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Uncle Deanie

When she was younger, my cousin Allison’s daughter Callie called my mom “Uncle Deanie” instead of “Aunt Denalyn.” The Deanie part, understandable. Denalyn is difficult for most adults to pronounce. The Uncle part, hilarious. And so it’s stuck for several years and often times I, my sisters and brother-in-law affectionately…

We Build

I haven’t lived in the city of Nashville for very long, about seven months. That’s enough time to experience a couple of seasons, find some great restaurants, declare a few “favorite places,” and meet several new faces. I still tell people I’m from Texas. I still consider myself a newby to the…

Farewell Oxford

2.5 months and I think I’m finally ready to utter those words. I left Oxford mid-September for a new job and life in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Closer to home but not home. The absence of posts can be attributed to a crazy last month in Oxford full of finishing up the dissertation, last trips to London…

The Amazing Race

That’s the only reality show I would ever consider doing and I kinda feel like I was just on it. 5 cities in 10 days- that qualifies, right?? Over the past week and a half I hit up Paris with my cousin Dana, her daughter (could someone please tell me if this makes her my “second cousin…

And Then There Are Those Days

where you don’t have one but two low tires on your bicycle- what you depend on to get from A to B. Where you wait inside for the rain to stop just for it to start again as you took the gamble and left home without an umbrella. Where you decided to join the university volleyball team because…

Oxford in the Summertime

is warmer, slower and just overall a bit nicer. It’s hard to believe I had an earlier plan of leaving this place in June. I already wouldn’t have seen/felt/experienced so many things. For example… what Uni Parks feels like in bare feet and a tank top the distinctly British way of bar-b…

Dear dad,

As you may have read a few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to my mom for Mother’s Day about just some of the many reasons I love her. As it is now Father’s Day, I would like to do the same for you dad. Not in a I-guess-I-should-because-I-did-for…

Moloka'i

For the past 8 days I have, at various times, gotten sunburned, dug my feet deeply into the sand, lain on the beach for way longer than is healthy, gotten a zero-gravity pedicure (zero-gravity is the only way to go when getting a pedicure), gone on power walks with my mom along the shore, played tennis, talked with…

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I’ve been a few places over the last few months that deserve some blogging attention, as belated as it is. The stamp collection in my passport now proudly consists of three new members: Germany, Greece and Austria, visited in the months of February, April and May and all unforgettable in their own right.  Instead of detailing each adventure…

Dear mom,

As I am so far away from you on this Mother’s Day, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to you and your amazingness. Here are just a few reasons I love you: You are completely ok with going around town in your workout clothes and no makeup and I, therefore, am also completely ok with it (and…