Saturday, March 31, 2012


Rock chalk Jayhawk, baby! See ya Monday!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Calling all males

Some things I think men should participate in:

1. The reading of "Little Women."

2. The watching of "Gilmore Girls."

I'm serious. Despite their gender specific titles (um, hello, women watch "Mad Men," "Men in Black," etc.), I think these are more universal media than many are willing to realize. 

"Little Women" is a book about writing, independence, coming of age, and relationships (sibling, parent, friend, romantic). And feminism, which is not a female-only issue. 

"Gilmore Girls" is really funny, for starters. It's about coffee, education, pop culture, from time to time it involves Pop Tarts, and entrepreneurship. And it's about being in a family--both dysfunctional and loving--which, again, is not a gender specific element of life. 

So Gentlemen, hop to. And enjoy.*

*If you don't enjoy, then come talk to me, and we'll chat over beer. I won't necessarily try to convince you that you are wrong in your opinion, we'll just chat. But until you read or watch, I'm not sure I'm willing to hear your opinion about this matter. Bold statement, I know, but seriously. In this case, you can't make claims about these media you haven't consumed.

P.S. For those of you men who have read or watched these things, tell me what you think!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I'm starting to fill out my tax stuff (this has got to be THE earliest I've ever started this process on my own), and TurboTax just asked me if some things apply to my situation. One is whether I was legally blind as of Dec 31 of last year. The other box that I have the option to check (I will not) is:

"Bailey passed away before filing this return."

Praise God, I will be checking the "None of the above" box.

Count your blessings, peeps. And have fun doing your taxes.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hi Annie, it's Bailey

I'm tempted to join Twitter just so I can reply to Annie Lamott's tweets.

She just posted a tweet about how in her latest book, "Some Assembly Required," her son Sam mentions that she should maybe try a new style of jeans. I thought about asking at their author appearance this weekend if she had acquired new jeans, but didn't.

Annie, if you're reading this, I am still wondering. And I thought the jeans you had on at the St. Louis library were fine, and flattering. xoxo

P.S. It was great to meet you, again, and to finally meet that stud son of yours. Tell him I'm sorry that we all stare at him, but a)he's a looker, and b)you've made him famous, so we can't help but be enthralled by him, live and in person.

Monday, March 26, 2012


I am looking at arch supports for my plantar fasciitis, and in the process of looking at night splints and such I believe my foot is starting to hurt more.

I want to run again. :(

Friday, March 23, 2012


Graduation is rapidly approaching.

Followed by an internship that has me intimidated already.

Deep breaths, Bailey. Deep breaths.

(This just in: summer housing almost procured--wahoo!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Little birdy

I have found something that makes me so, so happy.

Annie Lamott's Twitter account.

Do yourself a favor and scroll all the way down to her first tweets (Feb. 2012) and work your way back up. If you don't laugh out loud, come see me and we'll work on that. One of the funnier things I've found online in my time.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Coming soon

Nick and I have created a new category/terminology to use in this life of ours (well, in these lives of ours; Nick and I don't lead the same life, though we do share a tendency toward sarcasm).

While we often send sassy one-liners to each other throughout the day, and talk on the phone from time to time, recently we've decided that certain stories are worthy of a phone chat.

"I have a phone story," we tell each other, letting the other know there's a winning story to come.

I gotta tell you, it gives me, at least, something to look forward to, as phone stories often promise to be juicy or funny.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Breaking the rules--for my health

Dear Fashion Police,

I just wanted to make you aware of a fashion faux pas that you can count on me carrying out in the next several weeks.

So I've got this foot thing--the arch of my left foot is inflamed--and to get rid of it I need to wear these chunky inserts in my shoes. Which means...

pretty much tennis shoes all the time.

I tried wearing the inserts in my Converse All-Stars without socks, and it looked cute, but I got blisters pretty quick. Which means...

socks with those tennies.

Now I've decided to wear what I want to wear otherwise. Meaning, instead of wearing workout gear to match my Sauconys, if I want to wear a sundress, I'm wearing a sundress. If I have ankle jeans on, I'm not going to ditch them because they'll look weird with my practical shoes.

Because come summer, I want to be able to wear sandals around town and be barefoot on the beach.* So I'm trying to fix this foot problem now.

So FYI. Bailey. Cute sundress. Running shoes with orthotic shoe inserts. All in one mismatched, confident, loving-my-new-look package. Ah, yeah.

See you soon out on those streets!

Fashionista in Training

*because I'll be near the beach this summer (!!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The art of photography

If you talk to me on Skype, you should know that I might utilize the snapshot feature.

Here's my niecy face, being adorable:

 Giving her mama a kiss:

 And, ladies and gentlemen, my brother:

 I think this one's particularly hilarious:

 And, the clincher:

Classic. This was not the first time I'd seen this face. Note Belle in the background. Oh, Honey, if he's anything like your grandpa (which he is), you're gonna be observing such behavior for the rest of your life. It's okay, it makes life super fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

La la la

I think I have spring fever. Beginning stages.

Perhaps if I weren't wearing a flowered sundress today the effect would be lessened.

Don't care. This is my first time wearing this dress beyond a dressing room or modeling at home, and I like it.


My ability to focus is blip.

Anyone else here with me yet? Can't focus on words on a page, on a screen? Just want to eat bonbons and chitter chat about nothing too important, as well as some important things, like faith and cats and Justin Bieber's music?

Perhaps I should start my morning tomorrow with some yoga. Get some physical stillness going.

Here's hoping for a healthier tomorrow; maybe my fever will leave me.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Just another day at the office

I share office space with my gal pal Molly and earlier she announced that she might be doing a handstand soon. 

Later she did some handstands. 

She encouraged me to join, but I am wearing a skirt. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bird buddies

Walking to my office today, I saw a cardinal in a tree. So beautiful. He was by himself. Perched on a branch. So red. So incredible.

I'm trying to meditate on the words "Still more awesome than I know" today, and having them with me during my birdwatching reminded me how awesome it is that God gives us birds. I used to be scared of birds, with their beady eyes (I was chased through a zoo rain forest exhibit by a little blue bird number once, and the experience didn't leave me quickly). Now I think they're amazing.

I stopped for a moment to look at the cardinal, then walked on. I came across a robin, who decided that he wasn't going to fly this morning.

"No thanks, I fly every other day, I'm gonna run a little bit today." These are the words I gave him, charitable word-giving human that I am. 

He ran toward a tree, then backtracked, then looked at me--though not really, as their eyes are on the sides of their heads. He looked a little confused, like he was saying, "I don't know where to go." But he didn't seem too distressed, just a little overwhelmed with options. He's not used to running, so he's still getting acquainted with the land.