• Books,  Events,  Makeup and Beauty

    2018 Favorites: Makeup! Traveler’s Notebooks! BOOKS! Paints! #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves [The 2018 Favorites Edition]– e.g. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received, most used purchases, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year. WELCOME to #AMonthofFaves 2018! Tanya Patrice, Kim, Tamara, and I are so excited that you’re here. This first prompt might be my favorite of all the prompts, so I am more than ready to dive in. Here’s my 2018 favorites highlight reel: Favorite makeup find: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is the perfect everyday “foundation” product for me. My skin is pretty good. I don’t usually have too many blemishes, but I do…

  • Books

    Book Juggling: Or Reading Little Bits of This and That for Eternity

    Per usual, I am reading multiple books for a gazillion years each. This doesn’t really bother me as much as it did in years past. I used to be strictly a one-book-at-a-time reader, there was a goal to reach, and I was going to get there come hell or high water. Maybe I’ve mellowed? Maybe it’s a side effect of having SO many hobbies. I’m much more chill about my reading these days. These are the books it’s going to take me (potentially) forever to get through because I’m a dip-in-and-outer. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons – I’d say I’ve spent a significant amount…

  • Books,  Events

    #ThankfullyReading Weekend Thus Far

    The Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues with Jenn’s Bookshelves’ #ThankfullyReading Weekend! I have to admit, it hasn’t been a very bookish weekend over here, but we’re headed in the right direction. The festivities of the readathon started on Wednesday evening, and I was coming down from too much essay grading. My online sections turned in their next-to-last work this week, and I was still drowning at that point. Thursday, Thanksgiving proper, my husband and I hosted my mom since kiddo was at his dad’s for the holiday. We ate a veritable feast, and the resulting food coma took over. I spent the evening crocheting granny squares, Christmas ornaments for my Etsy…

  • Books,  Events

    #AMonthofFaves is Baaaack!

    Join hosts  Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and me for our annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. We have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out for you, so you can join in anytime. There will also be a link-up on all our blogs – put a link to your post so  that we can stop by each and every post to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes. Here’s what we’ll be blogging about. #AMonthofFaves 2018 December Blog Topics MON. | Dec. 3 – #AMonthofFaves [The 2018 Favorites Edition]– e.g. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received,…

  • Books,  Miscellany

    Sunday Books and Stuff #2

    Isn’t it funny and terrifying how a whole week can pass and you just wake up at 4:30am on a Sunday morning and realize that? Oh, wait…I just used a calculator to double-check myself, because it IS 4:30 in the morning, and the first cup of coffee hasn’t gone down yet, and IT’S BEEN 13 DAYS! How has it been 13 days? Oh right… Essays to grade Trainings to do More essays to grade House to clean Meals to cook Other fun stuff to do (see SIMS4, crochet) Life, y’all. Wow. Was Reading | Sadly, this has not been a great reading month so far. I’m taking comfort in the…

  • Books

    State of the Blogger Live Chat

    When I decided to jump headlong back into blogging, I did have the question, “Does anyone even do this anymore?” I’ve been blogging for over 13 years, see, and many of the folks I followed in my “prime” have left their blogs for other platforms. I get it. We are very much an instant gratification, keep it short sort of Internet, but I’m still compelled to write. In pursuit of my own interests, and totally selfishly I want to chat with you all about blogging. How’s it going? Is it going? Are you feeling the pull of other platforms? Gonna ditch it all and podcast? Let’s talk about it. November…

  • Books

    Sunday Books and Stuff

    Happy Sunday, folks! It’s a lazy one here. My husband is out running errands, but Greyson and I had coffee with my mom (coffee for us, cartoons for him). There’s some crochet in my near, near future, and we may go out for some archery this afternoon. That’s about it! Now, on to the books and stuff! Reading | Don’t tell, but I still have a few pages of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to finish up. I’m also in the middle of Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards for #nonficnov. Listening | All podcasts all the time. Since Spooked! ended for the season,…

  • Books

    #RIPXIII Rewind: Spooky-Good

    RIP XIII began on the first of September, and I was off and running! While I did get a lot of reading done, it was a mixed bag of unsettling winners and…well…duds. Here are the books you should read and skip. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn was unsettling. Flynn can freak me out like almost no other other…to the point that I haven’t read a whole lot of her work. This short story seemed like a perfect way to kick off the season, and it definitely delivered some unsettling twists and turns. Meg (Meg #1) by Steve Alten was just as hokey as I knew it would be. Admittedly, one…

  • Books

    Nonfiction November Week 1: Year in Nonfiction

    Nonfiction November is here, and Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness is hosting this first week out. My year in non-fiction has been good. It’s been a little odd for me. I’ve taken the time to seek out a TON of non-fiction this year, actually, though having the drive and time to read it all is a neverending struggle. Let’s start with the books I’ve actually read:  The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America  Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans (re-read) Inspired: Slaying…

  • Issues

    Love Better

    I spend a lot of time second guessing myself lately. Professional decisions loom large, my faith is constantly tested, my patience is frayed. The only thing I know for sure is that I am called to write. To lay down these words at the altar of hope. Two days ago, a gunman, a homegrown hate criminal, dealt death to 11 individuals in a Pittsburg synagogue because he had a perverted idea that Jews are the enemy of his (white) people. I won't even go into how this situation has been heightened and incited by US political leaders. You already know. I have struggled over and over again with how to…