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Tennis Ball Wearing a Wig

I’ve started posting about Pretty Little Liars episodes over on Cookiepocket.org every Tuesday right after a new episode airs and now I can’t concentrate on thinking of something to post here tonight, because:

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WHAT.

TENNIS BALL WEARING A WIG. Someone combed it while I watched. WHAT IS LIFE.

(My thoughts on tonight’s episode are here.)

PSA: Shyness ≠ Introversion

Sarah B.:

I’m an introvert, but I’m not shy & so I appreciate this post so much.

Originally posted on cookiepocket.org:

America is a little obsessed with labeling people as either an introvert or an extrovert. Most of us took the Meyers-Briggs personality test in school as a teenager to find out if we were an “I” or an “E” & then spent the rest of our school years hyper-aware of our labels.

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Introversion & extroversion can tell us a lot about how a person learns, works, or interacts with others. These descriptions represent ideals for different individuals, NOT good or bad traits. But introversion often has a negative connotation, especially in the workplace. I recently saw a flyer posted for an “Overcoming Shyness and Introversion” workshop. As an introvert, I did not appreciate the implication. While both introverts and shy people can show the same reluctance to interact…

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…Their reasons behind it are VERY different. Shyness is the fear that interacting with others will lead to something negative, like judgement or embarrassment. Shy…

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Reasons BFF Visits Are Great

My BFF (of 18 years!) flew to Dallas from Austin to visit me this weekend. (Virgin ran a deal a while back and we both got tickets for weekend visits for around $100.)

And here’s the thing that’s really great about when your best friend comes to stay at your house: You don’t have to DO anything special for it to be great. There’s no pressure to put on a whole production to entertain and/or impress. Your BFF is there to visit YOU, and so you can spend hours upon hours talking & talking & talking. And then you can watch about 12 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And you can go to a bakery and get a ton of sweets to eat when you’re not out grabbing your favorite pizza. It’s great & I highly recommend it. :D

Pizza & Sweets & lots of BFF Fun

My BFF is visiting me for the weekend & so I’ve taken her to my favorite pizza place in Dallas (or anywhere) and tried a new bakery:

Found a new favorite! SO GOOD.

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Marriage Equality Wins

Yesterday I celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act and today I am THRILLED to be back to celebrate their decision on Marriage Equality today. WOW! Every state!

Justice Kennedy’s opinion is beautiful. This is especially lovely to read:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

SCOTUSblog’s coverage is outstanding as usual. Here’s their analysis of the decision in plain English.

This is a great day in American history and I’m proud to be here to witness it.

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SCOTUS & the ACA

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in tact and insert huge sigh of relief here.

The ACA has allowed my mom to have insurance for the first time in more than a decade, due to a pre-existing condition. And it also lets my younger sister find a policy she can afford, since her job doesn’t offer health insurance. They’re just like millions of other people who have coverage right now and that’s important to protect.

If you’re a huge nerd like me, here’s the official PDF of the court’s opinion. :D

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