Snow day projects

If you live in the northeast US, you’re likely bracing yourself for the impending wall of snow and ice that’s crawling up the coast in dramatic slow motion. In addition to playing snow coverage bingo while you watch local weather teams try to contain their excitement, I put together a few fun DIY projects you…

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The perfect pitch

It’s a well-known fact among my friends that I love infomercials. It’s fascinating to me, in our current state of connectivity, that they still follow the same cheesy structure, right down to the ability to order via phone. I particularly enjoy the overly dramatic dramatizations of things that could go horribly wrong in your life…

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Confessions of a book hoarder

It could be worse. I could be compulsively stocking up on Spam in preparation for a doomsday sharknado. I could be saving every food delivery menu slipped under my door in case they become collectibles. Although, come to think of it, a bit of that off-the-deep-end hoarding could be a great way to get on…

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You are what you eat

Ordering food in China can be tricky if you don’t speak or read Chinese, leading to many a frustrated expat staring into an unanticipated  plate of chopped chicken feet. When I first moved to Beijing in 2005, my Chinese was a bit more limited, which led to a limited set of dishes I could order.…

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