Friday, January 24, 2014


 [week four of my fifty-two week self-portrait project]

- monday was national penguin awareness day, so i rocked my penguin shirt like nobody's business. 

- grammar tip of the week: punctuation can save lives // punctuation is powerful.

- darling magazine and soul pancake teamed up to make a video titled that's what she said. ladies, please take time to watch this. natalie's poem at the end left me with happy tears and a happy heart.

- "to me, photography is an art of observation. it's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. i've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." elliott erwitt.

- to those who have read 'the fault in our stars', take a breath before you read my next sentence. [breathe in, breathe out.] i have a confession to make: i liked the book, but i didn't love it. what's worse: i didn't shed a single tear throughout the entire book. i feel like an emotionless robot. the only reason i can come up with is a scene that i felt was unnecessary. i work with the teens at my church, and before it might not have bothered me as much, but seeing these kids and the pressures and manipulation they face from the media, i just felt like it was giving them a distorted image of what intimacy is. are we still friends?

- i am socality.

- some people are funny, i tell ya. they shout equality and free speech for all, as long as your opinions match theirs. but have an opinion that differs? hide ya kids, hide ya wife

- i'm kind of obsessed with this blog right now.

- i have a birchbox subscription, and i really like it. when i read about graze, i decided to give it a try. i am so glad i did! i have friend codes if you want one.

- our church was burglarized monday night, and a flat-screen tv was stolen. the guy was arrested the next day. i'm sure my response should be a cookie-cutter answer, "let's show him the love of Jesus." or "we forgive him." we are called to love everyone - i know this. but i am irritated. with all that's happened in my little hometown in the last week, how am i supposed to love and help someone when they won't get off their lazy butt and help themselves?!

- i was overwhelmed by all the love on this instagram post. just another reason i love that app. but it's more than an app; it's a community.

- i get a lot of questions about how i take pictures with my iphone. i thought about writing a post to explain it, but i'm a hands-on kinda girl. since i can't fly everyone to oklahoma, THIS article and her second post explain everything.  

- does anyone have a favorite t-shirt company, shop, etc.? after seeing the feedback on this post, i'm thinking of featuring different t-shirts/companies/shops for each weekly musings post.

- i love the idea behind this DIY get well kit. i thought about making one, but then i wondered how i'd get it to them because - ew, germs. i'm a germaphobe, so i'm not quite sure how i would deliver to a sickly friend. i mean, i love ya, but my germaphobic-ness is something fierce, y'all. maybe ding-dong-ditch, but leave the get well gift, so it's more like ding-dong-ditch-because-you-have-germs-but-here-is-a-get-well-gift.

- this post by jeremy cowart shows how stunning and raw and heartbreaking and powerful our humanness is.

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