Monday, November 9, 2015

Our next Disney adventure!

Once again it's almost time for my husband and I's annual Disney-related vacation. Normally we go to Walt Disney World, although last year we went on a Disney cruise instead. This year we wanted to change things up a little, so instead of going to Florida......

Disneyland Diamond Celebration


Yes! We realized that while WDW is our "home resort", we really wanted to give Disneyland a try. And with the Diamond Celebration going on, it too exciting to pass up. This will be only my 2nd visit to Disneyland, the first time was when I was back in high school for a marching band trip. We went on Thanksgiving Day, and we weren't even there the whole day. And California Adventure didn't exist yet, so really this is pretty much a first visit for me. And it definitely is for Chauncey, he's never been, even though this will be his 4th trip to California this year. As you can imagine, we're super excited to see where it all began, all the amazing attractions and shows (and FOOD!) that isn't at WDW. I'll share more details as we get closer, but for now....the countdown is on! 

Disney's California Adventure

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fashion Feature: Winter Holiday Outfit Inspiration at Old Navy

Now that Halloween has passed, the focus now shifts to the big holiday season. This includes lots of food, time with family, and my personal favorite, shopping! And nothing gets me into the spirit with a new outfit or two (or twelve), and Old Navy always delivers fashionable clothing at affordable prices. Here are a few looks I put together with what's new on their racks for the upcoming season.

Old Navy Cowl-Neck Tunic Sweater Old Navy Pleated Mini-Skirt 

Old Navy Boyfriend Windowpane Flannel Shirt Old Navy Long Pixie PantsOld Navy Poncho Wrap

Old Navy Classic Plaid Flannel Pullover Old Navy Women's Boyfriend Straight-Fit Jeans Old Navy Frost Free Fleece-Lined Vest

Old Navy Women's Fair Isle Sweater Old Navy Women's Ponte-Knit Leggings Old Navy Racerback Raw-Edge Tank

I have been in no way compensated for this post, I just really love Old Navy that much :-)

Monday, November 2, 2015

A fall fashion PSA

As fall arrives and the temperature drops, most everyone's wardrobe makes a shift to warmer and cozier items to hold off the chill in the air. However, there is one terrible item that pops up year after year, that is worn incorrectly and I can no longer keep my mouth shut about it.....



I see it everywhere, at work, at the mall, at the grocery store...woman after woman wearing her leggings like they are a pair of pants. No, no, no, no, no! Ladies, treat your leggings like you would pantyhose, you wouldn't go around not covering your rear if you were wearing those would you? Of course not! Leggings out in public are only acceptable in these situations:

-Going to and from the gym (and they better be athletic leggings)
-Under a dress/tunic that comes to at LEAST mid-thigh

Now I know some will argue that leggings are sooooooo comfortable, and yes they are. BUT, allow me to offer a few alternatives.

Old Navy joggers Joggers, almost like sweatpants but can be dressed up or down

Old Navy trousers Trousers, softer than jeans and just as appropriate outside the office

Old Navy ponte-knit pants Ponte-knit pants, essentially really thick leggings that are cut like pants 

Forever 21 leather leggings Leather, if you must wear leggings, go with leather (faux or real)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Five Fandom Apocalypse

I stole this from my friend (and fellow Five-ish Fangirl co-host) Brittany

The prompt is: Five people from your fandoms that you'd want on your team during the apocalypse  (zombie or otherwise)

1: The brains/builder: The Doctor (any incarnation), Doctor Who
The Doctor

2: The badass: Emma Swan, Once Upon A Time
Emma Swan Once Upon A Time

3: The medic:Peter Petrelli, Heroes
Peter Petrelli Heroes

4: The provider: Phil Coulson, Agents of SHIELD
Phil Coulson in Lola

5: The cannon fodder/comic relief: Pinkie Pie, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Pinkie Pie My Little Pony

Thursday, October 8, 2015

40 before 40 update #2!

We're 4 months away from my 32nd birthday, let's look at how I'm doing on my 40 before 40 list.

 1)      Become debt free
2)      Travel to England and France: Working on the plans
 3)      Participate in my first official RunDisney event DONE
 4)      Become a homeowner
 5)      Adopt at least one cat
 6)      Get more tattoos
 7)    Learn to drive a stick shift
 8)      Sail to Alaska: Planned for summer of 2018
 9)      Visit Disneyland and California Adventure: Booked for this December!

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

 10)   See a show on Broadway
 11)   Run the Walt Disney World half marathon
12)   Become DVC owners
 13)   Go kayaking/tubing DONE x3
 14)   Get SCUBA certified
 15)   Learn a foreign language
 16)   Take tap dancing lessons
 17)   Get professional massage DONE
 18)   Visit a (non-Disney) castle
 19)   Go horseback riding
 20)   Learn to play chess
 21)   Attend a TED/TED X Talk: There's one at IU next month I'm hoping to attend

TEDx Indiana University

 22)   See a Cirque de Soleil show
 23)   Ride a segway
 24)   Attend a music festival
25)   Run a (non-Disney) half marathon
 26)   Sail the Panama Canal
 27)   Go skiing
 28)   Renew my wedding vows
 29)   Launch a podcast DONE
 30)   Take a road trip around Michigan
 31)   Attend either San Diego or New York Comic Con
 32)   Sail on all the of Disney cruise ships at least once: Halfway there!
 33)   Meet Shaun, Keith and Glenn from Traveling the Vortex
 34)   Earn my first check from Google DONE
 35)   Gain full-time employment in my field
36)   Visit Disneyland Paris
 37)   Meet my fellow Five(ish) Fangirls
 38)   Attend Gallifrey One
 39)   Walk a red carpet
40)   Visit a working TV or movie set

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Ideal Workspace

I'm very fortunate at my "real world" job that I have a great space to work, plenty of counter space, touches that make it very me, a comfy chair. At home, well, I'm not so lucky...

my current work space

The biggest issue really is the fact that my husband and I share this space. It's his workshop, and it's also where I do most of the recording for my podcast. It's not ideal, but it's the best we have considering we're in a 2-bedroom apartment. The window faces south, so we get some good natural light, and I have a nice view of the pond outside (with its resident noisy geese). But once the sun goes down it's hard to light up the room because it gets really dark (hence the back lighting in the photo above). Plus, I'd really love to have my own spot where I can spread out and not worry about disturbing any of my husband's stuff. One of these days we'll move and likely have the space to create a spot just for me. And I know (almost) exactly what I'd like it to look like.

my ideal workspace collage

Bright, colorful, with lots of other words, just my style :-) I'm a sucker for bins and holders for stuff, plus a bright wall and a quirky rug just screams FUN and CREATIVE! I know we won't be in our apartment forever, and I look forward to when I have a space to work that I can call my own.

And if you are a freelancer or even a larger company that requires a better space to work, why don't you check out the offerings from the folks over at WeWork. They offer office spaces with everything from single work spaces up to conference rooms, with amenities like kitchens and even mail handling. Find out more at and on Facebook.

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

Monday, June 15, 2015

Vlog: 2015 Zoopolis 500

Here it is, this year's Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo. It was really, really cold, but I braved the weather to attend this year's "Greatest Spectacle In Tortoise Racing".

For once the otters were out!

I cannot get enough of the meerkats!

I don't care if it's cold, I'm having a soak!

See more of my pictures here