Archive for October, 2014

Your Halloween Costume

Your Halloween Costume

Halloween is not a holiday I get particularly excited about, but a few years ago I bought a “costume” that I intend to continue to milk as long as The Hunger Games is in the public eye. Below is the costume I’ll be wearing tomorrow. I hope it’s not cold in District 11. Katniss isn’t included, […]


To the Dudes Who Harassed the “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” Woman

Yesterday a video of a woman walking in New York behind a hidden camera and dealing with verbal harassment from over 100 men went viral. If my embed works, here it is: I had two reactions to the video: First, of course, I was appalled, shocked, and horrified to see what a woman has to […]


I Left My Heart in Kyoto’s Fall Foliage

I Left My Heart in Kyoto's Fall Foliage

Today I was driving down my street in St. Louis, and I glanced up to see the number of trees that were changing color. It was a crisp, beautiful fall day. The sight filled me with an intense longing for the year I spent studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan (2001-2002). You see, Japan’s spring cherry […]


Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Last week my mom posted a heartwarming video about a 24-year old college student who lives in a retirement community. Her music school brokered a deal with the community to allow a few students to live there rent-free if they performed for the residents once a month. Brief aside about the website that hosts the […]


How to Tempt a Cat

How to Tempt a Cat

Warning: This post contains cute cat photos. A LOT of cute cat photos. A few days ago, a friend mentioned a viral, tongue-in-cheek blog entry called “How to Trap a Cat.” Someone had created a circle on their carpet using duct tape, and within minutes their cat located the circle and sat in it. I thought that […]


Pet Peeve #60: “Easy Open” Bags That Are Hard for Me to Open

Pet Peeve #60: "Easy Open" Bags That Are Hard for Me to Open

Yesterday I tore into a bag of Mission tortilla strips only to find that the bag wouldn’t open. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a problem. But this was no ordinary bag of tortilla chips, my friends. In bold letters at the top of the bag, complete with two dainty finger icons, were the words, “Easy-open bag.” […]


The Hall of Fame Bargain Bin

The Hall of Fame Bargain Bin

This past Sunday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for most passing TDs with a total of 509 (then, later in the game, 510) touchdowns. The ball that scored the record-breaking touchdown was later transported to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This made me wonder: When a record like that […]


Love/Hate: Pop Music

Love/Hate: Pop Music

Two Stories, Same Theme: *** Last week I watched the “Lorde” episode of Southpark. I went online afterwards to see what the real Lorde (she’s a pop singer) thought of the episode, and she was surprisingly cool about it. I had heard Lorde’s hit song “Royals” a while ago, but it didn’t seem like anything […]


The Haircut

The Haircut

When I was growing up, I rarely went to the barber. My mom or dad typically cut my hair, especially when I started opting for buzz cuts in high school. In college, there were several guys on my floor who cut each other’s hair. Nothing fancy, just a razor with an attachment and a pile […]


The Future of Early Cancer Detection

The Future of Early Cancer Detection

There are two somewhat unsexy technologies grounded in science fiction that I’ve been wanting for years: The ability for my car to tell me exactly what’s wrong with it. A scanning device to scan my body and tell me any diseases/ailments I may have. Thanks to Jorge Soto, the second technology might be much closer […]


Top Lines from This Week’s Episodes of New Girl and The Mindy Project

Top Lines from This Week's Episodes of New Girl and The Mindy Project

Okay, let’s try this again. Last week’s lines might have been too out of context and too character-specific. Let me know if these are funny to you regardless of if you watch these shows. If not, I’ll stop posting them. 🙂 NEW GIRL *** Jess (on the phone with her boss, the school principal): Did […]


Pony Picture Day

Pony Picture Day

Today on Facebook I stumbled upon a well-liked photo from a good friend of mine back in Virginia. The photo made me think reflect upon my life–my hopes, my dreams, my missed chances–so I asked my friend if I could share it here. In the photo you can see my friend’s daughter, Claire. Her preschool […]


A Tribute to Bear O’Bryan

A Tribute to Bear O'Bryan

Today I received the sad news in my inbox that one of my high school English teachers, Greg “Bear” O’Bryan, passed away over the weekend. Mr. O’Bryan, as I knew him, was one of a kind. You knew that right away when you met him from his long, dark hair and thick but well-trimmed beard. […]


The Batmobile Runs on Electricity

The Batmobile Runs on Electricity

A few days ago I read about Tesla’s new car, the P85D. I was fairly impressed by a lot of the details until I got to a certain paragraph, at which point my brain exploded: But, Musk said, if you fall asleep while driving, the car should be able to get you home safely. If […]


The Plastic Slider Fell Off My Ziploc Bag: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

The Plastic Slider Fell Off My Ziploc Bag: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Today’s lunch began like any other. Around 12:30 I got up from my desk to stretch my legs and grab a bite to eat. I remembered that I had recently bought some hearty ham and bean soup, and I wasn’t interacting with any people today, so flatulence wasn’t a concern. Little did I know the horrors […]


The Top 10 Lines from Tonight’s Episode of The Mindy Project

The Top 10 Lines from Tonight's Episode of The Mindy Project

I love the Tuesday night comedy block of New Girl/The Mindy Project. Tonight’s episode of New Girl was really funny–there was a great “modeling” scene and some solid lines. At the time, I would have been happy if The Mindy Project was equally as funny. Little did I know the hilariousness that was about to […]


The Middle School Soccer Story

The Middle School Soccer Story

Do you ever get a good chuckle about thinking about how you acted as a kid? About how certain things were way more important than they needed to be? I don’t know how this memory came to me recently or really why it makes me laugh, because slapstick humor rarely appeals to me. But I thought I’d […]


Gone Girl: A Riveting, Well-Directed Lifetime Movie of the Week

Gone Girl: A Riveting, Well-Directed Lifetime Movie of the Week

An hour ago I got home from a packed showing of the new movie Gone Girl. The subject line pretty much summarizes my perspective on the movie: It’s a well-produced film, and it held my attention throughout, but overall the story itself felt like an embellished, overdramatic Lifetime movie or soap opera. Is it worth […]


Starbucks and Habitual Purchases

Starbucks and Habitual Purchases

A few days ago I had a meeting at a Starbucks. I was kind of excited about this because I hardly ever go to Starbucks. It’s probably been over a year since I’ve been there, but I enjoy their mocha frappacinos (I don’t drink coffee unless it’s in some type of frozen sugary form). Not […]


The Postcard Nipple: 20 Years Later

The Postcard Nipple: 20 Years Later

Today I watched a classic Seinfeld episode called “The Pick.” In the episode, Elaine decides to let Kramer photograph her for a Christmas card. After the card is printed and mailed to hundreds of people, Elaine realizes that her bare nipple is clearly apparent on the photograph. For years this episode has fascinated and puzzled […]