Would You Attend Your 20th High School Reunion?

I’m sitting in my home office while my husband prepares breakfast, and it seems so crazy and awesome that we’re approaching our first anniversary so quickly. June 3rd will mark a year that we’ve been married, and while it’s been a year filled with change, it’s also been one of the best years of my life so far. June 3rd is also the date of my 20th high school reunion, and while we ultimately decided to take a vacation elsewhere, we did consider heading up to Oklahoma to see family and old friends. I enjoyed high school, but the years after it proved to be the darkest, most difficult of my life for reasons that I’ll probably never talk about on the internet. My senior year of high school was hard, though I do have fond memories of friends. I didn’t stay in close contact with many people from Oklahoma, but there are people from middle school and junior high who are still important to me today. They knew me when my life was hardest, and they still choose to love me today. I see those people when I visit Oklahoma, and I don’t anticipate that changing…ever. Michael and I […]
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Premarin, whole grains, and why you can’t believe headlines

Imagine you have a friend named Justin. He is a schoolteacher. Honest, hardworking, doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks alcohol, sleeps well, doesn’t take drugs, shows up at work every day. He has also chosen to be vegetarian.

Another friend of yours, an auto mechanic named Tommy, eats fast food, loves fried chicken, drinks too much beer on the weekends, likes to drive fast cars, and sometimes gets into legal tangles. He smokes cigarettes, though has limited it to only half-a-pack per day. Late weekends, some weekday nights, sleep cut short to just two or three hours. Tommy is not a vegetarian, but likes his burgers rare with a big side of French fries and a can or two of Coca Cola.

Graduation Day and The Royal Wedding

If you know me at all, you probably know that I love “Suits” on USA Network, so when I found out that Meghan Markle was marrying Prince Harry, I knew I’d watch it. (I haven’t watched her TV marriage to Mike yet, but I plan to catch up on that in the coming weeks.) I’m usually off on weekends, but their wedding day was also Graduation Day at Tulane. I was there for work even though I did receive my first diploma. I could have walked across the stage that day too, but I decided to wait until I complete my second degree in December since you can only walk once. It was a busy day and so hot and humid, but it was fun because I helped usher people in as they excitedly anticipated seeing their loved ones celebrate their accomplishments. After that, I got to visit with departing students as we toasted with champagne and tiny desserts. (I skipped the desserts, but I didn’t skip the champagne!) After graduation, Michael picked me up and brought me home, then I took a two-hour nap. I think naps are fantastic, though I rarely make time to enjoy them. Maybe I’ll take […]
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Do What You Enjoy

If you know anything about me, you probably know that I enjoy crafting. I think it’s important to do things that we enjoy on a regular basis. I like spending time with Michael, but it’s not the only thing I like. I like cooking and baking and taking baths with pretty bath bombs from Lush, but that makes me sleepy. I also like watching Netflix, but I find that sitting on the sofa to watch TV makes me tired whether I’m tired or not. I read a lot. I used to enjoy scrapbooking as much as reading too, and I’ve found myself enjoying it again lately. I think making memories and printing photos from our adventures makes it more fun.  Having more room in our new home also makes it easier, and now that I’ve adjusted to my new schedule I’m getting back to doing some of the other things that I enjoy. I knitted a lot over the winter, and my cup sweaters are doing their job as my intake of cold brew coffee increases. I make it at home most of the time, but I still keep cup sweaters in my car and at my desk in case […]
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