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Weddings and Weight Worries

Hi Simple Days readers! Today you can find me on Plus-Size Models Unite, they were gracious enough to invite me to write a post about my experiences with body image struggles during wedding planning. I hope you will all head over there to check it out, it’s a great blog open to everyone who is passionate about pursuing body and size acceptance.


Back from Vacation

Hello everyone – I’m back in Texas from a long three week trip in Europe. It was good to get away, and equally good to return home. We had some wonderful culinary treats along the way – from cinnamon beef stew in Brussels, Russian pilaf from our friends in Aalborg, delicious desserts from fresh home-grown berries by Kim’s mother, and all the baguettes and croissants we could handle in Paris. Plus crepes, Morrocan style couscous, and plentiful house wines.

We saw many sights, and spent even more time catching up with family and good friends.

It took 2.5 weeks for me to finally be ready to be home again, and to be ready to be back at work again. Notable, however, is the fact that I am actually ready to be back at work again. I think that’s why vacation is so important – when you’re in your daily grind, it’s easy to only see all the things you wish were different, being away makes you realize the things that you enjoy enough to keep doing.

So we’re back, and I’m neck deep in laundry and making recipe plans for the week. One the menu is all the things we missed while we’re away – pasta, spicy peppers, curry, and pizza. As wonderful as it is to go on culinary adventures, I am happy to return to my own kitchen and get back on the creative side of the plate.

And I’ll leave you with one picture from our adventures – on the Seine, after many hours of sun had left gold in our hair and freckles on my nose.

Six Months Ago Today


Coming Soon!

Hello readers, I am back (almost)! As I mentioned previously, we have been in the middle of a move. This is the first evening that I am not doing any major unpacking, decorating, organizing, or installing. As such, I really just want to chill and not do anything resembling work. But I do want to let you know that there are good things around the corner at The Simple Days, including (but not limited to) posts on staging book shelves, making your own cat toys, and delicious recipes like crock pot chicken and dumplings, the easiest chili ever, and Greek salad with garbanzo patties. So please stay tuned, I promise there is real content coming soon!


This Friday will be the 18th time I pack up all of my belongings and set up camp somewhere new. It is, in fact, my 10th move in the past 6 years, and certainly will not be the last for any serious amount of time.

I am a real pro at moving. I was always fairly good at new starts, and never refuse the opportunity to start with a blank slate of a space and decorate it into a warm, distinctive home. Plus I’ve picked up some handy tricks along the way (such as using my soft cotton clothes to wrap all my breakable dishes!). But no matter how much of a pro I may be at this game, it’s still pretty exhausting. More so exhausting is the feeling of being uprooted.

Perhaps uprooted is too strong a word here. I am, in fact, merely moving across the street. Suspended feels more like it. (This is an analogy I first came up with midway through college, when the pace of  moving really picked up. It combines my love for analogies with my love of gelatinous desserts. Enjoy.) I feel like the fruit in the jello mold. Not really going anywhere, but also not really staying put. It’s the opposite of having roots at the same time as it is the opposite of having wings. It’s uncertain.


This move is minor, it’s just another blind step in a long series of them. I do hope the series is coming to an end, though, I’m getting tired of feeling gelatinous.

Waking Gently

Last Friday, I woke up with a jolt to the horrible beeping alarm clock and thought, “I don’t ever want to hear that noise again.” I hate waking up to stress. Sleep is important to me, and I made an immediate decision to get better sleep. That includes waking up without stress.

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Back soon, I promise!

So sorry for the impromptu hiatus – work was just hectic this week and the weekend was full of cleaning, crafting, parties, and other errands. The good news is, I have a great crafty how-to entry to post as soon as I put on the finishing touches. So check back tomorrow (okay, maybe Tuesday) for the reveal.