The Usual Archive


I’ve Been: Giving My Road Bike A Makeover

As I’ve written before, play is very important to me, it’s even part of my self-care. And one of my favorite ways to play is on my bike. But as much as I love to bike riding, I didn’t love my actual bike. The fit was a bit off. The brakes were


5 On Friday: Five Books Worth a Listen

You guys know I read a lot. Heck, a good amount of my posts this year have been about books in some form or another. And while I enjoy traditional dead-tree book or eBook, I’ve gained a new appreciation for audio books as well. When I tell people this, they say something like


5 on Friday: Feel Good Stories

It has been a bit of a rough week for me. And a rough few months for all of us as we get towards the end of the 2016 election. I don’t know about you, but I could use a pick-me-up. Here are five feel good stories: The official Wonder Woman trailer


The times, they are a changin’…

Every time I post these days it seems to start with “wow it’s been a long time….” I have a lot to say, but am still working on how I want to communicate it with the world. (And by world I mean our 12 readers. Hi 12 readers. You’re fabulous and we


Roots & Wings

I’m baaaack! We’re finally homeowners! Homesteaders! We can paint with all the colors of the wind! Ok maybe not, but after years of apartment bliss, we’ve finally put down roots. Much like people say something changes the moment you say “I do”, something palpable shifts when those keys finally change hands. Walls are painted,


Gift Guide: Coworkers

Most links are affiliate links. Because #FeedABlogger. It’s always hard to know what to buy your coworkers. You don’t want to spend a ton of cash, because you have to buy multiples of whatever you gift. You want to keep the gifts fairly similar. And you don’t want to give them crap


Gift Guide: The Record Collector

Any links to Amazon are affiliate links. And while you’re doing your shopping this year, pleas consider doing Amazon shopping from this link. If you do, we get a small percentage. It’s getting into the holiday season, which means it’s time to start thinking about what to get for everyone on your list. It’s harder


No matter what, I will write.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been writing as much this month. I thought about waiting until December and then posting about how I was boycotting blogging because I think National Blog Post Month/National Novel Writing Month are ridiculously stupid. I refuse to justify either phrase’s stupid abbreviation by writing them down.


Managing Your ADHD

Prompted by a not helpful post I saw going around the internet last week, I wrote a post to help people without ADHD help their partners who do. As I was writing it, I thought of some of the things I do to help manage my symptoms. Like I said in my earlier


So Someone You Love Has ADHD.

I hopped on Facebook the other day and saw an article titled “20 Things to Remember If You Love a Person with ADD.” As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult (not uncommon for women) , I’m always looking to learn new things about the way my brain functions and