Adriana Velez


I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.


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    In my next life, I will be one of those ladies who has her hair colored, professionally, properly at a salon. But for now, I am one of those ladies who colors her own hair at home. And you know what? It's going all right. I've gotten a lot of practice and learned a lot of hard lessons. Like, hair-falling-out-in-my-hands kind of lessons. Ugly lessons. 

    We'll get to that in a minute. The good news is, if all you want is a simple, single-process color, you can do that yourself. In fact, the only reason to get a single-process color in a salon is just to save yourself the mess and trouble. But really, it's not that difficult. Here's how.

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    Today was hard, you guys. I'm not gonna lie. True, it's Friday. But for about 30 minutes today Facebook was down. And for many of us, the whole world shut down, too. If I wanted to see that photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with his Super Soaker I actually had to Google the image instead of letting it roll up ever five seconds on my stream. How could they do this to us? How could they let us down like that? For, you know, a whole half an hour?!? Thank goodness it didn't last any longer than that!

    I was totally unprepared for this global emergency. I had NO IDEA what to do with myself. 

    Well next time I'll be prepared. Here's what you can do if this ever happens to us again. Not that there will ever be a next time. Right, Zuckerberg?

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    There you are, enjoying your active summer, when all of a sudden, BAM: You've got a summer cold. Of all the -- why now?!? Colds aren't only for winter. It's just as easy to pass germs in warm weather, maybe even easier. Plus, you're traveling, going in and out of air-conditioned spaces, and maybe a little dehydrated to boot. No wonder you're sick.

    So what the heck do you do with a summer cold? When you get the sniffles in the winter, you cozy up with blankets, sipping hot tea and chicken soup. But when you get sick in the summer, staying comfortable and fighting off that cold can be a whole other ball game. 

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    I never thought I'd send my child to private school. I was a public school kid. When I was growing up, private school was for fancy people. If you were just a regular, middle-class kid, you walked down the street to the nearest school and enrolled. It was that simple.

    A generation later, things are a little more complicated. And I've been (GULP!) sending my son to a private school. It's a major sacrifice -- as in, some days I think I must be insane to be doing this even with the tuition break. But then I come in for those parent-teacher conferences, or I read my son's progress reports, or heck, I just have a conversation with my son and I think yep, worth every penny.

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    It's a good thing this bride has an excellent sense of humor. When Joe Mulvihill's future wife Rachel asked him to take only "serious" photos with his groomsmen, he complied. Sort of. Mulvihill didn't so much as crack a smile for his portrait, and neither did anyone else in his crew. All six men stare straight at the camera, most with arms stoically folded, looking as serious as serious gets. There's just one little thing.

    Mulvihill and his groomsmen aren't wearing any clothes.

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