love and gratitude

It's Valentine's Day, traditionally my least favorite pseudo-holiday. I think the holiday is generally pretty stupid, aimed at making you buy things for someone or making you sad about not having anyone to buy things for, and then buying things for yourself. (Pint of Ben and Jerry's, I'm lookin at you.) But as I plan … Continue reading love and gratitude

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Depression and Democracy

Trying to sort through my emotions over the past couple of days has been so difficult. Initially when I heard the news about Donald Trump, I was in disbelief. Then disbelief transitioned into shock, then anger, then rage, then sadness, then acceptance, then back through the cycle all over again. The emotions have yet to … Continue reading Depression and Democracy

Trivia Night and the Dead Dragonfly

Last week I went to trivia night at a local bar that one of my friends was helping to host. I love trivia and always have, despite being consistently terrible at it. I'm pretty useless at remembering facts, and as it happened, the other 4 people on my team weren't that good at it either. … Continue reading Trivia Night and the Dead Dragonfly

Absence doesn’t change the status of the heart all that much, as it turns out

I've been living abroad for just shy of 8 months. I mark the days by the photo updates I get of Kate's littlest nephew Simeon, born just a couple of weeks before I left. Of Kate's 7 nieces and nephews, he was the only one whose birth I was present for. I watched a family … Continue reading Absence doesn’t change the status of the heart all that much, as it turns out

When you have nothing left to give and you gotta give more

Every weekday I wake up at 5:45 after a typically restless night. I smear foundation under my eyes in a futile attempt to cover the dark valleys¬†that have formed overnight, and then pile cover-up on top of that when the foundation proves inevitably inadequate. I leave for work at 6:40 and spend the half hour … Continue reading When you have nothing left to give and you gotta give more