Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

happiest Friday!

Happy Friday, everyone!
I know I've been silent for a week -- a long weekend at a friend's wedding in Asheville plus a night camping in the Great Smoky Mountains made for a hectic week playing catch up when we got back,

But this weekend should be nice -- a bit more laid back. We might do a run to the city to return / buy some things -- but likely will be just doing work (some studying for me) and enjoying that we're on "October Break" -- which means no class until next Thursday!
Hope that you all have nice, relaxing, fun weekends ahead of you, too.


And for now, so links to share!

Learning to love criticism -- something I need to work on for sure!

I recently won  (more on that later) an amazing PopBasic Le Breton, and haven't taken it off since -- highly recommend. 

I love this series, especially the American Girl Store!

This lion cat cracks me up.

Gear you never knew you needed. 

If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Been to any of these spots in 2014? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Being in the beginning of a dissertation sometimes feels a bit like walking out into the wilderness.


Particularly in my situation, which is a bit unusual, at least for my program. Insofar as that I'm largely, at this point, going it alone.
At this point, I don't have the directed path which generally comes with an adviser and specific research agenda. 

But over the past few days: some progress was made.
Some emails were sent.
Some emails were answered.
And I'm hoping that things are going to start to move in the direction that I want.

Even though I don't know exactly where things are going to go from here, I'm really looking forward to the adventure.

Monday, September 29, 2014

My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary today.
We each have the good fortunate of a flexible schedule, so we're taking the day to celebrate: exchange gifts, look through wedding photos, and just enjoy a day of being together. 


I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my days with someone who makes me so happy.


To many more years as happy as this!

Friday, September 26, 2014

happiest Friday!

It's been kind of a crazy week over here. 
Lots of work combined with feeling under the weather has left me pretty exhausted and counting down the moments until the end of the week.
A week of doing some work, a neat festival, and generally relaxing should set me on track for a better next week.

Still have a couple of links to share -- though I will confess many of them are related to the work I've been doing this week.



SHE works with local entrepreneurs to bring about larger in Rwanda -- and they're amazing! 

Do you care about clothes?

This crispy tofu is just incredible.

Have you heard about Feed the Future? Working to improving food security and empowering women around the world. I've had the good fortune to work with them in Ethiopia, and am hoping to again soon!

I love this cat pack!

My husband found a conference in Paris that we're going to send work to and thus I've been lusting over a potential work vacation across the en Paris. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Nature. Mother Nature. She is free to do whatever she chooses." 


This lovely essay, by Ariel Levy, is, I believe, one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever had the pleasure to read.
It is raw, engrossing, and heartbreaking. 
But still wholly gorgeous and inspiring. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Anderson-inspired

My favorite movie in high school was probably the Royal Tenenbaums
It may actually still be. 
Although I am pretty smitten with Moonrise Kingdom

Lately I've been obsessing over Anderson-inspired elements of home decor.



Just a few of the many, many possibilities.
But, I also love the signs from the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Maybe I should hang some signs around my house.