Things I Do to Feel ‘Normal’

Wear makeup on the weekends Get dressed before 5pm Put on perfume Have themed nights Order food and drinks from restaurants Sit in the park and people watch (at a social distance) Paint my toenails Go for long runs Complain about my job Find ways to laugh Buy take away pints from pubs Eat at…Continue reading »

Dressing Up to Stay In

I feel a certain degree of guilt constantly writing about coronavirus. We are all living it and watching it excessively on the news, so I’m guessing the last thing anyone wants to do is travel to the Gin and Beer It corner of the internet and inundate their brains with even more ‘corona content.’ However,…Continue reading »

To My Mom

“My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she…Continue reading »

Staying Home Away From Home

Right now, all of us are doing our best to #StayAtHome, but for some of us, the home we stay in might not be our own. We are now in Week 5 of our coronavirus reality, and I can genuinely say that experiencing this global crisis across the world from my family has been the…Continue reading »

Things That Are Not Cancelled

Having dirty feet from running around the backyard barefoot Laughing (albeit virtually) till you cry with your family Tea and biscuits under a gigantic duvet Watching crap reality tv shows until 2AM Birds chirping to announce spring  Rainstorms against the window Overly competitive family board games Red wine and a piece of dark chocolate Being…Continue reading »

Oooh La La La La La Let’s Live in the Moment

If there is anything quarantining has taught me, it is how much I used ‘looking forward’ as a way of coping with the daily mundane before all of this weirdness began. To clarify, right now I would pay a ridiculous sum of money just to experience what I thought was ‘mundane’ about pre-coronavirus life. But,…Continue reading »

The Quarantine Diaries

How are you? I’m struggling. I feel like I’ve been writing this in my head for the past four days, but things have changed so drastically every single day that what was in my head and my heart a few days ago is already massively outdated. Personally, I feel miles behind the positivity and optimism…Continue reading »

Why Do We Always Put Love On Top?

I spent my entire single early 20s resenting the value that our society places on being in a long term relationship and, ultimately, getting married. I come from a family of couples who met when they were teenagers and against all odds have stayed married for decades. Growing up I always felt, especially as a girl,…Continue reading »

Leaving Home to Go Home

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeney I recently went home to Chicago for the holidays. It was as magical as it always is,…Continue reading »


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