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That Forthright Girl

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One millennial’s attempt to question authority, remain (happily) married, be pennywise and organized, and prep for the future.

Due to the insanity that is summer, I've taken a leave of absence from my blog.  Many events and changes this summer, so I haven't had a chance to write much.  I dearly miss writing, and I often think of little things to post, but I don't have a minute to write down those ideas.  Seriously.  How crazy has this summer be

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The food.  Oh the food!  We tried so much new food! If you've done any reading here, you'll know that The Man and I are picky eaters.  That isn't to say that we're "refined" in our tastes as much as "cheap."  We prefer PB&Js and plain lettuce salads to fancy stuff.  Our biggest complaint about

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Having walked over thirty miles by this point in our trip, The Man and I were ready for a vacation from our vacation!  On Thursday morning, we rolled our aching bodies out of bed early for a busy final full day.  After breakfast, we took the Metro five stops to Capitol South where we walked another few blocks to the U.S.

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After a brutal 10+ mile day on Sunday and some serious jet lag, The Man and I eased our way into the week on Monday.  We slept late, finally getting to breakfast around 10:00am.  I patched up my blistered toe the best that I could with my travel first aid kit, but it hurt terribly. After breakfast, we walked down to the

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The Man and I went on vacation!  We went on our first real vacation since our honeymoon (four and a half years ago) without parents or camping equipment.  This was my first trip to the east coast, and it was The Man's first time in the District of Columbia.  He had previously been to Boston, Massachusetts, and Alexandria

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Three weeks.  It has taken me three weeks to shake this awful cough.  My apologies for not blogging during this time, but I was living bed-to-couch for six days and hacking up both lungs for two full weeks.  Only in the last three days have things sort of calmed down.  Trust me, you do not want this crud. I'm taking an

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"You are such a girl!" my husband exclaimed.  He likes to tease me when I have my relatively unusual girly moments.  I am not into flowery things, but I do like a nice looking yard.  I planted fifty-five plants this weekend which will hopefully grow and be beautiful all summer.  If being girly every once in a

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The Man gets so frustrated with me sometimes, and while he's usually entirely right to be frustrated, sometimes I think he just doesn't understand. Sometimes, in order to make a decision or form an opinion, I need more information.  Unless I know what I'm working with or have a better grasp of the situation, I don't parti

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Last weekend, The Man and I got massages. We managed to find a place close to where we live that offered weekend appointments at a very competitive $60/hour (standard rate in our area).  Massages are a complete luxury that we've never considered before, but it seemed like a nice idea, and it was about the same price as sh

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Annie, pictured here, has learned new tricks!  She and her brother Eddie have been responding to "come" for about a year now, and Eddie has sort of learned "sit."  They both know the command to let go of a toy, "softpaws."  Annie has one-upped her brother with a firm grasp of "touch&quo

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We're about one week into Lent already, and I have been struggling with my attempt to not swear through the season.  I gave up swearing once before for Lent, and this time has proven much more difficult. Why give up swearing?  According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, "The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparatio

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First of all, this is going to be a HUGE post, and I'm sorry for that.  Second, I am not a medical professional: any suggestions you find here should not be taken as medical advice.  I will not be responsible for your safety. With those two notes out of the way, let's dive in to my massive first aid kit (known as a FAK

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Strap yourselves in, readers!  I'm flying through the eye of the storm to update this blog.  We've already encountered some severe turbulence, but hopefully things will smooth out soon. As far as I can tell, the blog functions more or less correctly.  If there are issues now, they're cosmetic or are only minor function

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I've been thinking about blogging a ton lately, but I haven't sat down to do any writing in quite a while.  It isn't that I have no inspiration or thoughts to write down.  It isn't that I have run out of ideas for content.  I have plenty to write about and lots of time to do it. I reached a point a few months ago where

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The Man and I have been owned by our cats since November 2012, so we're pretty well entrenched in cat world at this point.  Our cats are pretty awesome, and they take good care of us, so we do our best to keep them happy as well. In January, I took both furballs to the vet for their annual exams and rabies vaccinations.

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When I was in high school, I took a genetics class.  The teacher had a lesson where he wanted us to investigate our family history and trace a few genetic markers a few generations.  We had to have at least twenty people on our tree, and for every person over that, we got one extra credit point.  I traced eye color, hair

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I haven't been very good at blogging recently with only one post in December.  It isn't that I haven't been doing things but rather that I've been doing a TON of things. The Man and I celebrate Christmas four different times each December.  We have my extended family's gathering about a week before the holiday, my close

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The Man and I take pride in keeping our home looking nice.  We don't have many decorations to distract the eyes from dust and dirt, so we have to keep up on the cleaning.  Thankfully we're both (usually) keen to clean.  We both take part, and while we can each do all of the chores, there is a mostly understood division o

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But wait, Jaggy, I’ve talked with you. You have social skills. You have a normal job and are married, went to college, have friends, and spend lots of time with your family!  You don't have Asperger Syndrome, you're just antisocial.  So right and yet so wrong.  I do have a job, but I have my own office where I contro

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The point and purpose of my posts over the last week and a half have been to introduce a new topic here: Asperger Syndrome. You can read all about it on Wikipedia, then come back here for more information. Based on everything I’ve read on the vast Internet and in books, I probably had AS as a child and still struggle wi

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There are so many ways that I relate to the Sheldon character in The Big Bang Theory that I cannot possibly enumerate them all. Sheldon has his favorite spot on the couch, and I have my favorite spot at the dining table. Woe to the person that sits in my spot. It is both conveniently located such that I am able to easily

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I get overwhelmed easily. Not in the “this is too much work, I’ll never catch up” kind of way, but in the “get me out of here, I can’t handle this music, the crowd, the smell of the pumpkins, the ringing of the checkstand” sort of overwhelmed. I can’t handle concerts. Crowded shopping malls? No way. Listen

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You know those sheets of paper that have faces on them, the ones that ask, “how are you feeling today?” I have never understood those. Part of the problem is that my facial expressions don’t always match what is going on inside, and I can’t see other people’s expressions and relate them to emotions. The other p

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Every year, those award shows roll around, and actors and actresses are lauded for their ability to suspend reality if only for a moment. They get fancy statuettes, get to give lengthy speeches, get the recognition for a job well done. I don’t get it. Acting isn’t hard. I do it every day. Despite my ability to be p

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Do you ever have people burst your personal bubble? Someone will lean in too close to tell you a secret, but they accidentally (or purposefully) bump a bit more than you’d like, and then you have to awkwardly step away to restore the balance. There are different levels of closeness as well, for a stranger should certain

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While I’m on the topic of JAG and that librarian who patiently listened to me, I have one more thing to add: I monologue. It is so embarrassing, but it’s a part of me that I’ve come to accept. Sometimes, especially when I meet someone new or have a new thought or idea that needs to explode out of me, I’ll “downl

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I have been accused of being “obsessed” about different things so many times in my life that one might think I need professional help. I didn’t get the nickname “Jaggy” by chance. For ten years, my Tuesday nights were wholly dedicated to the TV show JAG. I know show trivia, character arcs, and storylines better

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Elementary school was both a blessing and sheer torture. I have always loved learning, and I had exceptional teachers for the most part. I was either at the top of every class or nearly so, PE being the notable exception. I never understood why I was picked last for games in PE: I was the tallest girl, easily the most fl

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When I was little, my dad used to call me his “little encyclopedia.” He might be in a conversation with someone, usually a family member, and say something like, “oh, that happened a few weeks ago.” I’d pipe up with all the authority I could muster, “no, Dad, that happened five weekends ago on Saturday, and we

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This is one of many now-famous lines spoken by Sheldon on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. I am a fan of the show, to perhaps more of a level than The Man would like. Sheldon is a flawed character, highly eccentric, and socially awkward. I saw a backstage interview with the actor who plays Sheldon, and he said the

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