Archive for February 2015

How you react to The Dress reveals more than just how your eyes work

How you react to The Dress reveals more than just how your eyes work
Yesterday was a weird day on the internet. Things were normal, but then I stepped away for a while to pick up my kids. When I returned, my Twitter feed was full of llama talk. Like, literally every post was llama-related. I backtracked to see what was going on, and apparently some llamas escaped from... Read more »

Do you suffer from TEABS?

Do you suffer from TEABS?
I’d suffered from TEABS for most of my life and didn’t realize it. I never had a name for it. I thought I was the only one struggling with this affliction and I felt like I had no one to talk to. Until Forever Young Adult came along. They gave a name to how I... Read more »

21 Best Oscar Tweets 2015

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hoping red carpet attendee wears sunglasses and answers everything with, &quot;I&#39;m just here so I won&#39;t get fined.&quot; Preferably Streep. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oscars?src=hash">#Oscars</a></p>&mdash; Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) <a href="https://twitter.com/richardroeper/status/569641196504649728">February 22, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
I said I wasn’t going to be live tweeting the Oscars this year, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t creep on Twitter and favorite the best things I read all night. The awards themselves came out nearly as expected. What wasn’t as expected was how jittery and off Neil Patrick Harris seemed in his role... Read more »
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Why I won't be live-tweeting the Oscars

Why I won't be live-tweeting the Oscars
When my husband and I were heading downstairs to watch the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show on Sunday night, I grabbed a glass of water and an ice cream sandwich. I did not grab my computer or my phone. I, a person who has live-tweeted everything from The Walking Dead to the presidential debates... Read more »

40 Bags in 40 Days, Day 1: The dreaded kids' closet

40 Bags in 40 Days, Day 1: The dreaded kids' closet
As I mentioned in my intro to this 40 Bags in 40 Days project, I was starting with the hard stuff. That would be…dun-dun…the kids’ closet. The meat of the closet wasn’t the problem. I have a dresser in there for off-season clothes, and the stuff on the shelves is still necessary/wanted and fairly neat.... Read more »

My Lenten Promise (again): 40 Bags in 40 Days

My Lenten Promise (again): 40 Bags in 40 Days
Last year, I announced to the world that I was going to take the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge during Lent. I made it, oh, about 13 days, which is actually not bad followthrough for me. I’d’ve guessed that I’d have quit that bitch by day seven, at least. Going into Lent this year,... Read more »
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Hammering Out... 50 Shades of Grey

Hammering Out... 50 Shades of Grey
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: 50 SHADES OF GREY. JULIE: I’ve made mention before that action scenes (especially car chases) tend to put me right to sleep. But I’d never fallen asleep during a “getting action” scene, at least not... Read more »

The Walking Dead review: What happened was a whole lot of not much

The Walking Dead review: What happened was a whole lot of not much
I was going to write something about how this episode, the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead (“What Happened and What’s Going On?”) was a really long, drawn-out way of showing us how Tyreese lost his arm; but, alas, by the end of it, Tyreese had lost a whole lot more than just a limb.... Read more »

Hammering Out... Kingsman: The Secret Service

Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. JOHN: Blame The Dark Knight.  As good as that movie was (and it was excellent), its serious and dour tone influenced not only superhero flicks but all other kinds of franchises,... Read more »
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I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement

I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement
I remember the day my son got the MMR booster shot. He was fifteen-months-old; and before the appointment, I got on Facebook and opened up a discussion with a friend who has older kids. “Talk me down,” I said. “Tell me I’m doing the right thing. Tell me he’s not going to get the autism... Read more »