Fun story: I got married last week! (I'd say that's why I've been MIA from the blog lately, but it's really not. The more accurate excuse is that I got distracted by life-stuff and just haven't made writing a priority.) So, how did we get there? Years In The Making Jay and I have known … Continue reading Party of Two
Did you know that from January until June 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. lived in an apartment on Chicago's West Side to draw attention to the city's discriminatory housing practices? I learned about the Chicago Freedom Movement yesterday, while reading news articles about MLK in advance of his namesake holiday. It got me thinking: If … Continue reading Celebrating MLK with Soul
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?