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Get your "Oh shit, I'm sick" kit ready before it's too late

Being sick freaking sucks. But if there's one thing that sucks even more, it's having to go to the store when you're sick to stock up on all the illness accoutrements. During undergrad I worked at a pharmacy on campus, and was regularly exposed to all manner of germs and products with which to treat those germs. I started stocking up on supplies at the beginning of the year, so that when the inevitable welcome-back bug infected me, I'd be ready.

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How to furnish an apartment with just four hours at IKEA

My husband has cystic fibrosis. Long story short: they don't do lung transplants where we live in Albuquerque, and, with one day's notice, we were flown to Palo Alto, California. Now the fun part. The average wait time for lungs is six months, and you can't be more than a few hours away. So I needed to find us a place to live and wait, close to the hospital, on the cheap. Did you know you could furnish an apartment at IKEA for way cheaper than renting everything?

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Getting mugged made me reconsider the meaning of justice

The concept of justice is a strange one. It suggests not only that there's a righteous order to the universe, but that it's one we can enforce and make right if it ever goes off course. In the case of my mugger, I often wonder whether justice was really served. Not justice for me, but for him.

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How to cope when someone you love is dying, and nothing makes sense

I'm experienced with a topic no one wants to talk about — the death of a loved one. Even though I'm only thirty-something, I've seen relatives through hospice care three times. When someone you love dies it's like being dropped into a foreign world. Everything looks vaguely familiar but nothing makes sense. Here are some pieces of advice to help you find your way…

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Why I’m never taking my dogs to the vet again

There’s no better testament to how much owners influence the behavior of their dogs than the vastly different experiences that Aaron (that guy I married) and I have taking our dog Jackson to the vet. Here's why I'm never taking our baby boy to the vet again…