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How Often Is Your Hair the Perfect Length?

How Often Is Your Hair the Perfect Length?

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life waiting for things to be the right length, and I’ve recently decided to make a change. I have two examples of this, one of which I solved a while ago. The first is that when I was growing up, my parents would often obtain clothes (lots of […]


Do You Want to Own a Vacation Home?

Do You Want to Own a Vacation Home?

In a random conversation a few days ago, I realized that I have absolutely no interest in owning a vacation home. A few reasons came to mind right away, some kind of unique to me, and some more general: Vacations aren’t important to me, as I do what I love for a living. At any […]


Did You Ever Have a Crush on a Teacher?

Did You Ever Have a Crush on a Teacher?

One of my favorite shows, AP Bio, is back on air, and there was a funny bit a few weeks ago about a student who had a crush on his teacher. It made me think about the teachers of my past, and as it turns out, I had crushes on quite a few of them. […]


How Much Tupperware Do You Own?

How Much Tupperware Do You Own?

For the purposes of this article, I’m using the generic term “tupperware” to mean all plastic containers used for storing food even though the Tupperware brand is its own specific thing. Until this weekend, I had a tupperware problem. Though even I didn’t know how bad it was. My parents were in town for a […]


How Has Money Changed You?

How Has Money Changed You?

I recently got a phone call out of the blue from a former coworker, someone around 8 years my junior. They’re at a point in their life where they’re trying to balance fiscal responsibilities with work that they’re proud of, passionate about, and good at. One of the things they were curious about is how […]


The Future of Naps Is Cats

The Future of Naps Is Cats

I think I may have discovered the perfect nap device: My cat, Walter. Hear me out–I’m serious about this. Ever since I started working from home 5+ years ago, one of the wonderful perks is if I really need a nap, I can take one. The problem, however, is that short naps leave me feeling […]


What Was Your Experience Learning to Drive a Car?

What Was Your Experience Learning to Drive a Car?

One of my favorite shows, AP Bio, is back. The latest episode heavily featured driver’s education–including an amazing parallel parking job–and it reminded me of those days when I was learning to drive. In Virginia, we were allowed to get a learner’s permit when we turned 15, allowing us to drive with a licensed adult in […]


What Musical Albums Did Your Parents Play When You Were Growing Up?

What Musical Albums Did Your Parents Play When You Were Growing Up?

The conversation started with Phantom of the Opera. I was talking to a few friends about New York. One of them has never been, and she said she’d like to go to a Broadway show. I nodded and said, “Yeah, I’d like to see Phantom of the Opera someday.” There was a moment of silence, […]


Dream Room #5: The Fictional Room

Dream Room #5: 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Have You Ever Noticed a Big Change in Your Body Chemistry?

Have You Ever Noticed a Big Change in Your Body Chemistry?

Ten years ago, I kept my condo a consistent 78 degrees year round. That’s right, 78 degrees. My heating bills were pretty high in the winter, but summer wasn’t bad at all. 78 degrees, day and night. It wasn’t just a personal preference–it was what my body seemed to want. Then, almost suddenly, it changed. […]


This Is What Happens When You’re Single

This Is What Happens When You're Single

I rather enjoy being single, and on occasion this characteristic has led to some comedic moments. The most recent was when I was home for Christmas. My parents hosted a big Christmas party for some of our relatives (my mom and dad have LOT of siblings). They decided to hire a photographer to take photos […]


Have You Ever Had a Tarot Card Reading?

Have You Ever Had a Tarot Card Reading?

I don’t want someone else to tell me my future. I learned this about myself at a recent party where a friend was performing tarot card readings. It’s an annual tradition for her to do this, and I could tell she enjoyed entertaining her friends with their possible futures. So I decided to join several […]


The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

My condo is in a building with a bunch of other condos and apartments. The soundproofing is pretty good…but sometimes I hear things. Neighbor things. This was the case on Saturday night when the sound of someone pounding on a distant door woke me up. My cats heard it too–they were on high alert. Accompanying […]


What’s Your Wisdom Tooth Story?

What's Your Wisdom Tooth Story?

On Wednesday, a good friend is getting her wisdom teeth removed. She’s in her 30s, so she’s had her wisdom teeth for much longer than most people I know, but it’s time to get them out. She’s pretty nervous about it, so I thought I’d share my brief wisdom tooth story and invite you to […]


How Did Stan Lee Impact You?

How Did Stan Lee Impact You?

Today bore the sad news that Stan Lee, icon and former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, passed away at age 95. I had to catch my breath after hearing the news, a reaction I didn’t expect. I think in some way we all knew this was coming. In fact, earlier this year, Stan Lee filmed a […]


The Veterans in My Family

The Veterans in My Family

Today is Veteran’s Day in the US, so I wanted to take a moment to honor the various veterans in my family who have served this country and hopefully made the world a better, safer place. My grandfather on my father’s side was in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving in China building bridges. As […]


The Ole’ “If You Could Hibernate” Debate

The Ole' "If You Could Hibernate" Debate

If you could hibernate for 1 month each year and only need 4 hours of sleep for the rest of the year, would you? What would you do with the extra time each day? I discussed this with some friends earlier this week when St. Louis started to get cold. The overall consensus–and my opinion […]


What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

Today on my Facebook Live chat, someone asked me what St. Louis radio stations I listen to. However, I barely had an answer, as I don’t think I’ve listened to the radio in years. The main reason for this is that I rarely listen to anything when I’m driving. Long road trips are an exception–on a long […]


Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

I watch lots of clips from late-night talk shows, and a common question asked to guests is, “Have you ever shoplifted?” Usually the guest has some charming story about how they stole a candy bar as a kid and their parents made them apologize. I can honestly say I’ve never intentionally stolen something from a […]


Do You Get a Flu Shot?

Do You Get a Flu Shot?

I had an interesting experience at the doctor’s office yesterday. I was seeing my primary care physician for an annual checkup (or, in this case, my 18-month checkup). After I checked in, a nurse steered me into an office and checked my vitals. While typing away at the computer, she asked, “Did you want to […]


What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

An interviewer recently asked me this question. It was left intentionally vague, so it’s open to interpretation. I don’t think my answer is particularly insightful, but I have a feeling your answer will be more interesting, so that’s the main point of this post. My answer was (in no particular order): My friends My family […]


Which Types of Next-Day Events Cause You to Not Sleep Well?

Which Types of Next-Day Events Cause You to Not Sleep Well?

When I was growing up–really, through my early 20s–I can’t recall having sleep issues. When I went to bed, I slept soundly throughout the night. The one event that caused me to not sleep well as a kid was Christmas. On Christmas Eve, I was incredibly nervous. I would lay awake for most of the […]