12 Days of Love Letters

12 Days of Love Letters

Have you ever gotten a handwritten letter that just completely made your day? To be honest, pretty much every one I get makes my day. There’s nothing quite like checking your mail on a mundane day, expecting nothing but bills and yet another Mary Kay advertisement, and finding a handwritten note from a faraway (or near) friend. Now, imagine it’s nearing Christmas time, and your life has just been really hard lately. You’ve been struggling with depression, or your mother…

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House Makeover, Before and After

House Makeover, Before and After

The Padres bought a house. The first time we went to see it, the previous owners still hadn’t quite moved out, and it was a perfect pit of chaos and grime. The floors looked like they hadn’t been washed in months, if not years, the walls were painted garish, uneven colors, and the smell was unpleasant at best. They must have loved color, because the entry was blue, the kitchen red, the bedrooms chocolate brown, purple, and hot pink with…

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Little Letters

Little Letters

Dear Thanksgiving, You don’t get nearly the attention you deserve. You were by far my favorite holiday, growing up, and although Christmas is creeping closer each year, you’ll always have a special place in my heart. My family knows how to do Thanksgiving right, and this year, most of us are together and are doing the full-blown spread, with everything from cranberry salad full of cream cheese chunks, to turkey done all night on the smoker, to Mimi’s famous spicy…

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The Red Pineapple, or, My First 5k

The Red Pineapple, or, My First 5k

Some little imp in my ear made me put “Do a 5k” on my list of goals for 2017 that I handed to my boss. I don’t know what placed the idea there, seeing I could run about 49 feet before collapsing with a stroke, but there it was, for my boss and coworkers to see…

Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

We all know that minimalism has taken the world by storm, leaving in its wake a string of awesome empty closets, bare white walls, and straight chairs with no throw pillows. Throwing away is the new shopping! Since this is such a massively popular lifestyle right now, and since everyone knows that my home is as empty of things and color as can possibly be (cough, cough), I’ve decided to let you in on my great secret. I am the…

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