The Joys and Sorrow of Fitbit

fitbitA Fitbit falls firmly in the category of items I would never purchase for myself.  It’s trendy, it’s techie, it’s expensive.  But when the craze hit, I was mildly (if remotely) curious.  So when a family member unexpectedly got me one a little over a year ago, I decided to check it out. Continue reading

Netflix is winning

Netflix-and-ChillNetflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes.  As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible.  But now I have discovered a new obstacle. Continue reading

Black Mirror

black mirrorHow had I never seen this show before? It combines dark psychological twists with intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues associated with the current (and near-future) state of cyber-tech and its potential impact on the human experience.  A week ago I had never heard of the show; I have now binge watched every episode on Netflix, and am desperate for more. Continue reading

Cosmopolis- Book Review

CosmopolisFor reasons I am still trying to wrap my head around, Don DeLillo’s White Noise moved me more than any book I had read in quite some time.  Not in an altogether good way, or bad way.  I found it both pleasant and intensely disturbing.  It was familiar and horrifying, and thus both comforting and startling.  I liked it.  It was something to experience. Continue reading

One-way ticket to Mars

mars to earthPicture this.  In the year 2024, a human colony will be established on Mars.  The selection process will be very rigorous, and only a chosen few will get to go.  The only catch: we only have the technology to get these bold space adventurers there; there is no coming back. Continue reading

What are you ladies READING?!?!?!?

Naughty!

Basically every media outlet I am exposed to is buzzing about this book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  The buzz is not so much about an obscure book suddenly becoming popular (this happens all the time), but the type of book it is, and the audience it is popular with. Continue reading

Mysterious Cicero Dialogue

(In looking through some boxes in my basement, I came across the following, written out in longhand.  While its origins are not clear,  it is abundantly clear that I was both having fun and taking myself very seriously when I wrote this.  Also, it’s pretty freaking awesome.  Enjoy!) Continue reading

Secret Phone Anxiety

"I'll call you..."

You wouldn’t know this to look at me, or even talking to me on the phone, but I have a secret.  I am actually terrified of  the telephone.  The phone rings, my anxiety levels rise, my palms start to sweat, my breathing gets out of rhythm, it’s a mess.  And if I ever have to make a phone call, especially one to a particularly scary destination, like the insurance company or a doctor’s office or my in-laws, forget about it!  Heart palpitations, hyperventilation, the works! Continue reading