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On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

@Where Pies Go When They Die: yeah, it works well. I usually apply on alternate days only to avoid peeling. Also sunscreen! Please wear sunscreen when using Retin-A or you can undo the anti-aging benefits. SPF 30 if you can.

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm 0

On He's a Weird National Treasure

@area@twitter: I can't do without reading. I'll read the back of the cereal box. Or the AARP magazine. Or a McDonald's menu. The world without words is something I can't imagine.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 12:08 am 1

On He's a Weird National Treasure

@maybe partying will help: I have read Bolaño (in Spanish, even), and I have read Stephen King, and I don't know, I can find plenty of reasons not to read the former again even as I return to the latter.

2666 is brilliant, yes, and I thought Nazi Literature in the Americas was quite well-done, but so much of the rest of his work is about his infinite alter-egos and I could really only stomach so much of it.

I am not sure why reading Bolaño means I shouldn't go back to King. I read them for different reasons.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 12:07 am 0

On Employee Discount

@Daisy Razor Oh god, threading. My eyes water like a baby when I get my brows done, and it makes me so twitchy.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 12:14 am 0

On Beauty Q&A: Too Many Choices

@Ophelia: Seriously! Every shoe brand that I can afford has giant 2" platforms under the ball of the foot, and then like a 5" heel on top of that. Now, I'm only 5'7", but my husband is the same height, and while I don't mind being a wee bit taller, I prefer not to dwarf him.

Now, I have seen some beautiful Jimmy Choos and Stuart Weitzmans with kitten heels, but unless I win the Mega Millions on Friday, I'm not there yet.

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Too Many Choices

@werewolfbarmitzvah I am a Retin-A user as well, and I use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid that works pretty well. It's DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer, and I super-love it because it's SPF 30, which most moisturizers aren't, and I feel like with Retin-A I need all the protection I can get.

I also give my skin a break from the ol' Retin-A every couple of nights, and on those nights I apply argan oil to the scaly places.

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm 0

On Solo RSVPs and the Crypt Keeper of the Bride

@Hellcat: That reminds me of my grandmother, who apparently spent my wedding reception telling everyone in attendance how the "big day" was a fulfillment of all of the dreams had since I was a little girl.

About which: I had an amazing wedding, I'm thrilled to be married (specifically: to my husband, not married in general) and so on ... but I'd pretty much never dreamed about my wedding.

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm 1

On Choose Your Own Fatventure: Interview Clothes

@itmakesmewonder I think the thing about Dress Barn is the name. Barn is just not a word I associate with FUN HAPPY PRETTY CLOTHES, I don't know.

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm 1

On Playing House, Cutting Ties, and Being Alone

@andrea disaster: What kind of person thinks an MFA is an investment in a (financially) productive future? I have one, and I enjoyed getting it, but I never thought it would be my meal ticket.

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm 4

On Asking for a Raise: A Series of Conversations

@cwmilton: Think of everything that they might ask you, and prepare an answer for it. Write up a proposal, if you think that will help. Be prepared to underline your value to the company. Be able to articulate the investment they've made in you, and explain how they will have to reinvest in someone new. Think through the technological aspects of it, if you're going to be breaking new ground. Show you've done your research.

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm 0