Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Sometimes, without warning, life can get a little crazy. Somehow you have plans and commitments almost every night of the week, and it seems like you're only ever home to sleep. Suddenly, it's November and you accidentally haven't blogged since June, and you're not really sure where the time went. This is an especially jarring change of pace when you're accustomed to spending most every night in your pink armchair eating tacos and watching sitcoms with your best friend/roommate who is often confused for your live-in gal pal.

But you know what? It's been fun. It's also been weird–there is a lot that has me a little out of my element–but I'm just going to roll with it.

Two Saturdays ago was my one year anniversary of my move to Austin. (I meant to post this blog on that Saturday, but 1) it's me and 2) life.) There's a small part of me that can't believe it's already been a year, but mostly I'm surprised it hasn't been longer. In some ways, it feels like I've always been here. I think it's because Austin felt like home before I even moved here, so there wasn't really an "adjustment" period for me. It was more like a sigh of relief–like crawling into your own bed after a long trip away. It just felt like coming home.

Before my move, I compiled a mental list of things I wanted to do once I got here. At the top of that list was to be more open, to "put myself out there" as they say. I wanted to make more friends. I wanted to try some sort of online dating. I wanted to go events and meet new people. I wanted to get out of the little bubble I kept myself in.

And guess what? I actually did! Not all at once, and not even totally successfully, but I did it.

I tried online dating–both Match.com and Tinder–which was mostly ridiculous, but the result was surprising. (In case you were wondering, Tinder is far and away the better option.) I started meeting up with an awesome and inspiring group of ladies for coworking on Tuesdays, which is where I am now, and I look forward to it every week. (Shoutout to the #atxcoworkingladies!) I'm hosting a book club at the local West Elm and the second meeting is tomorrow. I even went to not just one, but two parties on Halloween. Look at me! I'm being a person out in the world!

Long story short: Life is full and it's exhausting, but mostly it's exhilarating.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015


After raining for the entire month of May, Texas finally seemed to realize it's (basically) summertime and the temperature shot up into the nineties. For, like, a week. Now Tropical Storm Bill is working its way up from the Gulf Coast, so the past couple of days have seen overcast skies and random torrential downpours. I'm glad the clouds have come back for a few more days because I'd actually forgotten how bright the sun is (which sounds ridiculous, but when it peeked out from behind the clouds for the first time in thirty days, I legitimately nearly wrecked my car).

Aside from the weather, life hasn't been too crazy. Since we're short staffed at my branch and I work Sundays at BookPeople, I've been working seven days a week most weeks. Even though working at BookPeople doesn't really feel like work most of the time, I still miss having actual days off. I'm really looking forward to my vacation for this reason, and also because I desperately miss my Blogger Family.

I've gotten to work and attend a couple of really great author events in the past month or so. Melany and I decided at the last minute to see mustache-less Nick Offerman ("I've done you the disservice of appearing before you with just my face. I understand you feel slighted.") which was insane (865 PEOPLE) and wonderful. I worked the event for Melissa Cistaro's debut memoir Pieces of My Mother, and was able to talk with her and a writer for Kirkus reviews for awhile afterwards. A few weeks before that, I went for barbecue and beer in a seedy joint off I-35 with New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson. This is my life now.

We found a new apartment. It's (way) south and really nice. It's also super close to a great coffee shop and an awesome bar, but we've only been to each a couple of times since they are so far away from where we currently live. Only a few months left with this view though.

On a sad note, Britny moved away from us this past weekend (but only for a little while). For our last hurrah, her, Melany, and I went to a free Quiet Company show on Thursday night where they shot their video for "Seven Hells." Then on Friday night, despite my extreme exhaustion, Britny and I somehow talked for literally six hours about Harry Potter, books, and TV shows. (These extremely long talks always start with Harry Potter.) See you soon, Britny!


Friday, April 17, 2015


  • Spring is in full force here in Texas. I can never decide if I like spring or not. On the one hand, there are wildflowers on the sides of the highway, warm breezes, and sundresses. On the other hand, there's a fine layer of yellow covering every outside surface and you haven't stopped sneezing for three weeks.
  • I had my first battle with Austin allergies a couple of weeks ago, which morphed into what the doctor at the clinic called a "little bronchitis" that took forever to get rid of.
  • The first weekend of April I flew to Lubbock for Denny's surprise 80th birthday party.
  • While there, my uncle made me a special cup of tea that was probably mostly whiskey to help me get rid of aforementioned cough. I drank it out of Denny's quilting mug (see above).
  • I turned 23 last Thursday and was pleased to find that blink-182 lied to me. People do like you when you're 23.
  • I had to work all day on my birthday, but my family had flowers delivered to my work and a coworker gave me her personal copy of one of her favorite books, so it wasn't too bad.
  • On Sunday, Melany, Britny, and I went to South Congress Cafe for a belated birthday lunch and really great mojitos. After that, Britny and I spent four hours talking at a coffee shop and getting absolutely no work done.
  • Monday night I went to BookPeople to interview for a little part-time job, and was pleasantly surprised to find David Levithan, Ally Carter, and Justine Larbalestier upstairs.
  • I got that little part-time job, so now every Thursday and Sunday night will be spent working author events. I am stupidly excited about this.
  • Just in the next few weeks, I will meet the winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in physics, the writer of DCOM Pixel Perfect, and Glenn Close's sister.

How's your life lately?


Thursday, April 9, 2015

23 Before 24

  1. Save more, spend less
  2. Fix bike and ride
  3. Take more pictures
  4. Finish Blog Life
  5. Read at least thirty books I haven't read before
  6. Fill up my yellow Moleskine
  7. Meet new people
  8. Learn how to really use my camera
  9. Learn how to really use Photoshop
  10. Go for more walks
  11. Learn to make the perfect mojito
  12. Meet up with the Blogger Family in Portland
  13. Take a trip somewhere (besides Portland)
  14. Write more stories
  15. Volunteer at the Texas Teen Book Festival
  16. Try one new recipe a month
  17. Get my third (and maybe fourth) tattoo
  18. Find the best coffee shop in Austin
  19. Apply to graduate school
  20. Go to SXSW
  21. Send more letters and packages
  22. Find the perfect couch
  23. Go paddle boarding

Thursday, April 2, 2015


My freshman year of high school a few friends and I were given some old computer textbooks to repurpose in whatever way we saw fit. Armed with all manner of craft supplies and a ton of magazines, we turned what would have been trash into our own personal treasures. The pages were covered with quotes from movies and books, pictures of friends and celebrities, and little high school mementos. We called it textbooking.

Eventually we moved from the oversized computer textbooks to smaller books and journals, but we still call it textbooking to this day. It's still something I love to do. I love magazines, especially fashion magazines, and love that I can use them after I finish reading them. Anytime I feel like I'm lacking inspiration or just need a creative outlet outside of this blog, I textbook. Usually while watching a movie or four.

It takes me awhile to finish a whole textbook because the urge/need comes and goes. Recently (or like two months ago), I finished the one I started my first year of college, which was, you know, five years ago. I don't mind though–I like that it spans so much time. It's fun to see how I have and have not changed. Anyway, I decided to share a few of my favorite pages with you. (You can click to make them bigger!) They're really nothing special, but I promise you it was so much fun.

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