Monday, August 24, 2015

Random Vlog #11: Jamaica, One Direction, Double Car Washes

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Summer Survival Guide

Summer Survial Checklist

Most everyone might be getting ready for back-to-school, but the temperature outside says that summer is sticking around for a while longer. I love the heat with all the sunshine, ice cream, and evenings outside; but it can be tricky staying comfortable. So here are a few of my must-haves to manage during the hot months:

-Flirty dress: Something lightweight and comfortable that can easily work in the office or at a weekend farmer's market.

-Strappy sandals: I hate wearing closed shoes when it's warm, so sandals are a must have.

-Cool shades: I almost never leave the house without my sunglasses, when the sun is shining protecting my eyes is a must. Plus they just look cool ;-)

-Lip balm: Even in the summer I struggle with dry lips, so a good lip balm (preferably with SPF) is always in my bag.

-Dry shampoo: I'm fortunate enough that my scalp doesn't get very oily, even in the summer. However some days you just want to freshen up your hair without having to take the time to shower. 

-Straw hat: I love hats! Good hair day or not, a straw fedora is just a fun way to block out the sun and top off an outfit.

I came across Madison Reed's Summer Survival checklist. If you haven't heard of them before, Madison Reed is an at home hair coloring company! Check out their color advisor to find your perfect hair color, and their own summer checklist below.

Madison Reed Summer Survival Checklist

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


unplugging graphic

I know, I know, I've been a terrible blogger. I could easily make all the usual excuses (work, family, life) but I won't bother. I will say that it will definitely be quiet for the next week or so as I take some much needed time off away from the internet and everything else. But don't worry, I'll be back ;-)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


reading // Class materials for work. Oh Adobe why must you make changes to your programs so close the start of a new semester?

watching // Heroes on Netflix. I watched Heroes when it was on TV, then got behind and missed the last season. So now I'm re-watching the whole series in anticipation of the new mini-series coming this fall, Heroes Reborn.

anticipating  // VACATION! It's not till December, but that doesn't make me any less excited. Details to come soon!

laughing about // This video...

listening to // Lots and lots of podcasts during my daily walks. Makes the time go by must faster.

eating // A jammy dodger, bless Doctor Who for introducing them to me.

Image of the 11th Doctor holding a jammy dodger

working on // Anything and everything. Between work, my YouTube channel, this blog, and the podcast, I have a lot to keep me busy. And I love it!

wishing // I was going to the Brickyard 400 this Sunday for Jeff Gordon's last race here in Indianapolis. Alas we'll be away this weekend, AND it's not even on regular TV so I won't be able to watch it either. Boo!

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Otherhood

I'll admit that this post has been sitting in my drafts for a while, but after a seemingly innocuous experience yesterday, I felt compelled to come back to it and finish what I started. Yesterday, I went to get an eye exam and order some new glasses, something that I'd been meaning to do for a while but just hadn't got around to it. I went to the same place I had gone previously, so they had my records. I knew it had been a while, but according to their papers, it had been 5 years since my last exam. *Oops!* So they do my pre-exam (that puff of air in the eyes? Hate it!) and then I go in and get my exam from the optometrist. We chat for a few minutes, him asking me if I've had any notable changes in my vision, any headaches, etc. Then he mentions how long it's been since I've had an exam, and says "You must have children or something that kept you away for so long."

Um, NO! If you know me, then you know that I am NOT and NEVER will be a mother. I calmly told him that no, I had gone to graduate school and got my masters degree, to which he replied, "Well that would keep you busy too." And then we moved on with my exam (side note, my vision really hasn't changed, but I got new glasses anyways since mine are so old and worn).

Really, I know he said what he did without any sort of condescension, but it's the idea that as a woman, that's the assumption he made. As a childfree-by-choice woman, it's one of the biggest thorns in my side that one of the biggest definitions of womanhood is being a mother. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike children, I have nieces and nephews that I adore. But being a mother is just not something I have a desire to do, just like skydiving and camping.

I know that there are a lot of arguments out there for motherhood, and I'm not going to get into them and my responses, it's been done by others. Just take my word for it, kids are not for me (or my husband, believe me we wouldn't have gotten married if we didn't agree on that point). Not that the optometrist knew that, and at the end of the day it really doesn't matter what he thought. And while I might not ever have kids, in a few weeks I will have some new cool glasses! #NearsightedFTW