Adventures in bicycling: 26 miles roundtrip

From March 2014 to May 2015, we lived in an apartment that was practically right on the East Bay Bike Path. I didn’t own a bicycle for any of that time. In fact, I didn’t acquire a bike until more than a month after moving out of that apartment and into one in Providence, where…

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10 Years of Everything In Transit

I’ve been trying to write this post since my copy of the Everything In Transit 10-year anniversary vinyl package showed up on my doorstep, a little over a week ago. It’s really hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the first time I heard Everything In Transit. I was 15 years old and everything felt weird and…

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Adventures in bicycling: Introducing Bee

The summer after I graduated from college, I bought my first car. I’ve written a handful of posts about him; in August of 2012, when I drove Hazza off the lot, I assumed I would always need a car to commute to work. Last year when I moved to Rhode Island, I realized that if…

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Organization, or something like it

I have a confession to make: if I don’t have an aesthetically pleasing space in which to create, it causes me to become really, really stagnant. I don’t think I’m alone in that. I think there are plenty of people in the world who struggle with feeling inspired by their surroundings when it comes to…

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Checking in: The many and varied forms of self care

“Self care” has become kind of a buzz term over the last several years. That isn’t a bad thing; in fact, I think self care is one of the most important commitments a person can make. Taking time to check in with yourself and do something that makes you feel good is really, really important,…

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Becoming a pet parent

Since bringing our kittens home on February 6, I’ve struggled to write a blog post about them that doesn’t make me sound like a new mom sharing the miracle of birth with the Internet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s not really my thing. I’ve tried writing about our girls — Tommen…

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The last two months

Today, I looked at The Verbal Thing for the first time in a while. I logged into WordPress, went to my dashboard, approved some Pingback comments and realized that I haven’t published a post since March (despite having plenty of drafts to work from). At first, I was irritated with myself. For a while, I was…

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Mixtape: I hope you wanna let go

It is a truth universally acknowledged that moving is a pain in the ass. I had never truly realized just how much moving sucks until this week, when I packed up all my stuff and drove it from my parents’ house in the middle of New Hampshire to my new apartment in Rhode Island. Actually,…

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Baby’s first fender bender

Previously, on Samantha’s Adventures in Car Owning, I learned that getting your car towed is a really expensive, exhausting, terrible experience. In the latest episode of this ongoing series, I learned that getting into a car accident is an even more expensive, exhausting, terrible experience. I will preface this story by saying that everyone involved…

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(Not) understanding death

I don’t know how to write this post. I’ve started it and erased it and started it over at least four times, now. It seems that even though words have always been the one thing I’m good at, this time, they’re failing me. And I don’t really know what to do about it, other than…

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