Dear New Teacher

Dear New Teacher, School is almost here, but I don’t have to tell you that. You’re busy making last minute preparations: gluing, cutting, copying, and taping. You’ve picked out your first day of school outfit (or maybe you’re still sorting through multiple options). You’re rehearsing what you will say as you greet your students and stand before 25, 30, or possibly 35 pairs of eyes. … Continue reading Dear New Teacher

Baby Got Back 2 [Bulgaria Part 2]

After a whirlwind trip to Belgium, I boarded a plane to return to Sofia. Upon landing and making it through border security in the midst of a stag party (which was more difficult than the security process itself), I ordered a taxi and went straight to the bus station. The taxi ordering fella didn’t even switch to English for me. Score. Upon getting to the bus … Continue reading Baby Got Back 2 [Bulgaria Part 2]


When thinking about my trip to Bulgaria, I figured that if I was going to travel all the way to Europe then I should at least see another country. I debated on revisiting a place I loved or checking off a new place. Belgium came to mind when I realized a sorority sister, Kaelyn, was teaching in Brussels. A little research revealed inexpensive flight options, … Continue reading Belgium

Baby Got Back

Ok, to be grammatically correct, “Baby returned.” And by “baby” I mean myself–not a term I or anyone else regularly uses to describe me (thankfully). I digress. I returned to Bulgaria as soon as I could after school ended. I didn’t even get to finish my “end of the school year” blog before jumping into the adventures of this week. I am torn on what … Continue reading Baby Got Back


As I sit at the dining room table to compose this blog post, I’m wearing obnoxiously fuzzy, pink slippers gifted to me when I was a bridesmaid last year while Yo-Yo Ma’s Six Evolutions-Bach is plays in the background. To my left is a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, and in the distance to the right are all the … Continue reading Dreams

Will January Be Too Cold for Pool Noodles?

I haven’t written since… October? I couldn’t even tell you. Wait, I just checked. September. I haven’t written in almost 3 months. I have missed writing. I have missed writing. I have missed writing. Hey, did you know I missed writing? There have been ideas for posts over the last few months, but I haven’t had a moment to stop and dedicate the time (or … Continue reading Will January Be Too Cold for Pool Noodles?