Life Lessons [Part V]

  • Everybody likes being the little spoon.
  • Barbecuing = 90% perspiration, 10% sauce.
  • Bread [almost always] falls on its buttered side.
  • Nobody over the age of 13 has the legs for a denim miniskirt.
  • September will continue to feel like the beginning of the year for a long time.
  • Dessert for two is nice, whether you’re in a relationship or not.
  • Pancakes for one do exist. Single lady breakfasts [and dinners…] aren’t so bad!
  • As long as you have something to read, nothing is truly unbearable.
  • Rainy days are either highly productive or anything but.
  • Not everybody can pull off a baseball hat.
  • Cold leftover pizza is an honorable start to the day.
  • Spices have a shelf life.
  • Put your desk in front of a window.

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  • We’re all afraid to care too much.
  • There will come a time when you will become too old to hop a fence, jump on a trampoline, and belly flop into a pool.
  • You can’t really get away with marinating chicken at 5pm for dinner at 6pm.
  • Talk to kids like they aren’t kids.
  • If you don’t feel a hot rush of trepidation just before you hit “publish”, what you wrote probably isn’t any good.
  • You can go to a beautiful place without going anywhere.
  • Risotto will command all of your attention.
  • Cut out every curry recipe you come across that doesn’t call for anything more obscure than a knob of ginger.
  • Embrace being nearsighted [it’s awfully hard to live in the moment].
  • We all have a body part we aren’t crazy about…and usually one we’re pretty okay with, too.
  • Sometimes people carry their pain so close to the surface that tears threaten all the time.
  • Nobody ever feels like there is enough time in the day. Remember, busy is better than bored.
  • If you’re buying strawberries year-round, you’re doing it wrong.


  • Change your desktop background regularly.
  • It’s surprisingly easy to confuse one feeling for another.
  • Take your jewelry off before you go swimming.
  • What you eat standing up doesn’t count.
  • It’s not what happens; it’s how you think about what happens.
  • If he’s interested, he will call [or, more likely, text].
  • There is always, always time to change the road you’re on.
  • Check the bottom of the container before you buy berries [even if they are two for one].
  • How to feel deprived: Eat your meals directly out of measuring cups.
  • It hurts because it mattered.
  • Pack a lunch [and don’t work while you eat it].
  • Arrange your closet in such a way that it makes you feel like you’re going shopping every morning.


  • Sun-kissed skin will make you glow, but so will happiness.
  • Loneliness will come and go. Learn to sit with it.
  • Read something that hits a little too close to home [in my neck of the woods, that means this].
  • Joy promises beets won’t make your chocolate cake taste like salad, and Joy knows everything.
  • One night a week, dinner shouldn’t just kick off the evening. It should BE the evening.
  • Try not to slouch.
  • Forks go on the left, knives and spoons on the right.
  • If you find a dress that you can wear all four seasons, add it to cart.
  • Trying to fit in is one of the biggest energy-drains around.
  • When in doubt, choose the flavor of the day.
  • Even if you’re not in a pinch, old milk bottles make nice vases.
  • Bring a water bottle with you to the gym [even if you never take a sip]. It’s a universal territory-marker.
  • What to do when your chive plant is going crazy.
  • Pull an old book from the shelf.

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  • The four-way stop is a driver’s IQ test.
  • A dash is about 1/8 of a teaspoon; a pinch is about 1/16 of a teaspoon; a smidgen is about 1/32 of a teaspoon.
  • Leave the porch light on.
  • Occasionally you will meet a person who just doesn’t like you, and it won’t have anything to do with you.
  • Cook until you need a break, and then go out to eat. Repeat.
  • Never give up on anything you can’t go a day without thinking about.
  • You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life [according to the adorable Arthur Abbott in The Holiday].
  • Companies fill positions as they open up.
  • If you’re lucky, your dad will be your eternally interested guy. If he ever writes you a letter starting with “Dear Cutie-Pie”, don’t throw it away.
  • There’s a certain elegance to a rustic cake.
  • Honesty really is the best policy.
  • For better or worse, everybody has a “once upon another time”.
  • You aren’t really allergic to anything fried. Try making falafel using half of the amount of oil suggested.

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  • Twenty-two is too young to know about forever.
  • Sometimes it’s easier to connect with the person who checks you out at the grocery store.
  • Extroverts have something of a leg-up when it comes to networking.
  • Set a timer.
  • It’s entirely possible to be seeking something and running away for all your worth, at the very same time.
  • When you plan a trip, leave at least one day wide open.
  • Don’t forget what it felt like to really fall in love. Someday, if you’re very, very lucky, you’ll end up with a daily reminder…and he will know exactly when your shoulders could use a good rub.
  • Catch your breath.
  • If “eventually everything will fall into place” is a lie, we would all do well to be gullible.
  • At some point, something will happen to you that will cause you to consider your life “before” and “after”.
  • The number one thing not to say to a college graduate: “My fill-in-the-blank just got out of college, and she’s doing GREAT!”
  • Five things to use sparingly: sarcasm, eyeshadow, swears, hot sauce, and adjectives.
  • Broccoli rabe is a little bitter. You can make it better with sautéed garlic, everything bagel seasoning, red pepper flakes, and extra-virgin olive oil.

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  • Befriend a gardener [and help her weed].
  • Necklaces can make eye-catching bracelets.
  • There’s something to be said about a boy with a truck.
  • Success often starts as an idea batted around a dinner table.
  • Keep showing up.
  • The best way to move on is probably NOT by walking straight into someone else’s arms.
  • Whatever you do, don’t buy a “fat” mirror.
  • Toasted sesame seed oil is a game-changer.
  • Most of us harbor a [mostly irrational] fear of something very specific.
  • Perfectionism is not your ally.
  • Sending “goodnight” texts to half of your phone book isn’t going to make you stop missing his goodnight, but time will.
  • Have a big heart.
  • Know how to hard-boil an egg. It’s a life skill.

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See Life Lessons Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.


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