Stories from May 2009

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love HotDish

Becca Sanders

I was at a book club meeting last night, and the subject of meal planning came up. Now, meal planning to me means that at about 5PM, I open the fridge to see what I’m going to cook for dinner. It’s a simple method, uncomplicated by forethought or nutrition. It’s also the reason we go through two dozen eggs a week.

But some of my friends actually plan meals a week in advance, or even longer. Others resort to the spaghetti-on-Mondays, tacos-on-Tuesdays bit, a method that my family often used when I was growing up and one that has, until recently, given me the horrors. (Wednesday was liver-and-onions night. I still wake up Wednesday mornings with a creeping sense of dread.) (Read more…)

All in the Timing

Laura De Veau

For some, comedy is in the writing. For others, with less sophisticated tastes, it’s about the props. For me, comedy is all about timing. I know comedy as I did stand-up for 7 years, and still do two or three shows a year for special events. (On a side note, don’t ever ask me to say something funny, it’s like asking a minister what the weather is going to be on any given day because they have an “in” with the “big guy.”)

It’s spring and that’s “award season” time for me. At work and at my various philanthropic activities, this is the time of year where individuals receive ugly plaques, and I need to be there to witness the grandeur. Rather than take out a 15 year fixed-rate home equity loan to keep me in babysitters (Read more…)

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This Weeks Tip

You would think at our age that we wouldn’t have to worry about these things. But, as Kate will attest, even at *ahem* 27, untimely breakouts can (and will) happen. What to do? Apply an ice cube for 30 second. Then soak a cotton ball in eye drops and press it to the “spot” for 3 minutes. The theory is that the ice and drop combination will cause blood vessels below the surface to contract—leaving you looking, well, a little less like Rudolph.