Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Alright my lovelies, this week the challenge is Change, or more importantly a change in process. I actually really like this challenge, it brought to mind so many wonderful memories and I’m so happy to relive them and share them with you 😀

First, one enormous change just this past year was the wedding of my awesome Bestie to her awesome husband (my Bestie-in-Law as we’ve dubbed one another) earlier this year. In truth, I found the idea of her getting married just as terrifying as I did exciting. I mean, what if our friendship changed? What if he and I didn’t get along (which was a silly fear considering I already thought of him as a great addition to our group lol)? But then, how could I not be happy and excited for one of my most favorite people on the Earth marrying the man who made her happy? And in the end, their marriage did change things, she and he moved further away (a mere hour and a half, but still, no more random visits) and I gained a wonderful Bestie-in-Law, so like in all things, it was a give and take. But ultimately, this change was a thrilling experience — even the scary bits — and I love the results! Besides, I was one awesome Maid of Honor, if I do say so myself.

And I do.


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And there’s also the fabulous new addition we have to our family this year, my cousin had her first baby a few months ago and I was so thrilled to welcome the first of the next generation of our family into the world! He’s a wonderful, adorable, and downright cute as all get out, change in progress!

Here’s a little picture I snapped at his baby shower:


And of course, one of the biggest changes of my life was the adventure that was my years spent at FSU 😀

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Any changes in your life my lovelies? Let me know in the comments 😀

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

It’s that time again my lovelies and this time the challenge is Minimalist! So here we go 😀

This little guy was crawling across some steps one day and I thought he was just too cute with his unbelievable bright orange shell!

Marmaduke snail

We ended up naming him Marmaduke Phteven Sunrise (and that’s what happens when you ask three vastly different people to agree upon a name lol).


And just a day or two later I stumbled upon the cutest heart shaped leaf sitting there waiting for me…and it was orange! Have you guessed yet that orange is a favorite color of mine?


In other news: I’m writing up a storm for NaNo, though I’m about 1200 words behind since I took the day off a few days ago, but I needed a chance to chill and collect my thoughts. I’ll catch up eventually (hopefully this weekend). I try to write for a few hours everyday but even when I’m on a roll, I’m far from a fast writer (especially when my brother decides NaNo month is the perfect time to watch Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and all my other favorite movies! I mean come on, this is the perfect time to watch all the Fast and Furious films or something, but not my movies!!!) 😀

By Heart

I was skimming through my reader this morning my lovelies when I saw today’s daily post asking for a poem or song lyric that I know from heart and immediately one of my all-time favorite poems came to mind. Dismissing all the song lyrics that followed it 😀 I knew I wanted to post the poem because I’ve loved it since high school and the imagery in it always makes me sigh. It’s evocative, beautiful, and deceptively simple…

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Written by Robert Frost.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

This weeks challenge my lovelies is Descent — which is not exactly what I thought it would be considering the challenge was issued on Halloween, but I don’t pick the challenges lol! Now living in Florida, descent-themed pictures are not readily available, we don’t have cute mountains or hills to helps us here (unless you go North and surprisingly I don’t have any pictures of hills from my FSU days lol!) and in didn’t feel like standing at the top of a bridge or skyscraper — mostly because I turn into a human-sized bowl of jelly when I get more than a foot off the ground — so these pictures will be height related-ish lol!

First up is one of my new pictures from my Bestie Weekend, taken at the Fort:


Next is another new picture, of a well discovered during on of the many archeological digs always happening around the St. Augustine area — one of the hazards and glories of living in the Nations Oldest City! The well’s been encased in what I guess is a very thick glass that you can actually walk on and is in the courtyard of a school building downtown. If you look very closely, you can see some unearthed artifacts that I’m pretty sure were found around the city and placed there for an awesome effect, but it looked amazing in person:


And finally here’s one I managed to find at the last minute of me at FSU after all!!! Miracles do happen people 😀

Me at FSU

And on a side note: I’m right on track NaNo wise, though no one can call me an overachiever lol! One of my writing buddies has over ten thousand words already and I have to keep reminding myself I’m better under pressure and that my word count will pick up the closer to the end of the month that we get. And I’ll be posting more of the Ratha story either later today or tomorrow, but a warning: things get very dark for a bit before picking back up. I give you a glimpse in to the marriages of the three friends and for two of them, things are about as bad as they can be, so just that keep in mind for the next post or two.


So Harry Potter, Aslan, Aragorn, and I…

Yesterday’s Daily Prompt caught my attention my lovelies and even though I’m a day late, I just had to write up a post for it! You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there. See what I mean, it’s just too good to pass up! But deciding on just one movie is pure craziness — I mean right?! — so I have a few (and one TV series that still totally counts) that I’d like to spend a lifetime day in.

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So in no particular order, here are my top picks:

1) Harry Potter (the whole series because again, picking just one would amount to unimaginable craziness) — Stepping into this series (movie or book) I would instantly make sure that I became the fourth bestie of the Dream Team, maybe I could be Harry’s long lost cousin from America (I think it could work). I’d get my own wand, learn a few spells, explore Hogwarts to my heart’s content (which will take a lot longer than one day but that’s beside the point), and hug all of my favorite characters. I’m looking at you Sirius Black. Then I’d have a serious (lol) heart to heart with Snape, tell the Weasleys how much I love them, and ask McGonagall how she became such a bada**!

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2) Narnia (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe/ Prince Caspian) — I’d hug Aslan. Nuff said.

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3) The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit — Why yes I am combining all of those movies together, how nice of you to notice! Ok, first of all I’d go and give Samwise a hug, because really he freaking deserves it (and wow I just realized I plan on hugging ALOT of people…). Next stop is Rohan (where I like to think Faramir and Eowyn are living) for a nice chat and to check if Eomer needs a Queen because I am completely available and qualified for that role in life. Really. Queen Tara has a nice ring to it don’t you think? And after stopping in Gondor to visit Aragorn and Arwen I’d go back in time and chill with Gandalf, wink beckoningly at Thorin, and subtly maneuver Tauriel out of the equation because if Kili has a thing for tall women I am pretty much perfect for him.

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And finally…

4) Downton Abbey — I would warn Matthew not to get in that freaking car!!! And tell them to take Sybil to the hospital ASAP!!! I’d slap Strallan for being an idiot, go dancing with Rose, and then I’d take tea in the library with the Dowager, the Countess, Isobel, and the Crawley sisters, thank you Carson.

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What about you my lovelies? What movies would you step into and what would you do? Let me know!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

This week’s photo challenge my lovelies is Refraction, a harder one I think they’ll never find 😉 I finally found some suitable pictures and they’re all from the Suwannee Dining room at FSU, aka my food-based home away from home 😀


I’ll never forget walking in there for the first time during Orientation. I was flat-out exhausted and so terrified/excited for the coming years and  not really paying too much attention to either the food or the décor, but my dad just kept staring and turning around in his seat like a nutter before finally saying “Tara, it’s just like Hogwarts! You get to eat in Hogwarts everyday!”


So yeah, I totally went to Hogwarts…


To eat anyway!


Escaping Into Books

Hello my lovelies, I hope y’all had a great firework-filled Independence Day yesterday! Mine was comprised of chili cheese dogs, sweet tea, and movies with the family (National Treasure anyone!) 😀
I’m sorry I haven’t posted the last two months, *sheepish grin* it’s mostly due to sheer laziness I admit, but I have been reading up a storm, so that’s what I’m going to blame it on, lol. From Nora Roberts to Diana Gabaldon to Melissa de la Cruz, I’ve been immersed in exotic locations with sexy characters, danger, romance, and magic (which is not a bad way to spend two months, you have to admit)! But all that aside, it’s time to get back to regular posting, so expect some goodies next week 😀
Now before I go for today, I have to say a big thank you to the Daily Post and it’s bloggers for showcasing my 50 Word Challenge entry alongside some awesome others. It truely made my day and I promptly ran around my house and told everyone how excited I was! So thank you!!!



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