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I got trapped in an elevator.

You know, logically, that you can’t predict how you’ll react in certain situations. Until you’re facing down a bear in the woods, for example, you can’t know whether you’ll actually remember to make yourself bigger and louder in order to scare the bear away. Maybe you’ll just freeze. And then, whomp...

Good night, sweet prince.

Today, after 16.5 years of unconditional love and adoration, my beloved Angel gets his wings. Some of you may or may not know this about me, but I love dogs. Like, capital-L Love dogs. While some children have first words like “mama” or “dada,” my first word was “dog.” While...

Let’s talk about Brock Turner.

TW: The video below this warning contains verbal descriptions of sexual assault, and the text below contains my outrage about the Brock Turners of the world, which includes writing about sexual assault survivors and rape culture. Sorry this is so long–but every time his smiling, boy-next-door face pops up on...

Ouch! Doing Dishes is Dangerous

Fair warning: The photos embedded in this entry are not for the faint of heart. Does anyone actually like doing dishes? (Gonna take a wild guess here and say there are crickets chirping in the background.) Let me go ahead and tell you a story about why I literally never want to...

Saying Goodbye to My Work BFF

When I first met Siobhán, I didn’t even know how to pronounce her name.* We met our company’s San Francisco HQ in December of 2013. She was in town from Dublin for a global meetup of all the people on our team. I knew about her because her profile photo was...

Enter Stage Left: Chapter One

Enter Stage Left is a work-in-progress novel about Harper Prewett, a 17-year-old who is heading back to her performing arts boarding school with a secret she’s desperate to keep. She wants to have a normal senior year: going to homecoming with her boyfriend, landing the lead in the winter musical, and preparing to...

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

My first words upon seeing the trailer for Me Before You were: “This movie is going to ruin my life.” And then I found out that it was based on a novel, and that was basically the end of everything. A bit of backstory: In January of 2014, I read All...

Berlin & I: Conquering My Fear of Traveling Alone

When I was a teenager, I thought I’d live in Germany someday. I mean, I also daydreamed about living in England, France, Ireland, and Scotland–but I actually, truly believed I’d live in Germany. Why? Well, I fell in love. Unfortunately, I did it alone. But back then, there was nothing you...