On The Very First Hairpin Q&A

Those trapdoors in the sidewalk. I always worry they'll malfunction and open while I'm standing on them.

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm 0

On The Very First Hairpin Q&A

@Alexandra Molotkow maybe this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-kDtgtF9qU (although I think they had a lot like this)

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm 0

On The Last Days of Ladies' Home Journal

I love the last two paragraphs. And I also love that LHJ responded to all their readers' letters.

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm 1

On I Can't Wear Heels

HATE heels. Anything with heels, even tiny baby starter heels. Even really super chunky heels like on a dress loafer where in theory there should be no danger of falling or turning your ankle. My feet need to be as close to the earth as possible, because walking without falling is hard enough in flats. Gravity and balance are two things I haven't really worked out yet, even nearing the end of my 3rd decade.

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm 1

On Please Welcome Alexandra Molotkow

So is this when the Hairpin becomes the all-Canadian content all the time blog? Because I could be down for that. Welcome Alexandra!

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

On Let's Talk About Birth Control

@kellly You might ask your doctor about the low estrogen pills to start out with (lo loestren fe is the one I was on). I think there's only 10mg of estrogen vs 20-30mg in some of the other pills. There's also progestin only pills, which don't have any estrogen at all, so side effects are very minimal. The one drawback is that if you do miss a dose on either of these and you're having regular sex, your chances of getting pregnant are higher than if you missed a dose on the regular pill.

Edited to add that if you're taking any other medications that say they interfere with birth control, that will most definitely happen on the progestin/low estrogen pills. I was on a migraine medication while taking the progestin and it interfered so much I was having constant periods--like a full two weeks of heavy bleeding period, then no period for only one or two weeks, and period again. For Six Months. So I finally went off the progestin. But otherwise, even bleeding that much, I had the least amount of menstrual cramps and menstrual nausea than I'd ever had in my life. So if I hadn't been on the migraine meds, it might've been a great option.

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm 0

On What's the Best Time Your Family Has Ever Trolled You?

When I was in high school, my parents decided to buy a young bull that we named Louie (I don't really know, I guess to farm it out as breeding stock for money??), but it ended up being too much trouble. So we sold it to some nearby ranchers. Well, some months later they sent us a ton of beef. I asked my dad where the beef came from, he said it came from Louie. For almost 14 years I thought we ate our stupid bull, and then a year or two ago I said something to my mom, and she said, no the meat was definitely not from Louie. The kind of funny part is that my dad died a few years after he told me this without ever having corrected it; so in a way, it was the ultimate troll.

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm 1

On "Through rain, snow, sleet, or hail, and the gloom of night"

Oh FedEx--my cousin's husband worked there for 12 years with a spotless record and several promotions for his good work. Then a few years ago he was fired for "stealing" time from the company because he supposedly came in one to two minutes late on a few lunches, for a grand total of 10 minutes.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm 0

On Since Living Alone

This was just really wonderful. Thank you.

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm 0

On How Have You Made Yourself Proud This Year?

After years of indecision and dragging my feet, I started grad school this fall. And one of my major worries going in was that with chronic health issues maybe I wouldn't be able to keep up with assignments, but right now I've got a 4.0 gpa, which I have never had in my life. And I initially kept downplaying it that it was just professors who were easy graders; but after both professors chewing out my classes on the level of work they were doing, on assignments where I got a perfect score, I realized no, this is me doing great work.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm 1