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Wichita Falls, surprisingly, has some great little places for coffee. When I first found out I’d be moving here I didn’t have high hopes. I know it was going to be better than Clovis, NM, where we were before, as far as more stores and shopping and just city things in general. But we were still in a smaller city, a few hours from anything major and I just didn’t know what to expect....

By now, you know that Wichita Falls, TX is my new hometown.  Because we'll be here for a few years, because our child will be born here, and because I just want to start "traveling locally" more, I've been spending a lot of time wandering around our town. I've been practicing my photography and because I've put together a good collection of photos I thought I'd share my photo essay of Wichita Falls.  Hopefully I can inspire you to either visit our little town, or to travel around...

It would seem that we’re Texas residents now. I can’t believe we’ve been here almost a year already. While we’ve managed to do a good amount of things in our new state, we have so many left. We have crossed off a few major list items while living in Texas: buying our first home, and having our baby here. But there’s so many travel things we want to do around the state. Luckily we have three more years here so we have plenty of time to cross these...

Before Steve and I were serious, I never even knew what powerlifting was. My gym-going and exercising were mostly jogging and some light weights, or just body weight to stay in shape for soccer. After soccer, I just continued jogging to keep from being completely out of shape.When I got to know more about Steve’s style of working out, I grew more interested in seeing how much I could push my body. I started lifting this way while I was still living in Maryland and Steve was in...

Am I the only one who loves seeing people’s daily routines? Hopefully not, because I’ve made my own A Day in the Life for everyone to enjoy. I found that writing this was a really interesting look at my own day and definitely made me see where I could improve and what ways I could be more productive. I read over some other posts like this from Happy Healthy Mama, Blair Blogs, Gimme Some Oven, and The Balanced Life for inspiration. Take a look at their posts for...

Take a look at the list I’ve put together of things I’ve done here, and a few I have yet to do (but have heard many times they are a must). For more up-to-date info on events in town, check out Choose Wichita Falls, a great resource for finding things to do and keeping yourself from being bored....

Travel apps are a great way to ease the stresses of travel. I've chosen a few of my favorites that I love to use while I'm on the road, and sometimes at home to make life easier. Most of these are free, so they're easy on your wallet. If you're like me and you're attached to your phone, you probably have your own favorite apps. You've probably heard of a few of these, but hopefully I can give you a few new ones to add...

Here's a look at my week of eating. I have eaten these meals many times both during and before pregnancy and I’m sure I’ll continue to eat them after--if I’m not completely sick of them. The only difference in this “pregnancy” week of eating is that I leave out some of my favorite standards like runny eggs (an over easy egg on smashed avocado and toast sounds amazing right now), smoked salmon, soft cheeses, caffeine, and a few other things that aren’t particularly great for a fetus....

Working from home as so many benefits. I can work when (for the most part) and how I want (for the most part).  I can choose to wear pajamas, sit outside with a cat on my lap, take a long lunch, take a nap… whatever. I love that I don’t have to ask someone for the day off, or to leave early on Friday. I don’t have to work around anyone else’s schedule. Except for in a few months when I have this baby—but we’ll talk about that another...

Last week I visited the AWP Conference on behalf of Spalding MFA Program.  In case you didn't know, I am the Editor in Chief of Soaring, the Spalding MFA Alumni Magazine.  It was great to visit with fellow Alumni and faculty that I've spent a lot of time with over the past few years and meet some new people.  Now that I'm home, I wanted to put together my packing list for a writing conference in case any of you are thinking of attending one.  And actually, this isn't...