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Ines Bellina
inesbellina
Ines Bellina is a writer, storyteller, and bon vivant. When she's not working on her novel or overscheduling herself, she sings love songs to bulldogs.
May 31 2012
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My bra size has an identity crisis every couple of years. Either that or bra stores everywhere insist I'm actually a different size than expected as a way to get me to drop lots of cash at their location. Sigh.

May 30 2012
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I've mentioned this before—ABC Family shows have some of the most diverse casts on television. Yes, some of their shows can be total crap but considering their target audience is tweens/teenagers I have to applaud them for pointing out that people of all shapes and sizes, races and ethnicities, can be backstabbing Read more

May 29 2012
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I remember watching a movie in high school about the doctor who first discovered Chagas disease. I graduated from high school over ten years ago. The movie itself was not a new one, maybe had about ten years on it as well. The film was set, I believe, in the early 1900s. Read more

May 26 2012
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I'm about to upgrade my kitchen cookware, and I have no idea whether to get a nonstick set, cast iron set (I love Le Creuset pans and pots but I don't know if the upkeep will be too high maintenance for me) or stainless steel. Suggestions? Advice? I'd much rather invest in something that will last a good long time Read more

May 26 2012
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Stevie Nicks is my spirit animal! And the fact that she is a fellow Gemini makes me so, so happy.

May 24 2012
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I've never been hit on as much as when I got engaged. Five years of living in NY with no one even so much as glancing at me, save for the boyfriend/now husband, and BAM! As soon as I had a diamond on my finger, men were coming to me like a moth to a fly. Really, men of the world? Really?

May 23 2012
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This is interesting. My father and I have had exactly one conversation about sex in my entire life. However, my behavior while watching "Teen Mom" and "Sixteen and Pregnant" matches his behavior while watching soccer: lots of yelling and cursing at the screen while giving unsolicited advice to people who cannot hear Read more

May 17 2012
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The Census introduced the category of "Mexican" for the first time in the 1930s, "Hispanic" in the 1970s. Before that, they were considered "White." I believe the Irish and the Italian were considered a separate race from "White" until the powers that be felt comfortable putting them in their fold. It seems to me that Read more

May 17 2012
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I will write an intelligent response once I manage to get my husband off the floor. He's still laughing hysterically at the idea that someone would consider me, his Peruvian wife, submissive.

May 16 2012
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I quit last year, at the age of 29. All I had left was my dissertation. I am infinitely happier. My job is way less prestigious than one would expect from the amount of schooling I've had, but it gives me more than enough time to pursue my true passions (fiction writing and comedy) AND they don't care if I travel like Read more

May 16 2012
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That's a great question. I went to grad school only a year after undergrad, and when I graduated I let my professors know my plans of going for a PhD and asked them to write my recommendation letters a year before I even applied. Some of my friends who started their PhDs later either made sure to stay in touch with Read more

May 16 2012
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If you have the sudden urge to get a PhD, wait. Spend your twenties working, exploring, traveling, going crazy, enjoying your free time. When you turn 30, if academia still sounds appealing, then by all means apply. It is one of the few careers that doesn't really give a rat's ass how old you are when you start. Read more

May 16 2012
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The United States government pretty much forced Mr. Plum and I to have joint bank accounts. Not having one in which you and your spouse's monthly bills and paychecks are deposited is a huge red flag for immigration authorities. I have a separate business account for the freelance work I do but I use it rarely since I Read more

May 9 2012
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I happened to be born in Switzerland, though I am not from there since a) my family is Peruvian, and my father just happened to be sent there for work at the time and b) they base their citizenship on blood instead of birth so I actually have no claim to Swiss nationality. I can't help but feel a little rejected by my Read more

Apr 29 2012
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As much as some of their shows are absolutely cringe worthy (I'm looking at you Secret Life), I have to admit ABC Family is super progressive when it comes to race. And when I say "progressive," I mean the casts of most of their shows tend to be diverse and they don't make a big deal about the fact that it is diverse. Read more

Apr 29 2012
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I decided on my username when I was in grad school and I thought I was going to be a professor the rest of my life. The "plum" part was due to my love of all things purple and board games. Oh, and I have a tendency to be accused of murder ;). Read more

Apr 27 2012
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Interesting idea...may I ask what your PhD was in? I actually liked the research part of academia, I just hated the non-stop hours and the obligation to publish as often as possible.

Apr 27 2012
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Question to all Jezzies who left academia (whether as a grad student or as a professor): How do you keep your mind sharp? I decided to withdraw from my PhD program to pursue writing and, in a strange twist of events, comedy. I don't regret this decision at all. Though I'm currently making very little in my Read more

Apr 26 2012
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I've always found traditional bridal showers incredibly boring. It might be a family thing-as in, at some point in life my cousins, aunts, sister and myself realized that we all find bridal showers incredibly boring. Is it the amount of forced conversation? Staring at someone unwrapping gifts for hours on end? The Read more

Apr 26 2012
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Hi! I'm from Lima, Peru! *Waves* I would just like to express how much the attitude you described pisses me off. I've lived in the States and Canada for a large chunk of my life, so I speak English like a native. I'm also somewhat ambiguous looking, if you will, so sometimes people will think I'm a Swarthy Read more