I think tiny hamsters in votive holders are cute. However, I would not advocate using a hamster as a candle.

On Journalists Cowed

Thank you for letting me know that there's no reason whatsoever for me to check Facebook today.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm 2

On How to Write

Love this.
My 13 year old said "I have 5-thousand followers on Tumblr. You don't even have a Tumblr mom, so are you even a real writer?".

I definitely need to up my Harry Styles fanfic game.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm 1

On Intrepreneurial Disrupters Zig Towards Taco Innovation

Who started the "disrupter-as-a-title" craze. I really don't like that person.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm 1

On How Jeb Bush Loses On Super Tuesday, 2016

@Rod T Yes. It's now "Awl Obituaries and Bears."

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm 1

On How Jeb Bush Loses On Super Tuesday, 2016

@jolie I think Choire is channeling a Scandal storyline. We'll know for sure if a child of a Republican candidate comes down with meningitis in his next post.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:48 am 0

On How Jeb Bush Loses On Super Tuesday, 2016

I'm sorry, you forgot about President Joe Scarborough.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:20 am 2

On The Miata Is 25

@ignerd Along those lines...what was up with red Miatas? My husband and I were invited to a long weekend at a lake in Northern California at the height of Miata mania. We were the only straight couple out of six couples. There were four Red Miatas in the driveway, plus our Honda Accord. Maybe it was just coincidence. Or maybe the cars turned people gay?

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 am 0

On How Bookstores Survive

I have a non-NYC recommendation. I love this bookstore so much and if you are ever in Minneapolis, go to it. Even if you are not a kid.
Wild Rumpus is located in Linden Hills, which is a cute little neighborhood, south of the lakes. There's a big door for grown-ups and a tiny door for kids. Inside, there are great books, but also a veritable menagerie of animals. Cats, ferrets, mice, a tarantula named Thomas Jefferson and a bunch of chickens wandering around. The spider is not actually wandering around. The spider is located below a glass window on the floor of the bookstore so kids can walk over the spider. The cats are Manx, so no tails and also super friendly. Lots of comfy chairs, great author visits and best of all, it's next to some really terrific restaurants for people over the age of 12.

Thus ends my unsolicited testimonial for a children's bookstore in Minneapolis.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm 0

On Feelings Had

Well, it wasn't "Bob Newhart", I'll tell you that.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I'm 33 And Single. What Am I Doing Wrong?

YES. This is great advice...say who you are from the start.

Here's my story....dated a lot in my 20s. Wasn't looking for anything long-term because I was focussed on my career (strangely, it seemed at the time guys were the ones who wanted to get serious).

Then, got involved with a guy I thought might be "the one". Because I thought it was time to find "the one". Spent a LOT of time trying to make it perfect, be perfect, plan the perfect future. Never talked about my job, my life outside of him, any of that stuff (He never asked and that stuff was all going great). Had several years of this BS and in the meantime, started feeling crappy about myself. Eventually, found my spine, dumped him and married his roommate. Which was awesome because that guy had already seen every flaw and loved me anyway. And if I hadn't been wasting my time trying to make life with his roommate "perfect", I probably would have seen that.

I guess my advice is, make sure to look at the roommates.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm 10