much on games.

Aspiriationally Natalie

This week, I got to see Most Adorable Presidential Historian(tm) Doris Kearns Goodwin (she really is that tiny in person) AND I got to reunite with the host of the NPR affiliate show I interned with last summer (who I have a major crush on even though he's happily married with kids)!

Oh, and I got another retail job so I will have ALL THE MONEYS come holiday time.

Onymous

@Aspiriationally Natalie She was my favorite of the talking heads in Baseball.

discombobulated

Pinners! (EMMA!) Please recommend some hip-hop music to me! I want to expand my collection, but I'm terrible at finding stuff I like. I loved the Angel Haze interview and I'm really into her music right now, if that helps.

klemay

@discombobulated Azealia Banks, Das Racist (as well as Heems' solo stuff; love me some Kool AD but it's a little weird and might not be your style), Iggy Azealia, Le1f (oh my god Le1f), Kendrick Lamar, Big Boi

discombobulated

@klemay Thanks, this is just what I was looking for! (PS I looked up Le1f on youtube and he has a GLORIOUS twerk video omg)

concrete dreams

@discombobulated Serengeti. Also WHY?. (that is a band, if you are unfamiliar, not a question. it is also a problem in my life when people ask me to name music i like and it always confuses everyone. especially if i say it first.)

klemay

@discombobulated if you ever get a chance to see him live, DO IT. One of the best performers I've
Ever seen

Oliver St. John Mollusc

Sooo, back when I was in grad school eight-ish years ago, I had a gigundo crush on one of my professors. Apparently lots of other girls had crushes on him too so this did not make me special. BUT now we're friends on Facebook and he sent me this message yesterday that was like "I'm really glad you found me on Facebook because I really enjoy your posts and I find myself thinking 'that Oliver St. John Mollusc is such a funny, interesting girl, I wish I knew her better!'" GAAAAH! This was completely un-prompted by anything on my part, either now or back then, and I'm kind of dying of happiness. Not that I think anything will actually come out of it, but just because it's so validating to have a former crush be like "heeeey, I like you!"

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@Oliver St. John Mollusc and just to clarify, I was 24 when I took his class and I'm 33 now. I think he's in his late 40s? So it's not really creepy but I generally don't date older men or authority figures so I'm probably more weirded out by the idea than most girls would be.

Hot Doom

@Oliver St. John Mollusc soooo, this is awesome. I just went to visit my beloved college professor last week and it was so validating and lovely to catch up. I was 19-21 when I took his classes and he was a wonderful professor but holy. SHIT. I was also in love with him (and he was like 56 at the time. I went to a women's college, I couldn't help it. Don't worry it wasn't creepy and the love was unrequited in that way). Anyway, he said something along the same lines as your guy, about how he had thought of me over the years and appreciated my enthusiasm and now my ghost is writing this because HotDoom's heart swelled and burst with professorly-love and joy at that moment. BASK IN IT!

themegnapkin

I am supposed to stay with my parents over Thanksgiving, and it will be the first significant amount of time I've spent with them since having a major fight with my dad in July. I really don't want to go but I don't think I can not go.

highfivesforall

@themegnapkin Ugh that is no fun. Is there any way you can stay in a hotel or a friend's house near them instead of actually at their house? That way you'd have a place to escape to if needed.

up cubed

CAR SHOPPING: I need to buy a new car and I'm in the market for something new (2013 or 2014), under $20k, good mileage, and fits at least people. I'm looking at the Honda Fit, Scions, Mazda3, Kia Forte, etc. Has anyone had a good or bad experience with any of these? Any tips for a first-time buyer?

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@upupandaway Oh man, I'm in love with my 2007 Honda Fit. Seriously, I've named it and we are friends. Great gas mileage, plenty of space and does pretty well in the snow, actually.

WardenGentles

@upupandaway A Prius C will be about $20k, and it's a hybrid so will have excellent gas mileage. And it's a hatchback.

Genelle

@upupandaway I love my Mazda3 hatchback. I've had it almost 4 years and driven ~55,000 miles and I haven't had any major repairs yet. Average gas mileage is 27.2 MPG - way better on the highway (28-30) than surface streets (20-23). The backseat can get tight if you & your front passenger are tall but it does fit 4 adults. Also, the trunk is HUGE when the seats are down and pretty freaking big even when they're up.

harebell

@upupandaway

the Honda Civic Hybrid is pretty sweet. I have one from 2006 (named Hibiscus, even though she's navy blue!), and I get excellent mileage plus she runs beautifully. The only times I've had to have repairs, it's been the battery (which is normal in a car this age), and it's usually covered either by the warranty or by recalls on hybrid technology, so the repairs have been quick and free. She also scoots around and fits wonderfully into tight space -- I parallel-park her into apparently impossible spaces all the time in my city. Big vote for a compact hybrid!

honey cowl

@upupandaway I drive a Nissan versa which is bascially the same. I love it and it's the best. bought for $10k at 2 years old & still under warranty. RECOMMEND

Beaks

@upupandaway I had similar requirements to your (although I like some vim and vigor in mine as well), and I test drove: The VW Jetta, the VW Golf, the Mazda 3, the Volvo S40 (used) and the Subaru Impreza.

Hated the Jetta (little things, but in general just didn't enjoy it), liked the Golf but it is super sucky in the 0-30 mph range which is most of my commute speed. The Mazda 3 is a fun car to drive and a good value but I can't SEE out of it. Volvo S40 is a super solid car, good to drive, but $$s new and semi-sucky gas mileage. Safe as houses, though, and a reasonably good deal used.

Subarus are my one true love (which I knew but tried to prove otherwise to myself- hence the extensive test driving), so I wound up with an Impreza wagon in the "premium" trim for 22K including taxes, with 0% financing. I love it so, even though my need for AWD is almost nill- it's sooo much zippier and less squirrly than the Civic hybrid my husband owns (which I hate with a fiery passion) and the new continuously variable transmissions get pretty darn good gas mileage. And the visibility out of it is excellent.

Beaks

@upupandaway Also, here is the tactic I used when test driving/ trying to figure out what I wanted, and it worked great and no one tried to pressure me beyond "let us know and we can cut you a good deal."

Go to the dealership. Hit up the reception desk and say "I want to test drive the XYZ" They will try to tell you all the things about the car- you can look these up online. I just said "you know, how the car feels is the most important thing for me, so can we just drive one?" Make sure that on the test drive you take the car through the conditions you're most likely to drive it in- highway, city streets, whatever. Then thank the salesperson and tell them you'll think about it.

Then, I'd take notes about what I liked/ didn't like about the car. I had my top things that I cared about: how well I could see out of it, how it handled, how the brakes/ accelerator felt, how well the car/ seats fit my body. You'll have different things- write them down.

Once you know which one you like best, hit up the internet, figure out what options you want, google "how to buy a new car," and then negotiate via email/ phone- that gives you time to think about things and it's harder for them to pressure you.

lemonadefish

@upupandaway FIT FIT FIT FIT! I will not rest until everyone has a Fit. My best tanks of gas have been around 42 mpg. It hold literally everything, all at once. It is cute as a bug, and soooo maneuverable. My Fit is seven years old I think? I bought within the first couple months of it being available. No problems whatsoever, at all. Plus they have a turquoise color now that is amazing. Buy a Fit!

mackymoo

@lemonadefish @upupandaway Second the Fit! I have that turquoise one and it is great! I used truecar.com to avoid the haggling in person issue. But yeah Fit has good gas mileage and lots of room (I go antiquing a lot). I live in a small town in rural Virginia, so it's not the best choice for mountains and gravel roads, but it has been fine so far. I paid less than 16k, and got an insane interest rate through Honda because I was a recent graduate.

cat o'clock

@upupandaway Another vote for the Nissan Versa -- I have a 2008 hatchback version that I've hauled all over the midwest and east coast and it's the best! It's like a magic Harry Potter bag of storage space, I'm always amazed at how much shit I can cram in there.

up cubed

*Fits at least 4 people. Hatchback preferred.

adorable-eggplant

@upupandaway I looooooooooooved my 2010 Honda Fit. Easily fit four people. Could also toss in a bicycle, which was lovely. Just lovely.

OhMarie

@adorable-eggplant Mazdas are the best! I don't have a 3 but my 2000 Mazda Protege is a goddamned workhorse that just won't quit and I hear the Mazda 3 is basically a better Protege.

allofthewine

@upupandaway We have a Nissan Versa hatchback and it's dope. My best car buying tip is to test drive everything you like. I was also seriously considering a Mazda3 or a Honda Fit until I actually got into the cars. They just didn't feel right/bad sightlines/etc. Good luck!

rosaline

@upupandaway I've got a 2008 Nissan Versa hatchback and I've been really happy with it. When I bought it this spring, I made all my tall friends sit in the backseat so they could appreciate all the legroom and headspace. It's treated me really well so far. And yeah, what @allofthewine said. Test drive everything and don't let the salesmen hurry you at all.

honey cowl

@rosaline CAR TWINS

staircases

@upupandaway I know it's not one of the brands you mentioned, but I love, love, LOVE my 2007 ford focus wagon. I initially went with the wagon because according to my insurance company, a 4 door hatchback would have been considered a sport vehicle and have cost more? I don't know. So now I have a car that's <1 foot longer than I intended, and have driven it to the coast 3 times, put 160 000 km on it, and have moved across the country with it without any major repairs.

allofthewine

@upupandaway Mine's a 2009 Versa hatchback, so car cousins?

rosaline

@upupandaway Little sister!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

I got home from vacation yesterday! (And did not go to work today because why harsh my vibe right away, right?)

I unpacked and apparently the plastic bag that I had wrapped a candle in has some kind of hypnotic effect on cats, because my cat got a catnip-like high from it, and it was pretty difficult to take away from her, and now she wants it back. So... my cat is a flower-scented candle junkie. Someone please tell the man in Mexico who made that candle.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
Oh also: I think some people who used to be my closest friends don't like me anymore?

up cubed

Not us, right? We still like you :)

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@upupandaway Okay, good :) At least I have you ladies (and smallish number of awesome dudes)!

crane your neck

Is anyone else moving? Or just moved? Let's commiserate!

distrighema

@crane your neck Me! I was just posting on the Toast thread about how I'm newly friendless. And I haven't actually unpacked yet. And the list of things I need to buy to make my apartment functional is both endless and incalculably expensive. (am I commiserating too much? there's a lot on my mind.)

Jenn@twitter

@crane your neck I'm moving into a new apartment tomorrow. :)

polka dots vs stripes

Have I asked this before? I don't think I've asked this before...

For at least 9 months now I've been on and off looking for a new perfume. I used to wear Clinique Happy religiously, and I still love it but my current bottle went stale and I'm just in the mood for something different. That's the only perfume I used to wear, so I don't really have any other context to give you ladies, but - what else should I try out?!

allofthewine

@polka dots vs stripes I love Kate Spade Twirl (plus the bottle is pretty)

up cubed

I got the sample pack from Juliette Has A Gun, and they are seriously W-O-M-A-N grown and sexy. Where'd I put my gold cigarette lighter and my stockings with a seam up the back (how it smells).

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@polka dots vs stripes if you're feeling experimental, I cannot recommend Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab enough. I actually discovered them on the Hairpin! Their website (blackphoenixalchemylab.com) is a bit overwhelming at first, but if you have some idea of what you're looking for, you can order sample packs and try a bunch of new things, which I find really fun.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@polka dots vs stripes It's kind of not at all like Clnique Happy, but I got a sample of Dior Hypnotic Poison recently and it smells like chocolate and vanilla, and that's all there really is to say.

concrete dreams

@polka dots vs stripes I have a small stockpile of Harajuku Lovers Jingle G which is that perfume Gwen Stefani used to make. It is also a Christmas perfume from 2012 and I wear it on the daily. I could use some suggestions, too. = /

harebell

@polka dots vs stripes

you might like Lolita Lempicka (always fantastic) or Miss Dior Chérie, which is white florals meets citrus, just like Happy.

Happy is unusual in how likely it is to go bad! It has a surprisingly short shelf life. So if I were you, I might invest in what seems initially like a pricier perfume, but will probably be much better value since it will last (if you want to commit to one, of course).

just about anything by frederic malle is amazing, if you don't mind a little extra price. i've got Une Rose, which is the best rose scent i've ever had. you might like En Passant (white floral + citrus again), or Carnal Flower, which is just nuts but also very good, esp. (obviously) for a night out. it's based on tuberose.

Clara Morena

I got a Nexus 7 and I am in love. I also my professor told me I have the skills to be a "good ethnographer". I also have a full week off to comment on hairpin articles and homework! *snoppy dance*

Gin-tastic

So I joined OkCupid. Haven't met anyone in person yet but already planning on meeting someone soon. I also had an interview today and will probably be working as a nanny for a French family. Since Paris isn't the entirety of France I would really like to visit other cities. Does anyone have suggestions?

Jenn@twitter

@Gin-tastic NICE. Because it's, um, nice?

kidding, though it is awesome. I also really liked Avignon.

Basically the south of France is awesome, is what I'm saying.

rosaline

@Gin-tastic I lived in Strasbourg, and the center of the town is like a Grimm's fairy tale. Also the food was delicious.

Also, for a quick trip from Paris, St. Malo was super cool, as was visiting the Normandy coast (I stayed in Bayeux).

And yes, the south of France really is awesome, although I haven't spent much time in any of the big cities.

George Templeton Strong

@Gin-tastic The south of France IS awesome, except not so much from now until about February, when it can be very rainy (just like Paris itself. At least it's warmer in the south.) If you're not there in July and especially August I found the people to be quite charming and generous with their time and my limited French and not stupidly expensive, and I've been to Cannes and St-Tropez along with Nice a half a dozen times. The whole eastern Riviera is fanstastic. Oh, and Monaco, of course, but that's not technically France. Don't be put off by the reputation. Somewhat normal people live there and you can eat well for less than 20 euros if you do a little poking around, especially around the Palace section, ironically. Also go up into the hill towns in Provence if you can. St-Paul-de-Vence is this little medievel gem that's a bit difficult to get to and worth a day, if that, but has to be seen to be believed.

Jenn@twitter

I told my family that I'm leaving my partner. I also told all of my friends. Everyone has been really supportive? which is nice?

He's demanding that we get couples' counseling, because apparently it's All My Fault. I laughed at that and have been putting off making an appointment (which is my job, obvs--after he assaulted me, clearly *I* am the one at fault). I told one of my closest friends about the whole couples' counseling gambit and she sighed and said that it was textbook for DV and that going to couples' counseling after an act like what happened to me had been committed was like "negotiating with the terrorists after they've killed all the hostages." She advised me to stick with individual therapy and walk the fuck away, and that's what I'm doing.

Things complicating this: I have a cat that I cannot take with me to new place (pets-free, though it's only until June), breaking up with him means leaving my other partner because they're also involved, new roommates are weird? but WHATEVER. FREEEEEEDOM.

I'm going to be single 5EVA and I love it.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Jenn@twitter Good on you for leaving! It sounds like something you really, really needed to do and it's good that you're out of there.

adorable-eggplant

@Jenn@twitter Your friend is brilliant. Congrats on getting the delicious, delicious freedom! :)

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Megan Deleo@facebook

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