I was asleep on the overnight train from Carbondale to Chicago, dreaming about snuggling with my boyfriend, Sam. I awoke to find myself reaching for my seatmate—a newly released convict who did not want to snuggle.
“No,” he said, crossing his arms. I knew he was a former inmate from his grey sweatpants, matching t-shirt, and prison-issued sneakers. The Pinckneyville Correctional Center is halfway between Southern Illinois and Union Station. The midnight train is the cheapest option for shipping freed men north.
He shook his head. “I don’t cuddle.”
“Sorry,” I mumbled. It seemed pointless to explain that I’d thought he was my boyfriend of one [...]
Last week, I bought myself a decent pair of shoes. I liked them, but couldn’t keep them tied because the laces were unusually thick and inflexible. In search of a solution, I stumbled across "Ian’s Shoelace Site," a comprehensive and rather charming monument of shoelace study. It has step-by-step guides to every imaginable method for lacing and tying shoes, plus special tips, a marketplace, everything you could ever want to know about aglets, and even an app. I now cannot fathom a shoelace question Ian’s Site wouldn’t answer.
I found a knot that worked for me—Ian’s Secure Knot—but had to know [...]
1. I want a new hairstyle. Like, the newest. I want, for once in my life, to be on the cutting edge! But I kind of missed the ombré boat and I've never been any good at predicting trends. Do you know what's coming next?
It's important to remember that nothing is ever truly new. Any "new" hairstyle is just a reworking of something that's been done before because humans have been here for wayyy too long. There were girls in my high school who did ombré on their hair, only they used dye AND bleach, rather than just achieving the gradation with highlights. Does anyone remember this? They were [...]
Illustrated Stateside Tote, $3.50 (was $5) Not EVERY amazing thing flew off the shelves last weekend. If your Secret Santa is from Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio, California or New York, you're in luck.