Annual Birthday Blog!

I know I rarely blog anymore (well, I do blog, but it’s all for AIRMATIC or Worcester Roller Derby these days) but I wanted to continue tradition and post my annual birthday list! I turned 28 today, so this year’s list is 8 things I did this year that I’d never done before. Enjoy!

  1. Joined a roller derby league. This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am learning a ton, getting my ass kicked, and having a freaking blast. The women I skate with are fabulous and I couldn’t ask for better teammates. Love you awesome nerds! (Watch a video of me getting low and hitting hard here!)
  2. Went skydiving. At this year’s annual Cape Cod vacation, Tyler, Em, and I went skydiving together. Few moments in my life measure up to the feeling of stepping out of a plane at 10,000 feet into the open air and just letting go. What a rush! (It didn’t hurt that my instructor screamed “Alohomora!” as our parachute opened. #memories)
  3. Sold a house. Jordan and I put our house on the market back in May and it was under contract within 12 hours. Can’t beat that!
  4. Got a Harry Potter tattoo. I could write a book about how much Harry Potter means to me, but suffice to say that I am quite a fan. Until the very end, Harry.FullSizeRender (15)
  5. Finished writing a novel. That’s right, I finished the book I wrote about in last year’s blog! Yay! I’ve not done anything with it since finishing, but maybe this year I’ll finish final edits and look into publishing!
  6. Binge watched the following shows: Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Longmire, The 100, The Mysteries of Laura, Sirens, Great British Bake-Off, Person of Interest, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Duff Till Dawn, Bob’s Burgers, Fuller House, Dance Academy, Zoo, Battle Creek, Degrassi: Next Class, Zero Hour, White Collar, Melissa & Joey, Young & Hungry, Bones, FRIENDS, Leverage.
  7. Read novels by the following authors: J K Rowling (10), Steven King (6), Barbara Kingsolver (4), Jodi Picoult (6), Harper Lee, Phillippa Gregory (5), Cassandra Clare (9), Amy Poehler, Pete Wentz, Haven Kimmel (2), Cormac McCarthy, Sue Monk Kidd, Carol Goodman, Carolyn Keene (3), William Brodrick, plus 900 children’s books (give or take.)
  8. Wore silk pants. Yeah, last year’s birthday resolution was a good one. I wore silk pants, fishnets under denim shorts, shoes with cats on them, crop tops (even though my post-Atticus belly button is a hot mess, floor-length fundie-style skirts, and a plethora of Harry-Potter themed garments. I wore what made me happy and it was a great decision. #noregretsIMG_8621

Here’s to 28; may it be even better than 27!


This is the year I wear silk pants. 

It’s my favorite day of the year: my birthday! August 14th, man, what a day. Usually, I celebrate this auspicious occasion with a list of reasons why I’m grateful, or happy, or excited about the year to come, but this year I’m just going to lay down some random statements, throw in some life goals, and top it all off with a selfie. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen, here we go!

1. I’ve been writing a novel for almost two years now. This is the year I finish it. (Maybe. Hopefully.)

2. Isn’t it weird that on your 27th birthday, you’ve actually already completed your 27th year alive? I think that’s weird.

3. I’ve never been particularly fashionable, but I do spend a fair amount of time choosing what to wear, and it’s often anxiety-inducing. Not anymore, guys. This is the year I go for broke. I think the four pairs of silk pants (in varying degrees of loud patterns) that I recently acquired will pair nicely with my vast selection of Harry Potter-themed shirts and emo band t-shirts.

4. Atticus Rex is the coolest kid on the block. This year he’ll probably start walking and talking and that is just mind-blowing. #luckiestmomever

5. Oh, hey, speaking of moms: big shout-out to my mama on this the day of my birth! Thanks for building me and bringing me earthside, Mom, I appreciate it more this year than ever before. (No thank yous for my dad who brought flu germs into the delivery room, potentially endangering my life. Good work, Dad.)

6. Jordan took today off so that we could take Atti to the lake as a family! What a guy! He’s really embraced this whole dad thing. It suits him, too. My favorite part of the day is when Atticus wakes up and immediately makes a beeline for Dad in bed to grab his beard (his way of telling him how much he loves him, I think.)

7. I’ve been breastfeeding for almost 9 months now. Good work, me.

8. This year I’m going to amp up my social activities. Atti and I already have a standing weekly play date with new friends, but I’m going to try to take him to more group activities at the library and such. Seeing as it appears he’s an extrovert, I guess I should step my game up. #forthechildren

9. I’m also going to eat more vegetables. Seeing as I don’t eat any now (Vegetarian of the Year) it shouldn’t be too hard.

10. Overall, I expect this year to bring huge changes, immeasurable fun, and daily adventure. And I can’t wait. 😀


25 Reasons This Year Will Be The Best Year Ever

I’m 25 today! This year is going to be the best ever because…

1. I get to wear jeans and t-shirts to work every day.

2. My cats greet me at the door when I get home.

3. I live in an apartment with hardwood floors.

4. Even though I moved away from some of my best friends, we talk so much that it barely seems like I’ve gone anywhere.

5. We live, like, 10 minutes away from Lee so I get to have coffee dates with her whenever I want. 🙂

6. Jordan is taking me to Salem to see the witch museum this Saturday!

7. I’m seeing Fall Out Boy live in concert. And I freaking love them. #guiltypleasuremusic #sorrynotsorry

8. My rent is lower than it’s ever been!

9. Dunkin’ Donuts are everywhere up here and I can drink a huge iced caramel latte for $2.65.

10. My half-sleeve is finished as of yesterday. And it looks AWESOME.

11. I get to mold young minds everyday. (And send them home to their parents at 6 o’clock.)

12. I can rent a car if I want to.

13. For the first time in a while, we won’t have to drive/fly anywhere for Thanksgiving.

14. I still look adorable in overalls and not all 25 year olds can say that. 😛

15. The enflamed nerve in my foot seems to be slowly healing itself after over a year of hurting every day. (Bodies are weird.)

16. The next movie in the Hunger Games trilogy comes out at Thanksgiving.

17. We live above a dog who makes some of the funniest noises I’ve ever heard. (“Arooooooo?”)

18. Plan B is finally available for women of all ages. (Women’s rights! Aw yeah!)

19. My car is 10 years old and still runs great.

20. Every day, I get a little more comfortable in my own skin.

21. I get to hang out with Jordan, like, all the time.

22. There are bunnies living in our yard.

23. My kids at work call me Miss Kitty Cat. (Does it get better than that?)

24. I haven’t peaked yet; I just keep getting more fabulous. (I’m getting more modest, too.) 😛

25. I have the best family I could hope for. Thanks, guys, especially my mom and dad, for putting up with my nonsense and loving me as much as you do. I love you!

Now, bring on the birthday cake!


love love love

Happy Birthday, J!


I love you!

happy labor day weekend

Hi, friends!

I’m in the mood for a numbered list! (When am I not in the mood for a numbered list? I love numbered lists!)

1. There’s a car outside our apartment whose car alarm has been going off steadily for the past hour. It will stop every 3 minutes or so for about a minute. Then, just when you think it’s safe, it starts up again.

2. My mommy’s birthday is tomorrow! Happy Birthday, Mom!!! I love you!!

3. I’m in a bit of a pickle. I’ve got some crafts lined up, and some that I’ve even started and finished, but they are Christmas gifts so I can’t blog about them yet. (Before anyone freaks out on me: yes, I do start planning for Christmas in late August. I like Christmas a lot, so I like to get a head start. Also, when you’re hand-making things, you never want to leave them till the last minute!) Anyway, I’m just going to store them up and blog about them all out December 26th, I guess? This is also my reason behind the lack of crafty posts lately.

4. Have no fear! Today’s post is crafty!

My mother-in-law sent me 4 dresses that belonged to the daughter of a friend and when I got them, I immediately tried them all on. (I love getting mail. And dresses.) Two were wonderful as is, one I put in the thrift store pile (it was a shiny fuschia and would make a great homecoming or school dance dress. I could’ve turned it into something else, but it was really cute and I decided some girl will need a formal dress more than I need an upcycled tote bag), and the last one was a bubble dress. (Just pretend there isn’t tailor’s chalk all over the front.)

I love that collar!Cute right? That is, until I turn to the side and suddenly I’m a stick in a sack.

What, what is this?!Some of us don’t have what one might call “a figure,” in which case this is the worst look possible: the flowy mid-section and lack of any form beneath. No good. I could’ve added this to the thrift pile, but I loved the collar of the dress so much. It’s so old-school! I decided to turn this into a flowy tank top instead. (Confession: I am a flow-addict.)

First, I cut off the bottom and pinned the hem of the newly made tank.

Snip, snip!(I’m saving that stretchy bottom piece to use as the waistband of a skirt.) After I sewed the hem, I took in a couple inches off the back to prevent a triangle-shaped profile.

Just pin, sew and cut!Then I made a few last minute pins and tucks and we were good to go! Here’s Fantasia, strutting her stuff!

Work it, girl.And from the side:

Aw, yeah.I was happy with the finished product! Go team! That’s craft 41 of 52: Complete!

Hope everyone enjoys their 3-day weekend and gets some much-needed rest and relaxation! Enjoy!

The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.  ~Elbert Hubbard







sora and her balloon

Dawn gave me a balloon on my birthday and when I brought it home, Sora claimed it as hers:

24 candles on my cake

24 Things I’m Grateful For

1. My family. I have the best mish-mash of biological family, in-law family, and by-marriage family that anybody could ask for! I’ve got four great parents, two great sisters, two great brothers, and a myriad of great cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents that make me smile every time I think of them! How lucky am I?!

2. Jordan, of course! He’ll be embarrassed if I write mushy things so I’ll just say how happy I am to be married to my best friend. =)

3. Sora, Sisko, and Macbeth. There’s nothing quite like curling up at night and having a rough little sandpaper tongue lick your nose before snuggling under the covers with you, or hearing a the little snores of a snoozing hamster as he twitches in his sleep!

4. My apartment. I like our neighbors, and our neighborhood, and our underground bunker! I love the little home we’ve created here!

5. Caity! Because life is an ugly, awful place not to have a best friend. (Thanks for taking me out for coffee tonight!)

6. Rob. Because life is an ugly, awful place not to have a Rob.

7. My church. I’m grateful we have the freedom to worship any way we choose, but I’m also grateful for this particular church.

8. Frozen yogurt. Because…well, come on: fro-yo.

9. My college degree. I may have whined and moaned a lot (and I mean a lot) while I got it, but I came out with a solid education, and a fancy piece of paper with my name written in calligraphy!

10. The fruit market down the street. I didn’t know it, but my life wasn’t complete until I bought 4 pounds of strawberries for $4.

11. Thrift stores. I’m grateful that I have somewhere cheap to buy things because I’m frugal and I like the mystery that comes with secondhand things, but also for the many stores that donate money to shelters or programs.

12. My job. I like going to work in the morning! I like my co-workers, I like my cubicle, I like the outdoor patio where I eat my lunch. I’m grateful to have a job, and more so, to have a job I enjoy.

13. Taylor Swift. I just feel like my radio would be sad without her.

14. Family traditions. Apple-picking for Jordan’s birthday, cinnamon buns on Christmas morning, the sunrise service in the cemetery on Easter…I’m grateful for all of these things!

15. Trips to Massachusetts. I really like New England. Especially in Autumn.

16. Lessons that were learned the hard way. Nothing like skinning your knees to teach you not to run downhill.

17. Netflix. I wouldn’t be able to watch Saved By The Bell nearly as frequently without it.

18. The fact that my 4 years of high school weren’t the “best years of my life.” I’d be really freaking bummed if they were.

19. My gracelessness. Being clumsy isn’t really a gift (and it certainly isn’t as adorable as they make it out to be in romantic comedies), but blundering through life has its own charm, in that it taught me to really appreciate gracefulness in others. I wouldn’t enjoy watching ballet nearly as much if I could do it myself.

20. Women’s rights. I’m so grateful for my right to vote, my right to work, my right to have an equal say in my marriage. (And while I occasionally find myself on my soapbox anyway, it’s because I’m continuing a movement, not starting one.)

21. Little luxuries. Things like hot showers, cold juice, the softest, best bed in the world. (It’s a Sleep Number!) I’m grateful that these are all things I can appreciate on a daily basis!

22. My sewing machine. I love sewing. Taking Home Ec in 7th grade was one of the best things that ever happened to me!

23. Flats. I’m over wearing heels; fashion be damned.

24. Meat alternatives. Being a vegetarian is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. There are very few meals containing meat that I can’t find a non-meat substitute for. I’m really grateful for this because it makes dinner so much easier!

And one to grow on…

25. That every year I grow closer to my family, closer to God, and closer to the person I’d really like to be.

Happy birthday to me!

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” – A. A. Milne

she used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows

Happy Saturday, friends!

Today Jordan and I got up early, brewed coffee, and took a two-mile walk on a nearby walking trail. Our favorite part was that the trees all had little signs on them telling you what they were! Did you know that the sycamore tree’s scientific name is “Platanus Occidentalis?” Me neither!

When we came home, the mail was here, which was exciting because not only did Jordan’s diploma arrive (YAY, JORDAN!) but so did my recent purchases from JoAnn’s! Sweeeeeet!

Oh, yeah.
I’m not going to tell you what they’re for! Ha!

Jordan then snuggled up with Sora in bed and spent some time reading “Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed The World.” He likes history. And I like him! While he and Sora read, Sisko and I decided to do some hand-sewing. The little girl in this picture is having a birthday soon and I wanted to send her something for it.

They are all SO photogenic. I'm super jel.
I break out wedding pictures at every available opportunity.

She recently acquired an American Girl doll so Caity, who used to nanny for these precious children, thought it would be great if I made a matching gift for Anna and her doll. Having had an American Girl doll growing up (and now having her, her horse, her trunk, her shopping cart, her lazy boy, and 1,659 outfits for her in my parents’ attic,) I was all for it. I dug up the remaining portion of my butterfly fabric and set to making hair bows.

First, I cut a long rectangle out of the butterfly fabric (which would be cut into two smaller rectangles shortly after the picture was taken,) a large denim rectangle and a smaller denim rectangle.

Verrry exciting.

Then I hemmed the edges of the first butterfly fabric rectangle.

Fun fact: wide ugly stitches like these are called "basting."
I tore these stitches out at the end because they were only temporary.

Next, I put the denim rectangles inside the hemmed butterfly fabric rectangles, folded them over, and sewed them shut. (Having the denim inside makes them sturdier and less likely to fold over on themselves once they’re in your hair.)

I love this fabric so much.
Good placement of the butterflies, right?

Finally, I tore out the basting stitches then placed a hair tie at the back, pinched the rectangle around it, and wrapped it up with a strip of butterfly fabric. (And then did it all over with the smaller bow.) Tada! Craft 8 of 52: Complete!

Matching things are ALWAYS cute.
I hope Miss Anna likes them!

Also, here’s a picture of me in my butterfly skirt. It’s one of my favorite articles of clothing I own now!

I’m not sure why I look bemused.

That’s all for now, guys! Enjoy your weekend!


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