Current Obsessions and Other Things

Hey Internet!

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

    She is my hero (via)

    She is my hero (via)

  • 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
    This is an on fire garbage cancould be a nursery
  • 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?

It is Like There are Two Tiny Fat Monsters in my Apartment

Hey Internet! I realized I haven’t given you an update on Winston and Ellie May since we got them!

I know. Its horrible. YOU NEED YOUR KITTEN PICTURES. But… finals… That has been my excuse for everything for two months.

So. Kittens. I love them so much. And more important THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. They are best friends. They could care less about me and Adorabeezle. They have each other. I mean:

Cat Love 1 Cat Love 2 Cat Love 3 Cat Love 4 Cat Love 5

They are spoiled rotten, obvi, and have their own cat tree. They love it, but have also managed to destroy it a little – there are no longer mice toys attached to it.


They aren’t graceful #christmascameearly #elliemaywhovier

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For a long time, anytime anyone asked how the kittens were I would say “They are good. Just, you know, destroying everything we love.” And I stand by that statement. EXHIBIT A:

Tree Down

They are growing. They are basically butterballs. Both of them are rather rotund, I keep saying it is because they are about to go through growth spurts, but after Binx I MAY just have a penchant for raising really fat cats, only time will tell.

Fat Cat Ellie

Winnie Curl

Fat Cat Ellie 2

Mostly, we just really love them. I am obsessed with them and miss them terribly when I’m gone. Every two days I look at them and wonder how they have gotten so bug and then I cry…like actual tears… and that does not happen. I am a robot

So the cats are good. And if you want more updates, you should follow me on Instagram because around 85% of my posts are cat related.



I’ve Caught the Resolutions Bug

Hey Internet! I’m back! I’m still home in the suburbs of Chicago (and being reminded about WHY I left!! I’m looking at you ICE STORM!) And really trying to soak up the down time while I have it, and also try to set myself up for success in the upcoming semester.

So as I try to prepared for the spring semester, I feel a familiar sensation coming over me… I am catching the Resolution Bug. The Resolution Bug, as I’m sure you know, runs rampant this time of year and EVERYONE seems to catch it in one form or another. My system is SUPER susceptible to the Resolution Bug. It’s bad. Every year I start out thinking THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT, and every year it is the same. I start out strong for a few days, and then peter out within a week or two.

This is not something I am proud of. I make sweeping declarations and I am SERIOUS THIS TIME… for a week and a half… But guys, this year I’M REALLY SERIOUS THIS TIME. I have BIG PLANS for the new year. I’m REALLY GOING TO WORK ON THINGS. And I want to believe myself.

I want to go into this new year with BIG PLANS and I want to stick to them. But to stick to them I need to believe that I will. I need to believe myself, even though I have proven myself to be the quintessential Girl Who Cries Wolf.

So how do I believe me? How do I say “Look Liz, I know you’ve said all of these things before, but you say this time is different and DANGIT! I BELIEVE YOU!”

This is not a rhetorical question. I need somebody trustworthy to vouch for me. Because I clearly cannot be trusted.

So do you have any secrets, Internet? What do you do when you catch the Resolution Bug? How do you keep going once the Bug has passed through your system and you are left to your own devices?

This are Real Questions I have.

A New Post — It’s A Christmas Miracle!

Helllo Internet!

Looooong time no see! The last month or so of my semester was pretty rough. It involved A LOT of studying, a good bit of stressing, and a trip to the emergency room with kidney stones.

Needless to say, I’m happy for a break.

I’m currently back home in Chicago (for two and a half weeks!!) and I am so thankful for a rest. Well, rest-ish. It seems like I have been running all over the place since getting back home. It’s been wonderful to see all the people who I have missed so much, but I am le tired.

Anyway, today (Merry Christmas, btw) it really started to sink in how badly I need rest. Consistent rest. Rest in my day-to-day life. And not just fall int0 bed at midnight rest, real rest. Rest for my body and my soul.

I have been doing the #shereadstruth advent study, and it has been some much needed refreshment for my heart. As the new semester approaches, I want to start it right – keeping myself on pace in school so it’s not a mad rush at the end of the semester and taking time each day to really take care of my heart.

This always turns out to be a more daunting task than I anticipate, but without making an effort, I am just setting myself up for a world of stress and anxiety later.

So for the rest of the break, I am hoping to rest, really rest, so that as the new semester begins I will be prepared emotionally.

I also want to get back into blogging. It’s been so long I barely know where to start,  but I’ll take it one post at a time and see how it goes.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Internet and a restful holiday season

An Update in Which I am in Fact Alive

Hello Internet!

It has been FOREVER hasn’t it?

It turns out that grad school has a tendency to be stressful… Especially when finals are only a month away.

I know a month SOUNDS like a long time, internet, but it isn’t. I have almost 200 note cards to memorize in that month and some reading and all my other work on top of it.

This last week was particularly stressful, and I’ve reached a point where I realized I’m maybe pushing myself too hard. I need to give myself a little grace when it comes to the CRAZY study schedule I’ve set for myself.

If I don’t ease up, I MAY not survive this next month.

So… what are the ways I like to relax when I think I’m going to loose my mind if I memorize one more note card? (Quick! What is the estimated regression coefficient in matrix form? I’ll tell you!! (X’X)-1X’Y! You are welcome,  Internet. You. are, Welcome.)

  1. Her is a list of things I’ve been enjoying when I haven’t been panicking about school:The Hamilton Soundtrack – GUYS. This one is a game changer. It is a hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT. It is on Spotify so you have no excuse. Go listen to it right now! I will wait.

  2. Gilmore Girls –  This has always been one of my all time favorite shows, and it is the perfect show to put on in the background while I do math. I have seen every episode multiple times so far, so if I miss something its not the end of the world. Plus I’ve been channeling my inner Rory Gilmore, and she is some great inspiration for me!

    via GIPHY

  3. This American Life – There may be a lot of audio things on this list, but to be fair I have a one and a half hour commute to campus every day. I have been listening to This American Life on my drives and I have made some PROGRESS. I started on the current episodes and have made it all the way back to 2008. It’s actually a really fun way to what has changed over the last seven years, and my goal is to listen to every episode by the time i graduate. I have until next may to get all the way back to 1995, but I think I can do it.
    Ira Glass is my spirit animal

    Ira Glass is my spirit animal


  4. Pho – I got sick last week and tried my hand at making my own pho. It was super delicious AND helped me feel better from all the dying I was doing.
  5. CHRISTMAS!!! We finally got the tree up, and have been decorating and it is BEAUTIFUL in our apartment. It has been a lot of fun to work on, and it provides a super festive environment to study in!

    Best friend Christmas naps

    A photo posted by Liz (@liz_tippy) on

  6. Cats – Winston and Ellie make the BEST study distractions! They are so cuddly and and great… you know, when they aren’t destroying everything we love…

    They aren’t graceful #christmascameearly #elliemaywhovier A video posted by Liz (@liz_tippy) on

  7. Wine – I think this one is pretty self explanatory.
  8. Treating Myself – I splurged and got a rose gold ombré in my hair and I LOVE it. It was fun to splurge on myself and get something done for me.

    This is what the ombré looks like #nofilter

    A photo posted by Liz (@liz_tippy) on





So what are the things you like like to do relieve the stress?

P.s. I was watching Modern Family n Hulu while I wrote this and DID YOU  KNOW THEY MAKE SOUP K-CUPS?!!? WHAT EVEN IS LIFE!????