@anecdata YES. The Moosewood restaurant is one of my all-time favorite places. Their salad dressing is TO DIE FOR.
@hallelujah That question just reminded me of the episodes of Friends where Phoebe is having triplets and is using her huge stomach to balance things (like plates of food) on and it made me giggle!
@Blushingflwr Here in Prague when groups of small kids go out in a class together, some or all of them wear loud reflective vests and it is basically the cutest thing ever. Like, Madeline, except instead of little blue uniforms in two straight lines it's safety vests. A friend told me she once witnessed a group going on the subway together with two teachers. They sent one teacher to the top of the escalator and the one at the bottom just handed a kid off to a stranger one by one so the stranger could deliver the kid to the other teacher at the top. I DREAM of this happening to me on a semi-regular basis.
@Cawendaw It's worse than just dying of dysentery. She died (or so the museum at the SB Mission says) from eating fruit from all of the fruit baskets that people sent to welcome her!! From FRUIT!! Our mothers have been lying to us about which foods are healthy...
@sheistolerable I'm so glad someone suggested Posession. I was hoping that by the end of reading the comments I would have remembered if a) anyone died in that book and b) the title!
I'm not sure if it's in paperback, yet, but Madeleine Albright's most recent book "Prague Winter" captivated me--it's on the longer side, but not difficult--and would definitely be good both for LW2's mom who likes non-fiction and politics and potentially also her book group, who might not. One of the best books I've read in the last few years!
So true about the stapler! I finally had to start docking points. Do they WANT me to lose pages of their papers and thus, not know that they have an introduction/conclusion?!
LW2: Reading your letter, I thought I was reading the story of my first year and a half of grad school. SERIOUSLY. Ok, so this situation is no fun. I did the whole "we can still be friends" thing and it really didn't work--after a few months we were back together and 7 months later, he broke my heart. Awkwardness in the office ensued, etc. Things that helped me: avoid avoid avoid! Find other stuff to do (I joined Netflix!). Your lady friends in the department will totally understand wanting to have extra ladies only nights. I also teamed up with another girl who was recently dumped and it helped. Anyway, the Rope said all the right things. I know it's really hard, but if you don't make a clean break now, it will be a self-perpetuating cycle of no fun-ness!! Good luck!