Posts Tagged ‘personal’

Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

A few days ago, I got a disheartening call from my vet: The test results were in, and Biddy’s diabetes has gotten worse over the last 6 months. He’s fine (kind of), but my vet suspects that he might be developing a resistance to insulin, which I give him twice a day. My vet said […]


Have You Ever Been Unable to Move?

After I write this blog entry, I’m going to take a prescription-strength muscle relaxer, lay down, and see what happens. No, this is not a fun game. Rather, something happened today that I’ve never experienced before. It was painful, frightening, and enlightening. I woke up this morning feeling like I had slept wrong on my […]


Have You Saved the Environment Today?

Have You Saved the Environment Today?

I use canvas bags when I go grocery shopping. I recycle. I turn off the light when I leave the room. But up until recently, I wasn’t doing a great job with water conservation. Sure, I turn off the faucet when I brush my teeth. That’s not enough. Then, exactly one month ago, Stephen Colbert […]


The Gas Apocalypse

The Gas Apocalypse

While driving to Virginia 2 weeks ago, I had my first glimpse of what an apocalyptic scenario might feel like. Granted, this is a very first-world scenario, but I could see something like this going downhill really fast. I was driving from St. Louis to Virginia by myself in one day. It’s a 13 hour […]


Have You Ever Bought Something in Your Sleep?

Have You Ever Bought Something in Your Sleep?

The oddest thing happened a few days ago. A small package from Amazon appeared on my doorstep containing this: Vitamin C and cough drops aren’t all that peculiar of a purchase, except…I didn’t buy them. At least, I don’t remember buying them. My Amazon account shows that I did indeed buy them, and an Amazon […]


Your First Fictional Arousal

The other day I was talking with a friend about an offbeat topic, and I thought it might provide some interesting discussion here. Or we’ll all just feel awkward for a few minutes. The discussion started with Outlander. I had heard that the books were stimulating, so I asked her if that was the case. […]


A New Addition to the Family

A New Addition to the Family

I write about a lot of things on this blog. Sometimes I just want to celebrate something that means a lot to me, and today is one of those times. My brother, Andrew, got engaged last week to his girlfriend, Margaret. They’ve been dating for a little over a year, and while traveling in Japan, […]


Promposals: The Forgotten Memory

Promposals: The Forgotten Memory

I have an official retraction to make. On Thursday, I wrote a blog entry about “promposals,” the elaborate ways people sometimes ask each other to prom. In reference to my junior prom, I wrote, “At the time, I was dating a girl named Kate, and while I’m sure I asked her to prom at some […]


Promposals

Promposals

This week’s episode of Modern Family revealed a new-to-me word: promposal. Apparently a promposal is when a person (presumably a high schooler) asks someone else to go to the prom with them. I’m not sure if this is just something that happens on TV or if kids in real life put a lot of thought and effort […]


Easter with the Family

Easter with the Family

I spent the last 5 days traveling to and from Virginia to be a part of an alumni showcase at my high school and spend quality time with my family, especially my adorable niece and nephew. I was on a very different sleep schedule when I was home (as I write this, it’s an hour […]


Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Today’s post involves a little more adult humor than usual. It’s still safe for work, though. On Friday I laughed harder and longer than I have in a long time. Apparently, someone started a thread on reddit in which they asked for people to convey their first sexual experience with a safe-for-work animated GIF. The […]


What Would You Do If You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t?

What Would You Do If You Didn't Know You Couldn't?

On rare occasions I read a blog entry so profound and deep that I immediately need to share it far and wide. That happened today after I read “The Oldest You’ve Ever Been” on Sarah Meets World. I admitted in my tweet for the blog that I hadn’t fully processed the post. I’m sure you’ve […]


The Once and Future T-Shirt

The Once and Future T-Shirt

For someone who thinks very little about clothing, apparently clothes have been on my mind a lot lately. It started with a recent blog entry about simplifying my wardrobe down to a few key outfits rather than seeking variety. It’s not a method I necessarily want to try, but I was intrigued by it. A […]


Biddy Is 9 Years Old

Biddy Is 9 Years Old

My boy, Biddy, is 9 years old today. If you read this blog, you know how much I adore Biddy. He’s my first real pet, and I lucked out: He’s full of personality, he’s exceptionally clever, and he’s so curious about everything, even in his old age. Here’s Biddy as a kitten: He was tiny! […]


Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?

Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?

I don’t usually tell dream stories, because they’re not real and no one cares, but I’m very curious if anyone has experienced something similar to what I’m sharing today. I had a dream last night about going to a musical. I’m not a fan of musicals, but in the dream an old lady really wanted […]


More of What I Say in My Sleep

More of What I Say in My Sleep

A few months ago, thanks to an amazing app called SleepTalk, I shared some short clips of odd things I say in my sleep. The last few months have been colder than the time of those previous recordings, which has added up to less talking and more snoring, but I finally accumulated 5 solid clips to […]


Sorting Hat, Part 2

Today I’m going to talk about the last 4 Harry Potter sorting hat quiz questions that really made me stop and think, especially after it was revealed that I’m a Hufflepuff. Here’s part 1. I have a thing about fungus and mold, so there’s no way I’m getting anywhere near the toadstools. The bubbling pool […]


Sorting Hat, Part 1

Sorting Hat, Part 1

Look, I hardly ever take “which are you?” quizzes when they pop up in my Facebook feed. I don’t want to know which Spice Girl I would be or which Frozen character I would be. Too much time for an answer that doesn’t matter to me. In fact, at first I passed up the Harry Potter […]


How Often Do You Get a Regular Checkup from a Doctor?

How Often Do You Get a Regular Checkup from a Doctor?

That’s kind of a personal question, so I don’t expect you to actually answer it. Though I am curious. This subject came up about a month ago when I was talking to a doctor friend of mine. I’m not sure what led us to the topic, but I asked her how often I, as a […]


What’s the Longest You’ve Worked for the Same Employer?

What's the Longest You've Worked for the Same Employer?

I’ve had exactly three full-time jobs in my life, not counting summer jobs. Each one has been with a different employer: Academic book-publisher (4 years) University non-profit (6 years) Board game publisher (3 years) Looking ahead, I anticipate myself being quite happy with my current company for years to come. Looking back, though, 6 years seems like […]


By “I’m Sorry,” I Mean “Thank You”

By "I'm Sorry," I Mean "Thank You"

Last year, Amy Schumer had an amazing sketch on her show about how some people say “sorry” way too much, to the point that the word completely loses any meaning and the people who use it end up diminishing their value. I’m one of those people. My most common use of “sorry” is when walking […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

2015 was a big year for big movies. It was the few years in recent memory where pretty much all of the big-budget, big-screen films actually lived up to their promise (in my opinion). It’s going to be tough to repeat that feat in 2016, but in terms of sheer quantity, the odds are pretty […]


Strong, Smart, Beautiful…Anything Else?

Strong, Smart, Beautiful...Anything Else?

I recently spent a week in Virginia with my parents and my sister’s family. I had a lot of quality time with everyone, ate a lot of Gelati Celesti ice cream, played some games, and repeatedly tried to assure my cats that the visit was temporary. One of my favorite things about going home is […]


Two Years Without Pants

Two Years Without Pants

Two years ago on December 16, I took a pretty big risk: I stopped wearing pants to work. That’s actually code for, “I quit my day job and started running my own company from home,” the idea being that pants were optional. As it turns out, it was somewhat inaccurate for me to associate a […]