Seven years ago, I lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Midtown Sacramento. I owned six pieces of furniture and all of my clothes and shoes could fit into one of them: a wooden IKEA wardrobe with guitars and fencing sabres piled on top. I could walk to work in thirteen minutes, bike to the grocery store, and […]Read More Are You A City Person or a Suburb Person?
Whenever my jeans start feeling tight, I make some minor changes so I won’t have to do anything major down the line. For example, cooking more vegetable sides with dinner. Also, actually cooking dinner instead of living off pizza and cheeseburgers. Snacking on as many fruits and vegetables as you can stomach is also effective, since they end […]Read More How to Fry Bananas in Your Panini Press
I used to bike a lot, though I never called myself a cyclist. Mostly because I biked, in normal clothes, just to save college parking pass money and stay in shape. Not pretend I was in the Olympics. “Cyclists,” on the other hand, ride bikes costing thousands of dollars while wearing expensive spandex pants and shirts that […]Read More Why Kids Are The Best Biking Accessories
Hello, readers and fellow bloggers. Hope you’ve all been well and I mean to catch up with you guys, but I’ve been knee-deep in the parenting trenches of full-blown family sickness for the past week… There are some aspects of parenting we’ve all heard jokes about our entire lives. You’ve heard them so much, in fact, […]Read More Preschools and Snot-Driven Plague Vectors
I’ll never forget my first breakfast in Germany while waitressing over the summer, years ago, for a student work-exchange program: hot white bread rolls slathered in thick layers of butter and Nutella, washed down with whole milk and sugar mixed into coffee so strong that a second cup literally broke me into a sweat. We also had […]Read More Junk Food and Soda Not the Cause of Obesity?
What do you think is the most stolen item in the world? Jewelry? It’s valuable and seems easy to conceal… Booze? It’s available all over and some folks are desperate for it… Gold bars? Okay, maybe I watch too many pirate and bank heist movies. Well, if you thought it was any of these things, […]Read More The Most Shoplifted Item In the World
Everywhere I look, Americans are hating on poor little owls. We think owls are lazy, undisciplined loners who really need to get their crap together. Probably immoral too. I know this because I’m an owl myself. No, not the cute birds who can swivel their heads around backwards and spot mice from dark forest skies. I’m talking […]Read More Why Americans Hate Owls
So I’ve been at this parenting thing for four years now (five if you count pregnancy) and have to tell you: it’s a demanding gig. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids to pieces, but it’s like doing a job you love while being on call 24/7, without weekends, vacations or sick leave. The fact […]Read More Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Pizza Box
I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in America, we believe there is such a thing as “kid food” and “adult food.” Kid food is soft, bland, and unchallenging. It may be sweet, but never spicy. Adult food, on the other hand, includes stuff like sushi, bitter vegetables, and anything with pepper. […]Read More The World of Kid Food Vs Adult Food
Please don’t hate me for saying this, but over the past year, I’ve had to gain ten pounds so people would quit accusing me of eating disorders. And I’ve thought long and hard about whether I should write this post at all. I know how easily it could seem like one big, giant, obnoxious humblebrag (“Oh, poor baby, […]Read More What Pregnancy Taught Me About Losing Weight