Somebody Pinch “Me”
By     |    Mar 22, 2010
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Somebody Pinch “Me”

I had the best Spring Break! Check out the Esquire shoot with Tina Fey. She was so funny, not surprisingly. Love that girl. We’re BFFs now. I’m pretty sure I’m going to her house for Easter. Seriously, though. Who IS that redhead in the picture? And why did my parents split me and my twin up? I’m going to ask some tough questions of them next time we chat.

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Why My Redheaded Family Wears 50 SPF Around Austin
By     |    Mar 15, 2010
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Why My Redheaded Family Wears 50 SPF Around Austin

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s a rare cloudy Austin day in the pic. I had to wait until an overcast day to take a decent picture of this, though (too reflective otherwise). Queing up some appropriate music… Blister In The Sun – Violent F…

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By     |    Feb 28, 2010
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Why I *Hate* Girl Scout Cookie Tables at Big Box Stores

From the Girl Scout Cookies online FAQ: Q: Does a Girl Scout group have to sell cookies if it doesn’t want to? A: The Girl Scout Cookie Program is not just about cookies. These annual activities offer many opportunities for hands-on entrepreneurial activities in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We find that most girls in Girl Scouting thoroughly enjoy this activity and look forward to it each year. Participation in […]

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By     |    Feb 16, 2010
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Inspiration to “Snap Out of It!”

I read a fantastic piece on Slate a few weeks ago about a poem Michelangelo had written while he was painting the Sistine Chapel. As the writer of the piece, Robert Pinsky, explains, what’s amazing about the poem is the deep amount of self-doubt and complaint about the “work” part of the work of art he was doing (albeit understandably…read his words below and you get a definite feeling of […]

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By     |    Feb 7, 2010
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5 Tips I Wish I Had Known Sooner

I learned quite a bit at the UT Sustainable Business Summit last Friday, including this little factoid: tea is one of the few crops that goes directly to from the field into a bag and then into your waiting cup of hot water to drink. WITHOUT BEING WASHED, chems and all (if non-organic). Though it’s obvious upon reflection (if you washed tea leaves, you would ruin them), I almost shot […]

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The Weighting Game
By     |    Feb 2, 2010
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The Weighting Game

When I was pregnant with Benjamin, I gained 70 lbs. At the time, it didn’t seem that weird. My doctors didn’t even mention it and when I pressed them if it was normal, they said it was and not to worry, it would come off after I had the baby. Since I was eating super-healthy during my entire pregnancy (we even bought a CSA share and routinely ate fresh veggies […]

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By     |    Jan 28, 2010
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Online “Listening” Tools for Bloggers and Other Online Snoops

Here is a cyber-detective crash course for people who want to track others online. Okay, that sounds more nefarious than I intended. But, maybe you are a blogger who hasn’t, um, updated your blog in a while (cough, cough) and you wonder what sort of topics will draw the most interest from readers in the big TwentyTen. Or you sent an e-mail to your boss and wonder if she ever […]

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Yikes, and Double Yikes
By     |    Jan 16, 2010
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Yikes, and Double Yikes

Here’s a blog post that belongs in a “TMI, girl talk edition” category that I hope I never add anything else to. All the same, I’m pretty creeped out about it, so I feel compelled to share for anyone it may help. Because I am an old-fashioned sort of gal, I’m going to use the aphorism Aunt Flo in this. (So, you have been warned.) So, you know how Aunt […]

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By     |    Nov 2, 2009
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Why Gen-X Can’t Get Enough of the 1950s

Recently a Boomer work colleague, Matt, wondered aloud why it seemed that my age group was so into the 50s. It was, after all, no golden era of equality. It would be hard to imagine potentially less favorable circumstances in the last century for working women in particular; expected to work as hard as men for far less pay or promotional opportunities while also running a household in heels and an apron. […]

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By     |    Oct 3, 2009
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Learning How to Order a Coffee, Part I

It seems like this should be a no-brainer, right? Outside of the coffee boutique world, the universal sign for “I want to buy something” is for the buyer to simply open their wallet. The person at the cash register is normally more than happy to do the rest and is incredibly likely to make the buyer feel like a genius for thinking of it. But with “café” buying, things can […]

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