I Can Explain, Except That I Can’t

Listen, I had such high hopes for this summer in terms of my website. I planned to blog each week, keep you guys in the loop on everything bookish, and basically be the blogger I always wanted to be.

And then I didn’t.

SO.

Given that every time I think about trying to describe ALL THE THINGS I’ve done since June, I start to get a little wobbly, and my vision starts to cross, and I get the unstoppable urge to hug my knees to my chest and rock in the corner while shoving handfuls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch into my mouth.

Which means my update will be in the form of photos with captions, and then we’re going to try again with this whole blogging thing, and hopefully I can do a better job this month.

Here are some things that happened in late June and early July. They are not chronological, nor are they particularly detailed, but here they are anyway.

(Boy, I am SO GOOD AT THIS.)

1) My very first magazine article came out! I write for Fresh Style, and I’m super proud of the piece on Chatham Hellmers. The magazine is available basically everywhere, so if you see it while you’re out and about, please pick up a copy!

I was out of town when the magazine came out, but my husband sent me this picture!

I was out of town when the magazine came out, but my husband sent me this picture!

2) I started working at a brand new school. This is huge for many reasons, mostly because I worked at my old school for eight and a half years. It’s been a bittersweet transition, but as the first day of class draws closer, I find myself feeling more and more excited!

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PRETEND THERE IS A PICTURE OF THE SCHOOL HERE

EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NOT FOR SECURITY PURPOSES

PURPOSES, NOT PORPOISES

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3) I got a tattoo. To answer the FAQs I’ve been getting about it: a) No, it didn’t really hurt, although it was quite irritating. However, anytime I say something “didn’t hurt,” it’s wise to remember I also completed an entire unmedicated labor without knowing it, so for all I know, getting a tattoo might be really painful. b) No, I don’t have to cover it up for work. c) It represents the four members of my family. Everybody is flying in their own way, but we’re all tethered together by Christ (represented by the vine with stars each bird carries). d) No, it has nothing to do with Divergent. I loved birds WAY before Tris was even a character on a page.

TAT

This was taken about two hours after I got it done. Now, it looks even sharper and cleaner. I LOVE IT.

4) We went to my husband’s ten year reunion. It was basically a BLAST.

YAY.

YAY.

And, okay, that’s really all I can do at this point. Lame, huh? I do vow to be better as the school year progresses and I get settled in. Until then, please keep checking back–I’ve still got a book coming out sometime next year, and I can’t wait for all of you to read it!

Stay classy… That’s the way the cookie crumbles… Witty taglines…

See y’all next time.

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