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The Squeaky Clean Junk Drawer

I have three main stress coping mechanisms: baking, running and cleaning things. Let’s just say — over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten good use out of both my new cooling racks and my workout playlist, and my house is very, very clean. It starts with the basics — dusting, sweeping, hauling out the old…
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Image from Morguefile.

Surprise Me

I’ve always counted myself as one of those people who love surprises. Not everyone does. I once tried to surprise a friend for her birthday with a pedicure. Neither of us are the sort who typically get pedicures; I thought it’d be fun. “We’re leaving at 2,” I informed her. “Also, make sure your legs…
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Dandelions on my lawn.

Ordinary Love

As I write this, I’m glaring at the dandelions on the front lawn. Out of all the flowers (or weeds, I suppose) dandelions are the most resilient. We’ve had three days of steady glooming drizzle and wind funneling through the streets, flattening grass and scraping patterns into the windowpanes with disorganized branches — but when…
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Stress May (not) Be Hazardous To Your Health

I had a zen moment this week when I realized that the lifestyle-wide stress I experience every day is never going to go away. Mostly it’s the little things — making sure I get up at the first alarm and shop for groceries and be sufficiently friendly and respond to emails in a timely manner.…
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I've just noticed that at least four of my blog photos involve cell phones. That's a little telling, even for me.

Phoneless: A Horror Story

The last few weeks have been long. I’ve been working in six-day stretches with extra hours tacked on to either end, standing after spells glued to my computer screen to work out the wrinkles in my spine, arriving home to slump into bed and wake up and start over. On my one off-day during Easter…
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