Here's the old couch, dragged out to the street at night like an unwelcome savage. It now belongs to the city of NYC...or its sanitation department. I don't know how that works. But finally, this piece of nasty is gone from my life.

"I Heart Sweat" Shirt Giveaway Winners

Date: July 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 24

A [much much] longer post is on the way with all kinds of information about my life, like how sometimes after I give myself Humira shots I can’t really breathe for the rest of the day, but also happy things like how I had a few days of feeling mostly decent.

In the meantime, because I want to get these shirts the heck out of my apartment, here are the three (because that’s how many I felt like picking) big (I guess) winners from last week’s “I Heart Sweat” shirt giveaway:


This is a great life lesson and one I, too, learned at one point in life. This lesson is especially important if flash photography will be present. Thank you, Christine.

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Very wise, Jennifer. Social media’s a real bitch and that comparison trap is a nasty place to find yourself. Avoid! Avoid!

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Hahahahaha. Yes. WebMD is the devil. It once correctly diagnosed me with Shingles, but every other time I used it I either came down with SARS, AIDS or anything with a “two months to live, max” timeline.

Winners, hit me up with an email at Do it ASAP, like right now, as you’re reading this. Open your email in another tab in your browser. Draft the email. Then you can finish reading. (I promise you’re not missing anything in the next few paragraphs here.) Tell me what size shirt you want and send me your address and boom, you’ve got a present coming your way. Congratulations.

I’ve gotta say, this was the most fun giveaway ever. For me at least. I genuinely loved reading every single “this is my greatest life lesson” comment, even the ones that had typos and misused “your” and “you’re.” I’m not mad. This time. In the future, though, watch it.

Thank you for sharing your life lessons with me. Some were sentimental: life’s too short, life’s unpredictable, friends and family are crucial keys to happiness and when you lose your health, you seem to lose everything (yeah, man). Others were witty and wonderful, and many seemed unsurprised by the “75% of people get hemorrhoids at some point in their lives” statistic. Preparation H for everyone!

Finally, if you want an “I Heart Sweat” shirt, there are still plenty available and I’d love for you to have them so I can not have them here in my apartment! I’ve got a new couch coming and I don’t have room for shirts!

Here's the old couch, dragged out to the street at night like an unwelcome savage. It now belongs to the city of NYC...or its sanitation department. I don't know how that works. But finally, this piece of nasty is gone from my life.

Here’s the old couch, dragged out to the street at night like an unwelcome savage. It now belongs to the city of NYC…or its sanitation department. I don’t know how that works. But finally, this piece of nasty is gone from my life.

Have a perfect day. We’ll talk again soon!

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