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Just for Fun

Thankless Chores for Grown-Ups

There’s a moment in adulthood where you realize that there’s more to cleaning than just doing laundry and occasionally washing dishes.

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Work

People You Meet in a Group Interview

Group interviews are a special brand of terrible. There is no great way to distinguish yourself without sounding like a complete asshole. Everyone is clearly in competition with each other and it’s all the worst parts of any reality competition. Forget empty collegial chatter, no one is here to make friends.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Sort of an Adult, I Guess

My apartment is super clean. Woot.

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Perspectives

5 Indicators of a Quarterlife Crisis

I told myself I was above the quarterlife crisis myth, but that’s of course because I’m all ego and I might still be 16 pretending that I’m above whatever is popular or cool.

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Humor

Pros and Cons of a Stomach Flu

Stomach viruses are tricky. 1. They’re gross and no one wants the details. People give you sympathetic looks but really they’re just thinking, “oh god, that’s disgusting and I don’t want this to happen to me.” 2. They always sound like a convenient excuse to get out of something. Birthday party for your cousin? Can’t […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Public Crying

I read somewhere that you don’t really feel like you’re a New Yorker until you’ve cried on the subway. It might have been somewhere more “high-brow,” but I’m almost willing to bet it was a tumblr post.

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Perspectives

5 Tips That Won’t Help You Avoid Seeing Your Coworkers Outside of Work

I don’t necessarily hate my coworkers, but the thought of seeing them outside of the office makes me want to set myself on fire.

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Work

How to Be the Best New Employee Ever

It’s your first week on a new job. You are the new kid in the cafeteria, the one unfamiliar with the lingo and the customs of this environment. You will be awkward. You will be a little too formal on Monday and a little too casual on Wednesday when you overcorrect. People will forget your […]

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Life

I’m About to Start My Ph.D. and I’m Pretty Sure I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

Suddenly everything is changing. I’m not exaggerating there. My life is about to flip-turn and shoot off the wall in a brand new direction. After five years staying with my parents, I finally just moved in with a roommate. In early September I’ll begin working on a Ph.D., suddenly thrust from unemployment (I was laid […]

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Perspectives

Can This Whole Adulthood Test Be Open-Book?

When I was younger, I had many ideas as to how my adulthood would be spent. First, I would marry Cecil Fielder from the Detroit Tigers. Secondly, I would be a doctor/lawyer/dancer. You know, all three. Just balancing those jobs like people do. Third, I would have a beautiful house, three children (I thought it would […]

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Life

The Other People Who Raise Us

I am a very lucky woman. My mother is a freaking saint, filled with the patience, love, and support that is almost mythical in it’s awesomeness. I could go on for days about how I have the best mommy in the whole wide world, but that is for a different article. The people I am […]

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Humor

Laughing When You Don’t Wanna

Evening, loves. This was slotted to be my humorous contribution for today, but the trouble is, it’s been kind of a crap week for me and I’m not feeling very funny. Add to this the fact that I’m not terribly amusing on a good day, and things are looking pretty bleak.

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Perspectives

In Which I Am a Late Bloomer

So for someone who is relatively smart, there are a lot of things I am slow to pick up on. There are words that I’ve found out I’ve been hearing wrong in my head (you don’t even want to know how I used to pronounce “colander”).

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 12/13

Happy mid-day, Persephone readers! How many of you are experiencing  a winter wonderland where you are?  Today’s lunchtime poll is about school.  Specifically, what’s one weird or cool fact that you learned in school that’s stuck with you until adulthood?

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Life

When Bullies Don’t Grow Up: Workplace Bullying

In my post yesterday, I discussed how some recent interactions with former high school bullies helped me reach the surprising conclusion that some of my former tormentors are now mature, successful, even nice people. But it got me thinking about bullies who don’t grow out of it: what happens to them? Who are their targets […]