I feel like I should get a reward for resisting the urge to get tater tots all day.

Know what that reward should be?

Tater tots.

Love this time of year because it means windows are open and the cats are happy and occupied.

Love this time of year because it means windows are open and the cats are happy and occupied.

I will never call myself a ‘cancer survivor’ because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There’s this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become ‘survivors.’ Well, the ones who don’t survive may be just as brave, just as courageous, wonderful people and I don’t feel that I have any leg up on them.

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My darling, you are allowed to fail without being a failure. You are allowed to make mistakes without becoming one. More opportunities will present themselves, you will find hope again.

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today is a good day

  • I just purchased a probably way-too-expensive plane ticket to France for a week in June! It pains me to admit this, but this will be my first time using my passport and I am a healthy combination of excited and terrified.
  • My mom is flying in tonight and staying through Sunday. I cannot wait for her to get here!

Anyone watch Shameless?

I need to discuss that final post-credit scene. I have never screamed so loud at my TV!

Ready for a random night out in Baltimore. Feel a bit like Peter Pan :)

Ready for a random night out in Baltimore. Feel a bit like Peter Pan :)

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you love photos of cats and food), you’ve probably already seen this, so apologies. 
But I got a second tattoo this weekend and I absolutely love it. It’s in my dad’s handwriting. And a fun little quirk about my dad was that he always put periods after “Bob” or “Dad” because he considered them abbreviations of a bigger name. So, I had to pay tribute to something that was so quintessentially him with something that felt right to me - so there’s a tiny little heart on the end.
Super simple. But super in love with it. 
(Also, I should add: If you’re in D.C. and looking for a good tattoo place, I have nothing but positive things to say about Tattoo Paradise. Everyone was so friendly and two of my friends also got tattoos that they equally love with great results.)

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you love photos of cats and food), you’ve probably already seen this, so apologies. 

But I got a second tattoo this weekend and I absolutely love it. It’s in my dad’s handwriting. And a fun little quirk about my dad was that he always put periods after “Bob” or “Dad” because he considered them abbreviations of a bigger name. So, I had to pay tribute to something that was so quintessentially him with something that felt right to me - so there’s a tiny little heart on the end.

Super simple. But super in love with it. 

(Also, I should add: If you’re in D.C. and looking for a good tattoo place, I have nothing but positive things to say about Tattoo Paradise. Everyone was so friendly and two of my friends also got tattoos that they equally love with great results.)

Spending today on the couch with my girl.

Spending today on the couch with my girl.

This was necessary tonight. #halfsmoke #goodfood (at Ben’s Chili Bowl)

This was necessary tonight. #halfsmoke #goodfood (at Ben’s Chili Bowl)

I haven’t done one of these in forever, so I think it’s important to note: 
1) The majority of my wardrobe is either: lace, navy, cream, or yellow lately
2) I may have an addiction to purchasing lipstick (this is my latest obsession)
3) This mirror is incredibly dirty, which is unacceptable considering I did major cleaning last weekend.
That’s all. Happy Friday!
[cardigan: LOFT | top: Gap Outlet | jeans: Old Navy | shoes: Forever 21]

I haven’t done one of these in forever, so I think it’s important to note: 

1) The majority of my wardrobe is either: lace, navy, cream, or yellow lately

2) I may have an addiction to purchasing lipstick (this is my latest obsession)

3) This mirror is incredibly dirty, which is unacceptable considering I did major cleaning last weekend.

That’s all. Happy Friday!

[cardigan: LOFT | top: Gap Outlet | jeans: Old Navy | shoes: Forever 21]

crowdsourcing Paris

Hi friends! Particularly if you’re a friend who has been to/knows things about Paris.

If one was going to be there for two or so days, where would you recommend staying to get the most bang in that short amount of time? Is there a particular arrondissement that is most centrally located for many fun things? I’m trying to remember what little I can from high school and college French classes, but am having trouble. Would love some insight! Particularly because it is likely I will be traveling there alone (before heading down to Marseilles to meet up with a friend for the remainder of my travel).

And if you have any hotel/hostel/airbnb recs, that would also be appreciated!

this gif accurately reflects how i feel today this week.

this gif accurately reflects how i feel today this week.

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happy little things

  • little wet pawprints on my floor because a curious cat always likes to jump into the shower after i’m done and lick the wet walls
  • dancing around my living room to stevie wonder (sir duke, if you must know) while brushing my teeth in the morning
  • clean countertops, clean baseboards, clean floors, bags of clothes and other things waiting to be donated
  • the burning of a favorite candle
  • twinkle lights strung across my bed’s headboard
  • snuggling up with a favorite blanket
  • pistachio gelato
  • late-night ihop pancakes and conversations
  • morning and evening calls with my mom every day

learning to find joy in the smallest of things is truly the best way to ensure growing happiness. 

Today he would have been 65. 

All I can say is that it still really sucks. 

And he is missed so, so, so much.

NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY

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