Words and Phrases I Would Like People to Stop Using in Article Titles

  • Literally
  • We Are All Dead Now
  • Actually
  • Totally
  • People Lost Their Minds
  • Is Everything
  • Epic

Of Note

  • The M.O.N.E.Y. podcast: I already read Paula Pant’s blog, Afford Anything, and have attempted her 1% challenge, which is not at all difficult and quite rewarding. She has a terrific voice for radio, I’m happy to report.
  • A programmable coffeemaker
  • The existence of Pig Island. I don’t care if it’s a tourist trap. Look at them.
  • The Charmery’s Pint Club (I am not a member but one day hope to be)
  • Sugarvale: Unlike anything else in Baltimore.
  • Being able to borrow e-books from the library. It’s FREE, people.


Things That Cost More Than You Thought

  • Keychain remote for your security system
  • Blinds
  • A snow shovel
  • Doormats
  • A thermostat

Things You Haven’t Bought Yet Because They Cost More Than You Thought

  • Stud finder
  • Food storage canisters for all your dry goods
  • A piece of furniture that hides the cats’ litter box
  • Drill bits
  • Throw pillows
  • Kitchen chairs not from Ikea

Things You Never Thought You’d Care About

  • Blinds
  • Chipped paint
  • A scratch on the floor from the legs of the couch because you didn’t buy those anti-skid pads
  • Rug pads

Of Note

  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (and if you haven’t watched her TED talk, a good place to start)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Magic Lessons” podcast (most recent episode also featuring Brené, which is really just a lot of them telling each other how awesome they are). Even though I was kind of turned off by Eat, Pray, Love, I think it’s really because the way it was marketed was unappealing to me. Now I think “Liz” is actually an empowering and insightful lady.
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, because we should all be aware of how much it sucks to get old, and maybe we should do something about the way we treat the elderly
  • New Girl repeats. I forgot how many great bits there were, at least early on. I watched three straight hours of it on Netflix last night.
  • Mindfulness meditation. Try the free versions of the Headspace and 10% Happier apps. Joseph Goldstein’s waterfall analogy especially.
  • The Dinner Party. Surprised I didn’t think of this first. Hosting my first dinner this month. Read more from NPR.
  • My realtor. If you live in the Baltimore area and are looking to buy or sell, Mike Hofstetter is, hands down, the best in the business. I want to buy another house because he’s so awesome. He also called himself Columbo during a showing, which I found hilarious but also a truly apt description.