My Awesomely Random Life (and Everything in Between)


It’s no joke, guys.

It takes serious teamwork, timing, and trust, but building a stack of pancakes that looks just like the picture on the front of the box can be one of the most rewarding breakfast experiences of yo’ life! Here’s how you can make the magic happen:

1. Assemble a team. you’ll need a cook, a condimenter, and a table-seter. The cook should be an early riser and a self-starter. They need to have the skill and the confidence required to make breakfast for a group of people, as well as a basic understanding of what a circle looks like. Your condimenter needs to understand the value of real butter and decent maples syrup (and where to find them). A valid driver’s license and four wheels may be necessary here. Lastly, there’s the table-setter. prior experience is mandatory. Also, an added bonus (but not a deal-breaker) is the ability to fold napkins into nice triangle or swans.

2. Night-before prep work. Yes, the show begins the night before “P” day. The condimenter needs to make sure that all of the key ingredients are in the house. Is there enough powder in the pancake box? is the tap water running okay? How about the syrup and butter? If necessary, make a list and hit up the closest grocery store before it closes. The last thing we want to find out the next morning is that something’s missing. Plus, nobody will sleep well knowing that there could possibly be a crucial character missing from the cast.

3. Rest up. It doesn’t matter what time you go to sleep. Just make sure that you squeeze enough solid hours of golden slumbers in there to power up the [orange] juices and get the engine revving the next morning. Remember: groggy kitchen work is sloppy kitchen work. Nobody likes an oblong or burnt or overly-mushy flapjack.

4. Wake up and get down to pancakes. Showtime! Now it’s the cook’s time to shine. This job is not for the weak minded. No, sir. The cook must first set the oven to a low temperature because that’s going to be the holding tank until a full stack of pancakes is ready. This isn’t going to be one of those ‘Got a fresh one of the frying pan–who wants it?’ type of days. The is the slow building crescendo towards a massive stack of pancakes. Let’s not forget that. Once we’ve got the oven set low, the cook starts doing their thing–tying their hair into a bandana if necessary, getting the frying pan warmed up and mixing the batter. The cook must be able to sacrifice their own rumbling stomach for the group of the group. There can be NO breaks until the full stack of pancakes is cooked, kept warm and ready to serve. The table-setter must be busy here too, pulling out the silverware, laying out the plates, and folding napkins. And rounding out this majestic circus-like performance is the condimenter who is busy pouring juice and jigsawing perfect squares of butter.

Team, remember wheat we’re playing for here: a towering stack of hot, fluffy pancakes drizzled with sweet, slow-moving syrup, delicately topped with a thick, perfectly melting square of butter.

Yes, it takes a bit of time.

Yes, it takes real effort.

And yes, you will require a solid lineup of team players who never take their eyes off the end goal. But what could be more fun on a weekend morning than creating your own stack of pancakes that looks just like the front of the box?

(Hint: Nothing.)


In the Eyes of a Bookworm…

Well hello there, friends! And a very happy hump day!

So as you all know by now, I am a bookworm to the umpteenth degree.

Actually, I’m more of a booksnake, bookpython, book-biggest-form-of-a-worm-like-creature-there-is.

I live, eat, breath [and smell] books.

Now there are many people out there who just so happen to share my affinity obsession with all things books.

You cannot leave a second-hand book store without buying 3 or 4 or 10 of your favorite reads.

You think the library is the greatest thing since BEFORE sliced bread.

Your idea of a wild and crazy Friday night is spending it curled up on your favorite, comfy chair, binge-reading the latest best-seller IN your Dr. Seuss pajamas.

You get me.

You feel me.

But there are also many people (those who shall not be named) who sadly do not get goosepimples any and every time they hear that J.K Rowling (aka God) might, just might, be releasing a new HP.**

**Quit playing games with my heart, J.K.**

For those people, it can be hard to relate to the bookworm/snake/python/book-biggest-form-of-a-worm-like-creature-there-is’s reality.

But don’t you worry, guys! I have created a simple and complete guide to help the non-booklover communicate with the bibliophile.

1. Night-in

What it usually means: Sipping a glass bottle of wine and binge-watching Netflix.

What it means to bookworms: Power-reading to your heart’s content.


2. Movie

What it usually means: 90 minutes to sit in the dark and eat popcorn while being entertained by a film.

What it means to bookworms: An enraging 90 minutes of scoffing at a (most likely) inaccurate version of a written masterpiece.


3. Library

What it usually means: A somewhat boring place filled with books. Great for taking quiet naps.

What it means to bookworms: THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH.


4.  Commute

What it usually means: A long, dreadful journey to and from work on public transportation.

What it means to bookworms: A not-long-enough chance to immerse yourself in the pages of faraway lands.


5. Sleep

What it usually means: 6-8 hours spent each night lying down with your eyes closed, resting your brain.

What it means to bookworms: 1-3 hours of resting time in between books… only because you can no longer keep your eyes open.


6.  Garage sale

What it usually means: A place where people sell their unwanted old things.

What it means to bookworms: A treasure trove of awesome books on sale for $1!


7. Dating

What it usually means: Getting to know a potential mate.

What it means to bookworms: Getting to know a potential mate, knowing all along that he’ll never be as good as your book boyfriend.


8.  Work

What it usually means: A boring desk job.

What it means to bookworms: A boring desk job made much more exciting by taking secret reading breaks via the ereader in your lap.


9. Lunch 

What it usually means: An hour break in the middle of the weekday to eat a sad desk salad.

What it means to bookworms: An hour break in the middle of the weekday when you forgo food to try to crush as many chapters as possible.


10. Multi-tasking

What it usually means: The ability to do two things at the same time.

What it means to bookworms: The ability to read while doing something else at the same time. This includes, but is not limited to, cooking, eating, working out, watching TV and walking the dog.


11.  Budget

What it usually means: Imposing a strict spending limit on any items that aren’t considered essential.

What it means to bookworms: Skimping on rent, groceries, and other “necessities” so you have cash to buy that new bestseller.


12. Best friend

What it usually means: A person who loves you, supports you, laughs with you, cries with you, and is always by your side.

What it means to bookworms: Quite simply, a book.


Dr. Seuss was the

It’s Tuesday, which every book nerd knows as the day when new books come out! Amongst today’s newly released titles is (shock! gasp!) a NEW Dr. Seuss book! Yes, I said NEW. Seuss biographer Charles Cohen (who has conducted, get this, 25,000 hours of research on Seuss over the course of his lifetime) found a bunch of Seuss stories in old issues of Redbook from the 1940s and 1950s that never made it into books. Yes, Redbook used to publish Dr. Seuss stories (I guess instead of meatloaf recipes and weight-loss tips?). Redbook, you’ve got to get back to your roots, yo!

So now Cohen is righting this EGREGIOUS oversight by releasing the book Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories . I’m so excited to find out what a Kwuggerbug is, you guys. SO EXCITED! In the meantime, let’s take a stroll down Seuss memory lane and remember some of the amazing things Seuss said that still inspire me you us today.


Is it crazy that this quote makes me cry a little bit every time I see it? No, not like cry inside, but like there are actual tears on my face right now. Word of advice from one sista to another: Don’t even BOTHER with eyeliner this morning if you are just planning on reading Seuss quotes. Just don’t.  Seuss wasn’t just writing for his pint-sized audience. He was writing for the parents reading his books to their children, reminding everyone that no matter how small they feel, they still matter and still deserve to be treated like they matter. Blast it, I just started crying all over again.


Every time I see this quote I am reminded of all the ways in which I am not actively making the world a better place and then I am properly ashamed. But in a good way.large

Every girl in junior high school needs to write this down on a thousand Post-It notes and stick this quote up all over her bedroom. And bathroom mirror. And locker door.



Look, I totally get it. It can be really easy to forget that you’re off to great places and that today is your day, sometimes it can be hard to believe that your mountain is waiting, sometimes it can be hard to believe that your mountain even EXISTS, but it does. Dr. Seuss said so, and he was right about everything all the time so go on and GET ON YOUR WAY!


Your person is out there. If Thing 1 and Thing 2 could find each other, you can definitely find your soulmate/BFF/whoever that person is you’re looking to share all your mutual weirdness with.


It’s totally fine that you weren’t crowned Miss America; whatever. So you didn’t get a MacArthur Genius Grant this year (or ever), that Academy Award or Nobel Peace Prize is eluding you. Whatever and more whatever; you don’t need those dumb plaques and trophies. Seuss reminds us that you win at the “Being Yourself Contest” EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And NO ORCHESTRA can try to play you offstage when you run a little long with your acceptance speech, not in the “Being Yourself Contest.”

Let’s all take a moment to recognize how transformational, inspirational and down-right amazing Dr. Seuss was, and still is. His books, his characters, his messages of courage and hope and creativity fill our hearts and our minds with utter joy and will continue to do so every time we pick up one of his wonderful stories. I’m looking forward to the day when I can one day sit down with my kiddos, my own little Thing 1 and Thing 2, and share with them the lessons, the laughs and yes, the happy tears that come from cracking open one of Seuss’s books.

But until then, you better believe I will be getting my Seuss on…starting with Horton and the Kwuggerbug.


Question of the day: What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Do you have a favorite quote?

It is not always easy to hold the tender spots of someone who is feeling down. When we love people, it makes our hearts hurt when their hearts hurt, and it can be difficult to determine how they would like to be loved when they are feeling dark. Sometimes the loving comes naturally, because their heart is only sort of achy—nothing a T-Swift song can’t make better. Other times they are buried in a sadness that’s hard to navigate and love through.

Perhaps the greatest part of knowing another human is experiencing life together. Sharing your hearts and genuinely taking care of a relationship that helps you become a better person. Our sad times are some of our most important life lessons, and a good friend, a really genuinely special friend, sticks it out with you through the messed up times that leave us feeling low and lost.

The best thing you can do for a friend is listen and support. Forgive the crankiness that comes with feeling low, and remind them of all the beautiful magical things that make being alive wonderful and strange. Help them see things from a different perspective, and if you haven’t found a way to honor their sadness but still encourage them to ease up on themselves a bit, here are a few gentle suggestions:

1. Remind them they’re not alone.


Life is really, really difficult. And despite having things like used book stores, Netflix, and yoga pants, it can be full of tragedy, sadness, and darkness. This doesn’t mean the darkness wins, or even that it’s more important, it means that we aren’t alone in our determination to feel better and live happily. We all make mistakes, we all stumble around like nervous idiots and we definitely all get down now and again. Remind someone you love to be kind to themselves and not to judge or compare themselves to other people who they perceive are “happier” or “better” than them. Those other people may seem to have “everything” and be so happy and perfect and everything is fine, but they are just as human as the rest of us. Finding the beauty in humanity is so much more rewarding than the dark games of comparison and competition.

2. Play this song. On repeat. And just when you think you’re getting sick of it, play it again.

The music (this song especially) from Hall And Oates just has a way of putting you in a good mood. Just like ice cream and puppies, you cannot not want to turn that frown upside down, put on your dancing shoes and start dancing your troubles away.

3. Honor their feelings


Speaking up can be intimidating. Sometimes we are nervous that our sadness isn’t warranted, when so many horrifically sad circumstances are taking place all around the world. It’s important to remind your loved one that it isn’t criminal to feel sad, regardless of whether or not they think it’s “okay” to feel that way. They are entitled to be sad, to get, like, really, really sad and cry for 24 hours straight. They can put their face in a pillow and scream. Eat a Halloween size bag of Snickers. Do whatever they need to do to get that sadness out. You know what happens to sadness that doesn’t ever get out of your chest? It grows. And grows. And grows. Until one day your heart and lungs live in a river inside your body of sadness you didn’t let go of. Being sad isn’t weak. Crying isn’t weak. Everyone should own their feelings, and watch how much easier it becomes to let go of some of those darker ones.

4. Share this video. On repeat. And just when you think you’re getting sick of it, watch it again.

This woman rocks. I promise, she helps!

5. Offer to help them make a list of everything they like


They shouldn’t over-think it too much, but instead, just sit down and write down anything that comes to mind. They should do it until they start to feel that little lift gratitude brings to a heavy heart. Here are some things that just make me happy.

  • Putting on warm clothes right out of the dryer on a cold, winter day
  • Freshly-baked cookies
  • Opening day of baseball season
  • A good belly laugh
  • Spending time with my crazy family and even crazier friends
  • Fall
  • Cold sheets
  • Vanilla cupcake-scented shampoo
  • Puppies
  • Good hugs
  • Cookie dough ice cream
  • Reading
  • Singing

Passing through the town of sadness is healthy and part of being alive, just make sure you or your loved ones don’t move into that town. None of us are broken. Stretch out those sad muscles and start reminding yourself and your loved ones of how many things are right there in front of us to embrace, enjoy and love.

On a side note, I wanted to send a big thank you to all of you who have helped me pass on threw that town of Bummerville these past few days. As most of you know, I had a huge interview a few weeks ago and while I was excited about the possibility of fulfilling a dream of mine, it just wasn’t meant to be. Even though I wasn’t offered the job, I am NOT going to let that get me down. I actually have an interview this afternoon for a full-time Librarian position at a public library, the same library in fact that offered me the a library assistant position when I first moved out to Colorado (I had to make the very, VERY hard decision to turn it down due to financial reasons). I’m not a big believer in signs, BUT THIS IS A TOTAL SIGN, RIGHT?!

I fully intend to knock their socks (and shoes) off in this interview.

Whether I get this job or not, I know that there is something out there that is perfect for me. The Lord has something up his sleeve for me (at times, I really wish he would just put on a tank-top already and let me see that plan of his) and I just have to have faith and patience that it will all work out. I also know that I have some of the best friends and family a girl could ask for, knowing how to cheer me up and get me awkwardly dancing to You Make My Dreams Comes True at just the right moments.

With a fantabulous support system like that, you know that everything little thing’s gonna be alright ;)

Thank you!

Friday Fav’s

Happy (snowy?!?!?!) Friday, everyone!


This happened.


And I’m about to crawl into a ball under my desk and cry.

Yes, it’s only a dusting of the fluffy white stuff, and it will probably be gone by noon, BUT IT’S STILL SUMMER!!! It’s not supposed to snow WHEN IT’S STILL SUMMER!!!!

On the bright side (because I always try to find a silver lining, even when the lining is dusted with SNOW), it gave me a chance last night to break out my crockpot for the first time in a good while to make some delicioso white-chicken chili AND I got to wear my new looks-almost-like-real-leather-and-is-so-super-cute-jacket to work today. So I guess this chilly precipitation surprise wasn’t ALL bad (just some of the bad).

In other non-snow related news, I still, STILL haven’t heard back from the school I interviewed with for that Librarian position, and I’m still, STILL going bonkers over not knowing, but I still, STILL have faith that everything will work out. And no news is good news, right?


I actually had another interview for a position at a public library this past Tuesday and have another one for another position at another public library this coming Monday. The interviews really seem to be coming in now which is soooooo incredibly exciting! I just hope that one of them sticks.

But like my grandma always said, you can’t spend your time worrying about something that is out of your control. So, I’m going to put on my big-girl-non-worrying panties and I’m going to have one heck of a weekend! Tomorrow I’m going to watch one of my friends kick some bootay at his la crosse game and then on Sunday, I’ll be cheeseheading on over to one of Denver’s most famous Packer bars, Swanky’s (yes, I said Green Bay Packers bar IN DENVER–they are America’s team, after all)  with a friend to hopefully see them kick some bootay as well. And you know I’m all about that bass those cheesecurds.

I hope that you guys have an amazing snow-free weekend full of fun and hijinks and in the mean time, feel free to check out my favorite finds from around the web and more in the week’s edition of Friday Fav’s :)

Favorite indulge: 7 Layer Cookies a la Mode. Are you KIDDING me! I think one bite of this luscious, indulgent dessert would send me straight into a blissful sugar coma!

Favorite funky fashion find: Library card socks?! Check these out (pun intended). Sooooo super cute, right?! I spend way too many hours on the Out of Print website, drooling over their booknerd clothing and accessories and have probably spent way tooo much moola stocking my closet with all of their amazing booknerd clothing and accessories, but can you blame me? Plus, it’s a librarian’s prerogative ;)


Favorite pooch: I think I can, I think I can…just one more step. Adorbs.


Favorite slurp: Crock Pot Minestrone Soup. Hearty, flavorful, AND made in a crock pot. Perfect on those, ahem, snowy September days. What’s not to love?

Favorite find (maybe ever): Pinstrosity. I have been in the weirdest mood this week – laughing like an insane person at things I would normally just maybe chuckle at (case in point – I laughed ’til I cried watching Jimmy Fallon YouTube videos this week at work, which isn’t that hard to do in all actuality. I think this whole waiting this is getting the best of me.) Anyways, that said, I laughed at this website, where people submit failed attempts at projects or recipes found on Pinterest, until I could no longer breathe. Maybe it’s really not that funny, but I think it is. Wait ’til you get to the stacked children photo attempt. JUST WAIT.

Favorite funny. See above re: weird mood. I just thought this was absolutely hilarious. Rebel baby polar bear – whee!

Favorite wake-me-up: French Toast Dumplings. I cannot imagine how insane these gooey, sweet dumplings taste. Holy cow!

Favorite place: Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Seriously the coolest.


Favorite tip: How To Style a Bookcase. Seems so simple, but yes, I DO need a tutorial for this kind of thing!

And I have to end on a sweet note….

Favorite sweet: White Chocolate Brownies. Cannot get over the gooey factor. These look like they’d melt in your mouth!

Adulthood 101


Five years removed from college (plus 4 months from grad school), and inching increasingly closer to the big 3-0 status, I find myself contemplating what it means to be an adult. Sure, I’ve been one for 9 years based on technicality alone, but I still don’t always (re: never) feel like an adult. At my age, everyone expects you to handle all the things life throws at you in a grown-up matter. That means no crying and no calling your mom, and I frequently fail on both accounts. I think I’ll always be fuzzy on what exactly constitutes adulthood; all I know is that I was inadequately prepared for it.

There are probably a lot of places and people to blame for my deficiency at adulthood, but today I’m putting the onus on college. All of my classes were certainly helpful in creating my academic background. (Except for that two-credit Design 1 class. You know who you are. You know what you did) I don’t regret taking them, necessarily. What I do regret is not having some “here’s how to survive after college” classes. How much better at life would we all be if, in addition to our general education and major specific classes, we were required to take a few credits that ensured our success in the “real world?”

Once I graduated and realized that my life was no longer situated around schooling (as it had been for the previous 16 years), there was definitely an “uh-oh” moment. I still feel like a fish flopping around on dry land sometimes. Maybe if I’d had a couple of these classes under my belt, I wouldn’t have had so many crisis moments in my twenties. Here are just a few of my dream courses.

1.  Financial Responsibility 101

You may have been able to live off ramen noodles and beer back in your dorm days of college, but once you’re working and salaried you’ll have to figure out a much more feasible budget. Loans, bills, groceries, and all the stupid stuff that inevitably breaks when it’s least convenient: you’re paying for it by yourself now and you’d best be ready. Your credit score is no longer a mythical entity. This course will teach budgeting basics, strategies to not buy everything you see at Target, and ways to maybe save some of that hard-earned cash.

Andy Dwyer reaction

2.  Living Alone: How to Build IKEA Furniture by Yourself and Other Problems

Fun fact: living alone sounds enticing. No roommates, no arguments, no worrying about your noise level or general state of mess. While it seems wonderful, living by yourself can pose many problems to the newly-graduated student or single gal/dude. In this class, you will learn how to problem-solve troublesome situations, such as putting together furniture meant for two to build, killing all the bugs and other creepy-crawlies because you’re the only one who can, and ordering pizza without the delivery person judging you. Prepare to be empowered!

3.  Retirement, Insurance, and Taxes, Oh My!

You know all those conversations about 401Ks and health care reimbursements your parents have, and how you’ve ignored them all these years? Well, it’s time to start paying attention. Soon-to-be or newly employed peeps such as yourself will need to understand all of these things in great detail or you will screw yourself over later in your career and life. Don’t expect your place of employment to explain the details to you. Instead, we will teach you how to file and submit the massive amounts of paperwork needed for health insurance and the like. You’ll be bored to tears, oh yes, you’ll be bored to tears, but you’ll be prepared (said in Scar from the Lion King’s voice).

4.  When Bad Cars Happen to Good People

It happens when you least expect it: the car you’ve been driving since high school, your baby, starts falling apart. First it might be a brake pad here, a tail light there, but soon there’s smoke coming from the engine and you’re stranded on the side of the road in the Middle-of-Nowhere, USA. Instead, take this class to learn the basic vocabulary to communicate with your mechanic (or to not get taken advantage of, because that’s a fun thing that happens). You’ll also learn who to call first in case of an emergency and also how to change a tire and your oil. I was lucky enough to have a dad who engrained in me the importance of knowing how to take care of das auto, so I do know how to chance my oil, jumpstart a dead battery, check my tire pressure, etc. But it would be darn nice to know how to take care of the other mechanically-thingy-ma-bobs (technical term).

Owning a car is stressful, but this class might help you not have to call your parents in tears all the time.

little miss sunshine van

5.  Out of the Sandbox: Strategies for Making Friends as an Adult**

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an introvert at a new job, in a new city, will have a hard time making friends. In fact, it might be very easy to stay in your apartment forever with your Netflix and ice cream and cats, but everyone eventually needs some social interaction. This class will help you gain the confidence to make new friends outside of a school setting. You will learn strategies in small talk, identifying like-minded people (hint: if you hate the same things, ta da! You’re friends), and how to avoid the mean girls/boys of the workplace.

**Note: Do not be alarmed. There are no ice-breaker games or awkward social interactions required in this course.

6. Communication and Negotiation: Yes, You Have to Make That Phone Call

It sounds terrifying, we know, but you are now the one who has to make that phone call to your cable company (no, you don’t want to bundle your package, for the thousandth time!). You are now the one who has to deal with your landlord when they won’t come fix your broken toilet. You are the one who has to have a meeting with your bank when you’re trying to get a loan. None of this is a walk in the park, and you will feel like you want to vomit every time (that actually never quite goes away); however, we can offer you skills to reduce conflict and be the most effective communicator and negotiator you can be. Don’t find yourself yelling at the cable company representative yet again: learn to communicate like a pro!

Liz Lemon phone


Lately I’ve been learning that try as you may, life will always hold more questions than answers. I feel like everyday, whether we acknowledge it or not, all of us feel a quiet uncertainty rumbling inside of ourselves. Who am I? Why am I here? Am I a good person? Who ate the last of my Pringles? Frustrating as that is I really think it’s better that way.

Life is not meant to be answered in one fell swoop, and thank goodness too. I don’t know about you, but I get bored extremely easily. One project finished, and immediately I’m onto the next one. That’s just the way I work. But much to my dismay life won’t seem to let me take any shortcuts. In life there seems to be only one answer to all of my questions — patience.

Darn it all to Reese’s Pieces.

Patience isn’t really what anyone wants to hear. But luckily the big man upstairs is smarter than us, and patience is the only way to find any answers worth having.

For posterity’s sake here are a few questions I still have a 27:

1. What is it like to be in love? Am I’m not just talking about the new Pumpkin Spice Oreos that just hit shelves.

2. Will I ever be able to do the one thing career-wise that makes my heart smile? (I’m still, STILL waiting to hear back from the school about that library position I interviewed for. Gjnflerkjewmfsmf!! Patience, Wendi. Patience.)

3. What in tarnation is a 401k?

4. Does Beyoncé wake up every morning and think “Damn, I’m Beyoncé… sweet!”

5. When will I live in a house that has a laundry machine, dishwasher, and central air again? And why did I not value this more in my youth?

6. Will humans ever go to space?

7. Are we born as ourselves, and then spend our lives trying to figure out who we “really are?” Or do we gain taste as we grow up and become who we want to be?

8. Am I going to be single forever?

9. Are the Brewers EVER going to go to the World Series [in my lifetime]?! *crosses fingers*

Faith is believing that the answers to these, and other questions that you might have, will be answered one day. And not only just answered, but that they will be done so in a way that exceeds any and all expectations.

Just like those Pumpkin Spice Oreos.

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