Bryan and I met when I was 19 and he was 20. We were in rural Minnesota (no, not all of Minnesota is rural) at a music festival where I’d just watched him play drums. As fun as they are, ours isn’t a story of “and we knew we belonged together and have been together … Continue reading My Weird Christian College Dating Life and Six Years Married to Bryan
My name is Alex, and I'm a recovering retail employee. Anxiety. Night sweats. Irrational fear of plastic bags. Inability to not straighten merchandise. Debilitating, I tell you. This is the first Thanksgiving that I haven't had the big, gray, grumpy cloud of I-Have-To-Work-Black-Friday Blues in 10 years. I got my first job at age 15 and … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Plea from a Former Retail Employee
You've come to the mall straight from your favorite Indian buffet, and there's one thing on your mind: finding a place to appropriately dispose of all that delicious curried meat you just ate. You make a beeline to the restroom. You survey the scene. Several tall, metal boxes, each containing a porcelain throne and (presumably) … Continue reading Please Stop Pooping in the Accessible Stall
The other day, I had a ridiculous conversation. A man approached me for the sole purpose of telling me that he had a "special needs child," as he kept calling him, and that as such, he totally connected with me on a deeper level than anyone else. The full transcript isn't important; all you need … Continue reading As Long As Your Life Sucks, I’m Good.
I bet most of you have already seen this commercial; it's been posted by Huffington Post, Examiner, and Business Insider, shared by Upworthy and a bunch of my Facebook friends, and blogged countless times, including on Disability and Representation. And here I am, adding to the noise. Watch it before you read on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwndLOKQTDs Most … Continue reading Thanks, Guinness
I hate thinking about death. The idea of being separated from someone with whom I share my life closely is terrifying. But death can't be hidden from, can it? Last year, my Grandpa Wally passed away after a long, bitter battle with Parkinson's Disease, and he was the closest family member I've lost. Because of … Continue reading Remembering G-pa
I've been thinking a lot lately about my level of satisfaction with my life. Not happiness or enjoyment, or even fulfillment. Satisfaction. I spend a lot of time feeling inadequate, and that leaves me unsatisfied. A couple of weeks ago, I committed to spend less of my time on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. It was … Continue reading From Disney Princesses to DIY