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#279 -280. We Built a Rocket & Blasted It Into Space.

3-2-1, BLAST OFF!

It’s pretty silly writing about the events of a beautiful fall day while us Minnesotans are in the midst of a snowstorm. But that’s what I’m doing & I don’t care! It’s a reminder of how crazy-fast autumn flies by.

Rocket Day is one of the best events of the year.

Every September, my Uncle Whitey & Aunt Colleen invite a hundred people to their place to hang out, make apple cider, share hotdish and bars (duh, that’s how we roll in the midwest) and launch model rockets. It’s a blast, no pun intended.

Okay, pun intended.

A regular Go Fork Yourself podcast listener (that’s my show with Andrew Zimmern, btw) owns a model rocket company and sent me this kick-ass WAC Corporal rocket kit. The husband and I decided to build it.

If you’re anything like me, when you hear model rocket “kit,” you think, … Read more

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Everyday Eleanor: Tess Raffertty

Will somebody get this lady a drink?!

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The first time I ever saw Tess Rafferty, she was dressed as a dancing maxi-pad. But this lady is no one-trick pony. She’s a stand-up comedian, writer for Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and author of the hysterically funny memoir, Recipes for Disaster. I talk to her about stand-up, working in a male-dominated industry and how to not eff up Thanksgiving dinner.

When did you start doing comedy?

At Emerson College. I liked to write, perform and act… I started writing mostly because I didn’t like a lot of the parts written for women. I … Read more

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#275. 5 Reasons I Don’t Do Naps.

My bed. My friend. My foe.

Sleep issues run rampant in my family.

At Mogren gatherings, at least two of my uncles are asleep at any given point (there are 10, including my dad). People are nodding off constantly– and not just after Thanksgiving dinner, but at birthdays, plays, sporting events, campfires, graduation parties… you name it.

I once had a friend ask if narcolepsy runs in my family.

I know for a fact that my dad has sleep apnea; I can only assume the rest of ’em do, too. Or maybe they are narcoleptic. I don’t know.

All I know is that growing up, I always had to wait FOREVER for EVERYTHING because somebody needed to take a nap. Opening Christmas presents, playing at the park, waterskiing… sure, I’ll take you. I’m just going to nap first.

Maybe this is where my general disdain for naps stems from. I … Read more

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Notes to My Younger Self Free Ebook

Do you ever think about some of the crap you did in your early 20s and wish you could erase it from memory a la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

Me too. Oh-so-hard. 

The silver lining: the great thing about making mistakes is that you learn from them. The ever better thing is that other people can learn from yours. 

Earlier this year, THE Sarah von Bargen asked me to participate in her Notes to My Younger Self blog series. 20 writers, myself included, shared insight from their biggest post-college gaffs.

And let me tell you, the lessons shared are valuable to folks in their early 20s… but no less valuable to those in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s… well, you get the picture. Are you ever too old to learn from other people’s mistakes? Nope. 

Sarah compiled all our posts in this comprehensive and super-helpful ebook. Get … Read more

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Links I Love

A fine flock of broads.

After staying up way past my bedtime last night (#Halloween), I’m patting myself on the back for mustering the energy to shower, order Vietnamese food and watch an edited for TV version of Pretty Woman. Some days, it’s best to set the bar low.

Anyhow… here’s some great stuff from the Internet.

Living an awesome life isn’t always easy… but it’s worth it.

I’m on a de-crapifying kick. Getting rid of stuff is overwhelming, but is oh-so-satisfying. I found lots of inspiration in this NY Times article about Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo.

New-ish blog alert. Love this collaboration of smart & funny Minnesota ladies.

I don’t really understand what to do with scarves, especially the big ones. Bookmarking this tutorial on 3 ways to wear a blanket scarf.

Interesting read: why some stress might be good for you.

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