as anyone used a new-generation intrauterine device (IUD)? My doctor brought it up, and it sounds like a great form of birth control. I like the idea of local medical interventions (a hormone-relasing IUD) when possible, rather than systemic (the pill). However, I frankly am still a little creeped out by something in my uterus. Clearly everyone should only take medical advice from their doctors, but I am asking for personal advice here. Have any Offbeat readers had favorable or negative experiences with one of the new generation IUDs? How did it fit into your lifestyle?
I have never considered myself "fashionable." Growing up, I had the tomboy thing down and wore jeans and t-shirts through high school. Every so often I would get the urge to "dress cuter" and swear not to acquire any more free unisex t-shirts, and wear a skirt here and there. But inevitably I ran out of outfits to wear and reverted back to the same jeans-and-t-shirt look, not because it was more "me" but out of habit and because it was easy. Then, I decided this was the year that I would finally dress the way I really want to, as part of my quest to figure out what being an adult really means to me. After a few months of going through my closet, lots of online searching, and one exhausting trip to the mall, I am starting to get a wardrobe I really like and figured I could share some tips for those of you who also didn't just figure this stuff out at puberty.
Not too long ago, I saw a picture of a normally boring white fridge with some nice zippy chevron stripes. I was so jealous, and knew that I had to do something to my fridge. This is how a dollar store bag and some contact paper helped me transform my once-boring fridge.
Describing my relationship as "night and day" takes on a more literal tone when I am awake during the day and sleep at night while my fiance works overnight and sleeps during the day. It could seem that our communication could struggle in a relationship like this, but the truth is we maintain very open communication with each other; we just have to utilize methods available to us. So how do we "make it work" as the fabulous Tim Gunn is known to say? Technology!
I recently managed to get a full time job after almost a year of working part-time, ad-hoc hours. I maybe worked two five hour shifts a week and had lots of time to myself. Therefore, for the past year, I was responsible for keeping the house nice, and enjoyed having nearly all day every day keeping the house clean and tidy. When I moved to full time work I realized that I would not be able to manage to keep the house as clean and tidy as I was able to when I was out of full time work. I found that these three things have helped keep the house habitable and the housework manageable.
My birthday party always falls on the same weekend as the time change, so I thought it would be fun to host a time-travel party. My guests were asked to dress as someone from their favorite era (early 21st century attire was totally fine) or as their favorite Doctor Who Character. I dressed like a Dalek.
Here's how I threw an awesome Doctor Who-themed birthday party with Whovian decor, favors, and food!
Last night we feasted on ooey-gooey mac n' cheese fit for my husband's digestive system. He developed lactose-intolerance in the past couple of years, which effectively put an end to his cheese-fiend ways. I adapted this recipe from The New Vegan Table, and it's an awesome recipe. But made even better with my variation.