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by charolastra
Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poor single people eat weird things
Replies: 261
Views: 57386

Re: Poor single people eat weird things

I'm lucky in that I've always been a poor single person who knows how to cook and do yard sales. Freshman year of college, my roommate and I found a toaster oven at a yard sale for about $5. I also got a crockpot for about the same amount. In the toaster oven (which would also work if you had a real...
by charolastra
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Makeup 101
Replies: 137
Views: 47836

Re: Makeup 101

I also make sure to have my elbow firmly on a table or countertop while lining the water line. It helps my hand to be not so shakey - focus on small movements. Haven't poked myself in the eye, had watery eyes, anything since I started using eyeliner about 10 years ago.
by charolastra
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4284

Re: National Parks

I cannot recommend the Grand Tetons - Yellowstone combo enough. My family spent about 3 weeks a few years ago doing those two, Glacier National Park, and Craters of the Moon in ID and it was glorious. You could have a nice time in just Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for 8 days.
by charolastra
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Makeup 101
Replies: 137
Views: 47836

Re: Makeup 101

To fix the caked on feel - are you using brushes? If I use my fingers or put on concealer straight out of a tube, it looks cakey and the texture goes all wonky much faster. Brushes help blend and also make application smoother. Moisturizer and primer helps in those regards too.
by charolastra
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Even just soap lather works for me (note: I often do not use anything). Coconut oil versus regular lotion really helps with irritation.
by charolastra
Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Ugh, my mom's chronically anemic, I might be too. How would I check something like that? (I'm 7 years into Shark Week so it's probably not to do with starting. I do have the Mirena IUD though.) It requires a blood test. What symptoms do you have to make you think you are anemic? If going to a docto...
by charolastra
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017
Replies: 63
Views: 7801

Re: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017

So, one thing I don't get is this: people say that cancer is actually a collection of different diseases, and that makes sense, but then they say that a "cure for cancer" doesn't make sense. Why? Is it not possible to targe whatever similarity there is between all cancers that have them c...
by charolastra
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017
Replies: 63
Views: 7801

Re: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017

Skeptical, but hopeful. Anything that claims to "cure cancer" in a broader sense than a few subtypes of the disease puts my guard up. I have 50+ years of survivorship post my own cancer diagnosis. That survivorship likely involved secondary cancers (as a result of my treatment or of age) o...
by charolastra
Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Makeup 101
Replies: 137
Views: 47836

Re: Makeup 101

I'd just like to say that everyone in this thread is absolutely gorgeous, with or without makeup. Thank you for sharing your secrets, and your faces! Right now I'm getting over the holy mother of all breakouts with about 8 cystic zits on my chin, cheek, and forehead. They'll be red for awhile so I'm...
by charolastra
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

You might also want to remember that that exact sentiment has been drilled into your head since you were a child ("women are crazy/impossible to understand"), so when you see "evidence" of it in your own life, you're much more likely to attribute it to their sex. Whereas when me...
by charolastra
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

My least favorite kind of surprise shark week is the Custer's Last Stand that sometimes happens post-sexytimes. I told the boy that we were good in the nethers (he doesn't care but I feel uncomfy) and then fantastic sex and then HOMG IT'S SILENCE OF THE LAMBS DOWN HERE. That hasn'...
by charolastra
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 18939

Re: Education from OWS thread

My university has few true marketable majors at the undergrad level. It's the typical small, New England liberal arts school in that respect. I was hired back to that university to work in administration BECAUSE of the skills I learned in my "basketweaving" courses - strong writing skills...
by charolastra
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 18939

Re: Education from OWS thread

WATCH OUT, ANECDOTE ON THE WAY: I majored in not one, not two, but 3 completely unmarketable fields (double major in international environmental policy and political science, minor in Latin American studies that was two classes away from being a major) with one marketable minor, environmental scienc...
by charolastra
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I taught myself to do my own makeup. Sometimes it fails epically, but practice helps. My mom either doesn't wear makeup or wears it badly, so I've taken to taking her to Sephora and helping her pick out colors that make her look less of a 1980s drag queen. Off topic from the conversation : Shark Wee...
by charolastra
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Powder tends to be softer and cream is more TA DA for me. I use Urban Decay's eyelid primer or else cream eyeshadow melts off and powder rubs off after a little longer.
by charolastra
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 212810

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

A better example is public defecation on the streets. It can be easily solved if Occupiers rented out some porta-potties. (and if they can't afford them for the whole occupation, then they should plan it out such that they can protest what they can afford). The other crimes of "illegal protest...
by charolastra
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age
Replies: 42
Views: 7233

Re: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age

Allison is 6 years younger (which is surprising - I thought it's popularity peaked in the 80s). Allie is only 5 years old (lulz). My middle name is 83 years old.
by charolastra
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I hope to be in a position to be a stay at home mom and to use that time to launch a part time business (fundraising consulting and freelance writing). I'm like lanicita, there is no way I personally can balance being a parent and working full time and feel sane. I am forever impressed by people who...
by charolastra
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fat children => child maltreatment?
Replies: 43
Views: 7393

Re: Fat children => child maltreatment?

As many have said, it's such a gray area. I played 3 sports, lived in a neighborhood of really rough boys and played until the sun came down right along with them, and ate fairly well. So did my brother. I was a fat kid, he wasn't. There are many mitigating factors that even siblings who grow up in ...
by charolastra
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 9375

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Prostate cancer has a RIDICULOUSLY HIGH survival rate - approaching 100% - in its early stages. Yes, chemo sucks. It *REALLY* sucks. Wasting away in your final years of life because you didn't catch a curable cancer early enough to do anything but palliative chemo is even worse. I'm not sure what y...
by charolastra
Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 9375

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma at 23 PRECISELY BECAUSE many preventative care measures were ignored because my symptoms were "mild" and I felt healthy. Had I had a simple chest xray at 19 when I first presented symptoms (itchiness, fatigue), then I would have started trea...
by charolastra
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gilad Shalit to be released
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Gilad Shalit to be released

After 5 years, Gilad is coming home . Netanyahu announced that a deal had been reached a few moments ago. Gilad was abducted from a checkpoint at 19 while he was serving in the Israeli military - he turned 25 at the end of August. All feelings of Israeli-Palestinian relations aside, his story is tr...
by charolastra
Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 212810

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

http://youtu.be/3QZlp3eGMNI Not a single aspect of this movement is positive to me - the childish approach to change is going to hurt *actual* campaigns with tangible goals for the near future. Occupy has become a parody of itself, as is clear in from the above video of what happened in Atlanta. As ...
by charolastra
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reactions to your Job
Replies: 98
Views: 78840

Re: Reactions to your Job

I work in alumni relations at my alma mater doing communications, marketing, and social media. Most of the time, people ask if I'm the one who calls them looking for money. Or they question the fact that I spend all day tweeting. I also get asked all kinds of ridiculous computer questions because I ...
by charolastra
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 28548

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

This semester I'm taking 1 class: it's $50 for the used textbook and around $5 for each case study. In total, it will be around $100. Luckily I'm able to print at work so I save a ton on printing costs as there are around 30 pages of online reading to do a class.
by charolastra
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 563023

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

But do you really know who we are?
by charolastra
Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 563023

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

I for one am glad that you left sober, considering leaving meant hopping in a car. :P

Was awesome seeing The EGE too and hope you had a good first "meeting people from the internets!" experience.
by charolastra
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So, about all of those drug-addled welfare queens...
Replies: 322
Views: 26995

So, about all of those drug-addled welfare queens...

Turns out they don't really exist . Following Florida Governor Rick Scott's argument that welfare recipients are more likely to be on drugs, only around 2% of the tests came back positive. It seems like the state might still be saving money: Cost of the tests averages about $30. Assuming that 1,000 ...
by charolastra
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Cathy: Sounds like hidradenitis suppurativa. Don't be so down on yourself, I've had it since before I was obese because of a family history (which I didn't know about for years since no one likes to talk about it) - and never took lithium or anything like that. Sometimes things j...
by charolastra
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 28548

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

When I was a student (2006-2010), I budgeted $600 a semester to buy used books - either online, from the bookstore, or, occasionally if I lucked out, from another student. Most of my classes were only offered once every 2 or 3 years, or were one time offerings, so it was difficult to find the books ...
by charolastra
Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 563023

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Where are you moving to, Chuff?
by charolastra
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Opposite major/minor
Replies: 13
Views: 3680

Re: Opposite major/minor

I have a friend who double majored in neuroscience and theatre (arguably the most demanding-of-one's-time major). He's in grad school for neuroscience and working in professional theatre now. It can be done. But you have to be smart about the university you choose. For instance, I double majored (in...
by charolastra
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 40664

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

I don't think there is a judgment here against people with elective tattoos. I have a tattoo and I much prefer it to the scars I have from my cancer procedures. After I hit remission and my body can take it, I'll be getting another tattoo which will include the flower that saved my life. It's silly-...
by charolastra
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 563023

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

We can do brunch for the veg people and dim sum because I have cancer and want dim sum. I mean, imagine if I died before I ate dim sum with all of you? That would truly be terrible.

I can help cook brunchy food too! If someone helped with with an egg substitute, I make yummy breakfast cake loaves.
by charolastra
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3053353

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Beautiful! I absolutely love the dress (and it's creepy how similar it is to how I envision my wedding dress... except with a purple or green ribbon!) and you guys and everything! I am also totally crying. Hugs for everyone!
by charolastra
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 563023

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Dim sum dim sum dim sum dim sum.

You can't see it, but I'm bouncing.
by charolastra
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 62194

Re: 931: Lanes

Once again, Randall hits the nail on the head. I'm starting my 6th month of chemo and have 3 more to go. At 23, 10 months of my life (8 months of chemo, plus the 2 leading up to chemo filled with lots of tears, uncertainty, and appointments with crazy things like fertility specialists) are gone. Th...
by charolastra
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 62194

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Ignorance really makes my head hurt. There IS a cure for cancer. It's been around for thousands of years. It's also illegal in most of the world. What is it called, you ask? CANNABIS! Honestly, no bull. Here is a beginners course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI But don't just take my wo...
by charolastra
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 62194

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Maybe we're taking the wrong approach here. There are many charities and foundations out there dedicated to cancer research. Do people pay attention until they are affected by it? What if there was a foundation charity called, "FUCK CANCER." Sure, it's not polite language, but maybe peopl...
by charolastra
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Steamed Salmon is Good to Eat
Replies: 7
Views: 3123

Re: Steamed Salmon is Good to Eat

I just grill my salmon with no seasoning but a wee bit of salt and pepper. And by grill, I mean ideally on a griddle over flame but now I do it in a pan.

Then a dab of mango chutney and some veggies or a salad and we're off.

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