On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@thegirlieshow Yeah, that's generally true, but not always. You can find quite a few diverse, left-leaning small towns if you look. I'm just trying to say it's still possible to live in a small town if those are your only prohibiting factors. That is, not all small towns are the same.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

My dad proposed to my mom while at a red light?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

On A Drunk Stole My Kale. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

@Morgan Wow.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:24 am 0

On A Drunk Stole My Kale. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

I live in Columbia Heights but I am not The Kale Thief. Also, I've had way more experiences like that described in the story than not. I've lost many things only to have an upstanding citizen return them to me.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:20 am 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@apples and oranges Clearly DC should take back the promised land from Virginia.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am 2

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

"I am a millennial and I want to live in a small town." - Bumper sticker I'm printing. Honestly, the only thing keeping me in a bigger city right now (DC) is the fact that I don't have a car. Otherwise I'd move to more ruralish Virginia or West Virginia. I'm saving up right now :D

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:14 am 1

On How Taylor Swift Does Money

It's insane that a person who sings songs can buy $37 million in property.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm 2

On The Cost of Insomnia

I don't wake up in the middle of the night (at least not much), but I have the hardest time getting to sleep. My natural sleep time is at about 2:00am. If I try to go to bed earlier, I just lie there until about 2:00am. That gets me six hours of sleep, which doesn't always feel like enough, but I've tried so many sleep aids to little or no effect that I'm sort of used to it by now. This may just be my life until society stops making me work 9-5. One thing I have found that sort of works for me: white noise like a fan. When I catch myself thinking way too much to fall asleep, I focus on the monotonous sound of the fan and try to push all other thoughts out of my head. It's sort of like meditation, I guess.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 10:03 am 0

On To Pay Back Loans Faster, Go West, Young Man

As if I needed another reason to move to Washington state!

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0

On Things I Miss About Having A Real Job

"In school I did not speak up much. I stayed so quiet, my heart beating and adrenaline pumping through me, the answer running on repeat in my head. I knew nobody liked someone who always had the answer. I also knew how stupid people around me sounded sometimes, as they struggled to speak. I was afraid my voice would crack or trail off." Oh I can identify with this. I think part of it is growing up, finding your confidence. I barely spoke in class during my undergrad days, participated a lot more during grad school, and now talk all the time during meetings at work. I think you just need to gain that first little foothold of confidence--the "so what if I sound stupid" or "I can do this" mentality--and then build on that feeling. Confidence breeds confidence, I suppose.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:28 am 0