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On And the Best Razors Are...

How very timely: the fiance just bought a vintage merkur yesterday as a special consolation prize for the fact that, after 5 years of sporting an excellent beard, he has to start shaving for a new job. i was sad to see it go; it kind of feels like i'm engaged to a new, fresh-faced guy who only vaguely resembles my hunny. anyway, he got his merkur from an antique store; it was made in the 50's but looks brand new. pretty amazing craftsmanship. and it did shave him nice and clean in the end.

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm 1

On Rejection, Bigotry, and Vanilla With Sprinkles

LW#2: Please apply for some jobs in Austin! Many religious folks there tend to be more tolerant. Also, there are some other cool private and charter schools in the city that might be willing to hire you. Then maybe also take some night classes at UT to work toward your certification?

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Hair Products -- Why So Many?

@anniemac I retract my statement (about the article not addressing curly hair), as references to curly products have been added. Thanks Jane!

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am 0

On Beauty Q&A: Hair Products -- Why So Many?

I would like to submit that this article does not fully address the styling needs of white curly headed girls (not that we're an oppressed class or anything, I just think it's a different ballgame when you've got curly hair).

I have curly, frizz-prone hair and use curl-specific gel every day, and it does not give my hair a greasy or a crunchy look--it just cuts the frizz and defines my curls. I highly recommend DevaCurl products. Also, naturallycurly.com is a fabulous resource for curly headed ladies of all races and ethnicities.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 7:29 am 0

On Beauty Q&A: Hair Products -- Why So Many?

@OhMarie DevaCurl conditioner and and ArcAnGEL. I swear by it.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 7:25 am 0

On Interview With a Lapsed Christian Virgin

@Hammitt Ugh, this is something I've been thinking about lately, as I am actually at the point where an engagement in imminent. It's silly because the bf and I have talked about marriage and I know he's planning to propose soonish, so I'm actually questioning why I am the one waiting around for the proposal...how anti-feminist is that, right? Strangely, the situation is complicated by the fact that my dad passed away when I was young and by my subsequent desire to have him symbolically be a part of this new stage of my life. I've asked the bf that he propose with the ring my dad gave my mom (mom has okayed this), so it will be, in my mind, more of a passing down of a meaningful heirloom than a symbol of patriarchy. At least that's what I tell myself. In terms of my name, I definitely want to hold on to my last name--it's my dad's name, after all--but I haven't decided if I'll hyphenate or not (Southern ladies take their maiden name as their middle name and drop their original middle name, but I'm not dropping my grandmother's name, and I am not Southern anyway, so that's out). Our unofficial, way-ahead-of-schedule plan is for our kids to have my last name as their middle name. We've even said that if we ever have a son, we'll call him by my dad's nickname, which is a shortened form of my last name. In the end, though, I do still feel conflicted about upholding this patriarchal customs. It never stops feeling complicated.

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm 0

On I Have That: Snatiation

@iceberg Hmm, are you related to me? My dad's entire side of the family sneezes 3 times as well, and we all have the photic thing.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm 0

On I Have That: Snatiation

Everyone on my dad's side of the family sneezes exactly three times when exposed to bright sunlight.

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm 1

On We The Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters

I'll admit that I only scanned through this video, but it looks like she didn't profile any homes in developing (or non-Western) countries, which seems an odd choice. India, for instance, is pretty much full of people who are masters at living in small, functional spaces. Maybe it's seen as less interesting since, in places like India, nearly everyone lives on this? Or less interesting when impoverished people live in small spaces because they're forced to do so? (Though in India, both impoverished and middle-class folks tend to live in small homes). Genuinely curious about this omission.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm 0

On Jane Demystifies All Beauty Secrets in Five Minutes

Jane, WHO MAKES THAT DRESS? That is totally my cut and my color (redheads love green). I must have it.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 10:20 am 2