The doubts/expectations paradox

The summer before high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go out for the golf team. We had some old golf clubs in the garage that we would use to whack balls around the backyard, but I’d never seriously swung a golf club, or been on a course to play a fullContinue reading “The doubts/expectations paradox”

10 things under $25 you’ll want to own pronto

My 2019 resolution was to curb my personal spending, and I’ve spent much of the new year being very judicious about where my money is going. No more senselessly browsing Amazon. No more random Target runs on my way home from work. Sure, it’s ok to stop for groceries, but I have to do soContinue reading “10 things under $25 you’ll want to own pronto”

Hitting the wall, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

The first time I trained for a marathon, people warned me about hitting the wall. The feeling would be unlike anything I’d experience, they assured me. One friend who’d recently had a baby said that she knew she could make it through labor because she had broken through the wall in her marathon a fewContinue reading “Hitting the wall, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor

Happy Valentine’s Day ink.! I try to keep my reality TV observations to one post a season. Some of you are here for The Bachelor/ette tea to be spilled, and as my bracket busting, season watch party lady gang will attest to, I always have plenty of thoughts about what’s going down. However, many of you areContinue reading “How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor”

On the couch with Cece, LICSW – Loving through the love languages

Here’s an interesting fun fact about meeting people online. Many popular online dating sites give you a percentage of compatibility. The percentage is largely based on information you put in about yourself, plus information that you put in about what you’re looking for, and then is further refined based on your match history, search preferences,Continue reading “On the couch with Cece, LICSW – Loving through the love languages”

Netflix and Write: the movie binge that will make you want to start a blog

The first time I started a blog, I didn’t think too much about it. I routinely heard from friends and family that I should “write a book” when recounting ridiculous stories from work and personal experience, and as it seemed unlikely the memoir of an unknown midwestern millennial was destined to be a New York TimesContinue reading “Netflix and Write: the movie binge that will make you want to start a blog”

What’s hygge and how do you find it?

Browsing for things for #joshandkatebuildahouse has become a favorite pastime of mine this winter. Though I’m generally anxiety ridden about the actual process of home building, the parts I like thus far include filling up Pinterest boards with room ideas, and generating an Amazon wish list called “Things for the Laack Nest,” which provides muchContinue reading “What’s hygge and how do you find it?”

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving forContinue reading “Two books to kick off your best year yet!”

5 things for the start of the new year

Happy New Year!! It’s 2019!! How does it feel? Some of us sprinted to the finish line of 2018, grateful to have made it in one piece. Some of us dragged our feet, reluctant to leave behind what was, perhaps, the best year ever. Maybe you’re unsure of where you stand on the whole prospectContinue reading “5 things for the start of the new year”

4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer

Currently at work, students are trying to raise money for the ALS Association. Of the many creative ways they’ve cooked up to try to get funds, they’re playing music over the intercom system during the passing time between classes. If students can raise $400, the music will stop. This may sound counterintuitive. Christmas music duringContinue reading “4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer”