Hi, everyone! I hope everybody had a good weekend and relaxed a little bit, at least! I was busy moving from Thursday night through Saturday morning, but I am officially moved into my very first all-by-myself apartment and I am so happy!

I actually got my keys a little earlier than I had planned, and my dad and I were here on Thursday night to move in some of my existing furniture and assembling others (like my rad TV stand and my coffee table). Then on Friday I took a half day from work to move the rest of my things in and clean the place.

Moving went pretty much without incident. There was a leak in my kitchen sink that I called maintenance about immediately and the guy who lives across the hall complained that everything smelled like Lysol (Mr. Clean, actually, dude) but the leak is fixed and it appears that nobody else was offended by my cleanliness.

I’ve had two people over to visit already (besides my family, who helped me move–thank you!) and hopefully more will come see me over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few pictures from before and during the move.

Moving made me realize that I have *a lot* of tea

Moving made me realize that I have *a lot* of tea

I also have a lot of movies and TV-on-DVD

I also have a lot of movies and TV-on-DVD

The beginnings of my pantry on move-in day

The beginnings of my pantry on move-in day



It’s a good place, and I am so, so happy that I am finally here! It’s not a home yet, but I’m going to be working on it!


Ahhhh, Friday! I’m going to be a little busy this weekend because I’M MOVING INTO MY OWN APARTMENT (!!!!!!) but here are a few links from this week that I thought were pretty great for your own weekend reading!

This HuffPo post about menstruation

This blog post on “princess shaming” and why it’s a bad thing

Apparently there’s going to be a new film adaptation of Little Women! Let the dream casting commence!

Margaret Atwood’s essay in The Guardian about Game of Thrones

Quite a bit of stuff from BuzzFeed (sorry! kinda? but not really because this is gold)

What got your attention this week? Who are you dying to see as Jo March?


Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAt this moment, I am drinking a mocha I made this morning using my mom’s Keurig and debating if I want the quinoa-red bean salad I made for breakfast or brunch. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but in my rush to leave the house I didn’t grab anything for lunch. (I decided I am going to keep the title “Smoky Links” for now because I find it mildly hilarious!)

These are some of the things I found this week that I absolutely loved!

Brooke at World of Wanderlust made a list of 5 Nonfiction Books to Read on a Plane

AMC is doing an adaptation of Preacher (which I didn’t know) and they have cast Ruth Negga as Tulip

Not one, but TWO things from BUST Magazine (my fave!):

  • 7 gorgeous images of senior citizens show how tattoos age (this is from last week, but I didn’t see it til after my blogroll was published last week) (NSFW!)
  • on a more dire note that is a little closer to home, Detroit has a rape kit situation

International Geek Girl Pen Pals (IGGPPC) turns 2 this month! Here are some numbers about the organization and its success! Want to know how many Iggles there are in Iceland and New Zealand (and the US and Canada and just about everywhere?)

Kacie read the entire Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot this month. For the first time ever!

Gwen of The Book Nosher (a book blog I follow) started a new blog called Hello, Gwen Stacy.

And at Jezebel, they applauded Broad City‘s response to randos who tell you to “smile, sweetheart” (AKA the one thing I hate most)


Ha! Can you tell I didn’t know what to call this post? Maybe one day I will write a post about the delicious little breakfast sausages that I am actually probably happy to not eat often. Today is not that day.

I love a good blogroll, and since I’ve been participating in WordPress’s free Blogging 101 course, I’m so excited that today’s assignment was “Build a Better Blogroll!” I’m not the best at finding and sharing content (I’m pretty much downright horrible at it…) but these are some of the things that I found this week that I really, really liked!

First off, tomorrow might be Pi Day, but today is 313 Day! This sadly doesn’t really apply to anybody who isn’t from or near the city of Detroit (313 is, of course, the Detroit area code), but I thought that was a fun thing that’s going on and wanted to share the significance of the day!

Also, Margaret Atwood is releasing a new book in September…

Christy at The Geekquinox Effect thinks Carl will be the last man standing on The Walking Dead (she is probably not wrong…)

Courtney at Hello, My Name is Girl wrote a touching piece about sexual assault on Christian college campuses

Kacie and I did a spring reading link-up

My pen pal Meg wrote a blog post about caring for color-treated hair

My reproductive health spirit animal Nicole Jardim wrote a “Day in the Life Post” about being a women’s health coach

What links do you love this week?


In high school I had this t-shirt (which really isn’t surprising, I had lots of t-shirts, because I’m a total t-shirt-and-jeans person) that had the Cat in the Hat on it and for the life of me, I can’t remember what the damn thing said, but it said something about reading. We wore them for our school’s reading week, which coincided with the first week of March. Because of Read Across America Day.

I really wish I had a picture of the damn thing.

Like just about every other nerd on the planet, I enjoy a good read. I don’t care if I’m reading an article about urban farming in BUST magazine, a book about a girl in a boat in Michigan, or Samurai Champloo fanfiction on my phone (Fuugen 4eva), I tend to enjoy whatever I read, so long as I am reading for the hell of it. (Maybe one day I will tell you the story about how I was an English major and hated everything and everybody, because I couldn’t read just for the hell of it)

It is Read Across America Day, so I do plan on taking a couple minutes–just a few!–to read something. Before I focus on getting new books, I need to focus on finishing the few I have started. Likely, I will be reading Burial Rites because that’s what I’ve been carrying in my purse for the last week.


How are you celebrating Read Across America Day?