i’m on a hairstyle kick

What can I say, I’m really into braid. Seriously, I wear my hair in some sort of braided ‘do nearly every day. At least 5 days of out 7. And yet, there are so many fantastic braided hairstyles I’ve never tried.

I’m a pro at french braiding, so it’s kind of shame that I haven’t gone outside my braiding comfort zone. Once upon a time (my freshman year of college), braiding my hair was the new style trick I’d learned, but not anymore.

So for part of BEDA, I think I’m going to try out different hairstyles and see if I can report back on them here. On the blog. And if anyone has any tips about how to take photos of the back of your head, please let me know!

Also, if you have a braided hairstyle you love, leave me a link because I’d love to put in the queue! So up tomorrow, this style (though my hair is probably not quite long enough to look this great):

(BEDA: April 9, 2013)


I take ballet classes on Monday & Wednesday evenings.

Today, all I wanted to do was spend the entire class stretching at the barre.

I rolled my ankle in last night’s soccer game, which means my always-injured Achilles was tight and sore.

(And yes, in rolling my ankle, my ankle was fine and my chronic injury was not.)

Unfortunately, we did not get to stretch at the barre all class.

So, I came home and managed to use husband-to-be’s recliner as a barre.

(It’s an appropriate height and doesn’t actually recline unless you pull the lever.)

But really, I think I could stretch all day.

Thankfully, tomorrow I have yoga.

(BEDA: April 8, 2013)

It’s been a Saturday

I keep forgetting about blogging until the very last minutes of the day. So there’s what Saturday was all about:

1. Do the ridiculous amount of dishes I had in my sink for two weeks.
2. Rewatch random Rose episodes of Doctor Who.
3. Do some laundry because future mother-in-law gave me a roll of quarters AND detergent. (Best Easter gift ever.)
4. More Doctor Who and my favorite episode of Torchwood. (Countrycide, btw.)
5. Agricola!

Until tomorrow.

Friday Girls’ Day & Night

Today went nothing as planned. As planned, this Friday would have included cleaning my apartment (which resembles a 19-year-old boy’s place at the moment and, yes, I am disgusted by it myself) and grading for the technical writing course I teach. The only time-constrained activity on today’s agenda was a term project meeting with one of my professors at noon, and that went really, really well. 

After that, the day became much better than anticipated because I spent the whole Friday with two of my really good friends — L & CW. Today the both sent in near-final drafts of their M.A. papers for their M.A. defenses and we wanted to celebrate. So we went to get burgers and fries for a late lunch and then played a few hours of shuffleboard. After that we said, “Hey, it’s Friday, let’s not go home early and work, no. Let’s go eat Mexican food and catch a movie!” So we did. 

We saw OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, which exceeded my expectations of an action film (which have seriously sucked recently). It’s essentially a rip-off of DIE HARD but that’s a good model to follow, imo. And sure, the dialogue is real terrible and the Greek mythology metaphor is way over done, but the film got my adrenaline going and there were some really creative killing sequences. 

So, you get this late post for BEDA because I was enjoying my final day for any kind of spontaneous relaxation until the semester ends and I’ve graduated. Sometimes sanity demands spontaneity. 

(BEDA: April 5, 2013)

P.S. Every website today sent me this email: ONLY 6 MONTHS UNTIL YOUR (MY) WEDDING DATE! Ooh, so much more to do in 6 months. Wowza. But now, it’s like the real countdown begins. Under six months and coming fast.


another recovery day & more Doctor Who

I really do swear that I’ll blog about meaningful, interesting things at some point during BEDA but this has been both a relax week and a catch-up week. Mostly, I’m relaxing by catching up on Doctor Who. Once that’s done and I’m back to really working on #ohgradschool things, I’ll procrastinate with decent blog posts. Until then, enjoy this picture of my cat (watching Doctor Who with me).



(BEDA: April 4, 2013)