Mayhaps you don’t know this about me, but I’m a big music nerd. As in, I love music. Going to shows and getting all up in people’s personal space and then getting really tired at 10 p.m. and wanting to go home before the encore thereby annoying my husband is one of my favorite things [...]
It’s about that time of year. It’s about that time of year when I go into hermit mode and don’t leave my apartment for days (unless it’s for the mail. Or ice cream). It’s about that time of year when I wonder if the sun is ever going to show its face again (though I [...]
I tried. I really did. I really tried to make January the Month of Healthy Eating. I really tried to eat more kale and drink more water. I even tried to schedule a full month of blog posts with recipes chock-full of healthy, good-for-you ingredients (carrot-flax seed muffins! green smoothies! flavored ice cubes!) but I [...]
Sometimes I think about what my life would have been like if I’d taken different roads. Know what I mean? Like, what if I did decide to go to New York for college instead of Minnesota? What if I actually did pursue a career in anthropology instead of journalism? What if I didn’t go to [...]
Oh yes. Yes, I did. See, there is nothing more festive than a food baked into the shape of a wreath. NOTHING, I tell you. So go ahead and make fun of me for getting all up in the holiday spirit — but you’ll be missing out on this magic.
Look at this. Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and I’ve already got leftovers on the brain. Here’s the thing — the holiday is tomorrow. You’ve already got everything planned and ready to roll (and if not, this should help you out). You’re already dreaming of turkey and mashed potatoes in your sleep. You don’t need [...]
So there’s this thing coming up next week. I think they call it Thanksgiving. Anyway, it’s a pretty big deal, when a lot of family and friends gather around the table for gratitude, good conversation and a great meal. And some of us might be hosting it, and some of us not, but we’re moving [...]
Here’s something I know well about myself: I’m a planner. I’m a big planner. I plan my days in lists and get way too excited when I can cross off a task. I plan my months well in advance — my editorial calendar, when am I going to see the bestie, when are we going [...]
I sometimes wonder whom I’d be like if I were royalty. Would I be more like Princess Mia in “The Princess Diaries,” a little quirky and clueless but very down-to-earth and well-liked? Would I be more like Marie Antoinette, quiet and enchanting but profligate, aloof and out-of-touch? Or, would I be like Queen Elizabeth, staunch [...]
You guys. I’ve been watching the Olympics, like, every single moment of my life the past few days. I wake up in the morning and watch Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer ham it up with athletes on the “Today” show. I scarf down lunch while cheering on the water polo and road cycling teams. At [...]
I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription is more garlic. These parmesan garlic knot rolls were calling my name one day, so I made them and ate one. That night, I made spaghetti and I ate another one. Then I was hungry for a late-night snack and ate one more.
I’ve been listening to the same playlist for the last oh, I don’t know, forever. I’ve got the songs down pat by now. I could sing them in my sleep. I could sing them in my sleep while doing the moonwalk to their rhythms (ending each song with double dream hands, natch). You’d think I’d [...]
I’ve been feeling a little… uninspired lately. I hate to admit this because I’ve always been one who wants to put forth her very best, in all circumstances — whether at my job, in my relationships or in the kitchen. If I’m not feeling that natural sense of ambition or creativity, I chalk it up [...]
My bestie Ashley (yes, I say “bestie” in real life. These are things I do. Don’t judge.) tweeted a link to a post today about calling out all the awesomeness in life. At first, I thought it was just another one of those posts you read to waste some time at work (kind of like [...]