April 17, 2015

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showing up without panties

A Five Star Life

When my sister Lea was four-years-old she attended a wedding of our cousin and flashed the priest her vagina. Not once. It was vagina party time. Flowery dress, white eyelet socks, shiny black dress shoes, hair in ribbons, and there it was, on full display, as my terribly bored sister played with the hem of her […]

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March 31, 2015

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creating the (ch)extraordinary (a giveaway)

Chex Giveaway

There are the big moments, calendar worthy, marked with cakes and hearts, circled, assigned with reminders—anniversaries, religious holidays, graduations, TV celebrations from the Superbowl to the Academy Awards—and then there are our every days. We strive to infuse our daily lives with light-up moments, scribbling love notes into lunch bags, or creating savory routines worthy […]

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March 16, 2015

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latest obsessions

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #streamteam

  I’m obsessed with the show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” I attended the advance screening and brought Phil as my date. Phil doesn’t like anything. If he says, “It was okay,” it means he wants to spread his seed and make illegit babies with it. After watching the first two episodes of Tina Fey’s newest show, […]

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March 12, 2015

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defacing time

Rodner Figueroa

I can only imagine what Rodner Figueroa called me after this photo of us was taken. “A hideous bag,” he might have said, “and the clutch is awful, too.” He would’ve been right about the clutch. It’s time to deface this photo in light of his recent derogatory remarks about Michelle Obama. Appropriately, Univision fired […]

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March 9, 2015

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when hormones moan out, “ADHD and what else?”

When I worked in advertising and attended a creative briefing, I’d usually have what she’s having. That is, if, say, we were briefed on a new drug launch, we’d hear about all the symptoms and how the new drug helped the target audience, then we’d scamper off to brainstorm and search for relevant art (insert […]

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February 28, 2015

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ever after high

Remember

Netflix sent me a box of #StreamTeam goodies to throw an Ever After High viewing party this month, and it has been on my to-do list all month. It didn’t happen, but here’s what did: Abigail opened the box, and Lucas made a verb out of it. “It’s an unboxing, Mama.” Yup, that’s one too […]

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February 27, 2015

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attention seekers

Olivia Books

I just had a mini-moment. I won’t call it an epiphany because I don’t know that I’ll remember the moment years from now, with remarkable accuracy—as you’re able to do with true epiphanies—able to tell you what I was wearing (Phil’s cableknit cashmere sweater, waffle weave sweatpants, horn-rimmed glasses), or if I was on my […]

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February 24, 2015

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car conversations

One of the reasons I opted for a car without a DVD player or TV screens on the headrests is because I value our car conversations, the ones we wouldn’t have if my beans were being carted off to karate lessons after school, wearing headphones, engrossed in a movie on demand. Conversations like this one, […]

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