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On Interview With an International Adoptee

@chnellociraptor Yes! Such sharp, witty answers! Also LOVED this: "I remember I played both Sacagawea and Martin Luther King, Jr. in our first grade plays—my mom likes to say I was an effective public speaker, but I was also the only non-white person in my class." Oh, moms.

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm 3

On Friday Open Thread

@Lurkasaurus Nthing what everyone else has already said about that receptionist being a jerk. I don't have much else to add except that I have significant telephone anxiety and it helps me to write out scripts that account for several possible responses on the other end, including having to leave a message, so that might help in setting an appointment, if you're like me and get flustered on the phone. Write out what you want to say (e.g., Hi, I'm a new patient I want an annual check up and I have some general health questions but I'd like to talk to a GP to get referrals before blindly trying to guess which specialists might be right for me. Why no, I don't just need a pap, there are other parts to me to check out besides my vagina, but thanks juicebox, etc.) and all the ways you can get the conversation back on track to getting an appointment so you're fully prepared for any other jerk receptionists (though let's hope there aren't any more in your near future, and maybe that guy was just having a shitty day and taking it out on his job).

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@miss buenos aires Ooh are you talking about the New Yorker article from a few years back called "The Itch"? I am also not a scientist and do not know anything about neuroscience, but that article was seriously fascinating and seemed to have science backing up the effectiveness of mirror therapy.

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm 1

On Reading Between the Texts: The Best/Worst Texts We Got This Year

Between this and yesterday's Lazy Man's Guide to Seducing Women post, it feels like Long, Hard Look in the Mirror Week at the Hairpin. I think I need to talk to some cake about this. (Seriously though, I've missed reading between the texts so much!)

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm 13

On How to Make a Halloween Costume

@lavender gooms Maybe buy a pack of stick on name tags, cut off the "hello my name is" on top and cut/color in with markers as needed?

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

Exes have a radar, don't they? A my-ex-is-moving-on-better-do-something-to-impede-that-progress radar? Ugh. However, the comments above about cake vs. ice cream and root beer floats have led me to thinking about gin gimlet/gin and tonic floats? Using lime sherbet, maybe? Is this a good idea or a horrible one?

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm 3

On Friday Open Thread

@Lyesmith If you like your coworkers, you can bring up after-work drinks. I've also taken classes for fun at a nearby university, which is good practice for making small talk with strangers if nothing else. There's also meetup, though I haven't used it myself. Oh, and if I had more free time, I'd volunteer, which has in the past also been a good setting for meeting people. You could also start a book club or something like that and strongly encourage your friends to invite their friends, to expand your circle?

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@frigwiggin I'm attempting an apple galette this weekend. Wish me luck, I have questionable luck with pie crust/pate brisee!

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm 0

On No Epiphanies Whatsoever

Let's all re-read the "Girls and the Hot Mess" article from The Billfold instead!

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm 1

On Ask a Clean Person: Still With the Armpits

Can I ask a nitpicky question about Oxi soaking? I've been making the paste, which mostly works but also frustrates me because it's not a paste that sticks, it's a wet sand clump that sometimes just falls off the fabric and argh. Can someone who uses it as a soaking agent give me some idea what the ratio should be? like 1-2 scoopfuls for one of those standard all-purpose buckets filled halfway?

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm 3