Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Last week, for a post, I took some photos with my cats,who were not having it that day--especially Oliver (the Siamese), who had some hilarious faces. I thought it would be fun to share some of the outtakes, because they're pretty funny. It was honestly hard picking which ones to use here; lemme tell ya, it took a ton of shots to get the few decent ones I used last week. Usually my little guys are pretty cuddly and mostly okay with having their pictures taken, but I think together might have just been asking for trouble.






I definitely don't have a career as a pet photographer anywhere in my future....ha!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


A couple weeks ago, Tyler and I went back to my hometown to celebrate my brother's birthday with him. It had been over a year since I'd been back (and two since Tyler had) so it was definitely overdue. Here are a few of the highlights!

Since I hadn't been home in ages, spending time with family and friends was the biggest priority. I finally got to meet my brother's girlfriend, who is absolutely awesome! I also met up with the lovely Emma for some frozen yogurt; we started following each other on Instagram ages ago, and then I realized that not only does she live in my hometown, but she is actually friends with my brother! Such a crazy small world. So we made plans for an introduction, and she is every bit as sweet as I imagined. Love that girl!



We spent a few hours on Saturday in my mom's hometown, visiting family. We stopped by my grandma's for awhile and sat talking on her front porch. I was a little distracted by her cat, who was most biggest attention-seeking little thing I have ever seen. Any time I stopped petting her she would grab my hand with her paw and pull it back toward her. She did make me miss our little guys, though! (#crazycatlady)


Growing up in this area, I don't think I fully appreciated it. I mean, I wouldn't want to live there now, but it really is a beautiful place to visit. Green rolling hills and blue skies have a special place in my heart.


My brother wanted to go to the rodeo for his birthday (sometimes I'm not sure we're related....) so that's what we did Saturday night. It was actually a lot of fun, and I'll post more about it later; I took toooooo many pictures.


This is the most random thing, but I have to include it because it cracks me up. My brother made a bunch of sweet pickles using my grandmother's recipe and gave me some. This is what was on the jar when I got it. *insert crying laughing emoji*


Sunday we headed home (with a couple pit stops along the way...#JollyCone4Lyfe..) It was a crazy short trip, but we already have plans to go back in the fall. A year is far too long between visits!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 32 & 33

You might have noticed that I didn't post my weekly Project Life pages like usual last Monday. We took a little trip to my hometown last weekend and ended up getting home later than expected on Sunday. I suppose I could have stayed up late to do them, I guess, but I'm a slacker. Plus, you may not know this about me, but I really really really love sleep. Like, a lot. I'm back on track, though, and posting two weeks' worth today!

Week 32, left side:


Insert (I took a ton of photos, and narrowing it down was nearly impossible!):


Week 32, right side:


Week 33, left side:


Week 34 right side:


I've really got to get better about taking photos during the week. 99% of these are from the weekends! Yipes. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Project Life:19-21

Just dropping by with more Project Life weeklies. Are you sick of these yet? :)

Week 19, left side:


Week 19, right side:

Week 20, left side:

Week 20, right side:

Week 21, left side:

Week 21, right side:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On Being a Cat Mom


I've become one of those annoying pet people (not only to other humans but also--judging by their faces--my cats, who apparently are not big fans of photoshoots. I promise they love me). I never thought I'd be the type to talk about my cats like they're my kids, but here we are. I have more pictures of my cats on my phone than anyone or anything else. I'm paranoid beyond belief that I'm going to roll over on one in the middle of the night (yes, they sleep with us). When they're sick, I'm a huge ball of teary anxiety, and I admit to worrying during the day if they're alright.

I haven't hopped on the crazy-train, I'm the freaking conductor, and I'm taking this thing to My-Cats-Are-Awesome-Ville.

(Tyler's also on board, though, because he gives the cats heartfelt lectures about "playing nice" and "being safe"--AND when he leaves for work, he always makes sure to tell them which one of us will be home first. SO.)


All kidding aside, though, I really never thought I would love any cats as much as these guys. Having something to nurture, love, and sustain is just the best. It's also a little terrifying to be completely in charge of the well-being of another living thing--to have a moving breathing life depend on you for nearly everything. How do people ever have human children?! I think I'll just stick to furbabies for now.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Bit of News...

Before I really get into the "news," I feel like it's important for you to know a little bit about what I do, work-wise. So, in case you haven't been following along very long--I'm an ABA Treatment Specialist working with children on the autism spectrum. "ABA" stands for "Applied Behavior Analysis," which is a very specific therapy that looks at the functions of behavior and determines how to increase specific behaviors and decrease others. The type of ABA I primarily provide is known as verbal behavior, and focuses on increasing communication. It's within the realm of psychology, but also sort of a different animal.

**I'm trying really really hard not to nerd out right now and go waaaay more in-depth than anyone cares about.**

Anyway, I'm involved in the direct-therapy aspect of that, and I also do treatment programming and other related things, but I do it all under the supervision of a licensed behavior analyst.

So, now that that's out of the way, here comes the news.

A few months back, I got an email that contained this message:

I'm going back to school, ya'll.

Starting the 18th, I'll be taking a year's worth of online classes to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (I also have to complete 1500 supervised hours and knock out a beast of an exam with a 40-something percent pass rate, but I don't even want to think about that monster at this point!). Being licensed will not only allow me to make significantly more money, but it will let me practice independently if I choose, supervise other BCBA applicants and treatment specialists, do contract work with school systems and other institutions, have more control over treatment planning and decisions, and generally just provide better services to the kiddos I work with and their families.

So I'm excited.

I was really conflicted for a long time about doing this. If you've been reading along for awhile, you might have seen this post about my career panic and the feelings I had (and still have fairly often) about being on the wrong career path, wishing I had done something else with my life, and being panicked about changing course. The problem was (and is) that I have no idea what I would change my career to. As much as I would love a creative career, I am really becoming content with my job, and proud of the difference I make. So if I'm going to be doing this for awhile, I can at least be making more money while I'm doing it, and working at a level that really challenges me and reflects my capabilities. Besides, working as a BCBA for a year will completely pay (two times over) for the extra classes I have to take. So I honestly don't know why I waited for so long.

Anyway, I really say all that to say that I'm not sure what that means for this little blog. I plan on still blogging as often as I can, just because I love it, and I'm going to need something outside of work and school. But even though they're online, they're actual graduate classes from a state university, so it won't be a walk in the park. I just don't know how often I'll post, but I will definitely pop in here and there with Project Life posts, life updates, and such! Thanks in advance for being patient with me as I find my new normal. You all are the best.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Project Life: 17 & 18

More Project Life! Fair warning: week 17 is the week we brought home Henry, so there are a LOT of cat pictures. Since Henry is a boy, I tried to make it a little more masculine, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. (Okay, I know how I feel about it--I don't really like it.) It's definitely less girly than most of my spreads, but it seems really generic. I'll probably go back and add some embellishments, but I'm still mulling over exactly what I want those to be. I feel similarly about week 18--of all the pages I've done this year, these two are probably my least favorites. Week 18 had a smaller insert though (busy week!) and I'm more okay with it. I don't know, maybe I was just in a funk or something? I'm definitely open to suggestions on these!

Week 17, left side:

Week 17, right side:

Week 18, left side:

Week 18, insert, right side:

Week 18, insert, left side:

Week 18, right side: