Archive for February, 2019

Have You Watched Survivor: Edge of Extinction

Have You Watched Survivor: Edge of Extinction

I finally watched the first two episodes of Survivor tonight, and I’m already riveted. I think it’s going to be a great season. The dynamic of having a few returning contestants mixed with mostly new folks (lots of interesting personalities and stories among them) will be fun to watch. But the big twist–not a spoiler […]


Have You Listened to the “Punchline” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Punchline" Episode of Radiolab?

Last week I recommended an episode of the Radiolab podcast called “The Living Room.” After sharing it, several people recommended another episode called “Punchline“…and they were right, as it was worth the listen. The episode is about a hockey player named John Scott. I don’t follow hockey, but the podcasters go out of their way […]


Dream Room #6: The Fictional Room

Dream Room #6: The Fictional Room

It’s time to continue my occasional series about rooms I’d love to have in my house if I can ever afford to design such a place. So far I’ve discussed a ball room, cat tower room, game room(s), and shower room. Today I’d like to propose the merits of a fictional room. The room itself […]


What Did You Do This Weekend?

What Did You Do This Weekend?

I had an unusually busy weekend, a nice balance of work and play. I’ve already shared a few of the highlights on social media, but I thought I’d consolidate them here for fun. On Friday afternoon I visited the Audubon Center at the Riverlands, a wildlife preserve for bird. It was mostly a business meeting, […]


Have You Listened to the “Living Room” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Living Room" Episode of Radiolab?

Recently I was talking about podcasts with a friend, and she recommended a specific episode of Radiolab called “The Living Room.” I was intrigued that a specific episode had made such an impression, so I gave it a try. It’s a short episode, and it has some twists to it, so I’ll just share the […]


Do You Have Disability Insurance?

Do You Have Disability Insurance?

I’ve been working full-time for my company for a little over 5 years. A few weeks after I quit my previous job, I was home for Christmas, and I had a good talk with my parents about the future. One of the things they asked me about was disability insurance. I was familiar with other […]


What Is the Healthiest Activity You Can Do? (the answer surprised me)

Recently I watched a fascinating talk by Daniel Pink in which he asked audience members to guess the activity he described. You can play the same guessing game if you’d like; the benefits are below: It delivers a significant positive improvement to your temperament. It increases sensitivity to others and makes you more willing to […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

Last night, SNL was hosted by Don Cheadle, and there were a number of sketches that I really enjoyed. Here are my 3 favorites: 3. Pound Puppy I won’t spoil the twist, but the concept is quite relatable: You’re having an intimate moment with someone, and you look up to see your dog or cat […]


Isn’t It Romantic?

Isn't It Romantic?

I love pretty much everything about “Isn’t It Romantic?”, the new romantic comedy. The premise is that Rebel Wilson plays a woman who grew up increasingly jaded about the airbrushed, happily-ever-after world presented to her by rom coms. Her life is the antithesis of these films, yet she’s acutely aware of them–at the beginning of […]


My Niece, the YouTuber

A few months ago, my (then) 8-month-old niece made an unboxing video of a game called Fireball Island. While I’m biased in saying she’s cute, I think there’s something endearing about seeing a tiny baby interact with grown-up toys. Also, my sister-in-law vocalizes my niece’s hilarious inner monologue. So I asked my brother and sister-in-law […]


I Watched an Episode of The Bachelor, and I Was Surprised by What Happened

I Watched an Episode of The Bachelor, and I Was Surprised by What Happened

That’s right, I watched an episode of The Bachelor, the show featuring dozens of women vying to be engaged to a man on network television. It’s both incredibly archaic and quite modern at the same time. What compelled me to spend my time this way? Well, I subscribe to two YouTube channels–Jimmy Kimmel Live and […]


Does Your First Car Make You More Likely to Buy the Same Brand Later in Life?

Does Your First Car Make You More Likely to Buy the Same Brand Later in Life?

I’ve had a few friends buy cars lately, and I had a random thought in relation to them: Does your first car make you more likely to buy the same brand later in life? Here’s the foundation for my theory: Every brand of car has a different layout for the controls and core functions. If […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

Last night, SNL was hosted by someone named Halsey. I’ve never heard of her, but I thought she did a good job, and there were some solid sketches and bits. Here are my 3 favorites–all 3 of this hit close to home for me: 3. Instagram Couple Despite cringing through this sketch (it reminded me […]


The Cassoulet Story

The Cassoulet Story

True story: In late 2002, I traveled with my parents and brother to visit my sister in France, where she was studying abroad for the year. I was greatly looking forward to the land of bread and butter, crepes, and fashionable French women. But as soon as I arrived in Paris, I came down with […]


Does “Sex Education” Match Your High School Experience?

Does "Sex Education" Match Your High School Experience?

I’m currently in the middle of the first and only season of a fairly new Netflix show called “Sex Education.” The core idea is that a high school student who happens to be the son of a sex therapist decides (for various reasons) to serve as a sex therapist himself for his fellow students. The […]


Would You Attend a Stranger’s Bachelor Party?

I’ve never had a bachelor party of my own, though I’ve been to several for friends. One of the neat things about these parties, I’ve found, is that you get to meet all sorts of friends of the bachelor from different times and places in their life, which lets you learn a little more about […]


This Was Almost a Completely Different Post

This Was Almost a Completely Different Post

As I was looking at my list of blog entry ideas for tonight’s post, I noticed something I added on Saturday that makes no sense to me a mere 2 days later. The idea on the list was simply, “Broken Early,” capitalized as such. Normally I can decipher these notes, but I have no idea […]


How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

This was a deja vu Super Bowl for me. 17 years ago I was studying abroad in Japan when the St. Louis Rams–a team I started rooting for when I entered my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, the same year that Kurt Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl […]