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2nd February 2015

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Is this thing on? I was looking back at this space a little while ago and realized that I hadn’t posted since November! Steven keeps pointing out that I need to do something. Write something, anything, and so here I am. I’m glad that I took a break from being here. I needed to do it to preserve my own sanity, but also because it didn’t feel like a safe space anymore. The less said about that, the better, but I will say that I’ve spent the past few months contemplating life, stressing about things, being utterly excited about things, and working hard to find peace in the chaos. I think I’m getting better at it.

There are a billion little things to write about and I’m not sure where to start. I think sometimes it’s hard to find a perfect way to jump back into something. Thank goodness for “Currently” posts. ♥

Reading: I’ve been savoring Anne Lamott’s book, “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” for weeks now. I bought Steven a copy as part of his Christmas gift and ended up buying one for myself, because I simply couldn’t resist the thought of having a “read off” with him. I used to do that with my brother when the Harry Potter books were released–we’d each get a copy and hole up in our rooms for hours reading until one of us had finished. The first person to finish was the winner, of course. But with this book, I just couldn’t do that. I think Anne Lamott is a person who was put on this earth to do great things, I really do. She is somehow magical and startlingly real at the same time. I don’t know how she strikes the balance of providing pure wisdom and examples of our bumbling humanity, but she does it so beautifully. I approach each new chapter with a mix of anticipation and dread thinking, Are we going to laugh today, Anne, or are we going to cry? Most of the time it’s both.

Sometimes, when I read the bible, I’m struck by a moment of complete understanding and grace. I can feel it in my heart. I know that what I’ve read is right for me at the time. And then other times, I have absolutely no idea what the heck is going on. I’d like to think that God knows this about me and provides me with other sources to dispense something into my mind, and so he brought me Anne Lamott. Because she’s funny and thoughtful and flawed. So when I needed a good piece of writing/thinking/inspiration to make me consider a big problem in my life, I was given pages and pages of words in “Small Victories” to help. I’d been working (let’s be real, I’m still working) on the idea of forgiveness and letting go and how hard it is to do those things. Then I read this…

1. “A lack of forgiveness is like leprosy of the insides, and left untreated, it can take out tissue, equilibrium, soul, sense of sense. I have sometimes considered writing a book called: All the People I Still Hate: A Christian Perspective, but readers would recoil.” (For the record, I would read that book so hard!)
2. “So you sacrifice the need to be right, because you have been wronged, and you put down the abacus that has always helped you keep track of things. This jiggles you free from clutch and quiver. You can unfurl your fingers, hold out your palm, openhanded.”
3. “Forgiveness is release from me; somehow, finally I am returned to my better, dopier self, so much lighter when I don’t have to drag the toxic chatter, wrangle, and pinch around with me anymore. Not that I don’t get it out every so often, for old time’s sake. But the trapped cloud is no longer nearly so dark or dense. It was blown into wisps, of smoke, of snow, of ocean spray.”

And little by little, I started to move on. Thanks, Anne.

Watching: There are two shows that I watch consistently: The Mindy Project and Extra Virgin. I’m not sure which one makes me happier. Maybe Extra Virgin, because it’s about food (food porn) and life and few things are better than that.

Listening: Shakey Graves! Well, one of his songs. I don’t even know what this dude’s real name is, but I guess it’s not important. This duo with Esme Patterson is perfection. As is Esme’s dress/boots combo. Priorities, y’all.

Loving: My daily indulgence: Lindt’s A Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate bar. Give me a tiny square on the drive home from work and I am a happy girl.

Thinking: About school and teaching. Always, always, always. Also trying to figure out how to personalize our wedding as much as possible, while still making sure that it’s inclusive enough of other peoples’ tastes and traditions. On the plus side, I’m not thinking about what I’m gonna wear because I bought my dress during winter break (a goal I was so happy to have accomplished) and it’s all sorts of pretty. Booyah! It was a strange moment for me when I realized that I couldn’t Instagram a shot of it for my friends. What’s a social media lovin girl to do?

Working: I’m working on feeling centered as a human being. How much of a hippie do I sound like right now? But seriously. I promised myself at the end of last year that I would work on becoming my best self in 2015. I usually use this blog to write down my goals/resolutions for the year, but I felt like I needed some time to sit with them before writing them down over here. In a few weeks, I’ll be 29 and I thought it was a good time to get my shit together. Or at least some of it. There are a lot of things that are out of my control, but my health has a lot to do with the choices I make.

I set a goal for myself to lose 25 lbs by the time I get married. It’s less about a number on a scale, though, and more about helping to establish healthy habits. I’ve been working out at least 5 times a week and keeping track of what I eat. I’ve been more mindful about what I’m putting into my body and pushing it to do better every single time I exercise. I’ve lost 6 lbs so far and I plan to keep chugging along, not because I have to, but because I want to. I’m excited that my body is beginning to change in small ways. I can feel some confidence oozing in and it just makes everything better. I want to know that when I get married in October, that I feel great about my body. I want to know that I worked really hard for it, too, because then maybe it’ll help keep me on a better path as I get older. I’m doing this because I care about myself and I’m doing this because I care about the life I may have in the future. Because I want to be the kind of person who encourages healthy habits in her children.

I’m glad that right now, the wedding seems to be a huge incentive for the people in my life, too. My parents have been encouraging each other to eat better and will start incorporating more exercise into their lives soon. Steven signed up for a half marathon and I can see how happy it makes him to reach certain running goals, and so it makes me happy too. I will never ever be a skinny girl; I don’t want to be. That’s not what this is about. It’s about cherishing the life that I have, and the body that I have, and actively working to make things a little better.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and that my fellow anal retentive folks cherish the thought that our month looks like this. Thank you, February. Thank you.

(Thank you to Dani Hampton of Sometimes Sweet for the continued inspiration behind these Currently posts. They make for a great start.)

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1st July 2013


I’m back from my quick trip to Florida. As much as I’ll miss my family, I’m happy to be home. One of my favorite moments from my trip is pictured above. There’s nothing quite like shoving yourself into a photo booth with your two youngest cousins. I should note that I am the oldest of all of the grandchildren on my mom’s side, so it was especially nice to be with the “kids” (they’re not really kids anymore) since they live in Germany now and I never get to see them. I should also note that both of them are taller than I am and poor Josh had 70% of his body hanging out of the booth while we were taking these pictures. It was amazing to see how much they have both grown. Josh just graduated high school and Marissa turns 13 today! Of course realizing that they’re getting old reminds me that I’m getting old, too. Darn you, existence. Darn you.

Since I’m off for the summer and I actually have a little bit of time on my hands, I thought today would be a great day to re-start my Monday Night Digs posts. But after thinking about it for a bit, I think I’m going to switch to the format that inspired these posts to begin with, Danielle at Sometimes Sweet and her Currently posts. It seems a bit looser than what I was trying to do and I don’t have to give up just because I fail to post on a specific day of the week. Let’s give this a shot!

I’m currently…

Listening to:Bruno Mars! I’m heading to my first ever Bruno Mars show tonight and I’m super excited. After seeing/hearing enough interviews with him and watching this performance about a billion times, I decided that I really needed to see him live. I also think I need to be friends with the bros in his band.

I still don’t own any of his records, only singles, but I’ve liked every song of his that has come out. Except maybe the one that has the gorillas in the video because gorillas are terrifying. Still, I’m stoked to get my dance on tonight!

Watching:Teen Wolf. Anyone who knows me in real life or follows me on Tumblr or Twitter knows how much I love Teen Wolf. I’ve always enjoyed shows with supernatural elements and Teen Wolf is the perfect blend of horror, drama, and utter ridiculousness that I adore. I feel like nothing ever makes sense, but I love it any way! I actually think I probably wrote about Teen Wolf for a Monday Night Digs post once, but I’m too lazy to look for it. If you’re interested in watching a show with lots of attractive people–fierce ladies who are smart and will kill you and dudes who happen to take their shirts off for no reason at all–then Teen Wolf is the show for you.

For your reading pleasure, a (SPOILERY) primer of sorts: Teen Wolf 101: An introduction to the eighth wonder of our world.

For your viewing pleasure, it seems there have been at least ten Teen Wolf fan videos set to the tune of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” I have probably watched every single one of them and it has now solidified a Pavlovian response to the song. Hear song. Think of werewolves. Done.

For your clicking pleasure, the official Teen Wolf Tumblr. Run by trolls. Gotta love it.

Eating: Reheated Pad Thai. Why is it that reheated food is rarely as good as it was the first day? It’s one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Loving: My new Charlotte Ronson Starbucks cup! I fell in love with it when I touched down in Tampa and when I saw it again at a mall near my grandpa’s house, I seriously considered buying it. But guess what? My aunt, uncle, and cousins totally bought it for me right behind my back. They used their crazy eye signals to orchestrate the entire thing, while I was in the Starbucks with them. I still don’t quite understand how the hell they pulled it off, but I’m happy they did. It’s so pretty. So are Charlotte Ronson’s fashion designs.


Digging: My new bathing suits from ModCloth! ModCloth has always been a tricky site for me, because my body type isn’t always right for the designs they feature. What I do love about ModCloth is the fact that they have a great return policy (free shipping) and whenever I have needed assistance, their reps have gotten in touch with me right away. After complaining about the lack of interesting bathing suits in my local department stores some friends recommended I check out swimsuits from ModCloth. There were a few that I had actually already been looking at already, so I went ahead and spent the cash. The suits were a bit pricey, but I love the patterns and overall style!

1. Bathing Beauty One Piece in Garden
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2. Fruity Suity One Piece
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Excited about: I’m a new reader of Miss Indie’s blog and when she posted a photography challenge, I decided I wanted to be involved. My project 366 thing is still happening, but I have completely given up on tagging/numbering my posts (just like last year), so I thought this would be a more manageable way to a)keep track of photos b)get inspiration for new pictures. If you want to follow along, here’s the full challenge list! How fabulous that it’s pouring in New York right now and the first thing I need to photograph is a pair of sunglasses.


What are you currently up to/digging? Let me know!

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