go west

DSCN0543

I didn’t grow up in Nebraska. I didn’t live there until I started college, and only stuck around for five years. But somewhere in that time, even as I was plotting my escape, it snuck into a corner of my heart and stayed there.

I always figured New York would be temporary, but had no definite plans as to where I would end up after my time here was done. California sounded nice. Pacific northwest maybe? Somewhere else along the east coast?

Ultimately I decided moving back to the Midwest was the way to go, both because being halfway across the country from my family is harder than I thought it would be and because it’s the lifestyle I’m used to. But it wasn’t until I came across a job posting in Lincoln that the idea latched onto my brain: I want to be back in Nebraska.

And, a week from today, that’s exactly where I’ll be! Back to Willa Cather-land, prairie, and Cornhuskers. (And most importantly, back to affordable rent.)

 I don’t regret moving to New York, but I can’t say I’ll miss it. I’m ready to be a Midwesterner again, and to settle down somewhere I can see myself long term. After all, I’m officially out of my early twenties now, and the idea of flying wherever my fancy takes me has become less appealing.

So next time you see me on this blog, I’ll officially be a Nebraskan again. Go big red!

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are some of my favorite finds from Pinterest lately.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

beth and kit’s excellent adventure (then shawarma after)

Last week I had the honor of hosting my college bud Kit on her first ever trip to New York City! Which meant doing one of my favorite things: taking a week off work and playing tourist.

As soon as Kit’s plane touched down Wednesday it was ago on the tourist attractions, starting with an oldie but a goodie, Coney Island.

DSCN1621

Which is freezing in mid-March, by the way.

The next few days saw us in a Brooklyn bagel shop, the High Line, Central Park, and walking the Manhattan Bridge.

DSCN1631

DSCN1647

“I don’t know what it is but I want to try it.”

And it isn’t a Kit and Beth get-together without some sort of reference to the Avengers, which is why getting some shawarma was high on our list. Shawarma, by the way, is freaking delicious. (Our next goal is to travel to Budapest together so we can say to one another, “You and I remember Budapest very differently.” Yes, we are nerds.)

Although there were a few repeat sites for me, we did also slip in some attractions that I hadn’t been to yet, such as the Museum of Sex, Top of the Rock, Museum of Modern Art, the Met, Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square (home of the singing waitstaff), the National Museum of the American Indian, and Battery Park. Oh, and we saw a little theater production called Chicago. Have you heard of it?

DSCN1654

DSCN1680

DSCN1684

DSCN1686

DSCN1687

DSCN1696

DSCN1707

DSCN1714

DSCN1718

DSCN1719

DSCN1720

The last couple days of Kit’s trip were a wind-down, and included us mostly wandering around different neighborhoods, including my own. And we saw Zootopia. Which has nothing to do with New York, but it was a fantastic movie.

DSCN1726

You can also read about our adventures on Kit’s blog!

things a single girl can do on valentine’s weekend

  1. Marathon-watch Friends.
  2. Roller skate.
  3. Work. (Might as well sign up for a shift–I mean, it’s not like you have plans, right?)
  4. Go see Deadpool.
  5. File your taxes.
  6. Constantly sneak bits from your chocolate supply.

a small update

Hey there! You may have noticed I’ve made some cosmetic changes to the blog, including to my archives page. Gotta make tweaks every now and then to keep from getting bored, right?🙂

And, if you liked my cross-stitch post, I’ve created a new blog dedicated entirely to my cross-stitch projects! You can check it out by clicking the widget in my sidebar. I’ll definitely be making some design tweaks to that blog as well in the future, but for now I just wanted to get it up and running.

Enjoy!

new hobby

DSCN1586DSCN1595

I first learned cross-stitching as a kid, and now years later I’ve decided to take it up again. These are my first two attempts; I still need a bit more practice, but since it looks like I’ll be snowed in all weekend that shouldn’t be a problem.

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest lately:

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

hurray for…

Freshly swept floors. (I know I could have these much more often if I weren’t so lazy…eh.)

My new ukulele. I am getting nothing done anymore because I can’t stop playing it, but I don’t care!

The little sprinkling of snow I caught in the morning on the way to work last week. It didn’t last long and it didn’t stick, but it was so lovely…

Hot chocolate season.

Bunny slippers.

throwback thursday: chi-town

For some reason I’ve been reminiscing lately about the semester I spent in Chicago my junior year. This was way before The Purple Notebook was born (and way before I had a higher quality camera), but I thought I’d go ahead and share some of my favorite pics from that time anyway:

022

008

024

Not only was I lucky enough to be there on St. Patty’s Day, I was lucky enough to have the day off from classes on St. Patty’s Day. Yay day drinking!

009

Not sure what happened to my camera here. I think it was on fireworks mode.

029

pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest lately:

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Bloglovin’Twitter Pinterest EmailFlickrGoogle Plus

  • Hello! Welcome to the little bit of everything that is The Purple Notebook.

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • what i’m reading

  • Beth’s Cross-Stitching Blog

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 150 other followers