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Surviving Oprah
One woman's attempt to live her best life according to the wisdom that flows from that veritable American sage, Oprah Winfrey.
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Oprah's got her tantalizing reading list after the headline, "What to Read Next: Our 26 Favorite Books of the Summer." But before she jumps into her great reveal, I'm treated to "O's Declaration of Reader Independence," which is I guess her list of rules that I need to know before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
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My biggest fashion disaster while on a date? Okay, but you have to promise to not tell anyone. Seriously. After a few weeks of emails and phone calls, I made a date to meet Chris for a dinner date. I didn't have crazily high hopes; he seemed nice enough but I purposely didn't want to do my then-typical overkill of preparation (nails, waxing, the expensive body lotion, brand new lingerie; you know the drill). Instead, I decided I'd be cool and meet him after work for a drink; then I wouldn't have time to go home and second-guess every possible outfit choice. I got in the car, threw on fresh lipgloss and met him, telling myself at least this time I was slowing down and going into this date relaxed. I met Chris at a very laid-back bar in Harvard Square and we had a few drinks. Conversation went pretty well; we laughed. A second date seemed likely. Chris walked me to my car, gave me a somewhat awkward hug, and I headed home. Smiling happily, I glanced in the rearview mirror at my happy face. That's when I saw the gigantic piece of spinach covering my front tooth. I had a spinach salad for lunch; it must have somehow taken over my front tooth during the day and I had no idea. Talk about mortifying. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
I already have my dream job. I was one of those annoyingly hyperactive and smart kids when I was in school, and all I remember from those years was teachers telling me to sit still and be quiet. I never had a teacher who encouraged me or even said I did well. Years later, I became an elementary school teacher and while I enjoyed the work, I still felt something missing. A few years ago, I became a middle school special education teacher and it is truly my dream job. I get to spend every day with all types of teenagers, help them realize their potential and feel great about themselves. It's the best job in the world. And I get summers off!
Hammocks are Like Mean Girls in School Having spent most of the day yesterday lying in the backyard as I stressed over a multi-sensory reading program presentation I had to give in graduate school (which went very well, thanks for asking), I remembered my "Best Life" mission. Livvy (aka "Thing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
I'd (time) travel back to my Grandma Rosie's kitchen in Brooklyn and watch her as she made homemade pasta, meatballs and gravy, braciole, eggplant parmigiana, perfect roast chicken and so much more. This time I'd take notes. All those recipes she brought from Sicily; I wish I had paid more attention.
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After high school, I realized that one of the most important qualities in a friend was someone who believed in me. So if ever I had a friend who said I couldn't do something, they're not really a friend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
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In December of 2007, a woman named Robyn Okrant began a blog called "Living Oprah," where her mission was to live her life for an entire year according to the advice of Oprah Winfrey. Oprah's guiding mission is to help people live their best life ever, and who can argue... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
The Makeover Issue! Transform your look-luck-life! I refuse to open it this week because I refuse to believe that September is coming, because that's the beginning of the school year, and I'm nowhere close to ready to get back to teaching. The longer I can hold off, the longer I can keep the bikini on and read trashy novels in my backyard. So I haven't cracked it open, but I bet that a mighty big part of the proclaimed makeover will involve buying a lot of new things. There will then be contradictory advice that you don't need to buy anything to transform your life. Just wait. Somebody explain why Oprah is wearing Gayle's hair, please. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
I don't stay friends with people who don't believe that I can't do things. Who needs friends like that? Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
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The September Issue of O is Here. Yay. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at Surviving Oprah
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