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I love writing tips.

The latest Boho chic look of the rich moms in Park Slope involve a $130 strap for one’s pricy purses, clogs, and the Amazon coat (which I tried to order around Christmas time, but was all sold out). There’s some gagging going on by friends on Facebook, but whatever.

I don’t care how much their coats and shoes cost, but I do get pissed at those women when they don’t vaccinate their kids.

What do you think of the Gillette ad? I loved it. I’m surprised at the reaction.

Husband, who works in the banking industry, told me that he’s not allowed to check references for job applicants. No letters of recommendation or calls to previous employers. Not true of academia or journalism. How about other fields?

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I watched the first episode of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up show on Netflix last night. After Hoarders, I think I’m spoiled for organization shows. Unless you are living amongst garbage bags of your own poop, then you’re a minor league sloppy person. So much about Kondo’s show is about how we can deal with having too much crap and coping with the guilt about throwing stuff out. What weird period of history we live in.

KJ Dell’Antonia writes a post about why she doesn’t answer her e-mail and spawns a whole bunch of nasty comments. Honestly, I couldn’t get past her second paragraph. It didn’t help that I once pitched her a story topic back when she was an editor at the New York Times and she never responded. Not that I’m holding a grudge or anything. (The comments are good.)

More on the cuts to liberal arts departments at Wisconsin colleges.

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IMG_8356.jpgSlapped alongside the head with a sniffly cold, I’ve been somewhat horizontal these past two days. I’ve been reading a lot on the sofa propped up by mismatched cushions and nubby throw blankets. Always a lukewarm cup of tea by my side.

Here are some of things that I’ve read:

Edward Gorey is bizarrely awesome. It is somewhat curious that the author doesn’t explore the possibility that he had an ASD considering the amount of time that he writes about Gorey’s anti-social behavior.

This book review should come with a trigger warning. After reading it, you will have an irrational need to apply Clorox wipes to entire house, while knowing that you are making the situation entirely worse.

Jonah has got us all hooked on Vikings.

All my friends are watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix. I’m going to watch it, after I finishing typing up this post.

Photo: Last summer, Jonah was a bus boy at a hipster pizza place. He’s chatting with my dad. 

 

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Productivity was like at a C- minus level today. I didn’t go to the gym. I ate Ritz crackers and peanut butter for lunch, and probably will order pizza for dinner. I’m full of self-hatred at the moment. So, what’s a girl to do? She points to people more despicable than herself! Yeah!

I follow Nicole Cliff on twitter. I have no idea who this person is, but she tweets to lots of random crazy shit on the Internet. Today, she pointed me to a guy who finds out that his girl friend has been using …. well, you read it…. and here’s another tweet about with relationship question on Reddit.

This is what I did with my day.

There’s this story about Donald Trump snorting adderall.

I could have left the house and had lunch with friends, but nooooooo. I stayed in to WRITE!

But I really read articles about Ted Cruz’s beard.

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Fun stuff Friday…

Is this the best commercial ever?

Who hates Jonathan Franzen?

Look at Ted Danson doing the Fortnight dance!

$90M for a David Hockney painting. Whew!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting the ground running. That’s awesome.

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Why do for-profits continue to attract students, when there’s been so much press attention on their shabby practices, and there are perfectly good community colleges down the road? That was my question yesterday. Matt Reed at Inside Higher Ed gave the answer.

12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote.

I have never been one for table decorating. I set up a buffet with a stack of dishes and cutlery for dinner parties. But this story makes me want to do funky things with my table.

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“I Was a Promiscuous Teen.

The racial divide in Charlottesville.

I’m following the Asian-American/Harvard discrimination case. “White applicants tend to receive better letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors than do Asian-American applicants.” But if colleges know this, why don’t they compensate for this problem in the admissions process?

Are you making sheet-pan meals? I am. I made chicken thighs and acorn squash last week and it was awesome.