Archive for the ‘Snapshots’ Category


Today’s the day! Today marks my fifth year anniversary of having a blog at this location, so what better day to start my first link-up?

Last week, we watched the State of the University’s address from our office. Jessa and I also took advantage of Avesta (restaurant in the Union) finally being open for the semester (maybe that was the Friday before…yes). I had beef bourguignon, and it was as tasty as it was beautiful.

I halfway participated in Your Career Homecoming Challenge by Laura Simms, but I wasn’t very good at it. She had some great ideas, though, and she has a free video series starting tomorrow, so click the link above to learn more/sign up!

And as with any week, there was much coffee.

How was your week? Want to share a post? If I’ve done this right, you will be able to follow the LinkUp below. *crosses fingers*

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Snapshots – 8.22.16

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Last week was books, reading, flowers, and welcome.

Our church book club selection this month was The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. It was a quick, fun read. The review on the back that said it was as if Bridget Jones’s Diary and The DaVinci Code had a baby was spot on.

I love that I have a table with enough room for a bouquet of flowers.

Kim fed me on Monday. It was delicious. Charlie was disappointed in my lack of interest in throwing the whats-it, though.

And yesterday was our big move-in day to the residence halls. It was my twelfth move-in and the first one where I wasn’t drenched in sweat by the end of it. I love my new job.

What was your week like?

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Snapshots 8.15.16

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Now my pictures look like summer. Finally. I am enjoying Susannah Conway’s August Break challenge on Instagram. I’m also enjoying the shoes Natalie got me for my birthday in March. That is, I finally made time to fancy up my toes so that they didn’t look like claws and could face the light of day.

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I’ve also been reading like crazy. Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State is one of the best things I’ve read this year. Go read it immediately. I mean, maybe. Take care of you and be advised – gruesome brutality/rape descriptions abound.

September will be when I start the link-up process for Snapshots. I’m excited to see what all of you add to this conversation!

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Snapshots 8.8.16

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“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. ” This is the Nat King Cole song that runs through my mind (and now my speakers) as I think of what to say about last week. And although, unlike NKC, I do not wish that summer would always be here, because OMG hot, I am relishing the fact that I finally get to have a summer. I don’t even mind that it’s just a few weeks long.

I think I read more last week than during June and July combined. I had ice cream and Whataburger, and I painted my nails. I finished off the sun tea.

What does summer mean to you?


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My week last week. Note how few boxes are there. 

July was many things.

It was moving and setting up the new place and showing it off.

It was snow cones and sun tea and lots of tacos.

It was friends and family and being surrounded by the love of manual labor.

It was not relaxing, and it was very, very hot, but it was good.

Last week was the first full week that I was really in the apartment without having to trip over boxes. All my books are on the shelf, and Margat’s  blue face painting (see above) is up, so that means it’s home.

This will be the first week this summer that my schedule doesn’t revolve around packing or moving or finding a place to move all the things I’ve packed.

We read The Notorious RBG for our church book club. It was a great celebration of her and made us all fall even more in love with her than we already were. It initiated a lively discussion, too, which makes it a fun book club choice.

My favorite thing I read this month was Shrill. I love Lindy West. She’s hilarious and insightful, and everyone should buy and read her book.


I missed my writing night last Friday, so I didn’t post a Friday Five, but I loved so many things last week.

1. Michelle Obama’s speech.

2. “You literally said all those things.” Heh. I’m not Hilary’s biggest fan, but that was awesome. Good job, HRC (and by that, I mean probably HRC’s speechwriters/social media folk).

3. I don’t even like this song, but this video made me weepy. Also, I see you T.R.Knight, and I love/miss George. It was an emotional week.

4. Thank you, black women. For all that you do. The world owes you so much. We owe you. So. Much.

5. Bill Clinton’s balloon love made me laugh and laugh.

My very favorite thing from last week was watching all my friends post pictures of their daughters watching Hilary Clinton accept the nomination. Despite all my misgivings, that was moving.

It was a good month and an especially good week.

I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer for What I’m Into. Hop over there and take a look!

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Mom and Dad visited this weekend and brought me a table! Mom, Tammy, and I spent a lot of time cleaning the table and putting things to place, and Matt and Dad spent a lot of time running errands and cooking out, putting up pictures and curtain rods, and changing the oil in my car. They all spent the weekend saying how much they really like the new place. I feel pampered and full of steak.

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The apartment is coming together. The furniture is all in place (and it looks less cluttered now). I even have room to grow on my bookshelves! Yippee!!

What was your week like?

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Moving is almost over. I have the donation pile to take today, and then I finish cleaning. And then I’m done. So by 9:00 p.m. – it’s over. I am moved. *much rejoicing*


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I stayed in the new place for the first time on Friday night. So on Saturday, I enjoyed some of the first comforts of home. I bought petunias to hang on the patio and had my first coffee in the apartment. The first thing I saw when I woke up on Sunday was my embroidered painting. I will probably eventually hang it on the wall, but I kinda like it where it is for now.


Of course, the first place I am unpacking/arranging is the office. I have so many boxes and room to grow.

Curtains are on the purchase list, but for now, I kinda like waking up with the sun instead of an alarm.


What was your week like?

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Moving, Week One

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Y’all. My new place is CUTE.

Let’s all bask in the glory of that flooring. Most days, it’s all I can do not to sink to the floor when I walk in and whisper, “I love you!”

Despite all the sleep I’m not getting (although the world is mostly to blame for that. Lord, have mercy). Despite the bruises all over my arms from moving so many boxes that were probably heavier than I should have been lifting (what I lack in strength I make up for in stubbornness). Despite the sore muscles and the complete lack of free time. I’m happy.

Last week was the first week of the move, and this week should pretty much finish it up. Technically, I have until next Wednesday to be out of the old place, but I don’t see it taking that long. We have already started unpacking part of the kitchen, and I look forward to unpacking books.

The bookshelves get moved Friday. Then the books and the floor will be competing for my affection.


I’m working on fine-tuning my Internet presence, and Snapshots is a new blog category that I think will help me do that. Every week (my goal is Monday or Tuesday), I will post pictures or, if there are a lot of them, collages of pictures that illustrate the previous week. It may eventually turn into a link-up, because there are a lot of you who do similar things, and I would love to host a place where we can see snapshots of each others’ lives. Comment below if you’d be interested in such a thing. Posts can be just pictures or pictures and short (or long – you do you) descriptions.

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