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Spring is in the air

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 3/18/2013, 11:27 a.m.

Designer Adrinne Neff, who lives in the Fort Tryon section of Manhattan, gave this good advice: "Learn how to negotiate. Learn how to haggle and be comfortable with it. Don't be afraid of it. Haggle with everybody!" Everybody? Sounds like you might wear yourself out. Isn't there ever a moment where like minds meet in peace?

Leaning in is something to think about, and though it's created by a woman with women in mind, I always like to include the menfolk. What's good for the goose is good for the gander; that's what I always say. After all, who better to lean in with than your mate or partner, even if he is a man?

All is pretty quiet in Soulsville this week. So I was just daydreaming as I walked down the street one day when someone stopped and asked me, "Hey Cosmopolitan Reviewer, what do you think about Mayor Bloomberg banning the sale of 16-ounce sodas?" "Wow, I'm so glad you asked as I have an opinion on just about everything and cherish the moment when I get a chance to express what it may be on any given subject."

Personally, I think it's a great idea. Why would anyone want to drink 16 ounces of sugary, syrupy calorie-heavy soda that has barely any fizz to it and no nutritional value? Yuck!

"Okay, so how about banning Styrofoam coffee cups?" Excellent idea! Call me old school, but if I'm going to get a coffee to go, put it in a real container, not one that I can bite into and chew on the rim. For that matter, down with plastic, bring back the bottles, put milk back in a glass container (which I always look for and purchase over milk in a plastic container. By the way, it's usually found at Pathmark.). If I'm going to use sugar, make it brown; if I'm eating rice, make it brown; and if it's going in a bag, make it brown.

Until next week ... kisses