I was feeling a little glum tonight (perhaps my Netflix binging is starting to take a toll?) and somehow ended up clicking through the pages of this here little blog. And reminded myself for the umpteenth time that I truly do write for myself. Crazy amounts of happiness I get from remembering how cute my girls are, all the beautiful moments I've been a witness to, all the cool places I've seen, all the tough stuff I've moved through, all the great people in my life. I must write more! For future me. For present me.

Amber, don't forget!


We headed out to Enchanted Rock yesterday, finding the idea of diversions in the city, with their traffic and crowds repulsive. There were still crowds at the state park but at least the large skies of Texas hill country kept the perspective in check. I hadn't been to Enchanted Rock and was pleasantly surprised with how lovely it was. Approaching on the drive I'll admit I chuckled to myself about how Texans would make a even a small hill a state park because elevation of a respectable scale can't be found. But the scenery and the views were definitely worth it. Good day to be in the sunshine even if my sun belt daughters (and sister) complained about the freezing temperatures which hovered near 60.


I took my girls out to Barton Creek a few weeks ago and they were in uncharacteristically photo-happy moods. At one point I was the one asking to please stop taking photos. Bizzaro.


Thanksgiving isn't just a beautiful meal with family, it's also a blessed five days off from work. An oasis for refueling on my journey to winter break - no small thing to be thankful for.

Outside of the immediate need for a break from teaching, I am thankful for an immense amount this year. I am thick in the middle of much change in my life and I am thankful daily for the resources, be they family or friends, spiritual or temporal, to weather it all. I am grateful and happy.

Orange is the New Black


Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's PrisonOrange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this memoir, but I didn't find it staggering. I suppose after the all to sensational Netflix series there's no way the book would be so compelling. It was an interesting perspective, but the experience read a little flat to me.

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The Circle

The CircleThe Circle by Dave Eggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I think it's easy to dismiss it as too futuristic or unrealistic, but privacy issues are definitely the next battleground and I think his treatment of it is very interesting. Frog in boiling water and all that. I don't necessarily think Eggers view is the most likely outcome, but it's certainly worthy of consideration. Is the right of information with the collective or the individual?

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Anna came to visit with baby Sophia the past few weeks and it's been such a great infusion of happy to have them here. We had park dates, dinner dates, lots of cousin bonding, and tons of baby kisses. I was pretty sad to put them on a plane back to Vegas tonight. Babies grow up too fast.



There is very little that sunshine does not fix.