December 8, 2016

The Best Writing Advice I've Ever Received

Day eight

My inner English major is coming out to play today, and this post is actually coming from the archives of my drafts folder.

The thing about good advice is you probably don't know how good it is until later in life. I took lots of notes in undergrad, but the nuggets of wisdom I noted mentally were the ones that stuck.

And so... here is some of the best writing advise I've ever received - from professors, from guest speakers, from other students in writing labs, and so on.

December 7, 2016

Day Seven

When your dog's new bed is as wide and nearly as fluffy as the human bed.

December 6, 2016

days five & six

I have absolutely nothing to show for the past couple days, so here's a random snap from the past couple weeks. I'm sure the next time I take a photo of this part of the living room it will look completely different. Hopefully.

What can I say about Monday & Tuesday besides work, eat, sleep, repeat? I've been working on a freelance project in the evenings, and for the first time in a long while, I've had a super hard time meeting my deadline.

December 4, 2016

Day Four

It's December, and the cold rainy weather finally decided to make its way to Atlanta. I spent the morning/early afternoon wrapping gifts at church, and the later afternoon/evening curled up inside. I had more things to do, but my motivation waned as the day progressed. I blame the weather and 'the curse,' among other things.

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December 3, 2016

Day Three

I'm just gonna go ahead and sneak this post in here like I didn't already miss a day of posting...

Saturday was grocery day, wait in line at Bath & Body Works for 30+ minutes for candle sales day, have lunch at a cute Pho place with Mom day, walk around and see fun Christmas tree day, and contemplate buying a gingerbread cafe day. 

December 2, 2016

Day Two

^^ My festive pride & glory, all lit up, sans ornaments. We've decided to start a thoughtful ornament collection that can grow, organically over the years. We'll just pick up individual ornaments that strike our fancy whenever we're out and about. That way each ornament can really mean something.

December 1, 2016

Day One (blogmas)(?)

If you look straight ahead, you'll notice the creepiest children's mainstay around the Christmas season: the Elf on a Shelf! This is a throwback photo from my days as a part time nanny; I've seen more elves on shelves than I'd care to remember, but in the spirit of all things festive, I thought I'd throw it back on this fine Thursday.

I'm thinking of trying a "Blog Every Day in December" type challenge - a Blogmas if you will. But I don't like that name, so I'm just numbering the days instead.

This should be interesting.


November 28, 2016

my (our) first real Christmas tree

Woodstock, GA
Here are a few quick photos, in succession, of the day I (we) got my (our) first real Christmas tree. (It was a bigger deal for me.) As a kid, I always alwayyyyyys wanted a real Christmas tree. My mom would pull out the fake one every year after Thanksgiving, and I'd regularly ask why we couldn't get a real one. I wanted to be in one of those cars we'd pass on the road toting a Christmas tree atop the hood. The idea that people actually had real trees in their house during the holiday season blew my mind. We didn't even have real plants! (okay, maybe one... I distinctly remember knocking it over and blaming my brother for the mess. Come to think of it, maybe that's another reason why we couldn't have a real Christmas tree.) My mom said that since there was nobody around to lug the tree in the house, and trim the tree, and lug the tree out of the house after Christmas was over, we'd have to settle for the fake one. She also didn't want to deal with the mess.

Well, Mom, it only took me about 20 years, but I finally linked up with someone who was willing to lug the tree in the house, trim the tree, and lug the tree out of the house after Christmas is over. I love it, and by "it" I mean the tree. It's everything I'd hoped it'd be (still talking about the tree here), and even though it left a big mess when we brought it in the house, it was all the way worth it. Did I mention this was a big deal for me?

It's worth noting the original plan was to chop a tree down ourselves. There are quite a few tree farms in North Georgia that host people who want to cut down their own Christmas tree. Unfortunately, we're experiencing a severe drought this season, so all the trees at Berry Patch Farms were too dry. And thanks to the wildfires that have spread throughout the Southeast, we didn't really have much to choose from in terms of tree types. Still, we picked this baby out and I couldn't be happier, even if we did bring it home by default. 

Now if we could figure out how to get the dog to stop drinking water from the tree stand...

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