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Today's column, & brief hiatus

Posted by Robin Abrahams  December 4, 2011 07:02 PM

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Today's column is online here. Free sample (from a question about how to cope with a relative's bad housekeeping during a holiday visit): 

If the chaos has assaulted more than your eyeballs during holidays past, though, you aren't without recourse. If you are staying overnight and have been handed moldy towels in the past, bring your own. ("Such a busy time of year. We figured we'd save you the laundry.") If you're given a mug with a 1980s shade of lipstick still imprinted on the rim, a vague and cheerful "I'm just going to wipe this off before I caffeinate. I think I see a spot" is perfectly acceptable. 

Then add an extra finger of Bailey's to your Irish coffee and light the Christmas tree or menorah. Doesn't everything look prettier now?

And I need to take a break from the blog for a few days -- I've developed a nasty bronchial virus that requires rest, rest, rest. Wish me luck that it will get knocked out soon. 
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