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    Reclaiming “Spinster”

    In a lot of ways, Leslie Knope is my spirit animal. Ambitious, driven, often stupidly optimistic, I always appreciated her pluck. Back in Parks and Rec’s second season, Leslie throws a pre-Valentine’s Day get-together for all her gal pals. Christened “Galentine’s Day,” it’s since taken hold in real life; these days, it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of girl groups out and about on February 13, cheers-ing to their platonic lady love. Partnered or single, it’s a day to acknowledge women doing it for ourselves, showing up for each other and celebrating our own agency in the world.

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    two nights, two shows

    I decided not to do a recap post about the theater I saw in 2017 because, well…there just wasn’t much to recap. I saw some great shows, don’t get me wrong. Snagging a last-minute ticket to Dear Evan Hanson on Broadway was totally worth it. Catching the touring company of Les Miserables never gets old. Taking my mom and kid sister to the Lyric’s My Fair Lady will always be a favorite Mother’s Day memory.  But overall, I feel like I made a poor showing of it at the theater last year. Six shows in twelve months? What a travesty! (I kid. Mostly.) I’m happy to report that 2018 is already…

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    The Day You Love Each Other The Least

    In late 2016, my phone alerted me to a new message. It was from my cousin Liz, and it was just a photo of her and her boyfriend…and her left hand. “We’re engaged!”  A little over a year later, their family and friends gathered at a beautiful hotel/resort in the suburbs to celebrate their big day, and it left me with all the feels. Both sides of my family are relatively large; my dad had seven siblings and my mom has four. Fast forward a couple generations and between all of the cousins and the kids they’re having, there are a lot of us. Which is wonderful on the occasion…

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    Listen to This: Christmas 2017

    It’s that time of year again: the time of year I take a moment away from movies (and just a moment, there are a lot of movies this time of year) and put some of my attention into music. Specifically, holiday music. A genre I love only slightly less than show tunes. I’m proud of each playlist I’ve made over the years, but I really like this one. It took me a few weeks of exploring new releases and digging for lesser-known classics, but I was eventually able to craft together twenty festive songs I hope will help get you in the spirit of the season. Per usual, the playlist includes…

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    Life in the Gig Economy

    This week was crazy busy. Like, crazy. Cray, as the kids say these days. I had a meeting and a work shift (more on that later) yesterday, and it wasn’t until 6p.m. that I realized my sweater had been on backwards. The whole day. Not only did I not notice, but apparently no one I was with did, either. Which…silver lining, I guess? Anyways, that’s how crazy busy my week has been. I can go a whole day with clothes on the wrong way and don’t notice. But I digress. The crazy busy week sort of came out of nowhere, and lest you start to think this is a lament about…

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    I’ve always loved October

    October is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month (and the birth month of some of my favorite people ever), but there’s never any shortage of other events and plans and celebrations throughout. Add to that the changing of the seasons and year after year, October is just magical. Four days in and 2017 has the same sort of alchemy already coming together. The first week of the month, I’ve enjoyed a meal and conversation with my mom (at a nearby French bistro I’ve been wanting to try forever) and my grandma, who I hadn’t seen in far too long despite living so nearby.…