The Ghosts of Halloween Past

So, I wore a costume to work yesterday. I am not usually a costume person. I feel like I might not be confident enough to wear a costume. I am too self conscious and unwilling to draw attention to myself to wear loud and obnoxious costumes. However, all of my co-workers dressed up yesterday because we had Trick-or-Treat in our town. I stressed out about costumes for a long time, until I found a costume that would cost little money and would allow me to wear real clothes underneath.


This is my asleep face. Isn’t it puffy and fun?

While wearing this costume yesterday, I heard many interesting comments. One older man stared at me for a while and then said, “So, does that mean you aren’t playing with a full deck?”

That hurt my feelings.

In honor of Halloween and to celebrate my bravery to wear a costume yesterday, I will share some other greatest hits from my past.

When I was little, I had awesome costumes. I was a crayon, a princess, and most interestingly, Pebbles from The Flintstones.


And, to announce our dating relationship, Danny and I dressed up like Jim and Pam from The Office.


We were so cute back then.

I don’t know what are plans are tonight, but I’m sure that costumes will not be involved. Unless you count fleece pajamas and robe as a costume. Because I am all over that.


Feeling nostalgic

The other day, Danny and I headed out for a walk. It was chilly, so we both wore sweatshirts, and I know for sure that I was wearing sweatpants. As we headed out the door, I snapped a picture of us holding hands. It looked like this.

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Immediately, it reminded me of a picture we took on our first anniversary of dating, back in October of 2008. That one looked like this.


It’s funny how different things were in each of these pictures, even though they are pretty similar to look at. In the picture taken in 2008, Danny and I still had a year left of college, and we didn’t know what the future would hold. We wore nice clothes to go hiking because we still wanted to look cute for one another. I was just an English major, not sure what I wanted to do for a career, and Danny was finishing up his student teaching and wondering if teaching was really what he wanted to do. I was super rich because I had a well-paying part time job and no bills, so I felt like the world was at my disposal.

In the picture I took last week, Danny and I are still unsure of what the future holds. We don’t (well, I don’t) wear nice clothes on walks because I will probably sweat, and what’s the point in dirtying some nice clothes for that business? I am working at a library and making plans for grad school, and Danny is working as an assistant principal and trying to figure out all the ins and outs of that. We still worry about money and wish that there could be more, but I suspect that everyone thinks those thoughts.

And, our relationship is the thing that has changed the most. Back then, we wanted to spend every waking moment together, but I don’t really remember what we used to talk about. I remember feeling like I couldn’t talk about all of my stuff because I didn’t want to scare Danny away. Now, we still want to be around each other all the time, but we share everything–for better or for worse. We’ve seen each other cry, and we’ve seen each other be mad and irrational. But, we still want to spend the rest of our days with each other.

In six years, I hope to snap another picture, just like this. I wonder how things will be different by then?

A Unexpected Date

Tonight was set to be a bad night. Danny had a late meeting, and it seemed like we wouldn’t get to see each other. I had a bad attitude, and I felt mad that he is responsible to go to late meetings, even though we live far away from his work. He planned to drive home to eat dinner and then drive all the way back to school, just to make me feel better.

But, at work today, I had an epiphany. We could meet half way, at this one park we like, and I could bring dinner. It would be a surprise picnic. So, that’s what we did. At the park, there was this playground with colorful panels, so, of course, we had to do some poses.

First, we did a few senior picture poses. Looking at the pictures now, I don’t know why the light is so weird–it was a little cloudy, but I’m not sure why the pictures look like they were taken inside a cloud. Anyway, here are our senior pics.

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Wow, this are good shots. We look majestic.

Then, we took some candids.

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I wore my coy face, and Danny wore his laughing face. He was doing another pose, but started laughing, so I snapped this picture instead.

Finally, here is our love picture. We are too cute.

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So, moral of the story–sometimes, when you stop having a bad attitude, you can have an unexpectedly good time. And, sometimes, you’ll find weird parks that will provide inspiring backdrops for your photo shooting needs.


The New Normal

I am a creature of habit. I love having a routine, and it’s hard for me to stray once I find something that works. I have slowly settled into a routine at the library, but in the past week, I have decided to throw a couple of wrenches in the works.

I applied to grad school this week. I am excited, but I am also freaking out. I hate change, and since I haven’t been in grad school before, I can’t envision how my schedule will change. I am excited to be studying the things I will be studying, but I am nervous to have school work hanging over my head.

I think the thing that is freaking me out the most is the fact that recently, I have had glimmers of the fact that my job at the library could turn into a career. Since college, I have had jobs, but I haven’t had a career. I have craved a job that is fulfilling, but now that I am on the cusp of diving into a career, I am feeling a little commitment-phobic.

In the past few months, I have made a couple of routines that I want to hold on to, even when I start my new responsibilities. First, I have been packing Danny’s lunch every night, and it makes me feel like I am taking care of him. And, when I slip a note in, I feel like I am able to give a little joy to his day, even though we aren’t together.  Danny and I have also really gotten into these PBS documentaries called Secrets of… They are so good. We watch them on Netflix and from the library since PBS doesn’t come on our television anymore. And, we’ve been able to relax on school nights, and sometimes, we even leave the house. It’s been pretty revolutionary.

I am trying to take each day as it comes, but as you guys probably guess, it’s pretty hard. But, I will continue on and update as I have more information about my grad program!

Addicted and Unashamed

I am addicted to an i-pad game, and I am unashamed. It’s not your typical Candy Crush (which I finally conquered my addiction of) or Flappy Bird, but I am addicted nonetheless.

I love the game, Secret Society. Let me explain…

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Basically, you have all of these levels, and you have to investigate each picture to find different objects. Each picture has hidden objects in it, and you have to find the required objects to advance in the game. Here’s a picture of one of the pictures.

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This picture is called the Mayan Temple. At the bottom of the screen, you see the things I am supposed to find in the picture. In this particular level, the words are scrambled, but in others, they are regular. And, you can see in the picture that there are hidden (and not so hidden) objects to find.

Basically, this game is a virtual issue of Highlights magazine. And, I love it.

So, what’s the verdict? Am I too dorky to be your friend now? I hope not because this game is too good. Go play it!

D and E: Part 1

So, a few posts ago, I wrote about how Danny and I have some differences. I read comic books on the beach, and he drinks exotic coffee and eats pie on the beach. I thought that was an interesting blog post, so I’ve decided to highlight more differences between us, every once in a while.

Danny and I have different tastes in beverages. Basically, Danny is never without a cup of coffee in his hands. And, I have never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. On a daily basis, if you were to see us in our daily lives, we would probably be holding these in our hands.

This is Danny’s thermos.

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Danny puts cool stickers and stuff on his thermos. He represents his love for NPR, books, and music that he likes. I think this is the epitome of a hipster teacher thermos.

This is my Tervis cup.

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I usually don’t drink anything other than water, and thanks to my parents, I have a fun cup from which to drink it. Because this cup is colorful and has polka dots, I think it shows my whimsical side. And, it showcases my love for the Cincinnati Reds (home of my future next husband, Joey Votto).

Isn’t it funny how two drink vessels showcase our personalities so well?

Look for the next installment of this series soon!


Things are really hard around here. For the past three years, Danny and I have worked together. Those years were hard at times, but I, especially, got used to having a lot of time with Danny. Because we spent so much time together on a day to day basis, our time together didn’t have as much pressure. We could spend time on the couch at night, not talking, because we had already talked all day long. But, now that we aren’t spending tons of time together, I am feeling that pressure feeling again. I feel like the time we do spend together needs to be fantastic because we don’t get as much time together. And, the start of the school year is really hard right now–well, actually, all of Danny’s job has been hard. So, we are both tired, and we didn’t get as much done around the house as we wanted to this summer.

This weekend, we did cross one thing off our list: power washing.

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We have lots more to do (weird shrubs, I’m looking at you), but it was nice to power wash this weekend.

What are some things you guys are doing to find joy these days? I am in the market for some joyful things these days.