Money to burn

burning-moneyThere 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

5 Books You Should Read This Summer: Guest Post by Cassie @ CultureCoverage.com

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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.

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Book Review: The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

book reviewIf you’re looking for a great book recommendation, you could certainly do worse than Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy ShipmatesStrike 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

The Sense of Style: by Steve Pinker – Book Review

sense of styleI have a confession to make.  I’m one of those dorky people who reads grammar/writing style guides for fun (as if that comes as a surprise to any of our readers here).  And so, it should further come as no surprise that I found Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century! to be a sheer delight. Continue reading

Messy + Clean = Opposites Attract?

"Oh, the humanity..."

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

3-Day Weekend, Every Week?

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