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“Greased Lightning” Is the Perfect Couch Dancing Song

There were two things that my teenaged friends and I ended up doing at nearly every birthday party we had: 1) play Taboo and 2) watch Grease. John Travolta’s piercing blue eyes were definitely part of the appeal. We also had clothing envy. But mostly, it was the songs, which are clearly intended to be sung-along-with into hairbrush microphones. They are also perfect for dancing. 🙂 My friends and I weren’t coordinated enough to join in with most of the perfectly synchronized dance routines, but there was one we had DOWN – the iconic arm movements to “Greased Lightning.” We didn’t...

Sugar Status: Four Weeks Sucrose-Free

Apparently, it’s already been a month since I started my doctor-mandated quest to purge sugar (and dairy) from my diet. To my utter shock, it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think part of that is because I’ve spent the last ten years adjusting to life with food allergies and intolerances. Part is because this is the thing that might actually allow me to start eating stuff I never thought I’d get to eat again, like chickpeas and pineapple. The biggest part, I think, is that I went cold turkey, which seems to have...

Forensics February: The Lizards in the Luggage

Have you ever watched Border Security? I’ve seen the Canadian and Australian editions and there may be more. They’re reality TV shows that take you inside customs and border checkpoints at airports and post offices, and if you can get past the constant recapping, it’s quite fascinating to see what people try to smuggle across borders – accidentally or not so much. I especially like the episodes with the sniffer dogs. 😀 Only about 10% of contraband is ever detected, which is a huge conservation issue, because in addition to the usual cigarettes, illegal drugs, and weapons, many people smuggle...