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Getting Married … in GIFs!

Getting Married … in GIFs!

Hello! We’re nearly at the 2-year anniversary of my publication of the most popular entry in my entire blog: Getting Engaged During the Holiday Season … in GIFs! That feature was, of course, spurred by the joyous occasion of my engagement to Deepak. We are married […]

While My Husband Gently Sleeps: Another Wedding Photo Barrage

While My Husband Gently Sleeps: Another Wedding Photo Barrage

 We real cool. We  Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. -Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” I still do not know exactly what this poem means, but I remember how hard it […]

Violet on Orange … on Marriage!

Violet on Orange … on Marriage!

Whoa! I just passed the paper anniversary of going inexplicably silent on this blog. I know, I know — long silences on blogs rarely lead to Lazarus-like resurrections. But I have some news! Remember how one of my hobby horses pre-silence was the increasingly endless […]

What Do You Buy A Man For His Non-Milestone Birthday?

What Do You Buy A Man For His Non-Milestone Birthday?

“Because love is taking that dive then getting really comfortable and peeing in the pool / And love is a real-life porn minus all the stuff that makes porn cool.” -Bo Burnham, “Love Is” I’m about to talk shit. *Cue up Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”* […]

If You Don’t Put Your Birthday on Facebook, Nobody Will Acknowledge It

If You Don’t Put Your Birthday on Facebook, Nobody Will Acknowledge It

Hello there! Maybe you missed me last week. Or maybe you were reveling in the silence and are devastated now … upon my return. Anyway, I took a brief hiatus mostly because last week was my birthday. Just like it was for all the other […]

Murder by Microdermabrasion! Let’s Call a Spa a Spa. Now Please Can Call Me an Ambulance.

Murder by Microdermabrasion! Let’s Call a Spa a Spa. Now Please Can Call Me an Ambulance.

Diamonds on my neck, diamonds on my grill. –Kelis, “Bossy” Surely you’ve heard the joke whereby a child points at you, screams “Your epidermis is showing!” and runs away cackling. The theme of our next treatment took that joke and decided: Enough is enough. The […]

Spa Me The Embarrassment: Red Flower Treatment

Spa Me The Embarrassment: Red Flower Treatment

“It’s grind day, from Friday, to next Friday / I been up straight for nine days; I need a spa day.” -Big Sean, “Clique” The first major treatment Deepak and I went for was the “Red Flower Treatment.” Doesn’t that sound pleasant? Being a violet […]

The Wind Beneath My Bathing Suit Parts: I’m Not Cut Out for The Spa

The Wind Beneath My Bathing Suit Parts: I’m Not Cut Out for The Spa

I’m so fancy! You already know … –Charli XCX on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” I’m no fancy. I don’t play things cool. Conventional wisdom says that spas and salons provide relaxation and beauty. But on my latest trip there I realized they only give me anxiety […]

Mo’ Money, Muir Problems: Back to Big Sur and the Redwoods

Mo’ Money, Muir Problems: Back to Big Sur and the Redwoods

In a reprise of a similar trip from last year, this past weekend Deepak and I returned to Big Sur. I’m still trying to get the hang of the central/northern region of this state. Before I moved to California, friends from the west coast would […]

People Who Tell You to Stop Writing Are Monsters — So Defy Them!

People Who Tell You to Stop Writing Are Monsters — So Defy Them!

I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later. –Mitch Hedberg I have alluded to a change in my day-to-day schedule. No need for further obfuscation: about a month ago, I quit my […]