Have you ever read Dear Level? I've been writing this column, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, for a year now. I am very clear, like anyone who reads this fun bit each week, that I'm the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. Can I ask Shane to put more thought into the snacks he brings home? Of course. Is it ultimately my decision to indulge. Of course. Thanks for checking in.

Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.