From the monthly archives:

December 2008

Tips for Holiday Hair. And Life, in General.

December 10, 2008

Last weekend I went to the Red Door salon on Fifth Avenue to have some emergency beauty treatments. I’m in the process of writing a post about it, but it will not be ready until Monday, since I have to work out some issues with my therapist, and possibly my probation officer, first. But while […]

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What It Feels Like For a Girl To Leave The USSR

December 8, 2008

My parents were in their early 30s when they applied for exit visas to immigrate from the Soviet Union to America. It was the mid 70s and Soviet Jews were enjoying an Exodus, sans Charlton Heston. My father was immediately fired, my mother was denounced by her colleagues as being a traitor to her country […]

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This is Why I Don’t Like Adult Games

December 7, 2008

Generally speaking, when other adults want to play a game, I immediately want to be doing whatever is the opposite of playing a game. And yet, when the parents in my daughter’s class wanted to play a “Guess Who?” trivia game at the annual potluck dinner, I was all over it. The rules were simple. […]

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Pinch Me

December 4, 2008

Today I have two awesome guest posters. Jessica from Bern This and Wendi Aarons from They’re Not All Gems.  We thought that it would be fun if we each wrote a post about living in Austin, Los Angeles and New York.  Because I live in  NYC, I got that one.  Their fantastic posts are below. […]

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Reese Witherspoon and Kelly Ripa Chat. Marinka Can’t Stop Vomiting.

December 3, 2008

Last week Reese Witherspoon was a guest on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and let me just get this out of the way–her appeal is completely lost on me. I just don’t see it. But you know who sees it? Kelly. Reese comes out to thunderous audience applause and Kelly says “the women cheer for […]

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As God is My Witness, I Will Never Haggle Again.

December 1, 2008

This is the Breaking News email that I got from CNN yesterday: — The Dow closes down about 680 points, as manufacturing hits a 26-year low and the U.S. is declared to be in a recession. Unpleasant, right? And yet it doesn’t terrorize me the way that an article that I read in New York Magazine […]

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December 1, 2008

When my son was in kindergarten, we had school conferences that focused on his drawing ability. It was weak. We were concerned. Well, at least we feigned concern, because we didn’t want to be those parents who don’t give a shit when the school is flagging an issue. But really, who cares? It’s not like […]

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