Archive for March, 2014

The April Fools Internship

The April Fools Internship

I’ve been in the working world since 2003, and this is the first April Fools that I haven’t had coworkers to prank. It’s a little weird. You see, I’m a huge fan April Fool’s Day. I love a well-done prank, particularly one that is done in good taste and doesn’t inconvenience/hurt/scare someone. To me, a […]


Monopoly House Rules

Monopoly House Rules

It’s a little weird for me to write an entry about Monopoly, as it’s a game I haven’t played in  years and don’t see myself playing again, but the other day a friend pointed me to an interesting article about Monopoly. Apparently, Hasbro has decided to let fans vote on their favorite Monopoly house rules, […]


The Loofah

The Loofah

A few years ago I was dating a woman who used a loofah when showering. We were dating long-distance, and the first time I visited her, I showered without using her loofah. I looked at it like a toothbrush for  your body–it’s not the type of thing you share. But the next time I visited, […]


Ruin a Children’s Book

Ruin a Children's Book

I stumbled upon a random phenomenon today. Apparently a bunch of internet celebrities tried to be funny this morning by tweeting adjusted titles of famous children’s books that “ruin” the books…and they succeeded in spades. It’s pretty amazing. Here are some of my favorites. What was your favorite childhood book? Perhaps we can try to […]


Pet Please/Pet Peeve #106: When You Get All Green Lights

Pet Please/Pet Peeve #106: When You Get All Green Lights

This is a weird one. Because typically when you’re driving, it’s great when you get all green lights, right? You never have to stop. Think about the fuel efficiency! Definitely a pet please. But the other day a friend pointed another side to getting all green lights. She was headed in my direction and offered […]


Movies That Make Me Think: Don Jon

Movies That Make Me Think: Don Jon

Okay, let me say this: Don Jon is an R-rated movie about a 20-something guy with an addiction to pornography. That information might be enough to turn away quite a few people. But I actually think that Don Jon is an excellent film, and it’s made me think more than any movie in quite some […]


The Secret to a Delicious Homemade Tortilla

The Secret to a Delicious Homemade Tortilla

A few months ago, I discovered a cooking secret that would revolutionize the way I make soft tacos (Mexican and Korean) and quesadillas. I should have told you when I first made this discovery, but I was too busy eating delicious tacos. For years, if I wanted to make a quesadilla, I would buy pre-cooked […]


99 Reasons to Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine

99 Reasons to Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the funniest show on TV right now. (Runner up: Broad City) It’s not the Andy Sandberg show. The first few episodes started off that way, but then the writers started adding in more and more of the other characters, and now it’s a robust ensemble comedy. It’s created and often written by […]


Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

I have a confession. In the past on this blog, I’ve lauded the fact that I use canvas grocery bags. I may have claimed that I single-handedly saved the environment several times because of that. It is true that I’ve used canvas grocery bags for many years. Not only are they good for the environment, […]


My Greatest Fear #47: Forgetting to Go Invisible After Finishing an Instant-Message Conversation

My Greatest Fear #47: Forgetting to Go Invisible After Finishing an Instant-Message Conversation

Who would have thought I’d have 47 greatest fears? That can’t be good. I don’t like instant message for the same reason I don’t like text conversations: They end up feeling like a long series of interruptions. Occasionally I’ll chat with someone online via instant message or let a text conversation happen, and it’s not […]


Would You Spend $10 on a Bag of Chips?

Would You Spend $10 on a Bag of Chips?

A few months ago I wrote a post about a $10 pint of ice cream. It’s called Jeni’s, and it’s available at a grocery store near me. I was dating a girl this past summer who really loved ice cream, and she was fine with spending $10 on a pint. To me that seemed absurd, […]


How to Read 500 Word a Minute…and Would You Even Want to?

How to Read 500 Word a Minute...and Would You Even Want to?

If you’re like me, you’ve developed the ability to detect and overlook ads on Facebook, no matter how hard they try to not look like ads. The only problem with this is that sometimes when people share real articles that aren’t ads, I skip them too. That happened the other day when someone shared a […]


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

I’ve been trying to pinpoint what I’m feeling right now, and I realized that it’s the exact same mix of feelings I experienced as a child every year on Christmas Eve: Trepidation and nervous excitement. When I was a kid who wholeheartedly believed in Santa Claus, I would go to bed on Christmas Eve not […]


Pet Peeve #56: When People Throw Up on TV

Pet Peeve #56: When People Throw Up on TV

The title of this blog post is a bit of a misnomer. My pet peeve is when TV shows and movies show characters throwing up. This isn’t a post about people throwing up on TV sets. That would be rather difficult to do. Disgusting, yes, but my disgust would be mixed with a level of […]


How to Celebrate a Puffy Cat’s Birthday

How to Celebrate a Puffy Cat's Birthday

Two years ago, I adopted my second cat, Walter, as a pet for my first cat, Biddy. This also unlocked my official designation as a cat lady (a term that isn’t very flattering for men like me who own cats). I don’t know Walter’s exact age or history. From what I’ve gathered from the adoption […]


Going Through the Motions

Going Through the Motions

I’ve started to realize that there are some things I do so often out of habit that if I break from that routine by accident or design, the entire system comes crashing down. Even basic, daily-life kinds of things. Especially basic, daily-life kinds of things. For example, I shower the exact same way every day. This isn’t […]


Want to Write? Take a Train

Want to Write? Take a Train

Yesterday I had a heated debate with a friend about Megabus vs. Amtrak. Megabus is a bus that offers super low fairs if you book your seat well in advance, and every day the price goes up a little bit. Amtrak is the system of trains in the US. The debate itself is irrelevant (it […]


Pet Peeve #55: Video Ads on Internet Videos that Play Better than the Actual Videos

Pet Peeve #55: Video Ads on Internet Videos that Play Better than the Actual Videos

Picture me in front of my computer. I’m wearing pajama pants and a microfleece jacket that’s covered in cat hair. But that’s irrelevant. What’s important is my computer screen, where I’m visiting ESPN.com. I click play on the main video, which features LeBron James scoring 61 points while wearing some kind of Hannibal Lector mask. […]


The Price of Loyalty

The Price of Loyalty

I had a random thought today while reviewing my personal budget that I’d like to explore here: Why do subscription prices go up for loyal customers? Shouldn’t they go down? Not as a gimmick or something that a few companies do, but across the board? Here’s the status quo: For the vast majority of things […]


We’re the Oscars

We're the Oscars

It’s Oscars night, so I’m here to talk about a movie that completely surprised and delighted me over the weekend: We’re the Millers. I recently reactivated Netflix because for some reason all shows decided not to air new episodes in February due to some people ice dancing in Russia. So I started receiving DVDs in […]