Wednesdays with Wrigley: I am not ready for kids

Wednesdays with WrigleyThis series covers my first puppy, Wrigley, and any lessons I learn as I raise him. Find him on InstagramĀ @puppywrigley.

Having a puppy is a lot of responsibility. I knew it would be, but it’s gone beyond my expectations. It’s been a lot more rewarding than I thought it would, but it’s also proved to be a lot more challenging and time-consuming as well.

As I woke up every three hours throughout the night the first two weeks I had Wrigley, all I could think of was how similar it was to having a baby. Every time he whined during the day because he wanted attention and I had to set aside my work and tend to his needs, I thought about how similar he was to a toddler. When I took my eyes off him for a second and he chewed up my shoe laces or peed all over the floor, I thought of how he was just as poorly behaved as an actual child.

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Wednesdays with Wrigley: Sit less, move more

Wednesdays with WrigleyThis series covers my first puppy, Wrigley, and any lessons I learn as I raise him. Find him on InstagramĀ @puppywrigley.

I chose Wrigley’s name from an online site that catalogued popular names for boy dogs because I thought it was cute. (Plus I went to school in Chicago, so a small tribute to Wrigley Field was a plus.) He truly is “wriggly” though. Like most puppies, he loves to run, root, jump, and spend time outside.

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Focus on the friendship, not the expiration date

Focus on the friendshipEver since she was in middle school and had to research a country for a school project, my sister has been in love with Japan. She learned Japanese and has already made several trips over there, one lasting a full year. Once she graduates college this May she hopes to find work and move there permanently, at least for the foreseeable future.

Recently she asked one of her classmates if he’d like to grab coffee and chat as friends. He happily accepted and they spent the first half of their outing talking about all sorts of topics. But then things took a strange turn when he suddenly said, “So why did you ask me to get coffee anyway?” He explained that since she’s planning to go to Japan within the next year, he didn’t see the point in beginning a friendship now. He likes to have friends that he know will stay around, he said.

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Wednesdays with Wrigley: A lot happens in one month

Wednesdays with Wrigley puppy This series covers my first puppy, Wrigley, and any lessons I learn as I raise him. Find him on Instagram @puppywrigley.

I got Wrigley at the beginning of February at the age of 2 months, when his little one-pound self could fit in one hand. He just reached 4 months last week, and now requires two hands and a bit of muscle to carry. A lot has changed since his first night home, when I woke up every hour to comfort him when he cried.

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How to balance nostalgia for all the places you call home

Missing somewhere elseI went to college in Chicago, spent a semester in Maine, lived in Phoenix for six months. I’ve spent summers at a camp in Pennsylvania, grew up primarily in Ohio, made numerous trips to an orphanage in Mexico. Now I’m living in Charlotte, and while it’s not my favorite place, I can tell that there are things I’ll miss.

My nostalgia comes and goes for these places, especially during certain times of the year. Spring triggers memories of Mexico, while fall has me wishing I were in Chitown. The summer nights aren’t quite as hot anywhere else as they were in Phoenix.

Sometimes it gets overwhelming. I can’t be in every place I love at once. But I have a few things I do to get me by.

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Congratulate with a bouquet of candy

Candy bar bouquetI’m (somewhat accidentally) all about the non-floral bouquets lately! This weekend I went to see my cousin perform in his college play and wanted to give him something afterwards. Most people give flowers but I figured he wouldn’t be too thrilled with a bunch of girly roses, so I started doing some research online.

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