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A LONG Overdue Update

*Cue Mrs, Doubtfire Voice*

Well HELLO Internet

Hello

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:

  1. Sleep
  2. Reading
  3. Wine
  4. Working of a crochet project from over a year ago
  5. Thinking about how I should PROBABLY start studying for my comprehensive exams in August
  6. Criminal Minds
  7.  Crying about how much I miss the cats (more on that in a second)
  8. Being in two weddings
  9. Day dreaming about sleep
  10. Buying Hamilton Chicago tickets… for next March…
  11. 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:

 

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An Epcot Bachelorette Party!

This girl is MARRIED!!! #loveher #seesetobeschanze

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The Bride and I

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Adorabeezle’s Birthday

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My Last Dinner in Orlando

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Wine Bar Fun!

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Farmer’s Market Swag

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Dat Breakfast Doe

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A Different Kind of Bachelorette Party

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A Different Kind of Bride and Groom

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I Caught My Very First Bouquet!!

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So Much Bridal Happiness

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Celebrating the Fourth #bombpopthechampagne

So there you have it, Internet! How have YOU been recently?


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

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    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!
    Hamilton
  • 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
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  • 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:
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  • Peppermint Schaaps in my Coffee: ’nuff said

What are YOU obsessing over at the moment, Internet?


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


I’m Writing This From My Shared TA Office Because I Live Here Now

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.

See? PRODUCTIVITY!!!

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 heart coffee