The Spelling Bee!

Nerd Alert! The hubs and I watched a few pieces of the National Spelling Bee Championship yesterday, and it was seriously so entertaining. Seeing all these little personalities and how freaking SMART these kids are was incredible, and their little mannerisms and reactions to things were beyond endearing. It wasn’t as boring as this yawn indicates…

I think this article from CNN really sums up the top five moments. Dev was our favorite…Click this tweet to see how proudly he went out!

I was NEVER good enough at spelling to get past our middle school’s spelling bee, but I did know a girl who went to DC once, so that’s cool, right? However, watching the BEE did sort of takes me back to my days of pretending to be a ridiculous spelling be contestant in our performance of “25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” with my college’s musical theater review group…

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Me, circa 2006, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre aka Schwarzy.

It was also a little bit crazy to see how many of these kids REALLY HAD THE QUIRKS that this zaney group of college kids embodied on stage that year. So thank you, spelling bee, for stirring up memories that have nothing to do at all with a REAL spelling bee, but have everything to do with awesome friends and an awesome time in my life.

And if you’re bored, you may recognize Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this video from his Broadway days… Enjoy your musical theater Friday!! You’re welcome.

Changing Perspective {slow but sure}

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If you’ve spent any time milling around my blog, you know that I am constantly trying to discover new ways to improve my health and wellness through nutrition, fitness, faith, and general positive thinking. And slowly but surely, I’m noticing a change in my inner voice. It’s less harsh. It’s more encouraging. It’s more thoughtful. In OTHER words, I have been way kinder to myself lately. The idea that my body and mind and life is unique, and that God created my body and mind and life to serve Him and to love others is soaking deeper and deeper into my bones. I updated my kitchen chalkboard (above) to remind myself when I’m wandering around my kitchen aimlessly. Feed my body because I care about it. Workout for my body because God gave me only one to use while I’m here on earth. While I have a LONG WAY TO GO before everything I do is truly for the GLORY OF GOD, I am beginning to reap what I’ve sowed through years of studying The Word, being in a faith community, and surrounding myself with loving and Christ-loving people.

So whatever it is you are struggling with today – whether it’s health and body image, or something totally different – ask yourself if you’re doing it for the Glory of God. And then go dive into some good ol’ community!!

Throw Back Thursday: April Edition

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately with my trips back to Nashville and with my timehop app bringing up some MAJOR blasts from the past. Not to mention my favorite Buzzfeed yet. But timehop only covers your standard social media outlets…it does not pull in my past blog posts. And for me, since I began writing this blog about silly, 22-year-old things in August 2008, Megoirs (formerly Megster Meter) has turned into a journal and a record of my life. From relationship woes and joys, to trials and errors in the kitchen, to rambling thoughts about my faith, I love always having this space to lean on. I sometimes go for stretches without writing at all. And sometimes I have so much to say I don’t know where to start.

So today, I decided to go back and look at my posts during the month of April since 2009. I found a few really special gems! This might have to be a monthly thing…Click on the photos for the original blog post!

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Last year, after a trip home to WI, I found a whole bunch of elementary and middle school gems. Talk about a major throwback!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can't believe how fast time flies!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can’t believe how fast time flies!

Y'all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase...If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

Y’all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase…If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I'm pretty sure this was Katy's first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I'm so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

I’m pretty sure this was Katy’s first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I’m so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

Wow, it's been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Wow, it’s been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Nostalgia {x100}

This weekend, I road-tripped myself down to Nashville LIKE A BOSS. The hubs was out of town on a fun, long weekend, so I decided to bring the Pupster Ryman along with me for the ride. She loves playing with my in-laws’ mini-doxie, Minnie Pearl. While this photo is a bit deceiving, since it took her TWO HOURS to settle in, I just have to say how much I love this little bugger and how much I miss her. She’s staying the week with the in-laws and Ms. Pearl since we are planning to drive back down again on Easter weekend.

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Once she arrived, she settled in quite happily to the sunshine of Tennessee, and her and Ms. Pearl got right to playing…

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Nothing better than sunshine and barking at squirrels…

Two little rascals.

Meanwhile, I was in town for a Chapter Leadership Conference at Vanderbilt. Basically, all the presidents of the Vandy chapters across the country get together to share ideas and learn more about how to be ambassadors to our chapters. It’s a great time!! They put us up in a brand new hotel right across the street from my old college dorms. I stared out my window for a solid ten minutes thinking about all the wonderful times I had in those tall, ugly buildings. Junior and senior year… OH. Cue: I wish I could go back to college.

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Oh, Towers.

The night before my graduation, my mom just could not understand why I wouldn’t want to stay in her hotel room instead of in my ugly dorm room, which had already been stripped of just about everything except my bedding, a lamp, and my graduation gown. I just couldn’t leave! I didn’t want to leave!! I was happy to graduate, but it was by far not a very joyous occasion. I was a “late bloomer” as far as college is concerned. Coming in as a naive freshman, it too me a year to get my bearings and another year to settle in. I mean, the first two years were great, but the SECOND TWO YEARS were AMAZING. And they were spent in those high-rise brick boxes pictured above.

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The admissions building. The first building I remember seeing on my very first visit to VU.

Being back on campus this weekend felt so special. I worked for the university for the first five years of my career. I took for granted being there every single day. It was my work place more than my alma mater. Now that I’ve taken some space, coming back feels like I am truly revisiting the wonderful place of my 18-22-year-old-self, and I just can’t describe it. If you loved your college experience, then I think you know what I mean. Anyway, cheers to nostalgia, college, and the best of memories. I know that more amazing memories are coming down the road, but man, nothing will ever be quite like those four years. Am I right, or am I right?

Weekend in Review

This was one of those weekends that managed to strike JUST the right balance of fun, productivity, and relaxation. They are rare, but OH how I love them.

Pre-weekend, I presented at a small conference on Friday here in Columbus. Lots of schools from across the state were represented, and we ended the day in a “networking” happy hour. A great start to the weekend, if you ask me.

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Friday night included a nice dinner out to celebrate the end of a crazy week, followed by TV and early bed time. Yep, I’m a dork but IT WAS AWESOME.

I got up early Saturday, knocked out a 3.5 mile run (a big deal for me), as I’m training to do a 10K in early May. The hubs and I went to breakfast, I finally used a groupon to Krema and got a ton of nut butters, and a few other miscellaneous errands. Then I did a bunch of random reorganizing and throwing away of old crafty things and home decorations. Downsize, downsize, downsize.

There might have been a nap, and then some basketball watching with friends. A healthy dinner at home, red crinkle cookies, and an Ohio State loss in basketball, but NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in wrestling. Holla!

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Sunday brought CBS Sunday Morning, coffee, church, lunch, groceries…and since it’s basically spring, I freshened up our living room a little with some new green/grey/blue/yellow potpourri and candles. You like? What did you do this weekend?

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One Second Everyday

In July, I discovered what was soon to be one of my favorite apps of 2014. One Second Everyday. (Almost) every day, I took little videos of my surroundings, starting July 24. Some days it was just the TV show I was watching, or my puppy, or my dinner, or whatever. But that’s just my life…not always terribly exciting! But I really had fun piecing it together over time.

Locations in this video include: Columbus, San Francisco, Nashville, Orlando, Negril, Atlanta, Chicago, Savannah, Tampa, Sarasota, Lexington, and Milwaukee.

And one more note. While the very last shot – over midnight on new year’s – may be a tad quick, I want to point out that while our cousin said “Happy New Year!” his very pregnant wife said, “He kicked!” about the sweet baby in her belly. Kind of a cool way to ring in the year!

More of these videos to come in the future…I hope you enjoyed my little life video.