How to feel in control

I mentioned recently that I enjoyed reading Scott Adam’s book “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.” He has a fantastic chapter on setting your activities to your inner clock and I highlighted this a bunch of times. …the single biggest trick for manipulating your happiness chemistry is being able to do what… Read More »

On Chicago

I know I’m always yapping to you about how close friendships are important to happiness, but research shows that my yapping is vital. Life is better when you have pleasant interactions with people on a regular basis. That’s one of my “duh” realizations. I’ve been shoddy with my posting schedule this past week because I’ve been hanging… Read More »


I love your emails. I do. I know I haven’t replied to you or maybe I replied to you once, you replied back and then you never heard from me again. I’m terribly sorry. Please know that I’ve read it though and your kind words make my day, my week, my month, my life. Here… Read More »

Cabbage bhaji

I’m posting another recipe in Operation Learn to Cook Like Mom (and Occasionally Other Amazing Cooks I’m Related To). I learned this cabbage dish recently while staying with my aunt. She is the superheroine that makes the pav (POW!) bhaji recipe I posted. Ingredients 3/4 head of cabbage 1/2 large onion 4 thai hot peppers 1 cup… Read More »

Updating Thriftygal’s Charts – Jan-Apr 2016

There’s no good way to describe the first four months of the year. I’ve used “trimester” in the past, but oops, that only means three months. Quadrimester would be more technically accurate, but I find that word a bit pretentious. Google suggests “tertile,” which I would like if it were more widely-used or I had a good turtle joke.… Read More »

Thriftygal’s list of ways to get over someone

Before you ask, no, I’m not currently using any of these methods to get over anyone in particular. I am living the life I’ve always wanted to live with all my city and country hopping, but I have yet to figure out how dating fits into this new world order. I’m happy 90% of the time,… Read More »

Buttermilk Besan Recipe

Here’s another recipe in Operation Learn to Cook like Mommy Dearest. There are roughly a million varieties of this dish, but this is the best one in my opinion. According to my ma, it’s the dish that people in India whip up if unexpected company arrives because you always have the basic ingredients on hand. So, maybe… Read More »

Thanks, Trent

I mentioned recently how a drop of water told me to change my attitude, so now instead of despairing about not being as good as everyone else is at everything, I feel relieved that so many sophisticated people are working on life’s problems, thinking about how to make things better and sharing their knowledge. Think of the possibilities! Maybe humanity is not completely screwed after… Read More »

Change your attitude, change your world

This motivational poster told me that changing my attitude would change my world. Or something. I don’t remember the exact words. It was a close-up of a drop of water. Or maybe a sunset? Regardless, the motivational poster was right. Outlook is everything. I used to despair when I would do research on an article and notice how many other people have… Read More »

Operation NYC

The first two weeks in April, I hung out in Manhattan cat-sitting for several friends. Astute readers know that I’m a big fan of random projects, so I’m pretty thrilled to announce that I absolutely SLAYED the one I undertook during that period. I called it “Operation Enjoy N-Y-C. Yeah, You Know Me.” It involved me going out… Read More »