Housing in our home town is notoriously shitty (truly affordable housing is actually non-existent) because it's a college town and the property management companies think that college kids are young, don't know their rights, and are too busy and too poor to do anything about the way they're treated anyway. Mostly the management companies are right. But through hellish personal experience, I have learned tips and tricks in dealing with Evil Property Management companies (EPMs), especially as a young person. All of my experience comes from renting in California, so things might be different where you are.
As a writer, I'm at my laptop pretty much all the time. Sadly, that means the siren call of the internet is loud and constant. The urge to stop what I'm doing "just for a second" to check Facebook or news headlines or "research" something on Wikipedia for the next several hours is substantial. I figured the best way to combat this — other than developing a stronger will to not goof off — was to get rid of the internet when I didn't need it. Thus, the internet kill switch was born.
There was one Disney character that touched me so deeply, ruined me so wholly, that the effects are still in place today. I refer to Dumbo, the big-eared elephant. As an adult, I began to research the plight of elephants in captivity — in particular, those in circuses. Overwhelmed by the callousness and cruelty, and feeling powerless, I also researched ways I could help. This is how I came to foster a baby elephant.
After 10 years of being a vegetarian, I have a good collection of veggie cookbooks. Now I would like to get a couple more meat-containing cookbooks that are full of tasty recipes, with a bit more emphasis on healthy.
We LOVE it when Tribesmaids become Homies who become Empire sponsors. Morgan Culture is the Tribesmaid who showed us her wedding decor recycled into holiday decorations and who was featured at the end of this Monday Montage. But what you didn't know is that Morgan has recently launched her line of hand-painted leggings! And she's hooking the Homies up with a special discount…
I've been wearing some of my favorite basic cotton tops regularly for a few seasons. Overall they're in great shape, no holes or stains, but they're starting to get a little funky, and not in the Disco Stu kind of way. The problem is that they fit so close under my arm pits that they're becoming discolored and musky. I've tried cleaning the area with vinegar and stain removers, but it hasn't taken away the smell. Do my fellow Homies have any laundry tips and tricks dedicated to the pits?
The whole "no 'poo" form haircare is growing in popularity, but for those of us who A) used to have dreads or hair extensions or B) are lazy slobs, it's just the way things go. I spent 1999-2001 with a crazy assemblage of dreads and extensions, and only washing my hair once a month. Then I spent 2006-2011 wearing my hair in two pink-tipped braids all day, every day, and only washed my hair twice a month. It was awesome and it worked great.
It did mean, however, that I needed to use a shower cap to keep my hair dry when I wasn't washing it in the shower. And lemme tell you, there are some CUTE options…