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happy halloween!

Is it weird that Halloween is the host of many of my favorite memories? There was just something about pulling on my long-awaited costume, my mom putting makeup on my face, grabbing my jack-o-lantern candy bucket, & heading out into the chilly night, flanked on either side by my parents, my sister beside me. There was something about feeling my candy bucket get heavier & heavier, realizing there would be a whole spread of treats to enjoy for days to come. There was just something about not being scared to knock on a stranger's door. There was just something about seeing that some of the adults handing out candy still dressed up, too. There was just something about the way our neighbors' houses smelled, that I can still smell today, when I think on it. There was just something about traipsing through my new neighborhood, with new friends, freshman year of high school. There's just something about Halloween, that's unlike any other day of the year. And I think i…

my ongoing love of hugh macrae park.

I wrote on Monday about looking inward, & I really couldn't think of a better place to do so than the one pictured above. Really, for me, nothing compares to pulling on my running shoes, driving over to my favorite park, firing up my Pandora app, & just... running. Running until I can't anymore. Running to combat the stress I'm feeling. Running for the health of my body & mind. And then, I'll stop running, & I'll walk for another half a lap or so, taking in the beauty of what has now long been one of my favorite places in Wilmington.

photo: Hugh MacRae Park

i chopped off my hair [& i like it!].

*Note: this post was accidentally deleted earlier [I know - GASP]. So, if you commented, I apologize... I lost them all.
Whenever I consider writing a post about my hair, I think of this one, which was published long ago. And if that post told you anything, it's that I like changing up my hair [to say the least]. So, the fact that this past Friday, I walked into the salon & asked them to chop around eight inches off my hair, should come as no surprise, really.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably already seen most of these photos. But, for records' sake, I wanted to chronicle the big chop here on my blog.

So far, I am really loving the new 'do. It's proven to be quite low maintenance, Justin absolutely LOVES it, & to be honest, I feel like a new person. There's just something about changing up your hair, you know? It's coming up on time to re-dye my hair, & I'm trying to decide whether to go a bit darker, or to keep rockin'…

on looking inward.

Sometimes when I get overwhelmed, I take a few moments to meditate on the vastness of the world. I breathe in, thinking about how very small I am, amidst the chaos of the universe. I breathe out, & I let go of those things that feel like they're holding me back. I close my eyes, then open them again, seeing things in a different, simpler light. 
Our problems are so small in the scheme of things, so insignificant compared with the enormity of the world. And to me, that is a big comfort.
That thought allows me to look inward & concentrate on being the best I, myself can be at any given moment. In times when I feel as though I lack any & all power, I have power over myself. I have power over my emotions, over my feelings, over how I choose to view things. I have power over how I present myself, how I react, & how I choose to treat others. And knowing that that is enough - that how I carry myself is enough - eradicates that huge weight  I try to carry around from time…

the sunday currently, volume 58.

here's my new hair cut. i really like it.
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N G a statistics chapter today, as well as some anatomy notes. Is it December 13 yet? The end of this semester deserves a party thrown & a cake made.  W R I T I N G packing lists for my upcoming trip! L I S T E N I N G to Awkward. So excited about the season premiere! And after this, we're going to watch Grey's Anatomy. DVR is a glorious thing.  T H I N K I N G that I'm so excited to go to NYC for the first time... & then, going home in December. I can't wait! S M E L L I N G & drinking a tall nonfat caramel macchiato.

a return to friday's fancies [#71]: in the office.

knit | top | necklace | slacks | flats

Lately, I've been rummaging through my old blog posts, kind of like one would rummage through a trunk of their belongings found in the attic. I revisited some fond memories, remembered some not-so-fond ones, & just generally reminisced, but mainly I was aware of my favorite types of posts & information-sharing techniques being brought into focus pretty clearly. 
It's a funny thing, blogging. You do certain things, you stop doing certain others. Your blog evolves slowly, sometimes for no reason other than progress for progress' sake, sometimes as a means to feel as though you're making progress. I say it's funny, because all we should really do while blogging is enjoy it. That's what this is here for, at least in my eyes. To enjoy. And to share.
All of that to say, I've been missing being a part of the Friday's Fancies community somethin' fierce. And that's why I'm promptly rejoining today. No, I di…

on the glory of normalcy.

I don't think you can ever really understand the stress & busyness & pulled-in-multiple-directions-ness of returning to school as an adult until you are living it. [And I know it would be much more difficult if I were living in Shreveport, surrounded by family & friends & lovely, fun things to do]. It is challenging, but rewarding. It's a time in my life that is difficult now, but that I know I will look back on fondly, as a time when I was completely exerting myself mentally, physically, emotionally, & scholastically. It's a blessing. It really is.
And oh, how I will treasure those years of rise, coffee, work, sleep! Oh, how I will treasure the normalcy. Just like I treasured the normalcy of working Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 after working on the copy desk at the paper. A return to normalcy is glorious. But, alas, to return to normalcy, you must first be catapulted out of it. 
I'm probably not yet on the upswing - I'm more than likely…

the sunday currently, volume 57.

yesterday's rainy Starbucks Saturday adventure
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N G nothing for school, all weekend, & it has been glorious. I had an ethics test on Thursday, & he decided not to assign anything until our next class. Win. And my A&P teacher has really slacked off, which is a God-send. He was assigning 200 questions to be completed in three days for a while there. That is not fun.   W R I T I N G feels weird this morning. For some reason, I feel like I haven't written in a really long time, & I know that I wrote last week's Sunday Currently in advance, but it feels even longer ago that I wrote one. Time, why you so weird? L I S T E N I N G to the hum of the ceiling fan & the click-click-clack of the keyboard. I'm still in bed. And truth be told, if I didn't have to write this post, I think I may still be asleep. As implied before, it's been quite the lazy weekend around here. T H I N K I N G that I cannot wait for this …

charleston in october.

Are you tired of hearing about Charleston in this space yet? Well, worry not, because this will be the last post on the Holy City for awhile [you know, until our next visit]. 
When we rose early on Sunday morning, I went down to the hotel lobby for tea & honey. As I sipped, I hustled & bustled to get ready. And when we finally set foot on the streets of downtown Charleston, it was like a collective sigh was let loose: the buildings seemed to relax into themselves, the streets breathed easily. And we knew where we were headed: toward a creaky front porch covered with mums & pumpkins, toward Southern comfort food at its best, toward brunch. And as we left with full bellies, we decided to traverse a bit of the land laid before us. It was still early, so the stray twinkle lights here & there glowed from within & exuded that extreme comfort that they're sometimes known for. Shops & libraries still lay dormant, waiting for the hour to strike which brought with it…

around here lately: a glimpse at our first anniversary.

On Sunday, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We woke up in Charleston, had brunch at Poogan's Porch [definitely our favorite place we've thus far discovered in the Holy City], & ate thawed-out, year-old wedding cake. Here are some snaps to prove it.

saturday, october 12 was a beautiful day for a roadtrip sidewalk art spotted in downtown charleston an 'oink' adorned wall at jim & nick's BBQ, where we had lunch

a saturday afternoon spent at parson jack's, where there was money on the ceiling [we watched the LSU-Florida game, & LSU won] sunday morning anniversary brunch on the porch at our favorite, poogan's porch

we didn't take many pictures, but here's what we looked like on october 13, 2013 when we arrived home, we feasted on defrosted, year-old wedding cake
I think the first year is a big milestone as far as anniversaries go. True, Justin & I have been together for a lot longer than one year, but this was our first married year.…

how to get out of a rut.

Last week, I wrote a little something over on Sidda Writes about being in a rut. Since then, I've managed to start digging myself out of it. Here's how.
1. I changed my to-do list format. Stop writing the same lists over & over, like I was doing. It doesn't make you want to do the tasks any more the next day, if they are presented to you in the exact same way. It just doesn't. Trust me. 2. I made a brand new playlist. And on it, I put songs that relax me in some way. I reached back into the early nineties to grab those songs that always make me feel safe [namely, anything by Matchbox Twenty]. I kept up with the Joneses & put some of the hip stuff I listen to on alt nation on there. I added John Mayer, because his voice reminds me of the safety of my freshman year dorm room bed, which looked out over the residence hall courtyard. I added all of the things like that. And, I tell you what, when listening to that playlist, I feel like I can do anything. And it helps…

the sunday currently, advance edition: it's our one-year anniversary! [volume 56].

a year ago, today.
As of today, Justin & I have been married for 365 days, which I think is amazing. It feels like yesterday that I was heading down to Nottoway with my family, & Justin was heading in to Shreveport from Wilmington, & we were preparing for our wedding, flanked by our closest family & friends. As I reflect on our last year of marriage, I'm overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude for having such a caring, loving, funny, & responsible husband. I can't wait to see all that lies in store for our life together! 
To celebrate our anniversary, we took a little road trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Ever since our visit back in February of this year - see here, here, here, here, here, & here - we have been smitten with the Holy City. It seemed only fitting to celebrate in a place we enjoyed so much last time. Since this is an advance edition of The Sunday Currently - I'm writing it on Friday night around 9:30 p.m. - I'm going to go ahead …