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Around the Bend: Battling the Godzilla of weeds

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



As a gardener I tend to be the gentle type. I hate to thin weaker seedlings or pull an innocent weed that had the rotten luck to grow in the wrong place. But when facing my nemesis — the Japanese knotweed that came with our property — I have a cruel streak.

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Around the Bend: Needed: Anti-embarrassment app

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend at a girls’ basketball tournament, I found myself in a public restroom with my 12-year-old daughter and some other moms and pre-teens. I washed my hands and waved them under the paper towel dispenser to trigger the sensor.

Nothing.

Wave, wave.

Nothing.

Frantic jazz-hands wave.

Still nothing.

My daughter groaned.

“It’s not that kind, Mom,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Just pull.”

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Around the Bend: Didn't win lottery, but still lucky

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



My Saturday morning went south the moment I found out I had not become a multimillionaire overnight.

Oh, I knew a single Mega Millions lottery ticket wouldn’t give me a real chance at Friday night’s record-setting $654 million jackpot.

But I didn’t have just one ticket.

Last week, 20 of my fellow Addison Independent employees and I each threw $2 into an office pool. While one ticket offered only a 1-in-75-million chance of winning, we had 42.

It was all we could do not to clean out our desks Friday afternoon.

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Around the Bend: Staying on the ball at the office

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



You’re sitting down, right?

Bad choice.

Recent studies indicate that sitting for any length of time is only slightly better for your health than riding a motorcycle drunk, while smoking, without a helmet. By the time you reach the end of this column, in fact, you’ll be lucky if you haven’t had a coronary.

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Around the bend: Weather allows time for a deal

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

Since moving into our old farmhouse five years ago, Mark and I knew we’d eventually like to make some improvements. With a combination of indecision, insufficient funds and outright hostile disagreement, however, we’ve never gotten around to any renovations. But this winter’s oddly pleasant weather has given us the opportunity.

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Around the Bend: Theft was strangely reassuring

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s not easy being scatterbrained.

My mind is constantly running in different directions, and I forget things. Just keeping track of my car keys occupies a good portion of my brain each day, and the portion that’s left can’t handle the remaining workload. I forget not only what things I need to do, but also whether I have — or have not — already done them. You can’t imagine the trouble this gets me into.

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Around the Bend: Weird weather not a Civic virtue

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



I have a confession: December’s unseasonably warm weather was my fault.

This summer I purchased an old, unfashionable Honda Civic that gave me no trouble (other than the mild bruising of my ego) until the first really cold morning in November, when the shifter got stuck in park.

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Around the bend: Capping a delightfully dull year

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being lazy, I thought I’d wrap up 2011 by copying the Addison Independent and making a chronology of all the noteworthy events in my year.

But I got stuck early on, when I realized that in January I only had two items to report: I finally replaced the burned-out light bulb in the fridge and I broke the handle on my windshield scraper.

For me, 2011 was not a year of living dangerously.

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Around the Bend: 'Touch' of technology doesn't help

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Not long ago, I received a free hand-me-down iPod Touch. I was thrilled, not only because it had originally retailed for about $200 but also because I had never owned such a sleek, technologically advanced gadget. (Keep in mind I think remote car starters are magic; I thrill easily.)

But once I got over the simple elegance of the smooth flat screen, I honestly couldn’t think of a single reason to have it.

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Around the Bend: Others' hands make 'light' work

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



You’ve heard the expression “If you want something done, do it yourself.”

I use this a lot. Like a few weeks ago, when I stared up at the dome ceiling light over our kitchen table and announced my plans to replace it with a proper chandelier.

My husband, Mark, groaned. He wasn’t opposed to a fancier light, but lately he’d been working so much his focus was more on putting food on the table than on illuminating it.

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