Unpopular opinions: Christmas letters are the worst!

Two disclaimers: My husband cautioned this post was a bad idea when I told him what I was writing about. I’d write it, he suggested, and shortly there after we’d get a Christmas letter from someone who would also read the blog, and I could therefore assume I had offended them. Sure enough, less thanContinue reading “Unpopular opinions: Christmas letters are the worst!”

ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas

  Oprah recently released her annual list of favorite things, all 107 of them, along with an interesting article in Oprah magazine about how the Favorite Things grew from an organic gift giving experience (she found a pair of pajamas and boots that she loved and wanted to share them with everyone…then did, gifting overContinue reading “ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas”

Four things for the start of December

December 1st was the day that my whole outlook on life was going to shift and things were going to feel instantly better than they did at the end of November. Pushing the reset button can be super healthy and refreshing, and here in the first few days of December, I hope that you’re findingContinue reading “Four things for the start of December”

A December reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Anybody else feel like they need to push the reset button at the start of December? I love the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but this November has left me feeling like I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming from Halloween into the dead of winter. Remember October when it was 55 degrees, and the leavesContinue reading “A December reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

The joy of meeting yourself where you are

I’m a person who likes to push. I like to have a target, a goal I’m working towards. My ideas tend to balloon into behemoth monsters that take all my focus, energy, and time. I throw myself wholeheartedly into projects, and work myself to the point of exhaustion…either physical exhaustion in an effort to finishContinue reading “The joy of meeting yourself where you are”

Five things on Pinterest for #joshandkatebuildahouse, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I skipped a Friday post last week for the first time since launching ink. and I felt badly about it. A friend, and fellow blogger, asked why I didn’t have one scheduled and ready to go, and that friend pretty much understands nothing about what my schedule looks like in the weeks leading up toContinue reading “Five things on Pinterest for #joshandkatebuildahouse, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Revisiting a “pre-marriage” book three and a half years “post-wedding”

It was almost five years ago that my now husband’s picture popped up on my daily match.com list. He was handsome, dressed in a suit for his friend’s wedding with a big boutonniere pinned slightly haphazardly to his lapel. He had kind eyes, a shy smile, and the perfect amount of scruffy facial hair. IfContinue reading “Revisiting a “pre-marriage” book three and a half years “post-wedding””

Just a bunch of things to make you smile and forget about politics…after you vote!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, ink. is not intended to be a place for politics. But that being said, let’s acknowledge that it’s election day, and if you’re eligible to vote, you should vote. There’s not a good reason not to. If you feel like you don’t know enough about theContinue reading “Just a bunch of things to make you smile and forget about politics…after you vote!”

Four things for the start of November

We’re down to the final two months, months packed with holidays, shopping, food, decorations, and lots and lots of holiday themed movies, most of which will include a sappy love story for good measure. Though many of the local department stores began displaying their Christmas decor weeks ago, I like to subscribe to the generalContinue reading “Four things for the start of November”

How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was

In the fall of 2012, as I was about to start my second full year of teaching, I also decided that I wanted to run a marathon. I’d run five half marathons at that point, and a couple of triathlons, and it seemed like the next big endurance hurdle to clear. My fall teaching scheduleContinue reading “How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was”