Posts Tagged ‘personal’

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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Do You Get Sick at the Same Time Each Year?

Do You Get Sick at the Same Time Each Year?

Today I came down with a head cold. It’s not a big deal, just annoying. I’ll get over it in a day or so. In fact, I didn’t deviate from my normal Tuesday schedule of watching American Ninja Warrior with a few friends. While we were watching, one of them mentioned an annual event coming […]


In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

I was a scrawny, geeky kid. Through elementary school and middle school, I was a good student. Often a great student. I also played recreational soccer, but I didn’t consider myself particularly good at it. In pretty much any situation, if you pitted me against a jock, I would gladly bet on the jock. This […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


My New Nephew!

My New Nephew!

One of the great, unexpected pleasures I’ve experienced over the last few years has been becoming an uncle three times over. So I wanted to share my elation with you, dear reader, that a new nephew has been added to the Stegmaier family! My sister gave birth to Aaron on Friday (exactly 1 day after […]