On The Best Time a Diva Cup Suctioned Itself to My Cervix

This happened to me! The nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood who eventually got it out didn't know what it was either, and chastised me for putting it in my vagina. Even the instruction pamphlet didn't convince her.

I was never so happy to have a female boss when I explained why I needed the morning off work.

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm 3

On Mama Kreay

@Kira-Lynn@twitter That wording bugged me too, not only because I had a miscarriage before having my son. It seems like added unnecessary information that is too easily incorrect.

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm 0

On "What Does #YOLO Mean to You?" Is Now a College Essay Prompt

Perfect picture! I went to college in Yolo County (UC Davis--go Ags!) and grew up in the neighboring county. The YOLO proliferation was first perplexing and is now delightful.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm 1

On Ask a Clueless Lady

@frigwiggin Phew! My non-tongue-kissing sistren! My husband and I make out just fine without it, well, mostly without, and have for over 7 years.

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm 0

On What Made You a Feminist?

@Nicole Cliffe I had the same edition too! I bought it at a flea market when I was a teenager. My parents weren't traditional, but they are pretty conservative, so it was my first exposure to feminism in action. (Just realized I have repressed memories of my work-at-home Dad's constant listening of Rush Limbaugh, which, in the Clinton area, was particularly packed with feminazi this and feminazi that.)

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm 0

On "I couldn't stop staring."

That owl's eyes activate something in my lizard brain and are kind of giving me a panic attack. But I can't stop looking!

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm 1

On Memories of Austen and "Pride and Prejudice"

@279th District Court I'm re-reading Mansfield Park right now and I really want to strangle Aunt Norris.

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm 0

On Memories of Austen and "Pride and Prejudice"

I forgot my other Pride & Prejudice anecdote! My husband and I met in an "Intro to the Novel" English class in undergrad. The first book we read was P&P, and I first noticed how cute and funny my husband was (is!) when a few of us were chatting before class started and he said he was confused because he had 10,000 a year like Mr. Darcy and no one seemed to think that was very impressive. *sigh* I love the self deprecating ones.

Now it's almost exactly 7 years later and we're married and expecting our first baby!

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm 13

On Memories of Austen and "Pride and Prejudice"

I tried reading Northanger Abbey when I was about 11 and just didn't get it, so I stopped about halfway through. I didn't read P&P until my first year at college, when I read it for an intro writing-about-literature class. I remember getting a few pages into it and realizing "Oh! This is funny!"

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm 1

On "Going Clear," Lawrence Wright

@MoxyCrimeFighter Actually, I think the lower-level auditing is the most helpful, at least it was for me. And it's the cheapest too. You're totally right that the mid-level church "staff" have to reach what are basically sales quotas, so though I think for the most part they are basically good and trying to help people their intentions can be...influenced, consciously or subconsciously, by the need to get their "stats up."

(I grew up in Scientology, and am now not one though my Mom still is.)

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm 0