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#951: Cry while swimming

Breaststroke. It wasn’t possible while doing freestyle.

Honestly, I was surprised to find it was possible at all. In fact, my body was in no condition to be swimming in the first place after 5 days of on and off crying, but I thought I would give it a respite from thinking by going to the pool, since normally that’s the only way to turn my brain off.

Imagine my surprise when I found myself gulping for air while tears clogged my goggles.

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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Sports


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#839: Be unable to open a jar

Yes, yes, stereotypical woman without enough arm strength to open a jar.

What you don’t know is that you wouldn’t have been able to open it either.

And yet, even though I knew that, even though I understood this stupid lid was so tightly secured to the jar that even after googling “open jar” and trying all 6 methods suggested in the “6 Ways to Open a Difficult Jar” wikiHow article it wouldn’t budge, I still felt sad about this.

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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in People


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#555: Read a book on a kindle

Phoebe was talking about a truncated version of It’s a Wonderful Life when she said, “It’s a sucky life and just when you think it can’t suck any more it does.”  But she might as well have been talking about The Lowland.

Basically, this is a book about a family, every member of which has a terrible life, either because they are horrible people, or because life sucks sometimes a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Books


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#553: Trim a tree

…by myself.

My least favorite Christmas song is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” because it’s ridiculously depressing.  When I hear it I imagine someone sitting by herself in her house, decorating a tree, and missing–someone.  Whether she’s alone due to death, or distance, or something less distinctive isn’t clear.  All that matters is that she’s alone.

And if there’s any time when being alone sucks, it’s Christmas time.

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Nature


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#457: See The Great Gatsby

The movie lived up to how I remember the book: I didn’t care about any of the characters.

But, The Great Gatsby (book version) holds the second saddest scene of any book I’ve ever read (the first is in a children’s book about a bunny who think everyone has forgotten her birthday, and the scene where she sits at the table and eats a piece of cake all by herself has me nearly in tears), and while the movie only does an okay job at portraying it, at least it includes it.  The scene didn’t make me cry, unlike many more obvious sad scenes in literature have, but it was still the most devastating: the scene where hardly anyone comes to Gatsby’s funeral except his dad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Movies


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#251: Watch The Big Lebowski

People have told me before that I shouldn’t watch certain Cohen brothers movies–Fargo and A Serious Man–because were too slow-moving so I wouldn’t like them.  So I shouldn’t have been surprised that The Big Lebowski seemed like it went on forever (though, disclaimer: I watched it while playing a drinking game, so incorporating all of the pauses for refills, it took 3 hours to finish the film).

I was surprised by 2 things, though: 1.) how good the music was, and 2.) how much more appropriate the movie is for people who are high–the second one may be common knowledge, judging by the number of times the main character smokes weed throughout the movie, but I didn’t know about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Movies


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#213: Be “the ex”

I’m still mostly in shock about this, but it’s definitely something I’ve never done before, so I feel like I have to write about it.

If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m always talking about how I wish I could be friends with ex-boyfriends. Unless they’ve done something unforgivable as a human being (and to me, almost nothing is unforgivable), I don’t see any reason why the things that attracted 2 people to each other romantically can’t also form the basis of a great friendship.  Unfortunately, the people I date don’t see it that way and usually want nothing to do with me after we break up.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in People


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