I found my way to the Harmon plot in the Easton (Pa.) Cemetery recently.
On the last day of eighth grade, I was at a party jumping on a trampoline when I broke my ankle. I remember being delirious in the car and coming out of the doctor’s office to find my sister crying with my Dad. I told her not to cry because I’d be OK.
Turns out, my grandmother had died that day.
I didn’t make it to the memorial service or to the out-of-state funeral because I was in the hospital after having surgery. It always bothered me since I had promised her a few days before her death that I would sing “Amazing Grace” at her gravesite.
It may have taken me nearly 15 years, but I finally fulfilled that promise to Nana.
Posted in 20-something, Aging, Family, Growing up, Home, Kate Harmon, Tech
Tagged cemetery, death, easton cemetery, family, grandparents, loss, love, mourning
Not ideal, but something us garage-less folks have to deal with in snowy weather. (Photo by Flickr user Michael Hall)
I spent some time with college friends in Virginia last weekend, heading into Washington, D.C., for the National Book Festival and celebrating a housewarming for a friend’s first home.
At 25 years old, we should probably still be living it up and heading to the bars at 10 p.m., not to bed.
But some days (or weeks) just take it out of you, and you want a glass of wine and an early bedtime. So be it.
What I was truly jazzed about was my friend’s garage.
Olive Garden, home of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl, is now trying something new: smaller portions. (AP PHOTO)
I am a big fan of restaurant leftovers. Delicious food I didn’t have to make that I can eat twice for the price of one meal? Yes, please.
Most of the time, my eyes are bigger than my stomach anyway, so consciously choosing to leave half my sandwich on the plate instead of eating three more bites and feeling stuffed is a good idea regardless. The “free” meal of leftovers later is just a bonus.
But, while this suffices as my own form of portion control, I’ve come to also appreciate restaurants that serve an appropriate amount of food to begin with. Usually this happens at tapas restaurants, or in the form of small plates.
And apparently, I’m not the only one who’s looking for smaller portions. Bloomberg News reports that Olive Garden is introducing small plates “in an effort to attract millennials and boost flagging sales.”
If you are anything like me, the afternoons seem more productive with a cup of coffee and some inspiring music running through my ear buds. Sometimes, you need to perk yourself up to power through that project.
Here are some songs I like to listen to when I’m in an afternoon slump:
Whether you’re a student, working or looking for work, there will be new options to buy insurance starting on Oct. 1. (Image courtesy of Thinkstock)
I have been fortunate throughout my life to have health insurance through my parents or workplace — and to be free of pre-existing conditions or monumental health challenges.
For plenty of 20-somethings, that’s not the case.
But, when new online health insurance marketplaces open Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, it could bring good news to young adults formerly turned down by insurance companies or those unable to afford full coverage.
Posted in 20-something, Health, Sarah Chain
Tagged 20-somethings, Affordable Care Act, health care, health insurance, live chat, marketplaces, medicaid, obamacare, Q&A, sarah chain, young adults
ABC’s ‘Scandal’ is shown on a TV monitor as an iPad displays the show page on the Yap.tv social media website. TV viewing is increasingly expanding to a second screen — whether smartphone or tablet, something I (and perhaps other Gen Y-ers) am guilty of at times with my short attention span. (AP Photo/Frazier Moore)
A friend linked me to a recent Washington Post article that addressed five “millennial myths.” While the author, Mark Glassman, looks at it from a clinical perspective, I figured I’d take a look and see if my personal experiences lined up with the rest of Gen Y.
Here are the five myths Glassman disputes:
1. Millennials depend on their parents and can’t find jobs.
My parents helped me out significantly with finances when I first graduated college and started my first job — setting yourself up in an apartment isn’t cheap. But although I know folks who moved home with Mom and Dad for a bit, it wasn’t the norm among friends. And apparently, we’re not all that different from our parents’ generation: Glassman says 36 percent of young people live with their parents today vs. 32 percent in 1968, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
If you gave up your car, you’d avoid all those parking tickets… (Flickr photo courtesy of alicegop)
NPR had an interesting read last week on Gen Y and the trend of car ownership — or as the case may be, the declining trend.
The article, “Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership,” says millennials are more likely than baby boomers and Gen Xers to consider whether or not they truly need a car — and overall, to find value in experiences over things.
Living downtown, I’ve run into my fair share of parking dilemmas. York seems just big enough to have limited (and/or sometimes expensive) parking options, but not quite big enough that a majority of its residents use public transport. If your apartment or home doesn’t come with an off-street parking spot, expect to shell out some dough for a city permit or a rented space.
Posted in 20-something, Apartment living, Generation Y, Home, Sarah Chain, Travel
Tagged car, gen y, giving up your car, millennials, NPR, public transportation, sarah chain, york
Daisy is pretty free with her kisses, which is the best part of any new puppy. (Instagram photo)
When I get stressed out by work, I day dream of puppies. (If you’re not following @EmergencyPuppy on Twitter, you’re not living.) I changed my laptop background to a puppy photo. Co-workers email puppy photos of encouragement. (It turns out, that can help with productivity.)
I don’t know when it started. But I’ve just become puppy obsessed. We’ll call it my version of nesting or something.
But practically, getting a puppy would be a struggle. I live downtown with no yard to speak of (and a not-so-puppy-friendly landlord). I’m gone most days 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and some times later.
So imagine my glee when my family made the move to get a Vizsla puppy this summer. It turns out, a family puppy might be — at this point in my life — even better than getting my own.
Posted in 20-something, Apartment living, Family, Sarah Chain
Tagged daisy, family dog, new puppy, not ready for a puppy, puppy, responsibility, sarah chain, vizsla
An man works his phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to type or read messages on a mobile device. That means, if police sees a driver texting while driving, that driver could be fined $50.
Trying to avoid incoming text alerts while you are behind the wheel can be difficult. And, the app market isn’t really offering a lot of help.
Most safe driving apps cost money and seem to be more hassle than they are worth. Some read text messages out loud for the driver, which seems like it could be more distracting than actually reading a text message.
How to avoid your phone while driving –
It’s fairly easy to add items — here’s what I had for breakfast Monday morning
I am not a numbers kind of gal. I skated by in AP Calculus in high school in order to test out of math in college, and I’ve never looked back.
It’s no different in the kitchen — measuring and leveling exact amounts of flour is not my jam (which is why I do better with salsa than I do with cookies and, really, most baked goods). So maybe it doesn’t come as a surprise that my half-hearted New Year’s resolution to better watch my portion sizes is on life support.
But a food journal is a smart idea to keep yourself aware of what you’re eating, as Ashley May has written about for No Sweat, York.
Plus, a handful of friends and magazine articles have been talking up a free app called MyFitnessPal, which lets you record your eating and exercise habits and hold yourself accountable.
Posted in 20-something, Food, Health, Sarah Chain, Tech
Tagged calorie counting, calories, food diary, health, myfitnesspal, portion control, sarah chain