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Would You Ever Let Someone Else Pack Your Home for a Move?

Would You Ever Let Someone Else Pack Your Home for a Move?

This week I did something I haven’t done in over 14 years: I moved. That’s right, I bought my condo when I was 24, and now at 38 I have a new place with my girlfriend, a place I hope we call home for a long time. One of the big reasons I lived in […]


The Ninth Love Language

The Ninth Love Language

While there are technically only 5 official love languages that I’m aware of, over the years I’ve added some of my own creation to the list. Just in case you’re not familiar with the concept of love languages, they are a gauge of how you are best loved (and conversely, how you best show love). […]


What Happened to Biddy?

What Happened to Biddy?

Nearly 2 weeks ago after what I thought was a “normal” throw-up, I came home to find Biddy sitting in a corner soaked in his own urine (and some blood). I dropped everything and rushed him to the veterinarian. The vet founds that Biddy’s bladder was nearly bursting. A quick ultrasound didn’t show any obvious […]


Have You Met Your Favorite Bird?

Have You Met Your Favorite Bird?

When I was a kid, all of my favorite animals were fast. I wasn’t as enamored by the biggest, the oldest, or the most beautiful. I was drawn towards speed. That’s why the peregrine falcon instantly became my favorite bird when I learned that it could dive at upwards of 270 miles per hour. That’s […]


I’m Slytherin, and I’m Proud of It

I'm Slytherin, and I'm Proud of It

Years ago I took the Harry Potter sorting hat quiz, and I turned out to be a Hufflepuff. That result didn’t feel right to me at the time, and my doubt was solidified after I learned that the defining trait of Hufflepuffs is loyalty. I’m a loyal friend, but not loyal to a fault, nor […]


What’s Your Current Health Regimen?

What's Your Current Health Regimen?

I’ve talked about health a few times on this blog in the past, though in hindsight I don’t think the timing was ideal. My pattern is that I’d hear about a new-to-me health regimen, I’d get all excited about trying it and proceed to write about it…and then I wouldn’t follow through. Perhaps you can […]


I Survived a Summer Month Without Air Conditioning in St. Louis

I Survived a Summer Month Without Air Conditioning in St. Louis

True story, first-world problem. Just over a month ago, the air conditioning in my condo stopped working. I barely noticed it at first, as it was a relatively cool May at that point, but it was soon clear that the internal fan was just circulating room-temperature air. A repairman dropped by the next day. After […]


Have You Met a Mini Horse?

Have You Met a Mini Horse?

For reasons I don’t quite understand beyond an affection for cuteness and Parks & Rec, the idea of hanging out with mini horses has been on my bucket list for over a decade. This past weekend, I finally achieved that goal…and I learned quite a bit while doing it. A friend learned that there’s a […]


What I Thought I Wanted in a Woman 9 Years Ago (and What Has Changed)

Nine years ago, I was 29 years old, and I was in full dating mode. I had ended two back-to-back, long-term relationships with great women, and after participating in several online dating sites, I thought I figured out exactly what I wanted in a woman. So I did what anyone would do: I created a […]


What’s Your Secret to Sleeping Well?

What's Your Secret to Sleeping Well?

I have a consistent bedtime routine that ensures I fall asleep each night and wake up fairly well-rested: At 10:00 each night, I turn on my heated blanket at the foot of my bed so my cold feet can be toasty warm. It turns off automatically after a few hours. I try to get into […]


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┬áparallel 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 #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 […]


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 […]