Archive for September, 2019

Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

Have You Ever Loved a Local Product So Much You Want to Invest in It?

I love Billy Goat potato chips. Unless you’ve eaten a Billy Goat chip, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But nearly everyone I’ve ever introduced them to has been unable to stop eating them. I haven’t been interested in any other potato chip since discovering Billy Goat years ago. The reason they’re so good, […]


Have You Watched Firefly?

Have You Watched Firefly?

Joining the list of “shows I should have watched at least 10 years ago” is Firefly, and I’m here to talk about it as if it’s brand new! Megan is a huge fan of Firefly. After learning that I’d never seen it (aside from the movie, Serenity, which I somehow have seen), she shared the […]


Have You Ever Had to Say Goodbye to a Pet?

Have You Ever Had to Say Goodbye to a Pet?

Just to be perfectly clear, my cats (Biddy and Walter) are fine. They’re not going anywhere. However, on the same day this week, multiple friends made the difficult decision to put their pets to sleep. They both wrote heartbreaking (and heartwarming) posts on Facebook honoring the lives of their dog and cat (respectively) and what […]


What’s Your Ideal Office Environment?

What's Your Ideal Office Environment?

A few nights ago, I had an interesting discussion with some friends about their office environments. Fortunately, most of us are happy with our offices, either because we work at home or we have our own offices. One of the stay-at-home friends had an odd situation involving a headset, but for the most part it […]


Are Your Cats Enjoying the End of Summer?

Are Your Cats Enjoying the End of Summer?

My last few cat updates were a little on the sad side (but with some good news in the end, as Biddy’s surgery was successful). So I thought I’d brighten the mood today with some recent photos of Biddy (short hair) and Walter (long hair) enjoying the last few days of summer. Here are the […]


A Real Field of Dreams?

A Real Field of Dreams?

This is both slightly old news and news that could wait another 11 months. But I’m writing about it now! Recently, Major League Baseball announced that the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox would play a game in August 2020 at the exact same field where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed. […]


Are You “Nicely Matched”?

Malcolm Gladwell often poses interesting theories, data, and observations that make me think. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his new book, Talking to Strangers. In his chat–see the video below–he talks about how some people are “nicely matched” and others are “mismatched.” He’s referring to how we express our […]


Pet Please #159: Flattering Mirrors

Pet Please #159: Flattering Mirrors

Unlike humans, not all mirror are created equal. Have you ever stood in front of a mirror that seemed to be designed to make you look a terrible as possible? Other than in every airplane bathroom (where they are 100% certain to be found), I’ve randomly discovered these mirrors over the years. Then there are […]


Well, This Is Heartwarming

Well, This Is Heartwarming

Earlier this week, a story went viral regarding a Florida elementary school student who wore an orange shirt to class with a piece of paper pinned to it with the University of Tennessee initials handwritten on it. He was mocked by some classmates, and his teacher posted the incident on social media. In a heartwarming twist, […]


Simon Sinek on Falling in Love

This is just a quick post, but I happened to watch a Simon Sinek video the other day that really resonated with me. It’s a talk about building trust at work, but he detours into some thoughts about what it’s like to fall and be in love (healthily). That’s where the video starts below. Here’s […]


What’s the Best Meal You’ve Eaten at a Restaurant This Year?

What's the Best Meal You've Eaten at a Restaurant This Year?

On Friday I had one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant. I was visiting Kansas City with Megan, and a friend invited us to join him and his wife at a place called Corvino. He has a special connection to the restaurant, and I’ve found that some of my most memorable […]


Customer Service Phone Survey Requests: Best to Say Yes?

Today I had to call customer service regarding a service I subscribe to. At the beginning of the call, before I was connected to a representative, the recording asked, “Would you agree to take a brief survey after the call? If so, press 1.” I’ve heard this request dozens of times, and pretty much every […]


Have You Tried Any Subscription Boxes?

Have You Tried Any Subscription Boxes?

I recently received my first subscription box (as far as I can recall), a country-themed snack box from Universal Yums. For $15, every month they send you a box of 6 or 7 treats (sweet and salty) from a different country, allowing you to “travel” to that country by yourself or with a friend. Megan […]


Have You Ever Tried Yoga?

Have You Ever Tried Yoga?

I almost feel like this is the same as asking, “Hey, have you ever tried swimming?” While I’m guessing the number of people who participate in yoga on a regular basis is pretty small, most people have probably experienced it once. But not me. I had the perception that yoga was mostly about stretching and […]


My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of September 2019)

My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of September 2019)

Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. Creating today’s list was the toughest task yet, both because of the sheer number of different games I’ve played at this point (650+ and counting) and because I find my eagerness to play certain games dependent on how easily I can actually get […]