Picture Taking Time

New Baby Bashton

I haven’t taken many newborn photos – okay, only once before – but my sweet friend Karla let me practice a few lifestyle photos on her family after the recent arrival of Baby Bashton. Little Bash did not sleep while I was there…but we did the best we could! And big brother Soloh was a total rockstar…The most beautiful family! For all my favorites, pop over here.

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Columbus Adventures, Life As I Know It

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.


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!


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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Daily Notes, Life As I Know It

What’s your worm?

The early bird gets the worm. Is this always true?


I’ve adhered to this rule pretty much my whole life. I apply for financial aid as soon as I get my taxes finished. I arrive to any gathering two minutes before start time at the latest. And chances are, if it’s somewhere I’ve never been before or something extra important, I’ll be there 20-30 minutes early. And truly, this habit has always served me well.

But every now and then, I wonder if I miss out on some fun because of it. I go to bed at a decent time, in order to get up early and get to work by 8. This means that I just don’t have the time or energy at night to be out with friends to all hours of the night. I am a morning person and prefer my routine, but sometimes I wonder…what if I had a job that was 10-6? Would I be happier staying out later and sleeping in longer? Probably not. I have a much better sense of accomplishment when things happen earlier.

Ok, so “accomplishment” is my worm–it is the end prize that motivates me. But if my worm was partying…well, this lifestyle certainly wouldn’t support that. So yes, the early bird gets the worm–but what exactly is your worm?