Love Songs That Don't Suck

Love Songs That Don’t Suck

Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovely friends! As a single girl in a big city, I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday. To be honest, the fictional love found in my favorite books is plenty to get me by. Besides, Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day is much more my style if you ask me! However, I do love music — so instead of a sappy post about love, I curated a little playlist for you all. One that includes songs for all types of love: Love songs that don’t suck…For lovers and friends..For both love found and love lost.  I tried to put …Keep Reading

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QOTD: Alternate universes and my desire to relax

Hooray – it’s finally Saturday! Well, I’m sure most of you feel this way. For me, I’m torn between my previous routine of allowing myself to relax on the weekends after working like crazy all week and my new life in limbo of job hunting in a new city where the only person I actually know is my roommate. The last four months of 2016 had me running around like crazy between work and grad school and caused me to become so emotionally exhausted that I had no idea how I was still functioning, let alone putting together full sentences. Needless to …Keep Reading

Show & Tell Popcorn

Popcorn & Wine & TV, Oh My!

Skinny Pop Popcorn recently shared an awesome infographic with me that pairs wines with different flavors of their popcorn in an effort to make our television binge-watching sessions just that much more enjoyable! As a long-time lover of any kind of popcorn and a novice wine drinker, I’m excited to try some of these combinations — especially the Dusted Dark Chocolate and Pinot Noir.

What Was That Noise? New Apartment Adjustments

What was that noise? – New apartment adjustments

“What was that noise?!” I exclaim to my new roommate Desi from the living room of our new apartment on the third (basically fourth) floor in Chicagoland. “I have no idea,” she says looking at me with wide eyes. “Maybe it’s a ghost!” I exclaim excitedly. Settling In Moving into a new apartment always comes with its fair share of drama and struggles. For awhile we had Amazon packages arriving at our door almost every day. Boxes littered our spare bedroom, and artwork rested against the wall on the floor. Trash Day was dreaded, as we had to take down stacks and …Keep Reading

Eight fun things my friends should know about me

Eight fun things my friends should know about me

Welcome to the new site for my blog – danikate.com! I’m so excited to bring you along on this journey with me. Blogging is something I have been wanting to do for years, but I’ve never been able to find my niche. I’d like to take danikate.com and write about things I’m truly passionate about – books, television, coffee, introversion, and life as I’ve experienced it. I read a quote by Natalie Goldberg recently that I hope to use as motivation for this blog once I get my feet wet, so to speak: Write what disturbs you, what you fear, …Keep Reading

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Hi. My name is Danielle, and I am a Reader.

I am a Reader. It’s not just about loving the look of books on a shelf or casually reading in a comfy chair on a rainy day. Being a capital “R” reader is actually part of who I am as a person and deeply affects the way I process things and live my life. I know I’m not the only one. In fact, there’s a whole community of us on the Reader spectrum who rely on books as a way of life and fulfillment. There are so many moments over the past 20 plus years that I can look back on …Keep Reading

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4 ways introverts excel in the workplace

There are many differences between introversion and extroversion. For those of us who like science, the neurotransmitters dopamine and acetylcholine mixed with the ways introverts and extroverts react differently to each play a huge role. If you prefer a more social explanation, group interaction and being around people are what recharge extroverts at the end of the day. However, introverts need quiet and space in order to retreat to their inner worlds to decompress and recover. Neither of these qualities are better or worse than the other, but I’ve often found the social misconception of introversion equaling shyness or being anti-social …Keep Reading

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Invasion of the sister & BFF

As strange as it may be, my sister and I share a best friend. They’ve been friends since the ripe old age of three, and I have since adopted her BFF into my close circle. One of my favorite things about living alone is that I don’t have to coordinate around roommates when my sister and best friend come to visit from out of town. This is important for a number of reasons: We are LOUD when we are in the same location and haven’t seen each other in a few months. We stay up long past the time when considerate people should …Keep Reading