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About missmba

What happens when a language-loving, mathphobic liberal arts major goes jumps on the MBA train. Follow my adventures at a top 20 business school.

My grandma’s hands

My most distinct and tactile memories of my grandma all involve her hands. She had strong hands that wrung out dishrags and mops until they were completely dry. Her nails were so thick and beautiful they stood up to that … Continue reading

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George Clooney isn’t the only reason to visit Lake Como

My in-laws came to visit us in Switzerland this summer from the States, and we wanted them to have a wonderful European experience. We needed a gorgeous place with stunning views, friendly people and delicious food. Unfortunately Switzerland failed on … Continue reading

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Veiny feet and other surprising things that I’m grateful for now that I’m pregnant

  Gratitude is trending on Facebook. Several of my friends have posted daily lists of things they’re grateful for and challenged others to do the same. The idea is that focusing on the good things in your life will make … Continue reading

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The best of beautiful Santorini

Our original plan for a Greek island vacation was a multi-week sailing trip hopping from one beautiful place to another on a catamaran with friends in tow. Then I got pregnant and the idea of flitting around the Aegean Sea … Continue reading

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Swiss rules for naming babies

There are lots of rules in Switzerland. And I’m not just talking about speed limits and littering laws. The Swiss laws get personal. Most of them exist to keep you from irritating your neighbors. Before we moved here, we read … Continue reading

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Warning to pregnant women: Godsends and blowhards ahead

When you’re pregnant some people think that, in addition to growing a small human, you’ve also developed Teflon skin. These people assume they can say anything to you – no matter how rude or inappropriate or invasive – and you … Continue reading

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Last chance, baby: The Baby Bucket List

I’m 26 weeks pregnant — which means I only have 14 weeks until my life is radically, permanently changed. I’m excited to meet the wee chick who’s been turning somersaults behind my belly button. But I also feel like there’s … Continue reading

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My dirty little food secret

I’ve always been a food snob when I travel. If I’ve spent the time and money to go far, far away, the last thing I want to eat is close-to-home American food. Why seek out burgers, pizza or chocolate chip … Continue reading

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A Mary Poppins moment in Provence

When I left to spend two weeks in Provence, I thought I knew what to expect. The vacation would be mostly about beautiful food and beautiful scenery – gorgeous town markets stuffed with olives, dried sausages and cheese, bakeries overflowing … Continue reading

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The secret to throwing the best baby shower ever (hint: it’s not a game, present or party favor)

I’m having my first baby in a foreign country where my husband and I don’t know very many people. When I got pregnant, we realized that living far from family and friends meant we’d be on our own for the … Continue reading

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