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.


new hobby


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:




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!


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


pinsday (aka pinterest wednesday)

Here are my favorite finds from Pinterest lately:

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

hello again


Hello! I’m well aware that I haven’t posted since Thanksgiving. At first it was because of laziness and general apathy, and then it was because my computer was in the repair shop. But my laptop is back now and so am I, with one more post to squeeze in before 2016.

There’s not a whole lot to catch up on; I went home for Christmas (with only a ten-hour delay in travel time due to a cancelled flight–that’s fun when you’ve been up since 1:30 in the morning), received a ukulele as a present, baked some gluten-free sugar cookies, came back to New York (no flight delays this time, just a delay in the airport shuttle which made getting back to Brooklyn take nearly as long as a direct flight from Omaha to New York), had a two-day work week, and went to a comedy show in a pizza place (where I got a free beer thanks to having a friend in the lineup).


I’m not really one for resolutions, but I do have some goals going into 2016, including mastering the above-mentioned ukulele and taking up cross-stitching, among other things… So between that and my new planner full of Chinese-speaking bunnies (the things you find on Amazon, eh?), I’m ready for you, new year. Let’s do this.

pics post: inflation station

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a bunch of really big balloons getting blown up:






chicken and waffle (fries) casserole


I made my first ever casserole guys! In my typical throw-a-bunch-of-stuff-together-and-see-how-it-turns-out cooking style. I used just four ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts*
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Frozen waffle fries (as many as you damn well please)

Layered in that order and baked at 375 for 40 minutes. Easy peasy!

*I have no idea if you’re supposed to use raw or cooked meat when making a casserole, so to be safe I boiled the chicken first.

random goings-on

The worst feeling is when you’re balancing your checkbook and discovered you’ve somehow misplaced a dollar…and you can’t find out where.

I’m trying very hard to convince myself that it’s not time to buy eggnog yet. Must wait a few more weeks…

The weather in New York has me very confused lately, because while it looks like the beginning of school (brown leaves and crisp autumn sunshine) it feels like the end of school (warm and muggy). This confusion is exacerbated by the fact that it’s now dark when I get off of work. What month is it??

I love living in an age where talking on the phone is almost always optional. (#introvert)

I know I probably shouldn’t be using the C-word yet (especially since it hasn’t even dropped below 50 degrees yet), but I’ve already got (most of) my Christmas presents planned and that’s a very good feeling. (I’m especially excited about the present I got my little brother…I think I’ll earn a few big sister points.)


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