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Showing posts from May, 2013

beach reading.

- These weekend snaps from Natalie were the perfect way to start my week on that early Tuesday morning after the Memorial Day festivities. Now, when is my trip to London?

- Lauren is basically my fashion icon. And the shoes in this post are inspiring me in a big way.

- I always get excited when I see that Laura has put up a new post. There is a simplicity in her writing that is endearing & enchanting. I love the writing workshop posts she has started, & I'm looking forward to participating soon. I loved this past week's workshop on detail.

- Allyssa's summer reading 2013 post has me jonesing to put together a warm-weather list of my own. You know, for beach reading.

letting go.

Today's prompt for the challenge is, 'react to this term: letting go.' And while I would love to regale you with anecdotal evidence of the wonder of being able to let go, I have a test later today, & my first-test-jitters mind is only capable of so much. Thus, I am responding with a photo.

flowers bloom amongst each other; eventually, they have to let go
Want to write about letting go? Want to read what others have to say about the idea? Go here.

the meaning of music.

Today is a day for sharing music that means something to us. In the spirit of the day, I've put together a little Grooveshark playlist for you. But before we launch into discussions about these songs, I have to say that I love this prompt for Blog Every Day In May. Music means so much to me; like I said here, it takes me to a different place. It really does quiet & soothe my soul. There are so many songs that should be on this list - including the first dance song from our wedding - but I decided to go with the first five songs that popped into my head. Thus, I give you...

Buddy Holly, Weezer | My cousin took me to my first-ever concert when I was fifteen - Weezer, in Dallas. And when reunited with my parents afterwards, they told me this was the one song they could hear & recognize from miles away. I think about that every time I hear this song. 
Angeles, Elliott Smith | Elliott Smith is one of my favorite artists. Has been since 2002, & always will be. Angeles is the …

in the spirit of adventure.

Yesterday, Justin & I went on a little driving adventure around Wrightsville Beach. I say it was a driving adventure because we slept in late, & by the time we got to the beach, all the parking spots were taken, & the place was practically swarming with people soaking up the sun. So we drove around, windows down, sunroof open, music up, & just enjoyed being residents of this beautiful piece of North Carolina. 
We then headed downtown, toward Shuckin' Shack, for an oyster poboy & fish tacos. And as we waited in the dingy parking garage we've been frequenting lately on our downtown adventures, we made a promise to be adventurous each & every weekend of Summer Two Thousand Thirteen. Be it posting up on the beach for the day, further surveying the eclectic seafood restaurants on the downtown Riverwalk, or traveling - in North Carolina or outside of it - we plan to be doing something, to be soaking up everything we have around us. 
Because it is beautiful h…

fitness inspiration.

get the look | wildfox top + nike pants + nike shoes + oliver bonas water bottle

Ever since my return to Wilmington, I've had the fitness bug. Justin & I bought a scale to keep in our bathroom, & our diet + exercise routine is getting an overhaul today. With this wave of inspiration, comes the want for some new workout duds. I'm thinking slouchy, oversized tops, tight, dark cropped workout pants, & bright shoes. And let's not forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I've been seeing these self-filtering water bottles around lately, & I'm thinking a purchase may be on the horizon.
Where do you turn for workout inspiration? There are some great accounts on Instagram that promote a healthy lifestyle. That, coupled with the fitness goals I've set for myself for the year, are what keep me truckin' on that treadmill.

the sunday currently, volume 36.

Hello out there, to my faithful TSC crew! Thank you so much for sticking with me after these last couple of ramshackle weeks. I've written a bit about how difficult the last month has been for me in terms of blogging, but I am going to apologize again right now. I'm sorry for not commenting on the posts you have linked up here for The Sunday Currently in the past few weeks. I'm sorry for not giving you the Twitter shout-outs I do each week, for all those who have linked up & have a Twitter account. I'm sorry for not putting all of my heart & soul into this space, as I have in the past. 
In the midst of all these apologies, comes some good news: I'm back, full throttle. I will be commenting on your posts, & I will be tweeting you on Mondays if you have a Twitter account & have linked up. In addition, I will be - FINALLY - crafting a The Sunday Currently button, which you can include in your posts each week, or on your sidebar so that people know you…

you are boring: tales from the high school vault.

boring people don't take goofy photos of themselves. this is a proven fact. i think.
Today marks day twenty-five of the Blog Every Day In May challenge, which means that I should have twenty-five quality posts under my belt for this month, but as I missed a day, that's not entirely true. I've loved taking part in this challenge, because it has, well, challenged me, pushed me outside of my blogging comfort zone, & has served as a much-needed reset button for this little space. And it's not even over yet - we have one day short of an entire week left. 
The prompt today is something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad).
Let's take a trip back in time, to the year 2003. High school. The so-called glory days. I had just found my way out of a particularly bad, particularly lengthy relationship, & while I was feeling on the mend, I was also feeling vulnerable & self-conscious. I was finding my way again, navigating social …

the worst things about me.

Well, the unthinkable has finally happened. That's right folks, I missed a day in the Blog Every Day In May Challenge. I had committed myself to getting something written in this space for all of May's thirty-one days this year, but I missed yesterday. I had an Around Here Lately post slated to go up in the evening, but with school & everything else that happened yesterday [like going to see Hangover III], it slipped my mind, & thus, there simply was no post. Rather than back-track & pretend I had written a post yesterday, I decided to let it go. Whew. And that was hard for me, really. 
So, today we're continuing what I'll now fondly refer to as the Blog Almost Every Day In May challenge, because I have full intentions of finishing strong. Missing one day is ok, right, Jenni? I sure hope so. The topic today? Your top three worst traits. So, without further ado...
I'm a perfectionist.
I'm a procrastinator.
I'm selfish. 

There. I said it. Things I c…


clearly, i need to utilize my awesome camera lens travel mug more
It's been a busy couple of days for me, but I wanted to pop in tonight for two reasons:
1. I committed to the Blog Every Day In May challenge, & even though I knew I wouldn't be using all of Jenni's prompts, I knew that I wanted to get something down in this space for every day of the fifth month this year. 
2. I genuinely miss blogging with regularity. I miss my blogging routine, my rhythm, my interactions with other bloggers, etc. Having a rough blogging month has, once again, brought to my attention that I love being a part of this community. 
With that being said, since I've arrived back in Wilmington on Monday, I have begun school. This is something I'm really excited about, but it's taken up almost all of my energy the past two days. For the rest of this week, I will be meditating on a new weekly routine for myself, so that I can get back with the program & start doing all the lovel…