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Lately

Contrary to popular belief, the world has not opened up and swallowed me whole.  Despite my silence in this space, I’ve been out and about, alive and kicking, moving and shaking, grabbing life by the horns (or whatever). I’m not so delusional to think that my absence from the internet has ruined anyone’s life.  But…

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New plates

It’s Monday, December 5th, and I have now been without a car for 20 days. On a few occasions, I’ve had a friend or two go out of town and bequeath me their vehicle in their absence, so don’t worry: I’m not starving, I’ve made it to the gym here and there, and my December…

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Rent (not the musical)

Recently, I was at Target, and I saw a stainless steel toilet bowl brush. The first thing that I thought was, “I want that one – it’s so nice and shiny.”  Then, I thought, “It’s too expensive – I’ll just buy this plastic one for $2.99.”  And I did. See, stainless steel toilet bowl brushes…

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Game plan

On this little blog, I don’t really talk in specifics about my dating life (do I have a dating life? You’ll never know). In the event that any given romantic endeavor doesn’t work out, I can handle my own disappointment – but the collective devastation of us all? That would just be too much. I…

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The saddest day

I know.  You have been nervously refreshing the page every moment since last Friday, awaiting an update as to the Honda’s fate. Well, people, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m alive. The bad news is that if oil were blood, my engine would be the beaches of Normandy.…

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In search of motivation

I think that the best way to get me to do something is for someone to tell me that they don’t think I can do it. Actually, here’s how it really goes.  Someone tells me that they don’t think I can do it, and I believe them.  I get sad and discouraged.  I probably cry…

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And now, for a long story

When I was a senior in college, I stopped every morning on the way to class at a coffee shop called the Java Bean.  Every day, I ordered the same thing: a 16 oz. cup of coffee with room.  That’s all, nice and simple.  The baristas recognized me, and I always had exact change for…

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Horrid, rotten teeth

You have no idea what a numb-face I am right now. Three miserable cavities down.  Many, many more to go. Oh yes.  The initial number was seven, but they are spreading – spreading like tweets about “Inception.”  This is some kind of mysterious, contagious decay that moves from tooth to tooth, and if I don’t…

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Crave

I know, I know.  Things won’t make me happy.  No matter what I get, things will leave me feeling empty – empty like a Kardashian brain. But let’s just say that it’s Lent, and that for Lent, I gave up frugality. Here’s what I would buy: Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life. This shirt in every…

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Pillow talk

I ordered a $39 throw pillow from Home Decorators Collection.  They charged me $15 in taxes and shipping.  It arrived and was ugly, so I sent it back.  UPS charged me $12.04 for return postage. Returning items via mail always makes me nervous – I hope they credit my card like I asked them to. …

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