Category: Just My Life

The Reality of Owning Pets

This isn’t a food related topic but it’s one that I think a lot of people can empathize with: pets. I’ve always, always had at least one pet in the home for my entire life, fish totally not included. There was always at least one dog around as a kid. Often there were multiple dogs because I started early in life with finding dogs on the street and crying until I got to keep them (this is what you call foreshadowing). When I moved out at the age of 20, I took our ferret Barrett to live with me and two roommates. After the apartment, I moved in with Patrick and his friend who had two dogs, who I immediately took to. We hung out a lot, those dogs and I. And within eight months of living together, we got a kitten. That was all Patrick’s idea, as I had never had a cat, and didn’t have much experience with them. But we brought this orange runt home from where he was abandoned outside of a gun shop in rural Orangeburg county and started the process of creating our family. We moved out of that house and into another one right before I graduated college. And after graduation, about 10 days after, I took myself on a Sunday afternoon excursion to get myself a little graduation present. I didn’t even...

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Summertime Has Arrived

The mercury is up there and people are posting photos of their wildly inaccurate in-vehicle thermometers like we don’t know it’s toasty outside. For the record, some people are posting that its 109F and no, they are wrong. Though I love the warm weather, I’ve been staying in for the most part this weekend, mostly because that’s where the things I wanted to do were occurring. It’s been a relaxing two days, with little in the way of obligations, leaving plenty of time for hanging out – exactly what I wanted.   Radar got a Coolaroo dog hammock on...

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How Do You Know When You’re Adulting?

I recently turned 31, and cliched though it may seem, I still feel like I am either college age or close to it, not eight years past commencement. But then there are other times when I really like I am #adulting so hard, like this past week when I went to open my very own IRA and was talking about all sorts of investment stuff with this guy and nodding along because I actually understood about 70% of what he was saying. The other 30% of the time I was thinking to myself how glad I was that he was going to have to deal with getting my accrued money from my former employer’s retirement system, sucka! If you read personal finance blogs or have ever read one of those Dave Ramsey books, you know that multiple income streams is the optimal way to gain more money over the course of your life, right? It makes perfect sense because if one thing fails, there’s a backup. I’m thinking of this IRA as another (very, very far in the future) income stream. It’ll be hanging out, doing some stock stuff (riskier), doing some bond stuff (not as risky), and hopefully churning upwards so that I’ll have it for later. And in the meantime, my finance guy was telling me, the initial amount I am putting in can be a little...

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Kindle vs. Book

For a long time I resisted e-readers and felt somewhat smug in my decision to do so. In 2013 I did use my husband’s Kindle to devour all seven Harry Potter books over several weeks prior to a trip to Orlando that of course included Harry Potter World. The ease of transitioning from one book to the next while I was outside reading during my lunch break made me see some of the benefit to the e-reader. Then last year on our trip to Puerto Rico, I wished I had a slim e-reader like he did, rather than the four books I packed, only two of which I ended up reading. As I have been exploring a greater variety of books thanks to my book club, I have a growing GoodReads list where I add things that I see suggested on blogs, that other book club ladies suggest, the books we plan to read, and my favorite, ones from the Recommended feature (add me if you want- I read a lot of fiction and feminist narrative!). But I found that most of these books were unavailable in hard copy through my local library. So in the fall, I asked Patrick to keep an eye out on Kindle sales for me, as I decided I wanted a Paperwhite just like his — mostly for ease of IT support on it. Currently...

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Insta Lately

Like every good millennial, I take most of my photos on my iPhone (6). I used to haul my Canon Rebel around everywhere, but for one, it’s chunky and for two, it’s incredibly old and the standard lens on it is scratched from years of abuse. When I upgraded my iPhone last year, I got a special case with a camera hood that’s supposed to make the photos even better. I like to think it works. Walked into Earth Fare, saw this display, couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for rainbow organization. You know those Facebook videos that are everywhere these days? One from Huffington Post caught my eye recently on the topic of matcha tea. It claimed that matcha would work way better than coffee and give an extended energy release to combat the afternoon slumps, from which I suffer greatly. On the same trip to Earth Fare where I took the bell pepper picture, I snagged a (very expensive) container of matcha powder by the Republic of Tea and brought it back to the office. Since I was lacking milk or a sweetener other than white sugar, I just heated up a mug of water and swirled in a spoonful of matcha. Uh, this stuff is grassy, ya’ll. I am definitely going to bring some almond milk next week to sweeten it up a bit. As for if...

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About April Blake

April Blake does media relations by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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