I finally feel like I’ve taken  a little control of my life.  In addition to working full time, I’ve also begun teaching courses during the semesters at the college level.  While it may not seem like much to some, it … Continue reading



It’s been awhile…  It’s been a short, hot summer.  I’ve been up to a few things, and now that summer is officially over (I work at a university, so when school starts back the summer is O-V-E-R).  Move in day was yesterday and today.  THEY’RE HEEERRRE!  Eek.  I do not even want to leave the house for fear of seeing hordes of people.

So, June started with me teaching a class (extra scratch, always good) and trying out a new diet.  I say diet, but I mean it as “lifestyle.”  My husband and I began eating the Paleo/Primal way, and it has made such a huge difference in our lives.  It is amazing how cutting out certain things shows you how bad you felt before.  I hate getting out of the bed in the morning.  If I could live in the bed, I would (well, probably not, but you get the picture).  When I was being super strict during our 30 day challenge, I felt great about 2 weeks in.  Great I tell you!  As much as I made fun of my best friend for not eating gluten, dairy, beans, etc. I am eating my words right now.  I love it and highly recommend it.  Here are some websites I visit often for recipes, tips, Q&A:

Mark’s Daily Apple

Robb Wolf

Nom Nom Paleo – she even has an iPad app with easy to follow recipes

I also started using the Zombies! Run app on my iPhone for work outs.  Super fun.  Highly recommended as well, if you like post-apocalyptic survival type stuff and running from zombie hordes.

At the end of July, I served as a friend’s second photographer at a wedding, which was awesome.  I knew the bride and the photographer really well, and he asked me to be his second.  I learned a lot from him, and I have some more work to add to my growing portfolio.  Haven’t had a lot of time to devote to photography lately, but I do love shooting weddings.  Funny, since I don’t really like to attend them.  More to come this fall!

Remember the Curiosity rover?  Well, I LOVE space.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how I wish I’d become an astronaut (I’d now be out of a job though, unfortunately), so I am inspired to learn to take those beautiful night sky photos I keep seeing.  Just for me to have, and maybe put up in my house.  In fact, the moon is new tomorrow, and I might just have to try it out tomorrow night!  Oh wait, I’m going to see DURAN DURAN tomorrow night in Memphis!  Awesome.  Maybe Saturday night.

As a result of my new found well-being (well-getting there, more like), I have set up a goal for myself.  A 5K.  Really, just 5K?  Not a trendy marathon?  Yes.  When I ran cross country in high school, after the last race I ran at the State Championship, I said “I’ll never run 3 miles again.”  And I haven’t yet.  But this year will be the year!  I just need to find one within a reasonable period of time.

What have YOU been doing?

Sawadee Ka!

I just returned from a short trip to Bangkok, Thailand for the APAIE Conference.  The conference was successful.  It is also really great to be able to travel with colleagues who have great vision for the future.  We were able … Continue reading


Hey Neighbor, How Do You Eat These Things?

It’s Lundi Gras, and while I’d rather go to New Orleans any time but Mardi Gras weekend, I do feel a twinge of sadness that I’m not personally enjoying the revelry.  Instead, I’ll write this post about the greatest food … Continue reading


Starbuck and Starbuck in Starbucks

Last night a friend reminded me of this photo: It’s Starbuck and Starbuck, in Starbucks!  I’m also reminded of my previous post, oh so long ago on August 1, about my Halloween costume.  Well, I don’t think it’s going to … Continue reading