Thinking Out Loud: Ebay, donuts, and the great grammar epidemic

Now that I’m back in the writing rhythm, it feels awesome to participate again in Thursday Thoughts. Thanks, Amanda, as always, for hosting!


The Grammar Epidemic

I’m starting to think there’s an epidemic going on, and it’s not the Zika virus. Everywhere I turn, people are beginning to use apostrophes willy-nilly like it’s a new trend for all plural nouns. I just NEED to get this out there so let me have my soapbox for 30 seconds, okay? Unless it’s possessive, you don’t use an apostrophe. “Happy Holidays from the Johnsons!” makes me happy. “Happy holidays from the Johnson’s!” makes me want to light you on fire. The Johnson’s what? The Johnson’s dog wishes you a happy holidays? Their mailbox? What? I know I’ve been out of school for awhile now so if there was some grammatical overhaul and I’m in the wrong here someone’s gotta let me know because I’m losing my shit over this.


(Of course because I said that I’m sure there’s an apostrophe error somewhere in this post).

Stan’s Donuts

Tuesday was Fat Tuesday, and since I’ll use pretty much any excuse to eat fried foods covered in sugar I was hellbent on making it to a donut shop that morning.


I’ve tried tons of donuts in the city but had never been to Stan’s (Chicago blasphemy for sure). I’m always tempted by the classic glazed, but anytime I see anything lemon poppyseed or pistachio flavored I always have to get it. So when I saw the lemon pistachio cake donut, my mind did a few cartwheels before I grabbed it.


We picked some up for our coworkers too because not all heroes wear capes.

SoulCycle Southport

I know I’ve said a few times that SoulCycle isn’t really my jam. I like it, but I don’t like it like it.


That being said, a new studio just opened up two blocks from my apartment. Two blocks. So I can essentially walk out the door, take class, and be home within one hour. And that, my friends, is too good of a deal to pass up. So it looks like I’ll be knocking elbows with the stay-at-home-moms of Southport more than I ever anticipated. Worse things have happened.

 Espresso, anyone?

In what can only be described as the world’s most random Thursday Thought, I recently put a beautiful espresso machine on Ebay. Don’t ask me how I ended up with an espresso machine or anything about it because I’ve never touched the thing, but if you’re in the market, have a looksie. If I can’t sell it, maybe I’ll get a third job running an underground coffee shop from my apartment. It’ll be great — come for a visit, have my landlord yell at you about keeping your shoes on in the building, get a shitty cup of coffee made by a past-her-prime barista, and help her pay off all her student loan debt. How have I not thought of this before?


And to end in good measure, I can’t get enough of this song. If you follow me on Spotify, you probably think I have a problem. Gotta remember to put my profile on private if I’m going to repeat songs like an obsessive 13-year-old.


  • Have you ever used Ebay to sell something? What was your experience?
  • What’s your favorite song right now?
  • What’s your favorite type of donut? Chicagoans, any strong feelings towards one donut shop or another?





  1. Oh! I see another post below this one that I need to read! This is one of the best Thursday’s ever! GOTCHA. And yeah, apostrophes make me homicidal. I legit just corrected my daughter’s teacher yesterday when I saw the poster she made for the kids’ groundhog day artwork. She wrote “Will the groundhog show it’s shadow?” I WAS LIKE NO. The groundhog is NOT coming out because it’s too disappointed in the education system.

    I think you’ll fit in with the stay at home moms just fine. :/

  2. ahh if i didn’t have an espresso machine, i’d totally check this one out. love me some espresso. i’m also not a huge Soul Cycle (or any spin class, for that matter) fan, but in its defense, i’ve only gone once, sooo i prob should give it another try. i love the music, but the whole “cycling in a room with all these other sweaty people and thinking i’m probably going to die” thing just is a deterrent for me. & i’m SO WITH YOU on anything related to poor grammar, like rogue apostrophes. when they have those on Christmas cards (The Johnson’s, The Miller’s), i seriously consider contacting my friends to let them know they’re making a huge error and i’m only trying to help. 🙂

  3. Ooh I love that song! I’m the same way when I’m obsessed with a song I literally repeat it my whole commute home (which is 45 minutes….it’s fine). I’m currently obsessed with ‘Unstoppable’ by Sia.
    And YES to the grammar rant. It drives me crazy! I also get irritated by comma usage. I’m a big believer in the Oxford comma, so when someone doesn’t use it I get annoyed.

  4. Well thank you for just giving me the biggest donut craving. And it’s snowing and BLAH here so I don’t feel like leaving the house to go out and grab some. Sad faces. And I know what you mean about getting obsessed with a song and listening to it over, and over, and over, and… 😉 I do that with pretty much every song, and right now it’s I’m Alive by Sia.

  5. We have a great donut shop here at the beach called Wake n Bake. You can get one with a pop tart inside it. I mean, I haven’t, but I like to know that I can. And I’m with you on the apostrophes. My husband used to write “your hot” on my fb pics when we were dating… reply was always “my hot what?”

  6. Whenever I see anything pistachio I have to grab it – it was heaven in the Middle East, I basically lived off baklava!
    Ebay is pretty huge in the UK and Europe so I have sold things on there many times – always a positive experience! Good luck!
    Ever since I saw Zoolander 2 on Wednesday I have had ‘relax’ in my head… Not a good one to sing a long to in public :-S

    1. I love baklava!! Oh gosh Zoolander 2…how was it? That was one of my first-ever PG-13 movies growing up so I have fond memories of it (basically just feeling super cool watching it haha) and I’m worried about ruining it!

  7. I love the Stans Lemon pistaschio. Last night, though, on the way back from his class, Ales went to Do Rite to get one of there sandwiches (DO IT if you haven’t yet) and they gave him a free apple fritter because they were closing. It. tastes. like. monkey bread. But better. HOLY BALLS.
    PS you know my feels about soulcycle are on the lukewarm end as well, but Ryan L at the various studios is a treat. I really liked him.

    1. I can’t believe that they basically live side-by-side to one another! They must both serve KILLER donuts haha. I’ll have to try their fritter! And good tip on how to get free donuts!! Lukewarm is a great way to describe my feelings towards SC.

  8. Donuts are by far one of my favorite treats.

    I’ve actually had a good experience with ebay and sold a few different items with no issue. I do recommend it.

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