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#207. How to Dine Alone and Feel Like a Badass.

Well, hola right back at ya!

Eating breakfast alone? No big deal. Solo lunch? Psshhht, I’ll sit at a table and check emails. But dinner all by yourself? That’s a whole different can of Spaghetti-Os, especially when you decide to sit at a table, not the bar, and keep phone use to a minimum.

That’s what I did when I stumbled upon Hola Arepa‘s soft opening (side note: I loathe that term. YUCK). It’s a cute, small restaurant specializing in the Venezuelan arepa… think of it as a mashup between a taco and sandwich, housed in a delicious corn pancake. I was hungry, alone and wanted something easy but delicious for dinner. Plus, I am still trying to stay Whole30-ish and I knew Hola Arepa had lots of awesome options. It’s almost completely gluten-free (if you’re into that kind of thing), but not because it’s trendy, it just happens … Read more


Six Ways to Make Training for a 10k (or 5k or Half Marathon) Easier

Some people get a runner’s high, I think I get a runner’s low.

Five runs into my trail run training session and it’s official:

I still don’t like running.

To get you up to speed: About six weeks ago, I signed up for my first 10k, which also happens to also be my first trail run. Anyone who has ever talked exercise with me knows that I loathe running. It’s just not my thing. Even during stints where I ran regularly, I don’t think I’ve ever run anything faster than an 11 minute mile.

Now that I’m drinking the CrossFit Kool-aid, I don’t even understand why you’d ever go running. It’s so boring, and apologies to you runners out there, but the only “results” I’ve seen after committing to running is that I’m a little better at running and have joint pain. Months of CrossFit, on the other … Read more


#158. Hang Wallpaper.

One piece up, six to go!

Hey, remember the 80s? I do, and I remember everything was wallpapered. I also remember the 90s, when all the wallpaper was painstakingly removed, then covered up with faux-finishing (salmon colored sponge paint anyone?).

But just like fanny packs, bodysuits and Members Only jackets, wallpaper is making a comeback. And it’s way less terrible than you’d think. I learned this via my friend Erica. A classically trained violist (maybe you’ve seen her play with Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, Heiruspecs… need I continue?) with fantastic hair and the coolest tattoos ever, she’s a badass in her own right. And now she has a badass loft. And she asked if my friend Maggie and I wanted to help her hang some badass wallpaper.

If hanging wallpaper in someone else’s brand new, beautiful loft doesn’t sound a little scary to you, then you must … Read more


I Tried the Whole30 & Here’s What the First Week Was Like

It took me until Day 6 to make this pad Thai, but I wish I’d done it on Day 1.

I’m just going to tell you right off the bat that I’m writing this on Day Eight. This allows me the perspective and sense of humor I absolutely lacked during the first week of the Whole30.

In my last post, I explained how relationships & general social anxieties (going to parties, restaurants, being around other humans) plagued my brain. I never once thought the actual eating plan would have a profound effect on me. Over the past few years, I’ve slowly weened myself off many bad eating habits: I swapped out Diet Coke for sparkling water years ago, I generally dislike pasta and rice, and am not much of dessert person. I was convinced I’d take to this “new” eating plan like a raindrop into the river.

This was … Read more


How to Host a Midwestern Fish Fry

Erica wins the Hey Eleanor potluck award for simply asking a Kowalski’s employee to help her find Cheez Whiz. Clearly, a success!

When a gal goes ice fishing (and scores big time), there’s only one thing left to do:

Get fryin’.

Hence, I hosted my first-ever Friday Fish Fry… the first fish fry I’ve experienced outside of a church basement and/or Wisconsin dive bar.

What’s a fish fry without friends?

Nothing, I tell ya. I extended the invited to a handful of ladies who I love dearly for their witty banter and, most importantly, their ability to fully commit to a themed dinner party. This theme = Midwestern potluck food.

Bonus points if you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the can you dumped into your hot dish vessel.

Yes, cans.

Farm to table!
Cheese ball, pickled beets, tartar sauce, mac-n-cheese… and TUMS for dessert.

Since my pals had … Read more