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…

Back to the Roots

I believe it’s time for me to return to the original purpose of this blog which is to inform you of some of my most recent English lessons. Over the past three months since I returned from a month home for Christmas, I have been more immersed than ever in British culture. This is mostly as a result…

And All Was Right with the World

While February 25 was only 6 weeks ago, it feels like 6 years. Why? Because during those 6 weeks I was, for the first time since I can remember, caffeine free. That’s right. Sleepy-eyed, I jumped on the wagon and made myself stay put for the season of Lent. This was no easy task.  I think I…

Rain, Rain and Then Some More Rain

There’s just something about Oxford after it rains. I noticed it a few weeks ago while walking down High Street toward the bridge. You’re not allowed to be a building on that street unless you’re at least 200 years old, and most are older. So the stone, accustomed to being pelted and worn by…

For Your Viewing Pleasure…

So I’m lame and can’t exactly figure out how to make my text fit around my photos like I want it to, but below are a select few of the pictures I took of the Week of Snow in Oxford and my trip to visit the lovely Amy Jo Couchman in her current residence: Barbastro, Spain…

The Shed

After my first two weeks of class in Oxford last semester I was on the brink of insanity. Why? 1: Because just looking at my syllabus stressed me out to no end (in fact, I think I called my parents after my first Shakespeare class and told them I was quitting grad. school) 2: Because I didn’t know…

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop

Writing that feels strange. My older sister, Jenna, no longer carries the Lucado name, and, in the words of some guy at the reception, I am now “the oldest Lucado daughter.”  My sister married Brett Bishop Jan. 17, 2008 in San Antonio, TX. Everything was beautiful to say the least, but my favorite part (besides the abundance of…

FAMiliarity

On Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., after three months of newness– new country, new house, new roommates, new school, new cultural references, new way of ordering my Starbucks drink, new grocery store, new church, new post office and stamps– I happily stepped from the airplane walkway, connecting flight CO something to Gate something into the San Antonio International Airport…