Archive for October, 2010

The Best TV Episodes of the Season…So Far

The Best TV Episodes of the Season...So Far

This list only includes show that I watch (and not even all of those shows–I love Modern Family and The Event, but neither have singular episodes that apart from the rest). Feel free to add your favorites to other shows (or these shows) in the comments section. Mad Men: Mad Men has moments of humor, […]


My Favorite Childhood Halloween Costume

My Favorite Childhood Halloween Costume

Before the days of Man vs. Wild, Top Gun wingmen, and Dharma Initiative costumes, there was trick-or-treating. The primary objective was the acquisition of candy needed to last until Christmas. Costumes were simply the currency we exchanged for the candy. I honestly don’t remember a lot of my childhood Halloween costumes, but a few stand out. My […]


My Greatest Fear #16

My Greatest Fear #16

Fall is a time for face paint. Every week, thousands of college football fans paint their faces with their teams’ colors. NFL fans do the same. And in a few days, men and women around the country will smear on face and body paint. They’ll walk around looking creepy when they smile from the contrast […]


Does Having More Friends Make You Happier?

Does Having More Friends Make You Happier?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m fascinated by the idea of happiness. What makes us happy? How can we be happier? What’s really important when it comes to personal happiness? Thus I was rather intrigued to find an article online that listed 10 keys for determining happiness. The […]


My First Photoshoot

My First Photoshoot

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by St. Louis Magazine (a magazine devoted to all things about the patron saint of streets with mispronounced French names, Louis) about my annual Festivus party. Apparently the magazine was looking to do an article on Festivus, and I have the only Festivus party in St. Louis that Google […]


Pet Please #32: The Solo Grocery Hike

Pet Please #32: The Solo Grocery Hike

You’ve had a long day at work. You forgot your shopping list, so you wandered around the grocery for what felt like hours until you had what you needed. Then the cashier hands you these pink grocery bags that support breast cancer…how? By making a fortune for artificial pink dye companies? You drag your three-wheeled […]


Survive This

Survive This

The CBS show Survivor is currently in its 21st season, and I continue to be an avid viewer. I think I’ve only missed one or two seasons, and the producers continue to surprise and delight me every year. One of the things the show does to mix things up is create special parameters by which […]


Compliments That Stick

Compliments That Stick

The other day a friend shared a compliment she had once been given by a complete stranger. I’ll leave it to her to post the comment if she chooses, but the fact that she remembered this lone compliment after so many years go me thinking about compliments that stick. If you’re open to it, share […]


The Future of the Condo

The Future of the Condo

This weekend I spent some time thinking about the future of the condo. Specifically, my condo. I’m interested in making my condo a “smart home,” one of those homes that Microsoft predicted we’d all have by now to dock our flying cars into. So I dreamed big this weekend. I don’t have a background in […]


Important One-Question Survey!

Run, don’t walk over to Blank Slate Press to vote on the best book cover for my publishing company’s first novel. If you sign up for the mailing list, you could win a signed first edition of The Samaritan. Thanks so much! https://blankslatepress.wordpress.com/ Also, I have a friend in St. Louis who is looking for […]


To Call or Not to Call

To Call or Not to Call

Ah, the age-old question. People (65% women, 35% men) have been asking this question for centuries. The earliest reports date back to the agrarian societies of Mesopotamia (“To carrier pigeon or not to carrier pigeon?”), and they continue to this very day. These days, the question applies to a number of technologies beyond the phone. […]


My Greatest Fear #15

My Greatest Fear #15

My Greatest Fear #15: Accidentally putting something on my toothbrush that is not toothpaste. And then trying to brush my teeth with it. Has this ever happened? No. Not once. Not to me, at least. But like any American, I have a number of random tubes of gels and ointments in my bathroom. There may […]


Management Tactic #33: Don’t Make Lemonade

Management Tactic #33: Don't Make Lemonade

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I completely disagree. Case in point: I have been planning and organizing a huge fundraiser for my job over the last 11 months. A key component of this job is the auction, for which many of the items come in at the last minute. I log these items […]


Your Last Meal

Your Last Meal

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be? Also, what are the foods you’d absolutely not want to eat as part of your last meal? My last meal? Garlic bread. Grilled halibut or steak. Maybe a piece of fried chicken on the side (hey, it’s my last meal–no one’s counting calories). Some […]


Okay, I’m Back to Being an INTJ

Okay, I'm Back to Being an INTJ

I’ve spent the last month being an ENTJ. It’s exhausting. I’ve been to countless happy hours, film openings, $500-plate dinners, cotillions, mixers, bonfires, parties, after parties, after after parties… Okay, I’m making that up. But I’ve confirmed that I truly am an INTJ (low I, low N, high T, high J), just as I suspected. The […]


The Way Lady Gaga Intended It

The Way Lady Gaga Intended It

My parents have enjoyed taking dance lessons with each other for several years now. I’ve seen them dance at home a few times, and they look so serious about getting the steps right. It’s not really my style of dancing–I’m not a good dancer, but if I’m in a situation where I need to dance, […]


Pet Please #31: Deliveries in Bed

Pet Please #31: Deliveries in Bed

When I was little, I often asked my parents for a drink of water after they had tucked me into bed. It was the best. It’s not like it was even that hard for me to get out of bed to get the drink of water. But there’s something wonderful about staying snug and comfy […]


The Future of the Fridge

The Future of the Fridge

My parents were in town for the wedding this weekend, and they commented on how little food I have in my fridge and pantry. This is by design, of course. I try to only buy what I need for that week. I don’t like to accumulate food that I’m not using. When I temporarily moved […]


The One Best Man Speech I’ll Ever Give

The One Best Man Speech I'll Ever Give

My best friend Trevor (“T-Mac” on the blog) got married on Saturday. It was a monumental day, and I was honored to be a part of it as his best man. I’ve been compiling content for his speech since the day he was engaged, and I went through multiple drafts of the speech before ended […]