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What Happened Last Week

I’m sorry for last week—for getting you all excited about my return to “regular” posting only to leaving you hanging with a single, solitary, charming-but-rather-daft post about shower curtains. The thing is I have this friend. And three months ago she met this guy on the internet (Plenty of Fish of all places…) and now…

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Writing Wednesday: How to Date a Blogger

If you write a blog about dating, should you tell the man you’re dating? I get this question a lot actually (especially after last Monday’s post), and my answer is always the same: YES! During my Manthropology days, I let all prospective suitors know up front, from the get go. I felt it was important,…

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On My Team

I’ve spent the better part of my life wondering if love is real or not. On good days, I think it’s a feeling, an emotion, an action, perhaps even a scientifically verifiable state of being if I listen to enough NPR. But on bad days, I think it’s just something we poetic types go on…

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Introducing P.I.C.

We’re on the train, the new boyfriend and I, heading downtown from his apartment in the suburbs. I’m writing a blog post on my phone and he’s reading Time Magazine. “You need a name,” I tell him. He looks up. “For my blog. It’s been almost three months.  I need a nickname for you.” I…

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Painting in the Dark

I thought I knew it all. I thought I had it all figured out. I’d read every brochure, every guide, every scrap of literature in the paint department at Sherwin Williams but I didn’t know this. Shall I start at beginning? It would be helpful, I suppose, to first explain that I come from a…

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Sushi in a Box

One of the interesting things about teaching anthropology is that you end up wearing your anthropologist’s hat ALL of the time.  As such, as simple purchase for your boyfriend’s birthday becomes much more than a quick trip to the mall.  Much more… A while back, TWD mentioned that he would like a scarf. “Are you…

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Folding Boyfriend for Hire?

Here’s a little something I bet you didn’t know about me.  I hate folding laundry.  Like really hate it.  I find that moving it around works just as well.  I usually maintain a nice chair-to-bed-to-chair-to-bed pattern, although sometimes that gets difficult when TWD comes to visit or I find myself needing my chair for other…

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Boyfriend vs. Ballet

It’s not that I don’t like ballet; it’s that ballet doesn’t like me.  Nonetheless, I decided a few weeks ago that it was time to get back to class.  So I purchased a ten-class card at Koresh, dug an old leotard out of the class and headed uptown. I couldn’t even find my ballet slippers—that’s…