The Novel(ty of) Coronavirus

The newness, the freshness, the intensity of the unknown! It’s wearing pretty thin. Like, three weeks ago, when quarantine first became a thing, it seemed like an okay idea. Just hang out at home, watch TV, get some cleaning done, maybe reorganize your closet, FaceTime your pals. All while helping everyone else stay healthy? Not [...]

Can I Be Sad?

I feel guilty grieving. Granted, I feel guilty about most things. It's just who I am. I never want to inconvenience someone or claim what isn't mine. And a lot of the time, I feel like grief belongs to those closest to the deceased. And I've always hated that word—deceased. It reduces the whole person [...]

Mental Health Matters

Hey. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that? I didn't. Not until mental health became a thing I actually cared about. And I'm not saying like, "Ugh, I need a mental health day," in response to a crummy stretch at work. Nor am I speaking in reference to calling yourself insane for [...]

Pet Emergency: What We Learned

One month ago this very second, we were checking Charlie in at Urgent Pet Care. Why? He ate a bottle of strawberry-flavored melatonin—from Costco. And thus began the longest, most nerve-racking 48 hours of my life. Fortunately (and shockingly), we came out unscathed. But on the few occasions I've looked back on it all, I've realized [...]

Opportunity over Change

Here's the thing about big life decisions: They're horrifying. I don't care what it is or when it happens or how prepared you think you are, that stuff is scary. Sure, it can be scary exciting, but any deviation from the norm is bound to get your adrenaline pumping, preparing your body for the unexpected. Does that [...]

The Breakout Breakup

I've had it with you. We've been doing this same song and dance for more than HALF MY LIFE. But you are insatiable. Every time I think I have you figured out, hoping and praying you've finally met your match, that you'll never return again, you're back—more intrusive and resistant than ever. I'll admit, I [...]

A New Kind of Valentine

I'm fully onboard the "Valentine's Day Is Pretty Dumb" train. In fact, there was a span of 4-5 years where I could've called myself the conductor. Granted, it's a pretty cool day when you have someone to celebrate with (assuming that someone wants to celebrate with you). But even then, it's kind of a stupid [...]

What Constitutes a Crisis?

November ends now and I just realized this would have been the only month ALL YEAR during which I didn't blog, and that can't happen. But then I wondered what I'd even write about, because honestly the only stuff in my head right now is a ton of ramblings that resemble what I think might [...]