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May 23, 2011

Squirrel Madness

Internet, I have terrible news. Shortly after my last blog post, I decided I should actually look at the outside of my house, to ensure that the hull had not been breached by Team Squirrel. (I live on a houseboat.*) Turns out, my worst suspicions were confirmed, and those little shit-weasels had torn the gutter […]

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May 9, 2011

Softball and Other Disasters

When I was in the seventh grade, I played softball. I am not precisely an athletic person – witness my failed attempts at playing basketball, in which I spent most of my time on the wrong side of the court, and only one time made a three-point shot, and that one time it was only […]

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May 2, 2011

Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo Report – Snacks!

I wasn’t going to go. I’d seen people talking about the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo in Chicago (actually, Lisle, but who’s counting?) last weekend, but I was resolute. I did not need to go and find out about new shiny things to eat. So of course I bought tickets. I decided only to go […]

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April 25, 2011

Lazy enchiladas

When my sister and I were small, one day our family sat around the dinner table. The details of that meal have been lost to time, but the conversation hasn’t. My sister looked up from her plate and right at my father and said, “Daddy, you’re lazy!” This, of course, was the furthest thing from […]

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April 20, 2011

The thing with feathers

This week I got some bad news — I did not, in fact, get into grad school. I’m still reeling a little, from sadness to anger and back again. I started thinking, how could I have better prepared my application? What will I change next time? No perfume sprayed on my transcripts. Or at least […]

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April 18, 2011

Because the last thing I need is another TV show to freak out about

I called up and added HBO to our cable package this week — Me: “Ten channels for ten dollars a month? That’s like magic!” Cable lady: incoherent cackling — because P is a huge fan of George R. R. Martin’s books and wanted to watch Game of Thrones. Me, I’m not so into epic fantasy. […]

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April 11, 2011


When I lived in Albuquerque, I had a doppelganger. Actually, I suppose I still do, but as far as I know she didn’t follow me to Chicago. I saw her one time. I’d traveled to Albuquerque to visit UNM. This was a mere formality, because I knew that’s where I wanted to go to school. […]

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April 4, 2011

Gluten free Chick-Fil-A style nuggets

One thing I’ve learned, after six months of eating gluten free, largely avoiding restaurants and eating absolutely nothing deep fried? I WANT TO EAT SOMETHING DEEP FRIED. A play: Me: Vegetables again! My face: looks sad, chews listlessly. – Fin – Chick-Fil-A was my very, very favorite thing to eat before I went gluten free. […]

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March 31, 2011

Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism.

It’s all Erica O’Rourke’s fault. She kept saying, ‘You have to watch Doctor Who,’ and ‘It’s really good!’ and ‘Have you written as many pages as you said you would?’ So I had to watch Doctor Who. I immediately fell in love. With Steven Moffat. Any showrunner who can make me cry over an invisible […]

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March 28, 2011

Gluten free biscuits, or, be careful what you wish for.

I used to daydream about being one of those people who cooks all her meals from scratch. ‘I’m going to get all that processed food out of my diet,’ I’d proclaim. ‘I’m going to roast vegetables to make stock and, I don’t know, grow some sugarcane outside so I can pound it into good stuff […]

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