Confessions of a Nervous Girl: I Moved to the Suburbs

It was right after the new year, January 4th to be exact. My eyes sprung open at 6 am after another night of less-than-awesome sleep. Again. And I immediately filled with worry and dread. Again. This morning routine was really starting to get old. Laying in my bed that morning, frustrated and […]

Straight Out of Central Casting

Since retiring from corporate job life and concluding that my life will be slightly miserable if I don’t at least try to make some of my dreams a reality, that’s what I’ve been working on. And in case you weren’t sure, chasing your dreams can get expensive. Not only that, but in exactly […]

Surviving the DNC in Philly

It was a rough week here in Philadelphia. Not only was it 90,000 degrees out pretty much every single day this week, there was also that Democratic National Convention heating things up. An additional 50,000+ bodies made for a sweaty, crowded, and angsty week here in the City of Brotherly […]

Hi, My Name is Raina and I’m Something of a Bad Ass

Friday night, I went with some friends to see the latest Hunger Games film. I’m not really all that into that franchise, but I am into movies about bad-ass women who kick a lot of ass. Speaking of bad-ass women who kick ass, I got into a street fight a […]

Under My Umbrella

Living alone and not having an other of any significance, I spend the lion’s share of my waking hours by myself. Which is fine by me, I enjoy the shit out of my own company. I find me hilarious. But, that being said, there are times when I feel like […]

Common Courtesy is Dead

Common courtesy has died a horrible death and common decency is on life support. If I ever become President, I will mandate that everyone, I don’t care who your dad is, EVERYONE will be required to spend at least six months working in either a restaurant or in retail. I […]

Summer in the City

I love summer and all that it stands for, in theory.  I love the spirit of summer, the break from school, the freedom that comes with warmer weather, being outside.  The sun, the fun.  All good stuff.  It’s the practicality and reality of summer that bums me out.  That from […]

Summer of ’05: Part II

As I mentioned last time, I worked my face off that summer.  I once worked a whopping 22 shifts straight before taking a day off.  I was working as a hostess in a restaurant that was, at the time, one of THE most popular places in Philadelphia.  How popular, you […]

Today is an Important Day

Today is an important day. I have given it a lot of thought, and I’ve decided to take an early retirement. Today, I am retiring. You’re confused, understandably. So I’ll explain. But where to begin… I guess I’ll start in Harrisburg, PA. I moved to Harrisburg about six months after […]

No, You’re Right. I’m the Worst.

One of my biggest fears is being publicly shamed. Specifically, to be scolded in public as an adult for doing something that I shouldn’t be doing. I live my adult life just trying not to get yelled at. But since my life typically plays out like a sitcom or romantic […]