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joyful shreveport.

Well, our Christmas vacation in Shreveport was over in a flash. 
We ate lots of delicious food, spent lots of time with family, went shopping, and saw a couple of our friends. As always happens on these visits, we didn't get to see everyone that we would have hoped to have seen, but that always seems to be the way of it when we're in for less than a week.
This trip was a joyful one, however, filled with memories I know we will never want to forget. And while I'm glad to be settling back into my home routine, I am already missing Shreveport and all that place means to me.
You may have noticed, too, that I didn't blog one bit while there either - I know, slacker. Sometimes you just have to "unplug," right? I am happy to be blogging again, happy to be home, happy to be settling in to see what twenty-sixteen will bring.

on calling somewhere home.

happy first-day-of-winter
I've thought a lot about starting a new blog in the last year. Many times, I feel somewhat self-conscious over the blog name "siddathornton," because I feel like it is a made-up word that isn't exactly natural. In addition, over the last couple of years, I have fallen completely in love with camellias, and I have come up with a few blog names that follow that theme, that I actually really like. 
Every time I try to "make the switch," though, I hesitate. 
This blog has been my home for four-and-a-half years so far. There are some very fond memories that are attached to this blog. And I don't want to let go of them. In fact, some of my most favorite blogs over the years have "re-branded" themselves - some more than once - and I always feel a little bit sad when they make that choice. 
Call me a sentimentalist, but I find something very comforting about consistency, even loyalty, when it comes to our blogger-homes. I'…

home for the holidays.

before the trimmings
There's nothing quite like the time leading up to when we get to travel home to be with family for the holidays. There's a spark in the air, an energy. Everything looks brighter and more festive. 
In the time we've lived over here in North Carolina, I've grown very fond of travel. There's something magical about starting out in one place and ending up in another. Add to that the little details - the wool carry-on bag that I've grown to love even more than when we picked it up in a shop on a sleepy Saturday; the buzz of the airport, with hundreds - or is it thousands? I've never been good with numbers - of people, all going to different, interesting places; watching the planes take off and land in a peaceful, amazing little dance... There is so much about travel to love. 
There's also something so renewing about this time of year. Of course, there is the New Year right around the corner, getting ready to usher in twenty sixteen. But …

the sunday currently, volume 119.

o christmas tree
reading - Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman. I haven't been reading it lately, with the hectic end to the semester, but I am starting it back up today. I'm so excited to be reading for pleasure again. writing - a lot of pre-travel to-do lists in my planner. Excited to visit my hometown next week. Also writing? In my ink & paper journal  almost daily this past week. Couldn't be happier about that, and couldn't be more excited for the traveler's notebook that I'm getting for Christmas, which I will share more about next week. listening - to another episode of The Sopranos, my new television obsession. thinking - that coffee that I brew at home is the best coffee. smelling - our Christmas tree every time I come down the stairs. It is the most perfect, most festive thing ever. wishing - for safe travels & a wonderful visit home next week. hoping - for the same.  wearing - my ECU OT sweatshirt almost constantly. It's so cozy,…

let's carve a pumpkin.

On a chilly weekend in late October, Carina had a pumpkin carving party. We all gathered in her back yard on a blanket, pumpkins in hand, carving tools at the ready, & created some of the most festive jack-o'-lanterns you ever did see. We ate soup, decorated cookies, chatted around a bonfire, & just generally enjoyed each other's company. And I know that this is one of the memories from being in grad school that I will hold close to me for years to come. 

music & mornings.

[Editor's Note: the following post was scribbled in a statistics notebook in between learning about p values & matched pairs.]
This morning, I would have classified myself as particularly slow-moving. Then, I slowly sipped coffees (eventually totaling to four cups) & slowly came to life.
I took Tahoe outside, & on the way down the sidewalk, I listened to Ours, by Taylor Swift. 
Halfway down the sidewalk, I changed the song over to Peaches, by In The Valley Below, & I remembered a couple of semesters ago & realized how far I have come, but I also felt a weird sort of kinship with myself that comforted me greatly. 
Almost back to the house & time for a new song. I chose Get It by Matt & Kim, because it always pumps me up. And after walking in the misty, soul-sucking rain, I just needed to be pumped up. 
Into the kitchen, making the second pot of coffee, & I chose San Francisco, by the Mowgli's. A song that never fails to make me feel warm & remind …

the sunday currently, volume 117.

christmas season is here
reading - Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman. I've long been wanting to read this book that my mother picked up during a visit to Destrehan Plantation in August of 1996, & it felt fitting to start it up over Thanksgiving break.    writing - Christmas lists! Soon it will be time to start up my Christmas shopping, & I want to be prepared. Also writing? In my journal. And in my planner, writing and crossing off to-do lists as we wrap up the rest of this semester.  listening - to my Christmas playlist on Spotify this morning was just what the doctor ordered. I woke early and was downstairs before 7. I turned on the Christmas tree, brewed a pot of coffee, & got some work done before anyone else woke up. It was a morning well-spent! thinking - that it's time to get in check with diet & exercise. I have greatly enjoyed my very indulgent Thanksgiving week, but I'm ready to be healthy and get in shape before the end o…

the sunday currently, volume 116.

cloudy thursday fresh market hand cream first 2015 peppermint mocha
Hello, good morning. I am coming to you from a windy-rainy Greenville today. I just ate a bowl of berry oatmeal, & I am sipping on a brown sugar latte from the local coffee shop. Justin & I are planning to clean today, in anticipation of our Thanksgiving guests, who are set to arrive on Tuesday. I will also be chipping away at some upcoming assignments, so that Thanksgiving break can be just that - a break. I am so excited that the holidays are upon us. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years truly combine to form my favorite time of year. 
reading nothing, & I am sad about it. I never finished Go Set A Watchman, & I don't think I'm going to. I'm going to bring Jessica's copy back to her tomorrow, in fact, because I have had it since the summer, & I don't want to hold onto it any longer. Someone else may want to borrow it from her! I am missing my passion for re…

the sunday currently, volume 115.

Not a lot of photos have been snapped lately. Not a lot of words read or written. That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't heart behind these words. Though they are few, they are still written with love and intention. And with wishes for world peace. And for Christmas break to be upon us. And for more time with loved ones. And for more journaling and introspection and reading and writing and listening and thinking. Even though I know that these posts exist as a sort of timeline of my life, it still stings when I can't put my thoughts into words. I know it's all cyclical, I know that soon I'll be writing again, but it never stops me from freaking out in this moment, in my literary dry spells. I did scribble out a bit of writing in my statistics notebook the other day... maybe soon, those words will appear here. 
readingAfternoons & Coffeespoons and feeling inspired. writing... a thing that I miss. I haven't journaled in months.  listening to the tap, tap, …

the sunday currently, volume 114.

CURRENTLY... getting everything done. The last time I did a TSC post like this, was on this day. And, to add insult to injury, this post is going up late. I'm hoping that this next week is a little less stressful and chaotic, which will lead to a carefully and thoughtfully-penned 115th edition of The Sunday Currently. I am happy to see however, that many of you have linked your posts up with last week's edition. I will open up the ability to link up on this post, but feel free to add your links to either one.

Have a great week!

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the sunday currently, volume 113.

jack o'lanterns from a friday party
Another quick edition today. There is much to be done.

reading school-related materials.
writing lists in my planner.
listening to the television talk about sports.
thinking that Christmas Break will feel great this year.
smelling a large coffee from Buzz.
wishing there were more hours in the day.
hoping I can focus all day today.
wearing pajamas.
loving family and friends.
wanting to drink my coffee and read a book.
needing to go on a run in a couple hours.
feeling overwhelmed.
clicking Google Drive.

What are you doing? Link up and share below.

the sunday currently, volume 112.

starbucks line selfie the best fall candle this bat looks like libby
Good morning & happy Sunday! I am excited this morning, because Justin is coming home! He has been away in our hometown since Thursday. One of our friends got married this weekend, and he was one of the groomsmen. I wish I could have been there! I am so glad he's coming back today. I'm tired of holding down the fort alone, and I miss him!
Other than that, today will be a day of studying, running/working out, and finishing up housework. I'm glad I've been productive this week, because it means I was able to get my house back in order and prepare for the school week ahead. 
Also: my apologies - everyone who linked up with last week's edition of The Sunday Currently did not get tweeted last week. I'll be back on schedule with Tuesday Tweets this week! 
On this productivity Sunday, I am currently...
reading power points, chapters in text books, and quiz questions. I have a test Monday morning! It…

sidda snaps | a postcard from shreveport.

see last week's postcard here
siddathornton through the years:
2012 | 2011

which matter most.

the things which matter most  should never be at the mercy of the things which matter least  - johann wolfgang von goethe
I stumbled across this quote this morning, at a time when I really needed it. I am very easily wrapped up in stress and worry, but sometimes it's ok to let it be true that the little things don't matter. Not in the sense that I don't believe in joy in the little things in life, but rather that sometimes in the grand scheme of a big change, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That's what I'm counting on.

the sunday currently, volume 111.

flowers from our chapel hill airbnb
This morning I'm popping in for a quick edition of The Sunday Currently. I have a lot of school work  to do today, and I need to get started soon!
reading statistics notes, out of a book for my therapeutic use class, and lots of other things today I'm sure. writing in my new agenda when it comes this week. I couldn't be more excited.  listening to ESPN. It's football season! thinking that I'm going to start parting my hair on the other side again. Just feels like it's time to change that up again. smelling the cheesy biscuit that is my breakfast. Delicious. Oh, and I still have some coffee left to enjoy as well. wishing I would have had more time in Chapel Hill this past week to explore some of the restaurants and shops that D suggested to me. hoping I get a lot of work done today.  wearing a warm, colorful scarf today. It's cold! loving that my schedule is getting somewhat back to normal this week. wanting a huge glass of water. ne…

sidda snaps | a postcard from shreveport.

see last week's postcard here
siddathornton through the years:
2013 | 2011

three years married | dinner at on the square.

three years married
early celebration dinner
on the square in tarboro
dessert & coffee at plum tree
a perfect friday night
celebrating today from chapel hill

the sunday currently, volume 110.

morning fog from earlier this week
Good morning & happy Sunday! Hopefully by the time you are reading this blog post, I will have already gotten out of bed, gone on a run, and eaten breakfast. Later today, I am off to Chapel Hill, and there is much to do before then! 
On this travel day Sunday, I am currently...
reading lots of emails. For the longest time, I didn't think I was getting any comments through the write me gadget you see on the right hand side of this blog. I was wrong, though. They were coming in through the "social" tab on my gmail, which I never really think to check. Thank you all for your messages about The Sunday Currently! I am sorry it took me a while to respond to your questions and comments, but I am so happy that you took the time to write. Please, never hesitate to contact me. writing assignments and other such documents. I really miss journaling, but unfortunately I haven't made much time to do that recently. Maybe in the coming weeks I wi…

this morning.

Good morning! Today I am coming to you from my old white laptop, and I have to say, it is bringing back some memories. When I started OT school, I had to get a new computer, because this one was lagging when I tried to perform certain required-by-school functions. We still kept this one, though, and Justin uses it mainly now. I guess the sentimental thing about this laptop is that it is the one I was using back in 2013 when I was on a blogging frenzy. And in 2012. And in 2011. This laptop has been to many, many coffee shops and libraries. It has accompanied me on many a blogging adventure, through link-ups and projects and pouring out my feelings. It's been lots of places with me. 
This morning I decided to take it easy and have some coffee while catching up on my favorite YouTube channels. My all-time favorite is, of course, Pretty Neat Living [blog & YouTube], whom I used to write about a lot when she was still posting under the Organized Jen moniker. It felt nice to just k…

sidda snaps | a postcard from shreveport.

lately, missing home.  lately, curing that homesickness by poring over january photos of the ontario house.
siddathornton through the years:
2012 | 2011

the sunday currently, volume 109.

a photo of the ontario house from january because i am missing the ontario house right now
Good morning! It's been a relatively productive weekend over here at the C Residence, and for me, that means that a lot of statistics studying has happened (with more to come later today). This week will be a busy one, but I'm ready for it! I'm just taking one day at a time, and little by little, the semester is going right on by. Here's to a productive week!
On this school work Sunday, I am currently...
reading formulas, word problems, and study guides (oh my?) for my statistics test that's coming up this week. It feels good to be tackling it little by little, and not getting too discouraged. It helps a lot to have classmates to bounce ideas off of. I still haven't finished reading Go Set A Watchman, but this week, I was thinking about re-instating reading before bed - a book, that is. Lately, I read Reddit every night before bed, but maybe even switching between reading a…

the last day of september.

Fall in North Carolina - it's something I've really grown to love over the past few years. Since we're bidding September adieu today, I thought I would share a couple of photos that I took this past Saturday, just around the house. I love the colors in these photos - pink, green, black, red-orange, purple. They feel like Fall; they feel like September 2015. Like rain and falling leaves and maybe being a little bit over-emotional, especially right here at the end. If you couldn't tell, the sentimentalist in me is currently out in full force.
Things aren't always going to be perfect, but the important thing is to just live the best way we know how and make memories along the way. And the excitement of all of the year-end festivities always feels so fresh and new and sparkly. Isn't it funny how the year can re-invent itself right before we transition over into a new one? If that isn't inspiration to turn over a new leaf - even before the season of resolutions…

a companion and a friend.

on her bed in the living room of the ontario house
I lost a friend in July. I haven't written anything about it yet, because I just didn't have the words. To be completely honest, I still don't think I do, but I knew I wanted to write about her, and to remember her.
Her name was Mollie Jean, but that wasn't what we always called her. She had nicknames upon nicknames, but a few of my favorites were MaiJean, Ween, MahJee, Bibi, Johnny Bear, Jonathan Ellington Bear, and MoWee, just to name a few. When she was a puppy, she often clacked her teeth and would "stamp" anything you put in front of her (especially paper). Dad would say, stamp this for me, and she would.
She came to live with us when I was fifteen. She had a home before ours, but that one didn't work out, so then she became a part of our family. Right after we got her, I was lying on the floor on a rug in the living room, and she jumped up on my back, curled up into a ball, and stayed there until I …

the sunday currently, volume 108.

fall leaves on a gloomy saturday in greenville
Good morning! Today, we are hoping for the accomplishment of a few things: grocery shopping, finishing up some chores around the house, and running a 5k! Though it's been raining all weekend, we are excited to get out and participate. 
On this race-day Sunday, I am currently...
reading for school later on today. I'm determined to get caught up and stay caught up this week. All it's going to take is a little motivation, a lot of discipline, and virtually no procrastination. I can do this. writing lots of blog posts lately. Did you notice? I wrote one on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday of this last week. As I tweeted last week, blogging makes me feel like myself again. I can't tell you how good it feels to be back. I think last year I was so consumed with starting school and getting my bearings, I found it hard to make time for writing and blogging. Luckily, I feel a little more settled in this fall, so I am …

warm & cozy.

warm & cozy by siddathornton

It's been quite a long time since I shared an outfit post on siddathornton. To be exact, it was on July 4, 2014. Back then, I was attempting to use affiliate links on my blog, but rest assured that I have since decided that this blog isn't something that I plan to monetize. This is just me, sharing things that I love, with you. Let's keep it that way.
All of that aside, I shouldn't be blogging right now. I came up to school in the hopes of working on both a project and statistics homework. But, I find myself in a kind of melancholy I haven't felt in a long time. And, as I look out of my study room window, I see grey skies, incessant drizzle, and hear the whir and sputter of various pipes and smoke stacks. To say the least, it's more the type of day that you may like to sit and read, or perhaps think about life, or perhaps write a blog post containing some cozy fall things [instead of doing school work]. Obviously, I have chosen …

things to remember today.

At the end of all of this schooling, I will be an occupational therapist! Waking up early feels good eventually. Productivity feels good eventually. Procrastination never results in anything good.  Music is inspiration. Writing is inspiration. Coffee is inspiration. Blogging is inspiration. We're all in this together.

siddathornton through the years:

sidda listens | fall 2015 playlist.

HOME | edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros 40 DAY DREAM | edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros SKINNY LOVE | bon iver FOR EMMA | bon iver FLUME | bon iver MOUNTAIN SOUND | of monsters and men TONGUE TIED | grouplove T-SHIRT WEATHER | circa waves AUSTRALIA | the shins TROUBLE | coldplay THE GREAT SALT LAKE | band of horses YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE | new radicals LINGER | the cranberries I LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER | donna lewis DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) | simple minds TOES | glass animals  COFFEE | sylvan esso DRAG | day wave MY TYPE | saint motel COLD COLD MAN | saint motel SEDONA | houndmouth GET IT | matt and kim PEACHES | in the valley below
Another season, another playlist. Listen here on Spotify.  Also: what are you listening to this fall? I'd love to know.

-- siddathornton through the years: 2012 | 2011