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I've been keeping a running list of articles to share, and I feel like I've hit a critical mass, so time to share these before they become too outdated:

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don't Like Conflict
I maintain that the one thing that ruins most relationships is a lack of communication or poor communication. For me, a lot of that has been avoiding conflict--why stir up trouble or negative things when you can just suppress them until you explode? That's healthy, right? I feel like this article is a good roadmap for how to get those conversations started. And also, stop waiting for the right time. There is never a right time.

I've blogged before of my love for the podcast Still Buffering. Two of the three sisters on the podcast are based in Huntington, WV, and the youngest (16-year-old Rileigh) was profiled in their local paper. I feel old saying "she's a good kid" but she really does seem like it. I want to send the parents a gold star…

Travel Tuesday: Before I Go

This week's Travel Tuesday is stemming from a fairly terrible Business Insider article I read about what "successful" people do before a trip. It included things like "charge devices" and "double-check reservations". Um. I feel like this is something everyone does before trips. So, here are some perhaps unique things I do before a trip.
Change My Sheets: Clean Sheet Day is the BEST DAY, amiright?! If I'm going to be gone for more than 3-4 days, I change my sheets the morning I leave, so I come home to clean sheets. Coming home is usually a downer, and you're kind of tired, and having clean sheets makes the whole trip back better. 
Take Out the Trash: This should be a no-brainer, but this is kind of necessary. It can take me up to a week or more to fill a trash bag (#recycling #studioliving) and I swear my trash never smells during that time, but whenever I go out of town, it's real necessary. 
Start the Dishwasher: Even if there's like 5 …

Travel Tuesday

Occasionally I'm going to have a travel-themed post because, well I do a lot of it. It might be a new travel item I like, a random tip, or a trip recap. It won't be every week, but when I have something travel-related to post.

First up, I saw these questions in Conde Naste Traveler (they asked the people who wrote article in the May issue) and thought these would be fun to kick things off:

1. Biggest Hotel Pet Peeve: Lack of plugs in strategic places. I need multiple plugs at the desk (laptop, phone, tablet) and by the bed. The best are plugs on the side of the nightstand or in lamp (not behind the nightstand--don't make me move furniture). More than once the closest plug to the bed was on the wall parallel to the bed, meaning I had to plug my phone in there and leave it on the floor, which once muffled the sound of my alarm and I almost missed my flight.

2. What do you download for long-haul trips? I make sure to have a few books on my iPad (a few because I'll inevita…

What's Happening, June 2017

I used to do these quarterly, but I see that I fell off on this for the first part of 2017. So, let's hop back in!
What I'm drinking Since the beginning of 2017, I've given beer a bit of a break. I've noticed when I drink it, I get really congested. So, I'm solidly enjoying white wine season as well as trying other fun summer cocktails. I've also really upped my coffee game. I bought a French press and make coffee in that almost every day. I've also branched into bulletproof coffee (may post about this later). I've never owned a coffee maker before (hmmm, may have had a one-cup one my last year in Dallas? Rarely used it?), but like the French press process and adding in things like cinnamon and cocoa. 
What I'm Loving Being in town for most of the summer. Yes, I love my travel, but there's something so freeing about having a summer stretch in front of you full of spontaneous possibilities. I recently left my dating apps and was feeling overprogr…

My Favorite Things, May 2017 Edition

Sidenote: will get back to the Balanced series soon. I switched the day of the week I posted it on, which caused me to lose track of when I needed to post. So, a few-week recap coming soon!

Do you ever have a spate of time when you realize you're really enjoying some things (products, etc.) in your life? I wanted to keep track of these things and share with those who might also enjoy them.

Old Navy shirts: As a tall lady, with proportional legs and torso (so, I'm not all legs or all torso, but each are a bit longer than an average-height lady), finding shirts long enough are a challenge. It's a challenge I occasionally win at, causing fellow tall ladies to ask where I get some of my basics. I have new shirts to add to this list:

  Relaxed V-Neck Tee

 Linen Blend Boyfriend Tee

Both come in Tall sizes and are the perfect length--cover my behind but not all of my shorts. I wore three of these in Amsterdam and they were perfect--long enough to wear with leggings or yoga pants and…

The Skinny on Lasik, Part 3

Part 1 here

Part 2 here
So, where did we leave off? Oh, yes, the ride home from the doctor. They did a good job of outlining what would happen that night. The most common feeling people have after Lasik is that "sand was thrown in their eyes". Your eyes water, burn, feel gritty, etc. 
So I put on my big sunglasses (can't touch my eyes, remember?) and am led to a waiting Uber by M. At this point, I can't open my eyes--they're burning, watering, opening them is impossible. After a terrible Uber ride home, I can't wait to fall asleep, which is what the doctor recommends. 
Except I can't. My eyes just hurt. They're burning, watering, keeping them closed hurts, opening them hurts, the slightest bit of light hurts. My eyes are also aching dully. 
So timeout--they said the first few hours would be the worst of the pain/discomfort, but most people just take a nap through it. I wish I could have. Because my eyes were watering, my nose also stopped up. So I can&…

The Skinny on Lasik, Part 2

Part 1 is here
Once I'd decided to pull the trigger on Lasik, I had to figure out the following: how to pay for it, and when to do it. 
Paying for it: Lasik is usually not covered by insurance, and it's not cheap. This is where figuring out all your options is the best idea--whether it's maxing out your FSA for the next year (a route I ultimately took) and paying for the rest out of pocket, financing, etc. My doctor required a small deposit about a month before my surgery date. 
Timing: Before the surgery, you have a pre-op appointment, which is basically like a very thorough eye exam. They discuss any vision or eye health issues you've had before (for example, I had a skin issue of my eyelids about ten years ago, didn't affect my vision but did require me to use eye drops and such). They dilate your pupils. They test your vision about 100 times at different degrees of correction. Before this appointment, you can't wear contacts for 1-2 weeks. This was actually t…