Reactionary Tales
Misadventures in the Shower: Day 18

Misadventures in the Shower: Day 18

Let me take you back in time to 2012. I’m on the island of Maui about to start working my internship. The first day I got there I was allowed to sleep because the travel time and the time change between Ohio and Hawaii definitely screwed me up. Pro tip, if you ever take a visit to a different time zone, make sure you try to coordinate your flights so that if you leave in the morning you arrive at nighttime or vice versa. It takes a lot less toll on the body than leaving at night and arriving at night or leaving in the morning and arriving in the morning.[...]

It Started on a Map: Day 17

It Started on a Map: Day 17

It all started with this map. My husband and I are coming on on our 2 year marriage/10 year dating anniversary this summer. This map is a rough navigation we started for ourselves when we were planning our trip to Florence, Italy. It was our first time ever going across the ocean and visiting that side of the world. We were fortunate enough that we had saved enough to be able to pay for our wedding and this trip. I’ll explain the stars on the map and then I’ll share some of the beautiful photos we took while there.[...]

Overdose

Overdose

Chemical drugs are not and have not ever really been a part of my life. (Thankfully.) At one point we found out that my brother was smoking marijuana, and that was enough to send the entire family into orbit. Although I disagree with using marijuana, at least it is plant based. I’ve argued time and time again that is the the “starter drug” or the beginning of something more. That’s the bridge between cigarettes and anything “harder”.[...]

They Can Keep It: Day 16

They Can Keep It: Day 16

I was perusing Facebook last night when I came across a video by Tech Insider describing the ocean depths. Having only been near an ocean a handful of times in my life, the video was quite intriguing:

I didn’t realize, or likely didn’t really think about, the ocean being this deep. I knew the Titanic was down there and I knew about a couple of the fish species like the fangtooth and dumbo octopus. I did not know if you tipped Mt. Everest upside down it still wouldn’t reach 35,700 ft marker. Holy cow! At the end of the video they’ve estimated that humans have explored only about 5-10% of the the Earth’s oceans. That’s a literal drop in a ginormous bucket. They’ve also estimated that there are at least 10,000 species of sea and plant life yet to be discovered.[...]

Fortune Favors… Day 15

Fortune Favors… Day 15

I’ve scoured my phone looking for fortune cookie fortunes I saved. I only found two…. which is odd considering the amount of Asian food I eat. I usually try to take a picture of the awe inspiring quotes that are supposed to solve world peace. Ever notice that whenever you read those fortunes they always, somehow relate to your life in some way? That maybe that’s what you needed to read in that exact moment? Like this little piece of paper is the elixir to solving all your problems![...]

Love in Shades of Purple: Day 14

Love in Shades of Purple: Day 14

I woke up this morning doing what I normally do; make a smoothie, get dressed, pack a lunch and go to work.

I checked my WordPress feed to see what the daily word prompt word would be and surprise, surprise it’s my favorite color! I looked around to notice that I’m wearing a purple shirt, my smoothie as a healthy gross looking purple color, I’m texting M and her person option color is purple and my office has mini bags of purple skittles in a bowl for people to enjoy.[...]

You’ve Gotta Watch This!

You’ve Gotta Watch This!

My co-author and I have spent many days, nights, and weekends fighting our way through Downton Abbey. I originally began watching it years ago when it first aired on PBS. (I didn’t have cable at the time – and still rarely watch anything besides sports.) When I met Chanel she opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books and TV shows. I’ve always loved to read but was told, at times, that it was a “waste unless you were bettering yourself”. Now, I argue you can learn something from almost each one you pick up![...]

I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 12

I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 12

I’m right behind my co author today in talking about tough situations. In this politically charged world we live in, there are certain topics people just don’t want to talk about. Today I’m going to briefly touch upon one of those topics and my personal feelings. As a disclaimer, I don’t mean to make anyone upset but if I do, I’m sorry in advanced.

A mutual friend of my co-author and I is adopted. She’s a black child adopted by white parents. When we became closer she told me her story. She told me she wasn’t almost adopted because the system did not think white parents could raise a black child and that the only reason they ended up being approved is because they knew a friend of a friend in the system. It broke my heart.[...]

My Bestfriend’s Husband

Life has been a little crazy for me lately. One friend told me she’s getting a divorce (yay!), we went to a funeral, and another friend just told me she thinks her husband’s cheating. Here’s the thing: he wasn’t…and she has. I’m her BFF, was her MOH, have spent more nights out partying with her than I care to admit, and I told her she should’ ve never gotten married.[...]