On Sickness, Death, and Money

I'm so sorry. Thank you for sharing your story so honestly.

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 2:19 am 0

On I Was a Collegiate Lab Rat

When I was in college, I signed up for a long-term medical study that required me to come in every month or so for a pap smear and to take samples (I believe they were tracking HPV). Pay was $50 per session, I got to find out afterwards if I had any cancerous cells or STDs, and the people were quite nice! On the downside, it was always awkward giving my sexual history to a stranger, and getting a pap smear is no joy either...

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm 0

On HIV Not Under Control

Why are the numbers for Florida so high???

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm 0

On I Spend a Lot of Time Thinking About Hair Removal What About You

Hair. Why do we care so much about hair??? Why is some hair dirty and some hair sexy?!! Is it a weird mammal fixation? I'm fairly relaxed on the hair-removal spectrum, but I do shave my legs and armpits every two or three days, bleach my upper lip occasionally, and I know that I take a bizarre pleasure in plucking random hairs out with my tweezers. I've never been waxed or gotten a Brazilian, but I do even trim with scissors as well if I think I'm going to get lucky. We are such strange apes.

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm 0

On Who Didn't Have a George Foreman Grill?

One birthday, I received Pajama Jeans as a (super awesome) gift.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm 0

On Initially Nice But Later Incompetent And/Or Crooked Landlords

The first apartment I ever moved into was $900 a month for one bedroom, one living room, a small kitchen and a tiny bathroom, which I still think is a pretty great price by Hawaii standards! However, it was in a bad neighborhood, our neighbors had a terrible rat problem that the landlords refused to take care of, and pale white mushrooms periodically grew out of the bathroom. I will never move into an apartment again without taking pictures of everything first, documenting every landlord-tenant interaction, and getting all the landlord's promises of repairs put down in the lease. UGH.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm 0

On A Conversation With a Single Mom Living on $40,000 a Year

@tuntastic Actually, four people living on $58,000, if you want to be picky.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm 11

On What'd You Spend On Your Bed? Like $200? Does That Sound Right?

For a cheap yet awesome do-it-yourself approach, I recommend the Orgy Proof Loftbed, despite its stupid name. Borrow someone's power tools, buy the wood from a good hardware store, and you end up with a sturdy, lovely loftbed that you can adjust however you want. It was a family project, and the bed itself has lasted seven years and is still going strong.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:00 am 0

On Do You Have a Uniform?

I do not have a uniform, per se, but I do have a tendency to exactly repeat my outfits once I figure out something that I know "works" well, from head to toe. Luckily I have a ridiculous amount of clothes, so it takes me the best part of a month to cycle through my outfits before I have to start doing laundry.

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm 1

On Snoozing and Losing

I don't use my snooze button, but I do set about seven alarms on my cell phone, all going off at different intervals and with different melodies. I feel like that's about the same thing, honestly, or maybe worse...

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm 0