A Day in the Life of a Lady Geek: November

Nov 28, 2015


These was going to be my 'A Day in the Life - Thanksgiving Style' post...but it turns out that I was too busy lounging around and eating everything I could on Thanksgiving to remember to take pictures. So instead, I took my photos the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm pretty pleased with them! For those of you who don't know, the A Day in the Life project is a new monthly photo challenge hosted by the lovely Dina Farmer. I'm thrilled about how much more comfortable I am with my camera ever since starting this blog. I'm beginning to understand how to handle a DSLR...though a lot of it is still pretty mystifying to me. Thank goodness for photo editing tools, haha!

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9 a.m.

In an effort to truly understand my new Tarot cards, I've been trying to do a daily three card reading in the morning. Here's my reading from yesterday! I still don't know what the cards mean until I look them up, but I'll get them all memorized eventually.

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10 a.m.

Mornings are for coffee. Sometimes I substitute Chai Tea lattes instead, but after staying up SUPER late watching Jessica Jones on Thanksgiving...I needed some coffee. My mom got this cute mug for me a few Christmases ago, and I bought these comfy beer-themed pajama pants for Gary a couple years back. I don't know what it is that makes men's pajama pants so much more comfortable, but I've always preferred them to lady's pajama pants.

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11 a.m.

We've got this pretty lady for the weekend again! She's such a big, clumsy goofball but she brings a lot of joy to our home. If only my kitty liked her half as much as we do...

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12 p.m.

I don't know about you guys, but I tend to make a lot of small revisions to my blog posts after I post them. Common sense would suggest I'd read them thoroughly and edit before posting...which I try to do, but I always seem to miss a few things that I feel like changing later.

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1 p.m.

More Jessica Jones! Gary and I started watching on Wednesday night and finished last night...so it didn't take us very long to tear through. Now I'm a little bummed that I have to wait so long for the new season, but those of you who have finished it might understand why I'm not quite as excited for another season as I was for this one. I'll definitely still watch it because this show is amazing, but I'm still a little sad over how this season ended. I'm not sure what kind of person that makes me, haha.

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2 p.m.

Spending time with this precious girl. I say this pretty often and it warrants looks of confusion from those around me, but my kitty is one of my very favorite people. Yeah yeah, I know she's not actually a person...I'm not that crazy=P

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3 p.m.

I've only just started Howl's Moving Castle, but I'm loving it so far! It's really cool to see the inspiration for the movie and the little changes that were made. I've also been spending more time journaling, and I think I have NaNoWriMo to thank for that. Sometimes I just sit and write my story, sometimes I write about my anxiety. It's been a very therapeutic practice!

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4 p.m.

Gary and I went to pick up a couple watches that we had polished by a local watch repairman. We bought this watch from a seller on Reddit a month or so ago, and I adore the simplicity of it. The seller knew it was part of the Mondaine Artist's Collection, but didn't know what year or artist it's from. We haven't been able to find one similar, so I'm pretty excited to have a watch that I've never seen before.

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5 p.m.

We met up with a couple of my friends at a local food hall called the Anaheim Packing House. This place is pretty dang cool...it's a restored agricultural packing house built in 1919, now home to unique restaurants, bars, and merchants. These yummy pastries are from the Crêpe Coop, which we ate at for dinner. Gary got a savory breakfast crêpe and I just got a tuna melt, but we split a dessert crêpe with strawberries, Nutella, and cream and it was so yummy.

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6 p.m.

Drinks after dinner! I'm a huge fan of beer, but lately I've been wanting to get more into cocktails. I told the waitress that I wanted a mixed drink but had no idea what to get since I know pretty much nothing about liquor, and she whipped this pretty pink drink up for me=) I don't remember what was in it, but it was delicious!

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7 p.m.

I came home to an awesome surprise: my Secret Santa present! Danielle of From Girlie to Nerdy has been one of my favorite bloggers for a while, and now I love her even more<3 These are so perfect! The Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies and I've been lusting after these Steve Zissou earrings by Sleepy Mountain for the past few months. Yay!!!

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8 p.m.

I'm not a huge fan of Goose Island. A lot of people think they're craft beer, but they're owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the world's largest brewer. AB InBev recently merged with SABMiller and now owns a ridiculous portion of the beer industry in terms of both sales and volume produced. They sure as hell aren't craft beer. However, I don't feel that being owned by any particular mass-producer makes you a bad brewery...Goose Island isn't bad, I just hate their marketing scheme. With that said, their Bourbon County is a hugely sought-after beer and every Black Friday, liquor stores have insane lines for this stuff. Gary and I have a hook up at our favorite local liquor store though, so we snatched this baby up on Wednesday. I hate BBA (bourbon barrel aged) beers, but Gary loves 'em and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

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9 p.m.

Even more Jessica Jones! We watched from around 9 p.m. and finished a little before midnight. As I said before, I'm a little sad about having to wait so long for new episodes but I couldn't help myself from watching so quickly! It's SO GOOD.

Anyway, that was a day in my life! Lots of relaxing and enjoying time with friends. I can't wait to see what you all post about...now that I'm done watching Jessica Jones I have tons of time to catch up on all of the posts I've been missing out on=P Here's my A Day in the Life post from October, and if you want to learn more about this photography project, check out Dina's post right here!

NaNoWriMo Update

Nov 25, 2015

Alright, let's just get this out of the way...I didn't even come close to finishing my novel this month. I capped out at a little over 11,000 words (yikes!) and just felt completely burned out and uninspired. However, I still think that NaNoWriMo is incredibly fun and I'm SO EXCITED for those authors who have either finished their 50,000 words or will be finishing by November 30th.

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I was curious about what NaNo winners do with their writing after November, and I found a few really helpful articles! Even with just the little bit of writing that I've done so far, I've been itching to revise pretty much ever since I started. From what I've read, that's normal for new writers. I resisted (mostly), but I love this advice from Scribendi about waiting before revising:

"You need to wait long enough so you are able to critically approach your NaNoWriMo novel and make the tough decisions that are required to perform effective manuscript editing."

I've never finished a novel but based on what I've experienced so far, I can only imagine the level of patience required to wait before editing your work. I was second-guessing most of the words I wrote as I wrote them...it wasn't until I decided to tune out my inner editor and just write my story that I stopped trying to revise. This post by Candace Johnson of Change It Up Editing is a couple years old, but still perfectly applicable to those finishing up their NaNoWriMo novels:

"Do a happy dance, pat yourself on the back, announce to the world (or at least your Facebook friends) that YOU DID IT, and then put your manuscript away for a while."

How long should you wait to revise, though? From what I'm finding online, that's a touchy subject for some writers. It looks like two weeks to a month is the standard, but some authors wait up to a year or longer! I can't imagine spending so much time with a novel only to wait that long for revisions but hey, whatever works right? At any rate, I'm absolutely positive that I'll be finishing my novel at some point, because I do love my story. The revisions will be the icing on the cake for me because I LOVE editing...I guess I'm just strange=P

Anyway, I did want to give a little update on my NaNo adventure. I didn't finish this time, but I still learned so much about myself and my writing style, so I'm incredibly thankful for that. I think I want to prepare for NaNo next year (I just joined on a whim this year with absolutely no preperation) since I hit numerous brick walls of writer's block this go-around. I think that at least having an outline would be very helpful next time!

If I don't catch you before tomorrow, happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the United States!
I don't eat meat, but if I did, I would gladly eat Jar Jar Binks...just to get rid of him, you know? Ha! Seriously though, I want you to know how thankful I am for all of you. The female geek blogging community is so incredible and has really made me feel welcome, and I am truly thankful for you amazing ladies! Enjoy your time with loved ones and I'll catch you all again on Friday<3

Funko Fridays: Funko Finds

Nov 22, 2015

Yeah yeah, I know it's Sunday, but I still wanted to get my latest Funko Fridays posted. I had a crazy busy week, so don't judge me for my tardiness, please=P This week's theme is 'Funko Finds' which came just in time for me since I recently scored this super cute Kylo Ren Pop! This little guy is especially exciting for me because he marks my first collaboration with a brand since starting my blog. The UK-based website Zavvi contacted me earlier this month about providing a Pop! to me for an unbiased review. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, since one can never have too many Funkos, right?

I picked Kylo Ren because...well, Star Wars. You guys, we're less than a month away from the premiere! I'm getting SO PSYCHED for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I wanted this adorable villain to mark my first ever Star Wars Pop! Okay, I know there are cuter Star Wars characters out there (case in point) but I'm such a sucker for a baddie (you're next, Captain Phasma). I absolutely love the little dings and imperfections in his mask...such a tiny detail, but I think it's awesome how true to the character this Funko is. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that this Pop! is a bobble-head...something I managed to miss while I was ordering him, but yay, my first bobble-head Funko! Overall, I think he's perfect and I'm happy to have him.

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I wasn't asked to talk about this by my contact at Zavvi (the whole conversation was completely fuss-free, actually...all they asked of me was to include a link for the site's Funko list, which I'm happy to do) but I did want to mention how awesome this website is. I hadn't heard of them before, and when I first glanced at the site I was a little skeptical since shipping from overseas to the US can be a bit of a pain. I'm so glad I didn't let that deter me from working with them because I was very pleased!

For orders to the US, the shipping charge is only £0.99 which is about $1.50. Regardless of how much you order, it's only $1.50 for standard delivery...that's insane, right? And while shipping can generally take two weeks, I got mine in about a week. I saw some limited edition Funkos on this site that I haven't seen for reasonable prices anywhere else, so I'll definitely be ordering from them in the near future!

While the Funko choices are what really draw me to the site, I did want to mention that they carry pretty much everything a geeky gal (or guy!) could want. Games, DVDs, clothing, posters...even gadgets like laptops and cameras. It's worth a look or two and it's a definite perk that their shipping costs are so low. Handy tip: the website's default currency is in British Pounds but you can switch to US Dollars in the upper right corner so that you don't have to Google the exchange rate...like I was doing before I realized that I could change it, haha.
Thanks as always to the fabulous Kimi and Pepi for hosting Funko Fridays! I saw a lot of really cool Funko finds this week...I'm especially in awe of Kimi's Spirit Yoda Funko. How gorgeous is that? Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic week and if I don't catch you beforehand, happy Thanksgiving to my US-based friends and readers! Enjoy your time spent with loved ones<3

Boss Babes: Pepi & Rav

Nov 19, 2015


I sat down to write an entirely different post last night, but then my husband said something that irritated me and (almost) ruined my night. Being in a heightened emotional state at this particular time of the month, I did let my anger fester for a couple hours before realizing that I was being silly. Life is too damn short to spend time upset over something that was said with no intention of insult....it's too short to spend time upset over many things, actually.

So now I'm writing a post about something that makes me incredibly happy: the female geek blogging community. There are so many wonderful women in the blogosphere, and they do some pretty amazing things! I'm just going to be talking about two of them today, but I'd like to make this a regular feature because I mean, if you're a part of this community, you know how awesome so many of these lovely ladies are.

First, I want to talk about one of my favorite bloggers, Pepi of the blog dePepi.com. As many of you know by now, she recently published a book called Geek Anthropology of Loki's Army.

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As if she wasn't cool enough, this girl published a book about her biggest fandom! How incredible is that? To top it off, you can really tell how passionate she is about Loki and his army of fans. Of course this book appeals to people who know and love Loki, but it's also perfect for people like me who know nothing about the Marvel universe.

Don't hate me please, but I'm not the biggest fan of Marvel...I've just never been into superhero movies, I guess. I watched the first Thor movie, but I never gave much thought to Loki (gasp!) and I definitely never considered his fandom. In fact, I didn't even know he had such a huge following until I happened across Pepi's blog, and then I was intrigued! Okay so that's the guy from the Thor movie...why are people so obsessed with him?! I wanted to read this book because I was dying to understand what all the fuss was about, and I was not disappointed.

Pepi goes above and beyond explaining the how and why of Loki's popularity. Not only does she talk about Loki and his persona as a character, she also explains the connection between the character Loki and the actor Tom Hiddleston and why Tom himself is so important to the Loki fandom. My favorite part of the book, however, was the section on Loki's Army since my main reason for reading was to discover what lies behind the minds of Loki fans. You guys are intense! Haha, but really, now that I know A LOT about Loki and I actually understand why he's so adored, I just want to give him a hug. And I definitely want to watch more Marvel movies....er, at least those with Loki=P

Aside from her book (which I HIGHLY recommend whether you're a Loki fan or a Marvel noob like me), Pepi is just an all-around awesome lady. She posts consistently (pretty much every day, as far as I've seen!) about a wide-variety of topics, including women in pop culture (and the lack thereof), fandom stereotypes, and Autism. I also love reading about her adventures in Japan, and her Comics THORSday posts are always some of my favorites to read since I know so little about comics and love learning all I can about them!

As much as I enjoy her blog though, I enjoy Pepi as a person even more. She's incredibly sweet and supportive of the geek blogger community, and she even came up with an awesome monthly feature called Random Acts of Fandom where she does something crazy and amazing for a fellow blogger who's in need a little encouragement. Not going to lie, I've been nominated to participate in Random Acts and I haven't yet because I'm so lazy...but I totally admire Pepi for keeping up with it and spreading the joy! What I'm trying to say is, Pepi's a badass lady blogger and you should show her some love.
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I also want to talk about another of my favorite bloggers, Rav from Ravalation. Rav was one of the first lady bloggers that I really talked to when I started blogging, and I knew she was a kindred spirit right away. She's a gamer girl like me, specializing in SWTOR and LotRO (Star Wars: The Old Republic and Lord of the Rings Online, for those of you who thought those acronyms were gibberish). She shares her incredible screenshots on her blog, along with posts about gamer culture and her new life in Sweden. I wanted to share something particularly awesome that she's taking part in this upcoming weekend, the Friendship France gathering in LotRO.

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Rav isn't the creator of this event, but I love that she's spreading awareness about it. She's even got me thinking about installing and playing a game that I've never considered playing in my life, simply because I love the idea of Friendship France and would like to join in. For those of you who haven't heard of #FriendshipFrance, it's an international meeting of LotRO players to show their support for France in light of the recent attacks. The intent is to comfort our fellow gamers in France, and I think it's a beautiful idea. I've always hated that some people think that online friendships can't be 'real' because they're, well, online. Some of my closest friends are my guildies in WoW, and I've never met them in real life (and probably never will). I love how Rav describes this in her latest blog post:

"I know it's just a silly game. But even if it's 'not real', there are real people sitting behind their keyboards, real French people who could really do with some comfort. If there's any chance I can provide some by just logging into an online game for an hour... well, who am I not to? I hope people will show up in great numbers."

If you're interested, she wrote a detailed post about how to join in and what to do. I think it's awesome that she's taking the time to spread the word about this and I sincerely hope that a lot of gamers end up joining in. On top of this event, Rav is also participating in IntPiPoMo! I definitely hadn't heard about this before she posted about it, but it's basically the photo alternative to NaNoWriMo. The idea is to post fifty screenshots (or photos) during the month of November, and Rav is well on her way to meeting that goal.

I can't stress this enough, I adore Rav's screenies. They seriously blow my mind sometimes...like, how do people manage to take such crazy gorgeous photos in video games? Aside from her screenshot prowess, I really enjoy Rav as a person because she is a down-to-earth geeky gal with a big heart<3 If you've never checked out Rav's blog before, you really should! Even if you aren't a gamer, I'm absolutely positive you'll enjoy it...even if you do just visit to 'ooh' and 'aah' at her pretty screenshots!
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I'm trying not to rush the end of this post here but I can't stop thinking about something else that makes me happy...the Sims! I just reinstalled the Sims 3 yesterday and I'm itching to get some play time in before I head to bed. You've all been there, right gamers? Sleep is important and all, but I need to finish building my extravagant dream home for my virtual family. I hope you're all having a fantastic week, and don't forget to thank a badass lady or two in your life=)

Sweater Weather Swap

Nov 9, 2015

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Well unfortunately, it's Monday again. Back to the daily grind, but I did have a lot of fun this past weekend! I hope you all had a great weekend as well<3 I recently participated in a swap with the Geeks & Beauties Google+ group, and it was great! The theme was 'Sweater Weather,' but neither I nor my partner Chris really get weather that calls for sweaters (I'm in the OC and he's in Orlando, FL) so we made it more of a Halloween/Awesome Things swap instead=)

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My favorite thing that I got from Chris was this super cute jar full of candy! It's decorated with Halloween-themed washi tape and filled with yummy things like Sixlets, Werthers Originals, and Caramel Apple Pops! Do you remember those? Green apple candy lollipops covered in caramel...I used to love those as a kid! I'm not going to lie, I've totally eaten all of them already.

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Here's the top of the jar. Aren't those black cats the cutest?!

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I also got The Shining and the original Carrie on DVD, which is awesome because they're perfect Halloween movies! They really put the hubster and I in the Halloween spirit just in time for the holiday.

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I'm SUPER excited about this copy of Howl's Moving Castle! I'm a huge Miyazaki fan so of course I've seen his animated adaptation of the book (at least ten times) so I really can't wait to start reading it. To be totally honest, I haven't read an actual, physical book in quite a while thanks to my Kindle, so this will be a bit of an adjustment...but I think I'll manage to get back into the swing of things=P

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I was curious about the 'Extras Inside' sticker on the cover so I decided to check out just what those extras were. It's an interview with the author, Diana Wynne Jones, so that's pretty cool! Definitely something I'll be checking out.

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All in all, I think I made out pretty well! I love my goodies and I can't wait to see what Chris thought of the stuff I sent him. If you're interested in joining in on a future swap, you totally should! And if you're a movie buff, check out Chris' blog @movieguy84 or his movie reviews at Empower the Audience. This guy really knows his stuff! As always, thanks to the lovely ladies at Geeks & Beauties who organized this swap and made it so fun<3

6 on 6: I Love Goooooold!

Nov 6, 2015

Oh man, I guess I got so excited about Funko Fridays today that I totally forgot to post my 6 on 6! I had my pictures all ready to go too but didn't even think about it until about halfway through the day. Despite gold being my second favorite color, I don't have a ton of gold stuff. I did manage to scrounge together six photos for today though, I hope you enjoy them!

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Alright, so my dog isn't exactly geeky, but he's definitely golden=) This is Shadow, my fourteen-year-old Golden Retriever. He lives at my dad's house about an hour away from me, so I don't get to see him as often as I'd like. But this guy was my protector and best friend throughout my childhood and I always treasure my time with him (despite his smelly old dog breath, haha). Taking a decent picture of him was so difficult because he wouldn't stop wiggling...he's still a puppy at heart!

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Of course I had to include my gorgeous Luna clutch from Sent From Mars! I absolutely adore the shiny gold details, and I figured she was perfect for this post. I also included my pretty gold Marc Jacobs clutch that my hubby bought a couple years ago for me...neither of these have gotten a ton of use because I'm afraid of getting them dirty or ruining them somehow, but I do love looking at them.

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This copy of Hitchhiker's Guide means a lot to me, because it's the last book my little brother borrowed from me before he died. He never finished it, and I didn't get it back from him until we were going through his belongings, so I still get a little emotional looking at it.

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I wish I had thought to take a close-up of this watch since you can barely see what makes it so awesomely geeky! Instead of a second hand, it has a dial showing Sputnik orbiting Earth...how cool is that? This is a Russian watch from 1957, but it's in amazing condition. My husband originally bought it for himself (he's really into watches) but I liked it so much that I stole it form him=P

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This little Zen Homer statue came from the September Loot Crate. The Simpsons are far from my favorite cartoon, but the hubster loves it so I at least appreciate this cutie. You can't see it very well in the picture, but he's sitting on a donut and holding a pretzel, ha!

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So this isn't super geeky either (aside from the geeky fella carving a pumpkin in the background), but I recently rekindled my love affair with hookah. It's an AWFUL habit, I know, but it helps me de-stress every now and then. I managed to convince my husband that we needed this pretty pink and gold hookah with the frilly pink hose...not sure how I pulled that off, but I'm glad I did. So cute!

I can't wait to catch up on all the other 6 on 6 posts from today! Looks like a lot of people participated this month, which is really awesome. If you still don't know about 6 on 6, check out the original post by Emma of Scruffy-Little Nerd Herder right here!

Funko Fridays: Show & Tell


You guys, I am SO HAPPY that it's Friday. I spent this week sick, then stressed out at work, and now I'm sick again! Darn my weak immune system! The teas that Nichole from CuppaGeek sent to me has really helped me stay at least functional, so thanks Nichole<3 (She's getting married tomorrow, by the way! So exciting!!)

Today's theme for Funko Fridays is 'Show & Tell.' We're supposed to pick one of our Funko to talk about, so I'm choosing my new Loot Crate Exclusive Dr. Emmett Brown Pop! Seriously, look at how cute he is? Remember in the first Back to the Future where past Doc is showing Marty his whole 'harnessing the power of lightning' idea on the town replica he made? And he has the cut on his forehead from when he fell and hit his head on the sink? That's the scene that this Pop! is based on=) I love the little details that they included, like his plaid shirt and the pens in his jacket pocket.

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I know there's a free-for-all 5 Fandom Friday going on today, but since I had such a crazy week, I'm going to skip out on that and catch up on all the awesome blog posts I haven't read yet instead ! Also, don't tell on me, but I've already fallen behind on my NaNoWriMo daily word goal. I'm definitely planning on catching back up this weekend, I just hope that writer's block doesn't strike (dun dun duuuun). I hope you all have a great weekend! Oh and just out of curiousity, did any of you purchase the virtual ticket for BlizzCon/will actually be attending BlizzCon this year?

NaNoWriMo 2015, let's do this!

Nov 2, 2015

If you notice things get a little quiet around here, it's because I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year! It's my first time joining in on the madness and I'm vastly unprepared, but I'm already having a ton of fun so far. I've written a little over the word goal for day two, so I'm off to a great start! I would love to have some writing buddies for encouragement though, so if you're participating in NaNoWriMo this year and would like to be my buddy, add me here!

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On a more personal note, yesterday would have been my baby brother's 21st birthday. He died early last year, so this was his second birthday since his death. Let me tell you, it really hasn't gotten any easier. My anxiety has been at an all-time high and I'm feeling some of my depression creeping back in...I think the holiday season will always be pretty rough for my family from now on. My meds have been doing a relatively good job at keeping me functioning but I think what's really keeping me together is the love from my husband, friends, and family. It's so easy to take our loved ones for granted, so I just wanted to give you all a little reminder to really treasure the people who make your life a little brighter.

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