On “What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce have in common?”
@rebecca the brave: Madeline, I'm also the firstborn in my entire family (though one older cousin came into the family by marriage when I was 4), and I have also only ever dated firstborns/only children. Not sure if there's a kind of firstborn radar, or if confidence, ambition, and intelligence really do run from the top down, but there it is.
For anecdotal evidence: I am definitely more qualified and ambitious than my younger siblings (save possibly for my dad's son; he is kind of obsessive about fitness and going into military service), but still haven't really made much of myself in comparison to, like, most of my friends (also generally firstborns).
@loopdeloop FOR REAL.
An almond almost came out of my nose, that is how hard I am laughing. Amazing.
@Blushingflwr I bought a couple boxes outside BART in the East Bay last week and they were $5, too - but so worth it. Would I pay $6/box? Maaayyyybe. When I buy them through my mom's friends' kids in St. Louis, they are only $3/box!
My grandma is also a reddish, curly-haired Shirley! You don't meet many young Shirleys these days.
Great interview! I love the Fug Girls!
YES! I love Allie and Hyperbole and a Half! I cannot wait to get her book, and would have loved to meet her; she seems great. I missed her on both coasts because I had the misfortune of traveling in the opposite direction of her signings. Booooo. Moar Allie!
There is a necklace on Modcloth right now that does this for like $25.
I'm EWR, he's SFO, and it's not ideal, but has been working out okay for four months. He's got a flexible work schedule, we facebook message all day/facetime at night, and both have money to spend on plane tickets. There's definitely talk of my finding a job on the left coast, though. It's not fun to spend 90% of the time missing the other person.
When I first heard about the Standard and these kinds of jobs, I was in college in the midwest and thought, "Holy shit, this would be an amazing way to make money." I was/am not their target applicant, either, but I would absolutely rather have done that and gotten so much reading/homework done, instead of working in the food service industry.
This is a great read, and makes me want to call my grandma(s). As an aside: the first line of your bio is also mine, and as a native St. Louisan, I'm proud to have voted for your mom every time I saw her name on a ballot.