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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

This morning I called my mom to wish her a happy birthday, and I was delighted to see her in her natural habitat: the pool (specifically, an inflatable pool in my parents’ backyard with my nephew, who is not a fan of water yet): In light of recent events, I’d like to share that I’m […]


I’m Part of the Problem

I'm Part of the Problem

The original version of this post featured a story about something dumb, racist, and immature I said when I was 18. My intent in sharing this story was to show how I’m part of the problem of systemic racism (even in ways that are subconscious and deep into my past). However, I’ve listened to those […]


How Often Do You Change Your Razor Blades?

How Often Do You Change Your Razor Blades?

I have a confession: Until yesterday, I’d never changed a razor blade. I’ve owned two razors in my life, both of them electric Norelco razors like the one pictured here. I used the first one from around 1997-2013, at which point I upgraded to a cordless version. I’ve used that version ever since (7 years). I […]


How Do You React When Your Toilet Overflows?

How Do You React When Your Toilet Overflows?

I have a variety of theories about how I may react in a variety of urgent, panicked situations, but I’ve found I don’t really know until those situations happen. A few days ago, Megan and I had just finished playing Terra Mystica remotely with some friends on Board Game Arena. Our post-game chat lasted longer […]


How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

The other day Megan found a funny video of a “cereal expert” explaining in great length the correct way to eat cereal. It prompted a discussion about how each of us eat cereal (something we rarely do–I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day), so I thought I’d share how I eat cereal, and I’m interested […]


Help Me Remember This Key Detail

Help Me Remember This Key Detail

Just to be clear, this post is all in good jest, and Megan approved me to share this tidbit of information about her. Though, also, for real, I need to remember this key detail, and I’d love to hear your suggestions! My girlfriend, Megan, doesn’t have a gall bladder. Fortunately, the gallbladder one of those […]


How Is the Coronavirus Impacting You This Week?

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting You This Week?

I’ve written about the coronavirus from a business perspective on my company blog, but I’m curious how it’s impacting you personally. What are you doing differently this week than you would if the disease wasn’t spreading around the world? I’ll answer my own question below, but first I wanted to say how surreal the whole […]


If You Wear Patterned Clothing, What Impacts Your Daily Decision?

If You Wear Patterned Clothing, What Impacts Your Daily Decision?

Okay, so this post is mostly about underwear, but other clothing applies too. Last year I discovered the joy of MeUndies, a company that makes really comfortable underwear adorned with fun patterns. I started out with an octopus-themed boxer briefs, and now I have at least 5 pairs (including several Star Wars designs). So every […]


What Is the Ideal Number of Clocks per Room?

What Is the Ideal Number of Clocks per Room?

I love clocks. Specifically, I’ve discovered that I greatly prefer having a clock in every room of my home. I accomplished this without really thinking about it at my old condo, and now at my new place it has been a point of discussion between Megan and me. From my perspective, I always want to […]


Are You Adopted Too?

Are You Adopted Too?

39 years ago as of yesterday, I was granted the incredible gift of not just two, but four parents: Two biological parents who were no longer dating and just weren’t ready to raise a child, and two parents who chose me as their first child. I was 3 days old at the time, so I don’t remember […]


Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution This Year?

Did You Make a New Year's Resolution This Year?

I confess that I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. It isn’t that I don’t want to improve. There are so many ways that I could be a better human being, for both my sake and the sake of others around me. I just don’t use January 1 as a time to do that–if there’s something […]


Have You Ever Been Unable to Do This?

Have You Ever Been Unable to Do This?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that opening jars has never been my strong suit. Slippery lids always seem to evade my grasp, and my lateral wrist strength isn’t great. So there’s that. But I really should have been able to open this plastic bottle of gummy vitamin C tablets. The problem, it appears, […]


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’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. […]