Friday, December 23, 2011

friday photos: 2011.51

friday, december 16

dave barnes' christmas show. followed by an unphotographed christmas dance party of epic proportions.

saturday, december 17

andrew ripp & drew holcomb's christmas show

sunday, december 18

made some eggs in nests with a 4-year old.

monday, december 19

keeping up with facebook's changes.

tuesday, december 20

chad currie's first show ever.

wednesday, december 21

the best story line in "love actually".

thursday, december 22

drinks at the patterson house for myka's birthday.

Friday, December 16, 2011

friday photos: 2011.50

friday, december 9

first christmas party of the season

saturday, december 10

i scored several free books from mckay's which will eventually be journals.

sunday, december 11

tis the season.

monday, december 12

i'm dreaming of a white christmas with every christmas card i write...

tuesday, december 13

it took me almost two years to use and develop two rolls of film.

wednesday, december 14

this guy wants to work with us

thursday, december 15

swamp tiger elf-watching party

Friday, December 9, 2011

friday photos: 2011.49

friday, december 2

my manager sent me to the library to teach myself my new job.

saturday, december 3


sunday, december 4

daytona beach

monday, december 5

when your french press breaks, you get creative and use a giant flower vase.

tuesday, december 6

i found this note while unpacking from a weekend getaway.

wednesday, december 7

baby ben!

thursday, december 8

me vs. a 4-year old, 3-year old, 1-year old and 2 dogs. i won.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


it's not often that i get homesick. y'all know i love nashville way too much for that. but there are a few things i get homesick for, so i've decided to list them:

-waking up on a cold december morning to a foot of fallen snow glittering in the sun
-watching the sunset over lake michigan at almost 10pm in the summer
-driving through the corn fields/vineyards/apple orchards in the middle of the night and gazing at the stars

Monday, December 5, 2011

a season of reflection

december. it's that month when we all begin to reflect on the past year and plan for the one ahead. when 2009 was wrapping up, i looked back on it with fond memories. a new house, new friends, finally starting to form some community in nashville. but i had this feeling that 2010 was going to blow 2009 out of the water. and let me tell you, it did.

as 2010 ended, i felt as though 2011 would be... not bad, but less exciting and adventurous as 2010. i anticipated a little more struggle and discipline in 2011. and that's what happened.

i'm sure there's a certain degree of self-fulfilling prophecy in all of this, but whatever it is, it's there. but 2012... i think, and hope, it might even surpass 2010 as being an incredible year. i guess we'll see...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

traveling thoughts

i definitely love nashville, and i'm thankful to call it home. but sometimes i hear the open road calling my name...

i'm thankful for all the road-trips i've had the chance to go on this year.

michigan, twice.
indiana, not sure how many times.
north carolina
south carolina

i know it's not much compared to all the traveling musician's in this town, but it's been enough to keep me feeling alive.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

30 before 30 update: physician's visit

back in august i made a list of 30 things i wanted to do before turning 30. number 28 on the list was to visit a physician. at the time of my making the list, it had been 10 years since i last visited one.

well. ten years and a $20 co-pay later i learned....




i'm normal. whatever that means.

Friday, December 2, 2011

friday photos: 2011.48

friday, november 25

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

saturday, november 26

while these aren't my favorite decorations in general, they are my favorite to set out each year.

sunday, november 27

0 mph on I-65 south.

monday, november 28

ornaments and lights all in one.

tuesday, november 29

for one of my roommates, this is her first real christmas tree. ever.

wednesday, november 30

peanut butter is good at two things: being delicious, and cleaning sap off leather.

thursday, december 1

my calendar is stalking me. it knows my name.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

a month of thanks

throughout the month of november, i was tweeting one thing i was thankful for each day during the month, but i slacked off on the last couple days. so in order to complete the list and to re-jump-start my blogging efforts, i've decided to compile the list.

here are 30 things for which i am thankful.

1. a job that pays the bills.
2. nashville's fall weather.
3. the best roommates a girl could ask for (jacquelyn, stacy, & karissa).
4. living in a city full of dreamers.
5. the talent in this town #musiccity.
6. midtown fellowship.
7. pain killers, caffeine, and sleep: their powers combined working hard to battle my migraine.
8. hope in something bigger than myself.
9. my community group (aka: the swamp tigers).
10. thankful for haikus/and free baja burrito/30 days of thanks (baja had a twitter contest. the best haikus about burritos won a free meal. i won for sheer volume of haikus. maybe another post for another day.)
11. weekends.
12. restoration.
13. wine.
14. coffee.
15. god's timing.
16. facetime.
17. grace.
18. that i live in town (vs the suburbs) and therefore my normal commute is only 10 minutes
19. all the friends and memories i have because of a little orange plastic disc i bought 14 years ago.
20. opportunities to step outside of my comfort zone.
21. work-from-home mondays.
22. that i didn't die when someone almost t-boned me by making an illegal u-turn.
23. that i made it safely to michigan for thanksgiving.
24. family.
25. christmas.
26. that i had the opportunity to visit and reconnect with two friends. one whom i've known for 25 years, and one for 23 years.
27. that i made it safely back to nashville after thanksgiving, and for stacy's company along the way.
28. that both my house and my neighborhood have character.
29. opportunities to serve.
30. forgiveness.

Friday, November 25, 2011

friday photos: 2011.47

friday, november 18

car wash

saturday, november 19

treats and snoozin', snoozin' and treats.

sunday, november 20

dinner at pm with my small group

monday, november 21

secret santa dixie cup

tuesday, november 22


wednesday, november 23

sgt. pepper

thursday, november 24

thanksgiving traditions

Friday, November 18, 2011

friday photos: 2011.46

friday, november 11

typical friday night

saturday, november 12

real simple magazine, november 2011

sunday, november 13

celebrating three lovely ladies' birthdays at arrington vineyards. two of them decided to roll down the hill.

monday, november 14

nick flora's first cup of coffee. ever.

tuesday, november 15

heather's birthday, pop art style.

wednesday, november 16


thursday, november 17

some days you just have to climb into bed and watch your favorite show on your computer.

Friday, November 11, 2011

friday photos: 2011.45

friday, november 4

office shenanigans.

saturday, november 5

"so i watched the leaves fall/all of the way to the ground/and i knew that that was what love was/to die so that it could be found." - ben rector, autumn

sunday, november 6

living room books.

monday, november 7

it's the most wonderful time of the year.

tuesday, november 8

i heart autumn.

wednesday, november 9

not all trees are created equal.

thursday, november 10

i sure like haikus
and winning twitter contests
for free burritos