On How I Became an Adult Backstreet Boys Fan

This was great. Also, I met 4 of the Backstreet Boys in college at some private radio concert that my mom won tickets to and gave to me (I think Kevin was the one that wasn't there?). I hugged Nick and took a photo with AJ. Probably the crowning achievement of my life.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm 0

On Bloodfeast: “My Uterus Is Listening to the Cramps” Mac and Cheese

I made this last night due to riding the crimson wave. I didn't have any of the recommended cheeses, but I had parmesan, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar. I'd say that a pound of pasta was too much pasta for that amount of sauce to cover, so it ended up being not cheesy enough and slightly dry. The crunchy topping was so simple and delicious, though. My boyfriend ate like half the tray. I can't wait to make it again with the right proportions of pasta vs cheese sauce.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:31 am 0

On Two Victors

Holy. Shit.

Also crying at my desk. So sorry for your loss.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm 1

On How to Live with an Ex in Five Simple Steps

Loved this. I was in this boat about 3 years ago. Broke up with a dude and he was destitute without me so he hung around my house for a couple months. He ended up moving in with a girl I work with (and her parents) immediately from my house. Shitty, and yet completely validating.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm 1

On Ask a Fancy Person: First Parties, Working for Free, and What to Do When Your Gym Is Crawling with Children

"Ask someone if you can “work in” (this is what bros say to each other if they want to use the leg press machine)"

Just being a stickler here, but as a competitive female powerlifter, it's not just "bros" "working in" in the weight room.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm 2

On Ask a Fancy Person: First Parties, Working for Free, and What to Do When Your Gym Is Crawling with Children

@dotcommie As a competitive lady powerlifter, I agree. Sometimes people's noises do seem a bit attention-seeking, but hey, that's what headphones are for.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm 0

On Preexisting Conditions

Beautiful piece.

A long time ago I dated a guy for a couple years who had left a religious cult at age 18. He was 24 or 25 when we started dating, but still had no idea how to write a check, had no bank account, and had collection agencies nipping at his heels for a Dodge Neon that was repo'd years prior. He also had no license, as he'd lost it in a DUI incident in a dry county in Minnesota. Anyway, this really resonated with me. It's a struggle to teach a grown man how to actually be an adult.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm 0

On Hitchhiking to the End of the World

This was fabulous and inspiring.

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm 0

On The Peculiar, Complicated, Blissful Rituals of the Kentucky Derby

@Batmans_Robyn I'd also like to know more about this! I grew up in the hunter/jumper world, and now work for a huge equestrian internet retailer. Your job sounds cooler.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On Song for the Special

Gosh, I needed this today. My brain has been bouncing around in my head like a pinball over my own mediocrity the past few days. Thanks for the perspective, Marina.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm 0