20 Years Ago: Cap, Gown, Doc Martens

You know the question where people ask what advice you’d give your younger self? Well, my total Oprah moment happened, minus the illustrious Lady O, just last weekend when a young seating hostess at my favorite taco place was sporting a pair of black Doc Martens. “I know what I’d tell my younger self,” I thought as I looked at them longingly. “Never, ever get rid of your Doc Martens because one day, you’ll be wishing you still had yours.” I know they’re just shoes — boots actually — and I don’t even remember the precise moment they weren’t in… Continue reading

Goin’ Back to Nashville

In what has to be another land speed record for the passage of time, it’s hard to believe that March is (gasp!) almost a wrap. It’s been a really good month, one that began with a return to a place I hadn’t visited in much too long — Nashville. For anyone reading who doesn’t know me well, Music City played a rather significant role in my life story. It’s where my professional writing career began, it’s where I made incredible friends who still stay in touch despite the fact I’m 664 miles away, it’s where I met Will, and it’s… Continue reading

Rest in Peace, CDs

I know, I know, the CD died long before Best Buy recently decided to stop selling them (rumor has it, Target is next) as most people have comfortably made the transition to all things digital. And while I’m usually a fan of anything that frees up additional shelf space, it’s the weirdo, clutter-free freak in me, I’m still a little bummed that CDs are rapidly going the way of cassettes and 8-tracks. Worse yet, they’re also destined to be mocked by future generations. You’re kidding, you had to put that shiny, frisbee-like thing into a CD player to hear music? Perish… Continue reading

Six Years Ago @ Bocca della Verita

Facebook can be annoying for a million reasons, but  I do like when you’re reminded about fun little moments in life. Six years ago, Will and I were in Rome. It was my first time in Italy, and it was totally love at first sight. The food, the trees, the art, the architecture, the little cobblestone streets…yeah, you could say it was my jam. I felt right at home. One of my all-time favorite movies was completely shot on location there, too, so naturally when in Rome, we had to stop by Bocca della Verita (otherwise known as “the mouth… Continue reading

Total Blast From the Past

Some people play Candy Crush. Others watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York City, Hoboken, whatever. But lately, my favorite time waster and/or procrastination method has been taking those ubiquitous Buzzfeed quizzes. You know, the ones that help you answer pressing questions like “What Romantic Comedy Best Describes Your Actual Love life?” Or “What State Do You Actually Belong In?” To wit, I recently discovered that if I were a ’90s pop icon, I would be Christina Aguilera. Well, at least I could sing, unlike, say, Britney or a Spice Girl or me outside of the shower. What cracks… Continue reading

05.10.05: The Day I Said Yes in Chicago

I love whenever May 10th rolls around. In the world of Will and Christa, it’s a national holiday because it’s the day we got engaged back in 2005. Speaking of which, I can’t  believe that was eight (!!!) years already. Time is, indeed, flying right on by. Back in 2005, we were in Chicago because that’s where U2 was. While Will had seen those fabulous Irishmen in concert already, I hadn’t. So needless to say, that needed to be remedied, and the “Vertigo” tour was the perfect initiation. While U2 was just as spectacular as I thought they’d be live,… Continue reading