Author: Lauren Hammack

ILUVÜ, IHÅTÜ, IKEA

My recent visit to the mecca of affordable furniture, IKEA, reminded me that there are two kinds of IKEA shoppers: me and The Others. Our universes have been predestined to collide in eight-hour shopping marathons that, frankly, have become unbearable.…

Get me off this ride...

I suppose no one’s bucket list includes open-heart surgery, but my dad recently checked this off his list of things to do and, by default, the rest of our family hopped on with him for what has been an undisputed…

The Prince’s Diary

As the plane touched down on June 20, I turned off the “airplane mode” setting on my cell and watched the phone light up with an unusually long stream of text messages that had come while I’d been in-flight. The…

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

My husband and I rarely go to bed at the same time, but on the rare occasion that we do, we’ll compare notes about how tired we are. This week, we commiserated about exhaustion one evening, after I’d shampooed the…

Pantry Raid

It’s usually this time of year that my mind is startled out of its sweater-weather rut by the inevitable truth that short-sleeve season is upon us and I’ve done nothing all winter to rein in the spread of my cafeteria…

Best Year Ever

I never ring in a new year with a lot of fanfare. Halloween has always been my holiday of choice because I enthusiastically endorse any opportunity to assume another identity and consume candy with abandon.  New Year’s, on the other…