Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
August 19
julie is a 30-something with a hankering for travel and adventure. life hasn't always been easy, but it's been interesting. she is trained in design and writing, but is currently searching for her great purpose in the world, and finding it incredibly difficult.

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I am a well-educated, capable person working at a job that is below my skill level. Unlike some people I am not waiting tables, I have an office job that is roughly in my field of interest. However, I still lack the fulfillment of overcoming daily challenges as my intellect goes… Read full post »

In light of the events of last evening, I find myself thinking deeply about what I am hearing on the news. I’m not Bin Laden fan. I’ll say that, though I feel it should not need to be said. However, I find it difficult to be happy about his death because… Read full post »

I had a recurring nightmare as a child. The most vivid iteration of this nightmare took place in my grandmother’s house. The house was built in the 1920’s, separated from the neighboring homes by only a two-foot-wide cement path and a chain link fence.

My grandmother lived in an areaRead full post »

You know how some people can surprise you, no matter how long you've known them? That was my grandmother, the most amazing, coolest grandma in the world. Her name was Elvira, but not like the lady who wears all black and has ridiculously long hair, like the song. If you’ve never… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2011 9:51AM

Everyone Knows Xenon

At work yesterday, the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Hannah asked the question to our open office, "What is a noble gas?" Since Hannah wasn't a chemistry major, but often has to deal with chemical safety issues, she frequently has questions such as this.

"It's a non-reactive gas."… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 11:33AM

Mean Girl on the Playground

At the age of six, I was a lanky stringbean full of energy. My parents enrolled me in ballet, swimming and eventually, gymnastics in hopes of calming me down. Every day after school I'd hop on my bicycle and ride down to the empty lot at the bottom of our street.… Read full post »

First of all, I'd like to say that I hate the notion that women have to be married to be whole. I'm not a traditionalist, in any sense of the word. But wanting to be married and not being married is often the result of choosing the wrong men. I see this… Read full post »

Do you ever feel like a hamster in one of those wheel thingies? I feel like that a lot. Pretty much all the time. Like a silly hamster, I get the bright idea that I can do something; get in shape, get a job I love, write a book. I jump… Read full post »

Two years ago, I was single on Valentine's Day, as I was many years before. My lovely sister and brother-in-law came over to my house with my adorable nephews, then ages 2 and 4, to hand deliver my V-Day balloons and hang out with me for a bit.

As we… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 1:51PM

30: A Looming Deadline

I will be turning 30 in six months and five days, and I've got A LOT to do before then. For one thing, I have to complete my first novel, which I have yet to start, so that's going to be challenging. I also need to get engaged, make some major financial strides and lose… Read full post »

This is a serious question. He says he is considering running, and I'm completely confused as to what his qualifications might be. If anyone can explain it to me, I'd actually like to hear what they have to say.

This is what I know about Trump:

1) He has a bad haircut.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2011 11:55AM

Words are not Flowing

I have a distinct memory from my childhood. About eleven years old at the time, and a perpetual bookworm, I was never one to go to bed early. Even earlier in my youth, I hid under my blankets with a flashlight, reading for hours after bedtime.  

The stories I wrote atRead full post »

I am not engaged, but recently, in the wake of a friend's engagement I began looking at wedding dresses. At first I justified it as, "I'm helping out a friend. She's so busy, she could use the help." But then, I learned that our tastes are completely different. I found myself… Read full post »

It's been all over the celebrity news this week that Lindsay Lohan may be charged with Felony Grand Theft for stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store. Naturally, her defense is that she tried the necklace on, forgot she was wearing it and left the store with it still around her… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 10:53AM

The Color of My Mood

Today it's white. Like the snow floating down from the murky sky, almost a sea of endless white, excepting the trees and houses cutting a cross-section into the earth. Some people think that white is the absence of all color, but they are mistaken. That's black. White contains all of the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 8:40PM

Who is Hiding Inside?

Beautiful objects make me feel something that words cannot express. It's not just the tangible, but songs and novels and ramblings, too. I read an article today about a designer who creates treasures. She takes whatever time is required to complete her creations. She does not rush, does not force. Sh… Read full post »

I hold my feelings in, therefore I am...a mature adult? I fantasize about saying what I think. How glorifying it would feel to unleash a verbal tirade. On who? Whoever deserves it - my boss, bad drivers in rush hour, people who are rude to service employees.

I was at a bagel… Read full post »

I enjoy giving advice, but I just can't seem to follow it. Others tell me their problems, and the solutions seem so easy, I tell them what I would do. It turns out, I can make good choices. When it comes to my life, the path eludes me.  I tell people to listen to their… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2011 10:43AM

Working for the Hated

Most of my work days are a haze of boredom and irritation. I work for someone who, in my opinion, does little and knows less. I do what she tells me to because, ultimately, I have no choice. I am not challenged, not fulfilled and believe that if I didn't show up,… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2011 11:14AM

Hoping to Dream Again

I was a promising child. My parents saw a future for me. I was intelligent, creative, athletic, better than average at most things and I believed it. I felt that I could do literally anything. I was the best at things, whatever that meant in the context of my suburban existence.… Read full post »