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On How to Throw a Georgian-Era Christmas Party

@almond-joy Clove oil makes your mouth go numb, so I guess if your hangover somehow involves sore teeth?

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm 0

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

@wallsdonotfall I think that's useful info for an Amazon review, though. I appreciate knowing ahead of time that "by the way, all of these recipes require buying half a dozen specialty ingredients you will pay $15-$30 each for and will ship in approximately 2 months and you will never use again" since that is a book I will not want to buy. I don't have the money or the space to cook like that.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm 4

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

A friend of mine just had twins, and my mother's advice was: dinners or hearty lunches that are complete meals (protein, starch, vegetables). I went with a chicken, kale, and wild rice stew, and a huge bag of burritos made with ground turkey, black beans, and roasted veggies with mild chili powder and cumin. I make similar burritos for myself regularly. They are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner and take about 2 minutes to microwave. Just make sure all the ingredients are dry: no sauce, no watery veggies or roast the veggies to take the water out. Otherwise you end up with soggy burritos.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm 0

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

@cee I assume she means debittered brewer's yeast? That's what nutritional yeast is sold as in the store I buy it at. Regular brewer's yeast sounds like it would be disgusting to eat.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm 0

On I Don't Care, I Can't Stop, and I Love It: Miley Cyrus and Ironic Decadence

@Jaya This is an ongoing internal argument in my life. My grandfather was native, my (darker than me) siblings and father identify as bi-racial, but I look really, really white, and my grandfather's family were practically poster-children for assimilation programs, so we're completely removed from our band and traditions. I mostly feel obligated to identify as white and not "appropriate" my culture, but sometimes I wish I could lay a bit more claim to it.

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm 0

On The Best Time My Sister and I Got Kicked Out of Rugged Sleepaway Camp

@Hammitt I loved my rustic camp, too, including the part where we weren't allowed to shower for days and got hosed down with a firehose. Even the one sentence about the drama camp made me shudder, though.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:24 am 0

On Selfie Lovers Forced to Explain Themselves

@RebeccaKW A high school friend/Facebook aquaintence of mine is a star at the "oh, did I accidentally include cleavage in that shot???" photos. Once, she posted a photo in which her breasts looked smaller than normal, so she included a line in the description about how "someone else" brought up that it must be a magic boob-shrinking camera because they look so much smaller than they are!!!

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm 1

On Interview with a Person Who Used to Be Paralyzed

@nonvolleyball I knew someone who did die from not pushing back. My mother's godmother went to the doctor with fatigue and some other symptoms and told him she felt like something was wrong with her body. He told her it was depression, and expected given that she was an elderly woman with no husband or children. It turned out to be a brain tumour that they only found shortly before it killed her. I guess she might have died anyway even if they had diagnosed it right away, but even though she knew it wasn't depression she didn't push back for a long time and they never took her seriously.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm 0

On Interview with a Person Who Used to Be Paralyzed

@sophia_h I recently saw a doctor (not my regular GP) who took a very different route. I came in with kind of vague symptoms and she said "I'm sure you've been looking this up on the internet. What does your gut tell you this is?" and then she agreed with my "gut" then asked which treatment I'd like to try that I'd read. It was a little disconcerting, actually, but I guess my gut was right because the treatment worked.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm 1

On Royal Childhood: "Like Being a Tiny Lieutenant in a Very Well-Heeled Navy"

@BoatGirl My mother is the same. She has four kids and is a great mother, and still thinks infants are boring until they start walking and talking.

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm 0