20 Reasons Why I Won’t Give You 20 Tips For Being In Your 20s

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It’s 2014. I’ve spent the last week starting my year off as strong as possible with playoff football, exercise, great sex and cuddles, a new (thrift store) restored bass to learn how to play, and an updated list of goals and aspirations, both short and long term. I have multiple article ideas in various stages of development from notes in the tablet I keep in my purse and paragraphs in text documents that are just sort of drifting out at sea with the destination barely in sight. My brainstorming has been frequent, but this past week I’ve found myself thinking about words more than typing or writing them. I decided to start the year out with this piece because January is the month infamous for resolutions. I resolve to finish writing this tonight and it is 1:30am… “because reasons” (yes, Claire Robbins, that was for you).

1. I’m only halfway…

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Dear Jane Austen

Dear Jane Austen,

You were an amazing writer, and still inspire others today. Your works of literature endure over time, and I find something new out of them every time I read them. I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice, and I’m about to finish Emma. I enjoy every book and every heroine.
I suppose, I just wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you for your art. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your hard work. Without you, there wouldn’t be Jane Austen festivals or new adaptations of your work. We wouldn’t have the stories and heroes we love today. I also would not have the inspiration that I get every time I read one of your books. 
Thank you Jane Austen.

Stone Cutters Cafe

This restaurant deserves a five star rating for all aspects of the charm. The artsy appeal and fresh food make this place extraordinary. The Ruth’s wrap is one of the finest dishes I have ever had the pleasure to eat. It is a perfect blend of goat cheese and dried cranberries that are complimented by the zest of the restaurant’s own blackberry vinaigrette.

Another reason to enjoy this cafe is the delightful beverages. Everything from crisp lemonade to a mug of hot coffee, all are made to perfection. What makes the restaurant’s shine among all others is the care each worker has for their restaurant and their customers. I am always greeted by the workers, and they know my family. This place is the small town restaurant with the greatest taste and heart.    

Finals Life

So, I am a senior in college, and I have my last final tomorrow! Whew. It’s amazing how far I have come. I had an amazing internship at Albion Fellows Bacon Center, and I will proudly go there next semester as an intern again. I am having a great time as a social work student. 


Another great opportunity that I currently have is a seasonal job at Target. Great way to start saving for Grad. school….

From the kitchen: Cranberry Pancakes & Brown Butter Cranberry Maple Syrup

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You guys. I found the pancakes of my dreams. Really. I’m in love. Like I want to marry this stack of flap jacks. Is that normal? No? You’re right. Fine. But these were like “take a bite – Mmmmmm out loud – do a happy dance like nobody’s watching” kind of delicious. They were light, fluffy, buttery, tart and just sweet enough. Even without syrup. But let’s talk about this syrup. Brown butter? Ever heard of it? It’s what fantasies are made of. It’s what spinach should be of. It’s what makes this maple syrup decadently amazing. But let’s not forget those cranberries! Those little ladies are the real star of this festive pancake syrup. They add a perfect balance of tartness to the already sweet maple syrup, and a gorgeous crimson color that is so inviting. Have I gushed enough? Are you convinced? Make these pancakes asap and be…

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24 Rules For Being A Gentleman In 2014

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The Age of the Gentleman — that semi-imaginary time we all have in our heads where men you actually wanted to sleep with wore fedoras and treated ladies like ladies — might be over, but there’s no reason it can’t come back next year. We just need to set up a few ground rules for being a modern Cary Grant/Paul Newman/Ken Cosgrove. We’ll all be drinking scotch and wearing linen suits again in no time.

1. Have a signature drink that you both can make at home after a long day’s work, and order with effortless swag at any bar you happen to be in. (This means no complicated ingredients and easy substitutes. If it’s a whiskey soda, so be it.)

2. Keep all negative social media activities to a minimum, because no gentleman engages in things like Twitter fights or passive-aggressive Facebook statuses. It’s just not classy.

3. Hold…

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The 6 Stages of Final Exams As Told by Harry Potter

As Told by Laura

1. Denial

Finals? Hahahahaha! Please. I’ve still got an entire week left. Do you have any idea what I can accomplish in that short amount of time? Seriously, there’s nothing to worry about. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna’ go paint my nails like little zebras.

2. Anger

Okay, it’s not like I’m mad about finals or anything, but seriously? A comprehensive test? How unfair is that?! And it’s worth, like, 96 percent of my grade. I’m too mad to study. School is so stupid. No, everything is stupid. LET’S START A REVOLUTION!

3. Procrastination

I’m just gonna’ go over to Tiffany’s for a quick study session. I always do my best work in groups. Oh, and Jennifer, Michael and Josh will be there too, but we’re definitely gonna’ get stuff done. Definitely…

4. Cramming

Okayokayokay. Two hours left until the test. I have four Redbulls in the fridge…

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11/16/13 Worthington Farm: Hiking the Battlefield on My Birthday :)

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What do I want for my birthday, more than anything else?

A sunrise hike.

Luckily, I was able to set out with Sidekick Pauli this morning to explore the trails on Worthington Farm, part of the Monocacy National Battlefield, in Frederick, Maryland.  Too bad Little Caesar had to work 😦 or she could have come too.  I got up early with Little Caesar…5:30 AM…because I wanted to make sure I would be able to get to the trail in time to see sunrise.  So I ate breakfast, fed the animals…yes, we still have the foster kittens, in addition to our 2 dogs and 4 other cats…drank my coffee really slow, and it was still dark!  When does it get light anyway?  At 6:45 AM I could see a sliver of dawn. Ahhh! Finally! I left my house with Sidekick Pauli in tow and headed down to Worthington Farm.

I parked…

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