I'm just a person, doing person things. I also have a dream blog that gets updated occasionally. Read it to make yourself feel better about your own dreams. Update: Just started another blog having to do with crafts! You can find it here: lovefromtheprojectroom.wordpress.com.

On How to Change Your Password: A Heartbleed Guide

Haaaaaa, Jack Johnson.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm 0

On These Are the World's Best Tights

@champignondeluxe Ha! I had a similar mixed-feeling: pride that I recognized him at first glance, then a little bit of shame? Oh well. Keep on keepin' on, Peter Pan guy.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm 0

On These Are the World's Best Tights

Thank you for that photo of Peter Pan up there.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 am 0

On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform

I must admit, when I was in grade school (I went to public school for all but two years of my 12 year education...the other two were spent in a parochial school), we considered homeschooled kids very "other." That is to say, we automatically thought they were weird. Probably none of my friends actually *knew* a kid that was homeschooled, but there was something so very different about it that made us feel superior. I see now how idiotic I was.

As a children's librarian at a public library, I can honestly say that the kids who are the least shy, the most helpful, and the most willing to participate in programming are almost always homeschooled. They are able to ask for what they want (or ask about how to find something out themselves). I find them to be very independent, but in a really great way. It's how I imagine kids who grew up 100 years ago acted--a little bit "older" for their age, not so screamy/entitled/bratty/brash like some of their school-going peers. Of course, I'm making a blanket statement here. There are LOTS of awesome school-goers, and a few weird/awkward homeschoolers, but on the whole, my experience with homeschooled kids has been extremely positive.

I do believe that minimum regulations should be a MUST (children should learn how to read, for example), but I see why some homeschooling parents might bristle a little at lots of oversight--avoiding "teaching to the test" might be the reason they homeschool, after all. What a complex, highly nuanced issue, especially when there are SO MANY reasons to homeschool (or not). Great interview, Hairpin. I agree: I miss seeing more stuff like this.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm 1

On Become a Beautiful Baby Tiger With Kim Kardashian's Contour Tutorial

This has become my favorite Hairpin feature. NEVER STOP, @Justthetips!

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm 0

On We Hacked Anthropologie

I love this, and I love them. And THANK YOU for mentioning how obnoxious the term "hack" is. Gah. I hate it.

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm 1

On For Our Periods, An App For That (That Being Our Periods)

@bureaucrab YES, another user of My Days. I think it's the bomb. It does everything I need it to do, and it helped me know with some accuracy when I became pregnant. Thanks to the app, I could tell my midwife was incorrect when she predicted my due date. I don't know why, but this gave me immense satisfaction.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm 0

On Weapons

The one time I really felt that surge of panic was when we heard the doorbell ring at 2am in our old apartment. We lived on the third floor of a three-family house, so I had always felt moderately safe (why would a robber climb the stairs for OUR tv when he could just break in to the first floor and steal THEIR tv?), but the minute that stupid doorbell rang all bets were off, man. It turned out to be the police, looking for a car vandal, and they were wondering if we were harboring him or her.

It took my heart at least a half hour to return to its usual rhythm, so I cannot imagine what it's like to have an actual bad guy show up at your door/break your windows/try to steal your stuff.

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 9:51 am 0

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

@retrogirlie @chickpeas akimbo I tried the ol' Softcup, but also found the removal to be really messy (like OHMYGODITLOOKSLIKEIKILLEDSOMEONE messy). Am I just doing it wrong (certainly possible)? I have a Diva Cup that I tried once and promptly removed because I could FEEL IT the whole time. Also user error, I'm sure, but dear lord. Uncomfy.

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0

On The Polar Vortex Pie

I just LOL'ed at the bean dip/dutch ovening.

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm 1