Linda Sharps


I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.

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    I love it when a flight attendant goes out of their way to make air travel less intolerable. (Like, for instance, Marty Cobb, the Southwest Airlines employee whose safety speech is so entertaining, it's gone viral on YouTube.) I've had awesome flight attendants tell me what sights to see in the city I'm traveling to, prompt me to order a drink before they put away the cart for good, and offer me extra snack packages, but I can't say I've ever been warned to flush my illegal drugs before landing.

    Apparently that's exactly what happened on an Australian Jetstar airline recently, when an attendant issued a public announcement that passengers might want to flush "anything you shouldn’t have” down the toilet, since drug sniffing dogs were waiting at the terminal.

    The kicker? The plane was full of "Splendour in the Grass" musical festival-goers, and thus the attendant's warning sparked a mad rush for the lavatories.

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    Have you heard there's a Michael Bay-produced reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise hitting theaters soon? (Because that seemed like something people were clamoring for.) The latest TMNT installment is a live-action flick featuring the pizza-loving, crime-fighting anthropomorphic creatures some of us remember from a painful period in the '80s when one of the turtles was known for his thrilling catchphrase, "Cowabunga, dude!" Now, you'd think this upcoming film wouldn't be capable of provoking more than nostalgia combined with a vague despair over Hollywood's fear of original concepts, but a promo poster for the movie has managed to stir up a massive amount of public outrage.

    You're wondering what could possibly be so offensive about a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster, right? Well, it was promoting the movie's September 11 opening in Australia, and the artwork was ... oh dear. Let's just say it was a very very very very VERY poor decision.

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    While we impatiently tap our feet waiting for season 5 of The Walking Dead to get underway (and obsessively re-watch the trailer in order to try and figure out why that one melty zombie is so incredibly disgusting-looking), here's something to ponder: did Daryl have a romantic attraction to Beth last season? Or was it more of a brother/sisterly vibe?

    Actor Norman Reedus addressed this much-debated topic at Comic-Con last week, and while he didn't come right out and definitively put the matter to rest one way or another, his comments were VERY interesting. In fact, I'd go so far as to say anyone hoping for a Daryl/Beth hookup will be pleased by what Reedus had to say.

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    Sons of Anarchy gets snubbed at the Emmys every year, but even if the seventh and final season receives zero nominations for best series, acting, or writing, I hope someone creates a brand-new category called "weirdest casting" so SoA can finally take home an award. If I were given unlimited time, access to, and a case of 5-Hour Energy, I couldn't have possibly come up with the names associated with the show lately, which have included Courtney Love (what?), Marilyn Manson (whaaaaaaat?), and now Lea Michele (okay, they're messing with us, right?).

    Lea Michele seems like a particularly eyebrow-raising choice, and it's not clear why the news didn't go public at Comic-Con last week, but Michele herself tweeted the announcement yesterday afternoon. I'm not sure what's more surprising, the character she'll be playing -- or the way she described the show.

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    My oldest son will be 9 years old next month, and I do not suffer from that common motherly state of disbelief that my precious little newborn could possibly be such a big kid. Sure, I get nostalgic over his baby photos and all, but the reality is that it feels pretty much exactly like it's been 9 years. The part I can't wrap my head around is my own age: if I add 9 to my age when I gave birth to him, it would seem that I am officially 40 and change now. What?

    There's no point in wasting too much energy fighting the aging process, since the alternative is, well, DEATH, but that doesn't mean I don't have a few complaints. For instance, here's my list of the most annoying things about being a 40+ mom.

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