Monday, June 25, 2012

"I'm too busy."

Photo via Katazoom

I was going to apologize for being such a slacker on my blog this past week, but then I thought: Do you really sit around and think, "Darn, Semi-Charmed Kind of Life hasn't posted in a while. I miss a little Megan on my Google Reader"? I assume you have bigger concerns in your life than how often I post, so I thought apologizing for being absent might be a little conceited. Instead, I'll just give you a quick rundown of my excuses: I finished up my internship on Tuesday, drove home to California on Wednesday and Thursday, and then tried to cram as much family time into the weekend as possible before leaving again this morning to begin training for my new job in Atlanta.

Anyway, thinking about all the above things brought me to the point of this post: Is anyone else sick of hearing people complain about being "too busy" all the time? This is something that has bothered me for years, even in high school. In college, it became even more bothersome. There always seemed to be some type of closet competition between who could be the busiest. The conversation starts out like this: "Man, I haven't gone back to my dorm since 8 a.m. this morning. I had class and then work and then meetings and then I couldn't even eat dinner because I was at the Student Center and ..." Then the other person (usually a female, sorry), says, "Yeah, I know, I was up at 4 a.m. this morning for work and I have two papers due tomorrow and my mom is coming into town so I have to entertain her ..." Sound familiar? And maybe a little annoying? (I think so.)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Book Challenge: Week 8


Scoreboard:
  1. Momma Sunshine @ Cross-Stitching Diva — 200 (DONE: First finisher.)
  2. Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair — 200 (DONE: Second finisher.)
  3. Cristina @ Bonjour, Je M'appelle Cristina — 160
  4. Nova @ My Seryniti — 160
  5. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 145
  6. Stacey @ Stacey's Daze —115
  7. Amanda @ Down to Sanity — 115
  8. Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine — 105 
  9. Hannah on Goodreads — 100 
  10. Jessica @ Eternally Enlisted —100
  11. Joslin @ Joslin as Mrs. Williams — 80
  12. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress — 75
  13. Jo @ In Which We Start Anew — 75
  14. Rebecca @ Garrulous and Bookish — 70
  15. Sarah @ Books, Jeans, and Awesome — 70
  16. Erinn @ It's the Journey — 60
  17. Karstrel @ Infusions of Wit From an Everyday Girl — 60
  18. Laura Swan — 50
  19. Jen @ Grown in Southern Ground — 50
  20. Book Dragon @ Book Dragon's Lair — 45
  21. Kevin @ The Blog of the System — 45 
  22. Angie @ Angels are Kids and Furkids — 40 
  23. Patty @ Pitter from Patty — 40
  24. Kelsey @ All-American Girl Living the Dream — 40
  25. Jennifer S. — 35
  26. Abby S. on Goodreads — 35
  27. Amy @ Delightful Witticisms — 35
  28. Pinar @ Pinuccia's World of Books — 35
  29. Tina @ Like Ordinary Life — 30
  30. Gabs @ Novel Ideas — 30
  31. Jenna @ Cannery Row Reads — 25
  32. Becky Ingle — 20
  33. Jessica @ Random Thoughts — 20
  34. Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook — 20
  35. Reading After Bedtime — 20
  36. Amanda @ Amanda's Weekly Zen — 15
  37. Annie @ Explanniefyfed — 15
  38. Michelle @ Book Crazy — 15
  39. Scribacchina @ Parole/Words — 15
  40. Katrina @ Elements of Fun — 10 
  41. Whitney @ The Observant Turtle — 10
  42. Sarah @ The Roaring Twenties — 10
  43. Erin J. on Goodreads — 5
  44. Amanda @ Words From My Heart — 0
  45. TiggerRD @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes — 0
  46. Caroline @ Carenpants — 0
  47. Michelle @ The True Book Addict — 0

My little (big) brother.

Michael is my little (big) brother because he's three years younger than me but about eight inches taller. That's how it usually goes, right? This little (big) brother of mine is turning 19 today, and I'm so excited I am home for his birthday! I missed his high school graduation and his 18th birthday last year because of my internship and being in Africa, so I'm excited to hang out with him today. Michael and I were those devil children that fought all the time when we were younger, but around middle school we suddenly became very close. I like it much better this way. :) So happy birthday, Michael! I love you!

Skiing in Tahoe.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Please don't steal my identity.

A few weeks ago, I photographed and shared the contents of my purse in this post. In the comments, one lovely blogger mentioned she had also seen people share the contents of their wallets. Well, that sounded fun to me, so here goes! (I think I censored all my personal information; hopefully my bank doesn't call me to approve possibly fraudulent charges in the next few days!)


First: The wallet. It was a gift from my sister and is my favorite wallet I've ever owned!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

My dad is a pretty cool guy. He's definitely a kid at heart, and I mean that in the best way possible. He's always wanting to go off and do something with my siblings and me, whether that's taking a trip or going down to the river to shoot clay pigeons or just getting pizza and a movie. He always makes the most out of our time together when I come home, and I really appreciate that! My dad also visited me at Mizzou at least once a year, usually twice. Some of my favorite weekends in college were my sorority's Dad's Weekend celebrations. My friends were always excited for "Willie T." (inside joke) to fly in and show us a good time. So here's to you, Dad! I love you and I can't wait to see you when I get home this weekend. :)

I wasn't in a sorority freshman year, but Dad still came to a football game during Family Weekend.

Summer Book Challenge: Week 7

Photo via Joseph Robertson on Flickr

I've been such a slacker on my blog this week, I almost forgot to make the scoreboard! Wouldn't that have been a tragedy? However, I remembered at about 9 a.m. this morning and hopped to it. Here goes:

  1. Momma Sunshine @ Cross-Stitching Diva — 200 (DONE: First finisher.)
  2. Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair — 200 (DONE: Second finisher.)
  3. Cristina @ Bonjour, Je M'appelle Cristina — 160
  4. Nova @ My Seryniti — 140
  5. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 120
  6. Stacey @ Stacey's Daze —115
  7. Amanda @ Down to Sanity — 115
  8. Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine — 85
  9. Jessica @ Eternally Enlisted —80
  10. Joslin @ Joslin as Mrs. Williams — 80
  11. Jo @ In Which We Start Anew — 75
  12. Hannah on Goodreads — 70
  13. Rebecca @ Garrulous and Bookish — 70
  14. Sarah @ Books, Jeans, and Awesome — 70
  15. Erinn @ It's the Journey — 60
  16. Karstrel @ Infusions of Wit From an Everyday Girl — 60
  17. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress — 50
  18. Laura Swan — 50
  19. Jen @ Grown in Southern Ground — 50
  20. Book Dragon @ Book Dragon's Lair — 45
  21. Kevin @ The Blog of the System — 45 
  22. Patty @ Pitter from Patty — 40
  23. Kelsey @ All-American Girl Living the Dream — 40
  24. Jennifer S. — 35
  25. Abby S. on Goodreads — 35
  26. Amy @ Delightful Witticisms — 35
  27. Pinar @ Pinuccia's World of Books — 35
  28. Tina @ Like Ordinary Life — 30
  29. Gabs @ Novel Ideas — 30
  30. Jenna @ Cannery Row Reads — 25
  31. Becky Ingle — 20
  32. Jessica @ Random Thoughts — 20
  33. Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook — 20
  34. Reading After Bedtime — 20
  35. Amanda @ Amanda's Weekly Zen — 15
  36. Annie @ Explanniefyfed — 15
  37. Michelle @ Book Crazy — 15
  38. Scribacchina @ Parole/Words — 15
  39. Angie @ Angels are Kids and Furkids — 10
  40. Katrina @ Elements of Fun — 10 
  41. Sarah @ The Roaring Twenties — 10
  42. Erin J. on Goodreads — 5
  43. Amanda @ Words From My Heart — 0
  44. TiggerRD @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes — 0
  45. Caroline @ Carenpants — 0
  46. Michelle @ The True Book Addict — 0

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A(n Ideal) Day in the Life

You might have noticed I finally decided to jump on the "sponsorship" train this month. I don't sell or buy ad space for my blog, but I have begun swapping buttons with some like-minded bloggers whom I think my readers will enjoy. (See all such buttons under "Blog Love" in the left sidebar.) One of these lovely ladies is Melissa from Press Play. Today, she's guest posting for me about what her ideal day in the life would look like. My creative juices weren't flowing enough for me to describe my ideal day, but I am sharing what a normal day in my life looks like on her blog today. Go check it out after you read about Melissa's perfect day here:

~ ~ ~

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself; my name is Melissa and I blog over at Press Play. I write about many things, but mainly about reading, music, traveling, goals, and the everyday moments in life that inspire me.


Today, the lovely Megan and I decided we’d swap blogs! We have a lot in common-especially our love of books, travel, and accomplishing goals. I decided to combine all of them into my “ideal day”… If I could live one day HOWEVER I wanted, this is what I’d like it to look like:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Travel Tuesday: Week 16

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Travel Tuesday! This week's topic: What places in or near your town have you been meaning to see but haven't? Do you have a "local" bucket list? As always, you are free to write about anything travel-related; don't feel obligated to answer my prompt. And, of course, don't forget to link up below!

Travel Tuesday


This week's Travel Tuesday topic was inspired by the Santa Fe bucket list I made last week. One week from today is the last day of my internship (eek!), so one week from tomorrow I'll be headed out of Santa Fe for good with all my worldly possessions in my little Ford Fusion. However, there are still quite a few local spots I have been meaning to hit, so I wrote the list as a way to kick my butt into gear and get around the town. I've made a small dent in the list since posting it last Monday, but there are still quite a few more things I need to fit in.

First, the items I've checked off in the past week:
  1. Visit Bandelier National Monument or Pecos National Historical Park: I took advantage of the free national park admission for Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9, to visit Pecos National Historical Park. I decided on this park over Bandelier because apparently most of the hiking trails in Bandelier are still closed due to the wildfires last summer, and Pecos was slightly closer to Santa Fe. The best part of my trip was when I walked into the Visitor's Center and asked the ranger where I could hike the Civil War Trail. He got so excited and told me no one has ever asked him about the Civil War Trail before; apparently most people just hike the shorter trail outside the Visitor's Center to see the pueblo ruins. I'll do a separate post on the park later this week to share more details and pictures with y'all.
  2. Visit the Canyon Road art galleries: Summer Fridays started last week, which means we can leave after noon if our work is done. Yay! After grabbing lunch with a co-worker last Friday, I rode my bike out to Canyon Road to check out the art galleries and buy some cards for upcoming birthdays/holidays. Some of the galleries had some pretty neat stuff, like these windmill contraptions, but I wasn't looking to buy anything.
  3. Eat at Del Charro: I did my research on Del Charro's $5 daily specials and decided Tuesday's was the best: blue corn chicken enchiladas. Several co-workers and I walked over to the restaurant at the Plaza after work last Tuesday to enjoy this fine deal. Also, when you order a margarita, they bring you the entire shaker. Can you say, "Bad news bears"?
While I did enjoy the above activities, I don't think I've been moving through my list quite fast enough. Here are the items I still need to complete:
  1. Eat at Aztec Cafe.
  2. Visit the Georgia O'Keefe Museum (only if I can get in for free as a New Mexico resident).
  3. Eat at The Shed. (I've eaten at its sister restaurant, La Choza, and it's my favorite New Mexican joint in town. The Shed is more popular because it's on the Plaza, so we'll see how it stacks up.)
  4. Get breakfast at The Pantry.
  5. Order guacamole at Gabriel's. (Apparently it's the best, and they make it fresh right in front of you.)
  6. Visit the Farmer's Market.
  7. Get a burrito at El Tesoro.
  8. Grab a slice at Backroad Pizza.
  9. Eat at Tune-Up Cafe.
  10. Get coffee at the Travel Bug. (I've been here before to look at the maps but have never ordered anything from the cafe.)
  11. Eat at Jambo Cafe.
So, do you think I can do it? I can't wait to see your local bucket lists!

P.S. — Travel Tuesday will be taking a little break beginning next week as I move out of Santa Fe, attend a conference for my new job in Atlanta, soak up the Fourth of July holiday in Pennsylvania and then proceed to make four more cross-country trips within a month. I hope to bring it back after I get settled into my new job, but we'll see how my schedule looks! Thanks to everyone who has participated, and I still guarantee I'll be sharing my travels on my blog, just not in a themed link-up each week. Toodles!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer Book Challenge: Week 6

Photo via friends, lovers & chocolate

Wow! We had two participants finish in the past week. Kudos, ladies! Here's the current scoreboard:
  1. Momma Sunshine @ Cross-Stitching Diva — 200 (DONE: First finisher.)
  2. Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair — 200 (DONE: Second finisher.)
  3. Cristina @ Bonjour, Je M'appelle Cristina — 150
  4. Nova @ My Seryniti — 140
  5. Stacey @ Stacey's Daze —105
  6. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 100 
  7. Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine — 85
  8. Jessica @ Eternally Enlisted —80
  9. Joslin @ Joslin as Mrs. Williams — 80
  10. Jo @ In Which We Start Anew — 75
  11. Sarah @ Books, Jeans, and Awesome — 70
  12. Hannah on Goodreads — 65
  13. Erinn @ It's the Journey — 60
  14. Karstrel @ Infusions of Wit From an Everyday Girl — 60
  15. Jen @ Grown in Southern Ground — 50
  16. Book Dragon @ Book Dragon's Lair — 45
  17. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress —45
  18. Kevin @ The Blog of the System — 45 
  19. Kelsey @ All-American Girl Living the Dream — 40
  20. Jennifer S. — 35
  21. Abby S. on Goodreads — 35
  22. Amy @ Delightful Witticisms — 35
  23. Pinar @ Pinuccia's World of Books — 35
  24. Tina @ Like Ordinary Life — 30
  25. Gabs @ Novel Ideas — 30
  26. Jenna @ Cannery Row Reads — 25
  27. Amanda @ Down to Sanity — 20
  28. Becky Ingle — 20
  29. Jessica @ Random Thoughts — 20
  30. Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook — 20
  31. Reading After Bedtime — 20
  32. Amanda @ Amanda's Weekly Zen — 15
  33. Annie @ Explanniefyfed — 15
  34. Michelle @ Book Crazy — 15
  35. Rebecca @ Garrulous and Bookish —15
  36. Scribacchina @ Parole/Words — 15
  37. Angie @ Angels are Kids and Furkids — 10
  38. Katrina @ Elements of Fun — 10 
  39. Patty @ Pitter from Patty — 10
  40. Sarah @ The Roaring Twenties — 10
  41. Erin J. on Goodreads — 5
  42. Amanda @ Words From My Heart — 0
  43. TiggerRD @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes — 0
  44. Caroline @ Carenpants — 0
  45. Laura Swan — 0
  46. Michelle @ The True Book Addict — 0

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Don't read these books ... yet.

Have you ever read a book that ruined another book for you? Earlier this week, I started Odd Thomas for my book challenge and it said who murdered Roger Ackroyd in Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd on page 4! I don't know if I ever would have read that book, but if I had wanted to, that would be very frustrating.

The book that always comes to mind when I think about spoilers, though, is The Double Bind. It gives away the entire storyline of The Great Gatsby. I know The Great Gatsby is a classic, so of course I knew some aspects of the story, but the level of detail in The Double Bind gave pretty much everything else away. In fact, when I finally read The Great Gatsby this year, I found myself constantly thinking about the parts that were revealed in The Double Bind.


I also recently finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which outlines the entirety of The Hound of the Baskersvilles in one of its chapters. It lists the suspects, the actual perpetrator, the clues, the red herrings: everything! I tried skimming over that chapter in case I ever read the Sherlock Holmes story for myself and wanted to be surprised, but I felt like I was missing out so I had to read it all.

Has a book ever ruined another book for you? Let me know so I can avoid them until I've read the other book!

Friday, June 8, 2012

A skirt for every woman.

Happy Friday! First of all, I'm featured on The Observant Turtle today as one of Whitney's June sponsors! Go check it out; her blog is awesome. Plus, I just found out we both graduated in December 2011 will practically the same degrees. She studied communications and history, and I studied journalism and history. Now if that isn't a sign we should be blogger besties, I don't know what is. :)

For the meat of this post, I'm participating in my first-ever Fashion Friday link-up with Blonde Episodes today.




Lately, I've been loving the pencil skirt trend, but I've also been wanting to branch out and get some looser styles to fill out my professional wardrobe. I was able to find a ton of adorable yet professional skirts on Shabby Apple. Fun colors, fun patterns, and you can find a skirt for any body type (though I realize all these women are about a size 2). Here are five of my favorites:

Clockwise, from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Of course I included a few pencil skirts, but I'm also loving the looser style in the top two. (Is anyone surprised I picked a yellow skirt? Haha.) Which is your favorite?

The Fine Print: I am a Shabby Apple affiliate. Every time someone accesses the Shabby Apple site through a link on my blog and buys something within two weeks, I get 5 percent commission. So, if you're thinking of buying something from Shabby Apple, feel free to click one of my buttons first. ;)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blog awards = more fun facts.

A long, long time ago, two lovely bloggers granted me two blog awards on the same day. I looked up the award specifications and bookmarked them but never got around to actually blogging. Well, today I'm changing that! Sarah at Crazy Beautiful Life gave me the Versatile Blogger award, and Erika at The Linden Life gave me the Tell Me About Yourself award. Both of these awards ask for seven random facts about me, so I'm combining them into one post.


  1. I like to put chocolate chips in my popcorn. If you do it right out of the microwave, they melt into little gobs of chocolatey, buttery goodness. Yum! I also like to eat my popcorn with milk. Sometimes I drop the kernels on top of the milk and let them soak for a little while. I think I got this idea from a Little House on the Prairie book; the boy in Farmer Boy eats his popcorn with milk.
  2. You probably already know that I really like turtles, but you might not know I had a turtle named Heineken once. I only had him for about a day, and then he crawled under the house and never returned. I like to think he's still living under there, about the size of Godzilla by now and ready to bust up through the kitchen floor at any moment.
  3. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people are in the way. Usually, this means walking very slowly, walking two or three abreast on a busy sidewalk or standing in a doorway. Get out of my way. I can get very impatient when people impede my movement.
  4. I don't like condiments. I'm to the point where I can eat them if I forget to order something without sauce, but when possible I avoid ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc. The only exception to this is barbecue sauce, which I love. I also like egg salad, potato salad, deviled eggs and other foods with mayonnaise as an ingredient; I just don't like it as a spread.
  5. I pole vaulted in high school. In fact, my entire conference only had about six female pole vaulters, so I was even the conference champion. Yippee!
  6. Foursquare has dubbed me the mayor of the Santa Fe public library and claims I have been there 12 weeks in a row. Why yes, I do have a crush on the librarian.
  7. I can milk a cow by hand and with a machine.
    Did you enjoy these random facts? There's more where this came from in my "Happy birthday to me" post. Also, instead of nominating specific bloggers for these awards, I want to extend an open invitation to everyone reading this. Feel free to claim the Versatile Blogger or Tell Me About Yourself award (or both!) for your own blog and share seven fun facts about yourself. Please leave me a comment with a link to your post if you choose to join, so I can check it out.

    Also, I shared this picture on Twitter for #ThrowbackThursday today and thought I would include it here. It is also random and makes me smile. :)

    My boyfriend and me at track practice during our freshman year of high school. Check out those braces! Haha.

      Wednesday, June 6, 2012

      Hellocotton Link-Up!

      Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. I'm so excited to announce that I'm co-hosting my first-ever link-up today with Mommy Huh. I don't know about you, but I love being able to interact with the blogosphere through different social media outlets. Here's the info:

      Link-ups are all kinds of awesome. You get new followers and some new super-cool people to follow.

      Each week the Totally Social Link-Up will have a different focus. This is your one-stop-shop for linking up various social media accounts and similar interests.
      This week we are linking up our Hellocotton pages!
      Simple Rules:
      * Follow the Hellocotton pages for our lovely co-hosts:
      * Follow 3 or more others and get to know them!
      * Grab the button and share!
      * LINK-UP & ENJOY!

      Hellocotton Link-Up


      Tuesday, June 5, 2012

      Travel Tuesday: Week 15

      Hello, and welcome to another edition of Travel Tuesday! This week's topic: Share an old trip. This can be anything: A domestic or international trip. A long or short trip. A trip you took last year or a trip you took when you were 9. You can share pictures, tell us a story or two, or do both. As always, you are free to write about anything travel-related; don't feel obligated to answer my prompt. And, of course, don't forget to link up below!

      Travel Tuesday


      I'll admit it: I created this prompt to force myself to blog about something I've been putting off for months: The Outside staff retreat to Colorado in March. Believe it or not, this was my first trip to Colorado! (Not counting layovers in Denver and drives through the state on road trips, which I don't count.) Apparently, ski weekends are a yearly perk for Outside staffers sponsored by Vail Resorts. No complaints here! I have a special focus for this post, however: The food. Oh my goodness sweet heaven in my mouth. But seriously. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the food, but I can (and will!) tell you all about it.

      Monday, June 4, 2012

      Santa Fe bucket list.

      It's hard to believe, but two weeks from tomorrow is my last day at Outside before I head home to transition for my year as an LC. Wow. Time sure flies. I've slowly been checking things off my "Santa Fe bucket list" over the past few weekends, but I still have quite a few locations to hit (mostly restaurants). Maybe sharing this list publicly will help keep me accountable and encourage me to get out on the town. Here are some things I've recently completed (with links to my Instagram photos or blog posts when applicable):
      1. Visit every Santa Fe Public Library branch.
      2. Eat at Cafe Vingt Cinq.
      3. Get a fajita from a food truck on the Plaza.
      4. Eat gelato from Ecco.
      5. Visit the New Mexico National History Museum/Palace of Governors. (Both are free on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., along with the art museum!)
      6. Eat at Blake's Lotaburger (a New Mexico-only fast food joint).
      7. Get a crepe at The French Pastry Shop.  
      8. Drink coffee from Holy Spirit Espresso. (It claims to have the "best coffee in Santa Fe." It doesn't.)
      9. Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
      The Cathedral Basilica, Photo by LeRoy N. Sanchez

      And here are the remaining items I hope to squeeze into the next two weeks:

      Sunday, June 3, 2012

      Summer Book Challenge: Week 5

      Photo used with permission from Alec Vanderboom Photography
       Current scoreboard:
      1. Momma Sunshine @ Cross-Stitching Diva — 135
      2. Nova @ My Seryniti — 125
      3. Cristina @ Bonjour, Je M'appelle Cristina — 115
      4. Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair — 95
      5. Jessica @ Eternally Enlisted —80
      6. Joslin @ Joslin as Mrs. Williams — 80
      7. Sarah @ Books, Jeans, and Awesome — 70
      8. Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine — 65
      9. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 60 
      10. Erinn @ It's the Journey — 60
      11. Karstrel @ Infusions of Wit From an Everyday Girl — 60
      12. Stacey @ Stacey's Daze — 60
      13. Jen @ Grown in Southern Ground — 50
      14. Kevin @ The Blog of the System — 45
      15. Amy @ Delightful Witticisms — 35
      16. Abby S. on Goodreads — 35
      17. Pinar @ Pinuccia's World of Books — 35
      18. Jo @ In Which We Start Anew — 30
      19. Jenna @ Cannery Row Reads — 25
      20. Hannah — 20
      21. Reading After Bedtime — 20
      22. Becky Ingle — 20
      23. Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook — 20
      24. Michelle @ Book Crazy — 15
      25. Annie @ Explanniefyfed — 15
      26. Scribacchina @ Parole/Words — 15
      27. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress —15
      28. Book Dragon @ Book Dragon's Lair — 15 
      29. Amanda @ Amanda's Weekly Zen — 15
      30. Rebecca @ Garrulous and Bookish —15
      31. Angie @ Angels are Kids and Furkids — 10
      32. Sarah @ The Roaring Twenties — 10
      33. Katrina @ Elements of Fun — 10
      34. Patty @ Pitter from Patty — 10
      35. Jessica @ Random Thoughts — 5 
      36. Erin J. on Goodreads — 5
      37. Amanda @ Words From My Heart — 0
      38. Amanda @ Down to Sanity — 0
      39. Michelle @ The True Book Addict — 0 
      40. Tina @ Like Ordinary Life — 0
      41. Caroline @ Carenpants — 0
      42. Gabs @ Novel Ideas — 0
      43. Jennifer S. — 0
      44. Laura Swan — 0

      Saturday, June 2, 2012

      How I lost 20+ pounds (almost) without trying.

      Note: I wouldn't normally talk about my weight, especially on such a public forum, but I figured one of my blog's main focuses is post-grad life, and I attribute the great majority of my weight loss to simply graduating college. I think if you're going to make the lifestyle changes like the ones I describe below, the transition between college and "grown-up" life is the perfect time, so hopefully any recent grads out there will find my experience helpful.

      Well, it finally happened. I looked at the scale yesterday morning and it started with “12” for the first time since I was a senior in high school. Toward the end of my college days, that number was more apt to start with a “15.” As I said in the title of this post, I lost this weight (almost) without trying. Let me explain the “almost” part....

      I think there were three main things that contributed to my weight loss, but of these three, only one was a deliberate choice with the intent of losing weight. Here are the first two:

      Photo via ADPi Mizzou

      1. Moving out of the sorority house: I didn't really have a choice with this one. You graduate; you have to move out. Obviously, living on my own came with some necessary lifestyle changes. Instead of having a delicious buffet of unlimited food offered to me three times a day in the sorority house, I had to buy and cook my own food. I am fortunate to have a paid internship, but my monthly stipend isn't even enough to cover my rent. Therefore, I'm on a very strict budget, which means I am very careful about what type of food I buy, and I typically don't waste money on junk food. Also, when I make a meal and realize I am full before I finish, I just put the leftovers back in the fridge. In college, I felt bad about wasting food and didn't have anywhere to store leftovers, so I would eat everything on my plate, even if I was full. My budget also limits the number of times I can go out to eat. When I do, I only eat half the dish and save half for later. This isn't even a way to cut calories; I do it because it makes my money go further.

      Friday, June 1, 2012

      Rabbit, rabbit!

      Flowers on Johnson Street, off Santa Fe Plaza. Photo by me.
      Guess what? It's June! That means I have less than three weeks left at my internship here in Santa Fe. It also means it's time for another monthly recap of Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Check out what happened on the blog last month:

      My five most popular posts of May*:

      1. What I learned from Les Miserables. — May 10
      2. What goes through my mind in the security line. — May 4
      3. New policy on images. — May 18
      4. It is about the bike. — May 16
      5. Friday's Fancies: Week 12 — May 11
        *My Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge check-in posts were far and away the most-viewed posts of May, but I didn't count them in this list. It's still not too late to join! The challenge runs until September 1, and I have new readers joining every week. :)

        Other notable posts:
        • I celebrated my first blogiversary on May 27! I can't believe it's been a year already.
        • I also jumped on the "what's in your purse" bandwagon and showed you the contents of my everyday bag.
        • I shared my #photoadayMay Instagram pictures in two posts.
        • Finally, my "Bookworm humor" post from March has still been getting a lot of traffic. Must be The Hunger Games joke working its magic.