Walmart Beauty Box

Another month, another Walmart Beauty Box! (Cost: free, just pay $5 shipping/handling.  So it’s $5 haha)



Ipsy March 2015 2

Makeup is in bloom, or something! Another month, another Glam Bag from Ipsy! (referral link)

Eating without a gallbladder 4

I had my gallbladder removed in July 2013. My digestive reality has changed a lot since then. I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m living without a bile reservoir! Let me start by saying that I’m extremely lucky to be one of the “normal” cases. My digestion isn’t the same as what a person with a gallbladder would experience, but I don’t have any of the most uncomfortable or inconvenient lingering effects. I know someone who does, and I have nothing but heartfelt sympathy for those who have to deal with near-constant diarrhea and discomfort. Y’all are rockstars. I […]



Fifty Shades: The Movie! 2

So I watched the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. (PS No, I didn’t buy a ticket -coughcough-) I watched it with my boyfriend, who had not read the books.  (Well, that’s not entirely true–he did read large passages of the first book to me. In a Cajun accent, because that actually somehow makes more sense than Jamie Dornan’s broken brogue…) Regarding the plot/direction: The plot of the books is thin, so I didn’t expect the movie to feel more robust. What I did not expect is how much the movie assumed you’d read the book and knew what the hell […]

How I deal with migraines 3

I get migraines at least once a month.  Mine are hormonal, so until I slog my way through menopause, my migraines will be like really inconvenient clockwork. I thought I’d share how I deal with them. YMMV. • Know Your Triggers: My migraines are hormonally-triggered, so there’s nothing I can avoid to avoid migraines. But you might be more lucky. Journal what you eat/drink and your habits. You might spot a pattern. Some people experience migraines as a part of an allergic reaction, often to things like chocolate. Some people experience them when they eat too many rich foods. You […]



YMMV: Four Letters to Make Advice More Meaningful 1

My advice to everyone: learn to automatically append “Your Mileage May Vary” to every piece of advice you’re given.  Even this. Every time you hear a piece of advice, think it: “Your Mileage May Vary”. Just because the advice was shared with you doesn’t mean you have to take it or that you’re even expected to. Advice is a bonding interaction that helps people feel closer and helpful. People love feeling wise and feeling as though their experience will be beneficial to others. Much advice is given not as a practical solution but as a comfort or note of optimism. Some […]



Speaking of delightful divination, I also teased that I’d be studying up on my love of palm reading. I’ve been interested in palm reading since I was a kid.  My brother bought a pocket-sized book on the topic when I was in grade school (which I wish I still had) and it instantly captured my interest.  Of all the forms of fortune telling, it seemed somewhat plausible to me because at least parts of our lives will manifest in our hands and having certain hands means you’ll naturally be more adept at certain pursuits. I’ve been studying up to get just […]

We Are Only Children: A Zine 2

Reviewing a zine is highly subjective.  We Are Only Children is objectively awesome.  Fact. Each month, creator/curator Cat Rocketship sends along a little bundle of neato. Usually, that means one hand-drawn, photocopied zine (or two) and stickers she printed. In the past, issues have included hand painted artwork, screen printed cards and more. I’m in love with Cat’s art style, so that makes loving We Are Only Children very, very easy.  But if I needed something to put me over-the-top in love with it, the overwhelming sense of calm and curiosity I get when I browse through it would do […]

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Why we should be kind to readers of Fifty Shades 2

I thought it was about time to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey.  I’m not citing any sources because honestly, other people have researched this so much better than I ever could. Spoiler alert?  If you think Fifty Shades is bad because it includes BDSM (or premarital sex) at all, you should probably just shuffle out the nearest Exit. Trigger warnings for discussion of rape, abuse, victim blaming, sex and bdsm.