Cohort Camping

Self care. It’s basically a fancy way of saying “make sure you maintain sanity while in graduate school so you’re not miserable and drop-out.” It’s been reinforced to us school psychers since day one. Fortunately, when you have a cohort who make you cry because you’re laughing too hard… class (you know who you are), self-care really isn’t too much of an issue. Even so, i’ve been rocking a lot of 12 hour days on campus lately, only to come home to statistics, or papers to grade. Which is to be expected, but a few of us decided to get the heck out of Madison for the weekend, while the weather is still nice tolerable. Apparently I went to Devil’s Lake as a kid. Definitely don’t remember it at all. Here are a few pictures from the weekend!


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IMG_20131026_132903Happy Fall weekend! Not really sure where October went?




Use your words.

I love words. I’m a sucker for a good quote, and a handwritten letter is priceless. Words have such great power to soothe our souls, or cause us to step back and remember the bigger picture. ¬†And I love having encouraging words around me. So rather than (only) covering my walls with index cards, I wanted to add words to my atmosphere in more creative ways. I won’t act like I have the best handwriting in the world, but again, better than index cards ūüėČIMG_20131012_213136 IMG_20131012_213027 IMG_20131012_212829What are your favorite words/quotes?






Madison’s Fall has been stellar. And I am thankful. ¬†Thankful for:

1. Looking forward to spending time tutoring kiddos, and helping them learn to read.

2. The brain. Learning more about it lately, fascinating!

3.  A new church, meeting people from all walks of life.

4. French press coffee, every morning.

5.  Teaching undergrads, getting to know them one-on-one.

6. Pumpkin EVERYTHING.

What are you thankful for today?



Miniature Herb Garden

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It’s the time of the year to bring the plants indoors (atleast in Wisconsin). After setting up my grow light, I decided to complete a very easy project that i’ve had in the back of my mind. I bought this big metal tub from A.C. Moore a while ago, and have been storing bags in it, but always thought it would make a great multi-plant pot. So on this rainy Sunday, I headed to a green house and bought oregano and thyme. My basil has been growing immensely for a while now. Rocks in the bottom for drainage. Potting soil. Plants. The hammered spoon is from a project awhile ago. I really enjoy looking for ways to repurpose, rearrange, and reinvent uses for things in my house.