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Annelia Alex
Annelia Alex is an academic archaeologist and social blogger. She spends her summers digging in caves of Eurasia and the rest of the year frolicking in Boston. Her hobbies include eating and tweeting. You can read more from her on Twitter (@bannelia) or on her blog (

Entries by Annelia Alex

4 Dating Realizations I've Had at Age 29

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Over the past decade, my strategies and perspective on dating have evolved, and I feel better about the process. I'm less stressed about it because I have more realistic expectations: Most of my dates are mediocre, but that no longer distresses me.

I admit that my new strategies have not...

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Thank You Jon Stewart

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:25 PM

I was informed of Jon Stewart's retirement from The Daily Show by an NPR news alert, which was swiftly followed by a deluge of texts, emails, and Facebook messages from friends. They were concerned about how I was coping with the news.

I responded: "Don't worry I'm in denial! Check...

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Your Ex Is Engaged on Facebook

(8) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:48 PM

It happened. Your ex is engaged.

You broke up two years ago. It hurt, but time passed and you dated other people. You forgot how much you cared about him.

Until one seemingly ordinary day you get back to your desk after lunch at Chipotle. You had a veggie burrito,...

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5 Milestones in My Romantic Evolution

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:25 AM

1) Age 5, when I was more concerned with dinosaurs than romance.

I was roller-skating around the back patio as my mom listened to the radio. That Bryan Adams song that was in the Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie came on...

"Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for.

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When Rockets Come to Israel

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:11 AM

This is what it's like in Israel when there is a rocket attack. I'm doing whatever I'm doing -- folding laundry, unwrapping a sandwich, crossing the street -- when a siren begins to wail. It oscillates loud-soft, loud-soft, like a swing approaching-receding, approaching-receding.

The people around me have mixed reactions....

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A Taxonomy of Boyfriends

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Heterosexual women have a lot of boyfriends who are not really our boyfriends. Rather, they are our boy friends, "boyfriends," and boys.

Boy friends are honest-to-goodness friends who are male. We don't want them as husbands or lovers. We'll probably make out with them at some point, but in...

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Todas las mentiras que me enseñó la caja tonta

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 4:57 AM

Entre los 12 y los 14 años veía mucho la tele en las horas de máxima audiencia. A eso nos dedicábamos los adolescentes educados después de cenar. Mientras mis compañeros más guais estaban en la calle, fumando cigarrillos y dándose besos con lengua, yo estaba sentada delante de la televisión,...

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I Went Off the Grid for 3 Hours

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:22 PM

I went three consecutive hours without personal electronics. So I'm enlightened now, or something.

I should admit that the deprivation was not a self-imposed ascetic exercise, but rather a government-imposed order. I had to pick up a new passport from the US embassy in Tel Aviv and personal electronics are...

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My Response to John Stamos

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 11:47 AM

I wrote a blog post that, according to news sources, "slammed" Full House. Thankfully, John Stamos -- Uncle Jesse himself! -- was quick to "refute" my claims that '90s TV created unrealistic expectations among members of my generation. He and thousands of his closest Facebook friends defended the...

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The Lies I Learned From Dumb TV

(45) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:14 PM

I watched a lot of prime time TV between the ages 12 to 14. That's what well-behaved adolescents did weeknights 8-10 p.m. Eastern. While the cool kids were out smoking cigarettes and tongue kissing, I was in front of the TV, with a sleeve of Oreos, absorbed in trite plots...

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Getting Ready Is the Best Part of Going Out

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:28 PM

I love getting ready to go out.

If you're an 18 to 28-year-old female, you know what I mean.

If you're not, I will succinctly define "getting ready to go out" as: preparing oneself aesthetically through make up, hair doing, and wardrobe selection for a social evening outside of one's...

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Die 6 Phasen des Verlassenwerdens

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Es ist ätzend, verlassen zu werden. Aber es ist wie Umziehen oder Kinderkriegen (auch wenn ich auf dem Gebiet keine Erfahrung habe): Solange man nicht selbst betroffen ist oder mit guten Freunden mitleidet, vergisst man, wie ätzend es wirklich ist.

Trennungen sind für beide Seiten unangenehm (ich habe darüber auch...

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The 6 Phases of Getting Dumped

(27) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:21 PM

I know that getting dumped sucks. But just like with moving or giving birth (I think), I forget just how profoundly it sucks except when I'm experiencing it or witnessing a close personal friend experience it.

Yes, breakups are unpleasant for both parties (I've even written a blog...

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