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  • An American Abroad

    It’s a miracle I wasn’t hit by a car in England. When I studied there spring semester of my junior year in college, I spent the first three weeks looking the wrong way before crossing the street. I’m sorry, but the right side is the right side. I couldn’t tell just how much weight I was gaining, because British scales are in stones, not pounds. (Spoiler alert: 13 pounds.) I learned it’s...
  • Off The Deep End

    My grandparents’ above-ground pool was approximately the temperature of an ice bath. My cousins and I always had a blast once our internal organs had properly shut down and we were fully numb, but it was the getting in the water in the first place that posed the real challenge. Even at a young age, I knew I had to create some sort of game to take the plunge. I thought long and hard about it,...
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    It’s nearly impossible to kill a cactus. They’re like the chill, Southern California dude of the plant world. It’s hard to get them riled up. And yet the cactus in my office was clinging to life but a few weeks ago, deprived of water for so long that pieces of it began giving up and just breaking off.  This does not bode well for my future children, not to mention my wallet. Fortunately, not all...
  • Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer

    My oldest group of friends—the girls with whom I went to high school—are rather…competitive. Specifically with board games. During an incredibly intense round of Taboo, my one friend’s boyfriend snapped a wooden stool leg in half. They broke up shortly thereafter. Another friend’s husband removed his wedding ring during a similar disagreement. I’m happy to report they are still together. I’ve had...

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