Saturday, April 30, 2011



today is the birthday of
the best mother-in-law ever...


just a few pics of us at the Dogwood Festival last April...

Friday, April 29, 2011

those days


some days, when you're not feeling so hot,
all you can do is making someone else happy. 
it helps if they're really cute and 
don't need much...

and then we saw a stork. 
i think.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

midquarter crisis


i haven't been feeling well lately, 
so today i'm thankful for being able to take
a little bit of time away from studying/school
to get some rest. 

hopefully i'll be back on my feet again soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

a pretty room

art school love.

this is my favorite bathroom at school.
is that weird?
i maybe sometimes go here to do work.
sadly, it doesn't happen often since
i rarely have a reason to go over to the main building.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011



Today I'm reading Herman Melville's  
Bartleby the Scrivener.
And I have a confession: I've never read Moby-Dick
I know, i know. 
I should.
But, in Bartleby's words, I'd prefer not to.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cuban food

(and classmates:)

yummy scrumptious Cuban food that i ate 
way too much of this afternoon, with my hilarious, 
wonderful fellow classmate, Sydia. 
too bad i had to work afterward -
i could have done with a good ol' fashioned 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

my favorite colors

matching with my pup-pup. 

yes, me and lars matched today.
except he needs some red lipstick...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

texas style

dinner at home.

don't you love taco salad?
i do. it makes me think of home.

Friday, April 22, 2011


my yellow skirt.

because it makes me happy.
secretly, i love yellow. 
it's one of the few bright colors i like wearing. 
not too often you understand, 
but once in awhile, it brightens up a grey day. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

once upon a time...


Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian, has been 
a visiting teacher in my class this quarter. 
I went to her reading tonight from her new book, The Swan Thieves, 
and I've been very impressed with her - 
ability to crank out these long, complex, historical novels,
dedication to and knowledge of prose,
wonderful coaching and advice to us in class,
love for Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady
and Wuthering Heights, one of my all-time favorite books,
and for being such a lovely, warm, genuine person. 
These opportunities are pretty great.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

still life.

fresh fruit.

lately i've had a craving for fresh fruit. 
probably my body telling me to stop eating freezer food:(


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

being writerly

working outside.

i love being able to sit outside in the sunshine
and do some writing. i don't mind if it's starbucks
if i can just sit and be writerly for awhile in good outside weather.
in fact, this is my career goal:) -


Monday, April 18, 2011

zippity doo da.

morning walk.

in an effort to be a more healthy, morning person,
i took lars for an early morning walk. 
okay, i know that 8:30 is not exactly early morning.
bear with me. baby steps, people, baby steps.
so, because i've never been good at exercising in the morning,
we just went on a nice leisurely walk in the neighborhood,
trying our best not to get freaked out by passing cars and 
trashtrucks. (ahem, lars). 
morning really is my favorite time of sleep:)
just kidding, it was nice to be up and out in the sunshine!

oh no! a car!
proof i'm not lying. i really was out there:)
huge, beautiful flowers. no idea what kind.
must! smell! everything!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

mellow mushroom

cheese pizza, please.

in our never-ending quest for the perfect pizza
(which i'm pretty sure can still be found at Antico),
we decided to hit up mellow mushroom 
after a grocery run, this evening.
it was nice to be out and about like real people,
but i have to say, it was definitely chain pizza.
i remember liking it better in Austin.
oh well, i'm not going to turn my nose up at pizza!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

favorite writers

henry james.

today i reread henry james' novella, 
the turn of the screw. very creepy. 
i love henry james, but my all-time favorite
of his is The Portrait of a Lady. 
i love that he completely breaks all the
rules to show instead of tell, but it's genius and amazing. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

i love

the rain at night
and driving home.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

park happiness

georgia greenery.

i've been meaning to be one of those people
who wake up at 5:30 a.m. to take their dog for a 3 mile run.
no, really, they exist. weird, right?
well, i feel bad for lars. if i don't take him to the park, 
he doesn't get much exercise. 
in fact, he's lately resorted to chasing his tail for minutes on end.
i think he knows its the only way he can burn some energy.
but, until i'm one of those heroic oddly-early-rising people,
we go to the dog park. 
the greenery makes me so happy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


the twittersphere.

i just think this is hilarious.
i may have a twitter account for a certain class project,
but i'm still skeptical about it.
maybe i would have more fun if there were little birds talking to me.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

brain freeze

Popsicle walk.

the nicest thing about where we live now is that
we can walk to the grocery store and coffee shop.
i won't comment on how often that happens,
it's just the fact that we can. 
well, i had a popsicle craving tonight, so
jazz and i took a little evening stroll. 
i love living this close to a store.
when we were first married (and very poor), 
we used to walk to the gas station down the street
for some ice cream treats. 
this is the life:

we may have gotten two boxes of popsicles. 
for variety, you know?

Monday, April 11, 2011

another writing post

freelancing work. 

in one of my classes this quarter, 
we're collaborating with a monthly publication in Atlanta
to produce their july issue....tonight we went to their
office and pitched our story ideas. 

From left: Matt, Krystal, Wendy Binns (owner), Collin Kelley (editor), Osayi.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

a writer's life

a writing day. 

do you have melancholy days? days when you can only think
of all the roads not taken? days when it seems like things
weren't mean to be like this, at all? 
today was a little like that.
on such days, i think it's important to take a notebook 
and a really good book (like philip roth's goodbye columbus)
to a favorite marketplace/bakery/cafe (like alon's) 
and have a nice cup of coffee plus some colorful treats.

confession: i may have done this yesterday too.
the weather was incredible. i kind of didn't want to ever leave -