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Random Facts

3 Sep

IndieJanePhotography just posted a list of random facts about herself on her blog. It seemed fun, so I invited myself to the party. 

-I love lists and random facts about things. (Hence, this post.)

-I don’t really watch TV on TV. I do usually have a TV series going on Netflix on my iPad while I’m working. Right now, I’m semi-watching my way through Private Practice.

-I love fingernail polish. Painting my nails is a little thing that I rarely make time for, but whenever I do my freshly painted nails can make me happy for days.

-September is my favorite month. It’s filled with county fairs, Labor Day, and my birthday. It’s also a combination of my two favorite seasons: Summer and Fall.

-My back-up career plan involves opening a vintage store filled with lovely home decor items and furniture.

-My husband is my best friend.

-I think the most despicable chores are folding laundry and grocery shopping. I always put both off as long as possible.

-I accidentally subscribed to Texas Monthly magazine, and it ended up being my favorite magazine.  As the name implies, t’s a local, Texas magazine. I’ve never lived in Texas.

-I love technology, and I use my iPad almost constantly, but I write almost everything down with pen and paper. I only use a paper planner, and I make lists on paper to remember things.

-I’ve been debating with myself about getting a library card (we recently moved) or waiting until I finish reading the books I own.

-Sitting on the balcony is one of my favorite activities.

Post a few random things about yourself on your blog, and leave a link in the comments so I can check it out. Happy Labor Day!


Life Lately –

24 Aug

Life lately has been wonderful.

It was a busy summer. We filled our time with mini road trips, exploring our town, trying new restaurants, and browsing through flea markets. We spent a weekend in Oklahoma City to watch my little sister to compete in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show on her birthday. She did awesome. I launched a new local magazine, while working a job I already had. I said “see you later” to a dear friend who moved to the east coast.I read a lot of magazines and found a few new favorites. (If you’ve never read Texas Monthly, you should find yourself a copy right now.)

But, I’m really excited for fall. 

Our plan for fall is to spend time at home, resting and enjoying the things we have. I’m ready for all the great things that fall brings: county fairs, cooler weather, fall festivals, sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. I’m going to plan “free time”. I want to spend time learning, doing things just for fun and finding new inspirations.

What are your plans and goals for fall? 

World Horse Show Time

19 Jul




My sister qualified for a world horse show this summer. She’ll compete against about 160 horse-person teams in Oklahoma City on August 5. Her summer has been filled with a lot of practice time, but she took time for a mini photo shoot in her horse gear. We had fun and wrapped everything up about two minutes before it started raining. And in a few weeks, Dustin and I are going to venture across Oklahoma to watch her compete.

August 5 is also her birthday. Competing in a world horse show is a pretty cool way to celebrate 17 years. It’s an exciting time.

Dinner at the Aviary

9 Jul

My husband and I love trying out local restaurants. A few weeks ago, we went to the Aviary Cafe and Creperie for some couple time. It’s a wonderfully cute bird-themed crepe restaurant in downtown Springfield. I love the decorations – there are umbrellas hanging from the ceilings, bird cages, and a lot of classy vintage things adorning the walls and windows. The food’s pretty great too.

I love that Dustin visits girly restaurants with me without even mentioning they’re girly. He’s wonderful.


9 Jul


After my last post, I took some time to think about this blog, what I would like for it to become and what’s feasible to fit into my life right now. 

I enjoyed the photo challenge, but as I shared in my last post, it’s not really practicle for my life right now. Living With the Birds is going to be a photo journal. My new goal is to share at least three posts each week with photos from my adventures.

It’s kind of like the photo challenge, but at the same time it’s really different.

Almost the entire time I’ve been blogging here there have been several excellent photos to share one day, and the next two days will be somewhat bland. The new goal of Living With the Birds has taken that into consideration and evolved.

I hope you’ll stay with me for this new journey. I’m excited!

Celebrating a Milestone

23 May

This is Living With the Birds blog post no. 101. This morning’s daily photo post was no. 100.

It’s a milestone worth commemorating, and I’ve thought all week (admittedly, it’s only Wednesday) about how to appropriatley mark the three-digit number. I’ve decided to share a few snapshots from my morning along with a few thoughts on blogging. It’s the perfect way to celebrate.

My goal with blogging was self improvement.

I wanted to improve my photography and writing skills, and one of the best ways to get better at something is to do it all the time. I’ve gone back and looked at a few of my first posts. I know it’s only been a few months, but I can already see a ton of improvement.

I’m excited to keep improving and see where my skills are when I reach 200 posts.

The best advice I’ve recieved about blogging is not to publish anything I’m not proud of.

I don’t always succeed in putting together posts I’m excited about and proud of. There are several posts that I’ve finished, and then decided not to publish because I didn’t think they were good enough. There are several other posts I published only because I challeneged myself to take one photo every day, and not publishing something would be failing at that challenge.

But I am always striving to publish posts that I am proud of. I’m certain that most of the reason my writing and photography has improved is because I’m constantly trying to create posts I’m proud of.


If you blog, leave me a comment with some of the best things you’ve gained from blogging. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Lovely, Inspired

22 May

Today has been a lovely, inspired day. 

I don’t want to be selfish, so I’ve made a list of some tasks that have inspired me today.

-Sipping watermelon Sprite from Sonic.

-Enjoying the beautiful weather out my window.


-Adding fun assignments to my planner.

-Looking at beautiful photos.

-Reading e-mails about future article possibilities.

-Admiring my growing Sharpie collection and day dreaming of fun doodles.
(There may be some dinosaur doodled stationary in my future.

What has inspired you today?