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  • I'm Officially An Adult

    The mark of a true adult, I now rent an apartment with hardwood floors. OK, fine—they’re fake hardwood. But they look real, and appearances are all that really matter. Another lesson of adulthood. On the surface, they look far cleaner than my carpets every did. But, there isn’t really anywhere for the dirt to go. When I cleaned this weekend, I collected enough sand for a small child to play in....
  • I May Be the Next Olivia Pope

    Full disclosure: The majority of my political knowledge stems from watching “Scandal.” Which is to say, I know a lot.   Fortunately, the 2015 NAA Capitol Conference was a valuable experience for government affairs directors and Shonda Rhimes bingers alike.   Tuesday kicked off with world-renowned photographer Platon, who has captured the essence of everyone from Prince to Putin. The charismatic...
  • Bottom of the Barrel

    Public apology: I’m sorry for the things that I said. It was winter. See, I don’t deal well with the cold. And I’m not even talking Minnesota cold. I mean Virginia cold. But hey, it’s still cold. This winter felt like a particularly rough one, my only consolation to the below-zero wind-chill presenting itself in the form of a couch and a family-size package of Oreos. Much like a bear, I choose to...
  • Fishing For a Star

    I once had a job interview at an aquarium in Ireland.  Admittedly, this seemed bizarre even at the time. Then again, when the job you’re applying for involves selling sandwiches you’re carrying around town in a red basket, there’s no…home office. To add to the absurdity that was this moment in my life, my best friend also came along for the interview. The head of The Tasty Sandwich Guy only had...

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