This was completely my experience studying abroad in Rome 3 years ago as well. I was lucky in that I look like I could be Italian. My blonde roommate suffered far more harassment. » 3/28/15 2:29pm Saturday 2:29pm

The fainting goat on U st is also great. Good drinks and food, I love their brunch. Also on u (but more in shaw, the next neighborhood over) is Right Proper Brewing. Seriously awesome beer selection, food, and atmosphere. Definitely swing through if you like beer » 3/28/15 10:15am Saturday 10:15am

It's fascinating to me that there are so many people interested in watching a stranger show her discount hallmark cards and review them. The internet really has something for everyone.... » 2/28/15 10:39pm 2/28/15 10:39pm

That's my thought. I would rather use a little less real sugar than use any of a gross sweetener. I hardly ever drink soda, buy when I do — definitely not diet! I really dislike the flavor of sweeteners. » 2/28/15 9:19am 2/28/15 9:19am

I felt like I was the only one who got a "oooh look, another twist! Bet you didn't see that one coming, huh? Well SURPRISE, twist twist twist!" vibe from it. » 2/25/15 10:35pm 2/25/15 10:35pm

Yes, this! "I work, raise my child, pay my bills, cook every night and still have time for xyz..." arguments always seem to set up non-parents as doing none of those things. » 2/20/15 11:22pm 2/20/15 11:22pm

There was once a huge fight about this on jez and sort of on GT. Something about an author joking about bug photos being triggering and the people saying that triggers should be reserved for PTSD and then other people saying common phobias can also be triggering. It was a whole Thing. » 2/19/15 8:20pm 2/19/15 8:20pm

Eh, idk, even though vagina has a specific clinical definition, I think it is commonly colloquially used to refer to the whole general area, vulva and all. It seems like an argument of semantics, and a bit unfair to act as if everyone applying this common colloquial use of the word doesn't know anything about anatomy.… » 2/16/15 12:05pm 2/16/15 12:05pm

Based on one of my younger (6thish grade) cousins who ended up going back to public school after a few years being homeschooled, I would say another downside to look out for is kids not learning the motivation to do something for a non-parent. Like, my cousin would do well on her assignments because mom was the… » 2/16/15 11:56am 2/16/15 11:56am

This! Why a stuffed animal for a grown adult (barring it being an inside joke or collector item). I would much prefer some movie or concert tickets , or jewelry, or food...because I'm not 7 and have no need for a big cheap furry bear holding a heart. » 2/09/15 5:19pm 2/09/15 5:19pm

that is so annoying! My office has a ridiculous amount of dishware and such. 2 kinds of mugs (fancy for clients and branded for us) and many sized and varieties of glasses and plates (all matching in white and the company color). I never thought of how much I appreciate it! » 1/29/15 8:24pm 1/29/15 8:24pm