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shumacumlaude

DC metro transplant from rural-ish New England. I was a literature major, once. Now I don't know what I am.

On Carmen Tarleton's Face Transplant

This is a great article. And Brigham & Women's is a great hospital. They did a full reconstruction on both of my father's knees, one of which had been worn down so badly through lyme-disease-related arthritis that the synovial joint was gone and the femur was grinding against the tibia.
I shared this article with my mother (as we're wont to do during the day with various boredom busters) in part because of Brigham & Women's. Come to find out, my mother went to high school with Cheryl Righter around 1970-1972. They smoked together in the girl's room. My mother said that Cheryl was always a very happy, friendly girl. They weren't close friends but my mom believes Cheryl would be content knowing that a part of her lives on, and she's certain Cheryl's family feels that way.
Anyway. Just an additional note.

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm 6

On Get This Look: David Bowie

@lasso tabasco I went as Ziggy Stardust for Halloween this past year. I made this costume: http://www.5years.com/Gall198.htm out of an American Apparel leotard and a belly dancing skirt. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to top it this time around... it was easily my proudest moment and so much fun, highly recommended.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:19 am 2

On Sex Phases, Red Flags, and "I Just Don't Think You'd Be a Good Parent"

@antipretty I'm so glad this side of the discussion came up. I was actually thinking about writing in for the same subject... I've recently changed anti-anxiety meds and my sex drive is higher than it's been in months, but he's quitting smoking plus he's studying for the CPA. We love each other very much and we're phenomenal companions, but I've had the same nagging fear of "What if it's going to be like this forever?!" It's a huge relief to know that it's not just me.

I like your suggestion, @smallison, about time of day. One of the things I'm having a hard time with is figuring out how to communicate my desires and needs and getting him to do the same. He's from a conservative Catholic family (with parents who have been happily married for 30+ years) and my background is the exact opposite. I also know that I'm more sexually experienced than he is, and that it makes him uncomfortable when I bring that part of my past up in conversation even to relate a good or a bad experience. Do any of you ladies have advice on how to break down that wall so that he and I could have more constructive conversations about these things?

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm 0

On The Fault in Her Stars

Mid-month cancer here (July 15th)... and it's eerily accurate. "Money management is on your mind as the month begins, for the Sun and Venus are in your eighth house of other people's money. You may be negotiating a contract, hearing about a bonus or commission, or getting ready to do your taxes. It's a perfect time to attend to these matters, for the presence of Venus suggests a possibly lucrative outcome." Finished my taxes super early this month and my major focus has been figuring out ways to pay down my debt, including selling off my computer, etc.
"Dental matters, such as to have a crown put in (among other dental possibilities), are also covered by the eighth house, so you might schedule that, too." MY ENTIRE MONTH HAS BEEN DENTAL MATTERS including the possibility of having a crown put in! ::cue Twilight Zone theme::
"Keep in mind that Mercury will be retrograde from February 23 to March 17. Mercury is the planet of intellectual thought, so it is not considered wise to make any important moves during a Mercury retrograde period, such as to sign a contract, accept a new job, or go out on a first date." Did sign a contract on a new apartment - moving in with the bf. But we signed that last week, before the 23rd, so yay!
"Mercury rules the moving parts of machines, and it also rules electronics, so it's doubly bad to buy a computer, smart phone, flat screen TV, or any other lovely electronic item you want." Except that I plan on selling my computer and getting a Nexus 10, plus a possible phone upgrade, sooo...
"In the meantime, Valentine's Day will be "nice" but not spectacular. The moon will be in Aries on February 14, not the best place for you." Pretty much. Bf dropped the ball on vday this year.
And the summary: "The past few years have been tense, but you are gaining a sunnier outlook with each day. Although this year is not without its difficult days, you seem to be moving gradually to a better place of the heart and mind, and this month proves this to be true." I feel that, yay!

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:04 am 0

On The Oddest Book Title of the Year

Penis: Nothing to be done.
V: (advancing with short, stiff strides, legs wide apart) I'm beginning to come round to that option. All my life I've tried to put it from me, saying V, be reasonable, you haven't yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle. So there you are again.
Penis: Am I?
V: I'm glad to see you back. I thought you were gone forever.
Penis: Me too.
V: Together again at last! We'll have to celebrate this. But how? Get up til I embrace you.
Penis: (irritably) Not now, not now!
V: (hurt, coldly) May one inquire where His Highness spent the night?
Penis: In a ditch.

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm 3

On The Oddest Book Title of the Year

@Vera Knoop Stately, plump penis...
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the penis, bearing a bowl of lotion...

Gives new meaning to the "scrotum-tightening sea."

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm 1

On Obama, No. 44

I really enjoy this article... If I ever had the opportunity to meet the president and ask him one question, I think I would forego all questions about politics and policy and instead ask him, "How do you keep sane?" It demonstrates character... and acts as a reminder of the humanity of leader of our nation.

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 am 0

On How Ya Been, Pin Pals?

And 'Pinners unite to save the postal service.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm 14

On Your Favorite Short Stories

@rayray Ooo, you moved to Dublin? I studied there for a semester... make sure you check out the freshly made mini-donut stand on O'Connell Street.
And yes. Joyce your heart out.

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 11:06 am 0

On Your Favorite Short Stories

@rayray Ditto on "The Short Happy Life..." My freshman year of college I did a comparison analysis of that and "Counterparts" by Joyce (my favorite from Dubliners) and it was awesome.
Also, "Hills Like White Elephants," while we're on Hemingway... His shorts stories ARE amazing, and they're how I successfully appreciate him because his long fiction drives me up a wall.

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 10:38 am 1