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An expert in coloring outside the lines while reading between them, Alex B has a head for business, bod for sin, and weakness for ice cream during all seasons. Apart from watching Bravo marathons and enjoying haute bites here and there, she writes about TV, pop culture, and coloring outside even more lines. She sneaks Tweets via @lexistential.

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member since 5.10.06
dob: 7.24.75
personal site: lexistential


cutting the financial umbilical cord
getting money from mom and dad as a grownup
6.11.12 : feature!

At the moment, my bank account balance is low. Depleted from this month's rent and an obnoxious cable charge I plan to cut in favor of Hulu (take THAT, Time Warner), the remainder is an amount that would pay for a great night in the Third World, or comfortably support a Jane Austen character for a year.

In New York, it's an amount I pray to stretch like taffy till my next pay period.

Luckily, I'm not totally alone. Thankfully, my parents provide a small amount of regular support for me in the course of a month- a gift card for groceries, or extra cash varying between fifty to eighty dollars. Though I'm relieved to have the additional money and am not expected to repay it, I can't help feeling guilty.

After all, I'm close to thirty-seven (ugh). Apart from expecting myself to be wiser than I was under my parents' roof, I believe I should be financially independent. At what point is it no longer appropriate (or simply just wrong) ... 
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does this make me a mistress?
the socially gray place of being close friends with a childhood sweetheart
3.21.12 : feature!
forgiveness from the designated poster child?
a struggle to understand rihanna
2.20.12 : feature!
kicking off operation 2012
mapping out my own set of great expectations
1.16.12 : feature!
oh oh, here they come
of parents, holidays, and finding a place to reconcile
12.19.11 : feature!
excuse me, can you please stop surfing for porn?
what's the appropriate measure for xxx?
11.14.11 : feature!
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1. three-way etiquette for dummies
a guide to popping the +1 question with finesse
: feature!
2. burning questions with stefan richter
top chef's runner-up dishes about the show, eric ripert, and what's sexy to have for dinner
3.16.09 : feature!
3. hoy*, it's not that serious...
weighing in on desperate housewives' filipino faux pas
10.15.07 : feature!
4. are we not entertained by top chef?
a taste of reality-tv's latest hit, garnished with jamie lee curtis
7.20.07 : feature!
5. attack of the text-message bitch-slap
a transcript of a casual smackdown
2.23.07 : feature!
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re: does this make me a mistress?

Very well written. And insightful.

re: oh oh, here they come

This is so raw and genuine, it's fantastic.

re: as long as it isn't babysitting

A subject many of us thirty-something women can relate to, and it's a fantastic feeling to know that we're not alone or weird for having such thoughts and leanings. Great piece!

re: life sans an iphone

This is excellent. Paced well and makes some great points along the way.

re: life sans an iphone

Strong voice. Really captures all the emotions around being an iphone user, and the silly snobbery, too.

re: life sans an iphone

A genuinely different perspective, written from experience and individual opinion. I like that!

re: how do i mourn a villain?

Raw and real.

re: how do i mourn a villain?

There is no sin in ambivalence with people like your aunt. I had an aunt who was very nearly just like her.

re: the unsuperior chinese mother

Nice connection between your own experience and the book as an entry point to the larger story.

re: the passion of the mel

Nice way to criticize someone who has proven to be not so nice.


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