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Out With The Crowd: "This is not a feat, people!"
April 29, 2012 – 10:56 PM | 16 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "This is not a feat, people!"

Welcome to Out With The Crowd, a series of interviews with fans of each of the 30 MLB teams about their hopes, frustrations, and predictions for the 2012 season.
In the leadoff spot is an Athletic …

The Vine: April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012 – 10:34 AM | 30 Comments
The Vine: April 27, 2012

My younger sister is about to have her first baby. I am thrilled for her and have been very supportive — gave her all my baby gear, lots of advice (mostly when asked for, heh), …

Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 17E, Pizza Pringles
April 26, 2012 – 5:22 PM | 5 Comments
Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 17E, Pizza Pringles

Lately in the Field Guide to Revolting Snacks: pizza-flavored Pringles!

The Vine: April 25, 2012
April 25, 2012 – 3:00 PM | 65 Comments
The Vine: April 25, 2012

My daughter told me today that she really, really, really does not want to participate in her upcoming high-school graduation ceremony. I think I'm okay with this, but…
On the one hand I am thrilled to …

Girls 102: He's not your boyfriend
April 23, 2012 – 4:56 PM | No Comment
<I>Girls</I> 102: He's not your boyfriend

From my recap of Girls 102, "Vagina Panic," at Press Play:
Hannah then gets concerned that Adam thinks she's too flip about the issue, because of course it's a big deal—but the dialogue raises some interesting, sticky …

The Vine: April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012 – 9:07 AM | 47 Comments
The Vine: April 20, 2012

Since you have so many well-traveled and/or UK-based readers, I thought this time-sensitive issue I've been puzzling over would be perfect for an Ask the Readers. In short, the Life Partner and I will be traveling …

Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 22A
April 19, 2012 – 9:29 PM | 5 Comments
Recently in the Snacksiverse: Reel 22A

In case you missed it, the latest from the Revolting Snacks lab:
Streetos!
Shrimp crackers!

The Vine: April 18, 2012
April 18, 2012 – 2:28 PM | 12 Comments
The Vine: April 18, 2012

I'm not the parent, but a very supportive godmother to my goddaughter, who is a sophomore dance and biology major. She is highly motivated, takes a heavy course load, is making all As, and realistic …

Girls 101: One Final Push
April 16, 2012 – 12:39 PM | 19 Comments
<I>Girls</I> 101: One Final Push

From my Girls recap at Press Play:
[H]e pulls a move he obviously thinks is super-hot, biting Hannah's lower lip and stretching it like four inches off her face; Hannah's expression in response is equal parts "henh?" …

The Vine: April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012 – 10:33 AM | 36 Comments
The Vine: April 13, 2012

I find myself in great need of some wisdom from you and The Vine readers. 
First of all, my partner and I have been disagreeing on the question of "stuff" vs "stuffs" when referring to "stuff" …