The serving size experiment

Back in the semi-awkward period of self discovery that happened immediately after college graduation, I started running long distances. This culminated in eventually running marathons, and as part of my training, I got very focused on nutrition. When training for a marathon, you obviously need to take in more calories than you would normally, but…

4 things for the start of October

                  Fall has fallen over the upper midwest, and that means it’s time for all the best things! Frosty mornings, cozy sweaters, snuggly sweaters, bonfires, Halloween, pumpkins, porch mums, and, of course, the changing leaves all bring this season to life for me and make it one…

Should it matter what we did when we were young?

Watch High School Musical, and the sing-songing cast will make its best case for high school being the best years of your life. Balony! High school was a great many things, but as I went to college, got a job, met my husband and got married, I pretty quickly realized that while it had a…

Wear your heart on your sleeve…or your wrist

There are a lot of internet fashion trends going around. Anytime a celebrity steps out in a new look…trend. Anytime a royal family member shows up in public…trend. Anytime a former Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant starts a new fashion endorsement campaign on instagram…trend. Influencers have a lot to say about the “looks” that become the…

Podcasts to make you laugh, make you smarter, and make your day.

Last spring, I started a love/hate relationship with a local radio station. I really love the music selection it plays, and I really…dislike…the DJ who plays it. Though this seems like a trivial matter, it’s actually quite personal. Last spring my high school theater program was awarded a national grant to use for production expenses….

I should have given this toast at my thirtieth birthday party

Saturday is my birthday. I’ll be 31 years old. Somewhere around the age of 25 my birthday started to feel less like a momentous occasion to celebrate, and more like one more day in the inevitable march towards old age. Of all my birthdays, I took 25 the hardest. I saw myself as halfway to…

Six things for the start of September

This month ink. is kicking off a new recurring post in which we kick off the month with a collection of stories, reflections, blogs, thoughts, etc. to get you thinking, make you smarter, and give those of you, like me, who hate trying to make small talk something to bring to the conversation should you…

How it feels to be a teacher on the first day of the school year

It’s 6:00AM on the first day of the school year, and I’m tired. The sun is already up; the morning breeze blows through the window; the coffee is hot and ready; my lunch waits, already packed, in the fridge; my school bag sits, where it has sat all summer, on the stool next to the…