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nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
Recent Activity
Today is International Scrapbook Day, and I am playing along with the Scrap Gals' iNSD adventures. Welcome to my blog! I have a confession: until I made my layout for iNSD, I hadn't scrapbooked for almost a month! I somehow... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at The English Geek
The day I met Laini Taylor! One of my favorite young adult series to recommend to older teens at the library is Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Actually, forget recommending's one of my favorite young adult... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at The English Geek
Today is my 46th birthday. I definitely don’t love many things about being in my 40s. My uncooperative left eyebrow, for example, which wants to slouch down lower than my right, so I’m always using my forehead muscles to try... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at The English Geek
Today is the 18th, which means it’s time for another edition of 18 on the 18th. Hi Angie! Hi Elizabeth! I’ve decided to not view my failure to manage to take 18 pictures as, indeed, a failure. Instead, I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The English Geek
They mostly aren’t yellow: they’re white, with blue accents and yellow soles. But since I bought them on clearance at Dick’s two years ago, I’ve thought of them as my yellow running shoes. That was also their designation in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The English Geek
Sometimes I write poems about my children, but not so often as I did when they were little. When they were little and everything was miraculous and painfully good, when their precociousness was a sign, when I didn't know yet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at The English Geek
It took me almost a month to finish Tayari Jones's novel An American Marriage, but don't let that fact dissuade you from reading it. It didn't take me a long time to finish because it was disappointing or bad in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The English Geek
Kendell and I were joking yesterday about how, when we’re out hiking, I only have to run faster than him if we come across a hungry bear. This is a longstanding joke of ours, built upon our mutual knowledge of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at The English Geek
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. My paternal grandfather, Arthur Curtis, owned a windshield-repair shop but in his spare time he was an artist; I have one of his landscapes hanging in my basement. He... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago in the scrapbooking Facebook group I belong to, we were talking about style and how it evolves. (That discussion sparked this post.) The discussion made me think about a lot of things, not just my style... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The English Geek
In January of 2018, I read four books and listened to one on audio. I didn’t LOVE everything I read but I enjoyed all of my reading experiences. I’m not sure what happened, though, because in February I finished exactly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at The English Geek
When Haley was a teenager and we'd go shopping together, something magical (to me) would sometimes happen. Actually, it happened quite a lot: She'd come across a skirt, or a shirt, or a book cover, or a pretty dish, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at The English Geek
I had a goal this month to join Angie and Elizabeth on Project 18. I think it's a great project for capturing everyday moments and the little details that slip our memory so quickly. Remember last month? When I took... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at The English Geek
Last weekend, I ran into a local burrito shop to grab some dinner. The TV mounted in the corner of the restaurant was turned to a sports channel; I barely glanced at it, and then I glanced again. It wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at The English Geek
Today is International Women’s Day. I’ve written several posts on my blog about women who’ve inspired and influenced me. Today I thought I’d get specific, as I woke up thinking about Audre Lorde (as yes, one does when one is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at The English Geek
In my Skirt Sports' ambassador group, we've been having fun with poems about skirts. THIS is the original poem ( on that link and watch the video, it is hilarious). Since you know I'm all about the poetry, AND I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at The English Geek
(I meant to post this last night; instead I helped Nathan study for a history test, hung up laundry, and then crashed! So, a Sunday thought on a Monday morning.) Yesterday was my Sunday to teach gospel doctrine. When I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The English Geek
Last night, I went to Kaleb’s junior high choir concert. I got there about ten minutes before the singing started, and I indulged in a little bit of people watching. Two women in the row I was sitting in were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at The English Geek
I’ve sat with my fingers hovering over the keyboard, a hot beverage next to me, for at least five minutes. Wanting to write something. Anything. Knowing I could play it easy by writing a “currently” list. As in, currently I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at The English Geek
It snowed! I mean…I’m always excited when it snows. But this winter, when we’ve literally only had TWO small snow storms? This winter, I am excited for snow. Still, when it started snowing last night, I did not get my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at The English Geek
My friends Elizabeth Dillow and Angie Lucas are doing an Instagram challenge: take 18 photos on the 18th of each month in 2018. I totally missed it in January, but wanted to play along in February. Was determined to play... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at The English Geek
Yesterday was my 26th wedding anniversary. Twenty six years…I’ve been married for much more than half my life. Sometimes my marriage has been difficult, sometimes fantastic, which I think is typical of most marriages. I don’t think it is ever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The English Geek
In my life, I tend to figure out things by writing about them. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but for me, writing is a thinking process (as well as a form of therapy sometimes): I start with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at The English Geek
The end of 2016 and the winter of 2017 were really, really rough months for me. Many things in my psyche—my way of seeing myself, my belief in myself as a good, decent person, my faith in my ability to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The English Geek
I don’t have many memories of going to church as a child, mostly because we almost never went, but the ones I do have are fairly vivid. During one of the stretches we were going to church, I remember sitting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at The English Geek