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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Because Nobody Likes Moldy Bread

Tweet I buy most of my bread at Trader Joe’s. The bread is preservative-free, which is great, until I discover fuzzy green spots growing on the slices three days after I bring the loaf home. Then I discovered from Mom a wonderful trick that will ward off moldiness and keep the bread good way past […]

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Possibilities and Uncertainties

Tweet A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. The biggest piece of news is that I’ve joined the ranks of the unemployed. This situation is a mixed blessing – on the one hand, having no income is of course a scary experience. On the other hand, this development will give me more time […]

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The One In Which I Fall For A Commercial

Tweet Yoplait brand managers should be proud! I’ve always liked the fluffy texture of Yoplait Whips, but recently, I’ve seen a couple of commercials (Yoplait Whips Freezing) that touted the deliciousness of Yoplait Whips yogurt in a whole new way – “put it in the freezer, and voila, Yoplait Whips become a luscious frozen treat.” […]

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$330 Pair of Flip-Flops

Tweet You read the title right. I am usually an advocate of spending more on quality shoes, but, as I’ve come to realize, “more” and “quality” are all in the eyes of the beholder. Now, behold this pair of Hermes calfskin flip-flops. On the one hand, I wonder how in the world a pair of […]

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August 26, 1920: Women’s Vote

Tweet Today, 89 years ago, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, and women could vote in the fall elections, including in the Presidential election. A century is not a very long chapter in the annuals of human history, and it’s amazing how much women’s roles and perceptions have changed.  As an aside, I […]

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The Luxury of Fresh Flowers

Tweet My fascination with Mrs. Dalloway began with the first sentence, in which the female heroine decided that she was going to buy the flowers herself for her party that night. Well, my friend bought me a gorgeous bouquet of purple, blue, and pink hydrangeas for a get-together this weekend. The bouquet was so big that I split them […]

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Entertaining At Home > Restaurants (Sometimes)

Tweet Lately, I’ve been trying to cook more. As a rite of passage into “adulthood”, I’ve began inviting friends over and hosting dinner parties. In the past 3 months, I’ve had a housewarming party, a brunch gathering (featuring eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and cinnamon swirl french toast), two dinners with a girlfriend, and a dinner party, […]

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Profits & Markups in the Fashion Industry (or, Did Banana Republic Make Money Off My $20 Dress?)

Tweet Given the proliferation of recession sales lately, I’ve been wondering about its effects on retailers, specifically women’s apparel. I recently purchased a linen dress from Banana Republic. It’s MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) is $98, but after several discounts, I purchased the dress for $20. So, how much of a markup did Banana Republic still receive? Did the retailer still […]

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Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Tweet Today New York Times published a very well-written and compelling story (The Women’s Crusade), part of a special issue on Saving The World’s Women. In the 19th century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and […]

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Tip Inflation: Is 20% the New Norm?

Tweet When I was growing up, I always though the rule of thumb was a 15% tip for breakfast / lunch and a 18% tip for dinner. Recently, however, I’m wondering if my rule of thumb has become outdated and that guidelines for the appropriate tip amount, like almost everything else, have inflated. Last Saturday, […]

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When To Spend Money On Hobbies?

Tweet Hobbies are fun, but if you’re not careful, hobby-related expenses can really add up. Right now, my most enjoyable hobby is salsa. So far, my investment in this budding pastime has been (1) the $12 fee per class and (2) the one hour lesson per week. My lessons are one of the highlights of […]

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Cheap Ways to Keep Flames Alive in Your Relationship

Tweet Forget about romantic weekends at a bed & breakfast or island cruises. Those are wonderful ways to rejuvenate your relationship, but recessionary times calls for tighter budgets. Besides, simply spending time together (even in a relaxing, romantic setting) might not be enough to keep the flames burning. According to a study detailed in the […]

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New Laptop Computer On A Budget

Tweet My first (and only) laptop has lasted me 6 years. It is still functional, but I can’t go on with it any more. The computer doesn’t have Microsoft Office (somehow it stopped updating) and has become increasingly slow. Now, I use it as a very bulky, very slow version of a netbook – only good […]

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