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@dj pomegranate I have never been to Malawi. BUT I have a friend who did her gap year in Malawi. And despite nearly dying from malaria she LOVES it still and had such a lovely, lovely time there.

AND the church where I used to work had a family who sold all their stuff and moved to Malawi to be in mission with a community there. They stayed for 2 years, I think. Kids and all! And it was fantastic. That church still has very strong ties with the community and the stories from everyone who goes are just amazing. Beautiful country, etc etc. I've only ever heard good things about Malawi! (Except for the malaria thing.)

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On The Best Renditions of "American Gothic" by Spanish Teenagers

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm 0

On Eating Good Cheap Food

Jodi, I have loved your writing since I first ran into it on Hipmunk. I've even posted here about how much I love reading your blog. But I love you even more for having read a book called "How to Shit Around the World".

Can't wait to read more about Vietnam!!

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

On The Sweater

@Bus Driver Stu Benedict I don't get Relationshapes either! (I'm spending the evening pondering the things I just don't get, although I really want to.)

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm 1

On The Country is a Horrible Place

@Ellie wait why with the fire in the tunnel? Could be important.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm 1

On The Country is a Horrible Place

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm 0

On New Toys: Talking With Engineer and GoldieBlox Founder Debbie Sterling

@districter Yes! I am convinced that the reason so many people think they're bad at math is because we teach it in a different way than we do languages. I don't always get the math stuff in class, but I can always figure it out in my own way, you know? I just keep seeing so many parallels between learning a language and learning Chemistry, for example, that I just have to think we're not teaching as well as we could.

And going back at 26 is fantastic. Except for having to be friends with people 8 years younger than me. That part is harder, but still ok :)

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm 0

On New Toys: Talking With Engineer and GoldieBlox Founder Debbie Sterling

Ack! I love this!! I did French and English my first time through college, but now I'm back doing Mechanical Engineering. I see so many of the same things Debbie talked about (except my engineering profs are all very supportive and encouraging of women in engineering- no sneering, just explaining that it takes women a little bit of practice to get the spatial skills).

It's weird- my dad is an engineer and has told me my entire life that I should be an engineer. I was completely convinced that I was *bad* at math and science and everything. I'm not. I just thought I was. I'm doing well in my classes and I love it.

Blah blah blah gush gush gush this is why it's so important for toys like this to exist, and for societies like ASME and SWE to do outreach projects with people of ALL ages. Because you can decide to be an engineer at 26. Or at 7. Or at 18. Or whenever.

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm 7

On Loaner Shirts, Neon Books, and the Meanings of Sleazy

@frigwiggin I will second Julia Quinn; she's my favorite. I'm not a huge Kleypas fan though. Eloisa James is good. Addison Fox has a modern-day series set in Alaska that I like. I wish I could recommend more! I seriously burn through like 4 books a week (used to be 2 a day though) so I barely remember anything about the books. I just go through my library's ebooks and check out whatever I can.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm 0

On Loaner Shirts, Neon Books, and the Meanings of Sleazy

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Oh sure, I read most of my Regency romance novels on my phone for a variety of reasons. But I have some physical books that a lot of people would judge me for and I'm just not interested in that. I like the books I like. I don't feel like I have to hide anything.

I'm just secure in my reading, I guess. Who knows.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm 1