This Week In History: Hawaii!

This Week In History: Hawaii!

Can you tell I’m having beach withdraws? The highlight of this week in history for me is that Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Okay, but there’s more, really there is. That’s just the one that caught my eye.

This week in history, the Lincoln-Douglas debates began (1858), the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was held (1909), Sacco and Vanzetti were executed (1927),…

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Repost from @mandukayoga “Safe passage, dear teacher. We are forever grateful.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. #iyengar #yoga

Sand, Surf, and Starbucks

Sand, Surf, and Starbucks

Howdy all!

I know it’s been quiet around here this week, but I have good reason:

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That’s right! I’m on the beach. Well, I’m not ON the beach right now…I’m actually getting a few things done in the wilderness otherwise known as Starbucks. See?


(Taking a selfie on your webcam in a public place is SUUUUPER awkward, but whatevs)

We’ve scoured every shell shop, drank every margarita, and shelled…

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Judge not?


Beautiful thoughts from my friend Cynthia on judging others. I love what Cynthia said about not needing to know why another person acts in a certain way, and that we just need to focus on our behavior. Anyway, I can’t do it justice, so give this short post a read!

Originally posted on cynthiabeard:

People are sometimes surprised when I say that I am incredibly judgmental. I probably don’t…

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This Week in History: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

This Week in History: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

This week, August 3 through 9th, begs special attention to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Sixty-nine years ago this week, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima (Aug 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9). The world has never been the same.

The war in Europe had ended in May 1945, but fighting continued in the Pacific Theater. On July 26, 1945, the Potsdam Declaration…

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The Grass is Always Greener: Thoughts on the Body Image War

The Grass is Always Greener: Thoughts on the Body Image War


War. Yes, you read that right: Body Image War.

Women, we are too hard on ourselves. We’re at war with ourselveswhen it comes to our waistline, our breast size, the length of our legs, the size of our shoes, and even those little creases that start to form around our eyes as we get a little older that simply reflect all the laughs we’ve enjoyed throughout our lives, or all the times we’ve…

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Whoa. #buddhasbrain #neuroscience # enlightenment #awakening

That Time I Decided to Quit Writing

That Time I Decided to Quit Writing

Yes, I can appreciate the irony here: writing about quitting writing. I think this experience is important, and I feel the need to share it with you all. Who knows, maybe someone is going through something similar?

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t do it any more — writing that is. I couldn’t make the words come. I was struggling to make coherent sentences, get all of…

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This Week in History: Jimmy Hoffa, the Spanish Armada, and Wild Bill

This Week in History: Jimmy Hoffa, the Spanish Armada, and Wild Bill

Looking back over my posts here on The Brainy Babe, I decided it was high time to revive the “This Week in History” series of posts. So, without further ado, here’s this week — July 17 to August 2 — in history.

July 27th 1974:

The House begins the impeachment of that not-a-crook President Richard Nixon. He resigned before proceedings could take place, keeping him from joining the ranks of…

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Ask the Gammill Segment # 1: Happiness.

Check out this great post by my friend, Justin Gammill. It really makes you think, and as he says at the end, “Embrace the struggle, love the journey, and choose to be happy.

A Day of Doing Nothing: Why Being Lazy is Healthy

A Day of Doing Nothing: Why Being Lazy is Healthy

Lazy Sunday II

Do you have a hard time doing nothing? I totally do, but it’s something that really gives us a chance to rejuvenate. Relaxation is good; I think that’s something that we tend to forget here in the US, where productivity is valued above most states of being.

Yesterday was Sunday, and as I was milling about the house, Mike looked at me and said, “It’s so against my nature to sit around on a…

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Saturday Chores #6, July 5, 2014

This sign was all Grayson’s idea. I couldn’t stop laughing.

I have a total crush on this couple! Keep it up guys!

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone on the latest happenings over at the cottage. We now have (most of) a ceiling downstairs! With the help of our wonderful friends Andrea and Jonathan, we were able to get the ceiling up and installed. I’d like the thank the Minty Ninja for her not-so-flattering picture of us accomplishing this:

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Yep, we had two people on each ladder, got up close and personal, and really used those yoga muscles to get all the drywall up on the ceiling. But what’s cool is that now we have this too:

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Oh yeah! That’s lighting in the living room. You can see that we still have to mud and texture the walls downstairs, but we’re on our way. Plus, we now have a working air conditioner. It only took us a couple of hours to repair a part that popped, then to sift through the THREE — yes, I said three — documents that came with the HVAC unit itself, the vacuum pump, and the other gadgets we used. But it worked on the first try, so I could that as a complete success. The only problem is that we have to upgrade the solar power system to really reap the benefits.

Here are a few more pictures of our shenanigans around there:

Who Knew We’d Get Into HVAC Repair? So it’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone on the latest happenings over at the cottage.

Things You Aren’t Supposed to Know

Things You Aren’t Supposed to Know

We aren’t born knowing how to walk; we don’t understand the complexity of our emotions when we’re teens. We don’t know how to add two numbers together until we’re taught; we don’t know how to drive until someone puts us behind the wheel. Why, then, do we make the mistake with young adults to assume that they just automatically know what to do and when?

It’s not fair, in my opinion. While in the…

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