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Emmy Recap In Award-Winning GIFs*

[*I may have presented those awards to myself. Anyway…] The 2014 Emmy Awards finally got underway last night after 17 hours of red carpet shows, each more vapid than the last. It’s pretty simple: I just want to see what everyone is wearing. Maybe hear about their next project. Anything more than that gets awkward […]

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And The Grossest Spoiled Food Item You’ve Ever Found In Your House Or Car is…

Yesterday I was tidying up the house a bit in anticipation of the kids coming home today from sleep away camp. Jake’s been gone for almost two weeks, Fiona for almost six. Basically I didn’t want them to know how slovenly I’d been while they were gone. I came across Jake’s NY Yankees lunchbox in […]

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FitBit Update: Bracelets and Wristbands

*** UPDATE: FitBit responded (first on Twitter, which might have gotten my case moved up), and they are sending me a new wristband. *** I’ve been using my FitBit since June. I really like it. But a few weeks ago, a teeny tiny little tear appeared in the back opening of the wristband, where you […]

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I tried The Latest Facebook Challenge; I Lasted Ten Minutes

Last week I read about a guy who did an experiment: For two days, he liked everything on Facebook. Stuff that was completely opposite of what he believed in, stuff that he most definitely did not like, stuff that he felt really bad about liking. It didn’t take long at all until his feed was […]

What My Kids Give Me, Besides The Obvious

I think it’s a given that my kids give me love and affection and joy and exhaustion and the occasional cold and near heart attack. All that kid-related stuff. But they also give me structure. With both of them off at camp I’m finding my life completely devoid of structure, and I don’t really like […]

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My SodaStream Experiment

A couple weeks ago I decided to buy a SodaStream machine. Bed Bath & Beyond was having a sale along with a $20 mail-in rebate. Combined with a 20% off coupon I had, I decided that it was a good time to try it out. I’d seen the SodaStream at consumer tech shows and had […]

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Look At What I Found In My Washing Machine!!!

I love my front-loading washing machine, I really do. I’ve had it for eight years and I can put anything in there, from the most delicate sweater to the biggest comforter in the house. But… The mold. It gets under the rubber gasket inside the drum. I’m usually pretty good about cleaning it out once […]

Random Thoughts At 4am

Going to bed early to catch up on sleep only works if you don’t wake up at 3am. No matter what time I get up, my cat runs to me at a breakneck speed, meowing and begging for attention. I’m not a morning person, and I always ignore her for about half an hour. And […]

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Organic Food: Not Necessarily Better?

My brother-in-law posted a link to this article on Facebook today. And this follow-up. The author discusses four myths of organic farming. I knew some of this, and basically already agreed with it, but it was nice to see it all laid out in one place, and especially the detail and comparisons in the rebuttal […]

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Shaking Things Up A Bit

I’m a slow runner. I usually say that with a shrug and a resigned tone of voice. On paper my running pace could be mistaken for another person’s walking pace. Since the purpose of my running is usually focused on not dying during half marathons, I’ve never ever taken the time to try to get […]