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How I spent my summer vacation

Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian.Read the rest at the Register.***Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Tick spoons are the best.

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Ticks are pure evil. Pure, pure, pure, pure evil, and there are lots of them this year.  Here is a product you should have on hand. It makes it fast and easy to remove those wiggling bastards whole:You don't have to touch the tick at all, and the head comes right out. So much easier and less horrible than using tweezers. Tick spoon! Yay.    … [Read more...]

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Oy, was I toisty! Five Summer Cocktails that Even You Can Make

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  It's so important to stay hydrated in the summer. If the only way to achieve this is to drink too much and then spend the next day guzzling water to try to wash your headache away, then so be it! Therefore, in the name of health, and because Eve Tushnet's post about ice cream sodas reminded me about drinking, here are a few of our favorite summer drinks:***1. THE ANGRY PIRATESometimes known, by people who actually know the names of drinks, as DARK AND STORMY. … [Read more...]

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Seven Quick Takes: In Which Benny Meets Her Match

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 And we’re home from camping!  Or, "camping." Whatever, you tent-loving masochists. It was rustic enough for me. Nobody fell in the fire, nobody got permanently lost, nobody drowned, nobody got carried off by wildlife, we didn’t need to test whether our insurance covered out-of-state ER visits, and nobody even pulled anybody’s hair until we were – get this – two minutes away from reaching home. We managed to stretch a three-hour road trip into five hours, but we made it.And guess wha … [Read more...]

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At the Register: We Who Are About to Camp Salute You

As I write, I may have nothing packed, nothing purchased, and nothing planned, but I do have a very tidy and detailed list of the things I am sure will go wrong on our trip. They are as follows:We will run out of food and we will starve, because obviously we won't be able to get into the car and drive to a store and buy more food. This is camping, and we are going to have to make do with sand tea and acorn kabobs.Sharks. Okay, there are not going to be any sharks, but I'm afraid my … [Read more...]

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The bathing suit post that is not about modesty!

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First of all, for that ^^, this is for me.Second of all, I agree wholeheartedly with every last word in this post in . . . the Huffington Post:Moms, Put on That Swimsuit. The writer (who, in the picture, is not at all fat! But she feels like she is, and that's what counts) says: I refuse to miss my children's high-pitched, pool-induced giggles because of my insecurities.I refuse to let other women's judging eyes at the pool prevent me from exposing my kids' eyes to the w … [Read more...]

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Wanna?

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I am thinking of going through (and dragging my older kids through) the home drawing course outlined in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.Here's the blurb: Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, … [Read more...]

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