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Like I really needed something else to help me procrastinate..

Last week.  Was.  Horrific.  Oh my gosh.  I don’t even want to think about it.

There were a few good points.  One or two.


1.  My college supervisor observed me teaching, and it went phenomenally well.  Like, super amazing.  (My mom acts completely non-surprised: ‘I’ve always said you could do anything you put your mean little head to, I mean, your stubborn little head to.’  Thanks, Mama.)


2.  I won a book (One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins) from the ever fabulous Finny, and it came in the mail last week!!  First pickles, and now a sewing book?  Her blog must really like me.


The book is so great; I’ve been carrying it around with me since it got here Thursday afternoon.  I’ve already post-it-ed about a dozen projects I want to try.  The styling is pretty great.  I took a few pictures, but then my camera batteries died on me.

Only 12 school days until Thanksgiving!!  And after this week, it should be pretty easy!  And then only a week of class and a week of finals until Christmas break!!!  Ahh!  Today I started getting into kind-of a Christmas-y mood, which usually doesn’t happen until after T-giving, which is one of my favorites.  I’m making a mental list of things I want to do this holiday season.  I’ll have to write it down for you.  and me.  My mom’s decided that this is going to be the year of quality family Christmas time.  And I’m more than okay with that. 

Gosh, I can’t believe that this year is almost over!  In five weeks, I’ll have four weeks of vacation..I’m dreaming of wool felt ornaments, and quilted hot water bottle covers, and good books, and all kinds of lovely things..


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9 for (what’s left of)* ’09

I was skimming through the archives a minute ago, and I came across my list of resolutions for 2009. I’m not linking back to it here, because I’m a little embarrassed at how little I’ve accomplished.  I have learned to bake pretty good bread, so that’s one thing checked off, at least.

Maybe it’s time for some revised goals for the next couple of months.  Let’s make them measurable, while we’re at it.  Incorporate some of those good teaching strategies we’re learning.

1.  Master chili.

2.  Break addiction to caffeinated drinks.  A carry-over from January, which would probably definitely help with…

3.  Get in better shape.  Shall we say, lose 6 pounds; bike 150 miles?  Sounds doable, even with…

4.  Throw a fabulous Thanksgiving party.  No-brainer.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Be there, or be square.

5.  Read ten books.  To quote my sister, “Girl, please.”

6.  (From January 1’s ‘things to do next week’)  Finish the green half of the Belinda wrap.  ha.  At the rate I’m going, I will finish this project in 2012.

7.  Finish other miscellaneous sewing/craft projects.  Large wall-hanging embroidery.  Small ornament embroidery.  New inspiration book.  My dad is lobbying for new coasters.  And I really want a hot-water bottle+cover.

8.  Participate in politics class.  Class participation is a big percentage of our grade, and I am very.  very. bad at it.  As in, haven’t done it at all.  So.  Definitely need to make more of an effort.  Actually, let’s just say, ‘do well in politics class’ in general.  I’d really love to make an A. 

9.  Floss and take calcium daily.  A no-brainer, but then, most of these are.  Drink milk, eat healthy, yada, yada.

So, these are doable, right?  Can we agree that these will override the January resolutions?  That would really help my self-esteem, and also, daylight savings/the beginning of a new month seems like a good time to set some new goals.  I’ll check back in with these in January, and hopefully I fully intend to be able to check them all off.

*I almost titled this post ‘9 for 9/09’, then I remembered that November is the 11th month.  My bad.

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Fall is here and I love it!

A little while back I was wearing this outfit:


And I got the following comment from a random guy I passed: “That’s a serious look.  I like it.”

I chose to believe he was referring to my outfit, which was a serious look for a rainy Wednesday on a college campus, and not the look on my face (which was probably very serious, too, as I had a test in an hour and it was just all-around a stressful day).  Here’s the ‘serious look’ without my ‘His Girl Friday’ trench:


That belt is what I imagine a corset would feel like.  It reminds me of a passage from Eight Cousins: ‘ “…The idea of cramping a tender little waist in a stiff band of steel and leather just when it ought to be growing,” said Dr. Alec, surveying the belt with great distaste…’  Oh, what we do for fashion..

The dress and the belt and the boots came from a fall break getaway to Chattanooga with a couple of friends from school, but before that was a family reunion in Knoxville.  Some pictures from a Tennessee weekend:


We stopped at Mayfield on the way for ice cream.


Of course there was frisbee, and cards,


and all manner of silliness.


We slept in a pop-out camper–super fun, once the little third cousins stopped terrorizing us.  (It was also super fun to laugh at the antics of the little third cousins–a whole bunch of little boys who looked alike, full of that little boy bravado.)

The next day the family dropped me off in Chattanooga on the way home.  There was lots of eating, talking, Facebook stalking, walking, and shopping.  Highly anticipated was the fabulous used bookstore, McKay’s (and you know I have a phobia for used books, so for me to say it was fabulous means that it really is).  I’d never been before, but oh-my-gosh, I’m going back, and with a sack or two of books to trade in.  The haul:


Jill’s books (about 50 books total, most of those chapter books are stacks of multiple copies)


Beth’s books (again, just over 50)


And..my books..haha..I thought Jill and Beth were going to push me off the top of Lookout Mountain to get my hardcover copy of Hate that Cat.  We love Sharon Creech.  Who doesn’t love Sharon Creech, right?


They had their chance when we rode the Incline Railway.  The track is at a 72 degree angle.  I don’t know if you know this, but 72 degrees is practically straight up. 


The view from the top.  Pretty fabulous.

Kind of like this weather.  Which reminds me: this cool weather–it’s doing wonderful things to my hair, which is almost, just almost, back to a length I actually like.  By Thanksgiving, baby, when it’s time to see the other half of the Tennessee family.  I’ll have some more frisbee-card-playing-top-of-a-hill pictures for you then, too.  Ah, fall.  Are you here to stay this time?

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Meet the Author


Beverly Lewis, aka one of my top three favorite authors of Christian fiction ever, was in a town 45 minutes from my house last Tuesday afternoon.  So you better believe I loaded myself up in my car and headed up there!  I’ve been reading Beverly Lewis books for the past 6 years or so.  I started with the Abram’s Daughters series, which is still my all-time favorite.  If you’re going to read any of her books, start with those.


She is just as super-sweet in real life as you would expect from reading her books.  You have no idea how much strength I had to summon to ask to have my picture taken with her; I am so incredibly bashful.  I felt very brave for even going by myself and standing in line with all those other ladies, feeling very out-of-place and conspicuous in my hot.pink.cardigan(sidenote: I may have been the first (only?) person in line under the age of 40).  Afterwards, I stopped by Sonic for what may be the perfect snack (tater tots and a Dr. Pepper with crushed ice) and read the first few chapters before I had to head back to class.

All in all–great afternoon!

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Last First Day


Today was my last first day of school as a student..Summer is over, and I was oh-so-not ready to go back to classes..paperwork..stress..

One of my goals for this year is to cut out avoidable, self-induced stress.  Really, it’s ridiculous how bad at staying on top of things I am sometimes.

I also want to get healthy.  Eat my fruits and veggies, work out, get lots of sleep..

Staying connected with friends I don’t see everyday was something I failed at after living off-campus last year.  Gotta work on that.

I don’t want to look back on my college experience years from now and have any regrets.  Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to be perfect.  Sometimes I am just not a nice person.  There are a couple of people in my life, I just can’t look at them without thinking an “uncharitable” thought, as Anne of Green Gables would say.  I really want to keep everything in perspective.  I need to pray.  A lot.  About all of this.

I am just in this very reflective mood tonight, which is good because goodness knows I have a lot of reflecting and self-evaluating coming up in the next few months..We’ll check back in at Christmas and see how my goals panned out.

Did I say that I want to make straight A’s?  Because I do.  Did I mention the whole perfectionist thing?

I think the next few posts will be recaps of the moderately interesting things I did over the summer.  There will not be many, as my summer was not very exciting, but I’ll see what I can come up with..

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Points of Interest


  • I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing; kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles. ~Audrey Hepburn    Love that.
  • My friend Nikki is getting married, and she started a blog!  I’ve kinda been on this wedding kick lately, and I love looking at ideas of what other people are planning.  (Also, Nikki, how is it possible that you’re getting married?!  Weren’t we just in 5th grade last week, reading “Jacob Have I Loved” and writing really melodramatic short stories?)
  • If you don’t read Design*Sponge, you are missing out!  I’m filing this away in the wedding category of my brain..And I am almost done with my version of this..pictures soon!
  • Things that amuse me about that picture up top: my little sister is barefoot, I am wearing heels, and she’s still taller than me (for those who don’t know me in ‘real life’, I’m 5’8″–not exactly short); one of the spaghetti straps on my (very cute, very cheap) dress snapped in the car and was held up for the entire wedding rehearsal+dinner by a paperclip (in a blazing hot church; the cardi had to go); the woman at the nail place the day before assumed we were sisters, asked which one was older, and did a double take when I said I was–“You??”  yeepp..4 years..
  • My sister went to the dermatologist a couple of weeks ago, and they removed a mole on her chest to test (turned out to be pre-cancer cells and they’re going to get the rest of them, so no worries)..so the next day at band practice you could see the bandaid with the tank top she was wearing.  She told one person she had gotten laser heart surgery, another that she’d had to get a rabies shot because her dog bit her, and she told the band student teacher that she’d gotten a tattoo.  He believed her.
  • More Design*Sponge love: this entry about Little Women, one of my all-time favorites..Which March sister are you?  When I was younger, I was a Jo/Beth combo, but over the past few years I’ve been growing more like Meg and less like Jo..Need to reread the book and rewatch the movies.  And I would absolutely love for my future house to look like Orchard House (crossed with Meg Ryan’s apartment in “You’ve Got Mail”, with a healthy dash of Kate’s English cottage in “The Holiday”).
  • I got my hair cut this morning..it’s short and I’m not sure if I like it, but my dad said that he liked it, which is a major, huge deal and definitely should override my opinion (my haircuts have been..an issue..over the past 21 years..to put it delicately..)
  • I am going to go make salsa and granola, and finish sewing the binding on my quilt, and work on my yo-yo pillow, and watch The O.C.

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Behind the Scenes


I think that if I knew Francesca Battistella in real life, we’d be friends.  So many of her songs express exactly what I’ve been feeling lately.

This post has been rattling around my mind for the past two months, and I still don’t know exactly what to write.


Goodness, that sounds dramatic.

So here’s the deal.

I want my life to be completely focused on Jesus.  I’m not very good at making that happen.  This summer, it’s really been something I’ve been working on.  And I think that the number one thing I’ve learned is that it’s a constant, never-ending, can’t-let-up quest.  Because when I take my eyes off him for a moment, I’m Simon Peter, slipping under the water and back into those old, bad habits.  But God is good, and so forgiving and patient.  So I refocus my attention on him, shake the water off my face, and keep walking.

Thank you for putting up with my long absences and visiting me here.  I’m going to try to start posting more; I’ve got so much I want to share with you.

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