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*Cue Mrs, Doubtfire Voice*
Well HELLO Internet
I know it has been forever and a half since I updated this here little blog, but life is busy and blogging just has not made the cut priorities-wise.
Things that have made the cut:
- Working of a crochet project from over a year ago
- Thinking about how I should PROBABLY start studying for my comprehensive exams in August
- Criminal Minds
- Crying about how much I miss the cats (more on that in a second)
- Being in two weddings
- Day dreaming about sleep
- Buying Hamilton Chicago tickets… for next March…
- Starting my first set of Power Sheets!
So as you can see I have been VERY busy.
Since I wrote last, I finished my second semester of my master’s program and I moved to central Illinois for the summer to do an internship. I’ve been loving it, but I miss Adorableezle and Winston and Ellie May like a crazy person. Seriously. Everyday she snaps me pictures of the cats, and everyday I send her pictures of me getting all weepy and saying “WHY DO YOU WANT ME TO CRY ALL THE TIME?!?!” But I would cry more if I didn’t have my cat pictures… and now I’m sad again…
But other than the cat-related sadness, Central Illinois has been surprisingly great! The town I am in is a college town with a lot of fun things to do (ok… that may be a stretch… I mean lots of fun restaurants to try. And I do mean lots – the most restaurants per capita in the whole US). There is a cute Farmer’s Market on the weekends, and I am only a two and a half hour drive from home, a vast improvement over my normal two and a half hour flight.
This summer is also a study in adulting – It has been a while since I had a regular 40 hour a week job, and I am figuring out how to have a job and a life and how to be a Real Life Person instead of just a grad student (if you don’t understand the difference between the two, you probably aren’t in grad school). But, it is just for a summer, and I do have to go back to school in a month and a few days. As such, I have already starting having anxiety dreams about failing my comprehensive exams and showing up to my first day of teaching (I have my own class next semester! Holla!) with no syllabus and no lesson plans… So clearly I am having a very relaxing and not at all stressful summer.
Anyway, that has been my life recently. I would promise that you will be seeing me around these here internet parts more, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep. For now, here are some instagram highlights from my summer:
An Epcot Bachelorette Party!
A photo posted by Liz (@liz_tippy) on
The Bride and I
My Last Dinner in Orlando
Wine Bar Fun!
Farmer’s Market Swag
Dat Breakfast Doe
A Different Kind of Bachelorette Party
A Different Kind of Bride and Groom
I Caught My Very First Bouquet!!
So Much Bridal Happiness
Celebrating the Fourth #bombpopthechampagne
So there you have it, Internet! How have YOU been recently?
Since I have been gone for FOREVER, I thought I would stop in and talk about some things I am currently obsessed with, so you can get a feel for what I’ve been up to when I wasn’t freaking out about finals and then ignoring real life because of the holidays.
In no particular order:
- HGTV: I have a problem, and the problems name is Fixer Upper, I have watched every episode on Netflix, and have started re-watching them. I also bought My Big Family Renovation from Amazon Prime, because when my girl Jen Hatmaker is on an HGTV show you KNOW I need to watch it. All I want to do is buy a house with the no money I have and the KNOCK DOWN ALL THE WALLS
- Still Hamilton: Seriously Internet. Go listen to it RIGHT NOW. It is better than this blog – I will admit that! Go! Now!
- John Mulaney – The Comback Kid: This is my new favorite comedy special on Netflix. I watched it 3 times in a week while I was home because I just need all of my friends to GET ON MY LEVEL
- Christmas: There was so much Christmas!!! But now I’m back in school…boo…
- Plaid Puffer Vests – two Christmases in a row I have gotten plaid puffer vests from Land’s End for Christmas. And they may be my two favorite pieces in my closet. I am not even a little bit kidding. This is the vest I got this year and I have been LIVING in it:
- Peppermint Schaaps in my Coffee: ’nuff said
What are YOU obsessing over at the moment, Internet?
Hello Internet! School is schooling down here in
wonderful sunny boiling hot Florida and I wanted to check in! Basically I am at this weird place where I am SUPER MOTIVATED to do ALL THE HOMEWORK…. but I have nothing to do. I am literally preemptively reading my texts books.
This semester is shaping up to be pretty good though – I think I will like my classes and my fellow TAs are great. The only issue is it looks like I will be spending all my time on campus – between holding office hours and attending lectures and leading discussion sections during the day to taking classes at night to WAITING for my classes to start between the two, I live here now.
Its ok though. We have a nice little room where we can study and meet with students. We are going to get a coffee maker. (There is also and little cafe on the floor below us that has some pretty good coffee). So I figure that I will be well caffeinated and that being forced to stay on campus will raise my productivity… hopefully…
So far today I have done some work in my planner, read the first sections of two different texts books, drank a LOT of coffee, got SAS installed on my computer, read through my bloglovin’ feed and made some phone calls I’ve been putting off.
Let’s just hope this lasts…. (spoiler alert: it won’t)
But for now enjoy this picture of my coffee and the fact that I BLOGGED!
I am 4 days into being 25, and I think things are finally starting to get better around these parts.
My birthday was great. Old Roommate drove two hours to Orlando to spend the day with me. We went shopping and had lunch and she bought me a Birthday Crown!!
After Adorabeezle got off work, the three of us got mani/pedis. I got a gel manicure for the first time and I am LOVING the fact that I can do all sorts of things that would otherwise DESTROY a manicure. I think I am sold on the whole process, but I doubt it is in the budget to keep it up…. maybe if I stop eating….
Anyway, I got some amazing birthday treats (other than my CROWN). The biggest gift was a Disney Annual Pass from my mom. I am so so lucky to continue to be able to go to the parks after my last day of work (Next Sunday! Holla!) I got some great hair stuff and earrings and a bath bomb and a Scrump tsum tsum from Adorabeezle. I got some Birthday Money, some of which will be used to get a new Erin Condren Life Planner (my current one was in my backpack when I got stuck in a Florida rain storm. Boo). And I hear tell some things are in the mail, so I figure I’m one lucky girl.
Other than birthday-ing, 25 has been good. I’ve only had 1 minor “I’m so old!!!” freakout. I’ve started the #shereadstruth Women in the Word – Old Testament Study – I have been desperately needing time in the Word, but have been avoiding it because when times get tough Liz makes silly decisions. I’m only three days in, but so far it has been SO GOOD for my heart.
Otherwise, I am still working on the new apartment, getting ready for school to start, watching Gilmore Girls, and still hanging in there. I want to get back on the intentionality bandwagon, so I will be checking in more and more (hopefully).
How are things in your neck of the woods, Internet?
Hey Internet. I know it’s been a while since I told you about Binx or gave you any real update on what is going on in my life. My mom was here for two and a half weeks and then I had some oral surgery because my teeth are the literal worst, but now I’m back to kind of real life.
So I’m sitting here with Binx perched over my shoulder – the appointment with the feline oncologist basically wet as planned “We think its most likely lymphoma, but to know for sure you need to give us thousands of dollars you don’t have to do exploratory surgery OR we can put him on prednisone to make him feel better until he doesn’t.” I have never felt so guilty for being a poor grad student. Binx is on prednisone, and its been making him feel better. He finally started eating wet food which was SUCH a relief. Unfortunately, his eating has been declining the last few days and I’m worried. Adorabeezle Winterpop says she thinks he is still ok, but I don’t fully believe her. The hardest part is remembering everyday that he is dying – when he is acting more normal its hard to remember he isn’t actually healing. We are biding time, and that’s really hard some days.
The Whole 3o
The last two months have been total and complete bitches (pardon my french, but it is accurate), and my eating (and life in general) habits have not been great. After a wonderful friend lost a close family member recently (I told you these months have been horrible) she told me she needed to find ways to grieve healthfully. I totally related to that notion and knew I needed to work on how I had been eating and living. While loosing my cat is nothing compared to the grief some of my loved ones are experiencing, A LOT has been taking an emotional toll on my and it’s been rough.
I decided to try the Whole 3o because I heard amazing things about it and I knew I needed make a real change and now we are here. I haven’t had any sugar since June and its been… interesting. Mostly good, but I’ve been really tired. One my system gets used to not having any sugar hopefully I will have some good energy. For now, if you are interested, you can follow along on my Whole 30 journey on instagram. I’m posting way too many food pictures, hoping it will keep me accountable.
Because of everything that has been happening, I have really been craving time in the Bible and with books that point me to Jesus in general. I’m reading Carry on Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton (her blog, Momastery, is amazing). I’m also waiting with baited breath for my signed copy of Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected by one of my top five ever bloggers Kayla Aimee. I’m very excited for both and know how much my heart needs words right now.
Anyway Internet, that’s what Life has been like recently. How have you been? I’ve missed this place.