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On Donkey Ambulances for Afghan Women in Labor

Yikes. The most unpleasant part of active labor, for me, was the car ride. Cannot imagine how unfun a donkey ride would be, blow-up saddle or not. But also, wow. "Cool and sad and cool" about sums it up.

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@sophia_h I missed that Momterview thread! I will have to go check if you got any good advice, because I'm going through the same thing. I underestimated how physically attached I'd feel to my daughter. I can really identify with what you're describing, wanting to have your hands free but not wanting to put them down.

Three months out is getting easier than six weeks, though. I do think time helps, plus as they get older, they seem stronger/more independent and it's easier to stomach. We've gotten our daughter a sitter, and it was a little wrenching to hand her over that first time, but it has gotten easier. I'm not back at work full time for another two weeks, though, so look for me freaking out on the first open thread in October. :/

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@mrsnurse Ooooh "Sleep now because you never will again!" was my least-favorite comment during pregnancy. It just made me scared to have the baby! And it's not like you can store up sleep for later, so it's stupid anyway. ALSO you will sleep again. Yes, you're going to be a walking zombie on a 24-hour clock for awhile. It will pass, and you will look back and be amazed that you did it and shocked that the baby is already {x} weeks old and sleeping longer stretches.

Sorry you have to deal with nosy personal questions. My Advice Column hero Carolyn Hax always suggests a straightforward, "Wow." or "That's an awfully personal question." I wish I ever had the presence of mind to try one of those, because those people need to be SHAMED hard.

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm 0

On How to Mount a TV When You Have No Boyfriend, No Prospects, and Lack the Shamelessness Required to Ask for Help

@fabel It once took me approximately 2 months from purchase to hang some curtains, so I felt this piece, too. And, I mean, I'm the handy one in my relationship! (With a man.) Sometimes you just get in over your head or need tools you don't have and it all becomes a comedic tragedy. I mean, I've owned an electric drill for years but it turned out I needed a hammer drill to get through my walls. I get the criticism, but I see it was more of a lol@myself piece too, rather than some statement on womanhood/masculinity.

Also, I miss A Handy Femme.

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm 2

On Why Climb?: My Cardio Apostasy

I like this a lot. I'd call myself outdoorsy, but I've never identified a tree on the trail either. I'm always thinking about the same things you describe. Sometimes there's a lot of passive-aggressive competition amongst the outdoorsy, like who is having the most intense nature experience (or being the first to bag the world's highest peaks naked and walking backward or whatever). It's way more enjoyable to check out of all of that. (For example, in Colorado the 14ers, especially non-technical climbs, are packed on weekends. The 13ers, on the other hand, are deserted. And the views are just as good.)

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm 0

On Today's Bleak Read

Holy God. "Posting for a friend," a North Carolina woman wrote in June. "8 Year old Guatemalan female Resides in North Carolina with her family Adopted at 8 months into current family…"

She's been their child for 7 years! HOW.

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm 2

On Good Man Profiled

Ha, is everyone on the internet insufferable? (Of course, I've been reading Slate today, so my sample may be skewed.)

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@KeLynn I just bought some of these! I ... Really like them, but they taste nothing like cotton candy to me. My husband says I'm crazy and that they taste exactly like cotton candy so I don't know. Is this like a cilantro thing? Do I lack the cotton candy grape gene?

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm 0

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

The advice to #2 sounds great, except for the part where I don't know what new mom is gonna be able to pull together perogies. If she's out there, I don't want to hear about her. Anyway, I actually have some suggestions because I'm a vegetarian and planning a big cook-and-freeze before going off maternity leave:

Vegetable lasagna, of course. Cook, chill in the fridge overnight, slice into single portions and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, toss in freezer bags and get all the air out.

This Dal Palak.

This page has a good list of mostly vegetarian ideas.

So does this one.

Pesto - make and freeze in ice cube trays.

Wild rice burgers - recipe here.

For good all-around cookbooks, I love Deborah Madison's. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is great, but she's also a good vegetable soups cookbook.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@Emby I'm sorry, too! Good luck as you keep looking.

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm 0