family drama
As a Muslim, I didn’t want my kids to decorate her Christmas trees. We argued, it was ugly, we stopped talking.
gallup poll
Fifty percent of people in Illinois said yes. (Probably they should move to Northern California because it's The Best Place Ever.)
Don’t I deserve a little time to be single and unafraid and strong and independent and all those other things Kelly Clarkson sings about?
awesome places to live
New York City is more expensive than it's worth. But where else should I go?
where to live
I'm never fully satisfied with where I'm living. When I'm there, I want to be here. When I'm here, I want to be there. Why's the grass always gotta look so much greener?
Why did I leave sunny Florida for this place? My answer changes depending on my mood -- sometimes it's that I moved here to become a writer. Sometimes it's that I want to try every single slice of pizza this city has to offer.

Feb 9, 2014 at 11:00am | 191 comments

The day he moved, I got drunk on cheap beer and cried like a baby, mascara-streaked and alone in my D.C. apartment.
I decided to finally start listening to my own heart or head or whatever. And it's telling me, "California."
Nothing is intuitive. Everything I do from buying toilet paper to riding the subway is a thought-out process full of preparation.
long distance
There were so many times I wanted to decide on a date for our wedding and had to stop myself because we didn't have the visa yet.
When I think back to every major decision I’ve made as an adult up until now, they can all be characterized by the same internal thought process: AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Broken vintage record players? HIS. Adorable throw pillows? MINE. The piles and piles of other crap? A bunch of un-fun conversations!

Oct 2, 2013 at 10:00am | 90 comments

While drowning in boxes, I'm contemplating the definition of home.

Jun 11, 2013 at 10:00am | 89 comments

For some reason, it seems that everyone thinks that everything I say is intelligent and funny.
road trip
Next week I'll be driving from San Francisco to DC (with my older incontinent dog). I've driven cross-country before, but only for fun, not necessity -- and never with a pet in tow. Help?
Someone please tell me they've moved a dog and figured out the magical mix of tough love and extra treats that convinced them to calm the hell down.

Jun 20, 2013 at 11:30am | 71 comments

Do you ever think about your toilet? Do you even like it? Whittling things down to essentials, it turns out a toilet is pretty much house MVP.

Jun 20, 2013 at 5:00pm | 55 comments

life changes
Say goodbye to stealthy poops and rainy day Hitachi sessions.

Jun 20, 2013 at 9:00am | 33 comments

My husband is all about carefully wrapping and boxing things, and I'm prone to throwing stuff in the back of the car, unboxed and unlabeled, and then being heartbroken when something breaks.
giving stuff away
Way more fun than a colonic, a giveaway party is a great way to cleanse.