I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. It’s because I’ve been busy revising my book and working on essays I am attempting to publish elsewhere. (I’ve had to keep these private for now because some publications have a rule that you can’t submit anything that’s already been published on your blog- blegh!)

So instead of a regular post today, I have decided to give you a virtual tour of some of the pretty things in my life. Enjoy!

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^I HAD to buy these earrings when I saw them. They cost more than I would normally spend on earrings, but I justified it by declaring that I will wear them to my wedding someday.

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^My growing robot collection.

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^I have been devouring strawberries like crazy lately. Last week I ate three boxes in three days.

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^The Target shower curtain that, as you may recall, meant more to me than the Presidential election.

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^One of my favorite necklaces. Less than $3 at Forever 21.

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^Thrift store punch bowl.

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^My new polka-dotted jeans, which matched my chair at the coffee shop today. It’s the closest I’ve ever been to invisible.

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^New painting for our bedroom wall. I saw it at Gordman’s a couple weeks ago on clearance for $20. I meditated on it and came back two days later and it was on clearance for $9. I love a good deal, if you haven’t noticed.

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^My blue snakeskin laptop-carrier purse is one of my favorite things in my life. It always keeps me in a good mood when I have to go conduct massive pre-admission nursing home assessments at the hospital.

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^I love making photo collages on Snapfish. Doug makes fun of me because I used to give them to him as holiday, anniversary, and birthday presents just so I could have an excuse to make them, until I finally confessed that they were really gifts to MYSELF all along! (“I get to keep it if we break up,” I used to say each time he opened one). This one is made of pictures from our trip out west last summer.

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^Photo collage of our old college campus, Indiana University in Bloomington. I didn’t love college, but the campus was beautiful and it’s significant because it’s where Doug and I met. I took these pictures the last week of my senior year. I gave this to Doug as an “anniversary present,” or something.

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^Self-pedicure

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^Um, best thing ever. These taste just like Thin Mints.

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^My office. I sit at that desk for 40 hours a week and my clients sit in the chair next to it and tell me really sad stories. It’s the sad story chair.

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^Supernovas on my wall.

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^New shoes I just bought. I’ve been really into online shopping lately. Getting fun packages delivered to your doorstep on a weekly basis can be addictive. Except when they get delivered to the post office, and you have to go wait in line forever to pick them up. I don’t like that.

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^My necklace and earring wall. I’m kind of a diva.

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^New shirt I bought while outlet-malling last weekend.

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^My favorite fortune as of late.