Life on Tour: A lesson in over packing

For the past four years, I've been working with a band as their merchandise manager. Ok. Ok. I'm the merch girl. It might not sound glamorous, and in reality it's really not that much, but I get to travel with a band — my favorite band — all over the country. And this is just a small snippet of what it's like to be with the band......more

I'm More Than My Endometriosis

A few years ago I had the most debilitating cramps I had ever experienced, as in lying-on-the-floor-of-a-moldy-basement-I-can't-move cramps. At the time, I didn't know that they weren't "just" cramps. I thought maybe despite all the precautions (including birth control at that time) I had gotten pregnant and this is what a miscarriage felt like. Or maybe somehow I had eaten a tiny weedwacker that was going off inside my abdomen. After a few days of suffering, a trip to a walk-in clinic, a trip to an ER, 4 days in the hospital, and more people looking (and poking at) my lady-bits than I'd want in my life time, it was determined that most likely I had endometriosis. ...more
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BlogHer13 recap: struggling to find my place in the BlogHer community

So. BlogHer. The biggest conference for women bloggers. Was it everything I wanted?Eh? Maybe? Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations, so there weren’t too many ways it could disappoint me. And knowing that women think about BlogHer all year long and it is such a life changing and inspiring event for them, and here I am all “meh” about it… Felt like maybe something was wrong. Is it me, is it the conference?Let’s break it down…...more

Hi from Chicago!

Hello!  I'm a 20-something blogger living in Chicago... Currently working full-time in a university, but don't plan to stay there forever, and well, wouldn't mind finding a more creative job.Like many others... I think being a professional writer/blogger would be amazing.  Maybe someday.. like after I finish grad school!!   Anyway, I look forward to meeting people! You can find me at: thiswench.com   -Erini ...more