Dec 6, 2013
December is shaping up to be a pretty great month. There's something about that span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One holiday is over and the other hasn't arrived yet. We all go back to our jobs or classes and it's business as usual, except it's not. There's this feeling of anticipation in the air, this looking forward. It makes the normal days at work seem more exciting than they actually are. It's the very beginning of winter when it's still fun to pull on boots and a scarf in the morning. Brown leaves are blowing around outside like it's still fall and the air is chilly, but there's still an underlying warmth to it. It's just the beginning and we're all looking forward. Happy December, y'all.
- I can think of at least three people who would want a giant inflatable T-Rex for Christmas. Sorry, it's a little out of my price range, guys.
- Wishlist: this Joanna August dress, this wall hanging, this sturdy leather tote
- The 24 Merry Days giveaway is seriously killing it. I never win these things, but I can't help but enter. I've discovered some really great vendors and blogs through this giveaway too!
- Yum. This sounds so good
- Oh, Deer!
- In love with everything from this Etsy shop.
- Bleubird's A Maker Series is interesting.
- 19 signs you're doing better than you think. I needed to read this.
Nov 23, 2013
- A Friendsgiving
- Love these blankets from Target. We got ours as a wedding gift and I've loved having it on our bed.
- Recently added these two blogs to my Bloglovin': one and two
- 11 Indispensable Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From 'Anne of Green Gables'
- Buy a fake wreath from Ikea and stick some leaves in it.
- A clampersand!
- Watch this...
- Some very true words
- And, finally, a pretty song
Nov 14, 2013
+ I've been getting into Twitter lately. You can follow me here.
+ Yesterday I realized that I am still reading the same book that I started while sitting on the beach on the Fourth of July. How sad is that? It's not the book's fault, it's because I've been horrible at putting away the computer or iPad to spend time with an actual book. On the other hand, I found a new blog this week and I read through the archives in one night.
+ All I want for Christmas is an iPhone. Yes, I am officially the last person in America to not have an iPhone. (We all know that's not true, but for drama's sake let's pretend it is.) My contract is not up until January though, so I'll probably be holding out until then.
+ I still haven't changed the clocks in the kitchen, because in the mornings when I'm getting breakfast before work I like to think it's tricking my mind into thinking I got to sleep in an extra hour (even if I didn't). It's ridiculous and I know it. I'll change them one day.
+ I have to return my iPad to the University in four weeks. I've gotten very addicted to that thing and although I know I don't need one, I'm going to miss it! Book reading time.
+ I have spent way to much of my free time searching for a house. It started out being a lot of fun. Do you know how many apps there are for house-searching?! But it's turning into a bit of a drag. Richmond, why you got to be so darn expensive!
Nov 12, 2013
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Those words pretty much sum up everything you need to know about using social media well...
Sell Your Ignorance
Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited repertoire. He was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject. The journey of not knowing to knowing was his work.
"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want." - Bill Watterson (found via swiss-miss).
How the Internet Has Changed the RSVP
With ease come presumption and murk. Take, for instance, the modern R.S.V.P. The Internet has allowed a host or event producer to painlessly publicize his or her event to sultans and skateboarders in minutes, the digital invitation beaming on their computer screens and cellphones like an onion puff dangling from a stick. But hasn't all of this ease and streamlining also helped erode the social contract that is at the heart of an R.S.V.P.? People have gotten extremely wiggly about R.S.V.P.'ing. People either don't R.S.V.P. and show up anyway, or they R.S.V.P. yes to everything and decide later what their best option is.
^Tell me I'm not the only one who has become "extremely wiggly" about online R.S.V.P.s. My problem is choosing the "Maybe" option and then forgetting about it until the week of or (gasp!) the day of.^
Don't Say Goodbye. Just Ghost.
We all agree it's fun to say hello. A hello has the bright promise of a beginning. It's the perfect occasion to express your genuine pleasure at a friend's arrival. But who among us enjoys saying goodbye? None among us! Not those leaving, and not those left behind. Let's free ourselves from this meaningless, uncomfortable, good time-dampening kabuki. People are thrilled that you showed up, but no one really cares that you're leaving. Granted, it might be a aggressive to "ghost" a gathering of fewer than 10. And ghosting a group of two or three is not so much ghosting as ditching. But if the party includes more than 15 or 20 attendees, there's a decent chance none will notice that you're gone, at least not right away. If there's a guest of honor, as at a birthday party, I promise you that person is long ago air-kissed out. Just ghost.
And some words worth remembering:
Nov 4, 2013
We left Friday after I got off work, grabbed some food to eat on the road and hit the interstate. Traffic was on our side and we made it to the city in great time. Usually we catch the metro but this time we decided to take the car (even though the cost of parking at our hotel was ridiculous). It ended up working out perfectly, though, because by some stroke of luck we were the hotel's Guest of the Day (yes, there's such a thing) and one of the perks was free parking. Score!
Saturday had to have been one of the most beautiful days we've had this fall. Thanks to another Guest of the Day perk, we got to enjoy an enormous breakfast before walking it off on King Street. We checked out some of the shops, strolled through the Old Town Farmer's Market and watched the sailboats go by on the Potomac. Despite my best intentions to find Christmas presents for everyone, I left empty-handed. I'm the world's worst procrastinator when it comes to buying Christmas presents, so I thought I'd start early this year. No luck, yet but still have time, right? It ended up being the perfect way to spend a weekend. Sometimes just getting out of Dodge, even for a day, is all you need.
P.S. I'm liking this whole time change thing so far. I'd been having a tough time getting up in the mornings when it was so dark outside, but this morning the sun was streaming through my window when I woke up. Yay for an extra hour! I probably won't be so excited about it when it's dark as I'm leaving work, but oh well. I'll take what I can get.