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Just One More Song…And Then Another… And Then Another

A little over a week ago, I attended a concert with a friend and the show was great– with one minor exception. I’m sure anyone who has every attended a concert has experienced the same thing: the planned encore. After the main act “finished,” the lights went off and they all ran backstage…however, the entire […]

Pants Not Allowed

A little over a year ago, my work changed the dress code policy to include jeans on a daily basis (if the jeans met certain requirements), and it was a wonderful change. After wearing boring black or khaki dress pants to work every day for years, this was great news, and I eagerly started searching […]

The 21 Day Fix: Part 1

The 21 Day Fix: Part 1

Recently I came to the realization that my current eating and exercise plans were not working properly, so I began doing a little research to find better options. (I’ve been blaming the long and cold winter on my lack of exercise over the last few months, but the time for making excuses is over, and […]

Asking For Help

Asking for help is something that has never been easy for me. I’ve always been the type of person who thinks I can do everything on my own, or have been too timid to reach out and ask others to assist me– I think a big part of that is fear of being told no or […]

Yes, Please: Stitch Fix

I love everything about this jacket, and continue to suck at taking camera phone pictures. :)

A few months ago a good friend introduced me to a fantastic service for women like myself who are fashion-challenged: Stitch Fix. With the assistance of answers you provide on a quick questionnaire, as well as links to your Pinterest boards or Twitter profile (if  you choose to share them), a professional stylist will send […]

On Your Left!

Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather I’ve been able to get my bike out a lot lately for solo excursions around the park. Feeling the wind flowing over your hot skin while cruising down a hill after a tough climb is one of my favorite parts of cycling, and the added perk […]

Turning 30


For the last several weeks I’ve been very anxious about this “milestone” birthday, and was committed to celebrating the end of my 20s in a big way. Over the weekend I had a bunch of friends get together to eat dinner at a nice restaurant and then hang out at a really fun rooftop bar […]



An interesting news story was brought to my attention today and reminded me that something I’ve been wanting to write about for quite some time is selfies and body image. The Today Show had a segment where the anchors appeared on camera without makeup, and then reportedly opened up about some of their own body issues […]

I’ve Never…

This entry was originally posted February 2014, but part of my Spring Cleaning made me realize it was left in draft/hidden status, despite being complete. Enjoy my silly confession! 🙂 When I was in college, I was introduced to the “I’ve Never” game during a sleepover with my sorority sisters. The concept is pretty simple, where […]

How a Sweater Taught Me About Friendship

How a Sweater Taught Me About Friendship

Several years ago I acquired what is probably my favorite winter clothing item, and at the time my best friend purchased the same one. (Yeah, we were those girls who sometimes purchased matching outfits to wear together.) For me, the sweater was a necessary purchase as I was home for the weekend from my internship […]

I Don’t Want to be an Enabler

There’s a fine line between helpful to do the right thing, and being helpful to the point where you are enabling someone to either take advantage of you, or to ultimately hurt themselves. As often as possible, I try to go out of my way to do the right thing and be a nice person– […]

A New Challenge

One of my favorite parts about getting online is checking to see what  new articles or blog posts await me in my RSS reader. I don’t always have time to read every single item that I subscribe to, so I usually skim the headlines, open a couple in new tabs in my browser, then bookmark […]

Back to School

This was with the front facing camera, which explains the blurriness... but not sure about the rotation.

A few months ago I mentioned my plans to go back to school, and today was finally the first day of classes for my program. The late start in the semester wasn’t something I originally planned, but knowing that I wouldn’t be able to take any extended vacations once I was enrolled in classes meant […]

The End of an Era

Last week I finally made  a decision to say goodbye to a long trusted “friend”: my first checking account. The idea of closing this particular account has been floating around in the back of my mind for a couple of years, as I rarely use that account for anything and the bank locations aren’t exactly […]

My Lucky Day

The Precious... which is what I'm pretty sure I said when I saw this beauty on the counter that day, and I may or may not have channeled my inner Smeagol/Gollum when saying it.

A few weeks ago, I managed to stumble on something that was quite a deal and would definitely consider it to be my lucky day. For ages, I’ve wanted to add a Kitchen Aid mixer to my collection of kitchen gadgets, and even wrote about this desire months ago, but could never justify spending the […]

Embarrassing Childhood Stories

Tonight’s entry is the result of a recent post by my friend Jamey. I was just going to share these stories in the comments on his post, until I realized they would be better off as a separate entry here. The idea/challenge he has presented is fairly simple: share some of your most embarrassing or […]

A Bit of Nostalgia

A Bit of Nostalgia

I don’t often write about my love of music, other than the occasional mention here and there, but I can rarely go a day without listening to some type of music. At work, I’m stuck with whatever is playing on the speakers and has been mandated by corporate as appropriate and necessary, so I often […]

Moving Forward

I’ve learned that change is inevitable, and while some changes I’ve accepted kicking and screaming, others I’ve fully embraced. In the last month or so I’ve had to make some pretty big decisions regarding work, friendships/relationships, and the possibility of moving. Some of those decisions aren’t yet final, but will hopefully be resolved soon. While […]

Analysis Paralysis

If I’ve learned one thing during my recent search for a new apartment, it’s that I most certainly suffer from a little condition called “analysis paralysis.” I’ve heard this phrase used often when reading game reviews (when there are too many choices that all seem like good ones, it’s easy to get stuck trying to […]

Something Strange in the Neighborhood

Sorry for the graphic nature of this photo, but this is still visible in my building and a gruesome reminder of what happened just a few floors down from my apartment. I'm not sure what the rules are about cleaning this up, but hopefully someone from building maintenance will take care of it in the morning... and if not I may break out the bleach spray myself (with several layers of protective gloves).

So, something crazy went down last night in my apartment building, and by now I think I’ve managed to either text, email, call, or Facebook message all of the people I consider close friends or family about the insanity. Also, I posted the official news story to my Facebook wall, but for those of you […]

The Earliest Memory

I’ve always been fascinated with memories, and try to do whatever possible to remember things that have happened in my life. Not to toot my own horn too much, but I sometimes think that my memory is better than most others, as I can often just close my eyes and picture things I’ve experienced in […]

A Reminder of Why I Hate Shopping at Walmart

While not a great picture, this is the best I could manage while being shooed away from the building by the employees and law enforcement on scene.

Yesterday evening I made plans with a friend for an impromptu sleepover, as she needed to pick something up from me for work the next day, and since I live considerably closer to her work than she does, I had no problem letting her crash on my couch instead of driving back home late at […]

The Name Game

The Name Game

Choosing names for the kittens has been a little challenging, but after much deliberation (and trying out several to see what “fit”) I’m finally ready to formally announce the names I’ve selected for them. While I was enjoying calling them “Boy Cat,” and “Girl Cat,” Hodor and Gwen seem like better choices. My original plan […]

Football Fun

Football Fun

For the first time ever I attended a professional soccer (football since it was teams from the UK) game, and it was amazing. My friend Steph and I arrived at Busch stadium about half an hour before the game, and were both shocked at the turnout for the friendly game being played tonight between Chelsea […]

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