Blog Posts

It’s Been a Long Time Coming (Out): Becoming Parker

I created this blog in 2013, and appropriately named it "Finding the Pieces." I wanted to write while documenting the process of figuring out who I am (because what else is your 20s for?) Along the way, I've written about some rather personal things on this blog, including my weight-loss journey, my faith, and some [...]

One Last Move (For Now)

  April 27, 2017 I realized today that I have a tradition of taking and posting a single photo of all of my luggage each time I move. It started when I moved (briefly) to Oxford in August, 2013, and since then I've just kept posting similar posts each time I've moved.   The photos [...]

So Chicago it is: Learning to say ‘thy will be done’

In my last blog post, I talked about how I was in a season of change and uncertainty. I was unemployed without much sense of direction, and I was still adjusting to life back in America. Fast-forward a month: I'm still in Chicago, and little things are starting to fall into place. I got a [...]

6 ways to survive winter while still saving money on your power bill

Welcome to January. It's dark, wet, and freaking freezing. Now given the fact that it's 2017, I am well aware of the inventions of modern-day civilization, namely the blessed metal box god of warmth: the radiator. But alas, the radiator is only fueled by the fire and power of the boiler, which is in-turn fueled [...]

Finding Home in 2017

It's Friday afternoon and I'm sitting in my grandparent's dining room. Christmas is done and over with now, and my month-long trip to Michigan is drawing to a close. Tomorrow evening I'm going home. Well, I'm going to one of my homes. When I came back to Michigan this last Spring, I felt like I [...]

Life Update, October 2016

I'm pretty sure most of my friends and family are now aware that I am flying back to the States in December, so I figured it was time to post a little life update. I also though it would be convenient and slightly hilarious (if only for me) if I did this post in the [...]

Keep a list of what’s gone right: Chronicles of the Inexperienced Cook

I decided to write this post today because I found myself sitting at the kitchen table, wondering what meals to make next week. The great thing about living with other people is that you can share meals. The not so great thing about sharing meals with someone is that, well, you might get a little [...]

A weekend of changes

It's Friday morning, nearly afternoon. I've been awake since 6:30 this morning, which is a miracle considering my average bed time has been 4:00 am. My morning started like most other mornings: a bit of grumbling, a lot of stumbling around the flat, a cold shower to wake me up, pills and inhalers, and a [...]

No time, no money, no meat? Learning to be a vegetarian in grad school

I was talking to a friend a few days ago when she told me she had Googled "how to eat cheap in grad school." Apparently most of the advice the internet could come up with mentioned sneaking into events with free food (which, in all honesty, is pretty solid advice). Our conversation got me thinking [...]