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Under Gunders The Saga Continues…

Did you know that I still get comments on this post about the Old Navy mesh hipsters (AKA the JESUS of underwear!!) even now, years later? I think I got one last week even. So many women are out there, frustrated about the loss of the perfect panty.


So many ladies are asking, “Where is the replacement? Where can I find the perfect mix of full coverage and panti-line-free-ness that were (and still are for many of us, oops) the mesh hipster?”

And I’m here with a semi-answer. There is no replacement. There just isn’t! And we need to stop searching and give up. Sometimes, in life, you have to settle! I’m sorry! Real talk, right now ladies… it’s true. Sometimes we settle. I’m tired of spending too much money on underwear that is only so-so, that doesn’t live up to the cheap perfection of Old Navy. I’m actually totally gun shy to even purchase underwear to try because the brands that promise me the world are so expensive!

I tried Gap – not enough coverage, Target – no staying power and too cheap for me, Natori – too expensive and they cut in on my hips, Victoria’s Secret – wedgy and Aero – too young for me + panty lines.

So I stopped caring. I had a kid, I like to feel like I’m wearing something, you know what? I fucking love granny panties. I DO. Ok? I really do. But I don’t want to LOOK like I do. So one day at Target I said fuck it, if I have to wear my totally stretched out, holy mesh hipsters for life then at least at night I can be cozy in the full coverage. So I wandered over to the hanes and fruit of the loom wall of underwear and snatched up a few packs.

Guess what?

Not only did I spend 30 dollars on NINE PAIRS of underwear (Whhaatt?!), I also found a pair that are pretty seamless and also cozy!!! There will never be another mesh hipster. Let’s all say it together, There Will Never Be Another Mesh Hipster. It is time to let go and move on.

But you know what? The Hanes Premium Invisible Smooth Bikini comes close enough for me. I even wore them under yoga pants and didn’t embarrass myself. So, there’s that.

I don’t have time for this journey anymore. I just need some underpants that don’t suck. And these don’t suck!

Who else has underpants that don’t suck? I want to hear from you!!


Soleil & A Brand New Adventure

I am generally fascinated by divorce. How does it happen? Who makes that decision? Does it pop out at you like the bogey man? When does someone know, for certain, that it is over? And how does that conversation happen? And what happens after? A few months ago I got to pick Soleil’s brain about all of this as her divorce was newly established. As much as young divorce (or any divorce) sucks, it is also about the opening and closing of doors, the birth of new chapters, and fresh starts. It’s sad and hard and terrible, but also ultimately a good thing? I think? That is the point, right? It is supposed to be something that sucks but...


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Saturday I was on top of my game. We swimming lessoned, we cleaned the apartment, we went to target, AND had a date night where Kamel and I went out to a GROWN UP dinner and then to see Lena Dunham pimp her new book. Sunday I was a failure. We had birthday celebrations for my dad at my parent’s where I forgot the camera and my dad’s PRESENT. GAH! The rest of the day I moped and watched Outlander until I fell asleep on the couc hat 730! What?! (Reason why there was not a Monday blog. Sorry guys.) Oh look! you can see the semi blurry spec that was Lena Dunham! I had several requests on instagram to fill them in on...


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Friday Video: Mirror Mirror

I’ve been holding this video ever since Maine just to show you guys because: cute. Lately I have felt like this blog is a little Gabe heavy, and this video is not helping things. So if you’re over babytimesUSA up in here, I apologize in advance, but toddlers in mirrors slay me and this was too good not to share. Happy Friday Everyone!


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The UnAmericans: A Review

I think I feel like I’m supposed to like books of short stories because I have a literary background more than I generally do. Or, maybe short stories are actually way harder to write successfully than most writers think and so the majority or meh at best? Probably a little bit of both. Thankfully Molly Antopol is one of the really really talented short story writers because The UnAmericans¬†made me late getting back for lunch, it made me look up after a story and want to find someone else who had read it just to say, “Can you BELIEVE it?!” The stories did not feel too short or too long, I didn’t wish for more (like...


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The Inevitable Woes

I was supposed to write about writing today – well it was supposed to happen yesterday, but I was tired and… life so anyways – I was supposed to write about my writing season, but instead I’m writing about this. I feel so dumb even admitting this. I am really having a hard time turning 30. And I’m not even turning 30 until April!! Which means I’m not even half way through my 29th year! Gah, Dupuis, get a freaking grip. But there it is. I’m having a hard time with it. I don’t want to get older. I want to stay a young grown up forever. I want to have all the time in the world. I don’t want...


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This weekend was extra lazy. With a side of movies in the living room. Kamel has been working a lot, as it is the busy season, and this weekend he worked on Saturday afternoon and then on Sunday morning/afternoon. There was a lot of quiet, me hanging with Gabe time, a lot of Nemo and Bugs Life. We had another successful swim lesson, enjoyed true October weather, and made nachos while watching football on Sunday. It was good, you guys… it was real good. (Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittnes!) (Squirrel!) (What happens to wading pools in October.) (This is what trouble looks like) (This was a big...


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Who the hell is she?


I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.