• Life,  Lists,  Travel

    July/August Wrap-Up and September Goals

    The last two months have been just an absolute whirlwind. There’s some pretty big and significant life-changes that have been going on behind the scenes here at Magpie over the last few weeks that have been simultaneously super-exciting, and absolutely terrifying. I won’t say too much about it all on here until all is said and done, and everything is finalized, but it has certainly contributed to the overall chaos that has been the last two months. As a result of everything that’s been going on, many of the goals that I had originally set for July ended up put on the back-burner for much of the time since I…

  • Book Love,  Life,  Lists,  Travel

    June Wrap-Up and July Goals

    Ah, another month gone, another goals wrap-up post – and June did NOT go as smoothly in terms of goals as I hoped it would. That said, it wasn’t quite the total failure that it could have been. So how’d I do? Well, June was a strange one this year. I spent the first two and a half weeks rush rush rushing to clean, and prep classes, and run errands, and catch up on everything I always let go during the semester when I’m working 14-18 hour days all week. And then the last week and a half I did, well, nothing. Positively nothing but read, and eat, and travel.…

  • Book Love,  Life,  Nerdery,  Travel

    For the Last Week…

    If you follow my instagram you may have noticed that my last two photos have been a little… unseasonal looking? Considering I hail from Northeastern Pennsylvania and the place has been cold and grey and snowy for the last month or so, my photos definitely may have seemed a little out of place. Well, that’s because I spent the last week in Florida at Disney World! I’ve always had a soft spot for Disney, and had never gotten a chance to visit as a kid, as when we were saving as a family for a trip, in the end we decided that putting in a pool would be a better…

  • Jewelry,  Life,  Purchases,  Travel

    Arts on the Square

    Saturday me and the boys drove down to Scranton (NEPA’s largest major city center) to attend the 2nd annual Arts on the Square, which is essentially a gigantic craft fair that wraps all the way around Scranton’s Courthouse Square. The event is organized by ScrantonMade, a group that does an amazing job promoting the arts in the area and which has made some amazing strides in the last couple years. I hadn’t known about the event before a few weeks ago when my favorite etsy store, Tiny Galaxies (who’s owner I just happen to know and love to pieces – I promise the fact that it’s my favorite is unrelated…

  • Book Love,  History Love,  Photography,  Travel

    FINALLY Finished.

    Today I have some photos from our annual end-of-the-year retreat with the students at the lake property our university owns, and some good news! I FINALLY finished First into Nagasaki. This has become the breaking point for me, and I’ve finally just accepted that I cannot read for pleasure during the semester. It’s simply not possible. This book should have taken me a week max, and instead it took me a whole semester. I think I just have to accept it. That said, the book was a great read. Some amazing insights into Japan post-surrender, and some amazing stories from the POW camps. It can occasionally be a little plodding,…

  • Book Love,  Knitting and Crochet,  Travel

    Another Quick NYC Trip… With a Few Broken Rules

    So I went to NYC last week for two days with my Mom. I never know how to handle these posts about our trips to NYC… my writing about them always seems too “boring vacation photo slide projector presentation.” We live in relatively close proximity to NYC – it’s only about 2-3 hours in depending on the traffic, so NYC visits have become pretty normal for us. We don’t really do any of the sightseeing or excursions or any of the other things that would make good blog fodder anymore. Basically nothing that people would care about. Particularly this trip, which was pretty utilitarian. We went up to see a…

  • Life,  Photography,  Travel

    Quick NYC Trip

    Last week we made a quick day trip up to NYC for a very special occasion: My brother’s senior recital! After 4 long years of toil at the Julliard School, he’s gearing up to graduate, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. The final hurdle (besides finishing spring semester) for a music student is always the senior recital: you put on an entire hour-long concert yourself, and graduation hangs on it going well. Like a giant, public jury. It’s a pretty harrowing experience, even if you’re used to performing. Well, true to form, he did brilliantly. I couldn’t have been prouder of him. He is the most talented person…