The Diary of a Young Girl and other WWII Lit Recommendations

The Diary of a Young Girl I’ve been more affected than I thought I would be by this book. Of course I had heard about The Diary of Anne Frank and knew the basic story – a Jewish girl in hiding during the second world war. But I never imagined the depth of this diary, and how heartbreaking it would be to read. During the war, the Dutch government called for citizens to preserve their documents, and diaries were specifically mentioned. Up to this point Anne had already been keeping a diary, and she took this declaration to heart and Read More

Angel Hair Pasta: An Ode to my Grandma

Growing up, I was a picky eater. Anything with more than three components (tacos, chili, pizza with non-cheese toppings) was out. It was “no thanks” to most condiments and sauces. For the most part I existed off of sweet, delicious carbs – bread, rice, and most of all, pasta. A real treat came when our family would visit my grandma and grandpa at their cottage up north, or their snowbird lodging down in Florida. My grandma, too, was a lover of pasta, in particular the angel hair variety. At home we always stuck with normal spaghetti, so this thin, dainty Read More

Cottage Nostalgia: This One Summer

Did your family have a cottage growing up? Did you go there during the summer to swim and play on the beach with your “cottage friend”? Did you and that friend grow up together, feeling out how you still fit together for that one week each year as you both grew and changed? Well then oh boy, get ready for the nostalgia. This One Summer follows Rose, a young teenager who is off to her family cottage for the summer. The cast of characters also includes Windy, Rose’s “cottage friend”, Rose’s parents, who are going through some tough adult stuff, Read More

Discovering Humanity’s Biology and History through Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

A book that has come highly recommended the last few years is Sapens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by Yuval Noah Harari. After reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which turned out to be the perfect precursor to Sapiens, I finally picked it up and began the journey from humanity’s biology to its history and beyond. Most intriguing was the beginning of the book and the beginning of our species’ history, which was not “history” at all but biology. In the beginning we were just another animal, living our lives in our small corner of the Read More

Mammoth Cave Dispersed (Primitive) Camping – White Oak Campsite

In mid-May, my boyfriend Will and I adventured to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend, hiked the White Oak trail, and camped overnight. The hike and campsite weren’t exactly what we were hoping for, but all in all we had a nice time. I wish we had gathered more information about the campsite beforehand instead of blindly choosing it, so hopefully our experience can provide some insight for others in the future. The White Oak Trail After getting your backcountry permit from the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center, you’ll take 15-20 minute drive to the White Oak trailhead. The route Read More

Tips For Success Working From Home

Since May of 2018, I’ve been working from home as a web designer and front-end web developer, continuing in a role that I previously held on location in the company office. The transition from working in an office with my coworkers to working remotely was surprisingly smooth, and I’ve continued to make adjustments over the past year to enhance the experience. If you’re in the beginning stages of a transition to remote work, I hope these tips can help bring you success in your new working environment. 1. Have a dedicated workspace Having a space dedicated to your job will Read More

Leg Hair and Loving Myself

For several months in 2018 and into 2019, I did not shave my legs or armpits, allowing my body hair to grow to its natural length. When I walked down the hallway in shorts, I could feel the breeze rustling through my leg hair. I loved it. In the privacy of my own mind, I adored my hairy body. I reveled in living in my body as it naturally occurred, and I appreciated my body in a way that I never had before. However, outside of my mind, at times even as close as within my own home, I felt Read More

2019 Goals – Skill Building and Getting Involved

Happy last day of 2018! Since it’ll be the new year in just a few hours, I wanted to make a quick list of goals for the coming year. I’m usually not into new year resolutions – if you want to make a change, make it now and don’t wait for next year, next month, or next week. Find an actionable way to work towards that goal, as soon as you can. These goals are mostly ones I am already working towards, and want to continue improving on in the coming year. While some are broad goals, they all have Read More

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: An uncomfortable, interesting, and challenging read

I recently finished reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, written by Bryn Greenwood, and have been thinking about it a lot. Specifically, I have been thinking about the mixed reviews and whether it deserves them. What makes a book inappropriate? Should certain subject matters not be discussed in a positive, or even neutral light? Here is the Goodreads synopsis in case you haven’t heard anything about the book: “As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” Read More

You Don’t Have to Be the Best at Something – It’s OK to Just Experiment Have Fun

Recently, my boyfriend and I have been interested in habits – how they work, how to form them, and what habits we want to try building for ourselves. One story we came across during our research involved Warren Buffet telling another person to make a list of 25 things they wanted to succeed at in their life. Then he had him circle the top five, and told him that the other 20 were things he should never work on under any circumstances; they should be viewed only as distractions from the top five items. While this does make sense, it Read More