go west


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!


pics post | the leftovers

I take a lot more photos than what eventually ends up on the blog. Usually a photo doesn’t make the cut because there’s another photo I like just a little bit better, a random passerby awkwardly inserted himself into the frame, or it’s just plain crap. So they get squirreled away in my hard drive, never to see the light of the Internet.

I did some digging through my archives to give a few of my leftover pictures a chance to shine. Most are from the city, and a few go back to my Nebraska days.

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one year

Today is my one year blog-iversary! Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to this point when I first started The Purple Notebook; I was worried I might give up after a few months because of the difficulty of creating content. I’m still trying to figure out the direction of this blog, actually…but this last year was a pretty good year to start, because I went through quite a lot since my first blog post (but thankfully no more fires). Here’s a quick recap of some things that went down between September 14, 2013 and September 14, 2014:

1. I moved all the way across the state of Nebraska (twice if you go a couple months before September 2013).

2. I then moved halfway across the country.

3. I saw Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters. (Yes, I am such a geek that I consider these events worth noting. Anyone else cry during a certain scene in Spider-Man?)

4. I made a major career change.

5. I performed in an improv show.

6. I got added to my mom’s Netflix account and all productivity quickly halted.

7. I watched lots of movies, read lots of books, drank lots of wine, and explored teeny rural Nebraska towns with friends.

8. I tried, and am still trying, to figure out how to live life post-college. Has anyone else figured that out yet? Any tips?

Whew, that was quite a year. I think I might need a nap.

The World is Your Rocky Mountain Oyster

One move down!

I’m now settled in my mom’s place for the time being. But I had some very important things to do in western Nebraska before I left, like crossing “Try rocky mountain oysters” off my bucket list.


If you haven’t been to the middle of America and don’t know what rocky mountain oysters are, well, I’ll let Wikipedia explain.

And, of course, I also had to say goodbye to the view.


Now I’ll be spending my summer working my new theater gig (which I’m SUPER excited about), planning the move to NYC (of course), and making other plans (but that’s for another post). But for this week, my plan is to finally relax.

Oh, and enjoy cable television for the first time in months.

What are your summer plans? Have you ever tried rocky mountain oysters? (Would you ever try rocky mountain oysters?)

Cocktail of the Month: New Yorker


My move to New York is still a couple months away, but as you can probably tell by my drink choice I’m still pretty excited about it. There were actually several NYC-themed drinks to choose from in See Mix Drink–Manhattan and Waldorf to name a couple–but I went with the obvious one. (And the one I already had the ingredients for in my cabinet.) Boy, was it good. If you like sweet drinks, that is (which I do).

But Beth, if you’re not moving to New York yet, why are there boxes in the background of that picture?

Good question. That’s because although I’m not making the move, I am making a move. Back to my mom’s house, where I can gather my wits and make my official moving plans without the whole full-time job thing taking up all my time. Which means I’m spending the next week packing boxes, doing grown-up things like leaving my forwarding address at the post office, taking some last pictures of that crazy Western Nebraska landscape and trying to eat up all the food in my cabinet so I don’t have to bring any of it with me. (Which means my diet lately has consisted mostly of pancakes, spaghetti, Lean Cuisines and popcorn.)

Have you ever made a big move before?

April Pics


My bedside window guardian.


Anybody home?


I bought a bulb of garlic and it started sprouting. Yes, I put it in a jar on my end table. Yes, I know that’s weird.


The view that puts the Bluff in Scottsbluff.


Hello, Nebraska.

The Thing About Living on the High Plains


Tumbleweed attacks are a normal occurrence (see above).

Someone in a cowboy hat once called me Ma’am. It was awesome.

The sky is unreal sometimes.




February Pics

Here are some photos I took this month:


I had the perfect bookmark on hand.


Books and morning light. Two of my favorite things.


And my other favorite thing, coffee.


No photo editing done here. That crazy blue Nebraska sky needs no assistance.

November Pics

I didn’t take too many random photos this month. I was too busy attempting (and failing) to make mashed potatoes:


…and geeking out over my early Christmas presents:


But, I still managed to get in a cheesy photo of the Nebraska sunrise:


Hurray For…

…Staying up late with a book, a cookie, and a glass of milk. (Or vanilla almond milk in this case.)

…Compliments–both giving and receiving them.

…New boots that you only kinda/sorta needed. (Hey, winter is coming, after all.)


…Productive Saturdays.

…This stuff.


It’s like peanut butter…MADE FROM COOKIES.

…Sky. Say what you will about Nebraska, but we have the best darn sky here.