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2010 and the Ubiquity of Mint Toothpaste

I've been living in 2010 a lot these past few months as I've been working on my manuscript. A little more than a decade ago, it was a pivotal year in my life, or at least my dating life, where I whirled around with many different men and many different experiences.

As I've been writing essays that take place in that year, I have to think about not only what happened (because damn that was a long time ago!) but how I felt about what happened then versus how I feel about it now and who I was then versus who I am now. And there's the whole fleshing out what life was like back then. I think Instagram had just come out, so we were still making Facebook photo albums. Obama was President and I lived in California, so I wasn't super tuned into politics aside from what bubbled up about Obamacare and Prop 8. Online shopping wasn't what it is now, so mall trips to Forever 21 for whatever short thing I needed for the weekend didn't feel like a totally unbearable task. I was 25 and scared that in a year I'd be closer to 30 than 20. I didn't know how much I'd come into my own.

What were you like a decade ago? Where did you live? What did you do? Who were your friends? What were the things you loved? What was your greatest fear? Can you take yourself back there? Feel free to whip up a few paragraphs and send them my way.

Could this be a fruitful place to write from for you?


A year or two ago, I decided I was done with mint toothpaste. I'm someone who's really into novelty and the ubiquity of mint toothpaste is irksome (and no, I don't count cinnamon as a suitable alternative). Then, things started to shift up some, but it was charcoal toothpaste, which didn't sound appetizing at all.

I just wanted to begin my day in a better way. The other issue with mint is that it ruins anything you eat after brushing your teeth. Yes, when you brush your teeth in the AM,  you should do it after you eat, but sometimes I'd brush my teeth before meeting up with folks for dinner or drinks. Palate: RUINED.

I made the switch to Hello Strawberry toothpaste. It's technically for kids but I Googled it and it's fine to use as an adult. I've been to the dentist 2-3 times since making the switch and haven't experienced any adverse consequences. But obvs, I'm not a medical doctor and you should do your own research because this isn't prescriptive.

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Recently, I switched to bougie Marvis toothpaste in their limited edition Rambas flavor. It's basically like pineapple toothpaste with a SUBTLE mintiness to it (there's claims of mango too, but I'm not picking up on it as much). Enough to make my mouth feel fresh but not enough to a ruin a meal.

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