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Apr 20, 2018

Sometimes we meet friends who open doors for us and our world becomes wider and richer because of their interests, investment, openness, and support. This is certainly the case for Alysa and her dear friend and work spouse, Tara. In this episode, the two detail their friendship origin story, which originates in graduate school and includes avocados, Ludacris, Gilmore Girls, traveling, and college basketball as major highlights. But, even more than shared life and friend experiences, Alysa and Tara continue to work as colleagues conducting research about friendship disclosures of sexual stressors. Thus, the friendship origin story leads them into their work collaborations and an important reflection of the role friends play when we need social support.


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Powell, H. L. & Segrin, C. (2009) The effect of family and peer communication on college ctudents' communication with dating partners about HIV and AIDS, Health Communication, 16(4), 427-449, DOI: 10.1207/s15327027hc1604_3

McManus, T.G., & Lucas, A. A. (in press). Social support for sex-related issues: A multiple goals perspective. Communication Reports. Note: Not available online or in print yet but will update as available.

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3-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Recipe!

Note: My Aunt Joni gave me this recipe, so it could be from another source. If confirmed to be from another source, will update this information.

- Boil 2 cups of elbow macaroni, drain.

- In mixing bowl, beat one egg and then add cooked macaroni.

- Stir in the following ingredients:

*1 cup of cottage cheese (I get fat free)

*1 cup of sour cream (I get lite)

*2 handfuls of sharp cheddar shredded cheese

- Poor into cooking bakeware

- Put rest of shredded cheese on top

- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes