Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:22pm

I should have gone for the easy recipe. I should have listened to Ina Garten’s signature quip — “store bought is fine.” Had I added the adjective, “beginner,” in the google search bar, my Sunday would have likely been much less involved. 

But I couldn’t seem to help myself. When I opened my browser, I wasn’t thinking about my technical ability, or the fact that every time I make mac and cheese, the pot of water bubbles over.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:27pm

The first blog I ever read religiously was called “Mod Podge Rocks.” It was 2011 and I was a devoted decoupager. In fact, I was so devoted that my birthday wish list resembled the Pinterest board of a shabby chic bride; all I wanted was mason jars, tissue paper, burlap, and buttons. I looked forward to the Sunday morning newspaper delivery purely because of the craft store coupons and the animated color explosion from the pages of the Michael’s and JoAnn’s advertisements.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:37am
An affair to remember before midnight.

My blasé attitude toward New Year’s Eve was challenged while standing in the dairy aisle of the grocery store.

Before that moment, I have never been one to indulge in the holiday branded with sequin dresses, champagne flutes and a drunken chorus counting down to another year of obligations. The occasion never quite seemed to fulfill “An Affair to Remember’s” promise of finding romance atop the Empire State Building.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:42pm

Sometimes I dim my computer screen and meander down the streets of my hometown via the panoramic lens of Google Street View. This is a pathetic confession, I know, but also an unexpected remedy for the occasional pangs of nostalgia.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:06pm

Every Monday we would crack the spine of our “Handwriting Without Tears” workbooks, an artifact of early 2000s elementary school curriculum, a time when public schools could still afford such luxuries. While these cursive primers generally honored their promise of dry eyes, the exercise of tracing dotted lines instead of keystrokes was contentious.   

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 8:46pm

A few days ago, I saw a man rollerblading while pushing a stroller with a golden retriever trailing behind on a leash. The spectacle looked like an American Ninja Warrior audition. As I watched the feat from across the street, I considered the skill of this man completing his Saturday morning to-do list while balancing on eight wheels.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:44pm

For a population that bears the seemingly perpetual stress of finding a place to live near campus, it is curious how college students have such wanderlust for the world beyond. The evidence is glaring: World map tapestries draped across dorm room walls, screens of people lustfully googling flights during lectures and laptop stickers with cliché adventure quotes.  

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 6:04pm

File away those fun facts. Time to forget your “two truths and a lie.” And cherish the fact you won’t have to participate in another team building exercise involving a hula hoop. We have officially survived peak icebreaker period. Breathe.   

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:33pm

I know I am not supposed to say this, but most of the books I have bought recently have not been finished. My nightstand has become a graveyard for abandoned literature.

I read a few chapters of “The Idiot” because I fell in love with the millennial pink jacket cover. After watching Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk I found myself downloading her book “Presence.” And I even tried reading “An American Marriage” because Oprah Winfrey said I should.

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 10:52pm

There are certain places I tend to avoid when I return to my hometown after a year away at college. The notorious town watering holes: June graduation parties, the grocery store on Sunday evenings, Starbucks. These three places can all be classified by their likelihood of neighborhood small talk, typically conversations that often prompt questions concerning my own college experience.