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Officially Decembrrrr

Dear Christmas Carnival,

You were wonderful, as usual. Thanks for the cotton candy and sights and sounds. And you know, this coulda been a great holiday roommate picture, but the baby goat distracted me.


Words Of Wisdom; Manning Style

(Note: I like to quote people I love and call it “Words Of Wisdom”.)

“You’re in college- this isn’t ‘real life.’ You know what real life is? A bunch of pigeons flyin’ above you. Think about it- what do pigeons do? They’re little, they’re annoying and they shit all over you. Some days you’re under a carport and it’s safe. But most days you’re out there just doing your best not to get hit.”

-Dad, on his view on the real world vs. college


October 31st.

There may be candy, parties with themes, spooky moments and the recurring thought of oh-hey-i-thought-that-was-lingere-but-i-guess-it’s-a-costume, but to me, Halloween forever means camping!

Freshman year my friends and I had the idea to face the wilderness on this holiday. I can say now it remains one of our best ideas to date.

The ingredients are simple:

One tent,

smores galore,

campfire stories,

new friends,

& old friends.

This year we added a special ingredient- SPARKLERS!

Three years of college and the tradition still stands.

Happy Hallocamp from this lion to you!

Pumpkins and Harmonicas

I’ve hardly been able to sit down and commit to writing because life is HAPPENING!

Not to say that it wasn’t before, but in my three years of college so far, I always notice that the fall just seems to move at a faster pace. Maybe it’s the cold weather that finally reaches us down here in Texas, maybe it’s the fact that we go stir-crazy as our classes seem to be dragging on til the end, or maybe it’s just because the changing leaves make us eager to change it up.

Whatever it is, the door to our little apartment has been constantly opening with guests and friends bearing baked goods and stories, and I am in no mood to complain!

Roommate C and I tend to strum around and harmonize in our free time and we made a little road trip to her hometown…..

…and played a little show in a pumpkin patch.

1 guitar, 1 ukulele, 5 harmonicas, 2 hours of strumming and well, all the technicalities and practice and occasional little mess-ups aside, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday. Did I mention it was a pumpkin patch? Talk about dedication to theme.

Did I consider swiping all those pumpkins to make a giant pie?

Yes, yes I did.