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Apartment Woes

Since moving into my apartment last summer I’ve mostly had good experiences, but there are definitely some negative parts, too. When I was looking for places to live, the one I ended up with seemed ideal at first glance, purely for the square footage and proximity to my work. The price of rent was pretty […]

The Poorly Executed DIY Project

The Poorly Executed DIY Project

Recently I learned a valuable lesson concerning do-it-yourself projects: Some tasks are better left to the professionals. While I wish the project that went horribly awry was something silly like a craft or baking endeavor, this failure happened to be my attempting to do a little at-home dog grooming. Over the last four and a […]

Driving Lessons: Dog Edition

Driving Lessons: Dog Edition

Over the weekend, I made a trip out to visit my parents, and since I knew I was going to be gone all day and possibly even stay overnight, Jasper came with me. I try to practice safe driving techniques (not texting and driving, limiting the distractions, etc), but when Jasper is in the car […]


One of the first things I do almost everyday is make a list of things I’d like to accomplish or at least start that day. I don’t always write everything down anymore, but keep a mental checklist to keep me on pace for the day. The list making definitely helps, but sometimes making the decision […]

An Unexpected Friend

Making new friends has never really been my forte, and trying to establish new friendships or even just maintain existing ones as an adult is not an easy task. Because of my social anxiety, I rarely venture out into the unknown (bars, clubs, or pretty much anywhere that new friends can be found), and even […]

With This Ring…

With This Ring…

A few months ago an article about a company that makes prototype engagement rings was brought to my attention, which made me think about my own preferences concerning engagement rings and proposals. The company mentioned in the article makes a mock-up ring, using a 3D printer and lower grade materials (silver instead of platinum of […]

The Back Pain Saga

Over the course of roughly the last 11 years I’ve lived with chronic back and shoulder pain. From time to time I would mention it to my doctor, and go for an x-ray, but the pain never really reached a level so bad that a little dose of over the counter medicine couldn’t handle. Until […]

On Surrendering

Something I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about lately is the subject of surrendering. Webster’s Dictionary defines surrender as 1 a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand <surrendered the fort>; b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another; 2 a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another […]

Five Things I Learned in Vegas

Five Things I Learned in Vegas

To a certain extent, I’m still recovering from my recent vacation to Las Vegas, and find myself constantly referencing things I did or learned on my trip. By no means am I an expert on Sin City, but do have some potentially valuable information to share. 1. Never question if a “statue” on the sidewalk […]

The Unspoken Rules of Dog Walking

Part of my daily routine is taking the always-eager-to-g0-outside Jasper on at least three walks, and sometimes more depending on whether or not I have to work or other plans. Over the course of all of these walks I’ve learned a few “rules” of proper behavior while out walking with a dog. I’ve never heard […]

Making the First Move

Pursuing and maintaining a relationship of any type, be it romantic or simply friendship, takes a lot of work. Something I’ve always struggled with is being bold enough to take the chance and make that first move. Instead, I let my fear of rejection get in the way, and instead am miserable at times because […]

How I Lived Through the Worst Day Ever: A True Tale of Survival

How I Lived Through the Worst Day Ever: A True Tale of Survival

Ever have one of those days where every single thing you touch or do goes badly… and the extent of epic failure almost becomes comical? Yeah, me neither until one day earlier this week. The events I lived through on this particular day made me start to wonder if I had somehow been transported into […]

Big Sister Always Knows Best

Big Sister Always Knows Best

If’ you’ve been following along for the last year, you’ll recall I’ve written before about my older sister, and the role she plays in my life, so hopefully I’m not repeating myself too much in today’s entry, but some life lessons she’s taught me seem worth repeating. My older sister has never steered me wrong […]

Check it off the List: First Resolution Completed

Pardon my goofy expression here. :)

For the last few months, I’ve been debating about changing something relatively minor, but have been unable to pull the trigger and just go for it. This little change really only affects me, and last night (well early this morning) before I went to bed, I decided there was no better time than the present, […]

More Than Just a House

More Than Just a House

This week a chapter in my sister and her family’s life closed, as they signed the last of the paperwork on the sale of their home in St. Louis. Hearing the news was a little bittersweet, as I spent a lot of time in that old house over the summer helping get it ready to […]

In Search of… the Perfect Travel Cup

Over the summer I had to bid a sad farewell to my trusted to-go cup after the last fall left it in pieces that even the strongest duct tape could not repair. I’m a pretty big baby when it comes to not having something to drink, and have come to depend on always having a cup […]

Lost and Found

Late Saturday night (or early Sunday morning depending on how you look at it) I discovered one of my most prized possessions had gone missing: a pendant that is a family heirloom. I’ve worn this necklace countless times since receiving it when I graduated from college, and never had any problems with it in the […]

The Importance of Planning Ahead

Earlier this evening, I was reminded just how important it is to plan ahead. Normally I make lists and write down just about everything I need to remember on post-it notes, in a notebook, on my whiteboard, or make memos in my phone– because I know if it isn’t written down, something more important than […]

To Snooze or Not to Snooze?

Pretty much every single morning I have this debate with myself: stay in bed for an extra few minutes by hitting the snooze button, or get up on the first buzz and start my day with 5-10 minutes less sleep. Most days, the snooze button wins out, even though I’ve yet to wake up feeling […]

Too Much of a Good Thing

Over the years, I’ve heard this phrase in reference to a variety of things, but have never really applied it to anything that I have experienced. Well, maybe on Halloween as a kid I learned too much candy or sweets equals a bellyache. A few weeks ago a decision at my work about scheduling made […]

The Day a Co-Worker Tried to Poison Me: A True Tale of Survival

The morning started out pretty much the same as any other day– I could hear birds chirping in the trees over the occasional whine of the Metrolink passing by, and the sky was actually a brighter shade of blue for this time of year. Feeling encouraged that the day would be problem free, I readied […]

Gossip, Tattle-Tale, or Just a Concerned Friend?

Something I struggle with a lot is the sharing of information or gossip that I’ve heard. I love a juicy secret just as much as the next person (I assume), and when I hear something that I find particularly interesting, I have a compulsion at times to spread it around. Gossiping has definitely gotten me […]

Driving Lessons: Rental Cars

Over the last year or so, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in rental cars, with needing one for a vacation in the spring, and currently have one while my car is being repaired after a recent car accident deemed my car unsafe to drive (apparently having only the emergency latch holding the hood […]

The Opposite of Baby Fever

Over the last couple of years I’ve witnessed most of my friends getting married, and in some cases starting their own families. I’m happy for each of them in the moment, but at times have also experienced a little jealousy or resentment, because these events haven’t happened for me yet, nor have they even come […]

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