The Permission to Kick Ass Blog

Misadventures to Make You Feel Good About Life

I believe in eating your own cooking… most of what I’ve learned about how to live a “fearless life” (in quotes because there’s no such thing – people only THINK I’m fearless) comes from making choices (some of them pretty dumb) and taking action. And I’m sharing what I learned (plus any adventures I have along the way) in my blog.

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I don’t want to be your fucking breakup guru

August 30, 2021

My name is Angie and I’m currently battling depression. I don’t need a hug or a high five or a “hang in there”… it is what it is. I’ll keep working through it and eventually it will pass. I’m fortunate in that regard. Mine passes. I know others aren’t as lucky. I feel like I should be over this by…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I don’t want to be a guru (August 30, 2021)

August 30, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Keeping it short and sweet this week, mostly because I wrote a long-ass post about why I haven’t been writing about my travels. It’s called “I don’t want to be your fucking breakup guru” and you can read it here. Kick Monday’s Ass: Angie on the Road Speaking of travels, did I mention that…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: Tarantino’s handwriting is atrocious (August 23, 2021)

August 23, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Trolls. Man, fuck those guys. And not the cute ones from the 90s or that Dreamworks move series. But the ones who sit at their computers all day just drooling, waiting for a chance to feel superior to someone else. You wanna know something? Spelling mistakes really don’t matter. Yes, I will die on…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: when the plan blows up (August 16, 2021)

August 16, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Seems like such a “duh” thing to say, but I never thought about it much until I had to get good at logistics and planning a household move every 5-6 weeks. Now that I’ve been on the road for awhile, I’ve run into three major planning snags:…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: one of the classic blunders (August 9, 2021)

August 9, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… This week I fell prey to one of the classic (American) blunders… I was on vacation, but I wasn’t really ON vacation. I checked in on my teams probably once a day. I held a standing monthly meeting rather than go through the hassle of rescheduling. And I stayed up until the wee hours…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I followed a fictional character to the beach (August 2, 2021)

August 2, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Where my book nerds at? Ever have that weird thing where one of your favorite authors sets one of their books in a town, and then you visit that town and are hyper-focused on figuring out where this imaginary character has been and gone? No one? Just me? Ok. In the past three months…

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The joy of cats: a play in two acts

July 28, 2021

Act one: Angie is pouring herself coffee, hears strange noises. Sees Stella in the bedroom, in a life-or-death battle with the rug. “Stop attacking the damn carpet!” Angie shrieks. Stella bolts. End scene. Act two: Angie opens the front door of the Airbnb, to let in more light as is her custom. She peers through the double-paned glass of the…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: being a tourist in your own (July 26, 2021) town

July 26, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Have you ever tried being a tourist in your town? I highly recommend it – odds are there are interesting things happening in (or around) your town that are a hell of a lot of fun… and that you don’t have to travel full-time like me to have a little adventure in your life.…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: 2 left-handed, food-loving book nerds walk into a bar… (July 19, 2021)

July 19, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Lately I’ve noticed a recurring theme in my life and interactions: Kindness. It started a couple weeks back when I had a hard convo with a team member that wound up shining the spotlight back on me in a very uncomfortable way. I was kind to my staff but struggled with extending myself that…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I met a llama (July 12, 2021)

July 12, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I met a llama yesterday. Her name is Figgy: Figgy is a rescue llama, and she helps her caretakers run yoga classes. In fact, Figgy and her llama/alpaca gang are so popular that Netflix just featured them in a show about the best vacation rentals (there’s a cool treehouse cabin next door to the…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: can one be too old for bunk beds? (July 6, 2021)

July 6, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday Tuesday’s ass… This week’s existential pondering: am I too old for bunk beds? (subtext: oof, I hope not) Last week I got to the new Airbnb in ATL, and was blown away by how well laid out it is. There is not an inch of wasted space in this place. The bedroom is tiny, but…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: gratuitous waterfall picture inside (June 28, 2021)

June 28, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I have a confession… My name is Angie and I have a bad habit of procrastinating on things. Particularly when it comes to my travels. It goes something like this: I get to town, spend a day or two settling in and unpacking, re-establish my work routine. Before I know it, a week has…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I found Little Switzerland (June 21, 2021)

June 21, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… So there I was in Little Switzerland… This is yesterday afternoon. Let me zoom back out a sec – I had no idea this place existed before I happened upon it. I didn’t set out to find an idyllic fire pit/seating area surrounded by lilies overlooking the mountains, but I found it regardless. With…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: the roller coaster fiend (June 14, 2021)

June 14, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Do you know how to have fun by yourself? I’m not talking about kicking back to watch the new Bo Burnham special (it’s called Inside and also it’s hilarious) and enjoy a few laughs. I’m talking about going out into the big, bad world and doing things you think might be interesting or fun……

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I want to live in this hot tub (June 7, 2021)

June 7, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Do you talk yourself out of doing things you want to do? With all the love I possess: stop that shit right now. Before I get into why, I wanna show you something: That, my friend, is an open air salt water hot tub up in the mountains. If you noticed, it’s in a…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: when slow is the fastest way to go (May 24, 2021)

May 24, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Like a lot of folks, when the pandemic hit, my fitness routine flew right out the damn window. I’d been so diligent before, too – more than two years of going to the gym 4-5 times a week. At one point, I was benching 90 lbs. (impressive for my puny arms) and leg pressing…

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gas anxiety (RIP missed fart joke opportunity)

May 21, 2021

All this week, I’ve had gas anxiety. Not the kind that necessitates you stay near an open window (though that would have been hilarious). For the last week or two, along certain stretches of the East Coast in the United States, there’s been a gas shortage. Technically speaking, there was plenty of gas. But after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, people…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: what are you saving for someday? (May 17, 2021)

May 17, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… What are you saving for someday? For years I had this idea that someday, I’d enjoy a long, indulgent morning routine. We’re talking 2+ hours, full of stretching, coffee, and plenty of staring off into space. Maybe I’d write. Or read. Or sit in the sun and ponder. Someday. Someday when I’d earned the…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: don’t forget to pack the Drano (May 10, 2021)

May 10, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… You know, you learn a lot about what you need (and don’t need) when you’re on a year-plus road trip. When I set out on this journey, I thought I had the essentials… Toothbrush and face wash? Check . Laptop and podcast stuff? Check. Underoos? Check. Cat and all her feline accoutrements? Check and…

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Nashville: I’m on another boat

May 9, 2021

Behold: the General Jackson Showboat featuring Tennesee Legends. Today’s adventure. Well, half an adventure. We have to stay at the dock because of a high wind advisory. But hey, brunch and music on a boat, can’t really complain.  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: call your mom already (May 3, 2021)

May 3, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I’m thinking of starting a “road journal” where I share stories, pictures, and snarky observations/insights from my travels. Is that something you want to see in this newsletter? Leave a comment and let me know! Now let’s jump straight into this week’s video:   Kick Monday’s Ass: Call Your Mom (or Someone You Love)…

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Nashville: visiting the Cheekwood estate

April 27, 2021

I’m discovering I have a thing for architecture, huge old mansions, and large landscaped grounds with beautiful gardens. I mean… this is where I took my one work call today: Here are just a few snaps of the sights. If Cheekwood weren’t half an hour away from my Airbnb, I could see myself getting an annual membership just to go…

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Nashville: when in (not) Greece, why not visit the Parthenon?

April 27, 2021

I did not expect to find a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the land of country and western music. Yet here we are…  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: the bottle that brought us together… (April 26, 2021)

April 26, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… You know the swag you get when you attend an event? I’ve never really thought much about it, beyond sorting it into “can use” and “can’t use” piles. The space in my car is limited, which means stuff I’m not likely to use gets ruthlessly culled and donated. The branded stuff I DO take…

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When in Nashville, do as the big-haired folks to

April 26, 2021

So uhhh… This is apparently what happens when I diffuse my hair. #beyondbighair #wtf #whoknewihadcurls  

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Nashville: The Redheaded Stranger

April 24, 2021

I’m talking about a taco place, perv. I feel like every time I venture out, I find a new favorite place. But yes, I found my new favorite place. It smells divine in here. Plus I’m enjoying the company.    

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4/20: Grand Ole Opry + brunch

April 20, 2021

I grew up listening to country music, so when I got to Nashville I knew I’d have to visit the Opry. I didn’t expect that there’d be a huge shopping mall and convention center in the same parking lot – but thankfully for me that meant free and plentiful parking. Since I had to book a tour for first thing…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: it’s hammer time (April 19, 2021)

April 19, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I’ve got a business proposition for you: whoever invents a smart smoke detector that only does that ANNOYINGLY INCESSANT low battery chirp during the daytime will be a freaking millionaire. Can you figure it out? If so, shut up and take my money! FOR EFF’S SAKE, WHY DO THEY ONLY GO OFF AT 3…

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a special anniversary: the day I got fired from a job I didn’t have

April 17, 2021

Today’s an interesting anniversary. Four years ago today, I got fired from a job I didn’t even technically have. I didn’t realize until that moment that after I left this job I’d been thinking, “oh well, if this freelance thing doesn’t work out, I can always go back.” Then the safety net was taken away and I had to get…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: making smoothies on a wing and a prayer (April 12, 2021)

April 12, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Have you ever tried to make a smoothie? I made my first one on Friday and lemme tell ya… it was an interesting experience. I’d just gotten one of those fancy schmancy personal blenders where the blending cup doubles as a to-go cup with a lid. I couldn’t wait to save money by making…

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Adventures in podcasting: got my first haters

April 10, 2021

Before I started the podcast, I was almost paralyzed by the fear that I’d get haters tearing apart my work. Then I get comments like this on one of my ads and I feel my old troll self coming back out of her cave and enjoying interactions like this a tiny bit too much. Wow this is gonna devolve fast …

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Nashville Road Recap: I found another boat

April 9, 2021

I found another boat… it’s inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (which is MASSIVE). Apparently when they opened this, they sent out empty Jack Daniels bottles and collected water from all 50 states and dozens of countries. Wandering 9 acres (?!) of gardens and waterfalls in this gigantic hotel/convention center: I used to think these big convention centers were totally unnecessary…

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drunk girl confidence

April 9, 2021

Welcome to storytime. It was an ordinary Tuesday in Memphis… not even a major holiday. Around 10:30 pm, I was roused from my typical nightly Netflix binge by a loud shrieking outside. It wasn’t a cat in heat (though the sound was not far off)… it was a drunk girl butchering Bohemian Rhapsody at top volume, in the middle of…

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Nashville: exploring the ‘hood

April 5, 2021

Exploring the new neighborhood… I’m staying in the same neighborhood as Oprah’s high school y’all. I am DEFINITELY going to be her favorite thing now.

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The Grilled Cheeserie

April 5, 2021

Fact: I will ALWAYS find grilled cheese restaurants. And I will befriend the staff and be there so often you’ll wonder if I actually live there.

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Kick Monday’s Ass: can I eat that?? (April 5, 2021)

April 5, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I have an Easter mystery for you… Yesterday I had a Hello Fresh box delivered to my doorstep. Yay, food! Except… I didn’t order this. It wasn’t addressed to me. The address on the label was correct, but I’m mostly sure my name’s not Lyndsey. Mostly. I had a few options… 1) enjoy the…

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BEHOLD

April 4, 2021

My best sunset pic yet. BEHOLD: the sun sets over a Kroger grocery store. Be honest, this is what you really follow me for.

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Stella – settling into Nashville

April 3, 2021

She’s found her new happy place at the Nashville Airbnb…  

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last night in Memphis

April 2, 2021

Last Memphis adventure before Stella and I head off to Nashville… PHENOM steak dinner at The Majestic Grille with excellent company courtesy of Raven Followed immediately by the hunt for a shower curtain liner to replace the one Stella suddenly decided she needed to conquer. *sigh* this is traveling with a cat, folks.

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Memphis: Bass Pro Pyramid, because I’m touristy AF

March 29, 2021

I almost skipped this one. Glad I didn’t though – it was way cooler than I expected:  

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Mud Island – a scale model of the Mississippi River

March 29, 2021

First I had to have a picnic, and of course it was another round of Gus’s Fried Chicken: This was beautiful – I really wish the water had been flowing so you could see the awesomeness and get the full effect. It took me about half an hour to walk from the “start” of the scale model Mississippi to the…

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Memphis: the boat ride edition

March 29, 2021

I always seem to find a boat. I am happy with this tendency.  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: the fried chicken that haunts my dreams (March 29, 2021)

March 29, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… This weekend I found myself on a 3-hour waiting list. The culprit: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Memphis, where I’ve got one week left to cram in as many Memph-ian activities as humanly possible before I move on to the next adventure (Nashville!). (Note: I will not be held responsible for intense cravings…

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Memphis highlights

March 27, 2021

Managed to hit up multiple museums plus a foodie legend in one weekend. Here are some snaps from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music: And here’s the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: And then there was the Memphis Music Hall of Fame: And then walking around Beale St + a stop at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken:

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my heart hurts

March 27, 2021

Today I visited the birthplace of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. I am sad.  

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cake for dinner = peak adulting

March 24, 2021

Power’s out at the Airbnb so I took myself out for dinner and something called a “Memphis Cream Cake”. This is a banana cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with chocolate ganache. It is goooooooodddddd. It was GOOD. Not nearly as sweet as it sounds. Kinda like banana bread in terms of flavor and the frosting/ganache combo was WOW. I…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: save the day or start a war? (March 22, 2021)

March 22, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Ever find yourself sucked into someone else’s drama, and despite your best intentions… it totally consumes you? Yeah that was me last week, except it was a TV drama… nothing personal. And people were literally being consumed in this drama (The Expanse on Amazon, if you’re curious). What strikes me about the show is…

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I walked from Memphis to Arkansas

March 16, 2021

It’s been ages since I went out to greet the sunrise. This time I walked all the way to Arkansas and back to do it.  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: eating an elephant (March 15, 2021)

March 15, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I want to give you a number. It’s 5. As in 5%. This is fresh in my head as I look at my to-do list and realize that I’ve got a 77k+ word manuscript to edit. Every time I find a few hours in the schedule to sit down and get it done, my…

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Memphis exploration

March 13, 2021

Finally got out and about to do some exploring. Wound up eating some sweet potato pancakes at Arcade Restaurant, where Elvis used to eat. I found some funky local shops and picked up some interesting stuff to commemorate my time here. Then I walked to the Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated. I don’t…

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