Category: Horizons

Bunnies, hormones and six steps to happiness

I spent the better part of last weekend in a funk. ?Frequent mood instability? is a fairly typical occurrence for me, as I tend to adopt the mood of whomever I?m around. To further intensify my other-people-induced mood swings, the reality of living with females is that hormones bounce around as freely as bunnies in the summer. Yes, I just […]

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Chicago coffee regulars make life a real delight

The past four months, I?ve poured my blood, sweat and tears into the Caribou Coffee in Chicago?s East Lakeview neighborhood. Of course, I?m exaggerating a baby bit?I?ve never actually cried at work. I have bled, though. I have to take out my facial piercings during my shift (boo corporate America!), and once one of my eyebrow rings wouldn?t come out, […]

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Following the urge to be a writer

I think I want to be a writer. In fact, I?m almost positive. I saw ?The Help? about a week ago, which really solidified that desire in my heart. If you?ve seen the movie and/or read the book?which everyone absolutely must do?and can recall Emma Stone?s character, just pretend that?s me. That?s who I want to be. That?s not what […]

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Making lists organizes an overcrowded brain

For those who regularly read my column, or know me well in real life, the following information will not come as a surprise: I am a little bit insane. I suppose I?m not much crazier than the typical almost-20-something, but when my mind gets incredibly full of billions of thoughts and I haven?t been able to properly process them all, […]

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Mom may be goofy and quirky, but she?s the best

Most of the time I have trouble coming up with column topics. It?s not that I don?t have tons of ideas, it?s that I?m never sure that my random life musings are worth putting into print. Last week, though, I found myself with a surplus of ?good ideas? when Mama Humber came to visit. Page after page could be written […]

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Parents? move sparks nostalgia for home town

I?ve known my family was moving for about six months, but up until two days ago, I have been pretty cavalier about the whole thing. Since I?ve already been gone for two years, I didn?t see myself missing Hillsboroites any more than I already had been?nothing so intense that a quick Skype video chat couldn?t fix! I didn?t think this […]

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Gay parade did exude acceptance

In a city where eye contact and human acknowledgement are typically nonexistent among passers-by, Sunday?s festivities brought 500,000 Chicagoland strangers together in friendly, boisterous community. As the Gay Pride Parade snaked through the streets surrounding the Caribou Coffee where I work, I stood outside trying to soak in the unbelievable atmosphere. In a few words, I was in complete awe […]

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Parents look a whole lot smarter these days

It turns out my parents were right. About everything. It?s been about a month since I moved out of North Park?s dorms and into my very own, big-girl apartment. A glorious month, spent happily nesting and basking in my ever-increasing independence; a surprising month, spent wondering where all my money has gone and why my electric bill is so high. […]

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Unsought conversation adds to life

When I boarded the Minneapolis-Chicago Megabus last Satur?day, I was looking forward to hunkering down in my (slightly) itchy, (extremely) uncomfortable seat, popping in my noise-canceling headphones, and zoning out for a solid eight hours. Although I do occasionally enjoy making light conversation with interesting and eclectic strangers, I just wasn?t in the mood. I was already feeling a bit […]

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Twitter is the current digital rage

As an aside before delving into this column, I?d like to forewarn any readers that I am currently sleep deprived and highly, highly caffeinated. Not the best combination. My body is lethargic and motionless, but my brain is in overdrive. My thoughts will likely be strange and random, but as I slug down my sixth cup of coffee, I?m feeling […]

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