@daisicles If you enjoyed Sandman, how about another Neil Gaiman graphic novel - Stardust, illustrated by Charles Vess? It's lovely. Also, I've started reading the Hellboy series recently (late to the party), and I'm really enjoying it. If you like paranormal/occult themes, I can recommend it.
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@Megasus So is this a safe place to admit that reading the Immortals series during a critical year of adolescence left me with kind of a thing for teachers and long hair on men? I also read Jane Eyre that year, and it's taken me a while to get the Dark and Brooding type out of my system. I'm just grateful I didn't read Wuthering Heights until much later.
@A. Louise I second everybody on the bathroom stuff - nothing worse than no clean hand towels. I also think it's a nice courtesy to have the kitchen trash empty when guests arrive - somebody will go to throw out a snack they don't want to finish or something, and if they lift the lid and it smells, its a bummer.
Bonus points if you have interesting coffee table books or simple games out. Books on travel destinations or horoscopes, something that guests can use to start conversation.
@The Lady of Shalott I thought the same thing, and we are in luck!
@Jinxie YES, I endorse those rice krispie treats. They have ruined me for normal krispie treats - I don't even want them if they don't have browned butter.
@HereKitty Agreed, totally adorable turtle. Is it wishful thinking on my part, or is that an even more adorable baby muffin turtle in the background?
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15% Excited about recent purchase of new "Clinical Gum Protection" toothpaste.
@hahahaha, ja. Yeah, same here. I don't get puffy-eyed or blotchy though, so there's that. If I've only been crying a little, the effect can be pretty - wet lashes, pale skin etc. But when I sob, I can feel my face distorting into a horror mask. So I try to only do that alone. You know, in the shower, or while drinking...
@stuffisthings Is that a purse, or a second set of breasts she's carrying around?
@parallel-lines As young straight woman, I've never encountered the level of physical contact the LW describes, but it varies. I have one female friend who likes to pinch everyone's ass (but only if they are comfortable with it), another who likes to link arms while walking, and we all hug to say hello and dance together.