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Three Things Making Me Mad & One Hilariously Sad Thing

1. This. Does this Jon Benet and the Chocolate Factory cover need any further explanation? What was Random House’s approval process on this new release of an iconic children’s classic? I betcha there wasn’t one mom or dad with a young kid on the creative team for this one. Unless Patsy Ramesy was somehow involved. 2. That a spectrum of truly …

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Letter to my favorite grad

Dear A, The second you were introduced to me as our new intern, I knew I liked you. You’re cheerful and cheeky without being sticky or cloying. You’re capable and ‘fessed up immediately when there was a mistake, and we could fix it together. I like your long ombre hair and I want to know what mascara you use. Most of all, …

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Fancy Salt & Pepper

I come from a family in which there was ALWAYS a pepper and salt grinder on the table. For a while even, much to my embarrassment, my dad took to carrying his OWN pepper grinder to restaurants. I, also, like my s&p freshly ground, but have had some bad luck with grinders falling apart over the years so I started getting the …

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The Love You Take Is Equal to the Love You Make

It’s kind of weird to be in the midst of a divorce on Valentine’s Day, a holiday I have mixed feelings about anyway. This year, I’m recognizing it as an opportunity to get all gushy over my friends and family. Plus, Grace’s artwork is piling up. So we decided to recycle AND spread the love by cutting hearts out from …

Vanessa McGradyThe Love You Take Is Equal to the Love You Make

Rum Balls

You are probably wondering where I am today. Well, I am over at Half-Assed Kitchen with my recipe for Rum Balls! Enjoy!

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The 40licious Bride: Part IV

    By the time you get to 40licious, you like things a certain way. Personally, I have to art direct everything and that includes my wardrobe. ESPECIALLY my bridal wardrobe.   Saturday, we went to Steve’s parents’ and his mom, Ellen, meticulously stitched the edging on my veil. We sat around and chatted about this and that, broke for …

Vanessa McGradyThe 40licious Bride: Part IV

Wisdom of Dogs

There are so many, many things to write about. Impending nuptials. Another stellar year of camping on the Kern. Our scouting trip to Oregon, which was fun AND productive. What it’s like to be a creative person in a corporate suck-up job. But no, today I will write about dogs and the metaphor. Cinco is our new addition. A charming …

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