I’m a creature of habit and I like control. Having a puppy that sheds so much white fur on dark brown laminate compels me to vacuum daily. Not only is my home cleaner, but completing that task almost gives a feeling of peace. I know this sounds a little wacky, but these days I’m finding …

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Hello, friends. It’s two weeks that Boo has been home with me. He remains a very welcome companion during these lonely times, especially during the snowy April days when going outside for a small change of scenery seems undesirable. Of course, we still do for potty training, which continues to go generally well, though some …

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This past weekend, I felt emotionally rescued by my friend Andrea. She picked me up all the way from Arlington Heights. She and her three daughters who are like nieces to me brought me so much comfort. I’ve been quarantining alone, being extremely vigilant, as I know she has. We remained like that at her …

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Hello, friends. I haven’t written in a little while as I’ve been processing our new reality of quarantine and social distancing. It’s been challenging in the obvious ways but also quite revelatory on a personal level. I was video conferencing with a candidate yesterday and she said something that stuck with me: “I didn’t realize …

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It’s hard not to feel a bit creature-like, all cooped up at home. Regardless of your status, we are all struggling because we’ve had to severely restrict our comings and goings. It’s hard not to feel like we’re imprisoned. I will admit that at times I feel a sense of foreboding and deep anxiety. I’m …

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Keeping it simple with today’s post. My health. My family and friends’ health. The seriousness with which my family and friends take their health, coronavirus, and the recommended precautions. Solo walks by Lake Michigan. A caring boss and the ability to work remotely that will allow me to maintain income. Access to food, water, and …

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This morning I woke up at 10:40 am; absolutely unheard of for me, but I’ll attribute it to stress management and wanting to stretch out the pleasant dream I was having for as long as possible. The first thing I decided to do was go for a very long walk. I was feeling incredibly stir …

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Hello friends. I am currently seated in a coffee shop enjoying an oat milk cappuccino, post-dental appointment. You may say this is counterintuitive, but I’m very pleased to share that the dentist said my teeth are perfect. I’m borderline obsessed with my teeth and taking care of them, so you can imagine the gratification I …

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Hello, friends! Last week from Thursday to Sunday, I was in Austin, Texas on a solo vacation. This was my first time in Texas and my first trip alone and I want to share my experience in case you decide to visit Austin someday or if you’re considering going on vacation by yourself. Or perhaps, …

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After years of the same, creaky full-sized mattress with my “Psycho Mrs. Bates divot”, it was time to upgrade. A mattress is no small purchase, but I had been considering a Casper for a while, thanks in part to the advertisements on nearly all my favorite podcasts. So I embarked on some research, looking at reviews …

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