A desk of my own

I don't think I've ever not eaten because my seating options were limited. And yet, I spent months at a time not writing because I needed somewhere to write.

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How to rock a hiking trip with your romantic partner – and still like each other at the end

With Valentine's Day upon us, let's appreciate the stuff that keeps relationships together: chocolate and flowers! Wait... Although I enjoy chocolate at least as much as the next sane person, hiking with good friends is one of my favorite non-eating activities (and is obviously best followed by eating anyway). So here are my tips for …

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On a scale of 1-10, where do childbirth and wartime amputations fit in?

I ask not because I'm in the market for either, but because I always have trouble with the "rate your pain on a scale of one to ten" question from doctors. No matter how much pain I'm in, I never think it could possibly be a ten. Isn't childbirth astronomically more painful than anything I …

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Questions from the trail: Is that a Caterpie?

Great guess, but this is actually a real-life spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) caterpillar! Josh and I couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this little guy by our campsite on the Appalachian Trail recently, and I am still in awe at how cartoony it looked even from just a few inches away. The caterpillar looks …

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Feline Friday: Pumpkin learns to paint a seascape, and we have a newcomer 

What makes a cat so relaxed she lounges on her back with her toes in the air? Why, a painting lesson, of course! I was feeling a little overwhelmed when I happened to scroll across the Bob Ross "Beauty is Everwhere" series on Netflix. Although I used to paint quite a bit, I had never seen …

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Worth the work, even on Labor Day

Alright, I suppose none of the work occurred on Labor Day, but Boyfriend Josh and I spent the weekend hiking over 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail, which was the most work I've ever done near a holiday. Although I think I slept more our first night back home than the previous two on the trail combined, …

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Winter COULD BE coming, so let’s knit everything

First, if you think knitting is only a cold-weather activity, you probably don't knit, so just sit back and listen to this one. The only thing that stops me from knitting is the occasionally debilitating pain in my hands and arms (thank you, fibromyalgia), which I usually ignore for as long as I can. I pull my tennis elbow …

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I really meant to, but I lost my personality

Well, part of it. I have one personality. I know the Kayleigh who introduces herself with a confident smile at parties is the same Kayleigh who struggles to breathe in crowded restaurants. The average, everyday version is generally on top of her shit, but also avoids crowds and interacting with lots of strangers, especially with this [hopefully-temporary] beer-free …

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I may have lost my job, but I’ve caught some cool Pokémon

I was laid off in June, and although there's never really a good time to lose your job, summer isn't bad time for it. I had just moved back to the East Coast from Chicago two weeks before and was actually in the middle of vacation when I got my immediate termination notice, but that's neither here …

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How to be WILDLY affectionate this Valentine’s Day

How do you and your partner show each other affection - hugs, kisses, cuddles? How about caressing one another’s eye stalks or changing colors while dancing together at dawn? Let these ten couples show you how it’s done in other parts of the animal kingdom. Lean On Me Embed from Getty Images Owls are usually …

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Wonderful Wildlife Moment: affectionately leaning owls

While researching adorable ways other species show affection (scouring the internet for heartwarming pictures iS research!), I learned that owls often stand close to their mates and lean on each other affectionately. Aww. The Northern Saw-Whet owls in this picture (courtesy of Kathy and Sam) are young and most likely siblings, not three-way mates. Still so …

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