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On Friday Open Thread

I have a question for all the 'Pinners out there who have IUDs. I don't know anyone irl who has one, so I can't compare notes, and I don't think it's worth a doctor's visit... but did any of you all NOT have your periods stop? I've had my Mirena for more than a year, and my periods are MORE frequent and a bit heavier than they were before (again, not heavy to the point of panicking about; it's just irritating). IT IS GETTING OLD, DAMMIT. I thought they generally went away?? :/

Posted on June 1, 2013 at 4:43 am 0

On Texts From Jane Eyre

Words cannot adequately express how much I love this series.

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm 2

On Eat Your Heart Out, Ann Romney

@H.E. Ladypants If you just think of it as an exercise in making the horse and rider work better together, it's less confusing. A lot of what they do, at least in the lower levels (and maybe higher; I just know the lower-level stuff, so I can't say), is just things to make the horse move better and get the rider to be more in sync with the horse. Even if you never get to the point where you're doing the wonderfully fancy stuff like in the video, basic dressage training can do WONDERS for your horse--you work on things like bending towards the inside of the arena, being collected, having deliberate gait transitions, etc, so you can really just think of it as another training tool. You can do it riding western, too, so it can be for everybody!

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm 0

On Mascarapedia, Volume I

This was really interesting! And informative, most importantly. Makeup science!

Near the middle, though, everything started to look like eyeball spiders, so I had to take a break and come back later. Haha.

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm 1

On Either Way, You Really Should Get Professionally Fitted for a New Bra

@insouciantlover Sorry, I know this thread is pretty friggin' old now, but I can relate and wanted to contribute! I've given up on buying bras in a store and just buy online, so... hopefully you don't mind potentially shopping online? I know some people do, so.

ANYWAY. Title Nine (http://bounce.titlenine.com/) has small bra sizes that seem reasonably priced, although I haven't bought any there yet (due to JUST learning about it and being low on the monies). Since they tend to cater to a more "active" lifestyle their clothing seems to be pretty durable on the whole, so I would assume the same for their bras. Lulalu (http://www.lulalu.com/) has been highly recommended in the past, and the prices aren't too bad. I don't know if their offerings super-ultra durable on the whole, but the bras I've tried from there certainly didn't fall apart on the first (couple!) wash(es), either. The bad part is these two places are both kind of expensive (often $50 on up), but if they aren't scratchy like bras from Target or anything I find the trade-off worth it, and if you're patient you can always wait for sales.

Worse comes to worse, if you just want something to keep your nips from showing, the bralettes from places like Urban Outfitters or Anthro are SOMETIMES okay for that when they're on sale ($30 on down sometimes), although some months they trend more towards scratchy/transparent. Old Navy and Gap also used to have decent sports-type bras from their yoga/activewear lines, but I think they've re-designed them towards the cheaper side since I last bought some, so I can't guarantee that anymore. Athleta has some nice underwear-type garments, although mostly for working out and traveling, and I've generally found their offerings to be durable, but they can be EXPENSIVE. On the plus side, their return policy is amazing.

Augh, I wish I had more to share, but hopefully one of those is new to you.

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 12:26 am 0

On Ask a Clean Person's Gross Substitute

My Hawaiian husband says that it is not possible to clean enough to keep the roaches away. At best, if you clean up IMMEDIATELY after you do anything and don't spill crumbs there won't be hordes. They're still always there, though. Seriously, Hawaii, what is up with your horrifying bugs (also: GIANT CENTIPEDES).

Did anyone else ever use the Swiffer carpet sweeper thing they used to make? It was just a sticky pad you ran over the carpet, but it picks up long hair really well so there's less to clog the vacuum later. I'm sad that they appear to have stopped making the refills (a long time ago??). My stash can only hold out so long...

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm 0

On Really Good Books About Horses

Friggin' mares. Why do they always get their most hysterical and terrifying at shows? Seriously. That's why our mare is now confined to our arena only, after cantering/galloping like a crazy horse on the longe line for forty-five minutes with breaks only to cry at her new boyfriend. MARES. UGH.

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 12:57 am 0

On And Here We Are Again

Hooray for training level! It might be boring to watch, but the fundamentals are important. I went to a schooling show last weekend with my mom, and she can now say that she has an "8" horse after all their hard work. So proud!

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm 0

On Friday Bargain Bin: Festival Edition

Those hair clips are pretty amazing. I have fairly thick, long hair that bitterly resents any and all attempts to keep it from conforming to gravity, and those clips hold it all up (in a braid, anyway) decently well. They aren't quite as good grippers as ficcares are, but they are also a fraction of the price, so whatever!

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm 0

On The Agonizing Ecstasies of Male Contraception

@lue Don't panic or cancel! Insertion suuuucks, especially if you are childless and/or have a tiny vagina, but you'll get over it eventually. Take pain pills, lie down (maybe with a heat pad?), try not to pass out in the doctor's office (so sorry, nurse!), and think of how nice it will be to not have to deal with taking hormones or worrying about babies. It's WORTH IT.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm 1