Food for Thought


My Hope for the Great Return

So I don’t feel like I have to explicitly explain where I’ve been for the last 10 months, right? There’s so much vulnerability in the world today and I’ve been too drained to formulate thoughts…

Big Feels on Big Deals

I’ve come to realize that some of the most beneficial choices I’ve had to make in my life have been the absolute hardest ones to wrestle with. In fact, the ‘best’ choice in some situations is often the most heart-wrenching and it can lead to a lot feels. And, if you add in personality traits […]

Ongoing Intention

Hello friends, I wanted to take a moment to recognize that I will continue to write about, share, and discuss how to continue to dismantle racism (and other –isms) and other social injustices. This is organic to myself as a social service worker so it will continue to be interwoven in what I decide to […]

Well, This Was Not in the Plan

Well, shit. I have been thinking about what I wanted to say in this post for over a month now. In Illinois, we’ve been sheltering in place for over a month since March 20th and learned recently we have (at least) another month to go. I have a lot of big and conflicting feelings about […]


Early in 2019 I read a book that discussed the power of willing something into the universe and to do so, you needed to be open and looking for opportunity. I’m a little skeptical of ‘willing’ something without ‘doing’ something, honestly. But I did sit with this thought and figured out that, to me, this really means […]

Tappa, Tappa, Tappa

Growing up I always wanted to take a dance class. I had two cousins who did and I remember practicing routines with them and going their recitals to watch with wonder (and maybe a little jealousy). In high school instead of traditional gym class I took dance-which was fun-but it wasn’t the quite the same. […]

Grandma's Noodles

I have several friends who love food and cooking just as much as I do. They are creative people who have brilliant ideas for dishes and a penchant for finding The Best recipe for whatever food you may fancy. When we talk about food recipes we tend to share websites or screen shots so that […]

Do Good

I don’t have the capacity to even express myself regarding some of the horrific things going on in our world. It’s hard to be grateful for your own life and happy living it while be mad as hell, frustrated, and feeling guilt for the aforementioned ‘good’ feelings. I, too, grow tired of looking for helpers […]

A Year in the Life of a Hot Dog Ambassador

Here ye, here ye, your Royal Highness The Queen of Wien is now presiding. So remember when I wrote about my love of hot dogs and how it landed me the sweet title of Midwest Ambassador for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council? Well it’s hard to believe it, but it has been just […]

"Scoot Over, You Drive"

Recently I took a literal drive down memory lane after dropping my best friend off at her house-It just happens that she now lives a few miles from where I ‘grew up’. ‘Where I grew up’ is a loaded phrase really, and is one that my answer for probably doesn’t match what most people know […]

What's Up, Buttercups?

Do you ever feel like time speeds up just when you need it to really slow it’s role? That’s pretty much what the last month has felt like! Luckily, it’s been full of good things: I’m so happy! It was so cold! I bought a new (to me) car that I have named Toothless. It […]

Sunday Self-Care

Hello there! My apologies for radio silence-but things got a little busy! I bought a new car that I l-o-v-e, had some fun times with friends (we started a dinner club [but more on that later], attended a Galentine’s Day party, pancake celebrations, and most recently- St. Patrick’s Day deliciousness, I mean party where we […]

For the Love of Hot Dogs

Last week was the five-year anniversary of Derek and I’s First Official Date. We met in December and had agreed to keep things easy for a bit, but he decided to plan a not-Valentine’s Day date in Chicago for the two of us. I am often asked why I have such a love affair with […]

Another Self-Care Sunday

Hello wonderful peoples! It’s Sunday! I just love Sundays-a time to take it slow and cozy before the week starts. I know that the Sunday sadness is a real thing (it happens to me too sometimes) but I find the peace right before the chaos to be my most favorite moment of the week. It’s […]

The Power in the Mistake

Mindy Kaling is the best. No one likes making mistakes, right? It’s painful-you feel embarrassed, like a failure, and worst of all…you may have let someone down. Ugh. I spent a lot of time in my younger years terrified to make mistakes but luckily I have learned (through some pretty painful lessons) that mistakes are […]

Snowy Self-Care Saturday

Bonjour les amis! It’s another winter wonderland here in the Midwest so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to practice some of the allusive ‘self-care’ we all talk about but never really get around to doing. So I started my day with coffee and kitty cuddles. Made an egg scramble using some fancy […]

All We Need is a Little Bit of Momentum

See this for the lyric reference I miss The Hush Sound. Ah, 2005. Well hello there-it’s been a while!I suppose I have some explaining to do in the wake of my very long break. I believe I shared back in the spring that I was going through a tight one. I had a significant struggle […]