This past weekend, I attended my five-year college reunion at Princeton. "Princeton Reunions" - the annual celebration of alumni hosted right before commencement in June - is supposed to be a big deal. All through undergrad, you hear people talking about it. The tradition started in the 1800s and the party gets bigger every year. … Continue reading Princeton Reunions
Disclaimer: I want to make it crystal clear that this post is about a specific practice and my views about that practice from a utilitarian perspective. It is not about judging the people who engage in this practice, or telling others what they should (or should not) do. I firmly believe that we are each … Continue reading Why I Don’t Wear Makeup
My main form of physical activity these days is CrossFit, the self-proclaimed "sport of fitness." (Feel free to roll your eyes at this cheesy tag line.) I practice yoga regularly, and indulge occasional bouts of running, but most of my active hours are spent at the box. Though CrossFit has a reputation for being … Continue reading Disembarking from the Gains Train
It's been quiet around here lately. When I started this blog, it was just a collection of random thoughts, a way to force myself to write something - anything - every week. At some point, it evolved into a living record of adventures and explorations. There was a big emphasis on cooking, elaborate recipes I wanted to … Continue reading Why Do I Write This Blog?
This weekend was all about photography and CrossFit. I should start by explaining that, for roughly the last month, I've been (1) off Facebook for personal reasons and (2) away from the gym for entirely separate personal reasons. I felt pretty great about the Facebook thing but pretty crummy about the fitness thing. With no … Continue reading Photos, Fitness, and Nagging Fears
Last night, we dined at Alinea. Depending on who you ask, Alinea is the best restaurant in the world. Or maybe #15 in the top 50. Or just a really, really amazing restaurant with 3 Michelin stars for six years running. There's an episode of Netflix's Chef's Table about Grant Achatz. There's a giant glossy … Continue reading Why We Rarely Eat Out Anymore
This weekend, I flew to DC to attend the Women's March on Washington. It was my first time participating in a march, protest, or political rally. The same, I think, was true for many of the men and women who attended the marches around the world. My friend and I flew from Chicago to Baltimore … Continue reading To Bear Witness
This past weekend, my Big Brothers Big Sisters site-based mentoring group went on a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. The Bigs and Littles met up at the local junior high school and took a bus into the city. During the ride, I hung out with my Little and talked about her … Continue reading Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?
For the last year, while Jay wasn't working and I was rebuilding my emergency savings, we did not make regular charitable contributions. Sometimes, I would sign up for charity races. Other times, we'd make one-off donations based on specific requests, like a Thanksgiving canned food drive. Overall, it was infrequent and unorganized. Since the election, however, … Continue reading Tis The Season
For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to write something more substantive, whether it was a detailed meal plan with recipes (how to make dim sum at home) or an essay on social issues (the state of family farms in America), but I kept getting distracted. There were too many competing ideas in … Continue reading Monday Musings