Tales of Christmas Woe // wisdom for the new year

‘Twas the night before Christmas, And due to a delay, Every Baran was wailing— Even the INTJ.   And that is as far as my poetic abilities extend. But no, it’s true. Most people think of Christmas Eve as a night of laughter and joy and glad tidings spread throughout the holly-decked halls. My Christmas …

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The Escapades of Integrating Oneself into a New Church

Hello, folks, and welcome this Thursday's broadcast by yours truly. I think it's high time for another Awkward Adventure of an Abnormal American. Buckle up. We all recognize that I’m shy, nerdy, and hard to get to know. Apart from my awkward (and usually bizarre) social behavior, I state my lack of people-skills ten times …

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Of Beaches and Bunkers: A Week By the Ocean

*returns from the dead* Well hello, my lovelies! I've been gone for... *counts on fingers* Yeah, let's not figure out how long I've been gone. Last week, my internet became so incredibly slow that WordPress decided to throw in the towel and stop cooperating. The week before that... Well, while you guys were waiting patiently …

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Bedrooms, British Flats, and a Book Dragon’s Lair // a dysfunctional bedroom tour

Newsflash: I'm not on top of things. I know, I know, that's such a shock. [insert disinterest blinking here] Seeing as I'm not on top of things, this week found me scrambling last minute to provide something interesting to post about. (Which, at this point, isn't much of a rarity.) So I sat down and …

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The Return of the Blogger (and some long and mostly boring obligatory life updates)

Aaaaand she's back! Really!! This is not another trick!!! *confetti and fireworks and glitter even though no one will ever believe me ever again* I told you it wouldn't be long before I returned from my hiatus, and lo and behold, here I am, bringing sarcasm and glitter in my wake. You guys are troopers. …

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The Enigmas of an Introvert’s Notebook

Writers are an odd lot. Yes, I know, statement of the century. But seriously. We wander around graveyards with the express purpose of stealing dead people's names, space out of conversations to contemplate which innocent character we're going to murder next, and hurt ourselves on purpose so we can "know what it feels like". (At …

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