Intentions: 2015

IMGP0854 These are not resolutions, but attempts to get my crap together.

Let me be real, I'm not in trouble on any of these fronts, I just need to REEL IT IN a bit.

Let's talk about grocery shopping

Ah god. Groceries are expensive is what I'm learning. However, I'm not doing anything to be more organized on this front. I simply decide what I want to make, go out and buy the stuff. NO. NO. NO.

That is never good for budgeting.

Because I love to organize, I love making lists, and grocery shopping, this shouldn't be hard for me to maintain. I have even made my own meal planning/grocery list printable. I tried to find one online and didn't like anything I saw. If you want to use mine you're welcome to it, a free PDF link is available under the photo.

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FREE printable: yepindeedgrocerylist

Do you all out there have any tips and tricks? It seems like this kind of plagues everyone I know...


I've been wanting to get into Evernote for awhile. I think I might actually stick with it this time. I am in desperate need of one central note-taking spot. I think this is it. 


For example: send more snail mail to those I love.


Because it's not New Year's resolution time without me saying it. Will it happen? Hell no, but I'm going to throw it out there again.

Well. That's all I can commit to at this point.

My NYE plans consist of supper at home: salmon burgers, roasted potatoes from my new cookbooks, and a bottle of champs. Andrew and plan to stay in and watch movies. My kind of night.

Resolutions: 2015

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I'm reeling it in a little bit this year. Giving myself less resolutions with more specific parameters while at the same time looking at the year ahead in a broader sense. So I've decided this into two posts. First up we have my actual resolutions.

1. Little Free Library

We originally wanted to get it up this year, but it didn't happen. I will put up a Little Free Library in 2015! My dad built a great one and I've already registered it so we are well on our way.

If you aren't familiar with the Little Free Library organization, check it out here.

2. Read 52 Books

Almost made it in 2014. 2015, I'm coming for you!

3. Vacation

Not about to give this one any more detail. I would love for Andrew and I to get a big trip in this year.

4. Yin Yoga

I have been piddling with doing 30 minutes of yin yoga in the evening for about a year now. It's changed my practice in many ways. I want to do more of it.

5. Paint upstairs bedrooms

You've seen that paisley up there. Ouch. It's gotta go.

In addition to this list of resolutions, I'm pinning intentions and visions for the year ahead. I've invited many of my favorites around the internet to join me.

Check out our 2015 Vision Board:



2014 in Review

2014-11-22_1416662992 What a year! Feeling very grateful for a wonderful 2014. It will always be the year that we somehow managed to find the perfect house. Every day, Andrew and I still cannot believe this is our house. I really don't think I'll ever get over it.2014-06-25_1403739581

We somehow managed to get these roses under control. 2014-08-02_1406989347This dog ate a lot of things he shouldn't have. 2014-04-12_1397344725

I listened to this album a ton. Oh and this one. Ugh

I've had enough of Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Sarah Koenig, Wes Anderson, Johnny Depp, and Lena Dunham. I'm over it.

This dog got a little bit older and a little bit creakier. 2014-09-10_1410390047This baby was a cutie on the regular. 2014-10-25_1414272182Deleted Facebook. So good.

I turned 30. Gulp.2014-11-21_1416611108This is unsettling. To say the least.

I'm really not sure what to think about it all. These photos do a good job I suppose.

I really hated the Serial podcast. I really loved the Gomers Christmas episodes, discovering the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, The Splendid Table, and America's Test Kitchen Radio. NPR: You're letting me down, on the regular.

I somehow managed to get a few weekends done of my 500hr yoga TT. Looking ahead at the 2015 calendar, there is a possibility I could get several more done. Slowly, but surely.

In just a few days, Alex and Kayla are moving back to Corydon and just down the street!

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Andrew actually smiled and took a picture with me. Little victories.2014-11-30 15.08.59

It was a good one. Looking forward to 2015. The word on the street is that we're in for a rough winter around here. I'm kind of looking forward to it, but also thinking that maybe we should just fast forward to days like this? 2014-09-27 13.14.09


I apologize for the ridiculously random summary of my year. It's just what I felt like writing.

Thanks for reading everyone out there. See you tomorrow for my resolutions!



I'm back

2014-12-26 11.26.28 Whoa. Back from the dead today.

I'm back after a great Christmas and a day of having one of the worst stomach bugs of my life. It was fast, but BRUTAL. I could not do anything but watch romantic comedies.

Looking forward to the next several days off. Aunt Lis in town today, planning on vegging out and watch the UK vs. U of L game later on.

How was your Christmas? Mine was really great...great family, food, gifts, etc.


Merry Christmas


Hope you have a great one! Going to take the rest of this week off from blogging. After consistent (pretty much daily) posting since the beginning of October, I'm feeling the need for a breather. Let us eat, drink, and be merry!

We've got three Christmases to attend in the next two days--should be fun!




OH and whichever wonderful person posted this perfect 12 second clip on YouTube, thank you:

[embed][/embed], nope...45 books in 2014

IMGP0137 I didn't make it....wahhhhhhhh.

I mean, I guess I could read seven books in the next nine days...yeah right!

I'm totally proud of myself for getting to 45--I read a lot of great stuff this year and also some of these were total duds. If any look good to you, just click the image and it will take you to the Amazon listing!

I somehow missed photos of three of them--the list that I keep on Word says 45 and I see a couple of titles I missed on here. Oh well...can't do it all.

Happy reading!

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Today's the last day of work for a couple weeks. Ready to get cozy and get into full holiday mode. Also, the holidays bring on the return of Kaylex + Baby Graham to Kentuckiana! We are more than excited that they are moving back. Proud of my bro!

And even better, they are most likely moving into a house just behind and down from ours! We are truly making the Porter compound happen.


gift guide: books

2013-09-20 15.30.04Christmas is a week out. WHAT!?

Luckily I do have most of my shopping done...just stocking stuffers to pick up at this point. I love giving books as gifts. I especially suggest it if you live in the Louisville area because Carmichael's gift wraps for free with amazing paper selections!

While I might not read as many titles as I'd like each year (52, I will get there one day!), I am a total book news geek. I love to listen to podcasts, read articles and suggestions. This is one of my favorite times of the year for reading because of all the Best of the Year lists.

If you're a sucker for this kind of thing and need new book ideas, immediately click here. The NPR Book Concierge is fantastic.

Here are some books that I think make great gifts.



The Paying Guests  Oh this book. You will not be able to stop. Post WWI, murder, illicit affairs, and excellent writing.

All The Light We Cannot See: A Novel  Again, I couldn't stop. Even though it's ANOTHER WWII story...Seriously, I've had enough!

Euphoria  My favorite book of the year. Short and sweet, but so vivid. Again, affairs abound, only this time throw in 1930s Papua New Guinea. Yep. This is for the adventurous reader.

The Children Act  This is a tentative suggestion. Do not give this to a casual reader, but someone who knows their stuff. It's typical McEwan--full of obsession, moral conflict, and weirdness. Serious readers will appreciate this short novel.

  Some of the funniest, weirdest little stories I've ever read. The one about heaven is worth it alone.


  I confess that I haven't actually read this, but for the technical/science-minded person in your life, this is good. I heard it discussed on NPR...that counts for something right?

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir  A hilarious take on taking care of your dying parents. I know, doesn't sound like a good gift. But it is. SO wonderful.

  For the foodies. Fabulously detailed description of working in contemporary fine dining.

  Because it's impossible to not love her. Especially if you live in Indiana #ParksAndRecForever


Quest Another beautiful, wordless picture book from Aaron Becker. I gushed about Journey last year. This one is equally fabulous.

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog And Instruction Manual Weird, Weird, Weird. And really good.

  Surprisingly deep. Leaves kids puzzled, but has a lot of playful suspense. Fun to read aloud for sure.

  I love me some Chris Van Allsburg. However, this one will rip your heart out. Tread carefully.

  Because you have to include it. It's hype is out of control I know, but it's good.

  Herve Tullet's follow up to Press Here. Not nearly as good, but still fun. Much prettier too.

  You can never go wrong with Kadir Nelson. This is about the sweetest book ever.

  Like a coffee table book for kids. So funny and clever.

There you have it. Happy Holidays!








back when we were friends

image I apologize ahead of time for this post. Excuse me while I feel all the feels.

I recently finished Haruki Murakami's latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His  Years of Pilgrimage. Among other things, this book is about someone who had a very close knit group of friends and this group one day inexplicably shut him out. He met his friends when they were put together as team of volunteers to run after school children's programming. Like many of Murakami's novels, things get a little crazy from there, but that opening premise hit me not just a little, but way too close to home.

After my junior year of college, I took a year off to be a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer. I was randomly placed on team to run after school children's programming in public housing developments. There was a group of us that grew very close. I've never felt better integrated into a group of people so fast. For two years, we had countless costume parties, laughed harder than I ever have before, shared multiple houses in different combinations of roommates, and fell in love with each other.

For that couple of years, I was rarely without them...really, pretty much always with one or more of them.image

I have so many memories with these people. But they're all tainted unfortunately. For the majority of this time, I was seriously dating a member of the group. He was my best friend. But near the end of my senior year, I reluctantly realized that he was not the one for me and that Andrew was. Plain and simple.

Well, he did not take it well and the rest of group saw it as grounds to shut me out. I'll never get it, it will always make me sad and I have yet to get any closure. I have never heard anything ever again from him in particular and this was just a simple, "it's not you, it's me" break-up. I'll never get it. This might all sound a little harsh and of course there are two sides to every story. Directly following the split, I tried numerous times to reach out to them with no luck.


The silver lining in all this? I came through with my girl Tate. She moved to Japan the same time Andrew and I headed to Norway. She has remained one of my dearest friends.

I see a few of these guys every once in awhile, whether it be for weddings or whatnot. Several of them shake their heads in confusion about the others and that makes me feel awkward. I have no clue if any of them read this blog, but if they do, I can't say that I care.

I have album after album of photos that I can't bring myself to delete. It will always make me sad. Not that we aren't friends anymore, but that all my memories of that glorious time are affected.

I don't expect you to have read this far. I'm writing this more for me than anyone else.In short, I recommend Murakami's new book. It's great and I meant to include some quotes, but returned it to the library before I could copy anything down. Typical.

I promise not write many more long, schmoopy posts, back thanks for reading if you have.

Much love,



Screenshot 2014-12-16 08.06.35 Changed things up a bit around here. Hope you like it!

To get around, click the three horizontal lines in the top right hand corner. Navigation menu and widgets will slide over!


Processed with VSCOcam Oh....that thing when you find ridiculously gorgeous photos of where you used to live...Norway, you'll always be Christmas for me. That was a tough Christmas away from home--Andrew and I's first together--all alone in a country where we knew no one, didn't speak the language, and it was only light out for a few hours a day. Yeah, that's a beautiful 2:00pm! Busy weekend ahead. I still have some shopping to do, teaching, book club on Saturday, and then a fun morning at lululemon on Sunday. If you're into yoga and a local reader, I encourage you to check out this event! Hope to see you there! Have a good one.

you better be watching this

Are you watching Black Mirror on Netflix?

If you're not, GO NOW. It's one of most creative, well-written, well-acted, brilliant things I've watched.

Watch it now and tweet me what you think. It's all I can think about right now.

However, a caveat. Since every episode of this show is a stand alone story, I suggest starting with the first episode of season two called "Be Right Back." It's the best and the very first episode is so bonkers you might be scared to watch more. Also, the last episode is totally weak. Didn't like it at all.

There's a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm coming up...time to get stealth and find out how to watch it online!




how did I do?

2014-12-07 20.34.38 ugh.

This is first year in awhile that I've slacked on my New Year's resolutions. Need a reminder of what they were? Click here.

However, I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished--it's not like I sat back and did absolutely nothing.

Did I read all the books I own, but have not read?

No. But I've read 42 and counting....that's decent.

Did I keep a clean car and closet?

No. But I honestly think I did better than before...

Did I get comfortable kicking up to the wall for handstand?

No. But I am doing pincha mayurasana! That's something right?!

Did I paint much?

No. I wish I had.

Did I finish my 52 poses blog project?

Kind of...not really. Here's an explanation.

This year, I plan to ease up on my resolutions...back off a bit.

Sorry to not post for a few days---will hopefully be back with regular posts soon.



best of 2014: music for yoga

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Instead of just posting about my favorite music of the year, I thought I'd go more specific: music for yoga practice.

I'm very picky about my yoga music. While it's fine when I'm taking class at various studios, I'm not a huge fan of traditional yoga music when practicing by myself. I'll admit it, I blast some pretty unconventional stuff. This was a a great year for yoga music. Here are some songs that I cannot stop blasting.

Below is a full playlist via Spotify that I will continue to update.

Sylvan Esso // Coffee


Broods // Four Walls


Coldplay // Magic


Mimicking Birds // Bloodlines


Alt-J // Hunger of the Pine


FKA Twigs // Two Weeks


Full playlist on Spotify

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old-historic-photos-58__605 thank goodness.

yeah, that's people painting the Eiffel Tower. WHHHAAA? Found it in this amazing post of 40 rare, historical photos.

It's been a long crazy week. Ready to relax. We're getting all holiday this weekend...I'm making glogg, Andrew's making caramels, and we're going to do a purging of stuff at the house.

Was so happy to see All Songs Considered's Year in Music discussion up in my podcast feed this morning. Listen now!

some favorite thiiiiiiings

i feel it all Some of my favorite things today.

I pulled up last year's favorite things post and I'm pretty much still loving all of those items. No repeats today, these are all in addition to that list.




If you've got #shorthairdontcare, it's the best out there. I've also been using this product from LUSH, which is a totally weird consistency, but works well.

empty glass roll-on bottles // here's an Amazon link


I found mine at Whole Foods. So easy to fill with any neutral oil like jojoba, vitamin e, or argan, then add a few drops of essential oil. Boom. You got fragrance.

PocketCasts // Google Play store


Most definitely the best podcast app I've found for Android phones.

IKEA// STÖPEN LED block candles


Not only do these give off the softest, flickering light, but they come on and off with a simple shake of the hand. So fun.

lululemon // ebb to street pant


Treated myself to these for my birthday and now I want them in every single color. A lot thicker than most leggings, warmer, and more substantial. They're worth it.

Bose // SoundLink Mini bluetooth speaker


Upgraded from the JBL Flip to the Bose this year. Crazy good.

 Waxelene // petroleum jelly alternative



I don't know if you remember the Windex fascination from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but that was my grandmother with Vaseline. It cures everything right!? Of course, it's also straight up petroleum. I was excited to find this at Whole Foods while browsing the beauty section. I also found a little empty screw top pot to put some in on the go....along with my empty roller for essential oils. Buh bye chapped lips!



Yeah, I've only had this for a couple weeks, but OH MY GOD. Life changer. Never ever thought I'd actually get one. I've been playing around with it--my smoothie game is on point!

Oh and this GIF, always and forever


let's december

10809703_1513038418965800_370963157_nAh. It's Monday. Thanksgiving is over. Got to see lots of family, friends, little nieces and nephews, cocktails, great food, and a lot of candy cane Joe-Joes.

For the past two months I've been doing blogging challenges, posting every single day. Part of me isn't sure how to go about things without making time for the blogging. December is going to be free form on here...especially since I pulled the plug on my 52 poses early.

Found a couple fun things going on around the internet this morning. Katie Levans has got 25 Days of Yoga for us on Honeystuck, Slate's kicking us off with the Best of Year lists, and Danielle at Lou What Wear breaks down Cyber Monday.

Let's do it!