Life and Such

My Two-Pack-a-Day Habit

My Two-Pack-a-Day Habit

I have a weird nervous tic—chewing my lip. To get me to stop that, my dentist suggested I chew gum instead. He even recommended a specific brand — Trident — and told me to make sure to get gum sweetened with xylitol because it’s better for you than other artificial sweeteners. I kind of wish […]

Seasons

Seasons

I look at the pile of work building on my desk and start to sweat. Working and pursuing a writing career can really stress me out at times. How will I ever get all of this done? And a better question, am I even capable of getting it done? I sit down and run my […]

Goodreads, My Tsundoku Enabler

Goodreads, My Tsundoku Enabler

Tsundoku is a Japanese word that literally means “reading pile.” It’s used to describe a stack (or stacks) of unread books, or the act of buying books and then adding them to existing piles of unread books. I know my people can relate to this. As if I didn’t already have enough physical tsundoku in […]

Recharging

Recharging

Do you ever find it hard to write after you’ve been busy all week, after you’ve run to and from work, cleaned house, made sure your family was still alive? Are there times when you feel drained of anything remotely resembling creativity? If the girl pictured above was wearing a sweatshirt and had her hair […]

Star Wars, Rewards, and Temptation Bundling

Star Wars, Rewards, and Temptation Bundling

No spoilers, sweetie.   It took me a while to get to the theater to see Star Wars 7. Not because I lacked interest, but because of temptation bundling. In temptation bundling, you restrict yourself from the thing you want to do until you’ve completed the thing you have to do. In the Freakonomics podcast […]

Paper or Pixels?

Paper or Pixels?

  We’re at the start of the new year. For Many people that means a new planner. In this electronic age, I still prefer a paper planner. Until last year a weekly one was sufficient. However I more and more rely on to-do lists and want to be able to track my time by the […]

Short Summer Nights 

Short Summer Nights 

  One and a half. That is the number of summers of my life that I’ve been able to enjoy long nights. For those of you who read Kristen’s post with the promise that I’m going to be pro-Daylight Saving Time, you might be a bit disappointed. We actually conclude with basically the same point. […]