There is a guy across the hall who has hired a laundry service. At night, he leaves a bag of laundry outside his office. In the morning, there are cleaned and pressed shirts hanging from the door, as if by magic. Don’t get me wrong, if I had money to burn, I would be all about fresh pressed shirts that I didn’t have to launder or iron. But if I had that kind of surplus, there are other things I would do first. Continue reading →
Summer is a great time to get started on that stack of books that you’ve meant to tackle for some time; between sunning by the pool, jet-setting all over the world and just having a break to finally breathe from the mayhem of everyday, non-summer life (for the lucky ones, that is), this list is your answer to breaking out of reality and getting lost in some great prose.
If you’re looking for a great book recommendation, you could certainly do worse than Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy Shipmates. Strike that, the book was amazing, who am I kidding? I guess I feel like kind of a book nerd admitting this, but Vowell makes history fun. Exciting. Hilarious! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. But there you have it. Continue reading →
Were you to divide the world’s population into two categories, messy people and clean people, I probably wouldn’t qualify as anyone’s definition of “neat.” Not that I don’t value cleanliness and order, and not that I leave mountains of filth or mayhem in my wake, either; but I don’t enjoy or feel compelled to always have things “just so” (like some people do; you know the types). And I certainly feel no burning desire to be the one making things that way. It’s just not how I am wired. Continue reading →
Running, like for the pure sake of running, is about my least favorite form of exercise. But what I do like about it is that it gives me a chance to free my mind, literally “get away,” and not think about anything but my breathing and my surroundings and whatever I want. Continue reading →
Every time I come off a three-day weekend, I find myself thinking “now that was a real weekend!” Because two days just don’t cut it. Weekends are about three things: (1) chores (unfortunately), (2) relaxation (of necessity), and (3) fun! And that’s a lot of stuff. With only two days to squeeze it all in, it’s the fun that usually suffers. Big time! Continue reading →