Controlling the Clothes

I’m a “quantity over quality” person much like my grandpa. He would much rather get 17 mediocre popcorn shrimp at a restaurant than 8 of the best shrimp he has ever tasted in his life. I come from a family of bargain hunters; that electric, adrenaline filled reaction to finding a super good deal is…

Lessons Through My Kitchen Tile

Recently I have been fixated on how much I can’t stand our kitchen tile. The tile is a shade of white that never looks clean. The grout between the oversized tiles is uneven, discolored and dirty. Since it is light in color, every speck of dirt, ground of coffee and morsel of food shows up…

My New Life as a Morning Person

I turn 27 in a week, and I have decided that in the 27th year of my life, I am going to be a morning person. This decision came to me at breakfast today. Granted, it was 10:30 and I had already downed 3 cups of coffee, but still, I meant it. In the past,…

What I’m Tired of Hearing As a Newlywed

“How’s married life?” is a question that my husband and I are asked almost daily as we journey through our first few months of being newlyweds. (Tuesday was our 4 month anniversary, but who keeps track of that stuff?) Well meaning people want to know how things are going, but after months of hearing almost exactly…

The View From Knollview Street

I live on Knollview Street. A few weeks ago, my husband was in Arizona so I spent some time alone in the house. I actually enjoyed the quiet. Don’t misunderstand that- the house was not quiet because Max was not there to talk; the house was quiet because Max was not there for me to…

Before I Go on Another Diet

I have put on a few pounds since my wedding.   It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I have put on a little weight, because before the wedding I was involved in awful, unspeakable things like working out 6 days a week and eating healthy almost every day. I would get up…

Empty Mugs & Full Hearts

About a month ago, I published a post declaring it was going to be the best school year ever. I decided then that I was going to be positive and happy and encouraging at all times and focus on all the little things that I loved about my job. But that was a month ago,…

3 Things I Have Learned About Marriage

Marriage is everything I thought it would be and much, much more. Easier in some areas that I thought would be challenging, ¬†yet it’s harder in areas that I thought would be a breeze. A little over two months ago we made our vows, and there have been difficult moments, as everyone told me there…

My First Trip to Costco

My husband and I planned to go on a post-dinner walk to help digest the hot dogs we just ate from the food court (more on that later), but I let him know I felt I needed to write a blog post to process my thoughts and feelings after our first Costco experience. He thought…

Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby’s, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of…

If God is Good Now

24 days ago I got married. As we left the reception, Max and I buzzed through Starbucks and I got a free iced coffee because I was in my wedding dress. I’m not above pulling this stunt again. 17 days ago I moved into the house that Max and I bought together. It’s small and…

May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

I’m exhausted. Last week I had a student ask me if he could play me a song on his nose. Befuddled, I nodded. They didn’t teach me how to answer that question in college. He proceeded to place a finger on the side of his nostril and create a rattly¬†humming sound as he “played” me…