On Chatting About Tuna Noodle Casseroles, Jell-O, and the American Iron Housewife

I was curious about the tuna casserole "1 thing"! I'm glad you explained! Tuna casserole- or, as my mom called it, "toodle" (TUNA AND NOODLES, GET IT?!) was definitely a staple in our house. To this day, we don't let her live down the time that she somehow made it sans tuna, so it was just some soupy noodles with peas thrown in. As I recall, we had out-of-town guests visiting, so she was doubly embarrassed/annoyed. Poor moms.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm 1

On Are You 'Last Minute Trip to Burning Man' Rich?

I'm not sure what this says about me as a person, but if somebody put a gun to my head and said that I had to spend a weekend amongst naked, drug-addled, unsavory characters, 10 times out of 10 I would pick the Gathering of the Juggalos over Burning Man. This sounds like my own personal hell.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:18 am 6

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

My 1 Thing is to make a phone call regarding a traffic ticket I received, HALF A BLOCK FROM MY HOUSE. I am not amused.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm 0

On Is Air Conditioning Worth It?

@Josh Michtom@facebook I'm in Fort Worth which is pretty much on par with Houston as far as summer weather (maybe a whopping 10% less humidity most days), and to say that "healthy people can do without it" in this part of the world is similar to saying "healthy people can live on 500 calories a day". Sure, you COULD, but it would be godawful. It really is less of a preference and more of a necessity in the South and Southwest than you think.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:42 am 3

On You Never Leave Houston

@Clare You should come back to DFW sometime! We have a real live house you could stay at now and everything! Despite having grown up in DFW, and having been back for 3 years now as an adult and saying on at least half a dozen occasions "Hey..... we should drive down to Houston this weekend", I STILL have never been there. This piece makes me want to finally follow through with that plan.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm 2

On WWYD (If You Were Me), Acupuncture Edition

I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies, buuuuut, as others have said, acupuncture can be super relaxing, whether it stimulates any "activity" or not. Acupuncture schools are definitely the cheapest route, if you're cool with having a noob jam needles into your body. WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN, RIGHT???! And also, congrats/good luck!

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On Live Like Marie Antoinette on a Marie Callender Budget

I am firmly anti- bubble baths but am all for keeping celebration kits on hand. Except I would more often than not decide that I was going to "celebrate" surviving yet another random day-that-ends-in-Y, so I clearly am not responsible enough to be fabulous (or even to pretend to be fabulous).

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm 1

On I Don't Own a Microwave, AMA

I JUST purchased a new microwave yesterday (my first microwave *purchase* ever- I have gotten by for 15+ years with hand-me-down 'waves from the parents), and anyway, I definitely had the thought "I bet all my food-snob acquaintances and/or anyone I know who lives in New York would make a face at me right now if they could". Whatevs, slopping some canned refried beans into a bowl and nuking them for a minute on taco nights saves me enough time to justify my laziness.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm 0

On Job of The Day: Cheerleader For The Jets

@Michelle Pittman@facebook I'm not saying that being a cheerleader doesn't take hella dedication, commitment and talent, buuuut, it's not the same as being an Athlete-with-an-A. Of any gender! I guarantee that WNBA players still probably put in more time and effort and practice than cheerleaders do.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm 0

On Job of The Day: Cheerleader For The Jets

I guess I don't understand all the sudden outrage about how NFL cheerleaders are compensated. I remember knowing even as a kid that being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader (which was a BIG DEAL ‘round these parts) was really more of a volunteer/networking position that college students and recent grads used to supplement their resume. I didn’t think that anybody operated under the assumption that this is their for-reals job. Sure, some of the grooming standards that have been leaked are archaic, but I think most of these women go into this realizing that this will be a short-term, part-time gig.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm 0