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On What Is: The Relationship Between Jeopardy and Uptalk?

@Blushingflwr I am a fairly competitive Jeopardy watcher, and I have noticed that when I am confident about my answer I state it without using uptalk. Although it is in the form of a question, it's still an answer. When I am unsure, though, I use uptalk because it's like I'm asking myself (or Alex Trebek I guess) if it's the right answer. Now I need to go home and listen to how my husband answers, although I'm pretty sure he doesn't use uptalk nearly as much as I do.

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Teenage Girls, as Imagined By an 8-Year-Old in 1991

Oh, Michelle. Maybe if you didn't spend all your time drinking, you might be able to land a boyfriend or make some friends.

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm 17

On A Requiem for Molly, The "Archived" American Girl Doll

I had a Samantha, but I read and re-read those Molly books so many times. (My sister was blond, so she got Kirsten). Like Anne, all my accessories were also home-made (or bought from craft sales). My dad made my doll bed and my mom taught me how to sew to make her clothes. It makes me so sad to see the historical dolls get tossed aside. The whole point of them for me was to read the stories and learn the history!

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@mrsnurse I have a Singer Simple and I love it. Not so many features that it is super confusing for a beginner, but gets the job done. Also inexpensive-ish.

I am not a super great sewer, but I am making cute vintage-y aprons for all of the women in my family for Christmas. I found a pattern on Craftsy that is pretty easy, but still teaches you a few techniques (like gathering) that I didn't know how to do before.

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm 1

On The Cheap Wine Report

@RoyRogersMcFreely Don't be afraid of the wine! I don't know what Utah's liquor stores are like, but every nice, big liquor store I've ever been to always has super-nice, wine-loving people in it who will help you no matter how little you know. People who really love wine usually want other people to love it too. I would go in and ask for a few good, cheap, different red and white styles to try to see what you might like. Or just find some with cool labels and try them out!

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm 0

On A Real Argument for Doing That Thing Where You Rub the Chopsticks for No Real Reason

@Mira I've heard the same thing. It's because you don't want to offend the host by implying that they're cheap.

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm 0

On Who Bird-Corrects the Bird-Correcters?

@oldsampeabody
Put a bird on it (it being The Hairpin)! Put a bird on EVERYTHING!

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm 4

On Hiking the Tetons

@LaLoba The rape/murder thing was one of my biggest take aways from Bill Bryson's excellent book, "A Walk in the Woods.". He discusses it in a bit of depth, and it's something I wouldn't have thought of either, but it does happen. There are crazy/terrible people everywhere, even in the wilderness.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm 1

On Today I Will Go To Chipotle for Lunch

@Kirs It is not happy hour if you are ordering an entree! Happy hour was made for drinks and appetizers only!

@Hammitt Noodles and Co is indeed the best! Oh my god the mac and cheese and the pesto cavatappi and now I am starving.

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm 0

On Today I Will Go To Chipotle for Lunch

@meetapossum One of the (many) wonderful things about Denver is all of the fast casual restaurants that start here- Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles and Co, Mad Greens, Tokyo Joe's, Garbanzo's, and probably more I can't think of off the top of my head. I don't know what it is about this city, but I love it!

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0