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Random photo from the past I forgot where I found.  I believe Ebay, but let me know if you are the person on the internet I stole this from.
Random photo from the past I forgot where I found. I believe Ebay, but let me know if you are the person on the internet I stole this from.

I got nothing yet, guys.

Links of the Week:

    • Oh, Gilbert!  ‘Anne of Green Gables’ is Coming to Netflix-I am so excited about this news!  I grew up with Anne.  I adored her, and I still do.  I still have the complete set of the Anne novels, and of course, I watched Avonlea  on the Disney Channel religiously.  My dear friend Paige and I always played “olden days” which revolved around pretending to churn butter in her Mom’s backyard shed or getting dirty in the creek that ran behind my house where we had “let the oxen rest” for the afternoon.  I am so glad we grew up on the cusp before the Internet took over.  Now, I see girls posing in photos with hands on hips like full grown women, and it makes me sad how conscious they are of their bodies and how they’re perceived.  Back then, I was a fat kid with thick,  huge crimped hair and a Looney Tunes shirt, and all I cared about was mixing up random food concoctions in the summer in the kitchen while no one was at home with my best friend.  “These animal crackers dipped in Hershey’s syrup are divine, wouldn’t you say?”
    • The 11 International Markets in Memphis You Need to Try-I love a good international grocery.  Show me to the candy aisle, immediately.  Candies from other countries are the best.  America, you may be great at a lot, but chocolate ain’t it.  I’ve been to some of these, but I need to make my way through the entire list.
    • BCIT Installs New Sleep Pods in Library  -Back in my college days, there were couches all through the library, and  you could often find people (including me) passed out, sleeping and drooling between classes.  They eventually took away a lot of the couches because, I believe, they thought it wasn’t aesthetically appealing to have someone hungover, snoozing like they were homeless with couch imprints in public all day. These sleep pods would solve that wouldn’t they?  It’s a fact, college students will straight up sleep on the floor on a book bag if need be, so you might as well invest in these cool contraptions.
    • Girl Talk:  Why Is It So Hard to Go Without Makeup?-So I’ve discussed this here before, and I’ve spent a good chunk of the past year sans makeup.  I did it because I simply felt like having more time to myself like dudes do in the morning to do whatever I wanted.  I felt less like being imprisoned in my bathroom every morning for an extra 30 minutes.  I did it because at 34, I took a long hard look at the expectations from men and women, and I decided I didn’t want to subscribe to the b.s. anymore.  Recently, I’ve been wearing my contacts (not glasses) and doing my makeup again, and you’d think I was a totally different person judging from the reaction.  I get it, I look better with makeup and with just so outfits and my earrings in, but then again, I am glad I went barefaced for a year.  I am glad what people’s perception is doesn’t bother me as much anymore.  I am glad for Feminism, and I am glad I do shit for myself when I feel like it now.  Going makeup free is liberating.  I loved this quote from this article, “That’s when a realization hit me. Blow number one: I don’t feel like I can be an attractive, sexy lady, without makeup. Blow number two? That I actually wanted these guys to find me hot.  This got me thinking. I started considering what it means to be sexy as a woman in our culture. How it’s often this one specific image—young, thin, and well-dressed with long hair and an air of sexual availability. (But not too available, of course—let’s keep girls confused!) And what it means to be a successful woman in our culture, which also comes with a specific image—a little bit older, though still thin and well-dressed, with long hair and an air of sexual availability. Are the two mental images that different?”  There is a lot of wow stuff that is right on as I read through this.  IT IS OKAY TO NOT BE BEAUTIFUL, ladies.
    • Nothing Says Death is Precious Like a Miniature Fairy Graveyard-Too bad this is 60 bucks.  I may have to go to Hobby Lobby and make one much cheaper.  There is a space in a tree in my neighborhood that I kind of want to work in, but it makes me a little nervous because it looks spidery webby inside it.  Also, I’m afraid a rabid squirrel may eat my hand off when I put it in there.

Magical Mystery Tour

My birthday is next week, and I have bombarded everyone (i.e. Dad, Mom, and Kelly) with my requests–often changing and always demanding.  Haha!  Am I spoiled?  But of course!  My latest have to have item for my birthday that I will probably end up saving up for myself over the new few weeks are one of the pairs of Dr. Martens below.  I had black Dr. Martens in my goth phase in junior high, and I wish I would’ve saved them. They’d still be good, I’m sure, but in a fit of anxiety and “your things you own end up owning you” panic, I chunked them one day.  The ones below are dreamy, though?!  I’m just struggling with which pair I want the most?  I think the top ones, but then, I change my mind.

Boots Like Art


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Woman Crush Wednesday: Isabella Rossellini

wcw1My Woman Crush Wednesday is on Isabella Rossellini.  I’ll admit, at first my crush on her was purely superficial.  First, I love her name.  I’m not having kids, but if I did, they’d have some name like Cecilia or Isabella Rossellini Ponder.  I love names dripping with sophistication and overly dramatic.  I find her to be one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen.  Since seeing her in Blue Velvet, I found her to be fascinating, mysterious, and stunning.  I have followed her over the years mostly because of an interest in her style.  Simply put, I like what she wears and how she carries herself.  She has an easy elegance.  I listened to this episode on You Must Remember This last night, and I found myself crushing on her even more! She has spent her career fighting against the notion that aging women aren’t beautiful, and that if you’re over the age of 30 in Hollywood, you should be shoved to the side.  She had been representing Lancôme for years (she was their first face), when they ended her contract due to her age.  She fought back and formed her own cosmetics company with people wearing braces, a variety of ages, and in essence, more real.  She was truly  ahead of her time, and in March of 2016,  Lancôme finally caught up and asked her back to represent their brand.  Lucky for all of us, she agreed.  I look forward to seeing her and reading her interviews in publications.  I find her brains to be even more interesting than her beauty, and I’m glad to have someone that insists you can still be elegant, sexy, and stunning in her 60s.  wcw3

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Messy Life

Beautiful colors outside recently. I'm not sure what kind of plant or weed or whatever this is, but I loved the bruised berry color against the green.
Beautiful colors outside recently. I’m not sure what kind of plant or weed or whatever this is, but I loved the jewel bruised berry color against the green.

So after spending hundreds of bucks at Starbucks over the year, I finally discovered yesterday downstairs at the Grill on campus, they have some kind of souped-up Nespresso machine or equivalent.  I had heard friends rave about these, but I was skeptical.  Last week, I finally tried a latte for a buck something from the machine, and it was amazing!  I mean, really really amazing.  As in, I’ll be spending way less downstairs at the Grill for my coffee all year.  Although, I may still visit Starbucks for their seasonal drinks which we all know I can’t live without.  PSL, I’m ready for you! Continue reading Messy Life



A cute fisheye lens photo of Mearl having a taste of a sucker, just because.
A cute fisheye lens photo of Mearl having a taste of a sucker, just because.

I’ve got some new obsessions in my life.  You’ve already heard about my mushroom groove, and many of my students, current and former, find it hysterical. I did Snapchat during a recent mushroom hunt, so I get it.  I’ve always been a nerd. Haha! I’m currently reading The Complete Mushroom Hunter:  An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Now, as noted in the book North America is a mycophobic society.  I love mushrooms, but I don’t trust myself to identify the right ones no matter how simple this book claims it is (unless they’re Morels, those look pretty distinctive).  I do like to snap photos to “collect” the fungi I find.  A friend sent me a link to this wonderful Radiolab podcast with some pretty incredible discoveries about the relationship between trees and fungi.  Kelly is being a complete dreamboat and sending me photos of all the beautiful mushrooms he’s seen on his retreat for work.  I am so jealous it isn’t me!  28260444974_d72d990169_o 28593179690_8fd7feeda9_o 28877514885_eaf76df69a_o

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Mearl had good times last weekend in her new pool at Grandma's house
Mearl had good times last weekend in her new pool at Grandma’s house

So besides my obsession with mushrooms which has no consumed most of my free time, there are are many other great things I’m feeling excited about lately.

  • We bought Mearl a swimming pool recently, and we took it out to my Mom’s house because she has a covered porch with some shade.  Mearl spent last weekend swimming and playing and having the time of her life.  Mom also bought a ton of snacks, toys, and dishes for Mearl.  The dog basically has the time of her life like any pug child going to visit her grandparents.
    Grandma Robin filling up the pool for Mearl
    Grandma Robin filling up the pool for Mearl
    Dad and Grandma showing Mearl how swimming works
    Dad and Grandma showing Mearl some Summer fun
    Thanks for all my toys, Grandma. Loved all of them!
    Thanks for all my toys, Grandma. Loved all of them!


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The Great Mushroom Hunter

I’m interrupting my posts on sexual assault (don’t worry–those are still coming) to discuss something that has overtaken my life for the last two days and potentially many more to come.  I may have missed my calling as a Mycologist.  I have Mearl-Purvis Ponder to thank for it.  I started taking our puppy on walks around the neighborhood, specifically in areas where there used to be houses but they have all been knocked down.  I kept noticing teeny little delicate mushrooms growing everywhere that I was obsessed with, and then, the more I started looking, the more mushrooms I spotted!  It’s hard to explain what makes it so exciting and fun to me, but I think it might be sort of like bird watching.  The more different kinds I find, the more I to hunt for them.  Some are beautiful.  Some are ugly.  Some are sturdy.  It’s fun to spot as many different kinds as I can. The pictures below are just from the ones I’ve found in the last two days.  Now, that I’ve explored our neighborhood, I think I’m going to get some books on it, maybe join a mushroom club (there is one in Arkansas), and who knows, next time they have a mushroom walk, maybe I’ll go.  It’s my recent obsession.

This photo doesn't do justice to how huge this is...I'll try to take another photo with a penny bit it so you can appreciate the size.  It's bigger than a dinner plate.
This photo doesn’t do justice to how huge this is…I’ll try to take another photo with a penny bit it so you can appreciate the size. It’s bigger than a dinner plate.


I think this one is the prettiest.


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