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This is Thirty – And Your Little Dog Too…

I feel like the wicked witch of the west sometimes, pedaling through the center, ringing my bell in fury with a black bulldog in a basket on the front tire. I hadn't attached the basket for weeks since I realized it only had one screw left - precariously keeping it...

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This is Thirty – InstaFreedom

I get friends on my pages saying I should start a vlog. I get ads on my facebook telling me how easy it is to become a wandering nomad, working off my computer and my phone and living life "completely free." I just clicked on one young woman's (we need an equivalent...

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This is Thirty – The Millennial Fantasy

I first saw this post a few years ago, and every so often it shows up again either on some other feed or someone else's wall. This year it was in my memories from the last time I shared it, and so I did it again. For the number of likes and times it's been shared, it...

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This is Thirty – Back to the Future

I don't want to be in here writing this, which is a silly complaint. I could certainly carry this little laptop outside into the garden and write there. This thing weighs significantly less than any school book I ever had to use nevermind my previous computers. I...

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This is Thirty – Shrink-Wrapped Lobster

We went grocery shopping today. Outside the center in the big supermarket with the carts with four moving wheels instead of two like at home - making it extremely difficult not to drift around corners. It was crowded but not upsetting, and we went through the fruits...

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This is Thirty – Le Marche

I live in Florence, Italy and am from the US. This means I get travel questions from people at home pretty regularly, and honestly pretty regularly in general, and I’d say ninety percent of that travel is focused on an extremely small percent of Italian destinations:...

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This is Thirty – But What IS a CUP?

This morning I weighed Luna's food with a scale and then did the same for the amount of cheese I needed for the recipe I'm attempting to make for dinner. I still haven't properly failed this evening, but it has only been prepped, not cooked, and this is usually the...

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This is Thirty – Show Your Work

It's incredible how long I can stare at a blank page and not write anything and call it "work." It must look terrible to anyone watching. Just sitting on the couch, staring at the screen, hands listless. Inside my head, there's a reel of film flying through...

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This is Thirty – Seven Summers Ago

I had to run. I had to get out of the heat. It was 111 that day, which meant it was worse than that in our apartment. The showers ran warm. Cooking made things worse. I put on my sneakers and tied my big, awkward Italian key to my shoe through the laces. I ran out...

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This is Thirty – Twenty Years of Women’s Soccer

I started playing soccer because I hated baseball (T-ball - never made it to baseball). My father had played in high school, and that was already a rarity that he didn't play football or baseball or any other "normal" sport. I loved soccer from the beginning. I was...

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This is Thirty – Why do Americans…?

I've been trying to find more information on a topic for a pitch I'm writing on sweating. The cultural differences between Italy and the US are vast when it comes to body odor and sweaty underarms. It drives me crazy, but that is a story for another day (but it ends...

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This is Thirty – When Tech Stays Home

Yesterday I didn't make it to post a blog. It's only the second time in this project, I think, other than the week we stayed in the mountains without electricity. Rami and I had the past few days off together - not because of Independence, but just because of a...

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This is Thirty – 4th of July

I'd paint my nails with little flags using a toothpick for the white stars and I'd sit with my sneakers in the sand left over from the winter snow on the streets of Needham on the corner by the church and the school where the sirens would echo and the drums would...

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This is Thirty – One Hot Tomato

We have one tomato growing on our vines at the back of the garden. A little green pumpkin-shaped thing that seems to be surviving only because of the purple umbrellas we've hung over the top of the lattice. The sun is too hot. Most of the flowers were drying out...

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This is Thirty – Dinner Fail & Appreciation

I've just attempted to cook dinner twice, and now Rami is finishing (and fixing) what I started. This is not the first time this has happened, though usually I only have time to fail once. It certainly won't be the last because even though my attempts at cooking...

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This is Thirty – The World From My Phone: A Collection

My Facebook and other social media pages follow a vast array of people and blogs and news sites and international pages etc. I thought I'd write down the posts verbatim to document what it looks like when you live internationally and don't block anyone just because...

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This is Thirty – Why Don’t You Believe Me?

After college when I applied to jobs, I'd send in my resume, my ridiculous resume, and normally a cover letter (writing! yay I'm good at that!), and then I'd either get a phone call or an email saying they'd like to talk to me in person for an interview. So I'd go to...

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This is Thirty – Sea Watch

Today I watched from my little Florentine backyard as a woman my age walked off a boat and into handcuffs for guiding refugees into a port of a little Italian island called Lampedusa. She had found them in the water while working for a German non-profit called...

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This is Thirty – When You Forget

The Wild Thornberries was a television cartoon on Nickelodeon when I was younger. To sum it up, I liked it because the main character was a little girl with braces and freckles and red hair that could talk to animals. Boom. I'm hooked. There was one episode I can...

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This is Thirty – It’s Not Boring

I'd like to see one person stand up on that debate stand and answer questions like a human. I may just decide to vote for them on the spot. I'm watching the first Democratic debate in the background. I'm an hour in and everyone seems restless to get their words in...

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