Things I’m Looking Forward to After the Baby


I’ll be honest with you, I’m loving this pregnancy thing right now. The aches and pains are random and tolerable. The weird, but regular symptoms are totally manageable. My belly is definitely noticeable, but I’m not so large that I’m uncomfortable yet. The second trimester was totally incredible, folks. I just loved it. If you want me to be honest with you, I think I’m the super happy, excitable pregnant lady that people love to hate. Oh, well! I’ll just own it.

I just started third trimester of my pregnancy.

Just typing that feels incredible to me. There still isn’t really much that I’m craving, but occasionally I’ll think of something that I want, and I can’t have until baby gets here. Here’s a list of all the things I plan on doing or eating once Little Miss O gets here.

I’m looking forward to…

  • eating oysters.
  • sleeping on my belly.
  • eating soft cheeses.
  • drinking Lindeman’s Framboise.
  • eating Italian grinders.
  • batting practice at the baseball batting cages.
  • drinking mixed drinks like sangria or margaritas or mojitos.
  • fitting in some of my own clothes that I won’t be able to fit in for a while – hopefully.
  • meeting my baby in person!
  • eating sushi.

And while I can’t wait to eat or do some of these things, I honestly don’t want to rush being pregnant. I just want to enjoy this for everything it is right now.

Dos and Don’ts


Recently, my friend San shared a post that was inspired by another post previously shared by my friend Nora. I figured that since both of these awesome ladies shared something like this, I might as well jump on the bandwagon and write my own.

I do…

+ love my sleep. I appreciate getting a full night of sleep, and yes, I know… I should appreciate it while I still have it.

+ love baseball season. Right now I’m loving getting back into serious baseball with my Red Sox. Not just that, but Wolverine just moved up to little league, and I’m pumped to watch his season.

+ love yard sales and flea markets. I’m looking forward to some bargain shopping this summer.

+ love to eat and snack.

+ love to celebrate people’s life events. I get very excited for wedding and pregnancy announcements, etc.

+ feel pretty good about my pregnant body and how it’s changed. Making a baby is incredible.


I don’t…

+ have any clue what life will be like once I have this baby. That is both terrifying and freeing at the same time.

+ know what to pack for my hospital bag when it’s delivery time.

+ know how to get my entire photo collection out of iPhoto. Can anyone help me? I’m also planning on purchasing Lightroom and Elements and I don’t know how to use either. Who wants to teach me?

+ want to get out of my bed on rainy day mornings.

+ have any interest in meal planning right now which is leading toward me and Mr. O being very unsure of what to eat for dinner every night.

What are some of your dos and don’ts?

One Little Word | 2015


I start thinking of my one little word a few months before the year even begins. I’m serious – ask my friend Linsey. I’m always running my ideas by her. When I found out I was pregnant in November of 2014, I knew that I needed to put some effort in to choose the perfect word for 2015.

It’s funny – compared to recent years, coming up with my one little word for 2015 was relatively easy. I knew what it would be almost immediately, even though I really thought about it for a few additional weeks. I thought my word was too simple, but you know what – sometimes things are just meant to be simple. There’s a whole lot that’s going to be happening in my life this year, and a simple word to really focus in on is perfect.

You might think it’s funny that I’m just talking about this now in April. I actually thought I had blogged about my word of the year in the first week of January, until I went to link back to the post today and realized I had never discussed it. I know why too. I was too afraid about spilling the beans about our pregnancy that I just told myself to hold off on sharing anything.

Well there’s no need for that any longer. My one little word for 2015 is… grow.

In my first trimester, my mantra for the baby was “grow baby, grow baby, grow!” I’d think or say it all the time. As I watched my belly get larger, I’d be in awe of the growth. Even mentally, I’m learning so much. After the baby there will be so much change in my life that all I can simply do is grow with it all.

We’re already done with a quarter of 2015 –  can you believe it? – and I’m still loving my one special word.

Do you take part in one little word? I’d love to know. Tell me in the comments!

Currently in April 2015


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I’ve decided to move these posts back to mid-month, at least for a little while. In the past two months I felt like I was just repeating myself between this monthly post and my pregnancy update which usually was shared within days of each other. Maybe after the baby comes I’ll move this back to the end of the month – who knows?


Reading: Similar to last month, I’ve spent this month reading submissions for Spry Literary Journal. We hope to publish issue 06 sometime next month, so as you can imagine, I’ve been engrossed in the fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and flash of writers from around the world. I honestly think this will be a very exciting issue, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I haven’t done any reading for fun this week. I’m behind on the baby book I’m currently reading, and I just got a book from the Postal Book Club that I’ve been dying to dive into. I just haven’t found the chance yet.


Listening: semi-listening to the radio. There’s just been so much junk on the radio lately. I feel as if I keep getting commercials on every station, and I need to do something to change it. I started listening to podcasts again this week, and I’m hoping I can incorporate that more into my daily practice, rather than just listening to songs I don’t even like that much. I also brought my huge mix CD binder out to my car, and I’m hoping to listen to some oldies, but goodies soon.


Excited: that Wolverine’s baseball season begins this week. I love watching him play baseball, and I can’t wait for the games to begin.


Watching: most of the shows I actually watched on television have just ended for the season, so now it’s time to catch up on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ve been watching my way through this list of 10 true crime documentaries, and I definitely recommend that you do the same. So far I’ve watched “Dear Zachary,” “The Central Park Five,” and “Crazy Love.” If you’re only going to watch one of these videos, make it “Dear Zachary.” Whatever you do, don’t Google or do any research about the film before watching it. The movie is utterly heartbreaking and it moved me in a serious way. It’s a must watch.


Wearing: all maternity clothes. I can’t wait until I can break the dresses and flip flops out. I’m sure it’s coming real soon.


Wishing: I’m not too sure that I’m wishing for anything. I wish for fun snacks sometimes. I wish for beautiful weather. I wish for naps, though I never take them. That’s about it. My biggest wish is that this baby I’m growing remains healthy. I also wish my friends and family stay healthy as well.


Drinking: Water with lemon, orange juice, cranberry raspberry juice, regular water.


Loving: the weather. Spring has finally sprung. It’s mostly beautiful outside all the time. Even the colder days still feel so hopeful. I know it’s been over a month now since the time change, but I simply adore how light it is at night. This is my favorite time. I just feel so positive and pumped up.


Loathing: Bad drivers.


Admiring: my best friend who is due to deliver her second baby within the next month. Technically the baby is scheduled to come via c-section in the second week of May, but there is a very good chance she’ll deliver beforehand. The same thing goes for my blog friend Becky. I think the final month of pregnancy is so tough, and the waiting is excruciating. I can imagine that it takes so much patience to be where you ladies are, and I just want to give you both a virtual high five.


How is April treating you, pals? I hope you’re able to enjoy some of this spring weather!

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in JanuaryFebruary, and March.

Oh, I’ve just been writing online

A while back I shared some links of articles I had published elsewhere online. I figured since I’m publishing often and sharing to Twitter, I should also share it to the blog every once in a while. It’s been a while since I shared a post like this, so I might do another one mid-month to catch up.

Managing Writers When There Are Too Many Cooks In the Kitchen


“Your company blog needs a strong head chef. Is that you?”

A Look Back at 9 Years of Twitter History

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“Twitter recently shared ten of their most influential Tweets in the past nine years. Do you remember seeing any of these when they were posted?”



How to Set a Realistic Editorial Deadline


“No one should ever be the bottleneck in projects. Ever. Hit your deadlines.”


Be friends with the President! Barack Obama is on Twitter


“Are you wondering if the leader of the United States of America has enough spare time to Tweet for himself?”





Where Have Amanda’s Hands Been?


“Our lesson for you is simple: If you share your images online, be prepared to wind up in unexpected places.”





Using Poetweet on Famous Writers’ Twitter Accounts


“Have you heard of Poetweet yet? It is an incredible website which will turn your Tweets into poetry. Seriously!”





Using Facebook for Real Estate Marketing Can Be Totally Awesome


“50% of consumers value a brand’s Facebook page more than its website. So what you post there, is who you are.”




Our 10 Favorite Celebrity First Tweets


“Now, even though I enjoy cyber stalking early Tweets, it can get frustrating to scroll through thousands of Tweets just to make your way to the bottom. That is until Twitter launched an option where you can read anyone’s first Tweets. Now a lot less work goes has to go into my creeping. Thank you, Twitter.”




5 Most Productive Writing Habits of Famous Writers


“When I was in my graduate writing program, we were required to read the work of great writers. In addition to this, we read books on craft and wrote essays studying the craft of great poets and authors. Why?”

Currently in March 2015

photo-1425036458755-dc303a604201Reading: Submissions for issue 06 for Spry Literary Journal. We haven’t made too many decisions yet, but it seems like the reading period may be winding down a bit. I can’t wait to see what we’ll choose for the next issue.

I wasn’t really “reading” these this month (since I’ve already read them each a few times), but if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend heading over to Spry to read the ABC’s of Fiction Writing series. On 3/27, we published the final letter, and now we’ll collect all of the posts on one page for your easy reading.

Listening: Honestly – the radio. I haven’t really been listening to anything new this month.

Excited: that I started and finished my baby registry this month. I’m sure I might tinker with it in April as well, but all things considered, it is complete!

Watching: the usual TV shows I watch.

Wearing: Trying to wear as much of  my normal clothing as I can until my closet selection gets narrowed down to almost nothing!

Wishing: for health for my family, friends, and Baby Girl O.

Drinking: Keeping this boring, per usual: cranberry juice, water, orange juice, and hot chocolate on occasion.

Loving: when I feel the baby move. It’s my favorite thing ever.

Loathing: The minor sore throat I had last week. Being sick while pregnant is the least amount of fun ever.

Admiring: my awesome friends and family for all the hand-me-downs we’ve received for Baby Girl O. I think we’re fully stocked on clothing until she is about 6 months old!

How was March, my friends? I hope it treated you as good as it treated me! 

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in January and February.

Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain: 9 pounds as of my last visit 2 weeks ago. I love my baby belly!

Maternity clothes? One of my closest friends is due in May, and she just gave me a bunch of maternity shirts, so I feel as if I have a brand new wardrobe. If I can get through this pregnancy only purchasing one pair of shorts and a few dresses I will be the happiest girl ever. However, at this point I’ve really had to let go of quite a bit of my normal wardrobe. I’ve even packed a bunch of it away in totes to make some room in my drawers for Baby Girl O’s extensive clothing selection. I think she may have more clothes than I do at this point.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Still nothing to complain about. I have my occasional days of crappy sleep, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s going pretty well.

Miss Anything? Not really, I’ve been so content these past two months of pregnancy. I mean, I occasionally think about things I cannot have, usually food or drink, but I don’t really miss them. I’ll eventually have them again – no big deal. For now I just want to enjoy all the joys of being pregnant.

Movement: Yes! It is the very best thing. Mr. O has felt a decent amount of movement, and just a few days ago, Wolverine felt movement for his first time.

Food cravings or aversions: I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m really enjoying my food. I’m still not 100% on board with some of the food I was grossed out by in my first trimester, but I’ve been enjoying food very consistently in this past month. It seems to me that “cravings” are just thinking of a food and then wanting it right away. As an example: On Friday at work one co-worker had pickles and another one had chocolate covered raisins. I then ate a couple raisins and one pickle spear because I wanted them.

I don’t know why, but I expected that cravings would be food I really wanted much of the time. I expected to be in love with popsicles and eat a few a day. That hasn’t happened. It’s usually a think of something and want it right away, and then forget about it just as quickly.

Gender: It’s still a girl. I don’t expect that to change.

Symptoms: My pregnancy symptoms have come and gone. I occasionally have hip pain, especially while sleeping. I’m getting random pains that are close to my hips but more in my stomach and pelvic area, so I’m guessing that’s round ligament pain. But in the grand scheme of things I’m feeling wonderful.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: I’ve definitely become more outspoken while pregnant. I’m also probably a little less patient than I was before. I haven’t really noticed a huge shift in mood though, and I think that’s pretty great. I’m feeling pretty content right about now.

Looking forward to: More and more movement. I am loving all these little dance parties happening in my uterus right now.

Thoughts: I feel so grateful to be pregnant at the same time as my two closest friends. Granted, one has already had her baby, but it’s been an awesome experience. I’m also beyond grateful to my friends and family members for the awesome hand-me-downs this little girl has received so far. We are fully stocked for clothing until about 6 months, and I still have another friend who wants to give us some clothing. So wonderful.

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

IMG_5884.JPGHow far along? 20 weeks pregnant as of today.

Total weight gain: That I know of? 0 pounds. Which is up from the -2 pounds as of the last update. It’s likely that I’m actually +2 at this point, but I’m only weighing myself at my doctor’s office, and I won’t be back until 22 weeks. I actually feel much more confident about the weight gain at this point, because my food intake drastically increased around week 17. Plus, my belly went from almost nonexistent to obviously noticeable, so I’m doing something right.

Maternity clothes?  Still loving my maternity pants. I wear them pretty much every day with my normal clothing for tops. I’m very grateful for this. Wearing my own wardrobe has been such a blessing. I know I’ll need to mix things up a bit when the weather is actually warm, but I’m planning on wearing dresses and flip flops only in the summer.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Sleeping on my side.

Miss Anything? Since the last update? Not too much. I’ve been thinking about some of the foods I can’t eat here and there, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t seriously miss anything (at least this month).

Movement: It happened! I felt the baby move “for real” for the very first time at night on Tuesday, February 24, while we were laying in bed. When I felt it I knew for sure that the baby was moving. I’ll be honest though, before this happened, I’ve been feeling a lot of movement, and I knew that it was probably the baby, but because I have never been pregnant before I didn’t know for sure. Well, that movement convinced me that everything I had been feeling previously was in fact the baby. It was super awesome and I’m now feeling it pretty consistently throughout the day. The baby was dancing away during the ultrasound and it was so incredible to watch, especially since I could feel some of the movements while seeing it.

Food cravings or aversions: I haven’t noticed that I’ve been craving food in the way that I expected to crave food. One thing I have noticed is that when I see a food or think of a food that intrigues me, I suddenly want it. And when I say that I want it, I mean immediately. That doesn’t mean I get it, I just want it. My aversions are a little better. I’m eating a tiny bit of meat, which I’m pleased with. I also went out for breakfast and ate an egg-white omelet, and it was incredible.

Gender: We found out that we are having a girl!

Symptoms: Some lower back pain that seems to come and go, and also one really bad leg cramp. It’s been a real nice month.

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I’m still loving the second trimester. This is just the best. If I could feel exactly as I do now, I’d want to be pregnant so many more times.

Looking forward to: Honestly, with the weather we’ve had in Southeastern Mass., all I can think about is the snow. I am so very excited about the spring. I just need to get out of this horrific winter.

Thoughts: I’m halfway through this pregnancy, and I cannot even believe it. I’m so very pleased to be at this point because I felt as if I’d never get there in the beginning of the pregnancy. At the same time, I think pregnancy is so beautiful, so to think that it is already halfway over is also a little sad. I loved the my 20 week ultrasound, and I hope to schedule a 3D ultrasound before the baby is born so I can see her one more time. Everything just feels really great at this point.

Previous updates: 16 weeks

Gender Reveal

The big news is here. On Thursday, February 26, we found out our future baby’s gender. We asked our friends, family, and Facebook friends to share whether they thought we were having a girl or a boy, and girl was the big winner, with about 40+ people saying girl and 32 saying boy.

My guess was boy. Mr O and Wolverine were both guessing girl. Well, now that we know, we’d like to share our happy news with you.

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We’re having a girl!

Currently in February 2015

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.26.47 PMReading: I read a few books in January. This month I didn’t read any books, but I did read my weekly updates in my baby book, and I’ve done a lot of research reading for work. So in the grand scheme of things, I wish I read a book, but I did read an immense amount.

Listening: I cleaned out my home computer this month and in doing so I jammed out a bunch to iTunes. It was a great time.

Excited: to finally find out the gender of our baby. Yes, I know what we are having, and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably know as well. I just want to announce it in a separate blog post, so you’ll find out soon!

Watching:  Better Call Saul, Blacklist, Walking Dead

Wearing: My normal shirts still and my maternity jeans or normal leggings.

Wishing: For warmer weather and melted snow that doesn’t turn into a 4 inch sheet of ice.

Drinking: hot chocolate, a lot of water, cranberry raspberry juice, and that is about that.

Loving: spending time on Pinterest planning out things for our new baby.

Loathing: The snow. Everything about the snow.

Admiring: My best friend who just had her first baby. The delivery and past month and a half has been a bit of a transition for her little family. They’re all doing wonderful though, and I am so very proud of her.

How did February treat all of you? 

Four Things

photo-1428591501234-1ffcb0d6871fI’ve seen this post going around the interwebs. Since my friend Kristen shared hers, I figured I would too!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

1. Er

2. Er-Dog

3. Annie

4. Mom #2

 Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Benefits Coordinator

2. Psychiatric Case Manager

3. Service Desk Clerk

4. Writer

 Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. Elf

2. Finding Nemo

3. Home Videos

4. Pretty Woman

Four books I’d recommend:

1. Drinking: A Love Story – Caroline Knapp

2. Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott

3. Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA

4. In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction

Four places I’ve visited:

1. Aruba

2. Norfolk, VA

3. Seattle, WA

4. North Conway, NH

Four things I prefer not to eat:

1. Nuts

2. Beans

3. zucchini

4. rice pudding

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Lobster

2. Ice Cream

3. Pho

4. Sushi

Four TV shows I watch

1. The Walking Dead

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. Blacklist

4. Orange is the New Black

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Having a baby!

2. Warm weather

3. Watching Wolverine with his sibling

4. No more snow (Fingers crossed?)

Four things I’m always saying:

1. “What’s up, Bud?”

2. “How was school today?”

3. “How was work?”

4. “What do you want to eat?”

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Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks

IMG_5721.JPGHow far along? 16 weeks and 3 days

Total weight gain: -2. I’m working on gaining weight in my 2nd trimester. Never did I think this would be a problem I’d have!

Maternity clothes? I love maternity pants. I am so much more comfortable wearing maternity jeans that my old jeans which still fit, but are so tight on the belly.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well overall, but my sleep is much different than it was before I got pregnant. I notice that I wake up more often in the night, and I’m very alert when I wake up (usually to roll over).

Miss Anything? I miss a bunch of stuff like coffee, adult beverages, cold cut sandwiches, oysters, tuna, and any kind of sushi. But to be honest with you, I’ve barely given any of it any thought this entire pregnancy. I thought I’d care much more, but I haven’t noticed missing anything except randomly if it pops in my head.

Movement: I don’t think I’ve had any movement yet. Last week I felt something that could have been a “flutter,” but I haven’t felt it since, so I’m not sure if I truly felt anything or not. The baby moved when my doctor was checking the heartbeat this week, but I couldn’t feel it happen!

Food cravings: I don’t think I have any actual cravings yet. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the only lunches I actually enjoy. I’m definitely at the point where I am getting more interested in food. Other food I seem to be enjoying: strawberries, cheese of any kind, homemade pickles, green juice.

Aversions: Oh, yes. This entire pregnancy so far has been about aversions. Up until about a week or two ago, meat was my arch enemy. I didn’t like thinking about it, looking at it, smelling it, and I certainly wasn’t interested in eating it. This was horrible. I’m a big meat eater, and I don’t enjoy being grossed out by a food I usually love. I’ve been trying really hard to eat a little bit of meat if I can. I’m also grossed out by eggs, which is another one of my favorite foods.

Gender: We will find out in about three weeks. I 100% truly do not care whether this baby is a boy or girl. Growing up, I always wanted a little boy first, as I had two older brothers, and that was my “normal.” I’m so fortunate to have Wolverine as a stepson, so I no longer need to worry about having a boy first. I’ve got one. All three of us would be happy with any gender baby, and we’re just looking forward to finding out.

Symptoms: Headaches that last all week, round ligament pain, and occasional uncomfortable feeling near my coccyx (bottom of my spine near my butt).

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I truly didn’t feel hormonal at all in the first trimester. I’m starting to feel it here and there now. Nothing with consistency, but I might find myself a bit weepy while watching a commercial, and I definitely have a lot to say to other drivers (hint: it’s usually not nice). I’m convinced this baby will come out with road rage. That’s really the only time I find myself feeling hormonal.

Looking forward to: Everything about pregnancy. I want my belly to get bigger and my baby to grow. I’m excited to find out the baby’s gender. I find it completely amazing that I’m growing a human inside of me, and I just want to enjoy the entire pregnancy experience.

Thoughts: Now that I’m out of the first trimester, I feel like I’m kind of on a pregnancy-high. Besides the occasional discomfort, I’m currently really loving pregnancy. It’s not that I didn’t love pregnancy in the first trimester, it’s simply that I felt like crap. Plus, I was so worried about growing the baby. I just wanted to get past the miscarriage stage. I also wanted to feel more human again. I felt like I’d never be 16 weeks pregnant, and here I am. Actually, I’m nearing 17 weeks by the time this posts. I just feel so blessed to be here. Also, if you want me to be honest, I adore my belly. The picture that goes with this post isn’t even a great one, but I just love to look at that belly growing.

The Big News

I’m so grateful for participating in NaBloPoMo during November 2014. You see, I’ve been keeping a secret from you. A secret that I’ve known since November 13, 2014. A secret that stunted me from writing so much, because I was simply sure I would tell you the truth before we were ready. NaBloPoMo kept me writing through the early days in the secret, and as you can tell from the following two months, my secret has silenced me.

It isn’t that I don’t want to write to you. I do. I’ve simply been unsure of what to share. But now I’m ready to tell you the big news with Wolverine’s copy.

We’re going to have a baby!

We are all so very excited to welcome a baby this coming July. Telling everyone has been an absolute joy, and I’m so grateful not to keep any more secrets from you all or anyone else! Be prepared for an extreme increase in blog posting from little ol’ me, because I have a lot of catching up to do!

Currently in December

photo-1423483641154-5411ec9c0ddfReading: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (yet again).

Listening: I’m still hooked on podcasts. I cannot believe that the first season of Serial just ended.

Excited: for the holiday season.

Watching: Forensic Files. I love this show. I just watched all of the episodes on Netflix, and I found out there are so many more on Amazon Prime. Yahoo.

Wearing: Anything to keep me warm. I am cold all of the time.

Wishing: Loga, our Elf on the Shelft could stay year round.

Drinking: Still mostly just water with lemon. Usually alternate with some cranberry grape juice to mix things up a bit.

Loving: Spending time with my friends. I just had a nice girls brunch last week.

Loathing: last minute errands and holiday gifts I still haven’t purchased. I start shopping very early every year as I have a ton of birthdays to buy for on top of Christmas presents. I was about 75% done with my shopping in the beginning of November, and then everything stalled!

Admiring: my new Christmas tree.


Check out: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune, July, August, September, October, November

Reverb Days 4-11


reverb14 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December designed to reflect on 2014 and project on hopes and dreams for 2015.  Through December 31st Meredith, Kat and Sarah will post each day with a new prompt. I’m doing it too, though as you can tell I usually post in a cluster versus daily. Join us by writing, or join us by reading.  Follow on Twitter @project_reverb and hashtag #reverb14.  Let’s reverb.


December 4, 2014
Do Over | Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present.  Is there one moment you wish that you could do-over?

My wedding day – 100%. I only say that because it was everything that I wanted it to be and more. I wish I could relive it again. The only part hindsight could play in my wedding was that I wish I talked to every single guest. How I didn’t manage to, I’m not really sure, but I know that I didn’t. Everything was such a blur, even if it all was a wonderful blur. I loved everything about my wedding, and it seems so unfortunate that it’s over now.


December 5, 2014
Letting go | For next year, I’m letting go of…

Gosh, I’m not sure. I think the only possible thing I could think of was to be more productive during the work day so that I work less at home. I’m not required to do any work on non-work time, which is why it’s really nothing to complain about. I just find myself spending a lot of time at home looking over my work. I want to be more present with my family, so I’m going to let go of the constant need to work in the new year.


December 6, 2014
Money | Where did you spend your money this year?  Did you save it instead?  What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?

This year I paid off my student loans. I still can’t believe I no longer owe money for my BA or MFA to the government, but I don’t! It was a big decision that I don’t even know if I was ready to make at the time, but I’m forever grateful that my loans are gone, and I don’t have to worry about paying them anymore. Now to focus on saving for a house and other future goals.


December 7, 2014
Victory Laps | What was your biggest accomplishment this year?

Maintaining sanity while still being easy-going about things. I planned a wedding in 8 months, six of which were in 2014, and switched careers about three weeks before my wedding. Needless to say, that could have been an immensely stressful situation for me, but I just kept focusing on the tasks at hand and not worrying too much about the big picture. I knew my main goal was to be married at the end of the day and accepted that whatever happened until then wouldn’t change that I’d soon be Mrs. O. This was a great attitude to have as it kept me really relaxed.


December 8, 2014
Hero | Who was your hero this year? Tell us why. What makes a hero in your eyes?

I think heroes can come in various shapes, sizes, and molds. There is no one thing that makes a hero in my eyes. A hero could have a million traits that I admire. I think for 2014, I’ll have to say that my husband is my hero. He’s stepped out of his comfort zone, and embraced many changes. He is always willing to split all of our responsibilities, and in fact he always goes a step beyond. I’m very lucky to have him in my life.


December 9, 2014
The Plank | It has been said that you must learn to take care of yourself before you can be effective at taking care of others.  How did you take care of yourself in 2014?  How will you take care of yourself in 2015?

I think I learned a lot this year about taking care of myself, and I’d really like to keep the habits going into the new year. I integrated walking more regularly into my life. I hope that in 2015 it will become a regular habit versus a more random, binge habit.


December 10, 2014
Leap of faith | What decision did you make this year that was a leap of faith?  Did it work out?  Or not?

Changing careers was my biggest leap of faith in 2014. While I didn’t plan on making a career in human resources, it was certainly easy for me to stay in the profession. I have twelve years of it under my belt, and I am ver grateful for all that I learned during my time in HR. Writing was always my main goal, and it’s wonderful to work in the industry now, but it was a big ol’ leap for me. Things are working out pretty well, and I’m glad I made the decision to change jobs, even if it was just a few weeks before my wedding.


December 11, 2014
Small Pleasures | What small pleasures did you discover this year?

I wouldn’t say that I discovered pho this year (that was in 2011 for me) but I definitely discovered that not having it as a regular meal in my life makes me sad. Mr. O and I were fortunate to live near an excellent restaurant that made great pho. The lady who owned it was a sweetheart, but after so many years of owning the place, she sold it. The new owners (while armed with her recipes) didn’t make food that was as good and as of right now, it is temporarily closed. So I went a few months without pho, and I didn’t like it. The good news is that there is a great place down the street from my work, so I’m back to my pho habit.

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Reverb 2014 Days 1-3


December 1, 2014
At the start | Where did you start 2014? Give us some background on this year. 

2014 was a beautiful year for me. Probably the best of my entire life. I started it engaged to the man I love, and cheered in the new year playing board games, video games, and watching the ball drop with him and Mr. O. It was my last year with a real Christmas tree (we have unfortunately bought an artificial tree this year) and it was still up. My nephew was just turning six, and a niece was just turning one. It was cold in Massachusetts, and I was already ready for the spring. I was working at my previous job, and we were getting ready for our big benefit fairs. The O family was planning on a ski trip at the end of January. It was a great start to the year.


December 2, 2014
Gorgeous | When did you feel beautiful this year? Why?

This is an easy one for me. I kind of feel like I’m cheating with this answer, but I felt most beautiful at my wedding. It wasn’t about the hair or the makeup or the dress or the veil. It was just that I was so happy, and so shockingly easy going about the whole day, and I felt so wonderful. I really loved committing myself to Mr. O in front of all of our family and friends. That all being said, having the opportunity to now look back on the photographs we have, I also looked beautiful. It was better than anything I could have imagined for my wedding day.

December 3, 2014
Coulda Woulda Shoulda | What didn’t you do this year because you were too scared, afraid, unsure? Are you going to do it next year? Or maybe you don’t want to anymore?
I don’t want to cop out on this one, but I’m not sure I would have done anything differently in 2014. Pretty huge things happened for me this year. I planned a wedding, changed careers, got married, honeymooned, and turned 30! All of the risks I took were worth it, and in the long run, I think I was really brave this year. The only things I can reminisce on are tiny, minute details that really don’t matter in the long run. There were a few wedding projects I scrapped last minute because I was running out of time, and I didn’t want to be stressed by another project. If I had more time, maybe I would have finished them. I also could have kept a little more up-to-date with my Project Life scrapbooking. But like I said, none of these matter in the grand scheme of life.