Reunited in the Southwest

Hey, pals! I’m having a long weekend in a place known for big hair, cowboy boots and cattle. That’s right. I’m in Texas.

But the best part of this weekend isn’t the larger-than-life culture. The choicest part of this temporary break from pumping out articles, chasing down Cardinal & Cream writers and working on school assignments was a reunion of many friendships. Continue reading


The life of endless transitions

Alas, today ended my life of lethargy and gluttony. I am back on my familiar cozy campus after a long January break. Since it’s now time for me to start using my brain in classes again, I decided it was also the right moment to pick up this long-neglected blog. Continue reading

The Roomskies: Meet Hannah

I know, I know, I know. It has taken me too long to finish this tiny series. In fact, I have only a little over a month left in this program! It’s just been such a whirlwind that I often (sadly) forget to blog.

Anywho, it’s time you meet Hannah, but before I begin there’s a couple changes since I began this little slice of my life in DC. One, we never refer to ourselves as roomskies anymore. It’s funny how names come and go so quickly sometimes. Two, speaking of going, our room has been downsized. We began as five on this journey and after a couple short weeks we became a family of four. So, yes, this will be the last of the roomskie posts. Continue reading

O, the insanity

First of all, I am so sorry. I am the worst blogger ever! But I am back.

So, this weekend was crazy here in DC. Friday the little ghouls and goblins were out two days early for treats, tricks and all that goodness. Saturday was the rally, and it was oh-so-fantastic — more to come on that in a second. Sunday loads of runners, aka those who love to torture themselves, were out in the Marine Corps Marathon, plus scores of adults dressed in outlandish costumes went out for Halloween.

But, the best part of this weekend would most definitely be the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I am not the most avid watcher of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, but I thoroughly enjoyed their message, which was both humorous and serious. America, let’s stop it with extremes, try to work through our differences and get stuff done. Unlike some I don’t care if your blood runs red or blue, and I think both sides have some legitimate points.

Anywho, I’ll step off my soapbox.

Off to the other reason I love the rally — the music. Oh my, oh my, oh my. The Roots, John Legend, Cat Stevens. A new favorite, an always favorite and an old favorite. I could say more, but I would just sound like a gushing fan girl.

So, now I will leave you with some photos of the greatness that was on the Mall Saturday.

Til then!

Orange you glad it's October?

Orange. It’s the color of fall, the breeziest, calmest season of the year and my favorite of the four. I picked orange not because I’m a Tennessee Vols fan (Sorry, Aunt Lisa! You tried.), but because it’s October. Time for pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, some falling leaves and more pumpkins! I love finding the beloved gourd in my lattes, on porches and in baked goods warm out of the oven.

So here’s some photos — ironically, none of pumpkins — that I’ve taken on some of my travels over the past couple months celebrating that warm, smooth color .

Abby, enjoying some time on the Sandia Mountains in the desert land of New Mexico, home of the most beautiful sunsets.

Chili powder (incredibly above my level of endurance for heat intensity) in a quaint little corner shop in Bernalillo, New Mexico.

The view — when I turned around backwards — from the lawn where I spent my Labor Day listening to a free National Symphony concert.

My amazing roommate same dancing on the Mall during our program’s annual group picnic.

A stack of logs waiting for winter outside a little hotel in Eagle Nest, New Mexico.

I hope you are enjoying these golden days of autumn. They’re definitely the best for sitting in the fading sunlight while reading a nice book or gallivanting around with a camera in tow.

Til then!