Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

New Thing To Be Terrified Of: Snails!


I always thought snails were harmless slugs with a shell. Clearly I was wrong. Snails can be stealth predators who attack without warning, opening their giant mucousy mouths to envelop their unsuspecting prey. Gah! This video of a snail native to New Zealand eating a worm is enough to make me run screaming in terror the next time I see one. You best believe I’m going to start carrying salt with me wherever I go. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Like A Book On A Wire

Your best books deserve a peaceful place to perch. Nest your classics between these resting finch bookends with a lovely antiqued bronze finish. Sit back, relax, and fly away to your favorite fictional worlds.

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Friends With Benefits: Awesome When It Works, Even Though It Usually Doesn’t

Full Disclosure: I was asked by our sponsor to host a discussion where two bloggers provide the male – the uber masculine gentleman, ahem, cad behind The Superficial – and female perspectives – that would be moi – on having “friends with benefits.” (If you haven’t figured out what the movie is yet, here’s a hint: I would have sex with both of the stars and not just because I am a wee bit slutty.) Keep reading »

Love At First Stroke: OPI’s “Play The Peonies” Nail Polish

It’s been years since I’ve fallen in love with a pink nail lacquer. I usually prefer variations of gray, which are season-less, or some sort of red, which a friend says has become my signature. But I was curious about the new, limited-edition Nice Stems! by OPI collection of shades of pink, from pale frosty pink to rich fuchsia. I was initially drawn to “I Lily Love You,” because who doesn’t love a tint of pink with flecks of glitter? But last week, I wanted something new, so I tried “Play the Peonies,” a soft, frosty pink from the same collection. And what do you know? I fell in love. Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston Remembers Dog With A Tattoo — Would You?

Jennifer Aniston debuted her first tattoo this weekend, cursive script on the side of her foot spelling out “Norman.” Norman was Aniston’s dog who died in May at the age of 15. I think this is such a lovely tribute. I have long thought that eventually the only other ink I would get (besides the vaguely regrettable Chinese characters on my back) would be my dog Lucca’s name. I love her and want her with me always, just as Norman is now always walking with Jen. Okay, now I am tearing up. RIP Norman! Is a tattoo of a pet’s name something you would ever get? [Dlisted] Keep reading »

Breaking News: Gay Marriage Passes In New York

New York State has officially passed a same sex marriage bill, 33 to 29, becoming the sixth and largest state to make gay marriage legal in the United States. This vote is particularly historic as Republicans have a majority in the NY state legislature, making it the first GOP-led body to pass a same sex marriage amendment. I would write more, but I need to start picking out what I am going to wear to all the kick ass gay weddings I’m going to attend in the next year. Congratulations to the LGBTQ community in NY — it’s about f**king time. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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